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NFL: Replay officials empowered to help referees avoid mistakes

NFL: Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders(Reuters) - The National Football League on Tuesday broadened replay powers to allow the league office and replay officials in New York to help referees avoid mistakes on the field during games. NFL owners passed an amendment regarding overrules of "game administrative" elements including penalty enforcement, proper down, spot of a foul and status of the game clock. The changes include measures Commissioner Roger Goodell installed for the playoffs this past season.



Publ.Date : Tue, 24 May 2016 12:46:29 -0400

Thunder demolish Warriors, grab 2-1 series lead

NBA: Playoffs-Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder(The Sports Xchange) - Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined to score 63 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder routed the Golden State Warriors 133-105 on Sunday to take a 2-1 in the Western Conference finals. Durant scored 33 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the field and 12-of-12 from the free-throw line to go along with eight rebounds and three blocked shots. Westbrook tallied 30 points and 12 assists, and he was two rebounds away from his first triple-double of the postseason.



Publ.Date : Sun, 22 May 2016 23:03:28 -0400

Pittsburgh man convicted in killings of Iowa lawmaker\'s sisters
Allen Darrell Wade was found guilty on all charges related to the deaths, including two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of robbery and three counts of theft, Alleghany County District Attorney spokesman Mike Manko said. Wade, 45, was charged with the murder of Susan and Sarah Wolfe, the sisters of Iowa state Representative Mary Wolfe. Mary Wolfe is a Democrat serving her third term in the Iowa House of Representatives.
Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 20:08:20 -0400

Cavaliers\' Jones gets one-game ban for hit on Biyombo

Dahntay Jones (L) of the Cleveland Cavaliers, in action on May 17, 2016, is suspended one game without pay Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dahntay Jones was suspended one game without pay by the NBA on Sunday for striking Toronto Raptors center Bismack Biyombo in the groin. The incident happened with 17.6 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of Saturday's 99-84 Toronto home victory over the Cavaliers, which snapped Cleveland's 10-game win streak to open the playoffs. The Cavaliers still have a 2-1 lead over the Raptors in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals with game four -- the contest Jones will miss -- on Monday at Toronto.



Publ.Date : Sun, 22 May 2016 19:58:44 -0400

Former NFL star Smith had brain damage

Charles "Bubba" Smith is among 90 former NFL players found to have CTE, the Concussion Legacy Foundation has reported on its websiteSuper Bowl-winning defensive end Charles "Bubba" Smith was suffering from the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) at the time of his death in 2011, a report revealed on Tuesday. Smith, who forged a successful acting career following his playing days, appearing in the hit "Police Academy" movies, is among 90 former NFL players found to have CTE, the Concussion Legacy Foundation reported on its website. Researchers at Boston University who studied Smith's brain said the player showed symptoms of suffering from Stage 3 (out of 4) CTE, a severe level of the condition.



Publ.Date : Tue, 24 May 2016 14:49:01 -0400

Brady to contest \'Deflategate\' suspension

Amfoot - Brady to contest 'Deflategate' suspensionNew York (AFP) - New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady filed an appeal against his four-game suspension on Monday in a last-ditch bid to overturn his punishment for his role in the "Deflategate" scandal.



Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 16:11:52 -0400

Raptors buoyed by Biyombo
(Reuters) - Congolese center Bismack Biyombo has gone from bit-part player to Raptors linchpin in the space of two weeks and his emergence has given Toronto a spark in their Eastern Conference final series against Cleveland. Biyombo grabbed 14 rebounds and had three blocks in Toronto?s 105-99 home win over the Cavaliers on Monday, which tied the best-of-seven series at 2-2. It was a gritty encore performance to his franchise playoff-record 26 rebounds and four blocks in a Game Three triumph, and provided further evidence that the 23-year-old has found new life in Toronto.
Publ.Date : Tue, 24 May 2016 01:27:36 -0400

McIlroy hoping Irish Open win will spur summer success

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open(Reuters) - World number three Rory McIlroy has said he hoped his Irish Open victory would spur him to greater heights in the remaining three majors and the Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro, following a lackluster start to the year. The 27-year-old was in danger of losing a three-shot lead in the final round of the Irish Open, but a closing 69 secured a dramatic victory for the Northern Irish golfer, his first triumph since last November's DP World Tour championship in Dubai. "It means a lot for my summer," McIlroy told British media.



Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 09:01:08 -0400

Ken Starr reportedly fired as Baylor president; university declines comment

Kenneth Starr speaks outside the Supreme Court in Washington after arguing a case in WashingtonBaylor University declined to comment on reports on Tuesday that Kenneth Starr, the former independent counsel charged with investigating Bill Clinton during his presidency who is now the president of the world's largest Baptist college, has been fired over sexual abuse scandals at the school. Local TV broadcaster KCEN reported on Tuesday that Starr had been fired, citing sources close to the Board of Regents. In March, a former student at Baylor brought a negligence lawsuit in federal court against the school, claiming it acted callously and indifferently after she was raped by a Baylor football player.



Publ.Date : Tue, 24 May 2016 16:12:26 -0400

Golf-Race to Dubai rankings
May 23 (Infostrada Sports) - Race to Dubai rankings 1. (1) Danny Willett (Britain) 2780274 2. (4) Rory McIlroy (Britain) 1988305 3. (2) Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa) 1547861 4. (3) Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spain) 1425396 5. (5) Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 1045465 6. (7) Lee Westwood (Britain) 947674 7. (6) Branden Grace (South Africa) 936353 8. (8) Joost Luiten (Netherlands) 742534 9. (9) Charl Schwartzel (South Africa) 712172 10. (11) Soren Kjeldsen (Denmark) 672522 11. (10) Lee Soo-Min (South Korea) 661297 12. (41) Bradley Dredge (Britain) 615984 13. (12) Chris Wood (Britain) 590040 14. ...
Publ.Date : Sun, 22 May 2016 20:15:44 -0400

Garcia joins Ballesteros on nine PGA Tour victories

PGA: AT&T Byron Nelson - Third Round(Reuters) - Sergio Garcia displayed shades of Seve Ballesteros on his way to victory at the AT&T Byron Nelson in Texas on Sunday, matching his late countryman for most career wins by a Spaniard on the PGA Tour. Garcia overcame some poor swings to collect his ninth tour victory, beating American Brooks Koepka in a playoff at the TPC Four Seasons in Irving. "It means so much (to match Ballesteros).



