National Sports | WRHL http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=495 National Sports 2016-05-05T05:28:44Z National Sports Australian Leishman withdraws from Rio citing Zika Golfer Marc Leishman said on Thursday he has withdrawn his candidacy for the Rio Olympics, citing the Zika virus and health concerns for his wife, becoming the first Australian athlete to withdraw over the mosquito-borne virus. Leishman, Australia's number three golfer, was first in the race to qualify for Rio alongside compatriot and world number one Jason Day after former U.S. Masters champion Adam Scott ruled himself out of the tournament last month. The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) confirmed world number 35 Leishman had become the first prospective Australian Olympian to withdraw from Rio over the Zika virus. LeBron tells Cavaliers to soak up record night LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers team mates have bigger fish to fry but the superstar implored his men to enjoy their record-breaking night on Wednesday. The Cavaliers knocked down an incredible NBA record 25 three-pointers in their 123-98 Game 2 win over the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference semi-finals, taking a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. It keeps the side on track to claim the first NBA championship for the franchise. Cavs take long-range approach to big win over Hawks (The Sports Xchange) - LeBron James scored 27 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers made a record 25 three-pointers to pound the Atlanta Hawks 123-98 on Wednesday to take a 2-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference semi-finals. Ten Cavs made three-pointers, led by J.R. Smith with seven. Dahntay Jones' corner three-pointer with 2:24 left gave the Cavs the all-time record, surpassing the 2009 Orlando Magic and the 2014 Houston Rockets, who each made 23 treys in a game. Cavs use long-range 3 point onslaught to pound Hawks The Cleveland Cavaliers fired a record-setting 25 three pointers as they pummelled the Atlanta Hawks 123-98 to seize a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference playoff series on Wednesday. Cleveland produced 18 first half three pointers which propelled them to a 74-38 halftime lead. JR Smith led the barrage from beyond the arc with seven overall as 10 Cleveland players made three pointers in the second round postseason game. Aussie golfer Leishman to skip Olympics over Zika fears Golfer Marc Leishman pulled out of the Rio Olympics on Thursday over fears about the Zika virus and its possible impact on his wife, after fellow Australian Adam Scott also withdrew. Leishman is Australia's number three and after Scott's controversial move to skip Rio because of his busy schedule, he was in line to join world number one Jason Day in Brazil. Quarterback Manziel booked by Texas police on assault charge By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was booked by police in Dallas County on Wednesday and posted bond on a charge of beating his ex-girlfriend earlier this year, police said. Manziel had a mug shot taken and posted bond of $1,500, police said. Furyk back from injury as McIlroy defends at Quail Hollow By Andrew Both CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Reuters) - American 17-times PGA Tour winner Jim Furyk makes his comeback from injury at this week's Wells Fargo Championship, where Rory McIlroy is defending champion. Furyk, 45, has not played since September due to a left wrist injury that required surgery in February and he will have plenty of work to do if he is to secure a spot in his 10th consecutive Ryder Cup later this year. McIlroy is also raring to go after three weeks off, having not played since the Masters, where he tied for 10th and was not happy with aspects of his swing. Miami Heat's Bosh out for rest of NBA playoffs #039;s Bosh out for rest of playoffs" align="left" title="Basketball - Heat's Bosh out for rest of playoffs" border="0" />"The Miami Heat and Chris Bosh announce that Chris will not be playing in the remainder of the 2016 NBA Playoffs," a joint statement from player and club said. Bosh hasn't played since February 9 due to a blood clots in his calf. In March, Bosh issued a statement saying his condition this season had "never been life threatening" and he was confident he would return to the court. Skipping Rio does not mean abandoning Australia, says Scott By Andrew Both CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Reuters) - Former world number one Adam Scott says he will be glued to television coverage of the Olympic Games in August, but does not plan to watch