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NFL\'s Falcons fined, stripped of draft choice for piping in fake noise
The National Football League on Monday fined the Atlanta Falcons $350,000 and stripped them of a fifth-round draft choice in 2016 for piping in artificial crowd noise during their home games in 2013 and part of 2014. Separately, Cleveland Browns General Manager Ray Farmer has been suspended four games for texting coaches during games in 2014 and the team was fined $250,000, the NFL said. Falcons President Rich McKay, although not implicated in the scheme, will be suspended from the league's competition committee from April 1 through at least June 30 for failing to ensure that the team complied with NFL rules, the league said. "What took place was wrong and nowhere near the standards by which we run our business," Falcons owner Arthur Blank said Monday in a statement.
Publ.Date : Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:27:06 -0400

Walker wins Texas Open before hometown supporters

Jimmy Walker celebrates after making his putt on the 18th hole to win the final round of the Valero Texas Open on March 29, 2015 in San AntonioHometown hero Jimmy Walker captured his fifth US PGA Tour title on Sunday, firing a two-under-par 70 final round to win the $6.2 million Texas Open by four strokes. Walker, who lives only a half-hour's drive from the TPC San Antonio course, led by four shots when the day began and finished on 11-under 277 to defeat fellow Texan Jordan Spieth by that same margin. You can feel the love from your friends and family," Walker said. It was the second US PGA triumph of the season for Walker, who won his second consecutive Sony Open in Hawaii title earlier this year and also captured last year's Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and the 2013 Frys.com Open.



Publ.Date : Sun, 29 Mar 2015 18:23:27 -0400

Thousands march in Indiana to protest law seen targeting gays

Demonstrators gather to protest a controversial religious freedom bill in IndianapolisThousands of people marched in Indiana's largest city on Saturday to protest a state law that supporters contend promotes religious freedom but detractors see as a covert move to support discrimination against gay people. Waving signs reading "No hate in our state" and carrying rainbow flags, a crowd of at least 2,000 people including Democratic elected officials rallied the same day that business-rating website Angie's List Inc put on hold its plans to expand its Indianapolis operation with new offices, citing the new law. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act was passed overwhelmingly by the Republican led-state legislature and signed into law on Thursday by Indiana Governor Mike Pence. Supporters say the legislation will keep the government from forcing business owners to act against strongly held religious beliefs.



Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 20:12:54 -0400

Warriors secure top seed in west with win over Bucks

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, pictured on March 18, 2015, scored 25 points as the Warriors secured the top seed in the NBA's Western Conference with a record-setting victory over the Milwaukee BucksThe Golden State Warriors secured the top seed in the NBA's Western Conference with a record-setting victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. Stephen Curry scored 25 points and Klay Thompson added 21 in the 108-95 victory, which guarantees the Warriors the best record in the west and home-court advantage throughout the Western Conference playoffs. The Warriors also set a club record for wins in a season with their 60th triumph of the current campaign. Harrison Barnes scored 13 points and pulled down six rebounds and Marreese Speights supplied 12 points and seven rebounds for Golden State, who won their ninth straight game.



Publ.Date : Sun, 29 Mar 2015 01:34:40 -0400

Walker takes four-shot lead at windy Texas Open

PGA: Valero Texas Open-Third Round(Reuters) - American Jimmy Walker shot a three-under-par 69 to open up a four-shot lead as winds returned to vex players at the Texas Open in San Antonio on Saturday. Walker, who led by one after 36 holes, shared the lead with fellow Texan Jordan Spieth at the turn before a late surge took him to nine-under-par 207. "It's a tough golf course," said Walker, who won the Sony Open in Hawaii in January and is aiming for his fifth PGA Tour title. "You definitely want to find a way to extend the lead, but you have to be smart about it." Walker took a bogey at the par-four 12th when his tee shot buried into soft sand in a bunker left of the fairway and had to use his hands to dig around the left lip to find the ball.



Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 20:36:10 -0400

Leonard\'s hot NBA finish sparks Spurs over Grizzlies

Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs celebrates during a game at Staples Center on November 10, 2014San Antonio (AFP) - San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard scored 15 of his game-high 25 points in a six-minute span of the fourth quarter, powering the reigning NBA champion Spurs over Memphis 103-89.



Publ.Date : Sun, 29 Mar 2015 23:44:04 -0400

Golf-U.S. PGA Tour Texas Open scores
March 29 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Texas Open at the par-72 course on Sunday in San Antonio, Texas 277 Jimmy Walker (U.S.) 71 67 69 70 281 Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 71 69 71 70 284 Billy Horschel (U.S.) 72 70 71 71 285 Chesson Hadley (U.S.) 71 72 71 71 Daniel Summerhays (U.S.) 71 73 72 69 286 Ryan Palmer (U.S.) 70 75 73 68 Dustin Johnson (U.S.) 78 72 68 68 287 Scott Pinckney (U.S.) 73 72 69 73 Chris Kirk (U.S.) 71 71 73 72 Brendan Steele (U.S.) 74 68 72 73 288 Charley Hoffman (U.S.) 67 72 79 70 Kyle Reifers (U.S.) 77 68 75 68 Jason Kokrak (U.S. ...
Publ.Date : Sun, 29 Mar 2015 18:38:33 -0400

Golf-Race to Dubai rankings
March 30 (Infostrada Sports) - Race to Dubai rankings 1. (1) Danny Willett (Britain) 1081480 2. (2) Rory McIlroy (Britain) 778137 3. (3) Ross Fisher (Britain) 753512 4. (4) Anirban Lahiri (India) 725187 5. (5) Branden Grace (South Africa) 682976 6. (6) Bernd Wiesberger (Austria) 641582 7. (7) Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa) 540484 8. (8) Gary Stal (France) 529852 9. (9) Andy Sullivan (Britain) 491947 10. (10) Marc Warren (Britain) 482424 11. (15) George Coetzee (South Africa) 432406 12. (11) Alexander Noren (Sweden) 394337 13. (12) Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 389357 14. ...
Publ.Date : Sun, 29 Mar 2015 20:20:05 -0400

Falcons lose draft pick for artificial crowd noise

Team Owner Arthur Blank of the Atlanta Falcons during warmups for the game on December 28, 2014 in Atlanta, GeorgiaThe Atlanta Falcons were fined $350,000 and stripped of a fifth-round pick in the 2016 National Football League draft on Monday for using artificial crowd noise for the past two seasons. A review by league officials concluded with the NFL imposing the punishments because a former Falcons executive, event marketing director Roddy White, pumped extra crowd noise into the Georgia Dome for home games in the 2013 and 2014 season until the situations was revealed last November. "What took place was wrong and nowhere near the standards by which we run our business," Falcons owner Arthur Blank said. "Any time there are actions that compromise the integrity of the NFL or threaten the culture of our franchise, as this issue did, they will be dealt with swiftly and strongly.



