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Pistons take down Warriors even as Curry dazzles

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Pistons take down Warriors even as Curry dazzles

The Golden State Warriors were defeated for the second time in three games as the Detroit Pistons routed them by 113-95.

Just as Detroit Pistons forward Marcus Morris grew accustomed to looking up at the Golden State Warriors in the standings, he can be proud for holding his giving the reigning champions a thumping.

“I’ve seen them a lot. That’s one of the best performance I ever had against them. I thought (Andre Drummond) did a great job and I thought our bench played pretty well,” Morris said.

The sellout crowd in the Palace of the Auburn Hills were delighted as their team gave the Warriors (37-4) their first loss of the season with their starting lineup intact.

The Pistons took their largest lead of the game at 25 points, with a score of 101-76 when Reginald Shon “Reggie” Jackson scored on a short jumper with 7:03 remaining in the game.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope also took advantage of MVP Steph Curry and defended him for most of the night to score 20 points.

However, even as Caldwell-Pope added on three steals, Curry managed to take 38 points, including a 32-foot heave that was all net.

Pistons may have won the game, but Curry still drew praise from the Pistons with his 38-point performance.

“As he caught it, I was thinking, ‘There’s no way he’s going to shoot this,’” Pistons Jackson said.

“It was pretty scary that he never reset his feet. It was an off-rhythm catch and the guy is just unreal, probably the best shooter to play the game — and rightfully so, he should be mentioned in that category.”

Manchester United defeats Liverpool with late Rooney strike

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Manchester United defeats Liverpool with late Rooney strike

Manchester United scored a vital victory at Anfield to keep their title hopes up as Wayne Rooney struck late to make it 1-0 for the visitors.

It was a match-up that starred two squads that were pale shadows of their former self, and even as Liverpool looked the better team in the match they squandered all of the chances they managed to create.

Rooney then fired in United’s first shot on target high past Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet after Marouane Fellaini’s header came back off the bar with 12 minutes from time, and Liverpool failed to make a reply.

The 30-year-old Evertonian enjoyed the victory at Anfield with his first goal there since January 2005.

Along with goalkeeper David De Gea, Rooney is slowly reclaiming his importance as a player for Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United squad which was rife with problems within and without.

The Dutchman was optimistic after the match, claiming that United still can take the Premier League title.

“The gap is seven points. We can overcome that so that’s what I’m thinking about,” he said.

“We have started the year very good with a lot of wins and I think this game will give a big boost to the players and the fans, and everyone in the environment of Manchester United,” he said.

“I hope we can continue winning – that’s why we are here.”

Defending champions through in Australian Open

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Defending champions through in Australian Open

Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic, both defending champions of their own category are through after the first round.

For Williams, this was her first tour match in four months, but she held on and came through with straight sets – 6-4, 7-5 against Italy’s Camila Giorgi.

She was broken once by Giorgi in the first set, but she returned the favor with two breaks of her own to capture the opening salvo.

Both women stayed on serve in the second set until the 11th game, when Williams won her third break of the match for a 6-5 set advantage.

The American, 34, had been struggling with a left-knee injury for months before the game, but still managed to impress by dominating 2015 with a brilliant 53-3.

Her only tournament loss had been in the US Open which denied her chance of securing four consecutive Grand Slam titles.

Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic experienced no problems on his end either with a memorable start to his title defense campaign.

The Serb outclassed South Korean star Hyeon Chung 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in just one hour and fifty five minutes.

19-year-old Chung, whose ranking skyrocketed from 173 to 51 in 2015 proved to be no match against the current World Number One.

Djokovic had also won three of the four Grand Slams last year, conceding the French Open to Swiss Stan Wawrinka.