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Wed, 27 May 2015 04:27:33 -0400

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts after a play against the Atlanta Hawks, during Game Four of their NBA Eastern Conference finals, at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on May 26, 2015LeBron James advanced to his fifth straight NBA finals, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 118-88 rout of the Atlanta Hawks and a sweep of the Eastern Conference finals. Once again James carried the Cavaliers on his back, finishing with 23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists and then sitting on the bench and playing cheerleader for much of the final quarter of Tuesday's contest. "We worked our tails off all season to get to this point," James said.


Wed, 27 May 2015 00:41:28 -0400

NBA: Playoffs-Atlanta Hawks at Cleveland Cavaliers(Reuters) - LeBron James booked his place in the NBA Finals for the fifth straight year when the Cleveland Cavaliers crushed the Atlanta Hawks 118-88 on Tuesday to complete a 4-0 sweep of the Eastern Conference Final. James scored a game-high 23 points as the Cavs advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2007, where they will play either the Golden State Warriors or Houston Rockets.


Tue, 26 May 2015 21:41:15 -0400

Starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen of the Baltimore Orioles throws to a Houston Astros batter in the first inning, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, in Baltimore, Maryland, on May 25, 2015The Baltimore Orioles will become the first US big league team to play in baseball-crazed Cuba since a diplomatic thaw, playing Havana's national team, a Cuban official said. In December, US President Barack Obama and Cuba's Raul Castro announced a historic change of course after more than five decades of Cold War bad blood. "A clash with the Orioles is planned," the director of Cuba's National Institute of Sport, Antonio Becali said on Tuesday, quoted by Radio Habana Cuba.


Tue, 26 May 2015 19:36:13 -0400

An intersection is flooded near the headwaters of the San Marcos River that flooded in San Marcos TexasBy Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Monday likened the ferocity of flash flooding that killed at least three people to a tsunami, and authorities said a dam had given way in a state park. Abbott declared states of disaster in 24 counties and flew over the area south of Austin to assess the damage caused by tornadoes, heavy rainfall, thunderstorms and flooding that forced evacuations and rooftop rescues and left thousands of residents without electricity. "This is the biggest flood this area of Texas has ever seen," Abbott said.


Tue, 26 May 2015 18:59:52 -0400

Lee Westwood of England plays a shot on the first day of the PGA Championship at Wentworth Golf Club in Surrey, southwest of London, on May 21, 2015Newark (United States) (AFP) - Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Miguel Angel Jimenez highlight the field of 25 players who earned exemptions on Tuesday to next month's 2015 US Open Championship.


Tue, 26 May 2015 13:30:54 -0400
By Bernie McGuire NEWCASTLE, Northern Ireland, May 26 (Reuters) - Triple major champion Padraig Harrington has backed the European Tour's decision to start the qualifying process for next year's Ryder Cup in Russia. "It's a good thing not only for the European Tour but golf in general," Harrington told Reuters in an interview ahead of this week's Irish Open. "The tour needs to move east big time and I mean not only east as in terms of already being out in Asia but we need to embrace eastern Europe more.
Tue, 26 May 2015 13:14:13 -0400

BMW PGA Championship(Reuters) - England's Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood, Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez and Frenchman Victor Dubuisson are among 25 players who have booked their places at next month's U.S. Open via this week's world rankings. The quartet are fully exempt for the year's second major championship, to be played at Chambers Bay in Washington State from June 18-21, after earning spots in the world's top 60, the United States Golf Association announced on Tuesday. ...


