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Wed, 01 Apr 2015 09:23:50 -0400
San Antonio Spurs star guard Tony Parker has become the fastest NBA player to reach 1,000 career games. "To tell the truth, I did not even know it was my 1,000th game," Parker told AFP after the Spurs beat Miami Heat 91-85 on Tuesday to get within a win of a playoff place. Parker, 32, who has spent his whole NBA career at the Texas franchise, is the 114th player to join the 1,000 game club.
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 03:34:10 -0400
The defending champion San Antonio Spurs returned to Miami for the first time since last year's NBA Finals and delivered a 95-81 defeat to the struggling Heat. Kawhi Leonard scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds while French guard Tony Parker added 16 points and a game-high five assists and Tim Duncan contributed 12 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. It was the 14th win in 17 games for the Spurs and their fourth in a row, boosting San Antonio to 48-26 on the season, one loss behind Portland for fifth place in the Western Conference.
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 03:24:52 -0400
Tiger Woods played an 18-hole practice round at Augusta National but remains uncertain if he will compete in next week's Masters, according to reports. ESPN and USA Today, citing comments from Woods agent Mark Steinberg, reported that Woods continues to work on his game but is undecided if he will be ready in time for the year's first major and try for a fifth green jacket.
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:13:55 -0400
(Reuters) - The lingering 'will he play/won't he play?' scenario with Tiger Woods ahead of next week's Masters entered a new phase on Tuesday when the former world number one played a practice round at Augusta National. Woods' manager Mark Steinberg told Reuters that Woods had played 18 holes at the iconic Masters venue as he continued to assess whether his game would be "tournament-ready" for the first major of the year. Woods, whose ranking has plummeted to a mind-boggling 104th, has struggled badly for form and fitness this season, and has played only twice on the 2014-15 PGA Tour. Woods, who claimed the most recent of his 14 major titles at the 2008 U.S. Open, said he would not return to the PGA Tour until his game was "tournament-ready" and many pundits believe he is suffering from the chipping 'yips'.
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:11:45 -0400
The lingering 'will he play/won't he play?' scenario with Tiger Woods ahead of next week's Masters entered a new phase on Tuesday when the former world number one played a practice round at Augusta National. Woods' manager Mark Steinberg told Reuters that Woods had played 18 holes at the iconic Masters venue as he continued to assess whether his game would be "tournament-ready" for the first major of the year. Woods, whose ranking has plummeted to a mind-boggling 104th, has struggled badly for form and fitness this season, and has played only twice on the 2014-15 PGA Tour. Woods, who claimed the most recent of his 14 major titles at the 2008 U.S. Open, said he would not return to the PGA Tour until his game was "tournament-ready" and many pundits believe he is suffering from the chipping 'yips'.
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:38:36 -0400
(Reuters) - Winners of the ANA Inspiration, being played this week from April 2-5 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California, since the inaugural edition in 1972 (U.S. ...
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:37:30 -0400
South Korean-born players have dominated the LPGA circuit this season, winning six of seven tournaments to date, and the juggernaut will be difficult to stop at this week's ANA Inspiration, the first major of the year. World number one Lydia Ko, five-time major champion Park Inbee and last week's winner Kim Hyo-joo are just the tip of a very large wave of talent flowing out of the east Asian nation. Hall of Famers Judy Rankin and Annika Sorenstam are united in their belief that Korean dominance is here to stay. "Not only do they have great golf swings, but they have an early maturity, at least on the golf course, and they are very composed." Sorenstam believes Ko is the pick of the bunch, as much because of her attitude as physical attributes.
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:36:01 -0400
As the LPGA focus turns to the glut of youthful talent, two former number ones are showing that women's golf is not exclusively a preserve of the very young. Karrie Webb and Yani Tseng have won 12 majors between them but are not prepared to rest on their laurels and might just make their presence felt at this week's ANA Inspiration in California, the first major of the year. Webb has made the cut in all six starts this year, while Tseng tied for second at the Thailand Open in February.
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:34:01 -0400
By Mark Lamport-Stokes RANCHO MIRAGE, California (Reuters) - World number one Lydia Ko has yet to win a major title but the 17-year-old prodigy has already achieved so much in golf that she enters this week's ANA Inspiration envied by many of her rivals. The richly talented New Zealander has landed six LPGA titles and her astonishingly consistent game has helped her shoot under par for 28 consecutive rounds, one shy one of the record set by former world number one Annika Sorenstam in 2004. "I got to play with her last week, and it's just incredible," reigning champion Lexi Thompson told reporters at Mission Hills Country Club on Tuesday while preparing for the first women's major of the season. "She has a great attitude on the golf course, and probably the best tempo I've ever seen on a golf swing or a putting stroke." U.S. Women's Open champion Michelle Wie, another golfing prodigy who turned professional shortly before her 16th birthday in 2005, agreed.
