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Goosen wins playoff and ticket to St. Andrews

(Reuters) - Two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen birdied the first playoff hole of a qualifying tournament at Woburn Golf Club on Tuesday to secure a spot at next month's British Open. Irish amateur Paul Dunne shot the lowest score at Woburn after rounds of 70-65 gave him a three-stroke victory with Robert Dinwiddie of England also qualifying for the tournament at St. Andrews. "I won two Du

Golf-Goosen wins playoff and ticket to St. Andrews

Two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen birdied the first playoff hole of a qualifying tournament at Woburn Golf Club on Tuesday to secure a spot at next month's British Open. Irish amateur Paul Dunne shot the lowest score at Woburn after rounds of 70-65 gave him a three-stroke victory with Robert Dinwiddie of England also qualifying for the tournament at St. Andrews. "I won two Dunhill Cups the

Hawks promote coach Budenholzer to top exec spot

Mike Budenholzer, voted the NBA Coach of the Year this past season, was promoted to president of basketball operations and coach while Wes Wilcox was named general manager. Tuesday's moves were the first undertaken by the club since the Hawks were sold June 24 to a group led by billionaire Tony Ressler. Budenholzer, who took over as coach of the Hawks in May of 2013, guided Atlanta to a 60-22 ma

Rare pre-Civil War baseball card heads to auction

By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - A pre-Civil War baseball card that survived as an heirloom within the family of a player for more than 150 years is being offered at auction, with online bidding starting on Tuesday, a Dallas-based auction house said. The 1860s Brooklyn Atlantics team card is expected to fetch at least $50,000, said Heritage Auctions, which will sell the card at its Platinum Ni

U.S. court vacates ruling against Golf Channel over Stanford fraud

(Reuters) - A U.S. federal appeals court on Tuesday threw out its own ruling that could have forced the Golf Channel to repay $5.9 million it received from convicted swindler Allen Stanford. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted Golf Channel's request to vacate its March 12 ruling and instead ask the Texas Supreme Court to address a disputed question of state law. Golf Channel, owned by

Aussie Dellavedova among trio with offer from Cavs

Australian guard Matthew Dellavedova, whose gritty play and determination won fans worldwide in the NBA Finals, was among three players who received qualifying offers Tuesday from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Forward Tristan Thompson and guard Iman Shumpert also received qualifying offers from the Cavaliers, meaning the club will have the right to match any offer sheet the free agents receive from a

Warriors, Curry pass Bulls, LeBron as top sellers

Golden State star guard Steph Curry and the NBA champion Warriors have moved into the top-selling spot in NBA merchandise based on sales during the playoffs, the league announced Tuesday. Curry, last season's NBA Most Valuable Player, topped the player jersey sales list at the NBA sales website for the first time in his career after the Warriors defeated Cleveland in the NBA Finals.

American Page to fulfill Serbian Olympic dream

By Zoran Milosavljevic BELGRADE, (Reuters) - A journey woman in European club basketball for most of her career, American-born Danielle Page will fulfill a childhood dream by playing in the 2016 Olympics for Serbia. The 28-year old from Colorado Springs, granted Serbian citizenship in March, will represent her adopted country at next year’s games in Rio de Janeiro after helping the Balkan nation w

Fire destroys historic Oregon baseball stadium

The vacant Civic Stadium in Eugene was engulfed in flames shooting twice the building's height when firefighters arrived on Monday evening, police said in a statement. The structure was scheduled to break ground on a major expansion and renovation in July after a years-long public campaign, according to local non-profit Eugene Civic Alliance. Police said emergency personnel were working to ensure

Golf -Lee ends Webb's reign as top Australian woman

Australia had a new number one women's golfer for the first time in around two decades on Tuesday after Minjee Lee leapfrogged Karrie Webb in the latest world rankings to end the seven-times major champion's long reign at the top. Teenager Lee, who won her first LPGA Tour event at the Kingsmill Championship in May, jumped from 17th to 16th in the rankings after finishing tied for sixth at the Arka

Atlanta Hawks sharpshooter Korver to undergo elbow surgery

Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver will undergo right elbow surgery Tuesday, the veteran NBA 3-point sharpshooter's second operation in five weeks, the club announced. Korver will have surgery in New York to remove loose bodies from the elbow. No timetable for recovery will be decided until after the operation, the Hawks said in a statement released Monday.

LeBron, Aldridge hot topics as free agency looms

Free agency for eligible NBA players begins Wednesday, with Cleveland's LeBron James and Kevin Love drawing plenty of attention but LaMarcus Aldridge and Marc Gasol more likely to make a move. Several media reports citing unnamed sources say that James, the superstar playmaker who powered the Cavaliers into the NBA Finals, has told the team he will opt out of his contract, as Love also reportedl

Global trio accepts US PGA Tour membership

South African Branden Grace, Australian Cameron Smith and Ireland's Shane Lowry have accepted special temporary US PGA Tour membership for the remainder of the season, officials said on Monday. Grace and Smith shared fourth at the US Open at Chambers Bay two weeks ago while Lowry finished ninth. As a result of their new status, Grace, Lowry and Smith are able to accept an unlimited number of spo

Grace, Smith and Lowry accept PGA Tour membership

(Reuters) - South African Branden Grace, Cameron Smith of Australia and Ireland's Shane Lowry have accepted special temporary membership for the remainder of the 2014-15 PGA Tour season, the tour said on Monday. Both Grace and Smith tied for fourth at the U.S. Open, while Lowry tied for ninth. Special temporary members are not eligible for the FedExCup playoffs, but can become regular PGA Tour m

