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Super Bowl has ways to go in captivating global audience
More than 100 million Americans are expected to watch this year's Super Bowl, but there are about 7 billion people in the rest of the world who may not be so captivated. The NFL has a loyal following in countries including Britain, Australia, Canada and Mexico but may be struggling to gain a foothold in the prized China market, where most people do not have the "foggiest idea" of the sport. Germany attracted large crowds during the now-defunct NFL Europe while Brazil has the infrastructure from the soccer World Cup to potentially host NFL games. The National Football League has held games in London's Wembley Stadium since 2007 -- all three this season sold out -- and is open to the idea of establishing a franchise there.
Publ.Date : Sat, 24 Jan 2015 11:11:04 -0500
Golf-European Tour Qatar Masters scores
Jan 24 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the European Tour Qatar Masters at the par-72 course on Saturday in Doha 269 Branden Grace (South Africa) 67 68 68 66 270 Marc Warren (Britain) 71 65 67 67 271 Bernd Wiesberger (Austria) 69 66 68 68 272 Eddie Pepperell (Britain) 69 71 65 67 273 An Byeong-Hun (South Korea) 67 69 72 65 Emiliano Grillo (Argentina) 67 69 67 70 Gregory Bourdy (France) 70 68 70 65 274 Alejandro Canizares (Spain) 67 70 68 69 275 Alexander Noren (Sweden) 67 71 72 65 276 Oliver Fisher (Britain) 65 73 69 69 Benjamin Hebert (France) 72 68 69 67 277 George Coetzee (South Africa) 68 ...
Publ.Date : Sat, 24 Jan 2015 08:55:53 -0500
Two high-profile Massachusetts trials delayed by forecast storm
Two high-profile criminal trials in Massachusetts, that of the accused Boston Marathon bomber and a former New England Patriots player charged with murdering an associate, will be delayed by an impending winter storm, judges said on Monday. Jury selection in the trial of accused Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, which began its fourth week on Monday, will be suspended on Tuesday and possibly Wednesday, U.S. District Judge George O'Toole said on Monday, citing the storm, which is forecast to bring up to 30 inches (76 cm) of snow to the Boston area. Jury selection in that case has already taken longer than O'Toole initially expected, as it has proven difficult to find jurors open minded about the guilt of Tsarnaev, who is accused of killing three people and injuring 264 in the April 15, 2013, attack and could face the death penalty if convicted. The death penalty is unpopular in Massachusetts, where it is banned under state law.
Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:27:32 -0500
Grace lands eagle, wins Qatar Masters
South Africa's Branden Grace produced a late surge to win the Qatar Masters by one shot from Scotland's Marc Warren at the Doha Golf Club on Saturday. Grace became the fourth South African to win the $2.5 million tournament, following Darren Fichardt (2003), Ernie Els (2005) and Retief Goosen (2007). After a close battle for most part of the day, Grace landed an eagle on the 16th hole to momentarily edge clear of the field but could only manage a par on the 17th, which Warren birdied to draw level.
Publ.Date : Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:34:41 -0500
Red-hot Thompson sets record as Warriors rout Kings
Klay Thompson made history by setting a National Basketball Association record with 37 third quarter points as the Golden State Warriors hammered the Sacramento Kings 126-101. Thompson finished with 52 points after leaving at the 9:28 mark of the fourth quarter but not before he had set a league record for most points in a quarter. Thompson carried the Warriors on his back in the third in front of a crowd of 19,600 at the Oracle Arena as he single-handedly turned a Kings' lead into a Golden State blowout. "I never shot like that," Thompson said.
Publ.Date : Sat, 24 Jan 2015 03:28:19 -0500
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Pacesetting Kuchar slips back with messy finish
(Reuters) - Overnight leader Matt Kuchar surprisingly dropped three shots in his last four holes to finish the third round of the $5.7 million Humana Challenge one stroke off the pace at La Quinta on Saturday. Two ahead and seemingly cruising on another gorgeous day of dazzling sunshine in the California desert, Kuchar bogeyed the 15th, 17th and the last for a one-under-par 71 on the Palmer Private course at PGA West, one of three co-hosting venues. Five-times major winner Phil Mickelson, making his first appearance on the 2014-15 PGA Tour, mixed eight birdies with four bogeys for a 68 to finish at 11 under. "Not at all the way I wanted to finish," Kuchar, who had led by one shot after the second round, told Golf Channel.
Publ.Date : Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:39:46 -0500
Hawks extend NBA franchise record win streak
Paul Millsap tallied 20 points and six assists as the Atlanta Hawks won their 16th straight game with a 112-100 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Atlanta established a franchise record with their 15th consecutive win on Friday night and have won 29 of their last 31 NBA games. Al Horford tallied 19 points, six boards and four assists, while Jeff Teague added 15 points and seven helpers for Atlanta, who hasn't lost since being routed by the Milwaukee Bucks on December 26. The Hawks previously won 14 in a row from November 16 to December 14, 1993, the last time they won a division title.
