National Sports | WRHL National Sports 2015-01-28T03:13:41Z 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. Singapore Open to return next year with new sponsor The Singapore Open, once billed as "Asia's Major", will return next year for the first time since 2012 with a new title sponsor, organisers said on Wednesday. The Asian Tour said in a statement that Japan's Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp (SMBC) had signed a three-year deal to be the main sponsor of the event at Singapore's Sentosa Golf Club. The tournament, formerly one of the region's richest with prize money of $6 million when last held in November 2012, was cancelled in 2013 when British bank Barclays decided not renew its sponsorship. "The Singapore Open was always one of our best events... it is tremendous to have it back as it is an important event for our region and our tour," Asian Tour Chairman Kyi Hla Han said in the statement. Bulls end Warriors' 19-game home win streak in OT Derrick Rose scored 30 points and the Chicago Bulls outlasted Golden State 113-111 in overtime, snapping the Warriors' club-record home win streak at 19 games. The Warriors, leading the NBA in 3-pointers, on Tuesday went 0-for-13 from beyond the arc in the second half and over-time, missing all four long-range tries in the decisive extra five minutes, when Golden State was 2-of-11 shooting from the floor. Rose sank the winning basket with just over seven seconds remaining, sinking a long jumper with Klay Thompson's hand in his face. Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol each added 18 points for the Bulls, with Frenchman Noah grabbing 15 rebounds and passing out six assists and Spaniard Gasol adding 16 rebounds and eight assists. Ichiro inks one-year deal with Miami Marlins Ichiro Suzuki, a two-time American League batting champion nearing a Major League Baseball milestone, has signed a one-year contract with the Miami Marlins, the team announced. The 41-year-old Japanese outfielder, who needs only 156 hits to reach the coveted 3,000 mark in his North American career, is likely to be a reserve fielder and pinch hitter for the National League club. Suzuki, a 10-time All-Star, is the first Japanese player in the history of the Marlins. Plumlee, Oladipo among young stars in Dunk Contest The Orlando Magic's Victor Oladipo, the 2014 NBA Rookie of the Year runner-up, and Brooklyn Nets standout Mason Plumlee are among four rising stars named to the 30th NBA Slam Dunk Contest. Greek 20-year-old forward Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks and Minnesota rookie guard Zach LaVine will also compete in the annual showdown of acrobatic leaps and spectacular ball-jamming staged on the eve of the annual NBA All-Star Game. Clippers' Barnes blames fine on Suns owner cursing at him Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes was fined $25,000 by the NBA for shouting inappropriate language to a fan, then tweeted his comments were sparked by curses from Phoenix Suns majority owner Robert Sarver. The incident came 7:32 into the second quarter of the Clippers' 120-100 victory Sunday over the Suns at Phoenix. After the fine was imposed, Barnes took to Twitter to voice his displeasure and reveal his version of events. Irving, James power Cavaliers over Pistons Detroit (AFP) - Kyrie Irving scored 38 points and LeBron James added 32 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated Detroit 103-95 for their seventh NBA victory in a row. Two ex-Vanderbilt football players convicted in Tennessee rape trial By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - A Tennessee jury on Tuesday convicted two former Vanderbilt University football players of the campus rape of an unconscious female student. Prosecutors said the woman was raped by four Vanderbilt players on June 23, 2013, and the assault was proved by what the young men recorded on a cellphone. After 12 days of graphic testimony, jurors deliberated less than four hours before rendering a verdict. Cory Batey and Brandon Vandenburg, both 21, the first two suspects to go on trial, were found guilty of four counts of aggravated rape, one count of attempted aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. Super Bowl caps season of turmoil in league Seattle take on New England in what promises to be a compelling Super Bowl 49 on Sunday, but the title showcase caps a season of turmoil in the NFL. Commissioner Roger Goodell has been at the center of the storm as the league grappled -- often clumsily -- with charges of violence by players against women and children that put fans and sponsors on edge. Goodell was lashed for his handling of Ray Rice, the Baltimore Ravens running back who knocked out his then-fiancee Janay Palmer in a casino elevator. A probe conducted by former FBI director Robert Mueller uncovered no evidence that the league had seen the video of the punch, but scolded the NFL for failing to conduct a more complete investigation. Brady heard it all before at Super Bowl Media Day By Steve Keating PHOENIX (Reuters) - Taking part in his sixth Super Bowl Media Day, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has probably heard the questions all before during the 'anything-goes' get-together with reporters. Ahead of the 2008 Super Bowl, which was also played in Glendale where the Patriots will take on the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, Brady was asked by a female presenter from a Mexican television station if he would marry her. On Tuesday, no wedding proposals were put to the Patriots quarterback, who is married to supermodel Gisele Bundchen, but Brady fielded a few questions out of left field, like, 'Who has the best beard on the team?' Answer: 'Rob Ninkovich, Julian Edelman.' 