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Forensic expert faulted at Pistorius trial

Oscar Pistorius, middle, accompanied by brother Carl Pistorius, behind, and police officers leaves the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Pistorius is charged with murder for the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe) PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — The prosecutor at the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius, a double-amputee Olympian, cross-examined one of the defense's forensic experts Thursday after the judge overseeing the case warned spectators watching the televised proceedings in an adjacent room for their "unruly" behavior.


Football transfer rumours: Julian Draxler not going to Arsenal?

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Golf-Jet-setter Westwood grabs early Malaysian Open lead

England's Lee Westwood shrugged off jet lag and an opening bogey to fire a superb seven-under-par 65 to lead the field after his first round at the European Tour's Malaysian Open on Thursday. Westwood fired eight birdies in his early round at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club after completing the marathon journey from Augusta, Georgia where he finished seventh at the U.S. Masters on Sunday. Former world number one Westwood, now ranked 36th, is without a win since claiming the 2012 Nordea Masters in Sweden but put himself in position to change that after grabbing a one-shot lead over Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium (66). It's obviously very hot and you have to keep hydrated." Northern Ireland's Michael Hoey was two shots back of Westwood, who won the Malaysian Open in 1997, in third after a 67, with diminutive South African Jbe Kruger (68) in fourth before play was halted because of a weather warning.

Atlanta lands MLS expansion team for 2017

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank smiles during a news conference announcing the city is getting a Major League Soccer expansion team on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Atlanta. MLS announced its newest franchise, unveiling a the team for Atlanta that will begin play in 2017 at the city's new retractable roof stadium. (AP Photo/David Goldman) ATLANTA (AP) — Arthur Blank donned traditional soccer garb to mark his newest venture — an MLS team for Atlanta.


Football fans 'experience more stress' than players

Die-hard football fans may experience more stress on their hearts at key moments than players, an experiment has found

TENNIS: The time is now, says Margaret

WOMEN’S tennis great Margaret Court believes now is the perfect time for both youngsters and Asian players to stamp their mark on the world game.

Baseball Top 10

BASEBALL Records are through Tuesday. Last week's rankings in parentheses. Rk. Team Rec. 1. La Salle (2) 8-2

Anaheim Ducks hold off Stars 4-3 in series opener

Dallas Stars' Ryan Garbutt falls to the ice after he was checked by Anaheim Ducks' Bryan Allen during the third period in Game 1 of the first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. The Ducks won 4-3. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks roared to a big early lead before blowing three-quarters of it. They skated circles around the Dallas Stars early, only to hold on by their fingernails late.


Let the (real) games begin: It's NBA playoff time

MIAMI (AP) — Finally, the NBA playoffs are set.

Angels beat A's 5-4 on Iannetta's HR in 12th

Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout point to first base after scoring on a hit by Howie Kendrick during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Chris Iannetta swung the bat like a guy who definitely didn't want to catch one more inning.


Bradley leads Red Sox past White Sox in 14 innings

Boston Red Sox's Jackie Bradley Jr. hits a two-run double off Chicago White Sox second baseman Leury Garcia, who was pitching in relief, during the 14th inning of a baseball game Thursday, April 17, 2014, in Chicago. Daniel Nava and Jonathan Herrera scored on the play. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) CHICAGO (AP) — The Boston Red Sox used patience and 15 walks to rally and force extra innings.


Baseball-Highlights of Wednesday's MLB games

April 16 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Wednesday's Major League Baseball games. - - - Yankees 3, Cubs 0 (first game) Masahiro Tanaka allowed a pair of bunt singles and struck out 10 in eight dominant innings to lead the New York Yankees to a 3-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs in the opener of a day-night double-header. Despite chilly and breezy afternoon conditions, Tanaka (2-0) ran his ...

Football League mulls over Massimo Cellino's £25m Leeds takeover

• Various 'outstanding matters' still under consideration • Cellino remains confident of receiving League's approval The Football League has confirmed it is still in talks with Leeds over a proposed £25m takeover by Massimo Cellino. Cellino's company, Eleonora Sport Ltd, exchanged contracts with Leeds' owners Gulf Finance House Capital on 7 February for 75% of the club's shares and the Italian ...

Thunder clinch West's second seed

Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second half of the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on April 6, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona Kevin Durant's dunk with 16.5 seconds to play lifted Oklahoma City to a 112-111 victory over Detroit on the final night of the NBA regular season. With the victory, the Thunder secured the second seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Durant drove past Kyle Singler on the left side for the two-handed slam -- giving the Thunder their first lead since early in the third quarter. Detroit's Brandon Jennings couldn't get an off-balance three-point attempt to fall in at the buzzer.


