Chicago Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo was hit with a one-game suspension on Monday following his angry on-court exchange with coach Jim Boylen, the team said Monday. Rondo was involved in an acrimonious spat with associate head coach Boylen during and after the Bulls' 107-82 defeat to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday. Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg said Rondo had been suspended for "conduct detrimental to the team" ahead of Monday's clash with the Portland Trail Blazers.
Tiger Woods looks toward the 2017 golf season with hope his injury woes are behind him and the second act of his career might have echoes of its sensational start. Woods completed his comeback event from a career-longest 16-month layoff following back surgery Sunday at the Hero World Challenge, settling for 15th place after playing 72 holes in four-under-par 284 at Albany Golf Club. The 18-man invitational at the remote Bahamas enclave where Woods is a member is far less of a challenge than regular PGA events will provide, much less majors.
Jury selection began on Monday in the murder trial of a Louisiana man accused of fatally shooting retired NFL player Will Smith and wounding the athlete's wife following an April vehicle collision in New Orleans. Cardell Hayes, 29, is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Smith, a former defensive lineman for the New Orleans Saints and a prominent member of the team during their 2010 Super Bowl victory. Smith, who was 34 and had retired from the National Football League in 2014, was shot eight times on the night of April 9 and his body was found slumped over the steering wheel of his Mercedes SUV, according to police.
(Reuters) - Under Armour Inc signed a 10-year contract with Major League Baseball to be its official uniform supplier, the sportswear maker's first such deal with a professional league. The company will become the exclusive provider of all on-field uniform components including jerseys, game-day outerwear and year-round training apparel for all 30 MLB clubs beginning in the 2020 MLB season, replacing Majestic Athletic. "This is a watershed moment for the Under Armour brand," Chief Executive Kevin Plank said in a statement.
Veteran Mukesh Kumar has blown the chance to tee up alongside Masters champion Danny Willett, Olympic gold medallist Justin Rose and US Ryder Cup star Patrick Reed -- because his passport has expired. India's 51-year-old Kumar secured his maiden Asian Tour victory at the weekend's $400,000 Panasonic Open India by one stroke and became the circuit's oldest winner in the process. It was the biggest win of his 32-year professional career and gave him entry to the star-studded $2 million Hong Kong Open, co-sanctioned by the European Tour, which begins on Thursday -- but he can't travel.
Russell Westbrook became the first player since Michael Jordan in 1989 to notch five straight triple-doubles in the NBA, his latest on Sunday powering Oklahoma City to a 101-92 victory over the Pelicans in New Orleans. Westbrook scored 28 points, pulled down 17 rebounds and handed out 12 assists for his 10th triple-double of the season and his fifth in a row. "It's just a blessing," Westbrook said.
Tom Brady piloted the New England Patriots to a 26-10 victory over the Los Angeles Rams, his 201st NFL triumph breaking the all-time record for wins by a quarterback. "We're in the locker room with a walking legend," Patriots cornerback Malcom Butler said after Brady threw for one touchdown pass in the victory that took the Patriots to 10-2 for the season.
(Reuters) - Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was benched for the start of his team’s 40-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks due to a dress-code violation, NBC reported on Sunday. Newton's back-up, Derek Anderson, handled the team’s first possession. Newton was back under center on Carolina's next drive.
(Reuters) - Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas fractured his lower left leg on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers and later said he was considering retiring from the NFL. Thomas suffered what was reported as a crack to his tibia during the second quarter. “This game has been so good to me no regrets," he said on Twitter.
(Reuters) - The New York Yankees have landed free agent Matt Holliday, agreeing to terms with the power-hitting outfielder on Sunday, according to a report on Major League Baseball's website. Holliday, who turns 37 in January, missed seven weeks last season with a fractured thumb but finished the year batting .246 with 20 homers and 62 RBIs in 110 games. A seven-time All Star, Holliday spent the last seven seasons in St. Louis, is a career .303 hitter with 295 homers and 1,153 RBIs in 13 seasons.
