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Thu, 26 May 2016 07:37:59 -0400

Luke Donald of England tees off on the first hole during the final round of the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio AT&T Oaks Course in San Antonio, Texas on April 24, 2016Two-time champion Luke Donald put himself in the hunt for a hat-trick as he got off to a flyer in the European PGA Championship at Wentworth on Thursday. The Englishman had three birdies in an outward nine of 32, three-under par, and was four-under the card with four to play, two shots behind Australia's Scott Hend, who was out in 31. Joining Donald on four-under were South Africa's Jaco van Zyl, who had played 12 holes, England's Robert Rock, who was on the eighth, and another Australian, Richard Green, who eagled the par-five fourth but was still in the early stages of his round.

Thu, 26 May 2016 01:28:06 -0400

NBA: Playoffs-Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder(Reuters) - Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has played down suggestions that point guard Stephen Curry is nursing an injury that is hampering his performances in the Western Conference Finals. The Warriors, who set an NBA record of 73 wins in the regular season, trail the best-of-seven series 3-1 against the Oklahoma City Thunder, who have overpowered the defending champions. Curry injured his right knee last month and website Yahoo Sports, citing an unnamed source, reported early on Wednesday the reigning Most Valuable Player is no more than 70 percent healthy, though Kerr later dismissed the report.

Thu, 26 May 2016 01:22:50 -0400

Tom Brady was plunged into controversy after New England routed Indianapolis in last year's playoffsThe reigning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots filed a federal court brief Wednesday asking the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals to hear Tom Brady's "Deflategate" suspension appeal. Brady faces a four-game ban at the start of the 2016 NFL campaign for the quarterback's supposed role in the underinflating of footballs for the 2015 American Conference championship game. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell imposed the four-game ban on Brady last year following a league investigation that declared Brady was generally aware of the lower than regulation air pressure in balls used by the Patriots in the playoff contest.

Thu, 26 May 2016 01:11:33 -0400

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers goes up for a dunk against the Toronto Raptors in game five of the Eastern Conference FinalsLeBron James tallied 23 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers moved within one victory of reaching the NBA finals with a 116-78 blowout home triumph over the Toronto Raptors. James, who is seeking his sixth straight appearance in the NBA championship series, also had six rebounds and eight assists for the Cavaliers, who lead the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals three games to two. Kyrie Irving added 23 points in the Cavaliers' most lopsided playoff victory in franchise history, eclipsing their 31-point victory at home in the series opener.

Thu, 26 May 2016 00:11:29 -0400

MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs(Reuters) - Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta's phenomenal streak of consistency put him in the record books on Wednesday. Arrieta, the reigning National League Cy Young winner, tossed five innings to lead Chicago to a 9-8 victory over St. Louis, their 23rd successive regular season win in a game started by the right hander. "He's on a nice run now, a historic run," Cubs manager Joe Maddon told reporters.

Wed, 25 May 2016 23:39:44 -0400

NBA: Playoffs-Toronto Raptors at Cleveland Cavaliers(The Sports Xchange) - LeBron James had 23 points, eight assists and six rebounds, and Kevin Love returned to form with 25 points as the Cavaliers dismantled the Toronto Raptors in a 116-78 win on Wednesday that gives Cleveland a 3-2 series lead in the Eastern Conference finals. Kyrie Irving added 23 points in the Cavaliers' most lopsided playoff win in franchise history -- surpassing their 31-point victory at home in Game One of this series. The Cavs have outscored the Raptors by 88 points in their three home games.

Wed, 25 May 2016 20:03:30 -0400
(Reuters) - A bill to end sales taxes on tampons and sanitary napkins received final approval from New York lawmakers on Wednesday and is headed to the governor, who voiced strong support of the legislation. Several other states have already enacted such exemptions as a movement builds against a tax that critics say unjustly targets women. The New York State Senate on Wednesday unanimously passed the bill, which exempts feminine hygiene products like sanitary napkins, tampons, and panty liners from the state's sales and compensating use tax.
Wed, 25 May 2016 19:24:03 -0400

South Korea's Park In-Bee has battled a left thumb injury for monthsSecond-ranked Park In-Bee will fight through left thumb pain at this week's LPGA Volvik Championship to prepare for the next major event and reach the International Golf Hall of Fame. The South Korean star, who completed a career Grand Slam last year, has battled a left thumb injury for months, one that forced her to withdraw from last week's Kingsmill Championship.

