Canadian teen Henderson has 1-shot lead in LPGA Tour event (The Associated Press)

Brooke Henderson of Canada gestures after putting on the second green of the Lake Merced Golf Club during the third round of the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic golf tournament Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Daly City, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Canadian teen Brooke Henderson lost some momentum Saturday afternoon. She at least kept the lead in the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. Henderson led by as many as five shots early in the third round at tough, chilly Lake Merced Golf Club. It all changed on the final two holes when the 17-year-old made a pair of bogeys and had to settle for an even-par 72 and a one-shot lead over Morgan Pressel and Min Seo Kwak of South Korea.

Brendon McCullum inspires Chennai Super Kings to beat Kings XI Punjab

• Chennai Super Kings 192-3; Kings XI Punjab 95-9
• Chennai Super Kings win by 97 runs

Chennai Super Kings roared into the joint lead of the IPL table after an emphatic victory over a hapless Kings XI Punjab, who lost the toss, made a string of errors in the field and then batted poorly to come off profoundly second best in a 97-run defeat.

Chennai hit the third-highest total of this year’s IPL. Dwayne Smith got their innings under way in blistering, vicious style, scoring a quickfire 26 off 12 balls, including three fours and two sixes, before getting out off the 13th. Anureet Singh received the credit but the wicket owed more to luck, Smith mistiming an attempted pull and the ball missing the bat and hitting him in the chest, bouncing into his arm, and deflecting back into the stumps.

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Ronnie O’Sullivan fights back to lead Matthew Stevens in second round

• John Higgins says his conqueror Ding Junhui is a ‘big, big danger’
• Mark Allen and Graeme Dott also crash out in Sheffield

Ronnie O’Sullivan fired back to take a 5-3 lead over Matthew Stevens in the second round of the World Snooker Championship at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre. The five-times world champion fell two frames behind his Welsh opponent in the best-of-25 contest before clinching five successive frames to move into the lead.

The 39-year-old struck the first century of the match in the third frame, with runs of 63 and 61 putting him in front. Stevens cut the gap to two frames at the end of the first session to leave the contest very much in the balance.

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Nets claw back in East as Bulls seek sweep

Brook Lopez #11 of the Brooklyn Nets looks on during the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs against the Atlanta Hawks at Barclays Center on April 25, 2015 in the Brooklyn borough of New York CityWhile the Chicago Bulls sought to finish off Milwaukee on Saturday, the Brooklyn Nets made sure their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series against Atlanta will go a little further. The Nets got the win they desperately needed on their home floor on Saturday, using a big second-half run to defeat the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks 91-83 and narrow the gap in their best-of-seven first-round series to two-games-to-one. Brook Lopez, Thaddeus Young and Joe Johnson all recorded double-doubles for the Nets, who parlayed an 18-0 scoring run that bridged the third and fourth quarters into the win they needed after dropping the first two games of the series in Atlanta.

How Watford went from the ridiculous to the sublime … to the top flight

Four managers before November didn’t bode well for a successful season, but the Hornets’ promotion to the Premier League is testament to their consistency since
• Watford secure top-flight football after Deeney and Vydra sink Brighton

In many ways there could have been no more fitting opponents than Brighton to usher Watford towards promotion. Their previous meeting, at Vicarage Road in October, represents a watershed in a season that, at that stage, seemed as likely to end in ridicule as in rejoicing. Results had been reasonable enough – the 1-1 draw lifted the Hornets to second in the table – but off the pitch there was turmoil: they were already on their third manager of the season and about to replace him with a fourth.

The first, Beppe Sannino, resigned in August amid reports of player unrest; his replacement, Óscar García, quit for health reasons after four weeks; and Billy McKinlay took four points from two games before, without so much as glimpsing a contract, he was elbowed aside in favour of the former Chelsea midfielder Slavisa Jokanovic. The decision, taken three days after that Brighton game, seemed brutal and graceless at the time but hindsight has painted it in a different light; Watford were second then and are first now but their improvement as a team has been dramatic.

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How Watford went from the ridiculous to the sublime … to the top flight

Four managers before November didn’t bode well for a successful season, but the Hornets’ promotion to the Premier League is testament to their consistency since
• Watford secure top-flight football after Deeney and Vydra sink Brighton

In many ways there could have been no more fitting opponents than Brighton to usher Watford towards promotion. Their previous meeting, at Vicarage Road in October, represents a watershed in a season that, at that stage, seemed as likely to end in ridicule as in rejoicing. Results had been reasonable enough – the 1-1 draw lifted the Hornets to second in the table – but off the pitch there was turmoil: they were already on their third manager of the season and about to replace him with a fourth.

The first, Beppe Sannino, resigned in August amid reports of player unrest; his replacement, Óscar García, quit for health reasons after four weeks; and Billy McKinlay took four points from two games before, without so much as glimpsing a contract, he was elbowed aside in favour of the former Chelsea midfielder Slavisa Jokanovic. The decision, taken three days after that Brighton game, seemed brutal and graceless at the time but hindsight has painted it in a different light; Watford were second then and are first now but their improvement as a team has been dramatic.

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How Watford went from the ridiculous to the sublime … to the top flight

Four managers before November didn’t bode well for a successful season, but the Hornets’ promotion to the Premier League is testament to their consistency since
• Watford secure top-flight football after Deeney and Vydra sink Brighton

In many ways there could have been no more fitting opponents than Brighton to usher Watford towards promotion. Their previous meeting, at Vicarage Road in October, represents a watershed in a season that, at that stage, seemed as likely to end in ridicule as in rejoicing. Results had been reasonable enough – the 1-1 draw lifted the Hornets to second in the table – but off the pitch there was turmoil: they were already on their third manager of the season and about to replace him with a fourth.

