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Conflicting portraits of NBA ex-owner Donald Sterling emerge as trial ends

Companion of ex-NBA Clippers owner Donald Sterling, V. Stiviano, walks out of the courthouse in Los AngelesBy Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The woman behind the downfall of former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling painted conflicting portraits of him in court on Friday, calling him a kind, generous mentor and father figure to her but a mean-spirited "con artist" and bigot toward others. V. Stiviano, 32, also testified that the 80-year-old billionaire real estate mogul spent far more time with her and her relatives during her 2-1/2 years as his personal assistant, driver and confidante than he did with his own wife and children. Stiviano took the witness stand for a second day in Los Angeles Superior Court during the trial of a lawsuit brought by Sterling's wife seeking return of community marital assets she claims her husband gave Stiviano without her consent. Shelly Sterling's lawyers asked the judge to grant her title to a $1.8 million house her husband had bought for Stiviano, plus more than $1 million in cash they said he lavished on Stiviano for living expenses, credit-card purchases and three luxury cars.



Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Mar 2015 20:08:55 -0400

Murder trial of ex-NFL player to resume after bomb threat lifted
FALL RIVER, Massachusetts (Reuters) - Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Massachusetts, lifted an earlier bomb threat and will resume the murder trial of former NFL player Aaron Hernandez at 2pm ET, a court security official said. The courthouse was evacuated at around noon after someone called in a bomb threat. (Reporting by Daniel Lovering, writing by Richard Valdmanis)
Publ.Date : Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:43:50 -0400

Golf-Lee Mi-rim motors one ahead at Kia Classic
South Korean Lee Mi-rim picked off seven birdies to take a one-shot lead with a seven-under-par 65 in the opening round of the Kia Classic in southern California on Thursday. Lee took advantage of ideal afternoon conditions to head Yani Tseng of Taiwan by one stroke at the Aviara course in Carlsbad, while New Zealand's world number one Lydia Ko and Australian Karrie Webb were among a group on 67. Lee, 24, won twice in her rookie season on the LPGA circuit last year, and has already recorded a runner-up finish this season. Korean-born players have dominated the LPGA this year, winning all six tournaments.
Publ.Date : Thu, 26 Mar 2015 21:57:29 -0400

Tiger Woods launches scholarship fund for Sifford

Tiger Woods (pictured) makes a $10,000 donation to launch a scholarship fund at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in tribute to Charlie Sifford, who broke the US PGA Tour color barrierTiger Woods has made a $10,000 donation to launch a scholarship fund at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in tribute to Charlie Sifford, who broke the US PGA Tour color barrier. Sifford, who died last month at age 92, was an African-American golf pioneer who joined the PGA Tour in 1961 after twice playing in the US Open. Woods, a former world number one who has won 14 major titles, credits Sifford with paving the way for his career. Woods' gift will launch the Sifford Fund, to create need-based scholarships to "students who demonstrate a passion for the game of golf... and who are from populations underrepresented in the golf industry," according to a posting on the school's website.



Publ.Date : Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:49:16 -0400

Pressel joins Lee atop LPGA leaderboard

Morgan Pressel tees off during Round Two of the LPGA KIA Classic at the Aviara Golf Club on March 27, 2015 in Carlsbad, CaliforniaMorgan Pressel fired a record-equalling eight-under par 64 to join Lee Mi-Rim atop the leaderboard after two rounds of the LPGA Kia Classic. America's Pressel had eight birdies with no bogeys in a round that matched the course record at Aviara Golf Club. Her 10-under par total of 134 tied her for the halfway lead with South Korea's overnight leader Lee, who signed for a second-round 69 that included six birdies and three bogeys. They were one stroke in front of Americans Alison Lee, who climbed up the leaderboard with a 66, and Cristie Kerr, who carded a 68.



Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 01:42:56 -0400

Flawless Lee Mi-Rim grabs LPGA Kia Classic lead

Lee Mi-Rim of South Korea, seen in action during a golf tournament in Incheon, on October 17, 2014South Korea's Lee Mi-Rim had seven birdies without a bogey in a seven-under par 65 to take a one-shot lead in the LPGA Kia Classic. Lee, who missed the course record at Aviara Golf Club by one stroke, on Thursday birdied all four of the par-five holes, taking the lead with an eight-foot birdie putt at her 14th hole of the day -- the par-five fifth and adding one more birdie at the eighth. "My long game didn't feel good, my swing didn't feel good, but I made a lot of putts," said Lee, winner of two LPGA titles last year who had a one-stroke lead over former world number one Tseng Ya-ni of Taiwan. Tseng, chasing her first LPGA victory since a 2012 win in nearby La Costa, capped her 66 with a four-foot birdie at 18.



Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:48:20 -0400

Golf-Woods skips Houston Open as Masters doubts spiral
By Mark Lamport-Stokes March 27 (Reuters) - As speculation mounts over whether Tiger Woods will compete at the Masters, the former world number one has spurned the chance to play in next week's Houston Open, the final PGA Tour event before the year's first major. Woods' name was conspicuously absent when the list of players for the April 2-5 Houston event was posted on Friday. Should Woods decide to tee it up at the Masters, which starts on April 9, he would do so after not competing for 63 days. A four-time Masters champion whose ranking has plummeted to 96th, Woods has played only twice on the 2014-15 PGA Tour and said he would not return until his game was "tournament-ready".
Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Mar 2015 19:36:06 -0400

Hawks clinch top seed in East with win over Heat

DeMarre Carroll of the Atlanta Hawks drives against Henry Walker of the Miami Heat at Philips Arena on March 27, 2015 in Atlanta, GeorgiaDeMarre Carroll scored 24 points, Paul Millsap had 21 and the Atlanta Hawks clinched the top seed in the NBA's Eastern Conference with a 99-86 win over Miami on Friday. Al Horford added 15 points and Dennis Schroder had 12 points and 11 assists for Atlanta, who have bounced back from a three-game losing streak with two straight victories. The Hawks had already secured the Southeast Division title.



Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 01:16:55 -0400

Raptors book playoff berth despite loss to Bulls

Jimmy Butler, pictured last month, making his second start since missing 11 games with an elbow injury, had 23 points as the Chicago Bulls strengthened their grip on the NBA's Eastern Conference third seed with a 116-103 triumph over TorontoThe Chicago Bulls strengthened their grip on the NBA's Eastern Conference third seed with a 116-103 come-from-behind triumph over Toronto, who nevertheless secured their own playoff berth. Jimmy Butler, making his second start since missing 11 games with an elbow injury, had 23 points, Pau Gasol scored 18 and the Bulls rallied in the fourth quarter, sweeping the season series between the two teams. Chicago, who clinched a playoff berth for the seventh consecutive year with Monday's win over Charlotte, outscored Toronto 39-21 in the fourth quarter.



Publ.Date : Thu, 26 Mar 2015 01:54:06 -0400

McDowell pulls out of Texas Open with Masters in mind

PGA: The Honda Classic-Second Round(Reuters) - With next month's Masters in mind, Graeme McDowell withdrew from the opening round of the Texas Open in San Antonio after nine holes on Thursday because of a nagging left ankle injury. The Northern Irishman was five over par after battling strong gusting winds at the TPC San Antonio when he told his playing partners Dustin Johnson and Jim Furyk that he was pulling out of the PGA Tour event. "Apologies to everyone at @valerotxopen for my withdrawal," McDowell, whose only major victory came at the 2010 U.S. Open, tweeted.



