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Wife of Thunder assistant coach Williams dies after crash
The crash took place in the Oklahoma City area and Ingrid Williams, 44, succumbed to the injuries on Wednesday. Monty Williams is a former NBA player and well-regarded coach around the league who is an assistant for the USA Basketball program.
Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 00:57:19 -0500
Reavie leads at Pebble Beach as Spieth, Day battle
(Reuters) - American Chez Reavie rebounded superbly from missed cuts in his last two PGA Tour starts to fire an eight-under-par 63 and grab a one-shot lead in the opening round of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Thursday. While some of the biggest names in the game battled hard to post sub-par scores, Reavie covered his final nine holes in a sizzling seven-under 30 at Monterey Peninsula Country Club, the easiest of the three venues being used for this week's event.
Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 19:34:54 -0500
Thunder down Pelicans in Oklahoma
(The Sports Xchange) - Oklahoma City and New Orleans came into their matchup Thursday with heavy hearts. The death of Ingrid Williams, wife of Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams affected both franchises. Monty Williams was the Pelicans head coach before being fired last season and had been like a second mother to most of the current players.
Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 23:47:16 -0500
No mercy for Kobe in Cleveland farewell
LeBron James spoiled Kobe Bryant's Cleveland finale as the Cavaliers cruised past the Los Angeles Lakers in a victory overshadowed by an injury to Kevin Love. Kyrie Irving scored 35 points and James added 29 as the Cavs romped home 120-111 against the Lakers, before the Cleveland fans bade a fond farewell to the retiring Bryant.
Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 02:13:28 -0500
Golfers say Zika virus will not put them off their stroke at Rio Games
By Mark Lamport-Stokes and Matt Smith LOS ANGELES/DUBAI (Reuters) - Leading male golfers say they will not allow fears about the Zika virus keep them away from Brazil when their sport returns to the Olympics after an absence of more than a century. The spread of the mosquito-borne virus spread across Latin America has given some athletes preparing for the Games in Rio de Janeiro in August cause for concern. Kenya threatened on Tuesday to pull its elite runners and other athletes out unless it got assurances they would not be exposed to the virus outbreak in Brazil.
Publ.Date : Tue, 09 Feb 2016 10:01:25 -0500
Padres hire Nomo to bolster Pacific Rim presence
(Reuters) - The San Diego Padres have hired Japanese pitching pioneer Hideo Nomo as an advisor for baseball operations to strengthen their presence in the Pacific Rim, the National League franchise said on Thursday. The Padres already have four full-time scouts in the Pacific Rim and expect the 47-year-old Nomo to help them gain a stronger foothold in terms of finding talent in the region. "We are proud to welcome Hideo to the Padres organization," San Diego general manager A.J. Preller said in a statement.
Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:22:43 -0500
Harding leads Tshwane Open after first round
South Africa?s Justin Harding birdied five of his final eight holes to surge to the top of the leaderboard after the opening round of the European Tour?s Tshwane Open on Thursday. Harding, who missed the cut in his previous two European Tour tournaments in 2016, carded a seven under-par 63 and is one shot ahead of compatriot Michael Anthony (64). Home golfer Thesis Spangenberg, who only came through the qualifying tournament on Tuesday to take his place in the field, continued that form with a five under-par 65, despite a double-bogey on the 10th hole.
Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 11:22:10 -0500
Love injury overshadows Kobe\'s Cleveland farewell
Kevin Love departure in the final minute of the second quarter with a left shoulder injury marred the Cleveland Cavaliers' 120-111 victory over Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday. Guard Kyrie Irving scored a season-high 35 points and LeBron James had 29 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for the Cavaliers, who enter the All-Star break on a three-game winning streak and focused on the health of their power forward. Bryant's arm seemed to catch Love's shoulder when Love was backing him down on a shot in the post.
