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Another decent start for Woods at Firestone

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Tiger Woods made six birdies to account for his mistakes and opened with a 2-under 68 at the Bridgestone Invitational on Thursday, still four shots behind Marc Leishman of Australia, who shot 64 on a perfect day for scoring at Firestone.

NBA ref Violet Palmer to marry longtime partner

Violet Palmer made her biggest call yet: The NBA referee will marry her partner of 20 years on Friday.

Comm Games athlete convicted for assault on rival

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — An Australian medal-winning weightlifter was convicted Thursday of head-butting another Commonwealth Games competitor in the athletes' village and Australia's athletics coach was sent home for criticizing his top star — just as the country's 20-year domination of the competition appeared to be coming to an end.

Ginobili will not play for Argentina at World Cup

Manu Ginobili walked off the court in June an NBA champion.

Repairing burst Los Angeles main could take days

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Repair crews on Thursday were shoring up a giant hole in the middle of Sunset Boulevard caused by a ruptured pipe, as officials at the water-logged University of California, Los Angeles, continued to assess damage from the 20 million gallons that inundated the campus.

Comm Games athlete fined for assault on rival

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — An Australian medal-winning weightlifter was convicted Thursday of head-butting another Commonwealth Games competitor in the athletes' village and Australia's athletics coach was sent home for criticizing his top star — just as the country's 20-year domination of the competition appeared to be coming to an end.

Sorting out the claims after pipe break: Who pays?

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hundreds of cars submerged below murky water. A landmark basketball court, newly refurbished, showing signs of buckling. Soaked and stained carpets. An athletic track coated in mud.

Nadal out of 2 tournaments because of right wrist

Rafael Nadal withdrew Wednesday from U.S. Open tuneups in Toronto and Cincinnati because of a right wrist injury, putting in doubt his status for a title defense at the year's last Grand Slam tournament.

Amputee jumper won't contest team exclusion

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A German amputee long jumper will not contest the decision by his national federation to exclude him from the upcoming European Championships.

Cho to lead 2018 Olympics organizing committee

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Cho Yang-ho, the South Korean business tycoon who led Pyeongchang's successful bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics, will take charge of the local organizing committee following the sudden resignation of the previous president.

Watney soars high with 18 points in Reno

(Reuters) - American Nick Watney has never missed out on the FedExCup playoffs and he put himself in good position to maintain that record after charging into the first-round lead at the Barracuda Championship in Reno, Nevada on Thursday. Watney, who is on the cusp of qualifying for the PGA Tour's lucrative season finale, piled up nine birdies to total 18 points at Montreux Golf & Country Club i

Golf-U.S. PGA Tour Reno Championship scores

Aug 1 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Reno Championship on Thursday in Reno, Nevada 18 Nick Watney (U.S.) 18 16 Geoff Ogilvy (Australia) 16 Tim Wilkinson (New Zealand) 16 13 Martin Laird (Britain) 13 Chad Campbell (U.S.) 13 12 Wes Roach (U.S.) 12 Kevin Chappell (U.S.) 12 John Huh (U.S.) 12 John Rollins (U.S.) 12 11 Derek Ernst (U.S.) 11 Woody Austin (U.S.) 11 Tommy Gainey (U.S.

Seahawks running back Lynch ends his holdout

(Reuters) - The Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks were given a welcome boost on Thursday when running back Marshawn Lynch ended a one-week holdout by reporting for camp at the team's practice facility. Lynch, Seattle's leading rusher for the past three seasons, arrived after the team's morning practice and television cameras showed him wearing a hooded "Beast Mode" sweatshirt and a woollen ca

Leishman leads WGC Bridgestone, Woods four adrift

Australia's Marc Leishman fired a six-under par 64 to seize a one-stroke lead in the Bridgestone Invitational with defending champion Tiger Woods four shots back. Leishman had eight birdies and two bogeys at Firestone Country Club and was one stroke in front of England's Justin Rose, South African Charl Schwartzel and American Ryan Moore. It makes this course a lot easier when you're on the fair

A's deal Cespedes to Boston for Lester, Gomes

Cuban slugger Yoenis Cespedes was sent from the Oakland A's to Boston on Thursday for star pitcher Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes just ahead of Major League Baseball's trade deadline. The A's, long known for a budget-minded statistical approach that inspired the movie "Moneyball", have won only one playoff series since reaching the 1990 World Series, which they lost to Cincinnati. This se

Leishman takes early control at Firestone

(Reuters) - Australian Marc Leishman, maintaining his recent good form, upstaged the game's biggest names as he charged into a one-shot lead in the opening round of the elite WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio on Thursday. While eight-times winner Tiger Woods launched his title defense with a two-under-par 68 at a rain-softened Firestone Country Club, Leishman surged to the top of the l

