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Poulter focuses on golf in Shanghai after Bishop row and injuries

Ian Poulter is just glad to be back playing -- despite struggling to a two-over 74 in the first round of the BMW Masters on Thursday -- as he tries to put the Ted Bishop row and an injury-hit season behind him. Former PGA of America president Bishop apologised this week for his "li'l girl" tweet about Poulter which got him fired a month before his term in office was due to end. Poulter last week

With Rose blooming, Bulls open NBA season with emphatic win

The Chicago Bulls welcomed former NBA Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose back from injury Wednesday with a convincing 104-80 win over the New York Knicks. The return of Rose and the addition of Spanish veteran Pau Gasol have branded the Bulls as Eastern Conference contenders in 2014-15, and they looked the part at Madison Square Garden. "I wouldn't say my rust is knocked off, but it's getting the

Karlberg takes early CIMB Classic lead

Sweden's Rikard Karlberg sunk seven birdies for a seven-under-par 65 to take a two-stroke lead in the first-round of the CIMB Classic in Malaysia, while Spanish star Sergio Garcia lurked four shots back. American defending champion Ryan Moore turned in six birdies of his own to lead a pack of golfers just three strokes off Karlberg's pace on 68. Karlberg had five birdies on the front nine at Kua

China specialist Levy leads in wet Shanghai

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Frenchman Alexander Levy continued his love affair with China's golf courses by kicking off the European Tour's Final Series with a seven-under-par 65 to lead after the first round of the BMW Masters. Levy, who won the Tour's China Open in April, fired seven birdies in a bogey-free round to lead by one at Lake Malaran from Argentine Emiliano Grillo, Nicolas Colsaerts of Belg

No fairytale ending to Royals' Cinderella story

By Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) - There was no happy ending to Kansas City's storybook season after the Royals lost 3-2 in Game Seven of the World Series, and while they exceeded expectations simply by reaching Wednesday's finale, manager Ned Yost found the narrow loss hard to swallow. The endearing upstarts, who last reached the playoffs in 1985 when they went on to win the Fall Clas

Bumgarner rides to the rescue for World Series win

By Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) - The San Francisco Giants rode workhorse left-hander Madison Bumgarner all the way to their third World Series crown in five years with a Game Seven victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday. Ace starter Bumgarner worked his magic as a reliever this time, coming out of the bullpen to throw five shutout innings and earn the save in a 3-2 win th

Giants beat Royals for baseball World Series title

Sparked by Madison Bumgarner's historic pitching performance on only two days' rest, San Francisco won their third World Series in five seasons by beating Kansas City 3-2. The Giants on Wednesday won Major League Baseball's best-of-seven final 4-3, winning their eighth overall championship and following up 2010 and 2012 titles by taking an intense winner-take-all showdown that was dramatic to th

Magical Bumgarner joins World Series legends

Madison Bumgarner unleashed a pitching performance for the ages that cemented his place among World Series legends and established the San Francisco Giants as a Major League Baseball dynasty. The 25-year-old left-hander, returning to the mound on a career-low two days rest after a complete-game triumph, fired five scoreless innings Wednesday to give the Giants a 3-2 victory over Kansas City in d

Giants ace Bumgarner named World Series MVP

KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) - Madison Bumgarner was named the World Series Most Valuable Player after sealing the San Francisco Giants' 3-2 Game Seven victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday with five shutout innings of relief. The brilliant performance in the do-or-die game gave Bumgarner a save to go with two wins earned through dominant starts, giving him a direct hand in three wins

Giants ride brilliant Bumgarner to World Series win

By Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) - Madison Bumgarner insisted throughout the World Series that he felt great and was eager to take the ball any time San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy asked him to pitch. The 25-year-old ace starter was called upon for a third time in the series in Game Seven on Wednesday, closing out the Giants' clinching victory over the Kansas City Royals with

List of World Series MVP winners

(Reuters) - List of Most Valuable Player winners from Major League Baseball's World Series. 2014 - Madison Bumgarner (San Francisco Giants) 2013 - David Ortiz (Boston Red Sox) 2012 - Pablo Sandoval (San Francisco Giants) 2011 - David Freese (St. Louis Cardinals) 2010 - Edgar Renteria (San Francisco Giants) 2009 - Hideki Matsui (New York Yankees) 2008 - Cole Hamels (Philadelphia Phillies) 2007 - Mi

Factbox: World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner

(Reuters) - A brief look at San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner, who was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2014 World Series on Wednesday: - Born: Aug. 1, 1989, in Hickory, North Carolina and grew up nearby in a log house in an area nicknamed "Bumville" because it had so many families there named Bumgarner. - The 6-foot-5 (1.96 m) left-hander was selected in the first round of the 2

NBA's Sacramento Kings break ground on new stadium

After a decade of uncertainty, the NBA's Sacramento Kings broke ground Wednesday on a new stadium that Indian owner Vivek Ranadive vowed would be a state-of-the-art showpiece. He and Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson -- a former NBA player who championed the team's place in the city -- scooped up ceremonial shovels full of dirt to mark the start of construction on the downtown arena scheduled to op

National Football League roundup

(The Sports Xchange) - Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and team owner Jerry Jones agreed Wednesday that Romo's availability for Week 9 against the Arizona Cardinals will be based on his pain tolerance. "That part has never been an issue, but we've got to wait and see," Romo said. "It will be about your ability to be productive in some fashion. That part of it we will continue to evaluate."

