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Nov 6, 2015

Luring U.S. fans the target for All-Stars

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Forget, for the moment, the sight of hard-hitting New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy blasting home runs at Citi Field or Los Angeles pitching ace Clayton Kershaw hurling his lethal fastball at Dodger Stadium.

Picture instead the image of Shane Warne ripping a big-spinning leg-break to claim a wicket or master batsman Sachin Tendulkar unleashing a trademark straight drive for four runs at one of the iconic baseball stadiums in the United States.

Nov 6, 2015

Cricket-Luring U.S. fans the target for All-Stars

LOS ANGELES, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Forget, for the moment, the sight of hard-hitting New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy blasting home runs at Citi Field or Los Angeles pitching ace Clayton Kershaw hurling his lethal fastball at Dodger Stadium.

Picture instead the image of Shane Warne ripping a big-spinning leg-break to claim a wicket or master batsman Sachin Tendulkar unleashing a trademark straight drive for four runs at one of the iconic baseball stadiums in the United States.

Oct 30, 2015

Global game needs a bigger ball: top TV analyst

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – Top-level professional golf is headed by an “extraordinary group of players” but the game urgently needs a bigger ball to keep it relevant for the average amateur, says former Ryder Cup player and television analyst David Feherty.

While world number one Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and others have given fans plenty to savor, both on and off the course, Feherty believes that golf’s rulemakers have missed out on an obvious opportunity to improve the game for everyone.

Oct 28, 2015

American Pharoah sets pulses racing in wet Kentucky

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – Rainy weather in Kentucky this week has had no effect in dampening the mounting excitement ahead of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah’s hugely anticipated racing farewell at the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday.

The Bob Baffert-trained 3-year-old will be looking to cap his stellar career with a ninth win in 11 starts, and many are talking about a unique ‘Grand Slam’ for the bay colt should he go on to triumph at the Keeneland Race Course in Lexington.

Oct 27, 2015

American Pharoah is the early Classic favorite

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – Triple Crown winner American Pharoah has been installed as the early 6-5 favorite and will break from the fourth post for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic in Kentucky on Saturday in his hugely anticipated racing farewell.

The Bob Baffert-trained 3-year-old will be looking to cap his stellar career with a ninth win in 11 starts, having finished a shocking second in his most recent outing — in the Travers Stakes at Saratoga in August.

Oct 26, 2015

Updated rules eliminate DQs for some scorecard errors

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – Golfers will no longer be disqualified for failing to include penalty strokes on their scorecards, when unaware of the violation, in one of a number of rule changes announced on Monday by the sport’s governing bodies.

This limited exception to the ‘disqualification penalty for submission of incorrect scorecard’ would have saved Padraig Harrington and Camilo Villegas from being disqualified from events during the 2011 season had it applied at the time.

Oct 23, 2015

Bryant eyes new role in his likely final season

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Throughout his illustrious All-Star career, Kobe Bryant has made a living by making the seemingly impossible possible for the Los Angeles Lakers.

The ‘Black Mamba’ has made a habit of draining game-winning shots despite being double or triple-teamed, establishing a reputation for being one of the best ever closers in the National Basketball Association as a shooting guard.

Oct 22, 2015

Atlas lured out of retirement to train Bradley

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Boxing guru Teddy Atlas had to think long and hard before he finally decided to come out of retirement as a trainer and help prepare Timothy Bradley for his WBO welterweight title defense against Brandon Rios next month.

It had been more than four years since Atlas last worked as a trainer, acting as cornerman for Alexander Povetkin when the Russian won the vacant WBA heavyweight championship title in 2011 before their relationship soured and they parted ways.

Oct 16, 2015

Dodgers, and manager Mattingly, again under scrutiny

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Having again failed to reach the World Series with Major League Baseball’s biggest payroll, the Los Angeles Dodgers face intense scrutiny over the coming days with manager Don Mattingly’s position looking tenuous.

The Dodgers’ 3-2 loss to the New York Mets in the decisive fifth game of the National League Division Series on Thursday marked the second season in a row they have exited the playoffs at the first hurdle.

Oct 15, 2015

Dodgers aim to clinch series with 1-2 pitching punch

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – All season long, the Los Angeles Dodgers have relied on their one-two pitching punch of Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, and it has been no different in their National League Division Series.

Left-hander Kershaw, pitching on just three days’ rest after a loss in Game One, thwarted the Mets in a 3-1 win in New York on Tuesday as the Dodgers staved off playoff elimination to tie up the best-of-five series at 2-2.