Wed, 25 May 2016 18:30:45 -0400

Jordan Spieth stumbled in the final round at the Byron Nelson ChampionshipReigning US Open champion Jordan Spieth has tried to relax ahead of Thursday's start of the US PGA's event at Colonial, hoping to find his form and put recent struggles behind him. The world number two from Texas stumbled in the final round last Sunday at the Byron Nelson Championship after lurking one shot off the lead after 36 and 54 holes at his hometown event. Add to that a missed cut at the Players Championship and a back-nine Sunday meltdown that cost him a repeat Masters crown last month at Augusta National and it's easy to understand why he's seeking to find the fun and shake swing problems at the Dean and Deluca International in Fort Worth, Texas.

Wed, 25 May 2016 17:29:33 -0400

A security camera hangs near a corner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in WashingtonA former National Basketball Association player famed for delivering a devastating punch during a 1977 on-court fight has been arrested and charged with fraud in conspiracy with a National Football League Hall of Famer, U.S. prosecutors said on Wednesday. A grand jury indictment alleges retired basketball player Kermit Washington, 64, defrauded donors, eBay, PayPal and the Internal Revenue Service for nearly three years by persuading people, including former professional athletes, to make donations to Project Contact Africa, a charity he had founded. Ron Mix, a professional football Hall of Famer who played most of his career with the San Diego Chargers, pleaded guilty on Monday to one count of filing a false tax return in connection with the case, prosecutors said in a statement.

Wed, 25 May 2016 17:17:01 -0400

Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls, pictured on December 9, 2015, has reportedly told teammates in recent weeks that he is finished playing for the BullsJoakim Noah has told teammates in recent weeks that he is finished playing for the Chicago Bulls, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Wednesday, saying he has no faith in team executives. This past season, the Bulls went 42-40, two games behind the Detroit Pistons for the last playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. The report said Noah did not cite his early season tension with first-year Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg as part of the reason he was looking to leave.

Wed, 25 May 2016 16:46:14 -0400

Buffalo Bills General Manager Doug Whaley, pictured on January 14, 2015, made headlines with a radio interview regarding receiver Sammy WatkinsBuffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley backed off comments saying humans should not play American football, calling his earlier remarks "a poor choice of words" in a statement Wednesday. Whaley was asked Tuesday on Buffalo radio station WGR-550 if Bills receiver Sammy Watkins is injury-prone. Watkins is expected to be out of pre-season exhibition games with a broken left foot.

Wed, 25 May 2016 15:37:16 -0400

Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs during the 2016 NBA playoffs on May 8, 2016 in Oklahoma CityNBA Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs was a unanimous selection to the 2015-16 NBA All-Defensive First Team announced Wednesday. Also on the All-Defensive top lineup was forward Draymond Green of the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors, center DeAndre Jordan and guard Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers and guard Avery Bradley of the Boston Celtics.

Wed, 25 May 2016 15:32:33 -0400

File Photo NFL: AFC Divisional-Kansas City Chiefs at New England PatriotsBy Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New England Patriots on Wednesday urged a U.S. appeals court to reconsider its decision to reinstate Tom Brady's "Deflategate" four-game suspension, saying its star quarterback faced "unprecedented, unjustified and unsupported penalties." The Patriots, in court papers, backed an appeal by Brady and National Football league players union of last month's ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York, saying it would be "severely adversely affected" by the loss of its marquee player. "The Patriots have a keen interest in making sure that Mr. Brady is not unjustly punished through a fundamentally unfair process," the team's lawyers wrote. The Patriots also said they "strongly believe that nobody tampered with the footballs" used in the team's 45-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts in January 2015's AFC championship game, the alleged scheme that led to the NFL's suspension of Brady.

Wed, 25 May 2016 15:26:16 -0400

PGA: The Players Championship - Second Round(Reuters) - Strong winds forecast for this week's Colonial tournament in Fort Worth, Texas have put a smile on the face of U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth who believes he will benefit from the challenge at Colonial Country Club. Spieth struggled with his swing at last week's AT&T Byron Nelson, fading into a tie for 18th after trailing by just two shots heading into the final round, but feels his game can only improve with a more imaginative approach in gusty conditions. "Given the forecast, it's going to take a lot of imagination," American Spieth told reporters on Wednesday while preparing for Thursday's opening round.

