Australia’s dream of hosting the 2022 World Cup was dashed by Qatar, which was announced as the host nation for the tournament by FIFA president Sepp Blatter at the Zurich Exhibition Centre.

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The Middle East nation defeated Australia, USA, Japan and Korea Republic after a hotly contested bidding process.

There was no fairytale ending in the snow-covered Swiss city for Frank Lowy and his team following a stomach-churning final day.

The Australian team had to sit through Russia being announced as 2018 World Cup hosts before discovering the nation’s fate.

“The winner is Qatar,” Blatter said to dash Australia’s hopes.

Having captured the 2000 Sydney Olympics in 1993, Australia stood as a genuine contender to host the world’s biggest sporting event entering the final day of the campaign.

Considering the mess the sport was in a decade ago, the boldness and effort required to be seriously considered demonstrated how far the nation has come in the world game.

Australia had gone into the contest believing it was a good chance of winning at its first attempt and it is a crushing blow for the bid’s inspiration Lowy and his team.

Lowy will be 91 in 2022 and said this week he didn’t expect to be around to watch Australia host a World Cup if it missed out on Thursday.

“I will be watching from somewhere else,” he said.

It could well be a very long time before Australia is in such a strong position to capture the event with Asia only viewed as a possible host for every third World Cup at best.

If China nets the 2026 edition, don’t worry about Lowy missing out on witnessing a World Cup on Australian soil.

With the rotation these days between Europe, the Americas and Africa as well, there might not be many of us around to watch it with the next genuine shot being for the 2038 or 2042 editions.

It is also a missed opportunity to alter the sporting landscape in Australia and Football Federation Australia officials will return home to refocus their efforts on the A-League.

A damning evaluation report from FIFA on the oppressive heat in Qatar in June and July meant little as the tiny Middle East nation won the vote.

The splitting of European nations for the 2018 bid had appeared to have aided Australia’s cause as it cut the field to five bids.

A damning report on Qatar looked to have helped as did anti-USA sentiment that lingers across the world.

South Korea and Japan hosted the event in 2002 and that is like yesterday in World Cup terms.

Australia’s promise of a trouble-free event and positioning itself as the second choice of delegates had appeared to be a wise one for the later rounds of the voting.

But with the voting rounds not immediately released, it is hard to know how close Australia came to a win.

For full bid coverage visit The World Game website.

David Jones Ltd says settling the sexual harassment lawsuit brought by former publicist Kristy Fraser-Kirk was “the right thing to do”.

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The retailer held its annual general meeting in Sydney on Friday, the first since former chief executive Mark McInnes had his contract terminated due to the sexual assault allegations.

Chairman Robert Savage described the drama as “a major disruption” in the retailer’s financial year.

Ms Fraser-Kirk dropped her $37 million claim against David Jones, Mr McInnes and nine directors in October after the retailer settled for $850,000. Mr McInnes made a “smaller contribution” to that amount, Mr Savage said on Friday.

The decision by David Jones to settle was a “straight risk/return decision” made after considering the interests of the company, its shareholders, its brand and its employees, he said. It meant the company could provide certainty of the outcome without “the burden of a final hearing”, Mr Savage said.

It also eliminated the burden of ongoing legal fees, and the need for key executives to commit time to the case during the busiest time of the year for retailers. “In short, all things considered, it was the right thing to do,” Mr Savage said.

Shareholders at the AGM were broadly supportive of the retailer’s handling of the situation.

However, questions were raised by some investors about the $1.5 million termination payment made to Mr McInnes.

“ASA and many retail shareholders associate this $1.5 million ex-gratia payment with the board rewarding inappropriate behaviour unbecoming of an icon brand chief executive,” Australian Shareholders Association (ASA) representative Stephen Matthews said.

“We have difficulty believing that this was the best outcome for shareholders.”

Mr Savage said David Jones had negotiated the mutual termination to reach a quick resolution and a “more robust non-compete clause”, preventing McInnes from working for a rival for 12 months.

He said the concerns raised by shareholders were not unexpected, but it was time David Jones “as a company were allowed to get on with the job of serving our customers.”

Mr Savage said an external consultant hired in June to review internal policies on ethics and codes of conduct “found there was no culture of bullying or harassment in the workplace at David Jones.”

Shares in David Jones ended the day down three cents at $4.39.

Ping pong – also known as table tennis – has long been a popular sport in China, and is traditionally played in garages around Australia.

