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Golf-World Rankings

Jan 26 (Infostrada Sports) - The World Rankings 1. (1) Rory McIlroy (Britain) 11.03 2. (2) Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 7.68 3. (3) Adam Scott (Australia) 7.10 4. (4) Bubba Watson (U.S.) 7.02 5. (5) Justin Rose (Britain) 6.37 6. (6) Sergio Garcia (Spain) 6.27 7. (7) Jim Furyk (U.S.) 6.16 8. (8) Jason Day (Australia) 5.62 9. (9) Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 5.44 10. (11) Matt Kuchar (U.S.) 5.24 11. (10) Rickie

NFL's Sherman gets shots in against under-pressure Patriots

With Super Bowl 49 still a week away, Seattle Seahawks defensive standout Richard Sherman was already getting his shots in against the New England Patriots. The outspoken quarterback was skeptical that the Patriots would ever be punished, even if the NFL finds they purposely underinflated the footballs used in the playoff win over Indianapolis that sent them into the Super Bowl -- where they'll

Falcons' Ryan throws deciding TD in Pro Bowl win

Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan threw the deciding touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham late in the fourth quarter as Team Irvin edged Team Carter 32-28 in the NFL Pro Bowl. The 45th edition of the all-star event on Sunday featured teams picked by Hall of Fame receivers Cris Carter and Michael Irvin. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford took most of the snaps for Team Irvin, throwing for 316 yards and two

Ryan gamble pays off as Team Irvin wins Pro Bowl

(Reuters) - Matt Ryan threw the winning score on a fourth down to give Team Irvin a dramatic 32-28 victory over Team Carter in the NFL Pro Bowl on Sunday. In the second year of a revised format that saw Hall of Fame receivers Michael Irvin and Chris Carter draft teams, fans were treated to an exciting conclusion at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Team Irvin trailed 28-25

Hawks extend NBA franchise record win streak

Paul Millsap tallied 20 points and six assists as the Atlanta Hawks won their 16th straight game with a 112-100 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Atlanta established a franchise record with their 15th consecutive win on Friday night and have won 29 of their last 31 NBA games. Al Horford tallied 19 points, six boards and four assists, while Jeff Teague added 15 points and seven helpers for

'Deflategate' overshadows Seahawks' Super Bowl arrival

By Steve Keating PHOENIX (Reuters) - With the arrival of the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, Super Bowl week was officially underway but the spotlight remained on the mystery of the under-inflated footballs the New England Patriots used in the AFC title game. An hour after landing in Phoenix, a smiling Seattle coach Pete Carroll and six players huddled with the media at the team hotel and faced the

Haas holds on to win Humana Challenge

Bill Haas rolled in some huge birdies and made some key pars on the back nine to beat five challengers by one shot and win the PGA Tour's Humana Challenge. This is great," said the 32-year-old Haas on Sunday. Haas shot a final round 67 to finish the week at 22-under-par 266 and win for the sixth time on the PGA Tour. Second-round leader Matt Kuchar finished with a five-under 67 and he ended tied

Bill Haas survives final-hole scare, wins Humana Challenge

(Reuters) - Bill Haas survived a scare at the final hole to earn a one-stroke victory over five players at the $5.7 million Humana Challenge in the California desert on Sunday. Haas took the sole lead with a 10-foot birdie at the 16th hole at the PGA West Palmer course at La Quinta on his way to his second victory in the event formerly known as the Bob Hope Classic. He carded a 67 to finish at 2

Golf-Bill Haas survives final-hole scare, wins Humana Challenge

(Adds details, quotes) Jan 25 (Reuters) - Bill Haas survived a scare at the final hole to earn a one-stroke victory over five players at the $5.7 million Humana Challenge in the California desert on Sunday. Haas took the sole lead with a 10-foot birdie at the 16th hole at the PGA West Palmer course at La Quinta on his way to his second victory in the event formerly known as the Bob Hope Classic. H

Golf-U.S. PGA Tour Humana Challenge scores

Jan 26 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Humana Challenge at the par-72 course on Sunday in La Quinta, California 266 Bill Haas (U.S.) 67 63 69 67 267 Steve Wheatcroft (U.S.) 65 67 68 67 Brendan Steele (U.S.) 67 68 68 64 Charley Hoffman (U.S.) 71 63 69 64 Matt Kuchar (U.S.) 65 64 71 67 Park Sung-Joon (South Korea) 68 67 67 65 268 Justin Thomas (U.S.) 68 63 68 69 Boo Weekley (U.S.

Golf-Race to Dubai rankings

Jan 25 (Infostrada Sports) - Race to Dubai rankings 1. (1) Danny Willett (Britain) 939270 2. (2) Ross Fisher (Britain) 641062 3. (6) Branden Grace (South Africa) 629654 4. (3) Gary Stal (France) 408465 5. (4) Luke Donald (Britain) 324886 6. (5) Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa) 298873 7. (40) Marc Warren (Britain) 287141 8. (7) Marcel Siem (Germany) 259493 9. (8) Charl Schwartzel (South Africa) 2536

Piston's top scorer Jennings sidelined

The Detroit Pistons top scorer Brandon Jennings will likely miss the remainder of the season with a torn left Achilles tendon, the NBA team said on Sunday. The Pistons point guard was injured during Saturday's contest against Milwaukee. The six-year veteran left the Pistons' 101-86 loss late in the third quarter with what the team initially said was a left leg injury. Jennings leads the Pistons

New commissioner wants to promote sport to youth

(Reuters) - New Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred wants to increase participation in the sport among America’s youth and modernize the game without interfering with its history and traditions. MLB’s former chief operating officer, Manfred, 56, takes over the top post from Bud Selig, who stepped down after 22 years as commissioner.

