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10ThingstoSeeSports - Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (10) can't make the catch as Indianapolis Colts cornerback Greg Toler (28) defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in Denver. The Broncos won 31-24. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney, File)Here's a look at some of the defining moments, exciting scenes, triumphs and defeats from the world of sports.


File: In this Tuesday May, 20, 2014, file photo Oscar Pistorius outide the HIgh Court in Pretoria, South Africa. Presiding Judge Thokozile Masipa is expected to announce her verdict in Pistorius' murder trail after scrutinizing evidence Thursday and Friday given by 37 witnesses in a court transcript running to thousands of pages in a drama that has played out over six months. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide


James Harrison watches the Pittsburgh Steelers warming up prior to a game against the New England Patriots, at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 30, 2011Washington (AFP) - The injury-hit Pittsburgh Steelers are apparently poised to bring former NFL defensive player of the year James Harrison out of his short retirement.


Quarterback Jay Cutler of the Chicago Bears looks to pass against the New York Jets during a game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on September 22, 2014East Rutherford (United States) (AFP) - Jay Cutler threw for two touchdowns and the injury-riddled Chicago Bears held off the New York Jets 27-19 on Monday to wrap up week three of the NFL season.


NFL: Chicago Bears at New York JetsSep 22 (Reuters) - The Chicago Bears struck early and never trailed as they rode two Martellus Bennett touchdowns to a 27-19 win over the New York Jets on Monday. The Jets trailed 14-0 early on and while the home side battled hard to come back, getting within five points in the fourth quarter, the Bears were able to hold them out. The Jets had marched into the red zone in the final minute and at fourth and five from the nine-yard-line, quarterback Geno Smith connected with Jeremy Kerley at the back of the end zone, but the wide receiver failed to keep his feet in bounds. ...


Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees smiles prior to their game against the Baltimore Orioles, at Yankee Stadium in New York, on September 22, 2014New York (AFP) - New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter is doing everything he can to extend his last Major League Baseball campaign.


File photo of Tennessee Titans' kicker Rob Bironas celebrating after he kicked a 40-yard field goal to lead the Titans to a win in their NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Nashville(Reuters) - Former NFL kicker Rob Bironas was reported missing by his wife the night he died in a crash in Nashville because she found it unusual for him to leave without telling her, The Tennessean newspaper reported on Monday. The newspaper also posted on its website a recording of a call made to emergency dispatchers that had the voice of another driver who said Bironas, a former kicker with the Tennessee Titans, tried to run her and her husband off the road. ...


NBA Commissioner Adam Silver commences the 2014 NBA Draft at Barclays Center, in New York, on June 26, 2014New York (AFP) - NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Monday the league will review its policies on domestic violence, trying to head off the kind of crisis now facing the NFL.


Team Europe Captain Paul McGuinley (L) and US Team Captain Tom Watson at a press conference in Gleneagles on September 22, 2014, before the start of the Ryder CupGleneagles (United Kingdom) (AFP) - The guessing game gets going in earnest at the Ryder Cup on Tuesday as players set out in groups for their first practice rounds at Gleneagles.


File of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice warming up during the NFL's Super Bowl XLVII football practice in New OrleansBy Eric Kelsey (Reuters) - The owner of the National Football League's Baltimore Ravens apologized on Monday for not demanding the graphic video of former star running back Ray Rice striking his then-fiance, saying it "never crossed my mind" and he was "deeply sorry." Stephen Bisciotti offered the mea culpa at a news conference the team called to address an ESPN report that alleged the Ravens had advocated for lenient punishment for Rice and knew about the contents of the video early on. ...


Glover Quin and Stephen Tulloch of the Detroit Lions tackle Jerricho Cotchery of the Carolina Panthers during their game on September 14, 2014Los Angeles (AFP) - Detroit Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch will miss the rest of the new NFL season after tearing a knee ligament in a sack celebration gone awry, the team said Monday.


