Golf-Swede Noren nudges ahead in windy Seoul

April 27 (Reuters) - Swede Alexander Noren birdied the last hole to take a one-shot lead after the third round of the Ballantine's Championship in Seoul on Saturday. The 30-year-old, seeking a fourth European Tour title, fired a three-under-par 69 at the Blackstone Golf Club in Icheon to finish on nine under for the championship, one ahead of Spain's Pablo Larrazabal (68) and Scotland's Peter Whiteford (69). Australian duo Marcus Fraser and Brett Rumford shot 69s to sit tied fourth at the co-sanctioned Asian Tour event. ...
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Depleted Lakers routed by the hot-shooting Spurs

San Antonio Spurs Parker of France is fouled by Los Angeles Lakers Howard as he goes up to shoot during Game 3 of their NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in Los AngelesBy Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - It was the worst possible combination for the Los Angeles Lakers as their injury-depleted line-up ran into a scintillating shooting display by the San Antonio Spurs in a lop-sided Game Three on Friday. With the ailing Lakers missing their top four guards, they were pounded 120-89 on their home court by the second-seeded Spurs to slip 3-0 behind in their best-of-seven first-round playoff series. ...


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Duncan’s steady Spurs put Lakers on the brink

San Antonio Spurs guard Cory Joseph, right, blocks a shot by Los Angeles Lakers guard Andrew Goudelock during the second half in Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Friday, April 26, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES (AP) — While the Los Angeles Lakers have been a jumble of injury, inconsistency and general weirdness throughout their tumultuous season, Tim Duncan's San Antonio Spurs have spent yet another year as the model of NBA efficiency as they grind out wins with their usual dominance.


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Chinese prodigy Guan again a cut above

(Reuters) - Two weeks after stunning the golfing world by making the cut at the Masters, China's 14-year-old Guan Tianlang has again turned heads with another remarkable display at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in Avondale, Louisiana. The surprisingly mature eighth-grader carded a three-under-par 69 in Friday's second round of the PGA Tour event to finish at three-under 141, right on the cutline. ...
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San Diego Chargers pick Te’o in second round of NFL Draft

Notre Dame linebacker Te'o speaks during media day for 2013 BCS National Championship NCAA football game in MiamiNEW YORK (Reuters) - Manti Te'o was selected by the San Diego Chargers in the second round of the National Football League (NFL) annual Draft on Friday, ending an anxious wait for one of the game's most scrutinised and controversial players. Te'o was a notable absentee when the NFL's 32 teams made their first-round selections the previous night but he was the sixth man picked when the second of the seven rounds got underway in New York on Friday. ...


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Golf-U.S. PGA Tour New Orleans Classic scores

April 27 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour New Orleans Classic at the par-72 course on Friday in Avondale, Louisiana. The cut was set at 141. 132 Lucas Glover (U.S.) 65 67 133 Boo Weekley (U.S.) 65 68 134 D.A. Points (U.S.) 66 68 135 Morgan Hoffmann (U.S.) 66 69 136 Ernie Els (South Africa) 67 69 137 Brian Davis (Britain) 68 69 Jerry Kelly (U.S.) 70 67 Justin Rose (Britain) 68 69 Jeff Maggert (U.S.) 70 67 Bobby Gates (U.S.) 67 70 Doug LaBelle II (U.S.) 70 67 138 Matt Jones (Australia) 67 71 Luke Guthrie (U.S.) 67 71 Billy Horschel (U.S.) 67 71 Gary Woodland (U.S. ...
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Glover leads by one, Guan makes cut

(Reuters) - While Chinese prodigy Guan Tianlang stunningly made his second consecutive cut on the PGA Tour, American Lucas Glover surged into a one-shot lead in Friday's second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Former U.S. Open champion Glover maintained red-hot form with his putter at the rain-softened TPC Louisiana, firing a five-under-par 67 after teeing off on a relatively calm morning in Avondale, Louisiana. ...
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FIU’s Cyprien 1st pick of 2nd round

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell opens the second round of the NFL Draft, Friday, April 26, 2013 at Radio City Music Hall in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK (AP) — With several big names available, Jacksonville went to a lesser program for an unpublicized player to open the second round of the NFL draft Friday night: safety Johnathan Cyprien of Florida International.


