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Hawks promote coach Budenholzer to top exec spot

Mike Budenholzer, coach of the Atlanta Hawks, instructs players during their NBA game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on May 26, 2015Mike Budenholzer, voted the NBA Coach of the Year this past season, was promoted to president of basketball operations and coach while Wes Wilcox was named general manager. Tuesday's moves were the first undertaken by the club since the Hawks were sold June 24 to a group led by billionaire Tony Ressler. Budenholzer, who took over as coach of the Hawks in May of 2013, guided Atlanta to a 60-22 mark this past season, the best record in the Eastern Conference.



Publ.Date : Tue, 30 Jun 2015 21:17:34 -0400

Golf-Grace, Smith and Lowry accept PGA Tour membership
South African Branden Grace, Cameron Smith of Australia and Ireland's Shane Lowry have accepted special temporary membership for the remainder of the 2014-15 PGA Tour season, the tour said on Monday. Both Grace and Smith tied for fourth at the U.S. Open, while Lowry tied for ninth. Special temporary members are not eligible for the FedExCup playoffs, but can become regular PGA Tour members by winning an official event during the season and would then have their FedExCup points counted and be eligible for the playoffs.
Publ.Date : Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:24:50 -0400

Atlanta Hawks sharpshooter Korver to undergo elbow surgery

Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver warms up prior to Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals of the NBA Playoffs against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Philips Arena on May 22, 2015Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver will undergo right elbow surgery Tuesday, the veteran NBA 3-point sharpshooter's second operation in five weeks, the club announced. Korver will have surgery in New York to remove loose bodies from the elbow. No timetable for recovery will be decided until after the operation, the Hawks said in a statement released Monday.



Publ.Date : Mon, 29 Jun 2015 22:08:20 -0400

Warriors, Curry pass Bulls, LeBron as top sellers

Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors holds on to the ball as the clock winds down in Game 5 of the 2015 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers on June 14, 2015Golden State star guard Steph Curry and the NBA champion Warriors have moved into the top-selling spot in NBA merchandise based on sales during the playoffs, the league announced Tuesday. Curry, last season's NBA Most Valuable Player, topped the player jersey sales list at the NBA sales website for the first time in his career after the Warriors defeated Cleveland in the NBA Finals.



Publ.Date : Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:56:58 -0400

Fire destroys historic Oregon baseball stadium
The vacant Civic Stadium in Eugene was engulfed in flames shooting twice the building's height when firefighters arrived on Monday evening, police said in a statement. The structure was scheduled to break ground on a major expansion and renovation in July after a years-long public campaign, according to local non-profit Eugene Civic Alliance. Police said emergency personnel were working to ensure the area was safe before letting people back home, adding that 38 firefighters battled the blaze for over two hours.
Publ.Date : Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:55:53 -0400

Global trio accepts US PGA Tour membership

Cameron Smith hits his tee shot during 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay, Washington on June 21, 2015, who together with Branden Grace and Shane Lowry accepted special temporary US PGA Tour membership for the remainder of the seasonSouth African Branden Grace, Australian Cameron Smith and Ireland's Shane Lowry have accepted special temporary US PGA Tour membership for the remainder of the season, officials said on Monday. Grace and Smith shared fourth at the US Open at Chambers Bay two weeks ago while Lowry finished ninth. As a result of their new status, Grace, Lowry and Smith are able to accept an unlimited number of sponsor exemptions for the remaining tournaments of the season as they try to win enough money to secure playing rights for next season.



Publ.Date : Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:04:01 -0400

Tiger touts progress as new romance reported

Tiger Woods of the United States hits his tee shot during the second round of the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 19, 2015 in University Place, WashingtonTiger Woods expects some improvements, however slight, in his game when the PGA Greenbrier Classic begins Thursday even as he was romantically linked to a rival's ex-wife on Wednesday. Obviously, that's not saying much," Woods said. Woods, the former world number one who has slumped to 220th in the rankings, makes his only tuneup for the British Open in two weeks at St. Andrews against a field whose only top-10 rival is third-ranked Bubba Watson, the two-time Masters champion coming off a PGA victory last week.



