National Sports | WRHL http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=495 National Sports 2014-11-24T07:33:33Z 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. Pro Bowl player for NFL's Chiefs could have lymphoma, says team By Steve Ginsburg (Reuters) - Kansas City Chiefs three-time Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry has a mass on the right side of his chest that team officials said Monday could be lymphoma. Berry, a 25-year-old five-year NFL veteran, will undergo further testing on Tuesday at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, the Chiefs said. "At first I was in shock with the diagnosis on Saturday and did not even want to miss a game, but I understand that right now I have to concentrate on a new opponent," Berry said in a statement. ... Exclusive: Ex-broker must pay $2 million to former NBA player By Suzanne Barlyn (Reuters) - A former securities broker that regulators said took part in a multi-million dollar fraud against professional athletes must pay $2 million to former NBA player Sam Young, an arbitration panel ruled on Monday. Young's professional basketball career has included stints with the Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs. He was among dozens of investors who lost money after buying privately issued securities sold by the now defunct Washington, D.C.-based brokerage, Success Trade Securities. ... Star pitching trio join Hall of Fame ballot The Baseball Hall of Fame announced 17 new names for its 2015 ballot on Monday, including Cy Young Award-winning pitchers Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz. Also among the newcomers to the lineup that a media panel will consider for entry into the sporting honor shrine next year are sluggers Gary Sheffield and Carlos Delgado, and shortstop Nomar Garciaparra. World champ Hamilton nominated for BBC award London (AFP) - Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton will battle with the likes of European Ryder Cup star Rory McIlroy and Real Madrid's Gareth Bale for the BBC's prestigious 2014 Sports Personality of the Year award. Fan of NFL's Browns says hit by entourage of quarterback Manziel (Reuters) - A Cleveland Browns fan who tried to approach backup quarterback Johnny Manziel told police he was attacked by the player's entourage, and the National Football League team said Monday it was gathering information to determined what happened. Chris Gonos, 33, said he approached Manziel early Saturday at a Cleveland hotel and said, 'I'm the biggest Browns fan ever, I love you, I want to give you a hug,'" according to a police report. Gonos told police as he stepped toward Manziel he was "attacked" by one member of Manziel's group and then beaten by several others. ... Obama awards Medal of Freedom to 18, including Streep, Wonder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Monday presented the highest U.S. civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to 18 artists, politicians, writers, scholars and activists, including actress Meryl Streep and singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder. "Not only have they made the world better, but by following their example they make us a little bit better every single day. We are truly grateful to them," the president said in a White House ceremony. ... Another black eye for league as Manziel fan beaten Cleveland Browns backup quarterback Johnny Manziel was in the middle of an early morning fight Saturday involving his entourage and a fan who sought to hug the NFL rookie. Cleveland Scene's website claimed Monday that a police report said authorities were called to a brawl that erupted around the incident involving 20 men and two security guards at The 9, a high-end apartment complex in Cleveland where many professional athletes live. Chris Gonos, the alleged victim in the incident, said the brawl began when he noticed Manziel while waiting for an elevator. As Gonos stepped toward Manziel, he was punched in the face and beaten by other men with the Browns quarterback, leaving Gonos with a swollen lip and swollen right eye. Pelicans lose Gordon to left shoulder injury New Orleans Pelicans starting guard Eric Gordon has been sidelined indefinitely with a torn labrum in his left shoulder, the NBA club announced Monday. Gordon, a seven-year NBA veteran, suffered the injury Saturday in the Pelicans' 106-94 victory over Utah when he separated his shoulder. In 12 games this season, Gordon has averaged 9.5 points and 2.0 assists a game for New Orleans. The Pelicans are 7-5, last in the Southwest division, which is by far the toughest in the league. Rookie sensation Ko faces 'tough' task to match 2014 (Reuters) - New Zealand teenager Lydia Ko knows full well that she will face a formidable challenge next year in trying to replicate, at the very least, her astonishingly successful rookie campaign on the LPGA Tour. The 17-year-old capped a storming 2014 season by clinching her third victory in a gripping three-way playoff for the Tour Championship on Sunday at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Florida. The youngest player in the elite field, Ko also claimed the circuit's inaugural "Race to CME Globe" title and its $1 million bonus for the biggest payday in women's golf. ... Els dreams of carrying South African flag at 2016 Olympics By Tony Jimenez (Reuters) - Ernie Els is dreaming of holding aloft the South