National Sports | WRHL National Sports 2016-10-22T06:44:21Z National Sports Lahiri takes 54-hole lead in Malaysia as Thomas stumbles Overnight leader Justin Thomas dropped a stunning four shots over a three-hole span on Saturday to hand Anirban Lahiri of India a four-stroke lead going into the CIMB Classic's final round. The American defending champion had been nearly flawless in seizing the lead in the first two rounds in Kuala Lumpur and looked on his way to retaining his sole PGA Tour title. Lahiri went to 19-under overall, while Thomas salvaged a 71 at the par-72 TPC Kuala Lumpur to drop four shots behind. Lahiri surges clear in pursuit of maiden PGA Tour title Anirban Lahiri moved into position to record a first PGA Tour victory when the Indian fired an exquisite third round seven-under 65 at the TPC Kuala Lumpur course to storm four shots clear of the field at the CIMB Classic on Saturday. Lahiri's nine birdies offset an ugly double-bogey six on the 12th as the Pune-born 29-year-old moved to 19-under for the tournament, well ahead of overnight leader and defending champion Justin Thomas (71) and Scotland's Russell Knox (68). "I just have to try and do the same thing on the last round," Lahiri told reporters. Record-setting Warriors add Durant for 'Superteam' status What happens when you combine the heart of a team that won an NBA record 73 games last season with superstar forward Kevin Durant? After the Warriors lost last year's NBA Finals to Cleveland in seven games, they toughened their lineup by adding the 2014 NBA Most Valuable Player to a roster featuring 2015 and 2016 MVP Stephen Curry and 3-point sharpshooter Klay Thompson in the backcourt plus standouts Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala up front. Deng looking forward to Lakers renaissance Whether fleeing civil war in Sudan with his family or moving to the United States on a scholarship as a 14-year-old, Luol Deng is no stranger to new beginnings. The 31-year-old British forward's nomadic existence has now taken him to Hollywood, where he is expected to be a key figure as the Los Angeles Lakers attempt to rebuild after the worst season in their history. Deng joined the Lakers on a four-year $72 million deal in July, lured by the possibility of working with new coach Luke Walton at the start of a long-term project to revive the iconic franchise. Giants kicker placed on leave over abuse claims New York Giants kicker Josh Brown was placed on leave as the National Football League probed domestic violence allegations which have left his career hanging by a thread. The NFL ordered Brown to be placed on commissioner Roger Goodell's exempt list, in effect a temporary paid suspension pending the outcome of an investigation. NFL senior vice president Adolpho Birch said in a letter to Brown on Friday the league wants to investigate further after release of the documents stemming from the player's 2015 arrest. Cubs on brink of World Series return after 71 years One victory from their first trip to the World Series in 71 years, the Chicago Cubs have long-suffering supporters excited about the prospects for their first World Series title since 1908. The Cubs were one win from the World Series in 1984 before San Diego rallied to win the final three games to take the series and advance to the Major League Baseball final. Silver says 'tremendous progress' on new labor deal NBA team owners and the players union have made "tremendous progress" toward a new collective bargaining agreement, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Friday, with rich new television deals helping talks. Former Chicago Bulls superstar Michael Jordan being involved as owner of the Charlotte Hornets has helped build trust between owners and players, either of whom could opt out of their current deal December 15 and potentially set up the first league shutdown since 2011 come next July. "We've made tremendous progress," Silver said. NFL defends handling of Josh Brown domestic abuse case By Amy Tennery NEW YORK (Reuters) - The National Football League on Friday defended its handling of a domestic violence case against Josh Brown, but temporarily barred the New York Giants kicker from games and practices after newly released documents showed his then-wife accused him of a years-long pattern of physical and emotional abuse. The NFL suspended Brown in August for one game following his arrest in May 2015, when his then-wife, Molly, told police he grabbed her by the wrist during a heated argument at their home in Woodinville, Washington. The documents also included journals and written statements by Brown in which he admits to being