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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 […]

For Boston Marathon, finding lodgings could be the hard part

  (Reuters) – Training for the Boston Marathon may be grueling, but finding a place to stay during the event is also proving a challenge for participants and supporters this year. Hotels across Boston are already packed for the April 21 event due to a groundswell of interest after last year’s bomb attack, and those who left lodging arrangements to the last minute are scrambling for rooms as far away as Rhode Island. “I’m ready […]

Jackson introduced as president of Knicks

(Reuters) – Phil Jackson was officially named president of the New York Knicks on Tuesday in a move the National Basketball Association team hopes will help restore a winning culture to the franchise. Jackson, a link to the Knicks’ glory days as a defensive-minded role player on teams that won two NBA titles in the early 1970s, went on to win a record 11 NBA titles as a head coach – six with the Chicago […]

A’s pitcher Parker to miss season after elbow surgery

(Reuters) – Jarrod Parker, who was favored to be the Oakland Athletics’ Opening Day starter entering spring training, will undergo elbow surgery and miss the Major League Baseball season, the team said on Monday. The right-hander was scratched from his scheduled start on Saturday and was examined on Monday because of soreness and tightness in his pitching forearm. Parker had forearm issues last season as well and previously had Tommy John surgery on his pitching […]

Pole-sitter Hamilton retires from Australian GP

(Reuters) – Pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton retired from the Australian Formula One Grand Prix on his third lap of the Albert Park circuit after an engine problem on Sunday. The 29-year-old Mercedes driver, fastest in Saturday qualifying, was told to retire over his team radio due to a reliability problem and duly pitted, removing the steering wheel after parking up. “I think I was driving on five cylinders,” Hamilton told Britain’s Sky television. “It’s a bit […]