LaVine shines as US beat World in NBA Rising Stars Challenge
Sat, 13 Feb 2016 00:28:06 -0500
Minnesota forward Zach LaVine scored 30 points and pulled down seven rebounds to lead the United States to a 157-154 victory over the world team in the NBA's Rising Stars Challenge in Toronto. LaVine was named Most Valuable Player of the contest featuring many of the NBA's top rookies and second-year players, which launched the festivities of All-Star weekend. Sunday's All-Star Game will cap the action at Air Canada Centre, but before then LaVine will defend the title he won last year in Saturday's Slam Dunk contest.
Sparkling 60 lifts Kang to share of Pebble Beach lead
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 20:35:45 -0500
South Korea's Kang Sung fired a scintillating 60 to seize a share of the second-round lead in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Friday, never realizing how close he was to golf's magic number of 59. Kang had nine birdies and an eagle in his 11-under effort on the Monterey Peninsula course, one of three in use over the first three rounds of the PGA Tour event. Kang, who notched two victories in Asia in 2013 -- in the C.J. Invitational and Kolon Korea Open -- said he didn't realize Monterey Peninsula played to par-71, unlike the par-72 layouts of Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill.
Korean Kang flirts with a 59 to share Pebble Beach lead
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 19:39:50 -0500
(Reuters) - South Korea's Kang Sung-hoon fell one stroke shy of becoming only the seventh player to shoot a 59 on the PGA Tour as he surged into a tie for the lead after the second round of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Friday. Needing a birdie on his final hole at Monterey Peninsula Country Club to dip under 60, Kang hit his "worst shot of the day" off the tee and had to settle for a par three there and a career-best score of 11-under 60. Four-times champion Phil Mickelson was a further stroke back in a three-way tie for third, having also raised hopes of a magical 59 after making an electric start before he lost momentum on his back nine to card a 65 at Monterey Peninsula.
Golf-U.S. PGA Tour Pebble Beach Pro-Am scores
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 19:34:37 -0500
Feb 13 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Thursday in Pebble Beach, California -11 Kang Sung-Hoon (Korea) 72 60 Hiroshi Iwata (Japan) 66 66 -10 Phil Mickelson (U.S.) 68 65 Fredrik Jacobson (Sweden) 65 69 Chez Reavie (U.S.) 63 70 -9 Justin Rose (Britain) 66 68 -8 Roberto Castro (U.S.) 66 70 Mark Hubbard (U.S.) 70 66 Ricky Barnes (U.S.) 65 70 -7 Jim Herman (U.S.) 69 67 Ryan Ruffels (Australia) 67 70 Jonas Blixt (Sweden) 67 69 -6 Bill Haas (U.S.) 69 68 Stewart Cink (U.S.) 70 68 Jason Day (Australia) 71 66 Matt Jones (Australia) 68 70 Vaughn Taylor (U.S. ...
Golf-Korean Kang flirts with a 59 to share Pebble Beach lead
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 19:33:14 -0500
South Korea's Kang Sung-hoon fell one stroke shy of becoming only the seventh player to shoot a 59 on the PGA Tour as he surged into a tie for the lead after the second round of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Friday. Needing a birdie on his final hole at Monterey Peninsula Country Club to dip under 60, Kang hit his "worst shot of the day" off the tee and had to settle for a par three there and a career-best score of 11-under 60. Four-times champion Phil Mickelson was a further stroke back in a three-way tie for third, having also raised hopes of a magical 59 after making an electric start before he lost momentum on his back nine to card a 65 at Monterey Peninsula.
Mets reliever Mejia banned for life for doping
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 19:30:54 -0500
Major League Baseball (MLB) on Friday issued a lifetime ban to former New York Mets closer Jenrry Mejia after he tested positive a third time for a performance-enhancing substance. Mejia, 26, tested positive for anabolic steroid Boldenone. The lifetime suspension is the longest drug-related ban MLB has issued.
