National Sports | WRHL http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=495 National Sports 2014-10-24T08:30:38Z National Sports 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. Your Top Plays for Today Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide Williams guaranteed year-end number one ranking By John O'Brien SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Serena Williams clinched the year-end world number one ranking for the fourth time without hitting a ball on Friday after Maria Sharapova, the only woman with any chance of overtaking her, was eliminated from the WTA Finals. Needing to win in straight sets to stand any chance of advancing to the semi-finals, Sharapova lost the second set of her match against Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska at Singapore's Indoor Stadium, ending her slim hopes of leapfrogging Williams for the top spot. ... Golf-Desperate Whiteford takes one-stroke lead in Perth Oct 24 (Reuters) - Peter Whiteford's battle to secure his European Tour card could not affect his game as the 34-year-old Scot fired a six-under-par 66 to grab a one-shot halfway stage lead at the Perth International on Friday. With the top 111 players on the order of merit on Sunday confirmed to keep their cards for next season, Whiteford, currently 149th, needs at least a top-two finish in Perth. He took a firm step forward towards doing that by matching his first-round score to get to 12-under, one shot ahead of overnight joint leader Thorbjorn Olesen, who carded a 69. ... Giants' Hudson hungry for baseball World Series start San Francisco pitcher Tim Hudson takes the mound on Friday as the Giants host Kansas City in game three of the World Series, a chance on baseball's biggest stage he once feared might never come. The 39-year-old right-hander has 16 seasons in Major League Baseball -- making 457 career starts for Oakland, Atlanta and San Francisco. In the early years, when playoff appearances were plentiful, he never doubted that he would one day pitch in a World Series. Manning's Broncos corral Chargers Five-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning added to his latest record by throwing three touchdown passes to Emmanuel Sanders in the Denver Broncos 35-21 victory over the San Diego Chargers. The win comes four days after quarterback Manning broke Brett Favre's record for most career touchdown passes in a 42-17 demolition of the San Francisco 49ers. Against the Chargers, Manning completed 25-of-35 passes for 286 yards and three touchdowns to bring his career National Football League touchdown total to 513. Lakers guard Nash to sit out NBA season Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash may have played his last game in the NBA after being ruled out of the upcoming season because of a recurring back problem. The Lakers said Nash, 40, who has been strongly tipped to retire after the 2014-15 campaign, had been sidelined after meeting with team doctors who advised him to sit out the season. "As disappointed as we are for ourselves and our fans, we’re even more disappointed for Steve," said Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak on Thursday. "We know how hard he’s worked the last two years to try to get his body right for the rigours of the NBA, and how badly he wants to play, but unfortunately he simply hasn’t been able to get there up to this point in time. Manning adds to touchdown record as Broncos beat Chargers (Reuters) - Denver quarterback Peyton Manning added three more touchdowns to his career record as the Broncos beat the San Diego Padres 35-21 in a National Football League game on Thursday. Manning took his career touchdown total to 513, four days after overtaking Brett Favre as the leader on the all-time list. The Broncos won their fourth successive game and improved to 6-1, the best record in the AFC and tied for the best record in the league with the Dallas Cowboys. The Chargers fell to 5-3, second behind Denver in the AFC West. ... Royals outfield defenders cram for quirky AT&T test By Larry Fine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The irresistible talents of the Kansas City Royals' outfielders may be tested by the inscrutable elements of San Francisco's quirky right field when the World Series resumes on Friday. Lorenzo Cain, Jarrod Dyson and Nori Aoki all had a cram course on Thursday's off-day in gauging caroms off the AT&T Park wall ahead of a Game Three that will snap a 1-1 tie in the best-of-seven championship. "It's tough," said center fielder Cain, who has been filling up a highlight reel with an array of diving catches this postseason. ... Red-hot Compton shares lead at McGladrey Classic Erik Compton started his day by putting on extra clothes to battle a morning chill but it didn't take him long to get hot once he