Lyle Jeffs, 56, fled confinement in Salt Lake City sometime over the weekend of June 18 - 19 and an arrest warrant was issued by a federal judge that Sunday afternoon, authorities said. Prosecutors allege Jeffs and other leaders of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS) in Arizona and South Dakota diverted money from the federal government food assistance program for the poor. Jeffs pleaded not guilty to the two-count indictment in February and was released from jail on June 9 ahead of his October trial.
(Reuters) - U.S. Masters champion Danny Willett will pose a serious threat to compatriot Justin Rose's title defense at this year's Hong Kong Open after the Ryder Cup team mates confirmed their participation in the Dec. 8-11 tournament. Englishman Rose pipped Denmark's Lucas Bjerregaard by one shot last year and is keen for a repeat triumph at the event co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour, European Tour and Hong Kong Golf Association. Rose is on a high after becoming the first man in 112 years to win an Olympic gold in golf at the Rio Games.
(Reuters) - Russell Knox has said watching the Ryder Cup will be a bittersweet experience after the Scot was overlooked by Europe captain Darren Clarke despite being the highest-ranked player outside of the nine automatic qualifying spots. Ryder Cup veterans Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer, and the in-form Thomas Pieters were selected as wildcards ahead of world number 20 Knox on Tuesday as Clarke confirmed his 12-man team to defend the trophy against the United States in Minnesota. Clarke admitted that leaving Knox out of the three-day event starting on Sept. 30 in Hazeltine "was probably one of the toughest calls" he had to make.
Olympic gold medallist Justin Rose gave Ryder Cup rookie Thomas Pieters a ringing endorsement Wednesday after the big-hitting Belgian was picked for the biennial match against the US next month. "The really difficult decision was choosing Thomas Pieters over Russell Knox, two guys who are in form, two guys who deserve their place in the team," Rose told a news teleconference, as he confirmed he would defend his Hong Kong Open title in December. "Choosing one of them was always going to be very, very difficult but I think what Thomas has shown Darren (Clarke) in the last few weeks has been incredible," added Rose.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered a torn cruciate ligament expected to rule the star signal-caller out of the upcoming NFL season. Bridgewater, 23, on Tuesday suffered a complete tear of an anterior cruciate ligament in a non-contact play during practice. A statement by the Vikings later said Bridgewater -- outstanding for Minnesota since being chosen as a first round draft pick in 2014 -- faced a "significant" recovery time.
Iconic 1968 Olympic activist Tommie Smith sprang to the defence of Colin Kaepernick as the furore over the San Francisco 49ers quarterback's national anthem boycott raged on. Smith, famously ostracised for his clenched fist medal podium salute with fellow sprinter John Carlos, said criticism of Kaepernick had missed the point. "Colin is 28 years old and realizing that things are not quite like what 'they' said it would be," Smith told USA TODAY.
By Amy Tennery NEW YORK (Reuters) - San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's sideline protest during the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at a National Football League pre-season game last week has generated criticism from current and former NFL stars. Kaepernick, 28, sat during the national anthem on Friday in a protest against racial injustice in the United States, a move that prompted boos from some fans. Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward wrote in an Instagram post Tuesday that while he can "respect" Kaepernick's cause, he doesn't "agree with the method he chose." "If you want to make a point or take a stand, go straight after the root of that cause," wrote Ward.
Belgian rookie Thomas Pieters and experienced duo Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer were named by Europe captain Darren Clarke as wildcard picks on Tuesday to complete his Ryder Cup team. Clarke opted for the powerful 24-year-old Pieters over Scotland's Russell Knox and England's Luke Donald, bringing to six the number of rookies in the 12-man team who will defend the trophy against the United States in Hazeltine, Minnesota.
By refusing to stand for the national anthem, American football player Colin Kaepernick has been slammed for politicizing sport and even accused of being unpatriotic, but he's just the latest black athlete to protest US race relations. Remaining seated on the bench during the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" on Friday before his San Francisco 49ers played the Green Bay Packers in a National Football League pre-season game. Etiquette in the United States requires that everyone stand when the national anthem is played.
Thomas Pieters gave Darren Clarke a close-up view of his talent when he shot a 62 playing alongside Europe's Ryder Cup captain in Denmark last week. Clarke asked to partner the 6ft 5in Belgian at the Made in Denmark event in Farso and saw him excel with a first round that equaled the course record in an event he went on to win by posting birdies on the last three holes of his final round. "Last week I played with him and it was one of the finest 62s I have ever witnessed," Clarke told a news conference on Tuesday when he confirmed Pieters as one of his three wildcard picks.
