World number two Jordan Spieth fired a four-under-par 66 to stand second in the clubhouse at the storm-hit US PGA Dean and Deluca Invitational. "Really made the most of the round," said Spieth, a back-nine starter who birdied four of the first five holes after making the turn. American Webb Simpson fired a 67 to cling to the clubhouse lead at 8-under 132 with Spieth one shot adrift.
By Jessica DiNapoli NEW YORK (Reuters) - This weekend, the Oklahoma City Thunder stands one game away from clinching a surprising spot in the NBA finals. At stake is a roughly 20 percent interest in the Thunder held by Aubrey McClendon, the indebted Oklahoma energy magnate who died in a car crash on March 2. Some of McClendon's creditors want a say over how the stake will be disposed of by his estate, viewing the basketball team as one of his few assets of value, according to a copy of a transcript from a May 13 hearing in probate court.
(Reuters) - Ariya Jutanugarn, targeting a third straight LPGA Tour victory, splashed a long bunker shot for a tap-in birdie at the final hole to earn a two-shot lead after two rounds of the inaugural Volvik Championship in Michigan on Friday. Ariya, who began one shot behind overnight leader Christina Kim, made nine pars on the front side, before clicking into gear after the turn to shoot 68 for an 11-under-par 133 halfway total at Travis Pointe Country Club in Ann Arbor. Coming off back-to-back wins at the Yokohama Tire Classic and Kingsmill Championship, Ariya played with world number one Lydia Ko of New Zealand, who posted her second successive 71 for 142.
Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn, seeking her third consecutive victory this month, fired a four-under par 68 to seize a two-shot lead after the second round of the LPGA Volvik Championship. "Today was pretty good," Ariya said. South Korea's Ryu So-Yeon and Americans Marina Alex and Christina Kim shared second on 135 with Italy's Giulia Molinaro and Americans Jessica Korda and Brittany Lincicome next on 137.
(Reuters) - Tiger Woods will not play next week's Memorial tournament in Ohio after failing to enter by the deadline Friday afternoon. Unless Woods enters the St. Jude Classic in Memphis in two weeks, an event he has never played, he would go into the year's second major championship without having played competitively in 10 months. Woods has not played since undergoing microdiscectomy back surgery last September, and has continually maintained he would not return to action until he was ready.
Masters champion Danny Willett, Korea's YE Yang and Scott Hend from Australia were tied for the lead after two rounds of the European PGA Championship at Wentworth on Friday. Yang, who beat Tiger Woods in the 2009 US PGA Championship, was the last to join the group at the top of the leaderboard when he got up and down from a bunker on the par-five 18th to finish on 10-under par 134 for the 36 holes. Hend eagled the same hole to take his place alongside Willett and Yang after turning in a 69 to add to a 65 on Thursday which saw him share the first round lead with Yang and Joost Luiten.
May 27 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the European Tour PGA Championship at the par-72 course on Friday in Wentworth. The cut was set at 145. -10 Scott Hend (Australia) 65 69 Yang Yong-Eun (Korea) 65 69 Danny Willett (Britain) 66 68 -9 Jaco Van Zyl (South Africa) 67 68 -6 Jorge Campillo (Spain) 71 67 -5 Peter Hanson (Sweden) 70 69 Robert Dinwiddie (Britain) 70 69 Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spain) 71 68 Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Thailand) 68 71 Joost Luiten (Netherlands) 65 74 -4 Richard Bland (Britain) 71 69 Jamie Lovemark (U.S. ...
A 107-year-old woman who danced at the White House with first lady Michelle Obama has attended her first Major League Baseball game, making an appearance at the Washington Nationals' stadium where she posed for photos on the field, a team spokesman said. South Carolina-born Virginia McLaurin watched the Nationals take on the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday in Washington, D.C., where she lives, Chris Browne of the Nationals said in an email.