abusive. Sullivan hits 10 birdies for share of Portugal lead Defending champion Andy Sullivan carded 10 birdies to take a share of the lead after two rounds of the Portugal Masters on Friday, firing a season-low 61. Overnight leader Marc Warren added a 65 to his opening 63 to also get to 14 under and a share of the lead. "I knew I needed to go low today to get a beat on the leaders," said Sullivan. Women's NBA admits referee error helped decide crown A referee's mistake on a basket in the final 75 seconds of the deciding game helped the Los Angeles Sparks win the Women's NBA Finals over Minnesota, the league said Friday. The Sparks won 77-76 at Minnesota to claim the best-of-five championship series three games to two, but Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve was upset about the officiating after the loss. Officials did not review a shot by the Sparks' Nneka Ogwumike with 74 seconds remaining for a possible shot clock violation. Golf-European Tour Portuguese Masters scores Oct 21 (Gracenote) - Scores from the European Tour Portuguese Masters at the par-71 course on Friday in Vilamoura. The cut was set at 138. -14 Andy Sullivan (Britain) 67 61 Marc Warren (Britain) 63 65 -13 Jens Fahrbring (Sweden) 65 64 Padraig Harrington (Ireland) 66 63 -12 David Lipsky (U.S. ... League expands video replay role for upcoming season Video replays will be used to oversee more NBA referee calls in the upcoming season under an expanded plan announced Friday by the league. The new areas where decisions will be made by referees in the NBA Replay Center will include foul calls coinciding with shot clock violations, end of quarter fouls and fouls when a player has a clear path to the basket. Tiger says he's practicing well, back in December Tiger Woods, the 14-time major champion sidelined by back injury for the past 14 months, says he is practicing well and will return to competitive golf in December. Woods, appearing Thursday night on "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," said he will launch his latest comeback at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas on December 1-4. "I'll be there," Woods said. Exclusive: Dick's wins auction for U.S. business of bankrupt Golfsmith - sources Dick's plans to keep open at least 30 Golfsmith stores and wind down the rest with liquidators from Hilco Global and Tiger Capital Group, the people said. Golfsmith had 109 stores in the United States at the time of its bankruptcy filing last month, and has been closing stores since then. With the bid, Dick's, the largest U.S. sporting goods retailer, also won Golfsmith's intellectual property and inventory, the people added, asking not to be identified because the results of the auction are not yet public. Defending champion Thomas surges clear at CIMB Classic Defending champion Justin Thomas fired a bogey-free six-under-par 66 at the TPC Kuala Lumpur course to surge two shots clear of the field after the second round of the CIMB Classic in Malaysia on Friday. Thomas won his first and only PGA Tour title at the $7 million co-sanctioned event a year ago and the American backed up his opening round 64 with some flawless golf to lead the way heading into the weekend on 14-under for the tournament. Anirban Lahiri is alone in second place after firing a second straight 66 but the Indian repeated the late lapse he suffered on Thursday to fall out of a tie for the lead when he stumbled over the line with a double-bogey seven at the last. Golf-Defending champion Thomas surges clear at CIMB Classic Defending champion Justin Thomas fired a bogey-free six-under-par 66 at the TPC Kuala Lumpur course to surge two shots clear of the field after the second round of the CIMB Classic in Malaysia on Friday. Thomas won his first and only PGA Tour title at the $7 million co-sanctioned event a year ago and the American backed up his opening round 64 with some flawless golf to lead the way heading into the weekend on 14-under for the tournament. Anirban Lahiri is alone in second place after firing a second straight 66 but the Indian repeated the late lapse he suffered on Thursday to fall out of a tie for the lead when he stumbled over the line with a double-bogey seven at the last. Sparks topple Lynx to claim elusive WNBA title Candace Parker scored 28 points and Nneka Ogwumke drained the game-winning basket with 3.1 seconds remaining as the Los Angeles Sparks downed the Minnesota Lynx 77-76 to win the Women's NBA title. Thursday's victory in Minneapolis gave the Sparks a 3-2 triumph in the best-of-five championship series and their first WNBA crown since 2002. Ogwumike, who earned Most Valuable Player honors