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Fitzpatrick, Edberg share Czech Masters lead
England's former US Amateur champion Matt Fitzpatrick and Pelle Edberg of Sweden shared the lead at the halfway stage of the Czech Masters on Friday. Fitzpatrick, just 20, carded three birdies and an eagle in a round of 67, giving him an 11 under par total. Three players, Sam Hutsby and Robert Dinwiddie of England, as well as Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen, are three shots off the lead heading into the weekend at the Albatross Golf Resort...
Golf-Johnson, Stenson, Finau clubhouse leaders at The Barclays
By Larry Fine EDISON, New Jersey, Aug 28 (Reuters) - British Open champion Zach Johnson, Sweden's Henrik Stenson and American rookie Tony Finau shared the early clubhouse lead in Friday's second round of The Barclays, the opening event of the FedExCup playoffs. Johnson fired a five-under-par 65 on a sunny day at Plainfield Country Club to reach six-under-par 134 along with Stenson (66) and Finau, who followed his opening 65 with a see-saw 69...
Former dunk king Dawkins dies at 58
Darryl Dawkins, the former NBA star whose powerful dunks earned him the nickname "Chocolate Thunder", has died of a heart attack at the age of 58, his family said. "It is with great sadness that we share the passing of our beloved husband and father, Darryl Dawkins, who succumbed today to a heart attack," his family said in a statement issued through the NBA.
Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose, two others, accused in lawsuit of rape
(Reuters) - Derrick Rose, the 2011 National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player, is being sued by a former girlfriend who alleges he and two friends drugged and gang-raped her in 2013. Rose's accuser, identified only as Jane Doe, said she and the three-time All-Star Chicago Bulls guard dated from 2011 to 2013. In August 2013, she said, Rose and two friends invited her to Rose's home in Beverly Hills, California, where they slipped a drug into her drink with the aim of raping her...
Solheim selection Lang leads LPGA Classic
Brittany Lang, newly selected for the US Solheim Cup team, validated captain Juli Inkster's confidence by grabbing the first-round lead in the LPGA Classic. Lang got off to a sizzling start on the par-72 Senator course with five birdies in the first seven holes. "It was just one of those days," said Lang, who birdied 16 and 17 to hold a two-stroke lead over Tiffany Joh, Sydnee Michaels and Ryann O'Toole after 18 holes...
Solheim pick Lang surges two ahead in Alabama
(Reuters) - Three days after earning a captain's pick for the Solheim Cup, Brittany Lang proved the value of her selection by seizing a two-shot lead in Thursday's opening round of the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic in Prattville, Alabama. The 30-year-old, chosen as a wildcard along with Paula Creamer by U.S. Solheim Cup captain Juli Inkster, fired a superb seven-under-par 65 in ideal scoring conditions on the Senator Course at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail...
Bumgarner, Byrd form winning combo for Giants
(The Sports Xchange) - Madison Bumgarner struck out 12 batters in just six innings on Thursday, pitching the Giants to a 9-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs and earning his 16th win of the season. Marlon Byrd hit a three-run homer in the third innings while second baseman Kelby Tomlinson hit his first major-league homer, an eighth-inning grand slam, for the Giants to give Bumgarner all the support he needed...
Rangers catch Twins in wild-card race
(The Sports Xchange) - Yovani Gallardo collected his 100th career victory while Texas capitalized on an error by Toronto right fielder Jose Bautista to score three times in the seventh inning in a 4-1 victory over the Blue Jays on Thursday. The Rangers (65-61) drew level with the Minnesota Twins for the second wild-card spot in the American League behind the New York Yankees, who are 1-1/2 games behind the Blue Jays (71-56) in the AL East...
Watson shines alongside steady Day, struggling Spieth
Bubba Watson fired seven birdies in a five-under par 65 on Thursday, outshining playing partners Jordan Spieth and Jason Day to seize a share of the first-round lead at The Barclays. Two-time Masters champion Watson was atop the leaderboard alongside Colombia's Camilo Villegas and fellow Americans Spencer Levin and Tony Finau in the first of four events in the US PGA Tour's season-ending FedEx Cup playoffs...
Ernst takes two-shot lead into LPGA final round
American Austin Ernst took a two-stroke lead into the final round of the LPGA Classic on Sunday, seeking a second LPGA title in a marathon final day at the weather-hit event. Ernst completed a bogey-free third-round 68 on the Senator course on Sunday morning to take a two shot lead over Taiwan's Tseng Ya-ni and American Lexi Thompson. Tseng, a former world number one vying for her first title since 2012, carded a one-under 71, while Thompson posted a 69 for 205...
