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Poulter of England hits from the rough on the 14th hole during a practice round ahead of the British Open golf championship on the Old Course in St. Andrews, ScotlandBy Tony Jimenez WOBURN, England (Reuters) - Less than three years after his magical putter inspired a 'miracle' Ryder Cup victory for Europe, Ian Poulter says his touch on the greens has temporarily deserted him. "I'm not disappointed how I played because I thought I played good but I'm disappointed I didn't hole my fair share of putts," Poulter told Reuters in an interview. "Some weeks you just can't see the right lines, you can't visualize the ball going in the hole, and that puts the rest of your game under pressure to hit it close." Poulter showed nerves of steel when he sank five birdie putts in as many holes on the penultimate day to haul Europe out of trouble before the team went on to secure their 'Miracle of Medinah' triumph over the United States in 2012.


By Tony Jimenez WOBURN, England, July 28 (Reuters) - Less than three years after his magical putter inspired a 'miracle' Ryder Cup victory for Europe, Ian Poulter says his touch on the greens has temporarily deserted him. "I'm not disappointed how I played because I thought I played good but I'm disappointed I didn't hole my fair share of putts," Poulter told Reuters in an interview. "Some weeks you just can't see the right lines, you can't visualise the ball going in the hole, and that puts the rest of your game under pressure to hit it close." Poulter showed nerves of steel when he sank five birdie putts in as many holes on the penultimate day to haul Europe out of trouble before the team went on to secure their 'Miracle of Medinah' triumph over the United States in 2012.

Jen Welter, a former college football player who played 14 seasons of professional gridiron, will make history as the first woman coach in the NFL when she takes up an intern position with the Arizona CardinalsJen Welter, who played 14 seasons of professional football, will make history as the first woman coach in the NFL when she takes up an intern position with the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals announced the hiring on Monday, saying they added Welter to their staff as a coaching intern during training camp and pre-season. "Coaching is nothing more than teaching," Cardinals Coach Bruce Arians told the team's website.


Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees hits a solo home run against the Texas Rangers in the top of the sixth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 27, 2015 in Arlington, TexasAlex Rodriguez celebrated his birthday by belting a home run in the New York Yankees' 6-2 win over the Texas Rangers and said he's in a "good place" as he turns 40. Asked prior to Monday's game what advice he might give his younger self, A-Rod acknowledged he was in "no position" to give advice to anyone. "There was a point and a time for me that hitting home runs and being a great baseball player was all that mattered," Rodriguez said.


NBA: Playoffs-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors(Reuters) - Australian guard Matthew Dellavedova has re-signed for the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team announced on Monday. Terms of the deal were not announced but reports say it is a one-year deal worth more than $1 million to Dellavedova, who made just over $800,000 last season. Dellavedova, 24, made only 13 starts for the Cavs in the 2014-15 regular season, but rose to prominence in the NBA Finals with his hustling defense against the Golden State Warriors.


(Reuters) - The U.S. trial of a former Soviet officer accused of being a Taliban fighter in Afghanistan will start on Thursday in Virginia after a three-day delay, court documents said on Monday. The trial of the Russian man, Irek Hamidullin, had been scheduled to begin on Monday in Richmond. Hamidullin, believed to be in his 50s, faces 15 criminal counts ranging from supporting terrorists to firearms charges stemming from his alleged orchestration of a 2009 attack on an Afghan border police base.

Basket - Cavs re-sign Aussie DellavedovaAustralian guard Matthew Dellavedova, whose gritty play won fans worldwide during the NBA Finals, has re-signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team said Monday. The Cavaliers, who fell to Golden State in the NBA championship series in June, announced the deal along with the trade of center Brendan Haywood, guard Mike Miller and two future draft picks to the Portland Trail Blazers. Terms of Dellavedova's contract were not released, but the deal is for one year and ESPN.com reported it was worth some $1.2 million dollars.


PGA: U.S. Open-Second RoundBy Tony Jimenez WOBURN, England, (Reuters) - U.S. Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth could go down as the greatest putter golf has ever seen, Europe's Ryder Cup talisman Ian Poulter told Reuters on Monday. World number two Spieth has won four times this season and is breathing down Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy's neck at the top of the rankings. "The putts Jordan is holing is the reason why he's putting himself in position week in week out," Poulter said.


