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Dec 4, 2013

Golf-Sherwood signals a worthy season for elite field

THOUSAND OAKS, California, Dec 3 (Reuters) – For the 18 players vying for supremacy at this week’s Northwestern Mutual World Challenge in glorious early winter weather, merely qualifying for the field is confirmation of a successful year.

Though the four-round tournament hosted by five-times champion Tiger Woods is not a PGA Tour event, it offers official world ranking points and every player competing at Sherwood Country Club this week is ranked in the top 30.

Dec 1, 2013

Kings goalie Scrivens suffers rare burn by Flames

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Very little has gone wrong for red-hot Ben Scrivens since he took over as the Los Angeles Kings goaltender three weeks ago but he would like to forget Saturday’s game against the Calgary Flames as soon as possible.

Though Scrivens is joint top in the league’s goalie standings with a .944 save percentage and three shutouts, he suffered two bad moments in front of a sellout crowd at Staples Center as the Kings lost 2-1 to the Calgary Flames.

Nov 25, 2013

Stellar defense by Clippers gives coach Rivers title hopes

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – All season long, Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers has been preaching his mantra that NBA championships can be won only with good defense and his new team finally came up with the goods for all four quarters.

The veteran coach struggled to keep a beaming smile off his face after the Clippers produced an all-round effort against a severely weakened Chicago Bulls lineup at Staples Center on Sunday, romping to a 121-82 victory that was the largest winning margin in franchise history.

Nov 25, 2013

Derrick Rose to have surgery on Monday, no timetable for return

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Standout Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose will have knee surgery on Monday and could be sidelined for the rest of the season if he decides to have his torn right meniscus reattached.

Rose tore the ligament against the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday and the timetable for his return will be known once he decides how he wants the knee to be fixed, said Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau.

Nov 24, 2013

Rose to have surgery on Monday, no timetable for return

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Standout Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose will have knee surgery on Monday and could be sidelined for the rest of the season if he decides to have his torn right meniscus reattached.

Rose tore the ligament against the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday and the timetable for his return will be known once he decides how he wants the knee to be fixed, said Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau.

Nov 18, 2013

Erratic Lakers eagerly await return of ace closer Bryant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – While the Los Angeles Lakers have made a better start to this season than many had expected in the absence of Kobe Bryant, there is no question that their 15-time All-Star shooting guard has been sorely missed.

The Lakers have lurched between a few surprising wins, most notably against the Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets, and several disappointing losses, where they suffered due to the lack of a dominating presence in the final quarter.

Nov 4, 2013

Strange days and low expectations for new-look Lakers

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – These are very strange times for Los Angeles Lakers fans, with many of them holding surprisingly low expectations for this season after becoming accustomed to their team repeatedly reaching the NBA Finals.

Sixteen NBA championship banners hang proudly from the rafters at the Lakers’ Staples Center home, proof positive of the glittering success achieved by the franchise, but the chance of a 17th being added any time soon seems remote.

Nov 3, 2013

Stevens wins Classic on Mucho Macho Man

ARCADIA, California (Reuters) – Mucho Macho Man, a 4-1 shot, stole the limelight from favourite Game on Dude with a storming finish to win the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park on Saturday.

Veteran Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens piloted the five-year-old horse past the celebrated field down the home straight before holding off a late surge by Will Take Charge to win America’s richest horse race by a nose.

Nov 2, 2013

Magician upstages The Fugue to win Turf

ARCADIA, California (Reuters) – Irish raider Magician stole the limelight from the heavily fancied The Fugue with a storming late run from the outside to win the $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita Park on Saturday.

Expertly ridden by Ryan Moore in glorious afternoon sunshine, Magician powered to the finish line to triumph by half a length and earn celebrated Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien his first Breeders’ Cup win this year.

Nov 2, 2013

Jockey Velazquez has emergency surgery

ARCADIA, California (Reuters) – Top jockey John Velazquez had emergency surgery on Saturday to remove his spleen after he suffered internal bleeding following an accident during a race at the Breeders’ Cup.

Velazquez was riding Secret Compass in the first event of the afternoon at Santa Anita Park, the $2 million Juvenile Fillies, when he and his horse fell as they approached the final turn.