National Basketball Association notebook
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 22:36:15 -0500
The Philadelphia 76ers have secured their own piece of unwanted history with a record losing streak that is the worst in NBA history. A further defeat against the Los Angeles Lakers will take them to 0-19 for the season, giving them sole possession of the record for the worst start to an NBA season in history. One bright spark amid the 76ers gloom has been the form of rookie center Jahlil Okafor, who has averaged 17.5 points per game so far this season and a further 8.2 rebounds per game.
Seahawks blow as knee injury ends Graham's NFL season
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 21:43:02 -0500
Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after suffering a torn tendon in his knee, head coach Pete Carroll confirmed. Graham was injured during the fourth quarter of Sunday's victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers as he tried to catch a pass from Russell Wilson in the end zone. "We've loved Jimmy Graham coming to our team and we're very grateful that he's been part of it," Carroll said.
Tigers sign prized free agent pitcher Zimmermann
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 19:35:21 -0500
(Reuters) - The Detroit Tigers found the top tier, workhorse starting pitcher they desired in signing free agent Jordan Zimmermann to a five-year deal, the Major League Baseball club said on Monday. The Tigers would not specify the terms of the contract but various media reports put the figure at $110 million. Zimmermann, 29, had Tommy John elbow surgery in 2009 but has become a model of durability since, delivering at least 32 starts and 195 innings in each of the last four seasons with the Washington Nationals with a cumulative record of 58-32.
Patriots' Brady 'pissed off' after losing unbeaten status
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 17:46:49 -0500
(Reuters) - New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady can be hell on opposing teams when he feels he has something to prove, so his team's upcoming opponents have been duly warned. Brady, who went an edgy revenge crusade in the wake of the "Deflategate" scandal by leading the Pats to a 10-0 start to the 2015 NFL season, said Sunday's overtime loss to Denver left him "pissed off" and motivated to get back to his winning ways. "It was a very hard loss," Brady said on Monday during his regular appearance on Boston's WEEI radio station a day after New England fell from the ranks of the unbeaten.
West says it's 'painful' to watch retiring NBA star Bryant play
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 17:32:13 -0500
Basketball Hall of Famer Jerry West, who engineered the trade two decades ago that brought Kobe Bryant to the Los Angeles Lakers, said on Monday it has been painful to watch the struggling 17-time NBA All-Star play this season. Bryant, enduring by far his worst season since entering the National Basketball Association in 1996, announced on Sunday he will retire at the end of the season.
Brady seething after NFL Patriots loss
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:59:53 -0500
Tom Brady urged the New England Patriots on Monday to use their first loss of the season as motivation, describing the upset defeat to the Denver Broncos as one of the lowest points of his career. The Patriots' chances of going through the season unbeaten ended in snowy Denver on Sunday night, when Broncos running back C.J. Anderson raced over for a touchdown in overtime to clinch a 30-24 win. The defeat jolted the Patriots (10-1), who had been tipped by many to go through the regular season unbeaten as they look to defend their Super Bowl crown.
Retiring Bryant receives high praise from peers
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 15:57:14 -0500
The NBA fraternity reacted quickly to Kobe Bryant's announcement Sunday that he would retire at the end of the season, with some calling it "sad" while other spoke of his incredible legacy. Bryant, 37, one of the greatest US basketball players ever, will retire after spending his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers. NBA commissioner Adam Silver was one of the first to respond to Bryant's announcement.
Royals players get $370,000 bonus for World Series win
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:11:54 -0500
The Royals, who won their first World Series crown in 30 years, also awarded 8.37 partial shares and 50 cash awards in spreading the bounty to coaches, players who spent part of the season with them and club employees. The runner-up New York Mets issued 44 full shares at just over $300,000 each, a record bonus for the losing team in MLB's championship.
Reuters Sports Schedule at 1400 GMT on Monday, Nov 30
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:00:07 -0500
Reuters sports schedule at 1400 GMT on Monday: - - - - SOCCER Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar are Ballon d'Or nominees LONDON - Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will go head-to-head once again for the title of world's best footballer after being short-listed along with Neymar on Monday for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or. (SOCCER-FIFA/BALLON, moved, by Ian Chadband, 400 words) - - Serie A MILAN - Leaders Inter Milan visit on-form Napoli, who are joint second, in a Serie A top-of-the-table clash. ...
Kobe Bryant to retire at end of season
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 06:13:46 -0500
Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant, arguably the best player of his generation, announced on Sunday he will retire after the 2015-16 National Basketball Association season. Bryant, who is struggling through the worst season of his illustrious 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, said in a piece posted on the Players' Tribune website that "I'm ready to let [basketball] go." The decision was not totally unexpected as the 37-year-old Lakers guard has been plagued by injuries in recent seasons and had recently said he was considering retirement. This season is all I have left to give," wrote Bryant.
Broncos hand Patriots first NFL season loss in OT
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 04:15:05 -0500
C.J. Anderson busted loose in driving snow flurries for a game-winning touchdown run Sunday as the Denver Broncos rallied to beat New England 30-24 in overtime, handing the Patriots their first loss of the season. Denver's defense thwarted quarterback Tom Brady and the Patriots on the first overtime possession, and running back Anderson broke free from a couple of Patriot defenders for the 48-yard winning run. Not just once," said Denver coach Gary Kubiak.
LA Lakers' Bryant says this is last season of epic career
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 03:49:32 -0500
Kobe Bryant says he still loves competition, but admits that his body can no longer handle the rigors of professional basketball as he announced that this will be his final NBA season. "I had to come to terms with it," said Bryant, speaking on Sunday after the Lakers 107-103 loss to the Indiana Pacers in Los Angeles. The 37-year-old five-time champion will retire as one of the greatest clutch players in history, and after spending his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Demons banished, Schwartzel back on track
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 03:06:59 -0500
Charl Schwartzel's victory in the Alfred Dunhill Championship marked the end of a two-year drought for the former U.S. Masters champion, and with some radical adjustments to his game starting to pay off, he hopes his demons are well and truly banished. The 31-year-old South African won the opening tournament of the new European Tour season to record a first success in a year and 363 days.
Grizzlies hand 76ers 18th straight loss of season
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 02:30:43 -0500
(The Sports Xchange) - Power forward Zach Randolph posted a double-double and point guard Mike Conley scored a game-high 20 points as the Memphis Grizzlies defeated Philadelphia 92-84 on Sunday, sending the 76ers to their 18th consecutive loss to start the season. The 76ers tied the NBA's all-time mark for most losses to begin a season, set in 2009 by the New Jersey Nets. It was Philadelphia's 28th consecutive defeat dating back to last season, the longest skid by a team in any major North American sport.