Rickie Fowler of the US Team is pictured during a practice sesson on the Gleneagles golf course in Gleneagles, Scotland, on September 22, 2014, ahead of the Ryder Cup match between Europe and the United StatesGleneagles (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Rickie Fowler has shaved a "USA" into the side of his head and American captain Tom Watson has already selected a motivational chant for a Ryder Cup that doesn't even start until Friday.


Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti addresses the media during a news conference at the team's practice facility concerning the recent controversy surrounding former player Ray Rice on September 22, 2014 in Owings Mills, MarylandWashington (AFP) - Baltimore Ravens owner Stephen Bisciotti on Monday denied orchestrating a cover-up over the Ray Rice domestic violence case but apologized for the franchise's inadequate response to the scandal.


File of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice warming up during the NFL's Super Bowl XLVII football practice in New OrleansBy Eric Kelsey (Reuters) - The owner of the National Football League's Baltimore Ravens on Monday apologized for not demanding the graphic video of former star running back Ray Rice striking his then-fiance, saying it "never crossed my mind" and he was "deeply sorry." Stephen Bisciotti offered the mea culpa at a news conference the team had called in response to address an ESPN investigative story that alleged the team had advocated for lenient punishment for Rice and knew about the contents of the video early on. ...


Mike Weir of Canada putts on the practice green during a practice day for the 2009 PGA Championship golf tournament at Hazeltine National Golf Club in ChaskaBy Tony Jimenez GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) - The 24 players in this week's Ryder Cup must leave their egos at the front gate and focus on the needs of their respective teams, according to one of golf's top psychologists Dr Bob Rotella. The 65-year-old American, who boasts world number one and European team leader Rory McIlroy as a client, believes the stigma attached to being part of a losing team is hard to bear. "The players are competing for something bigger than themselves this week," Rotella told Reuters in a telephone interview from his home in Charlottesville, Virginia. ...


MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at San Francisco Giants(Reuters) - Efforts to speed up the pace of play in Major League Baseball have intensified as commissioner Bud Selig has challenged a new committee to find ways to shorten the average time of a game. Three seasons ago seven MLB teams averaged over three hours a game, while now all but one of the 30 teams do, according to CBSSports.com. "The goals of the committee will focus on decreasing time of game and improving the overall pace of play in the 2015 regular season and beyond," MLB said in a statement on Monday. ...


Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland speaks to a television crew at the Gleneagles golf course in Scotland, on September 22, 2014, ahead of the Ryder Cup match between Europe and the United StatesGleneagles (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Top-ranked Rory McIlroy was a focus for both Ryder Cup captains upon arrival Monday at Gleneagles, Americans trying to defeat him and Europeans making sure he wakes up on time.


By Andrew Both CARY North Carolina (Reuters) - It is often said that the depth of talent on the PGA Tour has become stronger than ever, but does this apparently widespread belief stand up to statistical analysis? There are several ways to 'measure' depth but, at first glance, it might help to get the opinion of professional golfers who have been playing the tour since the 1990s. Australian Stuart Appleby and American David Toms, two veterans who have competed on the U.S. ...
By Andrew Both CARY, North Carolina, Sept 22 (Reuters) - It is often said that the depth of talent on the PGA Tour has become stronger than ever, but does this apparently widespread belief stand up to statistical analysis? There are several ways to 'measure' depth but, at first glance, it might help to get the opinion of professional golfers who have been playing the tour since the 1990s. Australian Stuart Appleby and American David Toms, two veterans who have competed on the U.S. ...

The word "USA" is seen on Rickie Fowler's hair during practice ahead of the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in ScotlandBy Tony Jimenez GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) - Rickie Fowler has a new "USA" haircut and his Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson thinks it's terrific. The 25-year-old Fowler, who is making his second appearance in the biennial team event this week, raised a few eyebrows when he showed off the letters 'USA' shaved into the side of his head during practice on Monday. "I thought it was terrific," Watson told a news conference. "It brings a light spirit to the team. ...


