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Lehman leads Montgomerie, Henninger by one at Senior PGA

(Reuters) - Tom Lehman took advantage of some gentler conditions late in the day at the difficult French Lick Resort course to post a 67 and take a one-stroke lead at the halfway mark of the Senior PGA Championship on Friday. Lehman posted five birdies in the back nine after a challenging wind died down to reach four-under-par 140, one shot better than defending champion Colin Montgomerie of Scotl

Golf-Lehman leads Montgomerie, Henninger by one at Senior PGA

Tom Lehman took advantage of some gentler conditions late in the day at the difficult French Lick Resort course to post a 67 and take a one-stroke lead at the halfway mark of the Senior PGA Championship on Friday. Lehman posted five birdies in the back nine after a challenging wind died down to reach four-under-par 140, one shot better than defending champion Colin Montgomerie of Scotland (69) and

Na grabs two-shot lead after 36 holes at Colonial

(Reuters) - Kevin Na had a hot hand with the putter on another wet day at the Crowne Plaza Invitational to shoot a four-under-par 66 on Friday for a two-shot lead at the halfway mark at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. England's Ian Poulter, who started at the 10th hole, also got hot in his second nine with four birdies in a 67 for second place at 132, one better than 2013 winner Boo We

Lakers GM says Bryant done after next season

Kobe Bryant will make next season his last with the Los Angeles Lakers after 20 years that have produced five NBA titles, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said. "He has indicated to me this is it," Kupchak told SiriusXM NBA Radio. The 36-year-old guard has played for the Lakers for his entire NBA career, but has been nagged by injuries in recent seasons and unable to display the form that ma

Na leads Poulter by two as Spieth struggles

As Masters champion Jordan Spieth imploded late, Kevin Na withstood tough, rainy conditions to hold a two-shot lead over Ian Poulter after two rounds of the US PGA Tour's Crowne Plaza Invitational. Spieth's North Texas homecoming took a turn for the worse on Friday as he fell victim to Colonial Country Club's "Horrible Horseshoe" of holes three, four and five. The 21-year-old world number two te

NFL's Goodell refuses to recuse himself from Brady hearing, ESPN says

(Reuters) - The National Football League has rejected a request from the players union that Commissioner Roger Goodell remove himself from Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension over the "Deflategate" scandal, ESPN reported on Friday, but the league disputed the report. Brady, the star quarterback for the New England Patriots, received the suspension for knowing about a scheme to deflate

Globetrotters' Hall of Famer Haynes dies

Marques Haynes, whose incredible skills dribbling a basketball made him a legendary showman with the Harlem Globetrotters, died Friday of natural causes in Plano, Texas, the team announced. Haynes played in more than 12,000 games in almost 100 countries for the Globetrotters during a 46-year career and was the team's first player to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, an honor he recei

Lakers star Bryant expected to step away after next season

(Reuters) - Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak created some buzz by saying future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant had told him that next season would be his last with the Lakers, but the team said on Friday that was no surprise. "He has indicated to me that this is it," Kupchak said about Bryant told SiriusXM NBA Radio on Thursday.

Brewers pitcher Smith appeals eight-game ban

Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Will Smith was issued an eight-game suspension Friday by Major League Baseball for having a foreign substance on his arm to help him grip baseballs. The 25-year-old left-hander says he will file an appeal to the ban and as a result he will be eligible to play for the Brewers until the appeal process in completed. Smith was ejected from Milwaukee's 10-1 loss to At

Molinari keeps motoring but it's misery for McIlroy

By Tony Jimenez VIRGINIA WATER, England (Reuters) - Francesco Molinari recovered from a shaky start to maintain his lead at the BMW PGA Championship on Friday while title holder Rory McIlroy missed the cut for only the third time in 45 events. McIlroy's back-nine 42 was riddled with errors and a miserable three-putt effort from 20 feet at the last hole meant he plunged to a six-over 78 and a fiv