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Now there’s an underground movement sweeping the world, with celebrities and amateur players alike wielding their paddles.

Ping pong enthusiast Time Boreham says it started as a diversion in downtime in between surfing, matches being played in a northern Sydney garage, overflowing to a local bar.

‘And then it became an obsession and we were playing 5 or 7 nights a week’, Boreham says.

Global trend

His friend Matt Pike says it was only then they found ‘that it was suddenly becoming cool again in New York at exactly the same time that we were playing here – it kind of had a weird transcendancy.’

Players from London to Berlin are getting hooked, with actress Susan Sarandon, starting several US clubs.

‘I am a ping pong propagandist’, she says. ‘I love spreading the world on how much fun ping pong is and I love the fact that it kind of equalises the playing field that little girls can beat cocky muscie-bound guys.’

The ping pong enthusiasts decided to make a documentary about New York’s ‘underground’ scene.

They played rapper Wally Green, former Sunday Times editor Sir Harold Evans and self-professed hustler, Marty Riesman.

‘Basically I’m a money player, I play whereever the money is, I take on the best players in the world’, says Riesman.

But in China, ping pong has long been a serious sport.

And Chinese-Australians make up half of this Sydney club, with numbers doubling in five years.

‘It’s chinese culture to play with balls and it doesn’t take up a lot of room’, says player Kit Ling Chow.

Yingwei Liu credits the game with even more.

‘Ping pong gives me a lot of happiness, it exposes my shortcomings and helps me to find my true self.’

Thawing relations

In the 1970s, the sport helped to thaw US-Chinese relations.

Teams were involved in an exchange visit,later called ‘ping pong diplomacy’, paving the way for President Richard Nixon’s visit to China.

At inner-city bar Doctor Pong, the mood is more mellow – drinkers unaware they are part of a worldwide trend.

From New York to Sydney, players are taking up their bats and they say the game is a great unifier, bringing together people from many different backgrounds.

Filmmakers, Tim and Matt, now need funding to follow up their documentary characters whose profiles are growing, along with the game’s popularity.

“I think that was the most beautiful thing about ping pong, it was just that ability to bring people together and it doesn’t matter what age, race, your background, you don’t even have to speak the same language”, Tim Boreham says.

They say that playing ping pong is like having a conversation over the table.

Duncan Keith scored with 3:48 left and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Nashville Predators 4-3 on Saturday night to win the first-round playoff series 4-2.

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Keith beat a screened Pekka Rinne with a laser from the left point. The defenseman, who had the winning goal in a 4-3 double-overtime victory in Game 1, also had two assists.

Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp also scored for Chicago, and Corey Crawford stopped 13 shots after replacing Scott Darling in the first period after the rookie gave up three goals.

Chicago will face St. Louis or Minnesota in the Western Conference semifinals.

In New York, Nikolay Kulemin scored the go-ahead goal with 9:27 left and the New York Islanders beat the Washington Capitals 3-1 to force Game 7 in the Eastern Conference series.

Islanders captain John Tavares had a goal and assist, and Nick Leddy had two assists in what could still be the franchise’s final game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Cal Clutterbuck then got the loud crowd on its feet to seal the win with an empty-net goal with 53 seconds remaining.

John Carlson scored for the Capitals, who will host the deciding game Monday night. The series winner advances to face the Presidents’ Trophy-winning New York Rangers.

Jaroslav Halak made 38 saves to bounce back from a 5-1 loss in Game 5 on Thursday night.

In Florida, Petr Mrazek stopped 28 shots and the Detroit Red Wings rebounded from a disappointing loss to shut down Tampa Bay 4-0 and take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference series.

Riley Sheahan, Drew Miller, Pavel Datsyuk and Danny DeKeyser scored for the Red Wings. They can close out the Eastern Conference matchup by winning Game 6 at home Monday night.

The shutout was the second of the series for the young Mrazek, who had no previous NHL playoff experience before being named Detroit’s starter over veteran Jimmy Howard. The 23-year-old goalie blanked the Lightning 3-0 in Game 3 at home and also had the only shutout against the league’s highest-scoring team during the regular season.

Australians have done the nation’s servicemen and women proud by honouring their sacrifices in record numbers, the Australian War Memorial director says.

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Australians didn’t let a foiled terror plot to attack Melbourne’s Anzac Day services deter them from attending events to mark the centenary of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli.

