Mark's Feed
Feb 13, 2014

Couples set for a record 32nd start at beloved Riviera

PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) – Fred Couples will add another chapter to his long love affair with Riviera Country Club when he extends his record number of Northern Trust Open starts to 32 at the fabled venue this week.

Couples eclipsed the previous mark of 30, first set by fellow American Gene Littler, when he played in the PGA Tour event last year and he was delighted to gain a spot in the 2014 edition via a sponsor’s exemption.

Feb 12, 2014

Healthy Rose eager to start 2014 campaign at Riviera

PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) – While U.S. Open champion Justin Rose is champing at the bit to play his first competitive golf of the year, Jimmy Walker will look to maintain his sizzling form at this week’s Northern Trust Open.

English world number five Rose, who heads a strong field at Riviera Country Club, has been recovering from tendinitis in his right shoulder and is eager to test his game in tournament conditions as he launches his 2014 campaign.

Feb 6, 2014

Limited playing time helps injury-hit Wade flourish for Heat

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Ongoing knee injuries have been a source of frustration for Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade in recent years but a meticulous program of limiting his workload and playing time has made him an influential force this season.

Nicknamed “Flash” or “D-Wade”, Wade has competed for a decade in the National Basketball Association and, like any other league veteran, has had to contend with being repeatedly ‘banged up’ over time, with his left knee a particular concern.

Feb 6, 2014

LeBron James eager for role with Beckham’s Miami franchise

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Miami Heat forward LeBron James, one of the greatest basketball players of all time, said on Wednesday he hoped to be involved with David Beckham’s plan to bring a Major League Soccer (MLS) team to Miami.

Former England soccer captain Beckham, who has become a close friend of James in recent years and often attends Heat games in Miami, announced earlier on Wednesday he had exercised his option to become the owner of an MLS team in that city.

Feb 6, 2014

James eager for role with Beckham’s Miami franchise

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Miami Heat forward LeBron James, one of the greatest basketball players of all time, said on Wednesday he hoped to be involved with David Beckham’s plan to bring a Major League Soccer (MLS) team to Miami.

Former England soccer captain Beckham, who has become a close friend of James in recent years and often attends Heat games in Miami, announced earlier on Wednesday he had exercised his option to become the owner of an MLS team in that city.

Feb 6, 2014

Soccer-James eager for role with Beckham’s Miami franchise

LOS ANGELES, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Miami Heat forward LeBron James, one of the greatest basketball players of all time, said on Wednesday he hoped to be involved with David Beckham’s plan to bring a Major League Soccer (MLS) team to Miami.

Former England soccer captain Beckham, who has become a close friend of James in recent years and often attends Heat games in Miami, announced earlier on Wednesday he had exercised his option to become the owner of an MLS team in that city.

Jan 26, 2014

Ducks shut out Kings in unique outdoor clash

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Palm trees, a beach volleyball court and pyrotechnics from American rock band KISS – Saturday’s ground-breaking National Hockey League (NHL) game at Dodger Stadium certainly delivered something very different.

For many people watching in the sellout crowd of 54,000, the result was largely academic as the Western Conference-leading Anaheim Ducks beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-0 after taking control with a double strike in the first period.

Jan 24, 2014

Kings, Ducks face off under stars at Dodger Stadium

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “California Dreamin’” brings to mind images of surf and sunshine but on Saturday at Dodger Stadium a very different dream will be realized when the Golden State stages its first ever outdoor National Hockey League game.

With a temporary hockey ice rink set up in the unusual surrounds of the iconic baseball venue at Chavez Ravine, the Los Angeles Kings will ‘host’ the Anaheim Ducks in the opener of the NHL’s four-game Stadium Series this season.

Jan 22, 2014

Johnson’s ‘heart’ a winning Cup quality, says Watson

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – Zach Johnson’s stunning form since September has caught the eye of United States Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson who has identified his “big heart” as the most prized attribute for players in the biennial team competition.

American world number six Johnson, who has represented his country three times against Europe at the Ryder Cup, has triumphed three times in his last eight starts while only once finishing outside the top 16.

Jan 22, 2014

Amateur event launched to grow game in Latin America

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – In a bid to grow amateur golf in South and Central America, the sport’s governing bodies and organizers of the Masters tournament have created a new event, the Latin America Amateur Championship (LAAC), to be launched next year.

The inaugural edition will be played from January 15-18 at Pilar Golf Club on the outskirts of Buenos Aires in Argentina where the winner will earn an automatic invitation to take part in the Masters three months later.