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Giants pick up Reds starter Leake

Friday July 31, 2015    3:28 AM

(Reuters) - The San Francisco Giants made a deal for one of the hottest pitchers in baseball on Thursday by acquiring right-handed starter Mike Leake in a trade with the Cincinnati Reds. The Giants sent minor league players Keury Mella and Adam Duvall to the Reds in exchange for the red-hot Leake. The 27-year-old has surrendered just two runs in his last four starts, two of them shutouts. He is 9-5 with a 3.56 ERA t ... Full Story

Johnson, Rose to light up Hong Kong Open

Thursday July 30, 2015    8:25 AM

American Johnson, whose three-putt on the 72nd hole of the U.S. Open last month handed victory to Jordan Spieth, said he was drawn by the history of a tournament won in the past by Greg Norman, Tom Watson, Colin Montgomerie and Rory McIlroy. "You look at some of the n ... Full Story

Michael Jordan loses China trademark suit: report

Wednesday July 29, 2015    3:28 AM

The former Chicago Bull is arguably the most popular international basketball star in China and is known in the country as "Qiaodan", a Chinese version of his name.He asked Chinese authorities in 2012 to revoke the trademark of Qiaodan Sports Co, accusing the sportswear firm of misleading ... Full Story

Putting touch has deserted me, says Poulter

Tuesday July 28, 2015    7:58 AM

WOBURN, England (Reuters) - Less than three years after his magical putter inspired a 'miracle' Ryder Cup victory for Europe, Ian Poulter says his touch on the greens has temporarily deserted him. The world number 33 has missed the cut in his last two outings, the ... Full Story

Hearn closes in on ending 61-year Canada drought at Canadian Open

Sunday July 26, 2015    7:58 AM

OAKVILLE, Ontario (Reuters) - A star-studded group that includes Australian Jason Day and American Bubba Watson will attempt to prevent Canada's David Hearn from making history at the RBC Canadian Open on Sunday. No Canadian has won the national golf championship since ... Full Story

Cardinals' rookie receiver shot outside home

Saturday July 25, 2015    2:26 PM

Los Angeles (AFP) - Arizona Cardinals rookie receiver Damond Powell's NFL ambitions were in limbo Saturday after he was shot outside his home in Toledo, Ohio.Powell was shot in the face on Friday night, suffering injuries that police said did not appear to be life-threatening.The 22-year-old, wh ... Full Story

Campbell surges to Canadian Open lead

Saturday July 25, 2015    2:26 PM

The American, in search of a fifth career title and his first since 2007, had a 36-hole total of 14-under par 130 and was two strokes clear of compatriot Brian Harman, who carded a 67 for 132."Never really felt like it was going to be a crazy round, which nine birdies -- I'm definitely h ... Full Story

Silky Spieth off to good start at British Open

Thursday July 16, 2015    10:25 AM

Tiger Woods meanwhile had another round of major misery and already he is facing a battle to avoid a third missed cut in the last four majors.Spieth got the better of Johnson on the 18th hole last month when he added the US Open to his breakthrough win in April at the Masters.But no hard feelings ... Full Story

Scotland's Lawrie takes outright lead at British Open

Thursday July 16, 2015    7:31 AM

St Andrews (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Scotland's 1999 champion Paul Lawrie opened up a one shot lead on five players and was seven under midway through his back nine as the British Open got underway at St Andrews on Thursday.Tournament favourite Jordan Spieth was well positioned in his bid for ... Full Story

Swede Lingmerth sets early pace at calm St Andrews

Thursday July 16, 2015    1:51 AM

Australian Rod Pampling struck the first tee shot a little after 6:30 a.m. (0530 GMT), the 45-year-old playing alongside England's Greg Owen and Denmark's twice former runner-up Thomas Bjorn, with all three finding the middle of the invitingly wide fairway on the 375-yard par ... Full Story

Confident Ko defends LPGA Marathon Classic crown

Wednesday July 15, 2015    6:15 PM

"Birdies will make me smile," said the 18-year-old Kiwi, who is coming off a tie for 12th in the US Women's Open won by South Korean Chun In-Gee on Sunday.Ko admitted after that performance that she was feeling a little homesick, and looking forward to spending some time with frien ... Full Story