July 27 (Infostrada Sports) - The World Rankings 1. (1) Rory McIlroy (Britain) 12.42 2. (2) Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 11.54 3. (3) Bubba Watson (U.S.) 7.50 4. (9) Jason Day (Australia) 7.03 5. (4) Dustin Johnson (U.S.) 6.66 6. (7) Jim Furyk (U.S.) 6.55 7. (5) Justin Rose (Britain) 6.39 8. (6) Rickie Fowler (U.S.) 6.36 9. (8) Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 6.10 10. (10) Sergio Garcia (Spain) 5.60 11. (11) Adam Scott (Australia) 5.19 12. (12) Zach Johnson (U.S.) 5.05 13. (13) Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa) 5.01 14. (14) Jimmy Walker (U.S.) 4.82 15. (15) Hideki Matsuyama (Japan) 4.37 16. (17) Matt Kuchar ...

Zack Greinke of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the third inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field on July 26, 2015Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke saw his impressive streak of scoreless innings pitched ended at 45 and 2/3 innings Sunday against the New York Mets. The streak was the fourth-longest in baseball since 1961 and 13 1/3 innings shy of Orel Hershiser's record of 59 scoreless innings pitched from August 30 to September 28, 1988. It also was behind scoreless streaks of 58 innings by Hall of Famers Don Drys ale and 47 by Bob Gibson in 1968 -- a sparkling year for pitching in the Major Leagues.


The suspect, Irek Hamidullin, believed to be in his 50s, faces 15 counts ranging from supporting terrorists to firearms charges stemming from his orchestration of a 2009 attack on an Afghan Border Police base. Hamidullin, a former Soviet officer and tank commander in the early 1980s, was indicted by a grand jury in October 2014 and transported to the United States from Afghanistan. The postponement was ordered Friday by the U.S. District Court judge hearing the case.

MLB: Baseball Hall of Fame-Induction CeremonyRandy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz became the first trio of pitchers inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in the same year as they joined Craig Biggio in Sunday's Class of 2015 at Cooperstown, New York. Tens of thousands attended the ceremony in the quaint upstate village with the liveliest, loudest contingent coming to support Martinez, the second Dominican after Juan Marichal in 1983 to be enshrined in the Hall. It's a great moment for the Dominican Republic and Latin America," added Martinez in a speech in English and Spanish.


Australia have dumped leading women's basketball player Liz Cambage from Olympic qualifiers after she skipped the first day of a training camp to attend a rock festival. As her team mates assembled for training in wintry Melbourne on Sunday, the 23-year-old former WNBA All Star was attending the 'Splendour in the Grass' festival in Byron Bay, an idyllic coastal resort some 1,600 kms (994 miles) away in balmy northern New South Wales. Cambage has been recovering from a serious Achilles injury but had been expected to be available for the national team's warmup matches against Japan before Olympic qualifiers against New Zealand starting Aug. 15.
July 27 (Infostrada Sports) - FedEx Cup rankings 1. (1) Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 3763 2. (3) Bubba Watson (U.S.) 2043 3. (2) Jimmy Walker (U.S.) 1951 4. (16) Jason Day (Australia) 1793 5. (4) Dustin Johnson (U.S.) 1607 6. (5) Robert Streb (U.S.) 1526 7. (6) Zach Johnson (U.S.) 1522 8. (7) Rory McIlroy (Britain) 1510 9. (8) Patrick Reed (U.S.) 1497 10. (11) Charley Hoffman (U.S.) 1473 11. (9) Brandt Snedeker (U.S.) 1410 12. (10) J.B. Holmes (U.S.) 1405 13. (12) Kevin Kisner (U.S.) 1384 14. (13) Danny Lee (New Zealand) 1342 15. (14) Justin Rose (Britain) 1322 16. ...

Jason Day celebrates after putting for birdie on the 18th green to win during the final round of the RBC Canadian OpenJason Day birdied the final three holes en route to a four-under 68 to capture the Canadian Open, holding off David Hearn and Bubba Watson in a final-round shoot-out on Sunday. The 27-year-old Australian drained a 21-foot birdie putt on 18 to finish at 17-under 271 and beat two-time Masters champion Watson (69) by one stroke in the $5.8 million USPGA Tour event. Crowd-favourite Hearn shot an even-par 72 and finished alone in third place, two strokes back of Day as he just missed out becoming the first Canadian to win the tournament in 61 years.


Lexi Thompson watches her tee shot on the second hole during the final round of the Meijer LPGA Classic at Blythefield Country Club on July 26, 2015 in Grand Rapids, MichiganAmerican Lexi Thompson came from behind to earn her fifth career USLPGA Tour win Sunday, firing a six-under 65 for a one-shot victory in the Meijer Classic. Thompson, who placed third at the Women's PGA Championship earlier this year, finished the week at the Blythefield Country Club at 18-under-par 266. American Lizette Salas began the day with a four-shot lead and closed with a one-under 70.


