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Ex-NFL star 'swore on his baby's life' he didn't commit murder

By Daniel Lovering FALL River, Mass. (Reuters) - Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez insisted he had nothing to do with the shooting death of an acquaintance near his home when the team's owner and security director confronted him, a jury at his trial heard on Tuesday. Billionaire business magnate and Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Hernandez told him he was innocent of the June 20

Whan gets six-year contract extension as LPGA boss

Mike Whan has received a six-year contract extension to remain as LPGA commissioner that will keep him in the position through 2020, the tour's board of directors announced Tuesday. Since arriving in 2010 to a women's golf tour that had lost several tournaments and key sponsors, Whan has guided a rebound that has seen the LPGA grow from 23 events and $40 million in prize money to more than $60 m

China closes 66 'illegal' golf courses

China's Communist rulers have turned against the exclusive sport of golf with the government saying nearly 70 "illegal" courses have been closed, seemingly enforcing a decade-old ban for the first time. The announcement by the ministry of land and resources comes amid a high-profile anti-graft campaign spearheaded by President Xi Jinping, which has seen crackdowns on banquets, lavish gift-giving

Thunder's Durant undergoes successful foot surgery

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant underwent season-ending bone graft surgery Tuesday on his right foot, a procedure that could see him resume playing in four to six months. Last season's NBA Most Valuable Player underwent the successful operation in New York four days after the team announced Durant would have the operation and miss the remainder of the campaign. Durant did not make his

DeRozan scores 42 as NBA's Raptors bring down Rockets

DeMar DeRozan scored a career-high 42 points and matched a career best with 11 rebounds as Toronto beat Houston 99-96 in a battle of NBA division leaders. DeRozan, who netted 12 points in the fourth quarter on Monday, was 14-of-27 from the court and 12-of-17 from the free throw line to power the Raptors to their eighth home win in a row over the Rockets. Atlantic division leader Toronto improved

Hawks down Milwaukee to clinch top seed in NBA's East

DeMarre Carroll scored a game-high 23 points and the Atlanta Hawks, already assured of the best record in the NBA Eastern Conference, ripped the Milwaukee Bucks 101-88. Al Horford scored 18 points on Monday while Paul Millsap contributed 15 points and nine rebounds and Carroll added eight rebounds as the Hawks improved to 56-18, 4 1/2 games behind Golden State for the top record in the league. A

McIlroy, Stenson, Watson commit to WGC Match Play

World number one Rory McIlroy as well as the next two in the rankings, Sweden's Henrik Stenson and two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson, will play at the World Golf Championships Match Play, organizers said Monday. The Northern Ireland star, whose major wins include the 2011 US Open plus the 2012 and 2014 PGA Championship and 2014 British Open, was runner-up in the WGC Match Play three years a

Ex-NFL player's fiancée says she threw out box after murder

By Daniel Lovering FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) - Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez asked his fiancée to dispose of a heavy cardboard box that smelled of marijuana a day after prosecutors say he fatally shot an associate, the fiancée told jurors at his murder trial on Monday. Shayanna Jenkins, 25, testified that she put the box in a trash bag and concealed it with baby clothes before carrying it from t

Play-off-bound Rockets lose Beverley for rest of season

Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley will miss the remainder of the NBA season after undergoing surgery on his injured left wrist, the team announced Monday. Beverley will have an operation on Tuesday to repair a torn wrist ligament that he suffered in last Monday's 110-100 victory over Indiana. The Rockets lost Beverley just two days before they welcomed back center Dwight Howard following a

NFL's Falcons fined, stripped of draft choice for piping in fake noise

The National Football League on Monday fined the Atlanta Falcons $350,000 and stripped them of a fifth-round draft choice in 2016 for piping in artificial crowd noise during their home games in 2013 and part of 2014. Separately, Cleveland Browns General Manager Ray Farmer has been suspended four games for texting coaches during games in 2014 and the team was fined $250,000, the NFL said. Falcons P

