NEW YORK (Reuters) – Karl-Anthony Towns is a young man with many gifts, but the 19-year-old top pick of the National Basketball Association Draft vowed to give all he can to help turn around his new team, the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The 19-year-old Towns, who has thrived academically and aspires one day to become a doctor, is focused on helping to cure the ills of the Wolves, who have missed the playoffs for the last 11 years.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Karl-Anthony Towns from the University of Kentucky with the first overall pick of the 2015 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on Thursday.
The 19-year-old is considered an ideal modern NBA big man with a combination of defensive domination, low post scoring brilliance and an ability to shoot from outside — qualities craved by a team that has not made the playoffs since 2004.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Kristaps Porzingis has the height and shooting touch that makes NBA scouts drool, and the slender Latvian is determined to show he has the passion and toughness to thrive in the world’s top league.
The 19-year-old Latvian, who has been playing professionally in Spain, is expected to be one of the top picks in Thursday’s NBA Draft at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Tom Brady’s appeal of his National Football League suspension for participating in a scheme to deflate footballs was entering its 11th hour on Tuesday at NFL headquarters in New York.
Tuesday and Thursday of this week were set aside for the appeal but NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the two sides were trying to wrap up the hearing later on Tuesday.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Minnesota Timberwolves are expected make versatile big man Karl-Anthony Towns of Kentucky the top pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft where a deep pool of U.S. college and international talent are up for grabs.
Towns, who can play power forward or center at 6-foot-11, can shoot from the outside, score inside and is a superior defender — ready made for the NBA wars.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Tom Brady’s appeal of his four-game National Football League suspension for participating in a scheme to deflate footballs during last season’s playoffs began on Tuesday at NFL headquarters.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who approved the suspension, is the arbiter of the appeal by the New England Patriots quarterback, who was found by a league-hired investigator to have been aware of the plan.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A humbled Alex Rodriguez crowned a season of milestones with his 3,000th career hit on Friday and thanked the Yankees and manager Joe Girardi for the chance to come back and play this season.
Rodriguez, who will turn 40 next month and was banned the entire 2014 season for violating Major League Baseball’s doping policy, became the 29th player ever to reach 3,000 hits. The slugger did so fittingly with his 13th home run of the season.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez homered on the first pitch he saw on Friday to become the 29th Major League Baseball player with 3,000 hits.
The Yankee Stadium crowd rose up to applaud Rodriguez as he came to the plate in the first inning.
HARRISON, New York (Reuters) – Park In-bee accomplished a great deal in winning the Women’s PGA Championship on Sunday, a victory that put her name atop the list of Korean major winners.
The five-stroke triumph at the venerable Westchester Country Club gave the 26-year-old Park six in her career, eclipsing the total of five claimed by pioneering Pak Se-ri.
HARRISON, New York (Reuters) – Park In-bee closed with a superbly solid 68 to win the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship by five shots on Sunday as her closest rival took a roller coaster ride at the undulating Westchester Country Club.
Park was impeccable in claiming her sixth major, running a bogey-free streak to a remarkable 56 holes as she finished at a tournament record-matching 19 under par with a 273 total to beat fellow South Korean Kim Sei-young, who shot 71 for 278.