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Jun 2, 2014

Road to Stanley Cup never easy for ‘comeback Kings’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Since being founded in 1967 as part of the National Hockey League’s first major expansion, the Los Angeles Kings have traveled a long and winding road where very little has come easily to them.

More often than not, they would frustrate their loyal fans by producing plenty of impressive plays during the regular season before failing to reach the postseason, or making an early playoff exit if they ever got that far.

Jun 1, 2014

‘Phil the Thrill’ Mickelson, the people’s champion in golf

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Throughout his Hall of Fame career, Phil Mickelson has richly entertained fans with his swashbuckling, sometimes high-risk, approach to golf and his dazzling skills around the green.

    Nicknamed “Phil the Thrill” by many, the American left-hander is known for being a gambler, both on and off the course, and has long been one of the biggest drawcards in the game.

May 31, 2014

Kane shines as Blackhawks beat Kings to tie series

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, with Patrick Kane back to his best, staved off playoff elimination for a second straight game by beating the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 at Staples Center on Friday.

Two goals in the second period, followed by two more late in the third, made the difference in a Game Six of electrifying pace and high energy as Chicago tied the best-of-seven Western Conference finals series at 3-3.

May 22, 2014

Pacquaio vs. Mayweather will happen, says Arum

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The prospect of a long awaited mega-bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao may have receded in recent years but promoter Bob Arum believes the fight will take place, most likely before the end of 2016.

A duel between the defence-minded Mayweather and the aggressive Pacquiao, the biggest drawcards of their generation, has long been savored by boxing fans, if only to decide the mythical title of the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter.

May 20, 2014

Interview – U.S. Open could be bomber’s paradise: McDowell

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – Past U.S. Opens have been notorious for narrow fairways and thick rough but next month’s edition at Pinehurst in North Carolina will buck that trend and could end up as a bomber’s paradise, says 2010 winner Graeme McDowell.

The fabled Pinehurst No. 2 course, designed by Donald Ross and restored to his initial specifications by the architectural team of Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore, will have wide fairways and no rough whatsoever for the June 12-15 championship.

May 20, 2014

Golf-U.S. Open could be bomber’s paradise: McDowell

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – Past U.S. Opens have been notorious for narrow fairways and thick rough but next month’s edition at Pinehurst in North Carolina will buck that trend and could end up as a bomber’s paradise, says 2010 winner Graeme McDowell.

The fabled Pinehurst No. 2 course, designed by Donald Ross and restored to his initial specifications by the architectural team of Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore, will have wide fairways and no rough whatsoever for the June 12-15 championship.

May 17, 2014

Consistent Chicago in rematch with ‘comeback Kings’

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – For the second year in a row, the Chicago Blackhawks will take on the Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference finals, a matchup pitting one of the NHL’s most consistent teams against the ‘Kings of the Comeback’.

The Blackhawks have hoisted the Stanley Cup twice in the last four years (2010, 2013) and are bidding to become the league’s first back-to-back champions since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998.

May 12, 2014

Golf – Nervy Kaymer triumphs by one shot at the Players

PONTE VEDRA BEACH Florida (Reuters) – Martin Kaymer withstood an early challenge by Jordan Spieth, a weather delay and a late wobble to clinch his second PGA Tour title with a nervy one-shot victory at the Players Championship on Sunday.

The German, co-leader overnight with American playing partner Spieth, produced rock-solid golf to move briefly four strokes clear, then survived a double-bogey on 15 as he closed with a one-under-par 71 at the challenging TPC Sawgrass.

May 12, 2014

Extraordinary par on 17 underpins Kaymer’s Players win

PONTE VEDRA BEACH Florida (Reuters) – Martin Kaymer’s one-shot victory at the Players Championship on Sunday will be remembered most for his extraordinary par three on the island green at the infamous 17th hole.

Kaymer held a one-stroke lead at the TPC Sawgrass when his tee shot on 17 narrowly cleared the water, bounced off a mound and span sideways hard until settling just a couple of feet short of the water on the fringe of the green.

May 12, 2014

Golf – Disappointment for Spieth after another close call

PONTE VEDRA BEACH Florida (Reuters) – Having established himself as the most exciting young prospect in the game, Jordan Spieth was left bitterly disappointed after suffering another near miss at the Players Championship on Sunday.

A month after slipping back into a tie for second at the Masters where he led by two shots early on in the final round, the 20-year-old American again relinquished an outright lead as he faded into a share of fourth place at the TPC Sawgrass.