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Blount re-signs with Patriots

Foxborough (United States) (AFP) - The New England Patriots re-signed running back LeGarrette Blount, just two days after he was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

'Don't compare me to Ray Rice', Peterson

Adrian Peterson expressed remorse for injuring his 4-year-old son with a switch but said people shouldn't put him in the same category as Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice. Rice was caught on videotape punching his then fiancee in the face in an Atlantic City hotel elevator and knocking her out cold. The Minnesota running back also vowed never to use a switch on his children again and said he is

Surprise leader Wright steals spotlight in Melbourne

By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Unheralded Queenslander Michael Wright broke clear of a logjam atop the Australian Masters leaderboard to take a two-shot lead after the second round on Friday, while double defending champion Adam Scott battled hard to keep in touch. Scott shot a four-under 68 on a glorious afternoon at Melbourne's Metropolitan Golf Club, but the world number two remained six s

Raiders stun Chiefs, earn first win in a year

(Reuters) - The Oakland Raiders earned their first win in more than a year on Thursday as rookie quarterback Derek Carr rallied the team with a late scoring drive to stun division rivals Kansas City 24-20. With the Raiders (1-10) trailing 20-17 in the fourth quarter, Carr marched the team 80 yards downfield in a drive that took seven minutes off the clock and culminated with a nine-yard touchdow

Granada grabs early lead at Tour Championship

Paraguay golfer Julieta Granada fired a first-round, six-under 66 for a two-shot lead at the season-ending LPGA Tour Championship. The 28-year-old Granada, who has not won on the LPGA Tour since capturing the 2006 ADT Championship, posted her lowest opening-round score of the year. "It was a fun day today," said Granada, who finished tied for fifth at this year's Women's British Open. Sandra Gal

Bills-Jets game moved to Monday in Detroit

By Larry Fine (Reuters) - The National Football League game between the New York Jets and the homestanding Bills will be shifted from Buffalo to Detroit on Monday due to the heavy snow that has paralyzed the area, the league said on Thursday. "Due to public safety concerns in light of the ongoing weather emergency in western New York, Sunday's Jets-Bills game has been rescheduled to Monday night a

Union appeals Peterson's suspension

The NFL Players Association has filed an appeal of commissioner Roger Goodell's suspension of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson for violation of the league's personal conduct policy. In a letter sent to the commissioner's office Thursday, the union accused Goodell and the NFL of denying Peterson due process and called for the case to be heard by an independent arbitrator. "Given the

Bills-Jets game will not be held in snowy Buffalo

(Reuters) - Sunday's National Football League game between the New York Jets and the homestanding Bills will not be played in Buffalo due to the heavy snow that has hit western New York, the league announced on Thursday. The contest will be rescheduled and relocated as part of the current week of games, with the date and location to be determined, the NFL said. The NFL decision came after the Nati

Residents in western New York call snow worst in memory

By Ellen Wulfhorst (Reuters) - Fresh snow fell on Thursday in snowbound western New York, where longtime residents described the blast of winter weather as the worst in memory. At least eight deaths were blamed on the storm. Some areas of New York state along the Great Lakes had nearly 2 feet (60 cm) of new snow on top of accumulations as high as 5 feet (1.5 metres) from earlier in the week. The

Rangers-Sabres game postponed due to Buffalo snow

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Friday's National Hockey League game between the Buffalo Sabres and the visiting New York Rangers has been postponed due to heavy snow in the Buffalo area, the league said on Thursday. A makeup date has yet to be set. The NHL announcement came as the National Football League was considering contingency plans for Sunday's scheduled game in Buffalo between the Bills and New York

NBA trailblazer Collins says he wants to be remembered as good teammate

By Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Jason Collins said Thursday he would rather be remembered as a good teammate than as the first openly gay player in the four major American sports. Collins, an aggressive, seven-foot center who played for six teams during a 13-year National Basketball Association career, announced his retirement on Wednesday at the age of 35. "I would like my legacy to be

Sublime McIlroy in tie for Dubai lead

By Matt Smith DUBAI (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy rattled in six birdies in an opening round six-under 66 at the DP World Tour Championship on Thursday as he showed no signs of rustiness from a six-week break to share a one-shot lead with Ireland's Shane Lowry. World number one McIlroy started in blistering fashion. He sank a 12-foot birdie on the opening hole and picked up a shot on the second after

Golf-European Tour World Tour Championship scores

Nov 20 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the European Tour World Tour Championship at the par-72 course on Thursday in Dubai 66 Shane Lowry (Ireland) 66 Rory McIlroy (Britain) 66 67 Thorbjorn Olesen (Denmark) 67 Richie Ramsay (Britain) 67 68 Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 68 Emiliano Grillo (Argentina) 68 69 Edoardo Molinari (Italy) 69 Danny Willett (Britain) 69 Ross Fisher (Britain) 69 Tommy Fleetwood (

Singaporean Mamat storms to the top in windy Manila

MANILA (Reuters) - Singaporean Mardan Mamat boosted his chances of retaining his Asian Tour card for next season by making light of the strong winds to leap into a share of the lead at the Manila Masters after Thursday's first round. The 47-year-old fired eight birdies in a seven-under-par round of 65 to share the lead at the $1 million event with Japan's Daisuke Kataoka, 21 years his junior. ..

