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Dec 5, 2013

Golf-Fatigued McIlroy aims to end year on high note

THOUSAND OAKS, California, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Just three days after winning his first title of the year in Australia, a jet-lagged Rory McIlroy is looking forward to one last tournament before he puts his clubs away for a well-earned rest.

The Northern Irishman has ended a largely frustrating 2013 campaign by producing good form in recent events and would dearly love to sign off on a triumphant note at this week’s Northwestern Mutual World Challenge hosted by Tiger Woods.

Dec 5, 2013

Golf-Tiger motivated by Snead, Nicklaus and kids

THOUSAND OAKS, California, Dec 4 (Reuters) – As Tiger Woods eyes the twilight of a remarkable career, he has his sights on records posted by Jack Nicklaus and Sam Snead and a growing pleasure that his children are starting to understand what he does on the course.

World number one Woods, comfortably the greatest player of his generation, has long targeted the 18 major titles claimed by fellow American Nicklaus and the 82 career victories piled up on the PGA Tour by the sweet-swinging Snead.

Dec 5, 2013

Westwood targets all-round improvement for majors

THOUSAND OAKS, California (Reuters) – Lee Westwood, reunited with his longtime caddie and happy to put in long hours with his swing coach, plans to improve every aspect of his game for next year as he hunts a first major title.

Former world number one Westwood has piled up 16 top-10 finishes in golf’s blue riband events, including eight top-threes, and would dearly love to fill that ‘major’ gap in his otherwise glittering resume.

Dec 4, 2013

No time for forward looking Jordan Spieth to reflect on past glory

THOUSAND OAKS, California (Reuters) – Jordan Spieth has a great deal of success to reflect upon after delivering a sensational debut season on the 2013 PGA Tour but he would far rather look ahead as he bids to become an even better player.

The remarkably composed, 20-year-old American was taught by his father to improve himself at something on a month-by-month basis and he is using that lesson as a template in his rapidly burgeoning golf career.

Dec 4, 2013

No time for forward looking Spieth to reflect on past glory

THOUSAND OAKS, California (Reuters) – Jordan Spieth has a great deal of success to reflect upon after delivering a sensational debut season on the 2013 PGA Tour but he would far rather look ahead as he bids to become an even better player.

The remarkably composed, 20-year-old American was taught by his father to improve himself at something on a month-by-month basis and he is using that lesson as a template in his rapidly burgeoning golf career.

Dec 4, 2013

Golf-Sherwood signals a worthy season for elite field

THOUSAND OAKS, California, Dec 3 (Reuters) – For the 18 players vying for supremacy at this week’s Northwestern Mutual World Challenge in glorious early winter weather, merely qualifying for the field is confirmation of a successful year.

Though the four-round tournament hosted by five-times champion Tiger Woods is not a PGA Tour event, it offers official world ranking points and every player competing at Sherwood Country Club this week is ranked in the top 30.

Dec 1, 2013

Kings goalie Scrivens suffers rare burn by Flames

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Very little has gone wrong for red-hot Ben Scrivens since he took over as the Los Angeles Kings goaltender three weeks ago but he would like to forget Saturday’s game against the Calgary Flames as soon as possible.

Though Scrivens is joint top in the league’s goalie standings with a .944 save percentage and three shutouts, he suffered two bad moments in front of a sellout crowd at Staples Center as the Kings lost 2-1 to the Calgary Flames.

Nov 25, 2013

Stellar defense by Clippers gives coach Rivers title hopes

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – All season long, Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers has been preaching his mantra that NBA championships can be won only with good defense and his new team finally came up with the goods for all four quarters.

The veteran coach struggled to keep a beaming smile off his face after the Clippers produced an all-round effort against a severely weakened Chicago Bulls lineup at Staples Center on Sunday, romping to a 121-82 victory that was the largest winning margin in franchise history.

Nov 25, 2013

Derrick Rose to have surgery on Monday, no timetable for return

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Standout Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose will have knee surgery on Monday and could be sidelined for the rest of the season if he decides to have his torn right meniscus reattached.

Rose tore the ligament against the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday and the timetable for his return will be known once he decides how he wants the knee to be fixed, said Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau.

Nov 24, 2013

Rose to have surgery on Monday, no timetable for return

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Standout Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose will have knee surgery on Monday and could be sidelined for the rest of the season if he decides to have his torn right meniscus reattached.

Rose tore the ligament against the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday and the timetable for his return will be known once he decides how he wants the knee to be fixed, said Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau.