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Jan 8, 2015

Family expectations a ‘problem’ for Johnson on Maui

KAPALUA, Hawaii (Reuters) – Returning to the Hawaiian island of Maui for the PGA Tour’s Hyundai Tournament of Champions is a double-edged sword for Zach Johnson, whose young family now expect him to be a perennial qualifier for the event.

Johnson clinched last year’s title by one shot over fellow American Jordan Spieth and will be competing in the winners-only field at Kapalua Resort for the eighth time, having missed out on qualification only once since 2007.

Dec 30, 2014

Golf-’Celtic Tiger’ McIlroy emerges dominant in 2014

LOS ANGELES, Dec 30 (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 24, 2014

Curry spices thing up with dazzling three-point prowess

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Blessed with one of the purest shooting strokes in the National Basketball Association, Stephen Curry is on track to end his career as one of the best three-point shooters ever.

A strong work ethic has helped the Golden State Warriors point guard hone his unique skills and at the age of 26 has scaled heights reached by very few with his astonishing ability to pour in three-pointers.

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.