Tue, 26 May 2015 13:07:58 -0400
England's Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood, Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez and Frenchman Victor Dubuisson are among 25 players who have booked their places at next month's U.S. Open via this week's world rankings. The quartet are fully exempt for the year's second major championship, to be played at Chambers Bay in Washington State from June 18-21, after earning spots in the world's top 60, the United States Golf Association announced on Tuesday. Among those also sealing berths for the Open are South Korean An Byeong-hun, who won the European Tour's BMW PGA Championship on Sunday, Italy's Francesco Molinari, India's Anirban Lahiri, Thai Thongchai Jaidee and American J.B. Holmes.
Tue, 26 May 2015 13:04:51 -0400

BMW PGA ChampionshipBy Bernie McGuire NEWCASTLE, Northern Ireland (Reuters) - Rather than experimenting with a new qualifying format, European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke plans to stick to a winning formula when he picks the European team for the 2016 competition. Clarke said he would adopt fellow Irishman Paul McGinley's victorious arrangement which spurred Europe to a five-point triumph at Gleneagles last year. Clarke’s 12-man team will be made up of four players from a European' points table, five from a World Points table and three wildcard picks.


Tue, 26 May 2015 12:55:16 -0400
(Changes venue to Hazeltine in para six, adds byline) By Bernie McGuire NEWCASTLE, Northern Ireland, May 26 (Reuters) - Rather than experimenting with a new qualifying format, European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke plans to stick to a winning formula when he picks the European team for the 2016 competition. Clarke said he would adopt fellow Irishman Paul McGinley's victorious arrangement which spurred Europe to a five-point triumph at Gleneagles last year. Clarke's 12-man team will be made up of four players from a European' points table, five from a World Points table and three wildcard picks.
Tue, 26 May 2015 12:51:00 -0400

Northern Irish golfer Darren Clarke watches his drive from the 2nd tee on the second day of the PGA Championship at Wentworth Golf Club in Surrey, south west of London, England, on May 22, 2015European Ryder Cup Captain Darren Clarke has stuck to a winning formula in announcing no changes to the 2016 European Team qualifying process. Clarke confirmed he will stick with the victorious arrangement adopted by fellow Irishman Paul McGinley who steered Europe to a five point triumph last year at Gleneagles, Scotland. It means the make-up of Clarkeâ s Oakland Hills 12-man team will come from the same two categories with four players again qualifying off a European points table, five from a World Points table and leaving Clarke with three wildcard picks.


Tue, 26 May 2015 12:09:42 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that he had spoken with Texas Governor Greg Abbott and assured him he could count on help from the federal government as the state recovers from deadly floods. Abbott has declared a state of disaster in 24 Texas counties affected by flash flooding that left at least six people dead. Obama made the remarks to reporters in the Oval Office. (Reporting By Julia Edwards and Jeff Mason; Editing by Doina Chiacu)
Tue, 26 May 2015 05:25:25 -0400

The moon is pictured through a sculpture in front of the IOC headquarters in LausanneBy Karolos Grohmann BERLIN (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has emerged as the clear winner in a battle for influence over international sports federations as rival organization SportAccord has been left in tatters. A rare public confrontation that began last month with a scathing attack by SportAccord President Marius Vizer on the IOC has essentially ended with the complete isolation of SportAccord, an umbrella organization for some 100 sports federations. Dozens of them, including most Olympic federations, have either withdrawn their membership of SportAccord or made their opposition to Vizer's comments public, siding with the IOC.


Tue, 26 May 2015 01:49:10 -0400

James Harden of the Houston Rockets shoots during the game against the Golden State Warriors in Game Four of the Western Conference Finals at Toyota Center on May 25, 2015A playoff career-high 45 points by James Harden sparked the Houston Rockets to a 128-115 must-win victory over the Golden State Warriors, denying the Warriors an easy path to the NBA Finals. The Warriors had a scare and then breathed a sigh of relief after NBA Player of the Year Stephen Curry suffered a bruise to the back of his head after a bad fall in the second quarter but then returned to the game. Houston got their first win in the series, pulling to 3-1 in the best-of-seven Western Conference finals and forcing a fifth game Wednesday in Oakland.


Tue, 26 May 2015 01:43:20 -0400

NBA: Playoffs-Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets(Reuters) - The Golden State Warriors survived a major injury scare to NBA MVP Stephen Curry but still lost the game as a James Harden-inspired Houston Rockets staved off playoff elimination with a 128-115 victory on Monday. Curry went down in the second quarter of Game Four in the Western Conference Finals, falling hard on his upper back and neck after flipping over Rockets forward Trevor Ariza, silencing a previously raucous Houston home crowd.


