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Monday sports round-up

All the sports headlines from the weekend.

Sam Kerr injury scare

Sam Kerr suffered an ankle injury and was replaced before halftime in Chelsea’s seven-goal demolition against Everton.

In Chelsea’s 7-0 Super League on Sunday (Monday AEST), the Matildas star scored with a strong header but injured her right ankle shortly after. She was able to leave the field after receiving treatment, and Pernille Harder took her place in the 32nd minute.

Kerr’s injury creates concern, and Chelsea are hoping it’s not severe, as the FA Cup final against Manchester United is scheduled for next week. As well as Australia’s World Cup opener against Ireland kicks off in 10 weeks.

AFL Round 8 match-ups

The Brisbane Lions secured their fifth consecutive win after beating Carlton by 26 points on Friday night. Josh Dunkley picked up 33 disposals and had a crucial role in limiting the influence of Carlton’s skipper Patrick Cripps. The Lions had a dominant third quarter, kicking five goals to Carlton’s zero, although the Blues came out firing in the last quarter, it was a case of too little too late as Chris Fagan’s side took home the win.

Richmond had a much-needed win, as their five-match losing streak came to an end with a 46-point victory over West Coast on Saturday. Oscar Allen booted a career-high four goals, but it wasn’t enough to help the Eagles get over the line.

The Bulldogs survived a 10-point win against the Giants at Manuka Oval on Saturday. The Dogs came out firing with four straight goals to start the second half, but the Giants were able to hold on in the final terms to keep themselves in the fight. However, the Dogs were able to hold on and an impressive performance by Marcus Bontempelli helped the Western Bulldogs crack the top eight for the first time this season.

An epic game on Sunday saw Port Adelaide 12.20 (92) beat Essendon  13.9 (87) in a thrilling finish. Power midfield duo Zak Butters (28 disposals) and Connor Rozee (30 disposals, one goal) did well to help their team come out on top.

Junior Rioli has an anxious wait after a high hit on Jordan Ridley saw the Bombers defender leave the ground with a concussion.

NBA playoffs

After the Golden State Warriors put up an impressive performance in game 2, the Los Angeles Lakers returned the favour. The Lakers had a dominant 127-97 victory in game 3, taking a 2-1 series lead in the Western Conference Semifinals.

Anthony Davis led with 25 points, while Lebron James finished with 21, and the Lakers will have the home-court advantage heading to game 4 on Monday night (Tuesday AEST).

An exciting game 4 early this morning saw the Philadelphia Sixers beating the Boston Celtics by just one point in overtime. Joel Embiid (34 points, 13 rebounds) and James Harden (42 points, 9 assists) put on a show at Wells Fargo Centre, with Harden scoring a three-point dagger to secure their victory.

The series is now tied 2-2 in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, with game 5 heading to Boston.

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