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Seahawks cure Super Bowl hangover to salvage shot at repeat

NFL: NFC Championship-Green Bay Packers at Seattle SeahawksBy Frank Pingue PHOENIX (Reuters) - The Seattle Seahawks showed classic symptoms of a Super Bowl hangover early in the season, but a team meeting struck a chord and now they are one win away from becoming the NFL's first repeat champion 10 years. Seattle opened defense of their Super Bowl win with a 3-3 start to the season and moved to 6-4 before head coach Pete Carroll and about 10 of the team's key players met to discuss egos and chemistry. Sometimes you are ugly," Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett said on Wednesday when asked about the meeting. After the session, during which the team adopted a "today I play for you" motto, a selfless Seahawks team went out and thrashed the league-leading Arizona Cardinals 19-3.



Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:21:54 -0500

Revis, Sherman can settle old dispute

NFL: AFC Championship-Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots(Reuters) - Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis and brash Seahawks counterpart Richard Sherman will show off their coverage skills in Sunday's Super Bowl and perhaps settle a social media spat from a couple of seasons ago. Revis, a six-time Pro Bowler, traded words with Sherman in a Twitter tug of war after the young Seattle player bragged that he had overtaken Revis, who played only two games for the Jets that season due to a knee injury. This dude just steady putting my name in his mouth to get notoriety," Revis tweeted about Sherman, who claimed All-Pro honors that 2012 season, his second in the league.



Publ.Date : Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:44:10 -0500

Bulls end Warriors\' 19-game home win streak in OT

Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls slips during their NBA game against the Golden State Warriors, at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California, on January 27, 2015Derrick Rose scored 30 points and the Chicago Bulls outlasted Golden State 113-111 in overtime, snapping the Warriors' club-record home win streak at 19 games. The Warriors, leading the NBA in 3-pointers, on Tuesday went 0-for-13 from beyond the arc in the second half and over-time, missing all four long-range tries in the decisive extra five minutes, when Golden State was 2-of-11 shooting from the floor. Rose sank the winning basket with just over seven seconds remaining, sinking a long jumper with Klay Thompson's hand in his face. Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol each added 18 points for the Bulls, with Frenchman Noah grabbing 15 rebounds and passing out six assists and Spaniard Gasol adding 16 rebounds and eight assists.



Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:26:14 -0500

Once struggling Seahawks and Pats surging into Super Bowl

Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks scrambles under pressure from the Kansas City Chiefs during the game on November 16, 2014 in Kansas City, MissouriThe top two teams from each conference will duel in Super Bowl 49, but for a time this season the championship chances of both Seattle and New England seemed slim. After a lackluster 3-3 start to the season, the Seahawks fell to 6-4 after a 24-20 loss at Kansas City in November -- a defeat that dropped them three games behind Arizona in the NFC West division with six games to play. They won them all, starting with a triumph over the Cardinals the following week, and after two playoff victories will take on the Patriots riding an eight-game winning streak. "We played a tough team in Kansas City and we lost a tough game we felt like we should have won," Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson recalled.



Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:42:27 -0500

No limits at Super Bowl media day, the ultimate freak show

NFL: Super Bowl XLIX-Seattle Seahawks Media DayBy Steve Keating PHOENIX (Reuters) - If the Super Bowl is one of the greatest one-day sporting events then Media Day is the ultimate football freak show, a zany mix of journalism, superheroes and players in an anything-goes media mosh pit. The Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots, who will meet in Sunday's NFL championship, faced the media mob on Tuesday as thousands of reporters circled the floor during a question-and-answer free-for-all watched by thousands of fans in attendance. Very little is off limits at the annual Super Bowl Media Day. Without a hint of shame, "Entertainment Tonight" reporters can ask Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski to sing a Katy Perry song or New England coach Bill Belichick can get quizzed on what his favorite Joe Pesci movie is - and actually get an answer.



Publ.Date : Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:27:18 -0500

Two ex-Vanderbilt football players convicted in Tennessee rape trial
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - A Tennessee jury on Tuesday convicted two former Vanderbilt University football players of the campus rape of an unconscious female student. Prosecutors said the woman was raped by four Vanderbilt players on June 23, 2013, and the assault was proved by what the young men recorded on a cellphone. After 12 days of graphic testimony, jurors deliberated less than four hours before rendering a verdict. Cory Batey and Brandon Vandenburg, both 21, the first two suspects to go on trial, were found guilty of four counts of aggravated rape, one count of attempted aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery.
Publ.Date : Tue, 27 Jan 2015 21:39:57 -0500

Super Bowl week hits high gear with Media Day madness

Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks eats Skittles as he addresses the media at Super Bowl XLIX Media Day Fueled by Gatorade on January 27, 2015 in Phoenix, ArizonaPatriots coach Bill Belichick's flip-flops and hoodie shared the stage with Johnny Weir's designer duds and a man wearing a barrel Tuesday as the NFL's Super Bowl circus came to town. Media Day, once a day for Super Bowl contenders to talk somewhat seriously about their upcoming title clash, has evolved into a destination -- and an adventure destination at that, what with the step ladders, tripods microphone booms and selfie sticks being swung on the jam-packed floor of the US Airways Center -- home of the NBA's Phoenix Suns. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll laughed it off.



Publ.Date : Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:43:49 -0500

10 Things to See in Sports: AP\'s top sports photos

10ThingstoSeeSports - Crystal Palace's Fraizer Campbell, left, competes for the ball with Chelsea?s Thibaut Courtois during their English Premier League soccer match at Selhurst Park, London, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland, File)Here's a look at some of the defining moments, exciting scenes, triumphs and defeats from the world of sports.