African flag at the opening ceremony when golf returns to the Olympics in Brazil in 2016, he said at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. The South African, who has won four major championships and more than 60 titles around the world, will be 46 when the sport returns to the Games fold in Rio de Janeiro following a 112-year absence. ... Golf-Els dreams of carrying South African flag at 2016 Olympics By Tony Jimenez Nov 24 (Reuters) - Ernie Els is dreaming of holding aloft the South African flag at the opening ceremony when golf returns to the Olympics in Brazil in 2016, he said at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. The South African, who has won four major championships and more than 60 titles around the world, will be 46 when the sport returns to the Games fold in Rio de Janeiro following a 112-year absence. ... Red Sox to sign Sandoval, Ramirez: reports The Boston Red Sox, trying to revamp their batting line-up, have agreed deals with Major League Baseball free agent sluggers Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval, according to media reports Monday. Agreements by the 2013 World Series winners would see Ramirez ink a five-year deal worth $90 million and Sandoval leave the World Series champion San Francisco Giants for a five-year deal worth nearly $100 million, TV channels reported. For Ramirez, it would mark a return to the club that signed him at 16 as a shortstop from the Dominican Republic, although he was sent to Florida in 2005 after playing only twice for Boston. Ramirez, a career .300 batter, was named the National League's top newcomer in 2006 and made three All-Star Games in more than six seasons with the Marlins before being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012. Beckham's amazing touchdown grab has Giant impact New York Giants rookie receiver Odell Beckham made one of the most spectacular catches in NFL history Sunday night in a losing cause against the Dallas Cowboys. Beckham's one-handed touchdown grab while leaping backward at the goal line raised eyebrows in the second quarter but the Giants would eventually lose their sixth game in a row, falling to Dallas 31-28. "It means nothing without a win," Beckham said after the defeat. The astonishing play saw Eli Manning hurl a 43-yard pass to Beckham along the right sideline just a stride outside the front corner of the end zone. Romo leads Cowboys to late win over Giants (Reuters) - New York receiver Odell Beckham Jr's 'catch of the season' put the Giants in control against the Cowboys on Sunday, but Tony Romo produced another late scoring drive to lead Dallas to a 31-28 win at MetLife Stadium. Trailing 28-24 with three minutes remaining, Romo led the Cowboys on an 80-yard drive and found Dez Bryant for the game-winning 13-yard touchdown. “You gain experience and understand where your mindset needs to be to win the game,” Romo told reporters. “When you’ve been through it you can give yourself an advantage, mentally. You go do it. ... New England Patriots rout Lions, new dad scores for daughter Tom Brady sparked the New England Patriots to their seventh consecutive victory in a 34-9 rout of Detroit, while Indianapolis receiver T.Y. Hilton scored a touchdown for his newborn daughter. Brady completed 38-of-53 passes for 349 yards and two touchdowns Sunday against what had been the NFL's top-ranked defensive unit as the Patriots improved to 9-2, level for the league's best record after Arizona lost 19-3 at Seattle. Katy Perry confirmed as Super Bowl halftime singer New York (AFP) - Katy Perry will perform in the Super Bowl 49 halftime show next February, the singer and the National Football League confirmed. Katy Perry to headline NFL's 2015 Super Bowl halftime show: NFL LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop singer Katy Perry will headline the halftime entertainment at February's Super Bowl, the most-watched U.S. sporting and television event, according to an announcement by the National Football League on Sunday. The 30-year-old "Roar" singer joins the likes of Madonna, Beyonce and Prince to perform at the NFL's Super Bowl halftime show, which regularly attracts more viewers than the average for the championship game itself. Sportscaster Bob Costas announced the performance at halftime of the Cowboys-Giants game on "Sunday Night Football. ... Gasol sparks Grizzlies to 22nd home win in a row Memphis (AFP) - Spain's Marc Gasol scored 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Memphis Grizzlies over the Los Angeles Clippers 107-91 for their 22nd consecutive home-court triumph. Kiwi golf star Ko wins Tour Championship, season crown New Zealand teen Lydia Ko parred the fourth playoff hole to beat Carlota Ciganda and win the LPGA Tour Championship, completing a $1.5 million haul that included a season points crown. Ko tapped in for par on the final extra hole Sunday after her Spanish rival buried her approach under a bush, giving the Seoul-born 17-year-old her third title of her first full LPGA season. "This has been a big year, a roller coaster ride," Ko said. It will be hard for Ko to top the richest payday in women's golf history, the $500,000 tournament top prize and the $1 million season points bonus, an actual box filled with money. Seahawks shut down Cardinals, 49ers stay in contention By Simon Evans (Reuters) - Defending Super Bowl champions the Seattle Seahawks handed