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Warriors want NBA season win mark, but title is top goal

Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors shoots for three against the Los Angeles Clippers during their NBA game in Los Angeles, California on November 19, 2015Stephen Curry is playing better than he did last season, when he was the NBA's Most Valuable Player, and he has the Golden State Warriors winning at a historic rate. Curry is leading the league with 29.8 points a game, six more points a game than he averaged last season, and his 245 3-pointers are on pace to shatter the one-season NBA record of 286 he set last season. On top of that, the defending champion Warriors are on pace to surpass the best season in NBA history, the 72-10 campaign of the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls in the 1995-96 season when they went on to win the title.



Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:30:05 -0500

Bears drop top rusher Forte after eight NFL seasons

Matt Forte #22 of the Chicago Bears carries the football in the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field on November 1, 2015 in Chicago, IllinoisMatt Forte will not return to the Chicago Bears next season, the club and player announced Friday, ending the tenure of the second-most prolific rusher in the team's 95-year history. Since joining the Bears in 2008, Forte leads the NFL with 12,718 total yards from scrimmage. "These decisions are never easy, especially given what Matt has meant to our team and community," Bears general manager Ryan Pace said.



Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 13:40:20 -0500

NBA Heat\'s Whiteside banned one game for elbowing

Hassan Whiteside (L) of the Miami Heat posts up Boban Marjanovic of the San Antonio Spurs during a game on February 9, 2016 in Miami, FloridaMiami Heat center Hassan Whiteside, the NBA's top shot blocker, has been suspended one game without pay for elbowing San Antonio Spurs center Boban Marjanovic, the league announced Thursday. Whiteside, who honed his game for two years in China and Lebanon, averages 3.9 blocks a game, ranks as the NBA's second-most accurate shooter by hitting 61.7 percent from the floor and is fifth in the league in rebounds with 11.0 a game. The 26-year-old American 7-footer (2.13m) was whistled for a flagrant 2 foul and ejected with 9:35 remaining in the fourth quarter of Tuesday's 119-101 Miami home loss to the Spurs.



Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 15:51:29 -0500

Schwartzel takes one-shot lead at Tshwane Open

South Africa's Charl Schwartzel tees off during the DP World Tour Golf Championship in Dubai, on November 21, 2015Charl Schwartzel carded an excellent four under par 66 on Saturday to take a one shot lead ahead of the final day of the Tshwane Open in Pretoria. Home hope Schwartzel started the third round two strokes adrift of overnight leader Anthony Michael, but picked up a shot at the second before holing his eight foot eagle putt at the ninth to join Zander Lombard and Michael in a share of the lead at the turn. The 2011 Masters champion is now nine under overall, one better than compatriot Lombard, who hit a best-of-the-day 63 to catapult himself into contention.



Publ.Date : Sat, 13 Feb 2016 13:15:02 -0500

Reavie leads at Pebble Beach as Spieth, Day battle
(Reuters) - American Chez Reavie rebounded superbly from missed cuts in his last two PGA Tour starts to fire an eight-under-par 63 and grab a one-shot lead in the opening round of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Thursday. While some of the biggest names in the game battled hard to post sub-par scores, Reavie covered his final nine holes in a sizzling seven-under 30 at Monterey Peninsula Country Club, the easiest of the three venues being used for this week's event.
Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 19:34:54 -0500

Reigning Olympic women\'s basketball champs USA name finalists

Guard Sue Bird, pictured on August 11, 2012, is among women named for the US Olympic women's basketball training campThree-time Olympic champions Tamika Catchings, Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi are among 16 finalists named Thursday for the US Olympic women's basketball training camp scheduled for February 21-23. The session at the University of Connecticut is expected to be the last gathering of players before the roster is trimmed to the 12-player lineup that will try and bring the Americans a sixth consecutive gold medal in August at Rio. "This three-day training camp becomes a vital part in our preparations," said US and Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma, who has a 23-0 record at the 2012 Olympics and 2010 and 2014 worlds.



Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 14:29:03 -0500

Golf-European Tour Tshwane Open scores
Feb 13 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the European Tour Tshwane Open at the par-70 course on Saturday in Waterkloof -9 Charl Schwartzel (South Africa) 71 64 66 -8 Zander Lombard (South Africa) 72 67 63 -6 Anthony Michael (South Africa) 64 69 71 Haydn Porteous (South Africa) 70 66 68 -4 Toby Tree (Britain) 70 71 65 Dean Burmester (South Africa) 70 68 68 -3 Richard Sterne (South Africa) 68 70 69 Nino Bertasio (Italy) 68 71 68 Jamie McLeary (Britain) 68 70 69 -2 Jeff Winther (Denmark) 73 66 69 George Coetzee (South Africa) 68 72 68 -1 Theunis Spangenberg (South Africa) 65 71 73 Andrew Curlewis ...
Publ.Date : Sat, 13 Feb 2016 09:51:46 -0500

Tanaka unsure of status for Yankees opener

Masahiro Tanaka #19 of the New York Yankees throws a pitch in the first inning against the Houston Astros during the American League Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium on October 6, 2015 in New York CityNew York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is uncertain if he will be ready for the start of the Major League Baseball season and plans to gauge his fitness in pre-season. The 27-year-old Japanese right-hander had off-season surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow and has not yet thrown from a mound as the Yankees prepare to open pre-season training with other clubs next week. "Can't really say," Tanaka said through a translator when asked if he would be ready for New York's April 4 opener.



Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:21:14 -0500

Padres hire Nomo to bolster Pacific Rim presence
(Reuters) - The San Diego Padres have hired Japanese pitching pioneer Hideo Nomo as an advisor for baseball operations to strengthen their presence in the Pacific Rim, the National League franchise said on Thursday. The Padres already have four full-time scouts in the Pacific Rim and expect the 47-year-old Nomo to help them gain a stronger foothold in terms of finding talent in the region. "We are proud to welcome Hideo to the Padres organization," San Diego general manager A.J. Preller said in a statement.
Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:22:43 -0500

CSKA take Olympiakos revenge, Djokovic inspires Red Star
By Zoran Milosavljevic BELGRADE (Reuters) - Serbian guard Milos Teodosic helped six-time Euroleague winners CSKA Moscow secure a 92-85 home win over Olympiakos Piraeus on Friday to avenge three painful defeats by the Greek side. Red Star Belgrade were cheered on by tennis world number one Novak Djokovic as they beat Cedevita Zagreb 94-74 to rack up their fourth win in five games in Thursday's stand-out fixture. On the same night, holders Real Madrid, who are chasing a record-extending 10th title in Europe's premier club competition, enjoyed an impressive 93-82 success at Khimki Moscow.
Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:23:57 -0500

Thitiphun clinches Asian Tour title in Bangladesh

Thitiphun Chuayprakong of Thailand plays a shot during the final round of the Bangladesh Open golf tournament at the Kurmitola Golf Club in Dhaka on February 13, 2016Thailand's Thitiphun Chuayprakong clinched his maiden Asian Tour title when he carded four-under-par 67 in the final round to claim a two-shot victory at the $300,000 Bashundhara Bangladesh Open on Saturday. The 23-year-old Thai, who went to the final round with a three-shot lead, kept his composure to hit five birdies against a lone bogey for a winning total of 21-under-par 263 at the Kurmitola Golf Club. India's Shubhankar Sharma signed off with a splendid 65 to take the third place on his own on 270, while compatriot Chikkarangappa S. (73) shared fourth with Phachara Khongwatmai of Thailand (68) on 272.



Publ.Date : Sat, 13 Feb 2016 08:37:37 -0500

Icy blast before Canada warms up for All-Star Game

NBA: All Star Game-Media DayBy Steve Keating TORONTO (Reuters) - The NBA got a frosty welcome as it brought its All-Star Game north to Canada for the first time where fans and players were greeted by an Arctic blast on Friday but a forecast for plenty of heat over a party packed weekend. Mother Nature and the host Toronto Raptors provided the stereotypical bone-chilling Canadian winter weather as A-list celebrities, industry kingpins and the world's best basketball players, including LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Stephen Curry took over the frost-bitten city. Really cold," shivered Los Angeles Lakers great Bryant, who arrived for Media Day on Friday with a toque pulled down snuggly over his head.



Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 19:13:48 -0500

Kobe makes All-Star farewell among those he inspired

Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers leaves the court following a game against the New Orleans Pelicans on February 4, 2016 in New Orleans, LouisianaKobe Bryant makes his 18th and final NBA All-Star Game appearance Sunday in Toronto, with the Los Angeles Lakers legend surrounded by a new generation of playmakers he inspired to greatness. "It's time for me to go," Bryant said Friday. Now Davis will be among those trying to make sure Bryant wins a record fifth NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player award, breaking the record Bryant now shares with 1950s icon Bob Petit.



Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:11:00 -0500

Three-game ban upheld for NFL Bengals linebacker Burfict

Vontaze Burfict of the Cincinnati Bengals, pictured on January 9, 2016, is banned for the first three games next September after his actions in a playoff game against PittsburghCincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict's lost his appeal on Thursday against a three-game suspension for violent play which included an incident that left an opponent concussed. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell banned Burfict for the Bengals' first three games next September after his actions in a playoff game last month against Pittsburgh, notably a severe blow to the head of Steelers receiver Antonio Brown that resulted in a concussion. NFL appeals officer Derrick Brooks, a retired Hall of Fame linebacker for Tampa Bay, upheld the suspension, which will cost Burfict $502,941 as he enters the third season of a four-year contract worth $20 million.



Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 15:25:31 -0500

LaVine shines as US beat World in NBA Rising Stars Challenge

Zach LaVine of the Minnesota Timberwolves and the United States team holds up his MVP trophy after defeating the World team at the NBA Rising Stars Challenge in Toronto on February 12, 2016Minnesota forward Zach LaVine scored 30 points and pulled down seven rebounds to lead the United States to a 157-154 victory over the world team in the NBA's Rising Stars Challenge in Toronto. LaVine was named Most Valuable Player of the contest featuring many of the NBA's top rookies and second-year players, which launched the festivities of All-Star weekend. Sunday's All-Star Game will cap the action at Air Canada Centre, but before then LaVine will defend the title he won last year in Saturday's Slam Dunk contest.



Publ.Date : Sat, 13 Feb 2016 02:36:40 -0500

Thunder down Pelicans in Oklahoma

NBA: New Orleans Pelicans at Oklahoma City Thunder(The Sports Xchange) - Oklahoma City and New Orleans came into their matchup Thursday with heavy hearts. The death of Ingrid Williams, wife of Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams affected both franchises. Monty Williams was the Pelicans head coach before being fired last season and had been like a second mother to most of the current players.



Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 23:47:16 -0500

Golf-Schwartzel surges into contention at Tshwane Open
Four birdies and an eagle helped propel home favourite Charl Schwartzel to within two shots of the lead after a flawless 64 in the second round of the European Tour's Tshwane Open on Friday. The 2011 Masters champion produced the outstanding golf on a day when the average score was two over par and play was extended into the evening due to a weather delay. Schwartzel is two shots behind leader and compatriot Anthony Michael, whose score of 69 from a roller-coaster second round left him seven under par for the tournament.
Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:28:39 -0500

Golf: Schwartzel on course for victory on his 2016 debut
South African Charl Schwartzel is poised to mark his first appearance of the year with a win after taking a one-shot lead in the Tshwane Open third round on Saturday. The 2011 U.S. Masters champion bagged an eagle and three birdies in a four-under-par 66 that earned a nine-under tally of 201, one ahead of compatriot Zander Lombard who carded the best round of the day with a scintillating 63. Schwartzel dropped his first shot since Thursday after finding a bunker at the 18th, ending a run of 40 holes without a bogey.
Publ.Date : Sat, 13 Feb 2016 10:06:24 -0500