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Thunder dealt crushing blow with Westbrook out

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook takes a break on the court against the Houston Rockets in the second half of their Game 2 NBA Playoffs basketball game in Oklahoma City.(Reuters) - The Oklahoma City Thunder suffered a massive blow to their NBA title hopes on Friday when All-Star guard Russell Westbrook was ruled out indefinitely because of upcoming surgery on his right knee. The 24-year-old suffered a lateral meniscus tear during the second quarter of Oklahoma's 105-102 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, a win that put them up 2-0 in the first-round best-of-seven playoff series. Westbrook, a three-time National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star who averaged 23. ...


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Holders Olympiakos reach Euroleague Final Four

(Reuters) - Reigning Euroleague champions Olympiakos Piraeus qualified for the competition's Final Four after an 82-72 home win over Anadolu Efes Istanbul on Friday gave them a 3-2 victory in their best-of-five quarter-final playoff series. Olympiakos will meet last season's runners-up CSKA Moscow for a place in the final while eight-times winners Real Madrid will play rivals Barcelona in the other semi-final at London's O2 Arena, which is hosting the showpiece event from May 10-12. ...
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Glover leads by one in New Orleans, Guan shines

(Reuters) - While Chinese prodigy Guan Tianlang looked near certain to make a second consecutive cut on the PGA Tour, American Lucas Glover surged into an early one-shot lead in Friday's second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Former U.S. Open champion Glover maintained red-hot form with his putter at the rain-softened TPC Louisiana, firing a five-under-par 67 on a relatively calm morning in Avondale, Louisiana. ...
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Chinese prodigy Guan again turns heads with his play

(Reuters) - Two weeks after stunning the golfing world by making the cut at the Masters, China's 14-year-old Guan Tianlang has again turned heads with another remarkable display at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in Avondale, Louisiana. The surprisingly mature eighth-grader carded a three-under-par 69 in Friday's second round of the PGA Tour event to finish at three-under 141, inside the projected cutline of two-under. ...
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Cuba ends half-century ban on pro boxing

FILE - In this March 16, 2013 file photo, boxer Osain Gonzalez prepares to compete in a local boxing tournament at the Rafael Trejos boxing gym in Old Havana, Cuba. Cuba is breaking a five-decade ban on professional boxing by joining an international semi-pro league where fighters compete for sponsored teams, earn $1,000 to $3,000 a month and don't wear protective headgear, officials said Friday. Cuba will begin participating in the WSB in November. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes, File)HAVANA (AP) — Cuba is breaking a five-decade ban on professional boxing and joining an international semipro league. Fighters will compete for sponsored teams, box without protective headgear and earn $1,000 to $3,000 a month.


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Country singer George Jones dead at 81

George Jones performs during the Country Music Association Awards in Tennessee, November 6, 2002.By Bill Trott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - George Jones, a classic country singer with a voice full of raw honky-tonk emotion and a life full of honky-tonk turmoil, died on Friday at age 81, his spokesman said. Jones, whose career spanned more than six decades and included hits such as "He Stopped Loving Her Today" and "Window Up Above," died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, in Nashville. He had been hospitalized since April 18 with fever and irregular blood pressure, spokesman Kirt Webster said. ...


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“Community’s” Jim Rash Talks Writing ‘Freaky Friday’ Episode, Getting Revenge on Joel McHale

The stars of the comedy series "Community" Yvette Nicole Brown (L) and Jim Rash take part in a panel discussion at the NBC Universal Summer Press Day 2012 introducing new television shows for the summer season in Pasadena(Note: Strong language in para 8) By Jethro Nededog LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Jim Rash hasn't let his Oscar for co-writing "The Descendants" go to his head. "Oscar or no Oscar, it doesn't matter," Rash told TheWrap. "It's like, 'You did that, great. Now, do it again' or 'Let's see if you got what it takes.' The pressure is always going to be there no matter what," he continued. "So I feed off that pressure, because obviously I want to do the best job as I can. But, it really doesn't mean anything. You can still write a piece of crap next time around. ...


