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Profiles of Eastern Conference playoff teams
(Reuters) - Brief profiles of the eight Eastern Conference teams that qualified for the 2015 National Basketball Association (NBA) playoffs: ATLANTA HAWKS Regular season record: 60-22 How they qualified: First in East Head coach: Mike Budenholzer Top scorer: Paul Millsap (16.7 points per game) Top rebounder: Paul Millsap (7.8 rebounds per game) NBA titles: One (*1958) Joined NBA: 1949 *As St. Louis Hawks - - CLEVELAND CAVALIERS Regular season record: 53-29 How they qualified: Won Central Division Head coach: David Blatt Top scorer: LeBron James (25...
Profiles of NBA Western Conference playoff teams
(Reuters) - Brief profiles of the eight Western Conference teams that qualified for the 2015 National Basketball Association (NBA) playoffs: GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS Regular season record: 67-15 How they qualified: Won Western Conference Head coach: Steve Kerr Top scorer: Stephen Curry (23.8 points per game) Top rebounder: Draymond Green (8.2 rebounds per game) NBA titles: Two (*1956, 1975) Joined NBA: 1946 * As Philadelphia Warriors - - HOUSTON ROCKETS Regular season record: 56-26 How they qualified: Won Southwest division Head coach: Kevin McHale Top scorer: James Harden (27...
LeBron has Cavs on title track after slow start to season
(Reuters) - LeBron James could not bring Cleveland a NBA title during his initial stint with the Cavaliers but in the first season of his second go-round with the team, he has them looking like true contenders for a championship. A shaky beginning marked his return, James at times looking sluggish during the Cavaliers' 6-7 start, but after he took time off in January to rest his body, the team has become one of the Eastern Conference's best...
Warriors look to extend magical run into postseason
The Golden State Warriors enjoyed a dream season as they raced to the best mark in the NBA but their lack of playoff experience leaves them with much to prove heading into the post-season. Under first-year coach Steve Kerr the high-octane Warriors compiled a franchise-best 67 wins with an exhilarating brand of play that stole the spotlight. LeBron James has restored the Cleveland Cavaliers to playoff relevancy after his return home sparked a roster upgrade that has turned the previously tough-luck franchise into Eastern Conference favorites...
Bjorn welcomes Pelley's appointment as European Tour chief
By Tony Jimenez LONDON (Reuters) - Keith Pelley's appointment as European Tour chief executive in succession to George O'Grady Has been welcomed by Tournament Players Committee chairman Thomas Bjorn. Bjorn, a member of Europe's victorious Ryder Cup team in Scotland in September, has already spoken to the 51-year-old Pelley at length and is impressed by the president of Canadian conglomerate Rogers Media...
Media exec at Rogers Comms leaves to head golf's European Tour
The head of media at Canada's Rogers Communications Inc will leave the company this summer to become commissioner of the PGA European Tour golf events, the cable and media company said in a statement on Friday. Keith Pelley joined Rogers in August 2010, and in recent years repositioned the Roger Media division of the company and played a key role in presenting newly won National Hockey League content, the statement said...
Star quarterback Winston's lawyer calls Florida rape suit a 'stunt'
A lawyer for college football star quarterback Jameis Winston, a contender for the top pick in the upcoming National Football League draft, on Friday labeled as a "stunt" the lawsuit filed a day earlier in a Florida court by a woman who says he raped her. Winston, 21, did not face criminal charges in the alleged 2012 rape and was cleared of any conduct code violations as a student at Florida State University...
American Uihlein leads in windy Shenzhen as Watson wilts
(Reuters) - American Peter Uihlein took a one-stroke lead at the halfway stage of the European Tour's Shenzhen International on Friday as compatriot and twice Masters champion Bubba Watson struggled in swirling winds to lie in a share of 42nd place. Uihlein, tied for second overnight, started on the back nine and had a tough time, managing two birdies and a dropped shot before he took advantage of calmer conditions on the next nine holes to pick up three shots...
Two Kims atop crowded Korean leaderboard
Oahu (United States) (AFP) - Kim Sei-Young fired a five-under 67 in Thursday's second round to join rookie Kim In-Kyung atop a crowded South Korean dominated leaderboard at the LPGA Tour's LOTTE Championship.
Warriors, Cavaliers favoured in NBA playoffs
Regular season heroes will rise and fall, rivalries will be renewed and the dark horses will get their chance when the National Basketball Association playoffs begin this weekend. The Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs are the favourites, but there's always someone who does the unexpected and launches a team to prominence. Golden State finished with 67 wins and 15 losses in the regular season, completing one of the best seasons in league history and setting a club record for victories...
