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  • Capitals sign winger Williams from  …
    Capitals sign winger Williams from  … Reuters - 13 hours ago

    (Reuters) - The Washington Capitals signed former Conn Smythe Trophy winner Justin Williams to a two-year, $6.5 million contract on Wednesday after the right winger renowned for his big-game prowess ended his seven-season stint in Los Angeles. "Justin is a proven winner and we feel he will be a great addition to our club" Washington general manager Brian MacLellan told reporters. "We felt it was important for our team to add someone of his caliber, as a hockey player and as a veteran leader." The 33-year-old Williams is a three-time Stanley Cup champion (2006, 2012 and 2014) and won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs in 2014. More »

  • California bill would classify pro sports …
    California bill would classify pro sports … Reuters - 17 hours ago

    A bill currently before California Governor Jerry Brown would make clear that cheerleaders for state-based professional sports teams are employees, following high-profile lawsuits alleging labor violations in the state and elsewhere around the country. The bill, which would add a section to the state's labor code specifying that cheerleaders are team employees, passed the state Senate by a margin of 26 to 6 on Monday after easily clearing the Assembly. "Everyone who works hard to provide a great game day experience deserves the same basic level of dignity and respect on the job, starting with simply being paid for their work," Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, who authored the bill, said in a statement after it passed. More »

  • Pens add high-scoring Kessel in trade …
    Pens add high-scoring Kessel in trade … Reuters - 19 hours ago

    (Reuters) - The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired high-scoring forward Phil Kessel from the Toronto Maple Leafs in a deal involving six players and three draft picks on Wednesday. Kessel, along with forward Tyler Biggs, defenseman Tim Erixon and a 2016 second-round draft pick, went to Pittsburgh for defenseman Scott Harrington, forwards Kasperi Kapanen and Nick Spaling and first and third-round draft picks in 2016. More »

  • Chicago's Saad traded to Columbus …
    Chicago's Saad traded to Columbus … Reuters - 20 hours ago

    (Reuters) - The Chicago Blackhawks traded away forwards Brandon Saad, Alex Broadhurst and defenseman Michael Paliotta in a seven-player deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday. The Blackhawks received forwards Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano, Jeremy Morin, Corey Tropp and a fourth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. More »

  • Judge upholds ex-NFL star Hernandez' …
    Judge upholds ex-NFL star Hernandez' … Reuters - 21 hours ago

    A Massachusetts judge on Wednesday rejected a request by lawyers for former National Football League player Aaron Hernandez to overturn his conviction for the 2013 murder of an acquaintance. A jury in April found Hernandez guilty of murdering semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd at a North Attleborough, industrial park not far from Hernandez's home. The former New England Patriots tight end is awaiting a second trial in December on charges of fatally shooting two Cape Verdean nationals outside a Boston nightclub in 2012, after a dispute involving a spilled drink. More »

  • Quintana takes the high road en route …
    Quintana takes the high road en route … Reuters - Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    By Julien Pretot PARIS (Reuters) - Nairo Quintana has flown under the radar in the build-up to the Tour de France and although his team manager has cautioned against his inexperience, the Movistar rider could become the first Colombian to win the Grande Boucle. The 25-year-old spent about six weeks in his home country training at altitude while other big guns were checking out Tour stages and racing in the Tour de Suisse or the Criterium du Dauphine week long races. It was a program that suited Quintana well in 2013, when he finished second overall on his Tour debut before going on to win the Giro d'Italia a year later. More »

  • Relieved Lee back in winner's circle, …
    Relieved Lee back in winner's circle, … Reuters - Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    The paltry Canadian Open winner's cheque didn't even cover the cost of his flight back to Malaysia but that mattered little to former world number one Lee Chong Wei who was just relieved to be a champion again. It's the fantastic feeling of being a champion again," Lee was quoted as saying by Malaysian media on Tuesday. More »

  • Jamaica banking on youth and experience …
    Jamaica banking on youth and experience … Reuters - Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    By Kayon Raynor KINGSTON (Reuters) - Jamaica are banking on a mix of youth and experience to continue their dominance in the sprint events at the Aug. 22-30 world championships in Beijing event after some strong performances at its four-day trials. The full team will not be named until the Aug. 10 deadline but Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who scorched home in 10.79 seconds in the 100 meters, will lead the women's unit even though no decision has been made about defending her 200m crown. "That's not a decision that has been finalized," Fraser-Pryce, who only weeks ago complained of a hamstring niggle, told Reuters. More »

