Australia’s Adam Scott was among four players tied for the lead at the Singapore Open on Saturday when a tropical storm and fading light forced the suspension of the third round. Already behind schedule after Southeast Asia's fickle weather disrupted the opening day, the storm left Asian Tour officials scrambling to finish the US$1million tournament on time. Organisers face the possibility of a Monday finish after heavy rain resulted in more long delays at the Sentosa Golf Club.
(The Sports Xchange) - Having already delivered convincing statements earlier this week by drubbing the Cavaliers and Thunder, the Warriors were quick to send the message on Friday that exacting revenge for a previous loss was a pressing priority. While All-Star Game starters Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry split responsibility orchestrating the offense, the Golden State Warriors' collective length dominated defensively in a 125-108 victory over the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. The Warriors (37-6) stretched their winning streak to six games by overwhelming the Rockets (33-13) on both ends of the court.
The Golden State Warriors took their revenge against the Houston Rockets, overwhelming on both ends of the court with a 125-108 victory at the Toyota Center arena. Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant joined forces to power the offence while the rest of the crew made the defensive stops as the Warriors stretched their NBA winning streak to six games. "Three good teams in a row, we definitely wanted to come out and make a nice statement," said Durant, who also had two steals and two blocks.
The NBA slapped the Washington Wizards and assistant coach Sidney Lowe with a total of $20,000 in fines after Lowe left the players' bench in the final moments of Thursday's game against New York. Lowe was fined $5,000 for potentially impacting the final outcome of Washington's 113-110 win over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. The team was handed a $15,000 fine on Friday in addition to Lowe's punishment.
(Reuters) - The Oakland Athletics beefed up their bullpen on Friday by signing former San Francisco Giants closer Santiago Casilla on a two-year contract worth $11 million, the Major League Baseball team said. Casilla, who went 2-5 with 31 saves and a 3.57 ERA in 62 relief appearances for San Francisco last year, returns to the franchise that signed him as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic on Jan. 31, 2000.
San Antonio Spurs center Pau Gasol underwent surgery on Friday to repair a broken ring finger on his left hand and will miss the next few weeks of the NBA season, according to multiple reports. Yahoo Sports and ESPN, each citing unnamed sources in website reports, said the 36-year-old Spaniard had the operation so he would be able to return as quickly as possible. ESPN said the timetable for Gasol's return could be four to eight weeks while Yahoo said it could go as long as six weeks.
Phil Mickelson fired a six-under par 66, including an eagle and a holed-out bunker shot, and leaped into contention after Friday's second round of the US PGA CareerBuilder Challenge. The 46-year-old US left-hander, playing his first event since October following two sports hernia surgeries, made six birdies, two bogeys and an eagle to move four strokes back of leader Hudson Swafford, who fired his second consecutive 65 to stand on 14-under 130 after 36 holes. "I feel like I'm improving quite a lot from when I started (practicing) last Saturday," Mickelson said.
(Reuters) - American journeyman Hudson Swafford, seeking his first PGA Tour title, continued to reap the benefits of hard work on his swing as he earned a one-shot lead after Friday's second round of the $5.8 million CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta, California. On a rare wet and cold day in the California desert, Swafford birdied three of the four par-fives to card a seven-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course, one of three venues hosting the pro-am event formerly called the Bob Hope Classic. Swafford, who produced good form last week to tie for 13th at the Sony Open in Hawaii, posted a 14-under total of 130, with first-round leader Dominic Bozzelli and New Zealand's Danny Lee equal second on 13-under.
American journeyman Hudson Swafford, seeking his first PGA Tour title, continued to reap the benefits of hard work on his swing as he earned a one-shot lead after Friday's second round of the $5.8 million CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta, California. On a rare wet and cold day in the California desert, Swafford birdied three of the four par-fives to card a seven-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course, one of three venues hosting the pro-am event formerly called the Bob Hope Classic. Swafford, who produced good form last week to tie for 13th at the Sony Open in Hawaii, posted a 14-under total of 130, with first-round leader Dominic Bozzelli and New Zealand's Danny Lee equal second on 13-under.
Dates were announced Friday for two of the NFL's four London games this year, with the league confirming September 24 and October 1 matchups at Wembley Stadium. The Jacksonville Jaguars will face the Baltimore Ravens in the first game with the Miami Dolphins meeting the New Orleans Saints a week later, with the Florida teams designated as "host" teams. The Jaguars have a deal to play one home game a season in London while the Dolphins agreed to play a home game there as part of the deal awarding Miami the 2020 Super Bowl.
