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Feb 11, 2015

Bolt eager to re-establish sprint supremacy

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt is eager to reassert his supremacy following an injury-plagued season in which American Justin Gatlin took over as the number one ranked sprinter.

“I felt like I’d retired, the way people were talking about Justin Gatlin,” Bolt said with a laugh on Tuesday at the launch of Puma’s Ignite line of running shoes. “I found it to be funny. Like wow, I’m one season out and it’s like I retired.”

Feb 7, 2015

USGA says Pinehurst conversion a model for 2016 Olympics

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The back-to-back men’s and women’s golf events at the 2016 Olympics will be modeled on the staging of the U.S. Women’s Open straight after the men’s on the same Pinehurst course last year, a top U.S. Golf association official said on Saturday.

After a 112-year absence, golf returns to the Olympic program in Rio with an individual men’s stroke play event followed by an individual women’s tournament on the same course.

Feb 7, 2015

Golf-USGA to launch Senior Women’s Open in 2018

NEW YORK, Feb 7 (Reuters) – The United States Golf Association will be balancing its championships lineup by launching a U.S. Senior Women’s Open in 2018, USGA president Thomas O’Toole Jr announced on Saturday.

“We have studied and discussed the need for this championship for many years and now we can celebrate its introduction,” O’Toole said at the annual USGA meeting.

Feb 5, 2015

Klitschko sees unhappy ending for ‘Rocky Balboa’ opponent

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Long-reigning world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko likens his next challenger, Bryant Jennings of Philadelphia, to the Rocky Balboa character of film fame.

But the towering Ukraine who has ruled the division for nine years does not predict a happy ending for Jennings in their April 25 clash at Madison Square Garden.

Feb 3, 2015

Gordon aims to bring smiles to needy children

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon is retiring from full-time racing after this season but will be far from idle with continued ties to the racing world and a passion to champion children’s health causes.

Gordon will remain involved with Hendricks Motorsports as an equity partner and is expected to do some broadcasting work, and on Tuesday was introduced as spokesman for the “Give Kids A Smile” program providing dental care to under-served children.

Feb 3, 2015

Motor racing-Gordon aims to bring smiles to needy children

NEW YORK, Feb 3 (Reuters) – Four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon is retiring from full-time racing after this season but will be far from idle with continued ties to the racing world and a passion to champion children’s health causes.

Gordon will remain involved with Hendricks Motorsports as an equity partner and is expected to do some broadcasting work, and on Tuesday was introduced as spokesman for the “Give Kids A Smile” program providing dental care to under-served children.

Jan 31, 2015

Cain aims to show off speed in NY homecoming

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Versatile young U.S. runner Mary Cain aims to show off her speed over 800 meters in a New York homecoming performance at the Armory Track Invitational on Saturday.

The 18-year-old Cain, who has set multiple national junior records outdoors and is the reigning world junior 3,000 meters champion, is using the shorter race as preparation for a world championships campaign in the 1,500.

Jan 21, 2015

Rose says best from Steroids Era belong in Hall of Fame

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – All-time hits leader Pete Rose hopes he will get a second chance from incoming commissioner Rob Manfred after suffering a 25-year ban from Major League Baseball and a place in the Hall of Fame for gambling on the sport.

Manfred will take over as MLB chief from Bud Selig, whose 22-year reign ends on Saturday.

Jan 14, 2015

Golf-Nicklaus optimistic on Tiger, U.S. Ryder Cup future

Jan 14 (Reuters) – Jack Nicklaus, golf’s greatest major winner, says Tiger Woods and the U.S. Ryder Cup team are both going through golfing lulls but is optimistic they will bounce back.

The 39-year-old Woods, returning from a back injury, has not won a major since he took his total to 14 — second on the all-time list — at the 2008 U.S. Open.

Jan 7, 2015

Cooperstown’s Class of 2015 reflects diversity in game

NEW YORK (Reuters) – From tallest to shortest, from a hybrid starter/reliever to a versatile regular who went from catcher to infield to outfield, the Hall of Fame Class of 2015 embodies the diversity that is part of baseball’s appeal.

Pitchers Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz, and Houston Astros stalwart Craig Biggio showed how players of different shapes could take different paths to Cooperstown.