this season, scored from short range to put the Sparks back in front in the back-and-forth battle. Rodgers the pass master as Packers tame Bears at Lambeau (Reuters) - Aaron Rodgers fired a barrage of short passes to set a team milestone, finishing 39-of-56 for 326 yards and three touchdowns as the Green Bay Packers breezed past the Chicago Bears 26-10 at Lambeau Field on Thursday. "It's fun to win," said Rodgers, who set a franchise record for completions, surpassing Brett Favre's 36 against Chicago in 1993. Desperate Dodgers need Kershaw magic to keep hopes alive (Reuters) - Facing elimination, the Los Angeles Dodgers will be putting their faith in just two pitchers as they fight for playoff survival. Another bullpen meltdown on Thursday left the Dodgers trailing the Chicago Cubs 3-2 in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series and looking for a stellar display from their most dependable duo of arms. Ace starter Clayton Kershaw will make a timely appearance on the mound for Game Six in Chicago on Saturday with the hope that he can take the team into the late innings before allowing reliever Kenley Jansen to seal the deal. 'Cursed' Cubs on brink of a World Series return By Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The 'cursed' Chicago Cubs, who have gone 108 years without a World Series title, gave their long-suffering fans a massive jolt of optimism on Thursday as their batters erupted for a second straight game on the road. Twenty-four hours after they had pounded the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-2 at a stunned Dodger Stadium, they crushed their opponents 8-4 at the same venue to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series. Game Six will take place on Saturday in Chicago where another win by the Cubs would earn them a coveted place in the Fall Classic against the Cleveland Indians, and the chance to end a lengthy dry spell marked by "The Curse of the Billy Goat". Cubs one win away from baseball World Series spot Addison Russell homered for the second consecutive game on Thursday as the Chicago Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-4 to move within one win of their first World Series berth since 1945. Game seven, if needed, would be in Chicago on Sunday. The Cubs have not won the World Series since 1908, setting a futility standard unmatched by any team in any major sport, with some among their long-suffering fans certain the team has been cursed. Chicago Cubs explode in eighth inning to take 3-2 series lead (The Sports Xchange) - Addison Russell homered for the second night in a row, and Javier Baez added three RBIs as the Chicago Cubs blew past the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-4 in Game Five of the National League Championship Series on Thursday. Cubs starter Jon Lester (1-0) struck out six, walked one and allowed a run on five hits in seven innings at Dodger Stadium as the Cubs grabbed a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series. Chicago can clinch a trip to its first World Series since 1945 with a win in Game Six on Saturday at Wrigley Field. Rodgers throws three TD passes to lift Packers over Bears Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdown passes to rally the Green Bay Packers past visiting Chicago 26-10 on Thursday in the latest matchup of the NFL's oldest rivalry. The Packers, who improved to 4-2 this season, trail the overall series with the Bears at 94-93 with six drawn in a rivalry that dates to 1921, a year after the league was formed. Two Mason Crosby field goals against one by Connor Barth gave Green Bay a 6-3 half-time edge but the Bears grabbed the lead when Leonard Floyd sacked Rodgers for a 14-yard loss, knocked loose a fumble and recovered the ball in the end zone for a Chicago touchdown only 17 seconds into the third quarter. Giants kicker admits domestic violence in documents New York Giants kicker Josh Brown admits committing domestic violence upon his ex-wife in letters, messages and a journal, according to police documents related to a 2015 arrest. "I have abused my wife," the NFL player wrote in a journal entry that was part of the material obtained in an investigation stemming from Brown's May 2015 arrest and included in the case file unveiled Wednesday by the King County Sheriff's Office in Washington state. In light of the revelations, the NFL said Thursday it would reopen its own probe of Brown that could result in league discipline, and the Giants announced that he would not travel with the team to London for Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Rams. LeBron chases Jordan legacy after title for Cleveland