Mon, 25 May 2015 21:44:48 -0400

Defensive end Ray McDonald has been released by the Chicago Bears hours after being arrested on charges of domestic violence and child endangermentDefensive end Ray McDonald was released by the Chicago Bears, hours after being arrested in California on charges of domestic violence and child endangerment. It was the third incident in nine months for McDonald, although no charges have yet been filed against him in any of the cases. McDonald was arrested last August on suspicion of felony domestic violence but he was never charged.


Mon, 25 May 2015 17:31:07 -0400

Real estate magnate Trump plays golf during the opening of his Trump International Golf Links golf course near Aberdeen, northeast ScotlandBy Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - Warning bells have sounded on the health of golf, from lower participation and course closures to environmental demands for reduced water use, but billionaire Donald Trump says business at the high end is grand. Trump on Tuesday will stage the grand opening of Trump Links at Ferry Point, his latest golf enterprise, where he oversaw the transformation of a New York City dump into a jewel of a public course designed by Jack Nicklaus. People are thrilled," the businessman told Reuters from behind his massive desk on the top floor of Trump Tower on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue.


Mon, 25 May 2015 17:28:26 -0400
(Fixes typo in first paragraph) By Larry Fine NEW YORK, May 25 (Reuters) - Warning bells have sounded on the health of golf, from lower participation and course closures to environmental demands for reduced water use, but billionaire Donald Trump says business at the high end is grand. Trump on Tuesday will stage the grand opening of Trump Links at Ferry Point, his latest golf enterprise, where he oversaw the transformation of a New York City dump into a jewel of a public course designed by Jack Nicklaus. People are thrilled," the businessman told Reuters from behind his massive desk on the top floor of Trump Tower on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue.
Mon, 25 May 2015 17:09:31 -0400

NFL: Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers(Reuters) - The Chicago Bears have released Ray McDonald after the defensive tackle was arrested on Monday for misdemeanor domestic violence and child endangerment charges. The 30-year-old McDonald, who has been involved in a string of domestic assault incidents, was arrested in Northern California for physically assaulting a woman "while she was holding a baby," according to a Santa Clara police statement. McDonald left the residence before police arrived but was later located and arrested in San Jose.


Mon, 25 May 2015 16:28:57 -0400

Levy of France tees off on the fourth hole during the third day of the China Open at Tomson Golf Club in Pudong, ShanghaiFrenchman Alexander Levy earned a debut appearance at the U.S. Open next month after finishing top at the international sectional qualifier at Walton Heath on the outskirts of London on Monday. Levy fired a six-under-par 66 on the Old Course in the morning and a five-under 67 on the New Course in the afternoon to lead 11 players who booked berths at the year's second major. Also advancing were India's Shiv Kapur, England's John Parry and Jason Palmer, Swede Alex Noren, Dane Lucas Bjerregaard, Germany's Marcel Siem, South Africans Garth Mulroy, Tjaart van der Walt and Thomas Aiken and Australian Marcus Fraser.


Mon, 25 May 2015 16:13:59 -0400
Frenchman Alexander Levy earned a debut appearance at the U.S. Open next month after finishing top at the international sectional qualifier at Walton Heath on the outskirts of London on Monday. Levy fired a six-under-par 66 on the Old Course in the morning and a five-under 67 on the New Course in the afternoon to lead 11 players who booked berths at the year's second major. Also advancing were India's Shiv Kapur, England's John Parry and Jason Palmer, Swede Alex Noren, Dane Lucas Bjerregaard, Germany's Marcel Siem, South Africans Garth Mulroy, Tjaart van der Walt and Thomas Aiken and Australian Marcus Fraser.
Mon, 25 May 2015 15:11:05 -0400

