National Sports | WRHL http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=495 National Sports 2015-02-28T02:48:08Z National Sports Your Top Plays for Today Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide Harrington holds lead at Honda as play abandoned Ireland's Padraig Harrington held the lead after the second round of the Honda Classic on Saturday with play abandoned in the afternoon because of severe rain. The 43-year-old Harrington shot a four-under par 66 for his second round at PGA National to go seven-under for the tournament. He has a stroke lead over American Patrick Reed, who posted two rounds of 67. The three-time major championship winner has slumped to 297th in the world rankings and has not won on either the PGA Tour or the European Tour since 2008. Golf-Harrington holds lead at Honda as play abandoned (Updates after play abandoned for day) PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida Feb 28 (Reuters) - Ireland's Padraig Harrington held the lead after the second round of the Honda Classic on Saturday with play abandoned in the afternoon because of severe rain. The rain wiped out the entire afternoon session, meaning the third round for most players will not begin until Sunday morning with a possible Monday finish looming. The 43-year-old Harrington shot a four-under par 66 for his second round at PGA National to go seven-under for the tournament. ... Harrington grabs lead at storm-struck PGA event Ireland's Padraig Harrington completed a four-under par 66 Saturday to seize a one-stroke lead over American Patrick Reed after the second round of the storm-hit US PGA Tour's Honda Classic. Thunderstorms on Friday pushed the conclusion of the second round to Saturday morning and they returned Saturday afternoon to swamp the course at PGA National, wiping out play early. Harrington, a three-time major champion who has slid to 297th in the world rankings, could have enjoyed a larger margin but a bogey-bogey finish left him on seven-under 133 after 36 holes. "At times I get lost and distracted from the process," Harrington said. Ex-New York Knick basketball player Anthony Mason dead at 48 (Reuters) - Anthony Mason, a former player with the National Basketball Association's New York Knicks, has died at the age of 48, the team said on Saturday. The 13-year NBA veteran had severe heart problems, his son, Anthony Mason Jr., said in a statement quoted on the Knicks' web site. "As you all would expect our father - Big Mase - put up an incredible fight," Mason Jr. said. Mason was a 6-foot, 7-inch (two-meter) forward from Tennessee State University, who played with the Knicks from 1991 to 1996. Coetsee leads Joburg Open as South Africans, English dominate Wallie Coetsee doubled his Joburg Open overnight lead to two strokes Saturday as a final-round showdown loomed between South African and English golfers. Of the top 14 names on the leaderboard after the third round at overcast Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Club, eight are South African and the other six English. South Africans have dominated the event, winning the last five editions and six of eight overall. No Englishman has won the Joburg Open. Golf-U.S. PGA Tour Honda Classic scores Feb 28 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Honda Classic at the par-70 course on Saturday in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The cut was set at 144. 133 Padraig Harrington (Ireland) 67 66 134 Patrick Reed (U.S.) 67 67 135 Brendan Steele (U.S.) 66 69 Ian Poulter (Britain) 71 64 136 Luke Donald (Britain) 69 67 137 Russell Knox (Britain) 69 68 Jim Herman (U.S.) 65 72 138 Martin Flores (U.S.) 67 71 Phil Mickelson (U.S.) 71 67 139 Park Sung-Joon (South Korea) 68 71 Ryo Ishikawa (Japan) 74 65 Daniel Berger (U.S.) 68 71 Jeff Overton (U.S.) 71 68 Daniel Summerhays (U.S. ... Golf-European Tour Joburg Open scores Feb 28 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the European Tour Joburg Open on Saturday in Johannesburg 201 Wallie Coetsee (South Africa) 66 65 70 203 Steve Webster (Britain) 72 66 65 Tjaart Van der Walt (South Africa) 63 69 71 Jacques Blaauw (South Africa) 67 69 67 David Howell (Britain) 66 69 68 204 George Coetzee (South Africa) 66 69 69 Andy Sullivan (Britain) 71 65 68 Chris Swanepoel (South Africa) 70 67 67 Garth Mulroy (South Africa) 64 68 72 Thomas Aiken (South Africa) 67 67 70 Anthony Wall (Britain) 67 66 71 Simon Dyson (Britain) 65 67 72 Anthony Michael (South Africa) 68 67 69 Paul Waring ... Where's Wallie? He's in front at the Joburg Open Overnight leader Wallie Coetsee carded a two-under 70 on Saturday to claim a two-shot advantage after the third round of the Joburg Open but a sizeable chasing pack are hot on his heels. Four strokes separate the top 15, setting up the potential for a thrilling final round on the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Club's East Course. Coetsee, who has never won on the European Tour before, had an eventful back nine that included four birdies and two bogeys as he finished on 14-under-par 201. Among those two