Friday, July 03, 2015 06:45
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Tiger touts progress as new romance reported
Tiger Woods expects some improvements, however slight, in his game when the PGA Greenbrier Classic begins Thursday even as he was romantically linked to a rival's ex-wife on Wednesday. Obviously, that's not saying much," Woods said. Woods, the former world number one who has slumped to 220th in the rankings, makes his only tuneup for the British Open in two weeks at St. Andrews against a field whose only top-10 rival is third-ranked Bubba Watson, the two-time Masters champion coming off a PGA victory last week...
Love, Butler among free agents agreeing on deals to stay put
(Reuters) - Kevin Love and Jimmy Butler, two of the biggest names in the NBA free agent market that opened on Wednesday, cut the suspense and agreed to deals to remain with their teams. Butler said he was remaining with the Chicago Bulls, while Love announced on the Players Tribute that he was re-signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers to join LeBron James in pursuit of NBA titles with a five-year deal worth a reported $110 million...
Former University of Illinois women basketball players file suit against school
(Reuters) - Seven former players from the University of Illinois women's basketball team on Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit that accuses the school's head coach and a former assistant of creating a racially hostile environment. The former players are asking for $10 million in damages from the university in the racial discrimination lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Urbana, Illinois, which accuses head coach Matt Bollant and former assistant coach Mike Divilbiss of violating their civil rights...
Judge upholds ex-NFL star Hernandez' murder conviction
A Massachusetts judge on Wednesday rejected a request by lawyers for former National Football League player Aaron Hernandez to overturn his conviction for the 2013 murder of an acquaintance. A jury in April found Hernandez guilty of murdering semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd at a North Attleborough, industrial park not far from Hernandez's home. The former New England Patriots tight end is awaiting a second trial in December on charges of fatally shooting two Cape Verdean nationals outside a Boston nightclub in 2012, after a dispute involving a spilled drink...
Bubba and Tiger recovering from highs and lows
(Reuters) - Bubba Watson and Tiger Woods are both trying to recover this week at the Greenbrier Classic, one from the highs of victory and the other from another major disappointment. Watson said on Wednesday he was exhausted following his playoff victory on Sunday at the Travelers Championship, while Woods tried to remain upbeat after a U.S. Open appearance that included another round of 80 for the 14-times major winner...
Golf-Bubba and Tiger recovering from highs and lows
Bubba Watson and Tiger Woods are both trying to recover this week at the Greenbrier Classic, one from the highs of victory and the other from another major disappointment. Watson said on Wednesday he was exhausted following his playoff victory on Sunday at the Travelers Championship, while Woods tried to remain upbeat after a U.S. Open appearance that included another round of 80 for the 14-times major winner...
French Ryder Cup venue is ideal says Clarke
Europe Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke is convinced Le Golf National outside Paris will prove to be a perfect venue for the 2018 Ryder Cup with the European team at a distinct advantage. Clarke is in a strong field at the course this week for the French Open with a dual role of recovering his form and running an eye over potential players for next year's Ryder Cup contest in Hazeltine, Minneapolis...
NFL player C.J. Spillman charged with sexual assault in Texas
National Football League free agent safety C.J. Spillman has been charged with sexual assault in a September incident at a Dallas-area hotel when he was playing for the Cowboys, officials said on Wednesday. Spillman, who has played six seasons in the NFL, is suspected of sexual assaulting a woman at the hotel, which is used by the Cowboys, and then traveling with the team the next day to play against the St...
Goosen wins playoff and ticket to St. Andrews
(Reuters) - Two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen birdied the first playoff hole of a qualifying tournament at Woburn Golf Club on Tuesday to secure a spot at next month's British Open. Irish amateur Paul Dunne shot the lowest score at Woburn after rounds of 70-65 gave him a three-stroke victory with Robert Dinwiddie of England also qualifying for the tournament at St. Andrews. "I won two Dunhill Cups there as well (with Ernie Els and David Frostin 1997 and 1998) and first played it when I was 18, so I've walked a good few miles on that course and I love it," Goosen told reporters looking ahead to the July 16-19 major...
Golf-Goosen wins playoff and ticket to St. Andrews
Two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen birdied the first playoff hole of a qualifying tournament at Woburn Golf Club on Tuesday to secure a spot at next month's British Open. Irish amateur Paul Dunne shot the lowest score at Woburn after rounds of 70-65 gave him a three-stroke victory with Robert Dinwiddie of England also qualifying for the tournament at St. Andrews. "I won two Dunhill Cups there as well (with Ernie Els and David Frostin 1997 and 1998) and first played it when I was 18, so I've walked a good few miles on that course and I love it," Goosen told reporters looking ahead to the July 16-19 major...
