ATHENS, Greece (AP) — In an obscure corner of a park sits a forlorn reminder that, 10 years ago, Athens hosted the 2004 Summer Olympics. The crumbling miniature theater is inscribed with the words "glory, wealth, wisdom, victory, triumph, hero, labor" — and it is where visiting Olympic officials planted an olive sapling that would bear their names for posterity.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Ajit Pai called the NFL's television blackout rules "outdated," and urged his fellow Federal Communications Commission representatives to vote in favor of having them repealed to address fan concerns.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police are looking for a mixed martial arts fighter and porn actor after his girlfriend posted graphic photos of her swollen and beaten face online and said the man, known as War Machine, beat her and a friend so severely that she feared for her life.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — U.S. captain Tom Watson said he would be foolish not to consider Tiger Woods as one of his three wild-card selections for the Ryder Cup, a decision that ultimately would be based on Woods' words instead of his actions.
Derrick Rose earned a spot on the final 12-man US roster of NBA stars for the Basketball World Cup after helping the Americans rip Puerto Rico 112-86. Rose sat out an exhibition victory two nights earlier over the Dominican Republic and there was concern about him after his having missed most of the past two NBA seasons due to knee surgeries. Damian Lillard, Kyle Korver, Gordon Hayward and Chandler Parsons were trimmed from the lineup early Saturday to slice the American roster to the 12-man limit needed by next Friday, the eve of the start of the global showdown in Spain.
By Larry Fine PARAMUS New Jersey (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy blamed a first-round 74 on a lack of preparation, but after putting in extra time on the range, the Northern Irishman came out firing on Friday and put himself into contention at The Barclays. The world number one fired a six-under-par 65 in the second round at Ridgewood Country Club to stand five shots behind co-leaders Adam Scott and American Cameron Tringale. "The work that I did yesterday on the range really helped, just sort of got back into the rhythm and into the flow of things," McIlroy said of his post-round practice.
South Korea's Ryu So-Yeon stretched her lead to five strokes after firing a six-under par 66 in the second round of the LPGA Canadian Women's Open. Ninth-ranked Ryu, the 2011 US Women's Open champion whose only other LPGA title came at the 2012 Toledo Classic, opened by matching the London Hunt and Country Club course record with a 63 and followed up with another solid effort to stand on 15-under 129. "After I shot nine-under, six-under is not that great, but still it's a really great score and I made a lot of great putts," Ryu said on Friday. I aim for a bogey-free round all four days and I'm aiming for a really good win." South Korean Choi Na-Yeon, American Danielle Kang and Sweden's Anna Nordqvist shared second on 134 with American Cristie Kerr another stroke adrift.
The five-times major champion blasted an errant drive at the 295-yard par-four fifth hole at Ridgewood Country Club and a bad bounce placed the ball on the artificial turf floor among the dining tables on the deck of a grandstand overlooking the green. With the crowd around the green roaring encouragement, Mickelson climbed the stairs and surveyed his lie as patrons parted to let him through.
By Larry Fine PARAMUS New Jersey (Reuters) - Adam Scott used a run of four successive birdies on Friday to vault into a share of the halfway lead at The Barclays, and Rory McIlroy joined the fray at the opener of the four-event FedExCup playoffs. Scott, the Australian world number two, caught fire from the par-four fifth hole to post a 31 on the front nine and added two more birdies including a nice finishing touch at 18 to complete a 65 for eight-under 134 along with American Cameron Tringale. Scott was hitting the ball like a dream from tee to green, and reckoned he might have broken 60 if he had taken advantage of the par-fives and cashed in with his putter on a host of other scoring opportunities. So I could find four there for you, and missed so many 10-footers it felt like." Asked if a 59 might have been possible for him, Scott said: "Well, ifs and buts, but I played well enough if I had it really going on the green today to do that for sure." Tringale, who last week disqualified himself from the PGA Championship for signing an incorrect scorecard, shot a 68 to share a one-stroke lead with Scott on a jammed pack leaderboard.
* Australian tied with Tringale after 65 * McIlroy also has a 65 to go three under (Adds details, quotes) By Larry Fine PARAMUS, New Jersey, Aug 22 (Reuters) - Adam Scott used a run of four successive birdies on Friday to vault into a share of the halfway lead at The Barclays, and Rory McIlroy joined the fray at the opener of the four-event FedExCup playoffs. Scott, the Australian world number two, caught fire from the par-four fifth hole to post a 31 on the front nine and added two more birdies including a nice finishing touch at 18 to complete a 65 for eight-under 134 along with American Cameron Tringale. Scott was hitting the ball like a dream from tee to green, and reckoned he might have broken 60 if he had taken advantage of the par-fives and cashed in with his putter on a host of other scoring opportunities. So I could find four there for you, and missed so many 10-footers it felt like." Asked if a 59 might have been possible for him, Scott said: "Well, ifs and buts, but I played well enough if I had it really going on the green today to do that for sure." Tringale, who last week disqualified himself from the PGA Championship for signing an incorrect scorecard, shot a 68 to share a one-stroke lead with Scott on a jammed pack leaderboard.
