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May 9, 2014

Golf – Kaymer sets Players pace with record equalling 63

PONTE VEDRA BEACH Florida (Reuters) – Martin Kaymer birdied his last four holes to equal the tournament record and seize a two-shot lead in Thursday’s opening round of the Players Championship as several other big names lined up in pursuit.

On an ideal day for low scoring at the TPC Sawgrass where the par-72 Stadium Course has been softened by recent rain, Germany’s Kaymer raced home in a sizzling seven-under-par 29 to complete a nine-under 63.

May 8, 2014

Rose close to full bloom after injury-hit season

PONTE VEDRA BEACH Florida (Reuters) – Justin Rose shrugged off a “pretty awful” warm-up session to charge into early contention for the Players Championship on Thursday, a timely boost for his U.S. Open title defense next month.

The world number 10 said he was almost back to full health after being hampered by a shoulder injury that sidelined him for the first six weeks this year, unexpected time off he hopes will benefit him as the season unfolds.

May 8, 2014

Henley sets early Players pace with a sizzling 65

PONTE VEDRA BEACH Florida (Reuters) – Russell Henley scorched the back nine with a sizzling birdie blitz to seize an early two-shot lead in Thursday’s opening round of the Players Championship as several big names lined up in hot pursuit.

On an ideal day for low scoring at the TPC Sawgrass where the par-72 Stadium Course has been softened by recent rain, American Henley raced home in six-under-par 30 to complete a seven-under-par 65.

May 8, 2014

Early tee time helps Westwood regain form

PONTE VEDRA BEACH Florida (Reuters) – A tour professional for two decades, Lee Westwood knows all about the vagaries of golf and he rebounded from a missed cut last week in impressive style at the Players Championship on Thursday.

The former world number one took advantage of an unexpectedly early tee time and ideal morning conditions at the TPC Sawgrass to fire a five-under-par 67 in the opening round.

May 7, 2014

Heightened expectation at Tiger-less Players

PONTE VEDRA BEACH Florida (Reuters) – With reigning champion Tiger Woods skipping this week’s Players Championship where any of four golfers could replace him as world number one, there is a palpable sense of expectation at the TPC Sawgrass.

Top-ranked Woods has been sidelined since having surgery for a pinched nerve in his back at the end of March and, in his absence, Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson, Masters champion Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar all have a chance to dethrone him.

May 7, 2014

Golf – ‘Mr. Consistency’ Kuchar back at a ‘special’ venue

PONTE VEDRA BEACH Florida (Reuters) – Matt Kuchar has been golf’s ‘Mr. Consistency’ for the past two years and he returns to the PGA Tour for this week’s Players Championship after a welcome break following a victory in his last start.

The slender American ended a frustrating run of close calls in spectacular style when he holed a bunker shot on his final hole to win last month’s RBC Heritage in South Carolina, his seventh career win on the U.S. circuit.

May 7, 2014

‘Mr. Consistency’ Kuchar back at a ‘special’ venue

PONTE VEDRA BEACH Florida (Reuters) – Matt Kuchar has been golf’s ‘Mr. Consistency’ for the past two years and he returns to the PGA Tour for this week’s Players Championship after a welcome break following a victory in his last start.

The slender American ended a frustrating run of close calls in spectacular style when he holed a bunker shot on his final hole to win last month’s RBC Heritage in South Carolina, his seventh career win on the U.S. circuit.

May 7, 2014

Golf-Scott lured by Players title, not top ranking

PONTE VEDRA BEACH Florida (Reuters) – Adam Scott has a golden opportunity to become world number one for the first time after this week’s Players Championship but the Australian is much more concerned with trying to win the tournament.

Top-ranked Tiger Woods, who won this elite event last year, is a notable absentee from the TPC Sawgrass while continuing his recovery from back surgery and Scott is one of four players who could take over at number one after Sunday’s final round.

Apr 30, 2014

“We are One!’, Clippers ride wave of emotion to victory

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Preaching the mantra of unity, the Los Angeles Clippers got back to winning ways against the Golden State Warriors just hours after disgraced team owner Donald Sterling had been banned from the game for life on Tuesday.

With the National Basketball Association having also fined Sterling $2.5 million for racist comments that drew outrage from players, fans and commercial sponsors, the Clippers rocked their home Staples Center venue as they beat the Warriors 113-103.

Apr 28, 2014

Sponsors flee Clippers as league announcement approaches

LOS ANGELES, April 28 (Reuters) – The National Basketball Association faced mounting pressure on Monday to impose a harsh punishment on Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for his alleged racist comments as several of the team’s sponsors pulled their backing.

Sterling is being investigated by the NBA over comments he allegedly made that have since sparked widespread outrage in the United States, and the league will hold a news conference in New York City on Tuesday to discuss developments.