National Sports | WRHL http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=495 National Sports 2014-11-22T08:05:36Z National Sports Your Top Plays for Today Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide 10 Things to See in Sports: AP's top sports photos Here's a look at some of the defining moments, exciting scenes, triumphs and defeats from the world of sports. Golf-European Tour World Tour Championship scores Nov 22 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the European Tour World Tour Championship at the par-72 course on Saturday in Dubai 202 Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spain) 73 64 65 Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 68 66 68 205 Justin Rose (Britain) 71 66 68 206 Rory McIlroy (Britain) 66 70 70 Victor Dubuisson (France) 71 68 67 Tyrrell Hatton (Britain) 70 68 68 Thorbjorn Olesen (Denmark) 67 70 69 207 Marc Warren (Britain) 71 71 65 Danny Willett (Britain) 69 67 71 Robert Karlsson (Sweden) 71 68 68 Branden Grace (South Africa) 72 67 68 Joost Luiten (Netherlands) 70 69 68 209 Thomas Bjorn (Denmark) 71 69 69 George ... Garcia weary as Dubai challenge falls flat, Els eyes 2015 By Matt Smith DUBAI (Reuters) - Sergio Garcia admitted he was weary after failing to make up any ground on the leaders at the DP World Tour Championship on Saturday, carding a third-round 69 that gives the Spaniard little hope of claiming second spot on the European money list. Garcia’s sole European Tour victory in 2014 came at January’s Qatar Masters -- his only title on the circuit since 2011 -- and his form since September’s Ryder Cup has been middling, failing to make the top 20 in his last two European Tour events. “I was running on fumes. It’s the way it is. ... Golf-Garcia weary as Dubai challenge falls flat, Els eyes 2015 By Matt Smith DUBAI, Nov 22 (Reuters) - Sergio Garcia admitted he was weary after failing to make up any ground on the leaders at the DP World Tour Championship on Saturday, carding a third-round 69 that gives the Spaniard little hope of claiming second spot on the European money list. Garcia's sole European Tour victory in 2014 came at January's Qatar Masters -- his only title on the circuit since 2011 -- and his form since September's Ryder Cup has been middling, failing to make the top 20 in his last two European Tour events. "I was running on fumes. It's the way it is. ... Mother's death leads NFL player to fight domestic abuse By Steve Ginsburg (Reuters) - Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback William Gay remembers arriving at the hospital as a confused 7-year-old trying to understand why members of his family were sobbing uncontrollably. He soon learned that his mother had been shot in the back three times. The assailant, Gay's stepfather, shot himself in the head, the .38 caliber revolver landing between the bodies. Gay's mother, Carolyn Hall, was alive for five hours at the hospital before succumbing, while her husband died instantly. ... Singaporean Mamat storms clear in Manila MANILA (Reuters) - Singapore veteran Mardan Mamat will take a four shot lead into the final round of the Asian Tour's $1 million Manila Masters after firing a super six-under-par 66 on Saturday. The 47-year-old began the third round tied at the top with South Korean Wang Jeung-hun (77) but the Singaporean burst out of the blocks with four straight birdies to move clear. Further birdie threes came at the ninth and 11th before he dropped his first shot of the day at the 12th only to get it back at the par-five last for a three-day total of 17-under 199. ... Spargo leads in Melbourne with Scott primed to pounce By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - South Australian journeyman Paul Spargo will take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Australian Masters after shooting a one-under 71 on Saturday, with double defending champion Adam Scott lurking four strokes behind. World number two Scott rued a bogey-strewn front nine but made up ground with four birdies after the turn during a hot and windy afternoon at Metropolitan Golf Club. ... Golf-Spargo leads in Melbourne with Scott primed to pounce By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE, Nov 22 (Reuters) - South Australian journeyman Paul Spargo will take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Australian Masters after shooting a one-under 71 on Saturday, with double defending champion Adam Scott lurking four strokes behind. World number two Scott rued a bogey-strewn front nine but made up ground with four birdies after the turn during a hot and windy afternoon at Metropolitan Golf Club. ... LeBron