Defending champion Adam Scott made a run of four consecutive birdies and closed with a tap-in birdie to share the lead after Friday's second round of The Barclays PGA tournament. The Australian star, who captured his first major title last year at the Masters, fired a six-under par 65 to match American Cameron Tringale atop the leaderboard halfway into the first event of the season-ending PGA playoffs.
The Washington Post editorial board will generally avoid using the word "Redskins" when referring to Washington's football team, it announced on Friday, saying the term denigrates Native Americans. A growing number of newspapers and sportswriters, including the Post's Mike Wise, have said they will no longer use the team's moniker. The editorial board controls only the paper's opinion pages and is separate from the Post's news-gathering side, which will continue to use the name, Marty Baron, the paper's executive editor, said. "That remains our policy, as we continue to vigorously cover controversy over the team's name and avoid any advocacy role on this subject." Daniel Snyder, who bought the team in 1999, has said the name honors Native Americans and vowed not to change the name under any circumstances.
The Washington Post newspaper's editorial board announced Friday it will no longer use the controversial nickname of the National Football League's Washington Redskins, supporting calls that the word is offensive. The newspaper's editorial page has championed a name change for many years, noting in 1992 the term Redskins "is really pretty offensive" to Native Americans, with the team's logo a profile of a Native American warrior's face. Team owner Daniel Snyder has disagreed and is fighting a court ruling that would strip the "Redskins" trademark from the team, likely pressuring the league to force a name change for financial reasons to avoid counterfeit products and lost revenues in an area where all league teams share income. The Post editorial board said the issue is no longer a question to its members.
By Steve Holland EDGARTOWN Mass. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama delivered a somber statement on the death of American journalist James Foley after a video emerged showing Foley's grisly execution by Islamic State militants. Then Obama proceeded directly to a golf course to play 18 holes. "Bam's Golf War," blared the cover of the New York Daily News, showing a picture of the smiling president behind the wheel of a golf cart, while Foley's parents grieved over their son in a smaller photo lower on the page. Criticism of Obama was not universal but emerged on both sides of the political spectrum, with former Vice President Dick Cheney attacking the president and left-leaning blogger Ezra Klein saying in a tweet that it was in bad taste.
(Reuters) - Kansas City Chiefs starting right tackle Donald Stephenson has been suspended the first four games of the regular season for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing substances, the National Football League team said on Friday. Selected by the Chiefs in the third round of the 2012 draft, Stephenson started seven games for Kansas City last year and was expected to a cornerstone of the offensive line this season. "I failed to check with the NFL, NFLPA or Chiefs medical team before I took a medication that requires a therapeutic use exemption," Stephenson said in a statement through his agent. His loss is a blow to the Chiefs, who also parted ways with tackle Branden Albert and guards Jon Asamoah and Geoff Schwartz during the offseason.
South Korea's Noh Seung-Yul received a rare two-stroke penalty during Friday's second round of The Barclays US PGA tournament for playing a shot from the wrong green. Unaware he needed to take a relief drop with no penalty, Noh played his next shot from the putting surface of the wrong hole, a rules violation. We have never seen this happen," said Slugger White, the PGA Tour vice president of rules and competition.
Welsh golfer Jamie Donaldson remained on course for a Ryder Cup place on Friday when he maintained a one-shot lead at the halfway point of the Czech Masters. The 38-year-old world number 29, who needs to finish the weekend in the top seven to book a maiden Ryder Cup appearance at Gleneagles next month, overcame a nervy conclusion to his second round.
NBA star center Kevin Love was expected to be traded Saturday to the Cleveland Cavaliers, joining US Olympic teammate LeBron James in a new "Big Three" for the superstar playmaker. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, ESPN and USA Today reported Friday that details of a three-team trade have been agreed upon, but the deal cannot be completed until Saturday due to NBA rules regarding the contract of June's top overall NBA Draft pick, Andrew Wiggins. The Cavaliers would send Wiggins, 2013 top choice Anthony Bennett and a future first-round draft pick to Minnesota in exchange for Love, who will provide the inside size and strength to combine with four-time NBA Most Valuable Player James and guard Kyrie Irving.
