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Jan 11, 2014

Suspended Rodriguez will not go quietly

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez has vowed to carry his fight against a season-long doping suspension into the courts, but win or lose the controversial player is not likely to disappear from the scene.

The man popularly known as A-Rod, the best-paid player in Major League Baseball history, has never shied from the spotlight and the 38-year-old will probably be commanding attention for years to come.

Jan 10, 2014

New York’s Smith sits as team mates beat the Heat

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Shoelace-tying prankster J.R. Smith took a seat on the bench and watched his New York Knicks team mates keep up their New Year’s resolution by playing team basketball in a 102-92 victory over the NBA champion Miami Heat on Thursday.

Smith, last year’s NBA Sixth Man of the Year, was fined $50,000 on Wednesday by the league for tying an opponent’s sneaker laces during a free throw attempt in a repeat of an earlier incident for which he was warned.

Jan 9, 2014

‘Big Hurt’ gets last laugh over drug cheats

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Frank “Big Hurt” Thomas may have suffered from comparisons to doping cheaters during his major league career but is enjoying the last laugh as a newly elected member of Baseball’s Hall of Fame.

Thomas, elected to baseball’s shrine along with former Atlanta Braves pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine in results announced on Wednesday, called himself “the happiest man in the world” on Thursday for honestly slugging his way to Cooperstown.

Jan 8, 2014

Maddux, Glavine, Thomas elected to Hall of Fame

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, who were former Braves team mates, and slugger Frank Thomas were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in results announced on Wednesday by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

The three were elected in their first year of eligibility after waiting the required five years after their retirement.

Jan 7, 2014

Maddux tops worthy group awaiting Hall of Fame results

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Precision pitcher Greg Maddux and others debuting on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot on Wednesday could gain entry one year after first-timers Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were snubbed in a Cooperstown shutout.

Home run king Bonds and seven-time Cy Young winner Clemens, both suspected of using performance-enhancing drugs, fell far short of the 75 percent of the votes needed from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America for induction to Cooperstown.

Jan 7, 2014

Devastated Vonn out of Sochi Games with injury

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn, one of the biggest attractions in winter sport, will miss next month’s Sochi Games because she requires surgery on her injured knee.

The 29-year-old American broke the news on her Facebook page on Tuesday.

“I am devastated to announce I will not be able to compete in Sochi,” said Vonn, the girlfriend of world number one golfer Tiger Woods.

Jan 7, 2014

Olympics-Devastated Vonn out of Sochi Games with injury

NEW YORK, Jan 7 (Reuters) – Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn, one of the biggest attractions in winter sport, will miss next month’s Sochi Games because she requires surgery on her injured knee.

The 29-year-old American broke the news on her Facebook page on Tuesday.

“I am devastated to announce I will not be able to compete in Sochi,” said Vonn, the girlfriend of world number one golfer Tiger Woods.

Jan 4, 2014

High-tech attention, chicken soup combat icy game

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – High-tech equipment, vigilant medical care and perhaps even the time-worn comfort of chicken soup will be on tap to combat Arctic conditions for Sunday’s NFL playoff game in Green Bay, Wisconsin, between the Packers and San Francisco 49ers

So says Dr. Matthew J. Matava, head team doctor for the St. Louis Rams and president of the National Football League Physicians Society.

Jan 2, 2014

Eagles brace for chilly wild card clash with Saints

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – The wintry motif for an NFL postseason that climaxes next month in the first cold weather Super Bowl will have a fittingly frigid launch in this weekend’s opening NFC playoff games.

A snowstorm sweeping through the U.S. Northeast on Friday is expected to set the scene in Philadelphia, where the NFC East champion Eagles (10-6) host the wild card New Orleans Saints (11-5) in sub-freezing conditions on Saturday.7

Dec 30, 2013

Packers, Chargers join playoff party in thrillers

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks wrapped up top seedings while Green Bay and San Diego won thrilling nail-bitters to join the playoffs party in a mad scramble on the hectic final day of the NFL regular season.

AFC West champions Denver blasted the Oakland Raiders 34-14 in a record-setting show and NFC West winning Seattle strolled to a 27-9 win over the St. Louis Rams as both finished at 13-3 to ensure homefield advantage in their respective conferences.