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:30:00 -0400
By Andrew Both March 31 (Reuters) - As the LPGA focus turns to the glut of youthful talent, two former number ones are showing that women's golf is not exclusively a preserve of the very young. Karrie Webb and Yani Tseng have won 12 majors between them but are not prepared to rest on their laurels and might just make their presence felt at this week's ANA Inspiration in California, the first major of the year. Webb has made the cut in all six starts this year, while Tseng tied for second at the Thailand Open in February.
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:30:00 -0400
By Mark Lamport-Stokes RANCHO MIRAGE, California, March 31 (Reuters) - World number one Lydia Ko has yet to win a major title but the 17-year-old prodigy has already achieved so much in golf that she enters this week's ANA Inspiration envied by many of her rivals. The richly talented New Zealander has landed six LPGA titles and her astonishingly consistent game has helped her shoot under par for 28 consecutive rounds, one shy one of the record set by former world number one Annika Sorenstam in 2004. "I got to play with her last week, and it's just incredible," reigning champion Lexi Thompson told reporters at Mission Hills Country Club on Tuesday while preparing for the first women's major of the season. "She has a great attitude on the golf course, and probably the best tempo I've ever seen on a golf swing or a putting stroke." U.S. Women's Open champion Michelle Wie, another golfing prodigy who turned professional shortly before her 16th birthday in 2005, agreed.
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:30:00 -0400
March 31 (Reuters) - Winners of the ANA Inspiration, being played this week from April 2-5 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California, since the inaugural edition in 1972 (U.S. ...
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:47:25 -0400
By Daniel Lovering FALL River, Mass. (Reuters) - Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez insisted he had nothing to do with the shooting death of an acquaintance near his home when the team's owner and security director confronted him, a jury at his trial heard on Tuesday. Billionaire business magnate and Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Hernandez told him he was innocent of the June 2013 murder of semiprofessional football player Odin Lloyd, and team security director Mark Briggs said Hernandez "swore on his baby's life he was telling the truth." Hernandez, 25, had a $41 million contract with the National Football League team but was dropped hours after his arrest in June, 2013 on murder and firearms charges in the death of Lloyd, who had been dating his fiancée's sister. His trial at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Massachusetts, began in January.
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:31:37 -0400
Mike Whan has received a six-year contract extension to remain as LPGA commissioner that will keep him in the position through 2020, the tour's board of directors announced Tuesday. Since arriving in 2010 to a women's golf tour that had lost several tournaments and key sponsors, Whan has guided a rebound that has seen the LPGA grow from 23 events and $40 million in prize money to more than $60 million in prize money and 33 events. "While we are certainly pleased with the growth we've experienced over the last five years, I firmly believe we are poised for even greater success," board of directors chair Mike Trager said. "Over the course of the LPGA's history, we have certainly experienced wonderful periods of growth.
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:09:22 -0400
China's Communist rulers have turned against the exclusive sport of golf with the government saying nearly 70 "illegal" courses have been closed, seemingly enforcing a decade-old ban for the first time. The announcement by the ministry of land and resources comes amid a high-profile anti-graft campaign spearheaded by President Xi Jinping, which has seen crackdowns on banquets, lavish gift-giving and other official excesses. The ruling Communist Party has long had an ambivalent relationship with golf, which is a lucrative opportunity for local authorities and a favoured pastime of some officials, but is also closely associated with wealth and Western elites. "Presently, local governments have shut down a number of illegally-built golf courses, and preliminary results have been achieved in clean-up and rectification work," read the announcement on the ministry's website late Monday.
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:57:21 -0400
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant underwent season-ending bone graft surgery Tuesday on his right foot, a procedure that could see him resume playing in four to six months. Last season's NBA Most Valuable Player underwent the successful operation in New York four days after the team announced Durant would have the operation and miss the remainder of the campaign. Durant did not make his season debut until December 2 but played in 27 games, averaging 25.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists.