the Arizona Cardinals just their second loss of the season with a 19-3 win in their NFC West clash on Sunday despite quarterback Russell Wilson being sacked seven times. The win keeps alive the slim hopes of Seattle (7-4) of catching the Cardinals (9-2) while the San Francisco 49ers kept themselves in contention with a 17-13 win over the Washington Redskins. ... Golf-Race to Dubai rankings Nov 24 (Infostrada Sports) - Race to Dubai rankings 1. (1) Rory McIlroy (Britain) 7149503 2. (2) Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 4981093 3. (8) Justin Rose (Britain) 3180388 4. (3) Jamie Donaldson (Britain) 3058166 5. (10) Victor Dubuisson (France) 2966524 6. (5) Sergio Garcia (Spain) 2861930 7. (4) Marcel Siem (Germany) 2739373 8. (6) Brooks Koepka (U.S.) 2631873 9. (7) Alexander Levy (France) 2452757 10. (17) Shane Lowry (Ireland) 2173864 11. (14) Joost Luiten (Netherlands) 2158172 12. (9) Thomas Bjorn (Denmark) 2122402 13. (13) Ian Poulter (Britain) 2092569 14. ... Packers take control of NFC North as Pats tame Lions By Simon Evans (Reuters) - Running back Eddie Lacy scored two touchdowns and rushed for 125 yards as the Green Bay Packers took sole control of the NFC North with a 24-21 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was again without a turnover as he threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns, including one to Lacy. The Packers move to 8-3 on the season giving them top spot in the division after the Detroit Lions fell 34-9 to the New England Patriots. The Patriots' win was their seventh straight and their 15th consecutive at home. ... Stenson beats heat fatigue and nerves to defend Dubai title By Matt Smith DUBAI (Reuters) - Henrik Stenson overcame sweltering desert heat, fatigue and an out-of-bounds shank to retain the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai on Sunday, the first time the Swede has successfully defended a title. Stenson began the day as joint overnight leader along with Rafael Cabrera-Bello on 14-under, three strokes clear of their nearest challenger, but after a promising start the leading pair retreated to nervous, defensive golf as the chasing pack closed in. ... Golf-Stenson beats heat fatigue and nerves to defend Dubai title By Matt Smith DUBAI, Nov 23 (Reuters) - Henrik Stenson overcame sweltering desert heat, fatigue and an out-of-bounds shank to retain the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai on Sunday, the first time the Swede has successfully defended a title. Stenson began the day as joint overnight leader along with Rafael Cabrera-Bello on 14-under, three strokes clear of their nearest challenger, but after a promising start the leading pair retreated to nervous, defensive golf as the chasing pack closed in. ... McIlroy eyes green jacket after stellar 2014 By Matt Smith DUBAI (Reuters) - As he picked up the European money list trophy for the second time in three seasons on Sunday, Rory McIlroy had two words to say when asked for his goals for 2015: "Green Jacket". To golfers, that phrase means one thing -- winning the U.S. Masters, the only major championship to elude the Northern Irishman. "It's not something I thought possible, I will work hard and make sure I'm ready for that," McIlroy told reporters after tying for second at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, the European Tour season-ender. ... Golf-McIlroy eyes green jacket after stellar 2014 By Matt Smith DUBAI, Nov 23 (Reuters) - As he picked up the European money list trophy for the second time in three seasons on Sunday, Rory McIlroy had two words to say when asked for his goals for 2015: "Green Jacket". To golfers, that phrase means one thing -- winning the U.S. Masters, the only major championship to elude the Northern Irishman. "It's not something I thought possible, I will work hard and make sure I'm ready for that," McIlroy told reporters after tying for second at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, the European Tour season-ender. ... Ice man Stenson overcomes nerves to retain Dubai title By Matt Smith DUBAI (Reuters) - Defending champion Henrik Stenson retained the $8 million DP World Tour Championship on Sunday, carding a final-round 70 to finish two shots clear and cement his status as Europe’s number two golfer. Overnight leaders Stenson and Rafael Cabrera-Bello started the day on 14-under, three strokes clear of England’s Justin Rose, with four players including world number one Rory McIlroy a stroke further back. ... Mamat marches to Manila Masters title MANILA (Reuters) - Singaporean Mardan Mamat romped to an emotional six-shot win at the $1 million Manila Masters on Sunday to preserve his playing privileges on the Asian Tour for another two years. The 47-year-old entered the week in danger of losing his card but a three-under-par 69 in the wind at the Jack Nicklaus designed Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club was more than enough to claim his fourth Asian Tour title and first since the 2012 Philippine Open. "It means a lot to me," said Mamat, who fell to his knees and kissed the green after closing with a par at the last. ... Golf-Mamat marches to Manila Masters title MANILA, Nov 23 (Reuters) - Singaporean Mardan Mamat romped to an emotional six-shot win at the $1 million Manila Masters on Sunday to preserve his playing privileges on the Asian Tour for another two years. The 47-year-old entered the