'What hurts when you get sacked?' Answer: 'Depends where you land.' Brady answered all with a smile and good humor, clearly happy that the questioning, for the most part, steered clear of the deflated football controversy that has hung over the team since their blowout victory over the Indianapolis Colts that clinched a Super Bowl berth. Scottsdale's sweet 16th evokes strong memories for Tiger By Mark Lamport-Stokes SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (Reuters) - Tiger Woods has not competed at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in 14 years but he is remembered most by the raucous crowds that gather here at the TPC Scottsdale for his electrifying debut four years earlier. In January 1997, Woods was just three months from clinching his first major title in record-breaking style at the Masters and he gave the fans at Scottsdale a hint of the magic to come with a stunning ace in the Phoenix Open third round. Ten strokes off the lead after 36 holes, Woods arrived at the infamous par-three 16th and watched as his playing partner, fellow American Omar Uresti, hit his tee shot from 152 yards to just three feet behind the cup. "Just smelling and hearing the beer hit behind me on the tee box ... to turn around and see all this beer flying was crazy," Woods told reporters at the TPC Scottsdale on Tuesday after playing nine holes in practice. No limits at Super Bowl media day, the ultimate freak show By Steve Keating PHOENIX (Reuters) - If the Super Bowl is one of the greatest one-day sporting events then Media Day is the ultimate football freak show, a zany mix of journalism, superheroes and players in an anything-goes media mosh pit. The Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots, who will meet in Sunday's NFL championship, faced the media mob on Tuesday as thousands of reporters circled the floor during a question-and-answer free-for-all watched by thousands of fans in attendance. Very little is off limits at the annual Super Bowl Media Day. Without a hint of shame, "Entertainment Tonight" reporters can ask Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski to sing a Katy Perry song or New England coach Bill Belichick can get quizzed on what his favorite Joe Pesci movie is - and actually get an answer. Tight-lipped Lynch steals show at Media Day Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch, the self-described quiet man of the NFL, stole the show at Super Bowl Media Day on Tuesday, but his act got mixed reviews. Lynch's explosive on-field talents were on full display as the Seahawks rallied from a 16-0 halftime deficit against the Packers. Revis, Sherman can settle old dispute (Reuters) - Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis and brash Seahawks counterpart Richard Sherman will show off their coverage skills in Sunday's Super Bowl and perhaps settle a social media spat from a couple of seasons ago. Revis, a six-time Pro Bowler, traded words with Sherman in a Twitter tug of war after the young Seattle player bragged that he had overtaken Revis, who played only two games for the Jets that season due to a knee injury. This dude just steady putting my name in his mouth to get notoriety," Revis tweeted about Sherman, who claimed All-Pro honors that 2012 season, his second in the league. Super Bowl week hits high gear with Media Day madness Patriots coach Bill Belichick's flip-flops and hoodie shared the stage with Johnny Weir's designer duds and a man wearing a barrel Tuesday as the NFL's Super Bowl circus came to town. Media Day, once a day for Super Bowl contenders to talk somewhat seriously about their upcoming title clash, has evolved into a destination -- and an adventure destination at that, what with the step ladders, tripods microphone booms and selfie sticks being swung on the jam-packed floor of the US Airways Center -- home of the NBA's Phoenix Suns. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll laughed it off. Super Bowl, Tiger give Phoenix Open extra spark By Mark Lamport-Stokes SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (Reuters) - The Waste Management Phoenix Open and Super Bowl are both being staged this week in the Phoenix area and Patrick Reed, one of the hottest players on the PGA Tour, is licking his lips in anticipation. The National Football League's showpiece is the biggest sports event in the United States while the $6.3 million Phoenix Open, played at the TPC Scottsdale, is renowned for its raucous crowds and the loudest hole in golf. Add to that the return of former world number one Tiger Woods to PGA Tour action this week, for the first time in five months, and you have all the ingredients for a sporting extravaganza in the Grand Canyon State over the next five days. Two former Vanderbilt football players found guilty by Tennessee jury