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  • Sleepy Warriors wake up in time to stop the Magic

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    (The Sports Xchange) - Even when they are half asleep, the Golden State Warriors still dominate the NBA. With an East Coast start time of noon, the Warriors awakened slowly Sunday but finished with a flourish, overpowering the Orlando Magic 118-98 at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. The Warriors (38-6) won their seventh consecutive game, keeping pace to become the first NBA team in history to win at least 65 games for three consecutive seasons.

    Sun, 22 Jan 2017 16:45:16 -0500
  • Royals pitcher Ventura dies in car accident

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    Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died Sunday after a car accident in his native Dominican Republic, the Major League Baseball team confirmed in a statement. Ventura, 25, a member of the Royals pitching rotation during their 2015 World Series win, died early Sunday, the team said. Ventura's death came on the same day that former major league player Andy Marte died in a separate car crash, also in the Dominican Republic, according to a statement by his management company on Twitter.

    Sun, 22 Jan 2017 13:19:49 -0500
  • Royals pitcher Ventura killed in car crash

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    (Reuters) - Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura has been killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic, the Major League Baseball team said on Sunday. "It is with a heavy and broken heart that we confirm the passing of Yordano Ventura," said Royals vice president of communications and broadcasting Mike Swanson on the team website (www.kansascity.royals.mlb.com). Ventura had spent his entire Major League career in Kansas City, helping the Royals to a World Series title in 2015 and posting a 13-8 record.

    Sun, 22 Jan 2017 12:25:04 -0500
  • Fleetwood scorches back nine for Abu Dhabi golf win

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    England’s world number 102 Tommy Fleetwood overcame swirling winds and final-hole jitters to win the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship by one shot on Sunday. The 25 year old carded a five-under-par final-round 67 to clinch only the second European Tour title of his career. Tied with him on 16 under par was Spain's 2014 champion Pablo Larrazabal, who also shot 68.

    Sun, 22 Jan 2017 11:09:07 -0500
  • Britain's Fleetwood wins Abu Dhabi Championship

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    (Reuters) - Britain's Tommy Fleetwood kept his composure to come from behind and win his first European Tour title in more than three years at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on Sunday. The 26-year-old Englishman posted a five-under-par 67 in his final round to finish 17 under par -- one shot ahead of U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson, who hit an eagle on the last, and 2014 Abu Dhabi winner, Pablo Larrazabal of Spain. Fleetwood's second tour win came after he began the final round one shot behind overnight leader Tyrrell Hatton.

    Sun, 22 Jan 2017 10:34:09 -0500
  • China bans more than 100 golf courses to safeguard resources

    China has ordered the closure of more than 100 golf courses, the powerful state planner said on Sunday, after a multi-year campaign to tackle illegal development in the sector. Beijing banned new golf courses in 2004 to protect scarce arable land and water resources but new projects continued to be built to meet growing demand from China's wealthy. Of a total 683 courses in the country, 111 have been ordered to close following a crackdown launched in 2011, said the National Development and Reform Commission.

    Sun, 22 Jan 2017 10:02:53 -0500
  • Golf-Britain's Fleetwood wins Abu Dhabi Championship

    (Adds quotes, detail) (.) Jan 22 (Reuters) - Britain's Tommy Fleetwood kept his composure to come from behind and win his first European Tour title in more than three years at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on Sunday. The 26-year-old Englishman posted a five-under-par 67 in his final round to finish 17 under par -- one shot ahead of U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson, who hit an eagle on the last, and 2014 Abu Dhabi winner, Pablo Larrazabal of Spain. Fleetwood's second tour win came after he began the final round one shot behind overnight leader Tyrrell Hatton.

    Sun, 22 Jan 2017 09:59:34 -0500
  • Golf-Britain's Fleetwood wins Abu Dhabi Championship

    Britain's Tommy Fleetwood came from behind to win his first European Tour title in more than three years at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on Sunday. The 26-year-old Englishman posted a five-under-par 67 in his final round to finish 17 under par -- one shot ahead of U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson and 2014 Abu Dhabi winner, Pablo Larrazabal of Spain. Fleetwood's second tour win came after he began the final round one shot behind overnight leader Tyrrell Hatton.

    Sun, 22 Jan 2017 08:45:50 -0500
  • Golf-European Tour Abu Dhabi Championship scores

    Jan 22 (Gracenote) - Scores from the European Tour Abu Dhabi Championship at the par-72 course on Sunday in Abu Dhabi -17 Tommy Fleetwood (Britain) 67 67 70 67 -16 Pablo Larrazabal (Spain) 68 67 69 68 Dustin Johnson (U.S. ...