Publ.Date : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:29:39 -0400

Golf-Australian golfer Kel Nagle dies age 94
Australia's former British Open winner Kel Nagle died on Thursday, aged 94. Tributes began flowing in after the PGA of Australia released a statement saying Nagle had passed away at a Sydney hospital. "It's a sad day for golf, we've lost a champion of our game," said Brian Thorburn, chief executive officer of the PGA. Nagle was one of Australia's most successful and popular golfers, winning 81 professional titles in his long career, including at least one every year between 1949 and 1975.
Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:20:47 -0500

Facebook to sell real-time Super Bowl ads, taking on Twitter

A man is silhouetted against a video screen with an Facebook logo as he poses with an Dell laptop in this photo illustration taken in the central Bosnian town of ZenicaThis Super Bowl Facebook is taking a page from Twitter's playbook, for the first time during a football championship selling ads that target people based on what they are talking about in real time. These include video ads that will play automatically on Facebook's newsfeed, triggered by key words that members mention in their posts as they watch the American football game on Feb. 1. Smartphones and tablets provide a second screen for the Super Bowl's 100 million television viewers to comment about the game as it proceeds, giving advertisers a more precise way to target messages.



Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:05:27 -0500

Clippers\' Barnes blames fine on Suns owner cursing at him

Matt Barnes (C-R) and Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers celebrate during the 4th quarter against the Denver Nuggets, at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on January 26, 2015Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes was fined $25,000 by the NBA for shouting inappropriate language to a fan, then tweeted his comments were sparked by curses from Phoenix Suns majority owner Robert Sarver. The incident came 7:32 into the second quarter of the Clippers' 120-100 victory Sunday over the Suns at Phoenix. After the fine was imposed, Barnes took to Twitter to voice his displeasure and reveal his version of events.



Publ.Date : Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:59:24 -0500

Scottsdale\'s sweet 16th evokes strong memories for Tiger

PGA: Waste Management Phoenix Open-Practice RoundBy Mark Lamport-Stokes SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (Reuters) - Tiger Woods has not competed at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in 14 years but he is remembered most by the raucous crowds that gather here at the TPC Scottsdale for his electrifying debut four years earlier. In January 1997, Woods was just three months from clinching his first major title in record-breaking style at the Masters and he gave the fans at Scottsdale a hint of the magic to come with a stunning ace in the Phoenix Open third round. Ten strokes off the lead after 36 holes, Woods arrived at the infamous par-three 16th and watched as his playing partner, fellow American Omar Uresti, hit his tee shot from 152 yards to just three feet behind the cup. "Just smelling and hearing the beer hit behind me on the tee box ... to turn around and see all this beer flying was crazy," Woods told reporters at the TPC Scottsdale on Tuesday after playing nine holes in practice.



Publ.Date : Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:25:50 -0500

Russia, China lead global growth in NFL interest says study

People watch the AFC championship football game between the Patriots and the Broncos at a bar in HobokenBy Simon Evans MIAMI (Reuters) - The NFL, which holds its Super Bowl on Sunday, is enjoying a significant surge in global interest with Russia and China leading the way, according to a study by a leading sports marketing research company. The report by Germany-based Repucom found interest in the league rising in several key markets with Russia having the highest percentage of the population focused on the league. The report says 13.3 percent of Russians are fans of the NFL, with a growth of 5.3 percent in the past year leading to a total of 10.38 million fans. The growth of the NFL in China in the past year is the biggest in terms of population size.



Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:30:01 -0500

McIlroy backs countryman Clarke for Ryder Cup captaincy

McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits the ball out off the bunker on the 18th hole during Abu Dhabi Golf championshipBy Matt Smith DUBAI (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy wants fellow Northern Irishman Darren Clarke to captain Europe?s Ryder Cup team in 2016 in what is shaping up to be a battle between the former British Open champion and Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez. ?I'm going to be a little biased -- Darren is a good friend of mine and from Northern Ireland, so it would be great to see him get the captaincy, but if it was to be Miguel then I'd have no problems with that either,? McIlroy told a news conference. ?They are going to have a tough decision,? he added ahead of this week's Dubai Desert Classic. On Tuesday, world number two Henrik Stenson and sixth-ranked Sergio Garcia, both team stalwarts, told reporters it would likely be a straight fight between Clarke and Jimenez over who will replace 2014 skipper Paul McGinley.



Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:09:17 -0500

Golf number one McIlroy looking for desert storm

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays a shot during the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship in the capital of the United Arab Emirates on January 17, 2015Rory McIlroy says he?d be focused completely on trying to win a second Dubai Desert Classic title, this week rather than thinking about his upcoming date in a Dublin court. The world number one has fond memories of recording his first win as a professional in what is the oldest golf tournament in the Middle East, and, having finished second in his last three starts on the European Tour, McIlroy is hoping to go one better and add to his 2009 title in the desert. "I?ve done this the last few years where I?ve played Abu Dhabi, taken another week off to practise and then come here and play in Dubai.



Publ.Date : Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:19:54 -0500

Irving, James power Cavaliers over Pistons

Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers, pictured during an NBA game against the Los Angeles Clippers, at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on January 16, 2015Detroit (AFP) - Kyrie Irving scored 38 points and LeBron James added 32 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated Detroit 103-95 for their seventh NBA victory in a row.



