Jackson introduced as president of Knicks

(Reuters) – Phil Jackson was officially named president of the New York Knicks on Tuesday in a move the National Basketball Association team hopes will help restore a winning culture to the franchise. Jackson, a link to the Knicks’ glory days as a defensive-minded role player on teams that won two NBA titles in the early 1970s, went on to win a record 11 NBA titles as a head coach – six with the Chicago […]

A’s pitcher Parker to miss season after elbow surgery

(Reuters) – Jarrod Parker, who was favored to be the Oakland Athletics’ Opening Day starter entering spring training, will undergo elbow surgery and miss the Major League Baseball season, the team said on Monday. The right-hander was scratched from his scheduled start on Saturday and was examined on Monday because of soreness and tightness in his pitching forearm. Parker had forearm issues last season as well and previously had Tommy John surgery on his pitching […]

Pole-sitter Hamilton retires from Australian GP

(Reuters) – Pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton retired from the Australian Formula One Grand Prix on his third lap of the Albert Park circuit after an engine problem on Sunday. The 29-year-old Mercedes driver, fastest in Saturday qualifying, was told to retire over his team radio due to a reliability problem and duly pitted, removing the steering wheel after parking up. “I think I was driving on five cylinders,” Hamilton told Britain’s Sky television. “It’s a bit […]

Lakers’ Nash shut down for season: report

(Reuters) – Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash has been officially ruled out for the rest of the season, according to a report on the National Basketball Association’s website on Thursday. The two-time NBA Most Valuable Player played in 10 of the struggling Lakers’ 64 games this season because of a nerve problem in his back. Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni closed the door on any chance of the 40-year-old Canadian returning for the last […]

Lakers’ Bryant out for rest of ‘frustrating’ season

(Reuters) – Hobbled five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant has been shut down for the season, the Los Angeles Lakers said on Wednesday in a crowning blow to an abysmal year for the storied franchise. Bryant, 35, has not played since December 17 when he fractured his knee during a game against Memphis after having missed the first 19 games of the 2013-14 NBA season recovering from a torn Achilles from last April. “Obviously this has […]

Li, Federer win in Indian Wells, Nadal survives scare

(Reuters) – Top seed Rafa Nadal survived a scare from Radek Stepanek before winning his BNP Paribas Open second round match in three tight sets at Indian Wells on Saturday. The Spaniard, in his first match as defending champion, was stretched to the limit before prevailing 2-6 6-4 7-5 in night match that lasted two hours, 24 minutes in the California desert. Nadal served eight double faults and was broken three times, but he also […]

2014 Winter Paralympics underway in Sochi

The 2014 Winter Paralympics have begun in Sochi, Russia. Just one Ukraine athlete participated in the opening ceremony, amid simmering tensions over Crimea. After all 45 teams had taken part in the opening ceremony at the Fisht Stadium on Friday, the Games were officially opened by Russian President Vladimir Putin: “I declare the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games open,” he said. Ukraine was among those nations that participated in the opening ceremony, but warned it could […]

Ukraine Paralympic chief says will quit Games if Russia invades

(Reuters) – Ukraine’s Paralympic chief said on Friday his team would quit the Winter Paralympic Games if Russia invaded his home country, adding that he hoped the competition would be able to spread peace instead. Russia is holding the Games in the Black Sea resort of Sochi at a time when it is being criticized for its actions in Ukraine’s southern region of Crimea, where the West accuses Russia of seizing military and government institutions. […]

‘Everything is fine’, Pistorius told guard after shooting girlfriend

(Reuters) – Around 10 minutes after shooting dead his model girlfriend through a locked toilet door, South African track star Oscar Pistorius told a housing estate security guard “everything is fine”, his murder trial heard on Friday. Testifying on the fifth day of the trial at the Pretoria High Court, Pieter Baba, who was on guard duty the night Pistorius killed 29-year-old Reeva Steenkamp, said he received a call from the athlete at 3:21 a.m., […]

Witness feared Pistorius might kill himself after shooting girlfriend

(Reuters) – One of the first people on the scene after Oscar Pistorius shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp told a court on Thursday he feared the Olympic and Paralympic star, now on trial for murder, might kill himself with the same gun. Testifying on the fourth day of the trial, neighbor Johan Stipp said he entered the athlete’s home, minutes after hearing screams and shots, to find the distraught South African sprinter kneeling over the lifeless […]

Kershaw, Ryu on course to open for Dodgers Down Under

(Reuters) – Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw and Ryu Hyu-jin of South Korea are set up to start the two season-opening games later this month in Australia, according to the official Major League Baseball website. While the Dodgers have not officially announced their pitching plan, the National League team inserted prospect Zach Lee to start Friday’s spring training game against Texas putting Kershaw and Ryu on track to launch the regular season. Los Angeles, who […]