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Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne (87) runs away from New York Giants' Jayron Hosley (28) for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide


Stacy Lewis of US plays a shot during the third round of Honda LPGA Thailand 2015 tournament in the resort of Pattaya on February 28, 2015World number three Stacy Lewis remained on top at the Honda LPGA Thailand on Saturday but a series of costly bogeys saw her comfortable lead significantly depleted ahead of the final day. On Friday Lewis had stormed three shots into the lead during day two of the $1.5 million tournament at the Siam Country Club with a perfect round boosted by eight birdies. Where Lewis struggled, Germany's Sandra Gal thrived, shooting a masterful six-birdie 68 bringing her up to third place and within a two-shot striking distance of Lewis. South Korean duo Jenny Shin and Lee Mi-rim will go into the final day in joint fourth place followed by two-time winner Tseng Yani of Taiwan.


Lewis of the U.S. tees off the fourth hole during the third round of the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic women's golf tournament at the Grey Silo course in Waterloo(Reuters) - Stacy Lewis regained her composure after making four bogeys in her first six holes to retain the outright lead after the third round of the women's Thailand Open on Saturday. The American, ranked third in the world, bogeyed the second, fourth, fifth and sixth to slip one shot behind playing partner, South Korea's Amy Yang, after starting the day three strokes in front.


Russell Westbrook of Oklahoma City dunks the ball in the second half during the 2015 NBA All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden on February 15, 2015 in New York CityPortland (AFP) - Russell Westbrook recorded his third straight triple double but it wasn't enough to beat Portland as the Trail Blazers defeated Oklahoma City 115-112 Friday night.


Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry (L) and Los Angeles Clippers Chris Paul battle for loose ball on December 25, 2014Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry rebounded from a poor shooting performance to combine for 47 points as the Golden State Warriors whipped the Toronto Raptors 113-89 on Friday. Thompson tallied 25 points with five assists and Curry finished with 22 points with five rebounds in front of a crowd of 19,800 at the Air Canada Centre arena. Thompson and Curry carried the load Friday, joining forces to shoot 17-of-31 against the Swiss cheese Toronto defense.


Chris Paul (R) of the Los Angeles Clippers tries to get past Patrick Beverley of the Houston Rockets on February 11, 2015 at Staples CenterThe Los Angeles Clippers avenged a loss to Memphis earlier in the week with a 97-79 victory Friday behind a stellar 19-point performance from Chris Paul. Paul, who botched the closing seconds of Memphis' win on Monday, carried the Clippers Friday by scoring 11 of his points in the fourth quarter. Paul got all his final quarter points in a three-minute span and his three-pointer pushed the Clippers' lead to 86-70 with just over four minutes left. His costly turnover helped Memphis to a 90-87 victory at Staples Center arena four days earlier.


Suspended Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson exits following his hearing against the NFL over his punishment for child abuse, in New York(Reuters) - Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said on Friday he was keen to return to the field after U.S. District Judge David Doty overturned his suspension by the NFL. "It is a positive step in protecting players' rights and preserving due process for all players," Peterson said in a press release one day after Doty granted an NFL Players Association motion to vacate a previous ruling by an arbitrator. "It also brings me one step closer to getting back on the football field and playing the sport I love." The NFL has appealed the decision by Doty, who ruled that National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell acted beyond his authority in November when he suspended Peterson, the league's most valuable player in 2012, until at least April 15. The federal judge said the NFL could not retroactively suspend Peterson under a new personal conduct policy announced by Goodell in December for behavior that occurred under the old code.


PGA: The Honda Classic-Second RoundWorld number one Rory McIlroy was set to miss the cut after shooting a four-over par 74 in his second round of the Honda Classic on Friday to go seven-over for the tournament. Heavy rain wiped out most of the morning and at the close, Californian Brendan Steele led by two strokes over Texan Patrick Reed after shooting birdies on each of his first four holes before darkness fell. Overnight leader Jim Herman, the journeyman American who shot a 65 on Thursday, managed just three holes, making par on all to stand five-under. England's Luke Donald shot a 67 to move four shots off the lead alongside compatriot Ian Poulter and Ireland's Padraig Harrington, who had not finished their rounds.


