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Lakers' Gasol out indefinitely with foot injury
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol has been sidelined indefinitely after sustaining a tear in his right foot, his team said on Wednesday. Gasol was injured during the Lakers' victory over Brooklyn on Tuesday and received scans which confirmed an injury serious enough to keep him off court for a while.
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Garnett leads Rondo-less Celtics to fifth straight win
TORONTO (Reuters) - Kevin Garnett recorded a season-high 27 points as the Boston Celtics continued to prosper in the absence of Rajon Rondo by holding off the Toronto Raptors 99-95 to secure a fifth successive win on Wednesday. The Celtics, who were expected to fade from the post-season picture when Rondo went down with a season-ending knee injury, have instead gone on a storming run, with all five of their victories coming since the All-Star guard was hurt.
Las Vegas sevens to help U.S. push sport forward
WELLINGTON (Reuters) - The stakes are high for the United States as they head into their home round of the rugby sevens world series under pressure to perform, men's team coach Alex Magleby has said. The Las Vegas tournament from February 8-10 is the fifth leg of the nine-stop series, and rankings points at its conclusion will determining seedings for the sevens World Cup in Moscow in June.
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Australians win race to top of Empire State Building
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Australians Mark Bourne and Suzy Walsham were the fastest man and woman to race up the 1,576 steps of the Empire State Building on Wednesday in the run up of the iconic New York landmark. Bourne finished in 10 minutes, 12 seconds and Walsham clocked 12:05 in the race up 86 floors that is described as a vertical marathon, the New York Road Runner (NYRR), which organizes the annual Empire State Building Run-Up, said.
Lefty commands spotlight at Pebble Beach
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Hodgson warns Lampard against U.S. move
LONDON (Reuters) - Frank Lampard underlined his importance to England with a superb winner in his side's 2-1 victory over Brazil on Wednesday but his chances of reaching the 100-cap milestone could be scuppered by a move out of Europe, coach Roy Hodgson said. The 34-year-old Chelsea midfielder's 60th-minute curler after coming on as a halftime substitute for his 94th appearance was his 27th England goal since his first cap in 1999.
Australia to crack down on match-fixing and doping in sport
CANBERRA (Reuters) - The Australian government has promised to crack down on match-fixing after a report into doping and organized crime in sport revealed those links had led to manipulation of results. The report by the Australian Crime Commission found the use of illicit substances was 'widespread' in Australian sport and often facilitated by organized crime syndicates.