Publ.Date : Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:12:31 -0400

DeRozan scores 42 as NBA\'s Raptors bring down Rockets

Toronto Raptors' DeMar DeRozan during a game at American Airlines Center on February 24, 2015DeMar DeRozan scored a career-high 42 points and matched a career best with 11 rebounds as Toronto beat Houston 99-96 in a battle of NBA division leaders. DeRozan, who netted 12 points in the fourth quarter on Monday, was 14-of-27 from the court and 12-of-17 from the free throw line to power the Raptors to their eighth home win in a row over the Rockets. Atlantic division leader Toronto improved to 44-30, one game behind Chicago for the third-best record in the Eastern Conference.



Publ.Date : Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:38:54 -0400

Tiger Woods career timeline

Tiger Woods plays in the final practice round on April 9, 1997 for the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf ClubLondon (AFP) - Tiger Woods timeline since turning pro in 1996 to falling out of the world top 100:



Publ.Date : Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:25:45 -0400

Golf-World Rankings
March 30 (Infostrada Sports) - The World Rankings 1. (1) Rory McIlroy (Britain) 11.00 2. (2) Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 7.81 3. (3) Bubba Watson (U.S.) 7.57 4. (6) Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 6.90 5. (4) Jason Day (Australia) 6.50 6. (5) Adam Scott (Australia) 6.41 7. (9) Dustin Johnson (U.S.) 5.99 8. (8) Sergio Garcia (Spain) 5.86 9. (7) Jim Furyk (U.S.) 5.78 10. (13) Jimmy Walker (U.S.) 5.57 11. (10) Justin Rose (Britain) 5.30 12. (11) Rickie Fowler (U.S.) 4.69 13. (12) Martin Kaymer (Germany) 4.64 14. (14) Matt Kuchar (U.S.) 4.58 15. (15) Patrick Reed (U.S.) 4.54 16. (16) Hideki Matsuyama (Japan) 4. ...
Publ.Date : Sun, 29 Mar 2015 22:25:38 -0400

South Korea\'s Lee maintains lead at Kia
(Reuters) - South Korean Lee Mi-rim maintained her lead at the Kia Classic for the third successive day after a six-under-par 66 gave her a one-stroke edge on Saturday heading into the final round in southern California. Lee entered the third round tied with Morgan Pressel but blew past her with a sizzling five birdies on the back nine to push her to 16-under at the Aviara course in Carlsbad. The 24-year-old won twice in her rookie season on the LPGA circuit last year, but is looking for her first title in 2015. ?To be honest, I didn?t even know what I shot until I signed my scorecard,? Lee told reporters.
Publ.Date : Sun, 29 Mar 2015 03:00:36 -0400

Golf-European Tour Trophee Hassan II scores
March 29 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the European Tour Trophee Hassan II at the par-72 course on Sunday in Agadir 278 Richie Ramsay (Britain) 72 66 71 69 279 Romain Wattel (France) 68 74 67 70 280 Pablo Larrazabal (Spain) 70 69 73 68 Chris Wood (Britain) 67 72 74 67 Kevin Phelan (Ireland) 70 70 70 70 Jaco Van Zyl (South Africa) 69 71 70 70 Mikael Lundberg (Sweden) 70 75 66 69 George Coetzee (South Africa) 67 72 71 70 281 Wade Ormsby (Australia) 71 72 68 70 Marcel Schneider (Germany) 73 69 72 67 Richard Bland (Britain) 69 70 71 71 Ben Evans (Britain) 69 70 74 68 Jose Maria Olazabal ...
Publ.Date : Sun, 29 Mar 2015 13:38:12 -0400

Ex-NFL player\'s fiancée says she threw out box after murder

Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez listens during his murder trial in Fall River, MassachusettsBy Daniel Lovering FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) - Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez asked his fiancée to dispose of a heavy cardboard box that smelled of marijuana a day after prosecutors say he fatally shot an associate, the fiancée told jurors at his murder trial on Monday. Shayanna Jenkins, 25, testified that she put the box in a trash bag and concealed it with baby clothes before carrying it from the basement of their home in North Attleboro, Massachusetts, to her sister's car in the driveway. ... At that point I was nervous." Hernandez, 25, is being tried on murder and firearms charges in the slaying of Odin Lloyd, a semiprofessional football player who was dating Jenkins' sister, Shaneah. Prosecutors say he and two friends, Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz, picked up Lloyd at his Boston home early on June 17, 2013, and drove him to an industrial park near Hernandez's house, where his bullet-riddled body was found later that day.



Publ.Date : Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:28:01 -0400

Hawks down Milwaukee to clinch top seed in NBA\'s East

Atlanta Hawks' DeMarre Carroll shoots against Milwaukee Bucks' Michael Carter-Williams during their game at Philips Arena on March 30, 2015DeMarre Carroll scored a game-high 23 points and the Atlanta Hawks, already assured of the best record in the NBA Eastern Conference, ripped the Milwaukee Bucks 101-88. Al Horford scored 18 points on Monday while Paul Millsap contributed 15 points and nine rebounds and Carroll added eight rebounds as the Hawks improved to 56-18, 4 1/2 games behind Golden State for the top record in the league. Atlanta's Kyle Korver scored all 11 of his points in a 65-second span of the third quarter, boosting the Hawks' lead from five points to 16 on the way to their third victory in four games.



Publ.Date : Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:52:13 -0400

Kentucky edge Notre Dame for Final Four berth

Karl-Anthony Towns of the Kentucky Wildcats drives to the basket against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the Midwest Regional Final of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball tournament on March 28, 2015 in ClevelandThe University of Kentucky edged Notre Dame in a 68-66 thriller on Saturday to remain unbeaten and book their coveted Final Four berth in the national collegiate basketball championship. Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky's Dominican-American center, scored a game-high 25 points and Andrew Harrison made two free throws with six seconds left to play as the Wildcats improved to 38-0 for the season. They are trying to become the first undefeated college basketball champions since Indiana University in 1976. Notre Dame's Fighting Irish led for most of the second half before Kentucky scored the last four points of the contest.



