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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.

Apr 25, 2014

Spirited Kings find their way back to San Jose

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” would have been an apt question for Los Angeles Kings fans to ask before their team responded with a spirited 6-3 playoff win over the San Jose Sharks.

Teetering on the brink of a 4-0 sweep by the in-form Sharks, the Kings breathed new life into their best-of-seven playoff series with a passionate display in front of a sellout home crowd on Thursday and will return to San Jose for Game Five on Saturday trailing 1-3.

Apr 18, 2014

‘Renaissance man’ Gasol happy to control his own destiny

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Considered by many to be the ‘Renaissance man’ in the National Basketball Association (NBA), Spanish forward Pau Gasol is delighted finally to be the sole architect of his ‘revival’ as he eyes his playing future.

The 33-year-old from Barcelona has faced more than his fair share of trade rumors since joining the Los Angeles Lakers in February 2008 but now he can plot his own way forward with free agency looming in July.

Apr 17, 2014

Quo Vadis? An apt query for frustrated Lakers fans

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The title of the historical novel “Quo Vadis” is an apt question for frustrated Los Angeles Lakers fans to ask of players and coaches after the team’s nightmare 2013-14 NBA campaign came to an end.

Written by Pole Henryk Sienkiewicz in 1895, the novel borrows its title from the biblical query “Quo vadis Domine?”, Latin for “Where are you going, Lord?”, and the future destination of the Lakers franchise is certainly up for debate.

Apr 14, 2014

Lackluster finish to 78th Masters after rich early promise

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – The 78th Masters began as one of the most wide open in decades, but it will not go down as a classic after a surprisingly Lackluster finish on Sunday when Bubba Watson clinched his second green jacket.

The roars for which the year’s first major is famous never materialized on the back nine, mainly due to a scarcity of birdies and eagles, and Watson ultimately eased to victory by three shots.

Apr 14, 2014

Golf-Lacklustre finish to 78th Masters after rich early promise

AUGUSTA, Georgia, April 14 (Reuters) – The 78th Masters began as one of the most wide open in decades, but it will not go down as a classic after a surprisingly lacklustre finish on Sunday when Bubba Watson clinched his second green jacket.

The roars for which the year’s first major is famous never materialised on the back nine, mainly due to a scarcity of birdies and eagles, and Watson ultimately eased to victory by three shots.

Apr 14, 2014

Golf-Emotional Watson lands a second Masters title

AUGUSTA, Georgia, April 13 (Reuters) – Bubba Watson withstood an inspired early challenge from playing partner Jordan Spieth to clinch the Masters for a second time in three years with a three-shot victory at Augusta National on Sunday.

Trailing the prodigiously talented Spieth by two strokes after seven holes, the left-handed Watson took advantage of a faltering run by his fellow American around the turn as he upped his own game, then maintained control on the back nine.

Apr 14, 2014

Poor driving costs Kuchar and Fowler at Masters

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Sub-par driving during a pressure-packed final round at the Masters undermined the respective title bids made by Americans Matt Kuchar and Rickie Fowler at Augusta National on Sunday.

Georgia native Kuchar lacked the sharpness off the tee he had so impressively delivered in the previous round and his challenge for a maiden major victory ended as he carded a two-over-par 74 to tie for fifth place.

Apr 14, 2014

Emotional Watson lands his second Masters title

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Bubba Watson withstood an inspired early challenge from playing partner Jordan Spieth to clinch the Masters for a second time in three years with a three-shot victory at Augusta National on Sunday.

Trailing the prodigiously talented Spieth by two strokes after four holes, left-hander Watson took advantage of a stumbling run by his fellow American around the turn as he upped his own game, then maintained control on the back nine.

Apr 13, 2014

Watson leads by two heading into Masters back nine

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – The 78th Masters was poised for another thrilling finish as 2012 champion Bubba Watson outdueled playing partner Jordan Spieth over the front nine to seize a two-shot lead at Augusta National on Sunday.

Left-hander Watson mixed four birdies with a lone bogey to reach the turn in three-under 33, moving to eight under overall in pursuit of his second major title.