Yankees’ Pineda banned 10 games for using pine tar

  (Reuters) – New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda has been suspended 10 games by Major League Baseball on Thursday for having a foreign substance on his body during Wednesday’s game against the Boston Red Sox. Pineda was ejected from the game in the second inning for using pine tar, a sticky substance that allows a pitcher to improve his grip on a ball. The substance was slathered on the right side of Pineda’s neck, […]

Spurs’ Gregg Popovich named Coach of the Year

Popovich won the award for the third time after leading the Spurs to a league-best 62-20 record, including a franchise-best 30-11 on the road. San Antonio won 19 consecutive games from Feb. 26 to April 2, the longest streak in team history and tied for the fifth longest in NBA history. The Spurs dominated even as no player averaged at least 30 minutes per game — an NBA first — and used 30 different starting […]

Raptors sneak past Nets; even series

(Reuters) – The have promoted their return to the NBA postseason after a six-year absence as a ‘Northern Uprising’ and on Tuesday they backed up the marketing campaign with a 100-95 win over the Brooklyn Nets. The victory was the Raptors’ first in the post-season since 2008 and sends the best-of-seven Eastern conference first round series back to Brooklyn for Game Three on Friday level at 1-1. “It (the win) gave us some confidence with […]

Staff linked to Lance Armstrong doping get long bans

(Reuters) – Lance Armstrong’s former cycling team manager Johan Bruyneel, doctor Pedro Celaya and trainer Jose “Pepe” Marti have all been handed long bans from sports for their involvement in doping, the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said on Tuesday. Bruyneel was banned for 10 years, while Celaya and Marti got eight-year bans after the decision by the American Arbitration Association North American Court of Arbitration for Sport (AAA), USADA said in a statement. The […]

Bulls’ Noah named NBA defensive player of the year

(Reuters) – Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah was named the National Basketball Association’s defensive player of the year on Monday, the first player from the franchise to earn the award since Michael Jordan in 1988. Noah, whose father Yannick won the 1983 French Open tennis championship, was the centerpiece of a Chicago defense which held opponents to a league-low 91.8 points per game during the 2013-14 regular season. The 29-year-old received 555 out of a […]

Raptors drop opening playoff game to Nets

(Reuters) – Sparked by a stinging expletive the NBA playoffs got off to an explosive start as the Brooklyn Nets landed the first blow in a suddenly bitter Eastern Conference first round match-up with a 94-87 win over the Toronto Raptors on Saturday. Out of the playoffs since 2008, Toronto’s return to the postseason was both eventful and controversial, upping the ante in the best-of-seven series. With A list celebrities, including rappers Drake, Jay-Z and […]

Hamilton wins Chinese GP

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has won his third consecutive Formula One race, taking the checkered flag at the Chinese Grand Prix. His team-mate, Nico Rosberg came in second. The British former drivers’ champion led the race at the Shanghai circuit from start to finish on Sunday, having secured the pole position and pulling away from the pack before the first curve. Rosberg’s second place finish allowed the German Mercedes driver to retain first place in the drivers’ […]

Korean K.J. Choi beats bad weather to take Heritage lead

Fri Apr 18, 2014 6:04pm EDT (Reuters) – South Korean K.J. Choi wielded a hot putter to vault into the lead before torrential rain and strong winds halted the second round at the $5.8 million RBC Heritage in South Carolina on Friday. Choi made use of his advantageous early tee time, holing out three times from outside 20 feet on his way to a four-under-par 67 to post a five-under 137 halfway total at Harbour […]