Commissioner reinstates Vikings rusher Peterson
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who was initially placed on the National Football League's exempt list in September, has been reinstated by commissioner Roger Goodell, the league announced. After reaching a plea agreement in the case, Peterson was suspended by Goodell in November for violating the league's personal conduct policy. "Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings was advised today that effective tomorrow he is reinstated as an active NFL player and may participate in all scheduled activities with the Vikings," the league said in a statement Thursday...
McDowell takes share of Heritage lead
Graeme McDowell and Matt Every posted matching 66s for a share of the lead while Masters champ Jordan Spieth struggled to a 74 in the first round of the PGA Tour's Heritage event. Northern Ireland's McDowell quickly moved atop the leaderboard early on the back nine.
Korean Kims share halfway lead at LOTTE Championship
(Reuters) - South Korean Kim In-kyung said that strong winds created an element of luck in the second round at the LOTTE Championship in Hawaii on Thursday. "I feel really happy with the (round because) even though you hit a good shot, in this wind it can (go) anywhere really," Kim In-kyung told reporters. Kim Sei-young, meanwhile, showed no obvious mental wounds from her recent major meltdown as she carded 67 to tie the lead...
Death of former NFL player's cellmate ruled homicide: newspaper
(Reuters) - A California coroner has ruled that the death of a former NFL player's prison cellmate was a homicide by strangulation, the Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday. Lawrence Phillips, 39, was suspected in the death of 37-year-old Damion Soward, who was found unresponsive in their cell on Saturday and died at a local hospital the next day, officials at the Kern Valley State Prison said on Monday...
Golf-Korean Kims share halfway lead at LOTTE Championship
South Korean Kim In-kyung said that strong winds created an element of luck in the second round at the LOTTE Championship in Hawaii on Thursday. "I feel really happy with the (round because) even though you hit a good shot, in this wind it can (go) anywhere really," Kim In-kyung told reporters. Kim Sei-young, meanwhile, showed no obvious mental wounds from her recent major meltdown as she carded 67 to tie the lead...
Rape accuser sues quarterback Winston before NFL draft
By Letitia Stein TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - College football star quarterback Jameis Winston, a contender for the top pick in the upcoming National Football League draft, was sued on Thursday in Florida court by a woman who says he raped her in 2012. The lawsuit, which seeks financial damages, comes at a time of increased scrutiny of the NFL's handling of allegations of rape and domestic violence by its players...
Uihlein edges ahead as Watson struggles in Shenzhen
An American topped the leaderboard Friday at the Shenzhen International on nine-under par, however it wasn't world number four Bubba Watson but Peter Uihlein, ranked 176 places lower. Uihlein, voted European Tour Rookie of the Year after a stellar 2013, endured a lean time last season but showed glimpses of his best form in carding a four-under 68 in windy conditions at Genzon Golf Club. His four-under par round of 68 gave him a nine-under total of 135 and a one-shot lead over Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat at the halfway stage of the European Tour Event in the southern Chinese city...
Golf-'Awesome' decision by Spieth to play Heritage, says Kuchar
Jordan Spieth's decision to compete in this week's RBC Heritage at Hilton Head in South Carolina just days after winning his first major at the Masters was described as "awesome" by his playing partner Matt Kuchar on Thursday. Kuchar, who won last year's RBC Heritage, outscored Spieth by six shots in the opening round at Harbour Town Golf Links and heaped lavish praise upon his fellow American for playing his fourth successive week on the PGA Tour...
Golf-U.S. PGA Tour Heritage Classic scores
April 16 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Heritage Classic at the par-71 course on Thursday in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina -5 Matt Every (U.S.) 66 Graeme McDowell (Britain) 66 -4 Bae Sang-Moon (Korea) 67 -3 Kevin Kisner (U.S.) 68 Scott Langley (U.S.) 68 Cameron Smith (Australia) 68 Morgan Hoffmann (U.S.) 68 Matt Kuchar (U.S.) 68 -2 Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa) 69 Joost Luiten (Netherlands) 69 Bo Van Pelt (U...
Rape accuser sues football star Jameis Winston in Florida court
By Letitia Stein TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - College football star Jameis Winston, a contender for the top pick in the upcoming National Football League draft, was sued on Thursday in Florida court by a woman who claims he raped her in 2012, highlighting concerns about his off-the-field reputation. The lawsuit seeks financial damages from the quarterback at a sensitive time for the NFL, which has come under scrutiny for its handling of allegations of rape and domestic violence by its players...