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Here's a look at some of the defining moments, exciting scenes, triumphs and defeats from the world of sports.
Reed targets majors, and a top-10 habit
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:06:14 -0500
By Mark Lamport-Stokes SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (Reuters) - Already established as one of the best players in the game, American Patrick Reed has set his sights on making a bigger splash at the majors this year while also improving his consistency week-by-week. The 24-year-old Texan has climbed to 15th in the world rankings after winning four PGA Tour titles during the past 18 months, a meteoric rise for someone who had not competed in a major until last season. "That's the one missing piece for me right now, being able to contend and trying to win a major," Reed told Reuters at this week's Waste Management Phoenix Open. "I just want to keep improving, and have a chance coming down the stretch on a Sunday to at least make some noise at a major." Reed clinched his fourth PGA Tour title at the winners-only Hyundai Tournament of Champions at Kapalua in Hawaii earlier this month, beating fellow American Jimmy Walker in a playoff.
As U.S. Northeast shivers, Super Bowl fans slap on sunscreen
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:03:21 -0500
By Daniel Wallis PHOENIX (Reuters) - As the northeastern United States shivered under heavy snowstorms, organizers of Sunday's Super Bowl worried about fans suffering from another climatic risk: sunburn. Volunteers in downtown Phoenix have filled dozens of dispensers of SPF 30 sun block, sponsored by the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, and placed them on street corners in Super Bowl Central, a 12-block area where corporate pavilions, live music and interactive events are being staged each day leading up to the game. Phoenix, a favorite of elderly retirees who flee the chilly north and are known locally as "snowbirds," is famed for its hot, dry summers and balmy, sun-dappled winter days. "The weather here is amazing," said Alex Ramirez, 18, a waiter at a downtown Phoenix cafe.
McIlroy shoots 66 despite Dubai driving radar being off
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:58:56 -0500
By Bernie McGuire DUBAI, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy's driving radar malfunctioned early in his opening round at the Dubai Desert Classic on Thursday but he showed why he is the world's number one golfer by recovering to shoot a 66. I feel like I've started off this tournament pretty well the last few years and it's another good one ... something to build on." The Desert Classic holds special memories for McIlroy because it was the first European Tour victory he picked up six years ago. These days it's sort of what I expect of myself." McIlroy was accompanied by Ryder Cup team mate Martin Kaymer (67) and Englishman Andy Sullivan (65), winner of this month's South African Open. "It was the best day of my life out there playing with these guys and I just enjoyed so much watching Rory and Martin play," said Sullivan after setting the early pace with fellow countryman Lee Westwood and Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts.
Video shows ex-NFLer preparing before 2013 murder, prosecutors say
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:56:37 -0500
By Scott Malone and Daniel Lovering FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) - Security footage shows former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez and two friends in a flurry of preparation hours before the death of an acquaintance he is charged with murdering, prosecutors said on Thursday as they opened their case against the one-time NFL star. Hernandez, 25, was a rising star in the league with a $41 million contract when he was arrested in June 2013 and charged with the execution-style killing of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd near his North Attleborough, Massachusetts, home in June 2013. The trial at Fall River Superior Court in Fall River, Massachusetts, is the first of two murder trials Hernandez will face this year. In their opening statements, prosecutors said security video from the dozen cameras in Hernandez' home show the player arriving with a gun hours before going to pick up Lloyd in Boston, and later depict Hernandez and friends Carlos Ortiz and Ernest Wallace carrying items from the basement to the trunk of a rental car.
Super Bowl QBs Wilson, Brady a study in contrasts
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:11:38 -0500
Quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Tom Brady make the Super Bowl 49 clash between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots a duel of contrasting styles. New England's Brady, of course, is already guaranteed his spot in the Hall of Fame. A three-time Super Bowl winner, the 37-year-old Brady will be the first quarterback to start six Super Bowls.
