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  • U.S. judge rules for Vikings' Peterson …
    U.S. judge rules for Vikings' Peterson … Reuters - 17 hours ago

    By David Bailey MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday overturned the NFL's suspension of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who had pleaded no contest to charges of hitting his son with a switch, and sent the case back to the league's arbitration process for resolution. Despite the ruling, Peterson's future remains unclear and until the matter is settled, the NFL placed the league's 2012 Most Valuable Player on the commissioner's exempt list, taking him off the field with pay. In a 16-page ruling, U.S. District Court Judge David Doty said National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell acted beyond his authority in November when he suspended Peterson until at least April 15. Doty, siding with the players' union, said the NFL could not retroactively suspend Peterson under a new personal conduct policy announced by Goodell in December for behavior that occurred under the old code. More »

  • Ex-NFL star bought drinks, smoked pot …
    Ex-NFL star bought drinks, smoked pot … Reuters - 23 hours ago

    By Daniel Lovering FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) - Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez smoked marijuana and bought food and drinks for friends at a Rhode Island restaurant hours before prosecutors say he fatally shot an acquaintance, a witness testified on Thursday. Kelly Rose Belanger, former manager of the South Street Cafe in Providence, said Hernandez arrived at the restaurant with a woman and other people around 9:30 p.m. on June 16, 2013, and at one point stepped out to smoke marijuana with another man. "I asked them to put it out because the other customers could smell it, and they did," Belanger said at Massachusetts Superior Court in Hernandez's trial on charges of murdering Odin Lloyd, a man who was dating his fiancée's sister. More »

  • Blackhawks top scorer Kane out 12 weeks …
    Blackhawks top scorer Kane out 12 weeks … Reuters - Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    (Reuters) - Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane underwent surgery on Wednesday and is expected to miss the rest of the National Hockey League's regular season, the team said. Kane was hurt during the first period of Tuesday's game against Florida when he slid hard into the boards after a hit from Panthers defenseman Alex Petrovic. Kane remained down on the ice for a short time and appeared to be favoring his left arm or shoulder before skating to the bench. The Blackhawks said in a statement that Kane underwent successful surgery to repair a left clavicle fracture. More »

  • On field and off, all eyes on A-Rod …
    On field and off, all eyes on A-Rod … Reuters - Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    By Letitia Stein TAMPA, Fla.(Reuters) - New York Yankees fans waited for six hours on Wednesday with baseballs, bats, cards and even a Wheaties box for slugger Alex Rodriguez to autograph in his first week back from a yearlong suspension in one of sport's biggest doping scandals. Media outlets from New York to Japan lugged cameras between the team's training facilities in Tampa, Florida, hoping for a sighting of the 14-time All-Star with 654 career home runs. "Love him, hate him, everyone has got an opinion," said Tom Ferguson, 50, of Tampa, waiting in line for an autograph. "He's the hottest thing in baseball right now." Each move by A-Rod, as he is popularly known, has become a daily guessing game since he arrived early for spring training. More »

  • Blackhawks lose leading scorer Kane …
    Blackhawks lose leading scorer Kane … Reuters - Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    (Reuters) - Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane was placed on long-term injured reserve after the leading scorer crashed into the boards during a recent game, the team said on Wednesday. Kane was hurt during the first period of Tuesday's contest when he slid hard into the boards after a hit from Florida Panthers defenseman Alex Petrovic. He eventually went to the Chicago locker room and did not return. Chicago did not say how much time Kane would miss but an ESPN report said he will be out 6-10 weeks, meaning there is a chance he could miss the start of the NHL playoffs, which open on April 15. More »