Publ.Date : Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:56:08 -0400

Goosen wins playoff and ticket to St. Andrews

PGA: Northern Trust Open-Final Round(Reuters) - Two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen birdied the first playoff hole of a qualifying tournament at Woburn Golf Club on Tuesday to secure a spot at next month's British Open. Irish amateur Paul Dunne shot the lowest score at Woburn after rounds of 70-65 gave him a three-stroke victory with Robert Dinwiddie of England also qualifying for the tournament at St. Andrews. "I won two Dunhill Cups there as well (with Ernie Els and David Frostin 1997 and 1998) and first played it when I was 18, so I've walked a good few miles on that course and I love it," Goosen told reporters looking ahead to the July 16-19 major.



Publ.Date : Tue, 30 Jun 2015 22:41:57 -0400

Former University of Illinois women basketball players file suit against school
(Reuters) - Seven former players from the University of Illinois women's basketball team on Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit that accuses the school's head coach and a former assistant of creating a racially hostile environment. The former players are asking for $10 million in damages from the university in the racial discrimination lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Urbana, Illinois, which accuses head coach Matt Bollant and former assistant coach Mike Divilbiss of violating their civil rights. The lawsuit said the coaches routinely called black players "dogs," "toxic" and "crabs" while racially segregating practices and travel accommodations in the last two basketball seasons.
Publ.Date : Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:05:47 -0400

Cavaliers Love affair continues as free agency begins

Kevin Love will return to the Cleveland Cavaliers next season, the 26-year-old power forward reportedly agreeing to a five-year deal worth $110 million to remain in ClevelandKevin Love has announced he will return to the Cleveland Cavaliers next season, with the 26-year-old power forward reportedly agreeing to a five-year deal worth $110 million to remain in Cleveland. Love, obtained last year from Minnesota in a major trade, suffered a separated left shoulder in the first round of the NBA playoffs and could only watch as the Cavaliers lost to Golden State in the NBA Finals. Love's announcement came on the first day of free agency for the 2015-16 campaign.



Publ.Date : Wed, 01 Jul 2015 21:57:38 -0400

French Ryder Cup venue is ideal says Clarke

People attend the French Golf Open at the Le Golf National Golf Club on July 3, 2011 in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, near ParisEurope Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke is convinced Le Golf National outside Paris will prove to be a perfect venue for the 2018 Ryder Cup with the European team at a distinct advantage. Clarke is in a strong field at the course this week for the French Open with a dual role of recovering his form and running an eye over potential players for next year's Ryder Cup contest in Hazeltine, Minneapolis. Having played several times at the layout, the home course of the French Golf Federation, the Northern Irishman likes what he sees.



Publ.Date : Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:31:02 -0400

U.S. court vacates ruling against Golf Channel over Stanford fraud

Convicted financier Allen Stanford arrives at Federal Court in Houston for sentencing.(Reuters) - A U.S. federal appeals court on Tuesday threw out its own ruling that could have forced the Golf Channel to repay $5.9 million it received from convicted swindler Allen Stanford. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted Golf Channel's request to vacate its March 12 ruling and instead ask the Texas Supreme Court to address a disputed question of state law. Golf Channel, owned by Comcast Corp, had argued that it acted in good faith in receiving the $5.9 million, and in exchange offered sufficient value to Stanford in the form of advertising.



Publ.Date : Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:27:58 -0400

Bubba and Tiger recovering from highs and lows

PGA: Travelers Championship-Final Round(Reuters) - Bubba Watson and Tiger Woods are both trying to recover this week at the Greenbrier Classic, one from the highs of victory and the other from another major disappointment. Watson said on Wednesday he was exhausted following his playoff victory on Sunday at the Travelers Championship, while Woods tried to remain upbeat after a U.S. Open appearance that included another round of 80 for the 14-times major winner. "I'll keep resting, drinking fluids and hopefully recover." Woods is making his first appearance since missing the U.S. Open cut by 11 strokes two weeks ago after posting an opening 10-over-par 80.



