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Wed, 04 May 2016 14:25:09 -0400

Jordan Spieth of the United States plays his shot during the final round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2016 in Augusta, GeorgiaJordan Spieth says he has already come to terms with his astonishing Masters collapse at Augusta last month and is confident the episode will not leave lasting psychological scars. The 22-year-old's hopes of back-to-back Masters triumphs unraveled when he shot a quadruple bogey seven on Augusta National's famous par-three 12th hole. Speaking during an event to announce a $1 million donation to a children's hospital in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Spieth said he had no problem putting the loss in perspective.


Wed, 04 May 2016 12:39:40 -0400

People walks past a Salvatore Ferragamo shop in downtown RomeSalvatore Ferragamo SpA, the Italian luxury goods maker, on Wednesday sued former Los Angeles Rams football quarterback Vince Ferragamo, saying he infringed its trademarks by operating his namesake winery in southern California. Consumers are likely to be confused into thinking the Ferragamo Winery and Ferragamo SpA are related, the Italian company said in a complaint filed in federal court in Manhattan, where it has stores on Fifth Avenue and elsewhere. Vince Ferragamo was accused of illegally selling wine with the Tenuta di Ferragamo name, and festooning the website for his winery with images of Tuscany and Italian countryside, even though it is located in Orange Park Acres, California, near Los Angeles.


Wed, 04 May 2016 11:25:54 -0400
BERLIN (Reuters) - German sportswear company Adidas will close 16 stores in Europe for its teen brand Neo, focusing instead on offering its products through wholesale partners in the region, Chief Executive Herbert Hainer said on Wednesday.
Wed, 04 May 2016 11:25:54 -0400

Adidas golf shoes "Adizero" are pictured during the company's annual news conference in HerzogenaurachGerman sportswear company Adidas aims to sell the bulk of its loss-making golf business to focus on shoes and clothing, it said after the core Adidas brand reported strong quarterly sales, particularly in the United States. Adidas, which launched a review of its golf business last August, said on Wednesday that it would focus on selling golf shoes and clothing under the Adidas label and seek to sell TaylorMade and Adams, which sell golf clubs and other equipment, as well as the Ashworth golf shoes and clothing brand.


Wed, 04 May 2016 03:30:47 -0400

Adidas said it would "actively seek a buyer" for some of its top golf equipment brands, including TaylorMade, Adams and AshworthAdidas said on Wednesday it would sell off its golf equipment brands, as it published "record" quarterly results showing a strong performance in the United States, a key market for the German sports giant. Following a "strategic review" of its golf business, Adidas said it would "actively seek a buyer" for some of its top equipment brands, including TaylorMade, Adams and Ashworth. The firm said it would focus on selling golf shoes and clothing through its Adidas Golf brand.


Wed, 04 May 2016 02:34:29 -0400

Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson had an off night, missing 13 of 20 shots, but came good when it mattered with five three pointers to finish with 27 pointsThe Golden State Warriors produced a scintillating fightback to overpower the Portland Trail Blazers and take a stranglehold on their Western Conference semi-final series. The victory gives Golden State a formidable 2-0 lead heading into game three in Portland on Saturday. With Stephen Curry missing once more with a knee injury, it was left to Klay Thompson to provide the offensive threat.


Wed, 04 May 2016 02:03:08 -0400

NBA: Playoffs-Portland Trail Blazers at Golden State Warriors(The Sports Xchange) - The Golden State Warriors held the Portland Trail Blazers to three field goals over the final 8:58 of the game on Tuesday, rallying from an 11-point deficit to record a 110-99 victory in Game 2 of the Western Conference semi-finals. Backup center Festus Ezeli, who never left the bench in Golden State's Game 1 victory, was the backbone of a strong defensive effort in the fourth quarter. Portland led 95-94 after a Moe Harkless basket with 5:21 to play.


Wed, 04 May 2016 01:07:24 -0400

NBA: Playoffs-Miami Heat at Toronto Raptors(The Sports Xchange) - Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was impressed with his club's mental toughness on Tuesday. After Toronto guard Kyle Lowry forced overtime by hitting a half-court, buzzer-beating 3-pointer, Miami opened the extra period on a 8-0 run and hung on for a 102-96 victory over the Raptors. The Heat took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semi-final series.


Tue, 03 May 2016 23:09:37 -0400

Houston Texans' Duane Brown last year tested positive for clenbuterol after a trip to Mexico during a bye week but was eventually clearedThe National Football League Players Association warned players against steroid-contaminated meat from China and Mexico, saying eating large quantities could lead to them failing drugs tests. The NFLPA said in a statement sent to members that players remained ultimately responsible for what they put in their bodies. "There is some evidence that some meat produced in China and Mexico may be contaminated with clenbuterol, an anabolic agent which is banned by the NFL Policy on Performance-Enhancing Substances," the letter reads.


