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Jun 11, 2015

I just don’t see Tiger enjoying the game: Mahan

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Six-times PGA Tour winner Hunter Mahan used to share the same swing coach as Tiger Woods and, purely as a golf fan, he has been left stunned and confused by his fellow American’s recent struggle for form.

Former world number one Woods plunged new depths when he posted the worst 72-hole total of his PGA Tour career at last week’s Memorial Tournament, which included a mind-boggling 13-over-par 85 in the third round.

Jun 11, 2015

Golf-I just don’t see Tiger enjoying the game – Mahan

LOS ANGELES, June 11 (Reuters) – Six-times PGA Tour winner Hunter Mahan used to share the same swing coach as Tiger Woods and, purely as a golf fan, he has been left stunned and confused by his fellow American’s recent struggle for form.

Former world number one Woods plunged new depths when he posted the worst 72-hole total of his PGA Tour career at last week’s Memorial Tournament, which included a mind-boggling 13-over-par 85 in the third round.

Jun 11, 2015

Chambers Bay U.S. Open rich with possibilities

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – There is no shortage of compelling storylines ahead of next week’s U.S. Open at Chambers Bay where the likely form of a struggling Tiger Woods is a major question mark on a links-style course that has sparked controversial debate.

Masters champion Jordan Spieth, aged 21, will spearhead a formidable challenge by an exciting crop of young guns seemingly set to dominate the game for the foreseeable future while world number one Rory McIlroy will bid for a fifth major title.

Jun 11, 2015

McIlroy, Spieth lead young gun U.S. Open challenge

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – As golf’s best players converge on Chambers Bay in the Pacific Northwest for next week’s U.S. Open, much of the focus will be firmly fixed on the young guns who are likely to dominate in the majors for the foreseeable future.

Masters champion Jordan Spieth and world number one Rory McIlroy, a four-times major winner, are top of that class but in hot pursuit are the likes of Australian Jason Day, American Rickie Fowler and rising Japanese talent Hideki Matsuyama.

Jun 8, 2015

Struggling Tiger says encouraged by progression in swing

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – Even after posting the worst 72-hole total of his PGA Tour career at last week’s Memorial Tournament, Tiger Woods says he has been encouraged by the progress he has made with his revamped golf swing.

The former world number one signed off with a two-over-par 74 at Muirfield Village on Sunday, a day after struggling to a career-worst 85 in the prestigious event hosted by Jack Nicklaus.

May 28, 2015

What next for Clippers after season of promise ends?

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – As the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors prepare to battle for the NBA championship, the Los Angeles Clippers can only reflect on what might have been after a season of rich promise ended abruptly.

A year after their playoff hopes were rocked by a racism scandal that left previous owner Donald Sterling with a life ban from the NBA, the Clippers seemed set to make a run at a title as they made a stirring start to the postseason.

May 19, 2015

MLS thrives but ubiquity is Holy Grail for Garber

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – With soccer-specific stadiums proliferating in the United States and 24 teams likely to be competing in Major League Soccer by 2018, Commissioner Don Garber could be forgiven for thinking that everything is rosy.

Ever the realist, though, Garber has long targeted soccer ‘ubiquity’ in the United States and he is well aware that much still needs to be accomplished before the sport becomes a perennial topic of water cooler conversation.

May 19, 2015

Soccer-MLS thrives but ubiquity is Holy Grail for Garber

LOS ANGELES, May 19 (Reuters) – With soccer-specific stadiums proliferating in the United States and 24 teams likely to be competing in Major League Soccer by 2018, Commissioner Don Garber could be forgiven for thinking that everything is rosy.

Ever the realist, though, Garber has long targeted soccer ‘ubiquity’ in the United States and he is well aware that much still needs to be accomplished before the sport becomes a perennial topic of water cooler conversation.

May 19, 2015

LA’s new MLS team to debut in 2018 with state-of-art venue

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Los Angeles Football Club will launch its inaugural season in Major League Soccer in 2018 after its new stadium has been built to replace the Los Angeles Sports Arena, the expansion franchise said on Monday.

The development, which will bring $250 million in private investments to South Los Angeles, will be anchored by a 22,000-seat state-of-the-art soccer venue in Exposition Park, covering 15 acres in the shadow of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

May 19, 2015

Timing right for two MLS teams in LA – Garber

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Timing and execution are paramount in sport and Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber believes that both factors are in place as Los Angeles welcomes the league’s latest expansion team.

The fledgling Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) will launch their inaugural season in 2018 after a new stadium has been built on the site of the Memorial Sports Arena, setting up the prospect of a future city rivalry with the LA Galaxy.