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 Manager Matt Williams benching star Bryce Harper, above, may have sent the wrong message to the rest of the Washington Nationals. Mike Ehrmann / AFP

Benching Harper sends Williams’s right message the wrong way

Matt Williams, the Washington Nationals manager, made the biggest move of his 18-game tenure on Saturday, benching rising star Bryce Harper for his “lack of hustle”.

 Players such as George Springer are a sign that things are starting to swing in the Houston Astros' favour. But more help is needed. Scott Halleran / AFP

Houston Astros are still earth-bound but help is on the way

As harbingers of a new era go, the Houston Astros could have done worse than misspelling their new phenom’s name on his major-league debut.

 Luis Suarez became the first Liverpool player to score 30 Premier League goals in a season since Ian Rush in 1987. Stefan Wermuth / Reuters

Sterling and Suarez inpire Liverpool to win over Norwich City

The win takes the Premier League table-toppers to 80 points from 35 games.

 Arsenal's Lukas Podolski celebrates his second goal during the Premier League match against Hull City at The KC Stadium in Hull, England, on April 20, 2014. Lynne Cameron / AP Photo

Arsenal maintain push for top-four finish with victory at Hull

Hull could end up in Europe regardless of the FA Cup final result if Arsenal finish in the Uefa Champions League places

 Ashish Nehra of Chennai Super Kings bowls to Kings XI Punjab at Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Ravindranath K / The National

Hard-hitting Chennai not deterred by opening loss in IPL

But some questions remain about the team's attack ahead of Monday's match against Delhi Daredevils in Abu Dhabi, writes Osman Samiuddin.

 Stanislas Wawrinka turned away fellow Swiss Roger Federer with a 4-6, 7-6, 6-2 victory at the Monte Carlo Masters on April 20, 2014. Julian Finney / Getty Images

Wawrinka backhands Federer aside at Monte Carlo Masters

Stanislas Wawrinka won the Monte Carlo Masters for the first time after rallying to beat Roger Federer 4-6, 7-6, 6-2 in a rare all-Swiss final.

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San Antonio and Indiana are top seeds as the NBA play-offs are set

April 17, 2014

Overtime thrillers in Memphis and Charlotte, and then a go-ahead dunk in Oklahoma City to win a game and cap another scoring title for Kevin Durant on the final night of the season before this season’s NBA playoffs could be decided.

NBA: LA Clippers set club record with 57th win

April 16, 2014

Chris Paul added 21 points and 10 assists for Los Angeles, who must beat Portland on Wednesday and have Detroit beat Oklahoma City to earn the second seed behind San Antonio in Western Conference playoffs.

NBA round-up: Heat’s James and Bosh rest in loss to Wizards

April 15, 2014

The no-contest game guaranteed the Eastern Conference’s top seed for the Indiana Pacers while the Heat get the No. 2 seed and either the Wizards or Bobcats in the first round of the NBA play-offs.

NBA play-offs test divides the best from the rest

April 14, 2014

It has been argued the NBA play-offs are too long, too big, too inclusive, simply too unwieldy. But those who make such an argument protest a bit too much. The NBA play-offs are a showcase for basketball. If you like basketball, more of the sport...

Italian Belinelli fits naturally with Spurs international cast

April 14, 2014

Marco Belinelli was not among the prominent NBA free agents last summer. When he signed a two-year contract with the San Antonio Spurs in July, it attracted little attention. Tom Thibodeau knew better.

Stephenson posts fifth triple-double in Pacers win over Thunder

April 14, 2014

DeMar DeRozan scored 14 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter during the Raptors' win while Memphis pulled away in the third quarter to beat the Los Angeles Lakers.

Germany’s Dirk Nowitzki surpasses Oscar Robertson for 10th in NBA all-time scoring

April 9, 2014

'He's an original. He's a generational player' said Dallas coach Rick Carlisle on Wednesday after Dirk Nowitzki reached 26,714 career points to enter the NBA's top-10 all time in a 95-83 win over Utah.

Bobcats turn a different tale this season

April 7, 2014

For the first time since the 2009/10 season, and only the second time in the 10 years since the NBA returned to the state of North Carolina in a 2004/05 reboot, the Charlotte Bobcats will appear in the play-offs.

Anthony Davis might steal thunder in future LeBron, Durant MVP races

April 7, 2014

These are not the first words printed in an attempt to properly hail the breakout second season by Anthony Davis, but the New Orleans Pelicans’ budding star deserves a chorus of praise. His numbers are remarkable.

Kevin Durant equals Michael Jordan, but Rockets trump Thunder for play-off clincher

April 5, 2014

Kevin Durant scored at least 25 points for the 40th game on Friday, matching a stretch last accomplished by Michael Jordan in 1986/87, but his Oklahoma City Thunder lost to the Houston Rockets 111-107.

Despite NHL rumours, Seattle’s dream remains NBA return

April 3, 2014

The lead investor in the group that attempted to bring the Sacramento Kings to Seattle last year, Chris Hansen, says the goal of a Seattle NBA team remains the group's only objective.

Completing long road back, Brooklyn Nets seal play-off spot

April 2, 2014

Since falling to 10-21 on December 31, the Brooklyn Nets have gone 30-12, culminating in a win over the Rockets on Tuesday night that booked their place in the 2013/14 NBA play-offs.

Only team that can stop the San Antonio Spurs appears to be the Spurs themselves

April 1, 2014

'I think he'll be happy if we lose anytime soon' joked Tony Parker about coach Gregg Popovich after San Antonio extended their franchise-record winning streak to 18 games on Monday night. 'He's going to rest like half the team.'

Minnesota getting no love from top teams in NBA

March 31, 2014

Despite Kevin Love's elite scoring, it is a lacklustre defence from the Minnesota Timberwolves that has them on the outside looking in when it comes to the Western Conference play-offs, writes Jonathan Raymond.