  • Cubs hire Manny Ramirez as hitting  …
    Cubs hire Manny Ramirez as hitting  … Reuters - Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    (Reuters) - Manny Ramirez, a sweet-swinging former Major League Baseball player who twice failed doping tests, is back in the big leagues as a hitting consultant for the Chicago Cubs, the team said on Tuesday. Cubs president Theo Epstein, who ran baseball operations in Boston when Ramirez starred for the Red Sox, said the ex-player will spend most of spring training with the Cubs and work with the team's major and minor league hitters during the season. Ramirez, 42, joined the Cubs organization last season as a player-coach at Triple-A Iowa and the major league team was impressed by his impact. He was a huge asset, and we were really hopeful of the possibility of bringing him back." Ramirez, who slugged 555 home runs with a career batting average of .312 in 19 years in the majors, was twice a World Series champion with the Red Sox and the 2004 Fall Classic MVP. More »

  • Pistorius challenges prosecution's …
    Pistorius challenges prosecution's … AFP - Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Oscar Pistorius's lawyers have mounted a legal challenge to the state's right to appeal the disgraced athlete's manslaughter conviction, his legal team said Tuesday. State prosecutors were in December granted permission to appeal a High Court decision acquitting the double amputee sprinter of the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius was convicted instead on the lesser charge of culpable homicide, or manslaughter, and sentenced to five years in prison. More »

  • Bruins' Krejci out for up to six …
    Bruins' Krejci out for up to six … Reuters - Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    (Reuters) - Boston Bruins center David Krejci will miss up to six weeks with a partially torn MCL ligament in his left knee, the team said on Monday. Krejci sustained the injury when he collided with St. Louis Blues forward Alexander Steen on Friday. He missed Sunday's game against the Chicago Blackhawks. Krejci has missed 21 games through injury this season, but his latest one comes at an inopportune time for the Bruins, with the playoffs starting in mid-April. More »

  • A-Rod 'ready to go,' reports …
    A-Rod 'ready to go,' reports … Reuters - Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    (Reuters) - Alex Rodriguez, returning from a year-long doping ban, surprised the New York Yankees with his unexpected arrival at the team's training camp on Monday where he said he cringed at some of the mistakes he had made. Rodriguez was one of 14 players suspended in 2013 stemming from the Biogenesis scandal and was originally handed a 211-game ban. More »

  • Rio's dirty water again an issue …
    Rio's dirty water again an issue … Reuters - Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    International Olympic Committee members meeting in Rio de Janeiro this week will understand if its waters are not completely clean for the sailing events in 2016, the state's governor said on Monday. "Of course they will understand if we don't meet our target," state governor Luiz Fernando Pezao told reporters on Monday, stressing again that Rio's priority was cleaning up the Guanabara Bay for future generations. When it bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games, Rio said it would cut the amount of raw sewage flowing into the bay by 80 percent but has since admitted it is unlikely to meet that target. The cleaning of Guanabara Bay was a key part of Rio's bid and has long been a goal of various local governments. More »

  • MLB's Red Sox reportedly sign prized …
    MLB's Red Sox reportedly sign prized … Reuters - Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    (Reuters) - The Boston Red Sox have reportedly signed prized Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada, a switch-hitting infielder coveted by a host of Major League Baseball teams, to a record $31.5 million signing bonus. The league's officials website, MLB.com, announced the deal for the 19-year-old Moncada on Monday, citing an industry source. Moncada's deal eclipses the $8.27 million bonus record for an international amateur under the current guidelines, which was given in January to pitcher Yoan Lopez by the Arizona Diamondbacks. The speedy Moncada, who also hits for power, left Cuba in June and instantly became the subject of an intense bidding war. More »

  • #360debate: Can Manny Pacquiao beat …
    #360debate: Can Manny Pacquiao beat … Sport360 - Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    It's a debate that will rage from now until May 2: Can Manny Pacquiao really beat Floyd Mayweather​ in the richest fight in boxing history? More »

  • Olympics swimming star Michael Phelps …
    Olympics swimming star Michael Phelps … Reuters - Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    U.S. swimming star Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, on Sunday announced his engagement to Nicole Johnson, a former Miss California USA. "She said yes!!!!" Phelps, 29, posted on his Facebook page, along with a picture of him and Johnson playing in the snow. Phelps' former Olympic teammate Allison Schmitt snapped the photo of Johnson and Phelps. Phelps, a Maryland native, won 22 Olympic medals, 18 of them golds. More »