teed off at The McGladrey Classic. The 34-year-old dual Norwegian-American rolled in birdies on his first two holes en route to a five-under 65 to grab a share of the lead with three others after the opening round at the $5.6-million US PGA Tour event in Georgia. Compton, a two-time heart transplant recipient, said he cut his pre-round warmup routine short at the Sea Island Resort course -- and it appeared to pay off. Compton was joined atop a crowded leaderboard by Brian Harman, Will MacKenzie and Michael Thompson, who set a 54-hole record at this event three years ago. New-era Los Angeles Clippers seek next playoff step Expectations are high for the new-era Los Angeles Clippers, freed from the shadow that former owner Donald Sterling's racist remarks cast over last season's NBA playoff run. With Sterling expelled from the league and the NBA pressing him to sell, former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer swept to the rescue with a breathtaking $2 billion purchase of the club. Blake Griffin, the Clippers' exhilarating power forward, described Sterling -- whose rambling attempts at defending his actions featured large as the story unfolded -- as a "weird uncle" while Ballmer is "like a cool dad who gives you candy." Sterling might not be expected to get far with his remaining anti-trust lawsuit against the league, but in the wake of the scandal a whiff of racism has already affected another team, with Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson moving to sell his controlling interest in the team after racially charged remarks he made in an e-mail two years ago came to light. Lakers' Nash out for season with back injury (Reuters) - Los Angeles Lakers' point guard Steve Nash will miss the entire 2014-15 season, the National Basketball Association team said on Thursday. Nash, 40, has battled a bad back and other injuries for years and the latest setback suggests the two-time NBA Most Valuable Player may have played his final game, though he has not announced his retirement. "Being on the court this season has been my top priority and it is disappointing to not be able to do that right now," the Canadian said in a statement. ... NBA-National Basketball Association roundup (The Sports Xchange) - The Philadelphia 76ers and point guard Michael Carter-Williams established Nov. 13 as the target date for Carter-Williams' return, ESPN.com reported Thursday. Carter-Williams, last season's Rookie of the Year, had shoulder surgery in May. - - The Orlando Magic signed center Nikola Vucevic to a contract extension, the team announced. The team did not provide details of the signing, but multiple media outlets reported earlier that it was a four-year extension. ... Major League Baseball roundup (The Sports Xchange) - Veteran baseball executive John Hart reversed course and opted to accept a three-year deal to become president of baseball operations with the Atlanta Braves. The 66-year-old Hart, who has been acting as interim general manager, said earlier this month he preferred to remain with the team as its top adviser rather than committing to a job with such significant time demands. - - Right-handed reliever Tim Lincecum is happy to be heading out of Kansas City after vomiting in the bullpen in Game 1 and leaving the second game for the San Francisco Giants back stiffness. ... Home comfort helps Harman fly high at Sea Island (Reuters) - Brian Harman took advantage of home comforts, ideal weather and a red-hot putter as he charged into a share of the lead in Thursday's opening round of the $5.6 million McGladrey Classic at Sea Island in Georgia. The diminutive American left-hander, who won his first PGA Tour title at the John Deere Classic in July, mixed six birdies with a lone bogey on the way to a sparkling five-under-par 65 in the third event of the 2014-15 season. ... National Football League roundup (The Sports Xchange) - Tennessee Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt named rookie Zach Mettenberger the team's starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Houston Texans at LP Field. Jake Locker has missed the past two games with a thumb injury, and the naming of Mettenberger could signal the end of Locker's days as the Titans' No. 1 quarterback. - - All signs point to Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson returning to the field for Sunday's game in London against the Atlanta Falcons. ... Pennsylvania high school's football season canceled over hazing By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A school district in suburban Philadelphia canceled a high school football team's season and suspended its coaching staff after investigating reports of hazing. Central Bucks School District Superintendent David Weitzel said in a statement to district parents that an investigation turned