    Sun, 22 Jan 2017 08:23:03 -0500
  • Prayad wins Singapore Open after Scott's watery woe

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    Veteran Thai golfer Prayad Marksaeng won the Singapore Open by a single stroke on Sunday after the tournament favourite Adam Scott blew his chances of a fourth title by hitting two balls into the water. Prayad shot a final round of four-under-par 67 to finish at nine-under 275 and capture his 20th title since turning professional in 1991, earning himself a place in this year’s British Open. Four players -- Phachara Khongwatmai of Thailand, Juvic Pagunsan of the Philippines, Jbe Kruger of South Africa and the defending champion, South Korea’s Song Young-Han -- finished tied for second after a thrilling final day where six players had a share of the lead.

    Sun, 22 Jan 2017 03:36:16 -0500
  • Popovich pops off at "racist" Trump

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    San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich took aim at Donald Trump Saturday, devoting nearly half of his pre-game news conference to describing his contempt for the newly sworn-in American President. Popovich, 67, called Trump a bully, chastised his top advisors and praised Saturday's protests defending the rights of women on Trump's first day in office. "It does boggle the mind how somebody can be so thin-skinned," Popovich said.

    Sun, 22 Jan 2017 01:47:32 -0500
  • Spurs slip past Cavs in OT, Hornets topple the Nets

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    Kawhi Leonard finished off a dunk in the final seconds of overtime, capping a career high 41-point performance as the San Antonio Spurs outlasted the Cleveland Cavaliers 118-115. "I am in a groove," Leonard said. LeBron James tied up Leonard for a jump ball with 13 seconds left and Cleveland behind by three points.

    Sun, 22 Jan 2017 01:42:49 -0500
  • Leonard's late dunk lifts Spurs to OT win over Cavaliers

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    (The Sports Xchange) - Kawhi Leonard capped his career-high, 41-point night with a dunk in the final seconds and the San Antonio Spurs held on for a 118-115 overtime victory Saturday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers. LeBron James tied up Leonard for a jump ball with 13 seconds left and the Cavs down 3. James won the tip, but the ball was headed out of bounds when Kevin Love saved it and fired it behind his back inbounds.

    Sun, 22 Jan 2017 01:08:11 -0500
  • Morris' game winner pushes Pistons past Wizards

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    Marcus Morris delivered a game-winning putback as time expired on the clock to lift the Detroit Pistons to a 113-112 win over the Washington Wizards on Saturday. Detroit squandered a 16-point lead in the final quarter before the clutch basket by Morris who finished with a game-high 25 points and 11 rebounds. The Pistons launched three desperation shots during a mad scramble in the closing seconds leading up to the final buzzer in front of a crowd of 18,200 at The Palace arena.

    Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:44:09 -0500
  • Lillard lifts Portland over Celtics in overtime

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    Damian Lillard scored 28 points as the Portland Trail Blazers salvaged some pride at the end of a dreadful four-game road trip with a 127-123 overtime win over the Boston Celtics. "That was a huge win, especially on this trip losing the first three," said Lillard who scored 25 of his 28 points after halftime. Portland won Saturday despite 41 points by Boston's Isaiah Thomas, including 21 in the fourth quarter and overtime as he continued his hot scoring streak.

    Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:16:17 -0500
  • Packers late into Atlanta after being fogged in at home

    The Packers' charter flight was unable to land in Green Bay's Austin Straubel International Airport in Wisconsin on Saturday due to heavy fog. The Packers then boarded a bus and headed 125 miles south to Milwaukee to catch the plane and depart for Atlanta, according to multiple reports. The charter flight was scheduled to depart Green Bay at 2 p.m. U.S. Central time (2000 GMT).

    Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:56:10 -0500
  • Canadian Hadwin shoots 59 at PGA Tour event

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    (Reuters) - Canadian Adam Hadwin became the eighth player to break 60 on the PGA Tour, and the second in successive weeks, with a superb 13-under-par display in the third round of the CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta, California on Saturday. Just nine days after American Justin Thomas fired an opening 59 at the Sony Open in Hawaii, Hadwin followed suit at La Quinta Country Club, one of three venues hosting the pro-am event in the Coachella Valley where low scoring is a perennial factor. Asked to assess the quality of his golf at La Quinta, Hadwin told Golf Channel: "Perfect I guess?

    Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:27:09 -0500
  • Hadwin on PGA Tour career upswing takes lead with 59

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    (Reuters) - Canadian Adam Hadwin provided the fireworks with a sizzling 59 to vault one stroke clear after Saturday's third round of the $5.8 million CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta, California. On a day when overnight leader Hudson Swafford made a mess of his last three holes, Hadwin took advantage of near-perfect greens at La Quinta Country Club, one of three venues hosting the pro-am event formerly called the Bob Hope Classic, as he became the eighth player to break 60 on the PGA Tour. Hadwin did well to par the last, getting up and down from just off the back of the green before he removed his cap and hoisted his putter skywards, then smiled broadly as he was congratulated by the other players in his pro-am grouping.     “I didn't want to make bogey, that's the last thing I wanted to do,” Hadwin told Golf Channel about his final putt of the day, a four-footer at the par-four 18th.

    Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:26:21 -0500
  • Patriots and Steelers in royal clash for shot at Super Bowl

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    In a match-up of NFL royalty, the New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady host the Pittsburgh Steelers in Sunday's AFC title clash with the winner earning a record ninth trip to the Super Bowl. Both teams have been on a tear, with the Patriots riding an eight-game winning streak, while the Steelers and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger have claimed nine straight.

    Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:25:01 -0500
  • Golf-U.S. PGA Tour CareerBuilder Challenge scores

    Jan 22 (Gracenote) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour CareerBuilder Challenge at the par-72 course on Saturday in La Quinta, California -17 Adam Hadwin (Canada) 71 69 59 -16 Dominic Bozzelli (U.S.) 64 67 69 -15 Brian Harman (U.S.) 67 65 69 Bud Cauley (U.S.) 69 67 65 Chad Campbell (U.S.) 66 69 66 Hudson Swafford (U.S.) 65 65 71 -14 Brendan Steele (U.S.) 68 64 70 -13 Chris Kirk (U.S.) 69 66 68 Robert Garrigus (U.S.) 68 69 66 -12 Richy Werenski (U.S.) 69 67 68 Grayson Murray (U.S.) 68 69 67 Geoff Ogilvy (Australia) 67 69 68 -11 Anirban Lahiri (India) 69 72 64 Charles Howell III (U.S. ...

    Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:47:17 -0500
  • NFL Colts sack general manager Grigson

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    The Indianapolis Colts fired general manager Ryan Grigson on Saturday after the team missed the NFL playoffs for the second consecutive season, Colts owner Jim Irsay announced Saturday. Irsay also said that Chuck Pagano would remain as the Colts' head coach in 2017. The Colts went 8-8 this season, finishing third in the AFC South division and missing the post-season again.

    Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:42:03 -0500
  • Golf-Hadwin on PGA Tour career upswing takes lead with 59

    Canadian Adam Hadwin provided the fireworks with a sizzling 59 to vault one stroke clear after Saturday's third round of the $5.8 million CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta, California. On a day when overnight leader Hudson Swafford made a mess of his last three holes, Hadwin took advantage of near-perfect greens at La Quinta Country Club, one of three venues hosting the pro-am event formerly called the Bob Hope Classic, as he became the eighth player to break 60 on the PGA Tour. Hadwin did well to par the last, getting up and down from just off the back of the green before he removed his cap and hoisted his putter skywards, then smiled broadly as he was congratulated by the other players in his pro-am grouping.

    Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:14:17 -0500
  • Canada's Hadwin fires rare 59 to grab US PGA lead

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    Canada's Adam Hadwin became only the eighth golfer to shoot 59 over 18 holes at a US PGA Tour event, sinking 13 birdies in a bogey-free third round Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. The 29-year-old from suburban Vancouver was one stroke off the tour record 58 fired last year by American Jim Furyk at the Travelers Championship. It was the second US PGA Tour 59 in as many weeks, following American Justin Thomas firing 59 on the way to victory in the opening round at last week's Sony Open in Hawaii.

    Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:04:47 -0500
  • Golf-Canadian Hadwin becomes eighth man to break 60 on PGA Tour

    Canadian Adam Hadwin became the eighth player to break 60 on the PGA Tour, and the second in successive weeks, with a superb 13-under-par display in the third round of the CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta, California on Saturday. Just nine days after American Justin Thomas fired an opening 59 at the Sony Open in Hawaii, Hadwin followed suit at La Quinta Country Club, one of three venues hosting the pro-am event in the Coachella Valley where low scoring is a perennial factor. The 29-year-old from Saskatchewan, who has yet to win on the PGA Tour, reeled off six consecutive birdies from the second hole as he raced to the turn in seven-under 29, and then plundered five in a row from the 11th.

    Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:46:00 -0500
  • Popovich 'factors a lot' in LeBron 2020 Olympic decision

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    Having Gregg Popovich coach the US Olympic basketball team is a major consideration for LeBron James as he ponders seeking 2020 Tokyo gold, the NBA superstar said Saturday. "It factors a lot," the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar said. Popovich, coach of the NBA's San Antonio Spurs, has taken over the US national team program following the retirement of Duke University coach Mike Krzyzewski, who guided American collections of NBA talent to Olympic gold in 2008, 2012 and last year in Rio.

    Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:19:03 -0500
  • Wade apologizes, Butler fumes over bitter NBA Bulls loss

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    Dwyane Wade is apologetic, Jimmy Butler is frustrated and the Chicago Bulls are mired in misery after a humbling NBA home loss to Atlanta left them with a losing record. The Hawks took a 35-13 lead after the first quarter on the way to a 102-93 triumph in which 35-year-old starting Bulls guard Wade made only 2-of-10 shots for four points with three rebounds and three assists. "That performance was AWFUL!!! I apologize to all the Chicago fans and Wade fans," tweeted Wade, a three-time NBA champion guard for Miami who joined the Bulls this season.

    Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:04:45 -0500
  • Consistent Hatton inches ahead in Abu Dhabi

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    (Reuters) - Briton Tyrrell Hatton hit a second successive four-under-par 68 on Saturday to take a one-shot lead after three rounds of a fiercely contested Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Hatton, who has finished in the top 10 seven times in his last 11 events, recorded five birdies for the third round in succession and carded just a single bogey. Among those in the chasing pack were British Open champion Henrik Stenson, fellow Swede Alex Noren and 23-times European Tour winner Lee Westwood, all just three shots off the lead.

    Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:10:01 -0500
  • Golf--Consistent Hatton inches ahead in Abu Dhabi

    Briton Tyrrell Hatton hit a second successive four-under-par 68 on Saturday to take a one-shot lead after three rounds of a fiercely contested Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Hatton, who has finished in the top 10 seven times in his last 11 events, recorded five birdies for the third round in succession and carded just a single bogey. Among those in the chasing pack were British Open champion Henrik Stenson, fellow Swede Alex Noren and 23-times European Tour winner Lee Westwood, all just three shots off the lead.

    Sat, 21 Jan 2017 13:37:52 -0500
  • NFL-Patriots and Steelers in royal clash for shot at Super Bowl

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    In a match-up of NFL royalty, the New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady host the Pittsburgh Steelers in Sunday's AFC title clash with the winner earning a record ninth trip to the Super Bowl. Both teams have been on a tear, with the Patriots riding an eight-game winning streak, while the Steelers and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger have claimed nine straight.

    Sat, 21 Jan 2017 10:44:38 -0500
  • Packers, Falcons set to give Georgia Dome explosive sendoff

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    The Georgia Dome's final game could fittingly be an explosive one with the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers poised to blow the roof off the place when the NFL's most potent offenses clash on Sunday for a berth in the Super Bowl. With Atlanta's Matt Ryan and Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers leading supercharged offences against leaky defenses, Las Vegas bookmakers have set a record high "over-under" -- or the total combined points scored -- for a playoff contest at 60 points. When both teams met in the regular season Atlanta won 33-32 after Ryan tossed a last-minute touchdown and many expect more fireworks in Sunday's NFC Championship.

    Sat, 21 Jan 2017 10:42:16 -0500
  • Scott joint leader as storm disrupts Singapore Open golf

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    Australia’s Adam Scott was among four players tied for the lead at the Singapore Open on Saturday when a tropical storm and fading light forced the suspension of the third round. Already behind schedule after Southeast Asia's fickle weather disrupted the opening day, the storm left Asian Tour officials scrambling to finish the US$1million tournament on time. Organisers face the possibility of a Monday finish after heavy rain resulted in more long delays at the Sentosa Golf Club.

    Sat, 21 Jan 2017 08:13:14 -0500
  • Warriors top Rockets for sixth straight win

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    (The Sports Xchange) - Having already delivered convincing statements earlier this week by drubbing the Cavaliers and Thunder, the Warriors were quick to send the message on Friday that exacting revenge for a previous loss was a pressing priority. While All-Star Game starters Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry split responsibility orchestrating the offense, the Golden State Warriors' collective length dominated defensively in a 125-108 victory over the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. The Warriors (37-6) stretched their winning streak to six games by overwhelming the Rockets (33-13) on both ends of the court.

