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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 Scottish and British Opens, and he puts his sub-standard performances down to a lack of belief with the shortest club in the bag. " ... 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 n ... Full Story

Trout powers American League to All-Star win

Wednesday July 15, 2015    1:10 AM

The 23-year-old Los Angeles Angels slugger became the first player named the All-Star Most Valuable Player in back-to-back years, having also led the AL to a 5-3 victory in 2014 with a double, triple and two runs batted in."It feels awesome," Trout said. "I can't explain th ... Full Story

Spieth to seize spotlight at British Open

Tuesday July 14, 2015    8:25 PM

The former world number one and 14-time major winner will still draw the crowds at St Andrews where he won in style in 2000 and 2005.But such has been his fall from grace this year - he is now ranked 241st in the world - that it would not come as a huge surprise if he misses the cut for the second ... Full Story

Exclusive: Which aid relief charities spend the most on fundraising?

Tuesday July 14, 2015    5:31 PM

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As the business of international aid booms, rival charities are locked in a race to attract donors with some spending close to a fifth of their resources on fundraising, a Thomson Reuters Foundation investigation has found. A survey of the world's 50 biggest humanitarian ... 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. ... 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 win his first major title and then skewed a four-footer coming back to force a playoff with Jordan Spieth.The two were back in harness on Thursday exchanging pleasant banter and bagging the birdies that were up for grabs in the benign early conditions.Asked if he still thought about what happened in Tacoma, Johnson said: "Well, you know, nothing bad happened at Chambers Bay, so I wasn't disappointed, really," he said.&q ... 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

MLB open to new clubs and has candidate list

Tuesday July 14, 2015    8:29 PM

Cincinnati (AFP) - Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday the 30-team organization is open to expansion and has compiled a list of candidate cities for potential new clubs.Speaking ahead of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Cincinnati, Manfred did not give a timetab ... Full Story

Banned Rose honored as Reds legend before All-Star Game

Tuesday July 14, 2015    8:23 PM

Rose, who grew up in Cincinnati and earned the nickname "Charlie Hustle" for his aggressive style of play while with the Reds, joined Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and Barry Larkin in being voted by fans as Cincinnati's 'Franchise Four'. He wa ... Full Story

Fowler ready to step up at Open

Tuesday July 14, 2015    3:08 PM

Northern Irishman McIlroy is 26 and five months younger than Fowler, while Spieth is just 21. Between them they have won six majors - four to McIlroy and two to Speith - and they currently own all four Grand Slam titles between them.Fowler has none of the above despite being touted as the top Americ ... 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 sparkling year for pitching in the Major Leagues.Greinke's run ended in the third inning when Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom hit a ground ball to Dodgers f ... 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

Israeli swingman, Cameroon forward sign with NBA's Kings

Tuesday July 14, 2015    8:27 PM

Sacramento (AFP) - Israeli swingman Omri Casspi and Cameroon forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute have signed deals with the Sacramento Kings, the NBA club announced.Vlade Divac, a retired Serbian star now serving as the Kings vice president of basketball operations, announced the deals Tuesday fo ... Full Story

Police say ex-NFL quarterback McNabb posts 'extreme DUI' in Arizona

Tuesday July 14, 2015    5:34 PM

PHOENIX (Reuters) - Former National Football League quarterback Donovan McNabb's blood-alcohol content was twice the legal limit when he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in Arizona last month, police said on Tuesday. Police in the Phoenix suburb of Gilb ... Full Story

Giants defender out of hospital after losing finger

Tuesday July 14, 2015    3:00 PM

Miami (AFP) - New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was discharged from hospital Tuesday after having his right index finger amputated following a fireworks accident that has jeopardized his NFL career.His release comes on the eve of the deadline for the 26-year-old defender, who led the ... Full Story