National Sports | WRHL http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=495 National Sports 2015-07-07T09:16:21Z National Sports With rhetoric on immigrants, Trump risks teeing off golf industry By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump's self-styled "fabulous world of golf" faces the possibility of being a lot less fabulous after his disparaging remarks about illegal immigrants. Trump now has 18 courses, with a string of major tournaments lined up at some. For a while, the Golf Channel ran a regular show called "Donald J. Trump's Fabulous World of Golf." He renovated the famous Doral course in Miami and played host there in March to a World Golf Championship tournament in which Rory McIlroy, after an errant shot, slung a 3-iron into a pond. Stallings banned three months for doping violation (Reuters) - Three-times PGA Tour winner Scott Stallings has been suspended for three months for violating the PGA Tour's anti-doping policy, the tour said on Tuesday. The 30-year-old American, whose most recent victory on tour was at last year's Farmers Insurance Open, turned himself in as soon as he learned of the violation. "I discovered in February 2015 that I had inadvertently taken a supplement for the prior two months that was not permitted by the PGA Tour," Stallings said in a statement released through the tour. Golf-Stallings banned three months for doping violation Three-times PGA Tour winner Scott Stallings has been suspended for three months for violating the PGA Tour's anti-doping policy, the tour said on Tuesday. The 30-year-old American, whose most recent victory on tour was at last year's Farmers Insurance Open, turned himself in as soon as he learned of the violation. "I discovered in February 2015 that I had inadvertently taken a supplement for the prior two months that was not permitted by the PGA Tour," Stallings said in a statement released through the tour. Spieth wants Rory back soon as he bids for No. 1 Reigning US Open and Masters champion Jordan Spieth said Tuesday he wants injured world number one Rory McIlroy healthy and playing as soon as possible while trying to overtake him. "I don't change much in my life other than a couple things you obviously are a little more cautious of," Spieth said of mixing fun with avoiding injury. "And as far as with Rory, it's just -- we want him back. Beware a motivated Park In-bee at U.S. Women's Open By Larry Fine LANCASTER, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - World number one Park In-bee is usually seen as the player to beat in women's golf majors these days, and now the Korean has extra motivation at this week's U.S. Women's Open. Park, who has won five of the last dozen majors with no other rival notching more than one in that span, is coming off a missed cut and a poor putting week -- two rarities for the 26-year-old South Korean. "I putted really bad two weeks ago, and that definitely gave me somewhat like a wake-up call," Park told reporters on Tuesday. Golf-Beware a motivated Park In-bee at U.S. Women's Open By Larry Fine LANCASTER, Pennsylvania, July 7 (Reuters) - World number one Park In-bee is usually seen as the player to beat in women's golf majors these days, and now the Korean has extra motivation at this week's U.S. Women's Open. Park, who has won five of the last dozen majors with no other rival notching more than one in that span, is coming off a missed cut and a poor putting week -- two rarities for the 26-year-old South Korean. "I putted really bad two weeks ago, and that definitely gave me somewhat like a wake-up call," Park told reporters on Tuesday. Caddie booted from U.S. Women's Open for photos By Larry Fine LANCASTER, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - World number 10 Kim Sei-young's caddie was booted from the U.S. Women's Open on Tuesday after he was found in the USGA rules office improperly taking photos of course setup documents, officials said. Veteran caddie Paul Fusco was escorted off the property by USGA security at Lancaster Country Club and will not be allowed to caddie for South Korea's Kim at this week's major. "He was in a USGA office taking photos of internal USGA course setup documents and was discovered by a USGA official," spokesperson Christina Lance told Reuters. Golf-Caddie booted from U.S. Women's Open for photos By Larry Fine LANCASTER, Pennsylvania, July 7 (Reuters) - World number 10 Kim Sei-young's caddie was booted from the U.S. Women's Open on Tuesday after he was found in the USGA rules office improperly taking photos of course setup documents, officials said. Veteran caddie Paul Fusco was escorted off the property by USGA security at Lancaster Country Club and will not be allowed to caddie for South Korea's Kim at this week's major. "He was in a USGA office taking photos of internal USGA course setup documents and was