Icy blast before Canada warms up for All-Star Game
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 19:13:48 -0500
By Steve Keating TORONTO (Reuters) - The NBA got a frosty welcome as it brought its All-Star Game north to Canada for the first time where fans and players were greeted by an Arctic blast on Friday but a forecast for plenty of heat over a party packed weekend. Mother Nature and the host Toronto Raptors provided the stereotypical bone-chilling Canadian winter weather as A-list celebrities, industry kingpins and the world's best basketball players, including LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Stephen Curry took over the frost-bitten city. Really cold," shivered Los Angeles Lakers great Bryant, who arrived for Media Day on Friday with a toque pulled down snuggly over his head.
Hawks' Horford to replace Bosh in All-Star Game
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 18:09:57 -0500
Atlanta Hawks forward Al Horford was named Friday by NBA commissioner Adam Silver to replace injured Miami forward Chris Bosh in Sunday's 65th NBA All-Star Game. Bosh, named a reserve for the Eastern Conference squad that will face the Western Conference in Toronto, will be sidelined with a strained calf. "What a privilege to be named to the #NBAAllStarTO team," Horford posted on Twitter.
Mets pitcher Mejia gets record life doping ban from MLB
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:51:36 -0500
Major League Baseball issued the toughest doping ban in its history Friday, imposing a life ban on New York Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia after a third positive test for steroids. Mejia was already in the midst of a 162-game suspension for both Boldenone and Stanozolol from a positive test last July. The life ban is the longest ban issued by Major League Baseball for using banned performance-enhancing drugs.
Shaq and Iverson among Hall of Fame finalists
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:49:19 -0500
TORONTO (Reuters) - Shaquille O'Neal and Allen Iverson headlined a list of 14 finalists for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced on Friday. Three-time NBA Finals MVP O'Neal, nine-time NBA All-Star Iverson, three-time NBA All-Star Kevin Johnson and four-time WNBA champion Sheryl Swoopes joined eight coaches, a referee and a record-setting team as finalists for election in 2016. They were nominated from the North American and women's committees. Absent from the All-Star announcement was China's Yao Ming, whose nomination falls within the Direct Elect International Committee. ...
Facebook India MD Kirthiga Reddy stepping down
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:44:58 -0500
(Reuters) - Facebook Inc's India managing director, Kirthiga Reddy, said on Friday she is stepping down and returning to the United States to "explore new opportunities" at the company's headquarters in Menlo Park, California. Reddy, who joined Facebook in 2010 as its first employee in India, said in a Facebook post she would be relocating in the next 6-12 months. Reddy is working closely with William Easton, MD of emerging markets (Asia Pacific), and Dan Neary, vice president of Asia Pacific, to search for her successor.
Warriors want NBA season win mark, but title is top goal
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:30:05 -0500
Stephen Curry is playing better than he did last season, when he was the NBA's Most Valuable Player, and he has the Golden State Warriors winning at a historic rate. Curry is leading the league with 29.8 points a game, six more points a game than he averaged last season, and his 245 3-pointers are on pace to shatter the one-season NBA record of 286 he set last season. On top of that, the defending champion Warriors are on pace to surpass the best season in NBA history, the 72-10 campaign of the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls in the 1995-96 season when they went on to win the title.
League proud to be progressive, but more can be done
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:28:32 -0500
By Frank Pingue TORONTO (Reuters) - The NBA has long been considered the most progressive of North America's four major professional sports leagues when it comes to gender equity but more work can be done, according to some owners and former players. Heading into the NBA's current season, currently on break for All-Star Weekend in Toronto, the league led the way in North America with two female assistant coaches among its 30 teams. "We can always do more but I think the NBA has always been a leader in human rights and I think we're a very inclusive league and product from a fan standpoint as well," said Steve Nash, a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player who retired last year, told Reuters.
CSKA take Olympiakos revenge, Djokovic inspires Red Star
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:23:57 -0500
By Zoran Milosavljevic BELGRADE (Reuters) - Serbian guard Milos Teodosic helped six-time Euroleague winners CSKA Moscow secure a 92-85 home win over Olympiakos Piraeus on Friday to avenge three painful defeats by the Greek side. Red Star Belgrade were cheered on by tennis world number one Novak Djokovic as they beat Cedevita Zagreb 94-74 to rack up their fourth win in five games in Thursday's stand-out fixture. On the same night, holders Real Madrid, who are chasing a record-extending 10th title in Europe's premier club competition, enjoyed an impressive 93-82 success at Khimki Moscow.