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Fri, 31 Jul 2015 03:04:34 -0400
(Reuters) - The San Francisco Giants made a deal for one of the hottest pitchers in baseball on Thursday by acquiring right-handed starter Mike Leake in a trade with the Cincinnati Reds. The Giants sent minor league players Keury Mella and Adam Duvall to the Reds in exchange for the red-hot Leake. The 27-year-old has surrendered just two runs in his last four starts, two of them shutouts. He is 9-5 with a 3.56 ERA this season and should bolster the rotation of the defending World Series champions. San Francisco (56-45) trail the National League West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers by a half-game. ...
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 02:55:20 -0400
(The Sports Xchange) - Catcher Jason Castro slugged a walk-off home run with two outs in the ninth inning, and the Houston Astros completed a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels with a 3-0 win Thursday night at Minute Maid Park. Castro was batting .111 (6-for-54) with runners in scoring position before crushing a 1-2 fastball from Angels right-hander Fernando Salas (2-2) out to right field, scoring both third baseman Jed Lowrie and designated hitter Marwin Gonzalez. ...
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 01:42:46 -0400
A rare pre-Civil War baseball card that was handed down as an heirloom within the family of a ballplayer for more than 150 years fetched $179,250 at an auction in Chicago on Thursday. The Brooklyn Atlantics team card from around 1860 was sold at Heritage Auction’s Platinum Night Sports Auctions, which coincides with the 2015 National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago. The auction featured a variety of collectable sports memorabilia items, including a New York Yankees game jersey worn by Mickey Mantle in 1966 that sold for $322,650 and the shoes worn by Muhammad Ali in the 1975 “Thrilla in Manila” bout against Joe Frazier.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 23:58:55 -0400
(The Sports Xchange) - The Toronto Blue Jays backed up the acquisition of ace pitcher David Price from the Detroit Tigers on Thursday afternoon by blasting three home runs to defeat the Kansas City Royals 5-2 in the evening. The capture of Price came two days after a trade with the Colorado Rockies took shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and right-handed reliever LaTroy Hawkins to the club, who hope the new recruits will help them go deep into the playoffs. Early indications suggest the team have responded positively with catcher Dioner Navarro blasting a two-run homer in the second inning to give the Blue Jays a lead they never relinquished.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 21:30:01 -0400
Japan's Ryo Ishikawa fired a hole-in-one during a sparkling eight-under-par 63 to grab a share of the lead at the US PGA Quicken Loans National. The 23-year-old Asian star also reeled off six birdies in a row to match two-time US Open champion Retief Goosen, a South African twice Ishikawa's age, atop the leaderboard at the 7,385-yard Robert Trent Jones Golf Club. "It was a great day for my putting," said Ishikawa after his best round of the year.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 21:27:56 -0400
Struggling tournament host Tiger Woods recovered from another woeful start with a back-nine birdie binge to spark some confidence that the form which won 14 major titles might return consistently. Former world number one Woods opened with bogeys on three of his first four holes but rallied to start the back nine with four consecutive birdies to fire a three-under par 68 to share 27th at the US PGA Quicken Loans National. "It was nice to actually turn it around," Woods said.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 21:05:04 -0400
(Reuters) - Ernie Els put behind him a fear over potential kidney stones and the disadvantage of no pre-tournament practice rounds this week as he surged into contention for the Quicken Loans National in Virginia on Thursday. The big South African, who has struggled for consistency on the 2014-15 PGA Tour, fired a seven-under-par 64 on a rain-softened layout at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville to end the opening round just one stroke off the lead. Els was delighted to shoot his lowest score on the U.S. circuit this season, having pulled out of Wednesday's pro-am competition after experiencing pain in his right side before medical tests confirmed it was just a muscle spasm.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:36:25 -0400
July 31 (Infostrada Sports) - Latest leaderboard in the first round from the U.S. PGA Tour Quicken Loans National at the par-71 course on Thursday in Gainesville, Virginia holesplayed rounds -8 Retief Goosen (South Africa) 18 63 Ryo Ishikawa (Japan) 18 63 -7 Kevin Chappell (U.S.) 18 64 Justin Leonard (U.S.) 18 64 Ernie Els (South Africa) 18 64 -6 Mark Hubbard (U.S.) 18 65 Andy Sullivan (Britain) 18 65 Steve Wheatcroft (U.S.) 18 65 Jeff Overton (U.S.) 18 65 -5 Patrick Rodgers (U.S.) 18 66 Arjun Atwal (India) 18 66 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (Spain) 18 66 Ollie Schniederjans (U.S. ...
