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Golf-Relaxed approach key for pressure free Park
By Patrick Johnston SINGAPORE, March 4 (Reuters) - Free of the burden that comes with the world number one ranking, South Korea's Park In-bee is looking forward to a more relaxed year on the LPGA Tour that she hopes will lead to an elusive British Open title. The 26-year-old world number two was displaced by 17-year-old New Zealander Lydia Ko at the top of the rankings in January and Park was hoping to reap the benefits of being away from the pressures pole position brought. "I let Lydia have my number one spot earlier this year so if I can capture that back at some point that would be a very good," Park told reporters on Wednesday. You don't have as much pressure as number one and people expect a little bit less than you than being in number one spot." Park will tee it up on Thursday at the HSBC Women's Champions event in Singapore, her fourth event of the year after shaking off the rust with three opening top 13 finishes.
Publ.Date : Wed, 04 Mar 2015 01:43:33 -0500

Struggling Nuggets fire Shaw, name Hunt interim coach

NBA: San Antonio Spurs at Denver Nuggets(Reuters) - The free-falling Denver Nuggets fired head coach Brian Shaw on Tuesday, replacing him for the rest of the season with his assistant coach Melvin Hunt. Denver have lost six consecutive games and 19 of their past 21 for a 20-39 record this season that has them sitting 13th in the 15-team Western Conference and well out of the playoff race. "I want to sincerely thank Brian for his time with our organization," Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly said in a statement. Shaw, 48, was hired as Nuggets head coach in June 2013 to replace George Karl, the reigning NBA Coach of the Year, and compiled an overall record of 56-85 (.397) with the team before being relieved of his duties.



Publ.Date : Tue, 03 Mar 2015 14:40:13 -0500

Poulter, Westwood, Donald, Rose to host British Masters

Lee Westwood of England tees off on the tenth hole during the final round of the Dubai Desert ClassicBy Tony Jimenez LONDON (Reuters) - Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Luke Donald and Justin Rose are to take turns in hosting the British Masters, an event that will return to the European Tour calendar this season for the first time in seven years. The leading British quartet will help select the venue each season for the next four years and Poulter has kicked things off by opting to play the three million pounds ($4.58 million) competition at his local course at Woburn from Oct. 8-11. "I am proud and delighted to be bringing the tournament to Woburn which is obviously a place that means a great deal to me," the Englishman said in statement on Wednesday. "We have all been keen to get more tournaments on British soil and in England in particular." It will be the 17th time that Woburn has hosted the tournament and the first since 2002 when Poulter was narrowly beaten to the title by his close friend Rose.



Publ.Date : Wed, 04 Mar 2015 11:10:14 -0500

Nuggets sack coach Shaw after disappointing start

Head coach Brian Shaw of the Denver Nuggets looks on during a game with the Los Angeles Lakers on February 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, CaliforniaBrian Shaw was fired as coach of the NBA's Denver Nuggets on Tuesday after going 56-85 in a season and a half in the job, the team announced. Melvin Hunt, in his fifth season as an assistant coach for the Nuggets, was named the club's interim coach for the remainder of the season. The Nuggets have lost six games in a row and fallen to 20-39, third-worst in the Western Conference and 12 1/2 games behind Oklahoma City for the final playoff spot in the West with 23 games remaining in the season. "You won't find a better guy than Brian and he is one of the brightest basketball minds I've ever been around," said Nuggets general manager and vice president of basketball operations Tim Connelly.



Publ.Date : Tue, 03 Mar 2015 13:43:16 -0500

Austin to host Match Play Championship from 2016-19
(Reuters) - The elite WGC-Match Play Championship will be staged in Austin, Texas, from 2016 to 2019 as part of a four-year deal with its new title sponsor, the International Federation of PGA Tours announced on Tuesday. Texas-based PC maker Dell, which has major sports sponsorship experience with Formula 1 and America's Cup, will take over as the event's title sponsor next year when the event will be renamed the WGC-Dell Match Play. "We're confident that Dell will find the World Golf Championships to be an extremely effective and valuable global marketing and business-to-business platform," PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said in a statement. Austin, the 11th-most populous city in the United States, last hosted a sanctioned PGA Tour event from 2003-2009 on the over-50s Champions Tour.
Publ.Date : Tue, 03 Mar 2015 19:17:53 -0500

Bills make deal for Vikings quarterback Cassel

Matt Cassel, 32, has thrown for 15,727 yards with 96 touchdowns and 70 interceptions in a 10-year career with stops in New England, Kansas City and MinnesotaNew coach Rex Ryan has the Buffalo Bills in a deal-making mode, the NFL club announcing Wednesday it has an agreement in place to obtain Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel. The Bills will ship two undisclosed NFL Draft choices to the Vikings in the deal, which cannot be made official under league rules until next Tuesday. Grabbing Cassel comes a day after ESPN reported the Bills have agreed to the trade with Philadelphia for former NFL rushing champion LeSean McCoy, the league's most productive running back over the past five NFL seasons combined.



Publ.Date : Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:58:56 -0500

Golf-Austin to host Match Play Championship from 2016-19
The elite WGC-Match Play Championship will be staged in Austin, Texas, from 2016 to 2019 as part of a four-year deal with its new title sponsor, the International Federation of PGA Tours announced on Tuesday. Texas-based PC maker Dell, which has major sports sponsorship experience with Formula 1 and America's Cup, will take over as the event's title sponsor next year when the event will be renamed the WGC-Dell Match Play. "We're confident that Dell will find the World Golf Championships to be an extremely effective and valuable global marketing and business-to-business platform," PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said in a statement. Austin, the 11th-most populous city in the United States, last hosted a sanctioned PGA Tour event from 2003-2009 on the over-50s Champions Tour.
Publ.Date : Tue, 03 Mar 2015 19:12:58 -0500

No. 1 McIlroy more confident for Doral after work

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays a shot during the final round of the 2015 Omega Dubai Desert Classic on February 1, 2015 in Dubai, United Arab EmiratesWorld number one Rory McIlroy, looking to bounce back after missing the cut at last week's US PGA event, is more confident entering this week's World Golf Championships event at Doral. The 25-year-old from Northern Ireland has regained confidence after practice rounds ahead of the WGC Cadillac Championship and a victory in Seminole Golf Club's Pro-Member outing Monday where he fired a 63 on his own ball.



Publ.Date : Wed, 04 Mar 2015 15:33:43 -0500

Manning takes first pay cut to return to Broncos

Peyton Manning, who finished second in the league with 39 touchdown passes last year, has agreed to take a pay cut to return to the Denver BroncosPeyton Manning, who finished second in the league with 39 touchdown passes last year, has agreed to take a pay cut to return to the Denver Broncos. The 38-year-old Manning will see his base salary drop from $19 million to $15 million next season, the Denver Post reported Thursday. "We're glad to work something out with Peyton so that he will be part of our team this season," said Broncos general manager John Elway. Manning, who is heading into his 18th National Football League season, can earn the $4 million back in bonus incentives.



Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:50:12 -0500

Gasol\'s game winner lifts Grizzlies past Rockets

Marc Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies, pictured during an NBA game at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, on January 16, 2015Marc Gasol sank a jump shot with 0.01 seconds left as the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Houston Rockets 102-100 in a Southwest Division showdown. The Grizzlies on Wednesday led by seven points (98-91) with three minutes left but they let the Rockets back in it. Houston scored seven consecutive points to tie the game 98-98 as Terrence Jones and James Harden hit jump shots and Corey Brewer drained a three pointer in the fourth quarter surge. The Grizzlies got the ball back after Zach Randolph blocked Harden's layup.



Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 01:56:36 -0500

Tseng revival continues with solid Singapore opening

LPGA: Kraft Nabisco Championship-Practice RoundBy John O'Brien SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Yani Tseng had the golfing world at her feet during a glorious five-year spell from 2008 that saw the Taiwanese pick up five major victories and top the world rankings for 109 consecutive weeks. Following her 15th and final LPGA Tour victory in March 2012, Tseng began to second-guess herself on the course, her form disappeared along with the ever-present smile and the barren run saw her slip to 90th in the world just two weeks ago. On Thursday, Tseng was brilliant in the first round of the HSBC Women's Champions event in Singapore, her six-under 66 earning her a tie for first place alongside South Korea's Park and two strokes clear of Ko. "Oh, it's fun... it's so much fun," Tseng told reporters of her resurgence.



Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 04:58:03 -0500

Ex-NFL star\'s car matched tracks at murder scene, police testify

Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez sits during his murder trial at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall RiverBy Daniel Lovering FALL RIVER, Massachusetts (Reuters) - A tread mark found near the body of a man allegedly killed by Aaron Hernandez was made by a tire from a car rented by the ex-NFL star, a Massachusetts State Police trooper who specializes in tire track analysis said on Thursday. Trooper Todd Girouard said the rear passenger side tire of a Nissan Altima that prosecutors say was rented by Hernandez matched a track found at a North Attleborough industrial park where the body of Odin Lloyd was found in June 2013. Hernandez, 25, has been charged with murdering Lloyd, a semi-professional football player who had been dating his fiancee's sister, and is being tried at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Massachusetts.



Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:17:47 -0500

Ex-number ones Park, Tseng outshine jetlagged Ko

New Zealand's 17-year-old Lydia Ko became golf's youngest male or female world number one last monthFormer world number ones Park Inbee and Tseng Ya-ni outshone top-ranked Lydia Ko, 17, as they seized the joint lead on day one of the HSBC Women?s Champions on Thursday. Teenage sensation Ko blamed jetlag and fatigue as she carded four-under-par 68 to lie two shots off Park and Tseng's 66 at a sun-baked Sentosa Golf Course. She ended the day tied at the top of the leaderboard with Taiwan?s Tseng, who reigned as world number one for almost two years between 2011 and 2013 but is now ranked 67th. Ko started strongly but she looked to be struggling in temperatures which reached 35 degrees C (95 F), and also blamed jetlag after flying in from New Zealand.



Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 05:22:28 -0500

Rodriguez hits single in exhibition return to plate

Alex Rodriguez (R) of the New York Yankees shares a joke with the team's special advisor Lee Mazzilli in the dugout, before the start of their spring training game against the Philadelphia Phillies, in Tampa, Florida, on March 4, 2015Disgraced drugs cheat Alex Rodriguez was greeted with a mixture of cheers and boos as he hit a single in his first exhibition game at-bat since returning from a performance-enhancing scandal. The New York Yankees slugger hit a two-strike single to left field Wednesday in a spring training plate appearance. He also walked and hit into an inning-ending play in the Yankees' 3-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. "I am just feeling really good that I get to play the game I love," said the 39-year-old Rodriguez.



Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 02:25:15 -0500

Growth of soccer in U.S. no threat to NFL ratings: Fox
By Steve Keating NEW YORK (Reuters) - Soccer may be a hot commodity in the U.S. sport market but poses no threat to the NFL, which will remain King of the Hill for the foreseeable future, Fox Sports president Eric Shanks said on Wednesday. Fox, which broadcasts NFL games, also owns U.S. television rights to the 2018, 2022 and 2026 World Cups, the 2015 Women's World Cup and a portfolio of domestic leagues but it is American football that dominates its ratings. "We are a sport crazy country and there is nothing right now that would indicate that there is any threat to the King of the Hill which is the NFL," Shanks said at the Sport Business Summit in midtown Manhattan.
Publ.Date : Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:37:17 -0500

LeBron bounces back, Irving returns in Cavaliers\' win

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving (L) and LeBron James celebrate during their game against the Golden State Warriors at Quicken Loans Arena on February 26, 2015LeBron James bounced back from a sub-par NBA effort and Kyrie Irving returned after a two-game absence as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Boston Celtics 110-79. James scored 27 points on 12-of-23 shooting Tuesday while Australian-born guard Irving added 18 to lead seven double-figure Cavalier scorers in Cleveland's 12th home triumph in a row. The Cavaliers improved to 38-24, trailing Chicago by only percentage points in the fight for the Central division lead, while Boston slid to 23-35, one game behind Brooklyn and Charlotte for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Kevin Love and J.R. Smith each scored 12 points for the Cavaliers, who made all 14 of their free throws attempts.



Publ.Date : Tue, 03 Mar 2015 23:17:18 -0500

Rodriguez gets walk in first game in 18 months

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at New York Yankees(Reuters) - Alex Rodriguez singled in his first at-bat in nearly 18 months as the formerly banished player began his attempted comeback with the New York Yankees with a Spring Training contest in Tampa, Florida on Wednesday. Rodriguez, 39, is coming off a 162-game suspension for his role in a drug scandal and is attempting to work his way back with the Yankees. His journey began with the exhibition contest that saw him finish 1-for-2 with a walk. Rodriguez received a mix of cheers and boos early but mostly positive reaction by the end of his action.



Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 01:43:09 -0500

Yankees\' Tanaka on track for pre-season debut

Pitcher Masahiro Tanaka of the New York Yankees speaks with teammates in the dugout before the start of their spring training game against the Philadelphia Phillies, at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida, on March 4, 2015Japanese hurler Masahiro Tanaka is moving closer to his first game of spring training for the New York Yankees. The Yankees have been keeping a close eye on Tanaka, looking for trouble related to the partially torn right elbow ligament that sidelined him for part of last season. He threw a 30-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday at the Yankees' spring training facility in Tampa, Florida. "Gradually, I've been able to build up pretty well thus far," Tanaka said in comments posted on the team's website.



