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Former champion Trevor Immelman of South Africa hits his tee shot on the second hole during second round play in the 2013 Masters golf tournament in AugustaFormer Masters champion Trevor Immelman is hoping a trip home to South Africa will help reignite a career that has slumped dramatically over recent years. The 37-year-old, who won at Augusta in 2008, plays on the European Tour at the Joburg Open this week as he seeks to rekindle a career that held much promise but has been blighted by injury and a loss of form. As soon as those aeroplane wheels touch the ground, there’s something inside you that knows that you’re home," said Immelman, who is based in Florida and last played in South Africa one year ago.


NBA: Sacramento Kings at Los Angeles Lakers(Reuters) - The Los Angeles Lakers, who named Magic Johnson as their new president of basketball operations earlier on Tuesday, have traded guard Lou Williams to the Houston Rockets, according to multiple media reports. The Lakers are expected to receive a 2017 first-round draft pick along with forward Corey Brewer in exchange for Williams, who wrote on Twitter: “Thanx for the love L.A., I've enjoyed my stay”. Williams, 30, led the Lakers with an average of 18.6 points, 3.2 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game this season despite coming off the bench. ...


MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Miami MarlinsBy Jessica Toonkel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Facebook Inc is in talks with Major League Baseball to live stream one game per week during the upcoming season, which could be a key win as the social media platform works to offer more live sports, according to two people familiar with the situation. Facebook has pushed to sign deals with owners of sports rights to live stream their games, going after an audience that competitor Twitter Inc is also trying to capture, according to sports media consultants. For social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, live streaming sports is key to attracting people since sports is one of the few types of content that people still watch live.


Former NBA basketball player Earvin Magic Johnson poses at the premiere of the movie "The Legend of Tarzan" in Hollywood(Reuters) - Magic Johnson was named the president of basketball operations for the struggling Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday as one of the NBA's most storied franchises undergoes a major shakeup to the their front office. In addition to promoting Johnson, a Hall of Famer who won five NBA titles with Los Angeles in the 1980s, Lakers Governor Jeanie Buss fired longtime general manager Mitch Kupchak and her brother, Jim, from his role as vice president of basketball operations.


"Magic" Johnson attends a ceremony honoring Jackie Robinson before the game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on April 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, CaliforniaEarvin "Magic" Johnson, who sparked the Los Angeles Lakers to five NBA titles in the 1980s, was on Tuesday named president of basketball operations for the struggling NBA squad. Lakers president and part-owner Jeanie Buss also announced the firing of general manager Mitch Kupchak and vice president of basketball operations Jim Buss, Jeanie's brother and son of former owner Jerry Buss, who died in 2013.


Tom Brady of the New England Patriots reacts after a touchdown late in the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, TexasTom Brady's missing jersey from Super Bowl 51, where the star quarterback led the New England Patriots over Atlanta for a record fifth crown, has been valued at $500,000 by Houston police. The number 12 Patriots jersey went missing in the aftermath of New England's 34-28 over-time triumph over the Falcons at Houston's NRG Stadium. Brady said he had stashed the prized souvenir in his bag and left it in the locker room.


A bathroom sign welcomes both genders at the Cacao Cinnamon coffee shop in Durham North CarolinaBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A group of global investors with $11 trillion in managed assets told Texas on Tuesday not to enact legislation restricting access to bathrooms for transgender people, saying it is discriminatory and bad for business. The "Texas Privacy Act," or Senate Bill 6, has been marked as a priority for Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, a Republican and conservative Christian who guides the legislative agenda in the Republican-controlled state Senate. "The bathroom bill was bad for North Carolina and it will be very bad for Texas," New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, a Democrat, told a teleconference, adding it was the first time investors of this size opposed the legislation.


Thousands of professional and amateur golfers worldwide take part in the two-tiered US Open qualifying process every year, with players advancing from local to 36-hole sectional qualifying eventsCanada will host a local qualifying event for the US Open for the first time, the US Golf Association announced Tuesday, with Beacon Hall north of Toronto getting the nod. In all, 114 18-hole local qualifying events will be conducted in 44 states and Canada from May 2-18 for the 117th US Open, to be played June 15-18 at Erin Hills in Wisconsin. "We are pleased to conduct an international local qualifier for the first time in Canada as we continue to expand qualifying opportunities around the globe," said Stuart Francis, USGA championship committee chairman.