(Updates after Yang, Hend finish) By Tony Jimenez VIRGINIA WATER, England, May 27 (Reuters) - Danny Willett veered from the sublime to the ridiculous, following a record 29 on the front nine with an inward half of 39 as he shared the second-round lead at the BMW PGA Championship on Friday. The U.S. Masters winner surged to the top of the leaderboard alongside South Korean Yang Yong-eun (69) and Scott Hend (69) of Australia after a scintillating burst of scoring on another sunny day at Wentworth that yielded six birdies in seven holes to the ninth. The journey home was a completely different story, though, as Willett frittered away stroke after stroke before a birdie at the long 18th gave him a four-under-par 68 and a 10-under tally of 134 at the European Tour's flagship event.
By Tony Jimenez VIRGINIA WATER, England (Reuters) - Europe's Ryder Cup skipper Darren Clarke was clearly not looking for 'yes-men' when he was deciding who to choose as his vice-captains for the matches against United States in September. Honesty from his backroom staff will be the order of the day for the cup holders at Hazeltine, Minnesota and Clarke believes Thomas Bjorn, Padraig Harrington and Paul Lawrie will provide exactly what he wants. You want honesty from your vice-captains, you want them to tell you exactly what they are thinking." Clarke is planning to add two more deputies to his backroom staff by the time of the British Open at Royal Troon in mid-July.
By Tony Jimenez VIRGINIA WATER, England, May 27 (Reuters) - Europe's Ryder Cup skipper Darren Clarke was clearly not looking for 'yes-men' when he was deciding who to choose as his vice-captains for the matches against United States in September. Honesty from his backroom staff will be the order of the day for the cup holders at Hazeltine, Minnesota and Clarke believes Thomas Bjorn, Padraig Harrington and Paul Lawrie will provide exactly what he wants. You want honesty from your vice-captains, you want them to tell you exactly what they are thinking." Clarke is planning to add two more deputies to his backroom staff by the time of the British Open at Royal Troon in mid-July.
By Tony Jimenez VIRGINIA WATER, England (Reuters) - Padraig Harrington, Thomas Bjorn and Paul Lawrie will serve as assistant captains when Europe defend the Ryder Cup against the United States in September. Skipper Darren Clarke made the announcement at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on Friday and said he was planning to appoint two more deputies later in the season. Irishman Harrington, 44, who has featured in six Ryder Cups as a player, was also a vice-captain under Paul McGinley when Europe won by 16 1/2 points to 11 1/2 at Gleneagles, Scotland two years ago.
Stephen Curry scored 31 points as the defending champion Golden State Warriors kept their record-setting season alive with a 120-111 win over Oklahoma City in game five of their Western Conference playoff. "We did what we are supposed to the do -- win at home," said Curry. After a record-setting 73 regular season wins, desperation set in for Golden State on Thursday as they trimmed the Thunder's lead to 3-2 in the series.
(Reuters) - Andrew Bogut responded to his coach's challenge with a big game for the Golden State Warriors as they kept alive their NBA season on Thursday. Before Game Five of their Western Conference final against Oklahoma City, Steve Kerr said he needed his Australian center to stay out of foul trouble early and contribute more minutes to his team's waning hopes of winning consecutive championships. Bogut came through, picking up just one foul in the first half and three the entire game, playing an important role in the Warriors' 120-111 victory that sends the series back to Oklahoma with the Thunder leading 3-2 going into Saturday's Game Six.
(The Sports Xchange) - Andre Iguodala and Harrison Barnes bombed in 3-pointers on consecutive possessions during an eight-point flurry that opened a 12-point lead early in the fourth quarter, and the Golden State Warriors held on from there to stay alive in the Western Conference finals with a 120-111 victory over the Oklahoma Thunder on Thursday night. The victory trimmed Golden State's deficit in the best-of-seven to 3-2, with the series returning to Oklahoma City for another possible close-out game for the Thunder on Saturday night. Stephen Curry poured in 31 points, going 10-for-10 from the free-throw line, as the Warriors overcame a 40-point explosion by Thunder star Kevin Durant to keep their hopes of a title repeat alive.