Chiefs sign linebacker Houston to long-term deal

Wednesday July 15, 2015    12:37 PM

Though the Chiefs did not disclose terms of the deal, local media estimate it to be worth $101 million over six years with $52.5 million guaranteed. "Today we were able to reach an agreement with Justin and his agent, Joel Segal, to keep him here in Kansas City for ... Full Story

Spieth "aware" of Hogan legacy at Open

Wednesday July 15, 2015    10:05 AM

The 21-year Texan has taken the golfing world by storm from the start of the year, winning the Masters and US Open, only the sixth man ever to do so,Tiger Woods was the last to achieve that feat in 2002 and before him Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Ben Hogan (twice) and Craig Wood did likewise.H ... Full Story

Five facts about Jordan Spieth

Wednesday July 15, 2015    9:48 AM

St Andrews (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Five facts about Jordan Spieth ahead of the 144th British Open which starts Thursday at St Andrews:-- Jordan Spieth was the youngest champion of the US Open since Bobby Jones in 1923 and the youngest player to win two majors since Gene Sarazen in 1922- He was ... Full Story

Stenson still chasing major success

Wednesday July 15, 2015    9:41 AM

The lanky 39-year-old from Gothenburg has flirted with Grand Slam success on several occasions, notably in 2013 when he finished runner-up to American Phil Mickelson after briefly holding the lead for a few holes during the final round. Mickelson's four birdie finish was too much for the nine-time EPGA winner as he finished three strokes ... Full Story

Toronto land Price, Dodgers pull off blockbuster

Friday July 31, 2015    3:19 AM

The Blue Jays, who at 51-51 were two games out of the American League's second Wild Card playoff spot, took a big step toward returning to the playoffs for the first time since 1993 with the deal that came one day before MLB's trade deadline. Toronto are sending their top pitching prospect, left-hander Daniel Norris, and two other promising lefties to Detroit for 2012 Cy Young Award winner Price, who is 9-4 this season with a 2.53 earned run average. The National League West-leading Dodgers also a ... Full Story

Cardinals new coaching intern blazes trail for women

Wednesday July 29, 2015    4:04 AM

"I could not have dreamed big enough to imagine this day could ever come," Welter said at her introductory press conference.The Cardinals had announced the hiring on Monday, adding Welter to their staff to work with inside linebackers during training camp and the pre-season ... Full Story

Yao holding court as Beijing bids for Winter Olympics

Wednesday July 29, 2015    3:19 AM

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Standing 2.29 meters (7ft 6in) tall, Yao Ming has never been able to hide in the background. And now, as one of the front men of Beijing's bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, the former NBA star is again the center of attention. With ... Full Story

Pitchers and Pedro rule at Hall of Fame induction

Monday July 27, 2015    3:19 AM

Tens of thousands attended the ceremony in the quaint upstate village with the liveliest, loudest contingent coming to support Martinez, the second Dominican after Juan Marichal in 1983 to be enshrined in the Hall. "Ola, Ola," he shouted to compatriots who were waving small Dominican flags. "It's a great moment, not only for me, for my family. It's a great moment for the Dominican Republic and Latin America," added Martinez in a speech in English and Spanish. Forty-nine Hall of Famers assembled on an outdoor stage to welcome the new members, including pitching greats Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson, Steve Carlton, Tom Seaver, Whitey Ford and the 'Dominican Dandy&# ... Full Story

Hearn eyes history at Canadian Open

Sunday July 26, 2015    7:49 AM

Hearn had five birdies and a bogey in a four-under par 68 on Saturday, his 54-hole total of 201 putting him two shots in front of two-time Masters champion Watson and Australia's world number nine Day.Hearn led by as many as four shots on the back nine, but Watson closed the gap with a 68 that ... Full Story

Thompson shares lead at Meijer Classic golf

Saturday July 25, 2015    2:26 PM

The 20-year-old Thompson sank six birdies on her first eight holes to equal Alison Lee and Lizette Salas at nine-under 133 at the Blythefield Country Club. "I wanted to make more birdies on the back nine," Thompson said. "I hit it in the rough on a few holes on the back nine where ... Full Story