Basket - James defends Dellavedova over dirty play outcryFour-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James defended Cleveland Cavaliers teammate Matthew Dellavedova of Australia after cries of dirty play from the Atlanta Hawks over two dives for loose balls. James scored 37 points, grabbed 18 rebounds and added 13 assists to lead the Cavaliers over Atlanta 114-111 in over-time on Sunday, giving Cleveland a 3-0 edge in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final. Dellavedova rolled onto the legs of Atlanta's Kyle Korver in the previous game as both were trying to grab a loose ball on the court, resulting in a right ankle sprain that has sidelined the Hawks' 3-point sharpshooter for the remainder of the playoffs.


Mon, 25 May 2015 14:12:20 -0400

Brian Matusz of the Baltimore Oriolesis is ejected from the game for having a foreign substance on his arm during the twelfth inning against the Miami Marlins on May 23, 2015Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Brian Matusz will appeal an eight-game ban imposed Monday by Major League Baseball for having a foreign substance on his arm during a loss to Miami. The 28-year-old US left-hander was ejected in the 12th inning of a 1-0 loss to the Marlins on Saturday. Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Will Smith was suspended for having rosin and sunscreen on his right forearm in Atlanta in a game on Thursday.


Mon, 25 May 2015 13:25:35 -0400

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Miami Marlins(Reuters) - Baltimore Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz received an eight-game suspension from Major League Baseball (MLB) on Monday for having "a foreign substance" on his arm in Saturday's 1-0 loss to the Marlins, but will file an appeal. Matusz was ejected in the 12th inning of a 13-inning defeat after Marlins manager Dan Jennings came out of the dugout to speak with home plate umpire Jordan Baker. Crew chief Paul Emmel and Baker also went to the mound along with Orioles manager Buck Showalter to inspect Matusz, who was then removed from the game.


Mon, 25 May 2015 01:49:35 -0400

Jeff Teague of the Atlanta Hawks goes up against LeBron James (R) of the Cleveland Cavaliers in overtime during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Finals, on May 24, 2015 in Cleveland, OhioLeBron James played through a myriad of injuries as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Atlanta Hawks 114-111 in overtime to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. James recorded his first triple double of the playoffs, finishing with 37 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists as Cleveland pushed the Hawks to the brink of elimination in the best-of-seven series. "No matter how I am feeling I have got to try and make some plays," James said.


Mon, 25 May 2015 01:05:12 -0400

NBA: Playoffs-Atlanta Hawks at Cleveland Cavaliers(Reuters) - LeBron James was exhausted and banged-up, but he came through in the clutch as the Cleveland Cavaliers earned a thrilling overtime 114-111 win over the Atlanta Hawks to take a strangle hold of the Eastern Conference finals. James missed his first 10 shots in the game, but soon found his range and scored 15 points in the third quarter alone. The Hawks took advantage to tie the game with just over five minutes left and force overtime.


Sun, 24 May 2015 20:42:36 -0400

South Korea's Byeong-hun An celebrates with the trophy after winning the PGA Championship at Wentworth Golf Club in Surrey, south-west of London, on May 24, 2015South Korea's Byeong-hun An has urged Asian players to try their luck on the European Tour after his breakthrough win at Wentworth on Sunday. The 23-year old, who won the US Amateur aged 17 in 2009, is in his first year on the full circuit after spending three seasons on the second-tier Challenge Tour. "My friends, who live in Asia or play the Asian Tour, I'm always telling them The European Tour is great," An told reporters.


Sun, 24 May 2015 19:09:53 -0400

New England Patriots fans attend the "Free Tom Brady" rally in support of their quarterback at Gillette Stadium on May 24, 2015 in Foxboro, MassachusettsAbout 150 New England Patriots fans staged a protest rally Sunday in the team's stadium parking lot against the four-game National Football League ban given to star quarterback Tom Brady. Supporters chanted slogans and waved banners at the "Free Tom Brady" rally at Gillette Stadium, objecting to the suspension issued by the league in the wake of the "Deflategate" report that said Brady probably knew about the tinkering with game footballs before contests. Many of those who attended wore Brady jerseys in tribute to the Patriots star, the multi-millionaire husband of supermodel Gisele Bundchen.


