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Idle Rangers clinch playoff spot

(Reuters) – The New York Rangers clinched a NHL playoff spot without taking the ice on Monday, punching their ticket by virtue of New Jersey’s 1-0 loss to Calgary. The Idle Rangers, currently fifth in the Eastern Conference, have lost their last two games but gained some consolation in their return to the post-season. With just three regular season games remaining, New York (43-31-5) still have a chance to move further up the standings and […]

Hamilton wins Bahrain thriller for Mercedes

(Reuters) – Lewis Hamilton won a thrilling Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday after a duel with Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg in a floodlit night race full of overtaking and wheel-to-wheel battles. The win – in Formula One’s 900th grandprix – was the Briton’s second in a row, the 24th of his career and also a second successive one-two for a team in a class of their own and with two drivers free […]

Expect the unexpected at next week’s Masters

(Reuters) – As the first of the season’s four major championships, the Masters has always been the most keenly anticipated, a veritable golfing ‘rite of spring’ that brings together the game’s leading players in Augusta, Georgia. This year, that sense of expectation is especially heightened with the list of likely winners deeper than ever and multiple champion Tiger Woods a notable absentee for the first time in his career after having surgery to repair a […]

Nets clinch playoff berth win with over Rockets

(Reuters) – The red-hot Brooklyn Nets clinched a playoff berth and continued their season turnaround with a 105-96 victory over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday. Joe Johnson scored 32 points and the Nets (40-33) won their 14th consecutive home game to reach the playoffs for the second straight season. Things did not look so promising early on in the season for Brooklyn under first-year coach Jason Kidd. Kidd’s leadership was questioned when the team started […]

Play ball! Opening Day filled with early surprises

(Reuters) – Opening Day unfolded across the United States on Monday with the promise of warmer days, the familiar scent of hot dogs sizzling on the grill and a batch of surprises in Major League Baseball’s annual day of celebration. Unlikely players gave New York Mets fans hope at chilly Citi Field before the Washington Nationals rescued a 9-7 win in 10 innings with the help of a career-high four runs batted in by number […]

NFL’s Rice indicted on assault charge after fight with fiancée

(Reuters) – The National Football League’s Ray Rice, a Pro Bowl running back, was indicted on Thursday on a charge of aggravated assault after his arrest last month for fighting with his fiancée in an Atlantic City casino, the county prosecutor’s office said. Police arrested Rice, who plays for the Baltimore Ravens and is known for his anti-bullying advocacy, and his fiancée, Janay Palmer, shortly before 3 a.m. on February 15 at the Revel Casino […]

Prosecution wraps up case against Pistorius in murder trial

PRETORIA Tue Mar 25, 2014 11:46am EDT (Reuters) – State prosecutors wrapped up their case on Tuesday against South African track star Oscar Pistorius, who is accused of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year. Prosecutors are seeking to prove that the Olympic and Paralympic athlete tried to kill Steenkamp deliberately by firing four rounds from a 9 mm pistol through a locked toilet door after a heated argument. Pistorius, nicknamed […]

Goodell says Colts owner Irsay may face punishment

(Reuters) – National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell said he was waiting for all the facts to emerge before deciding whether to punish Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay for his recent arrest on suspicion of intoxicated driving. Goodell said Irsay took an important step by entering a health-car facility to seek help, but said the team owner remains subject to possible NFL punishment. “We obviously will want to understand the facts before we take any […]

Murray and Federer sizzle under Miami sun

(Reuters) – Defending champion Andy Murray and 17-times grand slam winner sizzled under a Miami sun, speeding into the fourth round of the Sony Open on Sunday with convincing straight sets wins. Federer, twice a winner on the Miami hardcourts, needed just 62 minutes on a sweltering center court to dispose of Dutch qualifier Thiemo De Bakker 6-3 6-3 while Murray appeared to be adjusting just fine to life without coach Ivan Lendl, easing past […]