Tue, 03 May 2016 23:01:57 -0400

Researchers said mosquitoes carrying Wolbachia had fewer viral particles in their bodies and the virus in their saliva was not active and could not transmit ZikaThe fate of two Major League Baseball games due to take place in Puerto Rico later this month hung in the balance amid fears over the Zika virus. The Major League Baseball Players Association said it was holding ongoing discussions with league chiefs over a pair of matches between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Miami Marlins in San Juan on May 30-31. The report said players from the Pirates and the Marlins had banded together to request the games be moved to Miami.


Tue, 03 May 2016 22:46:56 -0400
(The Sports Xchange) - The NFL Players Association is warning players about eating meat from China and Mexico that might be contaminated. In a letter to players and shared on social media by at least two players -- Arizona's Patrick Peterson and Baltimore's Steve Smith -- the NFLPA reminds players they are ultimately responsible for what they put in their bodies. "There is some evidence that some meat produced in China and Mexico may be contaminated with clenbuterol, an anabolic agent which is banned by the NFL Policy on Performance-Enhancing Substances," the letter reads.
Tue, 03 May 2016 21:24:28 -0400

Dana Stubblefield, pictured here at a Washington Redskins game in 2000, has angrily hit back at sex crime allegationsSuper Bowl-winning former San Francisco 49ers player Dana Stubblefield angrily hit back at sex crime allegations, a day after being charged with raping a developmentally disabled woman. Stubblefield said at a press conference in San Jose, northern California, that sex he had with a 32-year-old woman at his home last year was consensual. "I am here to state without any reservation that I am completely innocent of all these allegations," Stubblefield said.


Tue, 03 May 2016 21:14:02 -0400

Manu Ginobili of the San Antonio Spurs grabs a rebound in front of Steven Adams of the Oklahoma City Thunder during game two of their NBA Western Conference semi-finals, in San Antonio, Texas, on May 2, 2016NBA referees admitted they made a series of officiating blunders during the frantic finale to San Antonio's playoff clash with Oklahoma City. Referees crew chief Ken Mauer on Tuesday told a pool reporter that officials should have called a foul on a rare inbounds play they had never seen before at the end of Monday's thriller. Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Spurs 98-97 to tie the seven-game series at 1-1.


Tue, 03 May 2016 19:54:08 -0400

MLB: Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves(Reuters) - A pair of Major League Baseball games scheduled to be played in Puerto Rico later this month could be relocated due to growing concerns over the Zika virus in the area, the MLB Players Association said on Tuesday. The Miami Marlins and Pittsburgh Pirates are scheduled to play two games in San Juan on May 30-31 but the series is in doubt with nearly 700 confirmed cases of Zika in Puerto Rico. Zika, a virus known to cause the birth defect microcephaly, first began spreading in Puerto Rico in December.


Tue, 03 May 2016 18:39:00 -0400

PGA: PGA Championship - First Round(Reuters) - Leicester City's fairytale run to clinch the English Premier League soccer title was hailed by American golfer John Daly on Tuesday as he congratulated his fellow "underdogs" for their success. Leicester, 5,000-1 outsiders at the start of the season, became champions for the first time and the first team to win a maiden English title since Nottingham Forest in 1978, having left the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea in their wake. For Daly, Leicester's unexpected success echoed his first major victory at the 1991 PGA Championship where he was the ninth and final alternate into the field and found out just a day before the tournament began that he would be playing.


Tue, 03 May 2016 18:37:34 -0400

Men work on the construction of a building next to the 2016 Rio Olympics golf venue in Rio de Janeiro BrazilNBC's Golf Channel on Tuesday said it plans to air 300 hours of Olympic golf coverage from Rio de Janeiro in August, 130 of them live, but several top player no-shows could dampen interest. As an event returning to the Olympics after more than 100 years, some industry experts are concerned that the withdrawal of key names could turn off casual fans who might watch golf for the first time during the Olympics. In the U.S., the event will mainly be shown on NBC's Golf Channel.