Publ.Date : Wed, 04 Mar 2015 22:22:48 -0500

Weatherford, Rice to donate brains for medical research

New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford speaks at a news conference in New YorkBy Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford and former National Football League receiver Sidney Rice announced on Tuesday that they will donate their brains to medical research after their death. Rice, who retired from the NFL last July at the age of 27 over worries about the long-term effects of absorbing so many blows to the head, and Weatherford hoped their commitment might mobilize others to aid brain disease research. "It's helpful to get a professional athlete behind something," said Weatherford.



Publ.Date : Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:14:01 -0500

Harden-less Rockets grounded by Hawks late rally

Atlanta Hawks' Al Horford during a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Philips Arena on January 25, 2015Rallying from a 15-point deficit in the final 10 minutes, the Atlanta Hawks beat Houston 104-96, retaining the NBA's best record with their fifth victory in a row. Taking advantage of a Rockets' squad playing without suspended scoring leader James Harden, the Hawks had 25 points from Jeff Teague, 18 points from Al Horford and 16 points and 14 rebounds from Paul Millsap. The Rockets outplayed Atlanta for most of the first three quarters, leading by as many as 18 points despite lacking Harden's scoring touch as he served a one-game ban for kicking Cleveland superstar LeBron James in the groin in a Houston victory on Sunday.



Publ.Date : Wed, 04 Mar 2015 00:02:36 -0500

Hayne inks three-year deal with 49ers as undrafted free agent
(Reuters) - The San Francisco 49ers confirmed on Tuesday they had signed Australian rugby league star Jarryd Hayne to a three-year-deal. Hayne had earlier told a news conference in Sydney that he had agreed to a futures contract with the 49ers but San Francisco later announced the undrafted free agent had been given a three-year deal. The 27-year-old Hayne has never played American football before but attracted offers from three NFL teams, the 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions, after he announced last year he wanted to try his hand at NFL.
Publ.Date : Tue, 03 Mar 2015 22:32:01 -0500

Ford, Phelan share Africa Open lead

Englishman Matt Ford and Irishman Kevin Phelan (pictured) shared the Africa Open first-round lead on 67 after taming blustery East London Golf Club conditionsEnglishman Matt Ford and Irishman Kevin Phelan shared the Africa Open first-round lead on 67 Thursday after taming blustery East London Golf Club conditions. Phelan, joint second in the Joburg Open last weekend, collected six birdies over the 6,108-metre (6,679-yard) layout with his sole blemish a bogey five on 11. Ford put unspectacular Joburg Open form -- a share of 43rd spot -- behind him to garner five birdies and did not drop a shot in the Indian Ocean town. Phelan, ranked 368 in the world, and Ford, 397 places further back, are both chasing a first European Tour triumph in this co-sanctioned event with the Sunshine Tour.



Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 12:56:46 -0500

Record rise may never sink in, says teen golf star Ko

New Zealand's Lydia Ko hits a shot during the final round of the women's Australian Open in Melbourne on February 22, 2015Teenage sensation Lydia Ko said her record rise to world number one still hadn't sunk in and may never do as she heads into this week's HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore. Ko astounded the golf world last month by reaching number one at the age of just 17, the youngest by a male or female player and smashing the record set by Tiger Woods at 21. Ko, who has been in the spotlight since winning her first professional tournament at the age of just 14, a record at the time, said the bar had been set high for some years. Back-to-back wins at the Australian Open and New Zealand Open have lifted expectations still higher, but Ko will be against a strong line-up at Sentosa Golf Club.



Publ.Date : Wed, 04 Mar 2015 02:08:43 -0500

Open hosts Royal St. George\'s to allow women members
Royal St George's, one of three male-only clubs on the British Open rota, has voted to allow women members for the first time, British media reported on Wednesday. "The Royal St George's Golf Club is pleased to announce that, following an extraordinary general meeting held on 14th February 2015 and a subsequent ballot of the full members of the Club, a resolution to alter the Club's rules to make ladies eligible for membership has been duly passed," the club said in a statement. It added a "decisive 90 percent" voted in favor of women being eligible for membership. Royal St George's, founded in 1887 and located in the south-east England county of Kent, last hosted the British Open in 2011 when it was won by European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke.
Publ.Date : Wed, 04 Mar 2015 08:19:20 -0500

Price, Haas finalize assistants for Presidents Cup

Bill Haas gives his club to his brother and caddie Jay Haas Jr. after hitting from the seventh fairway during the final round of the Northern Trust Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles(Reuters) - The assistants for this year's Presidents Cup in South Korea were finalised on Wednesday with Internationals captain Nick Price opting for continuity and his United States counterpart Jay Haas turning to experience. Price, whose Internationals were beaten by 18-1/2 points to 15-1/2 at Muirfield Village in 2013, named fellow Zimbabweans Mark McNulty and Tony Johnstone as his assistants while Haas chose next year's U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III. McNulty and Johnstone, who both assisted Price at Muirfield Village, will join Korean K.J. Choi to complete the Internationals leadership team.



Publ.Date : Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:10:22 -0500

Florida shooting inadmissible in ex-NFL star murder trial: judge

Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez consults his attorney during his murder trial in Fall RiverBy Daniel Lovering FALL RIVER, Massachusetts (Reuters) - The judge in Aaron Hernandez's murder trial ruled on Wednesday that jurors will not be allowed to hear about a former friend of the ex-NFL star who claimed Hernandez shot him in the face after an argument in Florida in 2013. Associate Justice Susan Garsh denied a renewed request by prosecutors to allow evidence related to the shooting of Alexander Bradley, who filed a civil lawsuit against Hernandez, saying the incident was "quite different." Prosecutors had argued the Florida shooting case refuted the defense team's assertion that Hernandez would never have shot the alleged victim in this case, Odin Lloyd, because the two were friends. Lloyd, 27, was found shot to death in June 2013 in an industrial park near Hernandez's home in North Attleboro, Massachusetts.



Publ.Date : Wed, 04 Mar 2015 18:28:10 -0500

Upbeat McIlroy aims for Doral bounceback after missed cut

PGA: The Honda Classic-Second Round(Reuters) - A rare missed cut for Rory McIlroy at last week's Honda Classic was the result of a rusty game and windy conditions, said the world number one, who was in an upbeat mood for this week's WGC-Cadillac Championship in Miami. In three starts this year, McIlroy has also recorded a win at the European Tour's Dubai Desert Classic and a runner-up spot at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship and will be the top drawcard at the season's opening major, the Masters next month. "After coming off a three-week break, you never quite know how your game's going to be," the Northern Irishman told reporters at Trump National Doral on Wednesday about his missed cut at the Honda, his first since the Irish Open last June.