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:33:27 -0400
(Reuters) - Veteran South African Retief Goosen drew on good memories of past Presidents Cups played at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club as he charged into a tie for the first-round lead at the Quicken Loans National in Virginia on Thursday. Goosen covered his back nine in a sparkling four-under 31 to finish level with 23-year-old Japanese Ryo Ishikawa, who reeled off five consecutive birdies on his front nine before recording a hole-in-one at the par-three fourth after the turn. South African Ernie Els and Americans Justin Leonard and Kevin Chappell fired 64s while tournament host Tiger Woods recovered from a poor start to open with a 68 after play was suspended for 97 minutes due to the threat of lightning.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:03:15 -0400
(Reuters) - The Toronto Blue Jays added another big weapon to their roster by acquiring Detroit Tigers ace David Price on Tuesday while the Los Angeles Dodgers landed pitcher Alex Wood as part of a 13-player, three-team blockbuster. The Blue Jays, who at 51-51 were two games out of the American League's second Wild Card playoff spot, took a big step toward returning to the playoffs for the first time since 1993 with the deal that came one day before MLB's trade deadline. Toronto are sending their top pitching prospect, left-hander Daniel Norris, and two other promising lefties to Detroit for 2012 Cy Young Award winner Price, who is 9-4 this season with a 2.53 earned run average.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:25:07 -0400
The unprecedented trial of a former Soviet army officer accused of being a Taliban fighter in Afghanistan began on Thursday in U.S. District Court with a jury being selected. Irek Hamidullin, believed to be in his 50s, is the first military prisoner from Afghanistan to be tried in a federal court. Before selection started, Judge Henry Hudson rejected a request by Hamidullin's lawyers for a continuance.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:54:41 -0400
(Reuters) - Veteran South African Retief Goosen drew on good memories of past Presidents Cups played at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club as he charged into a tie for the early lead at the Quicken Loans National in Virginia on Thursday. Goosen covered his back nine in a sparkling four-under 31 to finish level with 23-year-old Japanese Ryo Ishikawa, who reeled off five consecutive birdies on his front nine before recording a hole-in-one at the par-three fourth after the turn. Justin Leonard and Kevin Chappell fired 64s while fellow American Steve Wheatcroft carded a 65 in the PGA Tour event hosted by Tiger Woods, where play was suspended for 97 minutes earlier in the day due to the threat of lightning.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:09:54 -0400
South Korea's Kim Hyo Joo produced the shot and the round of the day to lead the Women's British Open by a shot from Lydia Ko and Cristie Kerr at sunbathed Turnberry on Thursday. Kim took advantage of the favourable weather to post a seven under par 65 and raise her hopes of adding a second major to her victory in the Evian Championship in France last September. At Evian, the 20-year-old shot a ten under par 61 in the first round –- the joint lowest round in major championship history -– and she again proved to be an opening day specialist with a flawless round of five birdies and an eagle.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:50:01 -0400
Gainesville (United States) (AFP) - Golf's return to the Olympics for the first time since 1904 has caused several major scheduling shifts in the 2015-16 US PGA Tour season tournament lineup released Thursday.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:46:11 -0400
Congolese center Bismack Biyombo did not grow up playing on gleaming hardwood floors in Africa but hopes today's youth will get that chance after the National Basketball Association's first exhibition on the continent. The former first-round draft pick, who joined the Toronto Raptors earlier this month, is among the glittering array of top NBA talent featured in Saturday's game in South Africa, the U.S.-based league's latest push to reach emerging markets. "We started playing basketball late and obviously we are trying to change that by building basketball courts," Biyombo said on Thursday during a conference call.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:43:21 -0400
(Reuters) - The Toronto Blue Jays, who fortified their impressive offense earlier this week, added a big weapon to their pitching staff by trading for Detroit Tigers left-hander David Price, the club announced on Thursday. The Blue Jays, who at 51-51 were two games out of the American League's second Wild Card playoff spot, took a big step toward returning to the playoffs for the first time since 1993 with the deal. Toronto are sending their top pitching prospect, left-hander Daniel Norris, and two other promising lefties to Detroit for 2012 Cy Young winner Price, who is 9-4 record with a 2.53 ERA this season.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:03:02 -0400
