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Apr 1, 2013

Nationals’ Harper gets out of the gate in a big way

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper wasted little time proving that last year’s Rookie of the Year season was no fluke.

Harper belted two home runs off starter Ricky Nolasco to lift the Nationals to a 2-0 victory over the Miami Marlins on Monday in the season opener for both teams.

Mar 26, 2013

Grizzlies embrace team concept without Gay

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Memphis Grizzlies have embraced the team concept after shedding Rudy Gay in a cost-cutting move and suddenly find themselves trading elbows with the big boys in the Western Conference.

With their top scorer and go-to guy now wearing a Toronto Raptors uniform, the surging Grizzlies (47-23) have moved to within six games of front-running San Antonio in the West.

Feb 28, 2013

Wizards’ Wall needs to stay upbeat despite slump, says coach

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Frustrated, aggravated and searching for answers, Washington Wizards coach Randy Wittman says former first overall draft pick John Wall needs to remain upbeat during his puzzling slump.

“He is going through a rough stretch,” Wittman said. “Whether it’s a game, a stretch, two weeks, a week, 10 days, you got to fight through it.

Feb 27, 2013

Wrestling champion Cejudo enters a new arena

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Olympic freestyle wrestling champion Henry Cejudo is entering the mixed martial arts arena knowing that he has a lot to learn.

Some things, however, he already knows.

“I’m so used to wrestling where they have fans that just yell and scream,” he told Reuters in a telephone interview. “But in MMA, people are drinking. People are fighting in the stands.

Feb 27, 2013

Olympics-Wrestling champion Cejudo enters a new arena

WASHINGTON, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Olympic freestyle wrestling champion Henry Cejudo is entering the mixed martial arts arena knowing that he has a lot to learn.

Some things, however, he already knows.

“I’m so used to wrestling where they have fans that just yell and scream,” he told Reuters in a telephone interview. “But in MMA, people are drinking. People are fighting in the stands.

Feb 22, 2013

Even with its popularity, NBA has room for growth in China

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – The National Basketball Association (NBA) is opening a glitzy “lifestyle destination” complex with an official basketball court, a hoop-themed restaurant and a children’s zone.

You can train like Kobe Bryant, or even a Laker girl, at a state-of-the-art fitness center.

Feb 18, 2013

The All-Star game is made-to-order for Clippers’ Paul

HOUSTON (Reuters) – For a point guard like Chris Paul, the NBA All-Star game is made to order.

Everywhere he looks is someone who can put the ball in the basket. If he searches underneath, there is Blake Griffin. Out on the wing is Kevin Durant.

Feb 18, 2013

Durant leads West over East in All-Star game

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin provided a potent mix of outside shooting and inside dominance to lift the Western Conference to a 143-138 victory over the Eastern Conference in the NBA All-Star game on Sunday.

Durant scored 30 points and Griffin added 19, on nine-of-11 shooting, but the Most Valuable Player Award went to Chris Paul, who scored 20 points and added 15 assists for the West.

Feb 17, 2013

Yao still involved in basketball, just not on the court

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Yao Ming looks like he could still tangle with Dwight Howard under the basket but the former National Basketball Association number one draft pick clearly has put his playing days in the rear-view mirror.

The eight-time Houston Rockets All-Star left the game following the 2010-11 season after the final five years of his career were filled with injuries, most notably to his foot and ankle.

Feb 17, 2013

Ross wins slam dunk title, Irving top long-range gunner

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Toronto Raptors guard Terrence Ross won the NBA’s Slam Dunk Contest on Saturday with a one-handed, though-the-legs rim-rattler after leaping over a ballboy.

The windmill slam earned the wild applause of the sold-out crowd at the Toyota Center and lifted the 22-year-old rookie to the title over Jeremy Evans of the Utah Jazz.