discovered by a USGA official," spokesperson Christina Lance told Reuters. Caddie booted out of Women's Open over photos The caddie for 10th-ranked Kim Sei-Young of South Korea was kicked out of the US Women's Open on Tuesday after being discovered taking cell-phone photographs of course set-up documents. US Golf Association (USGA) officials said Paul Fusco had photos of internal notes on the course set-up. Fusco was banished from Lancaster Country Club and will not be allowed to caddie for Kim when she tries to capture her first major title starting Thursday at the par-72 Pennsylvania course. Rose tells injured McIlroy to keep having fun By Bernie McGuire GULLANE, Scotland (Reuters) - Justin Rose has told injured Rory McIlroy not to change his off-course lifestyle despite the world number one suffering an ankle injury playing football that could rule him out of next week's British Open. McIlroy has withdrawn from this week's Scottish Open at Gullane, while it remains uncertain whether he will be able to defend his British Open title at St Andrews. Rose revealed he has taken up deep sea diving near his Bahamas residence and advised McIlroy not to change his own off-course activities once he has recovered after rupturing ligaments last weekend playing a social game of football. Another golf event drops Trump course due to attack on immigrants Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump suffered a fresh blow on Tuesday with the announcement that a professional golfing event scheduled for October at a Trump course in Los Angeles will be moved, the latest fallout from his vitriol against undocumented immigrants from Mexico. "Due to the controversy surrounding statements made by Mr. Trump having to do with illegal immigrants pouring into the United States from Mexico and other parts of the world, Mr. Trump does not want his friends at the PGA of America to suffer any consequences or backlash with respect to the Grand Slam of Golf," Hicks said. Stallings hit with three-month PGA Tour doping ban The US PGA Tour hit Scott Stallings with a three-month doping suspension Tuesday after he told officials he had inadvertently taken a supplement that was on the banned list. "I regret my inadvertent mistake in not doing my homework to know for sure what was on the list of permitted and non-permitted substances," Stallings said in a statement. Neither the PGA Tour nor Stallings revealed what the banned substance was. Ex-NFL quarterback McNabb cited for suspicion of DUI in Arizona By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Former National Football League quarterback Donovan McNabb was arrested in Arizona last month on suspicion of drunken driving after colliding with another vehicle stopped at a red light, police said on Tuesday. McNabb, who spent 13 seasons in the NFL mostly with the Philadelphia Eagles, was cited and released after being booked into a jail southeast of Phoenix, police said in a statement. The 38-year-old ex-NFL veteran was taken into custody shortly before midnight on June 28 by officers responding to a non-injury collision near an intersection in the Phoenix suburb of Gilbert. Florida State University president backs decision to boot quarterback Florida State University's president said on Tuesday he fully supports head coach Jimbo Fisher's decision to dismiss De'Andre Johnson from the football team after video surfaced showing the 19-year-old freshman quarterback punching a woman in a bar. Fisher took the action on Monday night after prosecutors released the June 24 surveillance video taken inside a Tallahassee nightclub. "I fully support Coach Fisher's decisions to immediately suspend and subsequently dismiss De'Andre Johnson from the football team," Florida State President John Thrasher said in a statement. Bucks eye Vegas, Seattle without new arena: report Las Vegas or Seattle could become the new home of the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks if taxpayer funding for half the cost of a new arena isn't quickly approved by lawmakers. Bucks president Peter Feigin told lawmakers that the NBA would look to relocate the team to one of those two cities without public funding for half of a proposed $500 million (456 million euros) arena so construction can start this year, the Milwaukee Business Journal reported. A lease for the Bucks in their current home arena, which opened in 1988, ends in 2017 after just two more NBA seasons. Grand Slam of Golf pulled from Trump LA course The PGA Grand Slam of Golf, featuring the year's major champions, will be moved from Donald Trump's Los Angeles course in the wake of his controversial remarks about Mexican immigrants. The PGA of America announced Tuesday that it was pulling the two-day October event from the Trump National Los Angeles by mutual agreement with the Republican US presidential candidate. "The