India's Jeev Milkha Singh produced a superb fightback to reach the last 32 at the inaugural Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Matchplay in Scotland on Thursday. Former Scottish Open champion Singh lost four of the first six holes to Australian Scott Hend and looked certain for an early exit after trailing by four at the turn.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:42:55 -0400
By Jonathan Stempel and Steve Ginsburg NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tom Brady's effort to void his four-game suspension was set back on Thursday as litigation embroiling the New England Patriots star quarterback was sent to a New York judge, who urged a speedy resolution to the "Deflategate" scandal. U.S. District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan ordered the National Football League and NFL Players Association to begin settlement talks "forthwith actively," and cool their public sniping. "The earth is already sufficiently scorched." The NFL and the union declined to comment.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:42:34 -0400
Billionaire US presidential hopeful Donald Trump declared "the world asked me to be here" Thursday as he arrived at one his Scottish golf courses for a tournament shadowed by a row over immigration. The Women's British Open is taking place at Turnberry on the southwest Scottish coast, which was bought by Trump -- the leading Republican contender in the 2016 presidential race -- last year. Trump triggered outrage last month when he accused illegal immigrants from Mexico of importing crime, rape and drugs into the US.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:21:49 -0400
The PGA Tour will have two new title sponsors for its 2015-16 season along with several date changes to accommodate golf's return to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next year, the Tour said on Thursday. Texas-based PC maker Dell takes over as sponsor of the year's second World Golf Championships event, the March 23-27 WGC-Dell Match Play in Austin, while internet jobs site CareerBuilder backs what was long known as the Bob Hope Classic. The newly named CareerBuilder Challenge, in partnership with the Clinton Foundation, will be played at three venues in La Quinta, California from Jan. 21-24.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:13:58 -0400
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will have the court appeal of his four-game "Deflate-gate" suspension heard in a New York federal court, a judge in Minnesota ruled Thursday. US District Court Judge Richard Kyle ruled that despite the union filing its appeal of the ban in Minnesota, the NFL had taken the matter to court in New York first after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced he had upheld his original four-game suspension and denied Brady's appeal. The controversy began last January when footballs used by Brady and the Patriots' offensive unit were found to be below NFL minimums during a playoff game against Indianapolis, making them easier to grip, grab and hold.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:34:09 -0400
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York federal judge who will review New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension over the "Deflategate" scandal on Thursday ordered the National Football League and its players union to begin settlement talks.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:46:40 -0400
New England Patriots football star Tom Brady denied on Wednesday he had destroyed his cell phone to avoid giving it to NFL investigators, saying the flap was "manufactured" to distract from "zero evidence" against him in the "Deflategate" scandal. Brady issued his statement a day after National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld a four-game suspension of the quarterback for his part in an alleged scheme to deflate footballs below league standards in the game that put the Patriots in the 2015 Super Bowl. A ball inflated below NFL standards could make it easier to grip, especially in cold weather games.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:58:29 -0400
Former US Open champion Justin Rose and the man who agonisingly lost on the final green at the event this year, big-hitting Dustin Johnson, will headline a revitalised 2015 Hong Kong Open, it was announced Thursday. American Johnson and Englishman Rose, ranked fifth and seventh in the world respectively, confirmed their entries to Asia’s oldest professional tournament which is re-emerging as one of the region's premier golf events after several years in the doldrums. It has also been reinstated as the final event of the regular European Tour season for the first time since 2012, which makes it a pivotal date immediately preceding the highly lucrative "Final Four" playoff series of tournaments in the "Race to Dubai" for which only the top 60 on the money list will qualify.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 04:04:16 -0400