Krzyzewski claims college win No. 1,000

New York (AFP) - Mike Krzyzewski, who coached the US national team to gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, became the first American college coach to record 1,000 victories on Sunday.

What scandals? It never rains on Super Bowl party

By Steve Keating PHOENIX (Reuters) - From domestic violence to deflated footballs, scandal and controversy have hung over the National Football League this season but no matter how dark the clouds it never rains on the Super Bowl parade. North America's most popular sport has seen as many hits off the field as on it during a turbulent 2014-15 campaign but marches on toward next Sunday's highly a

Eastern Michigan University women's basketball player dies in car crash

A member of the Eastern Michigan University women's basketball team and another university student died on Sunday in a head-on car crash near campus in Ypsilanti Township, officials said. Shannise Heady, 21, a forward with the team, was driving a car that crossed the center line and struck another vehicle shortly before 1 a.m. local time, said Derrick Jackson, a spokesman for the Washtenaw County

Rusty short game costs Mickelson a chance to go low

(Reuters) - Phil Mickelson has been a little rusty with his usually renowned short game in his first PGA Tour event in four months and he squandered the chance to shoot a low score at the Humana Challenge with some untidy play on Saturday. Though the American left-hander piled up eight birdies in the third round, he also carded four bogeys to finish with a four-under-par 68 on the Palmer Private

Belichick says '100 percent' Patriots did no wrong

A New England Patriots internal investigation shows the NFL club did nothing wrong in the controversy over football inflation levels in a playoff victory, coach Bill Belichick said Saturday. "Deflategate" has overshadowed New England's 45-7 romp over visiting Indianapolis last week to book a Super Bowl berth against Seattle after a league probe showed the Patriots used under-inflated balls in th

Compton shares PGA lead as Kuchar stumbles late

Erik Compton, a runner-up at last year's US Open, fired a five-under par 67 to grab a share of the lead after Saturday's third round of the US PGA Tour Humana Challenge. In a tournament that uses three courses in the California desert, two-time heart transplant recipient Compton finished his round on the PGA West Nicklaus course level after 54 holes with fellow Americans Bill Haas, Justin Thomas

Pacesetting Kuchar slips back with messy finish

(Reuters) - Overnight leader Matt Kuchar surprisingly dropped three shots in his last four holes to finish the third round of the $5.7 million Humana Challenge one stroke off the pace at La Quinta on Saturday. Two ahead and seemingly cruising on another gorgeous day of dazzling sunshine in the California desert, Kuchar bogeyed the 15th, 17th and the last for a one-under-par 71 on the Palmer Priv

Golf-Pacesetting Kuchar slips back with messy finish

Overnight leader Matt Kuchar surprisingly dropped three shots in his last four holes to finish the third round of the $5.7 million Humana Challenge one stroke off the pace at La Quinta on Saturday. Two ahead and seemingly cruising on another gorgeous day of dazzling sunshine in the California desert, Kuchar bogeyed the 15th, 17th and the last for a one-under-par 71 on the Palmer Private course at

Aldridge to play, delay surgery on injured thumb

Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge has postponed planned surgery on an injured left thumb and will stay in the lineup, the NBA club said Saturday. The update came two days after the Trail Blazers announced Aldridge could miss between six weeks and two months of the season for an operation on a torn ligament. Aldridge was injured in Monday's victory over Sacramento when he collided

Patriots say they followed rules, accept no blame

By Mark Lamport-Stokes (Reuters) - The New England Patriots said on Saturday they had followed "every rule to the letter" and accepted no blame for using footballs that were under inflated in their AFC championship win over the Indianapolis Colts six days ago. The victory earned the Patriots a spot in the Feb. 1 Super Bowl against the defending champion Seattle Seahawks. The National Football Le

Maturing Johnson set for PGA Tour return

(Reuters) - Dustin Johnson will return to the PGA Tour at next month's Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego, ending a six-month leave of absence from golf to seek help for "personal challenges". Tournament organizers announced the American's commitment to the Feb. 5-8 event and Johnson on Saturday told Golfweek magazine it was time for him "to grow up" and get back to competitive golf. "I try not

Golf-Maturing Johnson set for PGA Tour return

Dustin Johnson will return to the PGA Tour at next month's Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego, ending a six-month leave of absence from golf to seek help for "personal challenges". Tournament organisers announced the American's commitment to the Feb. 5-8 event and Johnson on Saturday told Golfweek magazine it was time for him "to grow up" and get back to competitive golf. "I try not to get too em

Grace lands eagle, wins Qatar Masters

South Africa's Branden Grace produced a late surge to win the Qatar Masters by one shot from Scotland's Marc Warren at the Doha Golf Club on Saturday. Grace became the fourth South African to win the $2.5 million tournament, following Darren Fichardt (2003), Ernie Els (2005) and Retief Goosen (2007). After a close battle for most part of the day, Grace landed an eagle on the 16th hole to momenta

Super Bowl has ways to go in captivating global audience

More than 100 million Americans are expected to watch this year's Super Bowl, but there are about 7 billion people in the rest of the world who may not be so captivated. The NFL has a loyal following in countries including Britain, Australia, Canada and Mexico but may be struggling to gain a foothold in the prized China market, where most people do not have the "foggiest idea" of the sport. Germ

Grace claims second title of season at Qatar Masters

(Reuters) - South African Branden Grace became the first player to win multiple events in the 2015 Race to Dubai after he held his nerve to win the Qatar Masters in Doha on Saturday. Grace fired a bogey-free, six-under-par 66 to finish the tournament on 19-under, one shot clear of Scotland's Marc Warren (67) and two ahead of Austrian Bernd Wiesberger (68). Tied at 18-under-par as they approached

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