Rejuvenated Spieth switches focus back to PGA Tour
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 20:32:38 -0500
(Reuters) - Refreshed after a globe-trotting run of tournaments that took him from Hawaii to Abu Dhabi and then Singapore, Jordan Spieth returns to the PGA Tour with high hopes for this week's Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in California. The American world number one has finished no worse than joint seventh in his last seven starts worldwide while winning twice, and relishes competing in the pro-am celebrity event on the picturesque Monterey Peninsula. "My game feels good," Masters and U.S. Open champion Spieth, 22, told Golf Channel on Wednesday while preparing for Thursday's opening round.
Caddies lose lawsuit vs. PGA Tour, ponder next step
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 19:12:48 -0500
(Reuters) - Professional caddies were scheduled to meet at Pebble Beach on Wednesday night and discuss whether to continue fighting the PGA Tour after losing a class action lawsuit contending they were forced to wear bibs featuring corporate logos that made them 'human billboards'. The lawsuit, filed just over a year ago in U.S. federal court in California, said the PGA Tour threatened to prevent the caddies from working at tournaments organized and promoted by the organization if they refused to wear the bibs. The lawsuit also claimed that the PGA Tour reaps more than $50 million annually from the endorsements, but the caddies receive no compensation.
Spieth, Day fight off change after major success
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 18:08:06 -0500
World number one Jordan Spieth and third-ranked Jason Day are battling just as hard to avoid being changed by success as they are to win this week's PGA Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Spieth, the reigning Masters and US Open champion, has not seen much change since ascending to the top ranking spot. "When that label is said, I think if you're in the top five or top 10, it's the same impact," Spieth said.
Judge dismisses caddies lawsuit against PGA Tour
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:37:36 -0500
A lawsuit filed by a group of caddies against the US PGA Tour for alleged mistreatment has been thrown out by a US District Court judge. A group that grew to 168 caddies filed the lawsuit last February in San Francisco, claiming they are walking billboards -- forced to wear bibs with sponsor logos without any proceeds from sponsor contracts that were estimated at $50 million a year. "Caddies have been required to wear the bibs for decades, so caddies know when they enter the profession that wearing a bib during tournaments is part of the job," Chhabria wrote.
NFL Browns linebacker indicted on drug possession
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:00:17 -0500
Cleveland Browns linebacker Armonty Bryant was indicted Wednesday on two felony drug possession charges stemming from his Christmas morning arrest after a traffic stop. Bryant faces charges for possession of Adderall and OxyCodone while former Browns practice squad defensive back De'Ante Saunders was indicted for improperly handling a weapon in a motor vehicle. A police citation from Berea, Ohio, said Saunders and Bryant were stopped for speeding.
University of Tennessee inaction led to sexual assaults: lawsuit
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:59:02 -0500
Filed in Nashville federal court by former students, all listed as Jane Does, the lawsuit said the university knew about and condoned a long-standing hostile environment that led to sexual assaults by male football and basketball players. The lawsuit comes as several incidents at U.S. colleges and universities, some involving athletes, have focused attention on the issue of sexual assault on campuses. According to the complaint, three rapes were committed by football players, one by a basketball player and one by a male student at a party where football players provided alcohol to underage drinkers.
Portland's Lillard added to US Olympic basketball candidates
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:34:29 -0500
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, having a stellar NBA season with career highs in scoring and assists, was named Wednesday to the finalist roster for the US Olympic team. USA Basketball announced the move, approved by its board of directors, that adds another talented playmaker to a candidates list that already includes reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry and four-time NBA MVP LeBron James. Lillard, in his fourth NBA campaign, is averaging 24.2 points, sixth in the NBA, and 7.3 assists, seventh in the league, as well as 4.4 rebounds a contest.
Blue Jay Donaldson signs two-year contract extension
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 13:15:39 -0500
(Reuters) - Third baseman Josh Donaldson, the American League's Most Valuable Player in 2015, has signed a two-year, $28.65 million contract extension with the Toronto Blue Jays, the Major League Baseball team said on Wednesday. Donaldson, 30, will earn $11.65 million in 2016 and $17 million in 2017, the Blue Jays said in a statement. Traded to Toronto by the Oakland Athletics before the start of the 2015 season, Donaldson thrived with his new team and helped them end a 22-year absence in the postseason by claiming the American League (AL) East crown.
Golf: Sergio Garcia and Valderrama to host Spanish Open
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 08:04:01 -0500
(Reuters) - Valderrama will stage the Spanish Open for the first time in April, with the Sergio Garcia Foundation as official host of the event at the course in Sotogrande, southern Spain, the European Tour announced on Wednesday. The venue that in 1997 became the first course in mainland Europe to stage the Ryder Cup, will host the opening tournament of the European season from April 14-17, a week after the U.S Masters at Augusta, with 2 million euros ($2.25 million) of prize money on offer. Garcia, who has won 11 times on the European Tour and has been in five victorious Ryder Cup teams, set up his foundation in 2002.
Curry magic as Golden State Warriors down Rockets
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 05:23:34 -0500
Stephen Curry turned on the style as the Golden State Warriors overcame a brave Houston Rockets fightback to triumph 123-110 and stretch their winning streak to 10 games on Tuesday. Reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Curry scored 35 points in a pulsating battle in Oakland to take the Warriors' record to 47-4 for the season. The highlight of Curry's latest masterclass was his role in a remarkable passage of play in the third quarter, when he stripped the ball inside the Warriors paint and then darted forward to launch an attack.
Warriors down Rockets for 42nd straight home win
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 02:19:54 -0500
Forward Harrison Barnes scored 10 of his 19 points during a 17-5 run to open the fourth quarter as the Golden State Warriors exploded from a tie after three periods into a 123-110 victory over the Houston Rockets on Monday night. Point guard Stephen Curry poured in 35 points, his 23rd game with 30 or more this season, helping the Warriors (47-4) win their 10th in a row, each of which they led by at least 15 points. Curry shot 12-for-24 for the Warriors, who improved to 24-0 at home this season with their 42nd consecutive victory at Oracle Arena.
Knicks slump again, Anthony surprise over Fisher axe
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 01:51:06 -0500
Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points but it was not enough to prevent the New York Knicks from sliding to defeat against the Washington Wizards in their first match since the dismissal of coach Derek Fisher. Anthony drained a three-pointer with 67 seconds left to reduce Washington's lead to 106-101 but the Wizards held on for a 111-108 victory at Madison Square Garden. Washington guards Bradley Beal and John Wall made a series of clutch shots down the stretch to seal the Wizards win.
Grizzlies' Spanish center Gasol out indefinitely with broken foot
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 23:23:28 -0500
(Reuters) - A bad week for the Memphis Grizzlies got worse on Tuesday with the news that All-Star center Marc Gasol will be out "indefinitely" with a broken right foot. It will be a blow to the Spanish national team as well six months before the Olympic Games. The Grizzlies released a statement that Gasol's "MRI revealed a fracture in his right foot".
Bucks snap losing streak with win over Celtics
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 23:00:21 -0500
Khris Middleton's free throw with 0.6 seconds left saved the Milwaukee Bucks from overtime and snapped a five-game losing streak with a 112-111 victory over the Boston Celtics at the Bradley Center. Middleton finished with 20 points for the Bucks, who got 29 points and 12 rebounds from center Greg Monroe. Monroe's hook shot with a second to play seemed to give the Bucks the lead for good, but Jerryd Bayless was whistled for a foul on the other end, and Kelly Olnyk sank two free throws to tie the game at 111.