War memorial director Brendan Nelson said there had been a “palpable determination” among Australians to attend Saturday’s commemorations to honour the sacrifices made by servicemen and women in times of war and peace around the world.

“Australia and Australians have done these men and women proud,” he said.

Dr Nelson said despite the focus on the centenary of the Gallipoli landing, it was also important to remember the commitment and sacrifices of all the servicemen and women in conflicts since World War I and those who continued to serve today.

The record 151,000-strong crowd attending national services at the Australian War Memorial included some of those who missed out on the ballot for services at Anzac Cove.

Among them was Barbra Graeme from Dubbo, who wore the medals her grandfather was awarded fighting at Gallipoli.

She had entered the ballot to attend the centenary service at Anzac Cove but, having missed out, decided the dawn and national services in Canberra were the next best thing.

Moving services in Turkey were conducted amid a huge security operation incorporating more than 5000 Turkish security personnel across the Gallipoli peninsula as 10,500 Australian and New Zealand pilgrims, heads of state and British royals marked the 100th anniversary of the landings.

Brian and Rhonda Engert, from Sydney, had nothing but praise for the organisers, despite pre-service predictions of potential traffic chaos.

“It was absolutely flawless,” Mrs Engert said after a sleepless night awaiting the dawn service.

There was a highly visible police presence back home, with police numbers trebled in Melbourne where Anzac parade officers were armed in a move that Victoria Police acting Chief Commissioner Tim Cartwright said was likely to become the norm going forward.

New Zealand police also put extra security measures in place after a Kiwi posted a video online trying to incite Anzac Day violence.

But commemorations in both countries went off without a hitch.

For many marchers and flag-wavers, it only stiffened their resolve.

“It just shows who we are, and we’ve rocked out regardless of these threats,” former naval marine technician Richard Lawson, 25, said in Brisbane.

“We have just proven ourselves to be the good, right sort of people.”

Firmly in Trent Robinson’s corner, rugby league greats Peter Sterling, Brad Fittler and Darren Lockyer believe video referees are killing the game.

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Sydney Roosters coach Robinson continued his crusade against players feigning injury and diving to win penalties by accusing St George Illawarra centre Euan Aitken of staying down too long after being tackled by Dylan Napa in the Roosters’ extraordinary Anzac Day clash.

Napa was placed on report for dangerous contact – having already been sanctioned for a crusher tackle on Josh Dugan – a decision that led to a second-half penalty goal that ultimately won the game 14-12 for the Dragons.

But Robinson has been campaigning against the gamesmanship for weeks and even St George Illawarra playmaker Benji Marshall this month confessed to the Dragons staying down 10 or 12 times this season in the hope of hoodwinking referees into granting his side a penalty.

“It’s not an isolated incident. Players say they do it because it’s being allowed to happen,” Robinson said.

Sterling on Sunday said he agreed 100 per cent with the Roosters coach.

“I said four or five weeks ago, if we take the video referee out of this situation, we don’t have a problem,” Sterling said on the Nine Network’s Footy Show.

“I hate seeing our game (going this way). I heard during a game last year through the microphones a teammate yelling to his player `stay down, stay down’.

“If we get to that situation, the game’s in trouble.

“It’s not our game. It is not what rugby league is about.”

Sterling says the NRL needs to remove the video referee from all decision-making except for in-goal plays.

“We’re saving time left, right and centre,” he said.

Fittler agrees, saying the tactic is not only poor sportsmanship but also ruining rugby league as a spectacle.

“I want to know why do you stay down?” he said.

“If you’re not concussed, why would you lie on the ground with your eyes closed?

“I understand what they’re doing … but then come off.

“It slows the game down that much that it becomes un-entertaining.

“I’ve sat there and watched footy since I was four years old and I’m telling you at the moment where there’s a situation of a lot of players are lying down, we’re going to the video ref all the time.

“It’s taking away what makes our game great is that flow, non-stop, end-to-end stuff happening all the time.

“And that’s what’s killing it.”

Melbourne coach Tony McGahan lauded Jack Debreczeni and Nic Stirzaker as Wallabies in waiting after the young Rebels almost orchestrated one of the great Super Rugby boilovers.

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Debreczeni, 21, and Stirzaker, 24, proved more than a match for Australia’s incumbent halves pair Bernard Foley and Nick Phipps as the Rebels fell 18-16 to the NSW Waratahs in a thriller at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.

