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Jan 24, 2014

Kings, Ducks face off under stars at Dodger Stadium

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “California Dreamin’” brings to mind images of surf and sunshine but on Saturday at Dodger Stadium a very different dream will be realized when the Golden State stages its first ever outdoor National Hockey League game.

With a temporary hockey ice rink set up in the unusual surrounds of the iconic baseball venue at Chavez Ravine, the Los Angeles Kings will ‘host’ the Anaheim Ducks in the opener of the NHL’s four-game Stadium Series this season.

Jan 22, 2014

Johnson’s ‘heart’ a winning Cup quality, says Watson

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – Zach Johnson’s stunning form since September has caught the eye of United States Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson who has identified his “big heart” as the most prized attribute for players in the biennial team competition.

American world number six Johnson, who has represented his country three times against Europe at the Ryder Cup, has triumphed three times in his last eight starts while only once finishing outside the top 16.

Jan 22, 2014

Amateur event launched to grow game in Latin America

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – In a bid to grow amateur golf in South and Central America, the sport’s governing bodies and organizers of the Masters tournament have created a new event, the Latin America Amateur Championship (LAAC), to be launched next year.

The inaugural edition will be played from January 15-18 at Pilar Golf Club on the outskirts of Buenos Aires in Argentina where the winner will earn an automatic invitation to take part in the Masters three months later.

Jan 16, 2014

Evergreen forward Nowitzki continues to thrive at top level

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Dirk Nowitzki may be in the twilight of a remarkable career but the 35-year-old German giant continues to put up statistics that reflect his stature as the best European to play in the National Basketball Association.

The 7-foot Dallas Mavericks forward has long been renowned for his shooting accuracy and unique one-legged fadeaway, and ranks 13th in the league’s all-time scoring list with 25,882 career points.

Jan 7, 2014

American football-Florida State edge Auburn in thriller

PASADENA, California (Reuters) – The top-ranked Florida State Seminoles completed the biggest ever comeback to win college football’s national championship with a wild 34-31 victory over No. 2 Auburn in the title game on Monday.

The Seminoles were outplayed by the Tigers early on and trailed 21-3 late in the second quarter before capping a stunning rally with a two-yard touchdown by wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin with only 13 seconds remaining.

Jan 5, 2014

Auburn chases more magic in title game

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – One of the biggest questions looming ahead of Monday’s crunch BCS National Championship game is whether the second-ranked Auburn Tigers can deliver one more moment of magic to upset favorites Florida State.

Improbably, the Tigers have earned themselves a shot at becoming U.S. college football’s top team for a second time in four years, mainly because of their astonishing wins over Georgia and long-time rival Alabama in November.

Jan 3, 2014

Revolving point guard door again turns for injury-hit Lakers

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – Just when the Los Angeles Lakers thought their injury problems could not worsen, they were preparing to face the Utah Jazz with a player who was competing in the NBA Development League only two weeks ago.

Eight players have so far missed games due to injury during a nightmare 2013-14 season for the Lakers and their revolving door of point guards has turned out a sixth starter in that position with Kendall Marshall suiting up against the Jazz on Friday.

Jan 3, 2014

2014 Masters likely to be pivotal for Tiger, says Miller

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – This year’s Masters could make the difference between Tiger Woods winning several more major titles or perhaps ending his career stuck on his current tally of 14, according to Hall of Fame golfer Johnny Miller.

Woods, comfortably the greatest player of his generation and possibly of all time, is ideally suited to Augusta National where he has piled up four Masters victories on heavily contoured and slick greens that demand a brilliant short game.

Dec 29, 2013

Clippers delight coach Rivers as they win by ‘playing ugly’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The best teams in the National Basketball Association are typically able to win games “playing ugly”, and Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers wants to see his players develop this attribute.

Rivers was delighted with the outcome at a packed Staples Center on Saturday, but readily admitted he was taken aback by his team’s ability to deliver the ‘ugly’ script on cue as they overcame an erratic display to beat the Utah Jazz 98-90.

Dec 26, 2013

Wild finish looms as teams eye final playoff spots

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – One of the wildest and most unpredictable regular seasons ever in the National Football League will conclude in gripping ‘what next?’ fashion on Sunday with 10 teams still in the hunt for the last four playoff spots.

Thirteen of the 16 games have postseason implications, and all of them are division contests to add further intrigue to what promises to be a pulsating Week 17.