By Larry Fine PARAMUS, New Jersey, Aug 22 (Reuters) - Jim Furyk shot a two-under-par 69 for a share of the clubhouse lead at The Barclays, while Sweden's Henrik Stenson surged into contention with a sizzling 64 midway through the second round on Friday. Furyk was joined on seven-under-par 135 by fellow Americans Kevin Chappell (67) and Brendon Todd (69) on an overcast day at Ridgewood Country Club in the opening tournament of the PGA Tour's season-ending, four-event FedExCup playoffs. Stenson, who failed to make a single birdie in his opening round 72, had eight of them on Friday against a lone bogey to reach the halfway mark at 136 along with Ernie Els (68) and overnight leader Bo Van Pelt (71).
New York (AFP) - Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was fined $12,000 by the National Football League on Friday for making an obscene gesture toward the Washington Redskins' bench during a pre-season road loss Monday.
Rusney Castillo, a Cuban outfielder who defected to Haiti six months ago, has agreed to a record Major League Baseball contract with the Boston Red Sox, multiple reports said Friday. The league's website and ESPN reported that the Red Sox won a bidding war for the talented 27-year-old Caribbean standout, the latest defector from the Communist island to make his way to the US major leagues. The Red Sox have not confirmed the deal, saying only that they have been in talks with Castillo. Almost all major league clubs attended his workout in July at Miami.
Aug 22 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the European Tour Czech Masters at the par-72 course on Friday in Prague. The cut was set at 144. 135 Jamie Donaldson (Britain) 66 69 136 Gregory Bourdy (France) 69 67 137 Stephen Gallacher (Britain) 70 67 Lee Slattery (Britain) 68 69 Tommy Fleetwood (Britain) 72 65 John Hahn (U.S. ...
By Larry Fine PARAMUS New Jersey (Reuters) - Bo Van Pelt chipped in for eagle at the par-five 17th hole for a 65 that pushed him past a crowd of eight players and into the first-round lead at The Barclays on a Thursday when Rory McIlroy played poorly. The Northern Irishman, winner in his last three starts including the British Open and PGA Championship, shot a three-over-par 74 and trailed Van Pelt by nine strokes. Among the long queue tied for second at five-under 66 in the opening tournament of the four-event FedExCup playoffs were Jim Furyk, who stood third on the points list, his old Ryder Cup team mate Hunter Mahan and England's Paul Casey. They were joined by Brendon de Jonge of Zimbabwe and Americans Charles Howell III, Cameron Tringale, Ben Martin and Brendon Todd on a course softened by overnight rain.
* Eight share second at FedExCup opener * Eagle helps put Van Pelt in front * McIlroy nine off lead after first round (Changes slug, updates with Van Pelt in lead) By Larry Fine PARAMUS, New Jersey, Aug 21 (Reuters) - Bo Van Pelt chipped in for eagle at the par-five 17th hole for a 65 that pushed him past a crowd of eight players and into the first-round lead at The Barclays on a Thursday when Rory McIlroy played poorly. The Northern Irishman, winner in his last three starts including the British Open and PGA Championship, shot a three-over-par 74 and trailed Van Pelt by nine strokes. Among the long queue tied for second at five-under 66 in the opening tournament of the four-event FedExCup playoffs were Jim Furyk, who stood third on the points list, his old Ryder Cup team mate Hunter Mahan and England's Paul Casey. They were joined by Brendon de Jonge of Zimbabwe and Americans Charles Howell III, Cameron Tringale, Ben Martin and Brendon Todd on a course softened by overnight rain.
Los Angeles Angels pitcher Garrett Richards will miss the remainder of the Major League Baseball season with torn left knee patellar tendon, the team announced Thursday. Richards was 13-4 this season with a 2.61 earned-run average over 26 starts for the Angels, whose 75-50 record is the best in the major leagues. The Angels lead Oakland by 1 1/2 games in the American League West division in a fight between the winningest teams of the season, so losing Richards was a setback the Anaheim-based club could ill afford in its quest to earn a home-field edge throughout the playoffs over the final weeks of the season.
South Korea's Ryu So-Yeon fired a bogey-free opening round of nine-under par 63 Thursday to seize a one-stroke lead over compatriot Choi Na-Yeon at the LPGA Canadian Women's Open. Ryu, the 2011 US Women's Open champion, hit all 14 fairways and needed only 25 putts, reaching 16 of 18 greens in regulation and chipping in with a sand save to stand atop the leaderboard. "I really feel great about that, especially because before I was going to tee off my warming up shots were really bad," Ryu said. Ninth-ranked Ryu, whose only other LPGA title came at the 2012 Toledo Classic, had 10 top-10 finishes without a victory last year and has nine more this year without lifting a trophy.