Publ.Date : Sun, 22 May 2016 19:43:09 -0400

Baseball star Tony Gwynn\'s family sues tobacco companies over death

A makeshift memorial is set up for former San Diego Padres outfielder Tony Gwynn at Petco Park in San DiegoBy Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The family of the late baseball star Tony Gwynn, a Hall of Famer who played with the San Diego Padres, has filed a lawsuit in California accusing makers of dipping tobacco of causing his death from cancer by getting him hooked at a young age. With the legal action, Gwynn becomes one of the most high-profile Major League Baseball stars to have his name used in a public attack on the tobacco industry. "Throughout his career, our dad was proud of his work helping kids and being a positive role model to his fans," his daughter Anisha Gwynn-Jones said in a statement Tuesday.



Publ.Date : Tue, 24 May 2016 17:38:23 -0400

Lowry, DeRozan star as Raptors stun Cavaliers to tie NBA series

Kyle Lowry (R) scored 35 points as Toronto completed a victory that leaves the best-of-seven series tied at 2-2 with three games to playKyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan scored more than 30 points each as the Toronto Raptors withstood a ferocious Cleveland Cavaliers fightback to level their Eastern Conference final series with a 105-99 victory. Lowry scored 35 points while DeRozan weighed in with 32 as Toronto completed a victory that leaves the best-of-seven series tied at 2-2 with three games to play. The win continues a remarkable transformation in fortunes for Toronto, who had lost the opening two games of the series heavily to trail 2-0.



Publ.Date : Tue, 24 May 2016 01:25:38 -0400

Angelina Jolie to teach at London School of Economics on women in conflict

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie looks on as she meets Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at the Maximos Mansion in AthensBy Emma Batha LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie is to join the London School of Economics (LSE) as a visiting professor on a new masters course on women, peace and security, the school announced on Monday. The LSE said the course, which starts next year, is the first of its kind globally and will be run by the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security which was launched last year by Jolie and Britain's former foreign secretary, William Hague. "It is vital that we broaden the discussion on how to advance women's rights and end impunity for crimes that disproportionately affect women, such as sexual violence in conflict," Jolie, a special envoy for the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR), said in a statement.



Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 08:14:45 -0400

Cleveland guard Jones suspended one game for groin hit

NBA: Playoffs-Atlanta Hawks at Cleveland Cavaliers(Reuters) - Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dahntay Jones has been suspended for Game Four of the Eastern Conference final against the Toronto Raptors, the NBA announced on Sunday. Jones struck Toronto big man Bismack Biyombo in the groin in the final seconds of Game Three in Toronto on Saturday, an incident that left Biyombo on the floor in apparent pain.



Publ.Date : Sun, 22 May 2016 21:20:17 -0400

Warriors worrying over Green after groin kick fells Adams
(Reuters) - Draymond Green helped motivate Golden State to a record-breaking 73-game winning season but the struggling Warriors will be hoping their emotional forward can avoid suspension after he picked up a flagrant foul on Sunday. Green kicked Oklahoma City's Steven Adams in the groin while attempting a shot in the second quarter of the 133-105 Western Conference finals Game Three loss as the defending NBA champions fell 2-1 behind to the Thunder in the best-of-seven series. The painful kick left Adams doubled over on the floor and earned the flagrant call after officials looked at the instant replay.
Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 01:03:23 -0400

Warriors NBA star Green escapes ban for Adams kick

Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green has been fined for kicking Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven AdamsGolden State Warriors star Draymond Green has been fined $25,000 but will escape a suspension for his kick on Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams, the NBA said Monday. Green left the Warriors sweating on the prospect of a possible ban after kicking Adams in the groin during Golden State's rout to the Thunder in Game Three on Sunday. Golden State's management and Green had insisted the incident in the first half -- which left Adams doubled over in pain -- was accidental.



Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 21:00:31 -0400

California jury selection begins in murder trial of \'Shield\' actor

Actor Michael Jace appears at an arraignment hearing for a murder charge in Los Angeles Superior Court in Los Angeles(Reuters) - Jury selection began on Monday in the California murder case against actor Michael Jace, who played a police officer conflicted about his sexuality in the cable television drama "The Shield" and was accused of killing his wife in 2014. The jury seating process is expected to continue Tuesday, Los Angeles County District Attorney spokeswoman Jane Robison said. Jace has pleaded not guilty to shooting and killing his 40-year-old wife April on May 19, 2014 in their South Los Angeles home before calling authorities to report an emergency.



Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 19:33:41 -0400

Warriors\' Green escapes ban, is fined for flagrant foul 2

NBA: Playoffs-Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder(Reuters) - Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green escaped a possible one-game suspension on Monday when he was fined by the National Basketball Association for a flagrant foul that was upgraded from category 1 to 2. Green faced the chance of being banned for Tuesday's Game Four of the Western Conference Finals against Oklahoma City after he had kicked Thunder center Steven Adams in the groin during Sunday's Game Three. "After a thorough investigation that included review of all available video angles and interviews with the players involved and the officials working the game, we have determined that Green's foul was unnecessary and excessive and warranted the upgrade and fine," Kiki VanDeWeghe, the NBA's executive vice president of basketball operations, said in a statement.



Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 20:01:07 -0400

Golf: Langer continues senior dominance with runaway major win
(Reuters) - German Bernhard Langer continued his dominance of senior golf when he birdied the final three holes for a six-shot victory at the Regions Tradition in Alabama on Sunday. The evergreen 58-year-old German shrugged off a slow start to the final round to claim the first of the year's five designated major championships on the 50-and-over Champions Tour. "It?s hard to put into words the amazing feeling to win, but to win majors means that much more," Langer told reporters after his 27th victory on the Champions Tour.
Publ.Date : Sun, 22 May 2016 20:52:01 -0400

Rangers OF Hamilton to have season-ending surgery
(The Sports Xchange) - Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton will undergo left knee surgery next month that is expected to sideline him the rest of the season, the Rangers Radio Network reported Monday. Hamilton made his decision after receiving a second opinion, the network said, with the operation scheduled for June 8. Hamilton, 35, underwent two procedures on his knee in 2015 when he played in just 50 games.
Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 19:36:33 -0400

Major League Baseball to probe Padres gay choir fiasco

Controversy flared when the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus attempted to perform the national anthem at Petco ParkMajor League Baseball will investigate a blunder that prevented an all-male gay singing group from performing the national anthem before last weekend's game between the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers, officials said Monday. Padres chief executive Mike Dee said the team fully supported an investigation into the controversial incident, which overshadowed Saturday's game. "We are pleased that MLB will look into this matter and the Padres will cooperate fully," he said in a post on his Twitter account.



Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 18:46:59 -0400

Korean golfer An aiming to overtake Olympian parents

Byeong Hun An is currently ranked 26th in the worldSouth Korea's Byeong Hun An is aiming to go one better than his parents if he qualifies for August's Olympic golf tournament in Brazil. An?s father Ahn Jae-Hyung won a bronze medal in table tennis at the Seoul games in 1988 and his mother Jiao Zhimin won a silver in the same pursuit. An is back at Wentworth this week to defend the European PGA Championship title he won last season and give another boost to his Olympic ambitions.



Publ.Date : Tue, 24 May 2016 13:18:48 -0400

Raptors hold off Cavs, even East finals at 2-2

NBA: Playoffs-Cleveland Cavaliers at Toronto Raptors(The Sports Xchange) - Kyle Lowry scored 35 points and DeMar DeRozan added 32 as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-99 on Monday to tie the Eastern Conference finals at two wins each. In winning their second consecutive game, the Raptors led by as many as 18 points during the second quarter and were ahead by 16 at halftime. The teams changed one-point leads in the fourth quarter, but when Lowry made a driving layup with 22.5 seconds to play, the Raptors led by six points.



Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 23:41:38 -0400

McIlroy could snub Rio over Zika fears

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, poses with the trophy after his three shot victory in the Irish open golf tournament at The K Club, west of Dublin in Ireland on May 22, 2016Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy revealed on Monday he could reject the chance to play at this year's Olympics because of the Zika virus in Brazil. Fiji's Vijay Singh and Australia's Marc Leishman have already decided not to participate in the Rio Games because of the virus, while Adam Scott, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel have pulled out for what they say are scheduling reasons. World number three McIlroy is keeping tabs on the spread of Zika, which is linked to brain deformities in newborn babies, and the Northern Ireland star conceded it is possible he might join the growing list of absentees.



Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 15:22:02 -0400

Golf-Willett is keeping an eye on Zika before the Olympics
Danny Willett became the latest golfer to suggest he may skip this year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, as he evaluates the threat the Zika virus might pose. Earlier this week, world number three Rory McIlroy said he would have to "monitor" the situation with the virus in Brazil, hinting he might decide against competing. Englishman Willett feels much the same.
Publ.Date : Tue, 24 May 2016 15:17:28 -0400

NFL to play 2021 Super Bowl in new Los Angeles stadium
(Reuters) - The NFL will stage the 2021 Super Bowl in Los Angeles, raising its profile in the country's second-largest media market after making a celebrated return to the city with the relocation of the Rams franchise to the West Coast starting next season. The National Football League also announced the 2019 and 2020 Super Bowls would be played in Atlanta and South Florida, respectively, returning to those areas for its championship game, one of the most-watched television events of the year. The Super Bowl's move back to Los Angeles will also give the 'City of Angels' a welcome boost as it bids to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.
Publ.Date : Tue, 24 May 2016 17:59:53 -0400

Los Angeles lands 2021 NFL Super Bowl

Los Angeles was awarded the right to stage the Super Bowl in 2021, on May 26, 2016 after a vote at the annual NFL owners meetingLos Angeles was awarded the right to stage the Super Bowl in 2021 on Tuesday as National Football League chiefs picked Atlanta and Miami as venues for the money-spinning showpiece in 2019 and 2020. The host cities were announced after a vote at the annual NFL owners meetings in Charlotte, North Carolina. The choice of Los Angeles had been widely anticipated following the NFL's decision earlier this year to sanction the move of the St Louis Rams back to the Californian metropolis.



Publ.Date : Tue, 24 May 2016 17:10:22 -0400

NFL tried to improperly influence brain injury study - lawmakers

Charles "Bubba" Smith is among 90 former NFL players found to have CTE, the Concussion Legacy Foundation has reported on its websiteThe National Football League attempted to improperly influence a major study into links between the sport and brain disease, a report by US lawmakers found on Monday. The House Committee on Energy and Commerce ruled in a 91-page report that the NFL and several of the organization's top health officials had waged a behind-the-scenes campaign to try and affect the outcome of the research study. The claims first came to light in a story by ESPN's "Outside the Lines" program.



Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 16:54:57 -0400

Wentworth still a great event despite no shows, Kaymer says

Dubai Duty Free Irish OpenBy Tony Jimenez LONDON (Reuters) - Double major winner Martin Kaymer has hit back at suggestions that this week's BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth has lost some of its razzle-dazzle, calling it a first-class event with "a massive history". "There are better courses in England, that's for sure, but it's the home of the European Tour and it's a great event and we should see it for what it is," Kaymer said. "It's big prize money, a lot of world ranking points, with a massive history." The PGA Championship was first held in 1955, and the list of winners represents a roll-call of Europe's finest players - Rory McIlroy, Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Tony Jacklin, Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie, Jose Maria Olazabal and Ian Woosnam.