Bryce Molder, seeking his first US PGA title in five years, fired a bogey-free six-under par 64 to grab a one-shot lead after Thursday's opening round of the Dean and Deluca Invitational. The 37-year-old American, whose only tour triumph came at the 2011 Frys.com Open, birdied his last four holes at Colonial to grab a one-stroke lead over compatriots Patrick Reed and Webb Simpson and India's Anirban Lahiri at Fort Worth, Texas. "I got some good looks late," said Molder, who began on the 10th tee and opened with nine pars.
(Reuters) - Red-hot Ariya Jutanugarn put herself in prime position in pursuit of a third successive LPGA victory as she fired an opening seven-under 65 at the inaugural PGA Volvik Championship in Michigan on Thursday. Ariya did not even carry a driver in her bag, but that did not stop her from bagging seven birdies in a bogey-free round that put her one stroke behind LPGA veteran Christina Kim, who has served as a friend and mentor to the 20-year-old Thai, who at one point missed 10 cuts in a row in her rookie season. "I think that for her it was just a matter of breaking the shell and getting over that first hump and getting that first win, and she is going to be just an absolute world beater." Ariya, coming off back-to-back wins at the Yokohama Tire Classic and Kingsmill Championship, echoed a mutual admiration for Kim, whose first of three LPGA titles came in 2003.
(Reuters) - Bryce Molder wielded a red-hot putter on near-perfect greens, finishing with a four-birdie flurry to take a one-shot lead in Thursday's opening round of the Colonial tournament in Fort Worth, Texas. The 37-year-old American sank an 11-footer at the sixth, a 20-footer at the seventh, an 11-footer at the eighth and an 18-footer at the par-four ninth, his final hole, to shoot a flawless six-under 64 at Colonial Country Club. India's Anirban Lahiri, and Americans Patrick Reed and Webb Simpson, opened with 65s while the ominous figure of world number two and local favorite Jordan Spieth lurked just three strokes off the pace after carding 67.
Bryce Molder wielded a red-hot putter on near-perfect greens, finishing with a four-birdie flurry to take a one-shot lead in Thursday's opening round of the Colonial tournament in Fort Worth, Texas. The 37-year-old American sank an 11-footer at the sixth, a 20-footer at the seventh, an 11-footer at the eighth and an 18-footer at the par-four ninth, his final hole, to shoot a flawless six-under 64 at Colonial Country Club. India's Anirban Lahiri, and Americans Patrick Reed and Webb Simpson, opened with 65s while the ominous figure of world number two and local favourite Jordan Spieth lurked just three strokes off the pace after carding 67.
American Christina Kim fired an eight-under par 64 to seize a one-stroke lead over Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn after Thursday's first round of the LPGA Volvik Championship. The 32-year-old Californian made seven birdies and an eagle against a lone bogey in the debut event at Ann Arbor, Michigan, to grab the lead. Kim seeks her fourth career LPGA victory and her first since the 2014 Lorena Ochoa Invitational.
Nearly two dozen spelunkers safely made their way out of a Kentucky cave where they had been trapped on Thursday due to flooding, police said. Kentucky State Police said 19 Clemson University students and four tour guides entered the Hidden River Cave around 10 a.m. in the small city of Horse Cave, some 80 miles south of Louisville. Police said around 3 p.m. the group decided to make their way out of the cave, and the tour guides were able to lead everyone to safety within an hour and a half.
Atlanta Braves outfielder Hector Olivera was suspended for 82 games Thursday by Major League Baseball for violating its domestic violence policy in an incident last month. The 31-year-old Cuban, who helped his Communist homeland to Olympic gold in 2008 at Beijing, defected in 2014 and last year signed a six-year deal worth $62.5 million with the Los Angeles Dodgers, who traded him to the Braves last July. Olivera, who will not appeal the suspension, was the third player punished under the major league's domestic abuse policy and received by far the longest ban after being arrested in an incident involving a woman in Arlington, Virginia, near where the team was playing the Washington Nationals.
