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Key dates for the 2014-15 NBA season
(Reuters) - Key dates for the 2014-15 National Basketball Association season: Oct 28 - 2014-15 NBA season begins Nov 12 - Houston versus Minnesota in Mexico City Jan 15 - NY Knicks versus Milwaukee in London Feb 15 - NBA All-Star Game Feb 19 - Trade deadline Apr 15 - Last day of regular season Apr 15 - Playoffs begin (Compiled by Frank Pingue in Toronto, editing by Gene Cherry)
Five storylines to watch for this NBA season
(Reuters) - Five storylines to follow during the 2014-15 National Basketball Association season: I'M COMING HOME: All seems in harmony again in the basketball universe as LeBron James returns home to gritty Cleveland and the Cavaliers after a four-year run with the Miami Heat that included two NBA crowns. Public enemy No. 1 in Cleveland after going on national TV in 2010 to say he was "taking my talents to South Beach," James received a hero's homecoming when he re-signed with the Cavs, ready to deliver the NBA title he failed to do during his first stint with the team...
LeBron's Cavs help bring focus back to the hardwood
By Frank Pingue (Reuters) - After a tumultuous offseason that forced the National Basketball Association to confront the delicate issue of race, the league will usher in a new season starting next week that could prove to be one of the best in years. The defining story of the offseason could have been LeBron James's return to his home state's Cleveland Cavaliers, where the game's most popular player hopes to ease the pain from his defection in 2010, but instead racism dominated headlines...
Defending champion Hend shares lead in Macau
Macao (AFP) - Defending champion Scott Hend shares the halfway lead at the Macau Open as the Australian bids for back-to-back wins after his victory at the Hong Kong Open last week.
Manager Bochy part of international flavor at Series
By Larry Fine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The World Series has a strong international flavor this year with the most surprising foreign-born participant the man calling the shots from the San Francisco Giants dugout, manager Bruce Bochy. Bochy was born in Landes de Bussac, France, where his father was stationed as a U.S. Army officer. Bochy grew up in Virginia and Florida before becoming the eighth French-born player ever in Major League Baseball as a catcher for the Houston Astros...
Tennis-Williams guaranteed year-end number one ranking
(Updates after Williams reaches semi-finals) * Williams assured of year-end top ranking for fourth time * American qualifies for WTA Finals last four By John O'Brien SINGAPORE, Oct 24 (Reuters) - Serena Williams clinched the year-end world number one ranking for the fourth time without hitting a ball on Friday after Maria Sharapova, the only woman with any chance of overtaking her, was eliminated from the WTA Finals...
Williams guaranteed year-end number one ranking
By John O'Brien SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Serena Williams clinched the year-end world number one ranking for the fourth time without hitting a ball on Friday after Maria Sharapova, the only woman with any chance of overtaking her, was eliminated from the WTA Finals. Needing to win in straight sets to stand any chance of advancing to the semi-finals, Sharapova lost the second set of her match against Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska at Singapore's Indoor Stadium, ending her slim hopes of leapfrogging Williams for the top spot...
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Giants' offense comes alive to level Series
SAN FRANCISCO California (Reuters) - San Francisco overcame a three-run deficit to record a blowout 11-4 victory in Game Four of the World Series against the Kansas City Royals on Saturday, leveling the best-of-seven series at 2-2. The Royals grabbed a 4-1 advantage in the third inning and looked as though they might inch closer to a storybook victory before the Giants showed the resilience that has delivered them two other World Series titles since 2010...
Stanton, Trout and Selig claim Aaron Awards
By Larry Fine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels and Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins were selected as American League and National League winners of the Hank Aaron Award, Major League Baseball said on Saturday. The award, established in 1999 to honor the 25th anniversary of Aaron breaking Babe Ruth's career home run record, recognizes the top offensive performer in each league and is voted on by fans and a panel of Hall of Fame players...
Trout, Stanton win Aaron awards
San Francisco (AFP) - Mike Trout of the Anaheim Angels and Giancarlo Stanton of the Florida Marlins received the 2014 Hank Aaron awards as the top offensive performers in Major League Baseball.
MacKenzie and Svoboda share lead at Sea Island
(Reuters) - Will MacKenzie produced a roller-coaster, birdie-bogey-birdie finish to share the lead with fellow American Andrew Svoboda after the third round of the $5.6 million (3.48 million pounds) McGladrey Classic at Sea Island in Georgia on Saturday. MacKenzie, who had delivered the shot of the day with a spectacular ace at the par-three sixth, fired a five-under-par 65 in ideal scoring conditions on the Seaside Course to post a 12-under total of 198...
Basepaths slippery subject in San Francisco
Wet basepaths at the Giants' bay-side ballpark caught the eye of Kansas City manager Ned Yost, even if they didn't dampen the Royals in a World Series win on Friday. "I thought it was a little extra wet around first," Yost said Saturday, adding that he'd noticed third baseman Mike Moustakas coming up "extremely muddy" from a dive back to first base. If that was the Giants' plan, it didn't stop the Royals from edging San Francisco 3-2 in game three...
Bumgarner was willing but held back until Game Five
By Larry Fine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Giants ace Madison Bumgarner was willing, but manager Bruce Bochy decided not to rush the left-hander back to the mound on short rest and kept him on course to pitch Game Five of the World Series on Sunday. A 'will he or won't he' confusion surfaced late Friday when a report surfaced that Bumgarner had told team mates he would be starting Game Four against the Kansas City Royals...
Svoboda, MacKenzie tied for McGladrey lead
Sea Island (United States) (AFP) - Will MacKenzie posted a five-under 65 in the third round to move into a share of the lead at the PGA Tour's McGladrey Classic on Saturday.
Parking incident sparks charges against Titans player
Tennessee Titans running back Shonn Greene faces a series of charges after trying to avoid a parking ticket, police in Tennessee said Saturday. The police department in Franklin, Tennessee, south of Nashville said in a release that the NFL player was arrested and his bond set at $2,000 after the incident on Friday, which ended with him charged with resisting a stop after leaving the scene of an incident, a handicapped parking violation, driving on a revoked or suspended license and reckless driving...
Bishop firing backed for "lil girl" Poulter row
PGA commissioner Tim Finchem and the LPGA both came out solidly Saturday in support of the firing of Ted Bishop as PGA of America president after "inappropriate" remarks on Twitter. Bishop called British golfer Ian Poulter a "lil girl" on Twitter and a Facebook posting, prompting the PGA of America board of directors to remove Bishop, who later apologized for his comments. "The PGA of America's quick and decisive action sent a strong message, reinforcing a consistent belief that with so many positive gains being made among golf's leading organizations, there is simply no room, nor willingness, to take a step backwards," the LPGA women's tour said Saturday...
Korda, Pace tied for lead at China LPGA
Jessica Korda and Lee-Anne Pace were tied for the lead Saturday at the LPGA Blue Bay Championship in China. South Africa's Pace (67, 66) and Korda (66, 67) of the United States are level on 133 going into Sunday's final round, with South Korea's Chella Choi a shot behind. Korda's day started badly with a double bogey on the first hole, but she did not drop a single shot after that...
Wozniacki targets New York marathon after tennis loss
By Julian Linden SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A glutton for punishment or a woman on a mission? Either way, Caroline Wozniacki has no intentions of putting her feet up just yet after her last tennis match of the season. Rather than take an immediate break after losing to Serena Williams at the WTA Finals on Saturday, Wozniacki is already looking ahead to another sporting challenge -- her first marathon. The Dane has been pounding the streets for months to prepare herself for the ultimate test of endurance, which she will undertake at the New York marathon on Nov...
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