Sports news roundup: PREVIEW-Soccer-Australia, Peru chase penultimate place in World Cup finals; MLB round-up: Rangers explode in extras, outlast White Sox and more

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PREVIEW-Soccer-Australia, Peru chase penultimate spot at World Cup finals

Australia and Peru both qualified through the playoffs for the last World Cup, but only one of them will advance this time when they meet in Doha on Monday in their intercontinental playoffs to secure a spot at this year’s finals in Qatar. Australia qualified for the 2018 finals by beating Honduras in two legs, while Peru edged out New Zealand for their place in Russia.

MLB recap: Rangers explode in extras, outlast White Sox

Nathaniel Lowe doubled in a run in the 10th inning to start a four-run riot on Saturday afternoon as the Texas Rangers defeated the Chicago White Sox 11-9 on Chicago’s South Side. Lowe’s big hit in the 10th was his second double of the game and helped turn reliever Matt Moore, fifth of six pitchers for the Rangers, into a winner. Moore (3-0) hit five in two perfect innings.

Golf-Schwartzel wins LIV opening game for $4 million jackpot

South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel fended off compatriot Hennie Du Plessis to pocket the biggest paycheck in golf history at the inaugural event of the LIV Invitational Series on Saturday. The 37-year-old led by three shots into the third and final round at the Centurion course north of London, consolidating with a round of 72 to seal the $4 million prize.

Tennis: Andy Murray in Stuttgart final after Kyrgios loses cool amid ‘racial slurs’

Former world no had lost his calm and said he was racially abused by a fan. The final is the 70th of Murray’s career and his second this year after finishing second in Sydney in January. The 35-year-old meets second-seeded Matteo Berrettini, who is contesting his first Tour-level final of the season.

Golf-McIlroy and Thomas put the spotlight back on the Canadian Open

The Canadian Open demonstrated the quality that Saturday’s breakaway LIV Golf Invitational Series could not match, with defending champion Rory McIlroy sitting on a glittering three-of-the-world top 10 ranking. After a week of verbal confrontations and threats between the PGA Tour and the controversial Saudi-backed LIV series, Saturday’s spotlight was on golf, with the Canadian Open underscoring the difference in quality between the two tours.

Football England are being held in a dismal stalemate by Italy

England’s winless start to the Nations League continued as they drew 0-0 at home to a young Italian side in the nearly empty Molineux on Saturday. The first meeting between the nations since the turbulent Euro 2020 final at Wembley last year was a tame affair with precious little cause for celebration for the 2,000 children who were allowed to attend despite a UEFA ban.

Boxing-Riakporhe beats Turchi in two rounds at IBF cruiserweight eliminator

British cruiserweight Richard Riakporhe scored a stunning victory over Fabio Turchi in an IBF eliminator, landing a left hook body shot to cover the Italian in the second round and move closer to a shot at a world title. A wincing Turchi managed to get back to his feet, but a member of his team entered the ring with a towel in hand to end the contest.

NBA: Steph Curry’s iconic performance leaves Warriors teammates stunned

Stephen Curry’s 43-point feat in Game Four of Friday’s NBA Finals left his Warriors teammates, coaches and basketball fans everywhere in awe. While Golden State was in danger of falling into a 3-1 hole against the Celtics in Boston, Curry was great. He shot 14 of 26 with seven threes from the field and amassed 10 rebounds to level the series at 2-2.

US football judge dismisses Cristiano Ronaldo rape lawsuit in Las Vegas

A US judge has dismissed the Las Vegas rape lawsuit against Manchester United and Portugal soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo, British news outlet Sky News reported on Saturday. The ruling comes nearly three years after prosecutors said Ronaldo would not face charges in Las Vegas related to a 10-year-old sexual assault allegation because the case cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

Horse Racing-Mo Donegal Wins Belmont Stakes When Rich Strike Misses

Favorite Mo Donegal trumped to victory at the 154th Belmont Stakes on Saturday while Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike failed to pull off another upset in Elmont, New York. Mo Donegal, fifth in the Kentucky Derby, settled in midfield for much of the mile-and-a-half race and then made his move coming into the home stretch.

(With agency contributions.)

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