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Golf Galaxy Announces Grand Opening Celebration For New Store in Paramus, NJ

PITTSBURGH, April 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Golf Galaxy, a full-line, interactive golf retailer, announces its plans to relocate its store in Paramus, New Jersey.  The grand opening celebration is slated ...

Soccer-playing robot gives Obama a break in Japan

TOKYO -- During a long day in the coded world of Japanese diplomacy, President Obama’s easiest conversation Thursday was with a robot.

Teen Chinese golfer getting used to attention

SHENZHEN, China (AP) — One year after his stunning debut at the Masters, Chinese 15-year-old golfer Guan Tianlang is growing accustomed to being in the spotlight.

Dyson enjoys happy return to China, shares lead with Quiros

Simon Dyson of England hits his tee shot on the 10th hole during a practice round for the 2012 Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta (Reuters) - Englishman Simon Dyson, who was handed a suspended two-month ban for cheating in December, fired a five-under-par 67 to grab a share of the first round lead at the European Tour's China Open on Thursday. The Englishman fired six birdies and a lone bogey in his round in Shenzhen to end the day tied with big-hitting Spaniard Alvaro Quiros at the top of a congested leaderboard. "The first nine holes I played was the best I have played for quite some time," Dyson told the European Tour. It was a good start and very pleasing." The 36-year-old has enjoyed previous success in China, winning the event in 2000 as well as the Hong Kong and Macau Opens.


Golf-Dyson enjoys happy return to China, shares lead with Quiros

Englishman Simon Dyson, who was handed a suspended two-month ban for cheating in December, fired a five-under-par 67 to grab a share of the first round lead at the European Tour's China Open on Thursday. The Englishman fired six birdies and a lone bogey in his round in Shenzhen to end the day tied with big-hitting Spaniard Alvaro Quiros at the top of a congested leaderboard. "The first nine holes I played was the best I have played for quite some time," Dyson told the European Tour. It was a good start and very pleasing." The 36-year-old has enjoyed previous success in China, winning the event in 2000 as well as the Hong Kong and Macau Opens.

New summer soccer league for adults forming in Milan

Soccer parents will have an opportunity to see what their kids experience on the fields with the forming of a new adult recreational Summer Soccer League to be played on the Milan High School fields.

Soccer-Malaysian jailed over Australian soccer match-fixing

By Anna Harrington MELBOURNE, April 24 (Reuters) - The Malaysian ringleader of an Australian soccer match-fixing ring was jailed on Thursday, shortly after the lower league club involved was fined and deducted points for their failure to prevent the situation. Victorian County Court Judge Michael Bourke sentenced Segaran "Gerry" Subramaniam to three years imprisonment, with two suspended, after ...

Rivalries Abound in CBS Thursday Night Football Slate

The National Football League on Wednesday night took the wraps off its 2014 regular season schedule, and while CBS’ inaugural Thursday Night Football slate is packed with divisional rivalries, some of the matchups are strictly from nostalgia. Kicking off CBS’ $275 million TNF roster is the Week 2 (Sept. 11) grudge match between the AFC North’s Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens. When last ...

Announcer relishes role as voice of Kentucky Derby

New track announcer Larry Collmus checks out his booth high atop the grandstand at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Collmus replaces British announcer Mark Johnson, who had called Churchill races since 2009. (AP Photo/Garry Jones) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — From his perch with a panoramic view of the world's most famous racetrack, the new voice of Churchill Downs will sit out one of the most anticipated moments of the tradition-soaked Kentucky Derby.


Pineda says he'll learn from ejection for pine tar

Home plate umpire Gerry Davis, right, confers on the mound with New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda, left; shortstop Derek Jeter (2); and others in the second inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Pineda was ejected after umpires found with a foreign substance on his neck.(AP Photo/Elise Amendola) BOSTON (AP) — The pine tar glistened on Michael Pineda's neck, improving his grip and inviting trouble.


Stars even with Ducks after 4-2 win in Game 4

Anaheim Ducks' Frederik Andersen (31) stands by the net as Dallas Stars' Cody Eakin (20) celebrates his goal with Antoine Roussel (21 and Jordie Benn (24) in the third period of Game 4 of a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Dallas. The Stars won 4-2. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) DALLAS (AP) — The young Dallas Stars keep overcoming early 2-0 deficits. With their latest comeback in Game 4, they are now even with the top-seeded Anaheim Ducks.