Australian world record holder Gibson looking for new mark

By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Rhein Gibson's astonishing 55 at an Oklahoma golf course etched his name in the Guiness World Records but the unheralded Australian pro is determined to cast off the tag of "one-hit wonder". Gibson's 2012 round of 16-under at River Oaks Golf Club in Edmond, Oklahoma, was confirmed as the lowest 18-hole score last year, an unforgettable feat for a 28-year-old who

Scott labors in wild winds at Australian Masters

By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Steven Bowditch shot a five-under 67 for a share of the lead after the first round of the Australian Masters in Melbourne on Thursday, upstaging headline act Adam Scott who struggled to cope with windy conditions. Bowditch, who celebrated his maiden U.S. Tour win at the Texas Open in March, rolled in four birdies and an eagle in mostly foul conditions at Metro

Spurs snatch victory from James again

The San Antonio Spurs continued their success over LeBron James-led teams by edging the Cleveland Cavaliers 92-90 behind Tim Duncan's double double and a key forced turnover by Manu Ginobili. Duncan delivered 19 points and 10 rebounds and Boris Diaw also scored 19 points on Wednesday for San Antonio who posted their fifth victory in the last six games. The Spurs literally snatched the victory fr

McIlroy back for season finale in Dubai

World number one Rory McIlroy may have already won the Race to Dubai crown, but there is a lot at stake this week at the $8 million DP World Tour Championship, which starts at the Earth course of Jumeirah Golf Estates Thursday. The top-60 players on the European Tour's year-long Race to Dubai standings have qualified for the season-ending tournament, and that includes the four Europeans in the t

Golf-Scott 'three-peat' bid off to slow start at Australian Masters

By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE, Nov 20 (Reuters) - World number two Adam Scott gritted his teeth in foul conditions for golf on Thursday, scratching out a one-over 73 in the first round of the Australian Masters to be six strokes behind clubhouse leaders Michael Wright and Stephen Allan. Bidding for an unprecedented third successive title in the A$1 million ($860,000) event, Scott fumed as hot, northerly

First openly gay NBA player Collins retires at 35

Jason Collins, who became the National Basketball Association's first openly gay player, retired aged 35 but vowed he would continue the fight to make US sports more tolerant. Collins, who played 22 games for the Brooklyn Nets last year, announced his decision on Wednesday in an article for Sports Illustrated, writing that "basketball saved me". Collins was not on an NBA roster this season. Coll

Hornets' Taylor suspended 24 games

Charlotte Hornets forward Jeff Taylor was slapped with a 24-game suspension by the NBA on Wednesday after pleading guilty to a domestic violence charge. It comes amid increased awareness of off-field issues that have tarnished the reputation of US sport, sparked by the Ray Rice case in the National Football League. "This suspension is necessary to protect the interests of the NBA and the public'

NBA suspends Hornets' Taylor 24 games for domestic violence

By Steve Ginsburg (Reuters) - Charlotte Hornets forward Jeff Taylor was suspended 24 games without pay by the NBA on Wednesday after pleading guilty last month to misdemeanor domestic violence assault and malicious destruction of hotel property. Taylor had been on paid leave since the start of the National Basketball Association season, missing 11 games, and he will have to sit out the next 13 gam

Lawyers for NFL and some players defend concussion deal

By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Lawyers for the NFL and a class of retired players defended a proposed multimillion-dollar settlement for concussions sustained while playing football during a court hearing on Wednesday, while critics called the deal inadequate. Most of the 20,000 former players involved in the class-action lawsuit back the deal, which provides payments of up to $5 mill

Seattle's media-shy Lynch fined $50,000 for silence

(Reuters) - Seattle Seahawks media-shy running back Marshawn Lynch has been fined $50,000 for not speaking to reporters after Sunday's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, according to a report on the NFL's website on Wednesday. The violation of the NFL's media policy caused a double-hit to Lynch's pocketbook since the NFL will also collect a $50,000 fine imposed for violations of the media policy la

Stanton signs historic deal with Marlins

Giancarlo Stanton says he spent many sleepless nights pondering his long-term commitment to the Miami Marlins who signed the slugger to the largest contract in North American sports history on Wednesday. He finished runner-up to pitcher Clayton Kershaw for National League MVP honours after a superb 2014 Major League Baseball season that included an NL-best 37 homers and a career-high 105 runs ba

Miami's Stanton says record deal not like winning lottery

By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Giancarlo Stanton's record deal with the Major League Baseball's Miami Marlins is the biggest contract in American sports but the slugger says he doesn't feel like he has won the lottery. The outfielder's deal is for $325 million over 13 years but he won't be instantly among the sport's top earners with reports suggesting the contract is heavily backloaded a

Peterson lawyer, NFL official duel over Goodell decision

By Larry Fine (Reuters) - The National Football League believes the Adrian Peterson child punishment case has an important ripple-effect, but his lawyer insists Commissioner Roger Goodell is making the Minnesota Vikings running back a scapegoat. NFL executive vice president and general counsel Jeff Pash on Wednesday defended Goodell's decision to suspend Peterson for at least the rest of the sea

Marlins sign slugger Stanton to record $325 million deal

By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - The Miami Marlins completed the signing of slugging outfielder Giancarlo Stanton to a record 13-year, $325 million deal on Wednesday, the most lucrative player contract in U.S. professional sports history. "Everyone wants to talk about the record-breaking deal….but I want records on the field, I want to do things on the field and that’s what it is all about,

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