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    March 31, 2020 8:40 PM CDT

    Adrian Lewis will start his title defence against debutant Stuart Leach at this years Auckland Masters. The two-time world champion claimed the trophy in the inaugural PDC World Series of Darts event last August, defeating Raymond van Barneveld 11-10 in a thrilling final. Lewis has drawn Kiwi qualifier Leach in the first round, while world No 1 Michael van Gerwen will meet Australias Damon Heta, and Gary Anderson takes on another debutant Bernie Smith. Michael van Gerwen returns to action in New Zealand It was fantastic last year, said Lewis. In any new country you go to, you want your name on the trophy straight away so to do that was a brilliant achievement.Hopefully my forms picking up and Ill make sure Im right. Ill be fighting and hopefully I can win it again.Raymond van Barneveld has been handed a tricky early encounter with Aucklands Cody Harris, who was beaten 6-3 by the Dutchman in last years Sydney Masters. Raymond van Barneveld reached last years final A couple of years ago in Sydney I lost to Tic Bridge and I lost again a year later - I learned a tough lesson not to underestimate opponents, and just play your A-game, said van Barneveld. Codys a class player and I would not underestimate him.Im playing well myself and its going to be a good game. The Premier League was a tough ride for me in the last couple of months but Im refreshed and feeling confident.Auckland Darts Masters, first round draw (best of 11 legs)Gary Anderson (1) v Bernie SmithPeter Wright v Warren ParryDave Chisnall (4) v Clinton BridgeRaymond van Barneveld v Cody HarrisMichael van Gerwen (2) v Damon HetaJames Wade (7) v Ken MoirPhil Taylor (3) v Rob SzaboAdrian Lewis (5) v Stuart LeachJames Wade v Ken MoirAdrian Lewis v Stuart LeachPeter Wright v Warren ParryRaymond van Barneveld v Cody HarrisDave Chisnall v Clinton BridgePhil Taylor v Rob SzaboMichael van Gerwen v Damon HetaGary Anderson v Bernie Smith Also See: Taylor takes Austria title Best darts bust-ups Sky Bets darts odds Features Daniel Sorensen Super Bowl Jersey. LUCIE, Fla. LeSean McCoy Super Bowl Jersey. 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Sammy Watkins Super Bowl Jersey. -- Phil Hughes ended a personal losing streak that dated to last July, pitching into the seventh inning Sunday and helping the Twins top the Kansas City Royals 8-3 to avoid a three-game sweep.OKLAHOMA CITY -- LeBron James sat silently in front of his locker with a towel draped over his head, not wanting to reveal the effects of a hit to his nose that prematurely ended his night. His Miami Heat teammates finished off a 103-81 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder without him on Thursday night. Miamis star forward went down with 5:50 remaining after he was struck by Oklahoma Citys Serge Ibaka on a drive to the basket. James finished the dunk, but he was bloodied and he left the court with a towel over his face. "Im like everybody else, youre used to seeing him like Superman, get up and sprint back even after tough hits and tough falls," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "So we knew something was up." James landed the hardest blow long before that. He scored 16 of his 33 points in the first quarter to put the Thunder in a bind, and the Heat rolled to a lopsided win. James passed a concussion test, but some damage was done. "He has a swollen nose right now. Its bleeding," Spoelstra said. "Well evaluate him when we get back to Miami, but its sore." The Thunder were the ones shaken up after James made his first five shots and scored 12 points in the first 4:11. "It was flawless," Wade said. "He was aggressive defensively, he was able to play passing lanes and be who he is. That was a great start on the road by our leader. It was something that we needed." Wade had 24 points and 10 assists, and Chris Bosh added 24 points for Miami, which won its fourth straight and avenged an earlier loss to Oklahoma City. It was a good step for the Heat, who are trying to catch Indiana for the top record in the Eastern Conference. "You can see the resolve," Wade said. "You can see the chemistry. You can see a team thats gearing up for the second half of the season." Kevin Durant scored 28 points for Oklahoma City, which lost at home for the first time since Jan. 5. Durant has been the popular favourite to win the NBA MVP award, but Wade said James is still in the hunt. "Its not decided," Wade said. "I dont think that was a message. That was LeBron James being LeBron James. He loves the matchup, just like KD loves the matchup. The MVP is long, long from over." Russell Westbrook, who had missed the previous 27 games after having surgery on his right knee, started and scored 16 points in 24 minutes. He made 4 of 12 shots. "Im just going to keep getting him better, and as the season goes along, as he gets more comfortable in game shape, were going to see a better Russell every night," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said.dddddddddddd The Thunder overcame an early 18-point deficit on Jan. 29 to roll past the Heat 112-95 in Miami, and the home fans hoped for a regular-season sweep against the team that beat Oklahoma City in the 2012 finals. Instead, they saw a rare inefficient game from the Thunder. "When you dont have good rhythm, normally the three-ball can get you back into the game," Brooks said. "We didnt have shot makers tonight. Weve had them for a while now. We didnt have them tonight." The crowd erupted as Westbrook was introduced as a starter. His first minute of action was furious and had the fans on their feet. His first basket was a two-handed, fast-break dunk 37 seconds into the game, and he got a steal 17 seconds later. The excitement quickly evaporated. James scored 10 points in the first 3:11 and Miami made 13 of its first 14 shots to take a 28-13 lead. The Heat were ahead 34-17 at the end of the first quarter. They extended their lead to 19 points in the second quarter before the Thunder rallied behind Westbrook. He scored nine points in the final 1:55 of the first half, including a dunk in the closing seconds, to trim Miamis lead to 54-47 at the break. Miami took control early in the third quarter. James scored six points during a 10-0 run that helped the Heat take a 64-49 lead. The advantage grew to 75-53 on a 3-pointer by James with just over five minutes left in the frame. Durant scored seven points in the final 2:46 of the quarter to trim Miamis edge to 76-65 heading into the fourth. Miami reasserted itself in the opening minutes of the final period. Bosh hit a 3-pointer to bump the Heats lead to 19 with just under 10 minutes to go. The Heat won for the fifth time during their six-game road trip. Miami beat the Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix, Golden State and Dallas before closing with a win against the team with the leagues best record. "Its good to finish it this way," Spoelstra said. NOTES: Thunder G Reggie Jackson, who started while Westbrook was out, entered the game in the first quarter. ... Durant scored just two points on 1-for-5 shooting in the first quarter. ... Miami shot 76 per cent in the first quarter but made just 7 of 17 shots in the second and was outscored 30-20. ... Oklahoma Citys Kendrick Perkins left the game in the third quarter with a left groin strain and didnt return. Wholesale Jerseys ' ' '