PARIS (AP) — Vincenzo Nibali put his lungs and legs to work one last time, marching up to the winner's podium of the Tour de France and sighing deeply before the Italian anthem echoed over the Champs-Elysees.
MADRID (AP) — A Spanish judge on Monday rejected a prosecutor's request to drop charges of tax fraud against Lionel Messi and ordered the investigation into three cases of suspected unpaid taxes to proceed.
OWINGS MILLS, Maryland (AP) — Inbee Park and So Yeon Ryu both birdied the first playoff hole Saturday as South Korea eliminated the top-seeded United States and earned a wild-card berth in the final round of the International Crown.
PERIGUEUX, France (AP) — Finally cracking broad smiles after weeks of no-nonsense racing, Vincenzo Nibali confirmed he will win the Tour de France after another impressive ride in a dramatic penultimate stage on Saturday.
July 28 (Reuters) - PGA Tour 2014 FedExCup points table onMonday (U.S. unless stated): 1. Jimmy Walker 2,364 points 2. Bubba Watson 2,135 3. Matt Kuchar 1,855 4. Dustin Johnson 1,769 5. Jim Furyk 1,680 6. Jordan Spieth 1,670 7. Chris Kirk 1,542 8. Brendon Todd 1,516 9. Martin Kaymer (Germany) 1,510 10. Zach Johnson 1,504 11. Patrick Reed 1,498 12. Rory McIlroy (N. Ireland) 1,432 13. Harris English 1,432 14. Webb Simpson 1,398 15. Kevin Na 1,366 16. Sergio Garcia (Spain) 1,351 17. Adam Scott (Australia) 1,345 18. Ryan Moore 1,320 19. Brian Harman 1,314 20. ...
July 28 (Reuters) - European Ryder Cup points table on Monday: World points list 1. Sergio Garcia (Spain) 317.40 2. Justin Rose (England) 261.33 3. Martin Kaymer (Germany) 245.87 4. Thomas Bjorn (Denmark) 193.77 5. Luke Donald (England) 162.44 European points list 1. Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland) 3,051,298 2. Victor Dubuisson (France) 2,631,723 3. Jamie Donaldson (Wales) 2,398,824 4. ...
(Reuters) - European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley has pulled out of next week's U.S. PGA Championship with a shoulder injury, the Irishman said on Monday. The 47-year-old McGinley has suffered from bursitis in his left shoulder, an affliction which forced him to miss the French Open at the start of July. "The scan showed that I really needed to rest my shoulder for a couple of months if I am to address the injury properly and so, because of that, I have regrettably had to withdraw from the U.S. PGA Championship," McGinley, who was set to compete after an invitation from the PGA of America, said.
(The Sports Xchange) - Byron Scott said in a television interview that he is the new coach of the Los Angeles Lakers but the team insisted that an agreement has not yet been reached. ESPN reported Saturday that the Lakers and Scott agreed on a four-year, $17 million deal. The Lakers hold a team option on the final year of the deal. I always wanted to coach the Lakers, especially when I got to coaching.
(The Sports Xchange) - New York Jets first-round safety Calvin Pryor sustained a concussion in practice, coach Rex Ryan confirmed on Sunday. Ryan said the rookie was injured in a special teams drill on Saturday while blocking on a kick return. "Pryor now will go through the protocol, so it is a concussion," Ryan said, according to the New York Daily News. "Apparently it was on a kick when we were doing a kick return drill and he was blocking and the returner kind of got knocked into him and kind of just hit him right. It's one of those things. ...
(Reuters) - The National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony had the feel of an Atlanta Braves reunion as pitching greats Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine were inducted on Sunday along with former manager Bobby Cox. Maddux and Glavine, mainstays on the Braves team that won the 1995 World Series while Cox was at the helm, went into the Hall in Cooperstown, New York with former slugger Frank Thomas and managers Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre. Maddux started his major league career with the Chicago Cubs, but moved to the Braves in 1993 because, as he said half-jokingly, he wanted to win a World Series.
(Reuters) - South African Tim Clark clinched his second PGA Tour title when he sank a six-foot par putt to beat American Jim Furyk by one stroke at the Canadian Open on Sunday. Clark knocked his clutch putt in dead center to edge Furyk in a battle between two players who badly needed a victory to shed the bridesmaid tag.
Having been inspired by legendary countryman Seve Ballesteros, Spain's LPGA stars hope their victory Sunday at the International Crown team matches sparks a new generation of Spanish women golfers. Azahara Munoz, Beatriz Recari, Carlota Ciganda and Belen Mozo swept four singles matches to capture the title and global bragging rights for Spain in the eight-team showdown at Caves Valley. Recari said the 20-something Spaniards, friends since junior days at ages 10 and 11, hope to boost Spanish women's golf the way Ballesteros, Jose Maria Olazabal, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Sergio Garcia have done on the men's side.
