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  • Baseball's Orioles postpone game …
    Baseball's Orioles postpone game … Reuters - 1 hour 47 minutes ago

    (Reuters) - The baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox scheduled for Tuesday night in Baltimore has been postponed team officials said following recent violence that has gripped the city. In a statement, the Orioles said the decision to postpone the scheduled 7:05 p.m. ET game was made after "consultation with Major League Baseball and state and local officials." Riots in Baltimore forced the cancellation of Monday night's game and just hours later Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake announced a week-long curfew in the city beginning Tuesday. The violence in Baltimore on Monday followed the funeral of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who was killed while in police custody. More »

  • Panel detail Lee's negligent practices …
    Panel detail Lee's negligent practices … Reuters - 5 hours ago

    For seven years, Lee Chong Wei, one of badminton's finest athletes, took cordyceps tablets from unmarked containers on the advice of a mysterious friend without any knowledge of how they were capsulated or stored. More »

  • Cards' ace Wainwright out for season …
    Cards' ace Wainwright out for season … Reuters - 19 hours ago

    (Reuters) - The high-flying St. Louis Cardinals face a challenging test after confirming on Monday that pitching ace Adam Wainwright will miss the rest of the season with a torn left Achilles. Wainwright, who suffered the ankle injury running out of the batter's box while hitting in Saturday's win against the Milwaukee Brewers, will have surgery this week and miss nine to 12 months, the team said. "It is a test," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. In the meantime, John Lackey, Lance Lynn, Michael Wacha and Carlos Martinez remain in a rotation that, through 16 games, has posted a Major League Baseball-best 1.97 ERA for a club that leads the NL Central by two games at 12-5. More »

  • Megafight numbers add up to new sporting …
    Megafight numbers add up to new sporting … Reuters - 19 hours ago

    Even in Las Vegas where fortunes are won and lost on the roll of the dice, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao have Sin City abuzz over a megafight that will generate millions and reshape the sport business landscape. From $100,000 (£65,664) ringside seats to $150 million paydays, Saturday's long-awaited showdown between the greatest fighters of a generation is expected to be the richest fight of all-time and smash records in knockout fashion. "It is precedent setting and it breaks every financial model known to man," Rick Horrow, sports lecturer at Harvard Law School, told Reuters. "So nothing surprises me anymore but this in many ways is a watershed event for boxing and maybe the business of sport." Even by Las Vegas standards, a desert city built on excess, Mayweather and Pacquiao will bank a king's ransom, their night's work likely to land both men at the top of Forbes' 2015 highest-paid athletes list. More »

  • Relieved Lee handed backdated doping …
    Relieved Lee handed backdated doping … Reuters - Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    By Ebrahim Harris KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian shuttler Lee Chong Wei was a relieved man on Monday after being handed a backdated eight-month ban for doping by the Badminton World Federation, leaving him free to go for gold at the Rio Olympics next year. Lee tested positive test for dexamethasone at last year's world championships. The BWF said Lee had been negligent but the backdated sanction was "correct and fair". More »

  • Cardinals pitcher Wainwright could be …
    Cardinals pitcher Wainwright could be … Reuters - Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    (Reuters) - St. Louis Cardinals ace pitcher Adam Wainwright has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with an Achilles injury amid fears he could miss the remainder of the season. "It's not great news, any way you slice this," St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak said. "Potentially losing this season is very real." Wainwright described as “crazy” the circumstances in which he was injured. “I thought I got hit by something… something crazy like that.” Wainwright, 33, who has played for the Cardinals his entire career, posting a 121-67 win-loss record and a 2.98 ERA. More »

  • Crosby added to Canada's squad for …
    Crosby added to Canada's squad for … Reuters - Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    (Reuters) - Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby was added to Canada's world hockey championship squad on Sunday after his team was eliminated from the National Hockey League (NHL) playoffs. Crosby, who won the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player in 2007 and 2014, became available when the Penguins were ousted by the New York Rangers after five games of their first-round series. ... More »

