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10ThingstoSeeSports - Crystal Palace's Fraizer Campbell, left, competes for the ball with Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois during their English Premier League soccer match at Selhurst Park, London, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland, File)Here's a look at some of the defining moments, exciting scenes, triumphs and defeats from the world of sports.


Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) greets San Diego Chargers coach Mike McCoy after an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in Denver. The Broncos won 35-21. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide


Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark hits a return to Serena Williams of the U.S. during their WTA Finals singles semi-final tennis match at the Singapore Indoor StadiumBy Julian Linden SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A glutton for punishment or a woman on a mission? Either way, Caroline Wozniacki has no intentions of putting her feet up just yet after her last tennis match of the season. Rather than take an immediate break after losing to Serena Williams at the WTA Finals on Saturday, Wozniacki is already looking ahead to another sporting challenge -- her first marathon. The Dane has been pounding the streets for months to prepare herself for the ultimate test of endurance, which she will undertake at the New York marathon on Nov. 2. ...


Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark watches his tee shot during the second round of the British Open Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake(Reuters) - Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark appeared set to end a two-year trophy drought by carving out a three-stroke lead after the penultimate round of the Perth International on Saturday. The 24-year-old, who won his first and only European Tour title in Sicily two years ago, carded a five-under-par 67 in the third round for a total of 16-under. South Korean Kim Si-hwan, who is fighting to keep his European Tour card, was on 13-under followed by England's James Morrison at third, a further stroke behind. ...


Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark hits a shot during the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, KentuckyDenmark's Thorbjorn Olesen will take a three-shot lead into Sunday's final round of the Perth International as he looks for his first win in two years at Lake Karrinyup. Olesen fired a five-under 67 in Saturday's hird round and leads the European Tour co-sanctioned tournament at 16-under 200 from South Korean Sihwan Kim. "It's been a couple of years since I won, so definitely I'll feel the nerves," said Olesen, whose only main tour success came at the 2012 Sicilian Open. "I've been in contention in big tournaments and I know how it feels," added Olesen, who finished sixth at The Masters in 2013.


MLB: World Series-Kansas City Royals at San Francisco GiantsBy Larry Fine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The Kansas City Royals followed their formula for success to perfection turning a tight game over to their "monstrous" bullpen to beat the San Francisco Giants on Friday and seize the upper hand in the World Series. After each team claimed a lopsided win in the first two games of the best-of-seven, Game Three was a 3-2 nailbiter that gave the visitors a 2-1 lead in the series. The pivotal victory was preserved by four hitless innings thrown by Royals relievers. ...


By Larry Fine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The San Francisco Giants hope to be able to draw on their experience in the 2012 postseason as they battle to overcome a 2-1 deficit to the Kansas City Royals in the World Series. The 3-2 loss on Friday gave the visiting Royals a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven. Teams winning Game Three in a World Series that was tied 1-1 have gone on to win two-thirds of the time. "It was a good battle," said Giants right-fielder Hunter Pence. "We just got to keep plugging away. That's the game of baseball. ...
By Larry Fine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Kansas City manager Ned Yost could barely wait to unleash his scariest weapon, the remarkable set of relievers who preserved the lead to give the Royals the upper hand in the World Series on Friday. "Monstrous," Royals manager Ned Yost said about his bullpen after the 3-2 victory gave Kansas City a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Major League Baseball championship. "The key factor in all of this for us is timely hitting, great defense, really solid starting pitching, but dynamic back of the bullpen. ...

Gregor Blanco of the San Francisco Giants is out as he dives into first base as Eric Hosmer of the Kansas City Royals catches the ball during Game Three of the 2014 World Series at AT&T Park on October 24, 2014 in San Francisco, CaliforniaThe Kansas City Royals edged the San Francisco Giants 3-2 on Friday to grab the upper hand in the 110th World Series. The Royals won their second straight game to take a 2-1 lead in Major League Baseball's best-of-seven championship final, and will try to take a stranglehold on the series in game four on Saturday. Lorenzo Cain, Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer all delivered run-scoring hits for the Royals.


