Golf-Ishikawa gets Open spot after Stricker pulls out
World number 19 Steve Stricker will miss next week's British Open at Hoylake after deciding not to take up his exemption, organisers said in a statement on Tuesday. The 47-year-old American, a part-time player in recent seasons who also missed the Open championship in 2013, is replaced by Ryo Ishikawa of Japan. Stricker told reporters at last week's Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia that he was undecided whether to make the trip across the Atlantic for the year's third major...
Sleepy New York baseball fan sues over nap time jibes
By Bernard Vaughan NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York man says television announcers who teased him on air for falling asleep at a New York Yankees game should let sleeping fans lie. Andrew Rector contends that he was subjected to an "unending verbal crusade" from ESPN announcers Dan Shulman and John Kruk when cameras caught him sleeping at an April 13 game against the Boston Red Sox, according to a defamation lawsuit filed last week in New York state court...
Rare visitor Walker relishing Scottish Open challenge
(Reuters) - American Jimmy Walker makes a rare European appearance this week when he takes on the challenge of the tough Royal Aberdeen links course for the Scottish Open and he has not just come to make up the numbers. "I'm here to play well and win." The tournament is the traditional warm-up for the British Open which starts at Royal Liverpool on July 17 and Walker, ranked 18th in the world, said the course was looking in fantastic shape...
Doctor testifies Donald Sterling has Alzheimer's
Donald Sterling, who was a no-show in court for the first day of his trial, has been suffering from Alzheimer's for at least three years, a witness told a judge on Monday. Neurologist Dr. Meril Platzer testified that she came to that conclusion after having the disgraced Los Angeles Clippers owner undergo a battery of tests, including a CT (computerized tomography) scan and a PET (positron emission tomography) scan...
Trial over $2 bln Clippers sale starts with Sterling no-show
By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The trial over the $2 billion sale of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers got off to a rocky start on Monday with the team's co-owner Donald Sterling skipping proceedings that were delayed several times by legal wrangling and courtroom gamesmanship. The attorney for Sterling's estranged wife, Shelly Sterling, called Sterling as the first witness in the trial, but the 80-year-old real estate billionaire, whose doctors have said he has Alzheimer's disease, was not in court...
US judge approves revised NFL head injuries deal
The revised deal means that more than 20,000 retired players can now vote on the settlement. Last month, the NFL agreed to pay an unlimited amount in damages to players with severe concussion-related claims after removing a $675 million cap on awards. Lawyers for the more than 4,500 retired players who sued the league are accusing the NFL of a cover up regarding dangers of concussions and violent hits to the head...
Knicks hire Rambis as associate coach
Kurt Rambis, who served as an assistant coach under Phil Jackson in Los Angeles, has been hired as an associate head coach with the New York Knicks. New York club president Jackson hired Rambis to help new Knicks head coach Derek Fisher make the move from star player to the coaching ranks. Fisher retired after the end of the 2013-14 season and took the Knicks coaching job last month.
Cavs wipe out owner's scathing letter as they court LeBron
(Reuters) - The Cleveland Cavaliers are polishing up a determined bid to bring LeBron James back, finally removing from their website the scathing letter written by the team's owner to fans after their star player chose Miami as a free agent four years ago. Now with the Cavs intent on luring the Akron, Ohio, native back to Cleveland as a member of the 2014 free agent class, the NBA team removed an old link to Dan Gilbert's impassioned letter that was active as recently as Sunday...
Judge grants preliminary approval of deal in NFL concussion suit
By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A federal judge in Philadelphia on Monday granted preliminary approval to a settlement between the National Football League and thousands of former players who have brain damage and dementia as a result of concussions suffered on the field. The decision by U.S. District Judge Anita Brody comes two weeks after the NFL agreed to remove a $675 million ceiling it had placed on payments to former players who were part of a groundbreaking lawsuit over head injuries experienced during their time in the league...
Massachusetts judge OKs moving ex-NFLer Hernandez to Boston jail
By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts judge agreed on Monday to transfer former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez to a state jail near Boston and closer to his lawyers as he prepares for two trials where he will face charges of murdering three men. Prosecutors raised no objection to moving Hernandez from the Bristol jail, which is about 50 miles (80 km) south of Boston...
Trial over $2 bln Clippers sale waits on federal ruling
By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles judge on Monday has delayed the start of a probate trial over the $2 billion sale of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers until a federal judge decides in which court the case belongs. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas adjourned until Monday afternoon the trial between Clippers co-owners Donald Sterling and his estranged wife Shelly Sterling while waiting on word from U...
NBA-Nets coach Hollins says year away offers new perspective
(Reuters) - Brooklyn Nets coach Lionel Hollins believes his year away from the bench will help him during the 2014-15 National Basketball Association season. Hollins, introduced to the media on Monday after being hired last week to replace Jason Kidd, worked the past season as a TV commentator after parting ways with the Memphis Grizzlies following four full seasons as their head coach. "I was able to stay connected to the game and see the changes and how the game was changing and how I wanted to move forward if I got another opportunity," Hollins told reporters at Barclays Center, the home of the Nets...
Golf-McIlroy says he must cut out the errors
Eliminating mistakes and keeping a bad run of holes off his card will be top of Rory McIlroy's agenda when the world number eight takes part in this week's Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen. After winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in May, the Northern Irishman's performances have dropped, finishing tied 23rd at the U.S. Open in June and then missing the cut at the Irish Open. I'm playing good quality stuff...
British Open prize money increased
(Reuters) - The winner of next week's British Open at Royal Liverpool will pocket 975,000 pounds ($1.66 million), a rise of 30,000 pounds on 2013. The Royal and Ancient (R&A) organizers said in a statement on Monday that total prize money would be 5.4 million pounds ($9.19 million), 150,000 pounds up on last year. American Phil Mickelson won the famous Claret Jug at Muirfield 12 months ago after finishing three shots ahead of Sweden's Henrik Stenson...
Froome crashes out on bumpy 5th Tour stage
ARENBERG, France (AP) — Reigning champion Chris Froome crashed twice and quit the Tour de France on Wednesday during a chaotic, nerve-jangling, filthy fifth stage full of spills.
World Cup entangled with Mideast conflicts
BEIRUT (AP) — With the World Cup in faraway Brazil coming at a time of unprecedented sectarian violence and soaring tension in the Middle East, some Arab football fans have been reduced to watching matches in secret or even — and this is where it gets complicated — on a TV channel owned by Israel.
Blackhawks, Toews, Kane reach 8-year extensions
CHICAGO (AP) — This was a no-brainer from start to finish. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane wanted to stay in Chicago and the Blackhawks wanted to keep the high-scoring forwards in the only NHL uniform they have ever known.
Sterling testily takes stage in Clippers trial
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Donald Sterling, battling to stop the sale of his beloved Los Angeles Clippers, turned a courtroom into his personal stage, railing at a lawyer questioning him, denouncing doctors who deemed him incompetent and insisting he can get far more than the $2 billion price offered for the team.