Publ.Date : Sun, 29 Mar 2015 15:10:19 -0400

McIlroy, Stenson, Watson commit to WGC Match Play

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays a shot during the final round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on February 1, 2015 in DubaiWorld number one Rory McIlroy as well as the next two in the rankings, Sweden's Henrik Stenson and two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson, will play at the World Golf Championships Match Play, organizers said Monday. The Northern Ireland star, whose major wins include the 2011 US Open plus the 2012 and 2014 PGA Championship and 2014 British Open, was runner-up in the WGC Match Play three years ago to American Hunter Mahan but has never won the event. Watson has three top-10 finishes in four appearances at the WGC Match Play, including fourth-place in 2011.



Publ.Date : Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:53:01 -0400

Tiger Woods out of golf world top 100

Tiger Woods has dropped out of the world top 100 for the first time in his careerFormer number one Tiger Woods has dropped out of the world top 100 for the first time in his career as he continues his battle against injuries and loss of form. Just last January Woods posted an 82 in the Phoenix Open -- his worst round as a professional -- that saw him drop outside the top 50 in the world rankings for the first time in more than three years. He then jumped from world number 221 to 75 five tournaments later in breaking through for a maiden pro career win at the 1996 Las Vegas Invitational, the first of his 79 PGA Tour titles.



Publ.Date : Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:27:09 -0400

Wattel shines down the stretch in wide open Trophy Hassan II

Richie Ramsay of Scotland hits a shot during a practice at Oak Hill Country Club on August 7, 2013 in Rochester, New YorkScottish duo Richie Ramsay and Andrew McArthur along with Frenchman Romain Wattel shared the lead on seven under par following the third round of the Trophy Hassan II in Agadir on Saturday. Overnight leader Ramsay carried a one shot advantage into the 18th hole before a wayward tee shot led to a bogey as the Aberdeen native fell into a tie with McArthur and 24-year-old Wattel. Ramsay, who is looking for a third victory on the European Tour but has struggled for form this year missing four cuts in five tournaments, limped home with a one under par 71 on the day while McArthur carded a 67 that included an eagle and five birdies. Wattel also moved top of the leaderboard as the right-hander from Montpellier shot a superb round of five under 67 with six birdies and an eagle.



Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 15:50:54 -0400

LeBron leads Cavaliers to narrow win over 76ers

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots over Henry Sims of the Philadelphia 76ers during the second half on March 29, 2015 in Cleveland, OhioLeBron James scored a game-high 20 points and added 11 rebounds with six assists Sunday as the Cleveland Cavaliers edged Philadelphia 87-86 for their 16th consecutive home triumph. Australian-born Kyrie Irving added 17 points while Kevin Love had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who improved to 48-27 and stretched their Central division lead over Chicago to 2 1/2 games. Russian big man Timofey Mozgov scored off a rebound for the last of his 14 points to give Cleveland an 87-83 lead with 4:03 remaining. Robert Covington answered with a 3-pointer for the 76ers six seconds later with what turned out to be the last of the game's scoring.



Publ.Date : Sun, 29 Mar 2015 20:02:19 -0400

Harden, Howard ignite Rockets in win over Wizards

James Harden (L) and Corey Brewer (R) of the Houston Rockets high-five during a timeout in the second half against the Washington Wizards at Verizon Center on March 29, 2015 in Washington, DCJames Harden scored 24 points while Dwight Howard contributed 11 points and 10 rebounds as the Houston Rockets defeated Washington 99-91 Sunday, matching Memphis for the NBA Southwest division lead. Harden, second to former Oklahoma City teammate Russell Westbrook in a fight for the NBA scoring title, also added six assists for the Rockets, who won their fourth game in a row and improved to 50-23, level with Memphis for the second-best record in the Western Conference.



Publ.Date : Sun, 29 Mar 2015 15:56:24 -0400

Local favorite Walker wins Texas Open

PGA: Valero Texas Open-Final Round(Reuters) - Hometown favorite Jimmy Walker became the first multiple winner on the PGA Tour this season by claiming a four-stroke victory over Jordan Spieth in the Texas Open at TPC San Antonio on Sunday. Walker, who stormed to a nine-shot win at the Sony Open in Hawaii in January, began the day with a four-shot lead and was never seriously threatened as the San Antonio area resident shot a two-under 70 for an 11-under-par 277 total. Texan Spieth, who won his last tour start two weeks ago at the Valspar Championship, made four birdies in a row from the 14th but Walker held off Spieth's charge with birdies of his own at 16 and 17 to retain his lead. "It plays hard, sometimes it?s hard to make pars," Walker said of the fast-running, wind-blown TPC San Antonio, which played to an average of two-over 74 on Sunday.



Publ.Date : Sun, 29 Mar 2015 18:55:35 -0400

Love to have toe surgery, misses Clarke catch-up

PGA: PGA Championship-Practice RoundBy Bernie McGuire SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - United States Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III will miss a practice round next week with European rival Darren Clarke in order to undergo toe surgery. Love was set to meet with Clarke for the first time since both were appointed respective 2016 captains at this week's Shell Houston Open. "It's been bothering me for some years and has been dislocated for some time so I've been told I need surgery to get it put back into the joint.



Publ.Date : Sun, 29 Mar 2015 19:11:50 -0400

Walker stretches lead in hometown Texas Open

Jimmy Walker tees off on the ninth hole during round three of the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio AT&T Oaks Course on March 28, 2015 in San Antonio, TexasHometown hope Jimmy Walker fired six birdies in a three-under-par 69 to stretch his lead in the US PGA Tour Texas Open to four strokes. Walker, who lives just a half-hour's drive from TPC San Antonio, had a 54-hole total of nine-under-par 207 and a comfortable cushion over rising US star Jordan Spieth. Spieth, the 21-year-old who also hails from Texas, carded a one-under 71 for 211. He was two strokes in front of last season's FedEx Cup playoff champion Billy Horschel, who birdied the last three holes in a 71 for 213.



Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 21:25:24 -0400

China closes 66 \'illegal\' golf courses

China's ruling Communist Party has long had an ambivalent relationship with golf, which is both a lucrative opportunity for local authorities and a favoured pastime of some officials, but closely associated with wealth and Western elitesChina's Communist rulers have turned against the exclusive sport of golf with the government saying nearly 70 "illegal" courses have been closed, seemingly enforcing a decade-old ban for the first time. The announcement by the ministry of land and resources comes amid a high-profile anti-graft campaign spearheaded by President Xi Jinping, which has seen crackdowns on banquets, lavish gift-giving and other official excesses. The ruling Communist Party has long had an ambivalent relationship with golf, which is a lucrative opportunity for local authorities and a favoured pastime of some officials, but is also closely associated with wealth and Western elites. "Presently, local governments have shut down a number of illegally-built golf courses, and preliminary results have been achieved in clean-up and rectification work," read the announcement on the ministry's website late Monday.



Publ.Date : Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:56:18 -0400

Woods drops out of world\'s top 100

PGA: Waste Management Phoenix Open-Second Round(Reuters) - Tiger Woods has dropped outside the top 100 in the world golf rankings for the first time since 1996. Woods's last major title was the 2008 U.S. Open but he won five PGA Tour events in 2013 and topped the rankings in May 2014 before suffering injury problems and a loss of form.



Publ.Date : Mon, 30 Mar 2015 08:58:41 -0400

Woods will fall outside world\'s top 100 on Monday

PGA: Farmers Insurance Open-First RoundBy Bernie McGuire SAN ANTONIO, Texas, March 28 (Reuters) - Former world number one Tiger Woods will on Monday drop outside the top 100 in the rankings for the first time in more than 18 years. The 39-year-old American is down at number 96 and a world ranking official told Reuters that he is likely to slip to 102nd when the list is adjusted after this weekend's tournaments. Woods posted an 82 at the Phoenix Open in January, his worst round as a professional, as he slumped outside the leading 50 in the rankings for the first time in more than three years.



Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 15:25:49 -0400

Golf-Australian Appleby out indefinitely after back surgery
March 28 (Reuters) - Nine-times PGA Tour winner Stuart Appleby has undergone back surgery for a herniated disc and will be out of action indefinitely. Appleby, 43, who has not played since mid-February, has endured back problems for much of his career. "No idea when I'm back as I don't know or anybody knows how long it takes to get 100 percent," he told Reuters. The Australian is one of only six players to have shot 59 on the PGA Tour. He was not exempt for next month's Masters, after finishing 31st on the tour's points list last year. The top 30 clinched invitations to Augusta. ...
Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 21:24:05 -0400

Kerr fires 65 to capture 17th career LPGA title

Cristie Kerr tees off in the final round of the LPGA KIA Classic, during which she made nine birdies to finish with a tournament record of 20-under-parCristie Kerr fired a seven-under-par 65 to win her 17th career LPGA title, taking a two-stroke victory over South Korea's Lee Mi-Rim at the Kia Classic. A tearful Kerr had vowed to win after her caddie, Greg Johnston, mourned the death of his father last week. Lee was second, undone by a double bogey at 17, with world number one Lydia Ko of New Zealand third on 271, American Alison Lee fourth on 272 and South Korean world number two Park In-Bee fifth on 273. Ko, 17, fired a 67, stretching her streak of sub-par rounds to 28 as she prepares for the year's first major tournament, next week's Ana Inspiration at Rancho Mirage.



Publ.Date : Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:04:32 -0400

South Korea\'s Lee Mi-Rim takes slim LPGA lead

Alison Lee tees off the 2nd hole during Round Three of the LPGA KIA Classic at the Aviara Golf Club on March 28, 2015 in Carlsbad, CaliforniaCarlsbad (United States) (AFP) - South Korea's Lee Mi-Rim carded a six-under par 66 and will take a one-shot lead over American Alison Lee into the final round of the LPGA Kia Classic.



Publ.Date : Sun, 29 Mar 2015 00:41:35 -0400

Australian Appleby out indefinitely after back surgery

PGA: Quicken Loans National-Third Round(Reuters) - Nine-times PGA Tour winner Stuart Appleby has undergone back surgery for a herniated disc and will be out of action indefinitely. Appleby, 43, who has not played since mid-February, has endured back problems for much of his career. "No idea when I'm back as I don't know or anybody knows how long it takes to get 100 percent," he told Reuters. The Australian is one of only six players to have shot 59 on the PGA Tour. He was not exempt for next month's Masters, after finishing 31st on the tour's points list last year. The top 30 clinched invitations to Augusta. ...



Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 21:27:38 -0400

Ramsay returns to form with victory at Trophee Hassan II

Richie Ramsay of Scotland hits a shot during a practice at Oak Hill Country Club on August 7, 2013 in Rochester, New YorkScotland's Richie Ramsay overcame a bumpy front nine before striking back with three straight birdies as he won the Trophee Hassan II tournament on Sunday by one stroke for his third European Tour victory. A final round of 69, on the picturesque par-72 Golf de Palais Royal layout in Agadir, left Ramsay on 10-under and one shot clear of Frenchman and fellow overnight leader Romain Wattel.



Publ.Date : Sun, 29 Mar 2015 13:44:56 -0400

League urges \'inclusion\' as Indiana law sparks gay rights concern

The NBA reaffirmed the league's commitment to diversity, after Indiana passed a law that activists fear allows discrimination against homosexuals in the stateThe NBA reaffirmed the league's commitment to diversity, after Indiana passed a law that activists fear allows discrimination against homosexuals in the state. "The game of basketball is grounded in long established principles of inclusion and mutual respect," the league said in a statement issued jointly with the Indiana Pacers and their WNBA sister club the Indiana Fever. Supporters of gay rights united in outrage Friday after Indiana governor Mike Pence signed the law touted as a measure to protect religious freedom.



Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 21:19:47 -0400

Browns GM banned four games for texting to sideline

General manager Ray Farmer of the Cleveland Browns during warmups on October 12, 2014 in Cleveland, OhioCleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer was suspended for four games without pay by the National Football League on Monday for violating rules banning the use of electronic devices during games. Farmer sent text messages to the Browns sideline with a cell phone during games last season. The suspension will begin at the start of the 2015 regular season and forbids Farmer from any involvement in club matters or from being at the team's offices, practice facility or Browns games. The Browns were also fined $250,000, although the league found no other members of the front office were involved.



Publ.Date : Mon, 30 Mar 2015 15:40:55 -0400

Scotland\'s Ramsay takes European Tour title in Morocco
(Reuters) - Scotland's Richie Ramsay claimed his third European Tour title and survived Romain Wattel's late surge to win the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco on Sunday. Ramsay, joint overnight leader on seven-under with Wattel and Scotland's Andrew McArthur, carded a three under-par final round at the course in Agadir to finish on a total of 278.
Publ.Date : Sun, 29 Mar 2015 13:34:00 -0400

Golf-Walker takes four-shot lead at windy Texas Open
(Add quotes, details) March 28 (Reuters) - American Jimmy Walker shot a three-under-par 69 to open up a four-shot lead as winds returned to vex players at the Texas Open in San Antonio on Saturday. Walker, who led by one after 36 holes, shared the lead with fellow Texan Jordan Spieth at the turn before a late surge took him to nine-under-par 207. "It's a tough golf course," said Walker, who won the Sony Open in Hawaii in January and is aiming for his fifth PGA Tour title. "You definitely want to find a way to extend the lead, but you have to be smart about it." Walker took a bogey at the par-four 12th when his tee shot buried into soft sand in a bunker left of the fairway and had to use his hands to dig around the left lip to find the ball.
Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 20:29:12 -0400

China says 66 golf courses shut in renewed crackdown
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese authorities have closed 66 golf courses in a renewed crackdown on courses built in contravention of rules designed to protect arable land and save water, China's top economic planning body said on Monday. The central government last year ordered the demolition of courses built by five mainly little-known developers, the first real sign of enforcement of a 2004 ban. The ban was imposed to protect China's shrinking land and water resources in a country home to a fifth of the world's population but which has just 7 percent of its water. ...
Publ.Date : Mon, 30 Mar 2015 05:50:03 -0400

Play-off-bound Rockets lose Beverley for rest of season

Patrick Beverley (R) of the Houston Rockets during a game against the Phoenix Suns in Houston, Texas on March 21, 2015Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley will miss the remainder of the NBA season after undergoing surgery on his injured left wrist, the team announced Monday. Beverley will have an operation on Tuesday to repair a torn wrist ligament that he suffered in last Monday's 110-100 victory over Indiana. The Rockets lost Beverley just two days before they welcomed back center Dwight Howard following a two-month absence due to a right knee injury. Beverley, 26, was averaging 10.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists over 56 games this season, but was as important to the Rockets for his defensive skills.



Publ.Date : Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:56:06 -0400

Golf-Local favorite Walker wins Texas Open
Hometown favorite Jimmy Walker became the first multiple winner on the PGA Tour this season by claiming a four-stroke victory over Jordan Spieth in the Texas Open at TPC San Antonio on Sunday. Walker, who stormed to a nine-shot win at the Sony Open in Hawaii in January, began the day with a four-shot lead and was never seriously threatened as the San Antonio area resident shot a two-under 70 for an 11-under-par 277 total. Spieth, who struggled on the front nine, put on a late charge to whittle Walker's seven-shot lead down to four.
Publ.Date : Sun, 29 Mar 2015 18:09:19 -0400

Tokyo district OKs Japan\'s first same-sex partner certificates

Japanese gay couple Hiroko Masuhara (L) thank Tokyo's Shibuya ward for its decision to issue "partnership" certificates to gay couples, outside the local government office on March 31, 2015A Tokyo council voted on Tuesday to issue "partnership" certificates to gay couples, the first such recognition of same-sex unions in Japan. Assembly members in Shibuya district -- a business and shopping hub that is home to international firms and embassies -- passed an ordinance that will allow their officials to start giving out the certificate as early as this summer. "I'm happy," said Koyuki Higashi, a gay rights campaigner who held a wedding ceremony with her female partner at Tokyo Disney Resort in 2013. "I hope this movement will be spread across Japan and discussions on same-sex marriages will accelerate," said Higashi, who has been living in Shibuya for four months, adding she and her partner Hiroko Masuhara plan to get a certificate.



Publ.Date : Tue, 31 Mar 2015 04:41:01 -0400

Thai leader moves to lift martial law, impose absolute power

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha answers questions from reporters during a press conference at the government house in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Thailand's prime minister has asked the king for formal approval to lift martial law, which the military imposed ahead of a coup last May that overturned an elected government. The monarch's approval is considered a formality. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)BANGKOK (AP) ? Thailand's military-installed prime minister said Tuesday he plans to lift martial law 10 months after staging a coup, but will invoke a special security measure that critics say is more draconian.



Publ.Date : Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:35:38 -0400

10 Things to Know for Today

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, looks through a window of the hotel during a break after a meeting during a new round of Nuclear Iran Talks, in Lausanne, Switzerland, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Keystone, Jean-Christophe Bott)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:



Publ.Date : Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:00:43 -0400

IS \'executes at least 30 civilians\' in central Syria

Rebel fighters sit on top of a tank as they head to the front line of battles against Syrian pro-government forces, near the city of Hama, on February 18, 2014The extremist Islamic State group Tuesday executed at least 30 civilians, including two children, in a raid on a regime-held village in Syria's central province of Hama, a monitor said. IS "executed at least 30 people, including women and children, by burning, beheading, and firing on them" in the village of Mabujeh, said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. IS has regularly targeted minority sects in Syria, especially Shiite Muslims it accuses of apostasy, as well as Sunnis who it alleges have violated its interpretation of the religion.



Publ.Date : Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:34:47 -0400

Anne Frank House museum: Jewish diarist likely died earlier
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) ? New research by the Anne Frank House museum shows that the Jewish girl whose World War II diary about her life hiding made her a symbol for all Holocaust victims likely died earlier than previously thought.
Publ.Date : Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:23:57 -0400

Questions remain in officer-involved shooting at NSA

A police officer directs a vehicle to turn away at the National Security Agency, Monday, March 30, 2015, in Fort Meade, Md. Earlier, a firefight erupted when two men dressed as women tried to ram a car into a gate, killing one of them and wounding the other, officials said. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) ? The warnings are strong and security is always tight, but most drivers are versed in the daily routine as thousands of employees and contractors stream through the closely guarded entrance to the National Security Agency.



Publ.Date : Tue, 31 Mar 2015 04:27:24 -0400

Lufthansa insurers set aside $300 million over Alps crash

Gendarme Bruno Hermignies stands by a bulldozer clearing a path to the crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, France, Monday, March 30, 2015. European investigators are focusing on the psychological state of a 27-year-old German co-pilot who prosecutors say deliberately flew a Germanwings plane carrying 150 people into a mountain, a French police official said Monday. (AP Photo/Claude Paris, Pool)BERLIN (AP) ? Lufthansa says its insurers are setting aside $300 million to deal with possible costs resulting from last week's crash of a Germanwings jet in the French Alps, in which 150 people died.



