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Sport in brief: April 16, 2024

MEN’S BASKETBALL: LeBron James and the LA Lakers face the New Orleans Pelicans tomorrow morning in the first of the NBA’s play-in tournament qualifiers.

The victors will go straight into a last 16 match-up with defending champions Denver.

Steph Curry’s Golden State Warriors face Sacramento in tomorrow’s other Western Conference play-in fixture, before Miami meet Philadelphia and Atlanta play Chicago in the Eastern Conference’s play-ins on Thursday.

MEN’S CRICKET: Australian Travis Head smashed 102 from 41 balls as Hyderabad broke the record for the highest total in Indian Premier League history for the second time this season with 287-3 in their 27 run win against bottom of the table Bengaluru.

Dinesh Karthick top-scored with 83 from 35 balls for the Bangalore-based team. Gujarat Titans take on the Delhi Capitals in tomorrow’s fixture, before the Mumbai Indians visit Punjab on Thursday.

WOMEN’S FOOTBALL: There are a full set of fixtures in the Scottish Women’s Premier League tomorrow evening, with table-topping Rangers looking to defend their one point lead when they visit Hearts, second-placed Celtic taking on Hibs and reigning champions Glasgow City up against Partick.

The bottom two clash when Hamilton host Dundee United, in-form Motherwell are at Spartans and Aberdeen visit improving Montrose.

MEN’S RUGBY UNION: Current New Zealand international Jordie Barrett will join Irish region Leinster in December after signing a short-term deal that will keep him with the Irish region for approximately six months.

The 27-year-old, who has won 57 caps for the All Blacks, has negotiated a contract with New Zealand Rugby that allows him to take a working sabbatical after their tour of Europe is completed later this year.

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