Sun, 24 May 2015 19:07:52 -0400

Montgomerie of Scotland tees off during the first round of the Barclays Singapore Open golf tournament in Sentosa(Reuters) - Colin Montgomerie of Scotland retained his Senior PGA Championship crown by a commanding four shots on Sunday at French Lick, Indiana as he earned his third major title in the over-50 ranks. Three ahead overnight, Montgomerie rebounded from a bogey on the opening hole with a superb display on the challenging Pete Dye course at the French Lick Resort, piling up six birdies and just two more bogeys on the way to a three-under-par 69. Montgomerie became the first player since American Hale Irwin (1996-1998) to successfully defend the Senior PGA Championship.


Sun, 24 May 2015 18:56:56 -0400

English golfer Chris Wood celebrates getting a hole-in-one on the 14th green during the final round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Golf Club in Surrey, south west of London, England, on May 24, 2015American Chris Kirk held his nerve to capture his fourth career US PGA title on Sunday, firing a four-under-par 66 to win the Crowne Plaza Invitational by one stroke. Kirk finished on 12-under 268 to win the $1.17 million top prize from a $6.5-million purse with Jordan Spieth, the second-ranked reigning Masters champion, sharing second with fellow Americans Jason Bohn and Brandt Snedeker on 269. Kirk, ranked 23rd in the world, had previously won the 2011 Viking Classic on the week opposite the British Open, the 2013 McGladrey Classic and last September's Deutsche Bank Championship during the season-ending tour playoffs.


Sun, 24 May 2015 18:39:00 -0400

PGA: The Players Championship-Final Round(Reuters) - American Chris Kirk coolly got up and down from off the green at the 18th to salvage par and clinch his fourth PGA Tour title by one shot on Sunday at the Crowne Plaza Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas. After watching playing partner Brandt Snedeker narrowly miss a 12-footer for birdie at the last to draw level at the top, Kirk sank a clutch seven-foot par putt to seal victory with a closing four-under 66 at a rain-saturated Colonial Country Club. Snedeker signed off with a 67 to share second place at 11 under with fellow Americans Jason Bohn, who fired a best-of-the-day 63, and Masters champion Jordan Spieth (65).


Sun, 24 May 2015 16:13:23 -0400

The National Football League will play regular-season games in Germany and Mexico within five years if Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II has his wayThe National Football League will play regular-season games in Germany and Mexico within five years if Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II has his way. Rooney, among the owners on the NFL's International Committee, said in a posting on the team's website that he thinks the expansion of the league's global exposure will come by 2020. "If I had to put a timetable on it, I would be disappointed if we don't have games in those two countries within the next five years," Rooney said.


Sun, 24 May 2015 15:13:39 -0400

South Korea's Byeong Hun An watches his drive from the 5th tee during the final round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Golf Club in Surrey, south west of London, England, on May 24, 2015An gets a three-year exemption on the European Tour as well as the massive prize money pot and will shoot up the world rankings from 132nd place. It's the biggest event on The European Tour and you get a lot of benefits. On a memorable day for Asian golf Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee finished in a tie for second on 273 alongside Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez and two shots clear of England's Chris Wood who had a hole-in-one on his way to a 66.


Sun, 24 May 2015 13:39:10 -0400

BMW PGA ChampionshipBy Tony Jimenez VIRGINIA WATER, England (Reuters) - South Korean An Byeong Hun became only the third European Tour rookie to win the BMW PGA Championship in the 60-year history of the event when he roared to a spectacular six-shot victory on Sunday. The 23-year-old went into the final round in a tie for the lead with Italian Francesco Molinari and pieced together a nerveless seven-under-par 65 to finish with a 21-under total of 267 on a gray but humid day at Wentworth. An's triumph earned him a check for 833,330 euros ($917,913) and meant he joined British pair Bernard Gallacher(1969) and Scott Drummond (2004) as rookie winners of the tour's flagship event.


