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T-wolves lose top scorer Martin to wrist surgery

Kevin Martin, who leads the Minnesota Timberwolves with 20.4 points a game this season, underwent successful surgery Tuesday to repair a fractured right wrist, the NBA club announced. The operation, performed by Thomas Graham at the Cleveland Clinic, is expected to sideline the 31-year-old point guard from six to eight weeks. Martin suffered the injury early in the first quarter of Minnesota's 1

American Koepka wins European Rookie of Year award

LONDON (Reuters) - Brooks Koepka matched the feat achieved by fellow American Peter Uihlein 12 months ago when he was named European Tour Rookie of the Year on Tuesday. The 24-year-old Koepka finished eighth on the money-list in his first full season on the circuit and also won the Turkish Airlines Open earlier this month. "Winning the Rookie of the Year award means so much," Koepka said in a ne

Sandoval hits Boston, LaRoche inks Chicago deal

Pablo Sandoval, a star third baseman who helped San Francisco win three of the past five Major League Baseball titles, was welcomed to the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday. On the same day fellow free agent slugger Adam LaRoche was confirmed as joining the Chicago White Sox, Sandoval officially joined the Red Sox with a five-year deal worth $95 million (76.2 million euros). Sandoval's deal and a four-y

Ex-NFL defensive back charged with domestic assault in Virginia

(Reuters) - Former Washington Redskins defensive back Fred Smoot has been charged with domestic assault following an altercation at a suburban Washington home, police said Tuesday. Deputies responded to a call Sunday at an Ashburn, Virginia, home around 11 a.m. EST for a report of a domestic assault. The victim told police that Smoot - her boyfriend - grabbed her during a argument, according to

Cancer feared for sidelined Chiefs safety Berry

Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry was placed on the NFL non-football illness list after a mass was discovered on the right side of his chest, sparking cancer fears. Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder on Monday said Berry began feeling discomfort in his chest late in the Chiefs' loss to Oakland last Thursday and that an MRI exam Friday showed the mass in his chest, meaning the "leading considerati

LeBron scores 29 as Cavaliers snap four-game skid

Cleveland (AFP) - LeBron James scored 29 points and added 11 assists while playing only three quarters on Monday as the Cleveland Cavaliers snapped a four-game losing streak by routing Orlando 106-74.

Snow-struck Bills rip Jets and Ravens beat Saints

Overcoming a week that saw snow bury their home region, the Buffalo Bills shook off the disruptions and routed the New York Jets 38-3 at Detroit. The Bills missed days of practice as their home stadium was buried in snow and the league elected to move the game from Buffalo to the Detroit Lions' vacant domed stadium home and push it back one day. In Monday's regularly scheduled NFL contest, the B

Bills punish Jets in Detroit

(Reuters) - The Buffalo Bills overcame the loss of home ground advantage and a lack of practice to trounce the New York Jets 38-3 in Detroit on Monday. The Bills were forced to move the game from its original Sunday slot in Buffalo after a huge snowstorm earlier in the week that created public safety issues and prevented the team from practicing. The win at Detroit's indoor Ford Field pushed Buf

Exclusive: Ex-broker must pay $2 million to former NBA player

By Suzanne Barlyn (Reuters) - A former securities broker that regulators said took part in a multi-million dollar fraud against professional athletes must pay $2 million to former NBA player Sam Young, an arbitration panel ruled on Monday. Young's professional basketball career has included stints with the Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs. He was among dozens of investors who lost money afte

Pro Bowl player for NFL's Chiefs could have lymphoma, says team

By Steve Ginsburg (Reuters) - Kansas City Chiefs three-time Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry has a mass on the right side of his chest that team officials said Monday could be lymphoma. Berry, a 25-year-old five-year NFL veteran, will undergo further testing on Tuesday at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, the Chiefs said. "At first I was in shock with the diagnosis on Saturday and did not even want

Star pitching trio join Hall of Fame ballot

The Baseball Hall of Fame announced 17 new names for its 2015 ballot on Monday, including Cy Young Award-winning pitchers Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz. Also among the newcomers to the lineup that a media panel will consider for entry into the sporting honor shrine next year are sluggers Gary Sheffield and Carlos Delgado, and shortstop Nomar Garciaparra.

World champ Hamilton nominated for BBC award

London (AFP) - Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton will battle with the likes of European Ryder Cup star Rory McIlroy and Real Madrid's Gareth Bale for the BBC's prestigious 2014 Sports Personality of the Year award.

Fan of NFL's Browns says hit by entourage of quarterback Manziel

(Reuters) - A Cleveland Browns fan who tried to approach backup quarterback Johnny Manziel told police he was attacked by the player's entourage, and the National Football League team said Monday it was gathering information to determined what happened. Chris Gonos, 33, said he approached Manziel early Saturday at a Cleveland hotel and said, 'I'm the biggest Browns fan ever, I love you, I want t

Obama awards Medal of Freedom to 18, including Streep, Wonder

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Monday presented the highest U.S. civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to 18 artists, politicians, writers, scholars and activists, including actress Meryl Streep and singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder. "Not only have they made the world better, but by following their example they make us a little bit better every single day. We are tru