PGA: RBC Canadian Open-Third RoundJason Day spoiled Canadian hopes of a first home-grown winner in 61 years at the Canadian Open with a one-stroke victory on Sunday. The 27-year-old Australian birdied the last three holes at Glen Abbey to triumph by one over American Bubba Watson and by two over Canadian David Hearn, the 54-hole leader. Watson and Hearn, playing in the final pairing, shot 69 and 72, respectively.


LPGA: U.S. Women's Open-Third Round(Reuters) - Lexi Thompson surged past overnight leader Lizette Salas and held off a last-day charge by Gerina Piller to win her fifth career LPGA title by one shot at the Meijer LPGA Classic in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Sunday. Four strokes behind fellow American Salas heading into the final round, the long-hitting Thompson birdied five of the first eight holes on the way to a six-under-par 65 in bright sunshine at Blythefield Country Club.


Pan Am Games: Women's Baseball-Canada vs United StatesBy Frank Pingue TORONTO (Reuters) - The United States won the inaugural women's baseball competition at the Pan American Games on Sunday, while Uruguay beat defending champion Mexico in the men's soccer final on the closing day of competition. Ecuador's Andres Chocho, who battled both laryngitis and a stomach problem over the last three weeks, led a Latin American sweep of the podium in the men's 50km walk as he crossed in a season-best three hours, 50 minutes and 13 seconds. Guatemala's Erick Barrondo claimed silver while Mexico's Horacio Nava took bronze in steamy conditions.


* Closing 65 earns Thompson her first win of season * Fellow Americans Piller and Salas tie for second (Adds quotes, detail) July 26 (Reuters) - Lexi Thompson surged past overnight leader Lizette Salas and held off a last-day charge by Gerina Piller to win her fifth career LPGA title by one shot at the Meijer LPGA Classic in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Sunday. Four strokes behind fellow American Salas heading into the final round, the long-hitting Thompson birdied five of the first eight holes on the way to a six-under-par 65 in bright sunshine at Blythefield Country Club.
July 26 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Canadian Open at the par-72 course on Sunday in Oakville, ON -17 Jason Day (Australia) 68 66 69 68 -16 Bubba Watson (U.S.) 68 67 68 69 -15 David Hearn (Canada) 69 64 68 72 -14 Jim Furyk (U.S.) 68 69 68 69 -13 Stewart Cink (U.S.) 68 73 68 66 Tom Hoge (U.S.) 70 70 69 66 -12 Adam Hadwin (Canada) 74 67 67 68 Charley Hoffman (U.S.) 71 66 69 70 Matt Kuchar (U.S.) 69 69 69 69 Austin Cook (U.S.) 68 70 69 69 -11 Rory Sabbatini (South Africa) 72 69 69 67 Ricky Barnes (U.S.) 68 70 68 71 Chad Campbell (U.S.) 67 63 75 72 Daniel Summerhays (U.S. ...

14-year-olds Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen are showing in this handout provided by the United States Coast Guard in Miami(Reuters) - The U.S. Coast Guard on Sunday afternoon found an overturned and empty boat belonging to two teenage boys who went missing off the Florida coast during a fishing expedition two days ago, the service said. The 19-foot single-engine boat was located off the coast of Ponce Inlet, a town about 180 miles north of Jupiter, where the boys were last seen, the Coast Guard said in a statement. Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, both 14, remain missing.


MLB: Cleveland Indians at Cincinnati Reds(Reuters) - All-Star pitcher Johnny Cueto has been traded by the Cincinnati Reds to the Kansas City Royals for left-handers Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed, the teams said on Sunday. The deal, which will also bring Cueto's new team cash considerations toward his $10 million salary, was announced during the third inning of Kansas City's home game against the Houston Astros. Cueto, who can become a free agent next season, goes from the 43-52 Reds to the reigning American League champion Royals, who at 59-38 have the league's best record.


Pedro Martinez fans camp near the Induction Ceremony stage at the National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 26, 2015 in Cooperstown, New YorkLeft-handed hurler Randy Johnson expected "goosebumps" upon his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and Sunday's ceremony before nearly 50,000 people didn't disappoint. "It's very humbling to look behind me and see the best who have played this game," said Johnson -- who was one of a trio of pitching greats to go into the shrine along with slugger Craig Biggio. Johnson and fellow pitchers Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz were all elected in their first year of eligibility, while slugger Biggio was elected in his third year on the ballot.