Golf-Molinari keeps motoring but it's misery for McIlroy

* McIlroy crashes out after second-round 78 * Molinari leads by one shot from Korean An (Adds more quotes, detail) By Tony Jimenez VIRGINIA WATER, England, May 22 (Reuters) - Francesco Molinari recovered from a shaky start to maintain his lead at the BMW PGA Championship on Friday while title holder Rory McIlroy missed the cut for only the third time in 45 events. McIlroy's back-nine 42 was riddle

No glory is Rory's story as McIlroy misses cut

By Tony Jimenez VIRGINIA WATER, England (Reuters) - World number one Rory McIlroy suggested he was "probably in need of a rest" after missing the cut by ballooning to a six-over-par 78 in the second round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on Friday. The title holder frittered away stroke after stroke at the European Tour's flagship event and his five-over total of 149 meant he missed the

McIlroy misses cut at Wentworth as Molinari leads

Rory McIlroy insisted he would not be too hard on himself after crashing out of the European PGA Championship at Wentworth on Friday. McIlroy missed the cut after collapsing to a six-over par second round 78 – only the third time in 45 events he has failed to make the weekend. With the world number one out of the equation Italy's Francesco Molinari takes a one-shot lead into the weekend after ad

Brewers' Smith suspended for applying substance to arm

(Reuters) - Milwaukee Brewers reliever Will Smith received an eight-game suspension from Major League Baseball on Friday for having an unauthorized substance on his arm in Thursday's 10-1 loss to the Braves, but will file an appeal. The left-hander was ejected after the umpire, responding to a complaint by Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, found a glistening mixture of rosin and sunscreen on

Golf-McIlroy misses cut as Molinari keeps Wentworth lead

By Tony Jimenez VIRGINIA WATER, England, May 22 (Reuters) - Francesco Molinari recovered from a shaky start to maintain his lead at the BMW PGA Championship on Friday while title holder Rory McIlroy missed the cut for only the third time in 45 events. Birdies were in short supply for world number one McIlroy as he plunged to a 78 that meant he missed the cut on five-over 149. Italian Molinari bega

Canadian football's Alouettes sign defensive end Michael Sam

(Reuters) - Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL, has signed a contract with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League, the team said Friday. "With the signing of Michael Sam, we have become a better organization today," Alouettes general manager Jim Popp said in a statement. "Not only have we added an outstanding football player, we have added even a better

Slump means Quiros must handle demons better

By Tony Jimenez VIRGINIA WATER, England (Reuters) - Alvaro Quiros had the golfing world at his feet in 2011 but the big-hitting Spaniard seems a tortured soul these days and it is clear his self belief has been battered by three seasons of toil and pain. Quiros triumphed six times in a golden spell between 2007 and 2011, the highlight victory coming at the prestigious end-of-season DP World Tour

Golf-Slump means Quiros must handle demons better

By Tony Jimenez VIRGINIA WATER, England, May 22 (Reuters) - Alvaro Quiros had the golfing world at his feet in 2011 but the big-hitting Spaniard seems a tortured soul these days and it is clear his self belief has been battered by three seasons of toil and pain. Quiros triumphed six times in a golden spell between 2007 and 2011, the highlight victory coming at the prestigious end-of-season DP Worl

Golf-U.S. PGA Tour Colonial Invitational scores

May 22 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Colonial Invitational at the par-70 course on Thursday in Fort Worth, Texas -6 Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 64 Kevin Na (U.S.) 64 Boo Weekley (U.S.) 64 Ryo Ishikawa (Japan) 64 -5 Ian Poulter (Britain) 65 George McNeill (U.S.) 65 -4 Zachary Blair (U.S.) 66 Ben Crane (U.S.) 66 Luke Guthrie (U.S.) 66 Marc Leishman (Australia) 66 Ben Martin (U.S.) 66

Warriors survive Harden onslaught to forge 2-0 lead

(Reuters) - The Golden State Warriors survived a stirring James Harden-inspired fightback to take command of the Western Conference Final with a 99-98 Game Two victory over the Houston Rockets on Thursday. This season's MVP runner-up scored 10 of his team's final 12 points and added 10 rebounds and nine assists but again had to accept second billing to Golden State's Stephen Curry. Curry finishe

Warriors edge Rockets to double series lead

NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors edged the Houston Rockets 99-98 to double their lead in the Western Conference finals. Curry again came out on top in a duel with James Harden, stifling the Rockets star in the moments before the final buzzer to preserve the win. Golden State had to battle to the bitter end.