(Reuters) - Former Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig and long-time MLB executive John Schuerholz were elected to the baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday. The selections were made by the veterans committee at Oxon Hill, Md., ahead of baseball's winter meetings. Selig and Schuerholz will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., on July 30.
Tom Brady earned his 201st career victory counting the playoffs on Sunday to become the winningest quarterback in National Football League history. Brady completed 33-of-49 passes for 269 yards and broke a tie for all-time wins with Peyton Manning as the New England Patriots manhandled the Los Angeles Rams 26-10. Brady, who was playing on a sore knee, threw one touchdown pass for the Patriots who improved to 10-2 on the season.
By Mark Lamport-Stokes (Reuters) - Tiger Woods' return to competition after an absence of nearly 16 months was a mixed bag, though the former world number one said he had a great week simply competing at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. While Woods showed flashes of the brilliant golf he produced while accumulating 14 major titles, he also delivered the inept, often finding sandy waste areas off the tee or with approach shots, and occasionally bladed bunker shots over greens. "I am just so thankful to be back out here playing again," Woods told reporters after closing with a four-over 76 on Sunday to finish 15th in a final field of 17.
Golden State star Draymond Green was still steamed this weekend over the flagrant foul he received when his flailing leg found the head of Houston's James Harden in the Warriors' NBA loss to the Rockets on Thursday. "I wouldn’t call it unnatural," Harden said.
Hideki Matsuyama captured his fourth title in the past two months Sunday by holding off reigning British Open champion Henrik Stenson to win the Hero World Challenge by two strokes. The 24-year-old Japanese star served notice that he will be a contender to become his homeland's first male major golf champion by taking the 18-man invitational event hosted by 14-time major winner Tiger Woods. "He's going to be one of the top guys to beat for a very long time," said Woods, who made his comeback this week from a 16-month back injury layoff.
(Reuters) - Japan's Hideki Matsuyama, the hottest player in world golf over the past two months, survived a shaky back nine to clinch his fourth win in five starts with a two-stroke victory at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas on Sunday. While tournament host Tiger Woods delivered the good, bad and ugly as he finished 14 shots back in his much anticipated return to competition, Matsuyama ended a dominant week with his worst round, a one-over 73 at the Albany course on the island of New Providence. The 24-year-old Japanese, seven strokes ahead overnight in the 18-man event, birdied two of the first nine holes, then shrugged off a double at the 10th and a bogey at the 14th as he posted an 18-under total in blustery conditions.
Tiger Woods was pleased about his return to competition at the Hero World Challenge despite inconsistent play Sunday, but has not decided on a specific tournament to continue his comeback. Woods, who turns 41 later this month, made five birdies, three bogeys and three double bogeys on his way to finishing 72 holes on four-under 284 -- 14 shots behind winner Hideki Matsuyama of Japan. "Big picture, it feels good to be back out here playing again, competing and trying to beat the best players in the world," Woods said.
(The Sports Xchange) - Despite being mired in another losing season, the Los Angeles Rams have handed head coach Jeff Fisher a contract extension. The deal was agreed to in the preseason and signed during the season, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and confirmed by ESPN. In his first four seasons with the Rams, the 58-year-old Fisher led the team to records of 7-8-1, 7-9, 6-10, and 7-9.
Brandon Stone claimed a second European Tour victory as he ran away from the field for a seven-stroke triumph at the Alfred Dunhill Championship at the Leopard Creek Country Club on Sunday. Four birdies in five holes from 10th strengthened his grip on the leaderboard and saw him move away from the chasing pack to add to the South African Open title he won in January. Fellow South African Richard Sterne was second after a final round 67 with Belgian Thomas Detry a further two shots back in third place.