Bobby Cox, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, who helped the Atlanta Braves win 14 straight division titles, led a stellar 2014 class into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday. "I can honestly say, I would not be standing here today if it weren't for you guys," former Braves manager Cox said of Cy Young award-winning pitchers Maddux and Glavine. "Together, these guys earned six Cy Young Awards wearing Braves uniforms."
South Africa's Tim Clark birdied five of his last eight holes on Sunday to power past Jim Furyk and win the US PGA Tour's Canadian Open. Clark, who won the prestigious Players Championship in 2010 for his only prior PGA Tour title, posted a final round five-under par 65 on Royal Montreal's Blue Course for a 17-under total of 263 and a one-stroke victory over Furyk. Furyk, 44, took a three-stroke lead into the final round and seemed poised to claim a third career Canadian Open title, and end his own victory drought stretching back to his 2010 Tour Championship triumph.
(Reuters) - Bernhard Langer sealed a remarkable record-breaking victory in the Senior British Open on Sunday, winning by 13 shots after leading the event in all four rounds. The German's six birdies and two bogeys left second-placed Colin Montgomerie and the rest far behind. Montgomerie, recent winner of the Senior U.S. PGA and U.S. Open titles, was alone in second, three shots clear of American Tom Pernice Jnr., England's Barry Lane and Canadian Rick Gibson, Gibson had been second going into the final round but shot a disappointing four-over-par 75.
Germany's Bernard Langer won the Senior British Open by a whopping 13 shots on Sunday at Royal Porthcawl, Wales, as he set a new record winning margin in a major at a senior event. The 56-year-old, who won the Masters in 1985 and 1993, shot four rounds in the 60s to finish 18 under, and left Scotland's Colin Montgomerie a distant second on the way to his third win on Welsh soil. The 13-shot winning advantage, in a major, eclipsed the previous mark of 12 held by American Hale Irwin at the 1997 Senior PGA Championship. He now has 94 professional wins, including a Senior British Open win in 2010, the same season he won the Senior US Open.
Bernhard Langer sealed a remarkable record-breaking victory in the Senior British Open on Sunday, winning by 13 shots after leading the event in all four rounds. The German's six birdies and two bogeys left second-placed Colin Montgomerie and the rest far behind. It was 56-year-old Langer's fourth round in the 60s and he posted the largest winning margin in the history of event, eclipsing Bob Charles's seven-shot victory at Turnberry in 1989. Montgomerie, recent winner of the Senior U.S. PGA and U.S. Open titles, was alone in second, three shots clear of American Tom Pernice Jnr., England's Barry Lane and Canadian Rick Gibson, Gibson had been second going into the final round but shot a disappointing four-over-par 75.
NBA superstar LeBron James confirmed Sunday he will return to the number 23 jersey he wore in his first stint with Cleveland when he returns to the Cavaliers next season. James posted a message on Twitter and Instgram saying he would give up the number 6, which he had worn for four seasons in Miami after leaving the Cavaliers in 2010 and with US Olympic gold medal teams in 2008 and 2012. James wore 23 during his high school years in nearby Akron and with Cleveland, although some fans burned James jerseys after he announced his departure to the Heat. James signed a two-year, $42 million deal with Cleveland earlier this month, holding out on a longer-term contract until after expected new television deals boost maximum payrolls for future seasons.
(Reuters) - Ebay may soon heat up with searches for baseball jerseys honoring Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, after his own team managed to spell the top hitter's name wrong. The team gave out 15,000 of the shirts to fans attending a home game at Coors Field in Denver on Saturday, spelling as "Tulowizki" the name of the player tied for first for the highest batting average in Major League Baseball. Some of the jerseys with the misspelled name were already bid up to more than $40 just a few hours after being offered on the eBay auction site. By comparison, Tulowitzki shirts - with the correct spelling - can be purchased on the site for as little as $11.99.
American LPGA stars, hoping to restore their glory in team events, suffered a shocking setback, being eliminated before the final stage of the International Crown matches. The top-seeded Americans, boasting four of the world's top 12 players, went 3-3 in four-ball matches and lost a playoff to second seed South Korea for the last spot in Sunday's singles matches on a tie-breaker when Lexi Thompson only parred the par-5 16th while Cristie Kerr and two Koreans made birdies. "I never thought we wouldn't be playing tomorrow," world number one Stacy Lewis said on Saturday. Asian teams, who lacked a Solheim-like event, proved the Americans' undoing.
Park In-Bee and Ryu So-Yeon each birdied a sudden-death playoff hole to lift South Korea over the United States at the LPGA International Crown, eliminating the top-seeded Americans from the match-play event. Spain and Sweden swept Saturday's final four-ball matches 4-0 to advance into Sunday's singles matches, eliminating Taiwan and Australia, while Japan split with South Korea and Thailand split with the US women 2-2 to book berths in the decisive session.