Golf-European Tour Czech Masters scores
Aug 30 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the European Tour Czech Masters at the par-72 course on Sunday in Prague -20 Thomas Pieters (Belgium) 66 68 65 69 -17 Pelle Edberg (Sweden) 66 67 67 71 -16 Matthew Fitzpatrick (Britain) 66 67 71 68 -14 Robert Dinwiddie (Britain) 69 67 68 70 -11 Roope Kakko (Finland) 67 72 68 70 Thorbjorn Olesen (Denmark) 67 69 67 74 Renato Paratore (Italy) 65 73 70 69 -10 Damien McGrane (Ireland) 69 70 71 68 Gregory Bourdy (France) 70 70 71 67 Eduardo De La Riva (Spain) 65 76 69 68 Craig Lee (Britain) 68 71 69 70 Kristoffer Broberg (Sweden) 67 73 69 69 -9 Sam Hutsby ...
Belgium's Pieters wins first EPGA tournament
Belgian youngster Thomas Pieters won his first EPGA tournament on Sunday as he surged to a three-shot victory at the Czech Masters. The 23-year-old from Antwerp came into the final day with a one shot lead and kept his nerve down the stretch with a rock solid three under par round of 69 to finish on 20-under and relegate Sweden's Pelle Edberg into second. Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick carded an excellent final round of four under 68 to lie alone in third place, four shots behind the champion...
Lynn goes through pain to gain first win over Giants
(The Sports Xchange) - Lance Lynn went through the pain barrier to beat the Giants in a regular-season game for the first time on Saturday, shutting out San Francisco on six hits before spraining his right ankle in the eighth inning of a 6-0 victory for the St Louis Cardinals. "It didn't feel good at the beginning," Lynn told reporters of the injury. "It doesn't feel great right now, either, but there's not a ton of swelling, I hear that's a good thing...
Encarnacion gets NHL tribute in three-homer display
The hats were thrown on the field by Blue Jays fans -- the traditional hockey tribute when a player scores three goals -- after Encarnacion hit his third home run of the game and third grand slam of the season in the seventh inning. The three home runs gave him nine RBIs, equaling the club record set in 1977 by third baseman Roy Howell against the New York Yankees. Encarnacion admitted he did not know what the hat throwing meant until reserve catcher Dioner Navarro explained it...
Fan dies after fall in Atlanta stadium
"We have received confirmation that the fan involved in an accident at this evening's game has passed away," the Braves said in a statement after the game. A reporter covering the game for Fox News described the incident on-air, telling viewers "Someone just fell over the upper-deck right below us" when the incident happened during the seventh inning. The fan received emergency medical treatment for about 10 minutes at Atlanta's Turner Field and was given CPR before being taken to Grady Hospital...
Fan dies in fall from upper deck at Braves stadium
A man died after falling from an upper deck at the Atlanta Braves' ballpark, the Major League Baseball team said. The fall occurred in the top of the seventh inning of the New York Yankees' 3-1 win over the Braves -- as Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez was walking to home plate to bat amid boos from Braves fans. "We have received confirmation that the fan involved in an accident at this evening's game has passed away," the Braves said in a statement issued after the contest...
Daly hospitalized after on-course collapse: reports
(Reuters) - Two-time major winner John Daly was hospitalized on Saturday after the 49-year-old American collapsed on the course while playing in a minor tournament in Mississippi, according to local media reports. Daly underwent tests at the hospital in Jackson, with his friend Billy Allen telling reporters that the golfer's vital signs were good and doctors were examining him for possible rib and finger injuries...
Falcons ink receiver Jones for reported $71.25 million
"We could not be more thrilled to make Julio a Falcon for life," said Arthur Blank, the owner and chairman of the NFL club. "Julio has established himself as one of the top wide receivers in the NFL during his career and has already set the franchise record for receiving yards in a season. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Jones's deal is worth $71.25 million.
Ernst leads by one at weather-hit LPGA event in Alabama
(Reuters) - Austin Ernst moved into a one-shot lead at the weather-hit Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic as darkness forced the suspension of third-round action on another frustrating day for the players in Alabama on Saturday. Second-round leader Yani Tseng is a stroke back, while 2011 champion Lexi Thompson was a further shot adrift, alongside Kim Sei-young, Tiffany Joh, Sydnee Michaels and Julieta Granada...
Golf-Ernst leads by one at weather-hit LPGA event in Alabama
Austin Ernst moved into a one-shot lead at the weather-hit Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic as darkness forced the suspension of third-round action on another frustrating day for the players in Alabama on Saturday. Second-round leader Yani Tseng is a stroke back, while 2011 champion Lexi Thompson was a further shot adrift, alongside Kim Sei-young, Tiffany Joh, Sydnee Michaels and Julieta Granada.