Falcons lose draft pick for artificial crowd noise

The Atlanta Falcons were fined $350,000 and stripped of a fifth-round pick in the 2016 National Football League draft on Monday for using artificial crowd noise for the past two seasons. A review by league officials concluded with the NFL imposing the punishments because a former Falcons executive, event marketing director Roddy White, pumped extra crowd noise into the Georgia Dome for home game

Browns GM banned four games for texting to sideline

Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer was suspended for four games without pay by the National Football League on Monday for violating rules banning the use of electronic devices during games. Farmer sent text messages to the Browns sideline with a cell phone during games last season. The suspension will begin at the start of the 2015 regular season and forbids Farmer from any involvement

Tiger Woods out of golf world top 100

Former number one Tiger Woods has dropped out of the world top 100 for the first time in his career as he continues his battle against injuries and loss of form. Just last January Woods posted an 82 in the Phoenix Open -- his worst round as a professional -- that saw him drop outside the top 50 in the world rankings for the first time in more than three years. He then jumped from world number 22

Tiger Woods career timeline

London (AFP) - Tiger Woods timeline since turning pro in 1996 to falling out of the world top 100:

Woods drops out of world's top 100

(Reuters) - Tiger Woods has dropped outside the top 100 in the world golf rankings for the first time since 1996. Woods's last major title was the 2008 U.S. Open but he won five PGA Tour events in 2013 and topped the rankings in May 2014 before suffering injury problems and a loss of form.

China says 66 golf courses shut in renewed crackdown

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese authorities have closed 66 golf courses in a renewed crackdown on courses built in contravention of rules designed to protect arable land and save water, China's top economic planning body said on Monday. The central government last year ordered the demolition of courses built by five mainly little-known developers, the first real sign of enforcement of a 2004 ban. The

Kerr fires 65 to capture 17th career LPGA title

Cristie Kerr fired a seven-under-par 65 to win her 17th career LPGA title, taking a two-stroke victory over South Korea's Lee Mi-Rim at the Kia Classic. A tearful Kerr had vowed to win after her caddie, Greg Johnston, mourned the death of his father last week. Lee was second, undone by a double bogey at 17, with world number one Lydia Ko of New Zealand third on 271, American Alison Lee fourth on

Leonard's hot NBA finish sparks Spurs over Grizzlies

San Antonio (AFP) - San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard scored 15 of his game-high 25 points in a six-minute span of the fourth quarter, powering the reigning NBA champion Spurs over Memphis 103-89.

Golf-World Rankings

March 30 (Infostrada Sports) - The World Rankings 1. (1) Rory McIlroy (Britain) 11.00 2. (2) Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 7.81 3. (3) Bubba Watson (U.S.) 7.57 4. (6) Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 6.90 5. (4) Jason Day (Australia) 6.50 6. (5) Adam Scott (Australia) 6.41 7. (9) Dustin Johnson (U.S.) 5.99 8. (8) Sergio Garcia (Spain) 5.86 9. (7) Jim Furyk (U.S.) 5.78 10. (13) Jimmy Walker (U.S.) 5.57 11. (10) Just

Golf-Race to Dubai rankings

March 30 (Infostrada Sports) - Race to Dubai rankings 1. (1) Danny Willett (Britain) 1081480 2. (2) Rory McIlroy (Britain) 778137 3. (3) Ross Fisher (Britain) 753512 4. (4) Anirban Lahiri (India) 725187 5. (5) Branden Grace (South Africa) 682976 6. (6) Bernd Wiesberger (Austria) 641582 7. (7) Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa) 540484 8. (8) Gary Stal (France) 529852 9. (9) Andy Sullivan (Britain) 491

LeBron leads Cavaliers to narrow win over 76ers

LeBron James scored a game-high 20 points and added 11 rebounds with six assists Sunday as the Cleveland Cavaliers edged Philadelphia 87-86 for their 16th consecutive home triumph. Australian-born Kyrie Irving added 17 points while Kevin Love had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who improved to 48-27 and stretched their Central division lead over Chicago to 2 1/2 games. Russian big m