NBA scoring leader Russell Westbrook, averaging a triple double this season, adopted a relaxed tone Friday about missing out on a starting spot in next month's NBA All-Star Game. The Oklahoma City Thunder guard was snubbed when the starting lineups were announced Thursday for the February 19 showcase of elite players in New Orleans. Golden State's Stephen Curry and Houston's James Harden received the coveted Western Conference backcourt berths after they and Westbrook were level for the two spots, but he was eliminated on a fan voting tie-breaker.
Chris Bosh, who helped the Miami Heat win two NBA crowns alongside LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, might reunite with Wade on the Chicago Bulls, according to a report Friday. An ESPN website report said Bosh, who has not played since last February due to blood clot issue, will likely be released by the Heat in a few weeks and that the Bulls were in the forefront of teams interested in the 11-time All-Star forward. The Heat could drop Bosh on February 9 after he will have missed a full year but could also wait until March 1 so Bosh would not be eligible to play for another club in this year's NBA playoffs, possibly pushing back a return to the 2017-18 campaign.
Green Bay Packers receiver Jordy Nelson, who missed the entire 2015 NFL season but led the league with 14 touchdown catches this season, was named NFL Comeback Player of the Year on Friday. In addition to paying tribute to Nelson, the Professional Football Writers of America selected Atlanta Falcons linebacker Vic Beasley, who led the NFL with 15.5 sacks, as the 2016 NFL Most Improved Player.
Baltimore Ravens top tackler Zach Orr retired from the NFL on Friday at age 24 after learning last month of a congenital neck/spine condition. Orr, a third-year linebacker, discovered the condition after suffering two herniated discs atop his vertebrae making a tackle late in a 31-27 Christmas Day loss to Pittsburgh. Doctors conducted a CAT scan that revealed his condition, which puts him at risk of death or serious injury should he play again.
(Reuters) - Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook is averaging a league-best 30.6 points per game this season but was a conspicuous absentee from the starting lineups announced by the NBA on Thursday for next month's All-Star Game. Instead of Westbrook, Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry and James Harden of the Houston Rockets were selected as the starting guards for the Western Conference in voting by fans, current players and the media. Curry, the league's Most Valuable Player in 2015 and 2016, will make his fourth All-Star appearance while Harden, averaging 28.9 points this season, gets the nod for a fifth time.
(Reuters) - German Martin Kaymer stayed on course for a fourth title at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship with a second consecutive round of 66 to seize the halfway lead on Friday. The straight-hitting Kaymer again found the course and conditions to his liking to move one stroke clear on 12 under. Spain's Rafa Cabrera Bello also carded a six-under 66 to move to 11 under for his two rounds.
Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook, averaging a triple double, was snubbed for a Western Conference starting spot in next month's NBA All-Star Game in voting announced Thursday by the league. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, who led the Cleveland Cavaliers to last season's NBA title, were named to the Eastern Conference starting five while Golden State teammates Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant were voted onto the Western Conference opening lineup.
All-star game starter Kawhi Leonard scored 34 points and rookie Dejounte Murray added a career-high 24 as the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Denver Nuggets 118-104 on Thursday. Leonard, who earlier in the day was named an NBA all-star starter for the second straight year, posted his fifth consecutive game with at least 30 points while Murray, 20, becomes the youngest player in franchise history to score 24 or more points in a game. Hopefully I can keep it going," said Leonard of the all-star nod.
LeBron James and Kyrie Irving celebrated being named NBA all stars by combining for 47 points in the Cleveland Cavaliers' 118-103 rout of the Phoenix Suns. James, who led all players in fan voting, and Irving were named Eastern Conference all-star starters for the game on February 19 in New Orleans. James scored 21 points, matching his season-high with 15 assists and grabbing nine rebounds to fall one shy of a triple-double.
The Oakland Raiders officially filed paperwork with the NFL on Thursday to relocate the team to Las Vegas, the league announced, potentially bringing the US gambling capital its second major sports franchise. Raiders owner Mark Davis has been in talks with Las Vegas officials about construction of a new stadium that would serve as the team's new home. Last week, he updated NFL team owners on the status of those talks.
(Reuters) - The Green Bay Packers face major question marks over the fitness of wide receivers Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams as they prepare for Sunday's NFC Championship game against the Falcons in Atlanta. Nelson, a four-time Pro Bowl selection and the league's receiving touchdowns leader in 2016, has been sidelined by broken ribs since Jan. 8 while Adams injured his ankle during the fourth quarter of last week's divisional playoff win against the Dallas Cowboys.