(Updates at close of day's play) PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida, Feb 27 (Reuters) - World number one Rory McIlroy was set to miss the cut after shooting a four-over par 74 in his second round of the Honda Classic on Friday to go seven-over for the tournament. Heavy rain wiped out most of the morning and at the close, Californian Brendan Steele led by two strokes over Texan Patrick Reed after shooting birdies on each of his first four holes before darkness fell. Overnight leader Jim Herman, the journeyman American who shot a 65 on Thursday, managed just three holes, making par on all to stand five-under. England's Luke Donald shot a 67 to move four shots off the lead alongside compatriot Ian Poulter and Ireland's Padraig Harrington, who had not finished their rounds.

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his tee shot on the fifth hole during the second round of The Honda Classic at PGA National Resort & Spa - Champion Course on February 27, 2015 in Palm Beach Gardens, FloridaWorld number one Rory McIlroy admitted Friday he needs to sharpen up with the Masters only weeks away, as he looked set to miss the cut at the US PGA Tour's Honda Classic. The 25-year-old from Northern Ireland found just one birdie with five bogeys in a four-over-par 74 for a seven-over total of 147 that left him three shots over the projected cut line when darkness halted the second round of the rain-hit $6.1 million event in Florida. "I don't like missing cuts," said McIlroy, who last missed a cut on US soil at the 2012 US Open, but missed the cut at the European Tour's Irish Open last June. "You want to be playing on the weekend and I'm not there," added McIlroy, who was already looking forward to next week's World Golf Championships event at Doral in Miami.


PGA: The Honda Classic-Second RoundWorld number one Rory McIlroy gave himself three tournaments to get in optimum form for the Masters in April but the first one ended in disappointment as he missed the cut at the Honda Classic. McIlroy shot 73 and 74 in his two rounds on the Champion Course leaving him seven over par, well outside the cut-line which will be implemented after rain-delayed second rounds are completed on Saturday.


World number one Rory McIlroy gave himself three tournaments to get in optimum form for the Masters in April but the first one ended in disappointment as he missed the cut at the Honda Classic. McIlroy shot 73 and 74 in his two rounds on the Champion Course leaving him seven over par, well outside the cut-line which will be implemented after rain-delayed second rounds are completed on Saturday. A missed cut for the top player in the world is an embarrassment but given the conditions, particularly the tricky winds, McIlroy did not seem overly concerned with his form.

The Pittsburgh Pirates says it is "absolutely sickening" to see one of their baseball caps worn by Mohammed Emwazi, named by British and US media as the Islamic State executioner "Jihadi John"The Major League Baseball team reacted to an old photo of Emwazi published Friday by Sky News showing him wearing a version of the Pirates' black hat bearing the club's golden letter "P" on the front. "The classic gold P stands for Pittsburgh and is worn by our players, coaches and fans with a great sense of pride," the Pirates said in a statement.


PGA: Farmers Insurance Open-First RoundBy Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - As the clock counts down for the April 9-12 Masters, fans, players and medical experts continue to speculate on whether a shockingly out-of-sorts Tiger Woods will be able to compete at the year's opening major. Woods missed the Masters last year for the first time in his career after being advised by doctors to have back surgery and his participation in the 2015 edition is in serious doubt given his struggle for form and fitness this season.


By Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES, Feb 27 (Reuters) - As the clock counts down for the April 9-12 Masters, fans, players and medical experts continue to speculate on whether a shockingly out-of-sorts Tiger Woods will be able to compete at the year's opening major. Woods missed the Masters last year for the first time in his career after being advised by doctors to have back surgery and his participation in the 2015 edition is in serious doubt given his struggle for form and fitness this season.

NBA referees Eric Dalen, Ken Mauer and Leroy Richardson (L-R) talk during the Phoenix and Denver game on February 25, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. The NBA will start making public play-by-play reports on all calls in the key minutes of tight gamesTrying to boost transparency regarding officiating, the NBA announced Friday it will start making public play-by-play reports on all calls and non-calls in the key minutes of tight games. The move will begin Monday and continue throughout the NBA playoffs and cover the final two minutes of close games and entire over-time periods, creating a standard protocol for comments on the most scrutinized calls in games. The move followed this season's launch of the NBA replay center and internet postings of replays used by officials to determine calls during reviews. "Our fans are passionate and have an intense interest in understanding how the rules are applied," NBA executive vice president Mike Bantom said.


FIRST BLACK NBA PLAYER EARL LLOYD IS INDUCTED INTO BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME.(Reuters) - The National Basketball Association on Friday hailed Earl Lloyd, the first African-American to play in an NBA game, as "a modest gentleman who played the game with skill, class, and pride." Lloyd, a ninth-round pick by the Washington Capitols in 1950 as one three black players drafted by the NBA that year, died on Thursday in Tennessee at the age of 86. A 6-foot-6 small forward, Lloyd broke the NBA color barrier on Oct. 31, 1950, when he entered a game against the Rochester Royals. He went on to play in the NBA for nine seasons. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Lloyd was "as inspirational as he was understated." "He was known as a modest gentleman who played the game with skill, class, and pride," Silver said in a statement.