Publ.Date : Tue, 31 Mar 2015 04:58:02 -0400

Global stocks mostly gain on economic data, China hopes

FILE - This July 16, 2013 file photo shows a Wall Street street sign outside the New York Stock Exchange in New York. U.S. stocks are starting the week sharply higher Monday, March 30, 2015, led by energy companies. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)TOKYO (AP) ? Global stock markets mostly climbed Tuesday, boosted by positive data from major economies and hopes for stimulus in China.



Publ.Date : Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:06:39 -0400

Distillers: Stiff whiskey law stifles town\'s boozy revival

Jesse James Dupree, the singer of the hard rock band Jackyl, gestures at a copper still the Full Throttle distillery in Trimble, Tenn., on Thursday, March 26, 2015. Dupree's plans to build his own distillery next door to Full Throttle are on hold because he doesn?t want to have to conform to a state law setting a legal definition for which spirits can be marketed as "Tennessee Whiskey." (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)TRIMBLE, Tenn. (AP) ? Booze, bikes and rock 'n' roll.



Publ.Date : Tue, 31 Mar 2015 04:55:05 -0400

Jay Z leads stars in rebranded Tidal streaming service

Jay Z earlier this year bought Tidal, which markets itself to audiophiles, by spending $56 million for its Swedish-listed parent company AspiroRap mogul Jay Z has launched the rebranded Tidal music streaming service with major star backing, hoping to shake up the growing industry through high sound quality and artist control. With veiled swipes at streaming leader Spotify, Jay Z brought out musicians including Madonna, Kanye West and the masked electronic duo Daft Punk, who will all be equity partners in the new Tidal. Jay Z earlier this year bought Tidal, which markets itself to audiophiles, by spending $56 million for its Swedish-listed parent company Aspiro. At the announcement in New York, singer Alicia Keys hinted that some musicians could choose to release material exclusively or early on the artist-owned service.



Publ.Date : Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:05:56 -0400

Thai junta to replace martial law but retain key powers

Martial law which was decreed in Thailand shortly before the military seized power in a coup last MayThailand's junta chief said Tuesday he had asked the king for permission to lift martial law, after coming under pressure from foreign governments, but added that the military would retain sweeping powers. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha said the ailing 87-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej would now decide whether to lift martial law, which would be replaced with a new executive order. "A new order (to replace martial law) will be issued very soon," the former army chief said. Thailand has been under increased pressure from western allies, businesses and tour operators to lift martial law which was decreed shortly before the military seized power in a coup last May.



Publ.Date : Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:44:43 -0400

AP PHOTOS: For Israeli teens, military is rite of passage

In this Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 photo, an Israeli high-school senior preparing to join the Israeli military later this year participates in a privately run training camp for military combat fitness near Yakum, central Israel. With a mandatory three-year military service looming after graduation, teenage boys, and increasingly girls too, are gearing up for the draft, getting into shape and trying to improve their chances of acceptance into elite combat units. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)YAKUM, Israel (AP) ? Israeli high school seniors have more on their minds than prom and final exams.



Publ.Date : Tue, 31 Mar 2015 04:17:33 -0400

Eurozone deflation eases, unemployment drops: Eurostat

Prices in the 19-nation eurozone were down 0.1 percent in March, less than the drop of 0.3 percent in February with low energy costs still impacting the cost of living, the EU statistics agency Eurostat saidDeflation in the eurozone eased in March, official data showed Tuesday, reducing concerns that the economy faces a dangerous spiral after four straight months of falling consumer prices. The threat of deflation in the eurozone remains a global concern, with fears that a huge bond-buying spree by the European Central Bank came too late to fight off the negative effects of falling prices. In January, the ECB set out its huge bond-buying programme, an audacious and controversial scheme to ward off deflation and stimulate growth in the eurozone, which expanded a weak 0.9 percent in 2014. On Monday, Fitch ratings agency said a renewed eurozone debt crisis was the biggest risk to the global economy, even greater than unstable oil prices and despite the ECB's quantitative easing programme.



Publ.Date : Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:35:55 -0400

Lawmaker\'s staff to face tough prosecutor in spending probe

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2015, file photo, Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., speaks to reporters before meetings with constituents after a week in which he faced twin scandals in Peoria Ill. Some of Schock's current and previous employees will appear before a federal grand jury next month to answer questions about their old boss. They'll likely face a prosecutor with a tough, meticulous reputation. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)WASHINGTON (AP) ? Some of Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock's current and previous employees will appear before a federal grand jury next month to answer questions about their old boss. When they do, they'll likely face a prosecutor with a tough, meticulous reputation.



Publ.Date : Tue, 31 Mar 2015 03:27:31 -0400

US to pledge up to 28 percent emission cut in global treaty

FILE - In this March 19, 2015, file photo, President Barack Obama, flanked by senior adviser Brian Deese, left, and Christina Goldfuss, managing director of the Council on Environmental Quality, speaks at Energy Department in Washington. In a highly anticipated announcement, the United States will pledge to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by up to 28 percent as its contribution to a major global climate treaty nearing the final stages of negotiation, according to people briefed on the White House?s plans. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) ? The United States will pledge Tuesday to cut its greenhouse gas emissions up to 28 percent as part of a global treaty aimed at preventing the worst effects of climate change, according to individuals briefed on the White House's plans.



Publ.Date : Tue, 31 Mar 2015 03:25:53 -0400

French eye cockpit entry, psychological screening rules

Gendarme Bruno Hermignies stands by a bulldozer clearing a path to the crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, France, Monday, March 30, 2015. European investigators are focusing on the psychological state of a 27-year-old German co-pilot who prosecutors say deliberately flew a Germanwings plane carrying 150 people into a mountain, a French police official said Monday. (AP Photo/Claude Paris, Pool)PARIS (AP) ? French aviation investigators said Tuesday they will examine "systemic weaknesses" like cockpit entry rules and psychological screening procedures that could have led to the Germanwings crash, while Lufthansa said its insurers set aside $300 million to deal with possible fallout from the disaster.



