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OTTAWA - Colin Greening scored 7:39 into double overtime, and the Ottawa Senators rallied for a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins that cut their series deficit to 2-1 on Sunday night.

Merritt leads by three, Spieth in the hunt at Hilton Head

(Reuters) - Unheralded American Troy Merritt moved one step closer to his maiden PGA Tour title by claiming a three-stroke lead after Saturday's third round of the RBC Heritage in South Carolina. Merritt, ranked 249th in the world and playing in his 86th tour event, followed his course record-tying 61 in the second round with a 69 for a 54-hole total of 14-under-par 199 on the Harbour Town Golf

Golf-U.S. PGA Tour Heritage Classic scores

April 18 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Heritage Classic at the par-71 course on Saturday in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina -14 Troy Merritt (U.S.) 69 61 69 -11 Kevin Kisner (U.S.) 68 67 67 Brendon Todd (U.S.) 73 66 63 Matt Kuchar (U.S.) 68 66 68 -10 Branden Grace (South Africa) 70 67 66 Jim Furyk (U.S.) 71 64 68 Brice Garnett (U.S.) 72 66 65 -9 Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 74 62

Wizards down Raptors in Toronto to open playoffs

The Washington Wizards, led by a strong performance from Paul Pierce, held on for a 93-86 overtime win over Toronto on the Raptors' home floor on Saturday to open the NBA playoffs. The Wizards squandered a lead that stretched to as many as 15 points in the fourth quarter, but allowed the Raptors to score just four points in overtime to seal the victory in the opener of the best-of-seven Eastern

Aphibarnrat grabs Shenzhen lead despite late woes

(Reuters) - Kiradech Aphibarnrat dropped three shots in his last two holes but will still take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Shenzhen International as the Thai bids for his second European Tour title. The 2013 Malaysian Open champion double bogeyed the par-five hole and dropped another shot at the last to sit 12-under after his round of 68. Then I made a big mistake on last two hol

Golf-Aphibarnrat grabs Shenzhen lead despite late woes

Kiradech Aphibarnrat dropped three shots in his last two holes but will still take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Shenzhen International as the Thai bids for his second European Tour title. The 2013 Malaysian Open champion double bogeyed the par-five hole and dropped another shot at the last to sit 12-under after his round of 68. Then I made a big mistake on last two holes, not the wa

Golf-European Tour Shenzhen International scores

April 18 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the European Tour Shenzhen International at the par-72 course on Saturday in Shenzhen -12 Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Thailand) 67 69 68 -10 Peter Uihlein (U.S. ...

'Diamond' Phachara hopes to sparkle on Asian Tour debut

(Reuters) - Fifteen-year-old Thai Phachara Khongwatmai will make his Asian Tour debut at next week's Indonesian Masters, hoping to steal some limelight from former world number one Lee Westwood and Dane Thomas Bjorn. He turned professional last August before becoming the youngest winner on the Asian Development Tour, which serves as the feeder circuit to the Asian Tour, last month. "I started play

Kim Sei-Young takes solo lead in LPGA LOTTE Championship

South Korean LPGA rookie Kim Sei-Young defied gusty winds to fire a two-under par 70 to move into the solo lead at the LOTTE Championship. Kim, who notched her first LPGA victory in just her second start as a tour member at the Pure Silk-Bahamas this season, had shared the overnight lead with compatriot Kim In-Kyung. Kim In-Kyung had four birdies and three bogeys in her one-under 71 for 205. Two

Kim calm and collected in gusty Hawaii

LPGA Tour rookie Kim Sei-young held firm in windy conditions to take over the solo lead after the third round of the South Korean-dominated LOTTE Championship in Hawaii on Friday. Facing winds that reached up to 30 miles per hour, Kim scrapped out a two-under-par 70 that put her at 12-under for the tournament and gave her a one-stroke edge over fellow South Korean Kim In-kyung, who entered the d

All-time scoring leader Abdul-Jabbar has heart surgery

(Reuters) - NBA Hall of Fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the league's all-time leading scorer, is recovering from quadruple coronary bypass surgery, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center said on Friday. Dr. Richard Shemin, who performed the operation on Thursday, said Abdul-Jabbar was expected to make a full recovery. Abdul-Jabbar, who marked his 68th birthday on Thursday, was diagnosed with cardiov

Merritt matches course record to upstage Spieth

Troy Merritt fired a record-equalling 10-under-par 61 Friday as he goes after a first US PGA Tour title, out-shining the 62 of Masters champion Jordan Spieth to seize the RBC Heritage lead. Merritt's 12-under-par total of 130 put him four strokes ahead of defending champion Matt Kuchar, who posted a 66, and John Merrick, who signed for a 65. Spieth helped get Friday's birdie bonanza going at Har

Spieth fires 62, Merritt goes one better to lead

(Reuters) - Jordan Spieth bounced back from a Masters hangover by firing a nine-under 62 on Friday, but fellow American Troy Merritt went one better with a record-tying 61 to take a four-shot lead at the RBC Heritage in South Carolina. Merritt made seven birdies on the back nine, closing with four in a row to match the course record round set by South African David Frost in 1994 for a 36-hole to

Lakers great Abdul-Jabbar recovering after heart op

Legendary former Lakers center and NBA Hall-of-Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is expected to make a full recovery after quadruple coronary-bypass surgery, hospital officials said Friday. Abdul-Jabbar was admitted to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles with cardiovascular disease and underwent surgery on Thursday -- his 68th birthday, the hospital said in a statement issued at Abdul-J

Real surge clear as Barca are pegged back

By Zoran Milosavljevic BELGRADE (Reuters) – - Real Madrid took a 2-0 lead over Anadolu Efes Istanbul in their Euroleague best-of-five quarter-final series on Friday while Barcelona wasted home court advantage against Olympiakos Piraeus. A resilient Olympiakos drew level 1-1 with Barca after a 76-63 victory. The two playoffs move to Istanbul and Athens respectively next week with Game Three schedul

Schedule for first round of NBA playoffs

(Reuters) - Schedule of games for the best-of-seven opening round of the National Basketball Association playoffs (*-if needed): EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlanta Hawks vs. ...