Dustin Johnson will make his Hong Kong Open debut in October, joining a field that will also include former U.S. Open champion Justin Rose, the organizers said on Thursday. American Johnson, whose three-putt on the 72nd hole of the U.S. Open last month handed victory to Jordan Spieth, said he was drawn by the history of a tournament won in the past by Greg Norman, Tom Watson, Colin Montgomerie and Rory McIlroy. "You look at some of the names who have won the tournament... you realize there's a great history there," the 31-year-old said in a statement issued by Asian Tour, who will co-sanction the Oct. 22-26 event with the European Tour.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 04:00:54 -0400
Dustin Johnson will make his Hong Kong Open debut in October, joining a field that will also include former U.S. Open champion Justin Rose, the organisers said on Thursday. American Johnson, whose three-putt on the 72nd hole of the U.S. Open last month handed victory to Jordan Spieth, said he was drawn by the history of a tournament won in the past by Greg Norman, Tom Watson, Colin Montgomerie and Rory McIlroy. "You look at some of the names who have won the tournament... you realise there's a great history there," the 31-year-old said in a statement issued by Asian Tour, who will co-sanction the Oct. 22-26 event with the European Tour.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:32:23 -0400
(The Sports Xchange) - Troy Tulowitzki was greeted by a standing ovation when he stepped to the plate for the first time as a Toronto Blue Jay in the first inning on Wednesday. After striking out in his first at-bat, the team's new shortstop gave the Rogers Centre crowd plenty to cheer about with a homer, two doubles and three RBIs in the Blue Jays' 8-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies, who are 9-2 since the All-Star break, had their five-game winning streak ended.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:29:01 -0400
(The Sports Xchange) - Right fielder Bryce Harper hit a three-run, tiebreaking home run and added a second upper-deck blast, leading the Washington Nationals to a 7-2 win over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday at Marlins Park. Nationals center fielder Michael Taylor hit a solo homer in the eighth. "He's got such a forceful, violent swing," Marlins manager Dan Jennings said of Harper.
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 23:50:41 -0400
(Reuters) - The Texas Rangers have acquired starting pitcher Cole Hamels in a multi-player trade with the Philadelphia Phillies, according to multiple media reports on Wednesday. The Rangers will also receive left-handed reliever Jake Diekman in exchange for pitcher Matt Harrison, catching prospect Jorge Alfaro, outfielder Nick Williams and minor league pitchers Alec Asher and Jerad Eickhoff. Neither team has confirmed the move, though Major League Baseball's website was also reporting the deal. Hamels, 31, has spent his entire career with the Phillies, making his major league debut in 2006. ...
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 23:12:30 -0400
The NFL Players Association filed an appeal on behalf of Tom Brady in US District Court in Minnesota, hoping to vacate the New England Patriots star's four-game "Deflate-gate" ban. The legal move follows NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's decision Tuesday to uphold the four-game ban he imposed upon the four-time Super Bowl champion quarterback for likely knowing Patriots employees had underinflated footballs in a playoff game last January, giving him and his offensive unit an edge in gripping, grabbing and holding the ball. Brady maintained his innocence in a Facebook statement Wednesday and was backed by Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:13:42 -0400
(Reuters) - Justin Rose has produced sparkling form over the past three months after a slow start to the PGA Tour season and says he is "excited" about his title defense at this week's Quicken Loans National in Gainesville, Virginia. World number seven Rose clinched last year's tournament after a playoff at Congressional Country Club in Maryland, and knows he faces a very different test at a new venue over the next four days at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club. "So, it's a new test ... I don't certainly put any pressure on myself this week." Rose brings excellent form to the PGA Tour event hosted by Tiger Woods, having posted four top-10s in 13 starts this season, including a victory at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in April and a playoff loss at the Memorial Tournament in June.
