Warriors get wake-up call as Durant era opens with a thud
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:38:34 -0400
(Reuters) - When Kevin Durant joined the Golden State Warriors many felt a championship was a mere formality, but a humbling season-opening loss has sent a sudden wakeup call to one of the NBA's most talented teams of all time. Durant had a team-high 27 points in his much anticipated Warriors debut on Tuesday but Golden State stumbled to a 129-100 blowout loss to the visiting San Antonio Spurs that prompted many in the sellout crowd to head for the exits early. It woke us up a bit, and we're looking forward to getting better," four-time scoring champion Durant told reporters.
Rested McIlroy looks to reignite season in Shanghai
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:16:26 -0400
Rory McIlroy is hoping to snare his maiden WGC-HSBC Champions title on his sixth visit to the Sheshan International Golf Club this week as he builds toward the climax of his season in Dubai. McIlroy has not finished outside the top 11 in his previous five visits to the course with three top-five finishes, so has some justification for feeling that a win is overdue. "I feel like I'm playing well enough and that I've showed enough good form around this golf course in the past to be confident that I can give myself a chance this week." McIlroy has taken a rest from strokeplay golf since securing the FedEx Cup at the PGA Tour Championship in September and will be hoping success at Sheshan can act as a springboard to another triumph at the European Tour season-ender in Dubai.
Golf-Rested McIlroy looks to reignite season in Shanghai
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:11:53 -0400
Rory McIlroy is hoping to snare his maiden WGC-HSBC Champions title on his sixth visit to the Sheshan International Golf Club this week as he builds towards the climax of his season in Dubai. McIlroy has not finished outside the top 11 in his previous five visits to the course with three top-five finishes, so has some justification for feeling that a win is overdue. "I feel like I'm playing well enough and that I've showed enough good form around this golf course in the past to be confident that I can give myself a chance this week." McIlroy has taken a rest from strokeplay golf since securing the FedEx Cup at the PGA Tour Championship in September and will be hoping success at Sheshan can act as a springboard to another triumph at the European Tour season-ender in Dubai.
McIlroy hints at real reason for Olympic snub
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 07:14:31 -0400
Rory McIlroy hinted Wednesday that his Rio Olympic snub may not have been entirely due to fears over the Zika virus, saying his situation was "a little more complicated" than others. The world number three from Holywood, Northern Ireland, also said he hadn't turned any thoughts yet to taking part in Tokyo 2020, adding that he would instead "concentrate on the 16 majors that we have between now and then". On the eve of "Asia's Major", the $9.5-million World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai, McIlroy was asked if he would like to play in "Asia's Olympics" -- Tokyo 2020.
Warriors vow to bounce back after Spurs mauling
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 03:44:05 -0400
Shellshocked Golden State Warriors players and coaches vowed to bounce back after launching their season with a crushing 129-100 defeat at home to the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday. A disjointed Warriors team was pummeled relentlessly by San Antonio, who piled up the points through Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge to silence the Oracle Arena crowd. Warriors reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry described the mauling as a "slap in the face" but vowed to produce a response in Friday's road game against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Cubs manager sees positives in opening game loss
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 03:14:21 -0400
Take heart Cubs fans, there were positive signs in Tuesday's 6-0 thumping at the hands of the Cleveland Indians in the World Series opener, said Chicago manager Joe Maddon. Indians starter Corey Kluber and relievers Andrew Miller and Cody Allen combined to register 15 strikeouts in a seven-hit shutout, but Maddon liked what he saw from some Cubs hitters. "How about (Kyle) Schwarber, having not played all year and had some really good at-bats." Schwarber, who last year slugged five postseason home runs, came back from torn knee ligaments that ended his regular season on April 7 to crush a double off the right-field wall and work a walk against tough lefty reliever Andrew Miller in the seventh.