frustrated as struggling Cavaliers fall Struggling to come together with consistent teamwork around superstar LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers suffered their third consecutive NBA defeat, falling to the Washington Wizards 91-78. James, a four-time NBA Most Valuable Player, left Cleveland for Miami in 2010 and won two titles with the Heat before returning to the Cavaliers last July, teaming with Irving, big man Kevin Love and new coach Dave Blatt to try and bring his home region team its first NBA crown. U.S. judge blocks New Jersey sports betting law (Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge on Friday blocked a New Jersey law that would have allowed legal betting on sporting events at some places in the state. New Jersey officials have hoped that legalized sports wagering would generate more revenue for Atlantic City's gambling industry, which has lost customers to a spate of new casinos opening in nearby states. In a 31-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp wrote that the law, signed last month by Republican Governor Chris Christie, violated a federal statute that bans sports betting in nearly all U.S. states. ... Bills use snowmobiles to leave Buffalo for Detroit (Reuters) - The Bills made their way out of snowbound Buffalo for Detroit on Friday, utilizing snowmobiles to pick up players living near Ralph Wilson Stadium as they prepared to play their weather-delayed game against the New York Jets on Monday. The National Football League team was able to get every player and coach to the airport and on the plane to head for their hastily arranged, Monday night game, the league website reported. ... Spain's Ciganda shares lead at Tour Championship Carlota Ciganda, who made a move up the leaderboard in the middle of her round, jumped into a share of the lead after 36 holes of the windy LPGA Tour Championship. The 24-year-old Spanish golfer fired a five-under 67 on Friday to join first round leader Julieta Granada at seven-under-par 137. Paraguay's Granada, a one-time winner on the US Tour, carded a one-under 71. Ciganda is seeking her first win on the US Tour. Serbian fan killed in Istanbul Euroleague violence: consul BELGRADE (Reuters) - A 25-year old Red Star Belgrade fan was stabbed to death in fan violence before the team's Euroleague basketball match at Galatasaray in Istanbul on Friday, the Serbian consul in the Turkish capital told Serbia's state television (RTS). "It was an act of hostility and a terrible tragedy ... I am distraught," Zoran Markovic told RTS. "We had been warning the Turkish authorities for two days prior to the game that it was going to be a high-risk match and we are now trying to make sure that all Red Star fans leave Turkey safely as soon as possible. ... Timberwolves' Martin breaks wrist in scoring 37 (Reuters) - Despite playing with a fractured wrist, Minnesota Timberwolves guard Kevin Martin scored 37 points in a win over the New York Knicks this week, the NBA team revealed on Friday. The injury to Martin's right wrist will sideline him indefinitely, the Timberwolves said. A further evaluation over the next few days will determine whether he will need surgery, the team (3-7)said. The injury occurred at 6:48 of the first quarter in Minnesota’s 115-99 win over the visiting Knicks on Wednesday, and Martin went on to register his season-high for points. ... Real edge close to Top 16 as Galatasaray win thriller BELGRADE, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Real Madrid are one victory away from reaching Euroleague basketball's Top 16 after a 68-66 win at Lithuanians Zalgiris Kaunas extended their record to 5-1 in the preliminary group stage of the 24-team event on Friday. Elsewhere, Galatasaray ground out a 110-103 double overtime triumph over Red Star Belgrade after the Turkish side's Serbian forward Zoran Erceg hit an audacious three-pointer from almost the halfway line with two seconds to go of regular time. ... NFL taps former league executive to hear Peterson appeal By Steve Ginsburg (Reuters) - Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's appeal of his suspension will be heard on Dec. 2 by former NFL executive Harold Henderson, the league announced Friday. Peterson was suspended by the NFL without pay for at least the remainder of the 2014 season on Tuesday for committing what it termed "abusive discipline" on his son. The players union appealed the suspension, saying the crime occurred in May but Commissioner Roger Goodell imposed a new disciplinary process on Aug. 28. ... Fleming named Germany coach until 2016 Olympics The American Chris Fleming