Publ.Date : Sun, 25 Jan 2015 22:34:06 -0500
Grace claims second title of season at Qatar Masters
(Reuters) - South African Branden Grace became the first player to win multiple events in the 2015 Race to Dubai after he held his nerve to win the Qatar Masters in Doha on Saturday. Grace fired a bogey-free, six-under-par 66 to finish the tournament on 19-under, one shot clear of Scotland's Marc Warren (67) and two ahead of Austrian Bernd Wiesberger (68). Tied at 18-under-par as they approached the 18th tee, Grace held his nerve with a birdie while Warren could only salvage par after his wayward tee-shot failed to find the fairway. "It was a great day, a great week, and it's another trophy to put in the cupboard," Grace told the europeantour.com.
Publ.Date : Sat, 24 Jan 2015 09:20:56 -0500
Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks dead at 83
Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, the pioneering and famously affable slugger hailed by the team for which he played 19 seasons as "the greatest Cub in franchise history," has died at age 83, the club said in a statement on Friday. A shortstop and first baseman renowned as "Mr. Cub" and "Mr. Sunshine," Banks joined the team as its first black player in 1953, six years after Jackie Robinson broke major league baseball's color barrier on the Brooklyn Dodgers, and remained with the Cubs until his retirement in 1971, hitting 512 career home runs and 1,636 runs batted in (RBI).
Publ.Date : Sat, 24 Jan 2015 02:45:45 -0500
Haas holds on to win Humana Challenge
Bill Haas rolled in some huge birdies and made some key pars on the back nine to beat five challengers by one shot and win the PGA Tour's Humana Challenge. This is great," said the 32-year-old Haas on Sunday. Haas shot a final round 67 to finish the week at 22-under-par 266 and win for the sixth time on the PGA Tour. Second-round leader Matt Kuchar finished with a five-under 67 and he ended tied for second along with Charley Hoffman (64), Brendan Steele (64), Park Sung-Joon (65) and Steve Wheatcroft (67) at 21-under 267.
Publ.Date : Sun, 25 Jan 2015 20:41:27 -0500
Rusty short game costs Mickelson a chance to go low
(Reuters) - Phil Mickelson has been a little rusty with his usually renowned short game in his first PGA Tour event in four months and he squandered the chance to shoot a low score at the Humana Challenge with some untidy play on Saturday. Though the American left-hander piled up eight birdies in the third round, he also carded four bogeys to finish with a four-under-par 68 on the Palmer Private course at PGA West. "The little nuances of getting the ball in the hole have been slightly off but it was a day today that could have been really low," Mickelson told Golf Channel after finishing at 11-under 205, six strokes off the tournament lead. "But I am looking forward to tomorrow's round and getting that one more round under my belt of competitiveness and see if I can get it all to kind of fire." Five-times major winner Mickelson has not competed on the PGA Tour since he withdrew from the BMW Championship after two rounds in September, saying he wanted to rest for the Ryder Cup that was played later that month.
Publ.Date : Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:18:41 -0500
Golf-Race to Dubai rankings
Jan 25 (Infostrada Sports) - Race to Dubai rankings 1. (1) Danny Willett (Britain) 939270 2. (2) Ross Fisher (Britain) 641062 3. (6) Branden Grace (South Africa) 629654 4. (3) Gary Stal (France) 408465 5. (4) Luke Donald (Britain) 324886 6. (5) Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa) 298873 7. (40) Marc Warren (Britain) 287141 8. (7) Marcel Siem (Germany) 259493 9. (8) Charl Schwartzel (South Africa) 253656 10. (9) Rory McIlroy (Britain) 253199 11. (10) Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Thailand) 244814 12. (11) Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spain) 207092 13. ...
Publ.Date : Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:01:55 -0500
Aldridge to play, delay surgery on injured thumb
Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge has postponed planned surgery on an injured left thumb and will stay in the lineup, the NBA club said Saturday. The update came two days after the Trail Blazers announced Aldridge could miss between six weeks and two months of the season for an operation on a torn ligament. Aldridge was injured in Monday's victory over Sacramento when he collided with center DeMarcus Cousins and then missed Wednesday's loss to Phoenix, but was set to rejoin the roster Saturday against Washington. Aldridge has averaged 23.2 points and 10.2 rebounds over 38 games for the Trail Blazers, leading the club in both categories.
Publ.Date : Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:58:38 -0500
New commissioner wants to promote sport to youth
(Reuters) - New Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred wants to increase participation in the sport among America?s youth and modernize the game without interfering with its history and traditions. MLB?s former chief operating officer, Manfred, 56, takes over the top post from Bud Selig, who stepped down after 22 years as commissioner.