Wed, 25 May 2016 10:07:08 -0400
After pulling off a massive upset over Chandler Egan, who at the time was a 20-year-old reigning U.S. amateur champion, a playful Lyon turned himself upside-down and walked on his hands to receive his Olympic medal and trophy. "We started talking about it again when it was announced that golf was returning to the Olympics and it just sunk in, he's the defending champion. At 18, he set a Canadian record in the pole vault and would go on to represent his country at cricket, scoring 238 not out for his club, which stood as a Canadian record for nearly 40 years.
Wed, 25 May 2016 09:30:57 -0400

Donald Trump bought the Doonbeg golf course in 2013An Irish golf course owned by Donald Trump, a climate change denier, has put in a planning application for a sea wall to protect against coastal erosion, citing changing weather as the reason. The US Republican presidential hopeful's Irish holding company TIGL Ireland Enterprises submitted the application earlier this month to build a £7.6 million (10.0 million euro, $11.2 million) rock barrier saying that storms had swept away sand dunes. "The evidence for increased storm activity associated with climate change suggests that the erosion will accelerate," read the application by Doonbeg golf course in western Ireland, obtained by AFP on Wednesday.

Wed, 25 May 2016 03:41:46 -0400

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open(Reuters) - Former world number one Lee Westwood hopes his strong finish at last month's U.S. Masters proves to be the catalyst for the Briton to get back to his best, adding that poor form had led him to question his ability to compete at the top level. The Briton only just qualified for the season's first major by virtue of a top-50 ranking but his two-under total at Augusta was good enough to tie for second alongside Jordan Spieth, three shots behind compatriot Danny Willet. It was a welcome return to form for Westwood, who is still searching for a first win since recording a third Indonesian Masters triumph in April 2015, with his poor results leaving him as low as 67th in the world rankings earlier this year.

Wed, 25 May 2016 02:36:53 -0400

NBA: Playoffs-Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder(Reuters) - The Golden State Warriors are fast becoming a pale shadow of the 73-win team that stormed through the regular season and there is no shortage of theories as to why the league's most dominant team are now on the verge of playoff elimination. After Oklahoma City pummeled the Warriors 118-94 to take a commanding 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven Western Conference Finals series on Tuesday, questions poured in like Thunder fast-break points. Is the team's talismanic MVP Stephen Curry healthy?

Wed, 25 May 2016 01:46:55 -0400

Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder drives against Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors in game four of the Western Conference FinalsRussell Westbrook tallied a triple double and Kevin Durant finished with 26 points and 11 rebounds as Oklahoma City routed Golden State 118-94 to put the Warriors on the brink of elimination. Westbrook had 36 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for the Thunder who can advance to the NBA finals with a victory in Thursday's game five on the road. "I am proud of the way the guys hung in there," said Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan.

Wed, 25 May 2016 00:10:14 -0400

NBA: Playoffs-Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City ThunderRussell Westbrook collected 36 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds as Oklahoma City grabbed a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference finals, thanks in large part to Westbrook's first triple-double of the postseason. Defending champions Golden State will attempt to stay alive on Thursday at home in Game 5. Thunder forward Kevin Durant scored 26 points on 8-of-24 shooting to go with 11 rebounds.

Tue, 24 May 2016 17:59:53 -0400
(Reuters) - The NFL will stage the 2021 Super Bowl in Los Angeles, raising its profile in the country's second-largest media market after making a celebrated return to the city with the relocation of the Rams franchise to the West Coast starting next season. The National Football League also announced the 2019 and 2020 Super Bowls would be played in Atlanta and South Florida, respectively, returning to those areas for its championship game, one of the most-watched television events of the year. The Super Bowl's move back to Los Angeles will also give the 'City of Angels' a welcome boost as it bids to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.
Tue, 24 May 2016 17:38:23 -0400

A makeshift memorial is set up for former San Diego Padres outfielder Tony Gwynn at Petco Park in San DiegoBy Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The family of the late baseball star Tony Gwynn, a Hall of Famer who played with the San Diego Padres, has filed a lawsuit in California accusing makers of dipping tobacco of causing his death from cancer by getting him hooked at a young age. With the legal action, Gwynn becomes one of the most high-profile Major League Baseball stars to have his name used in a public attack on the tobacco industry. "Throughout his career, our dad was proud of his work helping kids and being a positive role model to his fans," his daughter Anisha Gwynn-Jones said in a statement Tuesday.

Tue, 24 May 2016 17:10:22 -0400

Los Angeles was awarded the right to stage the Super Bowl in 2021, on May 26, 2016 after a vote at the annual NFL owners meetingLos Angeles was awarded the right to stage the Super Bowl in 2021 on Tuesday as National Football League chiefs picked Atlanta and Miami as venues for the money-spinning showpiece in 2019 and 2020. The host cities were announced after a vote at the annual NFL owners meetings in Charlotte, North Carolina. The choice of Los Angeles had been widely anticipated following the NFL's decision earlier this year to sanction the move of the St Louis Rams back to the Californian metropolis.