Publ.Date : Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:36:44 -0500

Australian golfer Kel Nagle dies age 94
Australia's former British Open winner Kel Nagle died on Thursday, aged 94. Tributes began flowing in after the PGA of Australia released a statement saying Nagle had passed away at a Sydney hospital. "It's a sad day for golf, we've lost a champion of our game," said Brian Thorburn, chief executive officer of the PGA. Nagle was one of Australia's most successful and popular golfers, winning 81 professional titles in his long career, including at least one every year between 1949 and 1975.
Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:35:51 -0500

Rusty but smiling Woods reveals a full set of teeth

PGA: Waste Management Phoenix Open-Practice RoundBy Mark Lamport-Stokes SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (Reuters) - Tiger Woods, set to compete at the Waste Management Phoenix Open this week for the first time in 14 years, was in a humorous mood on Tuesday as he spoke about his rusty game and a repaired set of teeth. Eight days ago, Woods lost a front tooth and had another cracked by a video camera after watching his girlfriend Lindsey Vonn claim a record 63rd World Cup Alpine ski win in Italy. Woods said the collision occurred after he had climbed a hill to watch the podium presentation with all the photographers jostling for position below him. "Dude with a video camera on his shoulder, right in front of me, kneeling, stood up and turned and caught me square on the mouth.



Publ.Date : Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:43:30 -0500

Ichiro inks one-year deal with Miami Marlins

Ichiro Suzuki, pictured during the New York Yankees vs the Baltimore Orioles match at Yankee Stadium in New York, on September 23, 2014Ichiro Suzuki, a two-time American League batting champion nearing a Major League Baseball milestone, has signed a one-year contract with the Miami Marlins, the team announced. The 41-year-old Japanese outfielder, who needs only 156 hits to reach the coveted 3,000 mark in his North American career, is likely to be a reserve fielder and pinch hitter for the National League club. Suzuki, a 10-time All-Star, is the first Japanese player in the history of the Marlins.



Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:37:34 -0500

Former NFL players who started football young at more risk of memory problems: study

A football helmet's health warning sticker is pictured between a U.S. flag and the number 55, in memory of former student and NFL player Junior Seau, as the Oceanside Pirates high school football team prepares for their Friday night game in OceansideFormer NFL players who began playing tackle football before age 12 are more likely to suffer from memory and thinking problems than those who took up the game later, a new study has found. The National Football League has agreed to pay up to $5 million to each former player developing neurological impairment in a settlement that is under judicial review. Most of the 20,000 former players involved in a class-action lawsuit against the NFL back the deal, while others think the league should pay more. "Our study suggests that there may be a critical window of brain development during which repeated head impacts can lead to thinking and memory difficulties later in life," study author Robert Stern, a neurologist at Boston University, said in a statement.



Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:05:10 -0500

Patriots expect to have \'hands full\' with Seattle defense

NFL: Super Bowl XLIX-New England Patriots Press ConferenceBy Frank Pingue PHOENIX (Reuters) - The New England Patriots may have one of the NFL's most potent offenses but they expect to have their hands full in Sunday's Super Bowl when they face a suffocating Seattle Seahawks defense that is second to none. New England put up a whopping 45 points during their AFC championship game earlier this month but one would be hard-pressed to find any member the team expecting a similar output in the NFL's championship game. "We're going to have our hands full trying to move the ball and score points against them, as everybody else does," said Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. They're good." At the heart of Seattle's "Legion of Boom" defense is safety Kam Chancellor and Pro Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman, who have caused fits for their opponents all season long.



Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:10:27 -0500

Seahawks\' Lynch: \'I\'m here so I won\'t get fined\'

NFL: Super Bowl XLIX-Seattle Seahawks Media DayBy Steve Keating PHOENIX (Reuters) - Marshawn Lynch, the Seattle Seahawks running back who shuns the media the same way he avoids tacklers, is a man of few words and he had just seven of them at his Super Bowl Media Day appearance on Tuesday. There was certainly not the slightest hint of any enjoyment in Lynch's latest run in with the media and it is almost certain that the NFL will not be impressed with his farcical display.



Publ.Date : Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:14:15 -0500

No specific threat but Super Bowl security will be tight

NFL: NFL: Super Bowl XLIX-Seattle Seahawks-Press ConferenceBy Steve Keating PHOENIX (Reuters) - Super Bowl security officials acknowledge the NFL championship game represents a high profile target on a world stage but are unaware of any specific credible threats against Sunday's showcase. In advance of one of the world's biggest single day sporting events, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson was in Glendale on Wednesday to review security preparations and tour University of Phoenix Stadium where the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots will battle. "There is no specific credible threat," said Johnson, who has appointed a "federal coordination team" to work with local, state and federal agencies to ensure safety of fans, players and other workers associated with the Super Bowl.



Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:37:14 -0500

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Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne (87) runs away from New York Giants' Jayron Hosley (28) for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide



Publ.Date : Tue, 04 Nov 2014 02:20:34 -0500

Bryant out for nine months after shoulder surgery

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at New Orleans PelicansLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Kobe Bryant's NBA season effectively ended on Wednesday after he had surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder that will sideline him for nine months, the Los Angeles Lakers said. The five-time National Basketball Association champion, who injured his shoulder last week in a loss to the Pelicans in New Orleans, underwent a procedure lasting two hours, the team said in a statement. (Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Scottsdale, Arizona; Editing by Gene Cherry)



Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:57:19 -0500

Super Bowl caps season of turmoil in league

Tom Brady of the New England Patriots walks off the podium during Super Bowl XLIX Media Day Fueled by Gatorade, at U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona, on January 27, 2015Seattle take on New England in what promises to be a compelling Super Bowl 49 on Sunday, but the title showcase caps a season of turmoil in the NFL. Commissioner Roger Goodell has been at the center of the storm as the league grappled -- often clumsily -- with charges of violence by players against women and children that put fans and sponsors on edge. Goodell was lashed for his handling of Ray Rice, the Baltimore Ravens running back who knocked out his then-fiancee Janay Palmer in a casino elevator. A probe conducted by former FBI director Robert Mueller uncovered no evidence that the league had seen the video of the punch, but scolded the NFL for failing to conduct a more complete investigation.



