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Tevez father kidnapped, released after ransom paid

(Reuters) – The father of Juventus striker Carlos Tevez was kidnapped in Buenos Aires on Tuesday before being released following the payment of a ransom, according to local media. Reports said the footballer had initially looked to fly from Turin, where he is in pre-season training, to Argentina on hearing the news of the kidnapping but he remained in Italy. Tevez said on Twitter that his father had been released without harm. “I thank everyone […]

In L.A. Clippers case, court does dirty work for NBA

(Reuters) – The National Basketball Association was navigating uncharted and possibly treacherous waters, first when it banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life for racist remarks and then when it demanded the team be sold by September. A court has thrown the league a big life preserver by clearing the way for the 80-year-old real estate billionaire’ s estranged wife to complete the $2 billion sale of the franchise to former Microsoft Corp […]

Defense the key for Lakers rebuild, says new coach Scott

(Reuters) – With three Los Angeles Lakers greats looking on, newly appointed head coach Byron Scott pledged Tuesday to make defense his top priority as he bids to revive the flagging fortunes of one of the NBA’s most storied franchises. Scott, a three-time NBA champion with the Lakers during their triumphant ‘Showtime’ era in the 1980s, also said he would look to the past as he strives to develop a “winning” mindset for a team […]

Hall of Fame induction: A Braves reunion

(Reuters) – The National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony had the feel of an Atlanta Braves reunion as pitching greats Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine were inducted on Sunday along with former manager Bobby Cox. Maddux and Glavine, mainstays on the Braves team that won the 1995 World Series while Cox was at the helm, went into the Hall in Cooperstown, New York with former slugger Frank Thomas and managers Cox, Tony La Russa […]

Hall of Fame induction a Braves reunion

Sun Jul 27, 2014 8:30pm EDT (Reuters) – The National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony had the feel of an Atlanta Braves reunion as pitching greats Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine were inducted on Sunday along with former manager Bobby Cox. Maddux and Glavine, mainstays on the Braves team that won the 1995 World Series while Cox was at the helm, went into the Hall in Cooperstown, New York with former slugger Frank Thomas […]

Tennis-Serena Williams heads women’s field for U.S. Open

Wed Jul 16, 2014 6:41pm EDT (Reuters) – World number one Serena Williams, coming off a surprise third round loss at Wimbledon, heads the women’s field for the U.S. Open, which starts in New York in late August. Players from 36 countries are represented, the U.S. Tennis Association announced on Wednesday, with two-time defending champion Williams heading an 11-strong American contingent for the Aug. 25-Sept. 8 event. Williams has five U.S. Open crowns, just one […]

South Africa’s Pistorius ‘lonely and alienated’: family

(Reuters) – South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius’ decision to go to a night club while still on trial for murder was “unwise” but it was done because the 27-year-old is “lonely and alienated”, his family said on Wednesday. Pistorius was involved in an argument with businessman Jared Mortimer at a club in Johannesburg’s upmarket Sandton business district over the weekend. Both men accuse each other of starting the altercation. “Oscar is […]

Swimming-Phelps beaten by Agnel in slow 100m freestyle

Sun Jul 13, 2014 10:03pm EDT (Reuters) – Michael Phelps was edged by Frenchman Yannick Agnel in the 100 meters freestyle final in Athens, Georgia, on Sunday. Agnel, the Olympic 200m freestyle champion, touched in 49.37 seconds, with his North Baltimore training partner Phelps second in 49.42. Ryan Lochte was third in 49.63, but the American fared better in the 200m individual medley, winning in 1:58.65. Agnel was the only person to beat Phelps during […]

Netherlands fans celebrate World Cup third place win over Brazil

(Reuters)–  The Netherlands supporters celebrated their team’s 3-0 victory over a beleagueredBrazil in the World Cup third-place playoff in the Brazilian capital on Saturday (July 12). A handful of Dutch fans cheered as they left Brasilia’s national stadium, but were out-numbered and out-chanted by hoards of disappointed Brazilians letting off steam. Some who tried to speak to reporters were quickly surrounded by crowds chanting, “A thousand goals. A thousand goals. Only Pele. Only Pele.” But those who managed to […]

Argentina, Germany start final tuning, Suarez loses appeal

By Julian Linden RIO DE JANEIRO Thu Jul 10, 2014 8:37pm EDT (Reuters) – Argentina and Germany were both back at work on Thursday, secretly hatching plans for Sunday’s World Cup final as Uruguay striker Luis Suarez lost his appeal against his ban for biting. While their contrasting styles promise a classic battle between Europe and South America, Argentina and Germany have plenty to think about as they put the finishing touches to their preparations. […]