LeBron James, who achieved a life dream by bringing home Cleveland's first sports title in 52 years, now draws motivation from wanting to eclipse Michael Jordan as the greatest player in NBA history. James, a native of nearby Akron, will begin his 14th NBA campaign Tuesday as the Cavaliers raise a championship banner at their 2016-17 season opener against New York. It means a lot," James said. Walton aims to get Los Angeles Lakers back on song After two castastrophic seasons that were the worst in the club's history, Luke Walton is under no illusions about the size of the task facing him as he attempts to resurrect the Los Angeles Lakers. The iconic California franchise looked to have hit rock bottom in the 2014-2015 campaign when the Lakers plunged to a 21-61 record in the Western Conference. With Kobe Bryant heading off into retirement, and coach Byron Scott swiftly fired in April, the Lakers turned to Walton to begin the rebuilding process of the 16-time NBA champions. No bitterness as quarterback Bradford returns to Philadelphia Sam Bradford returns to Philadelphia on Sunday aiming to extend Minnesota's unbeaten start to the season in the latest twist to what has been a surreal year for the former Eagles quarterback. Seven months ago, the 28-year-old put pen to paper on a two-year $36 million contract with Philadelphia which encouraged him to believe he would head into the season as the Eagles signal-caller. Within weeks, however, Bradford's future in Philadelphia was cast into question when the Eagles brokered a deal with the Cleveland Browns for second pick in the draft -- and promptly snapped up highly rated rookie Carson Wentz. Ex-Colts' wife says he was cut for anthem kneel - report The wife of former Indianapolis Colts cornerback Antonio Cromartie says the NFL team released her husband for kneeling during the US national anthem as a protest move, ESPN reported Thursday. The kneeling protest follows the lead of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who began the kneeling protest during the pre-game playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" in protest over allegations of police brutality. Sixers forward Brand retires after 17 seasons Philadelphia 76ers forward Elton Brand retired Thursday, calling it quits at age 37 after 17 NBA seasons since being the first overall selection in the 1999 NBA Draft. Brand played in 1,058 career games, 868 of them as a starter, for the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers, Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks and 76ers. Warren leads in Portugal Masters as talk of 59 fades Marc Warren took a one-shot lead at the Portugal Masters on Thursday but speculation that the European Tour could witness a round of 59 at the rough-free Victoria Clube de Golfe proved premature. Scotland's Warren began with six straight birdies but a bogey on the seventh stalled his momentum before he went on to make three further gains in an eight under par 63. Callum Shinkwin, David Lipsky, Eddie Pepperell, Matthew Baldwin and Mikko Korhonen are all a shot back. Golf: Woods still dreams of eclipsing Nicklaus' major record (Reuters) - Tiger Woods says he still believes he will surpass the record 18 major titles won by Jack Nicklaus, even though the former world number one has been sidelined from competition for more than a year due to a chronic back injury. Now aged 40, Woods is in the twilight of his golfing career and has been stalled on 14 major victories since his remarkable triumph at the 2008 U.S. Open but he expressed confidence about his playing future in a Public Broadcasting Service interview. According to an excerpt of an interview with television talk show host Charlie Rose, which will be aired in full later on Thursday, when asked if he believed he would end up with more than 18 major titles, Woods replied: "Correct". Baylor University faces U.S. probe over response to sex assaults The U.S. Department of Education has launched an investigation into Baylor University's response to sexual violence on campus, acting on a complaint filed by the school's former administrator responsible for looking into sexual assault complaints. Baylor, the world's largest Baptist university, has been rocked by a scandal over whether it failed to do enough to prevent and investigate sexual assaults against women by football players and others that led to the ouster of the school's president and its football coach. The federal investigation was disclosed by the Department of Education and by the lawyer representing Patty Crawford, who resigned this month as Baylor's Title IX coordinator and accused the university of