Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Wiggins wants to put Hour record beyond reach
Bradley Wiggins believes he can put the Hour world record "out of reach" when he tackles one of cycling's toughest challenges next month at London's Olympic velodrome. A few weeks after fellow Briton Alex Dowsett set a new world record of 52.937 kilometers in Manchester, Olympic time trial champion Wiggins says it is not a matter of "if" he can better that distance, but by how much.
NBA-Grizzlies maul Warriors to even series
Mike Conley outplayed NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry and defensive ace Tony Allen harassed All-Star Klay Thompson into an off-shooting night as the Memphis Grizzlies stunned the top-seeded Golden State Warriors 97-90 on Tuesday. The Memphis defense put on a brilliant display in Game Two of the Western Conference semi-finals series, limiting the high-flying Golden State to 41.9 percent shooting to tie up the best-of-seven set at 1-1.
Pacquiao sued in U.S. for allegedly concealing injury
Boxer Manny Pacquiao was sued in a U.S. court on Tuesday by two people who said they paid to watch him fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the "Fight of Century" but felt defrauded by Pacquiao's alleged failure to disclose a pre-bout shoulder injury. The lawsuit was filed by Stephane Vanel and Kami Rahbaran in federal court in Nevada. It seeks compensation under laws meant to protect consumers and asks for status as a class action on behalf of ticket buyers, pay-per-view television viewers and people who gambled on the fight.
Flames edge Ducks in overtime
Center Mikael Backlund scored the overtime winner on a delayed penalty call as the Calgary Flames beat the Anaheim Ducks 4-3 in Game Three of their Western Conference playoff series on Tuesday. The Ducks still lead the series 2-1, with Game Four set for Friday at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
Blackhawks shut out Wild to take control of series
Right winger Patrick Kane's first-period power-play goal was the difference in Chicago's 1-0 win over the Wild on Tuesday, giving the Blackhawks a 3-0 stranglehold on their Western Conference semi-final playoff series. Goalie Corey Crawford added a 30-save shutout for Chicago, which quieted the raucous Minnesota crowd in the first period, then frustrated the home team throughout.
Gold-hungry Vonn likes the look of Pyeongchang run
Alpine skiier Lindsey Vonn thinks the downhill run for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics might suit her style as she targets the return of the blue riband title she won in Vancouver five years ago. The 30-year-old American brushed aside questions about this week's split with golfer Tiger Woods when she was presented as an ambassador of South Korea's first Winter Olympics and instead focused on her on-piste ambitions.
Boxing fans accuse Pacquiao of concealing injury
Boxer Manny Pacquiao has been sued in several U.S. courts by people who said they paid to watch him fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the "Fight of Century" but felt defrauded by Pacquiao's failure to disclose a pre-bout shoulder injury. At least five lawsuits were filed against Pacquiao on Tuesday in federal courts in California, Illinois, Nevada and Texas. The lawsuits seek compensation under laws meant to protect consumers and ask for status as class actions on behalf of ticket buyers, pay-per-view television viewers and people who gambled on the fight.
Azarenka suffers match-point meltdown in Williams loss
Victoria Azarenka suffered a stunning meltdown and blew three match points against world number one Serena Williams before losing 7-6(5) 3-6 7-6(1) in the third round of the Madrid Open on Wednesday. Azarenka served for the match at 6-5 and 40-0 in the third set but fell to pieces.
Hawks break Wizards' unbeaten spell to level series
Forward DeMarre Carroll led five double-figure scorers with 22 points as the Atlanta Hawks used an 11-2 run midway through the final quarter to pull away for 106-90 Game Two victory over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday. After wilting late in Game One, the Eastern Conference top seeds remained solid all the way to the final buzzer to ensure their best-of-seven second-round playoff series will head to Washington tied up at 1-1.
Mirza wants to inspire girls across subcontinent
Outside Bollywood films, Sania Mirza might be the only Indian success welcomed as warmly in neighboring Pakistan and the 28-year-old expects her doubles feats to inspire girls on both sides of the border to pick up a tennis racquet. Mirza has long been the face of the women's game in India and her high-profile cross-border wedding to Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik five years ago placed her in a unique position.