Tue, 03 May 2016 18:30:46 -0400
Leicester City's fairytale run to clinch the English Premier League soccer title was hailed by American golfer John Daly on Tuesday as he congratulated his fellow "underdogs" for their success. Leicester, 5,000-1 outsiders at the start of the season, became champions for the first time and the first team to win a maiden English title since Nottingham Forest in 1978, having left the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea in their wake. For Daly, Leicester's unexpected success echoed his first major victory at the 1991 PGA Championship where he was the ninth and final alternate into the field and found out just a day before the tournament began that he would be playing.
Tue, 03 May 2016 14:51:39 -0400

Head coach Doc Rivers of the Los Angeles Clippers speaks to his players during Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Portland Trail Blazers during the 2016 NBA Playoffs on April 25, 2016 in Portland, OregonLos Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers is confident the team's best players want to stay with the club despite a disappointing exit in the playoffs. Rivers said Tuesday he believes Blake Griffin and Chris Paul will both return for the franchise next season, ruling out any possibility of either being traded. "I think they all want to come back, and we're going to make a strong effort to bring all our guys back," Rivers said.


Tue, 03 May 2016 06:49:56 -0400

Aerial view shows the cluster of the City of Seattle's current MLB, NFL stadiums and proposed NBA/NHL arenaBy Brendan O'Brien and Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - Seattle's city council on Monday narrowly rejected a proposal that would pave the way for a new sports arena, dimming the hopes for the NBA to return to the city after the beloved SuperSonics moved away in 2008. The council voted 4-5 against a plan that involved closing a city street and selling land to billionaire Chris Hansen, who hopes to build an 19,000-seat arena that could attract NHL and NBA franchises to Seattle, according to city officials. "Today’s City Council vote was disappointing but we don’t believe it is the end of the road in our quest to bring the NBA and NHL back to Seattle," the Seattle hedge fund manager said in a statement.


Tue, 03 May 2016 02:06:39 -0400

LeBron James scored 25 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Atlanta Hawks 104-93LeBron James led the way as the Cleveland Cavaliers finally broke the Atlanta Hawks' resistance to seal a 104-93 victory and take a 1-0 lead in their Eastern Conference semi-final playoff series. James scored 25 points and came up with two big steals late in the fourth quarter to help the Cavaliers seize the early initiative in the best-of-seven series at Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena. Kyrie Irving added 21 points with eight assists and one rebound as the well-rested Cavaliers dominated against a weary Atlanta.


Tue, 03 May 2016 01:46:09 -0400

NBA: Playoffs-Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs(The Sports Xchange) - Russell Westbrook scored 29 points and handed out 10 assists as the Oklahoma City Thunder outlasted the San Antonio Spurs 98-97 on Monday in Game 2 of the Western Conference semi-final and tied the best-of-seven series at one win apiece. Kevin Durant, who had 28 points, canned a floating jump shot off an assist from Westbrook with 33 seconds left to give Oklahoma City a 96-91 lead but the Spurs responded with an Aldridge 3-pointer, just his second of the season. Westbrook then made two free throws with 18.3 seconds left to push Oklahoma City's lead back to four points, at 98-94.


Mon, 02 May 2016 23:09:03 -0400

NBA: Playoffs-Atlanta Hawks at Cleveland Cavaliers(The Sports Xchange) - A week off did not disrupt the Cleveland Cavaliers' momentum, nor was it enough time to alter the Atlanta Hawks' history against them. The Cavaliers still have never lost to the Hawks in the postseason, but this one was not easy. LeBron James scored 25 points and came up with two big steals late in the Cavs' 104-93 victory on Monday against the Hawks to take a 1-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference semi-finals.


Mon, 02 May 2016 19:58:42 -0400

Baseball - Dodgers pitcher Ravin gets 80-game banLos Angeles Dodgers pitcher Josh Ravin was banned for 80 games on Monday after testing positive for growth hormones, the Major League Baseball team announced in a statement. Ravin, 28, said supplements he had taken in order to accelerate his recovery from a bout of flu were to blame for the positive test.


Mon, 02 May 2016 19:03:53 -0400
(Reuters) - The National Basketball Association said on Monday its Basketball without Borders camp will be held in Australia for the first time later this year. The basketball development camp, run jointly with FIBA, basketball's world governing body, will be held June 23-26 at Dandenong Basketball Stadium in Melbourne. During the camp, prospects from the Asia-Pacific region born in 1999 will receive instruction from NBA and FIBA players and coaches while also taking part in community outreach projects.
Mon, 02 May 2016 16:27:38 -0400

LeBron James is among one of the stars that legend Magic Johnson believes the Los Angeles Lakers should target as they attempt to bounce back from the worst season in their historyLos Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson has urged the struggling NBA franchise to target LeBron James and Kevin Durant as they attempt to bounce back from the worst season in their history. The Lakers crashed to a 17-65 losing record this season, the second year in a row they have suffered 60 defeats or more. Former player and current Golden State Warriors assistant Luke Walton was named as their new head coach on Friday, replacing Byron Scott who was fired on April 24.