After slotting three huge penalty goals, including one from well inside his own half, Debreczeni’s straight running, skill and vision set up a late try for Bryce Hegarty that left Waratahs fans with hearts in their mouths in the desperately tense final moments.

Stirzaker has been drawing rave reviews all season and again showcased his talents against the titleholders.

But it was the poise and mighty boot of Debreczeni that caught the eye of the Waratahs’ Wallabies coach Michael Cheika.

“I’d say he could have kicked one from 60 (metres) out the way he was kicking,” said Cheika, adding that the performance of the “great young halves” was even more impressive given the Rebels lost experienced playmaker Mike Harris early on to a cork.

“It’s very clear that he (Debreczeni) has a good temperament because he took every opportunity that was available to him, both with his foot and also in hand.”

McGahan was bitterly disappointed with the loss, especially after NSW’s last try to winger Rob Horne came in the play after a refereeing sideline blunder denied the Rebels a lineout throw.

But he was buzzing about the Rebels’ two young shining lights.

“Both Nick and Jack, we’ve got a lot of confidence in them,” he said.

“We backed them all the way through the pre-season. It’s evident in the way that they’re playing together how much of a contribution they make to the Rebels side and certainly to the improvement of where we’re going.”

McGahan believes it’s inevitable Debreczeni and Stirzaker will scale the heights to Test rugby.

“Absolutely they will get there at some point in time,” he said.

“Whether that’s now or that’s in the future, there’s no doubt within the coaching staff and there’s certainly no doubt within the playing group about where Jack and Nick will end up.”

Showing the fine line in Super Rugby, the Rebels’ two-point defeat leaves the fledgling franchise with a mountain to climb to make the finals for the first time.

But had they won, the Rebels would have been ahead of, or level with, the Waratahs in the Australian conference and breathing down the neck of the Brumbies with a game in hand.

“I think we showed what a good side we are in the second half and what a great spirit we have,” McGahan said.

“To be able to be able to come back and win the second half 13-5, I think is a fair effort.”

Returning to the United States and the Garden for the first time in seven years, the 39-year-old Ukrainian regretted not being able to overpower the American challenger as he outboxed his opponent in an 18th consecutive successful title defence.

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The pro-Klitschko crowd, which numbered more than 17,000, lavished cheers and chants on the champion and his older brother, former champion and now Kiev mayor Vitali Klitschko, who helped warm up the winner prior to the bout.

“Bryant Jennings was really mobile and really tough to hit,” said Klitschko, sounding apologetic for not supplying a knockout finish to a bout in which he was defending five versions of the world title.

“I couldn’t find the key to land punches I wanted to land, punches landed on his arms. Unfortunately, I didn’t defend as impressively as I usually do.”

Two judges scored it 116-111 and the third judge made it 118-109 for Klitschko, despite the champion being docked one point in the 10th for holding.

Klitschko, who tied the heavyweight record set by Joe Louis in contesting his 27th heavyweight title fight, improved to 64-3 as Jennings fell to 19-1.

“There were more exciting and less exciting wins,” he said. “This one belongs to ones that were not as exciting.”

The challenger and his camp felt they belonged in the world title class despite a relative lack of experience, with Jennings boxing for just six years.

Jennings, 30, said he proved detractors wrong. “This fight does not penetrate my confidence. I’m hoping I gained some respect and I know I gained some fans,” he said.

Klitschko piled up points with his jab, while Jennings scored with rights to the ribs when the champion clinched and caught him a few times with leaping left-hand leads.

The champion threw a massive 383 jabs according to CompuBox statistics, scoring on 92 of them. Jennings connected on 16 jabs.

Jennings fought defensively for the first third of the bout with his gloves held high over his face, only occasionally springing into action.

In the middle third of the 12-rounder, the American turned more aggressive and by the ninth had caused a cut under Klitschko’s left eye.

Klitschko responded with more combinations, following up his jab with a dangerous right.

Jennings was unmarked and neither fighter appeared in trouble at any point, though Klitschko finished strong with a big right hand in the final seconds.

(Editing by Ian Ransom/John O’Brien)

Just hours before Nepal was hit by a massive earthquake killing more than 1800 people, Matthew Graves posted photographs of the country’s intact, picturesque buildings.

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“The Nepali Lifestyle”, the Sydney man captioned his Facebook photo album from Pokhara on Saturday.

A day later, his worried family are anxiously waiting for news the 24-year-old is safe following the devastating quake.