Publ.Date : Wed, 04 Mar 2015 15:41:32 -0500

Former number ones overshadow Ko in Singapore

LPGA: Wegmans Championship-Third RoundBy John O'Brien SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Lydia Ko's meteoric rise to the top of women's golf has shown little sign of slowing down but the New Zealand teen was forced to take a back seat to a pair of former number ones at the HSBC Women's Champions on Thursday. The 17-year-old phenomenon arrived in Singapore fresh from her Australian and New Zealand Open victories and an opening round four-under 68 at the testing Serapong Course put her well in contention for a hat-trick just two shots off the lead. A little bit jet-lagged because of the long flight but I've been trying to pace myself, go nine holes and do the least amount of practice," Ko told reporters before turning her attention to the searing Singapore temperatures. "I think just this week, the heat is definitely going to get to me, so I'm just going to try and cool down." Ko's predecessor at the top of the rankings Park In-bee made the most of cooler early conditions to fire a bogey-free six-under 66 to claim a tie for first place along with Taiwan's Yani Tseng, who is showing glimpses of a return to form after a two-year slump.



Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 03:28:39 -0500

Fingerprints of ex-NFL star Hernandez, victim found on car

Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez looks at the prosecutor during his murder trial at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall RiverBy Daniel Lovering FALL RIVER, Massachusetts (Reuters) - A Massachusetts State Police trooper testified on Tuesday that he found the fingerprints of Aaron Hernandez, two friends and a man they allegedly killed on a car the former New England Patriots football player returned to a rental agency. David Mackin, a fingerprint analyst, said he found the fingerprints on a silver Nissan Altima that prosecutors say Hernandez was driving when he and two friends, Carlos Ortiz and Ernest Wallace, picked up semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd at his Boston home in the early hours of June 17, 2013.



Publ.Date : Tue, 03 Mar 2015 18:01:12 -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

Singapore\'s rising mercury a challenge for Ko\'s hot streak

LPGA: Canadian Pacific Women's Open-First RoundBy Patrick Johnston SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore's steamy temperatures will be no less a challenge than the star-studded field at the HSBC Women's Champions for teenaged world number one Lydia Ko's bid for her third successive title. "At that time, I had glasses and the moment I opened the door and went out my glasses just fogged up straightaway," Ko told reporters on Wednesday. The Seoul-born Ko will look to make it three consecutive wins when she returns to Singapore for the LPGA tournament, which starts on Thursday and boasts a field that includes 19 of the top-20 women's golfers in the world.



Publ.Date : Wed, 04 Mar 2015 05:06:37 -0500

Kings name retired Serbian star Divac to exec job

Vlade Divac, a Serbian center who spent 16 seasons in the NBA, is named vice-president of basketball and franchise operations by the Sacramento KingsVlade Divac, a Serbian center who spent 16 seasons in the NBA, was named vice-president of basketball and franchise operations on Tuesday by the Sacramento Kings. The Kings, owned by Indian computer multi-millionaire businessman Vivek Ranadive, will look the 7-footer (2.16m) as an advisor to coaches and player evaluation contributor with duties helping the club's global branding efforts and pipeline to Europe's growing talent pool. Divac, who helped Yugoslavia win world titles in 1990 and 2002, spent eight seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, two with Charlotte and six with the Kings from 1998-2004 before retiring in 2005. The Kings need all the help they can get.



Publ.Date : Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:49:23 -0500

Westbrook explodes for fourth straight triple double

Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder, seen during a NBA game at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, on May 27, 2014Russell Westbrook finished with 49 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists and became the first player since Michael Jordan with four straight triple doubles as Oklahoma City beat Philadelphia 123-118 in overtime. Westbrook played with a clear plastic face mask in his return after missing the last Thunder game with a facial fracture that required surgery. "It is definitely a blessing," Westbrook said. Westbrook recorded his 10th assist on D.J. Augustin's three pointer, which came just under two minutes into overtime and gave the Thunder the lead for good.



Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 02:51:16 -0500

Allen says he won\'t join a team this season

Ray Allen takes a shot for the Miami Heat during a game on June 12, 2014 in Miami, FloridaRay Allen, who helped the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat win NBA titles, will not reunite with LeBron James in Cleveland, saying Wednesday he will sit out the current season. The 39-year-old guard, one of the NBA's all-time top shooters and the league's career 3-pointers leader, had hinted that he might sign as a free agent with a title contender.



Publ.Date : Wed, 04 Mar 2015 15:20:58 -0500

Manning reportedly set to return, take pay cut

Peyton Manning, who finished second in the league with 39 touchdown passes last year, has agreed to take a pay cut to return to the Denver BroncosFive-time NFL Most Valuable Player Peyton Manning will return for an 18th NFL season and has agreed to a $4 million paycut with the Denver Broncos, US media reported. The Denver Post and ESPN on Wednesday reported that Manning's pay will be cut from $19 million to $15 million. NFL.com reported Manning will still be able to earn the $4 million back in performance incentives. The Broncos are expected to make an official announcement of the deal on Thursday, once the 38-year-old Manning passes a medical exam.



Publ.Date : Wed, 04 Mar 2015 20:35:03 -0500

Players set for another Blue Monster challenge
(Reuters) - An elite field including the top 50 in the world rankings will vie for supremacy at this week's WGC-Cadillac Championship in Miami where the infamous Blue Monster course will once again pose a daunting challenge. Last year, only four players were below par at the midway point of the $9.25 million event and many questioned the fairness of a layout which had been extensively redesigned since the 2013 edition of the World Golf Championships event. Business magnate Donald Trump poured $250 million into renovating the Trump National Doral Resort, and the Blue Monster was stretched by 150 yards with more bunkers and trees added while greens were completely reworked with testing undulations. Previous years, it was scraggly and sort of messy in places but they've done a really nice job with it." World number seven Sergio Garcia felt increased familiarity with the Blue Monster one year on should help players this week.
Publ.Date : Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:24:52 -0500

WGC Match-Play event will move to Texas in 2016

The World Golf Championships Match Play tournament will move to Austin, Texas, in 2016 and be played two weeks before next year's Masters, the International Federation of PGA Tours announcesThe World Golf Championships Match Play tournament will move to Austin, Texas, in 2016 and be played two weeks before next year's Masters, the International Federation of PGA Tours announced Tuesday. The WGC Match Play will also have a new sponsor starting next year in Dell, a computer technology company based in the Austin area. Instead of a strict knockout format as in years past, the Match-Play starting this year will feature 16 groups of four players based on seedings from world ranking.