Rose fuming over Knicks loss
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 02:05:41 -0400
Derrick Rose called on his New York Knicks teammates to develop a mean streak after they slumped to a season-opening loss against Cleveland on Tuesday. Rose's move to New York from Chicago was one of the biggest trades of the off-season, with the Knicks hoping the 28-year-old former NBA MVP can lead the franchise into a brighter future. Rose, who finished with 17 points, said the defeat should be a wake-up call for the Knicks.
Indians counting on more heroics from Kluber, Perez
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 01:41:18 -0400
Cleveland pitcher Corey Kluber and catcher Roberto Perez humbled the hard-hitting Chicago Cubs in Tuesday's World Series opener, but will be called upon again as the Indians try to end a 67-year title drought. Both made historic efforts in their World Series debuts to give Cleveland the first opening shutout since 1990 in Major League Baseball's best-of-seven championship final. Perez, in addition to telling Kluber which pitches to throw and where, became the first player to smash two home runs from the last spot in a batting order in a World Series game.
Indians blank Cubs in World Series opener
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 01:41:15 -0400
The Cleveland Indians, lifted by the pitching of Corey Kluber and slugging of Roberto Perez, spoiled the long-awaited return to the World Series by the Chicago Cubs with a 6-0 spanking in Tuesday's opening game. Kluber became the first World Series pitcher to strike out eight of the first nine outs registered, as he outdueled Jon Lester, while catcher Perez blasted a pair of homers to drive in four runs as Cleveland claimed a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven.
Spurs thrash Warriors on Durant's NBA opening night
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 01:25:34 -0400
Kawhi Leonard inspired the San Antonio Spurs with 35 points as the Golden State Warriors' much-hyped "super team" crashed to a season-opening 129-100 thrashing on Tuesday. A packed house at Oakland's Oracle Arena had arrived hoping to see new signee Kevin Durant take his place amongst the most potent offense in the NBA.
Kluber pitches his way into history as Indians beat Cubs
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 01:19:19 -0400
Cleveland Indians ace Corey Kluber made history with a masterful performance in Game One of the World Series against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday. In a display of ruthless efficiency, the 30-year-old righthander became the first player to record eight strikeouts in the first three innings of a Fall Classic game to set the stage for the Indians 6-0 win. Kluber added another strikeout in the fifth inning to become only the third pitcher to record at least nine strikeouts and not give up a run in the opening encounter of a World Series.
Drone-finger Bauer ready to take on Cubs in Game Two
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 01:10:59 -0400
Cleveland Indians starter Trevor Bauer says he has no concerns about a stitched up pinkie or the Chicago Cubs as the righthander prepares to take to the hill for Game Two of the World Series on Wednesday. Bauer, whose work in the American League Championship Series (ALCS) was cut short when he was attacked by one of his drones and required 10 stitches on his right pinkie, says his finger has healed and his confidence is sky high as the Indians look to follow up a 6-0 Game One victory on Tuesday with an encore in Game Two. It will be the first action in more than a week for Bauer, who failed to make it out of the first inning of Game Three of the ALCS against the Toronto Blue Jays when blood began streaming from his finger down his pant leg and formed a puddle on the mound.
Indians blank Cubs 6-0 in World Series opener
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 01:07:39 -0400
While the Chicago Cubs returned to the World Series after a 71-year wait, the Cleveland Indians made sure they would wait even longer for a Series victory. Cleveland's Roberto Perez smashed two home runs and pitcher Corey Kluber struck out nine batters over six shutout innings to spark the Indians over Chicago 6-0 in the opening game of the 112th World Series. It was huge," Perez said.
LeBron triple leads Cavaliers romp in season bow
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 22:43:28 -0400
LeBron James notched a triple-double as the Cleveland Cavaliers launched the defence of their National Basketball Association crown with a 117-88 blowout of the New York Knicks on Tuesday. Kyrie Irving topscored with 29 points but NBA Finals MVP James stole the show with 19 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists on a night when the Cavs were formally presented with their 2015-2016 championship rings. James was de facto master of ceremonies before the tip-off as the Cavs hoisted the championship banner from their epic 2015-2016 season, which culminated in the historic comeback victory over Golden State in the finals in June.