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Brad Grey Discusses Piracy, Failure of DreamWorks Deal During ‘Charlie Rose’ Appearance

By Brent Lang LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Brad Gray kept dodging questions during an appearance on "Charlie Rose" Wednesday about why the Paramount's deal to purchase DreamWorks SKG ended with the exits of Steven Spielberg and David Geffen from the studio lot, but the tenacious anchor would not let the studio chief duck his queries. Grey insisted he did not want to speak ill of anyone. He dissembled. He leaned back on the old standby, "I don't know."] Pressed about reports that personality clashes with Geffen had doomed the pact, Grey countered with praise. ...
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Early birdie barrage lifts Oosthuizen in Korea

Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa hits from a sand trap on the second hole during second round play in the 2013 Masters golf tournament in Augusta(Reuters) - World number seven Louis Oosthuizen was tucked in one stroke behind the leaders with two holes to go when bad light ended play prematurely in the Ballantine's Championship first round in South Korea on Thursday. The South African, who flew in from his home in Florida on a private jet provided by the organizers of the European Tour event, was four-under through 16 holes in Seoul. ...


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A Minute With: Colin Firth from royal to ordinary “Arthur Newman”

Cast member Firth arrives for the world premiere of the film "Gambit" at Leicester Square in LondonBy Zorianna Kit LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After winning a Best Actor Oscar for playing a stuttering British royal in 2010 film "The King's Speech," Colin Firth is back on screen as a character who appears ordinary to the point of boring in indie drama "Arthur Newman." Opening in select U.S. movie theaters on Friday, Firth plays an American man who is dissatisfied with his life and hits the road with a new identity. Things get derailed when he meets Mike (Emily Blunt) a troubled young woman fleeing from her own issues. ...


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Golf-European Tour Ballantines Championship scores

April 26 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the European Tour Ballantines Championship at the par-72 course on Thursday in Seoul 67 Jean-Baptiste Gonnet (France) 67 Kieran Pratt (Australia) 67 Johan Edfors (Sweden) 67 Kim Gi-Whan (South Korea) 67 Matthew Baldwin (Britain) 67 68 Tommy Fleetwood (Britain) 68 Jung Ji-Ho (South Korea) 68 Arnond Vongvanij (Thailand) 68 Peter Lawrie (Ireland) 68 Lee Jung-Hwan (South Korea) 68 69 Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa) 69 Alejandro Canizares (Spain) 69 Keith Horne (South Africa) 69 David Howell (Britain) 69 Rikard Karlberg (Sweden) 69 Ryu Hyun-Woo (South ...
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Golf-U.S. PGA Tour New Orleans Classic scores

April 26 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour New Orleans Classic at the par-72 course on Thursday in Avondale, Louisiana 64 Ricky Barnes (U.S.) 64 65 Boo Weekley (U.S.) 65 Lucas Glover (U.S.) 65 66 D.A. Points (U.S.) 66 Morgan Hoffmann (U.S.) 66 67 Charlie Beljan (U.S.) 67 Matt Jones (Australia) 67 Luke Guthrie (U.S.) 67 Ernie Els (South Africa) 67 Rickie Fowler (U.S.) 67 Billy Horschel (U.S.) 67 Chris Kirk (U.S.) 67 Stephen Ames (Canada) 67 Jimmy Walker (U.S.) 67 Bobby Gates (U.S.) 67 68 Matt Every (U.S.) 68 Harris English (U.S.) 68 Graham DeLaet (Canada) 68 Jason Kokrak (U.S. ...
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Barca overpower Panathinaikos to reach Final Four

BARCELONA, Spain (Reuters) - A strong first quarter propelled 2010 Euroleague champions Barcelona to the competition's Final Four in London's O2 Arena from May 10-12 after they engineered a 64-53 win over six-time champions Panathinaikos Athens on Thursday. The Euroleague's all-time leading scorer Juan Carlos Navarro netted 15 points and Brazilian point guard Marcelinho Huertas added 10 to give Barca a 3-2 win in a rollercoaster best-of-five quarter-final playoff series, while forward Stephane Lasme stood out for the visitors with 16 points. ...
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Investment firm founder charged with trying to defraud NBA union

