Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
NBA roundup: Luka Doncic leads Mavs in record-breaking rout
Luka Doncic single-handedly outscored the Memphis Grizzlies in the first quarter en route to a game-high, 32-point performance that propelled the host Dallas Mavericks to a 137-96 thrashing Saturday night. Successfully rebounding from a 107-105 road loss to the Phoenix Suns on Opening Night, the Mavericks ran up the largest margin of victory in their 105-game all-time series with the Grizzlies. Dallas had recorded the previous biggest blowout, 120-83, in January 2001.
Cricket-Stoinis says Australia must embrace pressure after defeat
Australia all-rounder Marcus Stoinis said the Twenty20 world champions were hurting after an 89-run humbling by New Zealand in their Super 12 stage clash on Saturday, but he backed the hosts to feed off the pressure and reach the semi-finals. The result at Sydney Cricket Ground hammered Australia’s net run rate, which will be used to separate teams tied on points in the standings, and left them almost certainly needing four Group 2 wins to make the last four.
Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz dies aged 78
Dietrich Mateschitz, the Austrian billionaire founder and owner of energy drink company Red Bull, died on Saturday at the age 78 after a serious illness with cancer. His death was confirmed by the championship-leading Red Bull Formula One team.
Motor racing-Red Bull F1 team mourn death of founder Mateschitz at 78
Formula One and the championship-leading Red Bull team mourned the death of the energy drink company’s Austrian founder Dietrich Mateschitz on Saturday at the age of 78. Red Bull Racing principal Christian Horner confirmed the news ahead of qualifying for the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, where the team can clinch a fifth constructors’ championship.
Figure skating-Malinin lands another quadruple axel for Skate America gold
American Ilia Malinin landed only the second quadruple axle in competitive figure skating history at Skate America on Saturday, a month after he executed the move for the first time at a lower-level event. The 17-year-old had become the first person to successfully perform the difficult move in competition during his free skate at the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic at Lake Placid, New York, last month where he won the gold medal.
NHL roundup: Lightning topple Islanders again
Brayden Point and Brandon Hagel each had a goal and an assist as the host Tampa Bay Lightning won on consecutive nights by beating the New York Islanders 5-3 on Saturday night. Corey Perry, Nicholas Paul and Alex Killorn also scored for Tampa Bay. Brian Elliott won for the first time in two starts by stopping 32 of 35 shots. Steven Stamkos, the NHL’s leading goal scorer, failed to tally and had his five-game goal streak end.
Motorcycling-Martin sets lap record to take pole for Malaysian Grand Prix
Pramac Racing’s Jorge Martin set a lap record on Saturday to take pole position for the Malaysian MotoGP Grand Prix, as Enea Bastianini gave himself an outside shot at the title as the top three contenders all struggled in qualifying. Martin posted a time of one minute 57.790 seconds ahead of the penultimate round of the championship, which is returning to the Sepang International Circuit for the first time since 2019.
Motor racing-Sainz on pole in Austin as F1 mourns Mateschitz
Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz took pole position for the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, on Saturday as Formula One mourned the death of Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz ahead of a race likely to crown his team champions. Red Bull’s double world champion Max Verstappen will join Spaniard Sainz on the front row for Sunday’s race with the Dutch driver having a strong chance of taking a record-equalling 13th win of the season.
Mixed Martial Arts-Makhachev chokes out Oliveira to claim UFC lightweight crown
Islam Makhachev pulled off a sensational submission win over Charles Oliveira to win the lightweight title and Aljamain Sterling beat TJ Dillashaw by TKO to claim the bantamweight belt at UFC 280 at the Etihad Arena on Saturday. Makhachev capped his ascent to the lightweight throne with a brilliant win by arm triangle choke against Brazilian Oliveira, the holder of the UFC record for submission wins with 16.
Soccer-Forest stun Liverpool, Manchester City and Everton get home wins
Struggling Nottingham Forest pulled off a stunning 1-0 win over Liverpool to claim only their second victory of the season in the Premier League on Saturday, while champions Manchester City continued their chase of leaders Arsenal. Manchester United earned a stoppage-time 1-1 draw at Chelsea in the day’s late kickoff and Everton snapped a three-game losing streak with a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace.
(With inputs from agencies.)
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