Publ.Date : Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:30:52 -0400

Rockets nab playoff berth with win over Timberwolves

James Harden (R) and Dwight Howard of the Houston Rockets walk off the court during their game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Toyota Center on March 27, 2015 in Houston, TexasThe Houston Rockets secured their third straight NBA post-season berth with a 120-110 victory over Minnesota. Houston drained a season-high 20 three-point shots, led by James Harden's six and Jason Terry's five. "The guy has been there all season long," Timberwolves veteran Chase Budinger said of Harden.



Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 01:15:35 -0400

Labor unions, developers reach agreement on Los Angeles-area NFL stadium
(Reuters) - Labor leaders said on Thursday they had reached an agreement with developers of a proposed Los Angeles-area stadium project, which is backed by the billionaire owner of the St. Louis Rams, that could become home for an NFL team. The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor said in a statement it was excited about the 80,000-seat stadium project proposed for suburban Inglewood, now that its member unions have reached the jobs agreement. "The promise of good jobs - both for the project's construction and for ongoing operations - is now a guarantee," LA County Federation of Labor Executive Secretary Rusty Hicks said in a statement. The Inglewood City Council has unanimously approved the stadium, which includes Rams owner Stan Kroenke as a developer.
Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Mar 2015 02:12:49 -0400

Seattle pitching prospect Rollins banned for 80 games
(Reuters) - Seattle Mariners pitching prospect David Rollins was handed an 80-game suspension after testing positive for the banned performance-enhancing drug Stanozolol, Major League Baseball announced on Friday. Rollins, a Rule 5 Draft pick selected out of the Astros organization, had pitched well in spring training and was considered likely to make the team?s bullpen after yielding one run in eight innings with seven strikeouts and no walks. We will continue to work with him to get past this situation,? Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said in a statement.
Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:14:08 -0400

Minnesota college cancels baseball season following hazing probe
(Reuters) - St. Olaf College in Minnesota has canceled the remainder of its baseball season following an investigation of hazing committed by players on the team, education officials said on Friday. The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, a NCAA Division III league comprised of 13 private undergraduate colleges in the state, said in a statement that St. Olaf President David Anderson made the announcement on Friday. "The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference is saddened by the events that led to the cancellation of the St. Olaf College baseball season, but commends the institution's administration for its swift and decisive action," MIAC Executive Director Dan McKane said in the statement. Representatives for St. Olaf, the Northfield liberal arts school some 40 miles (64 km) south of Minneapolis, could not be immediately reached on Friday night.
Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:45:52 -0400

Ramsay joins leaders in Agadir

Richie Ramsay hit a best-of-the-day 66 to join a four-way tie at the halfway stage of the Trophee Hassan II in MoroccoRichie Ramsay hit a best-of-the-day 66 to join a four-way tie at the halfway stage of the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco on Friday. The 31-year-old Scot produced six birdies to add to his first round 72 to join Australia's Richard Green, Spain's Rafael Cabrera-Bello and Welshman Oliver Farr on six-under-par 138 at Golf du Palais Royal. Earlier Cabrera-Bello had fired five birdies for two bogeys in a round of 69, one better than Green's second-round effort. South Africa's George Coetzee and England's Tommy Fleetwood are still in contention to secure a place in the Masters as Andy Sullivan, Alexander Levy, Marcel Siem and Ross Fisher all missed out in Morocco.



Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Mar 2015 19:32:20 -0400

Walker surges one ahead in San Antonio

PGA: Northern Trust Open-Second Round(Reuters) - American Jimmy Walker took advantage of greatly improved weather conditions at his home tournament to seize an early one-shot lead in the second round of the Texas Open in sunny San Antonio on Friday. The 36-year-old fired a sparkling five-under-par 67 on a challenging layout at the TPC San Antonio with three consecutive birdies in his last four holes. Walker, who clinched his fourth PGA Tour victory at the Sony Open in January, picked up shots at the sixth, seventh and eighth before ending his round with a comfortable par at the ninth to post a six-under total of 138. Australian Aaron Baddeley (71) and American Charley Hoffman (72) were tied at five under, a stroke better than world number six Jordan Spieth (69) and fellow American Kevin Na (68).



Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Mar 2015 20:14:13 -0400

Woman behind NBA ex-owner Donald Sterling\'s downfall denies they had romance

Companion of ex-NBA Clippers owner Donald Sterling, V. Stiviano, walks out of the courthouse in Los AngelesBy Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The woman whose recording of former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling making racist remarks that cost him his NBA franchise testified in court on Thursday that she loved him but insisted again that they never had a romantic relationship. V. Stiviano, 32, described herself instead as a onetime confidante, personal assistant and platonic companion of the 80-year-old billionaire real estate mogul, who she said chose to give her large sums of money and expensive gifts as gestures of his love and appreciation. Stiviano was called to the witness stand in Los Angeles Superior Court on the second day of the non-jury trial of a lawsuit brought by Sterling's wife, Shelly, seeking the return of more than $3.6 million in joint marital assets she claims her husband was swindled into furnishing Stiviano without her permission. A forensic accountant called as an expert witness by the plaintiffs testified that gifts from Donald Sterling to Stiviano included a $1.8 million duplex in Los Angeles, $1.2 million in cash payments and several luxury cars.



Publ.Date : Thu, 26 Mar 2015 21:28:49 -0400

Woman behind NBA ex-owner Donald Sterling\'s downfall paints two portraits of him

Companion of ex-NBA Clippers owner Donald Sterling, V. Stiviano, walks out of the courthouse in Los AngelesBy Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The woman behind the downfall of former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling painted two conflicting portraits of him in court on Friday, saying he was a kind, generous mentor and father figure to her but was mean-spirited to others. V. Stiviano, 32, also testified that the 80-year-old billionaire real estate mogul spent far more time with her and members of her family during the two and a half years she spent as his personal assistant, driver and confidante than he did with his own wife and children. Stiviano took the witness stand for a second day in Los Angeles Superior Court during the non-jury trial of a lawsuit brought by Sterling's wife. The suit seeks the return of more than $3.6 million in community marital assets that Shelly Sterling claims her husband gave Stiviano without her consent.



Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:53:39 -0400

New law could hit visitors to Final Four

Officials of the NCAA tournament, better known in America as "March Madness", are concerned following the enactment of a law in Indiana that could let businesses discriminate against gay couples, ahead of the "Final Four" in IndianapolisAn Indiana law enacted Thursday that could let businesses discriminate against gay couples has the US national college basketball tournament organizers concerned ahead of next week's "Final Four" in Indianapolis. Indiana governor Mike Pence signed a religious freedom bill that would banish any laws that prevent people, clubs and businesses in the state from following their religious beliefs. The law opens the door for Indiana business owners to refuse service to same-sex couples. Such possible discriminatory measures against gay visitors for next week's men's basketball semi-final games worry Mark Emmert, president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, which is also based in Indianapolis.