No looking back for Open leader Johnson

Thursday July 16, 2015    10:27 AM

His first round of 65 at the Open Championships gave him the lead in the clubhouse and, with conditions worsening out on the Old Course, he had every chance of still being there at the end of the day.It was all a long way from the 18th at Chambers Bay where he missed a 12-foot eagle putt to finally ... Full Story

Spieth happy to tuck in behind Open leaders

Thursday July 16, 2015    10:22 AM

The 21-year-old Texan, who has taken the golfing world by storm this year, led or co-led at the end of seven of the eight rounds he played en route to winning the Masters and US Open.His mission now at St Andrews is to match Ben Hogan in 1953 and make it three majors in a row, thus opening up the ... Full Story

Spieth makes fast start as Woods toils early on

Thursday July 16, 2015    4:42 AM

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) - American whizzkid Jordan Spieth, hoping to make it three major victories in a row, was quickly into his stride early in the first round of the 144th British Open on Thursday. While the 21-year-old was flying high toward the top of the le ... Full Story

Bryant signs multi-year deal with Cowboys

Wednesday July 15, 2015    6:19 PM

Bryant, who had been tagged as a franchise player by Dallas, finalized the deal just prior to the deadline, the website reported, citing numerous reports putting the deal to be worth about $70 million over five years with $45 million guaranteed. While the deal falls short ... Full Story

Cheerleaders deemed team employees under new California law

Wednesday July 15, 2015    6:13 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Cheerleaders for professional sports teams in California will have to be classified as employees eligible for overtime, sick days and other protections under a bill signed Wednesday by Governor Jerry Brown. The bill was introduced amid controversy raise ... Full Story

Lawrie leads Palmer team to Champions Golfers' Challenge

Wednesday July 15, 2015    12:35 PM

After steady rain and drizzle throughout much of the day, the sun finally broke through on the east coast of Scotland and gave golf lovers a chance to see some of the all-time greats in action. Seven teams of four players competed over the 1st, 2nd, 17th and 18th holes in a celebration of the 155th ... Full Story

Spieth impressively assured as he prepares for history bid

Wednesday July 15, 2015    9:55 AM

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) - Pressure? What pressure? That seemed to be the message Jordan Spieth wanted to send out as he prepared for his attempt to become the first player since 1953 to win the year's first three majors. Calm? Modest? Self-effacing? Witty? Gra ... Full Story

Australian debutant Arnold ready for Open fast lane

Wednesday July 15, 2015    9:46 AM

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) - After six years waiting for his first major championship, go-kart loving Australian Scott Arnold's career picks up speed on Thursday when he tees it up in the British Open at St Andrews. The 29-year-old grabbed one of three sta ... Full Story

Eight to watch out for at the British Open

Wednesday July 15, 2015    4:01 AM

Jordan Spieth (USA) Age - 21World ranking - 2- All eyes will be on the 21-year-old Texan who has turned the 2015 season on its head by winning the first two majors at the Masters and US Open. He will be attempting to become only the second man, after Ben Hogan in 1953, to win the first three Gran ... Full Story

Goosen and Ishikawa set pace, Woods five back

Friday July 31, 2015    3:10 AM

The 46-year-old, who represented the Internationals in the 2000 and 2005 Cup editions at the leafy venue in Gainesville, piled up eight birdies in hot, humid conditions for a flawless eight-under-par 63. Goosen covered his back nine in a sparkling four-under 31 to finish level with 23-year-old Japanese Ryo Ishikawa, who reeled off five consecutive birdies on his front nine before recording a hole-in-one at the par-t ... Full Story

Yankees explode for 21-5 win over Rangers

Wednesday July 29, 2015    3:55 AM

Arlington (United States) (AFP) - The New York Yankees came back with a vengeance, parlaying an 11-run second inning into a 21-5 triumph over the Texas Rangers.Trailing by five runs after the first inning, the Bronx Bombers came up with the highest-scoring second inning in club history and a rout w ... Full Story

NFL upholds Brady's 'Deflategate' suspension, saying he destroyed his phone

Wednesday July 29, 2015    3:10 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday upheld a four-game suspension of Tom Brady for his role in deflating footballs used in the game that put the New England Patriots in the 2015 Super Bowl, saying for the first time that the star quarterback had his phon ... Full Story

