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Park claims halfway lead at Taiwan LPGA

World women's number one Park In-Bee of South Korea pulled off a 10-under-par to claim the sole lead after the second round of the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship in Taipei on Friday. Park held a three-shot advantage over China's Feng Shanshan with a two-day total of 126 when she pared in after the 15th to finish with a 62 for the $2 million tournament at the par-72 Miramar Golf Country Club. Als

Front-nine blitz puts Hurley on top

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - American Billy Hurley III grabbed a two-shot halfway stage lead at the CIMB Classic after his front-nine birdie binge at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club on Friday. The former US Navy officer sunk six birdies for an outward 30 in his second successive round of 67 to go 10-under-par 134 in the tournament sanctioned by the PGA and Asian Tour. ...

Golf-Front-nine blitz puts Hurley on top

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 31 (Reuters) - American Billy Hurley III grabbed a two-shot halfway stage lead at the CIMB Classic after his front-nine birdie binge at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club on Friday. The former US Navy officer sunk six birdies for an outward 30 in his second successive round of 67 to go 10-under-par 134 in the tournament sanctioned by the PGA and Asian Tour. ...

Golf-Colsaerts grabs halfway lead in Shanghai

SHANGHAI, Oct 31 (Reuters) - Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts snatched the halfway lead at the BMW Masters in Shanghai on Friday, shooting an eight-under-par 64 at Lake Malaran. Colsaerts, who has not won a Tour event in over two years, made nine birdies and a lone bogey to end the second round at 14-under-par after his first round 66. That left him with a one-shot advantage over Frenchman Alex Levy, w

Golfing father G-Mac finds the perfect balance

Former major winner Graeme McDowell believes that being the newest member of the European Tour's 'daddy club' has enabled him to re-focus on his game and achieve balance in his life. The 35-year-old Northern Irishman shot a solid three-under 69 Friday to lie well placed at eight-under par for the tournament, six shots behind leader Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium in the $7 million BMW Masters in La

Golf-U.S. PGA Tour CIMB Classic scores

Oct 31 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour CIMB Classic at the par-72 course on Friday in Kuala Lumpur 134 Billy Hurley III (U.S.) 67 67 136 Kevin Streelman (U.S.) 68 68 137 Kevin Na (U.S.) 69 68 Ryan Moore (U.S.) 68 69 Sergio Garcia (Spain) 69 68 Lee Westwood (Britain) 72 65 Noh Seung-Yul (South Korea) 68 69 Jeff Overton (U.S.) 68 69 Kevin Chappell (U.S.) 69 68 138 Jonas Blixt (Sw

Golf-European Tour BMW Masters scores

Oct 31 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the European Tour BMW Masters at the par-72 course on Friday in Shanghai 130 Nicolas Colsaerts (Belgium) 66 64 131 Alexander Levy (France) 65 66 133 Romain Wattel (France) 66 67 134 Marcel Siem (Germany) 68 66 Emiliano Grillo (Argentina) 66 68 Branden Grace (South Africa) 68 66 135 Thomas Bjorn (Denmark) 68 67 136 Graeme McDowell (Britain) 67 69 Jamie Donal

Clippers launch new era under Balmer with scrappy win

By Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - It was not pretty but the Los Angeles Clippers somehow found a way to launch their 2014-15 season under new owner Steve Ballmer with a scrappy 93-90 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday. With former owner Donald Sterling a relic of the past after he was banned for life by the NBA over a racism scandal, the Clippers overcame a poor shoo

Knicks ruin James' homecoming, Clippers begin new era

LeBron James struggled as the New York Knicks spoiled his Cleveland homecoming, and the Los Angeles Clippers sneaked by Oklahoma City to begin their post-Donald Sterling era on Thursday night. James returned to his roots but Carmelo Anthony stole the spotlight by scoring 25 points to lift the Knicks to a 95-90 win in the Cavaliers' 2014-15 season opener on Thursday night. "My turnovers, some of

Saints beat Panthers to take divisional lead

(Reuters) - The New Orleans Saints cracked open a scrappy game late in the first half to forge to a 28-10 win over the Carolina Panthers on Thursday, wrestling top spot in the NFC South from their opponents in the process. Running back Mark Ingram claimed two touchdowns and 100 yards in the win for New Orleans while quarterback Drew Brees added 297 yards passing and a touchdown. He also ran for

Major League Baseball roundup

(The Sports Xchange) - Kevin Youkilis, a three-time All-Star known affectionately as Yoooouuuuk in Boston and "the Greek God of Walks" in the book "Moneyball," announced his retirement Thursday. The 35-year-old was limited to 21 games in Japan last season due to plantar fasciitis. Youkilis spent most of his 10-year major-league career in Boston, where he was part of World Series champions in 200

French 'roomies' lead the Colsaerts chase at BMW Masters

Nicolas Colsaerts boomed out a 64 to take the lead in the BMW Masters Friday, but it will be two French room-mates who will mount an assault on the Belgian in Saturday's third round. Alexander Levy is one shot behind Colsaerts on 13-under par after he followed his opening 65 with a solid 66 over the par-72 Lake Malaren layout. Romain Wattel -- who is sharing a room in Shanghai with long-time fri

Reactions at World Series to Selig's reign

By Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) - In an informal survey during the World Series, Reuters asked around for the most important elements of the reign of Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, who is retiring in January: -- Bruce Bochy, San Francisco Giants manager "It's a better game today and that's because of our commissioner. He's had a great tenure and really is a great ambass

