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Sat, 13 Aug 2016 04:38:23 -0400

United States goalkeeper Hope Solo fails to stop a penalty during a penalty shoot-out in the quarter-final match of the women's Olympic football tournament between the United States and Sweden in Brasilia Friday Aug. 12, 2016. The United States was eliminated by Sweden after a penalty shoot-out.(AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):


Wed, 24 Aug 2016 19:09:43 -0400

PGA: PGA Championship - Second Round(Reuters) - Rory McIlroy has set his sights on finishing a so-so season on a strong note as he prepares this week for The Barclays, the first of four FedExCup events that conclude the 2015-16 U.S. PGA Tour. "I'm trying to judge my year on wins," McIlroy told reporters on Wednesday at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, New York. Obviously the two missed cuts at the majors were very disappointing, especially the way I missed the cuts." The Northern Irishman missed the cut by two strokes at the U.S. Open in June and by just one shot at the PGA Championship last month.


Wed, 24 Aug 2016 19:07:40 -0400

PGA: PGA Championship - Sunday Round(Reuters) - World number one Jason Day and second-ranked Dustin Johnson launch their title bids at The Barclays on Thursday amid longer-term hopes of securing the PGA Tour's season-ending FedExCup and Player of the Year honors. The Barclays, won last year by Australian Day, is the first of four lucrative FedExCup events that conclude the 2015-16 schedule with a playoff bonus of $10 million going to the overall champion. Once the season is over, the PGA Tour rank and file will vote for their Player of the Year where Day, a three-times winner in 2016, and American Johnson, a double champion this year, are the top two contenders.


Wed, 24 Aug 2016 19:03:11 -0400
World number one Jason Day and second-ranked Dustin Johnson launch their title bids at The Barclays on Thursday amid longer-term hopes of securing the PGA Tour's season-ending FedExCup and Player of the Year honours. The Barclays, won last year by Australian Day, is the first of four lucrative FedExCup events that conclude the 2015-16 schedule with a playoff bonus of $10 million going to the overall champion. Once the season is over, the PGA Tour rank and file will vote for their Player of the Year where Day, a three-times winner in 2016, and American Johnson, a double champion this year, are the top two contenders.
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:28:28 -0400

US golfer Jason Dufner watches his drive from the 6th tee during his third round on day three of the 2016 British Open Golf Championship at Royal Troon in Scotland on July 16, 2016World number one Jason Day headlines the marquee trio at this week's The Barclays tournament which kicks off the first round of the PGA Tour playoffs. Defending champion Day is joined by Dustin Johnson and Adam Scott at the event which will cut the FedEx Cup playoff field to 100 and give others a chance to bid for spots in the Ryder Cup. Also in the field of 121 is Justin Rose who is fresh off winning the gold medal in the Rio Olympics.


Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:20:53 -0400
By John Tilak and Jessica DiNapoli TORONTO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The former chairman of Performance Sports Group Ltd, Graeme Roustan, told Reuters he has hired investment banks Jefferies Group LLC and Canaccord Genuity to explore a possible bid for the troubled maker of hockey gear. Roustan said he believes he can turn around the money-losing company, which is under investigation by securities regulators in the United States and Canada. The company is conducting an internal investigation into its accounting practices, which has delayed the release of its annual report.
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 01:14:14 -0400

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Toronto Blue Jays(Reuters) - Baltimore Orioles ace Chris Tillman is headed to the 15-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation, the team said on Tuesday. Tillman was scheduled to pitch on Thursday against Washington but felt pain in his shoulder during a bullpen session and received a cortisone shot. "I thought once it got loose it would really go away, but it never really did, and that was my first time actually experiencing it while throwing," Tillman told reporters after the Orioles' 8-1 win over the Nationals on Tuesday.


Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:44:32 -0400

Former NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant gestures as he speaks during a public appearance in Manila on June 25, 2016Los Angeles (AFP) - Five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant will be honoured Wednesday with a ceremony in Los Angeles, the city where he played his entire 20-year professional career.


Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:15:28 -0400

PGA: WGC - Bridgestone Invitational - First RoundBy Larry Fine FARMINGDALE, New York (Reuters) - Scotsman Russell Knox sits fourth on the FedExCup points list but may need a strong showing at The Barclays, which opens the lucrative PGA Tour playoffs this week, to join the European Ryder Cup team. Knox has won twice this season and had a pair of runner-up finishes but landed outside the group of nine automatic qualifiers because his win at the WGC-HSBC Champions in China did not earn him Ryder Cup points as he was not a European Tour member at the time. European captain Darren Clarke will announce on Aug. 30 three picks to complete a team that will go for an unprecedented fourth win in a row against the U.S. in the biennial event at Hazeltine in Minnesota starting on Sept. 30.


Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:12:46 -0400

Golf - Men's Individual Stroke PlayBy Larry Fine FARMINGDALE, New York (Reuters) - Justin Rose, still feeling the glow of winning Olympic golf gold at the Rio Games, says he hopes the experience will carry him on a strong run after claiming a prize he considers "at the top". Rose prevailed in Rio in a tight, final-round duel with British Open champion Henrik Stenson and the Briton said the reaction to his victory has been overwhelming. "The whole experience...exceeded my expectations and certainly winning has blown me away in terms of the reach that it has and the global audience that it has," Rose told reporters at Bethpage Black, where The Barclays will kick off the FedExCup playoffs on Thursday.


Tue, 23 Aug 2016 14:35:45 -0400

Convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky leaves after his appeal hearing at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte PennsylvaniaBy David DeKok BELLEFONTE, Pa. (Reuters) - Convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky is innocent and should get a new trial, his defense lawyer told reporters following a three-day hearing in a Pennsylvania state court. "There were so many flaws in his trial," attorney Alexander Lindsay said. The former Penn State assistant football coach was convicted of 45 counts of sexual assault in 2012 and is serving 30 to 60 years in prison.


Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:01:35 -0400

BMW PGA ChampionshipEurope's Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke has hailed his "fantastic blend of youth and experience" following the confirmation of his nine automatic qualifiers for next month's event at Hazeltine, Minnesota. On Sunday, England's Matt Fitzpatrick became the ninth and final qualifier to seal his spot in the team that is seeking a record fourth successive triumph over the United States. Fitzpatrick will be one of at least five rookies lining up alongside more seasoned campaigners like Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson in the biennial contest that starts on Sept. 30.


Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:59:51 -0400
Europe's Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke has hailed his "fantastic blend of youth and experience" following the confirmation of his nine automatic qualifiers for next month's event at Hazeltine, Minnesota. On Sunday, England's Matt Fitzpatrick became the ninth and final qualifier to seal his spot in the team that is seeking a record fourth successive triumph over the United States. Fitzpatrick will be one of at least five rookies lining up alongside more seasoned campaigners like Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson in the biennial contest that starts on Sept. 30.
Tue, 23 Aug 2016 02:38:28 -0400
(Reuters) - Dominican rookie Gary Sanchez continued the blistering start to his New York Yankees career by blasting two home runs in Monday's 7-5 loss to Seattle. The 23-year-old, who was called up to the Major Leagues on Aug. 3, now has eight homers in his first 19 games, setting a Yankees record for the fastest to reach that total. A highly touted prospect as a catcher, the Yankees signed Sanchez as an international free agent when he was 16.
Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:21:10 -0400

NFL: NFC Championship-Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks(Reuters) - Green Bay linebackers Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers along with Pittsburgh’s James Harrison have agreed to meet with NFLinvestigators regarding allegations of doping, the league said on its website on Monday. The NFL had set an Aug. 25 deadline for four players, including free agent Mike Neal, to come forward for questioning or face possible suspension. The accusation against the players was made in a report by Al Jazeera America in December.


Mon, 22 Aug 2016 20:16:57 -0400

Basketball - Lakers sign Chinese Olympian YiYi Jianlian, who is fresh off an appearance with the Chinese national team at the Rio Olympics, has signed a contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, the NBA team announced. Yi, of Guangdong Province, averaged 20.4 points and 6.6 rebounds in five games at the Summer Olympics, which wrapped up on Sunday. "We're excited to have a player of his worldwide accomplishments," general manager Mitch Kupchak said on Monday.


Mon, 22 Aug 2016 18:57:59 -0400

Convicted financier Allen Stanford, who faces up to 230 years in prison for his $7 billion Ponzi scheme, arrives at Federal Court in Houston for sentencingRalph Janvey, a court-appointed receiver for Stanford's companies, had argued that the sponsorship, in which Golf Channel aired hundreds of commercials for Stanford, had no real value because they furthered the Ponzi scheme.