  • De La Hoya says has decided against …
    De La Hoya says has decided against … Reuters - Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    (Reuters) - Boxing Hall of Famer and former Olympic champion Oscar De La Hoya, after pondering a return to the ring, said on Monday that he would remain retired. "As a professional athlete and someone who has spent almost his entire life in boxing, not a day goes by when I don't think about coming back," De La Hoya, 42, said in a statement. "But I am retired, and after speaking to my family and following a great deal of introspection, I have decided to stay retired." De La Hoya, who recently spent two spells in rehab to battle substance abuse, told ESPN last Monday that he was "50-50" about fighting again. More »

  • U.S. ready to end 100 metre drought, …
    U.S. ready to end 100 metre drought, … Reuters - Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    By Gene Cherry EUGENE, Oregon (Reuters) - A strong and hungry group of U.S. sprinters is ready to end a long American drought. Led by year's fastest man Justin Gatlin, the U.S. squad finalised at the weekend's American trials is loaded with talent to challenge the world. "The U.S. team will be the strongest for some years," internationally recognised athletics expert Mel Watman told Reuters when asked to assess the overall strength of the American team. More »

  • Lee wins Canada Open to take back-to-back …
    Lee wins Canada Open to take back-to-back … Reuters - Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    (Reuters) - Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei continued his triumphant return following an eight-month doping ban by beating Hong Kong's Angus Ng Ka Long to win the Canada Open on Sunday. The double Olympic silver medallist and twice world championship runner-up proved too much for his 21-year-old opponent as he took the title 21-17 21-13 in Calgary a week after winning the U.S. Open in New York. The former world number one has won all 17 matches since returning to action last month after testing positive for dexamethasone at the world championships in August last year. More »

  • Gatlin makes a statement, even at age …
    Gatlin makes a statement, even at age … Reuters - Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Five years after completing a four-year doping ban that would have ended the career of most sprinters, the controversial American unloaded an eye-popping 19.57 seconds in the 200 metres at the U.S. world championships trials on Sunday. Only four men, including world record holder Usain Bolt (19.19), have ever run faster. Gatlin's coach, Dennis Mitchell, had told him to just go out and make the American team for Beijing by finishing in the top three. More »

  • Gatlin wins 200m in blazing 19.57 at …
    Gatlin wins 200m in blazing 19.57 at … Reuters - Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    By Gene Cherry EUGENE, Oregon - Controversial Justin Gatlin set the stage for a world championship showdown with Usain Bolt when he won the 200 meters in a blazing 19.57 seconds at the U.S. trials in Oregon on Sunday. Only four people, including world record holder Bolt, have ever run faster than the 33-year-old, whose previous best was 19.68 seconds. "A lot of people were asking me what could I run if I ran through the finish line, so obviously I went out there and ran 19.5 so I hope I can do better than that." Gatlin was so exhausted he bent over after the race. More »

  • Mental fatigue hindering Lee's bid …
    Mental fatigue hindering Lee's bid … Reuters - Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    (Reuters) - An eight-month doping ban has taken a toll on the mind of former badminton world number one Lee Chong Wei, Malaysia's national team coach said. Lee, twice an Olympic silver medalist, only returned to action last month after he tested positive for dexamethasone at the world championships in August last year. While the victories keep coming at the lower ranked events, the 32-year-old Lee has struggled with the demands of competing again as he races to get himself tournament ready ahead of the world championship in August. More »

  • Gatlin cruises in heats, Felix claims …
    Gatlin cruises in heats, Felix claims … Reuters - Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    By Gene Cherry EUGENE, Oregon (Reuters) - Justin Gatlin moved closer to a world sprint double and Allyson Felix broke through to win a stirring women's 400 metres at the U.S. trials for the world championships on Saturday. Gatlin cruised through the 200 metres preliminaries in 19.92 seconds to move into Sunday's semi-finals and finals and a chance to face world record holder Usain Bolt of Jamaica in both the 200 and 100 at the worlds in Beijing in August. More »

  • McLeod upsets Parchment in 110m hurdles …
    McLeod upsets Parchment in 110m hurdles … Reuters - Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    By Kayon Raynor KINGSTON (Reuters) - Omar McLeod upset London Olympic bronze medalist and national record holder Hansle Parchment in the 110 meters hurdles at the Jamaican world championships trials on Saturday, clocking a world leading time of 12.97 seconds. The American collegiate champion led from the first flight and sped away from a fast-finishing Parchment, who clocked a season best 13.08. Commonwealth Games champion Andrew Riley was third in 13.35. More »

  • Double delight for Abu Dhabi in Volvo …
    Double delight for Abu Dhabi in Volvo … AFP - Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, skippered by Briton Ian Walker, completed a rare Volvo Ocean Race double on Saturday despite finishing second from last in the Gothenburg in-port race. More »