Publ.Date : Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:48:03 -0400

China closes 66 \'illegal\' golf courses

China's ruling Communist Party has long had an ambivalent relationship with golf, which is both a lucrative opportunity for local authorities and a favoured pastime of some officials, but closely associated with wealth and Western elitesChina's Communist rulers have turned against the exclusive sport of golf with the government saying nearly 70 "illegal" courses have been closed, seemingly enforcing a decade-old ban for the first time. The announcement by the ministry of land and resources comes amid a high-profile anti-graft campaign spearheaded by President Xi Jinping, which has seen crackdowns on banquets, lavish gift-giving and other official excesses. The ruling Communist Party has long had an ambivalent relationship with golf, which is a lucrative opportunity for local authorities and a favoured pastime of some officials, but is also closely associated with wealth and Western elites. "Presently, local governments have shut down a number of illegally-built golf courses, and preliminary results have been achieved in clean-up and rectification work," read the announcement on the ministry's website late Monday.



Publ.Date : Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:56:18 -0400

Liberal Dems, GOP cling to hope Warren runs for president

FILE - In this March 25, 2015 file photo, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass, left, speaks at a new conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Liberal Democrats and Republicans have found something to agree on: both want to keep alive the prospect that Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren will run for president. Each side is driven by self-interest as they cling to a dream that is all but certain to remain in the realm of fantasy. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn. is at right. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)WASHINGTON (AP) ? Republicans and liberal Democrats have found something to agree on: Both want to keep alive the prospect that Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren will run for president.



Publ.Date : Tue, 31 Mar 2015 03:31:12 -0400

Browns GM banned four games for texting to sideline

General manager Ray Farmer of the Cleveland Browns during warmups on October 12, 2014 in Cleveland, OhioCleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer was suspended for four games without pay by the National Football League on Monday for violating rules banning the use of electronic devices during games. Farmer sent text messages to the Browns sideline with a cell phone during games last season. The suspension will begin at the start of the 2015 regular season and forbids Farmer from any involvement in club matters or from being at the team's offices, practice facility or Browns games. The Browns were also fined $250,000, although the league found no other members of the front office were involved.



Publ.Date : Mon, 30 Mar 2015 15:40:55 -0400

Unease about immigration at core of UK election campaign

European Market shop seen in Boston, Lincolnshire, England, Saturday March 21 2015. British voters go to the polls May 7 in the most unpredictable election in decades. All parties are trying to woo voters in the North Warwickshire constituency, one of the countries closest races. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)BOSTON, England (AP) ? Boston is a typical English town ? ancient church, traditional shops, Polish supermarkets, Baltic bakeries. Amid the bargain-hunting crowds on market day, eastern European languages are almost as common as the local east-of-England accent.



Publ.Date : Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:12:10 -0400

League urges \'inclusion\' as Indiana law sparks gay rights concern

The NBA reaffirmed the league's commitment to diversity, after Indiana passed a law that activists fear allows discrimination against homosexuals in the stateThe NBA reaffirmed the league's commitment to diversity, after Indiana passed a law that activists fear allows discrimination against homosexuals in the state. "The game of basketball is grounded in long established principles of inclusion and mutual respect," the league said in a statement issued jointly with the Indiana Pacers and their WNBA sister club the Indiana Fever. Supporters of gay rights united in outrage Friday after Indiana governor Mike Pence signed the law touted as a measure to protect religious freedom.



Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 21:19:47 -0400

Scotland\'s Ramsay takes European Tour title in Morocco
(Reuters) - Scotland's Richie Ramsay claimed his third European Tour title and survived Romain Wattel's late surge to win the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco on Sunday. Ramsay, joint overnight leader on seven-under with Wattel and Scotland's Andrew McArthur, carded a three under-par final round at the course in Agadir to finish on a total of 278.
Publ.Date : Sun, 29 Mar 2015 13:34:00 -0400

Anti-censorship group: China behind cyberattacks on US sites
BEIJING (AP) ? Chinese authorities have taken over computers both inside and outside the country to launch cyberattacks against the website of an anti-online censorship group and a U.S.-based web resource that hosts some of the group's data, according to an analysis released by the group.
Publ.Date : Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:25:22 -0400

Philips to sell major stake in LED, car lighting arm for $2.8 bn

Dutch electronics giant Philips on Tuesday said it was selling a majority stake in its LED and car lighting arm to a consortium led by China-based GO Scale Capital investment fund in a deal worth $2.8 bnDutch electronics giant Philips on Tuesday said it was selling a majority stake in its LED and car lighting arm to a consortium led by China-based GO Scale Capital investment fund in a deal worth $2.8 bn. "Philips today announced that it has signed an agreement with a consortium led by GO Scale Capital through which they will acquire an 80.1 percent interest in Philips' combined LED components and automotive lighting business," the Amsterdam-based Philips said. "Philips expects to receive cash proceeds, before tax and transaction related costs, of approximately USD 2.8 billion (2.5 billion euros," it said in a statement. After the sale, to be completed in the third quarter of the year, Philips will retain a 19.9 percent share in the business, it added.



Publ.Date : Tue, 31 Mar 2015 03:47:54 -0400

China says 66 golf courses shut in renewed crackdown
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese authorities have closed 66 golf courses in a renewed crackdown on courses built in contravention of rules designed to protect arable land and save water, China's top economic planning body said on Monday. The central government last year ordered the demolition of courses built by five mainly little-known developers, the first real sign of enforcement of a 2004 ban. The ban was imposed to protect China's shrinking land and water resources in a country home to a fifth of the world's population but which has just 7 percent of its water. ...
Publ.Date : Mon, 30 Mar 2015 05:50:03 -0400

Several Turkish cities hit by power outage
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) ? Dozens of Turkish cities and provinces on Tuesday were hit by a massive power outage that brought transportation to a standstill and disrupted services and businesses which had no backup power.
Publ.Date : Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:00:00 -0400

Syrian media: Islamic State attacks government-held village
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) ? Syria's state-run news agency says Islamic State militants have launched an attack on a government-held village in central Syria, killing at least eight people and wounding scores.
Publ.Date : Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:06:11 -0400

Federal agents accused of stealing $1M in online currency
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ? Two former federal agents are accused of using their positions and savvy computer skills to siphon more than $1 million in digital currency from the illegal black market Silk Road website while they and their agencies were operating an undercover investigation of the online drug bazaar.
Publ.Date : Tue, 31 Mar 2015 03:09:02 -0400

Activists: Syria attacks militant-held Idlib, killing 14
BEIRUT (AP) ? Syrian government forces fired surface-to-surface missiles and conducted airstrikes on the northwestern city of Idlib days after it was seized by Islamic militants, killing more than a dozen people, activists said Tuesday.
Publ.Date : Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:31:34 -0400

Buhari holds lead but tense Nigeria vote too close to call

Main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari pictured after casting his vote at a polling station in Daura in Katsina State, northern Nigeria, on March 28, 2015Nigerian opposition leader Muhammadu Buhari held a lead of more than two million votes Tuesday in the country's general election, but with President Goodluck Jonathan's strongholds yet to report, the final result was too close to call. Just over half of Nigeria's states have declared returns in the vote pitting Jonathan against former military ruler Buhari in the closest election ever in Nigeria, Africa's most populous country and biggest economy. Buhari built his early lead in northern states dominated by the mainly Muslim, Hausa-Fulani ethnic group of which he is a member. So far, Buhari and his All Progressives Congress (APC) has won 10 states, with Jonathan, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) taking eight plus the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja.



