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Former Los Angeles Lakers guard Javaris Crittenton appears in Los Angeles Superior Court for an extradition hearing with attorney Brian Steel in downtown Los AngelesBy Rich McKay ATLANTA (Reuters) - Jury selection began on Monday in the trial of former National Basketball Association player Javaris Crittenton, who has been charged with murder for his suspected role in a 2011 drive-by shooting that killed an Atlanta mother of four. Authorities have charged Crittenton, 27, a point guard who played two seasons in the NBA after getting drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2007, and his cousin, Douglas Gamble, with 12 felonies each in connection with the August 2011 shooting. Those charges include murder, participation in criminal gang activities and the attempted murder of a man who prosecutors said they believe was the intended target in the shooting.


To match Feature CUBA-GOLF/In the fast-paced modern world, a typical round of golf takes too much time away from family or work for many players, a survey commissioned by the sport's governing body showed on Monday. The R&A, based in St Andrews, Scotland, received responses from 56,000 golfers in 122 countries about their experience of playing a typical 18-hole round of golf which lasts between three and four hours.


In the fast-paced modern world, a typical round of golf takes too much time away from family or work for many players, a survey commissioned by the sport's governing body showed on Monday. The R&A, based in St Andrews, Scotland, received responses from 56,000 golfers in 122 countries about their experience of playing a typical 18-hole round of golf which lasts between three and four hours.

Charlie Villanueva (R) of the Dallas Mavericks reacts after making a 3-pointer against the Houston Rockets, during Game 4 of the Western Conference quarter-finals of the NBA playoffs, at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, on April 26, 2015The Dallas Mavericks stayed alive in the NBA playoffs with a 121-109 victory over the Houston Rockets. Down 3-0 in their best-of-seven Western Conference first-round series, the Mavs on Sunday opted to give J.J. Barea and Al-Farouq Aminu their first starts of the post-season and both produced double-doubles. Barea scored 17 points and handed out 13 assists, enlivening a starting lineup that has been without injured Chandler Parsons and Rajon Rondo. Aminu added 16 points -- including five straight in the fourth quarter that helped thwart a Houston rally -- and pulled down 12 rebounds.


Phil Mickelson of the US, pictured during the Masters Tournament, in Augusta, Georgia, on April 12, 2015Phil Mickelson withdrew from the upcoming World Golf Championships Match Play Championship for personal reasons. The five-time major champion on Sunday said he was sorry to miss the elite event, which is moving this year to Harding Park in San Francisco. "TPC Harding Park is a terrific setting for match play, so it's unfortunate that I won't be able to play this year," he said. England's Luke Donald and South African Tim Clark are the other two.


Lydia Ko of New Zealand poses with the winner's trophy after winning the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, at the Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City, California, on April 26, 2015World number one Lydia Ko birdied the second playoff hole to beat Morgan Pressel and win a second straight Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic crown. Ko, the New Zealand sensation who turned 18 on Friday, earned her first victory as a professional at this event last year. "This week I hit the ball really well," Ko said. She fired a two-under par 70 in the final round to finish 72 holes tied with Pressel at eight-under par 280.


Phil Mickelson of the U.S. celebrates a long birdie putt on the 16th hole during third round play of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta(Reuters) - Five-times major champion Phil Mickelson has pulled out of this week's World Golf Championships-Match Play tournament, citing unspecified personal reasons. Mickelson's withdrawal was announced on Sunday, just three days before the start of the event at the TPC Harding Park in San Francisco. “I’m really happy with the new format and TPC Harding Park is a terrific setting for match play, so it’s unfortunate that I won’t be able to play this year,” the 44-year-old American said in a statement. ...


Justin Rose of England tees off on the 15th hole during the final round of the Zurich Classic, in Avondale, Louisiana, on April 26, 2015Justin Rose capped a marathon with back-to-back birdies at the last two holes to clinch the US PGA Tour's Zurich Classic by one stroke in a thrilling finale. Rose had six birdies in his six-under 66 in the final round of the New Orleans tournament -- which was beset by weather delays -- and Sunday's victory represents a satisfying follow-up to the Englishman's share of second behind Jordan Spieth at the recent Masters. His 22-under-par total 266 gave him a seventh US tour title, by one stroke from American Cameron Tringale. Tringale could have forced a playoff with an eagle at the final hole, but settled for a birdie that gave him a seven-under 65 and sole possession of second place on 267.