Sun, 24 May 2015 13:30:17 -0400
(Adds details, quotes) By Tony Jimenez VIRGINIA WATER, England, May 24 (Reuters) - South Korean An Byeong Hun became only the third European Tour rookie to win the BMW PGA Championship in the 60-year history of the event when he roared to a spectacular six-shot victory on Sunday. The 23-year-old went into the final round in a tie for the lead with Italian Francesco Molinari and pieced together a nerveless seven-under-par 65 to finish with a 21-under total of 267 on a grey but humid day at Wentworth. An's triumph earned him a cheque for 833,330 euros ($917,913) and meant he joined British pair Bernard Gallacher(1969) and Scott Drummond (2004) as rookie winners of the tour's flagship event.
Sun, 24 May 2015 11:40:09 -0400

Ignacio Garrido of Spain hits from a bunker on the 15th hole during the third round of the Estoril Portuguese Open golf tournamentBy Tony Jimenez VIRGINIA WATER, England (Reuters) - Two years ago Ignacio Garrido feared his career might be over so it is hardly surprising he has worn an almost permanent grin throughout this week's BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. The Spaniard won the European Tour's flagship event in 2003 but 10 years later was told he had glandular fever. Garrido spent a long time bed-ridden and unable to walk but he has slowly worked his way back toward full fitness and last week's Spanish Open at El Prat represented his competitive return after 18 months out.


Sun, 24 May 2015 07:14:29 -0400

Choi jin-ho hits a shot during the final round of the SK Telecom Open in Seoul on May 24, 2015South Korea's Choi Jin-Ho held his nerve to sink an 18-foot birdie putt at the final hole to win the SK Telecom Open on Sunday -- just one stroke ahead of his young compatriot, Lee Soo-Min. Choi, who had led the field after every round, closed with a par 72 round to finish the tournament in Incheon on 10 under. Australian Dimitrios Papadatos (68), New Zealander Gareth Paddison (69) and Koreans KT Kim (70), Wang Jeung-Hun (73) and Park Jae-Bum (70) were tied for third two shots behind the winner.


Sun, 24 May 2015 04:29:15 -0400
Choi Jin-ho held his nerve to drain an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win the SK Telecom Open on Sunday by one shot from South Korean compatriot Lee Soo-min. The 30-year-old, in his third tournament back following a near-two year break to fulfill military duties, had tossed away the lead after his third bogey of the day at the par four 15th before his stunning finish sealed a first OneAsia Tour win. "Amazing, I am so relieved," said Choi after signing for a final round of level par 72 and 10-under total. Choi, who had won three times on the domestic tour before his military break, held a one shot lead at the start of the day and eagled the fifth before he coughed up bogeys to keep the field in touch.
Sun, 24 May 2015 03:04:52 -0400

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors reacts against the Houston Rockets during Game Three of the Western Conference Finals of the 2015 NBA PLayoffs at Toyota Center on May 23, 2015 in Houston, TexasNBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry delivered a dazzling 40-point display as the Golden State Warriors beat Houston 115-80 to push the Rockets to the brink of elimination in the Western Conference finals. The Warriors lead the best-of-seven series three-games-to-zero, and can book their first trip to the NBA finals since 1975 with a win in game four in Houston on Monday. The Rockets will fight for their playoff lives knowing that no NBA team has come back from an 0-3 deficit to win a seven-game series.


Sun, 24 May 2015 00:52:13 -0400

NBA: Playoffs-Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets(Reuters) - The Golden State Warriors are one victory away from the NBA Finals after routing the Houston Rockets 115-80 in Game Three of the Western Conference finals on Saturday. Guard Stephen Curry scored 40 points, including seven-of-nine from three-point range, in the Warriors' near-record road victory that gave them a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. It was the second largest victory margin by a visiting team in the conference finals.