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DeRozan scores 52,
Raptors beat Bucks
131-127 in overtime
in Hopman Cup
TORONTO-DeMar DeRozan scored a fran-
chise-record 52 points, and the Toronto
Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 131-127
in overtime on Monday night, matching the
team record with their 12th consecutive home
DeRozan is the third player in Raptors his-
tory to score 50 or more in a single game. The
others are Vince Carter and Terrence Ross,
who each had 51.
I(yle Lowry had 26 points and Serge Ibaka
added 11 for the Raptors, who also won 12
straight at Air Canada Centre between Jan.
18 and March 6, 2016. Toronto is an NBA-best
14-1 at home.
DeRozan made 17 of 29 field-goal attempts
and shot 13 for 13 at the free-throw line.
PERTH-Roger Federer continued preparation for his Australian Open
title defence with a 6-3, 7-6 (8) win over I(aren I(hachanov at the Hop-
man Cup, helping give Switzerland a 2-0 win over Russia.
Federer's playing partner Belinda Bencic beat Anastasia pavly-
uchenkova 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in a later women's singles match Tuesday to
give Switzerland its second consecutive win in Group B.
The 36-year-old Federer had his service broken by the 21-year-old
I(hachanov in the opening game, but rebounded to break back im-
mediately and won the opening set in
I(hachanov matched Federer im-
pressively with backhand winners
in the second set before a back-and-
forth tiebreaker. Federer saved a set
point in the tiebreaker and won on
his third match point after a success-
"I had to work hard, experience
helps sometime," said Federer, who
beat Rafael Nadal in the Australian
Open final last year. "It's good to be
free-swinging and young, like he is. I
remember those days..."
The win came before a record
Roger Federer crowd of 13,943 at Perth Arena, an
attendance which eclipsed one of
Federer's matches last year in the Western Australia state capital.
The US team had already led 1-0 after Japan's woman player,
Naomi Osaka, withdrew with an unspecified illness, handing CoCo
Vandeweghe a 6-0, 6-0 win.
Trail Blazers 124, Bulls 120, OT
CHICAGO-Portland guard CJ McCollum scored
25 of his 32 points after halftime, including
the tiebreaking basket with 56.5 seconds re-
maining in overtime.
AI-Farouq Aminu added a season-high 24
points and Evan Turner also had his sea-
son best with 22 for Portland, which
was without leading scorer Damian
Lillard for a fifth straight game.
Lillard is recovering from a right
I(ris Dunn scored 22 points
and reserve Nikola Mirotic
had 18 points for Chicago,
which blew a late lead for a
second straight game.
BRISBANE-Andy Murray's long-term hip injury has forced him
out of the Brisbane International, cast serious doubts over
his participation in the Australian Open and has him con-
Former No 1-ranked Murray pulled out of the Brisbane
event after failing to practice yesterday, two days ahead
of his scheduled return to competitive tennis for the first
time since July.
"I came here with every intention of making a strong
start to the year, but sadly my team and I don't feel that
I'm where I need to be just yet to compete at the highest
level," the two-time Brisbane International champion
said in a statement.
His withdrawal was confirmed hours after Garbine
Muguruza, the Wimbledon champion and women's top
seed, retired from her opening match because of leg
Sharapova wins at Shenzhen Open
scored 28 points, and Min-
nesota won for the seventh
time in eight games.
I(arl-Anthony Towns re-
corded his 30th double-dou-
ble of the season with 16
points and 13 rebounds for
the Timberwolves. Andrew
Wiggins scored 21 points
and grabbed a season-high
The Lakers have lost
seven in a row and 10 of
11. Los Angeles was once
again missing three starters:
center Brook Lopez (ankle),
and guards I(entavious
Caldwell-Pope (legal) and
Lonzo Ball (shoulder).
Jordan Clarkson scored
20 points for the Lakers,
and Julius Randle had 15.
SHENZHEN-Maria Sharapova had 11 aces and saved seven
of 10 break points to beat Alison Riske 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 yes-
terday and advance to the Shenzhen Open quarterfi-
The five-time major winner will next face Zarina
Diyas, who upset third-seeded Zhang Shuai 6-3, 6-7
"Although I would've wanted a quick and easy vic-
tory, these are the kind of matches that you need,
especially with such a short preparation going into
the Australian Open," Sharapova said.
Earlier, I(ristyna Pliskova, the twin of former
No 1-ranked I(arolina Pliskova, beat French Open
champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-1, 6-4.
Nets 98, Magic 95
NEW YORK-Rookie Jarrett
Allen had a career-high 16
points for Brooklyn, and
Allen Crabbe added 15 points
and blocked a potential tying
Caris LeVert also had 15 points,
while DeMarre Carroll chipped in 14
points, 10 rebounds and the tiebreaking
free throw with 34.5 seconds remaining.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 13 for the
Nets, who opened the new year with a
win after closing out 2017 with a 1-4 road
Aaron Gordon had 20 points and 12 re-
bounds for Orlando, which has lost its last
seven road games. Elfrid Payton added
17 points and Bismack Biyombo had 13
points and a season-high 17 boards.
Wozniacki advances at ASB Clasic
AUCKLAND- Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki needed only 57
minutes for a 6-3, 6-0 win over America Madison Brengle at
the ASB Classic yesterday, when defending champion Lauren
Davis was beaten in the first round.
The fifth-seeded Davis lost 6-1, 6-2 to fellow American Sachia Vickery,
who had the chance to hone her game in three qualifying matches in Auck-
"I just tried to go for it and really focus on my serve when I was serving
for big games," Vickery said. "Just tried to do what I've been doing in my
previous matches in the qualies." (AP)
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