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:11:15 -0400
Justin Rose has produced sparkling form over the past three months after a slow start to the PGA Tour season and says he is "excited" about his title defence at this week's Quicken Loans National in Gainesville, Virginia. World number seven Rose clinched last year's tournament after a playoff at Congressional Country Club in Maryland, and knows he faces a very different test at a new venue over the next four days at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club. "So, it's a new test ... I don't certainly put any pressure on myself this week." Rose brings excellent form to the PGA Tour event hosted by Tiger Woods, having posted four top-10s in 13 starts this season, including a victory at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in April and a playoff loss at the Memorial Tournament in June.
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:31:29 -0400
In the wake of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's decision to uphold a four-game suspension of New England Patriots star Tom Brady, the league has asked police to watch Goodell's home in the region. Police in Scarborough, Maine, said they were contacted by the NFL over security concerns for Goodell's $6.5 million (6 million euro) house after Goodell rejected Brady's appeal of his ban stemming from the "Deflategate" scandal. "They did reach out and let us know about the decision and that it might not be popular," Scarborough Police Chief Robbie Moulton told the Portland Press Herald.
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:27:24 -0400
Russia on Wednesday said its national basketball teams have been banned from all competitions by the sports ruling body FIBA. "The Russian basketball federation received a letter from FIBA, which said that all Russian national teams have been banned," Sergei Chernov, honourary president of the Russian basketball federation, told the TASS news agency. "For the moment Russia's FIBA membership was also temporarily suspended.
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:18:38 -0400
World number one Rory McIlroy's ankle injury which prevented him from playing at The British Open forced him to withdraw on Wednesday from next week's World Golf Championships event. McIlroy, who won the WGC event at Firestone Country Club last year, is also an uncertain starter for the final major of the season the PGA Championship in two weeks at Whistling Straits, where he is also the defending champion. "Unfortunately, I will not be defending my World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational title," McIlroy said.
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:18:31 -0400
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:59:20 -0400
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft backed embattled "Deflategate" quarterback Tom Brady while coach Bill Belichick evaded the issue as the reigning Super Bowl champions began pre-season workouts Wednesday. "I continue to believe and unequivocally support Tom Brady," Kraft said. The Patriots remain uncertain who will be the starting quarterback when they face Pittsburgh in September in the NFL season opener since Brady, a four-time Super Bowl winner, has been suspended for four games by the league but is taking the case to court in a union-backed appeal.
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:35:38 -0400
After being a last-day British Open contender and the lowest-scoring runner-up in Masters history, Justin Rose is working toward another major title opportunity in two weeks at the PGA Championship. The Englishman tees off Thursday on his 35th birthday as defending champion at the US PGA Quicken Loans National, but on a different course as the Tiger Woods-hosted event moves from Congressional Country Club to the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club. "I feel like you're half defending champion," Rose said.
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:46:32 -0400
By Dmitriy Rogovitskiy MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian Basketball Federation (RFB) has been suspended by governing body FIBA, putting their participation in the 2016 Olympics in doubt. The RFB published a letter from FIBA on their website on Wednesday stating that the Russian federation had been immediately disqualified from competition. This comes after years of instability at the RFB, which culminated in a June court decision that forced the federation to hold new presidential elections.
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:28:51 -0400
Fears about Rory McIlory's participation in the U.S. PGA Championship increased on Wednesday after the injured world number one withdrew from next week's PGA Tour event, the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. American Jordan Spieth, the winner of the season's first two majors, could replace the Northern Irishman at the top of the world rankings if the American wins next week's WGC event. McIlroy has been out of action since he ruptured a ligament in his left ankle while playing soccer with friends on July 4.
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