Late birdie lifts Spieth to share of Colonial lead

Masters champion Jordan Spieth drained a 19-foot birdie at the final hole to join a four-way tie for the lead at the $6.5 million Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. Playing in front of delighted fans near his hometown of Dallas, Spieth was unfazed by the three-hour delay that pushed back the start of play, recording six birdies without a bogey to tie Japan's Ryo Ishikawa and fellow Americans

Ex-NFL star Sharper set to change plea in federal rape case

(Reuters) - Disgraced former NFL star Darren Sharper, who has pleaded guilty or no contest to rape and attempted rape charges in three states, is set to change his not guilty plea in a federal rape case in New Orleans next week, court records show. Sharper, 39, has pleaded guilty or no contest to charges in Arizona, California and Nevada in March as part of a series of plea bargains prosecutors

'Good memories' help Weekley into four-way tie for lead

(Reuters) - Former champion Boo Weekley took advantage of "good memories" and superb putting to charge into a share of the first-round lead at the weather-hit Crowne Plaza Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas on Thursday. The 41-year-old American, who won the prestigious PGA Tour event at Colonial Country Club in 2013, piled up three birdies on each nine to fire a flawless six-under-par 64 on a cours

Golf-'Good memories' help Weekley into four-way tie for lead

Former champion Boo Weekley took advantage of "good memories" and superb putting to charge into a share of the first-round lead at the weather-hit Crowne Plaza Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas on Thursday. The 41-year-old American, who won the prestigious PGA Tour event at Colonial Country Club in 2013, piled up three birdies on each nine to fire a flawless six-under-par 64 on a course softened b

Golf-Japan's Kuramoto one ahead in Senior PGA Championship

Japanese Massy Kuramoto was the only player to dip below par in difficult scoring conditions as he carded a one-under 71 for a one-shot lead in Thursday's opening round of the Senior PGA Championship in French Lick, Indiana. The 59-year-old, who won 30 tournaments on the Japan Golf Tour, birdied two of his first three holes before going into damage limitation mode on a cold, wet and windy day at F

$550 million naming rights cash bonanza for top teams

Major companies are now spending more than $550 million a year to get their names on sports stadiums in Europe and the United States, according to a report released Thursday. The amount of money pouring into European football and US basketball, baseball and hockey stadiums has risen by 21 percent in three years with phone companies particularly keen to get involved, according to the Repucom spor

Bills defender Dareus gets one-game doping ban

Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus was suspended for one game without pay by the National Football League on Thursday for a violation of its substance abuse policy. The four-year veteran will miss Buffalo's season opener at home against the Indianapolis Colts but be able to take part in all off-season and pre-season workouts until the week of the opener. "Last year, I made a mistake i

Ford fights back tears as he remembers bad times

By Tony Jimenez VIRGINIA WATER, England (Reuters) - Matt Ford had to wait a long time to achieve his golfing dreams and the Briton still gets emotional when describing the trials and tribulations he endured before getting his tour card at the age of 36. Ford twice went close to giving up the game and only six months ago was contemplating the prospect of becoming a postman when he suddenly made the

NBA Hall of Famer Thomas maintains he is innocent of sex discrimination

Isiah Thomas, an NBA Hall of Famer who was named president of the Women's National Basketball Association's New York Liberty despite a 2007 court ruling he sexually harassed a female colleague, maintained his innocence on Thursday and said he was "proud of the man" he is today. A federal jury eight years ago found that Thomas, then coach of the New York Knicks, made unwanted advances to team exe

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