Women’s Tennis: Lin transitions smoothly on and off the court

CSUN’s tennis team has been home to the most dangerous backhand in the west this year, and it belongs to a freshman. With two Big West Tennis Athlete of the Week awards in her first season of playing tennis in the US, Vivian Lin has adjusted well on the courts in Northridge.

Michael Phelps launches comeback in 100 butterfly

Michael Phelps swims during a training session Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Mesa, Ariz., as he prepares to compete for the first time since retiring after the 2012 London Games. The 22-time Olympic medalist is entered in three events at the Arena Grand Prix starting Thursday. (AP Photo/Matt York) MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Returning to swimming after a 20-month retirement, Michael Phelps is easing back into the sport he once dominated by racing one of his best events.


Aldridge's 43 lifts Blazers over Rockets 112-105

Portland Trail Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge (12) reacts after making a basket against the Houston Rockets during the third quarter in Game 2 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Houston. Portland won 112-105. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) HOUSTON (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge's son JJ, who turned 5 on Wednesday, texted him after the Portland Trail Blazers' playoff win and told him he looked like Spider-Man on one of his dunks.


Kane leads Blackhawks past Blues, 4-3 in OT

Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane (88) celebrates with teammates after scoring the game-winning goal during overtime period in Game 4 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series against the St. Louis Blues in Chicago, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. The Blackhawks won 4-3 in overtime. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) CHICAGO (AP) — Patrick Kane had his shot all along. Same for his dazzling puck-handling skills and the vision that sees the plays before they happen.


High school tennis: Coronado's Camara, Tribaldos work hard to get to state

The Coronado tennis program has been one of the best in the state for many years and this year has been no different.

Heat take 2-0 series lead over Bobcats

LeBron James (R) of the Miami Heat and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist of the Charlotte Bobcats during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at AmericanAirlines Arena on April 23, 2014 LeBron James scored 32 points and Chris Bosh tallied 20 points as the host Miami Heat beat the Charlotte Bobcats 101-97 to take a 2-0 lead in their first round playoff series. The Bobcats cut Miami's lead to 10 points at halftime Wednesday after shooting 50 percent from the field in the second quarter. But the Heat led by seven heading into the fourth and then held on for the victory. Miami now takes a comfortable series lead into game three on Saturday in Charlotte.


Baseball-Highlights of Wednesday's Major League Baseball games

April 23 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Wednesday's Major League Baseball games. - - - Brewers 5, Padres 2 Home runs by shortstop Jean Segura and left fielder Khris Davis gave right-hander Kyle Lohse all the support he needed as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the San Diego Padres. Lohse (4-1) held the Padres to two runs on five hits with five strikeouts over the course of his seven-inning ...

Mavericks beat mistake-prone Spurs to level series

Manu Ginobili of the San Antonio Spurs drives around Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals at the AT&T Center on April 23, 2014 Monta Ellis tallied 21 points and Shawn Marion scored 20 as the Dallas Mavericks routed the error-prone San Antonio Spurs 113-92 to level their opening round NBA playoff series at 1-1. Dallas took advantage of some sloppy play by the Spurs and could easily be ahead two games to none in the Western Conference series. San Antonio turned the ball over 24 times Wednesday, leading to 33 Dallas points.


Golf course worker has ‘close call’ with lightning

A 65-year-old golf course worker, who had a brush with death when he was zapped by lightning yesterday on the links, said his freak encounter with a thunderbolt was a “close call,” but that he’s feeling just fine. “It’s as close as I want to come to lightning again,” said the Chelmsford man, who asked to not be identified while speaking to the Herald at his home. “It knocked me back. … I didn’t ...

Mavs roll past Spurs 113-92, even series at 1-1

Dallas Mavericks' Monta Ellis (11) is pressured by San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan, right, as he tries to score during the first half of Game 2 of the opening-round NBA basketball playoff series on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Blowing their playoff opener turned out to be great therapy for the Dallas Mavericks.


Yankees Pineda ejected after foreign substance found on neck

MLB: Chicago Cubs at New York Yankees-Game Two (Reuters) - New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected in the second inning against Boston on Wednesday after the umpire found a foreign substance on his neck. Pineda, who missed the last two seasons because of injury but has enjoyed a strong start to the year with an ERA of 1.83, was also at the center of controversy in the Yankees win over the Red Sox on April 10. He was believed to have used a foreign substance during that game but was not checked by the umpire.