PGA of America met with Donald J. Trump yesterday and the parties mutually agreed that it is in the best interest of all not to conduct the 2015 PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Trump National Los Angeles," the sanctioning body said in a statement. NBA T-Wolves sign top pick Towns, Garnett agrees to deal Karl-Anthony Towns, the top pick in last month's NBA Draft, has signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves, the club announced Tuesday, while veteran center Kevin Garnett has agreed to return. Garnett is set to play his 21st NBA campaign with the T-Wolves after returning last season in a trade with Brooklyn but playing only five games due to injury. The 39-year-old will be an important teacher to rookie big man Towns and a locker room leader after leading Boston to a 2008 NBA crown. Williams reunites with LeBron on NBA Cavaliers Point guard Mo Williams said Tuesday he had agreed to a deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, reuniting him with superstar LeBron James. Williams, who averaged 14.2 points and 6.2 assists last season with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Charlotte Hornets, played alongside James from 2008-2010 with the Cavaliers. "I'm coming home!!!!! #cavsnation #cityilove #questforaring," Williams tweeted. British Open likely to flourish even if McIlroy sits it out The ankle ligament injury sustained by world number one Rory McIlroy may have golf fretting about his participation at the British Open but there is little doubt the sport is bigger than one player - no matter how talented. McIlroy, who has begun his recovery process, wearing a surgical boot on his left leg, will undergo further tests before deciding whether he has a chance of defending his Open title next week. Jordan Spieth, the man considered by many to be his main rival for the Claret Jug, has said he's keen to see the Northern Irishman on the links at St Andrews. Golf-British Open likely to flourish even if McIlroy sits it out The ankle ligament injury sustained by world number one Rory McIlroy may have golf fretting about his participation at the British Open but there is little doubt the sport is bigger than one player - no matter how talented. McIlroy, who has begun his recovery process, wearing a surgical boot on his left leg, will undergo further tests before deciding whether he has a chance of defending his Open title next week. Jordan Spieth, the man considered by many to be his main rival for the Claret Jug, has said he's keen to see the Northern Irishman on the links at St Andrews. Spieth hopes McIlroy can recover for British Open showdown Double major winner Jordan Spieth believes defending champion Rory McIlroy's potential absence from the British Open through injury would "dampen" the occasion. McIlroy's title defense and keenly anticipated contest against Spieth was thrown into doubt on Monday when the Northern Irishman revealed he had ruptured an ankle ligament while playing soccer with friends. While many observers believe McIlroy is certain to miss the third major of the season, the American winner of this year's U.S. Masters and U.S. Open is keen to see the world number one recover in time to play at St Andrews next week. Golf-Spieth hopes McIlroy can recover for British Open showdown Double major winner Jordan Spieth believes defending champion Rory McIlroy's potential absence from the British Open through injury would "dampen" the occasion. McIlroy's title defence and keenly anticipated contest against Spieth was thrown into doubt on Monday when the Northern Irishman revealed he had ruptured an ankle ligament while playing soccer with friends. While many observers believe McIlroy is certain to miss the third major of the season, the American winner of this year's U.S. Masters and U.S. Open is keen to see the world number one recover in time to play at St Andrews next week. Marc Gasol agrees to stay with Grizzlies: reports Spanish All-Star center Marc Gasol has agreed to terms to remain with the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies, in a five-year deal worth $110 million according to reports. ESPN and CBS Sports reported that terms of the deal would give Gasol a chance to opt out after four seasons. Gasol, 30, never considered offers from other teams before deciding to stay in the city where he has spent his entire seven-season NBA career. New punch video brings more trouble Another video of an American football player hitting a woman was made public, with a teen collegian's actions reviving memories of an incident with a professional player from a year ago. The Florida State Attorney's office released a surveillance video of DeAndre Jordan, a 19-year-old freshman quarterback at US college powerhouse Florida State University, punching a woman in the face at a crowded bar in a June 24 