NBA: Sacramento Kings at Los Angeles Lakers(Reuters) - Sacramento Kings general manager Vlade Divac said on Monday that the team moved quickly to trade All Star DeMarcus Cousins after receiving a better offer two days earlier. Cousins learned shortly after Sunday's All Star Game that he had been shipped to New Orleans in a five-player blockbuster deal that left many scratching their heads at Sacramento's decision. The combustible big man had an up-and-down relationship with Kings management but the franchise had vowed not to trade Cousins in recent days before changing course.


DeMarcus Cousins has raised his scoring average in four consecutive NBA seasonsStar center DeMarcus Cousins was traded from the Sacramento Kings to the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday in a blockbuster NBA trade deal involving five players and two draft picks. Cousins and forward Omri Casspi will join the Pelicans while New Orleans sent rookie guard Buddy Hield, swingman Tyreke Evans, guard Langston Galloway, a 2017 first-round NBA Draft pick and a 2017 second-round selection to the Kings.


NBA: Sacramento Kings at Los Angeles Lakers(The Sports Xchange) - The Sacramento Kings made official on Monday that center DeMarcus Cousins is heading to the New Orleans Pelicans in a blockbuster trade involving five players and two draft picks. Cousins, the centerpiece of the deal, and forward Omri Casspi are heading to the Big Easy in exchange for rookie guard Buddy Hield, swingman Tyreke Evans, guard Langston Galloway, a 2017 first-round pick and a 2017 second-round pick obtained from the Philadelphia 76ers. The 6-foot-11 Cousins, who is averaging a career-best 27.8 points in his seventh season, will form a dominant frontcourt with Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, who averages 27.7 points and is coming off a record 52-point performance in the All-Star Game.


PGA: Ryder Cup(Reuters) - World number three Rory McIlroy, eyeing a comeback next week from injury, continued his tune-up with a round with U.S. President Donald Trump in south Florida on Sunday, it was reported. The Clear Sports & Entertainment company posted a picture on its Twitter feed of Trump with McElroy, former New York Yankees baseball player Paul O'Neill and Clear Sports Chief Executive Garry Singer. The round reportedly took place at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach.


LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers James, who also guided Miami to two NBA crowns in four finals appearances, says being the player others measure themselves against feeds the hunger for more successLeBron James resumes his bid for a seventh consecutive NBA Finals appearance Thursday while the Golden State Warriors plan their third consecutive finals trip and Russell Westbrook takes aim at history. Only six players have reached the finals more consecutive years than James, who led the Cleveland Cavaliers over the Warriors last year in the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history after the Cavs lost to Golden State in 2015.


Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland played at Trump International Golf Club after receiving an invitation to play alongside President TrumpIrish golf superstar Rory McIlroy played 18 holes with US President Donald Trump on Sunday, despite his fractured rib, it was widely reported on Monday. No Laying Up golf website said McIlroy played Sunday morning at Trump International Golf Club after receiving the invitation Saturday night to play alongside Trump, who took office last month. "He probably shot around 80," McIlroy told the website.


Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland sits on the 18th bunker and holds the Claret Jug for photographers after winning the British Open golf championship at Royal St George's in Sandwich, southern EnglandThe British Open will be held at Royal St George's in 2020, golf authorities announced on Monday, returning the major to the Kent coast club two years after it lifted a ban on women members. Failure to do so could have seen it removed from the Open rota, a fate that befell Scottish course Muirfield after members voted against allowing women to join. The 2020 tournament will be the 149th edition of Britain's golf major and the 15th time it has been held on the links course at Sandwich.


The British Open will be held at Royal St George's in 2020, golf authorities announced on Monday, returning the major to the Kent coast club two years after it lifted a ban on women members. Failure to do so could have seen it removed from the Open rota, a fate that befell Scottish course Muirfield after members voted against allowing women to join. The 2020 tournament will be the 149th edition of Britain's golf major and the 15th time it has been held on the links course at Sandwich.

Northern Irish golfer Darren Clarke memorably won the British Open at Royal St George's in 2011Royal St George's will host the 149th British Open in 2020, the tournament's organisers announced on Monday. The Kent venue, which voted to admit women members two years ago, will stage the Open for the 15th time and the first since Darren Clarke's memorable victory in 2011. Northern Ireland's Clarke held off Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson to lift the famous Claret jug on the course in Sandwich, south-east England.


