Federer turns back Murray, Serena romps in Cincinnati

(Reuters) – Five times Cincinnati winner Roger Federer blunted Andy Murray’s attempt at a comeback, while women’s world number one Serena Williams roared to victory as they moved into the semi-finals at the Western & Southern Open on Friday. The second-seeded Federer defeated Murray 6-3 7-5 after the Scot had taken a 4-1 lead in the second set. Williams, bidding for her first title at the Ohio hardcourt tournament, romped to a 6-1 6-3 victory […]

Manfred elected next MLB commissioner

(Reuters) – Long-time official , the right-hand man of outgoing Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, was elected his successor in a vote by team owners on Thursday. Manfred, named MLB’s chief operating officer last year after serving as its head of labor relations for 15 years, will take over for the 80-year-old Selig when he retires in January after 22 years in charge. “My single biggest challenge is filling the shoes of the gentleman […]

NASCAR’s Tony Stewart cancels race plans after fatal track accident

(Reuters) – NASCAR champion Tony Stewart canceled plans to race on Sunday hours after being involved in an accident at a dirt track in New York state where a driver was killed, a member of his team said. “He feels strongly this is the right thing to do,” Greg Zipadelli, vice president of competition at Stewart-Haas Racing, told a televised news conference. Stewart, one of the biggest names on the NASCAR circuit, was involved in […]

Federer cruises into Rogers final, to meet Tsonga

(Reuters) – Roger Federer eased into the final of the Rogers Cup with a 6-3 6-4 win over Spain’s Feliciano Lopez on Saturday, putting the Swiss maestro on the brink of a landmark 80th career title. Standing between Federer and another trophy is Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who claimed his third straight upset by dispatching seventh-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 6-3. After knocking off world number one Novak Djokovic in the third round, twice championAndy Murray in the quarters and Dimitrov […]

Westwood in three-way tie for lead, Tiger toils

(Reuters) – Lee Westwood stormed into a share of the PGA Championship lead with five birdies in his last six holes on Thursday as four-times winner Tiger Woods ended the opening round a distant nine shots off the pace. Englishman Westwood, long regarded as one of the best players in the game who has yet to clinch a major title, fired a six-under-par 65 on a calm, muggy day at Valhalla Golf Club to finish […]

Strahan, punter Guy join Pro Football Hall of Fame

(Reuters) – New York Giants sack master Michael Strahan and Raiders punter Ray Guy were among seven former NFL players enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame during ceremonies at Canton, Ohio on Saturday. They joined defensive end Claude Humphrey, linebacker Derrick Brooks, tackle Walter Jones, receiver Andre Reed and cornerback Aeneas Williams in boosting the Hall’s ranks to 287. “I’ve waited almost 30 years to get to this podium, so don’t rush me […]

Serena Williams to meet German Kerber in Stanford final

(Reuters) – Top seed Serena Williams won the final eight games to rout Andrea Petkovic in the semi-final at the Stanford Classic in California on Saturday. Williams eventually turned what started as a closely-fought contest into a one-sided romp as she beat the frustrated German 7-5 6-0. The American will go for her third title in four years when she meets third seed Angelique Kerber in the final on Sunday. “Andrea and I both had really long matches yesterday, […]

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 […]