By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - Two former Vanderbilt University football players were found guilty on Tuesday in the rape of an unconscious female student. The case comes at a time of heightened national discussion about the prevalence of sexual assault on college campuses. Relatives of Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey broke into tears as the two were led away after the verdict. Also charged with the rape are former Vanderbilt football players Brandon Banks and Jaborian McKenzie, who are awaiting trial. Aussie Allenby makes PGA return after injuries Australian golfer Robert Allenby stood by his story of being abducted, beaten and robbed in Hawaii two weeks ago in comments Tuesday ahead of his return at the PGA Phoenix Open. The 43-year-old from Melbourne, who suffered cuts and bruises on his face from the incident, says he has no memory of more than two hours after being out at a wine bar on January 16 and police are investigating the matter as a robbery. Seahawks' Lynch: 'I'm here so I won't get fined' By Steve Keating PHOENIX (Reuters) - Marshawn Lynch, the Seattle Seahawks running back who shuns the media the same way he avoids tacklers, is a man of few words and he had just seven of them at his Super Bowl Media Day appearance on Tuesday. There was certainly not the slightest hint of any enjoyment in Lynch's latest run in with the media and it is almost certain that the NFL will not be impressed with his farcical display. Rusty but smiling Woods reveals a full set of teeth By Mark Lamport-Stokes SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (Reuters) - Tiger Woods, set to compete at the Waste Management Phoenix Open this week for the first time in 14 years, was in a humorous mood on Tuesday as he spoke about his rusty game and a repaired set of teeth. Eight days ago, Woods lost a front tooth and had another cracked by a video camera after watching his girlfriend Lindsey Vonn claim a record 63rd World Cup Alpine ski win in Italy. Woods said the collision occurred after he had climbed a hill to watch the podium presentation with all the photographers jostling for position below him. "Dude with a video camera on his shoulder, right in front of me, kneeling, stood up and turned and caught me square on the mouth. Golf-Rusty but smiling Woods reveals a full set of teeth By Mark Lamport-Stokes SCOTTSDALE, Arizona, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Tiger Woods, set to compete at the Waste Management Phoenix Open this week for the first time in 14 years, was in a humourous mood on Tuesday as he spoke about his rusty game and a repaired set of teeth. Eight days ago, Woods lost a front tooth and had another cracked by a video camera after watching his girlfriend Lindsey Vonn claim a record 63rd World Cup Alpine ski win in Italy. Woods said the collision occurred after he had climbed a hill to watch the podium presentation with all the photographers jostling for position below him. "Dude with a video camera on his shoulder, right in front of me, kneeling, stood up and turned and caught me square on the mouth. Wisconsin governor proposes bond plan for new NBA arena (Reuters) - Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on Tuesday proposed a plan that would help fund a new arena for the National Basketball Association's Milwaukee Bucks by tapping into expected growth in players' income tax payments. The Republican governor said his first-of-its-kind plan, dubbed "Pay Their Way," would spur economic growth while ensuring taxpayers would not be left picking up the tab. The plan would create a nine-member sports and entertainment district to pay off $220 million of new state appropriation bonds using growth in income taxes paid by members of the Bucks and visiting NBA teams due to salary increases and new television contracts. Current tax collections from those sources would not be used for bond payments. The bond proceeds would be contingent on the team's ability to secure the remaining $300 million for the arena. Allenby stands by initial report of Honolulu ordeal By Mark Lamport-Stokes SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (Reuters) - The curious tale of Robert Allenby's bruising ordeal in Honolulu has taken some unexpected twists but the Australian on Tuesday stuck by his original version of events. On Jan. 17, Allenby reported that he had been abducted the previous day from a wine bar, robbed and then dumped from a car in a Hawaii park about six miles (10 km) away after failing to qualify for the Sony Open in Honolulu. Golf-Allenby stands by initial report of Honolulu ordeal By Mark Lamport-Stokes SCOTTSDALE, Arizona, Jan 27 (Reuters) - The curious tale of Robert Allenby's bruising ordeal in Honolulu has taken some unexpected twists but the Australian on Tuesday stuck by his original version of events. On Jan. 17, Allenby reported that he had been abducted the previous day from a wine bar, robbed and then dumped from a car in a Hawaii park about six miles (10 km) away after failing to qualify for the Sony Open in Honolulu. No toothless Tiger: Woods all smiles for return Tiger Woods, who had a front tooth knocked out by a video cameraman last week, displayed a full smile Tuesday after a nine-hole practice round ahead