Feb 20 (Gracenote) - The World Rankings 1. (3) Dustin Johnson (U.S.) 10.28 2. (1) Jason Day (Australia) 9.77 3. (2) Rory McIlroy (Britain) 9.13 4. (4) Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 8.64 5. (5) Hideki Matsuyama (Japan) 8.59 6. (6) Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 8.47 7. (7) Adam Scott (Australia) 5.80 8. (8) Justin Thomas (U.S.) 5.52 9. (9) Sergio Garcia (Spain) 5.18 10. (11) Alexander Noren (Sweden) 5.07 11. (10) Patrick Reed (U.S.) 5.07 12. (12) Justin Rose (Britain) 4.83 13. (13) Danny Willett (Britain) 4.61 14. (14) Rickie Fowler (U.S.) 4.54 15. (15) Bubba Watson (U.S.) 4.36 16. (16) Paul Casey (Britain) 4. ...

People play golf at Kasumigaseki Country Club in KawagoeBy Kwiyeon Ha SAPPORO, Japan (Reuters) - The club scheduled to host the golf at the 2020 Tokyo Games must allow women to have full membership or organizers will have to find another venue, International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice president John Coates told Reuters on Monday. The private Kasumigaseki Country Club in Saitama prefecture, which is set to host both men's and women's tournaments in July and August 2020, forbids women from playing on Sundays and excludes them from becoming full members. Coates, who is head of the coordination commission which oversees preparations for the Games, said he had only become aware of the issue on his last visit to Tokyo at the end of last year and that organizers were now aware of the IOC's stance.


The club scheduled to host the golf at the 2020 Tokyo Games must allow women to have full membership or organisers will have to find another venue, International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice president John Coates told Reuters on Monday. The private Kasumigaseki Country Club in Saitama prefecture, which is set to host both men's and women's tournaments in July and August 2020, forbids women from playing on Sundays and excludes them from becoming full members. Coates, who is head of the coordination commission which oversees preparations for the Games, said he had only become aware of the issue on his last visit to Tokyo at the end of last year and that organisers were now aware of the IOC's stance.

DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings attends practice for the 2017 NBA All-Star Game, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, on February 18The New Orleans Pelicans are hoping to give their playoff chances a boost by acquiring power forward DeMarcus Cousins from the Sacramento Kings, US media reported Sunday night. Cousins would join forces with fellow all-star Anthony Davis who scored 52 points and was named MVP of Sunday's all-star game. Nothing was official but Yahoo Sports, ESPN and USA Today reported that the Kings were on the verge of dealing Cousins for rookie guard Buddy Hield, swingman Tyreke Evans, guard Langston Galloway, a 2017 first-round pick and a 2017 second-round pick obtained from the Philadelphia 76ers.


Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans dunks the ball during the 2017 NBA All-Star Game, at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, on February 19Anthony Davis scored a record 52 points on his home court as the West team continued their domination by outgunning the East 192-182 in the 66th annual NBA All-Star Game. The New Orleans Pelicans star Davis was named MVP and broke the scoring record of 42 points set by Wilt Chamberlain in 1962. Defense was non-existent at the Smoothie King Center arena as Davis set the tone with 22 first-half points and Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook combined on a couple of playful passing exchanges including one in the opening quarter with former teammate Kevin Durant.


NBA: All Star Game-Eastern at Western(The Sports Xchange) - In the full-court layup drill and three-point contest otherwise known as the 66th NBA All-Star Game, New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis set an All-Star record with 52 points and Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook added 41 points to carry the Western Conference to a 192-182 victory over the Eastern Conference on Sunday night in New Orleans. In a game in which defense was outlawed and feuding former teammates Westbrook and Kevin Durant played together for only 81 seconds, the West defeated the East for the sixth time in the last seven games.


Dustin Johnson of the US poses with the trophy after the final round of the Genesis Open, at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California, on February 19, 2017Dustin Johnson made the complicated world golf ranking calculations simple on Sunday, vaulting to number one with a convincing victory in the Genesis Open. All week at Riviera Country Club, Johnson shied away from talk of ending Jason Day's 47-week run atop the rankings -- a possibility that also depended on where Day finished.