By Jessica Dye NEW YORK (Reuters) - The founder and managing director of Prim Capital Corporation has been charged with attempting to defraud the National Basketball Association players' union out of $3 million with a bogus contract, federal prosecutors in Manhattan said. A complaint unsealed on Thursday charges Ohio-based Prim Capital founder Joseph Lombardo, 72, with attempted wire fraud, attempted mail fraud and obstruction of justice. Carolyn Kaufman, 72, who served as president of Prim's advisory services component, was charged with obstructing justice. ...
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Merion U.S. Open attracts highest ever entry total

(Reuters) - This year's U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania has attracted a record total of 9,860 entries, the United States Golf Association (USGA) said on Thursday. The number of applicants for the June 13-16 tournament eclipsed the previous best of 9,086 for the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, New York. "The fact that we have a record number of entries, from across the world, is a testament to both the great appeal of the U.S. Open and the historic nature and grandeur of Merion Golf Club," USGA Executive Director Mike Davis said in a statement. The U.S. ...
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10 things to know about College Football Playoff

FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2009, file photo, the Dallas Cowboys new football stadium Cowboys Stadium is shown in Arlington, Texas. A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that Arlington, Texas, has beaten out Tampa, Fla., in the bidding to be the site of the first title game in the new playoff system. The game will be Jan. 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Donna McWilliam, File)PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The College Football Playoff is all but done. The only part that remains unsettled is the membership of the selection committee that will determine which teams play for the national championship when the new system kicks in for the 2014 season.


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Lakers’ woes pile up as Blake ruled out of Game Three

Miami Heat's Norris Cole defends against Los Angeles Lakers' Steve Blake in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Miami, FloridaBy Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The struggling Los Angeles Lakers suffered yet another morale-sapping injury setback on Thursday with the news that backup guard Steve Blake will miss Friday's Game Three against the visiting San Antonio Spurs. Blake, who has produced good form since shooting guard Kobe Bryant was ruled out for the rest of the season following Achilles tendon surgery, was diagnosed with a moderate strain of his right hamstring after having an ultrasound test. ...


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Barnes sets early pace with sizzling 64 in New Orleans

(Reuters) - Long-hitting American Ricky Barnes made a welcome return to form after two months of struggle as he charged into an early two-shot lead in Thursday's opening round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in Avondale, Louisiana. The 32-year-old, who is bidding for his first victory on the PGA Tour, took advantage of receptive, rain-softened conditions at the TPC Louisiana to fire a sizzling eight-under-par 64. ...
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Golf-Barnes sets early pace with sizzling 64 in New Orleans

April 25 (Reuters) - Long-hitting American Ricky Barnes made a welcome return to form after two months of struggle as he charged into an early two-shot lead in Thursday's opening round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in Avondale, Louisiana. The 32-year-old, who is bidding for his first victory on the PGA Tour, took advantage of receptive, rain-softened conditions at the TPC Louisiana to fire a sizzling eight-under-par 64. ...
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EBay pulls Nike “Boston Massacre” t-shirt listing

By Alistair Barr SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - EBay Inc pulled a listing on Wednesday for a Nike Inc t-shirt displaying the phrase "Boston Massacre," citing the online marketplace's policy against "offensive materials." The t-shirt was listed for sale earlier this week on eBay and received bids of more than $150,000, according to bid history on the company's website. The t-shirt refers to the rivalry between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox baseball teams and has images of red blood spattered on the word Boston. ...
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NFL given OK to shut counterfeit sales websites

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL won a court order Wednesday to shut down the operators of nearly 1,500 China-based websites accused of selling fake NFL merchandise, continuing the league's effort to counter booming counterfeit sales of its popular player jerseys and other merchandise.
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Golf-Merion U.S. Open attracts highest ever entry total

April 25 (Reuters) - This year's U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania has attracted a record total of 9,860 entries, the United States Golf Association (USGA) said on Thursday. The number of applicants for the June 13-16 tournament eclipsed the previous best of 9,086 for the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, New York. "The fact that we have a record number of entries, from across the world, is a testament to both the great appeal of the U.S. Open and the historic nature and grandeur of Merion Golf Club," USGA Executive Director Mike Davis said in a statement. ...
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Golf-Early birdie barrage lifts Oosthuizen in Korea