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:38:54 -0400
DeMar DeRozan scored a career-high 42 points and matched a career best with 11 rebounds as Toronto beat Houston 99-96 in a battle of NBA division leaders. DeRozan, who netted 12 points in the fourth quarter on Monday, was 14-of-27 from the court and 12-of-17 from the free throw line to power the Raptors to their eighth home win in a row over the Rockets. Atlantic division leader Toronto improved to 44-30, one game behind Chicago for the third-best record in the Eastern Conference.
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:52:13 -0400
DeMarre Carroll scored a game-high 23 points and the Atlanta Hawks, already assured of the best record in the NBA Eastern Conference, ripped the Milwaukee Bucks 101-88. Al Horford scored 18 points on Monday while Paul Millsap contributed 15 points and nine rebounds and Carroll added eight rebounds as the Hawks improved to 56-18, 4 1/2 games behind Golden State for the top record in the league. Atlanta's Kyle Korver scored all 11 of his points in a 65-second span of the third quarter, boosting the Hawks' lead from five points to 16 on the way to their third victory in four games.
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:53:01 -0400
World number one Rory McIlroy as well as the next two in the rankings, Sweden's Henrik Stenson and two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson, will play at the World Golf Championships Match Play, organizers said Monday. The Northern Ireland star, whose major wins include the 2011 US Open plus the 2012 and 2014 PGA Championship and 2014 British Open, was runner-up in the WGC Match Play three years ago to American Hunter Mahan but has never won the event. Watson has three top-10 finishes in four appearances at the WGC Match Play, including fourth-place in 2011.
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:28:01 -0400
By Daniel Lovering FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) - Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez asked his fiancée to dispose of a heavy cardboard box that smelled of marijuana a day after prosecutors say he fatally shot an associate, the fiancée told jurors at his murder trial on Monday. Shayanna Jenkins, 25, testified that she put the box in a trash bag and concealed it with baby clothes before carrying it from the basement of their home in North Attleboro, Massachusetts, to her sister's car in the driveway. ... At that point I was nervous." Hernandez, 25, is being tried on murder and firearms charges in the slaying of Odin Lloyd, a semiprofessional football player who was dating Jenkins' sister, Shaneah. Prosecutors say he and two friends, Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz, picked up Lloyd at his Boston home early on June 17, 2013, and drove him to an industrial park near Hernandez's house, where his bullet-riddled body was found later that day.
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:56:06 -0400
Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley will miss the remainder of the NBA season after undergoing surgery on his injured left wrist, the team announced Monday. Beverley will have an operation on Tuesday to repair a torn wrist ligament that he suffered in last Monday's 110-100 victory over Indiana. The Rockets lost Beverley just two days before they welcomed back center Dwight Howard following a two-month absence due to a right knee injury. Beverley, 26, was averaging 10.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists over 56 games this season, but was as important to the Rockets for his defensive skills.
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:27:06 -0400
The National Football League on Monday fined the Atlanta Falcons $350,000 and stripped them of a fifth-round draft choice in 2016 for piping in artificial crowd noise during their home games in 2013 and part of 2014. Separately, Cleveland Browns General Manager Ray Farmer has been suspended four games for texting coaches during games in 2014 and the team was fined $250,000, the NFL said. Falcons President Rich McKay, although not implicated in the scheme, will be suspended from the league's competition committee from April 1 through at least June 30 for failing to ensure that the team complied with NFL rules, the league said. "What took place was wrong and nowhere near the standards by which we run our business," Falcons owner Arthur Blank said Monday in a statement.
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:12:31 -0400
The Atlanta Falcons were fined $350,000 and stripped of a fifth-round pick in the 2016 National Football League draft on Monday for using artificial crowd noise for the past two seasons. A review by league officials concluded with the NFL imposing the punishments because a former Falcons executive, event marketing director Roddy White, pumped extra crowd noise into the Georgia Dome for home games in the 2013 and 2014 season until the situations was revealed last November. "What took place was wrong and nowhere near the standards by which we run our business," Falcons owner Arthur Blank said. "Any time there are actions that compromise the integrity of the NFL or threaten the culture of our franchise, as this issue did, they will be dealt with swiftly and strongly.
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 15:40:55 -0400
Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer was suspended for four games without pay by the National Football League on Monday for violating rules banning the use of electronic devices during games. Farmer sent text messages to the Browns sideline with a cell phone during games last season. The suspension will begin at the start of the 2015 regular season and forbids Farmer from any involvement in club matters or from being at the team's offices, practice facility or Browns games. The Browns were also fined $250,000, although the league found no other members of the front office were involved.
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:27:09 -0400
Former number one Tiger Woods has dropped out of the world top 100 for the first time in his career as he continues his battle against injuries and loss of form. Just last January Woods posted an 82 in the Phoenix Open -- his worst round as a professional -- that saw him drop outside the top 50 in the world rankings for the first time in more than three years. He then jumped from world number 221 to 75 five tournaments later in breaking through for a maiden pro career win at the 1996 Las Vegas Invitational, the first of his 79 PGA Tour titles.
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:25:45 -0400
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 08:58:41 -0400
(Reuters) - Tiger Woods has dropped outside the top 100 in the world golf rankings for the first time since 1996. Woods's last major title was the 2008 U.S. Open but he won five PGA Tour events in 2013 and topped the rankings in May 2014 before suffering injury problems and a loss of form.
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 05:50:03 -0400
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese authorities have closed 66 golf courses in a renewed crackdown on courses built in contravention of rules designed to protect arable land and save water, China's top economic planning body said on Monday. The central government last year ordered the demolition of courses built by five mainly little-known developers, the first real sign of enforcement of a 2004 ban. The ban was imposed to protect China's shrinking land and water resources in a country home to a fifth of the world's population but which has just 7 percent of its water. ...
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:04:32 -0400
Cristie Kerr fired a seven-under-par 65 to win her 17th career LPGA title, taking a two-stroke victory over South Korea's Lee Mi-Rim at the Kia Classic. A tearful Kerr had vowed to win after her caddie, Greg Johnston, mourned the death of his father last week. Lee was second, undone by a double bogey at 17, with world number one Lydia Ko of New Zealand third on 271, American Alison Lee fourth on 272 and South Korean world number two Park In-Bee fifth on 273. Ko, 17, fired a 67, stretching her streak of sub-par rounds to 28 as she prepares for the year's first major tournament, next week's Ana Inspiration at Rancho Mirage.
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 23:44:04 -0400
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 22:25:38 -0400
March 30 (Infostrada Sports) - The World Rankings 1. (1) Rory McIlroy (Britain) 11.00 2. (2) Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 7.81 3. (3) Bubba Watson (U.S.) 7.57 4. (6) Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 6.90 5. (4) Jason Day (Australia) 6.50 6. (5) Adam Scott (Australia) 6.41 7. (9) Dustin Johnson (U.S.) 5.99 8. (8) Sergio Garcia (Spain) 5.86 9. (7) Jim Furyk (U.S.) 5.78 10. (13) Jimmy Walker (U.S.) 5.57 11. (10) Justin Rose (Britain) 5.30 12. (11) Rickie Fowler (U.S.) 4.69 13. (12) Martin Kaymer (Germany) 4.64 14. (14) Matt Kuchar (U.S.) 4.58 15. (15) Patrick Reed (U.S.) 4.54 16. (16) Hideki Matsuyama (Japan) 4. ...
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 20:20:05 -0400
March 30 (Infostrada Sports) - Race to Dubai rankings 1. (1) Danny Willett (Britain) 1081480 2. (2) Rory McIlroy (Britain) 778137 3. (3) Ross Fisher (Britain) 753512 4. (4) Anirban Lahiri (India) 725187 5. (5) Branden Grace (South Africa) 682976 6. (6) Bernd Wiesberger (Austria) 641582 7. (7) Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa) 540484 8. (8) Gary Stal (France) 529852 9. (9) Andy Sullivan (Britain) 491947 10. (10) Marc Warren (Britain) 482424 11. (15) George Coetzee (South Africa) 432406 12. (11) Alexander Noren (Sweden) 394337 13. (12) Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 389357 14. ...
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 20:02:19 -0400
LeBron James scored a game-high 20 points and added 11 rebounds with six assists Sunday as the Cleveland Cavaliers edged Philadelphia 87-86 for their 16th consecutive home triumph. Australian-born Kyrie Irving added 17 points while Kevin Love had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who improved to 48-27 and stretched their Central division lead over Chicago to 2 1/2 games. Russian big man Timofey Mozgov scored off a rebound for the last of his 14 points to give Cleveland an 87-83 lead with 4:03 remaining. Robert Covington answered with a 3-pointer for the 76ers six seconds later with what turned out to be the last of the game's scoring.
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 19:11:50 -0400
By Bernie McGuire SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - United States Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III will miss a practice round next week with European rival Darren Clarke in order to undergo toe surgery. Love was set to meet with Clarke for the first time since both were appointed respective 2016 captains at this week's Shell Houston Open. "It's been bothering me for some years and has been dislocated for some time so I've been told I need surgery to get it put back into the joint.