Dodgers pitcher Greinke sees scoreless streak end

Monday July 27, 2015    3:10 AM

The streak was the fourth-longest in baseball since 1961 and 13 1/3 innings shy of Orel Hershiser's record of 59 scoreless innings pitched from August 30 to September 28, 1988.It also was behind scoreless streaks of 58 innings by Hall of Famers Don Drys ale and 47 by Bob Gibson in 1968 -- a sp ... Full Story

Phillies' Hamels ends slump with first no-hitter

Sunday July 26, 2015    7:40 AM

Hamels threw 129 pitches over nine innings and allowed just two baserunners on walks as the Phillies won their third straight and seventh in eight games since the Major League Baseball All-Star break."It is one of the most special moments I have had," said the 2008 World Series Most Valua ... Full Story

Fellow caddie says Robert Allenby should clean up his act

Saturday July 25, 2015    2:26 PM

OAKVILLE, Ontario (Reuters) - A caddie who witnessed the fiery verbal confrontation between Robert Allenby and his caddie during the Canadian Open is appalled by the way the player treated his bagman. Simon Clarke watched the dust up between Allenby and caddie Mick Midd ... Full Story

Woods hoping tough going can lead to comeback

Thursday July 16, 2015    10:25 AM

After carding a dismal 76, it meant Woods was also facing the third time in four outings at a Grand Slam event that the 14-time major winner had failed to play at the weekend. "Hopefully the conditions will be tough tomorrow (Saturday) and I can put together a good round and we'll ... Full Story

Silky Spieth starts well at British Open

Thursday July 16, 2015    7:33 AM

Tiger Woods meanwhile had another round of major misery and already he is facing a battle to avoid a third missed cut in the last four majors.Spieth got the better of Johnson on the 18th hole last month when he added the US Open to his win in April at the Masters.But no hard feelings were evi ... Full Story

Spieth supreme as Open gets underway

Thursday July 16, 2015    4:40 AM

The 21-year-old Texan sensation is aiming to become just the second man, after Ben Hogan in 1953, to win the Open Championship in the same year as the Masters and US Open.He says he is fully aware of the historical implications of winning this week, and says it can be done even though he had not pr ... Full Story

Cowboys, Bryant agree to five-year deal

Wednesday July 15, 2015    6:17 PM

The Cowboys and Bryant inked the deal shortly before the expiration of a deadline for franchise-tagged players to negotiate a multi-year contract.The National Football League powerhouse signalled the deal in a series of posts on Twitter, showing pictures of Bryant putting pen to paper before p ... Full Story

Watson feeling lucky as prepares for final Open walk

Wednesday July 15, 2015    12:39 PM

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) - The fickle bounce of the ball on the treacherous corrugated fairways of wild links courses has been pretty kind to American Tom Watson during his 40-year love affair with the British Open. Five times he has conquered topography and climat ... Full Story

Check in for drama on the 17th at St Andrews

Wednesday July 15, 2015    12:32 PM

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) - There are few holes in world golf revered quite as much as the 17th on the Old Course at St Andrews -- a par-four brute where British Open dreams could be crushed this weekend. The Road Hole, named after the old turnpike road that forms ... Full Story

Watson 'melancholy' over Open curtain-call

Wednesday July 15, 2015    9:50 AM

The 65-year-old American needed a special exemption just to get into this year's 144th Open to make his 38th appearance and walk a last time over the Swilcan Bridge in the footsteps of such as Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and the man he calls the "greatest player of all time" Jack Nic ... Full Story

I won't be sleepy in St Andrews, says Spieth

Wednesday July 15, 2015    9:43 AM

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) - Jordan Spieth will draw on the memory of back-to-back wins at the end of last season when he begins his quest to become the first player in 63 years to capture the first three majors of the campaign. The American said it would be a simpler ... Full Story

Trout boosts American League to All-Star win

Wednesday July 15, 2015    1:12 AM

Trout led off the game with a home run and helped produce a tiebreaking run in the third by beating out a double play bid, then raced home from second on a single to left as the American League claimed home field advantage for the World Series. The Los Angeles Angels out ... Full Story