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    How to read - in sports news?

    Guard Tony Parker scored 29 points as the San Antonio Spurs whipped the Portland Trail Blazers 118-103 on Saturday to move to the cusp of the NBA Western Conference finals.
    Forward Tim Duncan collected 19 points, seven rebounds and four assists for the Spurs, who took a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series that continues in Portland, Oregon, today.
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    The Spurs, behind 20 points on nine-for-12 shooting from Parker, held a 60-40 edge at halftime after San Antonio shot 56 percent from the field in the first half.
    Portland made a run after the long break, outscoring San Antonio 17-4 in the first five minutes of the third quarter to draw within 64-57, but the Spurs steadied the ship and pulled away for the emphatic win.
    http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/spor.../12/2003590145

    Can I read the hyphen between numbers in the sports news as "to"?
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    #2

    Re: How to read - in sports news?

    Yes, 60-40 reads as sixty-to-forty.

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    #3

    Re: How to read - in sports news?

    And 17-4 reads 17 to 4.

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    #4

    Re: How to read - in sports news?

    True.


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    #5

    Re: How to read - in sports news?

    Sportscasters often replace the word "zero" various ways in scores like 3-0. In BrE, they may say "three-nil". or, I think, "three-nought." In AmE, they may say "three to nothing."
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    Re: How to read - in sports news?

    In football (AE soccer), if the score is 3-2, we say 'Spurs are leading three two at half time'. At the end of the match, if the result is 4-3, we say 'Spurs won four three.'

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    Re: How to read - in sports news?

    Guard Tony Parker scored 29 points as the San Antonio Spurs whipped the Portland Trail Blazers 118-103 on Saturday to move to the cusp of the NBA Western Conference finals.
    Which should I read, 118 to 103 or 118 103?
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    #8

    Re: How to read - in sports news?

    In BrE, it would be "a hundred and eighty, a hundred and three" or "one eighty, one oh three".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: How to read - in sports news?

    In AmE we would say 118 to 103.

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    #10

    Re: How to read - in sports news?

    But, in the series, you'd say they have a "three-oh" lead, or they've taken a "three-two" lead in the series.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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