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A-Rod receives milestone ball, settles bonus dispute

Controversial slugger Alex Rodriguez got the home run ball he smashed for his 3,000th career hit after all after the New York Yankees made a deal with the fan who caught it. Zack Hample on Friday presented the ball to Rodriguez prior to the Yankees' home game against Tampa Bay. The Yankees will donate $150,000 to Pitch In For Baseball, a charity which Hample has supported since 2009 that provide

Duo shares Greenbrier lead, Woods in contention

Tiger Woods made it safely to the weekend at the Greenbrier Classic, where Venezuela's Jhonattan Vegas fired a five-under-par 65 to join Scott Langley atop the leaderboard. Vegas had five birdies with no bogeys for a nine-under-par halfway total of 131 on Friday. Langley, the overnight leader after a first-round 62, carded a one-under 69 to maintain a share of the lead.

Woods slumps back into mediocrity at Greenbrier

(Reuters) - Tiger Woods mixed some good shots with a couple of terrible drives as he carded a one-under-par 69 in the second round of the Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia on Friday. A day after shooting his best score in 16 months, a 66, Woods reverted to mediocrity and ended the day equal 26th, four strokes behind pacesetters Jhonattan Vegas and Scott Langley at the Old White TPC in White Su

Golf-Woods slumps back into mediocrity at Greenbrier

(Updates to end of round) July 3 (Reuters) - Tiger Woods mixed some good shots with a couple of terrible drives as he carded a one-under-par 69 in the second round of the Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia on Friday. A day after shooting his best score in 16 months, a 66, Woods reverted to mediocrity and ended the day equal 26th, four strokes behind pacesetters Jhonattan Vegas and Scott Langley a

Golf-U.S. PGA Tour Greenbrier Classic scores

July 4 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Greenbrier Classic at the par-70 course on Friday in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. The cut was set at 138. -9 Jhonattan Vegas (Venezuela) 66 65 Scott Langley (U.S.) 62 69 -8 Jonathan Byrd (U.S.) 63 69 David Hearn (Canada) 68 64 Greg Owen (Britain) 65 67 Chad Collins (U.S.) 65 67 Bryce Molder (U.S.) 68 64 Danny Lee (New Zealand) 63

Mavs reportedly lure DeAndre Jordan

The Dallas Mavericks have landed center DeAndre Jordan, one of the most coveted NBA free agents of 2015, the Dallas Morning News reported on Friday. The deal, which can't be sealed until the free agent signing period begins on July 9, is reportedly worth four years at the maximum allowed under the salary cap of more than $81 million. The move to Dallas, where superstar Dirk Nowitzki is in the tw

Spurs make Hammon first woman Summer League coach

Becky Hammon will coach the San Antonio Spurs' Las Vegas summer league team, becoming the first female head coach in the NBA developmental programme. The Spurs named Hammon on Friday as the head coach for the team that will play in Las Vegas, beginning on July 11 with a game against a New York Knicks summer league squad.

Golfer Watson to paint over Confederate flag on 'Dukes of Hazzard' car

(Reuters) - Golfer Bubba Watson says he will paint a U.S. flag over the contentious Confederate battle banner on his "General Lee" Dodge Charger from the hit 1980s TV show "The Dukes of Hazzard". Watson, a two-time Masters champion who is ranked third in the world, made the announcement on Thursday on Twitter. "I believe that, so I will be painting the American flag over the roof of the General

UPDATE 1-Golf-European Tour French Open scores

July 3 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the European Tour French Open at the par-71 course on Friday in Paris. The cut was set at 146. ...

