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Mon, 05 Oct 2015 17:56:12 -0400

Masahiro Tanaka of the New York Yankees throws on October 4, 2015 in Baltimore, MarylandThe New York Yankees will try to hit the reset button Tuesday when they send Masahiro Tanaka to the mound against the Houston Astros in the American League wild card game. The winner of the do-or-die Major League Baseball playoff opener advances to the AL Division Series against the Kansas City Royals, while in the National League on Wednesday the Pittsburgh Pirates host the Chicago Cubs in the wild card duel for a chance to face the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Division Series.

Mon, 05 Oct 2015 16:24:06 -0400
(Reuters) - Brief profiles of the 10 teams that qualified for the 2015 Major League Baseball playoffs. ...
Mon, 05 Oct 2015 16:23:33 -0400
(Reuters) - Schedule of one-game Wild Card playoff and best-of-five Division Series games in the 2015 Major League Baseball postseason. Wild Card Oct. 6 (American League) Houston Astros at New York Yankees Oct. 7 (National League) Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates - - American League Division Series Kansas City Royals v AL Wild Card winner Oct. 8 - at Kansas City Oct. 9 - at Kansas City Oct. 11 - at AL Wild Card winner Oct. 12 * at AL Wild Card winner Oct. 14 * at Kansas City - - Toronto Blue Jays v Texas Rangers Oct. 8 - at Toronto Oct. 9 - at Toronto Oct. 11 - at Texas Oct. ...
Mon, 05 Oct 2015 16:20:51 -0400

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Texas RangersLeading 10 teams into the October spotlight are top seeds St. Louis Cardinals (100-62) and Kansas City Royals (95-67), Midwest neighbors on the east and west edges of Missouri, who bring well balanced teams to their pursuit of the World Series. Headliners poised to perform the include NL West champion Dodgers' one-two pitching punch of Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, and big-hitting Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion of an AL East champion Toronto team in the playoffs for the first time since winning a second consecutive World Series title in 1993.

Mon, 05 Oct 2015 16:15:46 -0400

Matt Williams, pictured on on September 28, 2015, was fired as manager of the Washington NationalsThe Washington Nationals, who failed to make the Major League Baseball playoffs after being tipped as World Series contenders, fired manager Matt Williams on Monday. Williams, who took the helm two seasons ago in his first managerial job, had one year left on his contract. Williams won 96 games in 2014 in his first season as manager and was named National League Manager of the Year.

Mon, 05 Oct 2015 15:45:23 -0400

CC Sabathia of the New York Yankees, in action on October 1, 2015, is going into rehabAs the New York Yankees prepare for the Major League Baseball playoffs, pitcher CC Sabathia is going into rehab, he said on Monday. "Today I am checking myself into an alcohol rehabilitation center to receive the professional care and assistance needed to treat my disease," Sabathia said in a statement. Sabathia's decision means Yankees manager Joe Girardi will have to revamp his pitching rotation should the Yankees beat the Astros on Tuesday in the American League wild card game.

Mon, 05 Oct 2015 15:41:40 -0400

MLB: Washington Nationals at Atlanta BravesBy Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Washington Nationals, a club that struggled all season and barely finished .500 despite a roster loaded with marquee names and assembled through a team-record $164 million payroll, fired manager Matt Williams on Monday. Under-performing players, defensive lapses, and a slew of injuries to key players were just a few of the reasons the Nationals staggered to an 83-79 record and failed to make the postseason. "It wasn't Matt's best year," Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told reporters on a conference call.

Mon, 05 Oct 2015 15:39:11 -0400

Head coach Joe Philbin of the Miami Dolphins, pictured on September 20, 2015, is sackedThe Miami Dolphins sacked head coach Joe Philbin on Monday, a day after a 27-14 NFL loss to the New York Jets in London. Dan Campbell, the assistant coach in charge of tight ends, will take over head coaching duties for the remainder of the season, the club said. Sunday's defeat at Wembley dropped the Dolphins to 1-3 for the season.