Publ.Date : Wed, 01 Jul 2015 14:24:35 -0400

Choi eyes more glory after Arkansas late show
(Reuters) - Most of the clubs in Choi Na-yeon's bag weren't doing what they were supposed to in the final round of the Arkansas Championship on Sunday, the overnight leader struggling for accuracy from tee to green and wielding a putter as cold as ice. Trailing American favorite Stacy Lewis by a stroke with three holes left to play, South Korean Choi turned to her number 8 at the par 4 16th and sent her ball streaking towards the pin from 142 yards away. A stroke ahead now, Choi faced the tricky par 3 17th and there was no question which club she would use.
Publ.Date : Mon, 29 Jun 2015 04:28:33 -0400

Monsters mix with the Great Wall in Matt Damon US-China film
BEIJING (AP) ? Matt Damon, one of China's favorite Hollywood stars, said Thursday he was overwhelmed at the fans turning up at his hotel in China ? not for him but for an ex-boy band singer who also appears in a Sino-Hollywood fantasy adventure movie.
Publ.Date : Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:30:31 -0400

Greek government \'may resign\' if referendum goes against it

Yanis Varoufakis says the Greek government may very well resign in there is a 'Yes' vote in Sunday's referendumGreece's radical left government suggested it would resign if it fails to get its way in a make-or-break referendum Sunday that could decide the country's financial future. Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said the government "may very well" quit in a radio interview Thursday in which he also said "we are on a war footing" to ensure the rushed referendum happens in time. International creditors and markets are stepping back after days of dizzying drama over the Greek crisis to watch the outcome of the consultation at the weekend.



Publ.Date : Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:33:20 -0400

Choi eyes more glory after Arkansas late show
(Reuters) - Most of the clubs in Choi Na-yeon's bag weren't doing what they were supposed to in the final round of the Arkansas Championship on Sunday, the overnight leader struggling for accuracy from tee to green and wielding a putter as cold as ice. Trailing American favorite Stacy Lewis by a stroke with three holes left to play, South Korean Choi turned to her number 8 at the par 4 16th and sent her ball streaking towards the pin from 142 yards away. A stroke ahead now, Choi faced the tricky par 3 17th and there was no question which club she would use.
Publ.Date : Mon, 29 Jun 2015 04:28:33 -0400

Top American diplomat in Cuba in line to head new embassy

The chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Cuba Jeffrey DeLaurentis, left, and Cuba's Interim Foreign Minister Marcelino Medina sit at a meeting prior to handing over of a letter from U.S. President Barack Obama for Cuba's President Raul Castro in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, July 1, 2015. The respective diplomatic missions called interests sections will be converted into embassies as soon as July 20, although the U.S. State Department says it does not yet have a date for a formal ceremony. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)HAVANA (AP) ? From his office high above Havana, Jeffrey DeLaurentis has a sweeping view of the cerulean Florida Straits and the blood-red letters declaring Cuba's defiance of the United States.



Publ.Date : Thu, 02 Jul 2015 08:04:11 -0400

Centene plans $6.3B acquisition of fellow insurer Health Net
Medicaid coverage provider Centene is spending about $6.3 billion to buy fellow insurer Health Net, as managed care companies look to bulk up while adjusting to the federal health care overhaul.
Publ.Date : Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:51:39 -0400

Greek vote campaign begins amid grinding cash crisis

Pensioners wait to be allowed into the National Bank of Greece to withdraw a maximum of 120 euros ($134) for the week, Thursday, July 2, 2015. Greece braced for more chaos on the streets outside its mostly shuttered banks Thursday, as Athens and its creditors halted talks on resolving the country's deepening financial crisis until a referendum this weekend. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)ATHENS, Greece (AP) ? The battle for Greek votes entered full swing Thursday ahead of a crucial weekend referendum that could decide whether the country falls out of the euro. For Greeks, particularly the elderly, the daily struggle to get cash ground on in the face of uncertainty.



