HAWKS CRUSH CELTICS TO TAKE 3-2 SERIES LEAD
THE Atlanta Hawks scored a punishing 110-83 victory over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday to seize the initiative in their Eastern Conference first-round play-off series.
Atlanta's Mike Scott top-scored after weighing in with 17 points off the bench as the Hawks hassled the Celtics into 19 turnovers in what rapidly became a rout.
The victory means Atlanta lead 3-2 in the best-of-seven series, heading into Game Six in Boston today.
PUBLISH MY DRUG TEST RESULTS, SAYS NADAL
RAFA Nadal has asked the International Tennis Federation (ITF) to publish the results of his drug tests following an accusation of doping by a former French cabinet minister.
The 14-time grand slam champion said on Monday he was suing Roselyne Bachelot, a former health, sports and social affairs minister, after she alleged the Spaniard had failed a drugs test.
The ITF declined Nadal's request but said the player was free to publish them himself. He has never failed a drug test.
TRAVEL FORECAST FOR RIO IS 'REASSURING': VISA
VISA is forecasting 400,000 to 500,000 international visitors to Rio de Janeiro in August, a projection one of its top marketing executives called "reassuring" given economic and health issues swirling around the Olympic Games in Brazil.
Chris Curtin, Visa's chief brand and innovation marketing officer, said those figures are based on an "enormous amount of transactions" in Visa's network in the region, ranging from hotel nights and entertainment to transportation, as well as third-party historical data.
Visa's projections are higher than a 2014 prediction from Brazil's tourism agency of 380,000 foreign visitors.
The Rio Games will be held from Aug 5 to 21.