LeBron James (R) of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates scoring points with teammate Kendrick Perkins during their NBA game against the Boston Celtics, in Boston, on April 26, 2015Battered but unbowed, the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Boston Celtics 101-93 to reach the second round of the NBA playoffs. With 27 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists from LeBron James, the Cavs on Sunday withstood the early exit of star forward Kevin Love with a dislocated shoulder to complete a 4-0 sweep of the Celtics in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series. Love was hurt in the first quarter battling Celtics big man Kelly Olynyk, who yanked Love's left arm as they chased a loose ball.


LPGA: ANA Inspiration-Second Round(Reuters) - Lydia Ko secured a late birthday present when she birdied the second extra hole to beat American Morgan Pressel in a playoff at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in California on Sunday. "It's been a great birthday week again," Ko told the Golf Channel after sinking her winning putt from four feet at the Lake Merced course in San Francisco. "This week I hit the ball really well and it definitely makes this course a lot easier." Pressel, however, will be ruing the birthday gifts she offered Ko by squandering two chances for victory.


April 27 (Infostrada Sports) - The World Rankings 1. (1) Rory McIlroy (Britain) 11.21 2. (2) Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 9.08 3. (3) Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 7.35 4. (4) Bubba Watson (U.S.) 7.18 5. (5) Jim Furyk (U.S.) 6.71 6. (9) Justin Rose (Britain) 6.58 7. (6) Jason Day (Australia) 6.45 8. (7) Dustin Johnson (U.S.) 6.17 9. (8) Adam Scott (Australia) 5.92 10. (10) Sergio Garcia (Spain) 5.64 11. (11) Jimmy Walker (U.S.) 5.35 12. (12) J.B. Holmes (U.S.) 4.85 13. (13) Rickie Fowler (U.S.) 4.57 14. (14) Matt Kuchar (U.S.) 4.48 15. (15) Patrick Reed (U.S.) 4.44 16. (16) Hideki Matsuyama (Japan) 4.39 17. ...
April 27 (Infostrada Sports) - Race to Dubai rankings 1. (1) Rory McIlroy (Britain) 1224670 2. (2) Danny Willett (Britain) 1118691 3. (3) Justin Rose (Britain) 927972 4. (4) Ross Fisher (Britain) 805680 5. (5) Anirban Lahiri (India) 749002 6. (7) Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Thailand) 733231 7. (6) Bernd Wiesberger (Austria) 727942 8. (8) Branden Grace (South Africa) 692279 9. (9) Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa) 666071 10. (37) David Howell (Britain) 546531 11. (10) Gary Stal (France) 542596 12. (11) Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 514944 13. (12) Andy Sullivan (Britain) 500520 14. ...
April 27 (Infostrada Sports) - FedEx Cup rankings 1. (1) Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 2072 2. (2) Jimmy Walker (U.S.) 1680 3. (3) J.B. Holmes (U.S.) 1233 4. (4) Patrick Reed (U.S.) 1173 5. (6) Dustin Johnson (U.S.) 1132 6. (5) Bubba Watson (U.S.) 1117 7. (9) Jason Day (Australia) 1063 8. (7) Charley Hoffman (U.S.) 1037 9. (8) Ryan Moore (U.S.) 952 10. (10) Hideki Matsuyama (Japan) 939 11. (11) Brandt Snedeker (U.S.) 934 12. (12) Bae Sang-Moon (South Korea) 929 13. (13) Robert Streb (U.S.) 927 14. (14) Ben Martin (U.S.) 860 15. (82) Justin Rose (Britain) 839 16. (15) Brooks Koepka (U.S.) 826 17. ...

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs(Reuters) - St. Louis Cardinals ace pitcher Adam Wainwright has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with an Achilles injury amid fears he could miss the remainder of the season. "It's not great news, any way you slice this," St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak said. "Potentially losing this season is very real." Wainwright described as “crazy” the circumstances in which he was injured. “I thought I got hit by something… something crazy like that.” Wainwright, 33, who has played for the Cardinals his entire career, posting a 121-67 win-loss record and a 2.98 ERA.


(Reuters) - Justin Rose said he had benefited from the ultra-positive approach of National Basketball Association point guard Stephen Curry on the way to victory at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Sunday. Englishman Rose clinched his seventh PGA Tour title by one shot with a closing six-under-par 66 at the TPC Louisiana after he and his caddie, Mark 'Fooch' Fulcher, had been inspired earlier in the week by Curry's brilliant three-point shooting for the Golden State Warriors. "Yesterday, I felt like I had gone cold in my round," world number nine Rose told CBS Sports after posting a winning total of 22-under 266 in the weather-disrupted event on the outskirts of New Orleans.