The Senior Open ChampionshipAmerican Marco Dawson shot a sparkling closing 64 to win the senior British Open by one shot from German Bernhard Langer at Sunningdale on Sunday. Dawson edged out Langer, twice U.S. Masters champion, and Briton Colin Montgomerie in the final round to claim his first title in his fourth European senior Tour appearance. The 52-year-old Montgomerie, who won his second senior U.S. PGA title in May and lifted last year's senior U.S. Open, led by two strokes after nine holes of his final round but was overtaken by Dawson who finished on 16 under par.


Marco Dawson, pictured in action on May 2, 2015, fired a final round 64 to win the Senior Open at SunningdaleAmerican Marco Dawson fired a final round 64 to win the Senior Open at Sunningdale on Sunday and deny Scotland's Colin Montgomerie a maiden victory in the tournament. It was only the third career win for the 51-year-old, German-born Dawson who finished on 16-under, one shot ahead of German star, and last year's winner, Bernhard Langer. Montgomerie had held the lead on the final day only to slip three strokes adrift at the finish with a 67.


American Marco Dawson shot a sparkling closing 64 to win the senior British Open by one shot from German Bernhard Langer at Sunningdale on Sunday. Dawson edged out Langer, twice U.S. Masters champion, and Briton Colin Montgomerie in the final round to claim his first title in his fourth European senior Tour appearance. The 52-year-old Montgomerie, who won his second senior U.S. PGA title in May and lifted last year's senior U.S. Open, led by two strokes after nine holes of his final round but was overtaken by Dawson who finished on 16 under par.

England's Danny Willett, pictured on July 19, 2015, drained three late birdies and fired a bogey-free final round of 65 to win the European Masters by one shotCrans-Montana (Switzerland) (AFP) - Englishman Danny Willett drained three late birdies and fired a bogey-free final round of 65 to win the European Masters by one shot over compatriot Matthew Fitzpatrick at Crans-Montana on Sunday. The 27-year-old Yorkshireman, who held the halfway lead at last week's British Open and eventually finished tied for sixth, hit a five-under par round that crucially included birdies at 13, 14 and 15 as Fitzpatrick, 20, paid the price for a bogey at the 11th. Tyrell Hatton was alone in third spot on 15 under, as English players swept the top three places, with Sweden's Pelle Edberg a further shot back in fourth and India's Anirban Lahiri completing the top five on 12 under, five shots adrift of Willett.


July 26 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the European Tour European Masters at the par-70 course on Sunday in Crans-Montana -17 Danny Willett (Britain) 65 62 71 65 -16 Matthew Fitzpatrick (Britain) 69 65 64 66 -15 Tyrrell Hatton (Britain) 65 68 70 62 -14 Pelle Edberg (Sweden) 65 72 66 63 -12 Anirban Lahiri (India) 67 67 70 64 -11 Sergio Garcia (Spain) 69 70 66 64 -10 Florian Fritsch (Germany) 70 66 70 64 Raphael Jacquelin (France) 68 64 68 70 -9 Rikard Karlberg (Sweden) 65 67 74 65 -8 Richie Ramsay (Britain) 70 66 68 68 Marcus Kinhult (Sweden) 65 66 73 68 Richard Green (Australia) 65 67 71 69 ...
(Reuters) - Britain's Danny Willett fended off a strong challenge from compatriot Matt Fitzpatrick to win the European Masters by one shot at Crans Montana on Sunday. Willett, who finished tied sixth at last week's British Open, started the final round level on 12 under with Fitzpatrick and the 27-year-old shot a bogey-free 65 to finish 17 under par and claim his third European Tour title. Former world amateur number one Fitzpatrick carded six birdies in his final round but two bogeys meant the 20-year-old had to settle for 16 under.

Lisette Salas watches her drive on the 10th hole during the third round of the Meijer LPGA Classic on July 25, 2015 in Grand Rapids, MichiganLizette Salas moved four strokes ahead of the field by firing a bogey-free seven-under 64 in the third round of the USLPGA Tour's Meijer Classic. "I'm glad to be in this position and hope to be holding the trophy tomorrow," said Salas. Salas' playing partner Saturday was Lexi Thompson, who posted a three-under 68 and shares second place with Kris Tamulis (67) at 12-under.


Baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson denied reports that an irate exchange with a fan turned physicalBaseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson denied reports that an irate exchange with a fan turned physical. The New York Daily News reported on its website that Jackson shoved the fan outside a restaurant in Cooperstown, New York, but Jackson said he only yelled at the autograph seeker. "I would never touch a fan," Jackson said Saturday.


