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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.

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.