NFL suspends Vikings’ Peterson over ‘abusive discipline’ of son

(Reuters) – Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson was suspended by the National Football League without pay for at least the remainder of the 2014 season on Tuesday for committing an “incident of abusive discipline” on his 4-year-old son. The action taken by Commissioner Roger Goodell against one of the NFL’s marquee performers comes as America’s most popular sports league struggles to contain a scandal sparked by domestic violence incidents involving several players. The […]

NBA star Dwight Howard investigated in Georgia for child abuse

(Reuters) – Authorities in Georgia are investigating child abuse allegations against National Basketball Association star Dwight Howard, a center for the Houston Rockets who is among the league’s marquee performers, police said on Tuesday. The allegation against the basketball star comes amid heightened attention to domestic violence incidents involving professional athletes including NFL star Adrian Peterson, who was suspended on Tuesday for “abusive discipline” on his 4-year-old son. Police declined to elaborate on the details […]

Crocked Federer hands Djokovic year-end title by default

(Reuters) – A mouth-watering finale to the season ended before it even began on Sunday when Roger Federer was forced to pull out through injury prior to his ATP World Tour Final showdown with world number one Novak Djokovic. The 33-year-old Swiss, who spent two hours 48 minutes defeating compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka in a brutal semi-final the previous night, announced his decision on court as the 17,000-seat O2 Arena filled up. It meant Djokovic became the first man […]

Federer hangs tough to set up Djokovic showdown

(Reuters) – Six-times champion Roger Federer survived a late-night Swiss semi-final thriller against Stanislas Wawrinka on Saturday to set up an ATP World Tour Finals showdown against Novak Djokovic. After a week of one-sided group stage action at London’s O2 Arena, the season-ender burst to life with world number one Djokovic battling past Japan’s Kei Nishikori after a mid-match meltdown before Federer saved four match points in a near three-hour duel with compatriot Wawrinka. Federer […]

Dominant Klitschko knocks out Pulev to retain IBF crown

(Reuters) – World heavyweight champion Vladimir Klitschko knocked out Bulgarian challenger Kubrat Pulev with a fierce left hook in the fifth round on Saturday to retain his IBF title and end his opponent’s unbeaten record. The 38-year-old Klitschko, who also holds the WBO, IBO and WBA titles, knocked down the 33-year-old twice in the opening round as Pulev initially struggled to keep his taller opponent at a distance. The Bulgarian, who had won his previous […]

Unstoppable Djokovic eyeing golden finale

(Reuters) – For 15 minutes Novak Djokovic appeared to have a fight on his hands at the on Wednesday, then the Serb dialed up his A game and tore Stanislas Wawrinka to pieces. Such was the perfection of his tennis for most of a 6-3 6-0 thrashing it is hard to argue against him crowning his year as world number one and with a hat-trick of titles at the ATP’s year-ending showpiece. The 27-year-old has […]

Classy Federer on brink of semis, Murray stays afloat

(Reuters) – Roger Federer’s class shone like a beacon over the murky waters of round-robin tennis with a 6-3 6-2 defeat of Kei Nishikori at the ATP World Tour Finals on Sunday before Andy Murray stayed afloat by defeating Milos Raonic. The 33-year-old Swiss maestro, bidding for a seventh title at the ATP’s year-ending shootout, oozed confidence as he racked up his second consecutive victory in Group B. However, Murray’s 6-3 7-5 defeat of big-serving […]

Eagles soar to big win over toothless Panthers

(Reuters) – The Philadelphia Eagles jumped all over a clumsy Carolina Panthers early to provide the platform for a dominant 45-21 triumph on Monday, giving quarterback Mark Sanchez a win in his first Eagles start. The Panthers committed two turnovers on their first three plays from scrimmage via a fumble and interception to set the tone for an inept road display. The defense and special teams units joined the offense in scoring points for the […]

Scott has ‘score to settle’ with McIlroy at Australian Open

(Reuters) – Adam Scott says he has a “score to settle” with Rory McIlroy when they clash at the Australian Open in Sydney in two weeks. Scott missed a chance for a perfect ending to 2013 when he bogeyed the final hole of last year’s Open at Royal Sydney to allow McIlroy to capture the historic Stonehaven Cup when the Northern Irishman holed a 16-foot birdie putt at the same hole. They will return for […]

49ers edge Saints in overtime, Cardinals lose quarterback

(Reuters) – The San Francisco 49ers prevailed in an overtime thriller with New Orleans after Saints quarterback Drew Brees fumbled and the league-leading Arizona Cardinals won again but suffered a costly blow in defeating the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer went down with a knee injury after being sacked in the fourth quarter of their 31-14 win and was carried off the field. Backup Drew Stanton promptly came through with a […]