Vegas in tie for lead at weather-hit New Orleans
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 15:17:43 -0400
(Reuters) - Jhonattan Vegas of Venezuela surged into a share of the lead at the weather-hit Zurich Classic of New Orleans when the thunderstorm-delayed first round was finally completed on Friday. In pursuit of his second victory on the PGA Tour, the 31-year-old from Maturin birdied four of his last nine holes to shoot an eight-under-par 64 on a rain-softened layout at the TPC Louisiana. Veteran South African Retief Goosen opened with a 65, Swede Henrik Norlander returned a 66 and Australian Geoff Ogilvy was among a group of 12 players bunched at 67.
Furyk to make PGA Tour return next week in Charlotte
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:59:31 -0400
(Reuters) - Jim Furyk will end a wrist injury absence of nearly eight months when he returns to competition at next week's Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina, the PGA Tour announced on Friday. The 45-year-old American, a 17-times winner on the U.S. circuit, will also tee it up the following week at the PGA Tour's flagship Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. "I think the recovery has been pretty good," Furyk told pgatour.com.
Attitude versus analysis in Ryder Cup camps
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 15:27:33 -0400
By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Ryder Cup often produces magical golf, team captains Davis Love III and Darren Clarke concur, but for 20 years it has mainly been European players wielding the magic wand. "It's just special, isn't it," Europe captain Clarke told Reuters in promoting on behalf of sponsors Standard Life Investments this year's competition to be played at Minnesota's Hazeltine course from Sept 30-Oct 2. "We saw a different Payne Stewart, a different David Duval when the Ryder Cup matches came around," added Love, summoning heroes of the past.
National League batting champ Gordon banned 80 games
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:19:14 -0400
The Miami Marlins' National League batting champion Dee Gordon said Friday he won't appeal an 80-game ban handed down by Major League Baseball for a positive test for steroids. Major League Baseball announced the ban shortly after Gordon and the Marlins defeated the Dodgers 5-3 in Los Angeles late Thursday night -- shortly after 0100 local time in New York.
Pak pulls out of LPGA Texas Shootout with tea burn
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:13:41 -0400
South Korean superstar Pak Se-Ri pulled out of the LPGA Texas Shootout in the second round on Friday with a burn on her leg caused by hot tea. Pak, the Hall of Fame-bound legend who has announced this will be her final season on the LPGA tour, opened the tournament with a one-over 72 on Thursday and was one-over for the tournament when she withdrew. The LPGA confirmed on Twitter that she had pulled out "citing an accidental hot tea burn to her lower leg".
Golf-Furyk to make PGA Tour return next week in Charlotte
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:02:03 -0400
Jim Furyk will end an injury absence of nearly eight months when he returns to competition at next week's Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina, the PGA Tour announced on Friday. The 45-year-old American, a 17-times winner on the U.S. circuit, will also tee it up the following week at the PGA Tour's flagship Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Furyk has been sidelined since he was forced to withdraw after just six holes at the BMW Championship last September due to a bone contusion in his left wrist.
Reigning NL batting champ banned 80 games for doping
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:14:01 -0400
(Reuters) - Reigning National League batting champion Dee Gordon of the Miami Marlins was suspended 80 games without pay after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, Major League Baseball said on Friday. The speedy second baseman, who led the majors in stolen bases last season, tested positive for exogenous testosterone and clostebol, MLB said in a statement. The suspension will force Gordon to miss nearly half of the 162-game regular season and make him ineligible for post season play should the Marlins reach the playoffs for the first time since winning the World Series in 2003.
Celtics' Swede Jerebko finishes season strong despite loss to Atlanta
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:15:59 -0400
By Philip O'Connor (Reuters) - The Boston Celtics may have crashed out of the playoffs after being pummeled by Atlanta on their home floor, but power forward Jonas Jerebko is not too down-hearted after finally getting a chance to show the Boston crowd what he can do as a starter. Thrust into the starting lineup by coach Brad Stevens last Friday with the Celtics 2-0 down in the series, the Swede helped extend it to a sixth game before the Celtics lost 104-92 at home on Thursday to bring their season to a close. On a night when Boston struggled with its shooting, Jerebko scored the opening five points of the game for the Celtics, finishing up with 13 on the night in another strong performance since being promoted from the bench.
Rams take Goff as top pick, Tunsil tumbles to number 13
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 01:26:54 -0400
The Los Angeles Rams chose Jared Goff as the number one pick in the NFL draft, handing the young quarterback from California the task of leading the ambitious franchise into their new era. Goff, from the University of California Berkeley, had faced a nervous wait to learn where he will begin his National Football League career. The Rams had stunned the NFL after securing the number one pick from the Tennessee Titans in a blockbuster deal this month.
Day trails clubhouse leader Stuard in rain-hit Zurich Classic
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 01:01:29 -0400
Jason Day was one of the early pace-setters but the world No. 1 still finished five strokes back of clubhouse leader Brian Stuard at the Zurich Classic in New Orleans on Thursday. Australian star Day fired an opening round three-under 69 and is tied for 12th at the rain-hit PGA Tour event where play was delayed for nearly five hours Thursday. Afternoon thunderstorms lashed the TPC Louisiana at Avondale course resulting in 78 players not being able to finish their first rounds.
Hawks eliminate Celtics in six games
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:58:31 -0400
Paul Millsap had 17 points and eight rebounds as the Atlanta Hawks eliminated the Boston Celtics with a 104-92 win in game six of the first round playoff series Thursday. Al Horford and Kent Bazemore each scored 15 points, Kyle Korver had 14 points and Jeff Teague added 11 for Atlanta, which led by as many as 28 points in the second half en route to its first playoff series win over Boston in nearly 60 years.
Hawks finally find way to eliminate Celtics
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:47:27 -0400
(The Sports Xchange) - It took nearly 60 years, but the Atlanta Hawks finally found a way to beat the Boston Celtics in the playoffs. Atlanta had not won a postseason series against Boston since 1958, the year they won their lone NBA title. The Hawks had also lost 10 straight playoff games in Boston dating back to 1988 entering Thursday, including Games 3 and 4 last weekend at TD Garden.
First-round selections in NFL Draft
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:29:34 -0400
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Following are the complete first-round selections in the National Football League draft held in Chicago on Thursday:1 Los Angeles Rams (from Titans) - Jared Goff, quarterback, California 2 Philadelphia Eagles (from Browns) - Carson Wentz, quarterback, North Dakota State 3 San Diego Chargers - Joey Bosa, defensive end, Ohio State4 Dallas Cowboys - Ezekiel Elliott, running back, Ohio State 5 Jacksonville Jaguars - Jalen Ramsey, cornerback, Florida State6 Baltimore Ravens - Ronnie Stanley, tackle, Notre Dame7 San Francisco 49ers - DeForest Buckner, defensive end, Oregon8 ...
Rams take quarterback Goff with first pick of draft
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:29:34 -0400
By Michael Hirtzer CHICAGO (Reuters) - Quarterbacks went one-two at Thursday's NFL Draft as the Los Angeles Rams took Jared Goff with the first pick, and the Philadelphia Eagles followed suit by naming signal caller Carson Wentz with the second choice. It was the third time in the past five years that quarterbacks were taken with the first two picks of the National Football League Draft, a testament to the league's more wide open, pass-happy thrust with rules tailored to bolster scoring and foster player safety. For the Rams and their new quarterback it was a California dream come true.