Aug 21 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Barclays Classic at the par-71 course on Thursday in Paramus, New Jersey 65 Bo Van Pelt (U.S.) 65 66 Paul Casey (Britain) 66 Brendon Todd (U.S.) 66 Jim Furyk (U.S.) 66 Cameron Tringale (U.S.) 66 Hunter Mahan (U.S.) 66 Charles Howell III (U.S.) 66 Brendon De Jonge (Zimbabwe) 66 Ben Martin (U.S.) 66 67 Russell Knox (Britain) 67 Ryo Ishikawa (Japan) 67 Danny Lee (New Zealand) 67 68 Ricky Barnes (U.S.) 68 Ernie Els (South Africa) 68 Keegan Bradley (U.S.) 68 Zach Johnson (U.S.) 68 Matt Kuchar (U.S.) 68 Erik Compton (U.S. ...
Top-ranked Rory McIlroy's bid to become only the fifth player to win four consecutive PGA events started poorly Thursday at the Barclays while American Bo Van Pelt took the lead. McIlroy, coming off major victories at the British Open and PGA Championships, fired a three-over par 74 in the first round of the opening event of the US tour's season-ending playoffs at Plainfield Country Club. Van Pelt, whose lone PGA title in 13 tour seasons came at Milwaukee in 2009, owned a one-stroke edge over a pack that included England's Paul Casey, Zimbabwe's Brendon de Jonge and Americans Cameron Tringale, Ben Martin, Hunter Mahan, Charles Howell, Brendon Todd and Jim Furyk.
A week after disqualifying himself for a scoring decision at the PGA Championship, Cameron Tringale turned the page and fired an opening 66 on Thursday to put himself near the top of the leaderboard at The Barclays. Tringale said he felt a sense of relief in putting the incident behind him - at a cost of $53,000 in prize money he had won for tying for 33rd at Valhalla. Tringale had waved his putter over his ball prior to sinking a tap-in putt at the 11th hole of his final round in the PGA. Tringale said playing partner Matt Jones had asked in the scoring trailer if Tringale was sure he had not taken a stroke at the ball and then signed the card.
(Reuters) - Sports apparel retailer Under Armour is looking to lure NBA most valuable player Kevin Durant away from rival Nike in a deal worth as much as $285 million over 10 years, ESPN.com reported on Thursday. The deal, sources told the website, includes Under Armour stock and other incentives, such a community center built in Durant's mother's name. Nike would have the right to match the deal, which is a condition of Durant's current contract with the Beaverton, Oregon-based athletic-apparel giant, the website reported. Durant, who played high school ball in Maryland, would represent a major coup for Under Armour, a Baltimore-based company looking to put a dent in Nike's dominance in basketball apparel.
Detroit pitcher David Price tossed a one-hitter at his former Tampa Bay teammates Thursday but lost as the Rays edged the visiting Tigers 1-0. Five days shy of his 29th birthday, the American left-hander faced his former Major League Baseball club for the first time and took the loss thanks to the only hit he surrendered. A throwing error by Detroit shortstop Eugenio Suarez allowed Ben Zobrist to reach first base with one out in the first inning and Brandon Guyer followed with a triple to centerfield to produce the game's only run. Tampa Bay starter Alex Cobb and relievers Brad Boxberger and Jake McGee combined on a four-hit shutout to snap a four-game losing skid for the Rays.
By Larry Fine PARAMUS New Jersey (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy's bid for a career first FedExCup title got off to a rocky start on Thursday as he shot a three-over par 74 in the first round at The Barclays, the opening tournament of the four-event playoffs. The Northern Irishman, ranked first in the world and first in the FedExCup standings after winning the British Open, WGC-Bridgestone and PGA Championship in succession, trails the leading trio in the clubhouse by eight strokes. Americans Cameron Tringale, Hunter Mahan and Charles Howell III, all shot five-under rounds of 66 at Ridgewood Country Club to share the clubhouse lead.
Jamie Donaldson boosted his hopes of a maiden Ryder Cup appearance by taking a one-shot lead after the first round of the Czech Masters on Thursday. The Welshman carded a six-under-par 66 at Prague's Albatross Golf Resort to lead by one from Sweden's Mikael Lundberg while fellow Ryder Cup hopefuls, Stephen Gallacher and Joost Luiten, fired two-under-par rounds of 70. Donaldson said he will not get distracted by speculation over the Ryder Cup team to face the United States at Gleneagles in September although a finish in the top seven should be enough to secure an automatic selection.
(Reuters) - All-Star slugger Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels and the Seattle Mariners' Robinson Cano headline a Major League Baseball squad that will take on the Japan national team in a five-game series, MLB said on Thursday. The Baltimore Orioles' Adam Jones and Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig have also been confirmed for the series that will be played from Nov. 12-18 with games in Osaka, Tokyo and Sapporo. Texas Rangers skipper Ron Washington, who led his team to back-to-back American League pennants in 2010 and 2011, will manage the team. ...