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Feb 24, 2015

Spring training warms up players, winter-frazzled fans

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – Major League Baseball spring training camps heat up this week with position players joining the early reporting pitchers and catchers, warming the hearts of fans suffering in the arctic chill of a brutal winter.

The stirrings of baseball in sun-drenched Florida and Arizona provide light at the end of a frigid tunnel and an optimistic renewal that fosters hope of better days ahead.

Feb 18, 2015

Motor racing-Gordon content to leave behind stress of Daytona

NEW YORK, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Navigating the high-stress, white-knuckle test of the Daytona 500 will not be missed by Jeff Gordon, who nonetheless relishes the chance to launch his farewell NASCAR season with another Speedway triumph.

The four-time NASCAR series champion and three-time Daytona winner has said this will be his final full-time season on the premier stock car circuit and last Daytona 500.

Feb 14, 2015

Curry savors rise from depths to MVP candidate

NEW YORK (Reuters) – It has been a long climb for Stephen Curry from a frustrating rookie season with the Golden State Warriors to top-vote getter for the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday.

The sweet-shooting guard from Davidson College suffered through a 26-56 season with the Warriors after being the seventh pick of the 2009 NBA Draft, but comes to Madison Square Garden as the floor leader of the NBA’s top team at 42-9.

Feb 14, 2015

James expects big role in next league contract talks

NEW YORK (Reuters) – LeBron James expects to be heavily involved in the next labor negotiations with NBA owners after his election as vice president of the Players Association.

“It’s going to be a very important negotiation and process and I think I’m a big part of the process,” James said after the Cleveland Cavaliers star practiced with his East team mates for Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden.

Feb 14, 2015

Mutombo among finalists for Hall of Fame

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Defensive wizard Dikembe Mutombo was named one of 12 finalists for the Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday, while Australian player and coach Lindsay Gaze was one of five elected to the Hall by select committees.

Mutombo, the shot-blocking Congolese center who was honored four times as NBA Defensive Player of the Year, was among six players, five coaches and a referee to make the short list for possible election in 2015.

Feb 14, 2015

Silly questions, international flavor top All-Star Media Day

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Hundreds of quote-starved journalists packed into a Manhattan hotel ballroom, swarming around basketball royalty on Friday.

From starters like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and the Gasol brothers, Pau and Marc, to old timers such as Dominique Wilkins and Scottie Pippen, reporters and camera crews at NBA All-Star Game Media Day jockeyed for position in a crush that approached Super Bowl hysterics.

Feb 13, 2015

Gasol brothers revel in NBA All-Star first for siblings

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Pau Gasol and younger brother Marc have enjoyed many things together in life, but Sunday will provide them with an NBA first when they share the floor in the All-Star Game.

The Spaniards will become the first brothers to start the annual game and as centers for their conference teams will face off for the jump ball to open the contest in Madison Square Garden.

Feb 13, 2015

Former US exec says big-time sport a sound TV investment

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – While analysts debate the fiscal sense of Sky TV paying more than $4 billion to broadcast live English Premier League matches, former CBS Sports president Neal Pilson advises them not to fret.

The retired executive speaks from personal experience when he predicts a happy outcome despite the amount spent.

Feb 13, 2015

Soccer-Former US exec says big-time sport a sound TV investment

Feb 13 (Reuters) – While analysts debate the fiscal sense of Sky TV paying more than $4 billion to broadcast live English Premier League matches, former CBS Sports president Neal Pilson advises them not to fret.

The retired executive speaks from personal experience when he predicts a happy outcome despite the amount spent.

Feb 13, 2015

Athletics – Veteran Lagat, in-form Rowbury spark Millrose miles

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Millrose Games marvel Bernard Lagat hopes to demonstrate there is potent life after 40 on the track as he joins a stellar field for the fabled Wanamaker Mile at the New York Armory on Saturday.

Fresh off setting an over-40 masters indoor 3,000 meters record last week in Boston, Lagat looks to add a ninth Wanamaker title to his record total and improve the masters mark of 3:58.15 set in 1994 by Ireland’s Eamonn Coghlin.