Publ.Date : Tue, 24 May 2016 08:25:43 -0400

Golf-McIlroy hoping Irish Open win will spur summer success
World number three Rory McIlroy has said he hoped his Irish Open victory would spur him to greater heights in the remaining three majors and the Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro, following a lacklustre start to the year. The 27-year-old was in danger of losing a three-shot lead in the final round of the Irish Open, but a closing 69 secured a dramatic victory for the Northern Irish golfer, his first triumph since last November's DP World Tour championship in Dubai. "It means a lot for my summer," McIlroy told British media.
Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 08:56:09 -0400

Tom Brady appeals \'Deflategate\' ruling, extends fight with NFL

NFL: AFC Divisional-Kansas City Chiefs at New England PatriotsBy Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on Monday asked a U.S. appeals court to reconsider its ruling reinstating his "Deflategate" four-game suspension, saying the decision runs contrary to federal labor law. "The panel decision will harm not just NFL players, but all unionized workers who have bargained for appeal rights as a protection," his lawyers said in a motion filed with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York. Brady, 38, was suspended after the National Football League (NFL) found underinflated footballs were used in the Patriots' 45-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts in January 2015's AFC championship game.



Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 16:48:16 -0400

Physics, engineering professors back Tom Brady \'Deflategate\' appeal

NFL: AFC Championship-New England Patriots at Denver BroncosBy Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Ivory Tower has thrown its weight behind Tom Brady. A group of 21 physics and engineering professors on Tuesday urged a U.S. federal appeals court to reconsider its 2-1 decision to reinstate the New England Patriots quarterback's four-game National Football League suspension in the "Deflategate" case. In a brief filed with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York, the professors said there is "no scientific proof" Brady did anything wrong in using underinflated footballs, which can be easier to grip, during the Patriots' 45-7 rout of the Indianapolis Colts in the January 2015 AFC championship game.



Publ.Date : Tue, 24 May 2016 16:12:50 -0400

Royals\' Gordon out with broken bone in wrist

MLB: Kansas City Royals at New York Yankees(Reuters) - Kansas City outfielder Alex Gordon has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a broken bone in his right wrist, the Royals said on Monday. Gordon sustained the injury when he collided with team mate Mike Moustakas in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox. Royals manager Ned Yost said Gordon was expected to miss 3-4 weeks but would be reevaluated in 10 days.



Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 22:48:41 -0400

Cavs loss puts LeBron\'s Finals streak in jeopardy
By Frank Pingue TORONTO (Reuters) - LeBron James has had a standing reservation with the NBA Finals for five consecutive years but the best player of his generation is suddenly in jeopardy of seeing his remarkable streak come to an end. James has been playing some of the best basketball of his career during the 2016 playoffs but was unable to rally the Cleveland Cavaliers to a victory on Monday that would have all but punched their ticket to the championship round. Instead, the Cavaliers fell 105-99 to the Toronto Raptors, who tied up the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final at 2-2 with a second consecutive home victory.
Publ.Date : Tue, 24 May 2016 01:21:33 -0400

Thunder rout Warriors to grab edge in West final

Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder goes up against Harrison Barnes of the Golden State Warriors during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena on May 22, 2016 in Oklahoma CityKevin Durant scored 33 points and Russell Westbrook added 30 as the Oklahoma City Thunder routed defending NBA champion Golden State 133-105 to seize the lead in their playoff series. The Thunder grabbed a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference finals and captured momentum with the lopsided blowout, making Tuesday's fourth game at Oklahoma City crucial for both clubs. "We have got to keep the same intensity, same attack mode," Westbrook said.



Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 00:05:56 -0400

Polycom to discuss PE offer in challenge to Mitel
(Reuters) - Video conferencing equipment maker Polycom Inc said on Monday it received a revised proposal from a private equity firm that could be "superior" to Mitel Networks Corp's offer. Polycom's shares rose 4.2 percent to $11.56 in after-market trading. Polycom, which agreed to be bought by Canada's Mitel for about $1.96 billion in April, said it intends to engage in discussions with the private equity firm, identified as Sponsor 1.
Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 18:48:50 -0400

Japan\'s Darvish expected to return to pitching duty Saturday

Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers sits in the dugout during play against the New York Yankees at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 25, 2016 in Arlington, TexasTexas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish, who has not thrown in Major League Baseball since the 2014 season, will make his return on Saturday, the team said on its website. The 29-year-old Japanese right-hander is completing his recovery from "Tommy John" elbow tendon replacement and reconstruction surgery that he underwent in March, 2015. Darvish reached the career 500-strikeout mark faster than any pitcher in major league history in 2014.



Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 00:28:06 -0400

Moore, An and Fitzpatrick earn U.S. Open exemptions

PGA: The Masters - Second Round(Reuters) - Former U.S. amateur champions Ryan Moore, An Byeong-hun and Matthew Fitzpatrick are among 27 players who have earned full exemptions into next month's U.S. Open at Oakmont, the United States Golf Association said on Tuesday. All 27 exemptions were awarded to golfers ranked in the world's top 60 this week, and those additions lift the number of fully exempt players to 78 for the year's second major. American Moore, who won the U.S. amateur in 2004, is ranked 49th, South Korean An, U.S. amateur champion in 2009, is 26th and Englishman Fitzpatrick, winner of the 2013 U.S. amateur, is 44th.



Publ.Date : Tue, 24 May 2016 13:54:41 -0400

McIlroy may opt to skip Rio Games over Zika fears

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open(Reuters) - Rory McIlroy took a long time to decide he would represent Ireland at the 2016 Rio Olympics but the 27-year-old world number three could now miss golf's return to the Games after a 112-year absence because of concerns over the Zika virus. The Northern Irishman had threatened to skip the Olympics as he agonized over representing Great Britain or Ireland in Brazil but after opting for the latter in 2014, the mosquito-borne disease may lead the four-times major winner to avoid the Games. First detected in Brazil last year, Zika has been linked in that country to more than 1,300 cases of microcephaly, a rare birth defect defined by unusually small heads and something that is clearly a major concern for McIlroy.



Publ.Date : Tue, 24 May 2016 03:43:15 -0400

Lowry, DeRozan star as Raptors stun Cavaliers to tie NBA series

Kyle Lowry (R) scored 35 points as Toronto completed a victory that leaves the best-of-seven series tied at 2-2 with three games to playKyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan scored more than 30 points each as the Toronto Raptors withstood a ferocious Cleveland Cavaliers fightback to level their Eastern Conference final series with a 105-99 victory. Lowry scored 35 points while DeRozan weighed in with 32 as Toronto completed a victory that leaves the best-of-seven series tied at 2-2 with three games to play. The win continues a remarkable transformation in fortunes for Toronto, who had lost the opening two games of the series heavily to trail 2-0.