Russell Henley tees off on the 8th hole during the second round of The McGladrey Classic at Sea Island's Seaside Course on October 24, 2014 in Sea Island, GeorgiaAmerican Russell Henley vaulted into the lead at the PGA Tour's McGladrey Classic after carding a seven-under 63 on Friday at the Seaside Course. Henley moved one shot in front of the field as he finished two rounds at nine-under-par 131. I got one or two nice breaks and felt good with the putter so it was a nice round," Henley said. Brian Harman, who shared the first-round lead with Erik Compton, Will Mackenzie and Michael Thompson, posted a three-under 67 in round two.


Joe Maddon of the Tampa Bay Rays watches from the dugout during their game against the Baltimore Orioles, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, on September 5, 2014Joe Maddon, who led Tampa Bay Rays to a World Series berth in 2008, has stepped down after almost a decade at the helm, the Major League Baseball club said. The long-time manager's exit came after Maddon exercised an opt-out clause in his contract. The 60-year-old presided over the Rays during their most successful period in the franchise's 17-year history. It followed the departure of longtime executive Andrew Friedman, who was hired by the Los Angeles Dodgers last week.


PGA of America President Ted Bishop, pictured during the PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton, Bermuda, on October 15, 2014Palm Beach Gardens (United States) (AFP) - Ted Bishop has been sacked as president of the PGA of America, less than a day after he branded Ian Poulter a "lil girl" on Twitter.


Jimmy Rollins of the Philadelphia Phillies has long supported J-Roll's Aces, a charitable ticket program, and the J-Roll's Readers program, each of which is dedicated to directly working with and enhancing the lives of inner-city studentsPhillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins and White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko received the Clemente Award, the first time two players have shared US baseball's prestigious honor for community service. The two were presented with the award shortly before the start of game three of the World Series, Major League Baseball's best-of-seven championship final featuring the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals. Rollins has long supported J-Roll's Aces, a charitable ticket program, and the J-Roll's Readers program, each of which is dedicated to directly working with and enhancing the lives of inner-city students. During his time in Philadelphia, he has also hosted major fundraisers to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, Prevent Child Abuse, Pennsylvania, The Food Trust, SHARE Food Program and St. Christopher's Foundation for Children, raising more than $1 million.


(The Sports Xchange) - The Philadelphia 76ers obtained guard Marquis Teague and a 2019 second-round draft pick in a trade with the Brooklyn Nets on Friday for guard Casper Ware. Reports indicated that the Nets were likely to waive Ware, who played in nine games for the 76ers last season and averaged 5.3 points and 1.1 assists. The 21-year-old Teague had 10 points, four assists and six turnovers in Brooklyn's final preseason game on Wednesday night in Boston. - - - Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo is out indefinitely after suffering a facial fracture in practice Thursday. ...

MLB: Kansas City Royals at Chicago White SoxSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Former Chicago White Sox player Paul Konerko and Jimmy Rollins of the Philadelphia Phillies were named co-winners of the Roberto Clemente Award on Friday for their community work. "Paul Konerko and Jimmy Rollins are two of baseball's great ambassadors and have long distinguished themselves as leaders both on the field and in their communities," said Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig said. "Their commitment to making a difference in the lives of children is a wonderful reflection of the legacy Roberto Clemente has left on our game and in society. ...


PGA: US PGA Championship-Final Round(Reuters) - PGA of America president Ted Bishop was removed from office on Friday by his board of directors for "insensitive gender-based statements" posted on social media at the expense of English golfer Ian Poulter. Bishop on Thursday referred to Poulter as a little girl because of critical remarks written by the Englishman about Nick Faldo and Tom Watson as Ryder Cup captains. ...


NFL: Cincinnati Bengals at San Diego Chargers(The Sports Xchange) - Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green was listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens after sitting out Friday's practice. Green has missed the past two games due to the toe injury he originally suffered in the Bengals' season-opening victory over the Ravens. The Bengals were hoping Green could return to give a jolt to an offense that began last week's game with eight consecutive three-and-outs and finished with 135 yards in a 27-0 loss. ...