Publ.Date : Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:57:08 -0500

Brady heard it all before at Super Bowl Media Day

NFL: Super Bowl XLIX-New England Patriots Media DayBy Steve Keating PHOENIX (Reuters) - Taking part in his sixth Super Bowl Media Day, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has probably heard the questions all before during the 'anything-goes' get-together with reporters. Ahead of the 2008 Super Bowl, which was also played in Glendale where the Patriots will take on the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, Brady was asked by a female presenter from a Mexican television station if he would marry her. On Tuesday, no wedding proposals were put to the Patriots quarterback, who is married to supermodel Gisele Bundchen, but Brady fielded a few questions out of left field, like, 'Who has the best beard on the team?' Answer: 'Rob Ninkovich, Julian Edelman.' 'What hurts when you get sacked?' Answer: 'Depends where you land.' Brady answered all with a smile and good humor, clearly happy that the questioning, for the most part, steered clear of the deflated football controversy that has hung over the team since their blowout victory over the Indianapolis Colts that clinched a Super Bowl berth.



Publ.Date : Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:29:13 -0500

Plumlee, Oladipo among young stars in Dunk Contest

The Orlando Magic's Victor Oladipo makes a pass during their NBA game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, on December 26, 2014The Orlando Magic's Victor Oladipo, the 2014 NBA Rookie of the Year runner-up, and Brooklyn Nets standout Mason Plumlee are among four rising stars named to the 30th NBA Slam Dunk Contest. Greek 20-year-old forward Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks and Minnesota rookie guard Zach LaVine will also compete in the annual showdown of acrobatic leaps and spectacular ball-jamming staged on the eve of the annual NBA All-Star Game.



Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:17:55 -0500

America\'s most popular sport gains ground globally

The NFL, which will crown its champion Sunday in the quintessential American sporting spectacle of Super Bowl 49, is gaining fans globally with China leading the wayThe NFL, which will crown its champion Sunday in the quintessential American sporting spectacle of Super Bowl 49, is gaining fans globally with China leading the way. The jump of just over six percentage points represents an extra 31 million people saying that they are now NFL fans. "We are growing strongly in China, and I think it's a direct result of having boots on the ground over the past few years," Young told AFP.



Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:36:53 -0500

Top names teeing off at Dubai Desert Classic

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays a shot during the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship in the capital of the United Arab Emirates on January 17, 2015Three of the top-five ranked players in the world will head a stellar field assembled for this week?s Dubai Desert Classic, which tees off Thursday. World number one Rory McIlroy (2009) and number two Henrik Stenson (2007) have already won the tournament once before, while number five Sergio Garcia will be searching for his first triumph at the Emirates Golf Club. European Ryder Cup regulars Graeme McDowell and Lee Westwood would be playing their first event of the new year, while Germany?s world number 12 Martin Kaymer is attempting to make a comeback from his unexpected final-round meltdown in Abu Dhabi a couple of weeks ago, when he lost despite leading the tournament by 10 shots at one stage.



Publ.Date : Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:06:05 -0500

Super Bowl ad spots sold out, NBC says
U.S. television network NBC said on Wednesday it sold all the advertising time for Sunday's Super Bowl telecast, with brands paying up to a record $4.5 million for a 30-second spot to get their messages in front of the year's biggest audience. NBC is a unit of Comcast Corp. "The game is officially sold out," Seth Winter, executive vice president for ad sales at NBC Universal's news and sports group, told reporters on a conference call. "It just proves to me once again that the NFL and the Super Bowl remains the platinum standard of all media." The Super Bowl traditionally draws more than 100 million TV viewers in the United States, the biggest audience of the year. NBC also collected revenue totaling "eight figures" for ads on its live digital stream of the Super Bowl, Winter said.
Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:50:36 -0500

Golf-Rusty but smiling Woods reveals a full set of teeth
By Mark Lamport-Stokes SCOTTSDALE, Arizona, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Tiger Woods, set to compete at the Waste Management Phoenix Open this week for the first time in 14 years, was in a humourous mood on Tuesday as he spoke about his rusty game and a repaired set of teeth. Eight days ago, Woods lost a front tooth and had another cracked by a video camera after watching his girlfriend Lindsey Vonn claim a record 63rd World Cup Alpine ski win in Italy. Woods said the collision occurred after he had climbed a hill to watch the podium presentation with all the photographers jostling for position below him. "Dude with a video camera on his shoulder, right in front of me, kneeling, stood up and turned and caught me square on the mouth.
Publ.Date : Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:11:30 -0500

Singapore Open to return next year with new sponsor

File photo of Simon Dyson of England taking part in Singapore Open Golf tournament, at the Sentosa Golf Club, on November 10, 2012The Singapore Open, once billed as "Asia's Major", will return next year for the first time since 2012 with a new title sponsor, organisers said on Wednesday. The Asian Tour said in a statement that Japan's Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp (SMBC) had signed a three-year deal to be the main sponsor of the event at Singapore's Sentosa Golf Club. The tournament, formerly one of the region's richest with prize money of $6 million when last held in November 2012, was cancelled in 2013 when British bank Barclays decided not renew its sponsorship. "The Singapore Open was always one of our best events... it is tremendous to have it back as it is an important event for our region and our tour," Asian Tour Chairman Kyi Hla Han said in the statement.



Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 03:38:03 -0500

Two former Vanderbilt football players found guilty by Tennessee jury
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - Two former Vanderbilt University football players were found guilty on Tuesday in the rape of an unconscious female student. The case comes at a time of heightened national discussion about the prevalence of sexual assault on college campuses. Relatives of Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey broke into tears as the two were led away after the verdict. Also charged with the rape are former Vanderbilt football players Brandon Banks and Jaborian McKenzie, who are awaiting trial.
Publ.Date : Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:35:21 -0500

Aussie Allenby makes PGA return after injuries

Robert Allenby of Australia speaks with the media during a practice round prior to the start of the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale, in Scottsdale, Arizona, on January 27, 2015Australian golfer Robert Allenby stood by his story of being abducted, beaten and robbed in Hawaii two weeks ago in comments Tuesday ahead of his return at the PGA Phoenix Open. The 43-year-old from Melbourne, who suffered cuts and bruises on his face from the incident, says he has no memory of more than two hours after being out at a wine bar on January 16 and police are investigating the matter as a robbery.