Dec 4 (Gracenote) - Scores from the European Tour Dunhill Championship at the par-72 course on Sunday in Malelane -22 Brandon Stone (South Africa) 67 66 66 67 -15 Richard Sterne (South Africa) 68 70 68 67 -13 Thomas Detry (Belgium) 69 71 67 68 -12 Graeme Storm (Britain) 73 67 68 68 Thomas Aiken (South Africa) 69 67 71 69 Scott Jamieson (Britain) 67 71 69 69 Carlos Pigem (Spain) 68 69 70 69 Charl Schwartzel (South Africa) 66 68 68 74 Benjamin Hebert (France) 70 66 68 72 -11 Bryce Easton (South Africa) 70 69 67 71 -10 Keith Horne (South Africa) 69 66 67 76 Chris Hanson (Britain) 69 65 68 76 ...
American Harold Varner III claimed his first professional victory at the Australian PGA Championship Sunday on the Gold Coast by two strokes. Varner, 26, who lost in a three-way play-off in last year's event, fired rounds of 65, 72, 67 and 65 for 19-under 269. Varner came closest to winning his first top-level pro event when runner-up after a three-way playoff with Dylan Frittelli and eventual 2015 champion Nathan Holman a year ago.
Stephen Curry finished with 31 points as the Golden State Warriors extended their league record streak of games without consecutive defeats with a dominating 138-109 win over the Phoenix Suns. The Warriors have now gone 106 games without back-to-back losses as they rebounded Saturday from a 132-127 double overtime defeat two night earlier to the Houston Rockets. The Warriors shot a season-high 62.8 percent from the field against the Suns, just shy of their franchise record of 63.6 percent.
Isaiah Thomas scored the go-ahead layup with 30 seconds left as the Boston Celtics defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 107-106. Thomas finished with 37 points to match his season high and fell one point short of his career high as Boston won for the third time in four games and the sixth time in eight. "I just love the fourth quarter," Thomas said.
Big-hitting American Harold Varner III bagged nine birdies in a sizzling final round 65 to win the Australian PGA Championship by two strokes from overnight leader Andrew Dodt on the Gold Coast on Sunday. Varner, who missed out on the title after a playoff last year, rode some brilliant iron work in blustery conditions at Royal Pines to become the first non-Australian to win the title since New Zealander Greg Turner in 1999. The 26-year-old, who last year became the first African-American to earn his U.S. PGA Tour card through the feeder Web.com circuit, is also the first winner from the United States since Hale Irwin in 1978.
(Reuters) - Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green slammed the NBA on Saturday for its officiating, two days after he was penalized for a flagrant foul that led to his team losing to the Houston Rockets. Green was given a flagrant foul late in the game against the Rockets when his flailing leg connected with the head of James Harden during a shot attempt.Houston earned two points and possession of the ball in their 132-127 double overtime win over the Warriors, who had their 12-game winning streak snapped.The play was the latest for Green who has been repeatedly penalized for his frequent high kicks."I just laugh at it," Green told the Mercury News.
(Reuters) - Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has cleared the NFL's concussion protocol and is set to return on Monday against the New York Jets. Luck's concussion caused him to miss his team's Thanksgiving Day contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers, which the Colts lost 28-7.
DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry combined for 38 points as the Toronto Raptors routed the Atlanta Hawks 128-84 on Saturday to stretch their winning streak to a season-best six games. Lowry also had eight assists and Patrick Patterson tallied 17 points for Toronto who moved into a tie with Cleveland for first place in the NBA's Eastern Conference. It was the sixth loss in a row for the Hawks (10-11), who also have dropped nine of their last 10 games.
New England's star tight end Rob Gronkowski will miss the remainder of the NFL season the Patriots confirmed, one day after he had surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back. The Patriots had said Thursday they would wait to see the results of the surgery before making a final decision on whether Gronkowski might return. There was a slight possibility Gronkowski could be ready for the Super Bowl if the 9-2 Patriots made it to the championship game.
(Reuters) - Seven has been a magic number for Japan's Hideki Matsuyama in recent weeks and it was no different at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas in Saturday's third round. World number six Matsuyama has been a winner three times in his last four starts worldwide, and on two of those occasions he triumphed by seven strokes to establish himself as the hottest player in the game. With typical humility, Matsuyama said his sizzling form owed a great deal to the help of fellow PGA Tour player and compatriot Hiroshi Iwata, along with a slice or two of good fortune.