Publ.Date : Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:04:13 -0400

NFL eyes Germany, Mexico games, more in London

Ahmad Brooks of the San Francisco 49ers (R) tackles Kyle Orton of the Denver Broncos (C) during their NFL International series game at Wembley Stadium in London on October 31, 2010National Football League officials are looking at staging regular-season games in Germany and Mexico and adding more games in London in a bid to boost global growth. According to a posting on the NFL's website, the league is building the roots of a season-ticket fan base in London with an eye to going from three to four Wembley Stadium games next year and targeting 2017 for games in Germany and Mexico. Mark Waller, NFL International executive vice president, said the league likely would have staged four regular season games in London this year were it not for England hosting the Rugby World Cup in September and October, the first two months of the NFL season.



Publ.Date : Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:49:36 -0400

Late U.S. basketball coach Dean Smith\'s final task for players: Dinner on me

DEAN SMITH LISTENS AS ROY WILLIAMS ADDRESSES THE MEDIA.(Reuters) - The late Dean Smith had one final task for those who played for him during his 36 years as basketball coach at the University of North Carolina: Go out for dinner on him. Smith, a Hall of Fame coach who died last month at age 83, directed his trust in his will to give $200 to every person who won an athletic "letter" for achievement, about 180 in total. Each player received a letter from Smith's trustee, Tim Breedlove, saying in part: "Enjoy a dinner out compliments of Coach Dean Smith." "It was indicative of the man Dean Smith was," Breedlove told Reuters on Thursday. "It's one more example of his thoughtfulness." Smith was the head coach at North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1961 to 1997, compiling a record of 879-254.



Publ.Date : Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:25:08 -0400

Alex Rodriguez\'s cousin pleads guilty in U.S. baseball doping scandal
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A cousin of Alex Rodriguez pleaded guilty in Miami federal court on Friday to conspiring to distribute performance-enhancing drugs, after playing a prominent role in linking the New York Yankees slugger to baseball's doping scandal. Yuri Sucart, 52, was arrested in August, along with the owner of a Florida anti-aging clinic that supplied testosterone-filled syringes and other performance-enhancing drugs to some of Major League Baseball's leading stars. Under his plea deal, prosecutors agreed to seek eight months prison time for Sucart, said his attorney, Edward O'Donnell. Rodriguez, one of baseball's best-paid players, gave Sucart nearly $1 million in 2013, according to court records, after Sucart threatened to expose himself as the player's ?steroid mule.? After being suspended for the entire 2014 season over the doping scandal, Rodriguez returned to the field for the Yankees for spring training in Tampa, Florida.
Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:19:54 -0400

80-game doping ban for Mariners pitcher Rollins

Seattle Mariners pitcher David Rollins, pictured here against the Oakland Athletics on March 12, 2015 in Mesa, Arizona, was handed an 80-game Major League Baseball ban for dopingLeft-handed hurler David Rollins won't start the season in the Seattle Mariners bullpen after he was handed an 80-game Major League Baseball ban for doping. Rollins, 25, was vying in Spring Training for a spot on the Mariners' opening day roster. Major League Baseball said Rollins, who was acquired from the Astros in December's rule 5 draft of professional players, tested positive for the anabolic steroid stanozolol.



Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Mar 2015 19:26:14 -0400

Pressel ties course record, co-leader at Kia
(Reuters) - American Morgan Pressel is threatening to end South Korean born-golfers' domination of the early LPGA season after firing an eight-under-par 64 on Friday to tie for the second round lead of the Kia Classic in southern California. Pressel, who tied the course record, joins South Korean Lee Mi-rim at 10-under-par. South Korea-born players have won all six of the LPGA?s tournaments so far this year, but Pressel is looking to bring that run to an end and earn her first victory since 2008. ?It was kind of stress-free golf out there today,? Pressel told reporters.
Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Mar 2015 23:30:36 -0400

Thunder star Durant needs season-ending op

Reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant needs more surgery on his right foot and will miss the rest of the season, the Oklahoma City Thunder saysReigning NBA Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant needs more surgery on his right foot and will miss the rest of the season, the Oklahoma City Thunder said Friday. Durant, who hasn't played since February 19, will undergo a bone graft that will sideline him a further six months. "While the majority of the soreness in Kevin's foot was related to continued inflammation of the cuboid bone and would subside with rest, the evaluation process also determined that the Jones fracture of the fifth metatarsal, which had shown significant healing previously, was now demonstrating signs of regression," Thunder general manager Sam Presti in a statement. Presti said the bone graft surgery would take place early next week in New York and was aimed at securing Durant's long-term fitness.



Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:19:25 -0400

Late starter Hoffman moves one ahead at Texas Open

PGA: Valero Texas Open-First Round(Reuters) - American Charley Hoffman, bidding for a fourth PGA Tour victory, took advantage of a favorable afternoon start to seize a one-stroke lead in the opening round of the Texas Open in sunny San Antonio on Thursday. With conditions a little easier in the afternoon after the morning field had struggled in strong gusting winds, Hoffman fired a flawless five-under-par 67 on the challenging layout at the TPC San Antonio. Australian Aaron Baddeley, helped by an extraordinary birdie at the par-four 17th, opened with a 68 and American Max Homa with a 69 as only 12 players ended a testing day under par, all of them benefiting from afternoon tee times. Five-times major winner Phil Mickelson and fellow American Ryan Palmer returned 70s but U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer of Germany ballooned to an 82 after having to contend with morning winds that gusted up to 40 mph (64 kph).



Publ.Date : Thu, 26 Mar 2015 22:07:23 -0400

Walker seizes Texas Open lead

Jimmy Walker lines up a putt on the eighth hole during round two of the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio AT&T Oaks Course on March 27, 2015 in San Antonio, TexasLocal favorite Jimmy Walker fired a five-under-par 67 to take a one-stroke lead at the halfway stage of the US PGA Tour's Texas Open. Walker's six-under-par total of 138 put him one in front of overnight leader Charley Hoffman, who posted an even-par 72 and was joined on 139 by Australian Aaron Baddeley, who shot a 71. It was a further stroke back to another Texan, Jordan Spieth, who carded a 69 and was tied on 140 with Kevin Na, who shot a 68. Walker, pleased to be playing in front of family and friends, took advantage of improved weather to grab two birdies in his first five holes before his only bogey of the day, at the par-four 17th.



Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Mar 2015 22:29:02 -0400

Thunder\'s Durant needs surgery, out for season

NBA: Dallas Mavericks at Oklahoma City Thunder(Reuters) - Kevin Durant, the NBA's reigning most valuable player, will miss the rest of the season as he needs another foot surgery, dealing a blow to the Oklahoma City Thunder's playoff hopes, the team said on Friday. The six-time All-Star will have surgery on his ailing right foot next week and is expected to return to basketball activities in four to six months, according to the Thunder. His loss is a massive blow for a Thunder team hanging onto the final playoff seed in the Western Conference, three games ahead of ninth-place Phoenix, with 10 games to play. "The bone graft is the standard procedure for the five to eight percent of Jones fracture surgeries that do not initially have success or experience setbacks sometime within the recovery period," the Thunder said in a statement.



Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:26:13 -0400

Woods skips Houston Open as Masters doubts spiral

PGA: Farmers Insurance Open-First RoundBy Mark Lamport-Stokes (Reuters) - As speculation mounts over whether Tiger Woods will compete at the Masters, the former world number one has spurned the chance to play in next week's Houston Open, the final PGA Tour event before the year's first major. Woods' name was conspicuously absent when the list of players for the April 2-5 Houston event was posted on Friday. Should Woods decide to tee it up at the Masters, which starts on April 9, he would do so after not competing for 63 days. A four-time Masters champion whose ranking has plummeted to 96th, Woods has played only twice on the 2014-15 PGA Tour and said he would not return until his game was "tournament-ready".



Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Mar 2015 19:39:28 -0400

Ex-NFL star\'s fiancee: he told me he didn\'t kill Lloyd

Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez looks back at the gallery during his murder trial at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall RiverBy Daniel Lovering FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) - Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez's fiancee said on Friday that he told her he did not murder the man he is charged with fatally shooting at an industrial park near their Massachusetts home in June 2013. Shayanna Jenkins, 25, who was granted immunity after charges she initially lied to a grand jury investigating the case, told the judge and lawyers during a session without the jury present that she had spoken with Hernandez after she found out about the murder of semiprofessional football player Odin Lloyd. "He said 'no.'" Hernandez, a former New England Patriots tight end, is on trial for fatally shooting Lloyd, who was dating Jenkins' sister, Shaneah. Hernandez, who has pleaded not guilty, faces a maximum penalty of life in prison if convicted.



Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:09:41 -0400

Highlights of Thursday\'s NBA game

NBA: Indiana Pacers at Milwaukee Bucks(The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Thursday's National Basketball Association game: - - - Bucks 111, Pacers 107 Ersan Ilyasova set a career high with 34 points as the Milwaukee Bucks won consecutive games for the first time in more than a month with a 111-107 victory over the Indiana Pacers in the only game on the NBA schedule. Ilyasova, who connected with five three-pointers, made 12 of 14 shots from the field and also had six rebounds, two assists and two steals. ...



Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:06:30 -0400

Lee Mi-rim motors one ahead at Kia Classic
(Reuters) - South Korean Lee Mi-rim picked off seven birdies to take a one-shot lead with a seven-under-par 65 in the opening round of the Kia Classic in southern California on Thursday. Lee took advantage of ideal afternoon conditions to head Yani Tseng of Taiwan by one stroke at the Aviara course in Carlsbad, while New Zealand's world number one Lydia Ko and Australian Karrie Webb were among a group on 67. Lee, 24, won twice in her rookie season on the LPGA circuit last year, and has already recorded a runner-up finish this season. Korean-born players have dominated the LPGA this year, winning all six tournaments.
Publ.Date : Thu, 26 Mar 2015 22:08:07 -0400

Golf-U.S. PGA Tour Texas Open scores
March 28 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Texas Open at the par-72 course on Friday in San Antonio, Texas. The cut was set at 150. 138 Jimmy Walker (U.S.) 71 67 139 Charley Hoffman (U.S.) 67 72 Aaron Baddeley (Australia) 68 71 140 Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 71 69 Kevin Na (U.S.) 72 68 142 Brendan Steele (U.S.) 74 68 Chris Kirk (U.S.) 71 71 Billy Horschel (U.S.) 72 70 Zach Johnson (U.S.) 71 71 Phil Mickelson (U.S.) 70 72 143 Brendon Todd (U.S.) 73 70 Chesson Hadley (U.S.) 71 72 Jason Kokrak (U.S.) 72 71 Cameron Beckman (U.S.) 71 72 144 Daniel Summerhays (U.S. ...
Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Mar 2015 21:17:17 -0400

Golf-Walker surges one ahead in San Antonio
* Three late birdies lift Walker into lead * Baddeley and Hoffman a stroke behind * Mickelson four shots off the pace (Updates at end of round) March 27 (Reuters) - American Jimmy Walker took advantage of greatly improved weather conditions at his home tournament to seize an early one-shot lead in the second round of the Texas Open in sunny San Antonio on Friday. The 36-year-old fired a sparkling five-under-par 67 on a challenging layout at the TPC San Antonio with three consecutive birdies in his last four holes. Walker, who clinched his fourth PGA Tour victory at the Sony Open in January, picked up shots at the sixth, seventh and eighth before ending his round with a comfortable par at the ninth to post a six-under total of 138. Australian Aaron Baddeley (71) and American Charley Hoffman (72) were tied at five under, a stroke better than world number six Jordan Spieth (69) and fellow American Kevin Na (68).
Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Mar 2015 20:13:23 -0400

Congressman asks pro sports leagues about their tax-exempt status
Utah Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz has sent a letter to the NFL and nine other professional sports organizations seeking information about their tax-exempt status, his office said on Thursday. Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, recently introduced legislation to eliminate tax-exempt status for professional leagues with revenues exceeding $10 million. Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code lists "professional football leagues" as deserving of tax-exempt status, a remnant of legislative wrangling that helped the NFL and its rival, the American Football League, merge in 1966.
Publ.Date : Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:15:35 -0400

Food fight: Kentucky, West Virginia senators wager over NCAA game
University of Kentucky fan Mitch McConnell, the U.S. Senate majority leader, and University of West Virginia fan Joe Manchin, his state's senior senator, have made a friendly food wager over the teams' Thursday NCAA basketball tournament game. McConnell is putting up a Derby-Pie, a chocolate nut treat that is the signature item from Kern's Kitchen in Louisville. Manchin is wagering Chico's Bakery pepperoni rolls, which are sold at West Virginia football games and are a longtime regional favorite.
Publ.Date : Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:31:19 -0400

Trial of ex-NFL star Hernandez interrupted by bomb threat

Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez sits with his defense attorney Charles Rankin during his murder trial in Fall RiverBy Daniel Lovering FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) - A bomb scare interrupted the murder trial of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez on Thursday, forcing dozens of people including the judge, attorneys, reporters and Hernandez himself out of the courthouse for two hours. Hernandez, 25, is charged with fatally shooting semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd in an industrial park near his house in June 2013. On Thursday, Associate Justice Susan Garsh ruled that parts of phone conversations the former New England Patriots player had from jail after his arrest could be admitted as evidence, despite defense team claims they were irrelevant. Jurors were moved to a building across the street from the courthouse and Hernandez was placed in a secured prison van.



Publ.Date : Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:45:12 -0400

Hoffman leads at wind-whipped PGA Texas Open

Charley Hoffman of the US tees off on the eighth hole during round one of the Valero Texas Open, at TPC San Antonio AT&T Oaks Course in San Antonio, on March 26, 2015Charley Hoffman fired five birdies in a five-under par 67 to take the lead by one shot after the wind-whipped first round of the US PGA Tour Texas Open. Australia's Aaron Baddeley on Thursday also had five birdies with one bogey in a four-under 68 at TPC San Antonio. He was one stroke in front of American Max Homa, who closed with back-to-back birdies to grab sole possession of third place on a three-under par 69. "It was really challenging, really difficult," said American Matt Kuchar, who was happy to get off the course after an even par 72 -- more than six strokes better than the morning scoring average of 78.61.