April 25 (Reuters) - World number seven Louis Oosthuizen was tucked in one stroke behind the leaders with two holes to go when bad light ended play prematurely in the Ballantine's Championship first round in South Korea on Thursday. The South African, who flew in from his home in Florida on a private jet provided by the organisers of the European Tour event, was four-under through 16 holes in Seoul. ...
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Golf-Supersonic Jumbo beats age with nine-under 62

* Ozaki, 66, leads way in Japan Tour event * Veteran tears up Yamanohara Golf Club course (Adds quotes, detail) April 25 (Reuters) - Japanese veteran Masashi 'Jumbo' Ozaki achieved a rare feat on Thursday when the 66-year-old beat his age by shooting a pacesetting nine-under 62 in the first round of the Tsuruya Open at the Yamanohara Golf Club near Osaka. Ozaki, the Japan Tour's most prolific winner with 94 victories, still plays regularly on the circuit but last lifted a title 11 years ago. ...
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Novelist Banks “stunned” by fan support over terminal cancer

By Li-mei Hoang LONDON (Reuters) - Scottish author Iain Banks, who announced this month he was suffering from terminal cancer, said he was "stunned" by the messages of support he has received from his fans. The "Wasp Factory" author said he was deeply flattered and touched by all the responses left on the website Banksophilia, which was set up by his friend Martin Belk. "Good grief! - what an outpouring of love, affection and respect. I honestly had no idea," he wrote. ...
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NFL: Linemen expected to grab spotlight from QBs at Draft

By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - A bevy of beefy linemen are expected to command the spotlight usually reserved for quarterbacks when the National Football League (NFL) Draft kicks off with first-round selections on Thursday. At the annual NFL Draft, the cornerstone of building winning teams in the enormously popular professional league, the last four No. 1 picks, and 12 of the last 15, have been quarterbacks. ...
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‘Small ball’ helps Cards beat Nats 4-2 for sweep

St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday (7) celebrates with his teammates after scoring during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park Wednesday, April 24, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON (AP) — Yadier Molina hit a two-run single off Stephen Strasburg during St. Louis' three-run first inning, and the Cardinals beat the Nationals 4-2 Wednesday to complete a sweep and give Washington's All-Star ace the only four-start losing streak of his young career.


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NFL to fight anti-gay bias, says N.Y. attorney general

The NFL logo is seen on a trailer parked near the New Meadowlands Stadium where the Jets and Giants NFL football teams play home games in East RutherfordBy Atossa Araxia Abrahamian NEW YORK (Reuters) - The National Football League will step up its efforts to fight discrimination based on sexual orientation, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said on Wednesday. The action comes after at least three college football players said they had been asked about their sexual orientation during NFL recruitment interviews earlier this year. ...


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Gwyneth Paltrow named People’s most beautiful woman

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow arrives at the 84th Academy Awards in HollywoodLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow on Wednesday was named the world's most beautiful woman for 2013 by People magazine, knocking pop singer Beyonce out of the top spot. The 40-year-old mother of two credits a five-day-a-week exercise regimen for keeping her in shape as she grows older. "It makes me look younger and feel strong," Paltrow told the magazine. "When I first started, I thought, 'I'll never be good at this. This is a nightmare!' But now it's like brushing my teeth, I just do it. ...


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Michael Jackson wrongful death trial set to get underway Monday

Katherine Jackson leaves the sentencing hearing of Dr. Conrad Murray in Los AngelesLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The civil trial over the death of Michael Jackson is set to get formally underway next week after jury selection was completed on Tuesday in the $40 billion case that pits the pop star's mother against concert promoters AEG Live. Six alternate jurors were chosen on Tuesday following the selection a day earlier of a jury of six men and six women for what is expected to be an emotional three-month trial. The conclusion of the month-long search for a jury set the stage for opening statements to begin in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday. ...