retaliating against her for being too forceful in looking into sexual assault claims. Woods still eyeing Nicklaus major mark Tiger Woods says he still believes he can beat Jack Nicklaus's record of 18 major victories despite the injury layoff that has left him sidelined for more than a year. The 40-year-old former world number one told PBS television's Charlie Rose program that he had not given up hope of adding to his 14 major victories. Woods gave an enigmatic response when first asked whether he felt he could reach Nicklaus's mark of 18 majors. Thomas shoots 64 to launch CIMB defence Defending champion Justin Thomas launched the defence of his CIMB Classic title in Malaysia with nine birdies en route to an eight-under-par 64 on Thursday. The American was joined at the top of the first-round leaderboard by compatriots Derek Fathauer and Keegan Bradley, with England's Paul Casey one shot back. Thomas, 23, who clinched his maiden PGA Tour title here in 2015 after a tournament record 26-under-par 262, kept his cool despite hot and humid conditions to card just a single bogey at the TPC Kuala Lumpur course. Rapid Replay feature targets NBA global audience The National Basketball Association's international fans will be able to watch highlights in near real-time as part of changes to the league's subscription service being rolled out for the new season, officials said Thursday. The new feature known as NBA Rapid Replay will be available through various packages tailored to meet the demands of fans throughout the globe, building on the success of highlight clips previously shown on Twitter. "It's one thing to tell our fans that a game is getting close going into the fourth quarter, or that Steph Curry hit a half-court shot at the end of the third tying it up, but it's another thing for us to use pretty near live video in order to show fans what is happening," Melissa Brenner, the NBA's senior vice president of digital media, told AFP. Thomas grabs share of lead to open CIMB Classic defense Justin Thomas enjoyed a welcome return to Kuala Lumpur on Thursday when the American kicked off the defense of his CIMB Classic title by surging into a share of the lead at the $7 million co-sanctioned event. Thomas, who claimed his one and only PGA Tour title at the TPC Kuala Lumpur course last year when he edged out Adam Scott by a stroke, tallied nine birdies and a lone bogey in his first round this time to sign for an eight-under-par 64. If there's any such thing as an easy eight under, that was it," Thomas said in a post-round interview. Golf-U.S. PGA Tour CIMB Classic scores Oct 20 (Gracenote) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour CIMB Classic at the par-72 course on Thursday in Kuala Lumpur -8 Derek Fathauer (U.S.) 64 Keegan Bradley (U.S.) 64 Justin Thomas (U.S.) 64 -7 Paul Casey (Britain) 65 -6 Anirban Lahiri (India) 66 -5 Brian Harman (U.S.) 67 Aaron Baddeley (Australia) 67 Brendan Steele (U.S.) 67 Sergio Garcia (Spain) 67 -4 Patrick Reed (U.S.) 68 Scott Piercy (U.S.) 68 Harold Varner III (U.S.) 68 Jamie Lovemark (U.S.) 68 Charles Howell III (U.S.) 68 Kevin Kisner (U.S.) 68 -3 K.J. Choi (Korea) 69 James Hahn (U.S.) 69 Spencer Levin (U.S. ... Indians blank Blue Jays to reach World Series The Cleveland Indians are going to the World Series for the first time since 1997 after a 3-0 victory over the Blue Jays in Toronto. The Indians won the best-of-seven American League Championship Series four games to one and will host game one of the World Series on Tuesday against either the Chicago Cubs or Los Angeles Dodgers. Cubs beat Dodgers to even best-of-seven series at 2-2 (The Sports Xchange) - Anthony Rizzo and Addison Russell broke out of slumps by hitting home runs, and the Chicago Cubs pounded the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-2 to even the National League Championship Series at two games apiece Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. The Cubs, who were shut out the previous two games, broke a scoreless tie with a four-run fourth inning before pulling away. Game Two is Thursday at Dodger Stadium. Google signs CBS, in talks with others on web TV: sources Alphabet Inc's Google has reached an agreement with CBS Corp to carry the network on its planned web TV service and is in advanced talks with 21st Century Fox , Walt Disney Co and Viacom Inc to distribute their channels, people with knowledge of the talks told Reuters on Wednesday. The service, which will be part of Google's YouTube platform, is expected to launch in the first quarter and will include all of CBS's content, including live NFL games, one of the sources said. WRHL 2016-10-22T11:44:21Z