Mon, 22 Aug 2016 16:36:56 -0400

Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship(Reuters) - With the Ryder Cup just over a month away, the teams are shaping up, with this week's Barclays tournament at Bethpage determining the last three automatic spots on a United States team desperate to end Europe's recent domination. U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson, PGA Championship winner Jimmy Walker and Ryder rookie Brooks Koepka are set for the trip to Hazeltine outside Minneapolis for the biennial matches starting on Sept. 30. Eight players automatically qualify from the U.S. points list, creating a scramble for the last three on offer from candidates such as (number six) Brandt Snedeker, Zach Johnson, Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson, Olympic bronze medallist Matt Kuchar and Rickie Fowler.


Mon, 22 Aug 2016 02:51:46 -0400

American Carmelo Anthony became the first man to collect three basketball goldsOn a team of mostly first-time young Olympians, it was the USA veterans Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant who stole the Rio show as the USA won its third straight gold medal. Anthony on Sunday became the first man to collect three basketball golds, a week after he became the USA's all-time Olympics scorer, surpassing NBA superstar LeBron James. The newly assembled team they led was occasionally challenged in Rio, raising some doubts about the outcome.


Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:58:27 -0400
Aug 22 (Gracenote) - FedEx Cup rankings 1. (1) Jason Day (Australia) 2735 2. (2) Dustin Johnson (U.S.) 2701 3. (3) Adam Scott (Australia) 2063 4. (4) Russell Knox (Britain) 2001 5. (5) Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 1965 6. (6) Brandt Snedeker (U.S.) 1717 7. (8) Patrick Reed (U.S.) 1575 8. (7) Phil Mickelson (U.S.) 1532 9. (10) Kevin Na (U.S.) 1529 10. (9) Justin Thomas (U.S.) 1512 11. (11) Kevin Kisner (U.S.) 1491 12. (19) Hideki Matsuyama (Japan) 1468 13. (12) Kevin Chappell (U.S.) 1422 14. (13) Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 1387 15. (43) Kim Si-Woo (South Korea) 1382 16. (14) William McGirt (U.S.) 1360 17. ...
Sun, 21 Aug 2016 22:26:59 -0400

Olympics: Basketball-Men's Team-Final -SRB vs USABy Steve Keating RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Geno Auriemma, coach of the U.S. women's Olympic gold medal-winning basketball team, says he is constantly reminded that, "It's not whether you win or lose -- until you lose". The U.S. women rubber-stamped their credentials as an Olympic dynasty when they claimed a sixth straight gold on Saturday with a 101-72 rout of Spain that ran their Games winning record to a staggering 49-0. The U.S. men's basketball team earned seven consecutive gold medals from 1936-1968 while India claimed six straight men's field hockey titles from 1928-1956.


Sun, 21 Aug 2016 21:30:03 -0400

PGA: Wyndham Championship - Final Round(Reuters) - Kim Si-woo completed a brilliant weekend for South Korean golf when he blew away the field for a five-stroke victory at the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina on Sunday. Eleven years after his compatriot K.J. Choi won in Greensboro, Kim added his name to the Sam Snead Cup, matching the lowest numerical score posted in the event that dates back to 1938. Barely 24 hours after Park In-bee captured the Olympic women's golf gold, Kim carded 67 to finish at 21-under-par 259, capping off his performance with a 13-foot birdie at the final hole at Sedgefield Country Club.


Sun, 21 Aug 2016 21:26:00 -0400
* Fifth South Korean to win on PGA Tour * Youngest Greensboro champion since Seve * Sets up victory with second-round 60 (Adds quotes, details) Aug 21 (Reuters) - Kim Si-woo completed a brilliant weekend for South Korean golf when he blew away the field for a five-stroke victory at the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina on Sunday. Eleven years after his compatriot K.J. Choi won in Greensboro, Kim added his name to the Sam Snead Cup, matching the lowest numerical score posted in the event that dates back to 1938. Englishman Luke Donald (67) put his mediocre recent play behind him to take second place on 16-under, but the day belonged to Kim.
Sun, 21 Aug 2016 21:25:00 -0400

NFL: Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys(Reuters) - The NFL has opted to drop the "probable" designation in injury reports ahead of games, bringing more clarity to the availability of players and their chances of taking the field, the league announced on Sunday. The NFL had previously utilized the "probable" category for those that had a 75 percent chance of taking part, though the tag was used loosely as gamesmanship by teams in instances where players were certain to take the field.


