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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.

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.