PGA: Zurich Classic of New Orleans-Final Round(Reuters) - England's Justin Rose held off a string of challengers with a clutch birdie-birdie finish to win his seventh PGA Tour title by one shot at the weather-disrupted Zurich Classic of New Orleans in Avondale, Louisiana on Sunday. Tied for the lead when the delayed third round was completed earlier on a marathon day at the TPC Louisiana, Rose closed with a flawless six-under-par 66 on a receptive, rain-softened layout where preferred lies were permitted throughout the tournament. Any win is sweet but when you get to share it with people that you are close to, it's fantastic." Cameron Tringale, one of five players who held at least a share of the lead in the final round, eagled the par-five seventh on the way to a 65 and second place at 21 under, ending up a stroke in front of fellow American Boo Weekley (65).


(Reuters) - A message on a scoreboard at a Baltimore baseball game has asked fans to stay at Camden Yards as protests continue outside the stadium, according to social media. The scoreboard said the city's mayor and the police department had asked "all fans to remain inside the ballpark until further notice," according to photos posted to Twitter and a report from local television station WBAL. (Reporting By Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Editing by David Gregorio)

Justin Rose of Britain hits off the sixth tee during final round play of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta(Reuters) - England's Justin Rose, who birdied his first three holes, surged into a tie for the lead with Australian Jason Day at the weather-hit Zurich Classic of New Orleans when the third round was finally completed on Sunday. Rose fired a sizzling seven-under-par 65 on a receptive, rain-softened layout in Avondale, Louisiana where thunderstorms disrupted play for the first three days, finishing level with Day (68) at 16-under 200. Americans Blayne Barber (64) and Daniel Berger (68) were at 15 under, with Canada's David Hearn (67), New Zealander Danny Lee (68) and Zimbabwean Brendon de Jonge (68) a further stroke back in a three-way tie for fifth.


England's Justin Rose, who birdied his first three holes, surged into a tie for the lead with Australian Jason Day at the weather-hit Zurich Classic of New Orleans when the third round was finally completed on Sunday. Rose fired a sizzling seven-under-par 65 on a receptive, rain-softened layout in Avondale, Louisiana where thunderstorms disrupted play for the first three days, finishing level with Day (68) at 16-under 200. Americans Blayne Barber (64) and Daniel Berger (68) were at 15 under, with Canada's David Hearn (67), New Zealander Danny Lee (68) and Zimbabwean Brendon de Jonge (68) a further stroke back in a three-way tie for fifth.

Wu Ashun of China poses with the trophy after winning the Volvo China Open in Shanghai on April 26, 2015China's Wu Ashun shot a one-under par 71 on Sunday to break a logjam at the top of the leaderboard and secure an historic victory in the Volvo China Open in Shanghai. Wu, who recorded a four day total of 279, or nine under par, became the first Chinese player to win a European Tour event held in China, according to information provided by tournament organisers. "It’s very special winning the China Open and it’s very exciting." England's David Howell finished second in the $3.2 million tournament, shooting a final round 72 to finish at 280. Alexander Levy of France, the defending champion, slipped to a one over 73 and finished in a three-way tie for third at 281 with Emiliano Grillo of Argentina and Prom Meesawat of Thailand.


Wu Ashun of China lines up his putt on the second green during the second round of the British Open golf championship at Muirfield in ScotlandWu Ashun became the first Chinese golfer to win a European Tour title on home soil by claiming his national open by one shot on Sunday after Englishman David Howell faltered on the last. Wu, 29, twice a winner on the Japan Golf Tour, joined Liang Wenchong and Zhang Lian-wei as Chinese winners of European Tour events after the duo claimed previous editions of the Singapore Masters. Very exciting." The duo had started the day in a four-way tie for the lead with China's Li Hao-tong and Alexander Levy but Wu's round of one-under-par 71 on the tricky Shanghai Pudong course was enough for victory in the 20 million yuan ($3.23 million) event.


Briton Lee Westwood made it an Indonesian Masters hat-trick by winning the Asian Tour title on Sunday but only after surviving a playoff with Thai Chapchai Nirat after blowing a five-shot lead. He seemed to find his game again with three birdies in four holes, including a long, snaking downhill putt on the par-four 11th to start his back nine but back-to-back bogeys on 16 and 17 dropped him level with Chapchai.

Lee Westwood battled back from a late putting collapse in the final round to win his third Indonesian MastersLee Westwood battled back from a late putting collapse in the final round to win his third Indonesian Masters title Sunday in a dramatic sudden-death playoff with Thailand's Chapchai Nirat. Westwood's only two wins in 2014 came at the Thailand Golf Championship, in December, and the Malaysian Open last April.