any of the golf. Two weeks after announcing that he would skip the Rio Games, the first prominent player to do so, Scott on Wednesday spoke about his decision, saying he has not abandoned Australia and feels that he represents his nation every time he competes. "I love watching the Olympics, the swimming and athletics (track and field), absolutely," the 2013 Masters champion told Reuters, before adding that he would tune out the golf. Golf-Skipping Rio does not mean abandoning Australia, says Scott By Andrew Both CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, May 4 (Reuters) - Former world number one Adam Scott says he will be glued to television coverage of the Olympic Games in August, but does not plan to watch any of the golf. Two weeks after announcing that he would skip the Rio Games, the first prominent player to do so, Scott on Wednesday spoke about his decision, saying he has not abandoned Australia and feels that he represents his nation every time he competes. "I love watching the Olympics, the swimming and athletics (track and field), absolutely," the 2013 Masters champion told Reuters, before adding that he would tune out the golf. McIlroy hopes return to Quail Hollow kickstarts 2016 campaign Rory McIlroy, whose seven-stroke romp at Quail Hollow last year made him a two-time winner of the Wells Fargo Championship, hopes a return to Charlotte, North Carolina, will jumpstart his 2016 season. "Quail Hollow and Charlotte has been a very good place for me in my PGA Tour career," McIlroy said Wednesday of the course where he won his first US tour title in 2010 and was in a playoff in 2012. In all McIlroy has five top-10 finishes in six appearances on the course well-suited to his length and accuracy off the tee. McIlroy to play Memorial, skip Wentworth World number three Rory McIlroy confirmed Wednesday he'll skip the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth as he tries to stay fresh in a busy season that includes both the Olympics and Ryder Cup. Speaking on his 27th birthday, and on the eve of his title defence at the US PGA Tour's Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina, McIlroy outlined an upcoming schedule that doesn't include the European Tour's flagship event May 26-29. "The reason that I took three weeks off after Augusta was I'm not going to have more than a week off until after the Ryder Cup," McIlroy said. Family, friends help Spieth process Masters meltdown (Reuters) - Jordan Spieth says he has come to terms with his shocking Masters meltdown with the help of family and close friends, and is ready to challenge for the year's second major, next month's U.S. Open at Oakmont in Pennsylvania. "I learned a lot off of just playing a round and a half here," the 22-year-old said after playing the back nine in practice on Tuesday before completing all 18 holes on Wednesday. Golf-Family, friends help Spieth process Masters meltdown Jordan Spieth says he has come to terms with his shocking Masters meltdown with the help of family and close friends, and is ready to challenge for the year's second major, next month's U.S. Open at Oakmont in Pennsylvania. "I learned a lot off of just playing a round and a half here," the 22-year-old said after playing the back nine in practice on Tuesday before completing all 18 holes on Wednesday. Yankees place A-Rod on 15-day disabled list (The Sports Xchange) - The New York Yankees placed designated hitter Alex Rodriguez on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a strained right hamstring. A-Rod had an MRI on Wednesday morning after injuring his hamstring in Tuesday night's 4-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. The 40-year-old Rodriguez left the game after he grabbed at his right hamstring while running out a grounder in the fifth. Janus' Bill Gross sells part of famed stamp collection Gross, who left Pimco in September 2014 and is now a portfolio manager at Janus Capital Group Inc, will donate $2 million to the Pimco Foundation. Last October, Gross sued Pimco, a unit of German insurer Allianz SE and his employer for more than four decades, for more than $200 million, claiming he was pushed out so other executives could divvy up his bonus. Cink taking break from golf to care for wife Stewart Cink is taking an indefinite break from golf to care for his cancer-stricken wife, the American said Wednesday. "We are still in the process of figuring out exactly what she is fighting, and the uncertainty continues to be very difficult," Cink, 42, said in a statement. "In order to assist Lisa in meeting this challenge, I will be stepping away from competitive golf until circumstances improve for her. Spieth