Dubuisson and Paratore steal French Open spotlight

Home favorite Victor Dubuisson and little-known Italian Renato Paratore took center stage in the second round of the French Open at Le Golf National on Friday. Dubuisson, bidding to record the first home victory in the $3 million event since Thomas Levet in 2011, shot a one-under 70 to share the lead with Ryder Cup team mate German Martin Kaymer (69) and Spain's Rafa Cabrera-Bello (70). "It was

Golf-Dubuisson and Paratore steal French Open spotlight

Home favourite Victor Dubuisson and little-known Italian Renato Paratore took centre stage in the second round of the French Open at Le Golf National on Friday. Dubuisson, bidding to record the first home victory in the $3 million event since Thomas Levet in 2011, shot a one-under 70 to share the lead with Ryder Cup team mate German Martin Kaymer (69) and Spain's Rafa Cabrera-Bello (70). "It was r

Molder grabs share of Greenbrier lead, Watson three back

(Reuters) - American Bryce Molder used a red-hot finish to move into a four-way share of the second round clubhouse lead at the Greenbrier Classic on Friday while world number three Bubba Watson was three shots back. The 36-year-old Molder, seeking his second win on the PGA Tour, carded four birdies over a sizzling five-hole stretch starting at the par-five 12th en route to a six-under 64 that w

Dubuisson, Cabrera-Bello and Kaymer share French Open lead

Victor Dubuisson raised home hopes of a win in the French Open at Le Golf National on Friday, sharing a one-shot lead after two rounds. Five players were grouped a shot further back on three under - Englishmen Tyrrell Hatton (68), Daniel Brooks (66) and James Morrison (68), Jaco van Zyl of South Africa (71) and Francesco Molinari of Italy (69). Dubuisson, aiming to become the first home winner a

Peanut butter days were special for Charley Hull

By Tony Jimenez LONDON (Reuters) - Charley Hull and the Solheim Cup go together like toast and jam but for the teenage Briton the 2013 edition is almost as memorable for her first taste of peanut butter as it was for a virtuoso golfing performance. At the age of 17, the youngest player in the history of the biennial team event, she won two of her three matches and handed the experienced Paula Cr

Fernandez cuts Giants down to size on Marlins return

(Reuters) - Jose Fernandez made a triumphant return after more than a year out with injury when he hit a solo home run and pitched a winning game for the Miami Marlins on Thursday. "I was kind of joking around today, saying, 'I'm going to try to hit it out'," Fernandez told reporters.

As Cuba opens, developers tee up to build golf courses

By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - A British real estate developer plans to break ground early next year on Communist-run Cuba's first luxury golf resort, a $500 million project that would be the largest private foreign investment on the island since the fall of the Soviet Union. With relations improving between the United States and Cuba, tourism and real estate are seen by many businesses as the

No rocking chair and slippers yet for Laura Davies

By Tony Jimenez LONDON (Reuters) - If anyone imagined Laura Davies was ready to reach out for her rocking chair and slippers they had better think again because the 51-year-old has her sights on playing in September's Solheim Cup and the 2017 edition. The former world number one was outside the top eight automatic qualifiers for the biennial team event going into this week's European Masters at

Scandal-mired Cardinals sack scouting director

The St. Louis Cardinals have dismissed scouting director Chris Correa in an apparent fallout from the hacking scandal involving an alleged breach of the Houston Astros database, reports said. Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak made the announcement Thursday but did not go into details or discuss the allegations against the Major League Baseball club. "I can confirm he was on administrative

Woods fires his best round of season at Greenbrier

(Reuters) - Tiger Woods shot his lowest score in 16 months, a four-under-par 66 that left him four strokes behind leader Scott Langley after the opening round of the Greenbrier Classic on Thursday. "People think I'm crazy when I say I'm close but I felt like I was close," Woods told PGATour.com after a round that included seven birdies, one bogey and a double-bogey in White Sulphur Springs, West

Golf-Woods fires his best round of season at Greenbrier

* Woods caps round with three consecutive birdies * Defending champion Angel Cabrera shoots a one-over 71 (Updates to end of round, adds quotes) July 2 (Reuters) - Tiger Woods shot his lowest score in 16 months, a four-under-par 66 that left him four strokes behind leader Scott Langley after the opening round of the Greenbrier Classic on Thursday. "People think I'm crazy when I say I'm close but I