(Reuters) - Top golfers needed to pick up their games to keep pace with Dustin Johnson, Australian Jason Day said on Sunday after losing top ranking to the long-hitting American. After 47 consecutive weeks at the top, Day ceded his position when Johnson won the Genesis Open in southern California on Sunday. "Whatever he's doing, he just needs to keep doing it," Day told reporters after finishing a distant equal 64th at Riviera.
Top golfers needed to pick up their games to keep pace with Dustin Johnson, Australian Jason Day said on Sunday after losing top ranking to the long-hitting American. After 47 consecutive weeks at the top, Day ceded his position when Johnson won the Genesis Open in southern California on Sunday. "Whatever he's doing, he just needs to keep doing it," Day told reporters after finishing a distant equal 64th at Riviera.

PGA: Genesis Open - Final Round(Reuters) - Dustin Johnson secured the world number one ranking in style when he smoked the field for a five-stroke victory at the Genesis Open in southern California on Sunday. With the victory, American Johnson jumps from third to first in the world rankings, supplanting Australian Jason Day, who finished tied for 64th. Despite two late bogeys, he finished at 17-under-par 267, with Thomas Pieters (63) of Belgium and American Scott Brown (67) a distant second on 12-under in the event formerly named the Los Angeles Open.


* Never headed in final round * Stellar driving key to victory (Adds quotes, details) Feb 19 (Reuters) - Dustin Johnson secured the world number one ranking in style when he smoked the field for a five-stroke victory at the Genesis Open in southern California on Sunday. With the victory, American Johnson jumps from third to first in the world rankings, supplanting Australian Jason Day, who finished tied for 64th. Despite two late bogeys, he finished at 17-under-par 267, with Thomas Pieters (63) of Belgium and American Scott Brown (67) a distant second on 12-under in the event formerly named the Los Angeles Open.

Dustin Johnson is the 20th player to reach world number one since rankings started in 1986Dustin Johnson powered to a five-shot victory in the Genesis Open on Sunday, his long-sought first win at Riviera Country Club propelling him to number one in the world. Pulling double duty in the weather-disrupted US PGA Tour event, Johnson used his formidable length off the tee and a sure putting stroke to build a big lead and held on down the stretch. On a marathon final day he produced a third-round 64 and a final round of even par 71 for a 17-under par total of 267.


Feb 20 (Gracenote) - FedEx Cup rankings 1. (1) Hideki Matsuyama (Japan) 1697 2. (2) Justin Thomas (U.S.) 1627 3. (3) Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 947 4. (4) Pat Perez (U.S.) 934 5. (5) Brendan Steele (U.S.) 840 6. (33) Dustin Johnson (U.S.) 803 7. (6) Jon Rahm (Spain) 771 8. (7) Mackenzie Hughes (Canada) 716 9. (9) Charles Howell III (U.S.) 638 10. (8) Hudson Swafford (U.S.) 610 11. (10) Rod Pampling (Australia) 560 12. (11) Gary Woodland (U.S.) 549 13. (12) Adam Hadwin (Canada) 540 14. (17) Justin Rose (Britain) 526 15. (13) Cody Gribble (U.S.) 481 16. (14) Russell Knox (Britain) 449 17. ...
Feb 20 (Gracenote) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Genesis Open at the par-71 course on Sunday in Pacific Palisades, California -17 Dustin Johnson (U.S.) 66 66 64 71 -12 Thomas Pieters (Belgium) 70 68 71 63 Scott Brown (U.S.) 68 68 69 67 -11 Wesley Bryan (U.S.) 69 69 63 72 Justin Rose (Britain) 69 71 65 68 Charley Hoffman (U.S.) 68 68 70 67 Kevin Na (U.S.) 67 69 67 70 -10 Cameron Tringale (U.S.) 69 64 71 70 Martin Laird (Britain) 70 68 70 66 Ollie Schniederjans (U.S.) 68 69 69 68 -9 Bill Haas (U.S.) 71 71 64 69 Noh Seung-Yul (Korea) 71 70 67 67 Jimmy Walker (U.S. ...
American Dustin Johnson became golf's world number one for the first time on Sunday with his victory at the PGA Tour's Genesis Open in Los Angeles. Johnson, who had been third in the world rankings, takes over top spot from Australian Jason Day, who had held the honour for 47 consecutive weeks.
Feb 19 (Gracenote) - Race to Dubai rankings 1. (1) Tommy Fleetwood (Britain) 566717 2. (2) Fabrizio Zanotti (Paraguay) 461689 3. (3) Wang Jeunghun (South Korea) 436151 4. (4) David Lipsky (U.S.) 429136 5. (5) Sergio Garcia (Spain) 410224 6. (6) Sam Brazel (Australia) 386683 7. (7) Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spain) 371396 8. (8) Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 330253 9. (9) Bernd Wiesberger (Austria) 315779 10. (10) Pablo Larrazabal (Spain) 310471 11. (67) Brett Rumford (Australia) 273553 12. (11) Brandon Stone (South Africa) 266186 13. (12) Jaco Van Zyl (South Africa) 252137 14. ...