Soccer-Australia women's coach sacked before AFC Cup defence

Australia's national women's soccer team coach Hesterine de Reus has been sacked, less than a month out from the team's AFC Women's' Asian Cup title defence. Football Federation Australia announced the decision on Thursday following an internal review into de Reus's coaching methods. The players' union, Professional Footballers Australia, had also raised issues about the environment within the ...

Brazil unveils $10 billion infrastructure budget for Rio Olympics

An aerial shot shows the Olympic Stadium, which is closed for repair works on its roof, in Rio de Janeiro By Pedro Fonseca RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazilian authorities unveiled an infrastructure budget of 24.1 billion reais ($10.76 billion) for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, 25 percent more than planned, as they try to reassure the world they can deliver facilities on time. The budget covers 27 projects in urban development and public transport, including 8 billion reais for a newly added fourth metro line for Rio, Brazil's congested second largest city, where getting around town is an ordeal. Other initially envisaged projects were excluded, such as the upgrade to Rio's international airport Galeao, which has been handed to private operators. Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes said the higher budget was due to the inclusion of new projects and inflation, which has blown up costs by 30 percent since Rio won hosting rights for the event in 2009.


Durant has 42, Thunder beat Pistons 112-111

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant gestures following a basket in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Detroit Pistons had Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. The Oklahoma City Thunder had Kevin Durant. Even on a career night for Caldwell-Pope, advantage Oklahoma City.


Utah State basketball: Aggies struggled in 2013-14 after making jump to the Mountain West

Utah State basketball coach Stew Morrill hopes the Aggies can continue to improve in the Mountain West despite losing several...

Grizzlies grab 7th seed, beat Dallas 106-105 in OT

Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley (11) is fouled as he attempts to shoot against Dallas Mavericks guards Monta Ellis (11) and Vince Carter on his way to the basket with 1.1 seconds left in overtime of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. Conley scored at the free-throw line to win the game for the Grizzlies 106-105. (AP Photo/Lance Murphey) MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies had every reason to ease up in the regular season finale after pushing hard the past three months to reach the postseason.


Tanaka fans 10 in Yankees win over Cubs

Masahiro Tanaka of the New York Yankees delivers a pitch in the seventh inning against the Chicago Cubs during game one of a doubleheader on April 16, 2014 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City Japanese pitching ace Masahiro Tanaka delivered a dazzling 10 strikeouts and allowed just two bunt singles in the New York Yankees' 3-0 win over the Chicago Cubs. Tanaka, unfazed by unseasonably chilly weather at Yankee Stadium -- where snow fell overnight -- walked just one for the second time in three starts this season. He lowered his earned-run-average from 3.21 to 2.05, drawing praise from Yankees manager Joe Girardi for his smooth transition to America's major leagues. Tanaka had retired 15 straight Cubs batters before Anthony Rizzo's bunt single against the infield shift to begin the seventh inning.


Jets sign former Titans RB Chris Johnson

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2013, file photo, Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) runs ahead of San Francisco 49ers defenders Demarcus Dobbs (83) and NaVorro Bowman (53) on a touchdown reception in an NFL football game in Nashville, Tenn. The New York Jets signed the former Titans running back Wednesday, April 16, a little over a week after he was officially released by Tennessee on April 7. (AP Photo/Wade Payne, File) NEW YORK (AP) — Always fast on the field, Chris Johnson is looking to quickly prove his critics wrong.


Knicks ink Odom as season winds down

Laboral Kutxa's US forward Lamar Odom (L) fends off Unicaja's US guard Earl Calloway during the Euroleague top 16 round 8 basketball match at the Fernando Buesa Arena sportshall in Vitoria on February 27, 2014 Lamar Odom's twisting path from NBA champion with the Lakers to tabloid target along with reality TV star wife Khloe Kardashian has brought him, for now, to the New York Knicks. Knicks President Phil Jackson, who coached Odom on two Los Angeles Lakers title-winning teams in 2009 and 2010, announced Wednesday that the team has signed the veteran forward for the remainder of the season. Although Wednesday was the last day of regular-season games, the move gives the Knicks a chance to see Odom work out and assess his fitness before possibly committing to him for the 2014-15 campaign.


Atlanta lands Major League Soccer expansion team for 2017

Major League Soccer announced its newest team Wednesday, unveiling an expansion team for Atlanta that will begin play in 2017 at the city's new retractable roof stadium.

Players Championship adopts three-hole playoff

View of The Players Championship on May 12, 2013 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida Ponte Vedra Beach (United States) (AFP) - The Players Championship is abandoning its sudden-death playoff and switching to a three-hole aggregate playoff in a move that further separates the elite event from other US PGA Tour stops. The plan will go into effect for this year's tournament at TPC Sawgrass in May. Should the final round come down to a playoff, it will take place at holes 16, 17 and 18. "Holes 16, 17 and 18 of The Players Stadium Course are perhaps the most dramatic closing holes in professional golf from a risk-reward standpoint, as they test all facets of a player's physical and mental game while under the pressure of trying to win such a significant championship," PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said in a statement on Wednesday. "Given the fact that winning The Players means you have defeated the strongest field in golf, we felt an aggregate playoff that incorporated these three holes was a more appropriate way to determine the champion."