of the Phoenix Open. "Every sport you get teeth knocked out," Woods said. Just down the road from where the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots will meet in Sunday's NFL Super Bowl spectacle, 14-time major winner Woods' first PGA Tour event since the PGA Championship last August after a back injury was commanding the golf world's attention. Golf-Abu Dhabi slump could have been due to complacency - Kaymer By Matt Smith DUBAI, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Complacency may have been the reason twice major winner Martin Kaymer blew a 10-stroke lead in the final round of this month's Abu Dhabi Championship, the German said on Tuesday. The U.S. Open title holder seemed unbeatable in the desert two weeks ago until a startling collapse featuring six dropped strokes in eight holes let in unheralded Frenchman Gary Stal for a maiden European Tour victory. "When you lead by six shots overnight and start off birdie- birdie-par-birdie you almost feel like not much could go wrong," Kaymer told reporters ahead of the Dubai Desert Classic that starts on Thursday. "In golf that little bit of too much confidence can hurt, it's a very fine line." Kaymer, who also landed the U.S. PGA Championship crown in 2010, said his Middle East meltdown would make him an even tougher competitor in the future. Clarke vying with Jimenez for captain's role, say top duo By Matt Smith DUBAI (Reuters) - The captain of the European side that will defend the Ryder Cup against the United States in Minnesota in 2016 will be Darren Clarke or Miguel Angel Jimenez, two stalwarts of the team said on Tuesday. World number two Henrik Stenson and sixth-ranked Sergio Garcia both believe it will be a straight fight between the Northern Irishman and the Spaniard over who replaces 2014 skipper Paul McGinley. "Most likely we're going to see a race between Darren and Miguel," Stenson told reporters on Tuesday ahead of this week's Dubai Desert Classic. I don't have to put any thought into it, I just have to wait like everybody else until the result comes out." The captain used to be decided by the players but it is now down to a five-man panel that includes former skippers McGinley, Jose Maria Olazabal and Colin Montgomerie. LPGA season opens with top field in Florida Top-ranked Park In-Bee of South Korea and second-ranked New Zealand teen Lydia Ko will try to follow stellar 2014 campaigns with hot 2015 starts when the LPGA season begins Wednesday. The inaugural $1.5 million Coates Championship in suburban Orlando, Florida, marks the opening of a 33-event global calendar offering $61.6 million in prize money. Park, the 2013 Player of the Year, and Ko, whose three wins last year included the season-ending Tour Championship, will be joined by 91 of the world's 100 top-ranked players, including 2014 Player of the Year Stacy Lewis, fellow American stars Michelle Wie -- the reigning US Women's Open champion -- and Lexi Thompson, Norway's Suzann Pettersen and South Korea's Ryu So Yeon. New England Patriots owner defends Brady, Belichick New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft defiantly defended his team, coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady on Monday as they opened Super Bowl week amid the football deflating controversy. Kraft said that if the NFL's investigation into the affair clears the Patriots of wrongdoing, the league will owe the team, and in particular Brady and Belichick, an apology. NBA's Thunder roll over struggling Timberwolves Russell Westbrook drove the lane for some huge field goals and Reggie Jackson nailed key second half free throws as the Oklahoma City Thunder easily beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 92-84. The Thunder cruised to the victory Monday despite missing superstar forward Kevin Durant, who sat out with a sprained toe. Durant injured his left big toe in the fourth quarter of Sunday's NBA contest against Cleveland. Westbrook tallied 18 points and five assists and Serge Ibaka had 13 points and pulled down 19 rebounds as the Thunder won for the fourth time in their last six contests. Former Red Sox pitcher Monbouquette dead at 78 (Reuters) - Former Major League Baseball All Star pitcher Bill Monbouquette has died of leukemia at the age of 78, the Boston Red Sox said on their website. Monbouquette pitched eight seasons for the Red Sox from 1958-65. He threw a no-hitter in 1962 and is ranked 10th in franchise strikeouts with 969. The right-hander, who later played for the Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees and San Francisco Giants before retiring in 1968, had a career 114-112 win-loss record and a 3.68 ERA. (Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Peter Rutherford) Patriots avoid blizzard but no escaping 'Deflategate' storm By Steve Keating PHOENIX (Reuters) - The New England Patriots escaped a winter blizzard to make their way to the Super Bowl city of Phoenix on Monday but there was no avoiding another storm as the mystery of the deflated footballs continued to swirl. As snow blanketed the U.S. Northeast the Patriots stepped off their flight into the teeth of a full blown controversy as hundreds of media welcomed them with questions about an NFL investigation into their use of under-inflated footballs during