  • Singapore seeks deferment of Quah's …
    Singapore seeks deferment of Quah's … Reuters - Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    Singapore can forget about a relay medal at next month's swimming world championships unless multiple Southeast Asian medallist Quah Zheng Wen is allowed to defer his mandatory national service, the team's head coach said. The 18-year-old picked up 12 medals at the SEA Games earlier this month, including seven golds, to become the most decorated athlete at the 28th edition of the biennial event. The next stop should be the world championships which begin on July 24 in Kazan, Russia, but Quah is scheduled to begin two years of full time service within a fortnight, leaving head coach Sergio Lopez in the dark. More »

  • Gay powers past Bromell for 100m ti …
    Gay powers past Bromell for 100m ti … Reuters - Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    By Gene Cherry EUGENE, Oregon (Reuters) - Tyson Gay ran down teen-ager Trayvon Bromell to win the men's 100 meters at the U.S. world championships trials on Friday. The victory, in 9.87 seconds, put the 32-year-old Gay in the world championships for the first time since 2009. Bromell, just 19, clearly had the jump on Gay but could not retain the advantage as the 2007 world champion powered to the lead to win by almost a tenth of a second. More »

  • Gardner, Nelvis sprint to best times …
    Gardner, Nelvis sprint to best times … Reuters - Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    Sprinter English Gardner and hurdler Sharika Nelvis raced to the fastest times in the world this year in early events at the U.S. world championships trials on Friday. Tyson Gay and teenager Trayvon Bromell rode over-the-allowable winds to impressive times in the men's 100m semis. "It felt good, it felt relaxed," said Gay, who is bidding to compete in his first world championships in six years. More »

  • Oilers select McDavid with first overall …
    Oilers select McDavid with first overall … Reuters - Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    (Reuters) - The Edmonton Oilers selected Canadian phenom Connor McDavid with the first overall pick of the 2015 National Hockey League Draft in Sunrise, Florida, on Friday. Considered the NHL's most marketable prospect since Sidney Crosby was drafted by Pittsburgh in 2005, McDavid racked up a staggering 120 points in 47 games while playing junior hockey for the Ontario Hockey League's Erie Otters last season. More »

  • Powell in command, Bolt out of 100m …
    Powell in command, Bolt out of 100m … Reuters - Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    By Kayon Raynor KINGSTON (Reuters) - With Usain Bolt a notable absentee, Asafa Powell threw down the gauntlet at the Jamaican national senior trials on Thursday by running a blistering 9.98 seconds to qualify for the 100 metres semi-finals. Bolt, the world record holder at 100 and 200m, has struggled this year and his absence on Thursday sparked concerns about his fitness ahead of this year's world championships in Beijing, where he is set to defend his sprint titles. Bolt's agent, Ricky Simms, said the 10-times world championship medalist had been entered only as an option. More »

  • Rupp delivers a winner but Tyson Gay …
    Rupp delivers a winner but Tyson Gay … Reuters - Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    By Gene Cherry EUGENE, Oregon (Reuters) - Galen Rupp had a thumb's up for a victorious 10,000 metres at the U.S. world championships trials on Thursday. The triumph, his seventh consecutive national title at the distance, was probably one of the few pleasing moments for the Olympic 10,000 metres silver medallist in the last month. Doping accusations by the BBC television programme Panorama in association with American website ProPublica against Rupp's coach Alberto Salazar and the distance runner had put them in a global spotlight. More »

  • Ex-NFL star Warren Sapp charged in Las …
    Ex-NFL star Warren Sapp charged in Las … Reuters - Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    (Reuters) - National Football League Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp was charged in Las Vegas on Thursday with three counts of domestic abuse, according to court records, just months after his arrest for soliciting a prostitute. The misdemeanor domestic battery charges were filed against Sapp in Las Vegas Justice Court and a summons was issued in lieu of his arrest, according to the court's website. The Clark County District Attorney's Office told the Las Vegas Sun newspaper the charges stemmed from an April 28 fight between Sapp and his girlfriend of five years, Chalyce Moore. More »

  • Athletics-Gay overshadowed in 100m heats …
    Athletics-Gay overshadowed in 100m heats … Reuters - Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    By Gene Cherry EUGENE, Oregon (Reuters) - Tyson Gay qualified for the 100 meters semi-finals at the U.S. world championships trials on Thursday but the American record holder had to play second fiddle to some fast new faces. Trayvon Bromell, 19, equalled the third fastest 100 in the world this year by running 9.84 seconds to top qualifying. Gay's training partner, Remontay McClain, was even faster, the 22-year-old clocking 9.82 seconds though he was aided by a 4.9 metres per second wind, over the allowable limit. More »

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