Briton Lee Westwood made it an Indonesian Masters hat-trick by winning the Asian Tour title on Sunday but only after surviving a playoff with Thai Chapchai Nirat after blowing a five-shot lead. He seemed to find his game again with three birdies in four holes, including a long, snaking downhill putt on the par-four 11th to start his back nine but back-to-back bogeys on 16 and 17 dropped him level with Chapchai.

Andre Iguodala (R) of the Golden State Warriors is defended by Dante Cunningham of the New Orleans Pelicans during Game Four in the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at the Smoothie King Center on April 25, 2015 in New Orleans, LouisianaThe Golden State Warriors became the first team to punch their ticket to the second round of the NBA playoffs with a 109-98 victory over New Orleans. The Warriors, with Stephen Curry again leading the way, on Saturday completed a four-game sweep of the Pelicans in the best-of-seven Western Conference first-round series. Golden State will next face either the Memphis Grizzlies or Portland Trail Blazers.


MLB: Washington Nationals at Miami MarlinsIchiro Suzuki scored his 1,968th run in baseball in the Miami Marlins 8-0 win over the Washington Nationals on Saturday to surpass Sadaharu Oh as Japan's highest ever run scorer. The 41-year-old scored on Adeiny Hechavarria's three-run homer in the eight inning for his 1,310th in Major League Baseball to go with the 658 he scored in Japan.


Brooke Henderson of Canada makes an approach shot on the 17th hole during round three of the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic presented by CTBC at the Lake Merced Golf Club on April 25, 2015 in Daly City, CaliforniaCanadian teenager Brooke Henderson clung to a one-shot lead in the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic after an even-par 72 in the third round. Henderson, who had seized the lead on Friday with a sizzling 65, had a 54-hole total of nine-under par 207 and a one-stroke lead over American Morgan Pressel and South Korea's Kwak Min-Seo. Henderson, a 17-year-old seeking her first tour win after turning pro this year, stretched her lead to as many as five strokes, but faltered down the stretch. It was really tough conditions and I was able to play really well," Henderson said.


Jason Day of Australia tees off on the second hole during round three of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans at TPC Louisiana on April 25, 2015 in Avondale, LouisianaAustralian Jason Day and Erik Compton shared the lead when the third round of the US PGA Tour's Zurich Classic was halted by darkness. It's something where I just need to keep staying patient.


LPGA: Canadian Pacific Women's Open-Final Round(Reuters) - Canadian teenager Brooke Henderson clung to a one-stroke lead after a poor finish to the third round at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in California on Saturday. Henderson bogeyed the final two holes and shot even-par 72 after squandering a five-stroke lead on the Lake Merced course in San Francisco. Henderson, who does not have exempt status on the LPGA circuit after being denied a waiver due to her age, is nine-under with a total of 207. American Morgan Pressel (67) and South Korean Kwak Min-seo (69) are one shot behind, while defending champion Lydia Ko trails by three.


Jerryd Bayless (No. 19) of the Milwaukee Bucks is swarmed by teammates after he hit the game winning shot against the Chicago Bulls in Game 4 of the first round of the NBA Playoffs, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on April 25, 2015Jerryd Bayless made a buzzer-beating layup to lift Milwaukee to a 92-90 victory over Chicago that kept the Bucks alive in their NBA Eastern Conference first-round playoff series. It came down to quick action by Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd and crisp execution by Nets reserves Jared Dudley and Bayless.


Jason Day of Australia hits a driver off the second tee during final round play of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta(Reuters) - Australian Jason Day and American Erik Compton were tied for the early third-round lead at the weather-hit Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Saturday as the players prepared for a marathon Sunday to complete the event. World number six Day was one-under par after three holes and Compton four-under after six, leaving the pair level at 13-under overall on a rain-softened layout at the TPC Louisiana where thunderstorms have disrupted play for the last three days. England's Justin Rose, Canadian David Hearn and Americans Blayne Barber and Jerry Kelly were a further stroke back but no player in the field had completed more than 12 holes when play was suspended for the day in fading light.


Australian Jason Day and American Erik Compton were tied for the early third-round lead at the weather-hit Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Saturday as the players prepared for a marathon Sunday to complete the event. World number six Day was one-under par after three holes and Compton four-under after six, leaving the pair level at 13-under overall on a rain-softened layout at the TPC Louisiana where thunderstorms have disrupted play for the last three days. England's Justin Rose, Canadian David Hearn and Americans Blayne Barber and Jerry Kelly were a further stroke back but no player in the field had completed more than 12 holes when play was suspended for the day in fading light. "Fifty-four holes is not in the mix," Slugger White, the PGA Tour's vice president of rules and competitions, told reporters.