Another black eye for league as Manziel fan beaten

Cleveland Browns backup quarterback Johnny Manziel was in the middle of an early morning fight Saturday involving his entourage and a fan who sought to hug the NFL rookie. Cleveland Scene's website claimed Monday that a police report said authorities were called to a brawl that erupted around the incident involving 20 men and two security guards at The 9, a high-end apartment complex in Clevelan

Pelicans lose Gordon to left shoulder injury

New Orleans Pelicans starting guard Eric Gordon has been sidelined indefinitely with a torn labrum in his left shoulder, the NBA club announced Monday. Gordon, a seven-year NBA veteran, suffered the injury Saturday in the Pelicans' 106-94 victory over Utah when he separated his shoulder. In 12 games this season, Gordon has averaged 9.5 points and 2.0 assists a game for New Orleans. The Pelicans

Rookie sensation Ko faces 'tough' task to match 2014

(Reuters) - New Zealand teenager Lydia Ko knows full well that she will face a formidable challenge next year in trying to replicate, at the very least, her astonishingly successful rookie campaign on the LPGA Tour. The 17-year-old capped a storming 2014 season by clinching her third victory in a gripping three-way playoff for the Tour Championship on Sunday at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Flori

Els dreams of carrying South African flag at 2016 Olympics

By Tony Jimenez (Reuters) - Ernie Els is dreaming of holding aloft the South African flag at the opening ceremony when golf returns to the Olympics in Brazil in 2016, he said at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. The South African, who has won four major championships and more than 60 titles around the world, will be 46 when the sport returns to the Games fold in Rio de Janeiro following a

Golf-Els dreams of carrying South African flag at 2016 Olympics

By Tony Jimenez Nov 24 (Reuters) - Ernie Els is dreaming of holding aloft the South African flag at the opening ceremony when golf returns to the Olympics in Brazil in 2016, he said at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. The South African, who has won four major championships and more than 60 titles around the world, will be 46 when the sport returns to the Games fold in Rio de Janeiro follow

Red Sox to sign Sandoval, Ramirez: reports

The Boston Red Sox, trying to revamp their batting line-up, have agreed deals with Major League Baseball free agent sluggers Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval, according to media reports Monday. Agreements by the 2013 World Series winners would see Ramirez ink a five-year deal worth $90 million and Sandoval leave the World Series champion San Francisco Giants for a five-year deal worth nearly $1

Beckham's amazing touchdown grab has Giant impact

New York Giants rookie receiver Odell Beckham made one of the most spectacular catches in NFL history Sunday night in a losing cause against the Dallas Cowboys. Beckham's one-handed touchdown grab while leaping backward at the goal line raised eyebrows in the second quarter but the Giants would eventually lose their sixth game in a row, falling to Dallas 31-28. "It means nothing without a win,"

Romo leads Cowboys to late win over Giants

(Reuters) - New York receiver Odell Beckham Jr's 'catch of the season' put the Giants in control against the Cowboys on Sunday, but Tony Romo produced another late scoring drive to lead Dallas to a 31-28 win at MetLife Stadium. Trailing 28-24 with three minutes remaining, Romo led the Cowboys on an 80-yard drive and found Dez Bryant for the game-winning 13-yard touchdown. “You gain experience an

New England Patriots rout Lions, new dad scores for daughter

Tom Brady sparked the New England Patriots to their seventh consecutive victory in a 34-9 rout of Detroit, while Indianapolis receiver T.Y. Hilton scored a touchdown for his newborn daughter. Brady completed 38-of-53 passes for 349 yards and two touchdowns Sunday against what had been the NFL's top-ranked defensive unit as the Patriots improved to 9-2, level for the league's best record after Ar

Katy Perry confirmed as Super Bowl halftime singer

New York (AFP) - Katy Perry will perform in the Super Bowl 49 halftime show next February, the singer and the National Football League confirmed.

Katy Perry to headline NFL's 2015 Super Bowl halftime show: NFL

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop singer Katy Perry will headline the halftime entertainment at February's Super Bowl, the most-watched U.S. sporting and television event, according to an announcement by the National Football League on Sunday. The 30-year-old "Roar" singer joins the likes of Madonna, Beyonce and Prince to perform at the NFL's Super Bowl halftime show, which regularly attracts more vie

Gasol sparks Grizzlies to 22nd home win in a row

Memphis (AFP) - Spain's Marc Gasol scored 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Memphis Grizzlies over the Los Angeles Clippers 107-91 for their 22nd consecutive home-court triumph.

Kiwi golf star Ko wins Tour Championship, season crown

New Zealand teen Lydia Ko parred the fourth playoff hole to beat Carlota Ciganda and win the LPGA Tour Championship, completing a $1.5 million haul that included a season points crown. Ko tapped in for par on the final extra hole Sunday after her Spanish rival buried her approach under a bush, giving the Seoul-born 17-year-old her third title of her first full LPGA season. "This has been a big y

Seahawks shut down Cardinals, 49ers stay in contention

By Simon Evans (Reuters) - Defending Super Bowl champions the Seattle Seahawks handed the Arizona Cardinals just their second loss of the season with a 19-3 win in their NFC West clash on Sunday despite quarterback Russell Wilson being sacked seven times. The win keeps alive the slim hopes of Seattle (7-4) of catching the Cardinals (9-2) while the San Francisco 49ers kept themselves in contentio

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