Golf-Grace, Smith and Lowry accept PGA Tour membership

South African Branden Grace, Cameron Smith of Australia and Ireland's Shane Lowry have accepted special temporary membership for the remainder of the 2014-15 PGA Tour season, the tour said on Monday. Both Grace and Smith tied for fourth at the U.S. Open, while Lowry tied for ninth. Special temporary members are not eligible for the FedExCup playoffs, but can become regular PGA Tour members by winn

Millions in Mickelson funds laundered: report

About $2.75 million transferred from five-time major golf champion Phil Mickelson to an intermediary was laundered in an illegal sports betting operation, ESPN reported Monday, noting Mickelson has not been charged. The 45-year-old American, who earlier this month missed his second chance at completing a career Grand Slam by failing to win at the US Open, is not under investigation, according to

Choi eyes more glory after Arkansas late show

(Reuters) - Most of the clubs in Choi Na-yeon's bag weren't doing what they were supposed to in the final round of the Arkansas Championship on Sunday, the overnight leader struggling for accuracy from tee to green and wielding a putter as cold as ice. Trailing American favorite Stacy Lewis by a stroke with three holes left to play, South Korean Choi turned to her number 8 at the par 4 16th and se

South Korea's Choi wins LPGA NW Arkansas Championship

South Korea's Choi Na-Yeon holed out from the fairway for eagle on the 16th hole en route to a two-under 69 to claim the LPGA Tour's NW Arkansas Championship.

Golf-Watson wins playoff to take second Travelers title

(Repeats to add dateline) June 28 (Reuters) - Bubba Watson won his second Travelers Championship the same way as the first, at the second extra hole. Watson beat Englishman Paul Casey in a playoff on Sunday at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut. In notching his eighth victory on the PGA Tour, left-hander Watson matched Canadian Mike Weir for second on the all-time southpaw list.

Maggert rides early momentum to U.S. Senior Open win

(Reuters) - Jeff Maggert reeled off three birdies in a row to begin his final round at the U.S. Senior Open then cruised to his second major victory on the Champions Tour this season. Maggert, the 54-hole co-leader with Bernhard Langer, shot a five-under 65 for a 10-under 270 total and a two-shot win over Scot Colin Montgomerie at the Del Paso Country Club in Sacramento, California on Sunday. Mo

South Korean Choi wins in Arkansas with late charge

(Reuters) - South Korea's Choi Na-yeon used her trusty 8 iron to great effect over the closing holes of the Arkansas Championship on Sunday, finishing eagle-birdie-par to claim her second win on the LPGA Tour this season. Choi, who won the opening event of the season in Florida, trailed local favorite Stacy Lewis by a stroke with three holes to play but leapfrogged the American by holing out fro

Watson wins PGA Travelers in sudden death playoff

Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson rolled in a birdie putt on the second hole of a sudden death playoff to beat Paul Casey and capture the PGA Tour's Travelers Championship. Watson, who led after the first two rounds, on Sunday stuck his approach shot on the final hole to within seven feet, while Casey found the bunker on his first two shots then blasted a sand shot over the green to all but

Michael Sam returns to Alouettes

Michael Sam, who is the first openly gay player to be drafted by a National Football League team, has decided to rejoin the Canadian Football League's Montreal Alouettes. Great to be back in Montreal with the club. The Alouettes had suspended Sam after he abruptly left the club for "personal reasons".

Watson wins playoff to take second Travelers title

Bubba Watson won his second Travelers Championship the same way as the first, at the second extra hole. Watson beat Englishman Paul Casey in a playoff on Sunday at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut. In notching his eighth victory on the PGA Tour, left-hander Watson matched Canadian Mike Weir for second on the all-time southpaw list.

Golf-Watson wins playoff to take second Travelers Championship

(Repeats to add dateline) June 28 (Reuters) - Bubba Watson rallied to beat Paul Casey in a playoff for another win at the Travelers Championship on Sunday. The two-time Masters champion Watson birdied the second playoff hole for his eighth career PGA Tour win and second win at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut. "Casey played great," the American said.

American Jeff Maggert wins U.S. Senior Open by two strokes

(Reuters) - American Jeff Maggert emerged from a crowded leaderboard to win the U.S. Senior Open by two strokes in California on Sunday. Maggert shot a closing 65 to finish at 10-under-par 270 at Del Paso Country Club in Sacramento. Defending champion Colin Montgomerie of Scotland carded 66 to finish second on eight-under. Maggert, 51, won three times on the regular PGA Tour and seven times fini

Watson wins playoff to take second Travelers Championship

Bubba Watson rallied to beat Paul Casey in a playoff for another win at the Travelers Championship on Sunday. The two-time Masters champion Watson birdied the second playoff hole for his eighth career PGA Tour win and second win at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut. "Casey played great,” the American said.

Golf-Bubba Watson, Casey in playoff at PGA Tour event

June 28 (Reuters) - Bubba Watson and Paul Casey headed into a playoff at the Travelers Championship in Connecticut on Sunday. American Watson (67) and Englishman Casey (65) finished regulation play tied at 16-under-par 264, one stroke ahead of American Brian Harman at the PGA Tour event at TPC River Highlands. (Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Ken Ferris)

Serbian women seal Olympic berth with European crown

Serbia won the women’s European basketball championship and a place in the 2016 Olympics after a 76-68 win over hot favorites France on Sunday. It was the first medal for the Serbians as an independent nation and it surpassed their best achievement as part of the former Yugoslavia, who clinched four silver and two bronze medals. Having squeezed into the final with a 74-72 win over Belarus, Serbia

Larrazabal wins second Munich title

Pablo Larrazabal won his second BMW International Open crown by one shot after firing a six-under-par final round in Munich on Sunday. The Spaniard was five shots adrift of England's overnight leader James Morrison heading into day four, but he carded an unblemished fourth round 66, featuring six birdies, to pip Sweden's Henrik Stenson by a single stroke on 17-under par. The 32-year-old Larrazab

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