By Tony Jimenez GLENEAGLES, Scotland, Sept 22 (Reuters) - Rickie Fowler has a new "USA" haircut and his Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson thinks it's terrific. The 25-year-old Fowler, who is making his second appearance in the biennial team event this week, raised a few eyebrows when he showed off the letters 'USA' shaved into the side of his head during practice on Monday. "I thought it was terrific," Watson told a news conference. "It brings a light spirit to the team. ...

Europe Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley smiles during a news conference ahead of the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in ScotlandBy Tony Jimenez GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) - Paul McGinley rates his Ryder Cup team as one of the strongest assembled by Europe but he will be mindful this week of the special influence rival captain Tom Watson can exert on his United States side. Holders Europe are considered the favorites to win the 40th edition of the biennial team event especially as they boast four of the top six players in the world rankings and have won seven of the last nine Ryder Cups. McGinley, however, sounded a cautionary note to his 12 players. "We are confident. ...


PGA: The Tour Championship by Coca-Cola-Final RoundGLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) - World number one Rory McIlroy will have a metaphorical target on his back at this week's Ryder Cup in the same way Tiger Woods did in his heyday, according to Europe's triumphant 2010 captain Colin Montgomerie. Montgomerie believes all 12 members of the United States team will relish the chance of claiming McIlroy's scalp if they are drawn against the British Open and U.S. PGA champion in the foursomes, fourballs or singles matches. ...


Sept 22 (Infostrada Sports) - The World Rankings 1. (1) Rory McIlroy (Britain) 11.75 2. (2) Adam Scott (Australia) 9.14 3. (3) Sergio Garcia (Spain) 7.86 4. (5) Jim Furyk (U.S.) 7.68 5. (4) Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 7.58 6. (6) Justin Rose (Britain) 7.34 7. (7) Bubba Watson (U.S.) 7.16 8. (8) Jason Day (Australia) 6.77 9. (9) Matt Kuchar (U.S.) 6.50 10. (10) Rickie Fowler (U.S.) 5.88 11. (11) Phil Mickelson (U.S.) 5.80 12. (12) Martin Kaymer (Germany) 5.22 13. (13) Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 5.13 14. (14) Billy Horschel (U.S.) 5.08 15. (15) Tiger Woods (U.S.) 4.85 16. (16) Zach Johnson (U.S.) 4.80 17. ...

NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at Carolina Panthers(Reuters) - Pittsburgh's defense sucked the life out of previously unbeaten Carolina while Ben Roethlisberger passed for two touchdowns to help the Steelers record a 37-19 victory on Sunday. The Steelers' defense forced their first two turnovers of the season while the offense gained 454 yards on the back of Roethlisberger's passes to Antonio Brown and running back Le'Veon Bell's 147 rushing yards. LeGarrette Blount also ran for 118 yards for Pittsburgh as they established their ground game. ...


Reuters sports schedule at 0600 GMT on Monday: - - - - NFL Seahawks down Broncos in Super Bowl rematch The Seattle Seahawks needed overtime this time, but the Super Bowl champions defeated the Denver Broncos again on Sunday in a rematch of last season's NFL title game. (NFL/, moved, by Mark Lamport-Stokes, 400 words). - - Pittsburgh show steel in defense to beat Carolina Pittsburgh's defense sucked the life out of previously unbeaten Carolina, while Ben Roethlisberger passed for two touchdowns to help the Steelers record a 37-19 victory on Sunday. ...

Running back Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates after rushing for the winning touchdown in overtime against the Denver Broncos, at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington, on September 21, 2014Seattle (AFP) - The Seattle Seahawks edged the Denver Broncos 26-20 in overtime in a rare Super Bowl re-match as onfield action regained center stage in the NFL.


NFL: Denver Broncos at Seattle Seahawks(Reuters) - The Seattle Seahawks needed overtime this time, but the Super Bowl champions defeated the Denver Broncos again on Sunday in a rematch of last season's NFL title game. Running back Marshawn Lynch bulldozed his way into the end zone from six yards out to give the Seahawks a 26-20 victory after the Broncos had rallied from a 17-5 deficit in the fourth quarter. ...