Soccer-Atlanta awarded Major League Soccer franchise

Atlanta has become the latest city to benefit from Major League Soccer's rapid expansion plans after being awarded a franchise on Wednesday that will begin play in 2017. The expansion side are owned by Arthur Blank, owner of the National Football League's Atlanta Falcons, and will be the league's 22nd team. "Atlanta is one of the largest and most diverse markets in North America and has a rich ...

Atlanta awarded Major League Soccer expansion team

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank in the NFL NFC Championship football game in Atlanta By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Atlanta has landed a Major League Soccer expansion team that will play beginning in 2017 in the city's new open-air stadium downtown, officials announced on Wednesday. Arthur Blank, owner of the National Football League's Atlanta Falcons team and a co-founder of Home Depot Inc. purchased the new franchise, which will be the league's 22nd team, he told reporters. "This is an exciting day for Atlanta," Blank said. It's been a dream of ours." The Georgia Dome, Atlanta's current downtown football stadium, is scheduled to be torn down and replaced in 2017 with a $1 billion open-air facility with a retractable roof.


Cerabino: FAU football team’s sacrifice deserves compensation

The football team at Florida Atlantic University ought to consider forming a union. A recent ruling by the National Labor Relations Board found that football players admitted on sports scholarships at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

GOLF INSIDER

The crazy winter weather caused a lot of headaches for golf-course superintendents this year. But you aren’t likely to notice any difference at this week’s Greater Gwinnett Championship at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth.

Milwaukee Bucks sold for $550 million

O.J. Mayo of the Milwaukee Bucks attempts a layup against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on December 3, 2013 in Boston Milwaukee Bucks owner Herb Kohl said Wednesday he's selling the NBA team to an ownership group eager to keep the club in Milwaukee. Kohl, a former US Senator, said he had agreed to sell the club to hedge-fund billionaires Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry. The Bucks have struggled on the court this season, and will finish the 2013-14 campaign on Wednesday with the worst record in the league. But at least their new owners won't be taking them to a more lucrative market, since Kohl was insistent that he wanted them to stay in Milwaukee.


Wall Street fund managers buy Milwaukee Bucks basketball team

NBA: New York Knicks at Milwaukee Bucks By Svea Herbst-Bayliss (Reuters) - Hedge fund managers Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens are buying the National Basketball Association's Milwaukee Bucks for $550 million from businessman and former U.S. Senator Herb Kohl, becoming the latest Wall Street financiers to own a sports club. "I believe they are the right people and the right fit at the right time," Kohl said at a news conference in Milwaukee announcing the purchase as Lasry and Edens grinned nearby. The Bucks, valued by Forbes at $405 million and ranked as the last team in the 30-member league, have been on the block since late last year, Kohl said.


Golf balls raining down on an...airport and it’s a big problem

Over the past 30 days the Elizabethton Municipal Airport in Carter County, Tennessee, has been dealing with a major safety issue: golf balls all over the runway.

Golf's hellraiser, John Daly, hits golf ball out of model's MOUTH

Living up to his reputation as golf's 'Wild Thing', double major winner John Daly lets his massive swing rip as he drives a golf ball out of a model's mouth.

Football coach suspended for shoving student who passed gas in his class

Alexandria (Pa.) Juniata Valley High football coach Mike Smith remains suspended three weeks after allegedly shoving a student who passed gas in his science classroom, according to PennLive.com.

Major League Soccer is coming to Atlanta

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber announced on Wednesday that Atlanta has been awarded the league's 22nd team, the culmination of six years of courtship between the league and the city.

Soccer Coming to Bravo, Syfy, Oxygen, CNBC, E!

Premier League soccer coming to Bravo, Syfy, Oxygen, CNBC, E! for 'Championship Sunday'

Tennis: Impending birth could see Federer miss French Open

Former men's tennis world number one Roger Federer hinted on Wednesday the upcoming birth of another child for him and wife Mirka Vavrinec could prevent him playing in the French Open next month.

Tennis stars unite to raise money

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and Martina Navratilova are among a host of tennis stars set to raise money as part of a second 'rally against cancer' in June.

GB Basketball decides against appeal

British Basketball will not appeal against UK Sport's decision - made in February - to withdraw its £7m funding.