Europe's Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke announced England's Lee Westwood, Germany's Martin Kaymer and Thomas Pieters of Belgium as his three wildcards on Tuesday. With rookies taking up five of the nine automatic qualifying places, Clarke had been expected to turn to experienced Ryder Cup campaigners Westwood and Kaymer. Pieters, 24, was picked ahead of Scotland's Russell Knox, having bolstered his case for inclusion with a stunning opening round of 62 alongside Clarke at last week's Made in Denmark tournament.
LONDON, Aug 30 (Reuters) - Belgian rookie Thomas Pieters and experienced duo Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer were named by European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke as his wildcard picks on Tuesday to complete his team. Clarke opted for the powerful 24-year-old Pieters ahead of Scotland's Russell Knox and England's Luke Donald, bringing to six the number of rookies in the 12-man team who will defend the trophy against the United States in Hazeltine, Minnesota starting on Sept. 30. (Editing by Ed Osmond)
(Reuters) - Washington's NFL pre-season game at Tampa Bay has been moved to Wednesday from Thursday due to the threat of severe weather, the Buccaneers said. U.S. forecasters issued a tropical storm warning for coastal North Carolina on Monday, while another system churning in the Gulf of Mexico could make landfall in Florida later this week. ...
Philadelphia Eagles rookie Myke Tavarres pledged Monday to emulate Colin Kaepernick by refusing to stand for the US national anthem, only to backtrack on the issue hours later. Tavarres, 23, said he planned to sit during the anthem when the Eagles hosted the New York Jets in Philadelphia on Thursday. "He plans on standing for the national anthem," Williams said in a statement.
By Mark Lamport-Stokes (Reuters) - United States Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III says he will take a leaf out of 2008 skipper Paul Azinger's book before he announces his four wildcard picks for this year's competition against holders Europe. Azinger, the most recent U.S. captain to achieve success against Europe, wanted his players to have "a vested interest" in their team at Valhalla eight years ago and he relied on the input of the automatic qualifiers for his wildcard selections. Love, who will choose three of his captain's picks after the BMW Championship on Sept. 11 and his final selection two weeks later after the Tour Championship, plans to follow suit for the three-day event at Hazeltine, Minnesota that starts on Sept. 30.
(The Sports Xchange) - Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak has named Trevor Siemian the starting quarterback for Week One, when the defending champions open the 2016 season with a rematch of Super Bowl 50. Siemian, who has yet to throw a regular-season pass in the NFL, will start against the Carolina Panthers on Sept. 8 to kick off the NFL's 2016 regular season. Kubiak informed quarterbacks Siemian, Mark Sanchez and Paxton Lynch of his decision on Monday morning prior to sharing it with the entire team.
Yankee Stadium LLC would save money in the current low-interest rate environment by refinancing about $1.2 billion of old outstanding debt issued in 2006 and 2009, when the stadium opened. The stadium refinancing was contained in a notice of a Sept. 15 public hearing by the New York City Industrial Development Agency (NYCIDA), an arm of the city's economic development corporation that acts as a conduit issuer for private firms to borrow on the tax-exempt municipal bond market. The approximately 1.3 million square foot Yankees Stadium is owned by NYCIDA, subject to a long-term lease from the city of New York, but was built by the company.
By Mark Lamport-Stokes Aug 29 (Reuters) - United States Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III says he will take a leaf out of 2008 skipper Paul Azinger's book before he announces his four wildcard picks for this year's competition against holders Europe. Azinger, the most recent U.S. captain to achieve success against Europe, wanted his players to have "a vested interest" in their team at Valhalla eight years ago and he relied on the input of the automatic qualifiers for his wildcard selections. Love, who will choose three of his captain's picks after the BMW Championship on Sept. 11 and his final selection two weeks later after the Tour Championship, plans to follow suit for the three-day event at Hazeltine, Minnesota that starts on Sept. 30.
Twice major winner Martin Kaymer has urged European captain Darren Clarke to pick Belgian Thomas Pieters on Tuesday as one of his three wildcard choices for next month's Ryder Cup at Hazeltine, Minnesota. Pieters is in red-hot form after winning the Made In Denmark event on Sunday, finishing second at the preceding Czech Masters and claiming fourth place at this month's Rio Olympics. "If I would be the captain he would be my pick for sure because he brings something special to the team," Kaymer told Sky Sports television after playing alongside the 24-year-old in the final round in Denmark.