The director of web and marketing company Perspective Promotions was due to return to Australia in May after more than two months of travelling through India and Nepal.

Images captured his journey through Nepal’s mountains and historic temples, many of which now lay in ruins after Saturday’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake.

His brother, Mitch Graves, is at home in Sydney waiting for news while their parents are overseas in America.

“They (parents) are coping as well as they can,” Mitch told AAP.

“They are doing what they can with the resources they have to find him.

“It’s a bit of a struggle trying to communicate to everyone. It is a waiting game at the moment.”

Mitch said his brother was on a trip for both work and leisure.

“He was meant to be in Nepal for another five days and then go over to India,” Mitch said.

“He is by himself so there isn’t anyone we can speak to.”

The family have listed Mr Graves as missing on The Red Cross’s Family Links website.

There are dozens of Australians reported missing on the list, but the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is yet to release a statement about any nationals who may have been caught up in the disaster.

Initially measured at 7.5 magnitude, the quake was later adjusted to 7.8, with a depth of 15km, the USGS said.

It hit 73km east of the tourist town of Pokhara.

“It’s crazy how Chelsea is not winning more than one trophy this season,” he told Singapore’s Straits Times on Sunday.

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“Any coach in the world would be happy to have the 22 players at Chelsea. There’s experience and quality in every position — even the substitutes are outstanding.”

Chelsea sit nine points clear at the top of the standings and need just six points from their remaining six games — starting with a trip to London rivals Arsenal later on Sunday — to clinch a first league title since 2010.

Jose Mourinho’s side were imperious at the start of the year with new signings Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas impressing alongside Eden Hazard amid talk of a quadruple of titles.

But the Blues were stunned 4-2 at home by third tier Bradford City in the FA Cup and were dumped out by Paris St Germain in the Champions League last 16.

Frenchman Leboeuf, who won two FA Cups, the now defunct UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and the League Cup during his five-year spell at the club from 1996, overlooked Chelsea’s 2-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur in the final of the League Cup in March.

Whether it was forgetfulness or merely a low opinion of the least regarded of the four titles on offer, the World Cup-winner told owner Roman Abramovich to sign his compatriot Raphael Varane to avoid another early European exit.

“To Abramovich, please go and buy Raphael Varane,” said Leboeuf, who also won Euro 2000 with France.

“He’s just 21 and not getting regular football at Real Madrid. The kid is just what they need to add steel to the defence so the mistakes we saw against PSG won’t be repeated.”

(This version of the story fixes spelling of Leboeuf throughout)

(Writing by Patrick Johnston. Editing by Ian Ransom)

Magpies old and new played their part in Collingwood’s Anzac Day triumph, much to the delight of coach Nathan Buckley.

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Fourth-year player Paul Seedsman rightfully took home the medal for best afield, but Buckley had plenty of praise for both the oldest Magpie on the MCG and one of his newest recruits.

In just his fourth game for Collingwood, Jack Crisp blanketed Bombers captain Jobe Watson and gave Essendon plenty of headaches.

And while Dane Swan produced far than he is capable of – 21 touches and a goal – Buckley said Anzac Day was his perfect stage.

Buckley said despite the relentless focus on Swan, he played a key part in a memorable Magpies triumph.

“Talking about larrikins … the connection to Swanny is spot on,” he said.

“They’re straight talking and they’ve got a kind heart and they give to people.

“He’s unusual, he’s not the prototype person, let alone the prototype footballer.

“He does it his own way but he does it with a real connection to his team-mates and his footy club.”

In contrast to the 241-gamer Swan, Crisp is just beginning to forge his Collingwood career.

But he was bright and busy all day, quelling Watson’s influence then moving to Dyson Heppell in the last quarter.

Buckley said Crisp’s enthusiasm for the big roles after just four games for the Magpies helped them enormously.

“To have the confidence in a bloke like Jack to do that is a big part of our arsenal,” he said.

“Crispy just keeps backing up … he’s just a young bloke having a crack.”

After the 20-point win in trying circumstances, Buckley couldn’t help but be chuffed with the overall performance.

“We thought that really to a man, we played for the most part who we wanted to play,” he said.

“We’ve still got a lot of growth in areas, in the finish department.

“I’d be missing the point if I focussed on that, the effort was excellent.”

Paracetamol, antacids, aspirin and other basic medicines could soon be removed from the list of subsidised medicines.

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But the budget measure to strip some over-the-counter drugs from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme will mean a better deal for consumers, the federal government says.

