LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Damian Lillard sent Portland into the NBA’s first play-in series with 42 more points and a crucial steal, helping the Trail Blazers escape with a 134-133 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night.

The Trail Blazers secured the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference only after Brooklyn’s Caris LeVert, who scored 37 points, missed a jumper just before time expired. Portland will play ninth-seeded Memphis on Saturday. If the Grizzlies win, the deciding game would be Sunday.

The winner of the play-in series gets the final spot in the West and a first-round

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The Canadian Premier League’s Island Games kicked off with a bang Thursday with a controversial stoppage-time penalty giving Cavalry FC a 2-2 tie with defending CPL champion Forge FC.

The 94th-minute penalty came after Mo Farsi’s shot appeared to hit more of Dominic Samuel’s side than arm. But Samuel, who was trying to block the shot after being turned by the Cavalry attacker, had his arm outstretched and referee Yusri Rudolf pointed to the spot.

Nate Mavila converted the penalty to earn the tie.

“From where I saw it, the lad’s brought his arm up and it looked like from

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A score will be settled and an epic MMA career could come to a close at UFC 252 on Saturday night as Daniel Cormier battles champion Stipe Miocic for the UFC heavyweight title as a slim -125 favourite on the UFC odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The third bout between these two American veteran fighters, Cormier will be looking to reclaim the title he lost to Miocic by fourth-round TKO at UFC 241. But win or lose, Cormier has said he’ll call it a career following Saturday night’s matchup at UFC APEX in Las Vegas.

Cormier claimed the win

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Canada’s Roger Sloan is tied for the lead after he shot a career-low 62 in the first round of the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship on Thursday.

Sloan’s previous best round on the top tour was a 64 at last year’s Mayakoba Golf Classic in Mexico.

At 8 under, the Merritt, B.C. golfer was tied with Americans Harold Varner III and Tom Hoge toward the end of the first round. Sloan and Hoge were part of the same threesome.

“Tom and I go back to our Canadian Tour days (in 2011), so it’s nice to get reunited out

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Big Ten and Pac-12 postponing their fall football seasons because of the coronavirus pandemic leaves some NFL prospects facing a dilemma: Leave now or leave later.

Take Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, a Heisman Trophy finalist last year who would have begun the season as one of the favourites to win in 2020. He will be eligible for the NFL draft and almost certainly will be a top 10 pick whether or not he plays another down of college football.

But he’s already worked hard preparing for this season, and the Buckeyes were expected to be

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — There was zero interaction between the two, not even a furtive glance, when Venus Williams walked past Serena Williams in the Top Seed Open’s warmup area Thursday before their 31st matchup as pros.

Moments later, both headed to the court, each wearing a face covering — Serena sporting a leopard print design, Venus with a light blue medical mask — and were greeted not by the roars of an appreciative audience but basically by silence. Zero fanfare because, well, there are zero fans at the first tennis tournament in the U.S. since the onset of the coronavirus

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Paul George scored 27 points, Kawhi Leonard had 26 and the Los Angeles Clippers wrapped up the second seed in the Western Conference playoffs with a 124-111 victory over the third-seeded Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night.

The Clippers will face seventh-seeded Dallas when the playoffs get going next week.

The Clippers took control with 13 straight points midway through the third quarter and barely let the Nuggets get back in it.

George and Leonard were big reasons why. George made two 3-pointers midway through the period, and Leonard sprinted to midcourt on a defence possession,

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INDIANAPOLIS — Graham Rahal walked through Gasoline Alley tapping away on his phone, no fear of bumping into anyone as he took a break during the first day of Indianapolis 500 practice.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a ghost town. The coronavirus pandemic forced the speedway to proceed with “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” without spectators and their absence was clearly noticed.

Students on field trips weren’t roaming freely through Pagoda Plaza. No souvenirs for sale through the midway. Bronze Badge Holders couldn’t even come to the track, let alone the wait for their favourite drivers outside the garage stalls. The

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