behind was Briton Steve Webster who produced the round of the day with a faultless 65 that included seven birdies. Golf-Where's Wallie? He's in front at the Joburg Open Overnight leader Wallie Coetsee carded a two-under 70 on Saturday to claim a two-shot advantage after the third round of the Joburg Open but a sizeable chasing pack are hot on his heels. Four strokes separate the top 15, setting up the potential for a thrilling final round on the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Club's East Course. Coetsee, who has never won on the European Tour before, had an eventful back nine that included four birdies and two bogeys as he finished on 14-under-par 201. Among those two behind was Briton Steve Webster who produced the round of the day with a faultless 65 that included seven birdies. Costly mistakes cut LPGA Thailand lead for Lewis World number three Stacy Lewis remained on top at the Honda LPGA Thailand on Saturday but a series of costly bogeys saw her comfortable lead significantly depleted ahead of the final day. On Friday Lewis had stormed three shots into the lead during day two of the $1.5 million tournament at the Siam Country Club with a perfect round boosted by eight birdies. Where Lewis struggled, Germany's Sandra Gal thrived, shooting a masterful six-birdie 68 bringing her up to third place and within a two-shot striking distance of Lewis. South Korean duo Jenny Shin and Lee Mi-rim will go into the final day in joint fourth place followed by two-time winner Tseng Yani of Taiwan. American Lewis holds one-shot lead at Thai LPGA event (Reuters) - Stacy Lewis regained her composure after making four bogeys in her first six holes to retain the outright lead after the third round of the women's Thailand Open on Saturday. The American, ranked third in the world, bogeyed the second, fourth, fifth and sixth to slip one shot behind playing partner, South Korea's Amy Yang, after starting the day three strokes in front. Trail Blazers spoil Westbrook's triple double Portland (AFP) - Russell Westbrook recorded his third straight triple double but it wasn't enough to beat Portland as the Trail Blazers defeated Oklahoma City 115-112 Friday night. Warriors bounce back to thrash Raptors Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry rebounded from a poor shooting performance to combine for 47 points as the Golden State Warriors whipped the Toronto Raptors 113-89 on Friday. Thompson tallied 25 points with five assists and Curry finished with 22 points with five rebounds in front of a crowd of 19,800 at the Air Canada Centre arena. Thompson and Curry carried the load Friday, joining forces to shoot 17-of-31 against the Swiss cheese Toronto defense. Paul makes amends as Clippers avenge loss to Grizzlies The Los Angeles Clippers avenged a loss to Memphis earlier in the week with a 97-79 victory Friday behind a stellar 19-point performance from Chris Paul. Paul, who botched the closing seconds of Memphis' win on Monday, carried the Clippers Friday by scoring 11 of his points in the fourth quarter. Paul got all his final quarter points in a three-minute span and his three-pointer pushed the Clippers' lead to 86-70 with just over four minutes left. His costly turnover helped Memphis to a 90-87 victory at Staples Center arena four days earlier. Peterson eager for return after judge overturns suspension (Reuters) - Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said on Friday he was keen to return to the field after U.S. District Judge David Doty overturned his suspension by the NFL. "It is a positive step in protecting players' rights and preserving due process for all players," Peterson said in a press release one day after Doty granted an NFL Players Association motion to vacate a previous ruling by an arbitrator. "It also brings me one step closer to getting back on the football field and playing the sport I love." The NFL has appealed the decision by Doty, who ruled that National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell acted beyond his authority in November when he suspended Peterson, the league's most valuable player in 2012, until at least April 15. The federal judge said the NFL could not retroactively suspend Peterson under a new personal conduct policy announced by Goodell in December for behavior that occurred under the old code. Seven-over McIlroy set to miss cut at Honda Classic World number one Rory McIlroy was set to miss the cut after shooting a four-over par 74 in his second round of the Honda Classic on Friday to go seven-over for the tournament. Heavy rain wiped out most of the morning and at the close, Californian Brendan Steele led by two strokes over Texan Patrick Reed after shooting birdies on each of his first four holes before darkness fell. Overnight leader Jim Herman, the journeyman American who shot a 65 on Thursday, managed just three holes, making par on all to stand five-under. England's Luke Donald shot a 67 to move four shots off the lead alongside compatriot Ian Poulter and Ireland's Padraig Harrington, who had not finished their