Sun, 21 Aug 2016 21:20:58 -0400

South Korea's Kim Si-Woo closed with a three-under 67 to run away with the Wyndham Championship title by five strokesSouth Korea's Kim Si-Woo persevered through down-the-stretch jitters and a brief rain delay to claim his first USPGA Tour title at the Wyndham Championship. "He looked like he was very much in control of his game and he was going to be a hard man to catch," Donald said of Kim. Kim finished four rounds at the Sedgefield Country Club course at 21 under for the 21-year-old.


Sun, 21 Aug 2016 20:22:24 -0400

Basketball - Men's Semifinal Spain v USABy Chris Gallagher RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - U.S. men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski ended his national team career on a high note as Team USA overpowered Serbia at the Rio Games for their third straight Olympic gold medal. Sunday's 96-66 victory capped off the most successful coaching career in men's Olympic basketball history, with Krzyzewski becoming the first coach to lead three teams to gold. Krzyzewski, 69, will hand the reins to San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich as he leaves Team USA after nearly 11 years and with a 24-0 record in the Olympics.


Sun, 21 Aug 2016 20:11:59 -0400
Aug 21 (Gracenote) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Wyndham Championship at the par-70 course on Sunday in Greensboro, North Carolina -21 Kim Si-Woo (Korea) 68 60 64 67 -16 Luke Donald (Britain) 65 68 64 67 -15 Hideki Matsuyama (Japan) 66 64 68 67 Brandt Snedeker (U.S.) 65 68 65 67 -14 Billy Horschel (U.S.) 66 68 64 68 Brett Stegmaier (U.S.) 66 67 69 64 Johnson Wagner (U.S.) 66 68 65 67 Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spain) 63 68 65 70 Graeme McDowell (Britain) 68 66 64 68 -13 Kevin Na (U.S.) 63 67 67 70 Kevin Kisner (U.S.) 70 67 67 63 Jim Furyk (U.S.) 66 64 67 70 Bud Cauley (U.S. ...
Sun, 21 Aug 2016 19:52:18 -0400

From L: The members of the USA men's basketball team celebrate with their gold medalsCompleting a third consecutive unbeaten run to gold, the United States crushed Serbia 96-66 in Sunday's Rio Games basketball final to win its sixth Olympic title with NBA talent in seven tries. Kevin Durant scored 18 of his 30 points in the second quarter to trigger the rout, stretching the USA's Olympic winning streak to 25 games and its decade-long unbeaten string to 76 in what was the final gold medal match of the Games. With the win, US forward Carmelo Anthony became the first man with three Olympic basketball gold medals.


Sun, 21 Aug 2016 19:36:40 -0400

PGA: Wyndham Championship - Final Round(Reuters) - Kim Si-woo made his 38th start on the PGA Tour a winning one when he clinched a commanding five-stroke victory at the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina on Sunday. An hour-plus rain delay with two holes left merely postponed Kim's celebration at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro. Kim, 21, is the second South Korean to win in Greensboro, 11 years after his mentor K.J. Choi.


Sun, 21 Aug 2016 19:32:21 -0400

Basketball - Men's Gold Medal Game Serbia v USABy Steve Keating RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A ruthless United States pounded Serbia 96-66 to claim a third straight Olympic men's basketball title on Sunday, giving coach Mike Krzyzewski a golden send-off. After scrapping to a tense three-point win over Serbia in the group round, the United States quickly removed any suspense from the rematch, surging to a 52-29 halftime lead then cruising to their 25th straight win on Olympic hardwood. Kevin Durant led the assault, pouring in 30 points including 24 in a brilliant opening half, while DeMarcus Cousins was again a beast on the boards, pulling down 15 rebounds.


Sun, 21 Aug 2016 17:35:31 -0400
(Reuters) - Curtis Luck says he will put his professional career on hold after becoming the third Australian to win the United States Amateur Championship. Luck beat American Brad Dalke 6&4 in the final in Michigan on Sunday. The 20-year-old from Perth follows in the footsteps of previous Australians to win the U.S. Amateur, Walter Travis (1900, 1901, 1903) and Nick Flanagan (2003).
Sun, 21 Aug 2016 17:31:32 -0400
Curtis Luck says he will put his professional career on hold after becoming the third Australian to win the United States Amateur Championship. Luck beat American Brad Dalke 6&4 in the final in Michigan on Sunday. The 20-year-old from Perth follows in the footsteps of previous Australians to win the U.S. Amateur, Walter Travis (1900, 1901, 1903) and Nick Flanagan (2003).
Sun, 21 Aug 2016 15:12:47 -0400
RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 21 (Reuters) - Latest news from the 16th and final day of competition at the Rio Olympics on Sunday (all times GMT): 1845 YOKA SEES OFF JOYCE FOR SUPER-HEAVYWEIGHT BOXING GOLD Defending world champion Tony Yoka of France beat Britain's Joe Joyce to win the men's Olympic super-heavyweight boxing title. Kazakhstan's Ivan Dychko and Croatia's Filip Hrgovic were awarded the bronze medals as losing semi-finallists. 1840 U.S. ...
Sun, 21 Aug 2016 14:57:21 -0400

