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Mar 3, 2015

Rice details bruising career before declaring brain donation

NEW YORK (Reuters) – It was a long road to a shortened National Football League career for Sidney Rice, an All-Pro receiver who retired last July at age 27 due to fears about his long-term health after numerous concussions.

“The first time I actually experienced a head trauma was when I was eight years old,” Rice told Reuters after announcing on Tuesday he was donating his brain to medical research after his death.

Mar 3, 2015

Weatherford, Rice to donate brains for medical research

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford and former National Football League receiver Sidney Rice announced on Tuesday that they will donate their brains to medical research after their death.

Rice, who retired from the NFL last July at the age of 27 over worries about the long-term effects of absorbing so many blows to the head, and Weatherford hoped their commitment might mobilize others to aid brain disease research.

Feb 26, 2015

World beater Biles trying not to think about Olympics

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – Gymnast Simone Biles, an early favorite to emerge as the darling of the Rio Olympics, is gearing up for next month’s American Cup in her home state of Texas and keeping her mind off the ‘scary’ 2016 Games.

The 17-year-old Biles, winner of four golds at last year’s world championships in China including her second successive all-around title, said she has made a couple of upgrades to her routines for the March 7 event at the Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium.

Feb 26, 2015

Love returned to Ryder captaincy despite Medinah crash

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – The naming of Davis Love III as captain of the 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup team was well received by his peers but it may be a tougher sell to fans who still have nightmares over the epic collapse he oversaw at Medinah in 2012.

Despite other candidates without a blemish the size of Love’s on their resumes, the man who captained the worst U.S. finishing-day flop in Ryder Cup history was given a chance to atone for the devastating defeat.

Feb 24, 2015

Abdul-Jabbar spreads wide wings as Renaissance Man

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar proved to be an ultimate winner during his Hall of Fame career but for the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, missing out on a chance to be a head coach may have been a blessing.

The shy, cerebral 7-foot-2 (2.18 m) Abdul-Jabbar, a prolific winner from New York’s Power Memorial High School to UCLA, from the Milwaukee Bucks to the Los Angeles Lakers, is now thriving as the kind of Renaissance Man he always thought he could be.

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.