(The Sports Xchange) - Tight end Rob Gronkowski's season is over after the New England Patriots placed him on injured reserve on Saturday one day after he underwent surgery in Los Angeles to repair a herniated disk in his back. New England (9-2), which currently has the inside track on the No. 1 playoff seed in the AFC, had announced on Thursday that it would wait to receive the results of the surgery before making a final determination on Gronkowski's status. Initial estimates prior to the procedure listed a recovery timetable of two months, leaving open the slight possibility of Gronkowski being available should the Patriots advance to the Super Bowl.
(Reuters) - For a third day in a row, Tiger Woods treated his fans to a rousing start in his much anticipated return to competition but lost momentum over the closing stretch at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas on Saturday. Woods, who had been sidelined for nearly 16 months due to back-related issues, birdied six of the first 11 holes while briefly closing to within two shots of the lead before bogeying 13 and 14, and ending the third round with a double bogey. The 40-year-old Woods, the prime focus of attention in the 18-man event which he hosts at the Albany course on the island of New Providence, signed for a two-under 70 that put him a distant 11 behind runaway leader Hideki Matsuyama of Japan (65).
Hideki Matsuyama, seeking his fourth title in the past two months, fired a seven-under par 65 Saturday to seize a seven-stroke lead after the third round of the Hero World Challenge. "The eagle at seven was huge," Matsuyama said. Matusyama stood on 19-under par 197 after 54 holes at the 18-player invitational event hosted by Tiger Woods, who is making his comeback this week after a 16-month back injury layoff.
Tiger Woods sees daily progress in his return from a 16-month back injury layoff and hinted Saturday he is still chasing the record 18 majors won by Jack Nicklaus. Woods, a 14-time major champion, sizzled early for the third consecutive round but fizzled late in firing a two-under-par 70 at his comeback event, the Hero World Challenge hosted by his charity foundation. The great thing is I'm building and each day I've gotten a little bit stronger," said Woods, who admits tiring on late holes.
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr says marijuana didn't help his chronic back pain, but he still thinks pro sports leagues must eventually reconsider their opposition to the drug. Kerr told CSN Bay Area that he experimented with marijuana a "few times" to help him cope with pain. Medicinal marijuana use has been legalized by the state of California, although it's still illegal under US federal law and against the rules for players in the NBA, NFL and Major League Baseball.
(The Sports Xchange) - Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he smoked marijuana to treat the pain as he recovered from two back operations and believes it may be a better option for professional athletes than some painkillers. Kerr told CSN Bay Area on Friday that he experimented with the drug a "few times" to help him overcome the chronic back pain over the last two seasons. "I guess maybe I can even get in some trouble for this, but I've actually tried it twice during the last year and a half, when I've been going through this chronic pain that I've been dealing with," Kerr said on The Warriors Insider Podcast.
(Reuters) - Brandon Stone edged closer to a second European Tour title with a fine 66 in the third round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship on Saturday to lead by three shots at Leopard Creek Country Club. The 23-year-old South African moved to 17 under par for the tournament, ahead of compatriots Keith Horne (67) and Charl Schwartzel (68), and England's Chris Hanson (68), who were tied second on 14 under par. Stone, who represented South Africa at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games this year after a number of higher-ranked players withdrew, is looking to add to his BMW Open title won in January.
Dwyane Wade and the Chicago Bulls handed the Cleveland Cavaliers a third straight defeat, and superstar LeBron James said it should serve as a wakeup call to the defending NBA champions. "It's a new season and everyone is gunning for us every night," James told reporters after his Cavs fell 111-105. "The honeymoon stage is over," James added.
Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan combined for 40 points on Friday as the Raptors clobbered the Los Angeles Lakers 113-80 in Toronto to stretch their NBA winning streak to five games. Lowry finished with 24 points and seven assists while DeRozan tallied 16 points and six assists in a wire-to-wire victory for the Raptors, who didn't allow the Lakers to get within 17 points in the final quarter.