Publ.Date : Tue, 31 Mar 2015 04:49:03 -0400

New Zealand cricketer Vettori calls time on international career

New Zealand's Daniel Vettori (C) celebrates with bowler Trent Boult during their Cricket World Cup final against Australia in Melbourne on March 29, 2015Long-serving New Zealand cricketer Daniel Vettori called time on his international career Tuesday, saying the World Cup final was his last appearance for the Black Caps. "It was my last game for New Zealand so it was a lovely way to finish," the former captain told reporters as the team returned from Sunday's final to a heroes' welcome despite being beaten by seven wickets by Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The 36-year-old's announcement was no real surprise after an 18-year international career. New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum revealed that Vettori pulled a calf muscle when exercising between innings in the World Cup final but still managed to send down five overs taking none for 25.



Publ.Date : Tue, 31 Mar 2015 03:35:46 -0400

UK economy grew more sharply in 2014 than previously thought
LONDON (AP) ? Britain's national statistics agency says the economy grew faster than previously thought last year.
Publ.Date : Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:56:32 -0400

Golf-Local favorite Walker wins Texas Open
Hometown favorite Jimmy Walker became the first multiple winner on the PGA Tour this season by claiming a four-stroke victory over Jordan Spieth in the Texas Open at TPC San Antonio on Sunday. Walker, who stormed to a nine-shot win at the Sony Open in Hawaii in January, began the day with a four-shot lead and was never seriously threatened as the San Antonio area resident shot a two-under 70 for an 11-under-par 277 total. Spieth, who struggled on the front nine, put on a late charge to whittle Walker's seven-shot lead down to four.
Publ.Date : Sun, 29 Mar 2015 18:09:19 -0400

Golf-Walker takes four-shot lead at windy Texas Open
(Add quotes, details) March 28 (Reuters) - American Jimmy Walker shot a three-under-par 69 to open up a four-shot lead as winds returned to vex players at the Texas Open in San Antonio on Saturday. Walker, who led by one after 36 holes, shared the lead with fellow Texan Jordan Spieth at the turn before a late surge took him to nine-under-par 207. "It's a tough golf course," said Walker, who won the Sony Open in Hawaii in January and is aiming for his fifth PGA Tour title. "You definitely want to find a way to extend the lead, but you have to be smart about it." Walker took a bogey at the par-four 12th when his tee shot buried into soft sand in a bunker left of the fairway and had to use his hands to dig around the left lip to find the ball.
Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 20:29:12 -0400

Lavrov headed back to Iran talks, prospects \'good\'
MOSCOW (AP) ? Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says he is returning to the Iran talks, and says prospects for reaching agreement on a framework accord are "good."
Publ.Date : Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:01:45 -0400

Pharmacist group says members shouldn\'t aid in executions

FILE - This May 27, 2008 file photo shows the State of Texas execution chamber in Huntsville, Texas. A leading association for pharmacists on Monday has approved a proposal declaring that participation in lethal injection executions by compounding pharmacies would be a violation of core pharmacy values. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)SAN DIEGO (AP) ? In a move that could heighten the hurdles faced by states attempting to execute prisoners, a leading association for U.S. pharmacists has officially discouraged its members from providing drugs for use in lethal injections.



Publ.Date : Tue, 31 Mar 2015 03:28:13 -0400

Play-off-bound Rockets lose Beverley for rest of season

Patrick Beverley (R) of the Houston Rockets during a game against the Phoenix Suns in Houston, Texas on March 21, 2015Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley will miss the remainder of the NBA season after undergoing surgery on his injured left wrist, the team announced Monday. Beverley will have an operation on Tuesday to repair a torn wrist ligament that he suffered in last Monday's 110-100 victory over Indiana. The Rockets lost Beverley just two days before they welcomed back center Dwight Howard following a two-month absence due to a right knee injury. Beverley, 26, was averaging 10.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists over 56 games this season, but was as important to the Rockets for his defensive skills.



Publ.Date : Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:56:06 -0400

Officials: Iran nuke talks to continue in new phase

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, second left, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, left, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, center, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, second right, and German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier wait for the start of a meeting on Iran's nuclear program with other officials from France, China, the European Union and Iran at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Diplomats scrambled Tuesday to reach consensus on the outline of an Iran nuclear deal just hours ahead of a self-imposed deadline to produce an agreement. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) ? Wrapping up six days of marathon nuclear talks with mixed results, Iran and six world powers prepared Tuesday to issue a general statement agreeing to continue negotiations in a new phase aimed at reaching a comprehensive accord by the end of June, officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday.



Publ.Date : Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:20:49 -0400

Police search for armed prisoner after hospital escape
FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) ? Police in northern Virginia locked down a hospital early Tuesday and closed area roads while they search for a prisoner they say is armed and dangerous after he escaped custody.
Publ.Date : Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:53:10 -0400

Clinton also used iPad for email; mixed personal, work chats

FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2011, file photo, then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton hands off her mobile phone after arriving to meet with Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague, Netherlands. Clinton emailed her staff on an iPad as well as a BlackBerry while secretary of state, despite her explanation that she exclusively used a personal email address on a homebrew server so she could carry a single device, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, Pool/File)WASHINGTON (AP) ? Hillary Rodham Clinton emailed her staff on an iPad as well as a BlackBerry while secretary of state, despite her explanation she exclusively used a personal email address on a homebrew server so that she could carry a single device, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.



Publ.Date : Tue, 31 Mar 2015 03:28:42 -0400

 

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