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Jul 31, 2014

Tigers, A’s add aces in MLB arms race

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Division leaders Detroit and Oakland forged an American League arms race as the Tigers got David Price from Tampa Bay and the A’s dealt for Boston’s Jon Lester in a frenzied finish to Thursday’s trade deadline.

The pair of aces could lead to an epic collision in the AL Championship Series between West-leading Oakland, who have a Major League Baseball-best record of 66-41, and the Central’s Tigers (58-47), who own the biggest division lead in the majors.

Jul 31, 2014

Spanish striker Villa vows to add to legacy in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) – For Spanish striker David Villa, the chance to start afresh in Major League Soccer with New York City at Yankee Stadium proved irresistible in his quest to add to his legacy.

Villa, Spain’s all-time top scorer, last month became the first player signed by New York City FC, co-owned by Manchester City and the New York Yankees, who will debut in 2015.

Jul 31, 2014

Soccer-Spanish striker Villa vows to add to legacy in New York

NEW YORK, July 31 (Reuters) – For Spanish striker David Villa, the chance to start afresh in Major League Soccer with New York City at Yankee Stadium proved irresistible in his quest to add to his legacy.

Villa, Spain’s all-time top scorer, last month became the first player signed by New York City FC, co-owned by Manchester City and the New York Yankees, who will debut in 2015.

Jul 30, 2014

Buyers and sellers spar for deadline deals

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Visions of acquiring a difference-making player for this season or possible future stars stir the imagination of Major League Baseball fans ahead of Thursday’s trade deadline.

Teams are free to wheel and deal until 4 p.m. ET July 31 with contending teams keen to bolster a run for the postseason, while also rans look to unload pricey players in return for prospects who might someday blossom into stars.

Jul 29, 2014

PGA Tour commissioner and Woods hope for big 2014 finish

PARAMUS New Jersey (Reuters) – Tiger Woods, battling back from a back injury, still drives fan interest and TV ratings and PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem is as keen as the former world number one himself that he has a big 2014 finish.

Finchem told reporters on Tuesday there would be no medical exemptions made for the elite season-ending FedExCup playoffs, where the starting field is determined by points earned during the regular season.

Jul 18, 2014

Race is on as teams head for second half

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – With the All-Star Game done and dusted, Major League Baseball zeroes in on the race for the postseason, with five of the six divisions looming as fights to the finish.

The Oakland A’s and Los Angeles Angels, who own the two best records in the major leagues, are battling for division honors in the American League West, while all three National League division races remain up for grabs.

Jul 8, 2014

LeBron’s pending decision has NBA world holding its breath

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – On the four-year anniversary of a nationally televised special called “The Decision” where LeBron James announced he would sign with the Miami Heat, the NBA world was in a holding pattern for the free agent’s next decision.

James is expected to meet with Heat president Pat Riley about re-signing with Miami, while widespread reports say the league’s four-time most valuable player feels a tantalizing tug to return home to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Jul 4, 2014

LeBron’s agent meets with select teams

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – The prospects of NBA fireworks loomed on the Independence Day holiday weekend as speculation grew on Friday about the future of four-time league most valuable player LeBron James.

James, who four years ago left the Cleveland Cavaliers in a messy divorce to join the Miami Heat, is a free agent and his representative has been quietly meeting with select clubs about the future of a player widely regarded as the world’s best.

Jul 3, 2014

‘Melo Tour,’ Miami suspense spice up free agency period

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – The ‘Melo Tour’ heads into Day Three on Thursday, the LeBron James and Miami Heat mystery muddles on and a pair of big-name veterans are sparking interest in the NBA free agency market.

Carmelo Anthony, after initial stops in Chicago, Houston and Dallas, has Los Angeles next on his itinerary and a meeting with the Lakers as the high-scoring forward weighs the options of signing with a new team or returning to the New York Knicks.

Jun 27, 2014

Exum keen to grow game in Utah with Jazz

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Australia’s Dante Exum, the NBA Draft’s Mystery Man, will have a chance to reveal his talents with the Utah Jazz after being taken fifth overall on Thursday.

Exum chose not to enroll in U.S. college, the more common path to the NBA, after leading Canberra’s Lake Ginninderra College to the national schools championship while he was also in attendance at the Australian Institute of Sport.