Publ.Date : Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:31:42 -0500

Wisconsin governor proposes bond plan for new NBA arena

Wisconsin Governor Walker speaks at the Freedom Summit in Des Moines(Reuters) - Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on Tuesday proposed a plan that would help fund a new arena for the National Basketball Association's Milwaukee Bucks by tapping into expected growth in players' income tax payments. The Republican governor said his first-of-its-kind plan, dubbed "Pay Their Way," would spur economic growth while ensuring taxpayers would not be left picking up the tab. The plan would create a nine-member sports and entertainment district to pay off $220 million of new state appropriation bonds using growth in income taxes paid by members of the Bucks and visiting NBA teams due to salary increases and new television contracts. Current tax collections from those sources would not be used for bond payments. The bond proceeds would be contingent on the team's ability to secure the remaining $300 million for the arena.



Publ.Date : Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:44:40 -0500

Allenby stands by initial report of Honolulu ordeal

PGA: Waste Management Phoenix Open-Practice RoundBy Mark Lamport-Stokes SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (Reuters) - The curious tale of Robert Allenby's bruising ordeal in Honolulu has taken some unexpected twists but the Australian on Tuesday stuck by his original version of events. On Jan. 17, Allenby reported that he had been abducted the previous day from a wine bar, robbed and then dumped from a car in a Hawaii park about six miles (10 km) away after failing to qualify for the Sony Open in Honolulu.



Publ.Date : Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:42:15 -0500

Tight-lipped Lynch steals show at Media Day

Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks addresses the media at Super Bowl XLIX Media Day on January 27, 2015 in Phoenix, ArizonaSeattle running back Marshawn Lynch, the self-described quiet man of the NFL, stole the show at Super Bowl Media Day on Tuesday, but his act got mixed reviews. Lynch's explosive on-field talents were on full display as the Seahawks rallied from a 16-0 halftime deficit against the Packers.



Publ.Date : Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:11:55 -0500

Patriots\' Brady has a cold, expects to be fit for Super Bowl

NFL: Super Bowl XLIX-New England Patriots Press ConferenceBy Frank Pingue PHOENIX (Reuters) - New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been fighting a cold for nearly a week but said on Wednesday he expects to be fine for Sunday's Super Bowl showdown with the defending champion Seattle Seahawks. Brady sniffled his way through a 45-minute news conference, even pausing at times to wipe his nose with his shirt sleeve, before finally confirming that he has a cold. I'll be good," Brady told reporters. The Patriots were scheduled to hold their first practice on Wednesday since arriving in Phoenix on Monday.



Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:21:05 -0500

Super Bowl, Tiger give Phoenix Open extra spark

PGA: Waste Management Phoenix Open-Practice RoundBy Mark Lamport-Stokes SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (Reuters) - The Waste Management Phoenix Open and Super Bowl are both being staged this week in the Phoenix area and Patrick Reed, one of the hottest players on the PGA Tour, is licking his lips in anticipation. The National Football League's showpiece is the biggest sports event in the United States while the $6.3 million Phoenix Open, played at the TPC Scottsdale, is renowned for its raucous crowds and the loudest hole in golf. Add to that the return of former world number one Tiger Woods to PGA Tour action this week, for the first time in five months, and you have all the ingredients for a sporting extravaganza in the Grand Canyon State over the next five days.



Publ.Date : Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:40:54 -0500

Obama\'s attorney general pick aims to smooth DOJ ties with Congress

Loretta Lynch testifies on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Aruna Viswanatha and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Loretta Lynch, President Barack Obama's pick for attorney general, on Wednesday sought to make a clean break from the testy relationship her predecessor had with Congress, while supporting the legality of the administration's controversial actions on immigration. Lynch, a career prosecutor known for her diplomatic skills, struck a delicate balance during her confirmation hearing, telling the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, "I look forward to fostering a new and improved relationship." Her willingness to listen to Republican concerns was generally well received by the senators.



Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:32:17 -0500

Arizona monitoring hundreds for measles linked to Disneyland
PHOENIX (AP) ? A measles outbreak in Arizona that originated at California's Disney parks is at risk of increasing dramatically in size as health officials keep tabs on 1,000 people, including nearly 200 children who could have been exposed at a Phoenix-area medical center.
Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:36:24 -0500

Mom wants independent autopsy after police killed daughter

Protester Bruce Young waves a placard as activists head to a meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, with officials from the office of the Denver District Attorney after the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old girl who allegedly hit and injured a Denver Police Department officer while driving a stolen vehicle early Monday in a northeast Denver alleyway. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER (AP) ? The mother of a 17-year-old girl who was fatally shot by Denver police says she wants a second, independent autopsy so she can know more about how her daughter died.



Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:17:45 -0500

Rights groups also doubt Mexico account on missing students

A relative holds a picture of one of the missing students in front of a banner with the photos of the missing during a press conference by family members of the disappeared students, in Mexico, City, Tuesday Jan. 27, 2015. Mexican attorney general Jesus Murillo Karam said that investigators are now certain that 43 college students missing since September were killed and incinerated after they were seized by police in southern Guerrero state. It was the first time Murillo Karam said definitely that all were dead, even though Mexican authorities have DNA identification for only one student and a declaration from a laboratory in Innsbruck, Austria, that it appears impossible to identify the others. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)MEXICO CITY (AP) ? International human rights groups on Wednesday questioned the Mexican government's official account of the disappearance of 43 college students last fall in the southern state of Guerrero.



Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:47:47 -0500

Obama congratulates new Greek leader on election victory
WASHINGTON (AP) ? President Barack Obama says the U.S. will work closely with Greece's new government and help Greece pursue long-term prosperity.
Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:22:29 -0500

Inquest begins into deadly Sydney cafe siege
SYDNEY (AP) ? An inquest into a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe began on Thursday, aimed at determining exactly how a gunman and two of his hostages ended up dead after a 16-hour standoff with police.
Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:26:54 -0500

Barcelona and Tottenham advance in cups

Barcelona's Neymar, left, scores his second goal during a second leg quarterfinal Copa del Rey soccer match between Atletico de Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)Neymar scored twice, and Barcelona won 3-2 at Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night to reach the Copa del Rey semifinals on 4-2 aggregate.



Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:23:23 -0500

Kobe Bryant has surgery, expected to be out for 9 months

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) drives with the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans. The team announced Bryant's surgery Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, to repair his torn rotator cuff. The surgery has been scheduled for Wednesday morning. A timeline estimate for Bryant?s return will be issued following the surgery. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman, File)EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) ? Kobe Bryant is expected to be ready for the start of next season after the Los Angeles Lakers superstar underwent surgery on his torn right rotator cuff.



Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:49:03 -0500

Boston bounces back, digs out from blizzard\'s 2 feet of snow

Taylor Millar, left, hugs her friend Jennifer Bruno, after Bruno was forced to vacate her house when it was heavily damaged by ocean waves in a winter storm, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Marshfield, Mass. The storm has punched out a section of the seawall in the coastal town of Marshfield, police said. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON (AP) ? Boston bounced back quickly Wednesday from the Blizzard of 2015, with subways, buses and trains up and running again the morning after the storm buried a swath of New England in 2 to 3 feet of snow.



Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:39:33 -0500

McDonald\'s CEO steps down as sales decline

This Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 photo shows a McDonald's fast food restaurant sign in Chicago. McDonald's Corp. has tapped Steve Easterbrook as its new president and CEO to succeed Don Thompson, who has helmed the burger chain about two and a half years, the company announced Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)NEW YORK (AP) ? McDonald's CEO Don Thompson is stepping down as the world's biggest hamburger chain fights to hold onto customers and transform its image.



Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:52:50 -0500

Experts in crisis talks to save rare rhino from extinction

Northern White Rhinos, Fatu and Nabiro, pictured at a zoo in Dvur Kralove, Prague, on December 16, 2009Conservationists and scientists met in Kenya this week to come up with a last ditch plan to save the northern white rhinoceros from extinction. There are only five northern whites left on the planet -- three live in a 700-acre enclosure on the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in central Kenya, while the other two are kept in zoos in the Czech Republic and the United States. "The battle is to work out what is feasible scientifically in the short time still available to us," Richard Vigne, the chief executive of Ol Pejeta -- where Tuesday's meeting was held -- told AFP. Northern white rhinos have suffered from the loss of their traditional rangelands in Central African Republic, Chad, northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan, nations that have been hit by decades of chronic conflict, lawlessness and misrule.



Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:52:17 -0500

Barca edge nine-man Atletico in five-goal thriller

Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar da Silva Santos Junior (L) scores the opener during the Spanish Copa del Rey quarter final second leg football match in Madrid on January 28, 2015Neymar bagged a double as Barcelona twice came from behind to book their place in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey with a 3-2 win over nine-man Atletico Madrid to seal a 4-2 aggregate victory. Fernando Torres struck for the hosts inside the first minute to cancel out Lionel Messi's winner in last week's first leg, but Neymar grabbed a vital away goal just nine minutes later. Raul Garcia briefly restored Atletico's lead from the penalty spot, but Barca were in front by half-time thanks to a Miranda own goal and a wonderful counter-attack rounded off by Neymar. The home side should have been reduced to nine men earlier when Arda Turan somehow escaped with just a yellow card after throwing his boot at one of the officials in the second-half, but did eventually see another red card when Mario Suarez picked up a second booking late on.



Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:01:59 -0500

Patriots not dwelling on last Super Bowl loss in Arizona

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady answers a question during a news conference Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Chandler, Ariz. The Patriots play the Seattle Seahawks in NFL football Super Bowl XLIX Sunday, Feb. 1, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) ? The road to perfection reached a dead end in the Arizona desert. Now the New England Patriots are back where a Super Bowl championship ? and an unbeaten record ? barely eluded them seven years ago.



Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:50:55 -0500

Mobile provider TracFone to pay $40M in federal settlement

The Federal Trade Commission building in Washington on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. The nation's largest prepaid mobile provider, TracFone Wireless, will pay $40 million to settle government claims that it misled millions of smartphone customers with promises of unlimited data service. The FTC said that TracFone's advertising promised unlimited data, but the company then drastically slowed down consumers' data speeds, a practice known as throttling, when they had used a certain amount of data within a 30-day period. In some cases, the FTC said, the company cut off customers' data service when they ran over the limit. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON (AP) ? The nation's largest prepaid mobile provider, TracFone Wireless, will pay $40 million to settle government claims that it misled millions of smartphone customers with promises of unlimited data service.



Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:40:30 -0500

Charles Townes, co-inventor of the laser and a Nobel laureate in physics, has died at 99
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) ? Charles Townes, co-inventor of the laser and a Nobel laureate in physics, has died at 99.
Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:42:04 -0500

Utah family\'s deaths came after obsession with murder case

FILE - In this June 30, 2003, file photo, Dan Lafferty poses for a photograph, at Utah State Prison in Draper, Utah. A Utah couple who overdosed on drugs along with their three children was obsessed with Lafferty, a murderer who sees himself as a prophet. Kristi and Benjamin Strack visited Lafferty for years before their visiting privileges were cut off, developing a close friendship as part of an increasingly bizarre mindset that culminated with a belief that the apocalypse was near. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) ? Thirty years ago, Dan Lafferty and his brother grew their hair long, called themselves prophets and claimed God told them to kill their sister-in-law and her baby after she resisted her husband's entry into a radical polygamous group.



Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:00:57 -0500

Hezbollah fires missile salvo, killing 2 Israeli soldiers
SHEAR YASHUV, Israel (AP) ? The Lebanese militant Hezbollah group fired a salvo of missiles at an Israeli military convoy in a disputed border area Wednesday, killing two soldiers and triggering deadly clashes that marked the most serious escalation since the sides' 2006 war.
Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:59:37 -0500

California declares electronic cigarettes a health threat

Paul Frohman smokes an electronic cigarette outside an office building in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. California health officials declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in seeking tighter controls as "vaping" grows in popularity. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) ? California health officials Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in seeking tighter controls as "vaping" grows in popularity.



Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:28:40 -0500

New York blood shortages casualty of shutdown

A view down a nearly deserted Park Avenue during what is normally a crowed morning rush hour after a snowstorm hit New York, January 27, 2015New York City issued an urgent call for blood donors Wednesday, saying supplies were low after authorities shut down America's largest city for a winter storm that failed to materialize. "New York City's blood supply is experiencing a shortage due to cancellations related to inclement weather," said Mayor Bill de Blasio.



Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:17:05 -0500

Democratic US Rep. Ryan says he now supports abortion rights

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2007 file photo, Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, speaks at a news conference in Washington. Ryan on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, publicly declared a position switch on abortion. Niles in northeast Ohio, writes Wednesday in the Akron Beacon Journal that he initially opposed the procedure that ends pregnancy but now favors abortion rights. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) ? A Democratic congressman who is weighing a U.S. Senate run in politically divided Ohio has publicly switched his position to supporting abortion rights, saying Wednesday the decision is deeply personal and unrelated to any political aspirations.



Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:53:24 -0500

Nobel laureate Charles Townes, laser co-creator, dies at 99
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) ? Charles Hard Townes, the co-inventor of the laser and a Nobel laureate in physics, has died. He was 99.
Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:00:17 -0500

Qualcomm says key customer passed on new chip, stock drops

A Qualcomm sign is pictured in front of one of its many buildings in San Diego, CaliforniaQualcomm Inc reduced its outlook for fiscal 2015, saying it expects its newest Snapdragon mobile chip will not be used in a major customer's flagship smartphone, sending its shares lower. The San Diego, California, company also warned that "challenges" with another of its chips had hurt its competitiveness in China, where Qualcomm has been disappointed with growth that has fallen short of expectations. It now expects non-GAAP diluted earnings per share for fiscal 2015 between $4.75 and $5.05, compared to a previous range of $5.05 to $5.35. Top smartphone maker Samsung Electronics Co Ltd decided not to use the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor for its next flagship Galaxy S smartphone after the chip overheated during testing, Bloomberg reported earlier this month.



Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:33:04 -0500

Samsung Electronics fourth-quarter profit down 36 percent on year, in line with guidance

A man walks at the Samsung Electronics' headquarters in SeoulSEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Thursday that October-December profit fell 36 percent from a year earlier, confirming the firm's first annual earnings decline in three years. The world's top smartphone maker reported a fourth-quarter profit of 5.3 trillion won ($4.88 billion), compared with a 5.2 trillion won profit it guided for earlier this month. Profit for the mobile division, the driver of Samsung's record 2013 earnings, fell to 1.96 trillion won from 5.47 trillion won a year earlier. (Reporting by Se Young Lee; Editing by Stephen Coates)



Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:53:28 -0500

Jets hire brother of judge in New Jersey sports betting suit
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) ? The New York Jets have hired the brother of a federal judge who has ruled on New Jersey's efforts to allow sports betting, but that won't affect the case for now.
Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:00:01 -0500

Facebook\'s status update: Profit, revenue beat expectations

This June 11, 2014 photo shows Facebook's "like" symbol at the entrance to the company's campus in Menlo Park, Calif. For the seventh quarter in a row Facebook beat profit and revenue forecasts, continuing to win more mobile advertising revenue as most users shift to using the site on smartphones and other portable devices, the company announced, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)NEW YORK (AP) ? For the seventh quarter in a row Facebook beat profit and revenue forecasts, continuing to win more mobile advertising revenue as most users shift to using the site on smartphones and other portable devices.



Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:03:28 -0500

Korda, Lewis, Munoz tied for lead at LPGA season opener
OCALA, Fla. (AP) ? Jessica Korda, Stacy Lewis and Azahara Munoz each shot 5-under 67 in the opening round of the LPGA Tour season opener.
Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:49:43 -0500

State Dept. officials meet with House Benghazi panel

The House Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., left, confers with Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the ranking member on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at the start of the panel's third public hearing to investigate the 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, where a violent mob killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Cummings complained that the committee's investigation was moving at a "glacial" pace and that there were "major problems" with the committee's work, adding that he and other Democrats "have grave concerns about the partisan path this committee has taken over the past year." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) ? State Department officials met Wednesday with a special House committee investigating the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, a day after the panel's Republican chairman complained about resistance from the Obama administration and vowed to "ratchet up" his inquiry.



Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:45:01 -0500

Tape: Scientist offers to build nuke bomb targeting New York

FILE - This Oct. 22, 2009, file photo shows former Los Alamos National Laboratory nuclear physicist Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni on his back deck in Los Alamos, N.M. Mascheroni pleaded guilty to trying to help Venezuela develop a nuclear weapon was sentenced Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, to five years in prison and three years of supervised release. Mascheroni and his wife, Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni, had pleaded guilty in 2013 to offering to help develop a nuclear weapon for Venezuela through dealings with an undercover FBI agent posing as a representative of the socialist South American country. (AP Photo/Heather Clark, File)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) ? A disgruntled, former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist promised to build 40 nuclear weapons for Venezuela in 10 years and design a bomb targeted for New York City in exchange for "money and power," according to secret FBI recordings released Wednesday.



Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:39:45 -0500

White Sox agree to $2M deal with Beckham, cut Viciedo
CHICAGO (AP) ? The White Sox were looking to add versatility to their lineup, so they decided to bring back infielder Gordon Beckham after trading him last season.
Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:04:52 -0500

Romney courts middle class, jabs Clinton in Mississippi

Mitt RomneySTARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) ? Mitt Romney hasn't officially declared himself a presidential candidate again, but the 2012 Republican nominee looked and sounded like one during a stop in Mississippi, back-slapping at a popular barbecue joint before delivering a speech that questions Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton's foreign policy and economic credentials.



Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:42:34 -0500

Air Force picks Boeing 747-8 to replace Air Force One

A VIP-configured Boeing 747-8 jetliner rolls out for takeoff from Paine Field in Everett, WashingtonBy Andrea Shalal and Alwyn Scott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force said on Wednesday it would use Boeing Co's commercial 747-8 airliner to replace its current fleet of two Air Force One presidential aircraft, one of the most visible symbols of the United States. The decision comes a month after Boeing said it would slow production of the four-engine 747-8 aircraft to 1.3 a month from 1.5 a month because of declining orders. "The Boeing 747-8 is the only aircraft manufactured in the United States (that) when fully missionized meets the necessary capabilities established to execute the presidential support mission," said Air Force Secretary Deborah James in a statement. Boeing welcomed the Air Force's decision to skip a competition and opt for the 747-8, citing its 50-year history of building presidential aircraft.



Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:02:46 -0500

Ohio judge orders state to return exotic animals to owner
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) ? A judge ordered the state to return a dozen exotic animals ? including several tigers and a lion ? to their owner on Wednesday, just hours after they were taken from an animal sanctuary near Toledo.
Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:01:07 -0500

Head of NCAA enforcement: Academic misconduct on rise
The head of NCAA enforcement says academic misconduct is on the rise in college athletics and his department is currently handling 20 open investigations.
Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:08:41 -0500

Vonn, Shiffrin head US World Championship team

Lindsey Vonn of the US competes during the women's FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Super-G in St Moritz on January 25, 2015Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin highlight the US alpine team which will compete on home soil for the first time in 16 years at next month's world championships. Ted Ligety and Bode Miller, who has yet to race this year, were also included in the 26-strong team for the worlds which will take place at the Colorado mountain resorts of Vail and Beaver Creek from February 2-15. This year's team includes five skiers who have won races on the World Cup circuit this season. Vonn, who now has a record 64 World Cup wins, leads both the downhill and super G World Cup standings.



Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:20:57 -0500

Tiger fight: China and Alibaba face off over fake goods

FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2014 file photo, the Alibaba logo is displayed during the company's IPO at the New York Stock Exchange in New York. Chinese regulators accused e-commerce giant Alibaba on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 of permitting sales of fake goods and hurting consumers in a report that was withheld until now to avoid disrupting the company's U.S. stock market debut. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)BEIJING (AP) ? There's a tiger fight going on in China.



Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:03:44 -0500

Jordan prisoner swap on hold, fate of Japanese IS hostage unclear

Man walks past screens displaying TV news programme showing image of Goto, one of two Japanese citizens taken captive by Islamic State militants, on a street in TokyoBy Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordan said on Wednesday it had received no assurance that one of its pilots captured by Islamic State insurgents was safe and that it would go ahead with a proposed prisoner swap only if he was freed. The fate of air force pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh was thought to be tied to that of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto, a veteran war reporter who is also being held by the insurgent group. A video was released on Tuesday purporting to show the Japanese national saying he had 24 hours to live unless Jordan released Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi woman on death row for her role in a 2005 suicide bomb attack. Government spokesman Mohammad al-Momani said Jordan was ready to release al-Rishawi if Kasaesbeh was spared, but made clear that she was still being held until the pilot was freed.



Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:14:48 -0500

Demand for airplanes lifts Boeing\'s 4Q profit

In this Dec. 16, 2014 photo, workers walk near an engine of a Boeing 737-800 airplane being assembled at Boeing's 737 facility in Renton, Wash. Boeing reports quarterly financial results on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)DALLAS (AP) ? Boeing Co.'s fourth-quarter profit rose 19 percent as demand for commercial airliners trumped weakness in its defense business.



Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:05:14 -0500

Samsung\'s 4Q earnings drop 27 percent, beats forecast
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) ? Samsung Electronics Co. says its quarterly earnings dropped 27 percent in the fourth quarter but its result beat forecasts.
Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:00:19 -0500

Study: Insurers may using drug costs to discriminate
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) ? Insurance companies, perhaps more than previously thought, may be charging the sickest patients extra for drugs under the federal health law, in an effort to discourage them from choosing certain plans, according to a study released Wednesday.
Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:55:07 -0500

Attorney General nominee defends Obama immigration changes

Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch is sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, prior to testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee?s hearing on her nomination. If confirmed, Lynch would replace Attorney General Eric Holder, who announced his resignation in September after leading the Justice Department for six years. The 55-year-old federal prosecutor would be the nation?s first black female attorney general. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) ? Confronting skeptical Republicans, attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch pledged a new start with Congress and independence from President Barack Obama Wednesday, even as she defended the president's unilateral protections for millions of immigrants in the country illegally.



Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:20:17 -0500

 

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