Mon, 05 Oct 2015 15:17:04 -0400

MLB: Boston Red Sox at New York YankeesNew York Yankees veteran starting pitcher CC Sabathia is checking himself into alcohol rehabilitation and will miss the upcoming Major League Baseball postseason, the left-hander said on Monday. "Today I am checking myself into an alcohol rehabilitation center to receive the professional care and assistance needed to treat my disease," the 35-year-old Sabathia said. The Yankees will host the Houston Astros in a one-game Wild Card showdown on Tuesday with the winner moving on to play the Kansas City Royals in the best-of-five American League Division Series starting on Thursday.

Mon, 05 Oct 2015 14:01:54 -0400

MLB: Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee Brewers(Reuters) - Rookie slugger Kris Bryant, who led the Chicago Cubs into the playoffs for the first time since 2008, had Major League Baseball's best-selling jersey in 2015, according to sales posted on the league's website on Monday. The 23-year-old third baseman, who is the first rookie and youngest player ever to top the list, led all first-year MLB players in home runs (26), runs batted in (99), runs (87) and doubles (31).

Mon, 05 Oct 2015 13:57:37 -0400

Guy Laurence, CEO at Rogers Communications Inc., speaks following their annual general meeting for shareholders in TorontoCanada's Rogers Communications Inc said on Monday that it would broadcast live television in a high-definition standard known as "4K" by April next year, a move it hopes will woo viewers to an upgraded set-top box and faster Internet. The country's No. 1 cable and wireless phone company, which also owns the Toronto Blue Jays, is hoping to leverage sports assets like the Major League Baseball team and long-term NHL hockey broadcast rights to move viewers to the new standard. Rogers Chief Executive Guy Laurence made the announcement from the baseball team's home plate, days ahead of its first postseason appearance since 1993, when it won its second successive World Series.

Mon, 05 Oct 2015 13:57:01 -0400

The Jim Thorpe Memorial in Jim ThorpeThe U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal by a Native American nation and legendary athlete Jim Thorpe's surviving sons to have his remains moved from Pennsylvania to tribal lands in his home state of Oklahoma. Richard and William Thorpe, along with the Sac and Fox Nation, claimed the remains were stolen from an ancestral grave during a burial ceremony and taken illegally to Pennsylvania by Thorpe's wife at the time, who was seeking to profit from the move. The Supreme Court did not elaborate on its decision.

Mon, 05 Oct 2015 13:09:54 -0400
(Reuters) - Joe Philbin became the first coaching casualty of the National Football League's 2015 season after leading the Miami Dolphins to a 1-3 start to the campaign, the team said on Monday. Philbin was fired a day after his team failed to convert any of their 12 third down opportunities or four fourth down chances during a 27-14 loss to the AFC East division rival New York Jets at London's Wembley Stadium. "This was a tough decision for me to make knowing how tirelessly Joe worked in his four years here to make this a winning team," Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said in a statement.
Mon, 05 Oct 2015 11:16:54 -0400

PGA: PGA Championship - First RoundFormer world number one Lee Westwood will look to end an eight-year wait for a victory on home soil when he competes in the $4.55 million British Masters at Woburn this week. The European Ryder Cup stalwart last won in England when the British Masters was played at The Belfry, just outside Birmingham, in 2007. Westwood, who missed the third-round cut at last week's Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland, is pleased the tournament is returning to the European Tour schedule after a seven-year hiatus.

Mon, 05 Oct 2015 10:19:24 -0400

Military F/A-18 Hornet jets fly over a large U.S. flag unfurled on the field during festivities ahead of Game 1 of the MLB World Series baseball championship between the San Francisco Giants and the Detroit Tigers in San FranciscoBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a challenge to Major League Baseball’s long-standing exemption from U.S. antitrust laws brought by San Jose as part of the California's city's effort to become the new home of the Oakland Athletics. The court's decision not to take the case means a January appeals court ruling that said San Jose cannot seek a court order allowing the Athletics to move to the city in Silicon Valley remains intact. The high court decided in 1922 that Major League Baseball was not subject to federal antitrust laws, ruling against a challenge brought by a team from a defunct rival league.