  • Heavyweight appetizer sets up Maywe …
    Heavyweight appetizer sets up Maywe … Reuters - Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wladimir Klitschko joined Joe Louis in the record books with his title bout on Saturday but the event took a decided back seat to boxing's latest 'Fight of the Century' - Mayweather v Pacquiao. Klitschko matched the legendary Louis by climbing into the ring for his record-tying 27th world heavyweight championship fight but the Ukrainian's win against Bryant Jennings was a mere prelude to bigger things. "This event with Wladimir Klitschko, heavyweight champion of the world returning to Madison Square Garden, is the perfect hors d'oeuvre to what the main course will be next week," Peter Nelson, HBO sports programming vice president, told Reuters. More »

  • Klitschko outpoints Jennings to extend …
    Klitschko outpoints Jennings to extend … Reuters - Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wladimir Klitschko used his big jab to extend a nine-year reign as world heavyweight champion with a unanimous points decision over a game but limited Bryant Jennings at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. The pro-Klitschko crowd, which numbered more than 17,000, lavished cheers and chants on the champion and his older brother, former champion and now Kiev mayor Vitali Klitschko, who helped warm up the winner prior to the bout. "Bryant Jennings was really mobile and really tough to hit," said Klitschko, sounding apologetic for not supplying a knockout finish to a bout in which he was defending five versions of the world title. Klitschko, who tied the heavyweight record set by Joe Louis in contesting his 27th heavyweight title fight, improved to 64-3 as Jennings fell to 19-1. More »

  • Ichiro sets Japanese run record in Miami's …
    Ichiro sets Japanese run record in Miami's … Reuters - Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    Ichiro Suzuki scored his 1,968th run in baseball in the Miami Marlins 8-0 win over the Washington Nationals on Saturday to surpass Sadaharu Oh as Japan's highest ever run scorer. The 41-year-old scored on Adeiny Hechavarria's three-run homer in the eight inning for his 1,310th in Major League Baseball to go with the 658 he scored in Japan. More »

  • Seven players disciplined after White …
    Seven players disciplined after White … Reuters - Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    (Reuters) - Six players were suspended and a seventh fined by Major League Baseball (MLB) on Saturday following Thursday's benches-clearing brawl between the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals. The Royals' Yordano Ventura was handed a seven-game suspension and fellow pitcher Edinson Volquez a five-game ban. Outfielder Lorenzo Cain and pitcher Kelvin Herrera were both suspended for two games. White Sox pitchers Chris Sale and Jeff Samardzija were hit with five-game suspensions while catcher Tyler Flowers was fined an undisclosed amount. More »

  • Former champ Lewis offers tips to Klitschko …
    Former champ Lewis offers tips to Klitschko … Reuters - Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - Champion Wladimir Klitschko and challenger Bryant Jennings each had a special guest at Friday's weigh-in for their heavyweight title clash, with former champions Vitali Klitschko and Lennox Lewis on hand. The title holder's older brother was able to take a brief leave from his role as mayor of Kiev in war-torn Ukraine, while Lewis came to support his friend Jennings in Saturday's championship bout at Madison Square Garden. The 39-year-old Klitschko (63-3), making his 18th title defence in a nine-year run as heavyweight champion, tipped the scales in the lobby of the Garden at 241.6 pounds. Unbeaten American Bryant (19-0) weighed in at 226.8. More »

  • Bouts from different eras can't …
    Bouts from different eras can't … Reuters - Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    By Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Next week's fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao is expected to be the most lucrative ever in boxing but that does not necessarily make it the biggest of all time, veteran promoter Bob Arum told Reuters. The heavily anticipated megabout in Las Vegas on May 2 is projected to become the sport's top-grossing showdown, pulling in close to $500 million (329.46 million pounds) in pay-per-view, but Arum says it is impossible to rank contests from different eras. More »

  • Gay's reduced ban sends wrong message, …
    Gay's reduced ban sends wrong message, … Reuters - Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    (Reuters) - The world's fastest man, Usain Bolt, has criticized the "stupid" deal under which American sprinter Tyson Gay was given a reduced ban of only one year after failing three drugs tests in 2013. Former 100m and 200m world champion Gay, who tested positive for steroids, cut a deal with the United States Anti-Doping Agency under which he gave evidence against his coach Jon Drummond, who was subsequently given an eight-year ban. More »