Mon, 02 May 2016 15:50:37 -0400
May 2 (Infostrada Sports) - The World Rankings 1. (1) Jason Day (Australia) 12.05 2. (2) Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 11.26 3. (3) Rory McIlroy (Britain) 8.97 4. (4) Bubba Watson (U.S.) 8.04 5. (5) Rickie Fowler (U.S.) 7.56 6. (6) Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 7.47 7. (7) Adam Scott (Australia) 6.91 8. (8) Dustin Johnson (U.S.) 6.62 9. (9) Danny Willett (Britain) 6.28 10. (10) Justin Rose (Britain) 5.70 11. (11) Branden Grace (South Africa) 5.44 12. (12) Patrick Reed (U.S.) 5.24 13. (13) Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa) 4.92 14. (14) Hideki Matsuyama (Japan) 4.54 15. (15) Sergio Garcia (Spain) 4.20 16. ...
Mon, 02 May 2016 15:22:36 -0400
May 2 (Infostrada Sports) - FedEx Cup rankings 1. (1) Adam Scott (Australia) 1731 2. (2) Jason Day (Australia) 1440 3. (3) Brandt Snedeker (U.S.) 1300 4. (4) Russell Knox (Britain) 1300 5. (5) Kevin Kisner (U.S.) 1182 6. (6) Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 1132 7. (7) Kevin Na (U.S.) 1130 8. (8) Patrick Reed (U.S.) 1121 9. (9) Justin Thomas (U.S.) 1051 10. (10) Bubba Watson (U.S.) 1043 11. (11) Smylie Kaufman (U.S.) 1019 12. (12) Hideki Matsuyama (Japan) 989 13. (13) Graeme McDowell (Britain) 909 14. (14) Jason Dufner (U.S.) 882 15. (18) Charley Hoffman (U.S.) 881 16. (15) Kevin Chappell (U.S.) 869 17. ...
Mon, 02 May 2016 13:13:22 -0400

PGA: Zurich Classic of New Orleans - Third Round(Reuters) - Journeyman Brian Stuard clinched his first PGA Tour title with a gripping playoff victory over fellow American Jamie Lovemark and South Korean An Byeong-hun at the weather-plagued Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Monday. The 33-year-old Stuard sealed the win on the second extra hole at the TPC Louisiana, the par-five 18th, after laying up in two, hitting a superb third shot to three feet and knocking in the birdie putt. "This means a lot," an emotional Stuard told Golf Channel after earning a winner's cheque for $1.26 million, a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour and a spot at next year's Masters.


Mon, 02 May 2016 13:00:20 -0400

Brian Stuard hits a shot during a playoff on the 18th hole during a continuation of the third round of the Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana on May 2, 2016 in Avondale, LouisianaBrian Stuard won the weather-disrupted Zurich Classic on Monday, holding his nerve to claim a maiden PGA Tour victory in a three-way playoff. Stuard had finished level on 15-under-par with Jamie Lovemark and South Korea's An Byeong-Hun after officials reduced the tournament in New Orleans to 54 holes following multiple weather interruptions. Lovemark's hopes faded after his third shot flew off to the side of the green leaving himself a difficult up and down at a sodden TPC Louisiana.


Mon, 02 May 2016 12:32:49 -0400
Journeyman Brian Stuard clinched his first PGA Tour title with a gripping playoff victory over fellow American Jamie Lovemark and South Korean An Byeong-hun at the weather-plagued Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Monday. The 33-year-old Stuard sealed the win on the second extra hole at the TPC Louisiana, the par-five 18th, after laying up in two, hitting a superb third shot to three feet and knocking in the birdie putt. Lovemark parred the hole after overshooting the green with his second and failing to reach the putting surface with his third.
Mon, 02 May 2016 11:52:41 -0400

PGA: Zurich Classic of New Orleans - First Round(Reuters) - South Korea's An Byeong-hun and Americans Brian Stuard and Jamie Lovemark took the weather-plagued Zurich Classic of New Orleans into a sudden-death playoff at the TPC Louisiana on Monday. The trio finished the 54 regulation holes at 15-under-par 201, An firing a seven-under 65, Stuard a 69 and Lovemark closing with a 68 after three-putting the final hole for a par.