Love to have toe surgery, misses Clarke catch-up

By Bernie McGuire SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - United States Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III will miss a practice round next week with European rival Darren Clarke in order to undergo toe surgery. Love was set to meet with Clarke for the first time since both were appointed respective 2016 captains at this week's Shell Houston Open. "It's been bothering me for some years and has been dislocat

Local favorite Walker wins Texas Open

(Reuters) - Hometown favorite Jimmy Walker became the first multiple winner on the PGA Tour this season by claiming a four-stroke victory over Jordan Spieth in the Texas Open at TPC San Antonio on Sunday. Walker, who stormed to a nine-shot win at the Sony Open in Hawaii in January, began the day with a four-shot lead and was never seriously threatened as the San Antonio area resident shot a two-

Golf-U.S. PGA Tour Texas Open scores

March 29 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Texas Open at the par-72 course on Sunday in San Antonio, Texas 277 Jimmy Walker (U.S.) 71 67 69 70 281 Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 71 69 71 70 284 Billy Horschel (U.S.) 72 70 71 71 285 Chesson Hadley (U.S.) 71 72 71 71 Daniel Summerhays (U.S.) 71 73 72 69 286 Ryan Palmer (U.S.) 70 75 73 68 Dustin Johnson (U.S.) 78 72 68 68 287 Scott Pinckney (

Walker wins Texas Open before hometown supporters

Hometown hero Jimmy Walker captured his fifth US PGA Tour title on Sunday, firing a two-under-par 70 final round to win the $6.2 million Texas Open by four strokes. Walker, who lives only a half-hour's drive from the TPC San Antonio course, led by four shots when the day began and finished on 11-under 277 to defeat fellow Texan Jordan Spieth by that same margin. You can feel the love from your f

Golf-Local favorite Walker wins Texas Open

Hometown favorite Jimmy Walker became the first multiple winner on the PGA Tour this season by claiming a four-stroke victory over Jordan Spieth in the Texas Open at TPC San Antonio on Sunday. Walker, who stormed to a nine-shot win at the Sony Open in Hawaii in January, began the day with a four-shot lead and was never seriously threatened as the San Antonio area resident shot a two-under 70 for a

Harden, Howard ignite Rockets in win over Wizards

James Harden scored 24 points while Dwight Howard contributed 11 points and 10 rebounds as the Houston Rockets defeated Washington 99-91 Sunday, matching Memphis for the NBA Southwest division lead. Harden, second to former Oklahoma City teammate Russell Westbrook in a fight for the NBA scoring title, also added six assists for the Rockets, who won their fourth game in a row and improved to 50-2

Kentucky edge Notre Dame for Final Four berth

The University of Kentucky edged Notre Dame in a 68-66 thriller on Saturday to remain unbeaten and book their coveted Final Four berth in the national collegiate basketball championship. Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky's Dominican-American center, scored a game-high 25 points and Andrew Harrison made two free throws with six seconds left to play as the Wildcats improved to 38-0 for the season. They

Ramsay returns to form with victory at Trophee Hassan II

Scotland's Richie Ramsay overcame a bumpy front nine before striking back with three straight birdies as he won the Trophee Hassan II tournament on Sunday by one stroke for his third European Tour victory. A final round of 69, on the picturesque par-72 Golf de Palais Royal layout in Agadir, left Ramsay on 10-under and one shot clear of Frenchman and fellow overnight leader Romain Wattel.

Golf-European Tour Trophee Hassan II scores

March 29 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the European Tour Trophee Hassan II at the par-72 course on Sunday in Agadir 278 Richie Ramsay (Britain) 72 66 71 69 279 Romain Wattel (France) 68 74 67 70 280 Pablo Larrazabal (Spain) 70 69 73 68 Chris Wood (Britain) 67 72 74 67 Kevin Phelan (Ireland) 70 70 70 70 Jaco Van Zyl (South Africa) 69 71 70 70 Mikael Lundberg (Sweden) 70 75 66 69 George Coetzee

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