PGA: Genesis Open - Third Round(Reuters) - Dustin Johnson, bidding to take the world number one ranking, surged to a five-stroke lead after the third round of the weather-plagued Genesis Open on a busy Sunday. The long-hitting Johnson stayed on course for his first top ranking with a sizzling round of seven-under 64 at the famed Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles. The world number three quickly went back to work as officials tried to cram the tournament's final 36 holes into a long day of play.


Dustin Johnson, bidding to take the world number one ranking, surged to a five-stroke lead after the third round of the weather-plagued Genesis Open on a busy Sunday. The long-hitting Johnson stayed on course for his first top ranking with a sizzling round of seven-under 64 at the famed Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles. The world number three quickly went back to work as officials tried to cram the tournament's final 36 holes into a long day of play.
Feb 19 (Gracenote) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Genesis Open at the par-71 course on Sunday in Pacific Palisades, California -17 Dustin Johnson (U.S.) 66 66 64 -12 Wesley Bryan (U.S.) 69 69 63 -10 Kevin Na (U.S.) 67 69 67 -9 Cameron Tringale (U.S.) 69 64 71 -8 Adam Scott (Australia) 68 69 68 Justin Rose (Britain) 69 71 65 Scott Brown (U.S.) 68 68 69 Patrick Rodgers (U.S.) 68 67 70 -7 Ollie Schniederjans (U.S.) 68 69 69 Bill Haas (U.S.) 71 71 64 Jimmy Walker (U.S.) 70 70 66 Charley Hoffman (U.S.) 68 68 70 Branden Grace (South Africa) 67 70 69 -6 Pat Perez (U.S. ...
Hometown hero Brett Rumford nailed his final drive to beat Thai teenager Phachara Khongwatmai 2&1 in the six-hole matchplay final to win the inaugural World Super 6 title in Perth on Sunday and claim back his European Tour card. Despite the innovative format, the 39-year-old Australian put together what was effectively a wire-to-wire victory at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club, having finished the first three rounds of strokeplay with a five-shot lead. The final was all square until the fourth hole when Rumford somehow got himself out of the trees, over a bunker and onto the green with a brilliant second shot before sinking a 10-foot putt to take the lead.

Brett Rumford plays a tee-shot during the final of the World Super 6 golf tournament in Perth, on February 19, 2017Australia's Brett Rumford captured his sixth European Tour title with a historic victory over Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai in the final of the inaugural World Super 6 Perth on Sunday. Rumford, who dominated the field by five shots after 54 holes of strokeplay, won four match play rounds of the revolutionary new European Tour format to claim victory. It was Rumford's first win since the 2013 Volvo China Open.


Feb 19 (Gracenote) - Scores from the European Tour World Super 6 at the par-72 course on Saturday in Perth 1. Brett Rumford (Australia) 2. Phachara Khongwatmai (Thailand) 3. Adam Bland (Australia) 4. Jason Scrivener (Australia) 5. Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa) 6. Steven Jeffress (Australia) 7. Matthew Millar (Australia) 8. Wade Ormsby (Australia) 9. Johannes Veerman (U.S.) 9. David Bransdon (Australia) 9. Jake Higginbottom (Australia) 9. Nick Cullen (Australia) 9. Adam Blyth (Australia) 9. Lucas Herbert (Australia) 9. Austin Connelly (Canada) 9. Hideto Tanihara (Japan) 17. ...
Australian Brett Rumford beat Thai teenager Phachara Khongwatmai two and one in the six-hole matchplay final to win the inaugural World Super 6 title in Perth on Sunday. Despite the innovative format, the 39-year-old local put together what was effectively a wire-to-wire victory at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club, having finished the first three days of strokeplay with a five-shot lead. Rumford hit his tee shot to within three feet of the flag on the par-three fifth hole of the final, while Phachara hit the greenside bunker and had no luck putting his way out.

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