Mon, 05 Oct 2015 02:55:59 -0400

Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints throws his 400th touchdown pass during overtime against the Dallas Cowboys at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 4, 2015Los Angeles (AFP) - NFL 2015 Week Four highlights:

Mon, 05 Oct 2015 02:05:05 -0400

NFL: Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints(The Sports Exchange) - According to local lore, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome is built over an old voodoo pit, and for the first 60 minutes against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night, it looked as though the New Orleans Saints were sticking pins all over their bodies. When Saints kicker Zach Hocker clanged what would have been a game-winning 30-yard field goal off the left upright with 12 seconds left in regulation -- a glorified extra point -- the Saints and Cowboys headed to overtime tied at 20. On the second play of overtime, Brees calmly connected with running back C.J. Spiller on a wheel route down the right sideline, and Spiller used his power to shake off a diving tackle attempt by safety Barry Church and his speed to race 80 yards for the game-winning touchdown and a 26-20 overtime victory.

Mon, 05 Oct 2015 01:28:09 -0400

NFL: Houston Texans at Carolina Panthers(Reuters) - The task of a kicker in the National Football League (NFL) has become considerably more challenging this season, and the floundering early results have affected game outcomes and job security. When the NFL implemented a rule change in advance of this season that added 13 additional yards to an extra point attempt, it vowed to add excitement to a routine act. What the league may not have anticipated is that kickers would so routinely crack under the added pressure of a 33-yard boot.

Mon, 05 Oct 2015 00:56:07 -0400

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers during the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on October 4, 2015Aaron Rodgers threw for 224 yards and one touchdown as the Green Bay Packers got off to their first 4-0 start in four years with a 17-3 win over San Francisco. "It was a grind out there," said Rodgers. The Packers are now one of five teams who have opened the season with 4-0 records, joining Atlanta, Carolina, Cincinatti and Denver.

Sun, 04 Oct 2015 23:19:31 -0400

The Texas Rangers celebrate winning AL West Title after their game against the Los Angeles Angels, at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, on October 4, 2015Cole Hamels pitched a complete game three-hitter as the Texas Rangers clinched the AL West title on the final day of the regular season with a 9-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels. Left-hander Hamels' pitching gem on Sunday came one day after Texas used nine pitchers in a dramatic 11-10 loss to the Angels. The loss eliminated the Angels, who came into the game with a wild-card shot and it set up an American League Division series matchup against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Sun, 04 Oct 2015 22:19:07 -0400

MLB: Miami Marlins at Philadelphia Phillies(Reuters) - Ichiro Suzuki got a chance to experience life atop the mound on Sunday when the Miami Marlins let the veteran outfielder pitch the eighth inning of their season finale against Philadelphia. Ichiro, who has more than 4,000 combined hits in Japan and the major leagues, surrendered two hits and one run during his one inning on the mound. "I used to pitch in high school and did pitch in an All Star Game in Japan," Ichiro told reporters following Miami's 7-2 defeat.

Sun, 04 Oct 2015 21:56:22 -0400

MLB: Houston Astros at Arizona Diamondbacks(The Sports Xchange) - Houston lost to Arizona 5-3 on Sunday when Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning, but the Astros still managed to clinch their first playoffs berth since 2005. Houston (86-76) qualified when the Texas Rangers beat the Angels to claim the AL West title and eliminate Los Angeles from playoff contention. "Nobody else outside this clubhouse thought we had a chance," Houston manager AJ Hinch told his players in a champagne-soaked dressing room.

Sun, 04 Oct 2015 20:21:55 -0400
Oct 5 (Infostrada Sports) - Race to Dubai rankings 1. (1) Rory McIlroy (Britain) 3012000 2. (2) Danny Willett (Britain) 2722251 3. (3) Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa) 2559207 4. (4) Justin Rose (Britain) 2238276 5. (5) Branden Grace (South Africa) 2158498 6. (6) Shane Lowry (Ireland) 2155284 7. (7) Bernd Wiesberger (Austria) 1815560 8. (13) Brooks Koepka (U.S.) 1531158 9. (8) Thongchai Jaidee (Thailand) 1477477 10. (9) Anirban Lahiri (India) 1405099 11. (10) An Byeong-Hun (South Korea) 1265906 12. (16) Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Thailand) 1208838 13. ...
Sun, 04 Oct 2015 19:57:46 -0400

MLB: San Diego Padres at Los Angeles Dodgers(Reuters) - Los Angeles Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw became only the third pitcher since 2000 to post a 300-strikeout season in their 6-3 win over the San Diego Padres on Sunday. On a pitch count to prepare for the playoffs, the left-hander entered the game needing six strikeouts to achieve the milestone.