Voltic supports 2014 Ghana beach soccer leagues

The Ghana Beach Soccer Association, in line with seeking corporate partnerships and sponsorship to shore its annual budget in excess of 200,000 GHC has secured from a package worth 15,875 GHC from Voltic "official thirst quencher" for the beach soccer league.

Galileo Got Game: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About The Physics of Basketball

In a way, a game like basketball is a physics geek’s delight. It’s a playground where you can apply physics principles to try and get some added insight to the game. You’ve got the interplay of projectile motion and collisions, energy and momentum, and so on. To get you started, here’s a list of five neat pieces […]

Golf: Decorated sophomore driving for state gold

You wouldn’t know it by looking at her score, but as a freshman Kristen Gillman didn’t know what to expect at the 2013 UIL State Golf tournament.

Baseball. Owls Play Weekend Series at Southern Miss

The Rice baseball team (29-14 overall) plays a crucial three-game C-USA weekend series on the road at Southern Miss April 25-27. Game times are set for 6 pm Friday, 2 pm on Saturday, and 1 pm on Sunday.

Peak Aussie golf bodies team up to boost junior golf

GOLF Australia and the PGA of Australia have signed an historic joint venture agreement that will boost the landscape of junior golf development in Australia. Under the agreement, the PGA and Golf Australia will govern a single junior development program, MyGolf – as the one nationally recognised junior golf program that will act as the […]

Super Bowl champ Seahawks in NFL opener

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning passes during their game against the Seattle Seahawks at Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014 New York (AFP) - The Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers will kick off the 2014 National Football League's regular season, the league announced.


Safe standing could make permanent return to Football League

• All 72 Football League clubs asked for opinion on the issue • No similar plans for Premier League, despite support Standing on the terraces could return permanently to all divisions in the Football League after a consultation document was sent to all 72 clubs, asking for their opinions on the issue. Currently standing is allowed in Leagues One and Two but Championship grounds must be all ...

Heat go up 2-0, hold off Bobcats 101-97

Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) grabs his neck after being elbowed by Charlotte Bobcats' Josh McRoberts during the second half in Game 2 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Miami. The Heat defeated the Bobcats 101-97. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James drove to the rim as time was winding down, got clobbered by Josh McRoberts and sat on the hardwood gathering himself for a few seconds afterward.


Seahawks to open NFL season vs. Packers

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2013, file photo,k Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson tries to get away from Green Bay Packers' C.J. Wilson during the second half of an NFL preseason football game in Green Bay, Wis. As Super Bowl champions, the Seahawks get to kick off the NFL's regular season by hosting the Packers on Sept. 4. That Thursday game is the first of four prime-time games on opening weekend. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps, File) NEW YORK (AP) — Mike McCarthy promises there won't be any bad memories plaguing his Green Bay Packers when they open the NFL season on Sept. 4 at Super Bowl champion Seattle.


Seahawks and Packers to kick off new season

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson holds up the Vince Lombardi Trophy after winning the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game in East Rutherford, New Jersey (Reuters) - The Seattle Seahawks open the defense of their Super Bowl crown and kick off the 2014-15 season at home against the Green Bay Packers, the National Football League (NFL) announced on Wednesday. The September 4 league opener will mark the Packers' first visit back to CenturyLink Field since the infamous 'Fail Mary' game in 2012 when replacement officials bungled a touchdown call in the endzone that led to an unlikely Seattle win. "Kickoff Weekend" will also feature a Monday Night doubleheader with the Detroit Lions hosting the New York Giants and the San Diego Chargers traveling to Arizona to face the Cardinals.


Basketball challenge in Oconee to help with medical bills for baby

Basketball may be the sporting challenge come Saturday afternoon in Watkinsville, but the real challenge is helping the parents of a young boy who has undergone five surgeries and needs medical care and therapy on a weekly basis.

Pujols insists he's not thinking beyond next at-bat

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols spits in the dugout during Game 2 of the MLB National League Championship Series baseball playoffs against the Milwaukee Brewers in Milwaukee By Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One day after joining baseball's exclusive 500 home run club, Albert Pujols insists he is not concerned with reaching another longball milestone. Let the fans and the media talk about 600 or 700 home runs, Pujols said, adding that he's not even thinking about homer number 501. It's still going to be the same goal that I've had from day one - and that's about winning," the Los Angeles Angels slugger told reporters Wednesday. Pujols clubbed two homers against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, the second enabling the 34-year-old first baseman to become the 26th major leaguer to hit 500 home runs.