Publ.Date : Thu, 26 Mar 2015 23:11:22 -0400

Adidas replaces chief of TaylorMade golf unit

A golf ball is shown next to a 15-inch cup on a putting green at the TaylorMade golf facility in Carlsbad, CaliforniaLONDON/BERLIN (Reuters) - German sporting goods maker Adidas named David Abeles to lead its struggling TaylorMade golf unit, it said on Thursday, replacing Ben Sharpe, who is leaving for personal reasons. Abeles returned to TaylorMade in February after leaving in 2013 to run Competitor Group, a U.S. operator of marathons and half-marathons. He was at TaylorMade for 12 years before. TaylorMade, one of Adidas's core business units, has been struggling with falling sales due to the declining popularity of golf. ...



Publ.Date : Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:46:25 -0400

Kuchar tied for early lead at windy San Antonio

PGA: Valspar Championship-First Round(Reuters) - American Matt Kuchar ground out a level-par 72 that he described as "amazing" to share the early first-round lead at the Texas Open in San Antonio where the players struggled in gusting winds on Thursday. World number 14 Kuchar, a seven-times winner on the PGA Tour, needed "a lot of luck" as he mixed four birdies with four bogeys on the challenging layout at the TPC San Antonio to end the round level with compatriot Cameron Percy. Former world number two Jim Furyk battled to a 76 while U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer of Germany ballooned to an 82 in sustained winds of 30 miles per hour (48 km per hour) that gusted up to 40 mph. "I was giving it all I could on the last hole," Kuchar, 36, told Golf Channel after bogeying his final hole, the par-four ninth.



Publ.Date : Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:19:18 -0400

Official: Al-Shabab siege at Somali hotel ends, 17 dead

Somali soldiers take position after a bomb that was detonated at the gate of one of Mogadishu's most popular hotel. Friday, March, 27, 2015, A Somali police official says a suicide bomber has detonated his explosives-laden car at the gate of a hotel popular with government officials in Mogadishu. Capt. Mohamed Hussein says gunfire could be heard inside the Maka-Mukarramah Hotel, but it was not clear if any gunmen had managed to penetrate the hotel's gate( AP P hoto/Farah Abdi Warsameh)MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) ? Somali troops on Saturday took full control of a hotel that extremist gunmen stormed and occupied for more than 12 hours following a suicide bombing. At least 17 people died and dozens were wounded.



Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 06:44:45 -0400

Ex-NFL star\'s fiancee: he told me he didn\'t kill Lloyd

Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez looks back at the gallery during his murder trial at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall RiverBy Daniel Lovering FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) - Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez's fiancee said on Friday that he told her he did not murder the man he is charged with fatally shooting at an industrial park near their Massachusetts home in June 2013. Shayanna Jenkins, 25, who was granted immunity after charges she initially lied to a grand jury investigating the case, told the judge and lawyers during a session without the jury present that she had spoken with Hernandez after she found out about the murder of semiprofessional football player Odin Lloyd. "He said 'no.'" Hernandez, a former New England Patriots tight end, is on trial for fatally shooting Lloyd, who was dating Jenkins' sister, Shaneah. Hernandez, who has pleaded not guilty, faces a maximum penalty of life in prison if convicted.



Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:09:41 -0400

Lee Mi-rim motors one ahead at Kia Classic
(Reuters) - South Korean Lee Mi-rim picked off seven birdies to take a one-shot lead with a seven-under-par 65 in the opening round of the Kia Classic in southern California on Thursday. Lee took advantage of ideal afternoon conditions to head Yani Tseng of Taiwan by one stroke at the Aviara course in Carlsbad, while New Zealand's world number one Lydia Ko and Australian Karrie Webb were among a group on 67. Lee, 24, won twice in her rookie season on the LPGA circuit last year, and has already recorded a runner-up finish this season. Korean-born players have dominated the LPGA this year, winning all six tournaments.
Publ.Date : Thu, 26 Mar 2015 22:08:07 -0400

German pilot visited glider field near crash site as a child

Spanish police officers pay tribute next to a stele and flowers laid in memory of the victims in the area where the Germanwings jetliner crashed in Le Vernet, France, Friday, March 27, 2015. Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appears to have hidden evidence of an illness from his employers, including having been excused by a doctor from work on Tuesday, the day authorities say he crashed a passenger plane into a mountain, prosecutors said. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)SISTERON, France (AP) ? The German co-pilot accused of crashing a passenger plane in the French Alps frequented a gliding club near the crash site as a child with his parents, according to a member of the club.



Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 06:43:04 -0400

Trial of ex-NFL star Hernandez interrupted by bomb threat

Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez sits with his defense attorney Charles Rankin during his murder trial in Fall RiverBy Daniel Lovering FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) - A bomb scare interrupted the murder trial of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez on Thursday, forcing dozens of people including the judge, attorneys, reporters and Hernandez himself out of the courthouse for two hours. Hernandez, 25, is charged with fatally shooting semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd in an industrial park near his house in June 2013. On Thursday, Associate Justice Susan Garsh ruled that parts of phone conversations the former New England Patriots player had from jail after his arrest could be admitted as evidence, despite defense team claims they were irrelevant. Jurors were moved to a building across the street from the courthouse and Hernandez was placed in a secured prison van.



Publ.Date : Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:45:12 -0400

Thunder star Durant needs season-ending op

Reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant needs more surgery on his right foot and will miss the rest of the season, the Oklahoma City Thunder saysReigning NBA Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant needs more surgery on his right foot and will miss the rest of the season, the Oklahoma City Thunder said Friday. Durant, who hasn't played since February 19, will undergo a bone graft that will sideline him a further six months. "While the majority of the soreness in Kevin's foot was related to continued inflammation of the cuboid bone and would subside with rest, the evaluation process also determined that the Jones fracture of the fifth metatarsal, which had shown significant healing previously, was now demonstrating signs of regression," Thunder general manager Sam Presti in a statement. Presti said the bone graft surgery would take place early next week in New York and was aimed at securing Durant's long-term fitness.



Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:19:25 -0400

Labor unions, developers reach agreement on Los Angeles-area NFL stadium
(Reuters) - Labor leaders said on Thursday they had reached an agreement with developers of a proposed Los Angeles-area stadium project, which is backed by the billionaire owner of the St. Louis Rams, that could become home for an NFL team. The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor said in a statement it was excited about the 80,000-seat stadium project proposed for suburban Inglewood, now that its member unions have reached the jobs agreement. "The promise of good jobs - both for the project's construction and for ongoing operations - is now a guarantee," LA County Federation of Labor Executive Secretary Rusty Hicks said in a statement. The Inglewood City Council has unanimously approved the stadium, which includes Rams owner Stan Kroenke as a developer.
Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Mar 2015 02:12:49 -0400

New law could hit visitors to Final Four

Officials of the NCAA tournament, better known in America as "March Madness", are concerned following the enactment of a law in Indiana that could let businesses discriminate against gay couples, ahead of the "Final Four" in IndianapolisAn Indiana law enacted Thursday that could let businesses discriminate against gay couples has the US national college basketball tournament organizers concerned ahead of next week's "Final Four" in Indianapolis. Indiana governor Mike Pence signed a religious freedom bill that would banish any laws that prevent people, clubs and businesses in the state from following their religious beliefs. The law opens the door for Indiana business owners to refuse service to same-sex couples. Such possible discriminatory measures against gay visitors for next week's men's basketball semi-final games worry Mark Emmert, president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, which is also based in Indianapolis.