up multiple “humiliating and inappropriate acts” during pre-season team building exercises at Central Bucks West High School. ... Public service announcements on domestic violence to air during NFL games (Reuters) - The NFL's effort to combat domestic violence and sexual assault will get a new look on Thursday night when a series of public service announcements featuring current and former players will begin airing during the San Diego-Denver game. Nearly two dozen players will appear in the PSAs, including New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback William Gay, whose mother was killed by an abusive partner, said officials of the NO MORE Project. ... NFL says it's 'on track' in 15-year plan to field London team By Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The National Football League is "exactly on track" with its plans to field a team in London and could have a franchise there by 2022, the league's international chief said Thursday. Mark Waller said he believed in 2007 when the NFL first started playing in the British capital it would take 15 years to place a team there and, so far, he's encountered no stumbling blocks. ... New-fashioned Giants built on winning formula By Larry Fine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - San Francisco Giants fans, once in love with home runs and Barry Bonds, will be cheering a selfless, grinding club chasing their third title in five years when the World Series resumes at AT&T Park on Friday. The Giants and Royals split the first two games of the best-of-seven championship series in Kansas City with the next three to be played in a rocking stadium that the host team says has been sold out for the last 330 games. ... Pacquiao still 'hungry' to fight after basketball debut Philippine boxing icon Manny Pacquiao said Thursday he was still "hungry" to fight, despite a dalliance with professional basketball that has had his team worried sick. The 35-year-old, who has world titles in eight weight divisions under his belt, made a lacklustre pro ball debut on Sunday, a month before his World Boxing Organization title defence against undefeated American Chris Algieri in Macau. Pacquiao said basketball, the number one sport in the Philippines, was his other love -- but that he is fully focused on boxing at the moment. His US promoter Bob Arum said he had got wind of Pacquiao's plans to play in the professional Philippine Basketball Association beforehand and admitted: "I wasn't very happy." Olympian Jim Thorpe's remains should not be moved: U.S. court By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - Jim Thorpe's remains will stay in the Pennsylvania hamlet named for the legendary Native American athlete and Olympics champion, after a federal appeals court on Thursday rejected an effort by two sons to move them to tribal lands in his native Oklahoma. Addressing an unusual dispute between two generations of descendants, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia said a lower court judge was wrong to order that Thorpe's remains be turned over to the Sac and Fox Nation. ... Sharapova falls to Kvitova as Williams bounces back By Julian Linden SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Maria Sharapova's bid to end the year ranked number one was left hanging by a thread after she suffered a second straight defeat at the WTA Finals on Thursday. The only woman capable of leapfrogging Serena Williams for the top spot, Sharapova was beaten 6-3 6-2 by Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova at Singapore's Indoor Stadium. Sharapova still has a slim mathematical chance of finishing number one but has to go on and win the title -- and has to rely on other results to go her way just to reach the semis. "It's easy to sit here and say, yeah, I'm tired. ... Indian golfer Lahiri takes early lead in Macau Macao (AFP) - India's Anirban Lahiri took an early lead with a brilliant 10-under-par 61 as the Macau Open got under way Thursday, with defending champion Scott Hend a point behind. Williams on verge of year-end No. 1 ranking By Julian Linden SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Serena Williams was on the verge of clinching the year-end world number one ranking for the fourth time on Thursday after Maria Sharapova, the only woman with any chance of overtaking her, lost for the second time at the WTA Finals. Sharapova was beaten 6-3 6-2 by Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova at Singapore's Indoor Stadium, leaving her with only a slim chance of leapfrogging Williams for the top spot. ... Olesen, Wade course records to lead Perth International Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen and Australian John Wade both fired a course record eight-under 64 to lead the European Tour co-sanctioned $1.75 US million