Sun, 04 Oct 2015 19:46:41 -0400

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers(The Sports Xchange) - The Texas Rangers put their personal victory cigar on the mound in the biggest game of the season Sunday at Globe Life Park. Cole Hamels did not disappoint. The veteran left-hander pitched a complete-game three-hitter, and Texas clinched the American League West title with a 9-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

Sun, 04 Oct 2015 18:15:05 -0400

NFL: Oakland Raiders at Chicago Bears(The Sports Xchange) - They were already starting to think it was the "same old Jay" on Sunday at Soldier Field when he threw a fourth-quarter interception that the Oakland Raiders turned into a go-ahead field goal against Cutler's Chicago Bears. Cutler deferred credit to a jury-rigged offensive line, juggled because of injuries, but the difference in the game was the patience he showed -- maybe because the hamstring forced him to -- in completing 28 of 43 passes, including 5 of 8 on the winning drive.

Sun, 04 Oct 2015 14:36:24 -0400

Alfred Dunhill Links ChampionshipDenmark's Thorbjorn Olesen kept his nerve to win the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship by two strokes at St Andrews on Sunday and ease the pain of narrowly missing out in 2012. Olesen, who recorded his third European Tour victory, led by three shots going into the final round but a double bogey on the second hole and a bogey on the third saw him pegged back. The Dane fired a one-under-par 71 to finish at 18-under 270 for the week, two clear of Americans Brooks Koepka (67) and Chris Stroud (68).

Sun, 04 Oct 2015 13:22:03 -0400

Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark, pictured on January 15, 2015, wins the Alfred Dunhill Links ChampionshipTalented Danish youngster Thorbjorn Olesen kept his nerve down the stretch to win the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on Sunday at St Andrews for his third victory on the European Tour. The 25-year-old becomes the youngest Dane to win three EPGA events, as he protected his overnight three-shot lead to come home two strokes clear of American pair Brooks Koepka and Chris Stroud. Five players were a further shot back on the Old Course in eastern Scotland including Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Sweden's Joakim Lagergren, Chris Wood of England, Frenchman Benjamin Hebert and Austrian Bernd Wiesberger.

Sun, 04 Oct 2015 12:43:35 -0400
Oct 4 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the European Tour Dunhill Links Championship at the par-72 course on Sunday in St Andrews -18 Thorbjorn Olesen (Denmark) 68 66 65 71 -16 Brooks Koepka (U.S.) 72 69 64 67 Chris Stroud (U.S.) 68 66 70 68 -15 Bernd Wiesberger (Austria) 70 68 69 66 Chris Wood (Britain) 71 72 65 65 Benjamin Hebert (France) 69 67 67 70 Joakim Lagergren (Sweden) 71 71 62 69 Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Thailand) 75 63 66 69 -14 David Horsey (Britain) 72 70 64 68 Soren Kjeldsen (Denmark) 65 72 69 68 David Drysdale (Britain) 68 72 66 68 Stewart Cink (U.S. ...
Sun, 04 Oct 2015 06:49:47 -0400
(Reuters) - Malaysia's Danny Chia won the Taiwan Masters on Sunday to capture his first Asian Tour title in 13 years after making a successful comeback from career-threatening neck surgery. The 42-year-old Chia shot a final-round of one-over par 73 to finish at three-under overall, giving him a two-shot victory over the third round leader, China's Liang Wen-chong, who bogeyed the last three holes for a 76. India's Rashid Khan and Adilson Da Silva of Brazil finished tied for third, a further two shots back, but were unable to catch Chia, who birdied three of his first five holes to snatch the lead and held on to win despite making four bogeys on the back nine.
Sun, 04 Oct 2015 06:29:56 -0400
Malaysia's Danny Chia won the Taiwan Masters on Sunday to capture his first Asian Tour title in 13 years after making a successful comeback from career-threatening neck surgery. The 42-year-old Chia shot a final-round of one-over par 73 to finish at three-under overall, giving him a two-shot victory over the third round leader, China's Liang Wen-chong, who bogeyed the last three holes for a 76. India's Rashid Khan and Adilson Da Silva of Brazil finished tied for third, a further two shots back, but were unable to catch Chia, who birdied three of his first five holes to snatch the lead and held on to win despite making four bogeys on the back nine.
Sun, 04 Oct 2015 05:05:10 -0400

Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals is just the sixth pitcher in Major League Baseball history to throw two no-hitters in the same yearWashington Nationals' Max Scherzer threw his second no-hitter of the season Saturday, striking out a franchise-record 17 in a 2-0 win over the New York Mets in the second game of a doubleheader. Scherzer is just the sixth pitcher in Major League Baseball history to achieve the milestone in the same year and he did it against a Mets team that had already locked up the National League East Division title. "To throw a no-hitter, sometimes it takes a little luck," Scherzer said.