Cornerback DeShawn Shead of the Seattle Seahawks speaks to the media during Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day, at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on January 28, 2014Seattle (AFP) - Amid the furor over the NFL's handling of recent domestic abuse incidents, there was a heart-warming moment in Seattle Sunday as Seahawk DeShawn Shead proposed to his girlfriend.


NFL: Denver Broncos at Seattle Seahawks(Reuters) - Russell Wilson and the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks survived an inspired fightback by the Denver Broncos to claim a thrilling 26-20 overtime win on Sunday in a heavyweight rematch of last season's title game. A week after suffering a surprise loss to the Chargers in the searing heat of San Diego, the Seahawks regained some of their championship swagger with a confident display on home turf for the first three quarters at CenturyLink Field. ...


Hur Mi-Jung of South Korea poses with the trophy after winning the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic, at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, at Capitol Hill Senator Course in Prattville, Alabama, on September 21, 2014Prattville (United States) (AFP) - Hur Mi-Jung fired a six-under par 66 to win the LPGA Yokohama Tire Classic, holding off a final-round charge from world number one Stacy Lewis.


NFL: San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals(Reuters) - An $11,000 fine for unsportsmanlike conduct levied against San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick resulted from his use of a racial slur during a game last week, Fox Sports reported on Sunday. Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, citing an unidentified National Football League referee, said Kaepernick slung the "N-word" at Chicago Bears' defender Lamarr Houston as the two exchanged insults after a play in the Sept. 14 game. Houston is black and Kaepernick is biracial. Kaepernick has denied using inappropriate language and said he would appeal the fine. ...


NFL: Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions(Reuters) - The Detroit Lions defense overwhelmed the Green Bay Packers and Eli Manning engineered the first win of the season for the New York Giants in a Sunday of NFL surprises. Defensive back Don Carey scored on a 40-yard fumble return in the first quarter and running back Reggie Bush had a 26-yard scoring run in the fourth as the Lions upended the Packers 19-7, holding Green Bay to 223 yards total offense at Ford Field. Manning threw for 234 yards and two touchdowns as the Giants beat Houston 30-17, handing the Texans their first loss of the season. ...


Masahiro Tanaka the New York Yankees pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium on September 21, 2014Masahiro Tanaka, making his first start since early July, pitched five plus solid innings as the New York Yankees cruised to a 5-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday.


MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at New York YankeesBy Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York Yankees and Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka both breathed sighs of relief on Sunday as the right-hander came back from a two-month layoff for an elbow injury to win at Yankee Stadium. Tanaka, making his first appearance since complaining of elbow pain on July 8, threw all his pitches without discomfort, going five and one-third innings and allowing one run in a 5-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays as he improved to 13-4. “It’s been a while," the 25-year-old Tanaka said through an interpreter. "Overall I’m pretty satisfied with how I pitched today. ...


Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland watches his tee shot on the seventh hole during the final round of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola at the East Lake Golf Club on September 14, 2014 in Atlanta, GeorgiaEdinburgh (AFP) - Europe's star-man Rory McIlroy said Sunday that winning next week's Ryder Cup would be "the icing on the cake" of a brilliant year.


Rob Bironas of the Tennessee Titans celebrates after kicking a field goal against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field on September 8, 2013 in Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaNashville (AFP) - Rob Bironas, who played nine seasons with the Tennessee Titans, was killed in a single-vehicle accident near his home, the NFL team announced Sunday. He was 36.


Feinstein talks to reporters at the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Women of the U.S. Senate have taken notice and will speak up about how the National Football League has handled domestic abuse cases involving its players, a leading lawmaker said on Sunday. Several recent cases involving NFL players harming their partners or children have embarrassed the league, prompting NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to apologize on Friday and promise reforms. That has not silenced the criticism. ...


Netherland's Joost Luiten watches his shot from the 5th tee during the British Open Golf Championship on July 18, 2014Newport (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Dutchman Joost Luiten won the Wales Open by one shot on Sunday, as he overcame a dreadful start and a nervous finish, to edge Englishman Tommy Fleetwood and Ireland's Shane Lowry at Celtic Manor.


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