Cubs earn first World Series berth since 1945
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 23:00:14 -0400
The Cubs, known as the "The Lovable Losers" given years of heartbreak and misery since their last World Series triumph in 1908, clinched the best-of-seven National League Championship Series 4-2 at home and set off wild celebrations across the city. Chicago will face the Cleveland Indians, who have not celebrated a Major League Baseball title since 1948, in the best-of-seven World Series starting on Tuesday in Ohio.
Number-crunching US sport
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 22:42:36 -0400
Top salaries in the National Basketball Association are among the highest across the world of team sports, with LeBron James due to pocket just under $31 million this season after negotiating a new three-year deal in August worth $100 million. James' salary compares favorably with the National Football League, the most-watched sport in the United States, where Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has the highest average salary at $24.6 million. According to the Spotrac website, which gathers data on players contracts and salaries, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw draws the highest salary in Major League Baseball, earning $34.5 million in 2016.
Aussie Simmons part of global revival plan for 76ers
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 22:22:42 -0400
Australia's Ben Simmons, last June's NBA Draft top pick now sidelined by a fractured right foot, is part of a global initiative aimed at reviving the NBA's woeful Philadelphia 76ers. Alongside fellow NBA newcomers Joel Embiid of Cameroon and Dario Saric of Croatia, Simmons will be called upon to help advance the fortunes of a club that went an NBA-worst 10-72 last season, barely beating the all-time worst full-season record of 9-73 set by Philadelphia's 1972-73 squad. Just four seasons after winning just nine games, the 76ers made a run to the 1977 NBA Finals.
Rockets lose guard Beverley for opening six weeks
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 14:44:27 -0400
Patrick Beverley, the Houston Rockets' backcourt starter alongside top scorer James Harden, will miss at least 20 games to start the NBA season with a left knee injury. Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said Beverley will miss the first six weeks of the upcoming campaign, which begins for Houston on Wednesday at the Los Angeles Lakers. Eric Gordon, Tyler Ennis, P.J. Hairston and K.J. McDaniels figure to share time at point guard in place of 28-year-old Beverley, who averaged 9.9 points, 3.4 assists and 3.5 rebounds a game last season.
Part-timer Hansen storms to share of Portugal lead
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 14:21:02 -0400
Semi-retired Danish veteran Anders Hansen reeled off a late flurry of birdies on Saturday to grab a share of the lead going into the final round of the Portugal Masters. Hansen, who announced his retirement at last year's event in Vilamoura, sank six of his nine birdies after the turn in a nine-under-par round of 62 to ignite hopes of a fourth European Tour title. The 46-year-old is back playing on a part-time basis, with this his fifth tournament of the year, and is level with Finland's Mikko Korhonen at the top of the leaderboard on 18-under overall.
Golf-European Tour Portuguese Masters scores
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 13:18:49 -0400
Oct 22 (Gracenote) - Scores from the European Tour Portuguese Masters at the par-71 course on Saturday in Vilamoura -18 Mikko Korhonen (Finland) 64 67 64 Anders Hansen (Denmark) 67 66 62 -17 Padraig Harrington (Ireland) 66 63 67 -16 Paul Lawrie (Britain) 66 66 65 Andy Sullivan (Britain) 67 61 69 Chris Paisley (Britain) 65 67 65 -15 Marc Warren (Britain) 63 65 70 -14 Callum Shinkwin (Britain) 64 68 67 Stephen Gallacher (Britain) 67 68 64 Jens Fahrbring (Sweden) 65 64 70 David Lipsky (U.S. ...
Singer kneels while performing anthem at Miami NBA game
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 10:54:47 -0400
By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A singer knelt while performing the national anthem at a Miami Heat basketball game on Friday and opened her jacket to reveal a shirt that read "Black Lives Matter," a variation on a protest that has punctuated many U.S. sporting events since the summer. Like other anthem protests, the gesture by Denasia Lawrence was intended to highlight what activists say is unfair police treatment of minorities. The trend began in August when San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the playing of the "Star-Spangled Banner" before a preseason National Football League game.
Lahiri takes 54-hole lead in Malaysia as Thomas stumbles
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 07:20:02 -0400
Overnight leader Justin Thomas dropped a stunning four shots over a three-hole span on Saturday to hand Anirban Lahiri of India a four-stroke lead going into the CIMB Classic's final round. The American defending champion had been nearly flawless in seizing the lead in the first two rounds in Kuala Lumpur and looked on his way to retaining his sole PGA Tour title. Lahiri went to 19-under overall, while Thomas salvaged a 71 at the par-72 TPC Kuala Lumpur to drop four shots behind.
Lahiri surges clear in pursuit of maiden PGA Tour title
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 05:29:25 -0400
Anirban Lahiri moved into position to record a first PGA Tour victory when the Indian fired an exquisite third round seven-under 65 at the TPC Kuala Lumpur course to storm four shots clear of the field at the CIMB Classic on Saturday. Lahiri's nine birdies offset an ugly double-bogey six on the 12th as the Pune-born 29-year-old moved to 19-under for the tournament, well ahead of overnight leader and defending champion Justin Thomas (71) and Scotland's Russell Knox (68). "I just have to try and do the same thing on the last round," Lahiri told reporters.
Record-setting Warriors add Durant for 'Superteam' status
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 03:18:01 -0400
What happens when you combine the heart of a team that won an NBA record 73 games last season with superstar forward Kevin Durant? After the Warriors lost last year's NBA Finals to Cleveland in seven games, they toughened their lineup by adding the 2014 NBA Most Valuable Player to a roster featuring 2015 and 2016 MVP Stephen Curry and 3-point sharpshooter Klay Thompson in the backcourt plus standouts Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala up front.
Deng looking forward to Lakers renaissance
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 22:14:33 -0400
Whether fleeing civil war in Sudan with his family or moving to the United States on a scholarship as a 14-year-old, Luol Deng is no stranger to new beginnings. The 31-year-old British forward's nomadic existence has now taken him to Hollywood, where he is expected to be a key figure as the Los Angeles Lakers attempt to rebuild after the worst season in their history. Deng joined the Lakers on a four-year $72 million deal in July, lured by the possibility of working with new coach Luke Walton at the start of a long-term project to revive the iconic franchise.
Giants kicker placed on leave over abuse claims
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:28:40 -0400
New York Giants kicker Josh Brown was placed on leave as the National Football League probed domestic violence allegations which have left his career hanging by a thread. The NFL ordered Brown to be placed on commissioner Roger Goodell's exempt list, in effect a temporary paid suspension pending the outcome of an investigation. NFL senior vice president Adolpho Birch said in a letter to Brown on Friday the league wants to investigate further after release of the documents stemming from the player's 2015 arrest.
Cubs on brink of World Series return after 71 years
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:01:18 -0400
One victory from their first trip to the World Series in 71 years, the Chicago Cubs have long-suffering supporters excited about the prospects for their first World Series title since 1908. The Cubs were one win from the World Series in 1984 before San Diego rallied to win the final three games to take the series and advance to the Major League Baseball final.
Silver says 'tremendous progress' on new labor deal
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:15:30 -0400
NBA team owners and the players union have made "tremendous progress" toward a new collective bargaining agreement, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Friday, with rich new television deals helping talks. Former Chicago Bulls superstar Michael Jordan being involved as owner of the Charlotte Hornets has helped build trust between owners and players, either of whom could opt out of their current deal December 15 and potentially set up the first league shutdown since 2011 come next July. "We've made tremendous progress," Silver said.