  • Mayweather, Pacquiao bout delivers knockout …
    Mayweather, Pacquiao bout delivers knockout … Reuters - Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Tickets for the megafight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao finally hit the market on Thursday and unless your name is Warren Buffet or Madonna you will probably have to watch the May 2 bout on pay-per-view. Prices on Ticketmaster ranged between $1,500 to $7,500 and those tickets were snapped up in a matter of seconds. The MGM Grand in Las Vegas is expected to pack in close to 16,500 for the fight but estimates had only 500 to 1,000 tickets going on sale to the public with the rest earmarked for the two fighters, the casino, sponsors and promoters. "This is an extremely unique event for us, we haven't ever seen this," StubHub spokesman Cameron Papp told Reuters. More »

  • Pacquiao's hand speed will earn …
    Pacquiao's hand speed will earn … Reuters - Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    By Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Superior hand speed will give Manny Pacquiao a decisive edge over American Floyd Mayweather in their heavily anticipated megafight in Las Vegas next week, says the Filipino southpaw's trainer Freddie Roach. Mayweather will go into the May 2 welterweight showdown as the favourite in his bid to improve on a perfect 47-0 record as a professional, but Roach is confident that underdog Pacquiao will emerge triumphant on points after the 12 scheduled rounds. "I know he (Mayweather) is a good fighter but I just think I have the better fighter," Roach told Reuters before overseeing a shadow boxing session by Pacquiao at his Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, California. "Hand speed is going to be a big, big difference in this fight and Manny is much quicker than he is." Roach, who has guided Pacquiao to world championships in eight weight divisions and a 57-5-2 career record with 38 knockouts, said that he had no concerns about the threat posed by 11-time world champion Mayweather. More »

  • Racism accusations force Stockholm Marathon …
    Racism accusations force Stockholm Marathon … Reuters - Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    By Philip O'Connor STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Accusations of racism have forced organisers of the Stockholm Marathon to change their proposed plan to give prize money to only Nordic runners. The organisers had previously announced that the race, which is due to take place on May 30, would be a "Nordic international competition" and that prize money could only be won by Nordic runners. The decision prompted widespread criticism, with Norwegian sports columnist Andreas Selliaas calling the move "as close to racism as it's possible to come." The organisers had hoped that the new format, which was to be used every second year, would encourage and improve Nordic competitors. If a non-Nordic runner still showed up and won the race under the policy, then the prize money would have gone to the first Nordic finisher. More »

  • Subdued Mayweather sure he has winning …
    Subdued Mayweather sure he has winning … Reuters - Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    With tickets to his May 2 mega-fight with Manny Pacquiao set to fetch jaw-dropping prices, Floyd Mayweather felt no need to add to the hype on Wednesday, avoiding controversy with the same ease with which he evades punches. Undefeated Mayweather even mustered up some faint praise for Pacquiao and refused to respond to taunts made by the Filipino’s trainer Freddie Roach, while offering effusive thanks to the media as he bobbed and weaved his way through a 30 minute conference without landing or taking a single blow. "I don't worry about tickets, I worry about the guy in front of me," said Mayweather. Tickets is something I don't deal with." About the same time Mayweather was sparring with the media reports circulated that a deal had been reached between the two fighters' camps that would see tickets go on the market later on Wednesday. More »

  • U.S. strikes out with prosecution of …
    U.S. strikes out with prosecution of … Reuters - Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Baseball slugger Barry Bonds' conviction of obstructing justice during a government probe into steroid use was overturned by a U.S. appeals court on Wednesday, but the legal victory likely will not remove the tarnish attached to Bonds' on-the-field accomplishments. Bonds told grand jurors about his childhood when asked whether his former trainer, Greg Anderson, had given him self-injectable substances. In a ruling on Wednesday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said Bonds gave "a rambling, non-responsive answer to a simple question." Prosecutors did not provide enough evidence that his statement was material to their investigation, the court ruled, and Bonds could not be retried for obstruction. A U.S. Department of Justice spokesman declined to comment on the opinion, as did a representative for Major League Baseball. More »

