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Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss dies at 80
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Jerry Buss, who parlayed a $1,000 real estate investment into ownership of the Los Angeles Lakers, winning 10 National Basketball Association championships and making the team one of the most glamorous in American sports, died on Monday at 80, the team said on its official website. Buss, who matched superstar players with brilliant coaches and savvy executives, had been hospitalized recently for cancer. The official cause of death was kidney failure, said Lakers spokesman John Black.
Blade Runner Pistorius in court for murder bail hearing
PRETORIA (Reuters) - "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius, the South African double amputee who became one of the biggest names in world athletics, arrived in court on Tuesday to apply for bail after being charged with murdering his girlfriend. The arrest of the 26-year-old Olympic and Paralympic sprinter stunned millions across the world who held him up as a hero for triumphing over adversity to compete with able-bodied athletes at the highest level of sport.
Ivanovic reaches Dubai second round, Stephens bows out
DUBAI (Reuters) - Former French Open champion Ana Ivanovic beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-3 7-6 in the first round of the Dubai tennis championships on Monday while U.S. teenager Sloane Stephens was eliminated in three sets to cap a miserable debut trip to the Gulf. Ivanovic's career has dipped since she won the French title in 2008, sinking from number one in the world rankings to 13th, and she was far from flawless on the floodlit Dubai court.
"Shocked" China launches probe into WADA allegations
BEIJING (Reuters) - China will investigate claims that virtually all the raw materials used to produce illegal performance-enhancing drugs come from the country, even if they have serious reservations about their accuracy, state media said on Tuesday. World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) director general David Howman told Reuters in an interview last week that "ninety-nine percent" of the materials used by criminal gangs around the world to make the drugs were emanating from China.
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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.
"Toxic" culture fuelled Aussie swimming flop
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Slack management allowed a "culturally toxic" environment to develop in Australia's swimming team at the London Olympics with abuse of alcohol and prescription drugs, as well as flouting of curfews and bullying going unchecked, a review said on Tuesday. Australia's worst Olympic swimming performance for 20 years was accompanied by reports of schoolboy pranks, inflated egos, a lack of team unity and unrealistic expectations, prompting the review into team culture by business consultants Bluestone.
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.