Publ.Date : Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:20:42 -0500
\'Deflategate\' overshadows Seahawks\' Super Bowl arrival
By Steve Keating PHOENIX (Reuters) - With the arrival of the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, Super Bowl week was officially underway but the spotlight remained on the mystery of the under-inflated footballs the New England Patriots used in the AFC title game. An hour after landing in Phoenix, a smiling Seattle coach Pete Carroll and six players huddled with the media at the team hotel and faced the inevitable question: what were their thoughts on 'deflategate'? The Seahawks could afford to be relaxed with the spotlight on the Patriots, their Super Bowl opponents, while the NFL investigates why illegal balls were used by New England during a blowout victory the Indianapolis Colts that clinched a Super Bowl berth.
Publ.Date : Sun, 25 Jan 2015 21:25:28 -0500
What scandals? It never rains on Super Bowl party
By Steve Keating PHOENIX (Reuters) - From domestic violence to deflated footballs, scandal and controversy have hung over the National Football League this season but no matter how dark the clouds it never rains on the Super Bowl parade. North America's most popular sport has seen as many hits off the field as on it during a turbulent 2014-15 campaign but marches on toward next Sunday's highly anticipated championship game between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots. Alleged skullduggery surrounding the Patriots use of deflated footballs in a blowout of the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC title game has been an unwanted distraction during the run in to Super Bowl week but the hotel rooms are full and private jets pack Phoenix area airports, unloading their cargo of A-listers and high-rollers ready for a week of VIP partying. "The fact is Americans just love football," George Belch, marketing professor at San Diego State University told Reuters.
Publ.Date : Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:55:40 -0500
Golf-Bill Haas survives final-hole scare, wins Humana Challenge
(Adds details, quotes) Jan 25 (Reuters) - Bill Haas survived a scare at the final hole to earn a one-stroke victory over five players at the $5.7 million Humana Challenge in the California desert on Sunday. Haas took the sole lead with a 10-foot birdie at the 16th hole at the PGA West Palmer course at La Quinta on his way to his second victory in the event formerly known as the Bob Hope Classic. He carded a 67 to finish at 22-under-par 266 for his sixth PGA Tour victory, leaving the 32-year-old only three short of catching his father, Jay Haas.
Publ.Date : Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:59:40 -0500
Baseball\'s Ernie Banks, \'Mr Cub\', dies at 83
Hall of Fame infielder Ernie Banks, who was affectionately dubbed "Mr Cub" by the Wrigley Field faithful, passed away Friday. Banks, the Cubs' first-ever black player, played shortstop and first base, and was a 14-time all-star who played for Chicago from 1953-1971. He was the National League's Most Valuable Player in 1958 and 1959 and he blasted 512 homers in 19 seasons of Major League Baseball before being elected to the Hall of Fame in 1977.
Publ.Date : Sat, 24 Jan 2015 06:54:41 -0500
Maturing Johnson set for PGA Tour return
(Reuters) - Dustin Johnson will return to the PGA Tour at next month's Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego, ending a six-month leave of absence from golf to seek help for "personal challenges". Tournament organizers announced the American's commitment to the Feb. 5-8 event and Johnson on Saturday told Golfweek magazine it was time for him "to grow up" and get back to competitive golf. "I try not to get too emotional, whether it's going really well or going really bad," Johnson, an eight-times winner on the PGA Tour, said. I can't go out and say 'I'm going to win this tournament', but I just want to compete and put myself in position to have a chance." When Johnson announced his decision to step away from golf, rumors about his lifestyle swirled, prompted by a Golf.com article alleging he had been suspended by the PGA Tour for six months after a third failed drug test, and a second for cocaine.
Publ.Date : Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:18:19 -0500
Falcons\' Ryan throws deciding TD in Pro Bowl win
Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan threw the deciding touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham late in the fourth quarter as Team Irvin edged Team Carter 32-28 in the NFL Pro Bowl. The 45th edition of the all-star event on Sunday featured teams picked by Hall of Fame receivers Cris Carter and Michael Irvin. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford took most of the snaps for Team Irvin, throwing for 316 yards and two touchdowns, including one of two caught by Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders.
Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Jan 2015 01:42:04 -0500
Pats\' Brady says \'feelings hurt\' amid \'Deflategate\' scrutiny
(Reuters) - New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who will face the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl, said on Monday his feelings have been hurt during the NFL's investigation into his team's use of deflated balls. With many onlookers wondering whether the quarterback played a role in the matter to gain a competitive edge in the Patriots' AFC championship win, Brady has said all along he had nothing to do with the matter. I'll deal with whatever happens later." In an interview with ESPN during Sunday's Pro Bowl game, Brady said he had not yet spoken to NFL investigators and that he did not expect to until after the Feb. 1 Super Bowl in Glendale, Arizona. With head coach Bill Belichick having held two news conferences in recent days dedicated entirely to the deflated balls, the Patriots will be keen to turn their thoughts purely to the threat from the defending champion Seahawks.
Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:42:37 -0500
Golf-Grace claims second title of season at Qatar Masters
South African Branden Grace became the first player to win multiple events in the 2015 Race to Dubai after he held his nerve to win the Qatar Masters in Doha on Saturday. Grace fired a bogey-free, six-under-par 66 to finish the tournament on 19-under, one shot clear of Scotland's Marc Warren (67) and two ahead of Austrian Bernd Wiesberger (68). Tied at 18-under-par as they approached the 18th tee, Grace held his nerve with a birdie while Warren could only salvage par after his wayward tee-shot failed to find the fairway.
Publ.Date : Sat, 24 Jan 2015 08:31:47 -0500
Golf-Maturing Johnson set for PGA Tour return
Dustin Johnson will return to the PGA Tour at next month's Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego, ending a six-month leave of absence from golf to seek help for "personal challenges". Tournament organisers announced the American's commitment to the Feb. 5-8 event and Johnson on Saturday told Golfweek magazine it was time for him "to grow up" and get back to competitive golf. "I try not to get too emotional, whether it's going really well or going really bad," Johnson, an eight-times winner on the PGA Tour, said. I can't go out and say 'I'm going to win this tournament', but I just want to compete and put myself in position to have a chance." When Johnson announced his decision to step away from golf, rumours about his lifestyle swirled, prompted by a Golf.com article alleging he had been suspended by the PGA Tour for six months after a third failed drug test, and a second for cocaine.
Publ.Date : Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:14:57 -0500
Compton shares PGA lead as Kuchar stumbles late
Erik Compton, a runner-up at last year's US Open, fired a five-under par 67 to grab a share of the lead after Saturday's third round of the US PGA Tour Humana Challenge. In a tournament that uses three courses in the California desert, two-time heart transplant recipient Compton finished his round on the PGA West Nicklaus course level after 54 holes with fellow Americans Bill Haas, Justin Thomas and Michael Putnam on 17-under 199. Matt Kuchar, who led most of the day, made bogeys at 17 and 18 to shoot a one-under 71 on the Palmer course and stumble back into a share of second on 200 with fellow Americans Ryan Palmer, Steve Wheatcroft and Scott Pinckney.
Publ.Date : Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:50:47 -0500
Katy Perry lights the way for Super Bowl\'s girl power moment
By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - There is a strong chance of a neon-colored spectacle, perhaps some flying and definitely songs of female empowerment when pop singer Katy Perry takes the stage during halftime at the Super Bowl, the most-watched 12 minutes on U.S. television. The pink-loving Perry may seem a mismatch for the macho world of NFL football. "Katy Perry is an artist who appeals to a very wide fan base as well as a lot of kids," said Jason Lipshutz, an associate editor at trade magazine Billboard. "Obviously, the NFL wants to bring in that younger demographic with their splashy halftime show." Women fans are a key growth area for the NFL, which came under harsh criticism for its uneven response to former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice's assault on his now wife Janay Palmer.
Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:04:02 -0500
Sixers lose top scorer Wroten to knee injury
Philadelphia 76ers guard Tony Wroten, the NBA club's leading scorer, will be sidelined indefinitely because of a torn right knee ligament, the team announced. Wroten suffered the anterior cruciate ligament injury against New Orleans on January 16. "The best course of action for Tony's basketball career is to repair his ACL surgically," 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie said.
Publ.Date : Sat, 24 Jan 2015 02:02:33 -0500
Belichick says \'100 percent\' Patriots did no wrong
A New England Patriots internal investigation shows the NFL club did nothing wrong in the controversy over football inflation levels in a playoff victory, coach Bill Belichick said Saturday. "Deflategate" has overshadowed New England's 45-7 romp over visiting Indianapolis last week to book a Super Bowl berth against Seattle after a league probe showed the Patriots used under-inflated balls in the first half of the game, raising concerns of deliberate cheating. "I believe now 100 percent I have personally and we as an organization have followed every rule to the letter," Belichick said. The NFL is looking into how balls lost air between a pre-kickoff exam by officials and half-time of the playoff, while Belichick says that the team's look into the issue found balls can lose enough air to become outside NFL guidelines without tampering.
Publ.Date : Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:00:18 -0500
Eastern Michigan University women\'s basketball player dies in car crash
A member of the Eastern Michigan University women's basketball team and another university student died on Sunday in a head-on car crash near campus in Ypsilanti Township, officials said. Shannise Heady, 21, a forward with the team, was driving a car that crossed the center line and struck another vehicle shortly before 1 a.m. local time, said Derrick Jackson, a spokesman for the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office. Jordan Hopkins, 23, was also killed. Heady, a junior, joined the Eastern Michigan basketball team after transferring from Seton Hall University, according the Eastern Michigan website.
