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Tiger plays 18 but unsure of Masters

Tiger Woods played an 18-hole practice round at Augusta National but remains uncertain if he will compete in next week's Masters, according to reports. ESPN and USA Today, citing comments from Woods agent Mark Steinberg, reported that Woods continues to work on his game but is undecided if he will be ready in time for the year's first major and try for a fifth green jacket.

Parker fastest to 1,000 NBA games

San Antonio Spurs star guard Tony Parker has become the fastest NBA player to reach 1,000 career games. "To tell the truth, I did not even know it was my 1,000th game," Parker told AFP after the Spurs beat Miami Heat 91-85 on Tuesday to get within a win of a playoff place. Parker, 32, who has spent his whole NBA career at the Texas franchise, is the 114th player to join the 1,000 game club.

Spurs burn Heat in rematch of last year's final

The defending champion San Antonio Spurs returned to Miami for the first time since last year's NBA Finals and delivered a 95-81 defeat to the struggling Heat. Kawhi Leonard scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds while French guard Tony Parker added 16 points and a game-high five assists and Tim Duncan contributed 12 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. It was the 14th win in 17 g

Woods plays 18 holes in practice at Augusta National

(Reuters) - The lingering 'will he play/won't he play?' scenario with Tiger Woods ahead of next week's Masters entered a new phase on Tuesday when the former world number one played a practice round at Augusta National. Woods' manager Mark Steinberg told Reuters that Woods had played 18 holes at the iconic Masters venue as he continued to assess whether his game would be "tournament-ready" for t

Golf-Woods plays 18 holes in practice at Augusta National

The lingering 'will he play/won't he play?' scenario with Tiger Woods ahead of next week's Masters entered a new phase on Tuesday when the former world number one played a practice round at Augusta National. Woods' manager Mark Steinberg told Reuters that Woods had played 18 holes at the iconic Masters venue as he continued to assess whether his game would be "tournament-ready" for the first major

Winners of the ANA Inspiration

(Reuters) - Winners of the ANA Inspiration, being played this week from April 2-5 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California, since the inaugural edition in 1972 (U.S. ...

Korean LPGA dominance here to stay, say former players

South Korean-born players have dominated the LPGA circuit this season, winning six of seven tournaments to date, and the juggernaut will be difficult to stop at this week's ANA Inspiration, the first major of the year. World number one Lydia Ko, five-time major champion Park Inbee and last week's winner Kim Hyo-joo are just the tip of a very large wave of talent flowing out of the east Asian natio

Webb, Tseng not ready to concede spotlight to new breed

As the LPGA focus turns to the glut of youthful talent, two former number ones are showing that women's golf is not exclusively a preserve of the very young. Karrie Webb and Yani Tseng have won 12 majors between them but are not prepared to rest on their laurels and might just make their presence felt at this week's ANA Inspiration in California, the first major of the year. Webb has made the cut

Ko's consistency a major topic at Mission Hills

By Mark Lamport-Stokes RANCHO MIRAGE, California (Reuters) - World number one Lydia Ko has yet to win a major title but the 17-year-old prodigy has already achieved so much in golf that she enters this week's ANA Inspiration envied by many of her rivals. The richly talented New Zealander has landed six LPGA titles and her astonishingly consistent game has helped her shoot under par for 28 consec

Golf-Webb, Tseng not ready to concede spotlight to new breed

By Andrew Both March 31 (Reuters) - As the LPGA focus turns to the glut of youthful talent, two former number ones are showing that women's golf is not exclusively a preserve of the very young. Karrie Webb and Yani Tseng have won 12 majors between them but are not prepared to rest on their laurels and might just make their presence felt at this week's ANA Inspiration in California, the first major

Golf-Ko's consistency a major topic at Mission Hills

By Mark Lamport-Stokes RANCHO MIRAGE, California, March 31 (Reuters) - World number one Lydia Ko has yet to win a major title but the 17-year-old prodigy has already achieved so much in golf that she enters this week's ANA Inspiration envied by many of her rivals. The richly talented New Zealander has landed six LPGA titles and her astonishingly consistent game has helped her shoot under par for 2

Golf-Winners of the ANA Inspiration

March 31 (Reuters) - Winners of the ANA Inspiration, being played this week from April 2-5 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California, since the inaugural edition in 1972 (U.S. ...

Ex-NFL star 'swore on his baby's life' he didn't commit murder

By Daniel Lovering FALL River, Mass. (Reuters) - Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez insisted he had nothing to do with the shooting death of an acquaintance near his home when the team's owner and security director confronted him, a jury at his trial heard on Tuesday. Billionaire business magnate and Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Hernandez told him he was innocent of the June 20

Whan gets six-year contract extension as LPGA boss

Mike Whan has received a six-year contract extension to remain as LPGA commissioner that will keep him in the position through 2020, the tour's board of directors announced Tuesday. Since arriving in 2010 to a women's golf tour that had lost several tournaments and key sponsors, Whan has guided a rebound that has seen the LPGA grow from 23 events and $40 million in prize money to more than $60 m

China closes 66 'illegal' golf courses

China's Communist rulers have turned against the exclusive sport of golf with the government saying nearly 70 "illegal" courses have been closed, seemingly enforcing a decade-old ban for the first time. The announcement by the ministry of land and resources comes amid a high-profile anti-graft campaign spearheaded by President Xi Jinping, which has seen crackdowns on banquets, lavish gift-giving

