San Antonio Spurs honored at White House

President Obama welcomed the San Antonio Spurs to the White House on Monday, (January 12) to honor the team and their 2014 NBA Championship. San Antonio delivered a decisive end to LeBron James’ two-year reign atop the basketball world by routing the Miami Heat 104-87 in the NBA finals to win the series four games to one. “Since drafting Tim Duncan in 1997 they have won five titles. Tim has now won titles 15 years […]

Condition of Muhammad Ali ‘vastly improved’

(Reuters) – The condition of Muhammad Ali has “vastly improved” since he was admitted to the hospital over the weekend with a mild case of pneumonia and doctors hope to discharge the boxing legend soon, a spokesman said on Monday. Ali, 72, was admitted to a hospital in an undisclosed location on Saturday morning. “The Ali family continues to request privacy and appreciates all of the prayers and well wishes,” spokesman Bob Gunnell said. “No […]

Packers, Steelers and Cowboys head to playoffs

(Reuters) – The Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys booked their places in the playoffs after victories on Sunday while the New England Patriots earned a first round bye for the postseason. Sunday’s results meant that defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks also secured a place in the playoffs before crushing their NFC West rivals the Arizona Cardinals 35-6 in the evening finale. The Packers gained their berth with a 20-3 win at […]

Lightning strike in Florida sends fans to hospital after NFL game

(Reuters) – A lightning strike in a parking lot outside a stadium in Tampa, Florida, after a National Football League game on Sunday landed about a dozen people in the hospital, an emergency response official said. Seven people were taken by paramedics to a hospital and reported to be in stable condition after being injured in the strike at Raymond James Stadium, where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had played the Green Bay Packers, said Jason […]

Qatar risks losing World Cup without job reform: Zwanziger

(Reuters) – Qatar must meet a March deadline for specific labor reforms or it could risk losing the 2022 World Cup finals, FIFA executive committee member Theo Zwanziger said on Tuesday. The German, who was formerly head of his country’s FA and has been a vocal critic of the desert state’s ability to host a World Cup under extreme summer heat, said a proposal would be made to the world governing body’s Exco meeting on […]