Viennese waltz in the desert for Dubai leader Wiesberger
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:06:00 -0500
By Bernie McGuire DUBAI, Jan 29 (Reuters) - A dynamic sequence of five birdies in a row lifted Austrian Bernd Wiesberger to the top of the leaderboard on eight-under 64 after the Dubai Desert Classic first round on Thursday. World number one Rory McIlroy was handily placed on 66, as was Scotland's Stephen Gallacher who is bidding for a hat-trick of victories after landing the trophy in 2013 and 2014. Sharing second spot on seven-under were English pair Lee Westwood and Andy Sullivan, Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium and American Peter Uihlein. Twice tour winner Wiesberger, who had only 25 putts in ideal conditions at the Emirates Golf Club, reeled off birdies at the 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th.
Patriots get rude awakening as hotel fire alarm goes off
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:48:16 -0500
The New England Patriots got a rude awakening days ahead of their Super Bowl clash with the Seattle Seahawks as a false fire alarm went off during the early morning hours on Thursday at the team's hotel. The alarm was triggered by a smoke head that was isolated to one wing of the resort and caused a two-minute disturbance, a spokeswoman for the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass told Reuters. The hotel said it is looking into what caused the false alarm, which was reportedly the second one in the last three nights at the team's hotel.
Wiesberger leads by one in Dubai as McIlroy lurks
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:25:33 -0500
Austrian Bernd Wiesberger emerged as the sole leader at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic after Thursday's first round featuring a deluge of birdies at the Emirates Golf Club. The 29-year-old Wiesberger appeared to be struggling on the greens as he did not make a single birdie in his first five holes, but warmed up his putter nicely, needing just 25 putts to complete a round of eight-under par 64. It kept him one ahead of American Peter Uihlein, Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts and the English duo of Lee Westwood and Andy Sullivan.
Big-time Super Bowl ads to reach Canada by 2017
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:08:19 -0500
Millions of Canadian viewers of the U.S. Super Bowl football game will soon be able to enjoy all the high-priced advertising fed to their southern neighbors, the country's broadcast regulator said on Thursday. For years, Canadian viewers have complained that the ads - which for this Sunday's game cost as much as $4.5 million for a 30-second spot - have been out of reach, replaced by Canadian broadcasters with less impressive domestic ads that can be mistimed and result in viewers missing some of the on-field action. A ban on simultaneous substitution, the process by which a Canadian broadcaster can insert domestic ads into programming, will come into force for Super Bowl broadcasts starting in 2017, the regulator, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), said. The regulator estimates the practise is worth some C$250 million ($198 million) a year to Canadian broadcasters, although it is not clear how much of that income comes from the Super Bowl, which 8 million Canadians watched last year.
Golf-European Tour Dubai Desert Classic scores
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 09:48:11 -0500
Jan 29 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the European Tour Dubai Desert Classic at the par-72 course on Thursday in Dubai 64 Bernd Wiesberger (Austria) 64 65 Peter Uihlein (U.S. ...
New recruit Ichiro keen to repay Marlins faith
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 02:21:17 -0500
(Reuters) - Future Hall of Famer Ichiro Suzuki said he wanted to return the faith shown by Miami Marlins executives after they flew to Japan to convince the veteran to sign for the Florida ball club. The 41-year-old outfielder agreed a one-year contract on Tuesday with the Marlins after his two-and-a-half year stay with the New York Yankees ended last year. "I am humbled that they flew 18 hours to get here, this is something that just doesn't happen," Suzuki was quoted as saying by Kyodo News on Thursday after signing up for a 15th year in MLB. As a player, it's something I've been looking for the past two years." Ichiro moved to Major League Baseball (MLB) with the Seattle Mariners in 2001 before joining the Yankees in 2012.
Broncos continue coaching rebuild with Phillips addition
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:23:59 -0500
(Reuters) - The Denver Broncos will hire Wade Phillips as their new defensive coordinator, the team announced on Wednesday, as they continue to reshape their coaching staff after the team's early exit from the playoffs. Phillips has spent 37 seasons in the NFL as a head coach and coordinator. He previously worked as a defensive coordinator and head coach in Denver during the late 1980s and early 1990s. After losing to Indianapolis in the divisional playoffs, the Broncos parted with head coach John Fox and hired Gary Kubiak to replace him.