sports news round-up – thursday, may 17

10:00    17 May 2018

The overall leader, British rider Simon Yates of the Mitchelton-Scott team, approaches the finish line to win the eleventh stage of the Giro d'Italia cycling race, over 156 km from Assisi to Osimo, Italy, 16 May 2018. EPA/DANIEL DAL ZENNARO
Basketball & baseball

In the NBA West Conference finals, the Houston Rockets claimed a 127-105 victory over the Golden State Warriors to level the series at 1-1. The major MLB news saw the Los Ageles Angels suffer a narrow 2-0 loss against the Houston Astros, while there were also wins for the Brewers, Marlins, Braves, Reds and Red Sox.

UFC & boxing

UFC have confirmed the fight card for this weekend’s event in Chile which is headlined by Usman v Maia, while Jose Ramirez will defend his WBC Super Lightweight title against Danny O’Connor on July 7.

Cycling, athletics & tennis

Simon Yates claimed victory in Stage 11 of the Giro d’Italia to stretch his overall lead, chairwoman of the South African Women and Sports Foundation (SAWASF) Muditambi Ravele has taken a swipe at the IAAF’s controversial female classification rules, and Dominic Thiem lost his cool in a shock defeat to Fabio Fognini in the Italian Open round of 32.

Motorsport & golf

DTM boss Gerhard Berger says the series must investigate the prospect of having privateer entries, while Berlin is gearing up for this weekend’s Formula E race in the iconic German city. In golf news, Tiger Woods has confirmed that he will play in Jack Nicklaus' Memorial Tournament later this month as he ramps up his preparations for the US Open.

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