has been appointed Germany's head coach until the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, it was announced on Friday. The 44-year-old will take Germany to the 2015 European Championships, which is a qualifier for the Olympics, having won both the national league and cup titles four times with Bamberg-based top-flight team the Brose Baskets. New Jersey-born Fleming also won Germany's Super Cup title three times with Bamberg and was voted German League coach of the year in 2011. Widespread flooding ahead for snowy western New York: officials By Sarah Irwin EVANS N.Y. (Reuters) - Warm temperatures and rain were forecast for the weekend in the city of Buffalo and western New York, bringing the threat of widespread flooding to the region bound for days by deep snow. Areas where several feet of snow fell this week should brace for significant, widespread flooding, the National Weather Service warned on Friday. Swept by lake effect storms, parts of western New York including Buffalo, received as much as seven feet (2 meters) of snow, an amount equal to a year's worth of accumulation for the region. ... NFL's Peterson vows never to use a switch again (Reuters) - Suspended Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson vowed never to use a switch again as a means of discipline and said he was startled to see the injuries it caused to his son. In an interview published Friday by USA Today, the six-time Pro Bowler said he loves his 4-year-old son "more than anyone could ever imagine." The National Football League on Tuesday suspended Peterson for at least the remainder of the season after he entered a no-contest plea in a Texas court to reckless assault of the child. He will not be considered for reinstatement before April 15. ... Relentless Stenson surges into Dubai lead as McIlroy falters By Matt Smith DUBAI (Reuters) - Defending champion Henrik Stenson overcame fatigue to punish hesitant play from overnight pacesetter Rory McIlroy, taking a two-stroke lead over the world number one in the second round of the $8 million DP World Tour Championship on Friday. Stenson, who shot a tournament record 25-under last year, picked up shots at holes one, two and five, and the 38-year-old completed a flawless back nine peppered with four birdies for a round of 66 and a score of 10 under par. “I felt like I hit the wall on 12,” Stenson told reporters. ... Donald's swagger returns in Dubai birdie splurge By Matt Smith DUBAI (Reuters) - Luke Donald said successive early birdies helped him recapture some of his long-lost confidence as the former world number one went on to shoot a six-under 66 in the second round of the DP World Tour Championship on Friday. The Englishman, 36, is adrift of the leaders following a first round 76 that gives him a two-under aggregate of 142, but he was upbeat with 36 holes to play at Dubai’s Earth Course. "I felt a lot better today,” Donald told Reuters. "Yesterday, I made a couple early bogeys and had that kind of 'here we go again' attitude. ... Matsuyama, Spieth locked in war on the shore in Japan Japan's Hideki Matsuyama produced flashes of sheer brilliance to conjure a seven-under-par 64 on Friday, snatching a one-stroke lead at the halfway point of the Dunlop Phoenix tournament. The 22-year-old, who claimed his maiden victory on the US PGA Tour at the Memorial Tournament earlier this season, carded six birdies and finished with a eagle to end the second round on 10-under 132 with American Jordan Spieth in hot pursuit after a superb 64 of his own at the shoreline course in Miyazaki, on Japan's southern island of Kyushu. Japanese media darling and fan favourite Ryo Ishikawa slipped a whopping 12 shots off the pace after a 73, while overnight leader Yuki Inamori followed his opening round of 64 with a 74 to reach the clubhouse tied for 14th at four under par. The $1.7 million Dunlop Phoenix boasts an illustrious roll-call of former winners, including Tiger Woods (2004-05), Tom Watson (1980, 1997) and Seve Ballesteros (1977, 1981). Fast finishing Mamat keeps pace in Manila MANILA (Reuters) - Singaporean Mardan Mamat birdied five of his closing six holes to remain in a share of the lead at the halfway stage of the Asian Tour's $1 million Manila Masters on Friday. The 47-year-old, seeking a strong week to boost his chances of retaining his playing privileges on Tour next season, followed up his opening round seven-under-par 65 with a 68 to sit level with South Korean Wang Jeung-hun (65) at 11-under 133. ... 