Thunder's Durant undergoes successful foot surgery

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant underwent season-ending bone graft surgery Tuesday on his right foot, a procedure that could see him resume playing in four to six months. Last season's NBA Most Valuable Player underwent the successful operation in New York four days after the team announced Durant would have the operation and miss the remainder of the campaign. Durant did not make his

DeRozan scores 42 as NBA's Raptors bring down Rockets

DeMar DeRozan scored a career-high 42 points and matched a career best with 11 rebounds as Toronto beat Houston 99-96 in a battle of NBA division leaders. DeRozan, who netted 12 points in the fourth quarter on Monday, was 14-of-27 from the court and 12-of-17 from the free throw line to power the Raptors to their eighth home win in a row over the Rockets. Atlantic division leader Toronto improved

Hawks down Milwaukee to clinch top seed in NBA's East

DeMarre Carroll scored a game-high 23 points and the Atlanta Hawks, already assured of the best record in the NBA Eastern Conference, ripped the Milwaukee Bucks 101-88. Al Horford scored 18 points on Monday while Paul Millsap contributed 15 points and nine rebounds and Carroll added eight rebounds as the Hawks improved to 56-18, 4 1/2 games behind Golden State for the top record in the league. A

McIlroy, Stenson, Watson commit to WGC Match Play

World number one Rory McIlroy as well as the next two in the rankings, Sweden's Henrik Stenson and two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson, will play at the World Golf Championships Match Play, organizers said Monday. The Northern Ireland star, whose major wins include the 2011 US Open plus the 2012 and 2014 PGA Championship and 2014 British Open, was runner-up in the WGC Match Play three years a

Ex-NFL player's fiancée says she threw out box after murder

By Daniel Lovering FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) - Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez asked his fiancée to dispose of a heavy cardboard box that smelled of marijuana a day after prosecutors say he fatally shot an associate, the fiancée told jurors at his murder trial on Monday. Shayanna Jenkins, 25, testified that she put the box in a trash bag and concealed it with baby clothes before carrying it from t

Play-off-bound Rockets lose Beverley for rest of season

Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley will miss the remainder of the NBA season after undergoing surgery on his injured left wrist, the team announced Monday. Beverley will have an operation on Tuesday to repair a torn wrist ligament that he suffered in last Monday's 110-100 victory over Indiana. The Rockets lost Beverley just two days before they welcomed back center Dwight Howard following a

NFL's Falcons fined, stripped of draft choice for piping in fake noise

The National Football League on Monday fined the Atlanta Falcons $350,000 and stripped them of a fifth-round draft choice in 2016 for piping in artificial crowd noise during their home games in 2013 and part of 2014. Separately, Cleveland Browns General Manager Ray Farmer has been suspended four games for texting coaches during games in 2014 and the team was fined $250,000, the NFL said. Falcons P

Falcons lose draft pick for artificial crowd noise

The Atlanta Falcons were fined $350,000 and stripped of a fifth-round pick in the 2016 National Football League draft on Monday for using artificial crowd noise for the past two seasons. A review by league officials concluded with the NFL imposing the punishments because a former Falcons executive, event marketing director Roddy White, pumped extra crowd noise into the Georgia Dome for home game

Browns GM banned four games for texting to sideline

Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer was suspended for four games without pay by the National Football League on Monday for violating rules banning the use of electronic devices during games. Farmer sent text messages to the Browns sideline with a cell phone during games last season. The suspension will begin at the start of the 2015 regular season and forbids Farmer from any involvement

Tiger Woods out of golf world top 100

Former number one Tiger Woods has dropped out of the world top 100 for the first time in his career as he continues his battle against injuries and loss of form. Just last January Woods posted an 82 in the Phoenix Open -- his worst round as a professional -- that saw him drop outside the top 50 in the world rankings for the first time in more than three years. He then jumped from world number 22

Tiger Woods career timeline

London (AFP) - Tiger Woods timeline since turning pro in 1996 to falling out of the world top 100:

Woods drops out of world's top 100

(Reuters) - Tiger Woods has dropped outside the top 100 in the world golf rankings for the first time since 1996. Woods's last major title was the 2008 U.S. Open but he won five PGA Tour events in 2013 and topped the rankings in May 2014 before suffering injury problems and a loss of form.

China says 66 golf courses shut in renewed crackdown

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese authorities have closed 66 golf courses in a renewed crackdown on courses built in contravention of rules designed to protect arable land and save water, China's top economic planning body said on Monday. The central government last year ordered the demolition of courses built by five mainly little-known developers, the first real sign of enforcement of a 2004 ban. The

Kerr fires 65 to capture 17th career LPGA title

Cristie Kerr fired a seven-under-par 65 to win her 17th career LPGA title, taking a two-stroke victory over South Korea's Lee Mi-Rim at the Kia Classic. A tearful Kerr had vowed to win after her caddie, Greg Johnston, mourned the death of his father last week. Lee was second, undone by a double bogey at 17, with world number one Lydia Ko of New Zealand third on 271, American Alison Lee fourth on

Leonard's hot NBA finish sparks Spurs over Grizzlies

San Antonio (AFP) - San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard scored 15 of his game-high 25 points in a six-minute span of the fourth quarter, powering the reigning NBA champion Spurs over Memphis 103-89.

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