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 18:55:35 -0400
(Reuters) - Hometown favorite Jimmy Walker became the first multiple winner on the PGA Tour this season by claiming a four-stroke victory over Jordan Spieth in the Texas Open at TPC San Antonio on Sunday. Walker, who stormed to a nine-shot win at the Sony Open in Hawaii in January, began the day with a four-shot lead and was never seriously threatened as the San Antonio area resident shot a two-under 70 for an 11-under-par 277 total. Texan Spieth, who won his last tour start two weeks ago at the Valspar Championship, made four birdies in a row from the 14th but Walker held off Spieth's charge with birdies of his own at 16 and 17 to retain his lead. "It plays hard, sometimes it’s hard to make pars," Walker said of the fast-running, wind-blown TPC San Antonio, which played to an average of two-over 74 on Sunday.
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 18:38:33 -0400
March 29 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Texas Open at the par-72 course on Sunday in San Antonio, Texas 277 Jimmy Walker (U.S.) 71 67 69 70 281 Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 71 69 71 70 284 Billy Horschel (U.S.) 72 70 71 71 285 Chesson Hadley (U.S.) 71 72 71 71 Daniel Summerhays (U.S.) 71 73 72 69 286 Ryan Palmer (U.S.) 70 75 73 68 Dustin Johnson (U.S.) 78 72 68 68 287 Scott Pinckney (U.S.) 73 72 69 73 Chris Kirk (U.S.) 71 71 73 72 Brendan Steele (U.S.) 74 68 72 73 288 Charley Hoffman (U.S.) 67 72 79 70 Kyle Reifers (U.S.) 77 68 75 68 Jason Kokrak (U.S. ...
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 18:23:27 -0400
Hometown hero Jimmy Walker captured his fifth US PGA Tour title on Sunday, firing a two-under-par 70 final round to win the $6.2 million Texas Open by four strokes. Walker, who lives only a half-hour's drive from the TPC San Antonio course, led by four shots when the day began and finished on 11-under 277 to defeat fellow Texan Jordan Spieth by that same margin. You can feel the love from your friends and family," Walker said. It was the second US PGA triumph of the season for Walker, who won his second consecutive Sony Open in Hawaii title earlier this year and also captured last year's Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and the 2013 Frys.com Open.
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 18:09:19 -0400
Hometown favorite Jimmy Walker became the first multiple winner on the PGA Tour this season by claiming a four-stroke victory over Jordan Spieth in the Texas Open at TPC San Antonio on Sunday. Walker, who stormed to a nine-shot win at the Sony Open in Hawaii in January, began the day with a four-shot lead and was never seriously threatened as the San Antonio area resident shot a two-under 70 for an 11-under-par 277 total. Spieth, who struggled on the front nine, put on a late charge to whittle Walker's seven-shot lead down to four.
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 15:56:24 -0400
James Harden scored 24 points while Dwight Howard contributed 11 points and 10 rebounds as the Houston Rockets defeated Washington 99-91 Sunday, matching Memphis for the NBA Southwest division lead. Harden, second to former Oklahoma City teammate Russell Westbrook in a fight for the NBA scoring title, also added six assists for the Rockets, who won their fourth game in a row and improved to 50-23, level with Memphis for the second-best record in the Western Conference.
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 15:10:19 -0400
The University of Kentucky edged Notre Dame in a 68-66 thriller on Saturday to remain unbeaten and book their coveted Final Four berth in the national collegiate basketball championship. Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky's Dominican-American center, scored a game-high 25 points and Andrew Harrison made two free throws with six seconds left to play as the Wildcats improved to 38-0 for the season. They are trying to become the first undefeated college basketball champions since Indiana University in 1976. Notre Dame's Fighting Irish led for most of the second half before Kentucky scored the last four points of the contest.
Mon, 09 Mar 2015 00:15:32 -0700
Booster bows out of running for Rutgers post
Sun, 15 Mar 2015 04:39:20 -0700
Coming into day-two of New Balance Nationals Indoor 2015 at The Armory, La Salle Academy of Rhode Island knew they were on the precipice of history.
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 09:18:11 -0800
By David Bertone, P.T., D.P.T., O.C.S. During my 25-year career as a physical therapist, there have been very few devices that have come to market that have immediately benefited a large segment of the rehabilitation population as the AlterG anti-gravity treadmill. Developed in 2005 by founder Sean Whalen, the treadmill utilizes the NASApatented differential air pressure unweighting technology ...