'Don't compare me to Ray Rice', says Vikings' Peterson Adrian Peterson expressed remorse for injuring his 4-year-old son with a switch but said people shouldn't put him in the same category as Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice. Rice was caught on videotape punching his then fiancee in the face in an Atlantic City hotel elevator and knocking her out cold. The Minnesota running back also vowed never to use a switch on his children again and said he is not sure if his return to football will be with the Vikings or another National Football League team. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced Tuesday that Peterson would be suspended indefinitely without pay after pleading no contest to a charge of misdemeanor reckless assault for striking his son in May. Stricken Koepka recovers from dodgy burger with 68 in Dubai By Matt Smith DUBAI (Reuters) - American Brooks Koepka bounced back with a four-under-par second round 68 at the DP World Tour Championship on Friday after severe food poisoning led to him carding an opening 78 at the season-ending Dubai event. The 24-year-old arrived in the United Arab Emirates after winning the $7 million Turkish Airlines Open a week ago, eclipsing the likes of Ian Poulter, Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson to claim his maiden European Tour victory. But an ill-fated burger stop en route from Turkey left the Floridian stricken with food poisoning. ... Golf-Stricken Koepka recovers from dodgy burger with 68 in Dubai By Matt Smith DUBAI, Nov 21 (Reuters) - American Brooks Koepka bounced back with a four-under-par second round 68 at the DP World Tour Championship on Friday after severe food poisoning led to him carding an opening 78 at the season-ending Dubai event. The 24-year-old arrived in the United Arab Emirates after winning the $7 million Turkish Airlines Open a week ago, eclipsing the likes of Ian Poulter, Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson to claim his maiden European Tour victory. But an ill-fated burger stop en route from Turkey left the Floridian stricken with food poisoning. ... Blount re-signs with Patriots Foxborough (United States) (AFP) - The New England Patriots re-signed running back LeGarrette Blount, just two days after he was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Surprise leader Wright steals spotlight in Melbourne By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Unheralded Queenslander Michael Wright broke clear of a logjam atop the Australian Masters leaderboard to take a two-shot lead after the second round on Friday, while double defending champion Adam Scott battled hard to keep in touch. Scott shot a four-under 68 on a glorious afternoon at Melbourne's Metropolitan Golf Club, but the world number two remained six strokes off the pace and behind a lengthy list of local tour grafters. ... Raiders stun Chiefs, earn first win in a year (Reuters) - The Oakland Raiders earned their first win in more than a year on Thursday as rookie quarterback Derek Carr rallied the team with a late scoring drive to stun division rivals Kansas City 24-20. With the Raiders (1-10) trailing 20-17 in the fourth quarter, Carr marched the team 80 yards downfield in a drive that took seven minutes off the clock and culminated with a nine-yard touchdown pass to James Jones. ... Granada grabs early lead at Tour Championship Paraguay golfer Julieta Granada fired a first-round, six-under 66 for a two-shot lead at the season-ending LPGA Tour Championship. The 28-year-old Granada, who has not won on the LPGA Tour since capturing the 2006 ADT Championship, posted her lowest opening-round score of the year. "It was a fun day today," said Granada, who finished tied for fifth at this year's Women's British Open. Sandra Gal is alone in second place at four-under 68 at Tiburon Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort. Bills-Jets game moved to Monday in Detroit By Larry Fine (Reuters) - The National Football League game between the New York Jets and the homestanding Bills will be shifted from Buffalo to Detroit on Monday due to the heavy snow that has paralyzed the area, the league said on Thursday. "Due to public safety concerns in light of the ongoing weather emergency in western New York, Sunday's Jets-Bills game has been rescheduled to Monday night at 7 p.m. ET (0000 GMT) and relocated to Ford Field in Detroit," the NFL said in a statement. ... Union appeals Peterson's suspension The NFL Players Association has filed an appeal of commissioner Roger Goodell's suspension of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson for violation of the league's personal conduct policy. In a letter sent to the commissioner's office Thursday, the union accused Goodell and