Agassi to Serve As Keynote Speaker at Governor's Dinner

Tennis great and native Nevadan Andre Agassi will serve as the keynote speaker at the 46th annual Governor’s Dinner in July, athletics director Doug Knuth officially announced today.

Knicks looking for hometown discount from Anthony

New York Knicks forward Anthony slam dunks in front of Indiana Pacers forward George in second half NBA game in New York Potential free agent Carmelo Anthony will be asked to give the New York Knicks a discount on his next contract in order to help build a title contender, team president Phil Jackson said on Wednesday. Anthony, who finished the 2013-14 NBA season second on the scoring list with an average of 27.4 points a game and was one of the few bright spots in New York's 37-45 campaign, could declare himself a free agent on July 1. "I'd like to appeal to his better nature about winning," Jackson told reporters at the Knicks practice center. "That's the beginning of team play." Jackson, the Hall of Fame coach who won a record 11 NBA titles in charge of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, came out of retirement last month to run the Knicks, the team he broke in with as a player.


Golf notebook: PGA Museum of Golf unveils new walking cell phone tours

The PGA Museum of Golf, in Port St. Lucie, has unveiled a new, complimentary cell phone and smartphone personal walking tour.

Oldest ex-Major League Baseball player dies in Cuba at 102

File photo of veteran baseball player Conrado Marrero standing next to Humberto Rodriguez, president of the Cuban Sports Federation in Havana By Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - Conrado Marrero, at 102 the oldest former Major League Baseball player and a patriarch of Cuban baseball known for his quick wit and goofy pitching delivery, died on Wednesday at his home in Havana. Marrero, who played for the Washington Senators, was two days short of his 103rd birthday. He had been in declining health for weeks and was unresponsive for some time on Wednesday before dying, his grandson Rogelio Marrero said. After an outstanding career in Cuba in the 1930s and 1940s, Marrero debuted in the Major Leagues with Washington in 1950, four days before his 39th birthday.


Baseball alive on UW Campus

The UW club baseball team is keeping the sport alive on campus. Each week, the team practices at the Stock Pavilion and plays home games at fields around the area. Baseball was eliminated as a Big Ten sport at Wisconsin in 1991, but the club team is keeping baseball going at UW. "Wisconsin does have a baseball team," says club president-elect Billy Calawerts. "I tell people that all the time. I ...

Football transfer rumours: Mario Balotelli to Arsenal?

Today's rumours have seen the sights There were few in the football and football kit manufacturing worlds not captivated by the audacious brilliance of a football team signing a football kit manufacturing deal with a football kit manufacturer, in order that the football kit manufacturer might manufacture the football team's football kit. As the song goes: "Good old Arsenal, we're proud to sing ...

Cuban baseball legend Marrero dies just short of 103rd birthday

Cuban baseball legend Conrado Marrero celebrates his 100th birthday on April 25, 2011, at his home in Havana Cuban baseball legend Conrado Marrero, who played in the US big leagues in the 1950s and was the oldest living MLB veteran, died Wednesday in Havana just two days shy of his 103rd birthday. "Early this afternoon, Conrado Marrero Ramos, one of the best pitchers in Cuban baseball history, passed away," said official news portal Cubadebate. But at 102, the US major league has said he was its oldest living ex-player. Marrero, who hailed from the central province of Villa Clara, played with the now-defunct Washington Senators from 1950-1954, after getting his (late) start in the Cuban league.


Cuban baseball legend Marrero dies just short of 103rd birthday

Cuban baseball legend Conrado Marrero, who played in the US big leagues in the 1950s and was the oldest living MLB veteran, died Wednesday in Havana just two days shy of his 103rd birthday. "Early this afternoon, Conrado Marrero Ramos, one of the best pitchers in Cuban baseball history, passed away," said official news portal Cubadebate. But at 102, the US major league has said he was its oldest ...