Mon, 02 May 2016 00:48:48 -0400

Klay Thompson scored 37 points as the reigning champion Golden State Warriors leapt to a quick leadKlay Thompson and Draymond Green made sure the Golden State Warriors barely missed injured superstar Stephen Curry in a 118-106 victory over Portland in the first game of their NBA Western Conference second-round playoff series. Thompson scored 37 points and Green notched the first post-season triple-double of his career as the reigning champion Warriors leapt to a quick lead and never looked back on their home floor in Oakland, California. Thompson drained a three-pointer 17 seconds into the contest and the Warriors rolled from there.


Mon, 02 May 2016 00:39:46 -0400

NBA: Playoffs-Indiana Pacers at Toronto Raptors(The Sports Xchange) - Dwane Casey read the reviews of the Toronto Raptors' decisive Game 6 loss to the Indiana Pacers. "I love that because I thought our guys used it as motivation." DeMar DeRozan, who had struggled in the playoffs, took matters into his own hands and led the way with 30 points as the Raptors held on to defeat the Pacers 89-84 on Sunday. The Raptors advance to face the Miami Heat in the second round, with Game 1 on Tuesday in Toronto.


Sun, 01 May 2016 22:35:22 -0400

NBA: Playoffs-Portland Trail Blazers at Golden State Warriors(The Sports Xchange) - If the Golden State Warriors miss Stephen Curry, they sure did not show it in their first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets. Klay Thompson bombed in a game-high 37 points and Draymond Green recorded his second career postseason triple-double as the Warriors ran off early from the Portland Trail Blazers en route to a 118-106 victory in Game 1 of the Western Conference semi-finals on Sunday.


Sun, 01 May 2016 22:16:28 -0400

Jenny Shin hits her tee shot on the seventh hole during the final round of the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout at Las Colinas Country Club on May 1, 2016 in Irving, TexasJenny Shin became the third first time winner on the USLPGA Tour this year, coming from behind to close with a four-under 67 and win the Texas Shootout tournament. "I was really nervous on the last hole," said South Korea's Shin. Shin played the final 43 holes at the Dallas-area Las Colinas Country Club bogey free as she finished at 14-under 270.


Sun, 01 May 2016 21:47:06 -0400

PGA: Zurich Classic of New Orleans - Third Round(Reuters) - World number one Jason Day moved within three strokes of the lead during the third round at the weather-plagued Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Sunday before more torrential rain halted play for the day. Co-leaders Brian Stuard and Jhonattan Vegas were five holes into their third round when play was suspended after steady rainfall continued to saturate the TPC Louisiana layout.


Sun, 01 May 2016 21:43:00 -0400
* Leaders complete only five holes Sunday * Tournament shortened to 54 holes (Adds quotes) May 1 (Reuters) - World number one Jason Day moved within three strokes of the lead during the third round at the weather-plagued Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Sunday before more torrential rain halted play for the day. Officials shortened the event to 54 holes and extended it to a Monday finish, with the third round scheduled to resume at 7 a.m. local time (1200 GMT). Co-leaders Brian Stuard and Jhonattan Vegas were five holes into their third round when play was suspended after steady rainfall continued to saturate the TPC Louisiana layout.
Sun, 01 May 2016 20:24:48 -0400

LPGA: U.S. Women's Open-Third Round(Reuters) - Jenny Shin made a sizzling start to the final round on her way to a two-stroke victory at the Texas Shootout in Irving on Sunday. Shin, 23, born in South Korea and raised in California, clinched her first LPGA victory, and continued a trend of young winners on tour. Shin began the final round two shots behind overnight leader Gerina Piller, but charged past the American and into the lead with three birdies in the first five holes.


Sun, 01 May 2016 20:00:47 -0400
Jenny Shin made a sizzling start to the final round on her way to a two-stroke victory at the Texas Shootout in Irving on Sunday. Shin, 23, born in South Korea and raised in California, clinched her first LPGA victory, and continued a trend of young winners on tour. Shin began the final round two shots behind overnight leader Gerina Piller, but charged past the American and into the lead with three birdies in the first five holes.
Sun, 01 May 2016 18:58:58 -0400

NBA: Playoffs-Portland Trail Blazers at Golden State Warriors(The Sports Xchange) - Klay Thompson bombed in a game-high 37 points and Draymond Green recorded his first career postseason triple-double as the Golden State Warriors ran off early from the Portland Trail Blazers en route to a 118-106 victory in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal series in Oakland, California, on Sunday. Thompson hit a 3-pointer just 17 seconds into the game and the Warriors never looked back en route to their seventh consecutive win in Game 1 of a playoff series. Hitting four 3-pointers, Thompson poured in 18 of his 37 points in the first quarter, during which he single-handedly outscored the Trail Blazers 18-17.