week in danger of losing his card but a three-under-par 69 in the wind at the Jack Nicklaus designed Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club was more than enough to claim his fourth Asian Tour title and first since the 2012 Philippine Open. "It means a lot to me," said Mamat, who fell to his knees and kissed the green after closing with a par at the last. ... Scott says in good shape for McIlroy showdown in Sydney By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Adam Scott's bid for an unprecedented hat-trick of titles at his home Australian Masters fell agonizingly short on Sunday, but the world number two declared himself in good shape ahead of his re-match with Rory McIlroy at the Australian Open this week. Scott bogeyed his last hole in Sydney last year to lose the Australian Open title to McIlroy, which also cost the Australian a rare sweep of his nation's three marquee events. ... Scott denied by masterful bunker shot in Melbourne By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Nick Cullen nervelessly struck a sublime bunker shot for a tap-in par putt on the last hole to win the Australian Masters by a stroke in Melbourne and frustrate Adam Scott's bid for a hat-trick of titles on Sunday. Clinging to a one-stroke lead on the 18th, Cullen's approach shot found a steep sand-trap left of the green, but the unheralded South Australian put his recovery within two feet of the hole to seal the biggest win of his career on a sun-drenched afternoon at Metropolitan Golf Club. ... Raptors match top record as Cavaliers lose again Cleveland (AFP) - Lou Williams scored 36 points to spark Toronto over Cleveland 110-93 Saturday as the Raptors matched the NBA's best record while stretching the Cavaliers' losing streak to four games. Whaley voted first female PGA of America officer Suzy Whaley, a former LPGA player who qualified and played in a 2003 men's PGA event, was elected Saturday as the first woman officer in the PGA of America's history. The balloting all-but assures that Whaley, who was voted into a two-year term as secretary, will become the first president in the organization's history in 2018 as officers typically rotate into higher PGA roles. Derek Sprague was elected president and Paul Levy was elected as vice president. The PGA of America also announced that the role of honorary president, which outgoing president's serve for two years, will be retained by Allen Wronowski for two more years rather than passed along to Ted Bishop, who was outsed as the PGA of America president last month for a remark made in a Twitter posting. Ko, Lewis fight for bonus as Granada grabs lead Naples (United States) (AFP) - New Zealand teen Lydia Ko and American Stacy Lewis battled for a $1 million season bonus Saturday but Paraguay's Julieta Granada was the season-ending LPGA Tour Championship leader after 54 holes. Woods working with new swing teacher Como (Reuters) - Tiger Woods, who plans to return to competition in less than two weeks after a three-month absence, said on Saturday that he is working with a new coach, Chris Como, on his swing. Woods, who has been plagued by back issues and underwent back surgery in March, broke ties with swing coach Sean Foley in August. "Happy to have Chris Como consulting and working with me on my swing. I'm excited to be back competing," Woods said on his Twitter account (@TigerWoods). ... Tiger names Chris Como as new swing coach Tiger Woods, the former world number one set to return to golf in less than two weeks, said Saturday that Chris Como is his new swing coach. Como, based in Texas, began working with Woods earlier this month and became the fourth swing coach for the 14-time major winner since the American turned professional in 1996. "Happy to have Chris Como consulting and working with me on my swing. Como, who works out of Gleneagles Country Club in Plano, Texas, was named by Golf Digest as one of the sport's best young teachers last year at age 35, telling the magazine he developed a curiosity about swing motions while growing up in California and that he worked with a Japanese couple who spoke little English, convincing him of the value of new teaching strategies. James and Cavaliers struggle to find winning formula By Larry Fine (Reuters) - The return of the prodigal son to Cleveland is undergoing growing pains as LeBron James and the Cavaliers struggle to fulfill lofty National Basketball Association expectations. Despite being crowned favorites to win the NBA title by Las Vegas oddsmakers after James announced his return to Cleveland in July, the Cavs slipped to 5-6 after their third loss in a row in falling to the Washington Wizards on Friday. ... Obama's day off: Golf with baseball great Derek Jeter NORTH LAS VEGAS Nev. (Reuters) - Of all the more than 200 rounds of golf Barack Obama has played as president, his outing on Saturday will probably prove to be a highlight: Teeing it up with New York Yankees great Derek Jeter. Obama's foursome included Jeter, Brian Greenspun, who is owner of the Las Vegas Sun, and businessman and Democratic donor Stephen Cloobeck. They played at Shadow Creek Golf Club, an exclusive course owned by MGM Resorts International. Jeter retired from the Yankees in September after a Hall of Fame career. His golf game will likely need some improvement. ... WRHL 2014-11-25T00:33:33Z http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=495