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May 21, 2014

James, Wade spark Heat win over fired up Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) – Beating the Miami Heat once is difficult enough but taking two playoff games in a row from the defending National Basketball Association champions is mission impossible as the Indiana Pacers found out on Tuesday.

Dormant most of the night, LeBron James sprung to life in the final quarter scoring 12 of his 22 points, while Dwyane Wade dropped 10 of his team high 23 to lift the Heat to a battling 87-83 victory and even the Eastern Conference final at a game apiece.

May 9, 2014

Defoe waits to see if MLS adventure will end World Cup bid

TORONTO (Reuters) – England forward Jermain Defoe will wait for a phone call this weekend that will determine if his North American adventure has cost him a World Cup dream.

The goalscorer left Tottenham Hotspur for Toronto in January to follow a path to Major League Soccer (MLS) previously paved by the likes of David Beckham, Thierry Henry and Defoe’s former Spurs strike partner Robbie Keane.

May 9, 2014

Soccer-Defoe waits to see if MLS adventure will end World Cup bid

TORONTO (Reuters) – England forward Jermain Defoe will wait for a phone call this weekend that will determine if his North American adventure has cost him a World Cup dream.

The goalscorer left Tottenham Hotspur for Toronto in January to follow a path to Major League Soccer (MLS) previously paved by the likes of David Beckham, Thierry Henry and Defoe’s former Spurs strike partner Robbie Keane.

Apr 25, 2014

Search for safety has IndyCar going in circles

TORONTO (Reuters) – While an entire generation of Formula One fans has grown up without knowing the emotional trauma of a racing death, followers of IndyCar have been constantly reminded about the ultimate price some drivers must pay.

The motor racing world will pause on May 1 to mourn the 20th anniversary of Brazilian triple world champion Ayrton Senna’s death, the crash at Imola a haunting but fading memory of the last driver fatality in Formula One.

Apr 25, 2014

Motor racing-Search for safety has IndyCar going in circles

TORONTO, April 25 (Reuters) – While an entire generation of Formula One fans has grown up without knowing the emotional trauma of a racing death, followers of IndyCar have been constantly reminded about the ultimate price some drivers must pay.

The motor racing world will pause on May 1 to mourn the 20th anniversary of Brazilian triple world champion Ayrton Senna’s death, the crash at Imola a haunting but fading memory of the last driver fatality in Formula One.

Apr 23, 2014

Youth served as DeRozan leads ‘Northern Uprising’

TORONTO (Reuters) – The Toronto Raptors have promoted their return to the NBA postseason after a six-year absence as a ‘Northern Uprising’ and on Tuesday they backed up the marketing campaign with a 100-95 win over the Brooklyn Nets.

The victory was the Raptors’ first in the post-season since 2008 and sends the best-of-seven Eastern conference first round series back to Brooklyn for Game Three on Friday level at 1-1.

Apr 19, 2014

Raptors drop expletive and game to Nets in playoff opener

TORONTO (Reuters) – Sparked by a stinging expletive the NBA playoffs got off to an explosive start as the Brooklyn Nets landed the first blow in a suddenly bitter Eastern Conference first round match-up with a 94-87 win over the Toronto Raptors on Saturday.

Out of the playoffs since 2008, Toronto’s return to the postseason was both eventful and controversial, upping the ante in the best-of-seven series.

Apr 14, 2014

Olympic sprint gives way to Stanley Cup marathon

By Steve Keating

(Reuters) – With the sprint for Olympic gold over, the marathon run for the Stanley Cup begins this week with the opening round of the National Hockey League playoffs.

While the Sochi Games was a two-week gold rush, the quest for the Stanley Cup is an ultimate test of endurance requiring the eventual champions to persevere through four best-of-seven series before lifting the NHL’s top prize.

Apr 14, 2014

Phelps ends retirement ahead of 2016 Rio Olympics

By Steve Keating

(Reuters) – Michael Phelps, the most decorated swimmer of all time, will come out of retirement next week, the clearest signal yet that he is getting ready to make an Olympic comeback at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

The American, who has not competed since the 2012 London Games, will headline an April 24-26 meet in Mesa, Arizona, with fellow Olympians Ryan Lochte and Katie Ledecky, USA Swimming said in a statement on Monday.

Apr 14, 2014

Swimming-Phelps ends retirement ahead of 2016 Rio Olympics

April 14 (Reuters) – Michael Phelps, the most decorated swimmer of all time, will come out of retirement next week, the clearest signal yet that he is getting ready to make an Olympic comeback at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

The American, who has not competed since the 2012 London Games, will headline an April 24-26 meet in Mesa, Arizona, with fellow Olympians Ryan Lochte and Katie Ledecky, USA Swimming said in a statement on Monday.