* Bishop fired one month shy of term ending * PGA of America says its officers must 'lead by example' (Adds Bishop statement, paras 9-11) Oct 24 (Reuters) - PGA of America president Ted Bishop was removed from office on Friday by his board of directors for "insensitive gender-based statements" posted on social media at the expense of English golfer Ian Poulter. Bishop on Thursday referred to Poulter as a little girl because of critical remarks written by the Englishman about Nick Faldo and Tom Watson as Ryder Cup captains. ...

PGA: Deutsche Bank Championship-Final Round(Reuters) - Russell Henley is known for his ability to make birdies in bunches and he piled up eight of them as he surged into a one-shot lead in the second round of the $5.6 million McGladrey Classic at Sea Island in Georgia on Friday. Competing in his home state, the 25-year-old American picked up four shots in his last six holes to fire a best-of-the-week, seven-under-par 63 on the Seaside Course and seize control in the third event of the PGA Tour's 2014-15 season. Henley, bidding for his third career victory on the U.S. ...


New Jersey Governor Christie walks out after making remarks at a legal reform awards luncheon at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in WashingtonBy Steve Ginsburg and David Ingram (Reuters) - A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order on Friday blocking a New Jersey law that would have allowed legal betting on sporting events. U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp gave the order orally in court and planned to issue a written order later in the day, according to his chambers. The National Football League and other sports leagues sued on Monday in an attempt to block the law that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, signed a few days earlier. ...


(Reuters) - Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon has exercised an opt-out clause and has left the organization with one year remaining on his contract, the Major League Baseball team said on Friday. Maddon, 60, compiled a 754-705 record over nine seasons with the Rays, leading them to four postseason berths and the American League pennant in 2008. "We went back and forth a couple of times, and it didn’t want to work out,” Maddon told the Tampa Bay Times. "We were still too far apart." The Rays went 77-85 this season, finishing 19 games out of first place in the American League East. ...

NBA: Los Angeles Clippers-Media DayBy Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Emotionally battered after a racism scandal that left their previous owner Donald Sterling with a life ban, the Los Angeles Clippers can now script a fresh chapter as they aim to enhance their championship credentials. With former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer now in charge and shrewd head coach Doc Rivers back at the helm, the franchise will strive to go at least one better after being ousted in the second round of the playoffs last season. ...


(Reuters) - Following are brief profiles of the 15 teams in the National Basketball Association's Western Conference ahead of the2014-15 season. NORTHWEST DIVISION DENVER NUGGETS Founded: 1967 NBA titles: None Head coach: Brian Shaw 2013-14 record: 36-46 (Finished fourth in division, did not make playoffs) After missing the playoffs last season for the first time since 2003, the Nuggets are hoping to take a step forward with second-year coach Brian Shaw and some key acquisitions. ...
(Reuters) - Following are brief profiles of the 15 teams in the National Basketball Association's Eastern Conference ahead of the 2014-15 season. ATLANTIC DIVISION BOSTON CELTICS Founded: 1946 NBA titles: 17 (2008, 1986, 1984, 1981, 1976, 1974, 1969, 1968, 1966, 1965, 1964, 1963, 1962, 1961, 1960, 1959, 1957) Head coach: Brad Stevens 2013-14 record: 25-57 (Proud Celtics finish 12th in conference after a run of six seasons in playoffs) Sorry Celtics fans, no playoff for Boston -- again. That's hard to accept for a franchise with 17 titles, but the talent is not there. ...
(Reuters) - Key dates for the 2014-15 National Basketball Association season: Oct 28 - 2014-15 NBA season begins Nov 12 - Houston versus Minnesota in Mexico City Jan 15 - NY Knicks versus Milwaukee in London Feb 15 - NBA All-Star Game Feb 19 - Trade deadline Apr 15 - Last day of regular season Apr 15 - Playoffs begin (Compiled by Frank Pingue in Toronto, editing by Gene Cherry)
(Reuters) - Five storylines to follow during the 2014-15 National Basketball Association season: I'M COMING HOME: All seems in harmony again in the basketball universe as LeBron James returns home to gritty Cleveland and the Cavaliers after a four-year run with the Miami Heat that included two NBA crowns. Public enemy No. 1 in Cleveland after going on national TV in 2010 to say he was "taking my talents to South Beach," James received a hero's homecoming when he re-signed with the Cavs, ready to deliver the NBA title he failed to do during his first stint with the team. ...