Publ.Date : Tue, 24 May 2016 01:25:38 -0400

Tom Brady appeals \'Deflategate\' ruling, extends fight with NFL

NFL: AFC Divisional-Kansas City Chiefs at New England PatriotsBy Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on Monday asked a U.S. appeals court to reconsider its ruling reinstating his "Deflategate" four-game suspension, saying the decision runs contrary to federal labor law. "The panel decision will harm not just NFL players, but all unionized workers who have bargained for appeal rights as a protection," his lawyers said in a motion filed with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York. Brady, 38, was suspended after the National Football League (NFL) found underinflated footballs were used in the Patriots' 45-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts in January 2015's AFC championship game.



Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 16:48:16 -0400

Physics, engineering professors back Tom Brady \'Deflategate\' appeal

NFL: AFC Championship-New England Patriots at Denver BroncosBy Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Ivory Tower has thrown its weight behind Tom Brady. A group of 21 physics and engineering professors on Tuesday urged a U.S. federal appeals court to reconsider its 2-1 decision to reinstate the New England Patriots quarterback's four-game National Football League suspension in the "Deflategate" case. In a brief filed with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York, the professors said there is "no scientific proof" Brady did anything wrong in using underinflated footballs, which can be easier to grip, during the Patriots' 45-7 rout of the Indianapolis Colts in the January 2015 AFC championship game.



Publ.Date : Tue, 24 May 2016 16:12:50 -0400

Warriors\' Green escapes ban, is fined for flagrant foul 2

NBA: Playoffs-Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder(Reuters) - Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green escaped a possible one-game suspension on Monday when he was fined by the National Basketball Association for a flagrant foul that was upgraded from category 1 to 2. Green faced the chance of being banned for Tuesday's Game Four of the Western Conference Finals against Oklahoma City after he had kicked Thunder center Steven Adams in the groin during Sunday's Game Three. "After a thorough investigation that included review of all available video angles and interviews with the players involved and the officials working the game, we have determined that Green's foul was unnecessary and excessive and warranted the upgrade and fine," Kiki VanDeWeghe, the NBA's executive vice president of basketball operations, said in a statement.



Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 20:01:07 -0400

Amid turmoil, chess helps Ferguson kids cope, excel

Chess grandmaster Alejandro Ramirez, left, plays a match with 10-year-old Marion Rodgers of the Ferguson-Florissant School District while 9-year-old Dorielle Guy-Bey, right, watches, Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at the St. Louis Chess Club and Scholastic Center in St. Louis. The center partnered with the Catholic health care organization Ascension on an after-school program that taught chess to kids in the school district, helping them rebuild their confidence following unrest in Ferguson, and to learn new critical-thinking skills. (AP Photo/Jim Salter)ST. LOUIS (AP) ? Ten-year-old Tyson Stegall stared intently at the chess board as his opponent, grandmaster Alejandro Ramirez, pondered a move. The fourth-grader gave a little grimace, then a smile, when Ramirez finished him off with a checkmate.



Publ.Date : Tue, 24 May 2016 19:53:50 -0400

Cleveland guard Jones suspended one game for groin hit

NBA: Playoffs-Atlanta Hawks at Cleveland Cavaliers(Reuters) - Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dahntay Jones has been suspended for Game Four of the Eastern Conference final against the Toronto Raptors, the NBA announced on Sunday. Jones struck Toronto big man Bismack Biyombo in the groin in the final seconds of Game Three in Toronto on Saturday, an incident that left Biyombo on the floor in apparent pain.



Publ.Date : Sun, 22 May 2016 21:20:17 -0400

California jury selection begins in murder trial of \'Shield\' actor

Actor Michael Jace appears at an arraignment hearing for a murder charge in Los Angeles Superior Court in Los Angeles(Reuters) - Jury selection began on Monday in the California murder case against actor Michael Jace, who played a police officer conflicted about his sexuality in the cable television drama "The Shield" and was accused of killing his wife in 2014. The jury seating process is expected to continue Tuesday, Los Angeles County District Attorney spokeswoman Jane Robison said. Jace has pleaded not guilty to shooting and killing his 40-year-old wife April on May 19, 2014 in their South Los Angeles home before calling authorities to report an emergency.



Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 19:33:41 -0400

Rangers OF Hamilton to have season-ending surgery
(The Sports Xchange) - Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton will undergo left knee surgery next month that is expected to sideline him the rest of the season, the Rangers Radio Network reported Monday. Hamilton made his decision after receiving a second opinion, the network said, with the operation scheduled for June 8. Hamilton, 35, underwent two procedures on his knee in 2015 when he played in just 50 games.
Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 19:36:33 -0400

Raptors hold off Cavs, even East finals at 2-2

NBA: Playoffs-Cleveland Cavaliers at Toronto Raptors(The Sports Xchange) - Kyle Lowry scored 35 points and DeMar DeRozan added 32 as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-99 on Monday to tie the Eastern Conference finals at two wins each. In winning their second consecutive game, the Raptors led by as many as 18 points during the second quarter and were ahead by 16 at halftime. The teams changed one-point leads in the fourth quarter, but when Lowry made a driving layup with 22.5 seconds to play, the Raptors led by six points.



Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 23:41:38 -0400

NFL tried to improperly influence brain injury study - lawmakers

Charles "Bubba" Smith is among 90 former NFL players found to have CTE, the Concussion Legacy Foundation has reported on its websiteThe National Football League attempted to improperly influence a major study into links between the sport and brain disease, a report by US lawmakers found on Monday. The House Committee on Energy and Commerce ruled in a 91-page report that the NFL and several of the organization's top health officials had waged a behind-the-scenes campaign to try and affect the outcome of the research study. The claims first came to light in a story by ESPN's "Outside the Lines" program.



Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 16:54:57 -0400

Ken Starr reportedly fired as Baylor president; university declines comment

Kenneth Starr speaks outside the Supreme Court in Washington after arguing a case in WashingtonBaylor University declined to comment on reports on Tuesday that Kenneth Starr, the former independent counsel charged with investigating Bill Clinton during his presidency who is now the president of the world's largest Baptist college, has been fired over sexual abuse scandals at the school. Local TV broadcaster KCEN reported on Tuesday that Starr had been fired, citing sources close to the Board of Regents. In March, a former student at Baylor brought a negligence lawsuit in federal court against the school, claiming it acted callously and indifferently after she was raped by a Baylor football player.



Publ.Date : Tue, 24 May 2016 16:12:26 -0400

EU arms exports to Egypt fuel killings, torture: Amnesty

Amnesty said 12 out of 28 EU countries had remained among the main suppliers of arms and policing equipment to EgyptAmnesty International has accused nearly half of the European Union's members of fuelling killings and torture among other abuses in Egypt through arms exports, in a report issued on Wednesday. International organisations have accused Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of running an ultra-authoritarian and repressive regime since he deposed his democratically elected Islamist predecessor Mohamed Morsi in 2013. In its report, Amnesty said "12 out of 28 EU member states have remained among Egypt's main suppliers of arms and policing equipment".



Publ.Date : Tue, 24 May 2016 21:24:45 -0400

Los Angeles lands 2021 NFL Super Bowl

Los Angeles was awarded the right to stage the Super Bowl in 2021, on May 26, 2016 after a vote at the annual NFL owners meetingLos Angeles was awarded the right to stage the Super Bowl in 2021 on Tuesday as National Football League chiefs picked Atlanta and Miami as venues for the money-spinning showpiece in 2019 and 2020. The host cities were announced after a vote at the annual NFL owners meetings in Charlotte, North Carolina. The choice of Los Angeles had been widely anticipated following the NFL's decision earlier this year to sanction the move of the St Louis Rams back to the Californian metropolis.



Publ.Date : Tue, 24 May 2016 17:10:22 -0400

McIlroy may opt to skip Rio Games over Zika fears

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open(Reuters) - Rory McIlroy took a long time to decide he would represent Ireland at the 2016 Rio Olympics but the 27-year-old world number three could now miss golf's return to the Games after a 112-year absence because of concerns over the Zika virus. The Northern Irishman had threatened to skip the Olympics as he agonized over representing Great Britain or Ireland in Brazil but after opting for the latter in 2014, the mosquito-borne disease may lead the four-times major winner to avoid the Games. First detected in Brazil last year, Zika has been linked in that country to more than 1,300 cases of microcephaly, a rare birth defect defined by unusually small heads and something that is clearly a major concern for McIlroy.



Publ.Date : Tue, 24 May 2016 03:43:15 -0400

Royals\' Gordon out with broken bone in wrist

MLB: Kansas City Royals at New York Yankees(Reuters) - Kansas City outfielder Alex Gordon has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a broken bone in his right wrist, the Royals said on Monday. Gordon sustained the injury when he collided with team mate Mike Moustakas in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox. Royals manager Ned Yost said Gordon was expected to miss 3-4 weeks but would be reevaluated in 10 days.



Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 22:48:41 -0400

Raptors buoyed by Biyombo
(Reuters) - Congolese center Bismack Biyombo has gone from bit-part player to Raptors linchpin in the space of two weeks and his emergence has given Toronto a spark in their Eastern Conference final series against Cleveland. Biyombo grabbed 14 rebounds and had three blocks in Toronto?s 105-99 home win over the Cavaliers on Monday, which tied the best-of-seven series at 2-2. It was a gritty encore performance to his franchise playoff-record 26 rebounds and four blocks in a Game Three triumph, and provided further evidence that the 23-year-old has found new life in Toronto.
Publ.Date : Tue, 24 May 2016 01:27:36 -0400

In final drive, Obama seeks better relations with US foes

President Barack Obama is given flowers as he greeted by Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam, Chairwoman of People's Council HCMC, second from left, as he arrives on Air Force One at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Tuesday, May 24, 2016. Ho Chi Minh City is the second stop on Obama's three-day visit to America's former wartime enemy. In his final stretch as president, Barack Obama is driving the United States toward friendlier relations with its most longstanding adversaries, working to consign bitter enmities with Vietnam, Iran, Cuba and Myanmar to the history books. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) ? In his final stretch as president, Barack Obama is driving the United States toward friendlier relations with longstanding adversaries, working to consign bitter enmities with Vietnam, Iran, Cuba and Myanmar to the history books.



Publ.Date : Tue, 24 May 2016 20:54:54 -0400

Cavs loss puts LeBron\'s Finals streak in jeopardy
By Frank Pingue TORONTO (Reuters) - LeBron James has had a standing reservation with the NBA Finals for five consecutive years but the best player of his generation is suddenly in jeopardy of seeing his remarkable streak come to an end. James has been playing some of the best basketball of his career during the 2016 playoffs but was unable to rally the Cleveland Cavaliers to a victory on Monday that would have all but punched their ticket to the championship round. Instead, the Cavaliers fell 105-99 to the Toronto Raptors, who tied up the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final at 2-2 with a second consecutive home victory.
Publ.Date : Tue, 24 May 2016 01:21:33 -0400

Oregon mayor places police chief on leave after shooting
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) ? The Portland mayor has placed Portland Police Chief Larry O'Dea on paid administrative leave after information emerged that the chief may have misled an investigator about his involvement in an accidental shooting while hunting in eastern Oregon.
Publ.Date : Tue, 24 May 2016 20:59:52 -0400

Angelina Jolie to teach at London School of Economics on women in conflict

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie looks on as she meets Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at the Maximos Mansion in AthensBy Emma Batha LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie is to join the London School of Economics (LSE) as a visiting professor on a new masters course on women, peace and security, the school announced on Monday. The LSE said the course, which starts next year, is the first of its kind globally and will be run by the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security which was launched last year by Jolie and Britain's former foreign secretary, William Hague. "It is vital that we broaden the discussion on how to advance women's rights and end impunity for crimes that disproportionately affect women, such as sexual violence in conflict," Jolie, a special envoy for the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR), said in a statement.



Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 08:14:45 -0400

Moore, An and Fitzpatrick earn U.S. Open exemptions

PGA: The Masters - Second Round(Reuters) - Former U.S. amateur champions Ryan Moore, An Byeong-hun and Matthew Fitzpatrick are among 27 players who have earned full exemptions into next month's U.S. Open at Oakmont, the United States Golf Association said on Tuesday. All 27 exemptions were awarded to golfers ranked in the world's top 60 this week, and those additions lift the number of fully exempt players to 78 for the year's second major. American Moore, who won the U.S. amateur in 2004, is ranked 49th, South Korean An, U.S. amateur champion in 2009, is 26th and Englishman Fitzpatrick, winner of the 2013 U.S. amateur, is 44th.



Publ.Date : Tue, 24 May 2016 13:54:41 -0400

NFL to play 2021 Super Bowl in new Los Angeles stadium
(Reuters) - The NFL will stage the 2021 Super Bowl in Los Angeles, raising its profile in the country's second-largest media market after making a celebrated return to the city with the relocation of the Rams franchise to the West Coast starting next season. The National Football League also announced the 2019 and 2020 Super Bowls would be played in Atlanta and South Florida, respectively, returning to those areas for its championship game, one of the most-watched television events of the year. The Super Bowl's move back to Los Angeles will also give the 'City of Angels' a welcome boost as it bids to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.
Publ.Date : Tue, 24 May 2016 17:59:53 -0400

Wentworth still a great event despite no shows, Kaymer says

Dubai Duty Free Irish OpenBy Tony Jimenez LONDON (Reuters) - Double major winner Martin Kaymer has hit back at suggestions that this week's BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth has lost some of its razzle-dazzle, calling it a first-class event with "a massive history". "There are better courses in England, that's for sure, but it's the home of the European Tour and it's a great event and we should see it for what it is," Kaymer said. "It's big prize money, a lot of world ranking points, with a massive history." The PGA Championship was first held in 1955, and the list of winners represents a roll-call of Europe's finest players - Rory McIlroy, Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Tony Jacklin, Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie, Jose Maria Olazabal and Ian Woosnam.



Publ.Date : Tue, 24 May 2016 08:25:43 -0400

\'The Shield\' actor taunted and shot dead wife, court told

Actor Michael Jace faces 50 years in jail if convicted of murder over the 2014 shooting in the Hyde Park neighborhoodUS actor Michael Jace gunned down his wife in front of their children at their Los Angeles home after taunting her over her request for a divorce, a court heard. April Jace was able to stagger away after being hit in the back, only for her husband to shoot her twice more, Deputy District Attorney Tannaz Mokayef told the trial in LA.



Publ.Date : Tue, 24 May 2016 20:42:07 -0400

Golf-McIlroy hoping Irish Open win will spur summer success
World number three Rory McIlroy has said he hoped his Irish Open victory would spur him to greater heights in the remaining three majors and the Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro, following a lacklustre start to the year. The 27-year-old was in danger of losing a three-shot lead in the final round of the Irish Open, but a closing 69 secured a dramatic victory for the Northern Irish golfer, his first triumph since last November's DP World Tour championship in Dubai. "It means a lot for my summer," McIlroy told British media.
Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 08:56:09 -0400

Craig Sager to receive Jimmy V Perseverance Award at ESPYS

FILE - In this April 4, 2016, file photo, Craig Sager speaks before the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game between Villanova and North Carolina in Houston. Sager will receive the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPYS on July 13. Sager has continued to work as he receives treatment for leukemia. The award is named for the late North Carolina State coach and broadcaster Jim Valvano, who gave his famous ?Don?t ever give up? speech at the 1993 ESPYS while battling cancer. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)Craig Sager keeps a copy of Jim Valvano's 1993 ESPYS speech on his phone. He would play it back sometimes during those long days in the hospital receiving treatment for leukemia.



Publ.Date : Tue, 24 May 2016 20:16:52 -0400

Thunder rout Warriors to grab edge in West final

Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder goes up against Harrison Barnes of the Golden State Warriors during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena on May 22, 2016 in Oklahoma CityKevin Durant scored 33 points and Russell Westbrook added 30 as the Oklahoma City Thunder routed defending NBA champion Golden State 133-105 to seize the lead in their playoff series. The Thunder grabbed a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference finals and captured momentum with the lopsided blowout, making Tuesday's fourth game at Oklahoma City crucial for both clubs. "We have got to keep the same intensity, same attack mode," Westbrook said.



Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 00:05:56 -0400

McIlroy hoping Irish Open win will spur summer success

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open(Reuters) - World number three Rory McIlroy has said he hoped his Irish Open victory would spur him to greater heights in the remaining three majors and the Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro, following a lackluster start to the year. The 27-year-old was in danger of losing a three-shot lead in the final round of the Irish Open, but a closing 69 secured a dramatic victory for the Northern Irish golfer, his first triumph since last November's DP World Tour championship in Dubai. "It means a lot for my summer," McIlroy told British media.



Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 09:01:08 -0400

Polycom to discuss PE offer in challenge to Mitel
(Reuters) - Video conferencing equipment maker Polycom Inc said on Monday it received a revised proposal from a private equity firm that could be "superior" to Mitel Networks Corp's offer. Polycom's shares rose 4.2 percent to $11.56 in after-market trading. Polycom, which agreed to be bought by Canada's Mitel for about $1.96 billion in April, said it intends to engage in discussions with the private equity firm, identified as Sponsor 1.
Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 18:48:50 -0400

Baseball star Tony Gwynn\'s family sues tobacco companies over death

A makeshift memorial is set up for former San Diego Padres outfielder Tony Gwynn at Petco Park in San DiegoBy Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The family of the late baseball star Tony Gwynn, a Hall of Famer who played with the San Diego Padres, has filed a lawsuit in California accusing makers of dipping tobacco of causing his death from cancer by getting him hooked at a young age. With the legal action, Gwynn becomes one of the most high-profile Major League Baseball stars to have his name used in a public attack on the tobacco industry. "Throughout his career, our dad was proud of his work helping kids and being a positive role model to his fans," his daughter Anisha Gwynn-Jones said in a statement Tuesday.