Publ.Date : Sun, 25 Jan 2015 15:23:51 -0500
Ryan gamble pays off as Team Irvin wins Pro Bowl
(Reuters) - Matt Ryan threw the winning score on a fourth down to give Team Irvin a dramatic 32-28 victory over Team Carter in the NFL Pro Bowl on Sunday. In the second year of a revised format that saw Hall of Fame receivers Michael Irvin and Chris Carter draft teams, fans were treated to an exciting conclusion at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Team Irvin trailed 28-25 with a little more than three minutes remaining and faced a fourth-and-one on the goal line before Ryan found Jimmy Graham for the winning touchdown at the venue hosting next week's Super Bowl. On Team Carter's final possession they drove down to Irvin's 19-yard line but Andy Dalton's fourth down pass was incomplete.
Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Jan 2015 01:28:03 -0500
Golf-U.S. PGA Tour Humana Challenge scores
Jan 26 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Humana Challenge at the par-72 course on Sunday in La Quinta, California 266 Bill Haas (U.S.) 67 63 69 67 267 Steve Wheatcroft (U.S.) 65 67 68 67 Brendan Steele (U.S.) 67 68 68 64 Charley Hoffman (U.S.) 71 63 69 64 Matt Kuchar (U.S.) 65 64 71 67 Park Sung-Joon (South Korea) 68 67 67 65 268 Justin Thomas (U.S.) 68 63 68 69 Boo Weekley (U.S.) 70 66 67 65 Webb Simpson (U.S.) 70 66 68 64 269 Colt Knost (U.S.) 71 67 68 63 Erik Compton (U.S.) 66 66 67 70 Ryan Palmer (U.S.) 71 61 68 69 Francesco Molinari (Italy) 64 71 67 67 270 Nick Watney ...
Publ.Date : Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:32:52 -0500
Krzyzewski claims college win No. 1,000
Publ.Date : Sun, 25 Jan 2015 17:39:50 -0500
Piston\'s top scorer Jennings sidelined
The Detroit Pistons top scorer Brandon Jennings will likely miss the remainder of the season with a torn left Achilles tendon, the NBA team said on Sunday. The Pistons point guard was injured during Saturday's contest against Milwaukee. The six-year veteran left the Pistons' 101-86 loss late in the third quarter with what the team initially said was a left leg injury. Jennings leads the Pistons with averages of 15.4 points and 6.6 assists per game.
Publ.Date : Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:35:44 -0500
Golf-Pacesetting Kuchar slips back with messy finish
Overnight leader Matt Kuchar surprisingly dropped three shots in his last four holes to finish the third round of the $5.7 million Humana Challenge one stroke off the pace at La Quinta on Saturday. Two ahead and seemingly cruising on another gorgeous day of dazzling sunshine in the California desert, Kuchar bogeyed the 15th, 17th and the last for a one-under-par 71 on the Palmer Private course at PGA West, one of three co-hosting venues. Five-times major winner Phil Mickelson, making his first appearance on the 2014-15 PGA Tour, mixed eight birdies with four bogeys for a 68 to finish at 11 under. "Not at all the way I wanted to finish," Kuchar, who had led by one shot after the second round, told Golf Channel.
Publ.Date : Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:32:52 -0500
Bill Haas survives final-hole scare, wins Humana Challenge
(Reuters) - Bill Haas survived a scare at the final hole to earn a one-stroke victory over five players at the $5.7 million Humana Challenge in the California desert on Sunday. Haas took the sole lead with a 10-foot birdie at the 16th hole at the PGA West Palmer course at La Quinta on his way to his second victory in the event formerly known as the Bob Hope Classic. He carded a 67 to finish at 22-under-par 266 for his sixth PGA Tour victory, leaving the 32-year-old only three short of catching his father, Jay Haas.
Publ.Date : Sun, 25 Jan 2015 20:01:23 -0500
Jan 26 (Infostrada Sports) - The World Rankings 1. (1) Rory McIlroy (Britain) 11.03 2. (2) Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 7.68 3. (3) Adam Scott (Australia) 7.10 4. (4) Bubba Watson (U.S.) 7.02 5. (5) Justin Rose (Britain) 6.37 6. (6) Sergio Garcia (Spain) 6.27 7. (7) Jim Furyk (U.S.) 6.16 8. (8) Jason Day (Australia) 5.62 9. (9) Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 5.44 10. (11) Matt Kuchar (U.S.) 5.24 11. (10) Rickie Fowler (U.S.) 5.15 12. (12) Martin Kaymer (Germany) 4.98 13. (13) Jimmy Walker (U.S.) 4.86 14. (14) Billy Horschel (U.S.) 4.26 15. (15) Patrick Reed (U.S.) 4.23 16. (17) Victor Dubuisson (France) 4. ...
Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Jan 2015 04:27:52 -0500
NFL\'s Sherman gets shots in against under-pressure Patriots
With Super Bowl 49 still a week away, Seattle Seahawks defensive standout Richard Sherman was already getting his shots in against the New England Patriots. The outspoken quarterback was skeptical that the Patriots would ever be punished, even if the NFL finds they purposely underinflated the footballs used in the playoff win over Indianapolis that sent them into the Super Bowl -- where they'll take on reigning champions Seattle. Probably not," Sherman said as selected Seahawks players met the press shortly after arriving in Phoenix.
Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Jan 2015 02:17:06 -0500
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Warriors\' Thompson sets record with 37 in third quarter
(Reuters) - Klay Thompson set an NBA record with 37 third-quarter points as he led the Golden State Warriors to a 126-101 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Friday. Thompson finished with a career-high 52 during his record-setting night. The NBA?s previous record for most points in a single quarter was 33, shared by George Gervin of San Antonio and Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks.
Publ.Date : Sat, 24 Jan 2015 02:03:41 -0500
Patriots say they followed rules, accept no blame
By Mark Lamport-Stokes (Reuters) - The New England Patriots said on Saturday they had followed "every rule to the letter" and accepted no blame for using footballs that were under inflated in their AFC championship win over the Indianapolis Colts six days ago. The victory earned the Patriots a spot in the Feb. 1 Super Bowl against the defending champion Seattle Seahawks. The National Football League is investigating why balls used by the Patriots against the Colts were under inflated. "I believe now 100 percent that I have personally, and we as an organization, have absolutely followed every rule to the letter," Patriots head coach Bill Belichick told a news conference.
Publ.Date : Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:50:41 -0500
Panic attack, bad back: Theater shooting brings jury excuses
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) ? One prospective juror said she had a panic attack. Another claimed to have a bad back. A third is in the military and worried he would be deployed during the trial of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes.
Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:33:08 -0500
Larger-than-life Greek singer Demis Roussos dies at 68
Greek singer Demis Roussos, best known for his hit operatic pop ballads in the 1970s and 1980s, died in Athens at the weekend aged 68. A public funeral is to take place Friday at the First Cemetery of Athens, a resting place for many Greek politicians and cultural figures. Roussos, who was famous for his high-pitched voice and melodies inspired by Greek folklore, sold about 60 million records worldwide. Roussos was born in Egypt on June 15, 1946 to a Greek father who was forced to take the family back to Greece in 1961 in the midst of the Suez Canal crisis.
Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:32:09 -0500
Modi honours Obama as VIP guest, opens arms to US business
Narendra Modi honoured Barack Obama as his chief guest Monday at India's Republic Day parade and then rolled out the welcome mat to US businesses in a further warming of ties between the world's largest democracies. Thousands of spectators cheered Obama and Modi as they arrived together at the start of the parade in New Delhi, which marks the birth of modern India and included everything from tanks and state-of-the-art weaponry to camels and traditional dancers.
Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:36:03 -0500
China\'s shadow looms large over Obama visit to India
NEW DELHI (AP) ? As President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met in New Delhi this week, the shadow of a third player hung over the talks: neighboring China, which has complicated relationships with both the United States and India.
Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:21:26 -0500
IS spokesman calls on Muslims in West to commit more attacks
BEIRUT (AP) ? The spokesman for the Islamic State group called on Muslims living in Western countries to carry out more attacks, saying any loyalist who has the opportunity to "shed a drop of blood" should do so.
Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:08:31 -0500
Milk industry fights back against \'anti-dairy folks\'
Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:36:13 -0500
Court rules for company seeking to trim retiree health costs
WASHINGTON (AP) ? A unanimous Supreme Court is ordering lower courts to take a new look at a dispute over a chemical company's efforts to cut costs in its health plan for retired workers.
Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:13:21 -0500
Broadway\'s \'Curious Incident of the Dog\' recoups capital
Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:57:04 -0500
\'Jersey Belle\' star writing memoir, planned for fall release
Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:38:18 -0500
House tea partyers face new resistance from GOP pragmatists
WASHINGTON (AP) ? This should be a golden era for tea party conservatives, whose energies helped Republicans gain a historic House majority and take control of the Senate. But the House's die-hard conservatives face new frustrations and uncertainty, thanks to a higher number of establishment-friendly Republicans and a leadership push to "show we can govern" instead of throwing partisan brickbats.
Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:47:28 -0500
Image of Asia: Greeting Johnny Depp at the Tokyo airport
In this photo by Shizuo Kambayashi, actor Johnny Depp kneels to give autographs to fans as he and his fiancee Amber Heard arrive at Haneda international airport in Tokyo to promote his latest film. "Mortdecai," also starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Ewan McGregor, went into wide release in the U.S. over the weekend and opens in Japan on Feb. 6. The eccentric heist comedy tanked at the box office, making an estimated $4.1 million in North America and $5.2 million elsewhere, adding to a string of duds for Depp. The actor was greeted at the airport by about 1,000 screaming fans, some of them wearing mustaches in imitation of Depp's film character.
Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:20:51 -0500
Gov\'t to overhaul Medicare payments to doctors, hospitals
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The Obama administration is unveiling what it calls a historic shift in the way Medicare pays hospitals and doctors. The goal is to reward quality care and not just the sheer volume of services like imaging scans.
Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:30:37 -0500
Notorious Uganda LRA commander faces war crimes judges
Notorious former Lord's Resistance Army commander Dominic Ongwen made his first appearance before the International Criminal Court on Monday, accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Ongwen is the first leader of the brutal Ugandan rebel army led by the fugitive Joseph Kony to appear before the ICC, created to try the world's worst crimes. A calm, composed Ongwen wore a blue suit, white shirt and blue-and-grey plaid tie as he identified himself as born in Gulu in northern Uganda in 1975. "Prior to my arrival at court I was a soldier in the LRA," said Ongwen, sporting short hair rather than the trademark dreadlocks of his time as an LRA commander.
Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:28:05 -0500
Storm threatens the Northeast with historic snow
NEW YORK (AP) ? Cities big and small along the Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor of more than 35 million people began shutting down and bundling up Monday against a powerful and potentially historic storm that could unload 1 to 3 feet of snow.
Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:55:20 -0500
Kurds push Islamic State out of Kobani after four-month battle
By Sylvia Westall and Ayla Jean Yackley BEIRUT/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Kurdish forces took full control of the Syrian town of Kobani on Monday, driving out remaining Islamic State fighters to end a four-month battle that became a focal point of the international fight against the ultra-hardline Islamist group. Monitoring group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Syrian Kurdish YPG forces had retaken the town, close to the Turkish border, but were still proceeding carefully in the eastern outskirts where Islamic State had planted mines before fleeing. "I can see the YPG flag flying over Kobani. There are the sounds of jets flying above," said Tevfik Kanat, a Turkish Kurd who rushed to the border with hundreds of others, including refugees from Kobani, after hearing about the advance.
Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:55:43 -0500
Alabama appeals decision blocking ban on same-sex marriage
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) ? Alabama on Monday began the process of appealing a federal judge's decision that overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage ? a decision that was put on hold to allow time for the appeal.
Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:41:35 -0500
Gamecocks still No. 1; Chattanooga joins women\'s hoops poll
Jim Foster has become the first coach to lead four schools into The Associated Press women's poll, with Chattanooga entering the rankings at No. 25 on Monday.
Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:24:47 -0500
The latest on the Northeast snowstorm
Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:59:29 -0500
French authorities raid prison cells of radicals
PARIS (AP) ? The Paris prosecutor's office says authorities have found phones, USB flash drives and other equipment during searches of about 80 prison cells of Islamic radicals after terrorist attacks earlier this month.
Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:18:29 -0500
Pentagon: Battle for Syrian town of Kobani not over
The Pentagon on Monday declined to declare the battle for the Syrian town Kobani over or declare that Islamic State forces had been entirely pushed out after a four-month battle that became a focal point in the international fight against the group. U.S. and coalition forces launched 17 air strikes near Kobani since Sunday, the military said earlier. The Pentagon last Friday said about 70 percent of the city was in control of Kurdish forces.
Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:15:47 -0500
Greek vote shows growing European backlash against austerity
The election result in Greece reflects a growing European backlash against austerity policies. Across the continent, support is growing for parties and groups outside the mainstream like Syriza, which triumphed in Greece on Sunday after pledging to renegotiate the country's huge bailout agreements.
Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:04:41 -0500
First US drone strike in Yemen since leader resigned kills 3
SANAA, Yemen (AP) ? A U.S. drone strike in Yemen, the first so far this year, killed three al-Qaida fighters on Monday, signaling Washington's determination to keep targeting the global terror network's most lethal branch despite the resignation of the Yemeni president, a top U.S. ally, in the face of a Shiite rebel power grab.
Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:52:19 -0500
Sex-abuse civil trial to unveil Boy Scout \'perversion\' files
Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:51:01 -0500
Church of England consecrates first female bishop
Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:58:32 -0500
Small drone crashes at White House complex, origin unclear
WASHINGTON (AP) ? A small drone flying low to the ground crashed onto the White House grounds before dawn Monday, triggering a major emergency response and raising fresh questions about security at the presidential mansion.
Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:57:56 -0500
Mom on trial accused of killing 5-year-old with salt
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) ? A confounding and heartbreaking murder case alleging that a mother purposely poisoned her 5-year-old son with salt and documented his decline on social media began Monday in the New York suburbs.
Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:15:15 -0500
2 suspected looters killed in South Africa
JOHANNESBURG (AP) ? Two suspected looters in South Africa were fatally shot bringing to six the number of people killed in more than a week of attacks on shops owned by African immigrants in the Johannesburg area, police said Monday.
Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:41:39 -0500
Oklahoma could halt executions for Supreme Court drug review
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) ? Oklahoma is willing to put three executions on hold while the U.S. Supreme Court reviews whether a certain sedative can render death row inmates sufficiently unconscious, the state's attorney general said in a Monday filing with the court.
Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:15:27 -0500
Liberia: Only 5 people being treated for Ebola in country
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) ? Liberia said Monday that there are currently only five confirmed cases of Ebola in the entire country ? a dramatic turnaround in the West African nation where the virus has taken its deadliest toll.
Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:30:44 -0500
Islamic State group pushed out of Syria\'s Kobani
BEIRUT (AP) ? Kurdish fighters backed by intense U.S.-led airstrikes pushed the Islamic State group entirely out of a key Syrian town on Monday, marking a major defeat for the extremists whose hopes for an easy victory when they pushed into Kobani last year dissolved into a bloody, costly and months-long siege.
Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:58:33 -0500
Post Holdings to pay $1.15B for Malt-O-Meal cereal maker
Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:31:05 -0500
New Jersey governor Christie preparing for White House run
(Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and his supporters have formed a political action committee ahead of a likely bid for president, adding a third well-known Republican figure to the fight for campaign funds among the party's core donor class, according to a source with knowledge of the matter. The new political action committee, or PAC, called Leadership Matters for America, is the clearest sign yet that Christie is running. The Wall Street Journal first reported the establishment of the PAC on Monday. Among those serving on the PAC are long-time Christie allies Michael DuHaime and Bill Palatucci, as well as Phil Cox, executive director of the Republican Governors Association, the source said.
Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:53:08 -0500
Death toll from GM ignition switches rises to at least 50
DETROIT (AP) ? With only five days left before the deadline to seek payments, compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg has decided that 50 death cases are eligible for money due to crashes caused by faulty General Motors ignition switches.
Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:02:01 -0500
WikiLeaks accuses Google of handing over emails to US
Whistleblowing site WikiLeaks on Monday accused Google of handing over the emails and electronic data of its senior staff to the US authorities without providing notification until almost three years later. Google was apparently acting in response to warrants issued by the US Department of Justice, which is investigating WikiLeaks for publishing hundreds of thousands of classified military and diplomatic files. WikiLeaks said the allegations against it point to a far broader investigation into its activities than the US authorities have previously indicated. "Today, WikiLeaks' lawyers have written to Google and the US Department of Justice concerning a serious violation of the privacy and journalistic rights of WikiLeaks' staff," the site said in a statement.
Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:10:06 -0500
OPEC\'s Badri says oil may have hit floor, warns of future spike
Oil prices at current levels may have reached a floor and could move higher very soon, OPEC's secretary-general said on Monday, his first public comment that oil's second-biggest decline on record may have run its course. "Now the prices are around $45-$50 and I think maybe they reached the bottom and will see some rebound very soon," Badri told Reuters on the sidelines of a conference at Chatham House. Prices kept falling after OPEC's surprise refusal in November to cut its output to retain market share against rival suppliers. Defending OPEC's decision, Badri warned that any oil supply cut would lead to spare production capacity, a lack of investment and an eventual shortage and price spike that could exceed that of 2008, when oil hit its record high above $147 a barrel.
Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:00:13 -0500
Italy promo gets thumbs up for turning stereotypes around
ROME (AP) ? Italy is making waves by turning stereotypes on their head ? and selling the world its more serious side.
Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:59:16 -0500
Wall Street braces for storm; exchanges to stay open
By John McCrank and Richard Leong NEW YORK (Reuters) - Some Wall Street traders booked hotels, while banks and brokerages prepared to get by with bare bones staffing, but major exchanges said it was business as usual as a potentially historic blizzard bore down on the northeast. I don't suspect it will be an issue at all," said Ken Polcari, director of the NYSE floor division at O?Neil Securities in New York. Intercontinental Exchange Inc's New York Stock Exchange unit, Nasdaq OMX Group , and BATS Global Markets said the exchanges they operate are currently expected to stay open for normal operating hours Monday and Tuesday. The last time the stock markets closed due to weather was in October 2012 when Superstorm Sandy bore down on the East Coast, bringing flooding, punishing winds and widespread power outages that led to a two-day closure of U.S. stock markets.
Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:16:05 -0500
Jury in CIA leak trial says it can\'t reach unanimous verdict
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) ? Jurors said Monday that they could not reach a unanimous verdict in the case of a former CIA officer accused of leaking secrets about a classified operation to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions to a New York Times reporter, but the judge urged them to keep talking.
Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:10:47 -0500
Oil climbs ahead of U.S. storm following Saudi transition
Oil prices were up for a second straight day on Monday ahead of the first major snowstorm expected this year in the U.S. Northeast. Gains were limited, however, by the absence of any market disruption in top oil exporter Saudi Arabia after King Abdullah's death. The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a blizzard warning for New York City and surrounding areas between coastal New Jersey and Connecticut, beginning 1:00 p.m. EST (1800 GMT) on Monday and worsening overnight into Tuesday morning. Gasoline prices came off their lows following news that BP Plc's 413,500-barrel-per-day (bpd) Whiting, Indiana, refinery had completed the restart of a 90,000-bpd crude distillation unit and was working to boost its production to planned output levels.
Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:46:37 -0500
Emma Watson to star in live-action \'Beauty and the Beast\'
Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:54:26 -0500