Factbox: Interesting facts about the 2015 playoffs

(Reuters) - Some interesting facts about the National Basketball Association's postseason: * The Boston Celtics (40-42) and Brooklyn Nets (38-44) both qualified for the playoffs in the Eastern Conference despite posting losing records during the 2014-15 NBA regular season. * The Oklahoma City Thunder (45-37) missed out on the final Western Conference playoff berth due to a tiebreaker, making them

Profiles of Eastern Conference playoff teams

(Reuters) - Brief profiles of the eight Eastern Conference teams that qualified for the 2015 National Basketball Association (NBA) playoffs: ATLANTA HAWKS Regular season record: 60-22 How they qualified: First in East Head coach: Mike Budenholzer Top scorer: Paul Millsap (16.7 points per game) Top rebounder: Paul Millsap (7.8 rebounds per game) NBA titles: One (*1958) Joined NBA: 1949 *As St. Loui

Profiles of NBA Western Conference playoff teams

(Reuters) - Brief profiles of the eight Western Conference teams that qualified for the 2015 National Basketball Association (NBA) playoffs: GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS Regular season record: 67-15 How they qualified: Won Western Conference Head coach: Steve Kerr Top scorer: Stephen Curry (23.8 points per game) Top rebounder: Draymond Green (8.2 rebounds per game) NBA titles: Two (*1956, 1975) Joined NB

LeBron has Cavs on title track after slow start to season

(Reuters) - LeBron James could not bring Cleveland a NBA title during his initial stint with the Cavaliers but in the first season of his second go-round with the team, he has them looking like true contenders for a championship. A shaky beginning marked his return, James at times looking sluggish during the Cavaliers' 6-7 start, but after he took time off in January to rest his body, the team h

Warriors look to extend magical run into postseason

The Golden State Warriors enjoyed a dream season as they raced to the best mark in the NBA but their lack of playoff experience leaves them with much to prove heading into the post-season. Under first-year coach Steve Kerr the high-octane Warriors compiled a franchise-best 67 wins with an exhilarating brand of play that stole the spotlight. LeBron James has restored the Cleveland Cavaliers to pl

Bjorn welcomes Pelley's appointment as European Tour chief

By Tony Jimenez LONDON (Reuters) - Keith Pelley's appointment as European Tour chief executive in succession to George O'Grady Has been welcomed by Tournament Players Committee chairman Thomas Bjorn. Bjorn, a member of Europe's victorious Ryder Cup team in Scotland in September, has already spoken to the 51-year-old Pelley at length and is impressed by the president of Canadian conglomerate Rogers

Media exec at Rogers Comms leaves to head golf's European Tour

The head of media at Canada's Rogers Communications Inc will leave the company this summer to become commissioner of the PGA European Tour golf events, the cable and media company said in a statement on Friday. Keith Pelley joined Rogers in August 2010, and in recent years repositioned the Roger Media division of the company and played a key role in presenting newly won National Hockey League cont

Star quarterback Winston's lawyer calls Florida rape suit a 'stunt'

A lawyer for college football star quarterback Jameis Winston, a contender for the top pick in the upcoming National Football League draft, on Friday labeled as a "stunt" the lawsuit filed a day earlier in a Florida court by a woman who says he raped her. Winston, 21, did not face criminal charges in the alleged 2012 rape and was cleared of any conduct code violations as a student at Florida State

American Uihlein leads in windy Shenzhen as Watson wilts

(Reuters) - American Peter Uihlein took a one-stroke lead at the halfway stage of the European Tour's Shenzhen International on Friday as compatriot and twice Masters champion Bubba Watson struggled in swirling winds to lie in a share of 42nd place. Uihlein, tied for second overnight, started on the back nine and had a tough time, managing two birdies and a dropped shot before he took advantage

Two Kims atop crowded Korean leaderboard

Oahu (United States) (AFP) - Kim Sei-Young fired a five-under 67 in Thursday's second round to join rookie Kim In-Kyung atop a crowded South Korean dominated leaderboard at the LPGA Tour's LOTTE Championship.

Warriors, Cavaliers favoured in NBA playoffs

Regular season heroes will rise and fall, rivalries will be renewed and the dark horses will get their chance when the National Basketball Association playoffs begin this weekend. The Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs are the favourites, but there's always someone who does the unexpected and launches a team to prominence. Golden State finished with 6

Commissioner reinstates Vikings rusher Peterson

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who was initially placed on the National Football League's exempt list in September, has been reinstated by commissioner Roger Goodell, the league announced. After reaching a plea agreement in the case, Peterson was suspended by Goodell in November for violating the league's personal conduct policy. "Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings was adv

McDowell takes share of Heritage lead

Graeme McDowell and Matt Every posted matching 66s for a share of the lead while Masters champ Jordan Spieth struggled to a 74 in the first round of the PGA Tour's Heritage event. Northern Ireland's McDowell quickly moved atop the leaderboard early on the back nine.

Korean Kims share halfway lead at LOTTE Championship

(Reuters) - South Korean Kim In-kyung said that strong winds created an element of luck in the second round at the LOTTE Championship in Hawaii on Thursday. "I feel really happy with the (round because) even though you hit a good shot, in this wind it can (go) anywhere really," Kim In-kyung told reporters. Kim Sei-young, meanwhile, showed no obvious mental wounds from her recent major meltdown as

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