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Apr 23, 2015

Mayweather, Pacquiao bout delivers knockout ticket prices

By Steve Keating

(Reuters) – Tickets for the megafight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao finally hit the market on Thursday and unless your name is Warren Buffet or Madonna you will probably have to watch the May 2 bout on pay-per-view.

After weeks of behind-the-scenes negotiations between the fighters’ camps and much speculation, the coveted tickets went on sale and, as expected, they were not cheap.

Apr 23, 2015

Subdued Mayweather sure he has winning ticket

By Steve Keating

(Reuters) – With tickets to his May 2 mega-fight with Manny Pacquiao set to fetch jaw-dropping prices, Floyd Mayweather felt no need to add to the hype on Wednesday, avoiding controversy with the same ease with which he evades punches.

Undefeated Mayweather even mustered up some faint praise for Pacquiao and refused to respond to taunts made by the Filipino’s trainer Freddie Roach, while offering effusive thanks to the media as he bobbed and weaved his way through a 30 minute conference without landing or taking a single blow.

Apr 16, 2015

Athletics – Hosting worlds in Eugene hailed as a ‘bold move’

By Steve Keating

(Reuters) – United States athletics officials hailed the IAAF’s awarding of the 2021 world championships to Eugene, Oregon on Thursday as a “bold decision”, dismissing European grumblings as disappointment they had all experienced.

“They (the International Association of Athletics Federation) deserve a lot of credit for stepping up and making a bold decision to accept this bid outside the process,” TrackTown USA President Vin Lananna said during a conference call.

Apr 16, 2015

Hosting worlds in Eugene hailed as a ‘bold move’

By Steve Keating

(Reuters) – United States athletics officials hailed the IAAF’s awarding of the 2021 world championships to Eugene, Oregon on Thursday as a “bold decision”, dismissing European grumblings as disappointment they had all experienced.

“They (the International Association of Athletics Federation) deserve a lot of credit for stepping up and making a bold decision to accept this bid outside the process,” TrackTown USA President Vin Lananna said during a conference call.

Apr 13, 2015

Spieth ready to take golf throne after Masters win

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Jordan Spieth was crowned Masters champion on Sunday and immediately hailed as the new face of golf after completing a wire-to-wire win at Augusta National.

With a winning game and winning personality, the humble 21-year-old American won over fans around the world with a fearless and clinical display of golf, rewriting the Masters record book on his way to the first of what is predicted to be many major victories.

Apr 13, 2015

McIlroy unable to chase down Spieth and green jacket

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy’s career grand slam was put on hold after American Jordan Spieth ran away with the Masters green jacket on Sunday, signaling it may remain in his locker for some time.

Slow to find his form through the opening two rounds, McIlroy began to hit his stride on the weekend but was unable to chase down the rampaging 21-year-old Texan despite carding a joint best final round of six-under 66 that still left him fourth, a distant six shots behind the winner.

Apr 12, 2015

Spieth refuses to crack under Masters pressure

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – The biggest names in golf put major pressure on Jordan Spieth but the young American refused to crack, carding a two-under 70 on Saturday to take a four-shot lead into the final round of the Masters.

Masters champions Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson and world number one Rory McIlroy all took turns trying to rattle the 21-year-old Texan, but Spieth held steady on a sweaty Georgia afternoon, setting a Masters record 54-hole total of 16-under 200 to better the previous mark of 201 shared by Woods and Raymond Floyd.

Apr 11, 2015

Woods leads Masters chase to reel in Spieth

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Tiger Woods was leading the chase as third round play at the Masters began with the field desperately trying to reel in frontrunner Jordan Spieth on Saturday.

Spieth held a five-shot overnight lead on nearest challenger journeyman Charley Hoffman with the rest of the field lagging seven or more strokes back.

Apr 11, 2015

Gentle Ben hangs up Masters spurs

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Ben Crenshaw made a final drive up Magnolia Lane for a competitive round of golf on Friday and then quickly veered off down Memory Lane for one final Masters joy ride.

Twice a Masters champion, the fight long ago left 63-year-old Gentle Ben’s game and the Texan decided it was time to “hang up the spurs”. His last round on a hot, muggy day was a ceremonial lap of honor rather than a battle to make the cut.

Apr 11, 2015

Golf-Gentle Ben hangs up Masters spurs

AUGUSTA, Georgia, April 10 (Reuters) – Ben Crenshaw made a final drive up Magnolia Lane for a competitive round of golf on Friday and then quickly veered off down Memory Lane for one final Masters joy ride.

Twice a Masters champion, the fight long ago left 63-year-old Gentle Ben’s game and the Texan decided it was time to “hang up the spurs”. His last round on a hot, muggy day was a ceremonial lap of honour rather than a battle to make the cut.