Baseball - Phillies' Hamels ends slump with first no-hitterCole Hamels threw his first solo no-hitter, striking out 13 batters in the Philadelphia Phillies' 5-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Hamels threw 129 pitches over nine innings and allowed just two baserunners on walks as the Phillies won their third straight and seventh in eight games since the Major League Baseball All-Star break. Hamels has been the subject of trade rumours of late and his no-hitter comes just six days before MLB's trade deadline.


Golf - Hearn eyes history at Canadian OpenDavid Hearn will try to become the first home-grown golfer in 61 years to win the Canadian Open when he takes a two-stroke lead over Bubba Watson and Jason Day into Sunday's final round. Hearn had five birdies and a bogey in a four-under par 68 on Saturday, his 54-hole total of 201 putting him two shots in front of two-time Masters champion Watson and Australia's world number nine Day. Hearn led by as many as four shots on the back nine, but Watson closed the gap with a 68 that included five birdies and an eagle on the par-five 13th while Day roared back from a double-bogey six at the 11th with birdies at six of his last seven holes.


PGA: RBC Canadian Open-Third RoundBy Tim Wharnsby OAKVILLE, Ontario (Reuters) - A star-studded group that includes Australian Jason Day and American Bubba Watson will attempt to prevent Canada's David Hearn from making history at the RBC Canadian Open on Sunday. No Canadian has won the national golf championship since Pat Fletcher in 1954. Hearn, however, shot a solid four-under 68 to give himself a two-shot cushion at 15-under-par 201 after three rounds at Glen Abbey on Saturday.


MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Chicago Cubs(Reuters) - Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies pitched a no-hitter including 13 strikeouts against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Saturday in a 5-0 win. Backed by Ryan Howard, who crushed a three-run homer in the third, the 31-year-old Hamels (6-7) allowed just two baserunners on a pair of walks as he threw 129 pitches to register the first no-hitter at hitter-friendly Wrigley Field in 43 years. Chris Heston of the San Francisco Giants threw the first against New York Mets on June 9, and Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals followed suit against the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 20.


Lizette Salas of the U.S. looks over the 12th green during the second round of the 2013 U.S. Women's Open golf championship at the Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton(Reuters) - American Lizette Salas, bidding for a second LPGA title, made a fast start and strong finish to take a commanding four-shot lead after the third round of the Meijer LPGA Classic in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Saturday. The 26-year-old from California birdied three of the first four holes, and three in a row in the last five, to fire a sizzling seven-under-par 64 in bright sunshine at the tree-lined Blythefield Country Club. Salas, whose maiden LPGA Tour victory came at last year's Kingsmill Championship, posted a 16-under total of 197 to end the day four ahead of compatriots Lexi Thompson (68) and Kris Tamulis (67).


* Salas takes control with a seven-birdie display * Thompson and Tamulis share second place * World number one Park trails by seven (Adds detail, quotes) July 25 (Reuters) - American Lizette Salas, bidding for a second LPGA title, made a fast start and strong finish to take a commanding four-shot lead after the third round of the Meijer LPGA Classic in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Saturday. Salas, whose maiden LPGA Tour victory came at last year's Kingsmill Championship, posted a 16-under total of 197 to end the day four ahead of compatriots Lexi Thompson (68) and Kris Tamulis (67). Germany's Caroline Masson birdied the last three holes for a 65 to finish at 10 under, level with Americans Brittany Lincicome (65), Alison Lee (70), Gerina Piller (69) and Katie Burnett (66), and South Korea's Ryu So-yeon (65).
By Steve Keating AJAX, Ontario (Reuters) - After the United States lost the softball gold to Japan at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Laura Berg and four teammates placed their cleats on home plate and walked away knowing they would never play again. While softball was ditched by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), it remains a fixture at the Pan American Games and on Sunday the United States will be playing in the grand final. The team that will take to the field in Ajax will be composed of a generation of players that grew up with that Olympic dream only to have it snatched away, and Berg, a four-time Olympian and three-time gold medalist, will be there as part of the U.S. coaching staff.
By Tim Wharnsby OAKVILLE, Ontario (Reuters) - Ollie Schniederjans has put his name on the leaderboard at the RBC Canadian Open, picking up in his first tournament as a professional where he left off as an amateur at the British Open. The strong performance by the former Georgia Tech college player comes on the heels of a tie for 12th at St. Andrews and is another example of a young gun poised to make his mark on the PGA Tour. Schniederjans believes many young players have made a seamless jump to the pro game because of the travel schedule and quality of golf played at the college level.

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