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Feb 23, 2014

Collins signs with Nets as first openly gay player

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – Veteran NBA player Jason Collins signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday, making him the first openly gay athlete on a team roster in any of North America’s four major professional sports leagues.

Collins, who last April revealed that he was gay in a Sports Illustrated article that was published after the National Basketball Association regular season, joined the Nets before their Sunday game in Los Angeles against the Lakers.

Feb 18, 2014

Dizzying run puts Dubuisson among game’s elite

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A year ago, Frenchman Victor Dubuisson was one of several talented young players toiling away on the European Tour with almost no experience in golf’s biggest events and still seeking his first victory on the circuit.

Within the past four months, however, Dubuisson has spectacularly broken free of those shackles, his maiden win at the inaugural Turkish Airlines Open in November opening virtually every door to him at the game’s highest level.

Feb 17, 2014

Italy’s Molinari targets late 2013 form, Cup spot

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Refreshed after a seven-week break and with just two tournaments under his belt this year, Francesco Molinari has his sights set on recapturing the encouraging form he displayed in late 2013 and a Ryder Cup spot.

Molinari has represented Europe in the last two editions of the biennial team competition against the United States, both times on winning teams, and he would dearly love the chance to compete in a third at Gleneagles in Scotland from September 26 to 28.

Feb 17, 2014

Once again, Johnson has to settle for second

PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) – In-form American Dustin Johnson had to settle for a second successive runner-up spot on the PGA Tour after his last-day charge ended up two strokes shy at the Northern Trust Open on Sunday.

Bidding for his ninth victory on the U.S. circuit, the long-hitting Johnson closed with a five-under-par 66 in the final round at Riviera Country Club to finish alone in second at 13-under 271.

Feb 17, 2014

Golf-Watson storms home to seal two-shot win at Riviera

PACIFIC PALISADES, California, Feb 16 (Reuters) – Bubba Watson was rewarded for his impressive early season form when he stormed to his first PGA Tour title since the 2012 Masters with a two-shot victory at the Northern Trust Open on Sunday.

Four strokes off the pace going into the final round, the American left-hander seized control with five birdies in the first eight holes on the way to a flawless seven-under-par 64 at a sun-splashed Riviera Country Club.

Feb 17, 2014

Watson seals two-shot win at Riviera

PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) – Bubba Watson was rewarded for his impressive early season form when he stormed to his first PGA Tour title since the 2012 Masters with a two-shot victory at the Northern Trust Open on Sunday.

Four strokes off the pace going into the final round, the American left-hander seized control with five birdies in the first eight holes on the way to a flawless seven-under-par 64 at a sun-splashed Riviera Country Club.

Feb 16, 2014

Allred’s Cinderella story not yet over at Riviera

PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) – Whatever happens in Sunday’s final round of the Northern Trust Open, American Jason Allred will be able to celebrate a fairytale week of the unexpected at Riviera Country Club.

A graduate of the nearby Pepperdine University, Allred is playing his first PGA Tour event since the 2010 U.S. Open, where he tied for 47th, after earning one of four spots in the Riviera field via Monday qualifying.

Feb 16, 2014

Riviera leader McGirt ready to heed Tiger’s advice

PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) – Two years ago, American journeyman William McGirt made the mistake of not once looking at a leaderboard during the final round of the Canadian Open where he was in contention for the title.

After being taken to task over that by none other than Tiger Woods, McGirt avoided a similar error last year at the same event, and he plans to follow the same policy in Sunday’s final round of the Northern Trust Open as tournament leader.

Feb 15, 2014

American McGirt grabs two-shot lead at Riviera

PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) – Little known American William McGirt, seeking his first PGA Tour win, broke clear of a congested leaderboard to seize a two-shot lead in Saturday’s third round of the Northern Trust Open.

Two strokes off the pace when the delayed second round was completed earlier in the day, the 34-year-old journeyman took advantage of several favorable pin positions with superb all-round golf to fire a six-under-par 65.

Feb 15, 2014

Furyk and Johnson take very different routes at Riviera

PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) – Jim Furyk and Dustin Johnson have sharply contrasting playing styles and took very different routes on Friday but the American duo finished up in the same spot at the Northern Trust Open.

Playing together in a high-profile grouping with U.S. Open champion Justin Rose at Riviera Country Club, medium-length hitter Furyk and ‘Master Blaster’ Johnson both posted six-under totals of 136 after the second round.