(Reuters) - The Kansas City International Airport was evacuated briefly on Thursday over a tornado warning, airport officials said, a day after tornadoes destroyed or damaged nearly 30 homes in neighboring Kansas. Airport staff evacuated the Missouri terminals and led travelers into tunnels to the parking garages after the National Weather Service (NWS) issued the tornado warning, airport spokesman Joe McBride said. The incident lasted around 20 minutes, before the all clear was given and people were led back into the terminals at the airport, he said.
Allen Darrell Wade was found guilty on Monday on all charges related to the deaths, including two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of robbery and three counts of theft. Alleghany County District Attorney spokesman Mike Manko said Wade was sentenced by a jury to two consecutive life terms with 30 to 60 years added on after they were deadlocked in their deliberations surrounding the death penalty. Wade's attorney, Lisa Phillips, could not be immediately reached for comment.
Australian Scott Hend, South Korea's YE Yang, the 2009 US PGA winner, and Joost Luiten of the Netherlands were in a three-way tie at the top of the leaderboard after the first round of the European PGA Championship at Wentworth on Thursday. The trio shot seven-under par rounds of 65 but Masters champion Danny Willett, on his first appearance in England since his Augusta triumph, was on their tail only one shot back after a 66. Also in the mix were Jaco van Zyl from South Africa, another Englishman in Robert Rock and Australian Richard Green, who all fired 67s.
NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James led selections named Thursday for the All-NBA First Team announced by the league. Curry, who sparked the Warriors to last year's NBA crown and the best record in league history this season at 73-9, was a unanimous pick with all 129 voters in a media panel that decided the lineup. James, trying to reach the NBA Finals for the sixth season in a row, was selected to the All-NBA First Team for the 10th time, matching the second-most appearances on the list in league history, with 125 votes.
The Baltimore Ravens were fined and docked three days of off-season practice time by the NFL on Thursday after a workout violation of wearing pads during a mini-camp for rookies. The amount of the fines to the team and coach John Harbaugh was not disclosed. The Ravens will cancel next week's planned June 1-3 organized team activities, but they still will have seven such workout sessions as well as full mini-camp and training camp practice sessions for players.
By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Baylor University has removed Kenneth Starr as president and will fire head football coach Art Briles after an independent report found administrators mishandled sexual abuse cases involving football players, the school announced on Thursday. The investigation found examples of actions by administrators at Baylor, the world's largest Baptist university, that directly discouraged students from reporting sexual assaults. In one case, the actions included retaliating against a complainant for reporting a sexual assault.
(Reuters) - Retired quarterback Peyton Manning and four other players named in an Al Jazeera America report that linked them to performance-enhancing drugs will soon meet with the NFL, according to a report on the NFL's website on Thursday. Manning, who was the most prominent of the names mentioned in the December report, and four active players will meet with league officials "sometime next month," NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart was quoted as saying in the report. Manning, who helped the Denver Broncos win a Super Bowl in February and retired a month later, has denied accusations made in the documentary that he took human growth hormone while recovering from neck surgery in 2011.
(Reuters) - Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has played down suggestions that point guard Stephen Curry is nursing an injury that is hampering his performances in the Western Conference Finals. The Warriors, who set an NBA record of 73 wins in the regular season, trail the best-of-seven series 3-1 against the Oklahoma City Thunder, who have overpowered the defending champions. Curry injured his right knee last month and website Yahoo Sports, citing an unnamed source, reported early on Wednesday the reigning Most Valuable Player is no more than 70 percent healthy, though Kerr later dismissed the report.
The reigning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots filed a federal court brief Wednesday asking the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals to hear Tom Brady's "Deflategate" suspension appeal. Brady faces a four-game ban at the start of the 2016 NFL campaign for the quarterback's supposed role in the underinflating of footballs for the 2015 American Conference championship game. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell imposed the four-game ban on Brady last year following a league investigation that declared Brady was generally aware of the lower than regulation air pressure in balls used by the Patriots in the playoff contest.