incident. Within hours, the school's coach, Jimbo Fisher, announced that Jordan had been dismissed from the team. NBA Mavericks looking at deal for Lin Jeremy Lin, the first American NBA player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent, could be on his way to the Dallas Mavericks next season, according to reports. The 26-year-old free agent point guard, who played for the Los Angeles Lakers last season, is near to agreeing to terms on a deal that would bring Lin to the Mavericks. In 2012, Lin became famous worldwide while playing for the New York Knicks. Scherzer, Bumgarner head National League All-Star pitchers (Reuters) - Washington right-hander Max Scherzer and San Francisco left-hander Madison Bumgarner head a powerful 13-man National League pitching line-up for next week's All-Star game. The pitching lineups for both leagues were announced on Monday, with reigning NL Most Valuable Player Clayton Kershaw a notable omission. Scherzer has been on fire for the Nationals recently. Ginobili back while West joins NBA Spurs next season Manu Ginobili, who helped Argentina win 2004 Olympic gold and contributed to four NBA titles by the San Antonio Spurs, confirmed Monday he will return to the Spurs next season. The 37-year-old guard even had a mention for teammate Tim Duncan in his Twitter announcement that he would be back for a 14th NBA campaign, saying: "Happy to announce that I'm coming back next season. The Spurs received more good news later Monday with a reported deal for free agent forward David West, a two-time NBA All-Star who spent the past four seasons at Indiana after eight more with New Orleans. McIlroy Open hopes hit by ankle injury Rory McIlroy could miss the defence of his British Open crown after announcing on his Twitter account on Monday that he had ruptured a ligament in his left ankle. "Total rupture of left ATFL (ankle ligament) and associated joint capsule damage in a soccer kickabout with friends on Saturday," the Northern Irishman said. A spokesman for McIlroy later said that, despite the injury, he has not ruled himself out of defending his Open Championship title at St Andrews from July 16. Former tour physio says McIlroy is 'up against it' By Douglas Beattie LONDON (Reuters) - World number one Rory McIlroy is facing a real struggle to be fit for next week's British Open at St Andrews after rupturing ligaments in his left ankle, according to former European Tour physio Jonathan Shrewsbury. Shrewsbury told Reuters in a telephone interview on Monday the normal recovery time was 12 weeks for the injury that the 26-year-old Northern Irishman sustained while playing soccer with friends. "Rory is really up against it to play in the Open," the Englishman explained. American Apparel to cut costs, warns may need more funds (Reuters) - Struggling teen clothing retailer American Apparel Inc launched a restructuring plan to cut costs but warned it may not be enough to meet funding requirements in the next 12 months. The company, which is being sued by founder and former CEO Dov Charney, said on Monday it would cut jobs and close stores to slash costs by about $30 million over the next 18 months. American Apparel said there could be no guarantee that even after the restructuring it would have sufficient funds in the next 12 months unless it raised additional capital. Embattled Ray Rice still waiting for another shot at the NFL By Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - Former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice is waging an unrelenting crusade to get back on the field nearly a year after being booted from the National Football League - along with his $35 million contract - over a heinous case of domestic abuse. Videos of the 28-year-old, two-time Pro Bowler's workouts have been sent to NFL teams, as Rice crosses his fingers that executives will give him a second chance. General managers are wringing their hands contemplating whether Rice can still deliver on the gridiron and, if he were signed, would he be an unwanted distraction off the field, NFL analysts say. McIlroy suffers ankle injury ahead of British Open By Mitch Phillips LONDON (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy's defence of golf's British Open and a keenly-anticipated contest with American Jordan Spieth was thrown into doubt on Monday when he revealed he had ruptured an ankle ligament while playing football with friends. "Total rupture of left ATFL (ankle ligament) and associated joint capsule damage in a soccer kickabout," McIlroy wrote on his Instagram account. McIlory's showdown with double major winner Jordan Spieth was expected to be the highlight of the Open, which takes place at St Andrews on July 16-19. Golf-McIlroy suffers ankle injury ahead of British Open (Adds background) By Mitch Phillips LONDON, July 6 (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy's defence of golf's British Open and a keenly-anticipated contest with American Jordan Spieth was thrown into doubt on Monday when he revealed he had ruptured an ankle ligament while playing football with friends. "Total rupture of left ATFL (ankle ligament) and associated joint capsule damage in a soccer kickabout," McIlroy wrote on his Instagram account. McIlory's showdown with double major winner Jordan Spieth was expected to be the highlight of the Open, which takes place at St Andrews on July 16-19. Golf-World Rankings July 6 (Infostrada Sports) - The World Rankings 1. (1) Rory McIlroy (Britain) 12.70 2. (2) Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 10.85 3. (3) Bubba Watson (U.S.) 7.34 4. (4) Dustin Johnson (U.S.) 6.76 5. (5) Jim Furyk (U.S.) 6.54 6. (6) Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 6.49 7. (7) Justin Rose (Britain) 6.48 8. (8) Jason Day (Australia) 5.68 9. (9) Rickie Fowler (U.S.) 5.66 10. (10) Sergio Garcia (Spain) 5.55 11. (11) Adam Scott (Australia) 5.25 12. (12) Jimmy Walker (U.S.) 5.09 13. (13) J.B. Holmes (U.S.) 4.61 14. (14) Hideki Matsuyama (Japan) 4.39 15. (15) Patrick Reed (U.S.) 4.12 16. ... Optimism returns for Woods after rare bogey-free round (Reuters) - Tiger Woods declared his tie for 32nd at the Greenbrier Classic a "very positive week" and sounded genuinely excited about his prospects ahead of this month's British Open at St Andrews starting on July 16. Woods has won twice at the Old Course, in 2000 and 2005, but it would be premature to suggest his game is quite ready to be etched on the Claret Jug once more. A day after six-times major champion Nick Faldo concluded that Woods was still prone to blocking drives under pressure, the American former world number one was singing a different tune. Golf-Optimism returns for Woods after rare bogey-free round Tiger Woods declared his tie for 32nd at the Greenbrier Classic a "very positive week" and sounded genuinely excited about his prospects ahead of this month's British Open at St Andrews starting on July 16. Woods has won twice at the Old Course, in 2000 and 2005, but it would be premature to suggest his game is quite ready to be etched on the Claret Jug once more. A day after six-times major champion Nick Faldo concluded that Woods was still prone to blocking drives under pressure, the American former world number one was singing a different tune. Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be Royal occasion Four Kansas City Royals players will start for the American League in the July 14 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Cincinnati. The Kansas City quartet make up half of the eight American League position players who were announced on Sunday after on-line ballotting for the American League and National League starters in the annual mid-season showcase. Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez, shortstop Alcides Escobar and outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon will represent the American League, Gordon and Perez both making a third appearance with Escobar and Cain each making a first. Donaldson tops All-Star voting as Blue Jay fans step up (Reuters) - Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson set a voting record in earning selection as a starter for the Major League Baseball All-Star game. Donaldson, who received 14,090,188 total votes, will be making his second straight All-Star start, while Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper led the National League voting. The Cincinnati Reds will have one starter, third baseman Todd Frazier, when they host the 86th All-Star game on Tuesday, July 14. ... Golf-FedEx Cup rankings July 6 (Infostrada Sports) - FedEx Cup rankings 1. (1) Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 3128 2. (2) Jimmy Walker (U.S.) 1915 3. (3) Bubba Watson (U.S.) 1743 4. (4) Dustin Johnson (U.S.) 1589 5. (5) Rory McIlroy (Britain) 1510 6. (7) Patrick Reed (U.S.) 1450 7. (12) Robert Streb (U.S.) 1416 8. (6) Brandt Snedeker (U.S.) 1410 9. (9) J.B. Holmes (U.S.) 1404 10. (8) Charley Hoffman (U.S.) 1390 11. (14) Kevin Kisner (U.S.) 1351 12. (10) Hideki Matsuyama (Japan) 1257 13. (11) Justin Rose (Britain) 1224 14. (17) Steven Bowditch (Australia) 1183 15. (57) Danny Lee (New Zealand) 1180 16. ... NBA Lakers nab top reserve Williams in free agent chase Guard Lou Williams, who won Sixth Man of the Year honors as the NBA's top reserve, is reportedly headed to the Los Angeles Lakers. Multiple media outlets reported that Williams, a prime target in the free agent market after playing for the Toronto Raptors last season, has agreed to a three-year, $21 million deal with the Lakers. No contract can be finalized until the free agent signing period begins on Thursday. WRHL 2015-07-08T02:16:21Z http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=495