the NFL of denying Peterson due process and called for the case to be heard by an independent arbitrator. "Given the intense criticism that you and the League office have faced from NFL business partners, Congress, the media, NFL fans and the public at large, and the public pronouncements and commitments you have personally made in response to this criticism, it is clear that you have, by your actions, rendered yourself evidently partial and biased in this matter," the letter read. Bills-Jets game will not be held in snowy Buffalo (Reuters) - Sunday's National Football League game between the New York Jets and the homestanding Bills will not be played in Buffalo due to the heavy snow that has hit western New York, the league announced on Thursday. The contest will be rescheduled and relocated as part of the current week of games, with the date and location to be determined, the NFL said. The NFL decision came after the National Hockey League announced that Friday's game between the Buffalo Sabres and the visiting New York Rangers had been postponed due to the snow. ... Residents in western New York call snow worst in memory By Ellen Wulfhorst (Reuters) - Fresh snow fell on Thursday in snowbound western New York, where longtime residents described the blast of winter weather as the worst in memory. At least eight deaths were blamed on the storm. Some areas of New York state along the Great Lakes had nearly 2 feet (60 cm) of new snow on top of accumulations as high as 5 feet (1.5 metres) from earlier in the week. The National Weather Service said parts of the region could expect 3 feet (9O cm) more snow before skies clear on Friday. "I've been in a lot of snowstorms, and this is by far the worst. ... Rangers-Sabres game postponed due to Buffalo snow NEW YORK (Reuters) - Friday's National Hockey League game between the Buffalo Sabres and the visiting New York Rangers has been postponed due to heavy snow in the Buffalo area, the league said on Thursday. A makeup date has yet to be set. The NHL announcement came as the National Football League was considering contingency plans for Sunday's scheduled game in Buffalo between the Bills and New York Jets. "Public safety is the first priority," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told Reuters in an e-mail. "We have been in discussions regarding potential alternatives. ... NBA trailblazer Collins says he wants to be remembered as good teammate By Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Jason Collins said Thursday he would rather be remembered as a good teammate than as the first openly gay player in the four major American sports. Collins, an aggressive, seven-foot center who played for six teams during a 13-year National Basketball Association career, announced his retirement on Wednesday at the age of 35. "I would like my legacy to be that Jason Collins was a good teammate," he told Reuters in a telephone interview. "He would sacrifice for the team, someone who, on the defensive end, would go out there and give the hard foul. ... Sublime McIlroy in tie for Dubai lead By Matt Smith DUBAI (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy rattled in six birdies in an opening round six-under 66 at the DP World Tour Championship on Thursday as he showed no signs of rustiness from a six-week break to share a one-shot lead with Ireland's Shane Lowry. World number one McIlroy started in blistering fashion. He sank a 12-foot birdie on the opening hole and picked up a shot on the second after a misjudged eagle attempt. ... Singaporean Mamat storms to the top in windy Manila MANILA (Reuters) - Singaporean Mardan Mamat boosted his chances of retaining his Asian Tour card for next season by making light of the strong winds to leap into a share of the lead at the Manila Masters after Thursday's first round. The 47-year-old fired eight birdies in a seven-under-par round of 65 to share the lead at the $1 million event with Japan's Daisuke Kataoka, 21 years his junior. ... Australian world record holder Gibson looking for new mark By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Rhein Gibson's astonishing 55 at an Oklahoma golf course etched his name in the Guiness World Records but the unheralded Australian pro is determined to cast off the tag of "one-hit wonder". Gibson's 2012 round of 16-under at River Oaks Golf Club in Edmond, Oklahoma, was confirmed as the lowest 18-hole score last year, an unforgettable feat for a 28-year-old who has grafted mostly in lower-tier competitions in the United States and Asia. ... WRHL 2014-11-22T13:05:36Z http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=495