Northern-Irish golfer Darren Clarke, pictured here during the second round of the PGA Championship in Surrey, England on May 24, 2013, failed to make the cut at the Joburg Open in JohannesburgWallie Coetsee took a one-stroke Joburg Open halfway lead Friday as overnight pacesetter Nic Henning imploded and new Europe Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke failed to make the cut. Camera-shy Coetsee fired a second-round 65 on the west course at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club for a 131 two-round total in the two-course tournament.


Former New England Patriots NFL football player Hernandez listens to testimony during his murder trial in Fall River, MassachusettsBy Daniel Lovering FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) - Former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez texted a friend to "hurry" in the hours before prosecutors say the pair and another man murdered an associate in an industrial park in 2013, according to testimony on Friday. Ricardo Leal, a records custodian for Sprint Telecommunications, identified text messages between Hernandez and Ernest Wallace in records and read them aloud from Hernandez's Blackberry phone, which prosecutors showed in court. Hernandez, 25, a former tight end for the New England Patriots, is accused of murdering Odin Lloyd, a semiprofessional football player who was dating his fiancée's sister.


World number one Rory McIlroy faced a battle to make the cut at the Honda Classic at PGA National on Friday, reaching the turn at five over-par for the tournament. Heavy rain leading to standing water on the greens caused delays of over two hours on Friday morning but when play did resume, McIlroy found it hard going. McIlroy has not missed a cut since the Irish Open in 2014.
"They carried me off the rink and then I threw up," the 29-year-old Hughes, the 2002 Olympic champion said, her deep blues eyes widening. I was just 11." While men's contact sports like football and ice hockey are most associated with concussions, women actually have them much more often than men, said Dr. Robert Stevens, an associate professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine who specializes in brain injury. He also said new studies suggest the concussion symptoms in women are also more acute than those suffered by men. "The incidence of concussions in sports is higher in women than in men, possibly two times higher," he said, adding that concussions in women tend to be "more severe" and it takes women longer to recover than men.

Former NBA Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose underwent successful right knee surgery and should return to the Chicago Bulls in four to six weeks, general manager Gar Forman saysFormer NBA Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose underwent successful right knee surgery Friday and should return to the Chicago Bulls in four to six weeks, general manager Gar Forman said. The operation to repair the torn meniscus in his right knee found only a small tear, a break considering the 26-year-old playmaker's history of major knee injuries. It's the second season in a row Rose has suffered a torn right meniscus.


NBA: Milwaukee Bucks at Chicago Bulls(Reuters) - Chicago Bulls All-Star guard Derrick Rose is expected to be back in action in four to six weeks after having knee surgery on Friday, the National Basketball Association team said. Rose, 26, had a meniscectomy to repair torn medial meniscus in his right knee, his third knee surgery since 2012. "We're anticipating his return to play is four-six weeks," Bulls general manager Gar Forman told reporters, adding that Rose was able to walk out of the hospital after undergoing an outpatient procedure.


Sky News broadcast a photograph of the 26-year-old wearing a black cap with a logo that resembled the P from the Pittsburgh Pirates U.S. Major League Baseball team, which it said was stored by the University of Westminster where he studied. Two U.S. government sources have told Reuters that Emwazi is Jihadi John, the black-clad militant seen brandishing a knife and speaking with an English accent in videos released by Islamic State (IS). The document obtained by Sky News also showed that Emwazi had completed a degree in Information Systems with Business Management.

A masked, black-clad militant brandishes a knife in this still image from videoSky News broadcast a photograph of the 26-year-old wearing a black cap with a logo that resembled the P from the Pittsburgh Pirates U.S. Major League Baseball team, which it said was stored by the University of Westminster where he studied. Two U.S. government sources have told Reuters that Emwazi is Jihadi John, the black-clad militant seen brandishing a knife and speaking with an English accent in videos released by Islamic State (IS). The document obtained by Sky News also showed that Emwazi had completed a degree in Information Systems with Business Management.


Feb 27 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the European Tour Joburg Open on Friday in Johannesburg. The cut was set at 139. ...

