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Dec 19, 2014

Five best performances of 2014

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – Five best sporting performances of 2014:

1. MADISON BUMGARNER (BASEBALL)

San Francisco pitcher Madison Bumgarner saved the day and the World Series for the Giants with a Game Seven effort that capped a record-breaking performance in the Fall Classic.

The 25-year-old country boy from North Carolina put a spell over the Kansas City Royals, pitching five shutout innings of relief to preserve a deciding one-run win on two days rest after winning twice as a starting pitcher.

Dec 19, 2014

Five best performances of 2014

Dec 19 (Reuters) – Five best sporting performances of 2014:

1. MADISON BUMGARNER (BASEBALL)

San Francisco pitcher Madison Bumgarner saved the day and the World Series for the Giants with a Game Seven effort that capped a record-breaking performance in the Fall Classic.

The 25-year-old country boy from North Carolina put a spell over the Kansas City Royals, pitching five shutout innings of relief to preserve a deciding one-run win on two days rest after winning twice as a starting pitcher.

Dec 18, 2014

Woeful Knicks on slow learning curve under Jackson regime

NEW YORK (Reuters) – In a season full of hope in the first full campaign under club president Phil Jackson, the New York Knicks are struggling with a new offense, a rookie coach and a frustrated star in Carmelo Anthony.

Coach Derek Fisher, who won five NBA titles as a guard for the Lakers under then-coach Jackson, has been cool and calm in his new role but showed growing impatience against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday when his club fell to woeful 5-22 record.

Dec 17, 2014

Deep Mavericks lighten load on Nowitzki

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Dirk Nowitzki can still fill up the basket in his 17th season with the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, but it has become time to lighten the load on the 7-foot German sharpshooter.

“Our roster is built on a lot of guys that can make plays. A lot of guys that can contribute, not just one guy to lead every night,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle told reporters before Tuesday’s road game against the New York Knicks.

Dec 17, 2014

U.S. bid seen as ‘clear favorite’ to land 2024 Games

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – Prospects of the Summer Olympics returning to U.S. soil look good, according to domestic sports business experts who rate the United States as the early favorite to host the 2024 Games.

The United States on Tuesday became the third country after Germany and Italy to launch a bidding process with Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and Washington vying to become the first U.S. Summer Games host since Atlanta in 1996.

Dec 17, 2014

Olympics-U.S. bid seen as ‘clear favourite’ to land 2024 Games

Dec 16 (Reuters) – Prospects of the Summer Olympics returning to U.S. soil look good, according to domestic sports business experts who rate the United States as the early favourite to host the 2024 Games.

The United States on Tuesday became the third country after Germany and Italy to launch a bidding process with Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and Washington vying to become the first U.S. Summer Games host since Atlanta in 1996.

Dec 11, 2014

Rehabilitated Woods heading toward his second billion

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – His goal of 18 majors is in serious doubt, but five years after his precipitous fall from grace a rehabilitated Tiger Woods is entering the next phase of his career heading toward making another billion.

Five years after driving into a fire hydrant in front of a neighbor’s house in Isleworth, an accident that set off sordid tales of extramarital affairs and an exodus of sponsors, Woods returned to the exclusive enclave with high hopes restored.

Dec 8, 2014

Spieth, at top of his game, takes aim at McIlroy

WINDERMERE, Florida (Reuters) – Jordan Spieth, who created a buzz when at 19 when he became the youngest player to win a PGA Tour event in 82 years, is playing the best golf of his 21-year-old life and taking aim at top ranked Rory McIlroy.

Spieth followed up a six-stroke victory at last week’s Australian Open with a 10-shot romp at the Hero World Challenge at Isleworth on Sunday to end his year inside the world top 10 at number nine.

Dec 8, 2014

Improved swing gives Woods optimism despite poor finish

WINDERMERE, Florida (Reuters) – Tiger Woods flubbed chip shots and suffered glitches on short pitches that would rile a 20-handicapper, yet the 14-times major winner and colleagues rated his return to competition this week a success.

The 38-year-old Woods finished tied for last in the 18-player Hero World Challenge that benefits his foundation, but believes the back problems that sidelined him the past four months have been fixed as has his golf swing.

Dec 8, 2014

Analysis – Improved swing gives Woods optimism despite poor finish

WINDERMERE, Florida (Reuters) – Tiger Woods flubbed chip shots and suffered glitches on short pitches that would rile a 20-handicapper, yet the 14-times major winner and colleagues rated his return to competition this week a success.

The 38-year-old Woods finished tied for last in the 18-player Hero World Challenge that benefits his foundation, but believes the back problems that sidelined him the past four months have been fixed as has his golf swing.