rounds. Golf-Seven-over McIlroy set to miss cut at Honda Classic (Updates at close of day's play) PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida, Feb 27 (Reuters) - World number one Rory McIlroy was set to miss the cut after shooting a four-over par 74 in his second round of the Honda Classic on Friday to go seven-over for the tournament. Heavy rain wiped out most of the morning and at the close, Californian Brendan Steele led by two strokes over Texan Patrick Reed after shooting birdies on each of his first four holes before darkness fell. Overnight leader Jim Herman, the journeyman American who shot a 65 on Thursday, managed just three holes, making par on all to stand five-under. England's Luke Donald shot a 67 to move four shots off the lead alongside compatriot Ian Poulter and Ireland's Padraig Harrington, who had not finished their rounds. McIlroy set to miss cut at Honda Classic World number one Rory McIlroy admitted Friday he needs to sharpen up with the Masters only weeks away, as he looked set to miss the cut at the US PGA Tour's Honda Classic. The 25-year-old from Northern Ireland found just one birdie with five bogeys in a four-over-par 74 for a seven-over total of 147 that left him three shots over the projected cut line when darkness halted the second round of the rain-hit $6.1 million event in Florida. "I don't like missing cuts," said McIlroy, who last missed a cut on US soil at the 2012 US Open, but missed the cut at the European Tour's Irish Open last June. "You want to be playing on the weekend and I'm not there," added McIlroy, who was already looking forward to next week's World Golf Championships event at Doral in Miami. McIlroy caught in the crosswinds at Honda Classic World number one Rory McIlroy gave himself three tournaments to get in optimum form for the Masters in April but the first one ended in disappointment as he missed the cut at the Honda Classic. McIlroy shot 73 and 74 in his two rounds on the Champion Course leaving him seven over par, well outside the cut-line which will be implemented after rain-delayed second rounds are completed on Saturday. Golf-McIlroy caught in the crosswinds at Honda Classic World number one Rory McIlroy gave himself three tournaments to get in optimum form for the Masters in April but the first one ended in disappointment as he missed the cut at the Honda Classic. McIlroy shot 73 and 74 in his two rounds on the Champion Course leaving him seven over par, well outside the cut-line which will be implemented after rain-delayed second rounds are completed on Saturday. A missed cut for the top player in the world is an embarrassment but given the conditions, particularly the tricky winds, McIlroy did not seem overly concerned with his form. Pirates say sickened to see cap on 'Jihadi John' The Major League Baseball team reacted to an old photo of Emwazi published Friday by Sky News showing him wearing a version of the Pirates' black hat bearing the club's golden letter "P" on the front. "The classic gold P stands for Pittsburgh and is worn by our players, coaches and fans with a great sense of pride," the Pirates said in a statement. Masters countdown ticks fast for Tiger By Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - As the clock counts down for the April 9-12 Masters, fans, players and medical experts continue to speculate on whether a shockingly out-of-sorts Tiger Woods will be able to compete at the year's opening major. Woods missed the Masters last year for the first time in his career after being advised by doctors to have back surgery and his participation in the 2015 edition is in serious doubt given his struggle for form and fitness this season. Golf-Masters countdown ticks fast for Tiger By Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES, Feb 27 (Reuters) - As the clock counts down for the April 9-12 Masters, fans, players and medical experts continue to speculate on whether a shockingly out-of-sorts Tiger Woods will be able to compete at the year's opening major. Woods missed the Masters last year for the first time in his career after being advised by doctors to have back surgery and his participation in the 2015 edition is in serious doubt given his struggle for form and fitness this season. Reports on late stages of close games going public Trying to boost transparency regarding officiating, the NBA announced Friday it will start making public play-by-play reports on all calls and non-calls in the key minutes of tight games. The move will begin Monday and continue throughout the NBA playoffs and cover the final two minutes of close games and entire over-time periods, creating a standard protocol for comments on the most scrutinized calls in games. The move followed this season's launch of the NBA replay center and internet postings of replays used by officials to determine calls during reviews. "Our fans are passionate and have an intense interest in understanding how the rules are applied," NBA executive vice president Mike Bantom said. First African-American to play in an NBA game dies (Reuters) - The National Basketball Association on Friday hailed Earl Lloyd, the first African-American to play in an NBA game, as "a modest gentleman who played the game with skill, class, and pride." Lloyd, a ninth-round pick by the Washington Capitols in 1950 as one three black players drafted by the NBA that year, died on Thursday in Tennessee at the age of 86. A 6-foot-6 small forward, Lloyd broke the NBA color barrier on Oct. 31, 1950, when he entered a game against the Rochester Royals. He went on to play in the NBA for nine seasons. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Lloyd was "as inspirational as he was understated." "He was known as a modest gentleman who played the game with skill, class, and pride," Silver said in a statement. Camera-shy Coetsee leads, Clarke misses cut Wallie Coetsee took a one-stroke Joburg Open halfway lead Friday as overnight pacesetter Nic Henning imploded and new Europe Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke failed to make the cut. Camera-shy Coetsee fired a second-round 65 on the west course at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club for a 131 two-round total in the two-course tournament. Ex-NFL star Hernandez sent urgent text on night of murder By Daniel Lovering FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) - Former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez texted a friend to "hurry" in the hours before prosecutors say the pair and another man murdered an associate in an industrial park in 2013, according to testimony on Friday. Ricardo Leal, a records custodian for Sprint Telecommunications, identified text messages between Hernandez and Ernest Wallace in records and read them aloud from Hernandez's Blackberry phone, which prosecutors showed in court. Hernandez, 25, a former tight end for the New England Patriots, is accused of murdering Odin Lloyd, a semiprofessional football player who was dating his fiancée's sister. Golf-McIlroy faces battle to avoid missing cut at wet Honda World number one Rory McIlroy faced a battle to make the cut at the Honda Classic at PGA National on Friday, reaching the turn at five over-par for the tournament. Heavy rain leading to standing water on the greens caused delays of over two hours on Friday morning but when play did resume, McIlroy found it hard going. McIlroy has not missed a cut since the Irish Open in 2014. Women athletes have more concussions than men, new study shows "They carried me off the rink and then I threw up," the 29-year-old Hughes, the 2002 Olympic champion said, her deep blues eyes widening. I was just 11." While men's contact sports like football and ice hockey are most associated with concussions, women actually have them much more often than men, said Dr. Robert Stevens, an associate professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine who specializes in brain injury. He also said new studies suggest the concussion symptoms in women are also more acute than those suffered by men. "The incidence of concussions in sports is higher in women than in men, possibly two times higher," he said, adding that concussions in women tend to be "more severe" and it takes women longer to recover than men. Rose undergoes knee surgery, out four to six weeks Former NBA Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose underwent successful right knee surgery Friday and should return to the Chicago Bulls in four to six weeks, general manager Gar Forman said. The operation to repair the torn meniscus in his right knee found only a small tear, a break considering the 26-year-old playmaker's history of major knee injuries. It's the second season in a row Rose has suffered a torn right meniscus. Bulls' Rose has surgery, expected back in 4-6 weeks (Reuters) - Chicago Bulls All-Star guard Derrick Rose is expected to be back in action in four to six weeks after having knee surgery on Friday, the National Basketball Association team said. Rose, 26, had a meniscectomy to repair torn medial meniscus in his right knee, his third knee surgery since 2012. "We're anticipating his return to play is four-six weeks," Bulls general manager Gar Forman told reporters, adding that Rose was able to walk out of the hospital after undergoing an outpatient procedure. Sky News shows student picture of 'Jihadi John' in baseball cap Sky News broadcast a photograph of the 26-year-old wearing a black cap with a logo that resembled the P from the Pittsburgh Pirates U.S. Major League Baseball team, which it said was stored by the University of Westminster where he studied. Two U.S. government sources have told Reuters that Emwazi is Jihadi John, the black-clad militant seen brandishing a knife and speaking with an English accent in videos released by Islamic State (IS). The document obtained by Sky News also showed that Emwazi had completed a degree in Information Systems with Business Management. British TV shows student picture of 'Jihadi John' in baseball cap Sky News broadcast a photograph of the 26-year-old wearing a black cap with a logo that resembled the P from the Pittsburgh