(The Sports Xchange) - LeBron James and Kyrie Irving celebrated being named Eastern Conference All-Star starters by shining in the Cleveland Cavaliers' 118-103 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday. James scored 21 points, matched a season-high 15 assists and grabbed nine rebounds to fall just shy of a triple-double as Irving scored 26 points and the Cavs broke out of a rare shooting funk to win for the second time in five games. The Suns' Tyson Chandler scored 22 points and grabbed 16 rebounds after missing one game with stomach problems.
The casino operator run by billionaire Sheldon Adelson on Thursday also entered a non-prosecution agreement, in which it admitted that executives knowingly failed to set up accounting controls to ensure that the payments were legitimate, and were properly recorded in its books and records. From 2006 to 2009, Las Vegas Sands transferred about $60 million to the consultant to promote its business and brands, and paid him about $5.8 million without any "discernable legitimate business purpose," according to settlement papers. The resolution of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case follows Las Vegas Sands' related $9 million civil settlement last year with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over its dealings with the consultant.
Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers and Atlanta's Matt Ryan, each guiding a potent NFL offensive attack, are expected to stage a high-scoring showdown Sunday with a Super Bowl berth at stake. The National Conference champion will face either Pittsburgh or New England in Super Bowl 51 on February 5 at Houston. Green Bay, four-time Super Bowl winners with a record 13 crowns overall dating to 1929, last went to the championship spectacle in 2011, when they beat Atlanta on the way to the title.
Oddsmakers have installed host New England as a six-point favorite over the Steelers in the American Football Conference championship game. The winner will become the first club to make a ninth Super Bowl appearance, facing either Green Bay or Atlanta in Super Bowl 51 next month in Houston. The Steelers are on a nine-game win streak while the Patriots, who went an NFL-best 14-2 this season, have won eight in a row, neither team having lost since November 13.
Five-time major winner Phil Mickelson, back in action after more than three months and two surgeries, was delighted to fire a first-round 68 in the USPGA Tour Career Builder Challenge on Thursday. "I thought it was phenomenal," said Mickelson, who underwent surgery in October and December to repair a sports hernia and only began hitting balls a week ago. "I struck it horrible, but I scored out of my mind, so I'm very happy with it," added the 46-year-old left-hander, who was four shots off the lead of tour rookie Dominic Bozzelli.
The NFL's Oakland Raiders filed paperwork with the league on Thursday to move to Las Vegas following months of negotiations to build a new stadium in Nevada, officials said. The National Football League said in a statement the Raiders' application would be reviewed in the coming weeks by its stadium and finance committees. Raiders owner Mark Davis, whose late father, Al Davis, helped burnish the team's outlaw reputation, has expressed dissatisfaction with the aging Oakland Coliseum, in the San Francisco Bay Area, and for much of last year pursued a possible move to Las Vegas.
(Reuters) - American Dominic Bozzelli, in only his sixth PGA Tour start, holed out from 113 yards to eagle the par-four 14th en route to a one-shot lead after Thursday's opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta, California. Bozzelli upstaged high-profile names such as five-time major winner Phil Mickelson and 2011 champion Jhonattan Vegas as he fired an eight-under-par 64 on the Stadium Course, one of three venues hosting the pro-am event. The 25-year-old from New York state broke clear of a tightly-bunched leaderboard by sinking a 14-foot birdie putt on his final hole, the par-four ninth, to cap a bogey-free day in the California desert.
By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ivan Rodriguez, the second catcher ever elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, said on Thursday hard work, not steroids, carried him to the Cooperstown, New York, shrine. Rodriguez denied using steroids during his Major League Baseball career as alleged by former Texas Rangers teammate Jose Canseco, who wrote in his 2005 book, "Juiced," that he personally injected the catcher. When pressed at a news conference in New York marking Wednesday's election of Rodriguez, Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines to the Hall of Fame, on whether he used performance-enhancing drugs, the 45-year-old Puerto Rican said: "No I didn't.
An MRI exam on Thursday confirmed the Sacramento Kings' fears that forward Rudy Gay ruptured his left Achilles tendon and will miss the rest of the NBA season. Gay was hurt in the third quarter of the Kings' loss to the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday. The Kings said Gay would have surgery in the near future, but did not specify a date.