National Basketball Association roundup

(The Sports Xchange) - The Cleveland Cavaliers and center Anderson Varejao are close to agreeing on a contract extension, ESPN.com reported Thursday. The deal would be for three years at an estimated $30 million, starting with the 2015-16 season. The Brazilian native is in the final year of a six-year, $42.5 million contract. He is making $9.7 million this season. - - San Antonio Spurs forward K

Brady, Manning set to add another chapter to storied rivalry

By Simon Evans (Reuters) - Two of the mosts successful quarterbacks of all-time face each other when Tom Brady and the New England Patriots host Peyton Manning's Denver Broncos on Sunday but the clash is all about the present. While both have already secured places in the Pro Football Hall of Fame their recent form suggests they have plenty of fight left. The way they are plyaing, the duo could

National Football League roundup

(The Sports Xchange) - Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden moved Thursday to the precipice of declaring Robert Griffin III his starting quarterback for Sunday's game at Minnesota, a big step forward from the coach's dancing around the topic on Wednesday. "The progress that he has made has had us put him in with the ones and prepare to be the starter," Gruden said of Griffin, who returned to ful

Fed's George to send BBQ sauce to San Francisco Fed chief after Giants win

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank President Esther George plans to send San Francisco Fed President John Williams some local barbecue sauce to commemorate his home team's World Series victory, spokesmen for the banks said on Thursday. Baseball's biggest annual contest wrapped up its seventh game on Wednesday with the San Francisco Giants' 3-2 win against the Kansas City Ro

Royals' success warms outgoing commissioner Selig's heart

By Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) - In a way, it was fitting for Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig's last World Series in charge to finish in Kansas City. Selig, 80, is ending a 22-year reign as overseer of the game in January, and several of the innovations he instituted paid dividends at the 2014 Fall Classic. In his early days in charge, small market owners clamored for

Giants a new-age dynasty with help from Bumgarner

By Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) - A different kind of Major League Baseball dynasty has emerged. The San Francisco Giants are champions of a new age of parity, the best at juggling budget and talent, and managing the changing tides of a tumultuous 162-game regular season. Despite missing key players due to injury in pitcher Matt Cain and center fielder Angel Pagan, the Giants squeak

Two shot, dozens arrested in San Francisco following Giants win

By Rory Carroll SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Two people were shot, one was stabbed and around 40 were arrested as celebrations in San Francisco for the Giants victory in the World Series turned violent overnight, police said on Thursday. A number of police officers were struck by bottles while responding to the mayhem and three were taken to local hospitals, one with severe lacerations to his hand,

Champ Giants, near-miss Royals eye Series return

As the Champagne flowed and the San Francisco Giants celebrated a third World Series title in five seasons, they were already thinking about another championship run. Powered by an electrifying effort from left-handed pitcher Madison Bumgarner, the Giants beat Kansas City 3-2 on Wednesday for a 4-3 triumph in Major League Baseball's best-of-seven final that had manager Bruce Bochy talking about

Bad bets take a big toll on the Super Bowl's host city

By Robin Respaut GLENDALE Ariz. (Reuters) - Welcome to the sports-crazy home of February's Super Bowl. Over the last decade or so, this city of 230,000 on Phoenix's northwest border, has reinvented itself from farm town to sports Mecca. It has built the dome stadium where the National Football League's Arizona Cardinals play, the National Hockey League's Arizona Coyotes arena, and the new baseba

San Francisco Giants fans take to streets after World Series win

By Rory Carroll SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Fans of the San Francisco Giants took to the streets to celebrate on Wednesday night after their team won the baseball World Series, topping the Kansas City Royals, but the festivities were marred by raucous fans and fires. Hundreds, many clad in the team's orange and black, flooded Valencia Street in San Francisco's Mission District after the fina

Rose fights back, Donaldson rides luck in Shanghai

European Ryder Cup stars Justin Rose and Jamie Donaldson both endured an up-and-down day as the BMW Masters got under way in Shanghai on Thursday. Rose ended on level par after a disastrous start that left him four over after just four holes. Beginning at the 10th Rose was already one-over par when he found water twice en route to a triple-bogey eight at the par-five 13th.

San Francisco celebrations turn violent, two shot: report

Raucous celebrations over San Francisco's World Series baseball triumph degenerated into street violence Thursday, with two people shot and injured, news reports said. In repeats of unrest that broke out after the San Francisco Giants won the baseball title in 2010 and 2012, crowds of revelers set bonfires, got into fistfights on the streets and threw bottles, sparking the deployment of riot pol

Poulter focuses on golf in Shanghai after Bishop row and injuries

Ian Poulter is just glad to be back playing -- despite struggling to a two-over 74 in the first round of the BMW Masters on Thursday -- as he tries to put the Ted Bishop row and an injury-hit season behind him. Former PGA of America president Bishop apologised this week for his "li'l girl" tweet about Poulter which got him fired a month before his term in office was due to end. Poulter last week

With Rose blooming, Bulls open NBA season with emphatic win

The Chicago Bulls welcomed former NBA Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose back from injury Wednesday with a convincing 104-80 win over the New York Knicks. The return of Rose and the addition of Spanish veteran Pau Gasol have branded the Bulls as Eastern Conference contenders in 2014-15, and they looked the part at Madison Square Garden. "I wouldn't say my rust is knocked off, but it's getting the

Karlberg takes early CIMB Classic lead

Sweden's Rikard Karlberg sunk seven birdies for a seven-under-par 65 to take a two-stroke lead in the first-round of the CIMB Classic in Malaysia, while Spanish star Sergio Garcia lurked four shots back. American defending champion Ryan Moore turned in six birdies of his own to lead a pack of golfers just three strokes off Karlberg's pace on 68. Karlberg had five birdies on the front nine at Kua

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