Publ.Date : Tue, 03 Mar 2015 14:04:36 -0500

US Ryder Cup captain Love named President Cup aide

Davis Love (pictured), the 2016 US Ryder Cup captain, is named as an assistant to US captain Jay Haas for this year's Presidents Cup at Incheon, South KoreaDavis Love, the 2016 US Ryder Cup captain, was named Wednesday as an assistant to US captain Jay Haas for this year's Presidents Cup at Incheon, South Korea. The American squad has won its past five meetings with the Internationals team of non-European players and owns an 8-1-1 overall edge in the rivalry entering its first staging in Asia on October 8-11. Love was captain of the 2012 US Ryder Cup squad that suffered its greatest last-day collapse ever, allowing Europe to win the trophy at Medinah, but will have a chance at redemption in next year's Ryder Cup at Hazeltine. Love joins Fred Couples as an assistant to Haas.



Publ.Date : Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:25:33 -0500

U.S. Ryder changes a \'shrewd\' move, says Europe\'s McGinley

Team Europe golfers and captain Paul McGinley pose with the Ryder Cup after the closing ceremony of the 40th Ryder Cup at GleneaglesBy Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley said on Thursday he thought recent changes the struggling United States side has made in their approach to the premier match play team event were "shrewd" moves. A U.S. task force set up after the Americans were thrashed by 16-1/2 points to 11-1/2 by McGinley's Europeans last year in Scotland gave more input to players and installed a system patterned after the European model to nurture future captains. "I think it's a shrewd move," Irishman McGinley told Reuters after his address to the Leaders Sport Business Summit in New York. These guys are doing it well, what can we learn from them?'" McGinley said his own challenges as Ryder Cup captain were dealing with high expectations of being favorites, and allowing players to be individuals while at the same time bonding as a team.



Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:21:54 -0500

Rice details bruising career before declaring brain donation

Former Seattle Seahawks receiver Rice is helped by New York Giants punter Weatherford to sign over his brain post-mortem for medical research, at a news conference in New YorkBy Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - It was a long road to a shortened National Football League career for Sidney Rice, an All-Pro receiver who retired last July at age 27 due to fears about his long-term health after numerous concussions. "The first time I actually experienced a head trauma was when I was eight years old," Rice told Reuters after announcing on Tuesday he was donating his brain to medical research after his death.



Publ.Date : Tue, 03 Mar 2015 18:22:22 -0500

Amid crisis, Venezuelans remember Chavez 2 years after death

In this Feb. 28, 2015 photo, a man holds a framed image of the late President Hugo Chavez during a pro-government rally outside of the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela. Venezuelans are commemorating Hugo Chavez on the second anniversary of his death, Thursday, March 5, 2015, even as an economic crisis threatens to undo the former president?s legacy of lifting thousands out of poverty. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) ? Early morning fireworks burst over Venezuela's capital Thursday for a commemoration of Hugo Chavez on the second anniversary of his death, even as economic crisis threatens to undo his legacy of lifting many out of poverty.



Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:49:56 -0500

Former number ones overshadow Ko in Singapore

LPGA: Wegmans Championship-Third RoundBy John O'Brien SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Lydia Ko's meteoric rise to the top of women's golf has shown little sign of slowing down but the New Zealand teen was forced to take a back seat to a pair of former number ones at the HSBC Women's Champions on Thursday. The 17-year-old phenomenon arrived in Singapore fresh from her Australian and New Zealand Open victories and an opening round four-under 68 at the testing Serapong Course put her well in contention for a hat-trick just two shots off the lead. A little bit jet-lagged because of the long flight but I've been trying to pace myself, go nine holes and do the least amount of practice," Ko told reporters before turning her attention to the searing Singapore temperatures. "I think just this week, the heat is definitely going to get to me, so I'm just going to try and cool down." Ko's predecessor at the top of the rankings Park In-bee made the most of cooler early conditions to fire a bogey-free six-under 66 to claim a tie for first place along with Taiwan's Yani Tseng, who is showing glimpses of a return to form after a two-year slump.



Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 03:28:39 -0500

Senate majority leader decides not to fast-track Iran bill

In this March 3, 2015, photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to the media at the Capitol in Washington. McConnell on Thursday, March 5 decided to postpone action on a bill giving Congress a chance to review and vote on any deal the U.S. inks with Iran over its nuclear program. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) ? Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday decided to postpone action on a bill giving Congress a chance to review and vote on any deal the U.S. signs with Iran over its nuclear program.



Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:31:38 -0500

Florida shooting inadmissible in ex-NFL star murder trial: judge

Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez consults his attorney during his murder trial in Fall RiverBy Daniel Lovering FALL RIVER, Massachusetts (Reuters) - The judge in Aaron Hernandez's murder trial ruled on Wednesday that jurors will not be allowed to hear about a former friend of the ex-NFL star who claimed Hernandez shot him in the face after an argument in Florida in 2013. Associate Justice Susan Garsh denied a renewed request by prosecutors to allow evidence related to the shooting of Alexander Bradley, who filed a civil lawsuit against Hernandez, saying the incident was "quite different." Prosecutors had argued the Florida shooting case refuted the defense team's assertion that Hernandez would never have shot the alleged victim in this case, Odin Lloyd, because the two were friends. Lloyd, 27, was found shot to death in June 2013 in an industrial park near Hernandez's home in North Attleboro, Massachusetts.



Publ.Date : Wed, 04 Mar 2015 18:28:10 -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

Players set for another Blue Monster challenge
(Reuters) - An elite field including the top 50 in the world rankings will vie for supremacy at this week's WGC-Cadillac Championship in Miami where the infamous Blue Monster course will once again pose a daunting challenge. Last year, only four players were below par at the midway point of the $9.25 million event and many questioned the fairness of a layout which had been extensively redesigned since the 2013 edition of the World Golf Championships event. Business magnate Donald Trump poured $250 million into renovating the Trump National Doral Resort, and the Blue Monster was stretched by 150 yards with more bunkers and trees added while greens were completely reworked with testing undulations. Previous years, it was scraggly and sort of messy in places but they've done a really nice job with it." World number seven Sergio Garcia felt increased familiarity with the Blue Monster one year on should help players this week.
Publ.Date : Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:24:52 -0500

States on edge about the future of health insurance markets

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2014 file photo, John Phillips works at his auto repair shop in Decatur, Ill. Phillips is quick to say he?s not a fan of President Barack Obama?s health care law, but says he?s worried about the outcome of a U.S. Supreme Court case challenging the law?s subsidies in roughly three dozen states, including Illinois. After mixed signals from the Supreme Court, states may have to take over quickly to prevent millions from potentially losing their coverage. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)MIAMI (AP) ? Mixed signals from the Supreme Court have states on edge about the future of health insurance subsidies for millions of Americans. And a summer decision from the justices leaves little time for backup planning.



Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:39:25 -0500

Late winter snowstorm blankets South, Northeast

Cleo Driver walks down an ice covered University Avenue in Oxford, Miss. on Thursday, March 5, 2015. A combination of sleet and ice has closed both the Lafayette County and Oxford School districts, as well as the University of Mississippi. (AP Photo/Oxford Eagle, Bruce Newman) MAGS OUT NO SALES MANDATORY CREDITPHILADELPHIA (AP) ? A late winter storm blanketed the Northeast on Thursday after zipping across much of the South, leaving hundreds of drivers and their passengers stranded on highways in Kentucky and thousands without power in West Virginia.



Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:06:09 -0500

Ford, Phelan share Africa Open lead

Englishman Matt Ford and Irishman Kevin Phelan (pictured) shared the Africa Open first-round lead on 67 after taming blustery East London Golf Club conditionsEnglishman Matt Ford and Irishman Kevin Phelan shared the Africa Open first-round lead on 67 Thursday after taming blustery East London Golf Club conditions. Phelan, joint second in the Joburg Open last weekend, collected six birdies over the 6,108-metre (6,679-yard) layout with his sole blemish a bogey five on 11. Ford put unspectacular Joburg Open form -- a share of 43rd spot -- behind him to garner five birdies and did not drop a shot in the Indian Ocean town. Phelan, ranked 368 in the world, and Ford, 397 places further back, are both chasing a first European Tour triumph in this co-sanctioned event with the Sunshine Tour.



Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 12:56:46 -0500

Largest US banks all pass latest round of Fed \'stress tests\'
WASHINGTON (AP) ? All of the nation's 31 largest banks are adequately fortified to withstand a severe U.S. and global recession and keep lending, the Federal Reserve says.
Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:33:20 -0500

Ringling Bros. Circus to give up elephant acts in 3 years

FILE - In this March 19, 2013 file photo, a performer waves as elephants with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey show, pause for a photo opportunity in front of the Capitol in Washington, on their way to the Verizon Center, to promote the show coming to town. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will phase out the show's iconic elephants from its performances by 2018, telling The Associated Press. exclusively that growing public concern about how the animals are treated led to the decision. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)POLK CITY, Fla. (AP) ? The family that owns the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus won't say just what it was that made them finally decide to remove elephant acts from the "Greatest Show on Earth."



Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:53:32 -0500

Funds flowing to My Brother\'s Keeper after first year

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2015, photo,. President Barack Obama hosts a lunch with "My Brother's Keeper" mentees in the Map Room of the White House in Washington. Even more money than expected has been committed to Obama?s initiative aimed at helping young men of color, White House officials said Thursday, March 5. One year after the program began, more than $300 million in grants and in-kind resources have been independently committed to Obama?s ?My Brother?s Keeper? initiative, said Broderick Johnson, chair of the My Brother?s Keeper task force. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) ? More money than expected has been committed to President Barack Obama's initiative aimed at helping young men of color, White House officals said Thursday.



Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:34:10 -0500

US murderer escapes death as jury hung

A US jury failed again to agree on whether to sentence Jodi Arias to death for the grisly killing of her boyfriend in 2008, effectively sparing her the death penaltyA US jury failed again Thursday to agree on whether to sentence Jodi Arias to death for the grisly killing of her boyfriend in 2008, effectively sparing her the death penalty. Judge Sherry Stephens declared a second mistrial in Phoenix, Arizona, the latest development in a case which has gripped America. The judge set a sentencing date of April 13, when Arias can be sentenced to life in prison with or without parole. Arias had been on trial since January 2013, accused of murdering Travis Alexander, 30, in a frenzied attack in June 2008 in which he was stabbed 27 times, shot in the head and had his throat slit.



Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:16:14 -0500

Hayne inks three-year deal with 49ers as undrafted free agent
(Reuters) - The San Francisco 49ers confirmed on Tuesday they had signed Australian rugby league star Jarryd Hayne to a three-year-deal. Hayne had earlier told a news conference in Sydney that he had agreed to a futures contract with the 49ers but San Francisco later announced the undrafted free agent had been given a three-year deal. The 27-year-old Hayne has never played American football before but attracted offers from three NFL teams, the 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions, after he announced last year he wanted to try his hand at NFL.
Publ.Date : Tue, 03 Mar 2015 22:32:01 -0500

Ringling Bros to retire its elephants, ending a tradition

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2015 file photo, four-year-old Asian elephant April rings bell during Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circuspre-show at Knoxville Civic Coliseum, Knoxville, Tenn. The circus will phase out the show's iconic elephants from its performances by 2018, telling The Associated Press exclusively on Thursday, March 5, 2015 that growing public concern about how the animals are treated led to the decision. (AP Photo/The Daily Times, Mark A. Large) MANDATORY CREDITPOLK CITY, Fla. (AP) ? Elephants have always been part of The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, ever since showman P.T. Barnum brought Jumbo, "a massive 12-foot African elephant," to America in 1882 to star in the "Greatest Show on Earth." Whenever the circus came to town, parades of pachyderms heralded its arrival, drawing patriotic crowds that boosted sales and even attracted vote-hungry politicians. Feld Entertainment, which owns the circus, still keeps 43 elephants, 13 of which are performing. But years of pressure from activists alleging abuse have caused a "mood shift" among consumers, circus executive Alana Feld told The Associated Press, and the Feld family would rather spend money on elephant care than lawyers. The Felds say they'll phase out elephant acts by 2018 as the remaining performers retire to their 200-acre Center for Elephant Conservation in central Florida.



Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:55:44 -0500

Open hosts Royal St. George\'s to allow women members
Royal St George's, one of three male-only clubs on the British Open rota, has voted to allow women members for the first time, British media reported on Wednesday. "The Royal St George's Golf Club is pleased to announce that, following an extraordinary general meeting held on 14th February 2015 and a subsequent ballot of the full members of the Club, a resolution to alter the Club's rules to make ladies eligible for membership has been duly passed," the club said in a statement. It added a "decisive 90 percent" voted in favor of women being eligible for membership. Royal St George's, founded in 1887 and located in the south-east England county of Kent, last hosted the British Open in 2011 when it was won by European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke.
Publ.Date : Wed, 04 Mar 2015 08:19:20 -0500

Comedy Central\'s Bee moves to TBS
NEW YORK (AP) ? The exodus continues at "The Daily Show," with TBS announcing Thursday that it is giving longtime correspondent Samantha Bee her own topical comedy show.
Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:43:08 -0500

U.S. Ryder changes a \'shrewd\' move, says Europe\'s McGinley

Team Europe golfers and captain Paul McGinley pose with the Ryder Cup after the closing ceremony of the 40th Ryder Cup at GleneaglesBy Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley said on Thursday he thought recent changes the struggling United States side has made in their approach to the premier match play team event were "shrewd" moves. A U.S. task force set up after the Americans were thrashed by 16-1/2 points to 11-1/2 by McGinley's Europeans last year in Scotland gave more input to players and installed a system patterned after the European model to nurture future captains. "I think it's a shrewd move," Irishman McGinley told Reuters after his address to the Leaders Sport Business Summit in New York. These guys are doing it well, what can we learn from them?'" McGinley said his own challenges as Ryder Cup captain were dealing with high expectations of being favorites, and allowing players to be individuals while at the same time bonding as a team.



Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:21:54 -0500

WGC Match-Play event will move to Texas in 2016

The World Golf Championships Match Play tournament will move to Austin, Texas, in 2016 and be played two weeks before next year's Masters, the International Federation of PGA Tours announcesThe World Golf Championships Match Play tournament will move to Austin, Texas, in 2016 and be played two weeks before next year's Masters, the International Federation of PGA Tours announced Tuesday. The WGC Match Play will also have a new sponsor starting next year in Dell, a computer technology company based in the Austin area. Instead of a strict knockout format as in years past, the Match-Play starting this year will feature 16 groups of four players based on seedings from world ranking.



Publ.Date : Tue, 03 Mar 2015 14:04:36 -0500

Selma\'s 50th anniversary brings comparisons to Ferguson

FILE - In this March 1965 file photo, Martin Luther King, center, leads a march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala. In early 1965, King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference began a series of marches as part of a push for black voting rights. (AP Photo/File)WASHINGTON (AP) ? They only lasted minutes, but the beatings of civil rights marchers in Selma, Alabama, permanently seared the inhumanity of Southern segregation onto the American conscience.



Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:45:20 -0500

Maker of device in \'superbug\' outbreak lacked FDA clearance
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The manufacturer of a medical instrument at the center of a recent "superbug" outbreak in Los Angeles did not receive federal clearance to sell an updated version the device, according to officials from the Food and Drug Administration.
Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:41:11 -0500

Dog\'s leg amputated after being shot, tied to train tracks
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) ? A dog that was tied to railroad tracks and shot was expected to survive after her leg was amputated Thursday.
Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:13:35 -0500

Manning reportedly set to return, take pay cut

Peyton Manning, who finished second in the league with 39 touchdown passes last year, has agreed to take a pay cut to return to the Denver BroncosFive-time NFL Most Valuable Player Peyton Manning will return for an 18th NFL season and has agreed to a $4 million paycut with the Denver Broncos, US media reported. The Denver Post and ESPN on Wednesday reported that Manning's pay will be cut from $19 million to $15 million. NFL.com reported Manning will still be able to earn the $4 million back in performance incentives. The Broncos are expected to make an official announcement of the deal on Thursday, once the 38-year-old Manning passes a medical exam.



Publ.Date : Wed, 04 Mar 2015 20:35:03 -0500

Upbeat McIlroy aims for Doral bounceback after missed cut

PGA: The Honda Classic-Second Round(Reuters) - A rare missed cut for Rory McIlroy at last week's Honda Classic was the result of a rusty game and windy conditions, said the world number one, who was in an upbeat mood for this week's WGC-Cadillac Championship in Miami. In three starts this year, McIlroy has also recorded a win at the European Tour's Dubai Desert Classic and a runner-up spot at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship and will be the top drawcard at the season's opening major, the Masters next month. "After coming off a three-week break, you never quite know how your game's going to be," the Northern Irishman told reporters at Trump National Doral on Wednesday about his missed cut at the Honda, his first since the Irish Open last June.



Publ.Date : Wed, 04 Mar 2015 15:41:32 -0500

Netanyahu\'s Iran speech gains tacit support in Saudi Arabia

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry walks with Saud bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia, before a visit with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud at Diriya Farm, on Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Diriya, Saudi Arabia. Kerry planned to meet with Arab Gulf state allies in Riyadh Thursday before sitting down with the foreign ministers of France, Britain, and Germany in Paris on Saturday to share the state of the Iran nuclear negotiations. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) ? Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's fiery speech this week before the U.S. Congress, in which he argued against an emerging nuclear deal with Iran, has received tacit support from an unlikely quarter -- Saudi Arabia.



Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:57:21 -0500

Cardinal Egan, retired NY archbishop, dies at age 82

FILE - This Feb. 21, 2013 file photo shows Edward Michael Egan, former archbishop of New York, during an interview in New York. Egan died, Thursday, March 5, 2015 of cardiac arrest in New York. He was 82. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) ? Cardinal Edward Egan, the former archbishop of New York who oversaw a broad and sometimes unpopular financial overhaul of the archdiocese and played a prominent role in the city after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, died Thursday. He was 82.



Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:52:57 -0500

Latest on Boston bombing trial: Dad of boy who died speaks

FILE - In this April 15, 2013, file photo, Emergency Medical Services EMT Paul Mitchell, left, Carlos Arredondo, center, and Devin Wang, rear, push Jeff Bauman in a wheelchair after he was injured in one of two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston. Bauman testified Thursday, March 5, 2015, in the federal death penalty trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Boston, charged with conspiring with his brother to place twin bombs near the finish line of the race, killing three and injuring 260 people. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)5 P.M.



Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:02:52 -0500

US Ryder Cup captain Love named President Cup aide

Davis Love (pictured), the 2016 US Ryder Cup captain, is named as an assistant to US captain Jay Haas for this year's Presidents Cup at Incheon, South KoreaDavis Love, the 2016 US Ryder Cup captain, was named Wednesday as an assistant to US captain Jay Haas for this year's Presidents Cup at Incheon, South Korea. The American squad has won its past five meetings with the Internationals team of non-European players and owns an 8-1-1 overall edge in the rivalry entering its first staging in Asia on October 8-11. Love was captain of the 2012 US Ryder Cup squad that suffered its greatest last-day collapse ever, allowing Europe to win the trophy at Medinah, but will have a chance at redemption in next year's Ryder Cup at Hazeltine. Love joins Fred Couples as an assistant to Haas.



Publ.Date : Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:25:33 -0500

Mission to find mummified body at Mexico\'s highest peak

Climbers reported seeing a frozen skull 310 meters from the peak of the 5,610-meter Pico de Orizaba, authorities saidMexican climbers embarked on an expedition on Thursday to recover a frozen, mummified body discovered near the peak of the country's highest mountain. The 12 local civil protection mountaineers left before dawn after climbers reported seeing a frozen skull 310 meters (1,000 feet) from the peak of the 5,610-meter Pico de Orizaba, authorities said.



Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:26:00 -0500

Kings name retired Serbian star Divac to exec job

Vlade Divac, a Serbian center who spent 16 seasons in the NBA, is named vice-president of basketball and franchise operations by the Sacramento KingsVlade Divac, a Serbian center who spent 16 seasons in the NBA, was named vice-president of basketball and franchise operations on Tuesday by the Sacramento Kings. The Kings, owned by Indian computer multi-millionaire businessman Vivek Ranadive, will look the 7-footer (2.16m) as an advisor to coaches and player evaluation contributor with duties helping the club's global branding efforts and pipeline to Europe's growing talent pool. Divac, who helped Yugoslavia win world titles in 1990 and 2002, spent eight seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, two with Charlotte and six with the Kings from 1998-2004 before retiring in 2005. The Kings need all the help they can get.



Publ.Date : Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:49:23 -0500

Westbrook explodes for fourth straight triple double

Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder, seen during a NBA game at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, on May 27, 2014Russell Westbrook finished with 49 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists and became the first player since Michael Jordan with four straight triple doubles as Oklahoma City beat Philadelphia 123-118 in overtime. Westbrook played with a clear plastic face mask in his return after missing the last Thunder game with a facial fracture that required surgery. "It is definitely a blessing," Westbrook said. Westbrook recorded his 10th assist on D.J. Augustin's three pointer, which came just under two minutes into overtime and gave the Thunder the lead for good.



Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 02:51:16 -0500

Fingerprints of ex-NFL star Hernandez, victim found on car

Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez looks at the prosecutor during his murder trial at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall RiverBy Daniel Lovering FALL RIVER, Massachusetts (Reuters) - A Massachusetts State Police trooper testified on Tuesday that he found the fingerprints of Aaron Hernandez, two friends and a man they allegedly killed on a car the former New England Patriots football player returned to a rental agency. David Mackin, a fingerprint analyst, said he found the fingerprints on a silver Nissan Altima that prosecutors say Hernandez was driving when he and two friends, Carlos Ortiz and Ernest Wallace, picked up semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd at his Boston home in the early hours of June 17, 2013.



Publ.Date : Tue, 03 Mar 2015 18:01:12 -0500

Price, Haas finalize assistants for Presidents Cup

Bill Haas gives his club to his brother and caddie Jay Haas Jr. after hitting from the seventh fairway during the final round of the Northern Trust Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles(Reuters) - The assistants for this year's Presidents Cup in South Korea were finalised on Wednesday with Internationals captain Nick Price opting for continuity and his United States counterpart Jay Haas turning to experience. Price, whose Internationals were beaten by 18-1/2 points to 15-1/2 at Muirfield Village in 2013, named fellow Zimbabweans Mark McNulty and Tony Johnstone as his assistants while Haas chose next year's U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III. McNulty and Johnstone, who both assisted Price at Muirfield Village, will join Korean K.J. Choi to complete the Internationals leadership team.



Publ.Date : Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:10:22 -0500

Rice details bruising career before declaring brain donation

Former Seattle Seahawks receiver Rice is helped by New York Giants punter Weatherford to sign over his brain post-mortem for medical research, at a news conference in New YorkBy Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - It was a long road to a shortened National Football League career for Sidney Rice, an All-Pro receiver who retired last July at age 27 due to fears about his long-term health after numerous concussions. "The first time I actually experienced a head trauma was when I was eight years old," Rice told Reuters after announcing on Tuesday he was donating his brain to medical research after his death.



Publ.Date : Tue, 03 Mar 2015 18:22:22 -0500

Allen says he won\'t join a team this season

Ray Allen takes a shot for the Miami Heat during a game on June 12, 2014 in Miami, FloridaRay Allen, who helped the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat win NBA titles, will not reunite with LeBron James in Cleveland, saying Wednesday he will sit out the current season. The 39-year-old guard, one of the NBA's all-time top shooters and the league's career 3-pointers leader, had hinted that he might sign as a free agent with a title contender.



Publ.Date : Wed, 04 Mar 2015 15:20:58 -0500

Singapore\'s rising mercury a challenge for Ko\'s hot streak

LPGA: Canadian Pacific Women's Open-First RoundBy Patrick Johnston SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore's steamy temperatures will be no less a challenge than the star-studded field at the HSBC Women's Champions for teenaged world number one Lydia Ko's bid for her third successive title. "At that time, I had glasses and the moment I opened the door and went out my glasses just fogged up straightaway," Ko told reporters on Wednesday. The Seoul-born Ko will look to make it three consecutive wins when she returns to Singapore for the LPGA tournament, which starts on Thursday and boasts a field that includes 19 of the top-20 women's golfers in the world.



Publ.Date : Wed, 04 Mar 2015 05:06:37 -0500

Harden-less Rockets grounded by Hawks late rally

Atlanta Hawks' Al Horford during a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Philips Arena on January 25, 2015Rallying from a 15-point deficit in the final 10 minutes, the Atlanta Hawks beat Houston 104-96, retaining the NBA's best record with their fifth victory in a row. Taking advantage of a Rockets' squad playing without suspended scoring leader James Harden, the Hawks had 25 points from Jeff Teague, 18 points from Al Horford and 16 points and 14 rebounds from Paul Millsap. The Rockets outplayed Atlanta for most of the first three quarters, leading by as many as 18 points despite lacking Harden's scoring touch as he served a one-game ban for kicking Cleveland superstar LeBron James in the groin in a Houston victory on Sunday.



Publ.Date : Wed, 04 Mar 2015 00:02:36 -0500

Report: Suicides by girls and young women continue to climb
NEW YORK (AP) ? Health officials say the suicide rate for girls and young women continues to rise, at a pace far faster than for young males.
Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:36:21 -0500

Record rise may never sink in, says teen golf star Ko

New Zealand's Lydia Ko hits a shot during the final round of the women's Australian Open in Melbourne on February 22, 2015Teenage sensation Lydia Ko said her record rise to world number one still hadn't sunk in and may never do as she heads into this week's HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore. Ko astounded the golf world last month by reaching number one at the age of just 17, the youngest by a male or female player and smashing the record set by Tiger Woods at 21. Ko, who has been in the spotlight since winning her first professional tournament at the age of just 14, a record at the time, said the bar had been set high for some years. Back-to-back wins at the Australian Open and New Zealand Open have lifted expectations still higher, but Ko will be against a strong line-up at Sentosa Golf Club.



Publ.Date : Wed, 04 Mar 2015 02:08:43 -0500

Delta plane slides off runway at snowy New York airport

Plane slides off runway at LaGuardiaBy Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Delta Air Lines Inc jetliner landing during a snowstorm at New York's LaGuardia Airport on Thursday slid off the runway and struck a fence before coming to rest at the edge of Flushing Bay, but there were no serious injuries. All 127 passengers and five crew members aboard were evacuated safely from the aircraft and moved to the airport terminal on buses, officials said. The incident occurred at about 11 a.m. EST (1600 GMT) as Delta flight 1086 was landing at LaGuardia after a morning flight from Atlanta.



Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:00:54 -0500

 

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