Hawks promote coach Budenholzer to top exec spot
Mike Budenholzer, voted the NBA Coach of the Year this past season, was promoted to president of basketball operations and coach while Wes Wilcox was named general manager. Tuesday's moves were the first undertaken by the club since the Hawks were sold June 24 to a group led by billionaire Tony Ressler. Budenholzer, who took over as coach of the Hawks in May of 2013, guided Atlanta to a 60-22 mark this past season, the best record in the Eastern Conference...
Rare pre-Civil War baseball card heads to auction
By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - A pre-Civil War baseball card that survived as an heirloom within the family of a player for more than 150 years is being offered at auction, with online bidding starting on Tuesday, a Dallas-based auction house said. The 1860s Brooklyn Atlantics team card is expected to fetch at least $50,000, said Heritage Auctions, which will sell the card at its Platinum Night Sports Auction on July 30, coinciding with the 2015 National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago...
U.S. court vacates ruling against Golf Channel over Stanford fraud
(Reuters) - A U.S. federal appeals court on Tuesday threw out its own ruling that could have forced the Golf Channel to repay $5.9 million it received from convicted swindler Allen Stanford. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted Golf Channel's request to vacate its March 12 ruling and instead ask the Texas Supreme Court to address a disputed question of state law. Golf Channel, owned by Comcast Corp, had argued that it acted in good faith in receiving the $5...
Aussie Dellavedova among trio with offer from Cavs
Australian guard Matthew Dellavedova, whose gritty play and determination won fans worldwide in the NBA Finals, was among three players who received qualifying offers Tuesday from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Forward Tristan Thompson and guard Iman Shumpert also received qualifying offers from the Cavaliers, meaning the club will have the right to match any offer sheet the free agents receive from another club and keep them on the roster...
Warriors, Curry pass Bulls, LeBron as top sellers
Golden State star guard Steph Curry and the NBA champion Warriors have moved into the top-selling spot in NBA merchandise based on sales during the playoffs, the league announced Tuesday. Curry, last season's NBA Most Valuable Player, topped the player jersey sales list at the NBA sales website for the first time in his career after the Warriors defeated Cleveland in the NBA Finals.
American Page to fulfill Serbian Olympic dream
By Zoran Milosavljevic BELGRADE, (Reuters) - A journey woman in European club basketball for most of her career, American-born Danielle Page will fulfill a childhood dream by playing in the 2016 Olympics for Serbia. The 28-year old from Colorado Springs, granted Serbian citizenship in March, will represent her adopted country at next year's games in Rio de Janeiro after helping the Balkan nation win their maiden European championship on Sunday...
Fire destroys historic Oregon baseball stadium
The vacant Civic Stadium in Eugene was engulfed in flames shooting twice the building's height when firefighters arrived on Monday evening, police said in a statement. The structure was scheduled to break ground on a major expansion and renovation in July after a years-long public campaign, according to local non-profit Eugene Civic Alliance. Police said emergency personnel were working to ensure the area was safe before letting people back home, adding that 38 firefighters battled the blaze for over two hours...
Golf -Lee ends Webb's reign as top Australian woman
Australia had a new number one women's golfer for the first time in around two decades on Tuesday after Minjee Lee leapfrogged Karrie Webb in the latest world rankings to end the seven-times major champion's long reign at the top. Teenager Lee, who won her first LPGA Tour event at the Kingsmill Championship in May, jumped from 17th to 16th in the rankings after finishing tied for sixth at the Arkansas Championship over the weekend...
Dubuisson, Cabrera-Bello and Kaymer share French Open lead
Victor Dubuisson raised home hopes of a win in the French Open at Le Golf National on Friday, sharing a one-shot lead after two rounds. Five players were grouped a shot further back on three under - Englishmen Tyrrell Hatton (68), Daniel Brooks (66) and James Morrison (68), Jaco van Zyl of South Africa (71) and Francesco Molinari of Italy (69). Dubuisson, aiming to become the first home winner at the French Open since Thomas Levet in 2011, had two birdies to go with his eagle...
Fernandez cuts Giants down to size on Marlins return
(Reuters) - Jose Fernandez made a triumphant return after more than a year out with injury when he hit a solo home run and pitched a winning game for the Miami Marlins on Thursday. "I was kind of joking around today, saying, 'I'm going to try to hit it out'," Fernandez told reporters.