TORONTO (Reuters) – The way to catch a knuckleball, famously explained former-Major League catcher Bob Uecker, is to wait until it stops rolling and then pick it up.
It is of course not the preferred technique but it was one used frequently by Toronto Blue Jays J.P. Arencibia on Tuesday when he was handed the opening night assignment catching for Cy Young knuckleballer R.A. Dickey in 4-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians.
TORONTO, April 1 (Reuters) – He is just one of only four players to have played 500 or more games for the Toronto Raptors yet Jose Calderon never appeared to find a home in the National Basketball Association’s northern outpost.
Although Calderon spent seven and a half seasons in Toronto and holds the club record for assists (3,370) the Spaniard, with the permanent smile and five o’clock shadow, always seemed like a visitor.
TORONTO (Reuters) – The Carolina Hurricanes find themselves trapped in a deadline day dilemma after a seventh straight loss on Thursday, slowly slipping out of a playoff race and pondering whether to make a deal or stick with what they have.
With the National Hockey League’s April 3 trade deadline fast approaching, the Hurricanes have little time to decide if they want to roll dice and make a trade that could help send them to the post-season or ride out the current storm.
ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) – For Chris Bosh, the entire NBA season has felt like one big playoff game and there was no easing up on Monday as the Miami Heat dumped the Orlando Magic 108-94 to extend their winning streak to 27 games.
As the reigning NBA champions, the Heat are used to seeing the best from the opposition but the target has grown a little bigger as they close in on the Los Angeles Lakers’ record of 33 consecutive wins.
ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) – LeBron James had 24 points and was a rebound shy of a triple-double as the Miami Heat used a fourth quarter surge to put away the Orlando Magic 108-94 and extend their winning streak to 27 games on Monday.
Tied 68-68 near the end of the third quarter, the Heat, powered by a 20-2 run, blasted clear of the gritty Magic to move within six of the Los Angeles Lakers’ record of 33 successive wins set in the 1971-72 season.
ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) – Tiger Woods’s renewed success has him back on top of the world rankings but questions thrown at him after Monday’s triumph at Bay Hill were about something he has not done for a long time, win the Masters.
While all signs point to Woods being close to his best after years of struggling with injuries, personal strife and a tedious swing overhaul, his comeback will not be complete in many minds, including his own, until he snaps a drought in the majors that dates back to the 2008 U.S. Open.
ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) – Not even a ferocious storm that pushed the Arnold Palmer Invitational to a Monday finish could stop Tiger Woods from winning an eighth Bay Hill title and reclaiming the world number one ranking.
Looking like his old imposing self, Woods completed a final-round two-under 70 for a two-shot victory over Briton Justin Rose to collect his 77th career PGA Tour win and begin his 11th reign as world number one.
ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) – Tiger Woods’s bid to regain the world number one ranking will have to wait a day after violent thunderstorms hit the Bay Hill Club, halting the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday.
After assessing damage done by the powerful storm the PGA Tour announced the final round would resume on Monday at 10 a.m. EDT.
ORLANDO, Florida, March 23 (Reuters) – Looking like his old imposing self, Tiger Woods surged into the third round lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Saturday, setting his sights on an eighth Bay Hill title and retaking the number one ranking.
Four back of overnight leaders Justin Rose and Bill Haas when the day began, Woods walked off the course to wild cheers and in full command after returning a brilliant six-under 66 for with a two-shot lead over the fifth ranked Rose and American compatriots John Huh and Rickie Fowler.
ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) – Briton Justin Rose pushed his way into a two-shot lead midway through the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Saturday while Tiger Woods surged into contention for an eighth Bay Hill title.
Bill Haas and Rose, who shared a one-shot overnight lead, were quick out of the blocks, both collecting birdies on two of their three opening holes.