Golf-U.S. PGA Tour Pebble Beach Pro-Am scores
Feb 13 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Thursday in Pebble Beach, California -11 Kang Sung-Hoon (Korea) 72 60 Hiroshi Iwata (Japan) 66 66 -10 Phil Mickelson (U.S.) 68 65 Fredrik Jacobson (Sweden) 65 69 Chez Reavie (U.S.) 63 70 -9 Justin Rose (Britain) 66 68 -8 Roberto Castro (U.S.) 66 70 Mark Hubbard (U.S.) 70 66 Ricky Barnes (U.S.) 65 70 -7 Jim Herman (U.S.) 69 67 Ryan Ruffels (Australia) 67 70 Jonas Blixt (Sweden) 67 69 -6 Bill Haas (U.S.) 69 68 Stewart Cink (U.S.) 70 68 Jason Day (Australia) 71 66 Matt Jones (Australia) 68 70 Vaughn Taylor (U.S. ...
Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 19:34:37 -0500

League proud to be progressive, but more can be done

Pan Am Games: Basketball-Canada vs MexicoBy Frank Pingue TORONTO (Reuters) - The NBA has long been considered the most progressive of North America's four major professional sports leagues when it comes to gender equity but more work can be done, according to some owners and former players. Heading into the NBA's current season, currently on break for All-Star Weekend in Toronto, the league led the way in North America with two female assistant coaches among its 30 teams. "We can always do more but I think the NBA has always been a leader in human rights and I think we're a very inclusive league and product from a fan standpoint as well," said Steve Nash, a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player who retired last year, told Reuters.



Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:28:32 -0500

Thunder down Pelicans as both teams play with heavy hearts

Russell Westbrook helped Oklahoma City Thunder roll into the NBA's All-Star break with a 121-95 victory over the New Orleans PelicansWestbrook was one rebound shy of his ninth triple double of the season as he collected 10 assists and nine rebounds. Durant connected on 10 of 17 from the field and also handed out six assists as Oklahoma City improved to 40-14. The Thunder are one of three Western Conference teams heading into the All-Star break with at least 40 wins, behind the Golden State Warriors (48-4) and San Antonio Spurs (45-8).



Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 02:03:19 -0500

Shaq, Iverson named among 14 Hall of Fame finalists

Former Philadelphia 76ers player Allen Iverson walks onto the court to deliver the game ball before a game on May 23, 2012 in Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaFour-time NBA champion Shaquille O'Neal and four-time NBA scoring champion Allen Iverson were among 14 finalists for 2016 induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame announced Friday in Toronto. "Shaq" and Iverson were among seven first-time nominees from the women's and North American selection committees for consideration for the 2016 Hall of Fame group to be announced April 4 in Houston and enshrined in September at the sporting shrine in Springfield, Massachusetts. Retired Chinese star Yao Ming, eligible for consideration this year for the first time, falls under the Hall of Fame's direct elect international committee and that group announces only enshrinees, that coming in April.



Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:17:27 -0500

NBA becomes first with 1 bln likes, followers

The NBA alone boasts 28.5 million likes on its Facebook page, 19.5 million followers on Twitter and 12.7 million followers on InstagramNew York (AFP) - The NBA claimed a social media milestone on Friday, saying it has become the first professional sports league to surpass one billion social media likes and followers.



Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:49:02 -0500

Harding leads Tshwane Open after first round
South Africa?s Justin Harding birdied five of his final eight holes to surge to the top of the leaderboard after the opening round of the European Tour?s Tshwane Open on Thursday. Harding, who missed the cut in his previous two European Tour tournaments in 2016, carded a seven under-par 63 and is one shot ahead of compatriot Michael Anthony (64). Home golfer Thesis Spangenberg, who only came through the qualifying tournament on Tuesday to take his place in the field, continued that form with a five under-par 65, despite a double-bogey on the 10th hole.
Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 11:22:10 -0500

Oakland Raiders to stay put for 2016 season

NFL: Pro BowlOfficials for the Oakland Raiders said on Thursday that they have reached a one-year lease extension agreement, keeping the team in the San Francisco Bay Area city for the upcoming National Football League season. Raiders Owner Mark Davis told a news conference that its agreement with the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Joint Powers Authority also includes one-year extension options for the following two years to stay at O.co Coliseum. "My heart is here in Oakland, and if we can get something done, that's what I'm trying to do," Davis said, when asked about the team's long-term plans.



Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 19:08:57 -0500

Facebook India MD Kirthiga Reddy stepping down

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks on stage during a town hall with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, California(Reuters) - Facebook Inc's India managing director, Kirthiga Reddy, said on Friday she is stepping down and returning to the United States to "explore new opportunities" at the company's headquarters in Menlo Park, California. Reddy, who joined Facebook in 2010 as its first employee in India, said in a Facebook post she would be relocating in the next 6-12 months. Reddy is working closely with William Easton, MD of emerging markets (Asia Pacific), and Dan Neary, vice president of Asia Pacific, to search for her successor.



Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:44:58 -0500

Golf-Korean Kang flirts with a 59 to share Pebble Beach lead
South Korea's Kang Sung-hoon fell one stroke shy of becoming only the seventh player to shoot a 59 on the PGA Tour as he surged into a tie for the lead after the second round of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Friday. Needing a birdie on his final hole at Monterey Peninsula Country Club to dip under 60, Kang hit his "worst shot of the day" off the tee and had to settle for a par three there and a career-best score of 11-under 60. Four-times champion Phil Mickelson was a further stroke back in a three-way tie for third, having also raised hopes of a magical 59 after making an electric start before he lost momentum on his back nine to card a 65 at Monterey Peninsula.
Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 19:33:14 -0500

Bucks pull away from Wizards down the stretch

NBA: Washington Wizards at Milwaukee Bucks(The Sports Xchange) - Khris Middleton scored 14 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter as the Milwaukee Bucks pulled away from the Washington Wizards down the stretch for a 99-92 victory on Thursday at the Bradley Center. Middleton hit 9 of 17 shots but also set his teammates up well, notching nine assists while grabbing six rebounds and five steals. Forwards Jabari Parker and Giannis Antetokounmpo added 17 apiece for Milwaukee, which also got 12 points and nine rebounds from center Greg Monroe.



Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 23:54:35 -0500

Mets pitcher Mejia gets record life doping ban from MLB

Jenrry Mejia pitches for the New York Mets during a game against the Detroit Tigers on March 6, 2015 in Port St. Lucie, FloridaMajor League Baseball issued the toughest doping ban in its history Friday, imposing a life ban on New York Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia after a third positive test for steroids. Mejia was already in the midst of a 162-game suspension for both Boldenone and Stanozolol from a positive test last July. The life ban is the longest ban issued by Major League Baseball for using banned performance-enhancing drugs.



Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:51:36 -0500

Sparkling 60 lifts Kang to share of Pebble Beach lead

Japan's Hiroshi Iwata during the second round of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am at the Pebble Beach Golf Links on February 12, 2016South Korea's Kang Sung fired a scintillating 60 to seize a share of the second-round lead in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Friday, never realizing how close he was to golf's magic number of 59. Kang had nine birdies and an eagle in his 11-under effort on the Monterey Peninsula course, one of three in use over the first three rounds of the PGA Tour event. Kang, who notched two victories in Asia in 2013 -- in the C.J. Invitational and Kolon Korea Open -- said he didn't realize Monterey Peninsula played to par-71, unlike the par-72 layouts of Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill.



Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 20:35:45 -0500

No charges for Giants\' Bromley from rape claim

Jay Bromley of the New York Giants waits to take the field before the game against the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium on September 20, 2015 in East Rutherford, New JerseyNew York Giants defensive tackle Jay Bromley will not be charged in connection with a rape accusation by a woman at a hotel last month, his attorney said Friday. Police investigated a January 30 claim by a 26-year-old woman that Bromley tried to rape her and then struck her with his car while fleeing a hotel room, accusations denied by Bromley, 23, who met the woman online. "As we stated from the outset, the allegations against Mr. Bromley were completely false," Bromley's lawyer, Alex Spiro, said.



Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:12:22 -0500

Mets reliever Mejia banned for life for doping

New York Mets Jenrry Mejia delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field in New YorkMajor League Baseball (MLB) on Friday issued a lifetime ban to former New York Mets closer Jenrry Mejia after he tested positive a third time for a performance-enhancing substance. Mejia, 26, tested positive for anabolic steroid Boldenone. The lifetime suspension is the longest drug-related ban MLB has issued.



Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 19:30:54 -0500

Hawks\' Horford to replace Bosh in All-Star Game

Al Horford of the Atlanta Hawks reacts during a game against the Miami Heat on December 14, 2015 in Atlanta, GeorgiaAtlanta Hawks forward Al Horford was named Friday by NBA commissioner Adam Silver to replace injured Miami forward Chris Bosh in Sunday's 65th NBA All-Star Game. Bosh, named a reserve for the Eastern Conference squad that will face the Western Conference in Toronto, will be sidelined with a strained calf. "What a privilege to be named to the #NBAAllStarTO team," Horford posted on Twitter.



Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 18:09:57 -0500

Bryant\'s swan song to light up All-Star Weekend

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at New Orleans PelicansKobe Bryant has spent a career tormenting the Toronto fan base and now he is set to entertain it as the NBA's All-Star Weekend descends on Canada for the first time and welcomes Bryant for his swan song. Set to play in his 18th and final All-Star Game on Sunday, a kinder and gentler Bryant will continue a farewell tour that will conclude his legendary 20-season tenure in the league. The Toronto faithful harbor memories of Bryant registering 81 points against the Raptors in Los Angeles 10 years ago, but in this exhibition of stars they will cheer him on to rediscover old magic and perhaps claim a record fifth All-Star MVP award.



Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 15:33:26 -0500

Reavie grabs Pebble Beach first-round lead

Chez Reavie plays a shot from the fairway on the 12th hole during the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am at the Monterey Peninsula Country Club on February 11, 2016 in Pebble Beach, CaliforniaAmerican Chez Reavie fired an eight-under-par 63 on Thursday to upstage major champions Jordan Spieth and Jason Day in the first round of the PGA Tour Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Reavie fired an eagle and seven birdies with one bogey on the par-71 Monterey Peninsula course, one of three in use for the tournament along with Pebble Beach Golf Links and Spyglass Hill -- both par-72 layouts. World number one Spieth, winner of the Masters and US Open last year, opened with a one-under 71 at Spyglass Hill, as did reigning PGA Champion Day of Australia.



Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 19:43:04 -0500

Shaq and Iverson among Hall of Fame finalists

USA'S SHERYL SWOOPES FOULS SPAIN'S LAIA PALAU IN NANJING.TORONTO (Reuters) - Shaquille O'Neal and Allen Iverson headlined a list of 14 finalists for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced on Friday. Three-time NBA Finals MVP O'Neal, nine-time NBA All-Star Iverson, three-time NBA All-Star Kevin Johnson and four-time WNBA champion Sheryl Swoopes joined eight coaches, a referee and a record-setting team as finalists for election in 2016. They were nominated from the North American and women's committees. Absent from the All-Star announcement was China's Yao Ming, whose nomination falls within the Direct Elect International Committee. ...



Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:49:19 -0500

Schwartzel surges into contention at Tshwane Open
Four birdies and an eagle helped propel home favorite Charl Schwartzel to within two shots of the lead after a flawless 64 in the second round of the European Tour?s Tshwane Open on Friday. Schwartzel is two shots behind leader and compatriot Anthony Michael, whose score of 69 from a roller-coaster second round left him seven under par for the tournament. Michael managed four birdies but also dropped three shots as he battled to find consistency on a difficult day on the Pretoria Country Club course.
Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:45:42 -0500

Korean Kang flirts with a 59 to share Pebble Beach lead
(Reuters) - South Korea's Kang Sung-hoon fell one stroke shy of becoming only the seventh player to shoot a 59 on the PGA Tour as he surged into a tie for the lead after the second round of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Friday. Needing a birdie on his final hole at Monterey Peninsula Country Club to dip under 60, Kang hit his "worst shot of the day" off the tee and had to settle for a par three there and a career-best score of 11-under 60. Four-times champion Phil Mickelson was a further stroke back in a three-way tie for third, having also raised hopes of a magical 59 after making an electric start before he lost momentum on his back nine to card a 65 at Monterey Peninsula.
Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 19:39:50 -0500

Tanaka unsure of status for Yankees opener

Masahiro Tanaka #19 of the New York Yankees throws a pitch in the first inning against the Houston Astros during the American League Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium on October 6, 2015 in New York CityNew York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is uncertain if he will be ready for the start of the Major League Baseball season and plans to gauge his fitness in pre-season. The 27-year-old Japanese right-hander had off-season surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow and has not yet thrown from a mound as the Yankees prepare to open pre-season training with other clubs next week. "Can't really say," Tanaka said through a translator when asked if he would be ready for New York's April 4 opener.



Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:21:14 -0500

Golf-European Tour Tshwane Open scores
Feb 13 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the European Tour Tshwane Open at the par-70 course on Saturday in Waterkloof -9 Charl Schwartzel (South Africa) 71 64 66 -8 Zander Lombard (South Africa) 72 67 63 -6 Anthony Michael (South Africa) 64 69 71 Haydn Porteous (South Africa) 70 66 68 -4 Toby Tree (Britain) 70 71 65 Dean Burmester (South Africa) 70 68 68 -3 Richard Sterne (South Africa) 68 70 69 Nino Bertasio (Italy) 68 71 68 Jamie McLeary (Britain) 68 70 69 -2 Jeff Winther (Denmark) 73 66 69 George Coetzee (South Africa) 68 72 68 -1 Theunis Spangenberg (South Africa) 65 71 73 Andrew Curlewis ...
Publ.Date : Sat, 13 Feb 2016 09:51:46 -0500

Thunder down Pelicans as both teams play with heavy hearts

Russell Westbrook helped Oklahoma City Thunder roll into the NBA's All-Star break with a 121-95 victory over the New Orleans PelicansWestbrook was one rebound shy of his ninth triple double of the season as he collected 10 assists and nine rebounds. Durant connected on 10 of 17 from the field and also handed out six assists as Oklahoma City improved to 40-14. The Thunder are one of three Western Conference teams heading into the All-Star break with at least 40 wins, behind the Golden State Warriors (48-4) and San Antonio Spurs (45-8).



Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 02:03:19 -0500

Golf: Schwartzel on course for victory on his 2016 debut
South African Charl Schwartzel is poised to mark his first appearance of the year with a win after taking a one-shot lead in the Tshwane Open third round on Saturday. The 2011 U.S. Masters champion bagged an eagle and three birdies in a four-under-par 66 that earned a nine-under tally of 201, one ahead of compatriot Zander Lombard who carded the best round of the day with a scintillating 63. Schwartzel dropped his first shot since Thursday after finding a bunker at the 18th, ending a run of 40 holes without a bogey.
Publ.Date : Sat, 13 Feb 2016 10:06:24 -0500

Mets pitcher Mejia gets record life doping ban from MLB

Jenrry Mejia pitches for the New York Mets during a game against the Detroit Tigers on March 6, 2015 in Port St. Lucie, FloridaMajor League Baseball issued the toughest doping ban in its history Friday, imposing a life ban on New York Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia after a third positive test for steroids. Mejia was already in the midst of a 162-game suspension for both Boldenone and Stanozolol from a positive test last July. The life ban is the longest ban issued by Major League Baseball for using banned performance-enhancing drugs.



Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:51:36 -0500

Icy blast before Canada warms up for All-Star Game

NBA: All Star Game-Media DayBy Steve Keating TORONTO (Reuters) - The NBA got a frosty welcome as it brought its All-Star Game north to Canada for the first time where fans and players were greeted by an Arctic blast on Friday but a forecast for plenty of heat over a party packed weekend. Mother Nature and the host Toronto Raptors provided the stereotypical bone-chilling Canadian winter weather as A-list celebrities, industry kingpins and the world's best basketball players, including LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Stephen Curry took over the frost-bitten city. Really cold," shivered Los Angeles Lakers great Bryant, who arrived for Media Day on Friday with a toque pulled down snuggly over his head.



Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 19:13:48 -0500

Three-game ban upheld for NFL Bengals linebacker Burfict

Vontaze Burfict of the Cincinnati Bengals, pictured on January 9, 2016, is banned for the first three games next September after his actions in a playoff game against PittsburghCincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict's lost his appeal on Thursday against a three-game suspension for violent play which included an incident that left an opponent concussed. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell banned Burfict for the Bengals' first three games next September after his actions in a playoff game last month against Pittsburgh, notably a severe blow to the head of Steelers receiver Antonio Brown that resulted in a concussion. NFL appeals officer Derrick Brooks, a retired Hall of Fame linebacker for Tampa Bay, upheld the suspension, which will cost Burfict $502,941 as he enters the third season of a four-year contract worth $20 million.



Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 15:25:31 -0500

The Latest: US has \'profound interest\' in UK staying in EU

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg gestures during his speech at the Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)MUNICH (AP) ? The Latest on the security conference in Munich (all times local):



Publ.Date : Sat, 13 Feb 2016 11:58:01 -0500

CSKA take Olympiakos revenge, Djokovic inspires Red Star
By Zoran Milosavljevic BELGRADE (Reuters) - Serbian guard Milos Teodosic helped six-time Euroleague winners CSKA Moscow secure a 92-85 home win over Olympiakos Piraeus on Friday to avenge three painful defeats by the Greek side. Red Star Belgrade were cheered on by tennis world number one Novak Djokovic as they beat Cedevita Zagreb 94-74 to rack up their fourth win in five games in Thursday's stand-out fixture. On the same night, holders Real Madrid, who are chasing a record-extending 10th title in Europe's premier club competition, enjoyed an impressive 93-82 success at Khimki Moscow.
Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:23:57 -0500

Harding leads Tshwane Open after first round
South Africa?s Justin Harding birdied five of his final eight holes to surge to the top of the leaderboard after the opening round of the European Tour?s Tshwane Open on Thursday. Harding, who missed the cut in his previous two European Tour tournaments in 2016, carded a seven under-par 63 and is one shot ahead of compatriot Michael Anthony (64). Home golfer Thesis Spangenberg, who only came through the qualifying tournament on Tuesday to take his place in the field, continued that form with a five under-par 65, despite a double-bogey on the 10th hole.
Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 11:22:10 -0500

Mets reliever Mejia banned for life for doping

New York Mets Jenrry Mejia delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field in New YorkMajor League Baseball (MLB) on Friday issued a lifetime ban to former New York Mets closer Jenrry Mejia after he tested positive a third time for a performance-enhancing substance. Mejia, 26, tested positive for anabolic steroid Boldenone. The lifetime suspension is the longest drug-related ban MLB has issued.



Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 19:30:54 -0500

Reigning Olympic women\'s basketball champs USA name finalists

Guard Sue Bird, pictured on August 11, 2012, is among women named for the US Olympic women's basketball training campThree-time Olympic champions Tamika Catchings, Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi are among 16 finalists named Thursday for the US Olympic women's basketball training camp scheduled for February 21-23. The session at the University of Connecticut is expected to be the last gathering of players before the roster is trimmed to the 12-player lineup that will try and bring the Americans a sixth consecutive gold medal in August at Rio. "This three-day training camp becomes a vital part in our preparations," said US and Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma, who has a 23-0 record at the 2012 Olympics and 2010 and 2014 worlds.



Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 14:29:03 -0500

Padres hire Nomo to bolster Pacific Rim presence
(Reuters) - The San Diego Padres have hired Japanese pitching pioneer Hideo Nomo as an advisor for baseball operations to strengthen their presence in the Pacific Rim, the National League franchise said on Thursday. The Padres already have four full-time scouts in the Pacific Rim and expect the 47-year-old Nomo to help them gain a stronger foothold in terms of finding talent in the region. "We are proud to welcome Hideo to the Padres organization," San Diego general manager A.J. Preller said in a statement.
Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:22:43 -0500

Schwartzel surges into contention at Tshwane Open
Four birdies and an eagle helped propel home favorite Charl Schwartzel to within two shots of the lead after a flawless 64 in the second round of the European Tour?s Tshwane Open on Friday. Schwartzel is two shots behind leader and compatriot Anthony Michael, whose score of 69 from a roller-coaster second round left him seven under par for the tournament. Michael managed four birdies but also dropped three shots as he battled to find consistency on a difficult day on the Pretoria Country Club course.
Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:45:42 -0500

LaVine shines as US beat World in NBA Rising Stars Challenge

Zach LaVine of the Minnesota Timberwolves and the United States team holds up his MVP trophy after defeating the World team at the NBA Rising Stars Challenge in Toronto on February 12, 2016Minnesota forward Zach LaVine scored 30 points and pulled down seven rebounds to lead the United States to a 157-154 victory over the world team in the NBA's Rising Stars Challenge in Toronto. LaVine was named Most Valuable Player of the contest featuring many of the NBA's top rookies and second-year players, which launched the festivities of All-Star weekend. Sunday's All-Star Game will cap the action at Air Canada Centre, but before then LaVine will defend the title he won last year in Saturday's Slam Dunk contest.



Publ.Date : Sat, 13 Feb 2016 02:36:40 -0500

Reavie grabs Pebble Beach first-round lead

Chez Reavie plays a shot from the fairway on the 12th hole during the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am at the Monterey Peninsula Country Club on February 11, 2016 in Pebble Beach, CaliforniaAmerican Chez Reavie fired an eight-under-par 63 on Thursday to upstage major champions Jordan Spieth and Jason Day in the first round of the PGA Tour Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Reavie fired an eagle and seven birdies with one bogey on the par-71 Monterey Peninsula course, one of three in use for the tournament along with Pebble Beach Golf Links and Spyglass Hill -- both par-72 layouts. World number one Spieth, winner of the Masters and US Open last year, opened with a one-under 71 at Spyglass Hill, as did reigning PGA Champion Day of Australia.



Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 19:43:04 -0500

Oakland Raiders to stay put for 2016 season

NFL: Pro BowlOfficials for the Oakland Raiders said on Thursday that they have reached a one-year lease extension agreement, keeping the team in the San Francisco Bay Area city for the upcoming National Football League season. Raiders Owner Mark Davis told a news conference that its agreement with the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Joint Powers Authority also includes one-year extension options for the following two years to stay at O.co Coliseum. "My heart is here in Oakland, and if we can get something done, that's what I'm trying to do," Davis said, when asked about the team's long-term plans.



Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 19:08:57 -0500

Golf-U.S. PGA Tour Pebble Beach Pro-Am scores
Feb 13 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Thursday in Pebble Beach, California -11 Kang Sung-Hoon (Korea) 72 60 Hiroshi Iwata (Japan) 66 66 -10 Phil Mickelson (U.S.) 68 65 Fredrik Jacobson (Sweden) 65 69 Chez Reavie (U.S.) 63 70 -9 Justin Rose (Britain) 66 68 -8 Roberto Castro (U.S.) 66 70 Mark Hubbard (U.S.) 70 66 Ricky Barnes (U.S.) 65 70 -7 Jim Herman (U.S.) 69 67 Ryan Ruffels (Australia) 67 70 Jonas Blixt (Sweden) 67 69 -6 Bill Haas (U.S.) 69 68 Stewart Cink (U.S.) 70 68 Jason Day (Australia) 71 66 Matt Jones (Australia) 68 70 Vaughn Taylor (U.S. ...
Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 19:34:37 -0500

Bucks pull away from Wizards down the stretch

NBA: Washington Wizards at Milwaukee Bucks(The Sports Xchange) - Khris Middleton scored 14 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter as the Milwaukee Bucks pulled away from the Washington Wizards down the stretch for a 99-92 victory on Thursday at the Bradley Center. Middleton hit 9 of 17 shots but also set his teammates up well, notching nine assists while grabbing six rebounds and five steals. Forwards Jabari Parker and Giannis Antetokounmpo added 17 apiece for Milwaukee, which also got 12 points and nine rebounds from center Greg Monroe.



Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 23:54:35 -0500

Korean Kang flirts with a 59 to share Pebble Beach lead
(Reuters) - South Korea's Kang Sung-hoon fell one stroke shy of becoming only the seventh player to shoot a 59 on the PGA Tour as he surged into a tie for the lead after the second round of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Friday. Needing a birdie on his final hole at Monterey Peninsula Country Club to dip under 60, Kang hit his "worst shot of the day" off the tee and had to settle for a par three there and a career-best score of 11-under 60. Four-times champion Phil Mickelson was a further stroke back in a three-way tie for third, having also raised hopes of a magical 59 after making an electric start before he lost momentum on his back nine to card a 65 at Monterey Peninsula.
Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 19:39:50 -0500

Zika outbreak won\'t compromise Olympics: Brazil president

Aedes aegypti mosquitos in a laboratory at the University of El Salvador, in San SalvadorThe presence of the Zika virus in Brazil won't compromise the Olympics in August, President Dilma Rousseff vowed Saturday as soldiers went door-to-door across the country to share key tips on how to stem the outbreak. "The situation does not compromise the Olympics," Rousseff said. "We are confident that until the Olympics begin we will have considerable success in exterminating" the Aedes aegypti mosquito that transmits the virus.



Publ.Date : Sat, 13 Feb 2016 11:37:09 -0500

No charges for Giants\' Bromley from rape claim

Jay Bromley of the New York Giants waits to take the field before the game against the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium on September 20, 2015 in East Rutherford, New JerseyNew York Giants defensive tackle Jay Bromley will not be charged in connection with a rape accusation by a woman at a hotel last month, his attorney said Friday. Police investigated a January 30 claim by a 26-year-old woman that Bromley tried to rape her and then struck her with his car while fleeing a hotel room, accusations denied by Bromley, 23, who met the woman online. "As we stated from the outset, the allegations against Mr. Bromley were completely false," Bromley's lawyer, Alex Spiro, said.



Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:12:22 -0500

Russia casts doubt on Syria ceasefire deal as army gains ground

A general view shows the besieged city of Douma from Wafideen Camp, which is controlled by Syrian government forces, in Damascus suburbs, SyriaBy Paul Carrel, Shadia Nasralla and Tom Perry MUNICH/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Russia said on Saturday a Syria ceasefire plan was more likely to fail than succeed, as Syrian government forces backed by Russian air strikes took rebel ground near Aleppo and set their sights on the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa province. International divisions over Syria surfaced anew at a Munich conference where Russia rejected French charges that it was bombing civilians, just a day after world powers agreed on the "cessation of hostilities" due to begin in a week's time.



Publ.Date : Sat, 13 Feb 2016 11:44:34 -0500

Golf-Korean Kang flirts with a 59 to share Pebble Beach lead
South Korea's Kang Sung-hoon fell one stroke shy of becoming only the seventh player to shoot a 59 on the PGA Tour as he surged into a tie for the lead after the second round of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Friday. Needing a birdie on his final hole at Monterey Peninsula Country Club to dip under 60, Kang hit his "worst shot of the day" off the tee and had to settle for a par three there and a career-best score of 11-under 60. Four-times champion Phil Mickelson was a further stroke back in a three-way tie for third, having also raised hopes of a magical 59 after making an electric start before he lost momentum on his back nine to card a 65 at Monterey Peninsula.
Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 19:33:14 -0500

Facebook India MD Kirthiga Reddy stepping down

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks on stage during a town hall with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, California(Reuters) - Facebook Inc's India managing director, Kirthiga Reddy, said on Friday she is stepping down and returning to the United States to "explore new opportunities" at the company's headquarters in Menlo Park, California. Reddy, who joined Facebook in 2010 as its first employee in India, said in a Facebook post she would be relocating in the next 6-12 months. Reddy is working closely with William Easton, MD of emerging markets (Asia Pacific), and Dan Neary, vice president of Asia Pacific, to search for her successor.



Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:44:58 -0500

Hawks\' Horford to replace Bosh in All-Star Game

Al Horford of the Atlanta Hawks reacts during a game against the Miami Heat on December 14, 2015 in Atlanta, GeorgiaAtlanta Hawks forward Al Horford was named Friday by NBA commissioner Adam Silver to replace injured Miami forward Chris Bosh in Sunday's 65th NBA All-Star Game. Bosh, named a reserve for the Eastern Conference squad that will face the Western Conference in Toronto, will be sidelined with a strained calf. "What a privilege to be named to the #NBAAllStarTO team," Horford posted on Twitter.



Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 18:09:57 -0500

Shaq, Iverson named among 14 Hall of Fame finalists

Former Philadelphia 76ers player Allen Iverson walks onto the court to deliver the game ball before a game on May 23, 2012 in Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaFour-time NBA champion Shaquille O'Neal and four-time NBA scoring champion Allen Iverson were among 14 finalists for 2016 induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame announced Friday in Toronto. "Shaq" and Iverson were among seven first-time nominees from the women's and North American selection committees for consideration for the 2016 Hall of Fame group to be announced April 4 in Houston and enshrined in September at the sporting shrine in Springfield, Massachusetts. Retired Chinese star Yao Ming, eligible for consideration this year for the first time, falls under the Hall of Fame's direct elect international committee and that group announces only enshrinees, that coming in April.



Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:17:27 -0500

NBA becomes first with 1 bln likes, followers

The NBA alone boasts 28.5 million likes on its Facebook page, 19.5 million followers on Twitter and 12.7 million followers on InstagramNew York (AFP) - The NBA claimed a social media milestone on Friday, saying it has become the first professional sports league to surpass one billion social media likes and followers.



Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:49:02 -0500

Thitiphun clinches Asian Tour title in Bangladesh

Thitiphun Chuayprakong of Thailand plays a shot during the final round of the Bangladesh Open golf tournament at the Kurmitola Golf Club in Dhaka on February 13, 2016Thailand's Thitiphun Chuayprakong clinched his maiden Asian Tour title when he carded four-under-par 67 in the final round to claim a two-shot victory at the $300,000 Bashundhara Bangladesh Open on Saturday. The 23-year-old Thai, who went to the final round with a three-shot lead, kept his composure to hit five birdies against a lone bogey for a winning total of 21-under-par 263 at the Kurmitola Golf Club. India's Shubhankar Sharma signed off with a splendid 65 to take the third place on his own on 270, while compatriot Chikkarangappa S. (73) shared fourth with Phachara Khongwatmai of Thailand (68) on 272.



Publ.Date : Sat, 13 Feb 2016 08:37:37 -0500

Kobe makes All-Star farewell among those he inspired

Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers leaves the court following a game against the New Orleans Pelicans on February 4, 2016 in New Orleans, LouisianaKobe Bryant makes his 18th and final NBA All-Star Game appearance Sunday in Toronto, with the Los Angeles Lakers legend surrounded by a new generation of playmakers he inspired to greatness. "It's time for me to go," Bryant said Friday. Now Davis will be among those trying to make sure Bryant wins a record fifth NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player award, breaking the record Bryant now shares with 1950s icon Bob Petit.



Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:11:00 -0500

Shaq and Iverson among Hall of Fame finalists

USA'S SHERYL SWOOPES FOULS SPAIN'S LAIA PALAU IN NANJING.TORONTO (Reuters) - Shaquille O'Neal and Allen Iverson headlined a list of 14 finalists for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced on Friday. Three-time NBA Finals MVP O'Neal, nine-time NBA All-Star Iverson, three-time NBA All-Star Kevin Johnson and four-time WNBA champion Sheryl Swoopes joined eight coaches, a referee and a record-setting team as finalists for election in 2016. They were nominated from the North American and women's committees. Absent from the All-Star announcement was China's Yao Ming, whose nomination falls within the Direct Elect International Committee. ...



Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:49:19 -0500

Thunder down Pelicans in Oklahoma

NBA: New Orleans Pelicans at Oklahoma City Thunder(The Sports Xchange) - Oklahoma City and New Orleans came into their matchup Thursday with heavy hearts. The death of Ingrid Williams, wife of Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams affected both franchises. Monty Williams was the Pelicans head coach before being fired last season and had been like a second mother to most of the current players.



Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 23:47:16 -0500

Turkey shells Kurdish-held areas of Syria\'s Aleppo: monitor

Rebel fighters at Minnigh air base in Aleppo province in 2013Turkish artillery on Saturday bombarded areas of Aleppo province in northern Syria controlled by Kurdish forces, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The monitoring group's head, Rami Abdel Rahman, said Turkish shelling struck areas of Aleppo, including Minnigh, recently taken by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia from Islamist rebels. Ankara considers the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its YPG militia to be branches of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) which has waged a decades-long insurgency against the Turkish state.



Publ.Date : Sat, 13 Feb 2016 11:10:20 -0500

Golf-Schwartzel surges into contention at Tshwane Open
Four birdies and an eagle helped propel home favourite Charl Schwartzel to within two shots of the lead after a flawless 64 in the second round of the European Tour's Tshwane Open on Friday. The 2011 Masters champion produced the outstanding golf on a day when the average score was two over par and play was extended into the evening due to a weather delay. Schwartzel is two shots behind leader and compatriot Anthony Michael, whose score of 69 from a roller-coaster second round left him seven under par for the tournament.
Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:28:39 -0500

Bryant\'s swan song to light up All-Star Weekend

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at New Orleans PelicansKobe Bryant has spent a career tormenting the Toronto fan base and now he is set to entertain it as the NBA's All-Star Weekend descends on Canada for the first time and welcomes Bryant for his swan song. Set to play in his 18th and final All-Star Game on Sunday, a kinder and gentler Bryant will continue a farewell tour that will conclude his legendary 20-season tenure in the league. The Toronto faithful harbor memories of Bryant registering 81 points against the Raptors in Los Angeles 10 years ago, but in this exhibition of stars they will cheer him on to rediscover old magic and perhaps claim a record fifth All-Star MVP award.



Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 15:33:26 -0500

Sparkling 60 lifts Kang to share of Pebble Beach lead

Japan's Hiroshi Iwata during the second round of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am at the Pebble Beach Golf Links on February 12, 2016South Korea's Kang Sung fired a scintillating 60 to seize a share of the second-round lead in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Friday, never realizing how close he was to golf's magic number of 59. Kang had nine birdies and an eagle in his 11-under effort on the Monterey Peninsula course, one of three in use over the first three rounds of the PGA Tour event. Kang, who notched two victories in Asia in 2013 -- in the C.J. Invitational and Kolon Korea Open -- said he didn't realize Monterey Peninsula played to par-71, unlike the par-72 layouts of Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill.



Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 20:35:45 -0500

Trump under pressure to show more presidential side at debate
By Steve Holland GREENVILLE, S.C. (Reuters) - Donald Trump will face pressure on Saturday night to show a more presidential side to his personality at a debate with his rivals where he may draw more fire than in previous encounters. With a week to go until South Carolina's Republican primary vote on Feb. 20, the 9 p.m. EST debate comes at a time of high anxiety for Trump's opponents. Trump, who won New Hampshire handily on Tuesday after placing second in Iowa on Feb. 1, has a big lead in the polls in South Carolina.
Publ.Date : Sat, 13 Feb 2016 11:42:22 -0500

League proud to be progressive, but more can be done

Pan Am Games: Basketball-Canada vs MexicoBy Frank Pingue TORONTO (Reuters) - The NBA has long been considered the most progressive of North America's four major professional sports leagues when it comes to gender equity but more work can be done, according to some owners and former players. Heading into the NBA's current season, currently on break for All-Star Weekend in Toronto, the league led the way in North America with two female assistant coaches among its 30 teams. "We can always do more but I think the NBA has always been a leader in human rights and I think we're a very inclusive league and product from a fan standpoint as well," said Steve Nash, a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player who retired last year, told Reuters.



Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:28:32 -0500

 

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