Health Minister Sussan Ley said the government was paying too much for people to access basic drugs on script at their chemist.

The government wanted to make way for expensive, new-generation cancer and other life-saving drugs on the scheme.

“We have to look at over-the-counter medications such as paracetamol that are being accessed on script at high cost to government,” Ms Ley said on Sunday.

For example, removing aspirin from the scheme would cover the cost of listing anti-cancer drug crizotinib.

The minister also hinted all scripts could be slashed by up to $1 as part of a package of measures being negotiated with the Pharmacy Guild and due to start on July 1.

Doctors wanted to see more details about the proposed changes, concerned concession card holders could be affected.

The Australian Medical Association also warned if the primary goal was to simply cut dollars, it could result in adverse clinical outcomes.

“We want to make sure that the most vulnerable groups are protected,” AMA vice president Stephen Parnis told reporters in Melbourne.

Labor said it was “sensible” to the review of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

HOW MUCH TAXPAYERS PAID FOR OVER-THE-COUNTER DRUGS IN 2013-14:

* Paracetamol – 6.7 million scripts, $73 million

* Aspirin – 1.1 million scripts, $4 million

* Antacids – 219,000 scripts, $2.6 million

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* Scrapping paracetamol, at a cost of $73 million, could make way for he life-saving drug ipilimumab for late stage melanoma, at a cost of $65 million.

NBA players and coaches are running out of superlatives for Andrew Bogut’s Golden State Warriors teammate Stephen Curry.

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Sharp-shooting point guard Curry bolstered his season MVP claims, scoring 39 points, including six of eight three-point attempts, as Western Conference top seeds the Warriors completed a 4-0 playoffs sweep over the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night.

Curry also gave nine assists and dragged in eight rebounds as the Warriors became the first team to reach the second round of the playoffs with a game four 109-98 in New Orleans.

A key figure in the Warriors’ defence, Australian centre Bogut was quieter than usual statistically with three rebounds, three blocks and one goal from his 22 minutes on court.

Forward Draymond Green stepped up with 10 rebounds and 22 points while Curry’s outside shooting partner Klay Thompson had 25 points.

For the Pelicans, star centre Anthony Davis again excelled with 36 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks and Eric Gordon chipped in 29 points.

But all the talk is about Curry as the Warriors, the regular season’s best-performed team, prepare to meet the winner of the Memphis Grizzlies-Portland Trailblazers series, probably the Grizzlies who lead 3-0 after a 115-109 win in Portland on Saturday.

“Steph was just Steph,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “He was amazing.”

Curry averaged 33.8 points and 7.3 assists in the series, making 20-of-48 three-pointers.

“Steph is on a different level,” Pelicans coach Monty Williams said.

“His command of the ball, his ability to finish – the moment doesn’t bother him. He’s after something. This is important to him, and you can tell by the way he’s playing.

“Playing against Steph is just not fair at times, with some of the shots that he hits.”

Memphis may have to attempt to complete a series sweep of the Trailblazers on Monday without their point guard Mike Conley, who departed Saturday’s game early with a possible eye injury after taking an inadvertent elbow to the face from C.J. McCollum.

A bleeding Conley was helped to the locker room and later taken to hospital for evaluation.

Spain’s Marc Gasol registered 25 points, seven rebounds and four assists for the Grizzlies while Courtney Lee had 20 points and Zach Randolph added 16.

Portland’s Nicolas Batum led all scorers with 27 points. McCollum added 26 points and Damian Lillard scored 22 points and handed out nine assists in the defeat.

In the Eastern Conference, Jerryd Bayless made a layup at the buzzer off an inbounds pass to lift Milwaukee to a 92-90 victory over the Chicago Bulls to get the Bucks on the board in their playoff series.

It was the Bucks’ first playoff win in five years and leaves the Bulls leading 3-1 in the best-of-seven match series.

Chicago had a chance to win with the game tied at 90-all. But Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton tipped a dribble away from Derrick Rose to force a steal and Bucks coach Jason Kidd called a timeout to set up the final play.

Jimmy Butler had a playoff career-high 33 points for the Bulls. Rose finished with 14 points, while Pau Gasol had 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Meanwhile, Brook Lopez had 22 points and 13 rebounds and Thaddeus Young added 18 points and 11 rebounds as Brooklyn cut Atlanta’s lead to 2-1 in their Eastern Conference series with a 91-83 win.