  • Major League Baseball roundup
    Major League Baseball roundup Reuters - Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    (The Sports Xchange) - San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy returned to the team just three days after being admitted to a Scottsdale, Arizona, hospital to have two stents inserted into his heart. The hospital where the procedure was performed is across the street from the Giants' spring training stadium. "I am grateful for the doctors and want to thank all the well-wishers who sent me messages." - - - Atlanta Braves outfielder B.J. Upton will now be known as Melvin Upton Jr., the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported. Melvin Emanuel Upton Jr. is the birth name of the 30-year-old Upton. More »

  • National Football League roundup
    National Football League roundup Reuters - Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    (The Sports Xchange) - The Seattle Seahawks might be moving closer to a resolution with running back Marshawn Lynch. The Seahawks have offered him $12 million in 2015 and $9 million in 2016, according to reports Saturday by Yahoo Sports and CBS Sports. After the Yahoo report Saturday night, Doug Hendrickson, Lynch's agent, tweeted: "Contrary to reports, there is no Marshawn Lynch deal." According to CBS, Hendrickson met with Seahawks general manager John Schneider in Indianapolis, site of the NFL Scouting Combine, on Friday night. More »

  • Spain's Valls waltzes to Tour of …
    Spain's Valls waltzes to Tour of … AFP - Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    Spanish climbing specialist Rafael Valls experienced the greatest moment by far of his career in winning the Tour of Oman on Sunday as Matthias Brandle of Austria clinched the sixth and final stage. Valls, who seized control in winning the feature stage of the race, the climb to the Green Mountain on Friday, had a nine-second advantage over American Tejay van Garderen, while another Spaniard, the experienced Alejandro Valverde, was third overall, 19 seconds adrift. Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali scraped into the top 20, more than three minutes off the pace. For 27-year-old Valls it ended several years of angst and self-doubt over whether he would ever prove himself at the highest level. More »

  • Sand storm shortens fifth stage of Tour …
    Sand storm shortens fifth stage of Tour … AFP - Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    A sand storm has forced the organisers to shorten Saturday's fifth stage of the Tour of Oman. The stage will be over 100 kilometres and not the 151.5 initially programmed and will comprise three climbs instead of four of the Bousher al Amerat. It will finish as planned in front of the Ministry of Housing. Spaniard Rafael Valls leads the overall standings having won the feature stage, the climb to the Green Mountain, on Friday. More »

  • New Orleans Saints linebacker cleared …
    New Orleans Saints linebacker cleared … Reuters - Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    By Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Domestic battery charges against New Orleans Saints linebacker Junior Galette have been dropped, prosecutors said on Friday, even as a related civil suit against the football player was filed by his alleged victim. Galette was arrested last month and charged with beating a 22-year-old woman in one of a string of recent high-profile domestic abuse cases involving NFL players, including Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. More »

  • Mayweather to clash with Pacquiao in …
    Mayweather to clash with Pacquiao in … Reuters - Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    (Reuters) - The long awaited mega bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, which has been more than five years in the making, will take place in Las Vegas on May 2, Mayweather announced on Friday. A duel between the defence-minded Mayweather and the aggressive Pacquiao, the biggest drawcards of their generation, has been savoured by boxing fans, if only to decide the mythical title of the world's best pound-for-pound fighter. "What the world has been waiting for has arrived," American Mayweather, who has a perfect record of 47-0 with 26 knockouts, said on the social networking website Shots. "Mayweather vs. Pacquiao on May 2, 2015 is a done deal. More »