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Pressure on Anthony to carry team to playoff success

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Boston Celtics in the first quarter of Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in New YorkBy Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - A gifted scorer, Carmelo Anthony has always had the talent to put the ball in the basket but rarely has he been able to put his team deep into the playoffs. The pressure is on the Knicks forward with the bruising inside moves and delicate outside touch to prove himself in the postseason and help erase more than a decade of playoff failures for New York. ...


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Rutgers hires Eddie Jordan to restore “dignity” to basketball program

Washington Wizards head coach Jordan directs his team against Toronto Raptors in WashingtonBy David Jones NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) - Rutgers University introduced Eddie Jordan, a star player on its 1976 Final Four team, as the new head basketball coach on Tuesday and said he would restore an atmosphere of respect to the program. Jordan, who had been a Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach since last year, replaces former head coach Mike Rice, who was fired by Rutgers earlier in April after ESPN aired footage of him screaming homophobic epithets at players, hurling basketballs at them and shoving and kicking them. ...


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Clippers’ Paul calls late-game heroics “just basketball”

Los Angeles Clippers point guard Paul slaps hands with teammate Griffin during Game 2 of their NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies in Los Angeles, CaliforniaBy Jahmal Corner LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Chris Paul drove right, stumbled forward, leaned back and banked in a game-winning shot that lifted the Los Angeles Clippers to a crucial playoff win on Monday and elevated his status as one of the game's top closers. While Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and LeBron James are often noted as fourth-quarter assassins, it is the diminutive six-foot (1.83m) Paul who provided the signature moment of the National Basketball Association (NBA) playoffs thus far. ...


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Struggling Bobcats fire coach Dunlap after one season

Charlotte Bobcats head coach Dunlap watches his team take on the Toronto Raptors during their NBA basketball game in Charlotte(Reuters) - The Charlotte Bobcats fired head coach Mike Dunlap on Tuesday after finishing the 2012-13 season with the second-worst record in the National Basketball Association. Dunlap was hired as the fifth head coach in the franchise's history in mid-2012 and posted an overall record of 21-61 as the Bobcats missed the playoffs for a third consecutive season. "(We) conducted our season-ending review and met with coach Dunlap to reflect on this season," Bobcats President of Basketball Operations Rod Higgins said in a statement. ...


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Kuwait author wins Arabic book prize for tale of foreign workers

LONDON (Reuters) - Kuwaiti author Saud Alsanousi has won the 2013 International Prize for Arabic Fiction for his portrayal of the lives of foreign workers in Gulf countries in "The Bamboo Stalk". The 31-year-old Alsanousi became the youngest winner in the $50,000-prize's six-year history for the story seen through the eyes of Issa, the son of a Kuwaiti father and a Filipina mother. "All the judges agreed on the superior quality of this novel, both artistically and also in terms of its social and humanitarian content," the panel's chair Egyptian writer Galal Amin said in a statement on Tuesday. ...
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Malaria turns comedy’s Richard Curtis from laughter to tears

Director Richard Curtis arrives for a reception for the British Film Industry held by Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip at Windsor Castle, southern EnglandBy Barbara Lewis BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Brussels and Washington are the two great lobbying capitals of the world, where campaigners talk themselves hoarse trying to shift the political dial. Some of them have had the fortune to recruit British director and screenwriter Richard Curtis, whose powers of persuasion move hearts as well as minds. Known for his romantic comedies, such as "Four Weddings and a Funeral" and "Notting Hill", Curtis has turned his hand to a didactic tragedy - "Mary and Martha" - being screened across the globe to coincide with world malaria day on April 25. ...


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NFL draft: 10 things to watch for during draft

FILE - In this April 26, 2012, file photo, North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples, right, hugs NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected as the 16th pick overall by the New York Jets in the first round of the NFL football draft in New York. How many hugs can Roger Goodell endure from all the burly offensive and defensive players expected to be selected in the first round? Last year, he embraced many first-round picks who took the stage and was nearly hugged into submission_one of the things to watch for during the three-day NFL draft beginning Thursday, April 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Since 1936, the NFL has picked the best of college football to join the pro league. From the very first pick — Jay Berwanger, who also was the first bust, never playing a down in the NFL — to last year's No. 1, Andrew Luck, the draft has always offered plenty of intrigue for teams and fans.


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Khloe Kardashian out as “X Factor” co-host

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Reality TV star Khloe Kardashian will not be returning to "The X Factor" after just one season as co-host of the TV talent show. Fox television on Monday announced that presenter and actor Mario Lopez would return for a second season but the statement made no mention of Kardashian. An "X Factor" spokesman said Kardashian, 28, who with her California socialite sisters Kim and Kourtney rose to fame in "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," would not be returning when the U.S. version of the singing competition returns in September. ...
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Ryder Cup heroes reunited on home soil for first time

Former champion Jose Maria Olazabal of Spain hits from a sand trap on the 18th green during first round play in the 2013 Masters golf tournament in AugustaLONDON (Reuters) - Europe's triumphant Ryder Cup team will be reunited on home soil for the first time when all 12 players and captain Jose Maria Olazabal compete in next month's PGA Championship at Wentworth. "It will be great to have the team back together," world number two Rory McIlroy said in a news release on Monday. "It was such a special Ryder Cup, one that will have a special place in history, and I don't think anyone associated with that team will ever get tired of celebrating it. ...


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Golf-Ryder Cup heroes reunited on home soil for first time

LONDON, April 22 (Reuters) - Europe's triumphant Ryder Cup team will be reunited on home soil for the first time when all 12 players and captain Jose Maria Olazabal compete in next month's PGA Championship at Wentworth. "It will be great to have the team back together," world number two Rory McIlroy said in a news release on Monday. "It was such a special Ryder Cup, one that will have a special place in history, and I don't think anyone associated with that team will ever get tired of celebrating it. ...
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British comedian Dawn French marries for a second time

LONDON (Reuters) - British comedian Dawn French, who plays "The Vicar of Dibley" in the award-winning television comedy, has married for the second time, her publicist said on Monday. French, 55, married charity worker Mark Bignell at the Scarlett Hotel near Newquay in Cornwall, south west England, on Saturday. The hotel describes itself as a luxury, eco venue overlooking the ocean. Her first marriage, to comedian Lenny Henry, ended in 2010 after 25 years. The pair have an adopted daughter, Billie. ...
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Ryder Cup duo pull out of Korean event

Dustin Johnson of the U.S. hits his tee shot on the first hole during third round play in the 2013 Masters golf tournament in Augusta(Reuters) - American Ryder Cup golfers Dustin Johnson and Zach Johnson have pulled out of the Ballantine's Championship in South Korea this week because of the political tension in the region. "They have reached this decision following perceived unrest on the Korean peninsula," the sponsors of the European Tour event said in a statement on Monday. There has been hostility in the region for weeks because of United Nations sanctions imposed on North Korea for a nuclear test. ...


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Golf-PGA Tour money list

Apr 22 (Reuters) - Leading money winners on the 2013 PGATour on Monday (U.S. unless stated): 1. Tiger Woods $4,139,600 2. Brandt Snedeker $3,150,564 3. Matt Kuchar $2,469,773 4. Adam Scott (Australia) $2,100,469 5. Steve Stricker $1,935,340 6. Graeme McDowell $1,910,654 7. Phil Mickelson $1,764,680 8. Dustin Johnson $1,748,907 9. Jason Day $1,695,583 10. Kevin Streelman $1,646,743 11. Webb Simpson $1,565,192 12. Hunter Mahan $1,563,129 13. Russell Henley $1,525,734 14. Keegan Bradley $1,430,347 15. Charles Howell III $1,393,806 16. Billy Horschel $1,379,891 17. John Merrick $1,375,757 18. ...
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Suarez bites opponent’s arm, apologizes

Liverpool's Luis Suarez is seen during his team's 2-2 draw against Chelsea in their English Premier League soccer match at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, Sunday April 21, 2013. Suarez appeared to bite the arm of Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic at the end of a tussle during the game. (AP Photo/PA, Peter Byrne) UNITED KINGDOM OUTLIVERPOOL, England (AP) — In the latest chapter of Luis Suarez's controversial career, the Uruguayan bit the arm of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during Sunday's 2-2 draw in the Premier League and apologized a few hours later.


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