ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Unbeaten Israel Adesanya defended his middleweight title in style with a dominant second-round stoppage of Paulo Costa at UFC 253 on Sunday.

Poland’s Jan Blachowicz also stopped Dominick Reyes late in the second round to claim the light heavyweight title vacated by Jon Jones on Fight Island, the mixed martial arts promotion’s bubble performance venue in the Middle East.

Adesanya (20-0) carved up his previously unbeaten Brazilian opponent with flair and ease, battering Costa with leg kicks before ending it late in the second round. Adesanya crumpled Costa with a combination at the centre

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The best team won and LeBron James made sure of it.

With Anthony Davis limping on a sore ankle and the Denver Nuggets hanging around, James helped the favoured Los Angeles Lakers put the hammer down on the Denver Nuggets in the fourth quarter to punch a ticket to the Finals, awaiting either the Boston Celtics or Miami Heat.

James engineered a final surge that finally broke open a game they largely controlled but couldn’t close. He finished with 38 points — 16 in the fourth quarter — 16 rebounds and 13 assists and while Davis had 27 points. James’

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COSTA MESA, Calif. — The Los Angeles Chargers will be without two of their starting defensive linemen for at least the next three games after placing defensive end Melvin Ingram and defensive tackle Justin Jones on injured reserve Saturday.

Ingram practiced on Wednesday and Thursday but did not go Friday due to a knee injury. Ingram and Joey Bosa have combined to form one of the league’s top pass rushing duos in recent years, but Bosa could be drawing more double teams after recording two sacks in the first two games.

Jones suffered a shoulder injury in Sunday in a … Read More

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic — Adam Long went from trying to hit a fairway to a course so open it’s hard to miss. He went from grinding over pars to pouring in birdies.

One week after he toiled to a tie for 13th at Winged Foot in the U.S. Open, Long is loving life in the Caribbean.

Long ran off five birdies in a six-hole stretch to grab the lead and finished with key par saves for an 8-under 64 that give him a two-shot lead over Hudson Swafford in the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship.

“Big contrast from

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HAMBURG — Stefanos Tsitsipas continued his impressive tune-up for the French Open by beating clay-court specialist Christian Garin in the Hamburg Open semifinals on Saturday to set up a final against Andrey Rublev.

The sixth-ranked Greek hit 12 aces on his way to winning 7-5, 3-6, 6-3. That denied Garin his third clay final of the year and ended the Chilean’s 5-0 unbeaten record in tour semis.

Tsitsipas’ run to the Hamburg final has seen him recover from his third-round exit at the U.S. Open and a first-round elimination in Rome last week in his first clay tournament of the

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SOCHI, Russia — Lewis Hamilton took a step closer to equaling the Formula One win record on Saturday by clinching pole position at the Russian Grand Prix, after narrowly avoiding early elimination when Sebastian Vettel crashed.

Hamilton charged to a track-record time of 1 minute, 31.304 seconds, beating the Red Bull of Max Verstappen by .563 for his fifth straight pole position. Hamilton can achieve his 91st career win in the race on Sunday, matching the record held by Michael Schumacher.

Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate, Valtteri Bottas, was beaten into third by Verstappen’s fast run at the end of the session

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Jayson Tatum stuffed the stat sheet with 31 points, 10 rebounds and six assists as the Boston Celtics made a second-half comeback to beat the Miami Heat 121-108 to force a Game 6 in their Eastern Conference Final series Friday.

After getting outscored 58-51 and only shooting 40.4 per cent from the field in the first half, the Celtics had a complete turnaround in the second, outscoring the Heat by 20, 70-50, and shooting 50 per cent from the field and managing to attempt 19 free throws to boot.

It was a drastic turn of fate for the Celtics who

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