  • Ex-NFL star bought gas, gum shortly …
    Ex-NFL star bought gas, gum shortly … Reuters - Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    By Daniel Lovering FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) - National Football League star Aaron Hernandez bought gasoline, gum and a cigar at a Massachusetts gas station shortly before prosecutors say he killed an associate, a clerk from the station testified on Friday. Jwan Farhan, an employee at Blue Hills Express, said in Massachusetts Superior Court in Fall River that Hernandez bought gas with his credit card before entering the store off a highway in Canton, Massachusetts, with another person early on June 17, 2013. "I held the door open for him to let him in," said Farhan, who was working alone at the store and described Hernandez's behavior as "normal." Hernandez bought a blue pack of Bubbalicious gum and a Black & Mild cigar, Farhan said during the first of two murder trials Hernandez will face this year. More »

  • Vinokourov resigns as Almaty bid am …
    Vinokourov resigns as Almaty bid am … Reuters - Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    Former cyclist Alexander Vinokourov has stepped down as ambassador for the Almaty 2022 winter Olympics bid, officials said on Friday, after questions about the 2012 Olympic champion's doping past were raised. Vinokourov, one of the most famous Kazakh athletes, won stages at most major races and the gold medal at the London Olympics but he also served a two-year ban after testing positive for blood doping at the 2007 Tour de France. "Alexander Vinokourov resigned as bid ambassador, he was only part of the application phase," a bid official said in a statement. Almaty bid vice-chairman Andrey Kryukov said recently that Vinokourov would stay on as ambassador after fielding questions during the International Olympic Committee's visit to evaluate the bid regarding his doping offences. More »

  • Giants manager Bochy undergoes heart …
    Giants manager Bochy undergoes heart … Reuters - Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    (Reuters) - San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy underwent a heart procedure to insert two stents and will be hospitalized overnight, the team said Thursday. Brochy, who had a physical on Wednesday, felt ill one day later and was examined by a team physician before being hospitalized, according to local media. The 59-year-old Bochy is said to be resting comfortably and is expected to be released on Friday. Bochy is coming off a championship season and has led the Giants to three World Series titles in the past five seasons. ... More »

  • Trooper describes evidence seized from …
    Trooper describes evidence seized from … Reuters - Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    By Daniel Lovering FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) - Investigators seized .22 caliber shells, sneakers and a scale apparently used for marijuana from Aaron Hernandez's home days after the former National Football League star's alleged murder victim was found, a police officer said on Thursday. Massachusetts State Police Trooper Zachary Johnson, testifying at state Superior Court in the first of two murder trials Hernandez faces this year, said police confiscated the items along with a white long-sleeved shirt at the North Attleborough house on June 22, 2013. The shirt appeared similar to one worn by Hernandez in surveillance footage. The search came five days after the body of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player who had been dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee, was discovered by a jogger in an industrial park nearby. More »

  • Elway believes Manning will return, …
    Elway believes Manning will return, … Reuters - Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    (Reuters) - Denver Broncos General Manager John Elway said on Thursday he expects Peyton Manning to return next season and predicted the quarterback would thrive in the team's new offensive system. Elway, speaking to reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, said he had not been given a "definitive answer" from Manning but had spoken with the five-time NFL most valuable player after his post-season physical examination. "I believe he will be back and I believe he will be our quarterback next year," said Elway, adding that Manning was pleased by the examination results and felt good. More »

  • Kenyan marathon runner Muraga handed …
    Kenyan marathon runner Muraga handed … Reuters - Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    Kenya's Julia Mumbi Muraga, winner of the 2014 Cologne marathon, has been banned for two years after failing a drugs test, Athletics Kenya (AK) said on Thursday. Muraga's ban comes at a time when Kenya is under intense pressure to root out doping among its athletes who are viewed as some the world's best middle and long distance runners but have failed a number of drug tests. Muraga, 31, tested positive for the banned blood-booster Erythropoietin (EPO), Athletics Kenya (AK) said. Athletics Kenya chief executive Isaac Mwangi Kamande said Muraga has been summoned to defend her case. More »

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