Publ.Date : Tue, 24 May 2016 17:38:23 -0400

Japan\'s Darvish expected to return to pitching duty Saturday

Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers sits in the dugout during play against the New York Yankees at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 25, 2016 in Arlington, TexasTexas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish, who has not thrown in Major League Baseball since the 2014 season, will make his return on Saturday, the team said on its website. The 29-year-old Japanese right-hander is completing his recovery from "Tommy John" elbow tendon replacement and reconstruction surgery that he underwent in March, 2015. Darvish reached the career 500-strikeout mark faster than any pitcher in major league history in 2014.



Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 00:28:06 -0400

Garcia joins Ballesteros on nine PGA Tour victories

PGA: AT&T Byron Nelson - Third Round(Reuters) - Sergio Garcia displayed shades of Seve Ballesteros on his way to victory at the AT&T Byron Nelson in Texas on Sunday, matching his late countryman for most career wins by a Spaniard on the PGA Tour. Garcia overcame some poor swings to collect his ninth tour victory, beating American Brooks Koepka in a playoff at the TPC Four Seasons in Irving. "It means so much (to match Ballesteros).



Publ.Date : Sun, 22 May 2016 19:43:09 -0400

Korean golfer An aiming to overtake Olympian parents

Byeong Hun An is currently ranked 26th in the worldSouth Korea's Byeong Hun An is aiming to go one better than his parents if he qualifies for August's Olympic golf tournament in Brazil. An?s father Ahn Jae-Hyung won a bronze medal in table tennis at the Seoul games in 1988 and his mother Jiao Zhimin won a silver in the same pursuit. An is back at Wentworth this week to defend the European PGA Championship title he won last season and give another boost to his Olympic ambitions.



Publ.Date : Tue, 24 May 2016 13:18:48 -0400

Warriors worrying over Green after groin kick fells Adams
(Reuters) - Draymond Green helped motivate Golden State to a record-breaking 73-game winning season but the struggling Warriors will be hoping their emotional forward can avoid suspension after he picked up a flagrant foul on Sunday. Green kicked Oklahoma City's Steven Adams in the groin while attempting a shot in the second quarter of the 133-105 Western Conference finals Game Three loss as the defending NBA champions fell 2-1 behind to the Thunder in the best-of-seven series. The painful kick left Adams doubled over on the floor and earned the flagrant call after officials looked at the instant replay.
Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 01:03:23 -0400

McIlroy could snub Rio over Zika fears

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, poses with the trophy after his three shot victory in the Irish open golf tournament at The K Club, west of Dublin in Ireland on May 22, 2016Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy revealed on Monday he could reject the chance to play at this year's Olympics because of the Zika virus in Brazil. Fiji's Vijay Singh and Australia's Marc Leishman have already decided not to participate in the Rio Games because of the virus, while Adam Scott, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel have pulled out for what they say are scheduling reasons. World number three McIlroy is keeping tabs on the spread of Zika, which is linked to brain deformities in newborn babies, and the Northern Ireland star conceded it is possible he might join the growing list of absentees.



Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 15:22:02 -0400

Major League Baseball to probe Padres gay choir fiasco

Controversy flared when the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus attempted to perform the national anthem at Petco ParkMajor League Baseball will investigate a blunder that prevented an all-male gay singing group from performing the national anthem before last weekend's game between the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers, officials said Monday. Padres chief executive Mike Dee said the team fully supported an investigation into the controversial incident, which overshadowed Saturday's game. "We are pleased that MLB will look into this matter and the Padres will cooperate fully," he said in a post on his Twitter account.



Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 18:46:59 -0400

Golf-Race to Dubai rankings
May 23 (Infostrada Sports) - Race to Dubai rankings 1. (1) Danny Willett (Britain) 2780274 2. (4) Rory McIlroy (Britain) 1988305 3. (2) Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa) 1547861 4. (3) Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spain) 1425396 5. (5) Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 1045465 6. (7) Lee Westwood (Britain) 947674 7. (6) Branden Grace (South Africa) 936353 8. (8) Joost Luiten (Netherlands) 742534 9. (9) Charl Schwartzel (South Africa) 712172 10. (11) Soren Kjeldsen (Denmark) 672522 11. (10) Lee Soo-Min (South Korea) 661297 12. (41) Bradley Dredge (Britain) 615984 13. (12) Chris Wood (Britain) 590040 14. ...
Publ.Date : Sun, 22 May 2016 20:15:44 -0400

Golf-Willett is keeping an eye on Zika before the Olympics
Danny Willett became the latest golfer to suggest he may skip this year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, as he evaluates the threat the Zika virus might pose. Earlier this week, world number three Rory McIlroy said he would have to "monitor" the situation with the virus in Brazil, hinting he might decide against competing. Englishman Willett feels much the same.
Publ.Date : Tue, 24 May 2016 15:17:28 -0400

Golf: Langer continues senior dominance with runaway major win
(Reuters) - German Bernhard Langer continued his dominance of senior golf when he birdied the final three holes for a six-shot victory at the Regions Tradition in Alabama on Sunday. The evergreen 58-year-old German shrugged off a slow start to the final round to claim the first of the year's five designated major championships on the 50-and-over Champions Tour. "It?s hard to put into words the amazing feeling to win, but to win majors means that much more," Langer told reporters after his 27th victory on the Champions Tour.
Publ.Date : Sun, 22 May 2016 20:52:01 -0400

Warriors NBA star Green escapes ban for Adams kick

Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green has been fined for kicking Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven AdamsGolden State Warriors star Draymond Green has been fined $25,000 but will escape a suspension for his kick on Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams, the NBA said Monday. Green left the Warriors sweating on the prospect of a possible ban after kicking Adams in the groin during Golden State's rout to the Thunder in Game Three on Sunday. Golden State's management and Green had insisted the incident in the first half -- which left Adams doubled over in pain -- was accidental.



Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 21:00:31 -0400

 

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