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Mar 2, 2015

Harrington ends seven-year wait with Honda victory

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (Reuters) – Padraig Harrington ended a seven-year title wait on the two main tours when he won the Honda Classic in a playoff with American rookie Daniel Berger following a thrilling final round on Monday.

The victory was sweet for the 43-year-old Irishman, a triple major winner who has plummeted down the rankings after several seasons of struggle and went into the tournament 297th in the world.

Feb 28, 2015

Clock ticking as MLS and union face crunch talks

MIAMI (Reuters) – Major League Soccer and its players face showdown talks on Sunday in a last-ditch bid to avoid a strike and a delay to the start of its 20th season next week.

The MLS Players Union (MLSPU) and the league are negotiating a new Collective Bargaining Agreement after the last five-year deal on pay and conditions ran out at the end of January with no new contract in place.

Feb 28, 2015

Soccer-Clock ticking as MLS and union face crunch talks

MIAMI, Feb 28 (Reuters) – Major League Soccer and its players face showdown talks on Sunday in a last-ditch bid to avoid a strike and a delay to the start of its 20th season next week.

The MLS Players Union (MLSPU) and the league are negotiating a new Collective Bargaining Agreement after the last five-year deal on pay and conditions ran out at the end of January with no new contract in place.

Feb 27, 2015

MLS fines Salt Lake owner as possible work stoppage looms

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – With a possible players strike or lockout on the horizon, Major League Soccer on Friday fined one of its team owners for making public comments on negotiations with the players’ union (MLSPU).

Real Salt Lake investor-operator Dell Loy Hansen was handed an undisclosed fine by MLS for comments made during a radio interview this week. “The comments made by Mr. Hansen are not permitted under the league’s constitution,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber. “We are engaged in constructive negotiations with our players and such comments are not appropriate nor helpful to the negotiations.” The league’s five-year collective bargaining agreement (CBA) ran out on January 31 and with the new MLS season due to kick off on March 6, the prospect of a delay to the start of the campaign is looming.

Feb 27, 2015

Soccer-MLS fines Salt Lake owner as possible work stoppage looms

Feb 27 (Reuters) – With a possible players strike or lockout on the horizon, Major League Soccer on Friday fined one of its team owners for making public comments on negotiations with the players’ union (MLSPU).

Real Salt Lake investor-operator Dell Loy Hansen was handed an undisclosed fine by MLS for comments made during a radio interview this week.

Feb 27, 2015

Herman says Trump gave him timely push to make the tour

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (Reuters) – Honda Classic first round leader Jim Herman’s dream of making the PGA Tour looked to be fading when he was working as an assistant professional at the Trump National course in New Jersey.

Trying and failing to qualify for the highly competitive U.S. circuit at the second stage of qualifying school in Tampa proved to be demoralizing for the Cincinnati-born Herman, who eventually threw in the towel.

Feb 27, 2015

McIlroy struggles in wind at Honda but lives to fight on

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy has had his share of ups and downs at the Honda Classic and Thursday’s opening round, where he shot a three-over-par 73, was no different.

The Northern Irishman won at PGA National in 2012 with a victory that sent him to the world number one spot for the first time in his career and signaled his arrival as one of the sport’s true stars.

Feb 26, 2015

Golf-American Herman moves one ahead at Honda Classic

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida, Feb 26 (Reuters) – American journeyman Jim Herman was the unlikely first round leader at the Honda Classic after shooting a five-under-par 65 as world number one Rory McIlroy struggled at blustery PGA National on Thursday.

Northern Irishman McIlroy, looking to make a winning start to his build-up to the April 9-12 Masters, recovered from an erratic first 14 holes as he finished birdie-birdie for a three-over 73.

Feb 26, 2015

American Herman grabs early clubhouse lead at Honda Classic

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (Reuters) – American journeyman Jim Herman grabbed the early clubhouse lead at the Honda Classic after shooting a five-under-par 65 in the opening round at blustery PGA National on Thursday.

World number one Rory McIlroy, looking to make a winning start to his build-up to the April 9-12 Masters, was four-over par through five holes after a rough start that included a pair of double-bogeys.

Feb 25, 2015

‘Florida Swing’ kicks off the road to the Masters

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (Reuters) – The PGA Tour’s ‘Florida Swing,’ golf’s unofficial start of the road to the Masters, begins on Thursday with world number one Rory McIlroy heading a strong field in the Honda Classic at PGA National.

In what promises to be a fascinating start to the build-up to the April 9-12 Masters, McIlroy, who first reached the top of the world rankings with a victory in this event in 2012, will head a field consisting of 16 of the world’s top 25 players.

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      "Simon is a Reuters Sports Correspondent based out of Miami and he covers a range of sports including NFL, NBA, US national team and MLS soccer, tennis, West Indies cricket, golf and winter sports. He was the co-author of the best-selling soccer book The Rough Guide to European Football and previously worked in Milan, Italy and Eastern Europe. He was born in Lancashire, England."
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