Baseball's Wrigley Field at 100: 3 books celebrating the anniversary

Ballparks are a major part of the appeal of baseball, their varied dimensions and idiosyncracies often making them as famous and beloved as the star players on the field. Surely that is the case with Chicago's Wrigley Field, the second oldest in the major leagues behind Boston's Fenway Park, which turned 100 in 2012. Now it's Wrigley's turn to reach the century mark. The Chicago Cubs have ...

Park resumes quest for first win of 2014

Park In-Bee of South Korea hits a shot during the final round of the World Ladies Championship golf tournament at Mission Hills Hainan in Haikou, on the southern Chinese island of Hainan, on March 9, 2014 "Obviously the time has gone really fast," Park said. But she finished 36th in her title defense at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the first major of the year, two weeks ago. Defending champion Suzann Pettersen of Norway, ranked second in the world, will miss her third successive event with a back injury. Hawaii native Michelle Wie, coming off a runner-up finish to fellow American Lexi Thompson at the Kraft Nabisco, will be looking for a strong performance in her return home.


Heavy Hitters: The 2014 Baseball Gear Guide

Baseball season is here. Don’t wait any longer to pick up the bats, gloves and cleats that will add power to your performance on the diamond. STACK rounded up the

Atlanta soccer announcement planned Wednesday

Major League Soccer and Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed plan a "major announcement" Wednesday on a proposed expansion team to play in Atlanta's new downtown stadium.

Basketball star forced to hide her sexuality

American basketball star Brittney Griner has revealed she was told to keep her sexuality a secret during her decorated college career.

Baseball coach could return Down Under

BASEBALL: Legendary LA Dodgers coach Don Mattingly only travelled to Australia for the first time last month, for the Major League Opening Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Sydney.

At Boston Marathon, a chance to finally finish

In this photo taken March 29, 2014, amputee marathon runners Jeff Glasbrenner, left, Chris Madison, center, and Andre Slay go through an exercise where they remove their running legs and adjust fittings in Little Rock, Ark. the runners must stop periodically in a race and try to loose as little time as possible. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston) LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Just one tiny misstep at mile 15 of the Boston Marathon last spring ruined any chance of amputee runner Jeff Glasbrenner breaking four hours.


Women’s Tennis Tour Signs Five-Year Agreement With OCBC Bank

The women’s tennis tour has signed a five-year sponsorship deal with OCBC Bank to become a partner of its year-end WTA Championships in Singapore, the WTA said in an e-mailed statement today.

Dennis Rodman: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is a 'good-hearted kid'

Former basketball player describes visit to his friend's private island: 'Just normal people, drinking cocktails and laughing' Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, is a "good guy", a "good-hearted kid" who offers the best tequila to his guests on his private island, according to the former basketball player Dennis Rodman. Rodman talked about his friendship with the North Korean leader in ...

Clippers down Nuggets for club-record 57th win

Jamal Crawford of the Los Angeles Clippers shoots during their NBA games against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on April 15, 2014 The Los Angeles Clippers rolled past Denver 117-105 for a club-record 57th win that kept their hopes of claiming the NBA Western Conference second seed alive. Blake Griffin had 24 points -- and was assessed his 16th technical foul of the season -- in the victory on Tuesday. Chris Paul added 21 points and 10 assists for Los Angeles, who must beat Portland on Wednesday, the last night of the regular season, and have the lowly Detroit Pistons beat the Thunder in Oklahoma City to earn the second seed behind San Antonio in the Western Conference playoffs.


Anthony sits but Knicks beat play-off bound Nets

Paul Pierce of the Brooklyn Nets stops a shot by New York Knicks' Amare Stoudemire at the Barclays Center on April 15, 2014 The New York Knicks, missing injured Carmelo Anthony, beat the Brooklyn Nets 109-98 to keep their cross-town rivals from securing the fifth seed in the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs. Tim Hardaway scored 16 points Tuesday to lead the Knicks, who are finishing strong despite already being eliminated from post-season contention. The Knicks announced prior to the contest that Anthony would miss the remaining two games of their season after an MRI exam revealed he had a small tear in his right shoulder. The injury won't require surgery and Anthony will be re-evaluated in a month, the Knicks said.


Major baseball leagues honor Robinson legacy

Members of the Seattle Mariners stand during the national anthem on Jackie Robinson Day, at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, on April 15, 2014 Baseball celebrated Jackie Robinson, the 67th anniversary of his 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers debut that saw Robinson break the game's color barrier. At major league ballparks across the country on Tuesday, hundreds of players donned Robinson's jersey number 42 -- which was officially retired for all teams in 1997. Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, who came up with the idea of retiring Robinson's number and celebrating the anniversary of his debut, received something of a thank-you gift on Tuesday. He was presented with a number 42 plaque by Jackie Robinson's daughter, Sharon Robinson, at the Major League Baseball Diversity Business Summit in New York.


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