a victory over Indianapolis that clinched a Super Bowl berth. For over a week the Patriots have been hammered by questions about how 11 of 12 footballs used in the AFC Championship game did not meet NFL standards. On Monday the team blasted back, with team owner Robert Kraft sent out to take on the media. Warriors, Rockets to wear Chinese New Year uniforms The Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets will wear specially designed uniforms as a way of marketing the game to Chinese fans during the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations, the NBA said. The Rockets will wear the Chinese-themed uniforms when they host the Toronto Raptors on February 21, a day after the Warriors take to the court at home in their special Year of the Goat uniforms against the defending league champion San Antonio Spurs. NFL kicks off YouTube global game channel The channel at debuted just days before the championship Super Bowl game expected to draw a massive television audience for the American football league. "Partnering with YouTube and Google provides the NFL unique access to millions of highly engaged fans through the global leader in video and search," league vice president of media strategy Hans Schroeder said in a release. The YouTube channel will not stream the Super Bowl live, but will deliver game highlights shortly after they happen and commentary from analysts. "On any screen you watch YouTube, NFL's YouTube channel will bring you the sights and sounds this week in Arizona, from pre-game analysis to the highlights that everyone will be talking about," Google's Tim Katz said in a blog post. Locker room worker eyed in 'Deflategate' The NFL is looking at a New England Patriots locker room attendant as it probes improperly inflated footballs used by the team in their playoff victory over Indianapolis, a report said. Fox Sports reported Monday on the latest twist in the scandal dubbed "Deflategate" even as the Patriots were flying into Phoenix for the Super Bowl, where they will face reigning champions Seattle on Sunday in the 49th edition of the NFL's championship spectacular. According to the report, the NFL has interviewed the "person of interest" and is "trying to determine whether any wrongdoing by this individual occurred" after surveillance video showed the attendant taking the footballs from the officials' locker room to another room before bringing them onto the field. Sherman, Thomas vow injuries won't slow them Seattle's "Legion of Boom" will be at full strength come Sunday when the Seahawks take on New England in Super Bowl 49, with both Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas vowing injuries won't slow them. "When I come alive, nothing is limited," said Thomas, who suffered a shoulder injury in the second quarter of Seattle's dramatic NFC championship victory over Green Bay and played the second half wearing a harness. He returned to practice on Friday and upon arriving in Phoenix on Sunday said the injury won't inhibit him on the field as a member of the Seahawks' hard-hitting corps of defensive backs. Impartial staff to handle Super Bowl game-day balls By Steve Keating PHOENIX (Reuters) - Like nearly everyone else in America, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll knows more about footballs than he did a week ago as a controversy over deflated balls continued to dominate the Super Bowl buildup on Monday. Until the New England Patriots' blowout victory in the AFC championship, game-day balls were seldom given a second thought but are now the subject of an NFL investigation. "Maybe everyone would think you should have seen it before but I never checked on how the whole process of how our footballs were handled until this week," Carroll told reporters. It will never be the same because of what just happened." Each year, 700,000 footballs are produced for official NFL use, including 72 that will be used in Sunday's Super Bowl in Glendale, Arizona, between New England and Seattle. Poll shows nearly half believe NFL's Patriots are cheaters (Reuters) - Nearly half of those responding to a national survey believe the Super Bowl-bound New England Patriots, engulfed in controversy over the so-called "Deflategate" scandal, are cheaters. While 47 percent of respondents in the poll thought the Patriots are cheaters, only 28 percent believe Patriots head coach Bill Belichick should be suspended for the Super Bowl. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady fared better, with only 25 percent saying Tom Brady should be suspended. Super Bowl: from humble origin to king of U.S. sports events From modest beginnings of cheap tickets and empty seats to $4.5 million for a 30-second TV ad, the Super Bowl approaches its golden anniversary entrenched as the undisputed king of U.S. sporting events. Super Bowl 49 will pit the Seattle Seahawks against the New England Patriots in Glendale, Arizona, on Sunday and figures to join 21 previous Super Bowls atop the list of most watched U.S. TV broadcasts. A far cry from the first Super Bowl clash between the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs in 1967, according to Jerry Izenberg of the (New Jersey) Star-Ledger, one of only two reporters to have covered ever Super Bowl. WRHL 2015-01-28T08:13:41Z