By John Irish PARIS (Reuters) - Frank McCourt, former owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, said on Monday he had entered exclusive negotiations to buy Olympique de Marseille and vowed to restore the club to their former glories. Billionaire businesswoman Margarita Louis-Dreyfus, the Russian-born chairwoman of Louis Dreyfus Commodities trading house, said in April she was looking for a buyer for the Ligue 1 side. "Margarita and I just executed a contract for us to buy OM, the greatest football club in the French league and one of the best in the world," McCourt told a news conference alongside Louis-Dreyfus and Marseille mayor Jean-Claude Gaudin.
(Reuters) - Ayako Uehara became the fourth golfer in LPGA history to record two hole-in-ones in the same tournament when the Japanese player aced the par-three eighth in her final round at the Canadian Women's Open on Sunday. Another highlight of Uehara's final round five-under 67 was a hole-out for an eagle from 150 yards on the par-four fourth. "It turned out to be a really memorable tournament," said Uehara, who finished a season-high tied for 10th at 12-under 276, 11 adrift of runaway winner Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand.
Colin Kaepernick says he will continue to boycott the US national anthem during National Football League games as a protest over the treatment of blacks in America. The San Francisco 49ers quarterback is refusing to stand while the Star-Spangled Banner is played prior to the opening kickoff of pre-season games. "Yes, I'll continue to sit," Kaepernick told the US media on Sunday.
* Reed beats Grillo, O'Hair by one * Secures fifth PGA Tour victory * Goes to top of playoff standings (Adds more details, quotes) NEW YORK, Aug 28 (Reuters) - Patrick Reed ended a frustrating run when he survived two late bogeys to clinch a one-stroke victory at The Barclays on Sunday. Reed carded a closing 70 to finish on nine-under 275 at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale on New York's Long Island. Fellow American Sean O'Hair (66) and Argentine Emiliano Grillo (69) were joint second on eight-under.
Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn closed with a 12-foot birdie putt to easily win the Canadian Women's Open by four strokes and post her fifth victory of 2016. The 20-year-old Ariya entered the final round with a two-shot lead and never wavered as she stormed to victory on the Priddis Greens course in Calgary, Alberta. Ariya, of Bangkok, also kept her perfect 54-hole record intact as she has won each time she has led this year heading into the fourth round.
Patrick Reed clinched a spot on the American Ryder Cup team when he won The Barclays on Sunday and immediately set his sights on gaining "sweet revenge" when the U.S. take on Europe in five weeks' time. Reed arrived in New York occupying eighth position on the points list for the biennial match against Europe and booked his place with victory at Bethpage Black, jumping to fourth in the standings. Rickie Fowler did not fare as well.
* Eight Americans qualify automatically * Reed one of five returning from 2014 * Fowler, Watson miss out (Recasts, add quotes, details) NEW YORK, Aug 28 (Reuters) - Patrick Reed clinched a spot on the American Ryder Cup team when he won The Barclays on Sunday and immediately set his sights on gaining "sweet revenge" when the U.S. take on Europe in five weeks' time. Reed arrived in New York occupying eighth position on the points list for the biennial match against Europe and booked his place with victory at Bethpage Black, jumping to fourth in the standings. Rickie Fowler did not fare as well.
(Reuters) - Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn notched her fifth victory inside four months when she powered to a four-stroke triumph at the Canadian Women's Open in Alberta on Sunday. Nine days after a knee injury forced her to withdraw during the Rio Olympics, the 20-year-old carded a closing 66, punctuating her dominant performance with a six-foot birdie at the last at the Priddis Greens course in Calgary. Ariya, who started the day with a two-shot lead over Chun In-gee, credited her recent success to a newfound calmness on the course.
Patrick Reed came from behind to win The Barclays on Sunday to claim his fifth USPGA Tour title and a spot on the American Ryder Cup team. The 26-year-old Reed caught and passed 54-hole leader Rickie Fowler who stumbled to the finish by playing his final four holes in three over. Fowler failed to make the US team and will have to rely on a captain's pick when Davis Love makes his final four selections in the coming weeks.
Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn notched her fifth victory inside four months when she powered to a four-stroke triumph at the Canadian Women's Open in Alberta on Sunday. Nine days after a knee injury forced her to withdraw during the Rio Olympics, the 20-year-old carded a closing 66, punctuating her dominant performance with a six-foot birdie at the last at the Priddis Greens course in Calgary. Ariya, who started the day with a two-shot lead over Chun In-gee, credited her recent success to a newfound calmness on the course.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Patrick Reed clinched a spot on the United States Ryder Cup team when he won The Barclays on Sunday but Rickie Fowler missed out on automatic selection after a late meltdown. Reed arrived in New York occupying eighth position on the points list for the biennial matches against Europe and booked his place with victory at Bethpage Black. Fowler did not fare as well. ...
Patrick Reed survived a couple of late bogeys to clinch a one-stroke victory at The Barclays on Sunday. Reed carded a closing 70 to finish on nine-under 275 at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale on New York's Long Island. Fellow American Sean O'Hair (66) and Argentine Emiliano Grillo (69) were joint second on eight-under.
Aug 28 (Gracenote) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Barclays Classic at the par-71 course on Sunday in Farmingdale, New York -9 Patrick Reed (U.S.) 66 68 71 70 -8 Emiliano Grillo (Argentina) 67 69 71 69 Sean O'Hair (U.S.) 69 69 72 66 -7 Jason Day (Australia) 68 70 70 69 Adam Scott (Australia) 69 72 65 71 Gary Woodland (U.S.) 71 69 68 69 -6 Jason Kokrak (U.S.) 74 66 69 69 Ryan Moore (U.S.) 69 68 72 69 Rickie Fowler (U.S.) 67 69 68 74 -5 Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 71 67 72 69 Justin Thomas (U.S.) 71 71 66 71 -4 Tony Finau (U.S.) 72 70 67 71 -3 Ryan Palmer (U.S.) 71 68 70 72 Billy Horschel (U.S. ...
(Adds quotes) Aug 28 (Reuters) - Belgian Thomas Pieters birdied the last three holes to card a final-round 65 and win the Made in Denmark title on Sunday, boosting his hopes of a place in Europe's Ryder Cup team. After a four-hour weather delay, the in-form 24-year-old finished on 17 under par, one shot ahead of Briton Bradley Dredge, to secure his third European Tour title in the last year. Pieters, fourth in the Olympics and runner-up in the Czech Masters last week, is hoping to be named as a wildcard in European captain Darren Clarke's team to play the United States in the Ryder Cup in Minnesota starting on Sept. 30.
In a case that has emerged as a talking point in the U.S. presidential race, Darwin Sorrells Jr., 26, and Derren Sorrells, 22, are facing charges of first-degree murder and attempted murder in the death of Nykea Aldridge, a 32-year-old mother of four, police said. Aldridge was hit when the suspects opened fire at the intended target, a driver of a car who told authorities he worked for Uber and was dropping off passengers. Darwin Sorrells was sentenced to six years in prison in 2013 on a gun charge but was "let out early," police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said on Twitter on Sunday.
Farsø (Denmark) (AFP) - Thomas Pieters birdied the last three holes to claim a one-shot victory in the Made in Denmark event in Farso on Sunday. The Belgian's excellence gives European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke a headache, with the Northern Irishman to name his wildcard picks by Tuesday. Pieters carded a six-under-par 65 to take his third European Tour title on 17 under par overall.
Aug 28 (Gracenote) - Scores from the European Tour Made in Denmark at the par-71 course on Sunday in Farso -17 Thomas Pieters (Belgium) 62 71 69 65 -16 Bradley Dredge (Britain) 63 66 72 67 -15 David Lipsky (U.S. ...
Reigning British Open champion Ariya Jutanugarn has continued her breakout year form by firing a five-under 67 to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Canadian Women's Open. The 20-year-old from Thailand is making a bid for her fifth victory of 2016 after finishing 54 holes on the Priddis Greens Country Club course at 17-under 199. Ariya said following her third round on Saturday that she doesn't watch the leaderboard.
American Olympic team mates Rickie Fowler and Patrick Reed will have one eye on victory and another on the Ryder Cup in the final round of The Barclays on New York's Long Island on Sunday. Fowler has a one-stroke lead over his compatriot after Saturday's third round in the first of four events making up the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoff series. Extending his bogey-free streak to 45 holes, Fowler sank a four-foot birdie at the last to edge ahead with a three-under 68 on the tough Bethpage Black course in Farmingdale.