Perth International at Lake Karrinyup on Thursday. Wade carded six birdies and an eagle three in the morning before he was joined later in the opening round by Olesen. I gave myself a lot of chances there," Olesen said. Playing in the marquee group with fellow European young gun Victor Dubuisson and 2006 US Open champion Geoff Ogilvy, Olesen was bogey-free and full of confidence. Tennis-Williams on verge of year-end No. 1 ranking (Updates after Williams wins her last group match) By Julian Linden SINGAPORE, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Serena Williams was on the verge of clinching the year-end world number one ranking for the fourth time on Thursday after Maria Sharapova, the only woman with any chance of overtaking her, lost for the second time at the WTA Finals. Sharapova was beaten 6-3 6-2 by Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova at Singapore's Indoor Stadium, leaving her with only a slim chance of leapfrogging Williams for the top spot. ... Golf-India's Lahiri celebrates Diwali with fireworks in Macau Oct 23 (Reuters) - With his country celebrating Diwali on Thursday, India's Anirban Lahiri had his own fireworks going during the opening round of the Venetian Macau Open with a sparkling career-best 10-under-par 61. The round gave the 27-year-old four-times Asian Tour winner a one-shot lead over defending champion Scott Hend of Australia, who won the Hong Kong Open last week. "It's a great Diwali and happy Diwali to everyone back home. It's nice to have some fireworks on the course," said Lahiri. "It's fantastic. ... Olesen, Wade share Perth lead after course record rounds (Reuters) - Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen and Australian qualifier John Wade set alight Lake Karrinyup on Thursday, blasting matching course records of eight-under-par 64 to share the opening round lead at the Perth International. Wade had to birdie the last three holes of Monday qualifying to secure his place in the PGA Tour of Australasia and European Tour co-sanctioned tournament and the 46-year-old capitalized on a flying start to soar to the top. The Australian, having begun his round on the 10th, sunk four birdies in his first five holes followed by an eagle on the long 15th. ... Sharapova falls to Kvitova as Wozniacki powers on By Julian Linden SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Maria Sharpova's bid to end the year ranked number one was left hanging by a thread after she suffered a second straight defeat at the WTA Finals on Thursday. The only woman capable of leapfrogging Serena Williams for the top spot, Sharapova was beaten 6-3 6-2 by Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova at Singapore's Indoor Stadium. Sharapova still has a slim mathematical chance of finishing number one but has to win the title and rely on other results going her way after she also lost her opening match to Caroline Wozniacki. I lost two matches," said Sharapova. Tennis-Sharapova falls to Kvitova as Wozniacki powers on * Kvitova beats Sharapova 6-3 6-2 * Wozniacki defeats Radwanska 7-5 6-3 * Williams on verge of sealing year-end top ranking (Adds quotes, updates with Kvitova beating Sharapova) By Julian Linden SINGAPORE, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Maria Sharpova's bid to end the year ranked number one was left hanging by a thread after she suffered a second straight defeat at the WTA Finals on Thursday. The only woman capable of leapfrogging Serena Williams for the top spot, Sharapova was beaten 6-3 6-2 by Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova at Singapore's Indoor Stadium. ... Wozniacki close to semis after Radwanska victory By Julian Linden SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki all but booked her place in the semi-finals of the WTA Finals with an impressive 7-5 6-3 win over Agnieszka Radwanska on Thursday. Showing no signs of fatigue after her exhausting three-set win over Maria Sharapova two days earlier, Wozniacki rebounded from a slow start to overrun Radwanska with an ominous display. Wozniacki was down an early service break in the opening set but quickly got back on terms and proved too strong for Radwanska, running the Pole ragged on Singapore's purple hardcourts. ... Williams on verge of year-end No. 1 ranking after Sharapova loses SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Serena Williams was on the verge of clinching the year-end world number one ranking for the fourth time on Thursday after Maria Sharapova, the only woman with any chance of overtaking her, lost for the second time at the WTA Finals. Sharapova was beaten 6-3 6-2 by Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova at Singapore's Indoor Stadium, leaving her with only the slimmest mathematical chance of leapfrogging Williams for the top