Tue, 24 May 2016 16:12:50 -0400

NFL: AFC Championship-New England Patriots at Denver BroncosBy Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Ivory Tower has thrown its weight behind Tom Brady. A group of 21 physics and engineering professors on Tuesday urged a U.S. federal appeals court to reconsider its 2-1 decision to reinstate the New England Patriots quarterback's four-game National Football League suspension in the "Deflategate" case. In a brief filed with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York, the professors said there is "no scientific proof" Brady did anything wrong in using underinflated footballs, which can be easier to grip, during the Patriots' 45-7 rout of the Indianapolis Colts in the January 2015 AFC championship game.

Tue, 24 May 2016 16:12:26 -0400

Kenneth Starr speaks outside the Supreme Court in Washington after arguing a case in WashingtonBaylor University declined to comment on reports on Tuesday that Kenneth Starr, the former independent counsel charged with investigating Bill Clinton during his presidency who is now the president of the world's largest Baptist college, has been fired over sexual abuse scandals at the school. Local TV broadcaster KCEN reported on Tuesday that Starr had been fired, citing sources close to the Board of Regents. In March, a former student at Baylor brought a negligence lawsuit in federal court against the school, claiming it acted callously and indifferently after she was raped by a Baylor football player.

Tue, 24 May 2016 15:17:28 -0400
Danny Willett became the latest golfer to suggest he may skip this year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, as he evaluates the threat the Zika virus might pose. Earlier this week, world number three Rory McIlroy said he would have to "monitor" the situation with the virus in Brazil, hinting he might decide against competing. Englishman Willett feels much the same.
Tue, 24 May 2016 14:49:01 -0400

Charles "Bubba" Smith is among 90 former NFL players found to have CTE, the Concussion Legacy Foundation has reported on its websiteSuper Bowl-winning defensive end Charles "Bubba" Smith was suffering from the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) at the time of his death in 2011, a report revealed on Tuesday. Smith, who forged a successful acting career following his playing days, appearing in the hit "Police Academy" movies, is among 90 former NFL players found to have CTE, the Concussion Legacy Foundation reported on its website. Researchers at Boston University who studied Smith's brain said the player showed symptoms of suffering from Stage 3 (out of 4) CTE, a severe level of the condition.

Tue, 24 May 2016 13:54:41 -0400

PGA: The Masters - Second Round(Reuters) - Former U.S. amateur champions Ryan Moore, An Byeong-hun and Matthew Fitzpatrick are among 27 players who have earned full exemptions into next month's U.S. Open at Oakmont, the United States Golf Association said on Tuesday. All 27 exemptions were awarded to golfers ranked in the world's top 60 this week, and those additions lift the number of fully exempt players to 78 for the year's second major. American Moore, who won the U.S. amateur in 2004, is ranked 49th, South Korean An, U.S. amateur champion in 2009, is 26th and Englishman Fitzpatrick, winner of the 2013 U.S. amateur, is 44th.

Tue, 24 May 2016 13:18:48 -0400

Byeong Hun An is currently ranked 26th in the worldSouth Korea's Byeong Hun An is aiming to go one better than his parents if he qualifies for August's Olympic golf tournament in Brazil. An’s father Ahn Jae-Hyung won a bronze medal in table tennis at the Seoul games in 1988 and his mother Jiao Zhimin won a silver in the same pursuit. An is back at Wentworth this week to defend the European PGA Championship title he won last season and give another boost to his Olympic ambitions.

Tue, 24 May 2016 12:46:29 -0400

NFL: Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders(Reuters) - The National Football League on Tuesday broadened replay powers to allow the league office and replay officials in New York to help referees avoid mistakes on the field during games. NFL owners passed an amendment regarding overrules of "game administrative" elements including penalty enforcement, proper down, spot of a foul and status of the game clock. The changes include measures Commissioner Roger Goodell installed for the playoffs this past season.

Tue, 24 May 2016 08:25:43 -0400

Dubai Duty Free Irish OpenBy Tony Jimenez LONDON (Reuters) - Double major winner Martin Kaymer has hit back at suggestions that this week's BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth has lost some of its razzle-dazzle, calling it a first-class event with "a massive history". "There are better courses in England, that's for sure, but it's the home of the European Tour and it's a great event and we should see it for what it is," Kaymer said. "It's big prize money, a lot of world ranking points, with a massive history." The PGA Championship was first held in 1955, and the list of winners represents a roll-call of Europe's finest players - Rory McIlroy, Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Tony Jacklin, Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie, Jose Maria Olazabal and Ian Woosnam.