NBA: Preseason-Chicago Bulls at Cleveland CavaliersBy Frank Pingue (Reuters) - After a tumultuous offseason that forced the National Basketball Association to confront the delicate issue of race, the league will usher in a new season starting next week that could prove to be one of the best in years. The defining story of the offseason could have been LeBron James's return to his home state's Cleveland Cavaliers, where the game's most popular player hopes to ease the pain from his defection in 2010, but instead racism dominated headlines. ...


This handout photo taken and released by the Asian Tour on October 24, 2014 shows Scott Hend of Australia hitting a shot during round two of the 2014 Venetian Macau Open in MacauMacao (AFP) - Defending champion Scott Hend shares the halfway lead at the Macau Open as the Australian bids for back-to-back wins after his victory at the Hong Kong Open last week.


MLB: World Series-WorkoutsBy Larry Fine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The World Series has a strong international flavor this year with the most surprising foreign-born participant the man calling the shots from the San Francisco Giants dugout, manager Bruce Bochy. Bochy was born in Landes de Bussac, France, where his father was stationed as a U.S. Army officer. Bochy grew up in Virginia and Florida before becoming the eighth French-born player ever in Major League Baseball as a catcher for the Houston Astros. The Giants manager only lived in France for his first two years but made a pilgrimage to get a sense of his roots. ...


(Updates after Williams reaches semi-finals) * Williams assured of year-end top ranking for fourth time * American qualifies for WTA Finals last four By John O'Brien SINGAPORE, Oct 24 (Reuters) - Serena Williams clinched the year-end world number one ranking for the fourth time without hitting a ball on Friday after Maria Sharapova, the only woman with any chance of overtaking her, was eliminated from the WTA Finals. ...

Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts as she plays against Simona Halep of Romania during their WTA Finals singles tennis match at the Singapore Indoor StadiumBy John O'Brien SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Serena Williams clinched the year-end world number one ranking for the fourth time without hitting a ball on Friday after Maria Sharapova, the only woman with any chance of overtaking her, was eliminated from the WTA Finals. Needing to win in straight sets to stand any chance of advancing to the semi-finals, Sharapova lost the second set of her match against Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska at Singapore's Indoor Stadium, ending her slim hopes of leapfrogging Williams for the top spot. ...


Oct 24 (Reuters) - Peter Whiteford's battle to secure his European Tour card could not affect his game as the 34-year-old Scot fired a six-under-par 66 to grab a one-shot halfway stage lead at the Perth International on Friday. With the top 111 players on the order of merit on Sunday confirmed to keep their cards for next season, Whiteford, currently 149th, needs at least a top-two finish in Perth. He took a firm step forward towards doing that by matching his first-round score to get to 12-under, one shot ahead of overnight joint leader Thorbjorn Olesen, who carded a 69. ...

Tim Hudson of the San Francisco Giants pitches in the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Three of the National League Championship eries in San Francisco on October 14, 2014San Francisco pitcher Tim Hudson takes the mound on Friday as the Giants host Kansas City in game three of the World Series, a chance on baseball's biggest stage he once feared might never come. The 39-year-old right-hander has 16 seasons in Major League Baseball -- making 457 career starts for Oakland, Atlanta and San Francisco. In the early years, when playoff appearances were plentiful, he never doubted that he would one day pitch in a World Series.


Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning during the game against the San Diego Chargers on October 23, 2014 in DenverFive-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning added to his latest record by throwing three touchdown passes to Emmanuel Sanders in the Denver Broncos 35-21 victory over the San Diego Chargers. The win comes four days after quarterback Manning broke Brett Favre's record for most career touchdown passes in a 42-17 demolition of the San Francisco 49ers. Against the Chargers, Manning completed 25-of-35 passes for 286 yards and three touchdowns to bring his career National Football League touchdown total to 513.


Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash during a media day in El Segundo, California on September 29, 2014Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash may have played his last game in the NBA after being ruled out of the upcoming season because of a recurring back problem. The Lakers said Nash, 40, who has been strongly tipped to retire after the 2014-15 campaign, had been sidelined after meeting with team doctors who advised him to sit out the season. "As disappointed as we are for ourselves and our fans, we’re even more disappointed for Steve," said Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak on Thursday. "We know how hard he’s worked the last two years to try to get his body right for the rigours of the NBA, and how badly he wants to play, but unfortunately he simply hasn’t been able to get there up to this point in time.


NFL: San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos(Reuters) - Denver quarterback Peyton Manning added three more touchdowns to his career record as the Broncos beat the San Diego Padres 35-21 in a National Football League game on Thursday. Manning took his career touchdown total to 513, four days after overtaking Brett Favre as the leader on the all-time list. The Broncos won their fourth successive game and improved to 6-1, the best record in the AFC and tied for the best record in the league with the Dallas Cowboys. The Chargers fell to 5-3, second behind Denver in the AFC West. ...


By Larry Fine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The irresistible talents of the Kansas City Royals' outfielders may be tested by the inscrutable elements of San Francisco's quirky right field when the World Series resumes on Friday. Lorenzo Cain, Jarrod Dyson and Nori Aoki all had a cram course on Thursday's off-day in gauging caroms off the AT&T Park wall ahead of a Game Three that will snap a 1-1 tie in the best-of-seven championship. "It's tough," said center fielder Cain, who has been filling up a highlight reel with an array of diving catches this postseason. ...

Erik Compton plays his tee shot on the eighth hole during the second round of the Shriners Hospitals Open at TPC Summerlin on October 17, 2014Erik Compton started his day by putting on extra clothes to battle a morning chill but it didn't take him long to get hot once he teed off at The McGladrey Classic. The 34-year-old dual Norwegian-American rolled in birdies on his first two holes en route to a five-under 65 to grab a share of the lead with three others after the opening round at the $5.6-million US PGA Tour event in Georgia. Compton, a two-time heart transplant recipient, said he cut his pre-round warmup routine short at the Sea Island Resort course -- and it appeared to pay off. Compton was joined atop a crowded leaderboard by Brian Harman, Will MacKenzie and Michael Thompson, who set a 54-hole record at this event three years ago.


Jamal Crawford (L) of the Los Angeles Clippers is guarded by J.J. Hickson of the Denver Nuggets during their preseason game at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on October 18, 2014Expectations are high for the new-era Los Angeles Clippers, freed from the shadow that former owner Donald Sterling's racist remarks cast over last season's NBA playoff run. With Sterling expelled from the league and the NBA pressing him to sell, former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer swept to the rescue with a breathtaking $2 billion purchase of the club. Blake Griffin, the Clippers' exhilarating power forward, described Sterling -- whose rambling attempts at defending his actions featured large as the story unfolded -- as a "weird uncle" while Ballmer is "like a cool dad who gives you candy." Sterling might not be expected to get far with his remaining anti-trust lawsuit against the league, but in the wake of the scandal a whiff of racism has already affected another team, with Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson moving to sell his controlling interest in the team after racially charged remarks he made in an e-mail two years ago came to light.


NBA: Preseason-Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Lakers(Reuters) - Los Angeles Lakers' point guard Steve Nash will miss the entire 2014-15 season, the National Basketball Association team said on Thursday. Nash, 40, has battled a bad back and other injuries for years and the latest setback suggests the two-time NBA Most Valuable Player may have played his final game, though he has not announced his retirement. "Being on the court this season has been my top priority and it is disappointing to not be able to do that right now," the Canadian said in a statement. ...


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