Publ.Date : Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:04:13 -0400

Walker seizes Texas Open lead

Jimmy Walker lines up a putt on the eighth hole during round two of the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio AT&T Oaks Course on March 27, 2015 in San Antonio, TexasLocal favorite Jimmy Walker fired a five-under-par 67 to take a one-stroke lead at the halfway stage of the US PGA Tour's Texas Open. Walker's six-under-par total of 138 put him one in front of overnight leader Charley Hoffman, who posted an even-par 72 and was joined on 139 by Australian Aaron Baddeley, who shot a 71. It was a further stroke back to another Texan, Jordan Spieth, who carded a 69 and was tied on 140 with Kevin Na, who shot a 68. Walker, pleased to be playing in front of family and friends, took advantage of improved weather to grab two birdies in his first five holes before his only bogey of the day, at the par-four 17th.



Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Mar 2015 22:29:02 -0400

Minnesota college cancels baseball season following hazing probe
(Reuters) - St. Olaf College in Minnesota has canceled the remainder of its baseball season following an investigation of hazing committed by players on the team, education officials said on Friday. The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, a NCAA Division III league comprised of 13 private undergraduate colleges in the state, said in a statement that St. Olaf President David Anderson made the announcement on Friday. "The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference is saddened by the events that led to the cancellation of the St. Olaf College baseball season, but commends the institution's administration for its swift and decisive action," MIAC Executive Director Dan McKane said in the statement. Representatives for St. Olaf, the Northfield liberal arts school some 40 miles (64 km) south of Minneapolis, could not be immediately reached on Friday night.
Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:45:52 -0400

Woods skips Houston Open as Masters doubts spiral

PGA: Farmers Insurance Open-First RoundBy Mark Lamport-Stokes (Reuters) - As speculation mounts over whether Tiger Woods will compete at the Masters, the former world number one has spurned the chance to play in next week's Houston Open, the final PGA Tour event before the year's first major. Woods' name was conspicuously absent when the list of players for the April 2-5 Houston event was posted on Friday. Should Woods decide to tee it up at the Masters, which starts on April 9, he would do so after not competing for 63 days. A four-time Masters champion whose ranking has plummeted to 96th, Woods has played only twice on the 2014-15 PGA Tour and said he would not return until his game was "tournament-ready".



Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Mar 2015 19:39:28 -0400

Walker surges one ahead in San Antonio

PGA: Northern Trust Open-Second Round(Reuters) - American Jimmy Walker took advantage of greatly improved weather conditions at his home tournament to seize an early one-shot lead in the second round of the Texas Open in sunny San Antonio on Friday. The 36-year-old fired a sparkling five-under-par 67 on a challenging layout at the TPC San Antonio with three consecutive birdies in his last four holes. Walker, who clinched his fourth PGA Tour victory at the Sony Open in January, picked up shots at the sixth, seventh and eighth before ending his round with a comfortable par at the ninth to post a six-under total of 138. Australian Aaron Baddeley (71) and American Charley Hoffman (72) were tied at five under, a stroke better than world number six Jordan Spieth (69) and fellow American Kevin Na (68).



Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Mar 2015 20:14:13 -0400

Al-Qaida in Syria seizes large parts of northern city
BEIRUT (AP) ? Syrian opposition activists say al-Qaida's affiliate in Syria, the Nusra Front, has seized large parts of the northwestern city of Idlib from government forces.
Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 06:27:02 -0400

Late U.S. basketball coach Dean Smith\'s final task for players: Dinner on me

DEAN SMITH LISTENS AS ROY WILLIAMS ADDRESSES THE MEDIA.(Reuters) - The late Dean Smith had one final task for those who played for him during his 36 years as basketball coach at the University of North Carolina: Go out for dinner on him. Smith, a Hall of Fame coach who died last month at age 83, directed his trust in his will to give $200 to every person who won an athletic "letter" for achievement, about 180 in total. Each player received a letter from Smith's trustee, Tim Breedlove, saying in part: "Enjoy a dinner out compliments of Coach Dean Smith." "It was indicative of the man Dean Smith was," Breedlove told Reuters on Thursday. "It's one more example of his thoughtfulness." Smith was the head coach at North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1961 to 1997, compiling a record of 879-254.



Publ.Date : Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:25:08 -0400

Adidas replaces chief of TaylorMade golf unit

A golf ball is shown next to a 15-inch cup on a putting green at the TaylorMade golf facility in Carlsbad, CaliforniaLONDON/BERLIN (Reuters) - German sporting goods maker Adidas named David Abeles to lead its struggling TaylorMade golf unit, it said on Thursday, replacing Ben Sharpe, who is leaving for personal reasons. Abeles returned to TaylorMade in February after leaving in 2013 to run Competitor Group, a U.S. operator of marathons and half-marathons. He was at TaylorMade for 12 years before. TaylorMade, one of Adidas's core business units, has been struggling with falling sales due to the declining popularity of golf. ...



Publ.Date : Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:46:25 -0400

NFL eyes Germany, Mexico games, more in London

Ahmad Brooks of the San Francisco 49ers (R) tackles Kyle Orton of the Denver Broncos (C) during their NFL International series game at Wembley Stadium in London on October 31, 2010National Football League officials are looking at staging regular-season games in Germany and Mexico and adding more games in London in a bid to boost global growth. According to a posting on the NFL's website, the league is building the roots of a season-ticket fan base in London with an eye to going from three to four Wembley Stadium games next year and targeting 2017 for games in Germany and Mexico. Mark Waller, NFL International executive vice president, said the league likely would have staged four regular season games in London this year were it not for England hosting the Rugby World Cup in September and October, the first two months of the NFL season.



Publ.Date : Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:49:36 -0400

Hamilton on pole for Malaysian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton comes into the pits during the third practice session at the Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang on March 28, 2015Sepang (Indonesia) (AFP) - Lewis Hamilton waited out a torrential downpour before snatching pole position at the Malaysian Grand Prix in a wet and wild qualifying session on Saturday.



Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 06:38:45 -0400

Louisville beats NC State 75-65; on to Elite 8

North Carolina State's Lennard Freeman (10) protects the ball from Louisville's Quentin Snider (2) and Mangok Mathiang (12) during the first half of a regional semifinal in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Friday, March 27, 2015, in Syracuse, N.Y. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi)SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) ? Montrezl Harrell is not ready for the end of his college career at Louisville just yet. Anton Gill helped make sure it continues at least one more game.



Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:39:47 -0400

Alps crash pilot told ex \'everyone will know my name\': report

German and Spanish police officers pay tribute to the victims of the Germanwings plane crash at a memorial in Le Vernet on March 27, 2015The Germanwings co-pilot who crashed his Airbus in the French Alps, killing all 150 aboard, told his ex-girlfriend that "one day everyone will know my name", according to German newspaper Bild. The black box voice recorder indicates that Lubitz, 27, locked his captain out of the cockpit on Tuesday and deliberately flew Flight 4U 9525 into a mountainside, French officials say, in what appears to have been a case of suicide and mass killing. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said that all the signs were "pointing towards an act that we can't describe: criminal, crazy, suicidal". German prosecutors revealed that searches of Lubitz's homes netted "medical documents that suggest an existing illness and appropriate medical treatment", including "torn-up and current sick leave notes, among them one covering the day of the crash".



Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 06:51:23 -0400

Alex Rodriguez\'s cousin pleads guilty in U.S. baseball doping scandal
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A cousin of Alex Rodriguez pleaded guilty in Miami federal court on Friday to conspiring to distribute performance-enhancing drugs, after playing a prominent role in linking the New York Yankees slugger to baseball's doping scandal. Yuri Sucart, 52, was arrested in August, along with the owner of a Florida anti-aging clinic that supplied testosterone-filled syringes and other performance-enhancing drugs to some of Major League Baseball's leading stars. Under his plea deal, prosecutors agreed to seek eight months prison time for Sucart, said his attorney, Edward O'Donnell. Rodriguez, one of baseball's best-paid players, gave Sucart nearly $1 million in 2013, according to court records, after Sucart threatened to expose himself as the player's ?steroid mule.? After being suspended for the entire 2014 season over the doping scandal, Rodriguez returned to the field for the Yankees for spring training in Tampa, Florida.
Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:19:54 -0400

Congressman asks pro sports leagues about their tax-exempt status
Utah Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz has sent a letter to the NFL and nine other professional sports organizations seeking information about their tax-exempt status, his office said on Thursday. Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, recently introduced legislation to eliminate tax-exempt status for professional leagues with revenues exceeding $10 million. Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code lists "professional football leagues" as deserving of tax-exempt status, a remnant of legislative wrangling that helped the NFL and its rival, the American Football League, merge in 1966.
Publ.Date : Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:15:35 -0400

Golf-Walker surges one ahead in San Antonio
* Three late birdies lift Walker into lead * Baddeley and Hoffman a stroke behind * Mickelson four shots off the pace (Updates at end of round) March 27 (Reuters) - American Jimmy Walker took advantage of greatly improved weather conditions at his home tournament to seize an early one-shot lead in the second round of the Texas Open in sunny San Antonio on Friday. The 36-year-old fired a sparkling five-under-par 67 on a challenging layout at the TPC San Antonio with three consecutive birdies in his last four holes. Walker, who clinched his fourth PGA Tour victory at the Sony Open in January, picked up shots at the sixth, seventh and eighth before ending his round with a comfortable par at the ninth to post a six-under total of 138. Australian Aaron Baddeley (71) and American Charley Hoffman (72) were tied at five under, a stroke better than world number six Jordan Spieth (69) and fellow American Kevin Na (68).
Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Mar 2015 20:13:23 -0400

Kuchar tied for early lead at windy San Antonio

PGA: Valspar Championship-First Round(Reuters) - American Matt Kuchar ground out a level-par 72 that he described as "amazing" to share the early first-round lead at the Texas Open in San Antonio where the players struggled in gusting winds on Thursday. World number 14 Kuchar, a seven-times winner on the PGA Tour, needed "a lot of luck" as he mixed four birdies with four bogeys on the challenging layout at the TPC San Antonio to end the round level with compatriot Cameron Percy. Former world number two Jim Furyk battled to a 76 while U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer of Germany ballooned to an 82 in sustained winds of 30 miles per hour (48 km per hour) that gusted up to 40 mph. "I was giving it all I could on the last hole," Kuchar, 36, told Golf Channel after bogeying his final hole, the par-four ninth.



Publ.Date : Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:19:18 -0400

Marriage plans and writing occupy Amanda Knox

FILE -- In this file photo taken on Nov. 21, 2009, Amanda Knox reacts during a hearing at Perugia's court, Italy. American Amanda Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito expect to learn their fate Friday when Italy's highest court hears their appeal of their guilty verdicts in the brutal 2007 murder of Knox's British roommate Meredith Kercher. Several outcomes are possible, including confirmation of the verdicts, a new appeals round, or even a ruling that amounts to an acquittal in the sensational case that has captivated audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)SEATTLE (AP) ? Despite the murder case hanging over her head, Amanda Knox tried to lead a normal life in the more than three years since she was freed from an Italian prison: She recently got engaged and has started writing theater reviews and other articles for a weekly paper in her hometown.



Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:48:39 -0400

Late starter Hoffman moves one ahead at Texas Open

PGA: Valero Texas Open-First Round(Reuters) - American Charley Hoffman, bidding for a fourth PGA Tour victory, took advantage of a favorable afternoon start to seize a one-stroke lead in the opening round of the Texas Open in sunny San Antonio on Thursday. With conditions a little easier in the afternoon after the morning field had struggled in strong gusting winds, Hoffman fired a flawless five-under-par 67 on the challenging layout at the TPC San Antonio. Australian Aaron Baddeley, helped by an extraordinary birdie at the par-four 17th, opened with a 68 and American Max Homa with a 69 as only 12 players ended a testing day under par, all of them benefiting from afternoon tee times. Five-times major winner Phil Mickelson and fellow American Ryan Palmer returned 70s but U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer of Germany ballooned to an 82 after having to contend with morning winds that gusted up to 40 mph (64 kph).



Publ.Date : Thu, 26 Mar 2015 22:07:23 -0400

Seattle pitching prospect Rollins banned for 80 games
(Reuters) - Seattle Mariners pitching prospect David Rollins was handed an 80-game suspension after testing positive for the banned performance-enhancing drug Stanozolol, Major League Baseball announced on Friday. Rollins, a Rule 5 Draft pick selected out of the Astros organization, had pitched well in spring training and was considered likely to make the team?s bullpen after yielding one run in eight innings with seven strikeouts and no walks. We will continue to work with him to get past this situation,? Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said in a statement.
Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:14:08 -0400

80-game doping ban for Mariners pitcher Rollins

Seattle Mariners pitcher David Rollins, pictured here against the Oakland Athletics on March 12, 2015 in Mesa, Arizona, was handed an 80-game Major League Baseball ban for dopingLeft-handed hurler David Rollins won't start the season in the Seattle Mariners bullpen after he was handed an 80-game Major League Baseball ban for doping. Rollins, 25, was vying in Spring Training for a spot on the Mariners' opening day roster. Major League Baseball said Rollins, who was acquired from the Astros in December's rule 5 draft of professional players, tested positive for the anabolic steroid stanozolol.



Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Mar 2015 19:26:14 -0400

Ramsay joins leaders in Agadir

Richie Ramsay hit a best-of-the-day 66 to join a four-way tie at the halfway stage of the Trophee Hassan II in MoroccoRichie Ramsay hit a best-of-the-day 66 to join a four-way tie at the halfway stage of the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco on Friday. The 31-year-old Scot produced six birdies to add to his first round 72 to join Australia's Richard Green, Spain's Rafael Cabrera-Bello and Welshman Oliver Farr on six-under-par 138 at Golf du Palais Royal. Earlier Cabrera-Bello had fired five birdies for two bogeys in a round of 69, one better than Green's second-round effort. South Africa's George Coetzee and England's Tommy Fleetwood are still in contention to secure a place in the Masters as Andy Sullivan, Alexander Levy, Marcel Siem and Ross Fisher all missed out in Morocco.



Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Mar 2015 19:32:20 -0400

Highlights of Thursday\'s NBA game

NBA: Indiana Pacers at Milwaukee Bucks(The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Thursday's National Basketball Association game: - - - Bucks 111, Pacers 107 Ersan Ilyasova set a career high with 34 points as the Milwaukee Bucks won consecutive games for the first time in more than a month with a 111-107 victory over the Indiana Pacers in the only game on the NBA schedule. Ilyasova, who connected with five three-pointers, made 12 of 14 shots from the field and also had six rebounds, two assists and two steals. ...



Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:06:30 -0400

Astronauts board space station for 1-year mission

Russia's Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the space capsule Soyuz TMA-16M that will carry a new crew to the International Space Station (ISS) is installed at the launch pad in Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Friday, March 27, 2015. The new Soyuz mission is scheduled for Saturday, March 28.(AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) ? Two Russians and an American floated into the International Space Station on Saturday, beginning what is to be a year away from Earth for two of them.



Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:43:14 -0400

Woman behind NBA ex-owner Donald Sterling\'s downfall paints two portraits of him

Companion of ex-NBA Clippers owner Donald Sterling, V. Stiviano, walks out of the courthouse in Los AngelesBy Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The woman behind the downfall of former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling painted two conflicting portraits of him in court on Friday, saying he was a kind, generous mentor and father figure to her but was mean-spirited to others. V. Stiviano, 32, also testified that the 80-year-old billionaire real estate mogul spent far more time with her and members of her family during the two and a half years she spent as his personal assistant, driver and confidante than he did with his own wife and children. Stiviano took the witness stand for a second day in Los Angeles Superior Court during the non-jury trial of a lawsuit brought by Sterling's wife. The suit seeks the return of more than $3.6 million in community marital assets that Shelly Sterling claims her husband gave Stiviano without her consent.



Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:53:39 -0400

South Carolina holds off North Carolina 67-65 in NCAAs

South Carolina's Tiffany Mitchell, top, is hugged by Aleighsa Welch, bottom, after a women's college basketball regional semifinal game against North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Friday, March 27, 2015. South Carolina won 67-65. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) ? For the second straight year, South Carolina found itself trailing late against North Carolina and staring at an early NCAA Tournament exit despite its No. 1 seed.



Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:30:53 -0400

Woman behind NBA ex-owner Donald Sterling\'s downfall denies they had romance

Companion of ex-NBA Clippers owner Donald Sterling, V. Stiviano, walks out of the courthouse in Los AngelesBy Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The woman whose recording of former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling making racist remarks that cost him his NBA franchise testified in court on Thursday that she loved him but insisted again that they never had a romantic relationship. V. Stiviano, 32, described herself instead as a onetime confidante, personal assistant and platonic companion of the 80-year-old billionaire real estate mogul, who she said chose to give her large sums of money and expensive gifts as gestures of his love and appreciation. Stiviano was called to the witness stand in Los Angeles Superior Court on the second day of the non-jury trial of a lawsuit brought by Sterling's wife, Shelly, seeking the return of more than $3.6 million in joint marital assets she claims her husband was swindled into furnishing Stiviano without her permission. A forensic accountant called as an expert witness by the plaintiffs testified that gifts from Donald Sterling to Stiviano included a $1.8 million duplex in Los Angeles, $1.2 million in cash payments and several luxury cars.



Publ.Date : Thu, 26 Mar 2015 21:28:49 -0400

Golf-U.S. PGA Tour Texas Open scores
March 28 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Texas Open at the par-72 course on Friday in San Antonio, Texas. The cut was set at 150. 138 Jimmy Walker (U.S.) 71 67 139 Charley Hoffman (U.S.) 67 72 Aaron Baddeley (Australia) 68 71 140 Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 71 69 Kevin Na (U.S.) 72 68 142 Brendan Steele (U.S.) 74 68 Chris Kirk (U.S.) 71 71 Billy Horschel (U.S.) 72 70 Zach Johnson (U.S.) 71 71 Phil Mickelson (U.S.) 70 72 143 Brendon Todd (U.S.) 73 70 Chesson Hadley (U.S.) 71 72 Jason Kokrak (U.S.) 72 71 Cameron Beckman (U.S.) 71 72 144 Daniel Summerhays (U.S. ...
Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Mar 2015 21:17:17 -0400

Egypt\'s president endorses creating a joint military force to defend Arab countries
SHARM EL SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) ? Egypt's president endorses creating a joint military force to defend Arab countries.
Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 05:53:09 -0400

Thunder\'s Durant needs surgery, out for season

NBA: Dallas Mavericks at Oklahoma City Thunder(Reuters) - Kevin Durant, the NBA's reigning most valuable player, will miss the rest of the season as he needs another foot surgery, dealing a blow to the Oklahoma City Thunder's playoff hopes, the team said on Friday. The six-time All-Star will have surgery on his ailing right foot next week and is expected to return to basketball activities in four to six months, according to the Thunder. His loss is a massive blow for a Thunder team hanging onto the final playoff seed in the Western Conference, three games ahead of ninth-place Phoenix, with 10 games to play. "The bone graft is the standard procedure for the five to eight percent of Jones fracture surgeries that do not initially have success or experience setbacks sometime within the recovery period," the Thunder said in a statement.



Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:26:13 -0400

Hoffman leads at wind-whipped PGA Texas Open

Charley Hoffman of the US tees off on the eighth hole during round one of the Valero Texas Open, at TPC San Antonio AT&T Oaks Course in San Antonio, on March 26, 2015Charley Hoffman fired five birdies in a five-under par 67 to take the lead by one shot after the wind-whipped first round of the US PGA Tour Texas Open. Australia's Aaron Baddeley on Thursday also had five birdies with one bogey in a four-under 68 at TPC San Antonio. He was one stroke in front of American Max Homa, who closed with back-to-back birdies to grab sole possession of third place on a three-under par 69. "It was really challenging, really difficult," said American Matt Kuchar, who was happy to get off the course after an even par 72 -- more than six strokes better than the morning scoring average of 78.61.



Publ.Date : Thu, 26 Mar 2015 23:11:22 -0400

Food fight: Kentucky, West Virginia senators wager over NCAA game
University of Kentucky fan Mitch McConnell, the U.S. Senate majority leader, and University of West Virginia fan Joe Manchin, his state's senior senator, have made a friendly food wager over the teams' Thursday NCAA basketball tournament game. McConnell is putting up a Derby-Pie, a chocolate nut treat that is the signature item from Kern's Kitchen in Louisville. Manchin is wagering Chico's Bakery pepperoni rolls, which are sold at West Virginia football games and are a longtime regional favorite.
Publ.Date : Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:31:19 -0400

Notre Dame beats Stanford 81-60, advances to Elite Eight

Notre Dame guard Lindsay Allen (15) shoots over Stanford forward Erica McCall (24) during the second half of a women's college basketball regional semifinal game in the NCAA Tournament, Friday, March 27, 2015, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) ? Lindsay Allen normally focuses on setting others up.



Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 01:10:47 -0400

Pressel ties course record, co-leader at Kia
(Reuters) - American Morgan Pressel is threatening to end South Korean born-golfers' domination of the early LPGA season after firing an eight-under-par 64 on Friday to tie for the second round lead of the Kia Classic in southern California. Pressel, who tied the course record, joins South Korean Lee Mi-rim at 10-under-par. South Korea-born players have won all six of the LPGA?s tournaments so far this year, but Pressel is looking to bring that run to an end and earn her first victory since 2008. ?It was kind of stress-free golf out there today,? Pressel told reporters.
Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Mar 2015 23:30:36 -0400

 

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