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Dec 19, 2014

Accolades pour in for Lakers’ Bryant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant has often been a polarizing figure during his illustrious NBA career, criticized by some for being too selfish and not doing enough as a facilitator for his team mates.

For his peers, however, Bryant is simply a winner and will do whatever it takes to instill a winning mindset, even though this season has been especially challenging for an injury-hit team decidedly low in overall quality.

Dec 19, 2014

Yearender: ‘Celtic Tiger’ McIlroy emerges dominant in 2014

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A year to forget for an injury-plagued Tiger Woods was savoured sweetly by Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy after the ‘Celtic Tiger’ won two majors in 2014 to regain his status as the game’s leading player.

McIlroy ended a stellar campaign with four victories and five runner-up spots in 23 starts worldwide, embellishing his credentials as a genuine golfing great in what many regard as a handover of the ‘Tiger’ torch to usher in a new ‘Rory’ era.

Dec 19, 2014

‘Celtic Tiger’ McIlroy emerges dominant in 2014

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A year to forget for an injury-plagued Tiger Woods was savored sweetly by Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy after the ‘Celtic Tiger’ won two majors in 2014 to regain his status as the game’s leading player.

McIlroy ended a stellar campaign with four victories and five runner-up spots in 23 starts worldwide, embellishing his credentials as a genuine golfing great in what many regard as a handover of the ‘Tiger’ torch to usher in a new ‘Rory’ era.

Dec 18, 2014

Pacers’ unity a welcome plus for coach Vogel

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – For Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel, the one shining light in an injury-hit campaign where the Eastern Conference finalists of the past two seasons have resembled a sinking ship has been the team’s strong unity.

Very few teams, if any, in the league could withstand the loss of a standout forward for an entire season and lengthy absences of two other key players but Indiana have refused to adopt a “woe is me” attitude.

Dec 17, 2014

Timing right for U.S. bid to host Games, say experts

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – So often in sport, timing is everything and there is a groundswell of belief by pundits that the moment is finally right for the United States to make another pitch to host the Summer Olympics — in 2024.

The general feeling is Asia and Europe will have enjoyed their fair share of hosting the Games, either Winter or Summer, once another decade has passed and the U.S. deserves another shot to stage global sport’s showpiece.

Dec 17, 2014

Olympics-Timing right for U.S. bid to host Games, say experts

LOS ANGELES, Dec 16 (Reuters) – So often in sport, timing is everything and there is a groundswell of belief by pundits that the moment is finally right for the United States to make another pitch to host the Summer Olympics — in 2024.

The general feeling is Asia and Europe will have enjoyed their fair share of hosting the Games, either Winter or Summer, once another decade has passed and the U.S. deserves another shot to stage global sport’s showpiece.

Nov 26, 2014

Heady days of 2012 a distant memory for struggling RG3

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – A little over two years ago, Robert Griffin III embarked on his rookie season in the National Football League under a heavy weight of expectation as a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback.

The player nicknamed RG3 rose impressively to the occasion as he led the Washington Redskins to a division title with a 10-6 mark before injuring his knee in a playoff loss to Seattle that required surgery and extensive rehabilitation.

Nov 25, 2014

Blood, sweat and tears yield ultramarathon joy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Running 135 miles through the searing summer heat of Death Valley in California before ending the route with a cumulative gain of 17,000 feet to reach the slopes of Mount Whitney?

Slogging across four desert courses, each 150 miles long, in Chile, China, Egypt and Antarctica in what is known as the Four Deserts Grand Slam?

Nov 9, 2014

Dodgers go ‘Moneyball’ in bid to end Series drought

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Having once again failed to reach the World Series with the biggest payroll in Major League Baseball, the Los Angeles Dodgers have gone ‘Moneyball’ with a progressive, high-tech transformation of their front office.

‘The Boys in Blue’ won the most recent of their six MLB championship titles 26 years ago, prompting club president Stan Kasten to make sweeping changes to the team’s baseball operations department.

Nov 3, 2014

Once-proud Lakers fall on lean times with dismal 0-4 start

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “How the mighty have fallen” would be a massive understatement for frustrated Los Angeles Lakers fans after their team’s worst start to a National Basketball Association season in nearly 60 years.

A once-proud franchise which can boast 16 NBA championship banners hanging from the rafters at its home venue in downtown Los Angeles lost their first four games to remain rooted to the bottom of the Western Conference standings.