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Apr 29, 2014

NBA bans Clippers owner from game for life over racist comments

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The National Basketball Association banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling from the game for life and fined him $2.5 million for racist comments made public over the weekend, the league’s commissioner said on Tuesday.

Sterling, the longest-tenured owner of any of the 30 NBA teams, will not be allowed any role in the operations of his team or be able to serve as one of the league’s governors, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced at a news conference in New York.

Apr 24, 2014

Pineda’s use of pine tar exposes unwritten rule

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – A pitcher using pine tar to improve his grip in cold weather appears to be a common practice in Major League Baseball, but smearing it on your neck for easy access is a no-no, as New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda found out.

Pineda was ejected from a game against the arch-rival Red Sox in Boston on Wednesday after contravening one of baseball’s arcane unwritten rules and faces a likely suspension.

Apr 14, 2014

‘Small-town guy named Bubba’ once again rules the Masters

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Bubba Watson had just won his second Masters in three years, by the comfortable margin of three strokes, and the long-hitting lefty sounded like he needed to pinch himself to believe it.

“A guy named Bubba from a small town, born in Pensacola, Florida, raised in Bagdad (Florida), it’s crazy to think that you’ve won,” Watson said at the champion’s news conference on Sunday.

Apr 14, 2014

Blixt falls just shy in quest for first Swedish major

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Jonas Blixt fell short of his goal of becoming Sweden’s first male winner of a major championship but showed again his ability to thrive at golf’s biggest events by tying for second at the Masters.

Blessed with extraordinary touch with his chipping and putting, the 29-year-old Blixt shot a final-round 71 for his fourth successive sub-par round at Augusta to join Jordan Spieth on five-under 283, three behind winner Bubba Watson.

Apr 13, 2014

Watson all set for Masters duel with young gun Spieth

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Bubba Watson squandered an early five-stroke advantage and was caught by 20-year-old Jordan Spieth as the youngster tied him for the lead at the end of a pressure-packed third round of the Masters on Saturday.

Spieth, playing with patience and discipline belying his years, posted a solid two-under-par 70 to join Watson on five-under 211 on a warm, sunny day at Augusta National that baked the famed greens to lightning speeds.

Apr 12, 2014

Watson drops into Masters tie with Bjorn, Blixt

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Bubba Watson saw a five-stroke lead disappear after a spell of bogeys during Saturday’s third round of the Masters.

Three bogeys in four holes from the fourth dropped 2012 champion Watson into a tie with Thomas Bjorn of Denmark and Jonas Blixt of Sweden on five under par for the championship with nine holes to play in the round.

Apr 12, 2014

Golf-Watson advances on Masters ‘Moving Day’

AUGUSTA, Georgia, April 12 (Reuters) – Saturday is known as ‘Moving Day’ at the Masters and the chase is on at Augusta National in pursuit of leader Bubba Watson, who moved further ahead early in the third round of the year’s opening major.

Watson, the 2012 champion, bogeyed the first hole but more than made up for that with an eagle at the par-five second to reach eight under par and extend his overnight lead by one to four strokes on a warm, sun-splashed day at the classic course.

Apr 12, 2014

Woodland in Masters contention with record-tying first nine

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – American Gary Woodland roared into contention early in the third round of the Masters by posting a record-tying six-under-par 30 for the front nine at Augusta National on Saturday.

Woodland, who began the warm, sunny day 10 strokes behind halfway leader Bubba Watson, shot up the leaderboard with four birdies and an eagle over his first nine and then added a birdie at the 10th to move within three shots of the 2012 champion.

Apr 12, 2014

Young contender Spieth minding his mentor at Masters

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Precocious Jordan Spieth is minding his mentor Ben Crenshaw, keeping his emotions under control and staying patient in the thick of the hunt at the midway point of the Masters.

Playing his first Masters, the 20-year-old Spieth shot 71 in Thursday’s opening round then went one better on Friday when the wind howled across the Augusta National pines, to tie for third place at three-under 141, four shots behind leader Bubba Watson.

Apr 12, 2014

First-round leader Haas slips down leaderboard

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – First-round leader Bill Haas went backwards with one of his shots and on the leaderboard in the second round of the Masters on Friday, stumbling to a 78 to stand nine shots off the pace.

Haas, who led the field after his opening 68, had seven bogeys along with a double-bogey at the 11th, where his tee shot nestled against a tree on the left side and he was forced to hit the ball backhanded into the fairway.