Golf-Leishman takes early control at Firestone

Australian Marc Leishman upstaged the game's biggest games as he charged into a one-shot lead in the opening round of the elite the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio on Thursday. While eight-times winner Tiger Woods launched his title defence with a two-under-par 68 at a rain-softened Firestone Country Club, Leishman surged to the top of the leaderboard with a sizzling 64. Leishman, whos

Tigers, A's add aces in MLB arms race

By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - Division leaders Detroit and Oakland forged an American League arms race as the Tigers got David Price from Tampa Bay and the A's dealt for Boston's Jon Lester in a frenzied finish to Thursday's trade deadline. The pair of aces could lead to an epic collision in the AL Championship Series between West-leading Oakland, who have a Major League Baseball-best recor

American Johnson takes leave for 'personal challenges'

(Reuters) - Dustin Johnson is taking a leave of absence from golf to seek help for "personal challenges," the big-hitting American said on Thursday in a decision that will keep him from playing in the PGA Championship and Ryder Cup. "I will use this time to seek professional help for personal challenges I have faced," Johnson, an eight-times winner on the PGA Tour who is ranked 16th in the world

Dustin Johnson takes leave of absence from sport

American Dustin Johnson said Thursday he is taking a leave of absence from professional golf to address "personal challenges," bringing his US PGA Tour season to an abrupt end. "I am taking a leave of absence from professional golf, effective immediately," the eight-time PGA winner said in a statement released to media outlets. "I will use this time to seek professional help for personal challen

Ravens' Rice calls altercation "biggest mistake"

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, making his first public comments since being banned for two NFL games for allegedly assaulting his then-fiancee, called it "the biggest mistake of my life". Rice and Janay Palmer, who is now his wife, had an altercation in an Atlantic City casino elevator and security video posted online by TMZ.com showed Rice lifting a motionless Palmer out of the elevato

NBA-League adding @NBA social media handle to game ball

(Reuters) - The National Basketball Association is adding its @NBA social media identifier to its official game ball starting with the 2014-15 season in October. The Twitter handle will appear under the "Official Game Ball" wording, just to the left of the league's logo, the NBA said in a statement. The move makes the NBA the first professional sports league to put its social media handle on the o

NFL's Rice publicly apologizes to wife for violent incident

Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice, who has been suspended by the National Football League without pay for the first two games of the 2014 season for hitting his wife, apologized to her on Thursday and vowed to speak out against domestic violence. The NFL ordered the suspension last week, determining that Rice had violated the league's conduct policy when he was arrested in February

Spurs refuse to release Ginobili for worlds - Argentina

Buenos Aires (AFP) - Argentina NBA star guard Manu Ginobili has been refused permission to play at the world championships by the San Antonio Spurs, the Argentine basketball federation (CABB) claimed Thursday.

Cardinals take Masterson from Indians ahead of deadline

(Reuters) - The St Louis Cardinals beefed up their rotation for the second half of the season by acquiring starting pitcher Justin Masterson from the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday. The Cardinals sent a minor league outfielder to the Indians in exchange for the 29-year-old right-hander on the penultimate day for Major League trades this season. Masterson, who was due to become a free agent at th

Bosh officially re-signs with the Heat

(Reuters) - The Miami Heat on Wednesday officially confirmed the re-signing of nine-time All-Star forward Chris Bosh, nearly three weeks after the move had been reported by multiple media outlets. Bosh had opted out of his previous deal to become a free agent but decided to stay in Miami after the departure of fellow free agent LeBron James, who returned to his home state of Ohio by signing with

Bosh officially re-signs with Heat

Chris Bosh made it official on Wednesday, inking a new deal with the NBA's Miami Heat that was reportedly worth $118 million over five years. After testing the free agent market, Bosh turned down a maximum offer from the Houston Rockets to return to Miami, even as superstar team-mate LeBron James opted to return from Miami to the Cleveland Cavaliers. "Chris Bosh is a two-time NBA champion and on

Crews clean up, repair flood damage from L.A. water main break

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Utility crews working around the clock on Wednesday labored to clean up and repair damage from a major water main break that spouted a 40-foot-tall (12-meter-tall) geyser and flooded part of the University of California campus in drought-stricken Los Angeles. The late-afternoon rupture on Tuesday beneath Sunset Boulevard, a key thoroughfare on the city's w

Woods thinking 'win' in return to Firestone

Rory McIlroy wants his British Open triumph to be a springboard to more success this season while Tiger Woods is seeking to jump start a 2014 campaign hindered by injury. Former world number one Woods is an eight-time winner at Firestone Country Club, and he sees no reason this week's World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational can't see him back in the winner's circle for the first time s

Redskins hire PR firm Burson-Marsteller amid fight over name

The National Football League's Washington Redskins have hired public relations firm Burson-Marsteller as it battles criticism that its name is a racial slur, a company spokeswoman said on Wednesday. "We have been retained by the Washington Redskins and the player alumni association to provide technical and editorial support to distribute information to those who inquire about the team’s history

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