Rose and Butler silence Thunder
CHICAGO • Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler combined for 55 points as the Chicago Bulls beat Oklahoma City 104-98 on Thursday.
Rose and Butler outshone the Thunders' dynamic duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook as two of the National Basketball Association's top-ranked teams squared off for the first time this season.
Rose sealed the victory by scoring 10 of his team's final 12 points in the fourth quarter.
Burgess' exit a new blow for England
LONDON • Sam Burgess' decision to reject rugby union and head back to the 13-man code in Australia has left the English game at an all-time low, according to World Cup-winning coach Clive Woodward.
Burgess has left his club Bath to rejoin the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Although he said his decision was for family reasons, the timing, just after England's humiliating early exit from their own World Cup, could not be worse for the Rugby Football Union as it starts the post-mortem into what went wrong.
Asada shines at Cup of China Grand Prix
BEIJING • Three-time world champion Mao Asada shone in her first international comeback show as she skated to a comfortable lead at the Cup of China Grand Prix yesterday.
She became the centre of attention in her first Grand Prix in two years after taking a break following her gold at the 2014 world championships.
The Japanese started the short programme with her trademark triple axels to the soundtrack of Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen and thunderous cheers. She earned 71.73 points, leaving compatriot Rika Hongo a distant second with 65.79.