Publ.Date : Thu, 02 Jul 2015 08:08:58 -0400

US seeks extradition of 7 FIFA officials from Switzerland

The United States has demanded the extradition of seven FIFA officials detained in May setting off what could become a prolonged legal battle over the handling of the major corruption caseThe United States has demanded the extradition of seven FIFA officials detained in May setting off what could become a prolonged legal battle over the handling of the major corruption case. Swiss authorities said Thursday that the US embassy in Bern had sent an extradition request the day before. The seven were detained in a dawn raid on a Zurich hotel on May 27 as a FIFA congress was about to start.



Publ.Date : Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:49:48 -0400

Global stocks gain as US data eclipse Greek risk

People walk past an electronic stock indicator of a securities firm in Tokyo, Thursday, July 2, 2015. Asian stocks were higher on Thursday as strong U.S. payroll data overshadowed worries about Greek debt. Japan's Nikkei 225 rose 193.18 points to 20,522.50. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) ? Global stocks rose on Thursday as expectations for solid U.S. jobs data overshadowed worries about Greek debt.



Publ.Date : Thu, 02 Jul 2015 08:18:46 -0400

Barcelona mayor halts new tourist accommodation licenses
MADRID (AP) ? Barcelona's new leftist mayor Thursday temporarily halted the issuing of new licenses for tourist accommodation while new regulations are drawn up to govern a sector some say has grown too big in recent years.
Publ.Date : Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:53:38 -0400

Ferry capsizes in Philippines; 36 dead, 26 missing

Rescuers help passengers from a capsized ferry boat, center, in Ormoc city on Leyte Island, Philippines, Thursday, July 2, 2015. A ferry capsized Thursday as it left a central Philippine port in choppy waters, leaving dozens dead and many others missing, coast guard officials said. (Ignatius Martin/Miquicar Photostudio via AP)MANILA, Philippines (AP) ? A ferry carrying 189 passengers and crew capsized Thursday minutes after it left a central Philippine port in choppy waters, leaving at least 36 dead and 26 others missing, coast guard officials said.



Publ.Date : Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:47:26 -0400

Reelz comes to the rescue of homeless Miss USA pageant

FILE - In this June 16, 2013, file photo, Donald Trump, left, and Miss Connecticut USA Erin Brady pose onstage after Brady won the 2013 Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas. The Reelz channel said Thursday, July 2, 2015, it will carry Trump's Miss USA pageant that was dropped by NBC after Trump made critical comments about immigrants from Mexico. (AP Photo/Jeff Bottari, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) ? The Miss USA pageant, left without a TV home following blowback against co-owner Donald Trump over his comments on Mexican immigrants, has been rescued by the Reelz channel.



Publ.Date : Thu, 02 Jul 2015 08:14:06 -0400

Migrant trafficker jailed for 18 years for 2013 shipwreck off Italy

Rescued migrants arrive onboard a coastguard vessel at the harbour of LampedusaAn Italian court on Wednesday found a Tunisian man guilty of trafficking migrants and sentenced him to 18 years in jail for contributing to a 2013 shipwreck that killed 366 people, a judicial source said. A court in Agrigento, Sicily, convicted 36 year-old Khaled Bensalem of causing the 2013 shipwreck and the deaths of the mainly Eritrean passengers, and aiding illegal immigration, the source at the Agrigento prosecutor's office said. Since the 2013 shipwreck, which prompted Italy to start its now-defunct search and rescue mission Mare Nostrum, a bigger disaster in April killed up to 800 migrants and stunned the European Union into expanding joint rescue operations.



Publ.Date : Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:38:10 -0400

In Wisconsin, Sanders appeals to like-minded liberals

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders shakes hands with supporters after speaking at a political rally in Madison, Wis., Wednesday, July 1, 2015. (Michael P. King/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)MADISON, Wis. (AP) ? Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders touted his progressive credentials before his largest crowd to date Wednesday night as he pushed his campaign into Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker's backyard.



Publ.Date : Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:44:26 -0400

Kerry consults US partners before further talks with Iran
VIENNA (AP) ? High-level negotiations over Iran's nuclear program entered their sixth day Thursday after diplomats blew through a June 30 deadline and extended an interim accord by a week.
Publ.Date : Thu, 02 Jul 2015 08:13:30 -0400

 

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