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Nov 1, 2014

Breeders’ joy for Untapable, pregnant jockey

ARCADIA California (Reuters) – The 2014 Breeders’ Cup opened its $26 million programme on Friday with a superb win by Untapable, a disappointing run by the well backed Close Hatches and a stunning pregnant pause by jockey Rosie Napravnik.

Favourite Untapable, expertly piloted by Napravnik, took the honours in the feature race, the $2 million Distaff, with a commanding performance down the stretch but Close Hatches, a 3-1 choice, faded badly to finish last in a field of 11.

Nov 1, 2014

Untapable gives mother-to-be a Distaff win

ARCADIA California (Reuters) – Untapable justified her billing as the overwhelming favorite with a superb finish down the stretch to win the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Santa Anita Park on Friday.

Expertly ridden by Rosie Napravnik, who said after the race she was pregnant and would be retiring, the three-year-old filly surged past Iotapa from the outside on the final turn to win by one and one-quarter lengths and improve to eight wins in 11 starts.

Oct 31, 2014

Clippers launch new era under Balmer with scrappy win

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – It was not pretty but the Los Angeles Clippers somehow found a way to launch their 2014-15 season under new owner Steve Ballmer with a scrappy 93-90 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday.

With former owner Donald Sterling a relic of the past after he was banned for life by the NBA over a racism scandal, the Clippers overcame a poor shooting performance with some gritty defense to stave off a late Thunder fightback.

Oct 24, 2014

Clippers eye fresh, winning chapter post-Sterling

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Emotionally battered after a racism scandal that left their previous owner Donald Sterling with a life ban, the Los Angeles Clippers can now script a fresh chapter as they aim to enhance their championship credentials.

With former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer now in charge and shrewd head coach Doc Rivers back at the helm, the franchise will strive to go at least one better after being ousted in the second round of the playoffs last season.

Oct 6, 2014

Manning joins 500 club as Broncos hammer Cardinals

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – Peyton Manning tossed the 500th touchdown pass of his stellar career as the Denver Broncos inflicted the first defeat of the season on the Arizona Cardinals on a Sunday of thrilling National Football League comebacks and surprises.

In other games, the Dallas Cowboys kept their winning streak going with a tense 20-17 overtime victory over the Houston Texans while the Baltimore Ravens had their impressive run come to an abrupt halt, losing 20-13 to the Indianapolis Colts.

Oct 4, 2014

Mistakes were mine, says U.S. Cup captain Watson

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – Tom Watson, heavily criticized for his allegedly detached approach in captaining the United States in its Ryder Cup defeat last month, has written an open letter in which he takes “full responsibility” for any mistakes made.

Watson, whose strategy was implicitly slammed by Cup veteran Phil Mickelson after the Americans had slipped to their eighth loss to Europe in 10 meetings, also praised his team for the “guts” they displayed in the last-day singles.

Sep 30, 2014

Bishop airs lessons learned by U.S. in Cup loss

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – As the dust settles over yet another Ryder Cup defeat for the United States, PGA of America president Ted Bishop says he would like to see a more “systematic approach” in selecting the U.S. captain for 2016.

Bishop, who expressed “absolutely no regrets” over the appointment of the much maligned Tom Watson for last week’s Cup showdown with Europe at Gleneagles in Scotland, is also in favor of a much later selection of the 2016 U.S. team.

Sep 25, 2014

Players to be schooled on Olympic Games’ anti-doping policy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Golfers who are policed by an anti-doping code on the PGA Tour that is viewed by critics as too opaque will have to adapt to a much more transparent programme if they qualify to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games.

Unlike the International Golf Federation (IGF), which will administer golf’s reappearance as an Olympic sport after an absence of more than a century, the PGA Tour is not a signatory to the code implemented by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Sep 24, 2014

Golf-Players to be schooled on Games’ anti-doping policy

LOS ANGELES, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Golfers who are policed by an anti-doping code on the PGA Tour that is viewed by critics as too opaque will have to adapt to a much more transparent programme if they qualify to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games.

Unlike the International Golf Federation (IGF), which will administer golf’s reappearance as an Olympic sport after an absence of more than a century, the PGA Tour is not a signatory to the code implemented by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Sep 24, 2014

Golf-Medinah motivation could backfire on U.S. – Rose

LOS ANGELES, Sept 18 (Reuters) – The ploy by the United States to draw extra motivation from a stinging loss to Europe at Medinah two years ago could prove to be “a double-edged sword” for them at next week’s Ryder Cup in Scotland, Justin Rose told Reuters.

U.S. captain Tom Watson has already pinpointed that 2012 defeat outside Chicago as a focal point for his team, saying the Americans will be driven to make amends for one of their most harrowing experiences in the biennial competition.