laughing about Masters meltdown Jordan Spieth says he has already come to terms with his astonishing Masters collapse at Augusta last month and is confident the episode will not leave lasting psychological scars. The 22-year-old's hopes of back-to-back Masters triumphs unraveled when he shot a quadruple bogey seven on Augusta National's famous par-three 12th hole. Speaking during an event to announce a $1 million donation to a children's hospital in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Spieth said he had no problem putting the loss in perspective. Ferragamo SpA sues ex-LA Rams quarterback over same-name winery Salvatore Ferragamo SpA, the Italian luxury goods maker, on Wednesday sued former Los Angeles Rams football quarterback Vince Ferragamo, saying he infringed its trademarks by operating his namesake winery in southern California. Consumers are likely to be confused into thinking the Ferragamo Winery and Ferragamo SpA are related, the Italian company said in a complaint filed in federal court in Manhattan, where it has stores on Fifth Avenue and elsewhere. Vince Ferragamo was accused of illegally selling wine with the Tenuta di Ferragamo name, and festooning the website for his winery with images of Tuscany and Italian countryside, even though it is located in Orange Park Acres, California, near Los Angeles. Adidas to close Neo stores in Europe BERLIN (Reuters) - German sportswear company Adidas will close 16 stores in Europe for its teen brand Neo, focusing instead on offering its products through wholesale partners in the region, Chief Executive Herbert Hainer said on Wednesday. Adidas seeks buyer for golf businesses to focus on shoes, clothing #039;s annual news conference in Herzogenaurach" align="left" title="Adidas golf shoes "Adizero" are pictured during the company's annual news conference in Herzogenaurach" border="0" />German sportswear company Adidas aims to sell the bulk of its loss-making golf business to focus on shoes and clothing, it said after the core Adidas brand reported strong quarterly sales, particularly in the United States. Adidas, which launched a review of its golf business last August, said on Wednesday that it would focus on selling golf shoes and clothing under the Adidas label and seek to sell TaylorMade and Adams, which sell golf clubs and other equipment, as well as the Ashworth golf shoes and clothing brand. Adidas sells struggling golf business Adidas said on Wednesday it would sell off its golf equipment brands, as it published "record" quarterly results showing a strong performance in the United States, a key market for the German sports giant. Following a "strategic review" of its golf business, Adidas said it would "actively seek a buyer" for some of its top equipment brands, including TaylorMade, Adams and Ashworth. The firm said it would focus on selling golf shoes and clothing through its Adidas Golf brand. NBA's Warriors show champion class, Heat melt Toronto #039; Klay Thompson had an off night, missing 13 of 20 shots, but came good when it mattered with five three pointers to finish with 27 points" align="left" title="Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson had an off night, missing 13 of 20 shots, but came good when it mattered with five three pointers to finish with 27 points" border="0" />The Golden State Warriors produced a scintillating fightback to overpower the Portland Trail Blazers and take a stranglehold on their Western Conference semi-final series. The victory gives Golden State a formidable 2-0 lead heading into game three in Portland on Saturday. With Stephen Curry missing once more with a knee injury, it was left to Klay Thompson to provide the offensive threat. Warriors rally to beat Trail Blazers in Game 2 (The Sports Xchange) - The Golden State Warriors held the Portland Trail Blazers to three field goals over the final 8:58 of the game on Tuesday, rallying from an 11-point deficit to record a 110-99 victory in Game 2 of the Western Conference semi-finals. Backup center Festus Ezeli, who never left the bench in Golden State's Game 1 victory, was the backbone of a strong defensive effort in the fourth quarter. Portland led 95-94 after a Moe Harkless basket with 5:21 to play. Raptors force OT at buzzer, but Heat pull out Game 1 win (The Sports Xchange) - Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was impressed with his club's mental toughness on Tuesday. After Toronto guard Kyle Lowry forced overtime by hitting a half-court, buzzer-beating 3-pointer, Miami opened the extra period on a 8-0 run and hung on for a 102-96 victory over the Raptors. The Heat took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semi-final