Sports

World Series decider captivates host city

(Reuters) – Buses roll through the downtown streets alternating their destination with the message “Go Royals” — the same rousing chant that took over Pizza Bar near closing time in the Power & Light district. Nearly three decades of frustration for baseball fans in Kansas City has faded with the Cinderella story of the Royals, who have taken the San Francisco Giants to a deciding Game Seven of the World Series. A victory parade is […]

Sharapova grinds out first win but exits Finals

(Reuters) – Maria Sharapova recovered from a second-set meltdown to record her first victory at this year’s WTA Finals with a 7-5 6-7(4) 6-2 triumph over Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanksa on Friday but the Russian still bowed out of the elite eight-woman tournament. After losing her opening two White Group round robin matches, Sharapova needed to win in straight sets to stand any chance of advancing to the semi-finals as well as maintaining her pursuit of […]

Williams guaranteed year-end number one ranking

(Reuters) – Serena Williams clinched the year-end world number one ranking for the fourth time without hitting a ball on Friday after Maria Sharapova, the only woman with any chance of overtaking her, was eliminated from the WTA Finals. Needing to win in straight sets to stand any chance of advancing to the semi-finals, Sharapova lost the second set of her match against Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska at Singapore’s Indoor Stadium, ending her slim hopes of […]

Manning adds to touchdown record as Broncos beat Chargers

(Reuters) – Denver quarterback Peyton Manning added three more touchdowns to his career record as the Broncos beat the San Diego Padres 35-21 in a National Football League game on Thursday. Manning took his career touchdown total to 513, four days after overtaking Brett Favre as the leader on the all-time list. The Broncos won their fourth successive game and improved to 6-1, the best record in the AFC and tied for the best record […]

Lakers’ Nash out for season with back injury

(Reuters) – Los Angeles Lakers’ point guard Steve Nash will miss the entire 2014-15 season, the National Basketball Association team said on Thursday. Nash, 40, has battled a bad back and other injuries for years and the latest setback suggests the two-time NBA Most Valuable Player may have played his final game, though he has not announced his retirement. “Being on the court this season has been my top priority and it is disappointing to […]

Nadal withdraws from Paris Masters

(Reuters) – Rafa Nadal has withdrawn from the Paris Masters ahead of the tournament’s start on Monday for “personal reasons”, the French Tennis Federation announced on Friday. The 14-times grand slam champion warned last week that he could miss the end of the season because of appendicitis, and he will be replaced in the Paris draw by fellow Spaniard Pablo Andujar. World number eight Marin Cilic and Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis have also withdrawn from the […]

NFL’s Ray Rice appeal hearing tentatively set for Nov. 5-6

(Reuters) – The hearing on Ray Rice’s appeal of his indefinite suspension by the National Football League for domestic violence has tentatively been set for Nov. 5 and 6, sources close to the situation told Reuters on Tuesday. Rice was originally suspended for two games for knocking out his then-fiancee at a New Jersey casino in February. When video later emerged of the altercation, he was cut by the Baltimore Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the NFL. […]

NFL, others file lawsuit to block New Jersey sports betting

(Reuters) – The National Football League and other sports leagues filed a lawsuit on Monday in an attempt to block New Jersey from offering legalized wagering on sporting events. In calling for the injunction, the NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball and the NCAA are seeking to block enforcement of a law that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed on Friday, which partially repeals a ban on sports wagering in the state. They claimed that the […]

Kings’ Voynov suspended by NHL after domestic violence arrest

(Reuters) – Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov was suspended indefinitely by the National Hockey League following his arrest early Monday on a felony domestic violence charge, the league said. Voynov, 24, will be paid during the suspension but will be barred from all club activities pending a formal investigation, the NHL said. The Russian defenseman was arrested at 12:45 a.m. by Redondo Beach, California, police at a Los Angeles-area hospital where he was with […]

Ailing Nadal eases into Swiss Indoors second round

(Reuters) – Rafa Nadal did not appear to be affected by his appendicitis problems as he charged into the second round of the Swiss Indoors with a no nonsense 6-2 6-2 win over Simone Bolelli on Tuesday. The Spanish second seed has been taking antibiotics to delay the need for surgery and was relieved to emerge unscathed from his match against his Italian opponent. “I had some doubts that I would be able to compete well,” the […]

National Basketball Association roundup

(The Sports Xchange) – The Golden State Warriors signed free agent guard Sean Kilpatrick to a contract, the team announced Monday. Kilpatrick, 24, was a first-team Associated Press All-American as a senior at the University of Cincinnati in 2013-14, averaging 20.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists. – – The Miami Heat signed guard Larry Drew II and he is expected to be added to the Heat’s NBA Development League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce. […]