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Trout, Stanton win Aaron awards

San Francisco (AFP) - Mike Trout of the Anaheim Angels and Giancarlo Stanton of the Florida Marlins received the 2014 Hank Aaron awards as the top offensive performers in Major League Baseball.

MacKenzie and Svoboda share lead at Sea Island

(Reuters) - Will MacKenzie produced a roller-coaster, birdie-bogey-birdie finish to share the lead with fellow American Andrew Svoboda after the third round of the $5.6 million (3.48 million pounds) McGladrey Classic at Sea Island in Georgia on Saturday. MacKenzie, who had delivered the shot of the day with a spectacular ace at the par-three sixth, fired a five-under-par 65 in ideal scoring condit

Basepaths slippery subject in San Francisco

Wet basepaths at the Giants' bay-side ballpark caught the eye of Kansas City manager Ned Yost, even if they didn't dampen the Royals in a World Series win on Friday. "I thought it was a little extra wet around first," Yost said Saturday, adding that he'd noticed third baseman Mike Moustakas coming up "extremely muddy" from a dive back to first base. If that was the Giants' plan, it didn't stop t

Bumgarner was willing but held back until Game Five

By Larry Fine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Giants ace Madison Bumgarner was willing, but manager Bruce Bochy decided not to rush the left-hander back to the mound on short rest and kept him on course to pitch Game Five of the World Series on Sunday. A 'will he or won't he' confusion surfaced late Friday when a report surfaced that Bumgarner had told team mates he would be starting Game Four against

Svoboda, MacKenzie tied for McGladrey lead

Sea Island (United States) (AFP) - Will MacKenzie posted a five-under 65 in the third round to move into a share of the lead at the PGA Tour's McGladrey Classic on Saturday.

Parking incident sparks charges against Titans player

Tennessee Titans running back Shonn Greene faces a series of charges after trying to avoid a parking ticket, police in Tennessee said Saturday. The police department in Franklin, Tennessee, south of Nashville said in a release that the NFL player was arrested and his bond set at $2,000 after the incident on Friday, which ended with him charged with resisting a stop after leaving the scene of an

Bishop firing backed for "lil girl" Poulter row

PGA commissioner Tim Finchem and the LPGA both came out solidly Saturday in support of the firing of Ted Bishop as PGA of America president after "inappropriate" remarks on Twitter. Bishop called British golfer Ian Poulter a "lil girl" on Twitter and a Facebook posting, prompting the PGA of America board of directors to remove Bishop, who later apologized for his comments. "The PGA of America's

Korda, Pace tied for lead at China LPGA

Jessica Korda and Lee-Anne Pace were tied for the lead Saturday at the LPGA Blue Bay Championship in China. South Africa's Pace (67, 66) and Korda (66, 67) of the United States are level on 133 going into Sunday's final round, with South Korea's Chella Choi a shot behind. Korda's day started badly with a double bogey on the first hole, but she did not drop a single shot after that. "I would say

Wozniacki targets New York marathon after tennis loss

By 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

Dane Olesen carves out three-shot lead in Perth

(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

Denmark's Olesen leads by three at Perth International

Denmark'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 nerve

Royals hold off Giants to take Series lead

By 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-

Giants hope 2012 adversity helps them overcome Royals

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

Nightmare bullpen, dream start for Guthrie lift Royals

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 champion

Royals edge Giants to take Series lead

The 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 R

Henley grabs lead at McGladrey Classic

American 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 Compto

Joe Maddon ends decade-long Rays tenure

Joe 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

Rollins, Konerko share Clemente award

Phillies 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

National Basketball Association roundup

(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

Rollins, Konerko named Clemente Award winners

SAN 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 Basebal

PGA president fired for 'insensitive' remarks

(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. ...

National Football League roundup

(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

Golf-PGA president fired for 'insensitive' remarks

* 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 Poult

Henley in sole charge after birdie blitz at Sea Island

(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 Co

U.S. judge blocks New Jersey sports betting law

By 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 sue

Maddon opts out of contract, leaves Rays

(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 did

NBA-Clippers eye fresh, winning chapter post-Sterling

By 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 w

Brief profiles of Western Conference teams

(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

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