series. Beware meat from China and Mexico, NFL players warned #039; Duane Brown last year tested positive for clenbuterol after a trip to Mexico during a bye week but was eventually cleared" align="left" title="Houston Texans' Duane Brown last year tested positive for clenbuterol after a trip to Mexico during a bye week but was eventually cleared" border="0" />The National Football League Players Association warned players against steroid-contaminated meat from China and Mexico, saying eating large quantities could lead to them failing drugs tests. The NFLPA said in a statement sent to members that players remained ultimately responsible for what they put in their bodies. "There is some evidence that some meat produced in China and Mexico may be contaminated with clenbuterol, an anabolic agent which is banned by the NFL Policy on Performance-Enhancing Substances," the letter reads. Zika fears over baseball games in Puerto Rico The fate of two Major League Baseball games due to take place in Puerto Rico later this month hung in the balance amid fears over the Zika virus. The Major League Baseball Players Association said it was holding ongoing discussions with league chiefs over a pair of matches between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Miami Marlins in San Juan on May 30-31. The report said players from the Pirates and the Marlins had banded together to request the games be moved to Miami. NFLPA issues warning about contaminated meat (The Sports Xchange) - The NFL Players Association is warning players about eating meat from China and Mexico that might be contaminated. In a letter to players and shared on social media by at least two players -- Arizona's Patrick Peterson and Baltimore's Steve Smith -- the NFLPA reminds players they are ultimately responsible for what they put in their bodies. "There is some evidence that some meat produced in China and Mexico may be contaminated with clenbuterol, an anabolic agent which is banned by the NFL Policy on Performance-Enhancing Substances," the letter reads. Former 49ers star Stubblefield denies rape charges Super Bowl-winning former San Francisco 49ers player Dana Stubblefield angrily hit back at sex crime allegations, a day after being charged with raping a developmentally disabled woman. Stubblefield said at a press conference in San Jose, northern California, that sex he had with a 32-year-old woman at his home last year was consensual. "I am here to state without any reservation that I am completely innocent of all these allegations," Stubblefield said. NBA admits ref errors in Spurs-Thunder thriller NBA referees admitted they made a series of officiating blunders during the frantic finale to San Antonio's playoff clash with Oklahoma City. Referees crew chief Ken Mauer on Tuesday told a pool reporter that officials should have called a foul on a rare inbounds play they had never seen before at the end of Monday's thriller. Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Spurs 98-97 to tie the seven-game series at 1-1. Zika concerns could see MLB cancel Puerto Rico series (Reuters) - A pair of Major League Baseball games scheduled to be played in Puerto Rico later this month could be relocated due to growing concerns over the Zika virus in the area, the MLB Players Association said on Tuesday. The Miami Marlins and Pittsburgh Pirates are scheduled to play two games in San Juan on May 30-31 but the series is in doubt with nearly 700 confirmed cases of Zika in Puerto Rico. Zika, a virus known to cause the birth defect microcephaly, first began spreading in Puerto Rico in December. Hat's off to Leicester, says fellow underdog Daly (Reuters) - Leicester City's fairytale run to clinch the English Premier League soccer title was hailed by American golfer John Daly on Tuesday as he congratulated his fellow "underdogs" for their success. Leicester, 5,000-1 outsiders at the start of the season, became champions for the first time and the first team to win a maiden English title since Nottingham Forest in 1978, having left the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea in their wake. For Daly, Leicester's unexpected success echoed his first major victory at the 1991 PGA Championship where he was the ninth and final alternate into the field and found out just a day before the tournament began that he would be playing. Golf Channel unveils Olympics plans; NBC says 'no shows' to have regrets NBC's Golf Channel on Tuesday said it plans to air 300 hours of Olympic golf coverage from Rio de Janeiro in August, 130 of them live, but several top player no-shows could dampen interest. As an event returning to the Olympics