Clarke of Northern Ireland chips onto the 17th green during the third day of practice for the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in LouisvilleJust a week after the euphoria of being named Europe’s 2016 Ryder Cup captain, Darren Clarke missed the cut at the European Tour’s Jo’burg Open following a sloppy round of 72 on Friday. The Northern Irishman played on the supposedly easier West Course at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Club, but three bogeys on his back nine meant the former British Open champion missed out on the weekend action by four strokes. Overnight leader Nic Henning, who possesses the worst possible world ranking of joint 1,555th, also dropped out of the competition after a disastrous 78, including four bogeys in consecutive holes, followed his opening 62. At the top of the leaderboard, South African Wallie Coetsee carded a 65 for a total of 12 under par and a one-shot advantage over Briton Simon Dyson (67) and the home pair Garth Mulroy (68) and Tjaart van der Walt (69).


Just a week after the euphoria of being named Europe's 2016 Ryder Cup captain, Darren Clarke missed the cut at the European Tour's Jo'burg Open following a sloppy round of 72 on Friday. The Northern Irishman played on the supposedly easier West Course at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Club, but three bogeys on his back nine meant the former British Open champion missed out on the weekend action by four strokes. Overnight leader Nic Henning, who possesses the worst possible world ranking of joint 1,555th, also dropped out of the competition after a disastrous 78, including four bogeys in consecutive holes, followed his opening 62. At the top of the leaderboard, South African Wallie Coetsee carded a 65 for a total of 12 under par and a one-shot advantage over Briton Simon Dyson (67) and the home pair Garth Mulroy (68) and Tjaart van der Walt (69).

A young Japan soccer supporter plays the vuvuzela before the international friendly soccer match between Japan and Ivory Coast in SionSports fans risk having their hearing ruined by vuvuzela trumpets and deliberate attempts to increase stadium noise and they need to start seeing earplugs as something cool, the World Health Organization said on Friday. Shelly Chadha, a WHO expert on preventing deafness, said some U.S. sporting crowds consider breaking noise levels as an achievement, and cited a 136.6 decibel world record claimed by Seattle Seahawks fans in 2013. Asked if they should be banned, Chadha said: "Yes, well, vuvuzelas are certainly something we can live without." Around 1.1 billion young people are at risk from hearing loss, the WHO said, in addition to about 180 million who have already suffered preventable damage to their hearing. As well as sporting events, there are risks to hearing at nightclubs and from listening to smartphones, and the solutions include volume limits, noise-cancelling headphones and earplugs, which can reduce noise levels by 30 decibels, turning the roar of a fighter jet into little more than a hair dryer.


Local golfers compete during Iran's National Golf Tournament, at Engelhab sports club in TehranThe bumpy fairways and patchy putting surfaces -- more burnt-out browns than grassy greens -- are not much to look at. In Iran however, this is golf at its finest. In the same way that the streets of Tehran got new names when the Islamic republic dramatically came into being in 1979, so did the Engelhab ("Revolution" in Farsi) Club. Iran's only recognised golf course has had a fairly rough time since.


Kyrie Irving (L) and LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrate during the first half against the Golden State Warriors, at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on February 26, 2015LeBron James posted a season-high 42 points with 11 rebounds and five assists to lead Cleveland to a 110-99 NBA victory over league-leading Golden State. In Thursday's game, touted as a possible NBA finals preview, James insisted the Cavaliers weren't out to make a statement against the Warriors, but they did so nevertheless. Cleveland avenged a 112-94 loss to the Warriors in January as they notched their fourth straight victory and an 18th win in their last 20 games.


(Reuters) - Earl Lloyd, the first African-American to play in the National Basketball Association, died on Thursday at the age of 86, the league said on its website. The cause of death was not disclosed. Lloyd paved the way for black players when he made his NBA debut with the Washington Capitols in 1950. He missed the 1951-52 season due to military service but later won a championship with the Syracuse Nationals and also played for the Detroit Pistons before retiring in 1960. According to basketball-reference.com, Lloyd, a small forward, scored 4,682 points in 560 games. ...

Derrick Rose will have surgery on Friday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, the Chicago Bulls sayFormer NBA Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose will have surgery on Friday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, the Chicago Bulls said. Rose will undergo a meniscectomy, which is removal of part or all of the meniscus, and Bulls general manager Gar Forman will discuss the 26-year-old's prognosis after the procedure. If the tear is small, it's possible Rose could return within six weeks. It's the second straight season that Rose has needed surgery for a similar injury in the same knee.


Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his tee shot during the first round of The Honda Classic on February 26, 2015 in Palm Beach Gardens, FloridaWorld number one Rory McIlroy battled to a three-over-par 73 at a windswept Honda Classic in his first US PGA Tour start of 2015. Given Thursday's daunting conditions, which saw only 19 players break par, the Northern Irishman wasn't too disappointed with an effort that left him eight shots off the pace set by Web.com Tour graduate Jim Herman.


By Simon Evans PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (Reuters) - Honda Classic first round leader Jim Herman's dream of making the PGA Tour looked to be fading when he was working as an assistant professional at the Trump National course in New Jersey. Trying and failing to qualify for the highly competitive U.S. circuit at the second stage of qualifying school in Tampa proved to be demoralizing for the Cincinnati-born Herman, who eventually threw in the towel. "You play the (third tier) Golden Bear tour, go to Q‑School, it was just the same cycle every year," Herman, 37, said after shooting a five-under-par 65 at PGA National on Thursday. I played in Tampa, seems like every year and driving back to East Coast with, 'What am I going to do now?' "I got in the golf business, started working at the PGA Village, got a phone call and started working up at Trump National in Bedminster, New Jersey." It was there, in 2006, that the owner of the course, American celebrity entrepreneur Donald Trump, spurred Herman to try again at a professional career.

PGA: The Honda Classic-First RoundBy Simon Evans PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy has had his share of ups and downs at the Honda Classic and Thursday's opening round, where he shot a three-over-par 73, was no different. The Northern Irishman won at PGA National in 2012 with a victory that sent him to the world number one spot for the first time in his career and signaled his arrival as one of the sport's true stars. McIlroy walked off the course just a year later during his first round, talking about being in a "bad place" but later saying a painful toothache had been behind his withdrawal. Twelve months ago, he played some outstanding golf but surrendered a three-stroke lead with an error-strewn 74 in the final round before losing out to American Russell Henley in a four-way playoff.


PGA: RBC Canadian Open-Second RoundBy Simon Evans PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (Reuters) - American journeyman Jim Herman was the unlikely first round leader at the Honda Classic after shooting a five-under-par 65 as world number one Rory McIlroy struggled at blustery PGA National on Thursday. Northern Irishman McIlroy, looking to make a winning start to his build-up to the April 9-12 Masters, recovered from an erratic first 14 holes as he finished birdie-birdie for a three-over 73. Herman, 37, has never won on the PGA Tour and was not even sure of entry into the tournament on Monday but he handled the tough conditions superbly as he stayed bogey-free while recording five birdies on the Champion Course.


* Flawless 65 earns Herman outright lead * McIlroy opens with a 73 on blustery day (Updates at close of play) By Simon Evans PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida, Feb 26 (Reuters) - American journeyman Jim Herman was the unlikely first round leader at the Honda Classic after shooting a five-under-par 65 as world number one Rory McIlroy struggled at blustery PGA National on Thursday. Herman, 37, has never won on the PGA Tour and was not even sure of entry into the tournament on Monday but he handled the tough conditions superbly as he stayed bogey-free while recording five birdies on the Champion Course.

Suspended Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson exits following his hearing against the NFL over his punishment for child abuse, in New YorkBy David Bailey MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday overturned the NFL's suspension of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who had pleaded no contest to charges of hitting his son with a switch, and sent the case back to the league's arbitration process for resolution. Despite the ruling, Peterson's future remains unclear and until the matter is settled, the NFL placed the league's 2012 Most Valuable Player on the commissioner's exempt list, taking him off the field with pay. In a 16-page ruling, U.S. District Court Judge David Doty said National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell acted beyond his authority in November when he suspended Peterson until at least April 15. Doty, siding with the players' union, said the NFL could not retroactively suspend Peterson under a new personal conduct policy announced by Goodell in December for behavior that occurred under the old code.


By Zoran Milosavljevic BELGRADE (Reuters) - Euroleague holders Maccabi Tel Aviv and record eight-time winners Real Madrid edged closer to the playoffs of Europe's elite club competition with contrasting wins on Thursday. Maccabi edged Panathinaikos 73-70 while Real recovered from an early 14-6 deficit to blow away Red Star Belgrade 85-61 after the visitors committed a whopping 19 turnovers. Maccabi playmaker Jeremy Pargo produced another inspired performance, leading his team with 16 points as the champions repelled a second-half onslaught by the visitors. Having led by double figures in the first half, Maccabi were pegged back by some fine long-range shooting after the interval and Yogev Ohayon also played a key role in the victory with a pair of crucial three-pointers.

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