Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Wade savors Heat taking their place among the greats
MIAMI (Reuters) - The Miami Heat are three wins away from becoming just the fifth team in the history of the NBA to win 20 or more games in succession and for the team's longest-serving hero, Dwyane Wade, the moment merits some reflection. So often those in sport respond to questions about statistical achievements with the standard refrain about taking it one game at a time and focusing on the present, not the broader significance of what the numbers mean.
Woods in charge at Doral after classy 65
MIAMI (Reuters) - Looking fully in charge of his game, Tiger Woods fired an outstanding seven-under-par 65 to open up a two-shot lead over Graeme McDowell after the second round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship on Friday. Woods has 17 birdies from his opening 36 holes for the first time in a PGA Tour event, helped by some outstanding work on the greens on the Blue Monster course at Doral.
Ligety wins giant slalom Cup in Kranjska Gora
KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia (Reuters) - Taking risks paid off for American Ted Ligety as he won the Kranjska Gora giant slalom for a fifth time on Saturday to secure the World Cup in the discipline. It was the triple world champion's fourth giant slalom crystal globe and the victory on the Podkoren slope, one of his favourites on the circuit, was his fifth of the season.
Tour director hails British role in the sport
NICE, France (Reuters) - Britain's growing cycling culture has helped to globalize the sport while keeping it close to its European roots, Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme said. "Globalization is necessary but we need to respect the roots of cycling," Prudhomme told Reuters in an interview after the fifth stage of the Paris-Nice race.
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Djokovic feels close to his stunning 2011 form
INDIAN WELLS, California (Reuters) - Oozing confidence after making a sizzling 13-0 start to the year, Novak Djokovic looks every inch the same player who reigned supreme in the men's game during his astonishingly successful 2011 season. Though the Serbian world number one was reluctant to make any predictions about how his 2013 campaign may pan out, he sounded an ominous warning to his rivals on Friday while talking about his sensational early form.
Tight spot no problem for triumphant Kuznetsova
INDIAN WELLS, California (Reuters) - Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova found herself in a tight spot in more ways than one at the BNP Paribas Open on Friday but managed to escape with a come-from-behind victory after a timely wardrobe change. Overwhelmed in the opening set on a chilly day at Indian Wells, Kuznetsova immediately felt more comfortable when she discarded her leggings and went on to upset 18th-seeded Serb Jelena Jankovic 0-6 6-2 7-5 in the second round.
Fenninger keeps up late form with another win
OFTERSCHWANG, Germany (Reuters) - Anna Fenninger kept her end-of-season momentum going to win a women's Alpine ski World Cup giant slalom race on Saturday. The 23-year-old Austrian, winner of a super-G in Garmisch-Partenkirchen a week ago, triumphed again with a combined time of two minutes 29.39 seconds.
Wrestling to hold extraordinary congress in Moscow
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The world wrestling federation (FILA) will hold an extraordinary congress in May to elect a new president as the ancient sport battles to maintain its place on the Olympic program. "FILA will hold its extraordinary Congress on May 18 in Moscow to elect a new president and discuss a variety of issues concerning keeping the sport in the Olympic Games," the sport's governing body said on its website (www.fila-official.com).
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