  • Mother of ex-NFL star's murder victim …
    Mother of ex-NFL star's murder victim … Reuters - Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    The mother of the semiprofessional football player murdered by former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez said on Wednesday that she would resume her wrongful death civil suit against the ex-NFL star. In a tearful news conference, Ursula Ward, whose son Odin Lloyd was fatally shot by Hernandez in an industrial park near his North Attleborough, Massachusetts home, said she was renewing a legal effort that had been put on hold during Hernandez's trial for the murder of her son. "I always wish I was there to take those bullets for Odin." Last week Hernandez, 25, was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole for first-degree murder for Lloyd's slaying. His conviction cleared the way for the civil suit, first filed in Bristol County Superior Court in December 2013, to proceed, said Ward's attorney, Douglas Sheff. More »

  • Kenya 'open-minded' on appeal …
    Kenya 'open-minded' on appeal … Reuters - Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Kenya "followed due process" in suspending Chicago and Boston marathon winner Rita Jeptoo for two years for doping but are "open-minded" on governing body IAAF's appeal to double the ban, Athletics Kenya chief executive Isaac Mwangi said. The International Association of Athletics Federations wants the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to hand Jeptoo a harsher punishment due to "aggravating circumstances which it argues warrant an extended period of ineligibility." Jeptoo failed an out-of-competition test in September for the blood-booster EPO although she denies doping and has appealed to CAS, sport's highest court, for the suspension to be lifted. I think we followed due process while making that decision (to suspend Rita Jeptoo for two years) and we were guided by IAAF rules,” Mwangi told Reuters on Wednesday. More »

  • Nothing cooler for Klitschko than 'beating …
    Nothing cooler for Klitschko than 'beating … Reuters - Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wladimir Klitschko will match Joe Louis in boxing's record books with his 27th heavyweight title fight on Saturday and could set more marks since he has no plans to retire anytime soon. The 39-year-old Ukrainian, speaking to reporters ahead of Saturday's fight against American Bryant Jennings at New York's Madison Square Garden, has dominated the heavyweight division for nearly a decade and shown no signs of slowing down. "What could be cooler, or better, than to be the best man on the planet and beating up people for a living?" The 6-foot-6 Ukrainian boasts a 63-3-0 record heading into the bout against Jennings, who is 19-0 since taking up boxing six years ago. These are things that are obvious," said Jennings. More »

  • Former Egyptian president Mursi jailed …
    Former Egyptian president Mursi jailed … Reuters - Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    By Mahmoud Mourad CAIRO (Reuters) - Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Mursi was sentenced to 20 years in prison without parole on Tuesday on charges arising from the killing of protesters, nearly three years after he became Egypt's first freely elected president. Mursi stood in a cage in court as judge Ahmed Sabry Youssef read out the ruling against him and 12 other Brotherhood members, including senior figures Mohamed el-Beltagy and Essam el-Erian. The United States expressed "concern" about the verdict but did not indicate that it would affect diplomatic relations with Egypt, a strategic U.S. ally in the Middle East. “Mr. Mursi, like all other defendants, must be afforded the basic legal right of due process. More »

  • Doctor pleads not guilty in Park doping …
    Doctor pleads not guilty in Park doping … Reuters - Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    The doctor who administered injections which caused decorated South Korean swimmer Park Tae-hwan to fail a doping test pleaded not guilty to charges of professional negligence at a Seoul court on Tuesday. The doctor, identified only by her surname Kim, is accused by prosecutors of failing to disclose the substances contained in the injection, as well as violating the medical code and causing 2008 Olympic champion Park bodily harm. "Kim has no professional knowledge in sports and had never treated an athlete before," Yonhap News quoted Moon as telling the judge at Seoul Central District Court. More »

  • Manny Pacquiao could fight Amir Khan …
    Manny Pacquiao could fight Amir Khan … Gulf News - Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    In the event he wins the biggest fight of his career against Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao could be heading to the UAE for his next fight. British boxer Amir Khan has revealed talks are under way to promote a “dream” world title fight with Pacquiao in Abu Dhabi or Dubai. Khan was a former sparring partner of Pacquiao when both boxers were trained by Freddie Roach. We’ve been looking at an event in Dubai and Abu Dhabi is only a short drive away. More »