after more than 100 years, some industry experts are concerned that the withdrawal of key names could turn off casual fans who might watch golf for the first time during the Olympics. In the U.S., the event will mainly be shown on NBC's Golf Channel. Golf-Hat's off to Leicester, says fellow underdog Daly Leicester City's fairytale run to clinch the English Premier League soccer title was hailed by American golfer John Daly on Tuesday as he congratulated his fellow "underdogs" for their success. Leicester, 5,000-1 outsiders at the start of the season, became champions for the first time and the first team to win a maiden English title since Nottingham Forest in 1978, having left the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea in their wake. For Daly, Leicester's unexpected success echoed his first major victory at the 1991 PGA Championship where he was the ninth and final alternate into the field and found out just a day before the tournament began that he would be playing. Rivers confident Clippers will stay together Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers is confident the team's best players want to stay with the club despite a disappointing exit in the playoffs. Rivers said Tuesday he believes Blake Griffin and Chris Paul will both return for the franchise next season, ruling out any possibility of either being traded. "I think they all want to come back, and we're going to make a strong effort to bring all our guys back," Rivers said. Seattle city council rejects street closing plan for proposed arena #039;s current MLB, NFL stadiums and proposed NBA/NHL arena" align="left" title="Aerial view shows the cluster of the City of Seattle's current MLB, NFL stadiums and proposed NBA/NHL arena" border="0" />By Brendan O'Brien and Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - Seattle's city council on Monday narrowly rejected a proposal that would pave the way for a new sports arena, dimming the hopes for the NBA to return to the city after the beloved SuperSonics moved away in 2008. The council voted 4-5 against a plan that involved closing a city street and selling land to billionaire Chris Hansen, who hopes to build an 19,000-seat arena that could attract NHL and NBA franchises to Seattle, according to city officials. "Today’s City Council vote was disappointing but we don’t believe it is the end of the road in our quest to bring the NBA and NHL back to Seattle," the Seattle hedge fund manager said in a statement. NBA's Thunder roll Spurs, LeBron leads Cavs LeBron James led the way as the Cleveland Cavaliers finally broke the Atlanta Hawks' resistance to seal a 104-93 victory and take a 1-0 lead in their Eastern Conference semi-final playoff series. James scored 25 points and came up with two big steals late in the fourth quarter to help the Cavaliers seize the early initiative in the best-of-seven series at Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena. Kyrie Irving added 21 points with eight assists and one rebound as the well-rested Cavaliers dominated against a weary Atlanta. Thunder outlast Spurs to even series at 1-1 (The Sports Xchange) - Russell Westbrook scored 29 points and handed out 10 assists as the Oklahoma City Thunder outlasted the San Antonio Spurs 98-97 on Monday in Game 2 of the Western Conference semi-final and tied the best-of-seven series at one win apiece. Kevin Durant, who had 28 points, canned a floating jump shot off an assist from Westbrook with 33 seconds left to give Oklahoma City a 96-91 lead but the Spurs responded with an Aldridge 3-pointer, just his second of the season. Westbrook then made two free throws with 18.3 seconds left to push Oklahoma City's lead back to four points, at 98-94. Cavaliers beat Hawks in series opener (The Sports Xchange) - A week off did not disrupt the Cleveland Cavaliers' momentum, nor was it enough time to alter the Atlanta Hawks' history against them. The Cavaliers still have never lost to the Hawks in the postseason, but this one was not easy. LeBron James scored 25 points and came up with two big steals late in the Cavs' 104-93 victory on Monday against the Hawks to take a 1-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference semi-finals. Dodgers pitcher Ravin banned 80 MLB games Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Josh Ravin was banned for 80 games on Monday after testing positive for growth hormones, the Major League Baseball team announced in a statement. Ravin, 28, said supplements he had taken in order to accelerate his recovery from a bout of flu were to blame for the positive test. WRHL 2016-05-05T10:28:44Z http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=495