The first, Beppe Sannino, resigned in August amid reports of player unrest; his replacement, Óscar García, quit for health reasons after four weeks; and Billy McKinlay took four points from two games before, without so much as glimpsing a contract, he was elbowed aside in favour of the former Chelsea midfielder Slavisa Jokanovic. The decision, taken three days after that Brighton game, seemed brutal and graceless at the time but hindsight has painted it in a different light; Watford were second then and are first now but their improvement as a team has been dramatic.

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How Watford went from the ridiculous to the sublime … to the top flight

Four managers before November didn’t bode well for a successful season, but the Hornets’ promotion to the Premier League is testament to their consistency since
• Watford secure top-flight football after Deeney and Vydra sink Brighton

In many ways there could have been no more fitting opponents than Brighton to usher Watford towards promotion. Their previous meeting, at Vicarage Road in October, represents a watershed in a season that, at that stage, seemed as likely to end in ridicule as in rejoicing. Results had been reasonable enough – the 1-1 draw lifted the Hornets to second in the table – but off the pitch there was turmoil: they were already on their third manager of the season and about to replace him with a fourth.

The first, Beppe Sannino, resigned in August amid reports of player unrest; his replacement, Óscar García, quit for health reasons after four weeks; and Billy McKinlay took four points from two games before, without so much as glimpsing a contract, he was elbowed aside in favour of the former Chelsea midfielder Slavisa Jokanovic. The decision, taken three days after that Brighton game, seemed brutal and graceless at the time but hindsight has painted it in a different light; Watford were second then and are first now but their improvement as a team has been dramatic.

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How Watford went from the ridiculous to the sublime … to the top flight

Four managers before November didn’t bode well for a successful season, but the Hornets’ promotion to the Premier League is testament to their consistency since
• Watford secure top-flight football after Deeney and Vydra sink Brighton

In many ways there could have been no more fitting opponents than Brighton to usher Watford towards promotion. Their previous meeting, at Vicarage Road in October, represents a watershed in a season that, at that stage, seemed as likely to end in ridicule as in rejoicing. Results had been reasonable enough – the 1-1 draw lifted the Hornets to second in the table – but off the pitch there was turmoil: they were already on their third manager of the season and about to replace him with a fourth.

The first, Beppe Sannino, resigned in August amid reports of player unrest; his replacement, Óscar García, quit for health reasons after four weeks; and Billy McKinlay took four points from two games before, without so much as glimpsing a contract, he was elbowed aside in favour of the former Chelsea midfielder Slavisa Jokanovic. The decision, taken three days after that Brighton game, seemed brutal and graceless at the time but hindsight has painted it in a different light; Watford were second then and are first now but their improvement as a team has been dramatic.

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Bayern Munich scrape past Hertha Berlin thanks to Schweinsteiger

Bayern Munich 1-0 Hertha Berlin

Bayern Munich scraped past Hertha Berlin 1-0 thanks to a late goal from Bastian Schweinsteiger and the Bundesliga title will belong to the Bavarians if VfL Wolfsburg fail to win on Sunday.

Pep Guardiola’s league leaders are 15 points clear with four matches left and will celebrate their third successive domestic crown if second-placed Wolfsburg cannot manage a victory at Borussia Mönchengladbach on Sunday.

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Bayern Munich scrape past Hertha Berlin thanks to Schweinsteiger

Bayern Munich 1-0 Hertha Berlin

Bayern Munich scraped past Hertha Berlin 1-0 thanks to a late goal from Bastian Schweinsteiger and the Bundesliga title will belong to the Bavarians if VfL Wolfsburg fail to win on Sunday.

Pep Guardiola’s league leaders are 15 points clear with four matches left and will celebrate their third successive domestic crown if second-placed Wolfsburg cannot manage a victory at Borussia Mönchengladbach on Sunday.

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Bayern Munich scrape past Hertha Berlin thanks to Schweinsteiger

Bayern Munich 1-0 Hertha Berlin

Bayern Munich scraped past Hertha Berlin 1-0 thanks to a late goal from Bastian Schweinsteiger and the Bundesliga title will belong to the Bavarians if VfL Wolfsburg fail to win on Sunday.

Pep Guardiola’s league leaders are 15 points clear with four matches left and will celebrate their third successive domestic crown if second-placed Wolfsburg cannot manage a victory at Borussia Mönchengladbach on Sunday.

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Bayern Munich scrape past Hertha Berlin thanks to Schweinsteiger

Bayern Munich 1-0 Hertha Berlin

Bayern Munich scraped past Hertha Berlin 1-0 thanks to a late goal from Bastian Schweinsteiger and the Bundesliga title will belong to the Bavarians if VfL Wolfsburg fail to win on Sunday.

Pep Guardiola’s league leaders are 15 points clear with four matches left and will celebrate their third successive domestic crown if second-placed Wolfsburg cannot manage a victory at Borussia Mönchengladbach on Sunday.

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Man City win calamitous affair

There were errors aplenty at the Etihad on Saturday, but it was Manchester City who managed to keep it cleaner and used a late Fernandinho goal to take all three points from a Jack Grealish-inspired Aston Villa. John Brewin &#187