Rick Carlisle (C) of the Dallas Mavericks yells during game three of the Western Conference quarterfinals against the Houston Rockets on April 24, 2015 in Dallas, TexasNew York (AFP) - The NBA fined Dallas coach Rick Carlisle $25,000 on Saturday for public criticism of the officiating in the Mavericks' game-three playoff loss to Houston.


MLB: World Series-San Francisco Giants at Kansas City Royals(Reuters) - Six players were suspended and a seventh fined by Major League Baseball (MLB) on Saturday following Thursday's benches-clearing brawl between the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals. The Royals' Yordano Ventura was handed a seven-game suspension and fellow pitcher Edinson Volquez a five-game ban. Outfielder Lorenzo Cain and pitcher Kelvin Herrera were both suspended for two games. White Sox pitchers Chris Sale and Jeff Samardzija were hit with five-game suspensions while catcher Tyler Flowers was fined an undisclosed amount.


Jason Day of Australia hits a driver off the second tee during final round play of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta(Reuters) - Jason Day birdied two of his last four holes after play resumed at the weather-delayed Zurich Classic of New Orleans in Avondale, Louisiana on Saturday to seize a one-shot lead when the second round was finally completed. The Australian world number six, the highest-ranked player in the field at the TPC Louisiana, drained a 34-footer at the par-four 15th before signing off with a tap-in from inside two feet at the par-five last to card a seven-under-par 65. "It's taken a while but we got it in," Day, who won his third career title on the PGA Tour with a playoff victory at the Farmers Insurance Open in February, told Golf Channel about the weather-delayed second round. Just happy where I'm at, I'm enjoying myself and hopefully the (bad) weather can stay away." Day's 65 left him at 12-under 132, a stroke in front of Americans Hudson Swafford (66), Daniel Berger (67) and Chris Stroud (66).


Lee Westwood of England looks on after playing a shot during the third round of the 750,000 USD CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters golf tournament at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club in Jakarta on April 25, 2015Jakarta (AFP) - England's former number one Lee Westwood stormed ahead to snatch the third round lead with a seven-under-par 65 at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters on Saturday.


Alexander Levy of France hits a shot during the third round of the Volvo China Open golf tournament in Shanghai on April 25, 2015Alexander Levy of France fought his way back to the top of the leaderboard on the third day of the Volvo China Open Saturday, overtaking compatriot Julien Quesne in the $3.2 million tournament. Levy was in a group of four players including England's David Howell and China's Wu Ashun and Li Haotong finishing the round with eight under overall at the par 72 Tomson Shanghai Pudong Golf Club. The quartet of leaders was followed by another group of four on six under, including Scotland's Richie Ramsay, Thailand's Prom Meesawat, England's Seve Benson and Sweden's Magnus Carlsson.


Briton Lee Westwood produced a sparkling back nine of just 29 shots to wrest control of the Asian Tour's Indonesian Masters on Saturday. The former world number one will take a five-shot lead into Sunday's final round after his seven-under-par 65 as he bids to claim the title for the third time following wins on his two previous appearances in 2011 and 2012.

Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs slam dunks against the Los Angeles Clippers during Game Three of the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at the AT&T Center on April 24, 2015 in San Antonio, TexasKawhi Leonard showed why he is worthy of being named the defensive player of the year, putting his complete game on display for the San Antonio Spurs. Leonard scored a career-high 32 points to carry the Spurs to a 100-73 win over the Los Angeles Clippers and a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven Western Conference playoff series. In the other playoff contests Friday, the Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards also won to take commanding 3-0 series leads. Leonard not only anchored the Spurs' defense but he wasted no time putting his stamp on the game offensively.


Brooke Henderson of Canada makes a tee shot on the 16th hole during round two of the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic presented by CTBC at the Lake Merced Golf Club on April 24, 2015 in San Francisco, CaliforniaCanadian teenager Brooke Henderson shot a tournament-record seven-under 65 to grab a two-shot lead after the second round of the LPGA Tour's Swinging Skirts tournament. The 17-year-old Henderson finished 36 holes at nine-under 135 at the Lake Merced Golf Course. "It's pretty cool," Henderson said about setting the record. Henderson broke Stacy Lewis' (2014) record of 138 by three shots.


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