Pirates U.S. Major League Baseball team, which it said was stored by the University of Westminster where he studied. Two U.S. government sources have told Reuters that Emwazi is Jihadi John, the black-clad militant seen brandishing a knife and speaking with an English accent in videos released by Islamic State (IS). The document obtained by Sky News also showed that Emwazi had completed a degree in Information Systems with Business Management. Clarke misses cut as Coetsee grabs Jo’burg Open lead Just a week after the euphoria of being named Europe’s 2016 Ryder Cup captain, Darren Clarke missed the cut at the European Tour’s Jo’burg Open following a sloppy round of 72 on Friday. The Northern Irishman played on the supposedly easier West Course at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Club, but three bogeys on his back nine meant the former British Open champion missed out on the weekend action by four strokes. Overnight leader Nic Henning, who possesses the worst possible world ranking of joint 1,555th, also dropped out of the competition after a disastrous 78, including four bogeys in consecutive holes, followed his opening 62. At the top of the leaderboard, South African Wallie Coetsee carded a 65 for a total of 12 under par and a one-shot advantage over Briton Simon Dyson (67) and the home pair Garth Mulroy (68) and Tjaart van der Walt (69). Golf-Clarke misses cut as Coetsee grabs Jo'burg Open lead Just a week after the euphoria of being named Europe's 2016 Ryder Cup captain, Darren Clarke missed the cut at the European Tour's Jo'burg Open following a sloppy round of 72 on Friday. The Northern Irishman played on the supposedly easier West Course at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Club, but three bogeys on his back nine meant the former British Open champion missed out on the weekend action by four strokes. Overnight leader Nic Henning, who possesses the worst possible world ranking of joint 1,555th, also dropped out of the competition after a disastrous 78, including four bogeys in consecutive holes, followed his opening 62. At the top of the leaderboard, South African Wallie Coetsee carded a 65 for a total of 12 under par and a one-shot advantage over Briton Simon Dyson (67) and the home pair Garth Mulroy (68) and Tjaart van der Walt (69). Going to the game? Pack earplugs and lose the vuvuzela, WHO says Sports fans risk having their hearing ruined by vuvuzela trumpets and deliberate attempts to increase stadium noise and they need to start seeing earplugs as something cool, the World Health Organization said on Friday. Shelly Chadha, a WHO expert on preventing deafness, said some U.S. sporting crowds consider breaking noise levels as an achievement, and cited a 136.6 decibel world record claimed by Seattle Seahawks fans in 2013. Asked if they should be banned, Chadha said: "Yes, well, vuvuzelas are certainly something we can live without." Around 1.1 billion young people are at risk from hearing loss, the WHO said, in addition to about 180 million who have already suffered preventable damage to their hearing. As well as sporting events, there are risks to hearing at nightclubs and from listening to smartphones, and the solutions include volume limits, noise-cancelling headphones and earplugs, which can reduce noise levels by 30 decibels, turning the roar of a fighter jet into little more than a hair dryer. Fore! In Iran, golf remains a game of the elite The bumpy fairways and patchy putting surfaces -- more burnt-out browns than grassy greens -- are not much to look at. In Iran however, this is golf at its finest. In the same way that the streets of Tehran got new names when the Islamic republic dramatically came into being in 1979, so did the Engelhab ("Revolution" in Farsi) Club. Iran's only recognised golf course has had a fairly rough time since. 'King' James and Cavs rule Warriors LeBron James posted a season-high 42 points with 11 rebounds and five assists to lead Cleveland to a 110-99 NBA victory over league-leading Golden State. In Thursday's game, touted as a possible NBA finals preview, James insisted the Cavaliers weren't out to make a statement against the Warriors, but they did so nevertheless. Cleveland avenged a 112-94 loss to the Warriors in January as they notched their fourth straight victory and an 18th win in their last 20 games. Earl Lloyd, first African-American in NBA, dead at 86 (Reuters) - Earl Lloyd, the first African-American to play in the National Basketball Association, died on Thursday at the age of 86, the league said on its website. The cause of death was not disclosed. Lloyd paved the way for black players when he made his NBA debut with the Washington Capitols in 1950. He missed the 1951-52 season due to military service but later won a championship with the Syracuse Nationals and also played for the Detroit Pistons before retiring in 1960. According to basketball-reference.com, Lloyd, a small forward, scored 4,682 points in 560 games. ... WRHL 2015-02-28T19:48:08Z http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=495