spot. ... Tennis-Wozniacki close to semis after Radwanska victory By Julian Linden SINGAPORE, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki all but booked her place in the semi-finals of the WTA Finals with an impressive 7-5 6-3 win over Agnieszka Radwanska on Thursday. Showing no signs of fatigue after her exhausting three-set win over Maria Sharapova two days earlier, Wozniacki rebounded from a slow start to overrun Radwanska with an ominous display. Wozniacki was down an early service break in the opening set but quickly got back on terms and proved too strong for Radwanska, running the Pole ragged on Singapore's purple hardcourts. ... Golf-European Tour Perth International scores Oct 23 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the European Tour Perth International at the par-72 course on Thursday in Perth 64 John Wade (Australia) 64 Thorbjorn Olesen (Denmark) 64 66 Michael Sim (Australia) 66 Peter Whiteford (Britain) 66 Kim Si-Hwan (South Korea) 66 Tom Lewis (Britain) 66 67 Magnus Carlsson (Sweden) 67 Julien Quesne (France) 67 Jason Scrivener (Australia) 67 Brett Rumford (Australia) 67 David Drysdale (Britain) 67 Matthew Griffin (Australia) 67 Mark Foster (Britain) 67 68 Richard Bland (Britain) 68 Clint Rice (Australia) 68 Stephen Dartnall (Australia) 68 Jake Higginbottom ... Tennis-Williams on verge of year-end No. 1 ranking after Sharapova loses (Corrects with Williams not yet assured of finishing No. 1) SINGAPORE, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Serena Williams was on the verge of clinching the year-end world number one ranking for the fourth time on Thursday after Maria Sharapova, the only woman with any chance of overtaking her, lost for the second time at the WTA Finals. Sharapova was beaten 6-3 6-2 by Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova at Singapore's Indoor Stadium, leaving her with only the slimmest mathematical chance of leapfrogging Williams for the top spot. ... Royals rip Giants, pull even in baseball World Series A five-run outburst that nearly sparked a melee powered Kansas City over the San Francisco Giants 7-2 Wednesday as the Royals pulled level in the 110th World Series. By breaking open an even game in the sixth inning, the Royals deadlocked Major League Baseball's best-of-seven final at 1-1 as the scene shifts to San Francisco for games three through five on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A two-run double by Salvador Perez followed by a two-run homer from Omar Infante off Giants pitcher Hunter Strickland in the sixth had the intense rookie hurler yelling at Perez as players from both teams walked out of the dugout, poised in case a confrontation broke out. Giant frustrations nearly spark Series brawl Frustrations and emotions nearly boiled over into a World Series brawl Wednesday after San Francisco relief pitcher Hunter Strickland confronted Kansas City's Salvador Perez following a decisive sixth-inning scoring outburst. The Royals broke open a tied game with five runs in the inning on the way to a 7-2 victory that left Major League Baseball's best-of-seven final level at 1-1 with the next three games in San Francisco starting Friday. Perez pounded 26-year-old rookie right-hander Strickland for a two-run double and Infante followed with a home run over the left-field wall to produce the final margin of victory and set off the circusmtances that had players from both teams out of the dugout and poised for a possible confrontation. Strickland began glaring at Perez while he was on second base. Royals even World Series with rout of Giants By Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) - The upstart Kansas City Royals rediscovered their post-season magic and won a battle of the bullpens in a 7-2 victory on Wednesday that leveled the World Series against the San Francisco Giants. Billy Butler snapped a 2-2 tie with a run-scoring single in the sixth inning and the Royals added four more before the frame was over to break open a tight game and restore joy to their home fans in Kauffman Stadium. "We needed to get something going," Butler told reporters after finishing with two hits and two RBIs. ... Butler seizes opportunities to help Royals level series By Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) - Bill Butler grumbled about a lost opportunity in Kansas City's opening defeat in the World Series. The designated hitter took matters into his own hands on Wednesday by supplying a pair of key hits to help the Royals claim a 7-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants that tied the best-of-seven series 1-1. "I felt like definitely it was a must-win for us," said Butler as he and his team mates head for San Francisco for Game Three on Friday. ... WRHL 2014-10-24T13:30:38Z http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=495