L-R: Australia's power forward Brock Motum, guard Damian Martin, centre David Andersen, forward Aron Baynes, centre Andrew Bogut and guard Patty Mills react after losing the men's bronze medal basketball match on August 21, 2016Australia missed out on its first Olympic men's basketball medal by the narrowest of margins Sunday and ripped Serbian referee Ilija Belosevic for calling "soft fouls" that helped Spain capture bronze. NBA star Pau Gasol scored 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to power Spain over Australia 89-88 in a thriller that went down to the final possession. "It's frustrating when their last four points come from the foul line on what you would term soft fouls," Australia coach Andrej Lemanis said.


Sun, 21 Aug 2016 14:00:06 -0400

Basketball - Men's Bronze Medal Game Australia v SpainBy Steve Keating RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Spain beat Australia 89-88 in a thrilling clash to take bronze in the Olympic men's basketball tournament on Sunday and bring home a medal from a third straight Games. For Australia, who had set an ambitious gold medal target, it was another bitterly disappointing end to what looked a promising Olympics. With five seconds left in regulation time, Sergio Rodriguez drew a controversial foul and made two free throws to give Spain a one point lead and Australia one last possession.


Sun, 21 Aug 2016 13:31:37 -0400
Paul Peterson of the United States won his maiden European tour title when he beat Belgian holder Thomas Pieters by one stroke in the Czech Masters on Sunday. Peterson completed a 15-under-par victory ahead of Pieters, who had held a two-stroke lead overnight, with Britons David Howell and Ryan Evans joint third on minus 11. "This is the best feeling in the world," Peterson told the European Tour website (www.europeantour.com).
Sun, 21 Aug 2016 13:28:15 -0400
Paul Peterson of the United States won his maiden European tour title when he beat Belgian holder Thomas Pieters by one stroke in the Czech Masters on Sunday. Peterson completed a 15-under-par victory ahead of Pieters, who had held a two-stroke lead overnight, with Britons David Howell and Ryan Evans joint third on minus 11. "This is the best feeling in the world," Peterson told the European Tour website (www.europeantour.com).
Sun, 21 Aug 2016 12:27:48 -0400

Paul Peterson of the US, pictured in action on June 17, 2016, won the Czech MastersAmerican Paul Peterson birdied the final hole to seal a thrilling one-shot victory over defending champion Thomas Pieters in the final round of the Czech Masters on Sunday. Belgian Pieters led by two strokes overnight from Peterson, who had catapulted himself into contention with a 64 on Saturday. "This is the best feeling in the world," he told the European Tour website.


Sun, 21 Aug 2016 12:18:54 -0400

An overview shows USA's small forward Angel McCoughtry watching the ball after scoring on August 20, 2016 during the Rio Olympic GamesAs dominating as the US Olympic women's basketball team has been for the past 20 years, there are American teens set to extend the dynasty for another two decades. The Americans captured their sixth consecutive gold medal and eighth in nine tries by beating Spain 101-72 on Saturday, stretching their Olympic win streak to 49 games since a 1992 semi-final defeat. "If you took this whole squad away and bring in another group of girls, they will probably win a gold medal," US forward Angel McCoughtry said.


Sun, 21 Aug 2016 11:53:31 -0400
Aug 21 (Gracenote) - Scores from the European Tour Czech Masters at the par-72 course on Sunday in Prague -15 Paul Peterson (U.S.) 72 70 64 67 -14 Thomas Pieters (Belgium) 67 67 70 70 -11 Ryan Evans (Britain) 66 73 70 68 David Howell (Britain) 70 68 71 68 -10 Matthew Fitzpatrick (Britain) 69 69 71 69 -9 David Lipsky (U.S. ...