(Reuters) - "Phenomenal" was how Phil Mickelson described his first round of golf since recovering from a pair of offseason surgeries after he carded a four-under-par 68 on Thursday at the CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta, California. Mickelson, who had surgeries for a sports hernia on Oct. 19 and again on Dec. 12, mixed five birdies with a lone bogey at La Quinta Country Club to end the opening round of the pro-am event three strokes off the early pace. Asked to assess his round, the five-time major champion told Golf Channel: "I thought it was phenomenal.
The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association announced Thursday they have signed the new collective bargaining agreement that was ratified last month. The seven-year agreement will begin on July 1 of this year and run through the 2023-24 campaign, ensuring several years of labor peace as a rich new television deal begins. NBA players union members and league club owners voted to approve the contract last month, leaving only the completion of complex contract wording and an official signing to complete the deal.
The NFL's Oakland Raiders filed paperwork with the league on Thursday to move to Las Vegas following months of negotiations to build a new stadium in Nevada, officials said. The National Football League said in a statement the Raiders' application would be reviewed in the coming weeks by its staff and stadium and finance committees. Raiders owner Mark Davis, whose late father Al Davis helped burnish the team's outlaw reputation, has expressed dissatisfaction with the aging Oakland Coliseum and for much of last year pursued a possible move to Las Vegas.
By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Lingerie giant Victoria's Secret, famed for its racy bras and thongs, has pledged to trace the sources of its wood-based fabrics, joining the ranks of fashion companies addressing human rights and deforestation, its parent company said. In a new policy statement, parent company L Brands said it aimed to eliminate sources of wood pulp, used to make rayon, viscose and modal, that contribute to rainforest destruction or violate the rights of local people. L Brands is the latest in a growing number of U.S. fashion companies to commit to investigate its supply chain for products from destructive regions and stop using those sources by the end of 2017, according to Rainforest Action Network (RAN).
(Reuters) - Ben Roethlisberger has played a key role in getting the Pittsburgh Steelers one win away from a Super Bowl berth but the quarterback is quick to deflect the praise toward an offensive line that wants to "pound people." Roethlisberger was sacked a career-low 17 times during the regular season and that has the Steelers signal caller feeling good going into Sunday's AFC Championship clash in Foxborough against a New England Patriots team that are 5-1/2 point favourites. "I feel good," Roethlisberger said in a report on the team's website.
The Seattle Seahawks' failure to disclose a knee injury to defensive star Richard Sherman could cost the NFL club a draft pick, US media reported Thursday. ESPN cited league sources in reporting the Seahawks could lose a second round selection in the June draft. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll revealed in an ESPN radio interview on Monday that Sherman was troubled by a left knee ligament injury in the second half of the season.
Jason Garrett, who guided a young Dallas Cowboys team to the best regular-season record in the NFL, was named coach of the year by the Professional Football Writers of America on Thursday. The coach of the year honor was a first for Garrett and the third for the Cowboys, whose legendary coach Tom Landry was the PFWA's first honoree in 1966. Garrett's Cowboys overcame the pre-season loss to injury of veteran quarterback Tony Romo, with rookie quarterback Dak Prescott and first-year running back Ezekiel Elliott propelling the club to a franchise-best 11 straight wins in the regular season.
Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush remains in stable condition with pneumonia in the intensive care unit of a Houston hospital and his wife, Barbara Bush, is making progress for treatment of bronchitis at the same hospital, a spokesman said on Thursday. Family spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement that Bush's doctors were determining whether his breathing tube can be removed and that he had a good night's rest. George Bush, who at 92 is the nation's oldest living ex-president, has been at Houston Methodist Hospital since Saturday after experiencing shortness of breath, McGrath has said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Donald Trump said on Thursday that National Football League team owner Woody Johnson was "going to St. James," indicating he would assume the plum diplomatic post of U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom. Trump referred to Johnson, owner of the New York Jets, as "ambassador" during remarks at a luncheon in Washington honoring supporters on the eve of his swearing in as the 45th U.S. president. (Reporting by Ayesha Rascoe and Steve Holland, writing by Doina Chiacu, editing by G Crosse)
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has undergone surgery on his right shoulder to repair a two-year old injury, NFL team owner Jim Irsay announced Thursday. Irsay said in a Twitter posting that the 27-year-old quarterback would be ready for the start of the 2017 regular season next September. "Andrew recovering from successful outpatient surgery to fix right shoulder injury that had lingered since 2015.