Langley leads as Tiger finds his groove at Greenbrier

Tiger Woods found his groove at the Greenbrier Classic on Thursday, bouncing back from his disastrous US Open with a four-under-par 66 that left him four shots behind first-round leader Scott Langley. Langley had eight birdies with no bogeys in his career-best eight-under-par 62. Woods posted his first round in the 60s since the Masters, where rounds of 69 and 68 in the second and third rounds h

Wade apparently staying put in Miami

Star guard Dwyane Wade reassured the Miami Heat faithful on Thursday that he's sticking with the only NBA team he's ever represented. Wade has played his entire NBA career in Miami, winning three league titles.

Chargers' Gates banned four games for doping

San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates will miss the first four games of the 2015 NFL season for doping, one of a string of NFL suspensions announced on Thursday. "We are tremendously disappointed for our team and our fans as well as Antonio, but no more disappointed than Antonio is with himself," the Chargers said in a statement. Gates, who led the Chargers with 12 touchdowns last season, b

Chargers' Gates banned four games for positive test

(Reuters) - San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates has been suspended four games without pay four violating the National Football League's substance abuse policy, the team said on Wednesday. Gates, an eight-time Pro Bowl selection who is considered one of the best tight ends to ever play in the NFL, said he was unaware at the time that the substance he took to help recover from a long season

Golf-European Tour Latest French Open leaderboard

July 2 (Infostrada Sports) - Latest leaderboard in the first round from the European Tour French Open at the par-71 course on Thursday in Paris holesplayed rounds -4 Maximilian Kieffer (Germany) 14 -3 Andrew Dodt (Australia) 17 Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spain) 17 Jaco Van Zyl (South Africa) 18 68 Bernd Wiesberger (Austria) 18 68 Victor Dubuisson (France) 18 68 -2 Martin Kaymer (Germany) 18 69 Simon Kh

Dubuisson shares lead as storms hit French Open

Top home hope Victor Dubuisson, Austria's Bernd Wiesberger and Jaco Van Zyl of South Africa shared the first round clubhouse lead in the 99th French Open at le Golf National on Thursday on a day bookended by thunderstorms. The enigmatic Frenchman, the emerging Austrian talent and the latest South African prospect posted their three-under scores of 68 early in the day after two and a half hours h

Woods fires lowest round of season at Greenbrier Classic

(Reuters) - Tiger Woods capped his lowest PGA Tour round of the season with a trio of birdies to leave him four shots off the early lead at the Greenbrier Classic on Thursday. Woods, who has struggled for form all season, mixed seven birdies with a bogey and double-bogey for an opening-round four-under 66 on Greenbrier's Old White Course in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Coming off a miss

Nocera would swap 14 tour wins for one British Open

By Tony Jimenez LONDON (Reuters) - Gwladys Nocera has scooped up 14 wins on the Ladies European Tour (LET) but she would trade them all for one victory in the jewel of the crown tournament for European golfers, the British Open. "Time is running out," Nocera told Reuters in an interview held at the European Masters at the Buckinghamshire Golf Club on the outskirts of London. "My dream as a young

Golf-Nocera would swap 14 tour wins for one British Open

By Tony Jimenez LONDON, July 2 (Reuters) - Gwladys Nocera has scooped up 14 wins on the Ladies European Tour (LET) but she would trade them all for one victory in the jewel of the crown tournament for European golfers, the British Open. "Time is running out," Nocera told Reuters in an interview held at the European Masters at the Buckinghamshire Golf Club on the outskirts of London. "My dream as a

Solheim Cup can boost German golf: Masson

By Tony Jimenez LONDON (Reuters) - Germany has produced champions like Bernhard Langer and Martin Kaymer but golf interest there is minimal and Caroline Masson says the 2015 Solheim Cup will be a great chance to show the locals what they are missing. Masson was an integral member of the side when Europe won the biennial team event in the U.S. for the first time two years ago and she is anxious t

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