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Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Durant leads West over East in All-Star game
HOUSTON (Reuters) - Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin provided a potent mix of outside shooting and inside dominance to lift the Western Conference to a 143-138 victory over the Eastern Conference in the NBA All-Star game on Sunday. Durant scored 30 points and Griffin added 19, on nine-of-11 shooting, but the Most Valuable Player Award went to Chris Paul, who scored 20 points and added 15 assists for the West.
Allen stands firm to help Blues edge out Canucks
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The All-Star game is made-to-order for Clippers' Paul
HOUSTON (Reuters) - For a point guard like Chris Paul, the NBA All-Star game is made to order. Everywhere he looks is someone who can put the ball in the basket. If he searches underneath, there is Blake Griffin. Out on the wing is Kevin Durant.
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McIlroy to meet Lowry in Match Play first round
PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) - World number one Rory McIlroy was drawn on Sunday to play Ireland's Shane Lowry in the first round of next week's WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain in Marana, Arizona. Northern Irishman McIlroy, who clinched his second major title at last year's PGA Championship by a record eight shots, was beaten 2&1 by American Hunter Mahan in last year's Match Play final.
In a first, Obama plays golf with Tiger Woods
PALM CITY, Florida (Reuters) - President Barack Obama saw firsthand how golf is played at the highest level on Sunday, teeing off with Tiger Woods, the world's No. 2 golfer who is rebuilding a once-squeaky clean image tarnished by a messy 2010 divorce. Obama, an avid weekend golfer, and Woods, who won his 75th title last month, played together for the first time at the exclusive Floridian Yacht and Golf Club, which was surrounded by a cordon of security.
U.S. tennis mourns as San Jose Open bids farewell
SAN JOSE, California (Reuters) - The U.S. tennis community mourned the loss of another ATP tournament on Sunday when the San Jose Open packed up and headed to Brazil after 125 years in California. The event was first played in 1889 and has included champions such as Fred Perry, Rod Laver, Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Andy Murray and Andy Roddick before Canada's Milos Raonic completed a hat-trick of wins on Sunday.
South Africa's Pistorius cancels race appearances after murder charge
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius has canceled all his scheduled track appearances in the next few months to allow him to concentrate on defending himself against a murder charge in his native South Africa, his agent said. Pistorius, known worldwide as the "Blade Runner" for his prosthetic legs, was formally accused last week of the premeditated shooting of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, a charge that could put him behind bars for life if he is convicted.
Raonic wins third straight San Jose title
SAN JOSE, California (Reuters) - Canada's Milos Raonic beat Tommy Haas 6-4 6-3 on Sunday to win his third straight San Jose Open title and bring the final curtain down on the second oldest men's professional tournament in the United States. Raonic became the tournament's first three-times winner since Tony Trabert (1953-55) and said it was a pity he would not have a chance to chalk up another win at the event, which dates back to 1889 and is being dropped from the ATP schedule.
Merrick earns first PGA Tour win in playoff
PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) - Local favorite John Merrick won his first PGA Tour title by beating fellow American Charlie Beljan in a sudden-death playoff for the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club on Sunday. Journeyman Merrick sealed victory with a rock-solid par at the second extra hole, the drivable par-four 10th, after laying up off the tee with an iron and hitting his approach to 18 feet.