Tue, 24 May 2016 03:43:15 -0400

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open(Reuters) - Rory McIlroy took a long time to decide he would represent Ireland at the 2016 Rio Olympics but the 27-year-old world number three could now miss golf's return to the Games after a 112-year absence because of concerns over the Zika virus. The Northern Irishman had threatened to skip the Olympics as he agonized over representing Great Britain or Ireland in Brazil but after opting for the latter in 2014, the mosquito-borne disease may lead the four-times major winner to avoid the Games. First detected in Brazil last year, Zika has been linked in that country to more than 1,300 cases of microcephaly, a rare birth defect defined by unusually small heads and something that is clearly a major concern for McIlroy.

Tue, 24 May 2016 01:27:36 -0400
(Reuters) - Congolese center Bismack Biyombo has gone from bit-part player to Raptors linchpin in the space of two weeks and his emergence has given Toronto a spark in their Eastern Conference final series against Cleveland. Biyombo grabbed 14 rebounds and had three blocks in Toronto’s 105-99 home win over the Cavaliers on Monday, which tied the best-of-seven series at 2-2. It was a gritty encore performance to his franchise playoff-record 26 rebounds and four blocks in a Game Three triumph, and provided further evidence that the 23-year-old has found new life in Toronto.
Tue, 24 May 2016 01:25:38 -0400

Kyle Lowry (R) scored 35 points as Toronto completed a victory that leaves the best-of-seven series tied at 2-2 with three games to playKyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan scored more than 30 points each as the Toronto Raptors withstood a ferocious Cleveland Cavaliers fightback to level their Eastern Conference final series with a 105-99 victory. Lowry scored 35 points while DeRozan weighed in with 32 as Toronto completed a victory that leaves the best-of-seven series tied at 2-2 with three games to play. The win continues a remarkable transformation in fortunes for Toronto, who had lost the opening two games of the series heavily to trail 2-0.

Tue, 24 May 2016 01:21:33 -0400
By Frank Pingue TORONTO (Reuters) - LeBron James has had a standing reservation with the NBA Finals for five consecutive years but the best player of his generation is suddenly in jeopardy of seeing his remarkable streak come to an end. James has been playing some of the best basketball of his career during the 2016 playoffs but was unable to rally the Cleveland Cavaliers to a victory on Monday that would have all but punched their ticket to the championship round. Instead, the Cavaliers fell 105-99 to the Toronto Raptors, who tied up the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final at 2-2 with a second consecutive home victory.
Mon, 23 May 2016 23:41:38 -0400

NBA: Playoffs-Cleveland Cavaliers at Toronto Raptors(The Sports Xchange) - Kyle Lowry scored 35 points and DeMar DeRozan added 32 as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-99 on Monday to tie the Eastern Conference finals at two wins each. In winning their second consecutive game, the Raptors led by as many as 18 points during the second quarter and were ahead by 16 at halftime. The teams changed one-point leads in the fourth quarter, but when Lowry made a driving layup with 22.5 seconds to play, the Raptors led by six points.

Mon, 23 May 2016 22:48:41 -0400

MLB: Kansas City Royals at New York Yankees(Reuters) - Kansas City outfielder Alex Gordon has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a broken bone in his right wrist, the Royals said on Monday. Gordon sustained the injury when he collided with team mate Mike Moustakas in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox. Royals manager Ned Yost said Gordon was expected to miss 3-4 weeks but would be reevaluated in 10 days.

Mon, 23 May 2016 21:00:31 -0400

Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green has been fined for kicking Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven AdamsGolden State Warriors star Draymond Green has been fined $25,000 but will escape a suspension for his kick on Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams, the NBA said Monday. Green left the Warriors sweating on the prospect of a possible ban after kicking Adams in the groin during Golden State's rout to the Thunder in Game Three on Sunday. Golden State's management and Green had insisted the incident in the first half -- which left Adams doubled over in pain -- was accidental.

Mon, 23 May 2016 20:08:20 -0400
Allen Darrell Wade was found guilty on all charges related to the deaths, including two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of robbery and three counts of theft, Alleghany County District Attorney spokesman Mike Manko said. Wade, 45, was charged with the murder of Susan and Sarah Wolfe, the sisters of Iowa state Representative Mary Wolfe. Mary Wolfe is a Democrat serving her third term in the Iowa House of Representatives.