Publ.Date : Wed, 10 Feb 2016 23:06:57 -0500
NBA Heat\'s Whiteside banned one game for elbowing
Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside, the NBA's top shot blocker, has been suspended one game without pay for elbowing San Antonio Spurs center Boban Marjanovic, the league announced Thursday. Whiteside, who honed his game for two years in China and Lebanon, averages 3.9 blocks a game, ranks as the NBA's second-most accurate shooter by hitting 61.7 percent from the floor and is fifth in the league in rebounds with 11.0 a game. The 26-year-old American 7-footer (2.13m) was whistled for a flagrant 2 foul and ejected with 9:35 remaining in the fourth quarter of Tuesday's 119-101 Miami home loss to the Spurs.
Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 15:51:29 -0500
Caddies lose lawsuit vs. PGA Tour, ponder next step
(Reuters) - Professional caddies were scheduled to meet at Pebble Beach on Wednesday night and discuss whether to continue fighting the PGA Tour after losing a class action lawsuit contending they were forced to wear bibs featuring corporate logos that made them 'human billboards'. The lawsuit, filed just over a year ago in U.S. federal court in California, said the PGA Tour threatened to prevent the caddies from working at tournaments organized and promoted by the organization if they refused to wear the bibs. The lawsuit also claimed that the PGA Tour reaps more than $50 million annually from the endorsements, but the caddies receive no compensation.
Publ.Date : Wed, 10 Feb 2016 19:12:48 -0500
Judge dismisses caddies lawsuit against PGA Tour
A lawsuit filed by a group of caddies against the US PGA Tour for alleged mistreatment has been thrown out by a US District Court judge. A group that grew to 168 caddies filed the lawsuit last February in San Francisco, claiming they are walking billboards -- forced to wear bibs with sponsor logos without any proceeds from sponsor contracts that were estimated at $50 million a year. "Caddies have been required to wear the bibs for decades, so caddies know when they enter the profession that wearing a bib during tournaments is part of the job," Chhabria wrote.
Publ.Date : Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:37:36 -0500
University of Tennessee inaction led to sexual assaults: lawsuit
Filed in Nashville federal court by former students, all listed as Jane Does, the lawsuit said the university knew about and condoned a long-standing hostile environment that led to sexual assaults by male football and basketball players. The lawsuit comes as several incidents at U.S. colleges and universities, some involving athletes, have focused attention on the issue of sexual assault on campuses. According to the complaint, three rapes were committed by football players, one by a basketball player and one by a male student at a party where football players provided alcohol to underage drinkers.
Publ.Date : Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:59:02 -0500
Three-game ban upheld for NFL Bengals linebacker Burfict
Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict's lost his appeal on Thursday against a three-game suspension for violent play which included an incident that left an opponent concussed. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell banned Burfict for the Bengals' first three games next September after his actions in a playoff game last month against Pittsburgh, notably a severe blow to the head of Steelers receiver Antonio Brown that resulted in a concussion. NFL appeals officer Derrick Brooks, a retired Hall of Fame linebacker for Tampa Bay, upheld the suspension, which will cost Burfict $502,941 as he enters the third season of a four-year contract worth $20 million.
Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 15:25:31 -0500
Fargo officer just 2nd killed in line of duty
FARGO, N.D. (AP) ? A North Dakota police officer died Thursday of a gunshot wound suffered while responding to a domestic disturbance hours earlier, becoming just the second Fargo officer to die in the line of duty and the first in more than a century.
Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 23:01:15 -0500
Germany says time will tell if Syria deal successful
MUNICH (Reuters) - Germany's foreign minister said on Friday a deal between major powers to reduce violence in Syria could only be judged if it was successful in the coming days. "We will only be able to see whether this was a breakthrough in a few days," Frank-Walter Steinmeier told reporters. (Reporting By Shadia Nasralla; Editing by Sandra Maler)
Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:20:15 -0500
Japan stocks down 5.3 percent after Europe, US sell-off
Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 22:13:15 -0500
Hoosiers use late surge to upset No. 4 Hawkeyes 85-78
Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 23:30:26 -0500
Hollywood\'s gay pin-up Ellen Page plays it straight
Once it would have been career suicide, but Hollywood star Ellen Page is convinced that "the best decision I ever took" was to come out. The elfin actress, who made her name as a pregnant high school teen in the off-beat Canadian comedy "Juno", has not looked back since she went public two years ago and only to be later named the world's "sexiest celebrity vegetarian" alongside Jared Leto. In September she took another step into the light by walking the red carpet with her partner, artist and surfer Samantha Thomas, for the premiere of "Freeheld", which tells the true story of a lesbian couple in New Jersey fighting for equal pension rights as one of them dies of cancer.
Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 22:30:06 -0500
Syrian opposition says must see peace plan in action before political talks
MUNICH (Reuters) - Syria's main opposition group welcomed a plan agreed by major powers including Russia on Thursday to reach a truce in the war-torn country within a week and facilitate humanitarian aid reaching besieged Syrians, Salim al-Muslat told reporters. He cautioned, however, that the agreement must have shown effects before his group would join political talks with government representatives in Switzerland. "If we see action and implementation, we will see you very soon in Geneva," al-Muslat said. (Reporting By Shadia Nasralla; Editing by Sandra Maler)
Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:20:15 -0500
Seoul cuts off power supplies to factory park in North Korea
PAJU, South Korea (AP) ? South Korea has cut off power and water supplies to a factory park in North Korea, officials said Friday, a day after the North deported all South Korean workers there and ordered a military takeover of the complex that had been the last major symbol of cooperation between the rivals.
Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 23:02:52 -0500
South Korea, U.S. to discuss missile defense; South cuts power to Kaesong park
By Jack Kim and Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea will begin talks with Washington as early as next week on deploying an advanced U.S. missile defense system following North Korea's rocket launch, an official said on Friday, as Seoul cut power to a factory park run jointly with the North. The discussions would focus on placing one Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) unit with the U.S. military in South Korea after the North's launch last weekend, a South Korean defense official told Reuters on condition of anonymity. South Korea on Wednesday suspended operations at the Kaesong industrial zone as punishment for the rocket launch and a nuclear test last month.
Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 23:34:32 -0500
CIA director says IS group has used, can make chem weapons
CIA director John Brennan has said that Islamic State fighters have used chemical weapons and have the capability to make small quantities of chlorine and mustard gas, CBS News reported. "We have a number of instances where ISIL has used chemical munitions on the battlefield," Brennan told CBS News, which released excerpts of an interview to air in full on the "60 Minutes" news program on Sunday. The network added that he told "60 Minutes" the CIA believes that the IS group has the ability to make small amounts of mustard or chlorine gas for weapons.
Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 23:57:51 -0500
South Africa revives \'extinct\' zebra subspecies
In a spectacular valley less than two hours' drive north of Cape Town, a small herd of animals provides the chance to travel back in time over more than a century. The animals roaming over a wide plain encased by jagged mountain ranges look like quaggas, a subspecies of the plains zebra -- but quaggas are extinct. Now, a small group of scientists and conservationists believe they have recreated the quagga, which is distinct from other zebra mainly through the lack of the characteristic black and white stripes on its hindquarters.
Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 23:39:43 -0500
Three dead in Venezuela after contracting Zika: Maduro
Three people have died in Venezuela from complications linked to Zika, President Nicolas Maduro said -- the first fatalities reported in the country in connection with the mosquito-borne virus. Maduro said 68 patients with complications "have been in intensive care," adding that the country had the necessary drugs to treat them. Without providing any details, he said that 5,221 suspected cases of Zika had been reported from November 5 until February 8.
Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 23:27:54 -0500
NY cop found guilty in 2014 fatal shooting of unarmed black man
A jury has found a rookie New York police officer guilty of manslaughter in the 2014 fatal shooting of an unarmed black man -- an incident that fueled US protests against police tactics. Peter Liang now faces up to 15 years in prison for the death of Akai Gurley, a 28-year-old father who was struck in the chest by a bullet that ricocheted off the wall in the stairwell of a Brooklyn public housing project. The jury found 28-year-old Liang guilty of second-degree manslaughter and official misconduct after a two-week trial in Brooklyn, prosecutors said.
Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 22:36:05 -0500
Ovechkin hat trick gives Capitals 4-3 road win against Wild
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) ? Scoring more than 500 goals in the NHL hasn't come without Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin being opportunistic. Thursday night was another example of being in the right place at the right time ? with an unrivaled scoring touch.
Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:21:59 -0500
Ohio police kill man they say injured 4 with machete
Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 23:50:57 -0500
FIFA candidates head to Miami to meet CONCACAF in crisis
Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 23:07:00 -0500
NY to require manufacturers to pay for fouled water cleanup
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) ? Two industrial companies will be held liable for the cleanup of a toxic chemical that found its way into an upstate New York village's drinking water, the acting state environmental commissioner said Thursday.
Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 22:13:55 -0500
Kerry says \'cessation of hostilities\' in Syria agreed
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that an international meeting on the Syria crisis had agreed to implement a "cessation of hostilities" in Syria and to immediately expand delivery of humanitarian aid. Kerry, speaking after marathon talks that included Russia and more than a dozen other countries, said that all nations involved in the talks agreed that Syrian peace negotiations should resume in Geneva as soon as possible. Kerry, flanked by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura, acknowledged that the Munich meeting produced commitments on paper only.
Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:20:15 -0500
Replay officials could have more say in targeting penalties
Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:00:02 -0500
Nadal returns with a win in Buenos Aires
Rafael Nadal returned to action for the first time since his shock first-round exit from the Australian Open with a straight-sets win over Juan Monaco in the ATP Argentina Open. Defending Buenos Aires champion Nadal wasn't his sharpest self in the rematch of last year's final. Monaco hadn't played a tournament since having right wrist surgery last August.
Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 22:35:09 -0500
Moustakas, Royals agree to $14.3 million, 2-year contract
Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 22:19:04 -0500
Clinton slams unrealistic Sanders \'promises\' in debate
Two days after her humiliating New Hampshire defeat, White House hopeful Hillary Clinton sought to regain the upper hand against her Democratic rival Bernie Sanders in Thursday's debate, denouncing the senator's proposals as unrealistic and costly. With Clinton nursing her wounds, the former secretary of state is keen to put the recent contests behind her and strike a new path as the campaign moves to Nevada and South Carolina, where Hispanics and African-Americans play key roles in the nomination battle. "Based on every analysis that I can find by people who are sympathetic to the goal, the numbers don't add up and many people will be worse off than they are right now," Clinton said.
Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 23:57:01 -0500
Punch, counterpunch: GOP hopefuls bare knuckles in Carolina
Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:03:21 -0500
The Latest: Clinton, Sanders wrap up Milwaukee debate
Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 23:08:42 -0500
Fear pervasive after Mexican prison riot that killed 49
MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) ? A prison riot that left 49 inmates hacked, beaten or burned to death opened searing questions about gang rule, extortion and human rights violations in Mexico's overcrowded prisons, where people merely awaiting trial are mixed in with some of the world's most hardened killers.
Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:14:40 -0500
Jury rules against Montana woman\'s wrongful-birth lawsuit
Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 23:55:10 -0500
Erdogan threatens to send refugees to EU as NATO steps in
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to send the millions of refugees in Turkey to EU member states, as NATO pledged to deploy ships to the Aegean Sea to ease the migrant crisis. Erdogan stepped up his denunciations of Western policy on migrants in a speech in Ankara, confirming he had threatened EU leaders at a summit meeting in November that Turkey could say "goodbye" to the refugees. Alarm is growing in EU capitals that thousands of migrants are still crossing the Aegean daily from Turkey after over a million made the perilous journey last year.
Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 22:47:37 -0500
NYC officer convicted of manslaughter in stairwell shooting
NEW YORK (AP) ? A rookie police officer who shot an unarmed man dead in a darkened public housing stairwell was convicted Thursday of manslaughter in a case closely watched by advocates for police accountability.
Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 22:10:21 -0500
Russia\'s Lavrov: Cessation of Syria hostilities \'difficult\'
MUNICH (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday following an international meeting on the Syria crisis that peace talks should resume in Geneva as soon as possible, and that all opposition groups should participate. Speaking after marathon talks that included more than a dozen other countries, Lavrov also said that halting hostilities in Syria would be a difficult task. (Reporting by Denis Dyomkin; Writinb by Eric Walsh)
Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:20:15 -0500
Asian markets battered as Tokyo tanks again
A more than five percent plunge in Tokyo led another Asian rout Friday, bringing to an end one of the most painful weeks for investors as fears about the global economy -- and possible recession -- stalk trading floors. The steep losses in Japan came as the yen pushed to more than 16-month highs against the dollar and dealers continued a flight to safe havens. The measure -- effectively charging lenders to park cash with it -- follows similar moves by the European Central bank and Switzerland.
Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 22:28:08 -0500
Major powers agree to plan for \'cessation of hostilities\' in Syria
By John Irish and Warren Strobel MUNICH (Reuters) - Major powers agreed on Friday to a cessation of hostilities in Syria set to begin in a week and to provide rapid humanitarian access to besieged Syrian towns, but failed to secure a complete ceasefire or an end to Russian bombing. Following a marathon meeting in Munich aimed at resurrecting peace talks that collapsed last week, the powers, including the United States, Russia and more than a dozen other nations, reaffirmed their commitment to a political transition when conditions on the ground improved. At a news conference, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged the Munich meeting produced commitments on paper only.
Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:20:15 -0500
Obama: \'strange things\' happen when voters are scared
ATHERTON, Calif. (AP) ? President Barack Obama said Thursday that "strange things" can happen in politics when voters are scared and that the angst people are feeling across the country is finding voice in both the Republican and Democratic parties.
Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 23:06:58 -0500
California gas leak under control
A massive gas leak near Los Angeles that forced thousands from their homes for months was brought under control, a utility official said. The methane leak, the biggest in California's history, has been deemed an environmental disaster by several outside experts. More than 4,500 families living in the affluent Porter Ranch area were forced to relocate after the leak was detected in October as residents reported getting ill from the noxious fumes spewing out of a damaged pipe.
Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 22:22:19 -0500
Teen who killed 5 family members to be sentenced as juvenile
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) ? A judge cleared the way Thursday for a New Mexico teenager who shot and killed his parents and three younger siblings to be sentenced as a juvenile and released from state custody by the time he turns 21 after the teen's attorneys argued he could be psychologically rehabilitated.
Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:12:13 -0500
Debate Takeaways: Clinton, Sanders appeal to SC, Nevada
MILWAUKEE (AP) ? In the first Democratic presidential debate since Bernie Sanders' sweeping victory in New Hampshire's primary, the Vermont senator sought to build upon success and introduce himself to voters who may be open to an alternative to Iowa caucuses winner Hillary Clinton.
Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 23:30:47 -0500
Eaves gets hat trick as Stars beat Blackhawks 4-2
Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:11:05 -0500
Clinton and Sanders battle in debate over healthcare, Wall Street ties
By John Whitesides MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders battled over healthcare and Wall Street in a debate on Thursday, with Clinton accusing Sanders of misleading Americans on his healthcare plan and making promises "that cannot be kept." In a sixth presidential debate that featured several sharp exchanges but a more sedate tone than their last meeting, Clinton said Sanders' proposal for a single-payer, Medicare-for-all healthcare plan would mean dismantling Obamacare and triggering another intense political struggle. "Based on every analysis I can find by people who are sympathetic to the goal, the numbers don?t add up," Clinton told Sanders.
Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 22:45:41 -0500
Venezuela says 3 dead from Zika complications
Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 23:52:06 -0500
South Korea, U.S. to discuss advanced missile defense system as early as next week
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean and U.S. officials will begin talks as early as next week on the deployment of an advanced missile defense system to the U.S. military in the South, a South Korean defense ministry official said on Friday. The South earlier this week announced it would initiate discussions on a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) unit after a long-range rocket launch by North Korea, which Seoul and Washington said violated U.N. Security Council resolutions. (Reporting by Jack Kim and Ju-min Park; Editing by Dean Yates)
Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 22:10:53 -0500
Mitchell\'s 22 lead No. 2 South Carolina to 86-71 win
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) ? The sting of losing to UConn hasn't disappeared. Dawn Staley, though, was happy to see No. 2 South Carolina get back on track with an 86-71 victory over No. 16 Florida on Thursday night.
Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 22:39:53 -0500
Thunder beat Pelicans; teams mourn Ingrid Williams\' death
Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:09:22 -0500