Northwestern University football players to vote on Friday on union

Football players at Northwestern University on Friday are to become the first U.S. student athletes to vote on whether to join a union. Those players on scholarship at the Evanston, Illinois, school are deciding whether they want the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA) to negotiate with Northwestern on their behalf. CAPA was founded by Kain Colter, a senior and quarterback at the Chicago ...

'Big Easy' Els returns to a favored PGA Tour haunt

South Africa's Ernie Els hits from the sand on the second hole during the second round of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta (Reuters) - Four-times major winner Ernie Els returns this week to one of his favorite cities, where he shares the alluring nickname of 'The Big Easy,' to make his eighth career start at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. At a PGA Tour event where he has always enjoyed a "good vibe," the smooth-swinging South African lost out to American Jason Dufner in a playoff for the title in 2012, then tied for 15th last year at the TPC Louisiana. "At the forefront of my mind right now is making sure I put all my efforts into trying to produce a better performance at this week's Zurich Classic," Els wrote on his blog. "Pete Dye has always been one of my favorite designers and courses like TPC Louisiana just seem to fit my eye." Els, a 19-times winner on the PGA Tour, will aim to feed off those positive memories in front of supportive fans as he seeks his first victory on the U.S. circuit since the 2012 British Open.


Pettersen back to LPGA in pursuit of No. 1 Park

Suzann Pettersen of Norway hits a shot at Mission Hills Hainan in Haikou, on the southern Chinese island of Hainan, on March 8, 2014 World number two Suzann Pettersen, back after missing three events with a back injury, resumes her chase of top-ranked Park In-Bee when the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic opens Thursday. South Korean star Park has ruled the rankings for the past 54 weeks but is being chased by Norway's Pettersen and American Stacy Lewis, ranked third -- all seeking their first tour win of the season. Pettersen hurt her back after the LPGA Founders Cup and missed the year's first women's major at Rancho Mirage as well as a tuneup event and last week's LPGA stop in Hawaii, where she was defending champion. "I was trying to make it for Hawaii, but at the same time, I can’t rush something that I can’t control."


Romanian tennis champion Ilie Nastase fancies a shot at the Senate

Former Romanian tennis champion Ilie Nastase -- at one time one of the highest-earning players in Europe -- has announced he will run for a seat in parliament. The player once seen as the "bad boy" of tennis, with a talent for drama as well as the racquet, said Wednesday he will stand in the Bucharest by-election for a seat in the Romanian Senate. Nastase, who is now 67, will be a candidate for ...

Slovenian guard Dragic named Most Improved NBA Player

Goran Dragic of the Phoenix Suns high fives fans as he walks off the court following an NBA game at US Airways Center on April 14, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona Phoenix guard Goran Dragic, whose career-high 20.3 points a game helped the Suns win 23 more games this season than last, was named the NBA's Most Improved Player on Wednesday. Indiana's Lance Stephenson was a distant second with 158 points, three more than Anthony Davis of New Orleans. The Slovenian international who averaged only 9.5 points before this season, added 5.9 assists and 3.2 rebounds a game as well as sinking a career-best 50.5 percent of his shots from the floor. His stats included 40.8 percent scoring from 3-point range -- making him the only NBA player with 50 percent overall accuracy and 40-percent success from beyond the arc.


Golf: Game entering new era: Stenson, Poulter

Golf is entering a new era, according to stars Henrik Stenson and Ian Poulter, with one player unlikely to dominate in the way Tiger Woods did during his prime.

Murray moved by home town welcome

Tennis star Andy Murray struggled to hold back tears as he returned to the area where he grew up to receive the freedom of the city.

Buffalo Bill cheerleaders join NFL push-'em-back, sue over wages

By Curtis Skinner NEW YORK (Reuters) - Five former Buffalo Bills cheerleaders have sued the New York state football team, claiming it violated state wage laws by forcing them to work hundreds of hours without pay, cover their own travel expenses and spend hundreds of dollars on uniforms. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in New York State Supreme Court by the former Buffalo Jills, is the third case this year brought against National Football League teams claiming wage violations. It follows similar suits brought by members of the Oakland Raiderettes and Cincinnati Ben-Gals. The five cheerleaders, who worked between 2010 and 2014, said in the complaint that the team and two companies that managed the cheer squad took unlawful deductions from their wages (including the cost of uniforms), forced them to work up to 840 unpaid hours a year - the equivalent of 21 40-hour weeks - at practices and promotional events and made them pay $650 for their uniforms.
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