    Sat, 21 Jan 2017 02:28:33 -0500
  • Warriors crush Rockets for sixth straight NBA win

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    The Golden State Warriors took their revenge against the Houston Rockets, overwhelming on both ends of the court with a 125-108 victory at the Toyota Center arena. Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant joined forces to power the offence while the rest of the crew made the defensive stops as the Warriors stretched their NBA winning streak to six games. "Three good teams in a row, we definitely wanted to come out and make a nice statement," said Durant, who also had two steals and two blocks.

    Sat, 21 Jan 2017 02:07:19 -0500
  • Wizards coach Lowe fined by NBA for leaving bench

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    The NBA slapped the Washington Wizards and assistant coach Sidney Lowe with a total of $20,000 in fines after Lowe left the players' bench in the final moments of Thursday's game against New York. Lowe was fined $5,000 for potentially impacting the final outcome of Washington's 113-110 win over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. The team was handed a $15,000 fine on Friday in addition to Lowe's punishment.

    Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:17:14 -0500
  • Closer Casilla signs two-year deal with Oakland A's

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    (Reuters) - The Oakland Athletics beefed up their bullpen on Friday by signing former San Francisco Giants closer Santiago Casilla on a two-year contract worth $11 million, the Major League Baseball team said. Casilla, who went 2-5 with 31 saves and a 3.57 ERA in 62 relief appearances for San Francisco last year, returns to the franchise that signed him as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic on Jan. 31, 2000.

    Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:50:07 -0500
  • Spurs' Gasol undergoes left hand surgery: reports

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    San Antonio Spurs center Pau Gasol underwent surgery on Friday to repair a broken ring finger on his left hand and will miss the next few weeks of the NBA season, according to multiple reports. Yahoo Sports and ESPN, each citing unnamed sources in website reports, said the 36-year-old Spaniard had the operation so he would be able to return as quickly as possible. ESPN said the timetable for Gasol's return could be four to eight weeks while Yahoo said it could go as long as six weeks.

    Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:23:14 -0500
  • Mickelson charges but Swafford leads at Challenge

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    Phil Mickelson fired a six-under par 66, including an eagle and a holed-out bunker shot, and leaped into contention after Friday's second round of the US PGA CareerBuilder Challenge. The 46-year-old US left-hander, playing his first event since October following two sports hernia surgeries, made six birdies, two bogeys and an eagle to move four strokes back of leader Hudson Swafford, who fired his second consecutive 65 to stand on 14-under 130 after 36 holes. "I feel like I'm improving quite a lot from when I started (practicing) last Saturday," Mickelson said.

    Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:33:02 -0500
  • Golf: Swafford one ahead at La Quinta, Mickelson four back

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    (Reuters) - American journeyman Hudson Swafford, seeking his first PGA Tour title, continued to reap the benefits of hard work on his swing as he earned a one-shot lead after Friday's second round of the $5.8 million CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta, California. On a rare wet and cold day in the California desert, Swafford birdied three of the four par-fives to card a seven-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course, one of three venues hosting the pro-am event formerly called the Bob Hope Classic. Swafford, who produced good form last week to tie for 13th at the Sony Open in Hawaii, posted a 14-under total of 130, with first-round leader Dominic Bozzelli and New Zealand's Danny Lee equal second on 13-under.

    Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:29:20 -0500
  • Golf-Swafford one ahead at La Quinta, Mickelson four back

    American journeyman Hudson Swafford, seeking his first PGA Tour title, continued to reap the benefits of hard work on his swing as he earned a one-shot lead after Friday's second round of the $5.8 million CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta, California. On a rare wet and cold day in the California desert, Swafford birdied three of the four par-fives to card a seven-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course, one of three venues hosting the pro-am event formerly called the Bob Hope Classic. Swafford, who produced good form last week to tie for 13th at the Sony Open in Hawaii, posted a 14-under total of 130, with first-round leader Dominic Bozzelli and New Zealand's Danny Lee equal second on 13-under.

    Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:26:41 -0500
  • Wembley NLL games set for September 24, October 1

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    Dates were announced Friday for two of the NFL's four London games this year, with the league confirming September 24 and October 1 matchups at Wembley Stadium. The Jacksonville Jaguars will face the Baltimore Ravens in the first game with the Miami Dolphins meeting the New Orleans Saints a week later, with the Florida teams designated as "host" teams. The Jaguars have a deal to play one home game a season in London while the Dolphins agreed to play a home game there as part of the deal awarding Miami the 2020 Super Bowl.

    Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:46:57 -0500
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