LeBron James tallied 23 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers moved within one victory of reaching the NBA finals with a 116-78 blowout home triumph over the Toronto Raptors. James, who is seeking his sixth straight appearance in the NBA championship series, also had six rebounds and eight assists for the Cavaliers, who lead the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals three games to two. Kyrie Irving added 23 points in the Cavaliers' most lopsided playoff victory in franchise history, eclipsing their 31-point victory at home in the series opener.
(Reuters) - Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta's phenomenal streak of consistency put him in the record books on Wednesday. Arrieta, the reigning National League Cy Young winner, tossed five innings to lead Chicago to a 9-8 victory over St. Louis, their 23rd successive regular season win in a game started by the right hander. "He's on a nice run now, a historic run," Cubs manager Joe Maddon told reporters.
(The Sports Xchange) - LeBron James had 23 points, eight assists and six rebounds, and Kevin Love returned to form with 25 points as the Cavaliers dismantled the Toronto Raptors in a 116-78 win on Wednesday that gives Cleveland a 3-2 series lead in the Eastern Conference finals. Kyrie Irving added 23 points in the Cavaliers' most lopsided playoff win in franchise history -- surpassing their 31-point victory at home in Game One of this series. The Cavs have outscored the Raptors by 88 points in their three home games.
(Reuters) - A bill to end sales taxes on tampons and sanitary napkins received final approval from New York lawmakers on Wednesday and is headed to the governor, who voiced strong support of the legislation. Several other states have already enacted such exemptions as a movement builds against a tax that critics say unjustly targets women. The New York State Senate on Wednesday unanimously passed the bill, which exempts feminine hygiene products like sanitary napkins, tampons, and panty liners from the state's sales and compensating use tax.
Second-ranked Park In-Bee will fight through left thumb pain at this week's LPGA Volvik Championship to prepare for the next major event and reach the International Golf Hall of Fame. The South Korean star, who completed a career Grand Slam last year, has battled a left thumb injury for months, one that forced her to withdraw from last week's Kingsmill Championship.
Reigning US Open champion Jordan Spieth has tried to relax ahead of Thursday's start of the US PGA's event at Colonial, hoping to find his form and put recent struggles behind him. The world number two from Texas stumbled in the final round last Sunday at the Byron Nelson Championship after lurking one shot off the lead after 36 and 54 holes at his hometown event. Add to that a missed cut at the Players Championship and a back-nine Sunday meltdown that cost him a repeat Masters crown last month at Augusta National and it's easy to understand why he's seeking to find the fun and shake swing problems at the Dean and Deluca International in Fort Worth, Texas.
A former National Basketball Association player famed for delivering a devastating punch during a 1977 on-court fight has been arrested and charged with fraud in conspiracy with a National Football League Hall of Famer, U.S. prosecutors said on Wednesday. A grand jury indictment alleges retired basketball player Kermit Washington, 64, defrauded donors, eBay, PayPal and the Internal Revenue Service for nearly three years by persuading people, including former professional athletes, to make donations to Project Contact Africa, a charity he had founded. Ron Mix, a professional football Hall of Famer who played most of his career with the San Diego Chargers, pleaded guilty on Monday to one count of filing a false tax return in connection with the case, prosecutors said in a statement.
Joakim Noah has told teammates in recent weeks that he is finished playing for the Chicago Bulls, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Wednesday, saying he has no faith in team executives. This past season, the Bulls went 42-40, two games behind the Detroit Pistons for the last playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. The report said Noah did not cite his early season tension with first-year Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg as part of the reason he was looking to leave.
Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley backed off comments saying humans should not play American football, calling his earlier remarks "a poor choice of words" in a statement Wednesday. Whaley was asked Tuesday on Buffalo radio station WGR-550 if Bills receiver Sammy Watkins is injury-prone. Watkins is expected to be out of pre-season exhibition games with a broken left foot.