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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.

He enjoys the rivalry, welcomes the challenge and relishes Friday’s looming head-to-head battle with him, but just don’t call Michael Hooper David Pocock.

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That’s what one of Hooper’s teammates tried after the flanker responded to Pocock’s three-try haul from the Brumbies’ rolling maul on Friday night with his own five-pointer from a rolling maul for the NSW Waratahs 24 hours later.

“Someone from the peanut gallery,” Hooper said.

“One of the boys ran in and said ‘Nice try, Pocock’. I wasn’t happy with that.”

But Hooper was happy to break his try-scoring drought for the Tahs and then lay on another for Adam Ashley-Cooper in a nerve-wracking 18-16 win over the Melbourne Rebels at ANZ Stadium.

Hooper’s man-of-the-match display had Waratahs and Wallabies coach Michael Cheika marvelling at the openside flanker’s class and set the stage for an epic personal duel with Pocock in Canberra on Friday night.

As well as top spot in the Australian conference being on the line at GIO Stadium, Hooper’s match-up with Pocock takes on greater significance after Cheika last Friday admitted he was considering luring the great George Smith out of retirement for the World Cup.

A master motivator and tactician, Cheika also said he probably couldn’t accommodate three specialist No.7s in his 31-man squad, doubtless prompting Hooper and Pocock to rise to the challenge.

“He is one of the most consistent footballers I have ever encountered,” Cheika said of Hooper, Australia’s incumbent captain.

“His consistency is ridiculous really.”

Pocock, himself a one-time Wallabies skipper before knee injuries wiped him out for the bulk of 2013 and 2014, excelled in the Brumbies’ 31-18 victory over the Highlanders.

“I woke up and I saw he scored three tries. I didn’t know what capacity until I saw they were driving maul tries,” Hooper said.

“So probably the biggest worry for me right now is going up against that next week. Three tries there is huge.

“We did pretty well in the lineout (against Melbourne) so next week is going to be a huge focus for us and Poey’s at the back of that so we’ve got to shut him down.”

Hooper conceded that would be easier said than done and said the Waratahs would study the tape of the Brumbies’ deadly driving maul – and how the Highlanders were unable to defend it.

“It’s an intent thing,” he said, adding that taking on Pocock and the Brumbies in such high-stakes encounters were the sort of things he played for.

“I’m a pretty competitive bloke and I enjoy the challenge.”

Security agencies will reassess their monitoring efforts amid growing outrage over an Australian doctor joining Islamic State.

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Registered Adelaide doctor Tareq Khamleh has appeared in a IS propaganda video calling for Muslim health professionals in the West to join him in the extremist group’s stronghold in Raqqa in Syria.

The 29-year-old flew to Kuala Lumpur on March 10, before appearing on the video on the weekend wearing scrubs and working in a neonatal unit describing his work as “part of my Jihad”.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says Dr Khamleh is the first known Australian medical professional to join the extremist organisation.

It proved IS isn’t just recruiting fighters, and security agencies will be alert to the new threat, he said.

The acting attorney-general and foreign affairs minister said it was disturbing development that a highly-educated person had succumbed to “the death cult’s evil message”.

“For an Australian doctor to go, to sign up with this group of bandits, people who are murdering, raping, killing people in the Middle East, in the name of ISIL is just something that our country can’t tolerate,” he said.

Mr Dutton urged Australians to report family and friends if they had concerns they were considering joining the extremist group.

There is a maximum 25 year jail term for anyone found to be aiding the group.

The Australian Medical Association said Dr Khamleh’s actions “contradict what we stand for”.

“The notion of working for and supporting that regime is, I think, abhorrent to almost every Australian doctor,” AMA Vice President Stephen Parnis told reporters in Melbourne.

Acting Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek said it was unacceptable for an Australian to advocate on behalf of a group that kills, rapes and enslaves.

“I’m sure the full force of the law will be used against him,” she said in Sydney.

The Australian Greens want better prevention programs to stop youth radicalisation.

It is not enough for Prime Minister Tony Abbott to call on young people not to join IS, Greens leader Christine Milne said.

“It won’t work – it’s a recipe for complete failure,” Senator Milne said.

Health Minister Sussan Ley believes consumers and the seriously sick will be the winners by banning over-the-counter drugs from the list of subsidised medicines.

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The minister confirmed she is in talks with medical and consumer groups to end medicines like paracetamol, aspirin and antacids being on scripts.

“I don’t want to see over-the-counter medications on script at excessive cost to the government budget when it is not necessary,” she told reporters in Albury on Sunday.

She said the government is getting more and more requests for expensive, new generation cancer drugs and other medications it wants to be able to list on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

The minister declined to put a figure on the savings, but reportedly this and other measures could be worth anywhere between $1 billion and $3 billion.

Labor is supportive of the move.

“It is very sensible to constantly review the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme,” Opposition health spokeswoman Catherine King told ABC television.

Ms King also expressed some sympathy for her counterpart, who she said is having clean up the mess left behind by her predecessor Peter Dutton.

“Let’s hope it is not a horror budget for health and we get on track with improving primary care and the health system in this country,” she said.

Meanwhile, shadow treasurer Chris Bowen is heading a team of federal and state Labor MPs to Hong Kong and Beijing for talks with government officials and business people.

Last week Mr Bowen released Labor’s planned changes to the way superannuation is taxed, which it says will add around $14 billion to the budget bottom line.

Junior Minister Simon Birmingham described it as part of Labor’s “hotchpotch” of measures that simply increase taxes.

These also include Labor promises to bring back a carbon tax and a multinational tax policy that “arguably doesn’t work”.

“We are taking a comprehensive review of the tax system to inform a thoughtful position that we will be taking to the next election,” Senator Birmingham told Sky News.

A mother’s decision to take her 11-year-old daughter to a Pink concert has a judge saying, “So What?”

The New Jersey judge says the concert trip isn’t evidence of bad parenting.

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NJ深圳桑拿, reports the girl’s parents are divorced, and her father accused his ex-wife of abusing her parental discretion by taking their daughter to the December 2013 concert at the Prudential Centre in Newark.

But state Superior Court Judge Lawrence Jones rejected the complaint in a 37-page decision that contained a brief history of rock ‘n’ roll and a commentary on the increasing use of judges as referees for warring divorced parents.

Jones said Pink – whose song “So What” was named No. 29 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 best songs of 2008 – may have some suggestive moves and lyrics, but she’s an artist whose works aren’t necessarily inappropriate for preteens.

Jones noted in his decision that he spoke privately with the girl, who is now 12, and took into consideration the mother’s reasoning for allowing her daughter to attend the show.

He found that the mother “in no way, shape or form exceeded the boundaries of reasonable parental judgment” in taking the girl to the show.

He also found that she didn’t subject the child to any unreasonable risk of harm, or compromise the girl’s health, safety or welfare.

“To the contrary, when all the smoke from the custody litigation clears, it will be self-evident that all which happened here is that a young girl went to her first rock concert with her mother and had a really great time,” the judge wrote in his decision, which quoted the lyrics from Pink’s songs The Great Escape and Perfect as examples of messages for adolescents.