Sun, 04 Oct 2015 03:11:08 -0400

Jin Cheng of China plays a shot during the Dongfeng Nissan Cup, at the Foison Golf Club in Guangzhou, in December 2014Hong Kong (AFP) - Third-round leader Jin Cheng won a place at the US Masters after a passing typhoon caused the cancellation of the final round of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in Hong Kong on Sunday.

Sun, 04 Oct 2015 01:10:31 -0400

MLB: Houston Astros at Arizona Diamondbacks(The Sports Xchange) - Collin McHugh threw seven strong innings to help lead the Houston Astros to a 6-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday to keep the Astros' division title hopes alive. Jose Altuve doubled, homered and scored twice for the Astros, who remain one game behind the Texas Rangers in the AL West with only Sunday's games remaining. Houston also stayed a game ahead of the Los Angeles Angels for the AL's second wild card spot.

Sat, 03 Oct 2015 23:11:11 -0400

Guo Ailun (L) of China celebrates with teammate Li Gen after beating the Philippines during their FIBA Asia Basketball championship final match, in Changsha, Hunan province, on October 3, 2015Hong Kong (AFP) - China's men beat the Philippines 78-67 in the FIBA Asia Championship final before an ecstatic 7,000-strong capacity home crowd in Changsha late on Saturday to secure a place at the 2016 Olympics.

Sat, 03 Oct 2015 22:19:33 -0400

MLB: Game Two-Washington Nationals at New York Mets(Reuters) - Washington Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer joined an elite club on Saturday when he threw his second no-hitter of the season in their 2-0 win over the New York Mets. Scherzer threw 80 strikes in 109 pitches and recorded a career-high 17 strikeouts in a masterful performance in chilly conditions in New York. Scherzer, who won the 2013 AL Cy Young award when he was with Detroit, tied the major league record for strikeouts in a no-hitter set by Nolan Ryan in 1973.

Sat, 03 Oct 2015 21:19:46 -0400

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants(The Sports Xchange) - As he rounded third base, running out of gas and headed for home, San Francisco Giants second baseman Kelby Tomlinson could think of only one thing. Thank goodness for the so-called "Buster Posey Rule." Given a clear path to home plate, Tomlinson completed the ninth inside-the-park home run at AT&T Park with a head-first dive on Saturday, propelling the Giants to a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies. "That's one of the most exciting plays in baseball," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of the inside-the-park homer.

Sat, 03 Oct 2015 20:31:28 -0400

Danny Chia of Malaysia plays a shot during the third round of the Thailand Open golf championship at the Siam Country Club Plantation Course in Pattaya in JuneTaipei (AFP) - Malaysia's Danny Chia clinched his first Asian Tour title in 13 years on Sunday with a two-shot victory at the Mercuries Taiwan Masters.

Sat, 03 Oct 2015 19:28:25 -0400

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers(The Sports Xchange) - The Los Angeles Angels were not ready to see the Texas Rangers do any celebrating Saturday. Down four runs in the ninth inning, Los Angeles rallied for an improbable 11-10 victory over Texas to keep their playoff hopes alive and keep the Rangers reeling. Texas clinched a playoff berth with a win Thursday but the magic number has remained at one as they have dropped back-to-back games to the Angels.

Sat, 03 Oct 2015 15:49:47 -0400

Alfred Dunhill Links Championship(Reuters) - Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen takes a three-stroke lead into the final round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship after firing a seven-under-par 65 at St Andrews on Saturday. The 25-year-old took full advantage of ideal scoring conditions, picking up eight birdies, to lead Germany's Florian Fritsch, who went one better with a 64 at Kingsbarns. Briton Jimmy Mullen, the overnight leader, dropped back after a 74 at Carnoustie.