Jim Furyk closed in on a third Canadian Open crown, firing a five-under 65 for a three-shot, third-round lead in the US PGA Tour event. Furyk had five birdies and no bogeys on the par-70 Royal Montreal Golf Club's Blue Course for a 54-hole total of 15-under par 195. He was three strokes clear of South African Tim Clark, who played his way into contention on 198 with a six-under 64 that included four birdies and an eagle two at the par-four second hole. After two pars to start his round, Furyk landed his approach at the third within three feet and tapped in for birdie.
(Reuters) - American Jim Furyk moved closer to ending a personal winless streak of nearly four years when he earned a three-shot lead after the third round at the Canadian Open in Montreal on Saturday. No Canadian has won the country’s national open since English-born Pat Fletcher in 1954, and it has been 100 years since the last Canadian-born player triumphed. He was not at his very sharpest, but displayed a deft short game to post a 15-under 195 total, while South African Tim Clark, boosted by an unlikely eagle at the par-four second, carded a 64 to vault into second place on 12-under. Furyk, a 16-time PGA Tour winner, will join illustrious company if he wins on Sunday and becomes just the fifth player to win the Canadian Open three times since the event’s inception in 1904.
(The Sports Xchange) - The San Francisco Giants acquired right-handed starting pitcher Jake Peavy on Saturday, sending pitching prospects Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree to the Boston Red Sox. Peavy, 33, is 1-9 with a 4.72 ERA in 20 starts this season. Boston acquired Peavy last July 30 from the Chicago White Sox in a three-team deal that also involved the Detroit Tigers. The Giants need a starting pitcher with right-hander Matt Cain on the disabled list with an elbow injury. Escobar and Hembree were pitching with the Giants' Triple A affiliate in Fresno. ...
(Reuters) - The time retired players can remain on writers' ballots for the Baseball Hall of Fame has been reduced from 15 to 10 years, officials said on Saturday. A new balloting process for Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) members who vote also has been installed, requiring a run of 10 consecutive years on the baseball beat to qualify for voting. “The board is committed to keeping the policies and voting procedures of the Hall of Fame relevant,” Jane Forbes Clark, chairman of the board of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., said in a statement. "The board believes these changes are necessary to ensure the integrity of the voting process moving forward.” Candidates for Hall of Fame election who do not win election by the baseball writers move to the Era Committee system for review in perpetuity.
The NBA is considering extending its annual all-star game break from three days to a full week so players have a longer mid-season rest, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Saturday. Citing an unnamed NBA source, the newspaper reported that the plan would give players seven days off in mid-February but increase the number of back-to-back games played during the rest of the season by one or two per club. The newspaper said the league is using the week-long gap model when planning its schedule, which will be released next month after a delay so television partners can adjust to changes such as the blockbuster move of LeBron James from Miami to Cleveland and plan accordingly.
US all-time home run king Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and other players linked to performance-enhancing substances now have less time as candidates for the Baseball Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame officials announced Saturday they were changing induction rules for the first time since 1991, trimming the maximum number of years that retired players remain on the ballot from 15 years to 10 years. Players must be listed by at least five percent of voters from a North American media panel to remain on the ballot. "The board is committed to keeping the policies and voting procedures of the Hall of Fame relevant," said Hall of Fame board chairman Jane Forbes Clark.
Minnesota Timberwolves star forward Kevin Love, being sought in trade deals by several NBA clubs, will not play for the United States in this year's Basketball World Cup. USA Basketball announced Saturday in a statement that Love, a member of the 2012 London Olympic gold-medal US team, will not participate in the world squad's training camp that opens Monday in Las Vegas "because of his current status." The Cleveland Cavaliers, fresh off landing four-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James and signing guard Kyrie Irving to a long-term deal, want to make a deal for Love to provide a new "Big Three" for James as he tries to bring the Cavaliers their first NBA title and Cleveland its first major sports champion in half a century.
Scotland's Peter Whiteford, had a blistering round of 66 that included five birdies in his first six holes, to move alongside Englishman David Horsey as third round leaders of the Russian Open on Saturday. Whiteford, who is yet to taste glory on the European Tour after two second place finishes, closed the gap on two shot overnight leader Horsey as both men finished the day on 13 under par after 54 holes. Dave (Horsey) chipped in as well – he stole some of my glory there", said Whiteford. Whiteford's round also included an eagle when he holed out from the bunker at the par five eighth at the Tseleevo Golf and Polo Club outside Moscow.
(Reuters) - Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves became the third NBA player in recent weeks to withdraw from consideration for Team USA in next month's World Cup, USA Basketball said on Saturday. The power forward, a member of the gold-medal winning 2012 U.S. Olympic team, is rumored to be heading to a new NBA team, with the Cavaliers, Bulls and Warriors all striving to swing a trade with Minnesota. The 6-10 Love, a three-time NBA All-Star who averaged 26.1 points, 12.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists last season, informed USA Basketball that because of his current status he would be unavailable to play for the national team this summer.