National Basketball Association roundup

(The Sports Xchange) - LeBron James and team owner Dan Gilbert, both commenting on the eve of the Cleveland Cavaliers' season opener, are on the same page about their relationship with the same common goal in mind. "I think it's really good," James said Wednesday when asked about his relationship with the Cavs owner. Gilbert described their relationship as "very good, very solid." Their relation

Lakers lose injured rookie Randle for season

Los Angeles Lakers rookie forward Julius Randle had surgery Wednesday to repair a broken right leg and will likely miss the rest of the NBA season, the team said. "Randle is expected to make a full recovery, although it is anticipated that he will miss the remainder of the 2014-15 season," the Lakers said in a statement posted on their website. It was a bitter start to the season for the Lakers,

NBA player pleads guilty in Michigan domestic assault

(Reuters) - Charlotte Hornets forward Jeffery Taylor pleaded guilty on Wednesday to misdemeanor domestic assault in connection with his arrest in September at a Michigan hotel, a county prosecutor's office said. Under a deal with prosecutors, Taylor, 25, also pleaded guilty in an East Lansing, Michigan, courtroom to misdemeanor malicious destruction of property. A charge of assault and battery was

World Series decider captivates host city

By Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) - Buses roll through the downtown streets alternating their destination with the message "Go Royals" -- the same rousing chant that took over Pizza Bar near closing time in the Power & Light district. Nearly three decades of frustration for baseball fans in Kansas City has faded with the Cinderella story of the Royals, who have taken the San Francisco

Man who vanished from Denver NFL game said he 'had his fill of football'

By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A man who vanished during a National Football League game in Denver last week only to be found safe days later told police afterward that he had had his "fill of football" and had wanted to go somewhere warmer, authorities said on Wednesday. Paul Kitterman made national headlines this week when his family and friends asked the public for help in finding the 53-y

Wheelchair basketball gives new hope to disabled Afghan women

They have lost limbs to landmines and been disabled by mortar shrapnel, but Afghanistan's wheelchair women basketball players refuse to call themselves victims. Clashing wheelchairs, hooting supporters and balls swishing through hoops brought a drab grey court in downtown Kabul alive Wednesday, in the final of the country's third annual competition organised by the International Committee of the

Royals blank Giants to force baseball World Series title showdown

Kansas City forced a one-game showdown for the World Series title by blanking San Francisco 10-0, combining 15 hits with an overpowering performance by rookie pitcher Yordano Ventura. The 23-year-old Dominican right-hander surrendered only three hits over seven shutout innings in a must-win situation Tuesday, while Royals batters tagged the Giants for seven runs on eight hits in the second innin

London American football franchise could earn UK £100m - report

London (AFP) - The establishment of an American football franchise in London could generate over £100 million ($162 million) a year for the British economy, according to a report published by financial analysts Deloitte on Wednesday.

Garcia and Reed to face off Malaysia

A resurgent Sergio Garcia goes toe-to-toe with US Ryder Cup sensation Patrick Reed at the CIMB Classic beginning Thursday, as reigning FedExCup champion Billy Horschel looks to lift his game to an even higher level in the Malaysian event. Garcia, who will be paired with Reed, is enjoying some of his best form in years at 34. Along with England's Lee Westwood, Garcia and the 24-year-old Reed comp

Spurs kick off title defence by edging Mavericks

The San Antonio Spurs picked up right where they left off, collecting their championship rings before beginning their title defence Tuesday with a 101-100 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. The Spurs, despite their superb record in ring ceremony games, needed every minute of the contest to hold off their Texas-state rivals, who gave them their most difficult challenge of last year's playoffs. "W

Indicators shift to Royals in decisive Game Seven

By Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) - Probability swung in favor of the Cinderella Kansas City Royals after the American League champions routed the San Francisco Giants 10-0 on Tuesday to force a deciding Game Seven in the World Series. While the underdog Royals are seeking their first Major League Baseball crown in 29 years against a Giants team looking for a third title in five years,

Royals force deciding Game Seven with 10-0 rout

By Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) - The Kansas City Royals got an inspired outing from pitcher Yordano Ventura and woke from their hitting slumber to rout the San Francisco Giants 10-0 and send the World Series to a decisive Game Seven on Tuesday. After a 162-game regular season and three rounds of postseason, the Major League Baseball championship will come down to one game with the

Lakers rookie Randle breaks leg in NBA debut

Injury woes mounted for the Los Angeles Lakers as rookie forward Julius Randle broke his leg in his first National Basketball Association game. With just under seven minutes to play in a blowout 108-90 Houston Rockets win Tuesday night, Randle fell hard after a drive to the lane, breaking his tibia, the Lakers announced. The Lakers, who lost Kobe Bryant to injury for all but six games of last se

Giants ace Bumgarner ready for short-rest action

Madison Bumgarner will not start Wednesday's deciding seventh game of the World Series, but the San Francisco star lefthander who has twice baffled Kansas City batters could play a key role. Right-handed pitchers Tim Hudson of the Giants and Jeremy Guthrie of the Royals will open the one-game showdown for Major League Baseball's crown after Kansas City routed the Giants 10-0 Tuesday to level the

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