Bucks left wondering how to stop “efficient” LeBron

By Simon Evans MIAMI (Reuters) - LeBron James began the Miami Heat's playoff campaign with a display of deadly efficiency on Sunday, leading the defending NBA champions to a 110-87 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. James had 27 points, snaffled 10 rebounds and dished eight assists, leading all players in those categories. He also finished nine-of-11 shooting. His performance may have lacked the dominance of some of his previous displays but cracking 80 percent shooting for the first time in a postseason game left Bucks head coach Jim Boylan wondering how he could stop James. ...
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Trinidad PM says Jack Warner quits Cabinet post

FILE - In this June 2, 2011 file photo, uspended FIFA executive Jack Warner speaks during a news conference held shortly after his arrival at the airport in Port-of-Spain, in his native Trinidad and Tobago. The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) ethics and integrity committee accuses Warner and its former secretary general Chuck Blazer of enriching themselves through fraud, in a 100-page report presented at the organization's congress in Panama City, Friday, April 20, 2013, with FIFA President Sepp Blatter in attendance. (AP Photo/Shirley Bahadur, File)PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) — Ex-world soccer powerbroker Jack Warner resigned as national security minister of Trinidad & Tobago some 48 hours after a regional soccer group's ethics panel accused him and another top former official of enriching themselves through fraud.


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Bryant a frustrated tweeter during Lakers’ playoff loss

(Reuters) - Kobe Bryant was a frustrated television viewer and a passionate tweeter as he watched the Los Angeles Lakers lose 91-79 to the Spurs in their first-round playoff opener in San Antonio on Sunday. Sidelined for the rest of the season after having surgery on an injured Achilles tendon, five-time NBA champion Bryant kept urging on the Lakers big men, Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol, to make the most of their inside presence. ...
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McDowell wins in playoff at gusty Harbour Town

(Reuters) - Graeme McDowell held his nerve in fierce winds to clinch his second PGA Tour title with a playoff victory over U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson at the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina on Sunday. Northern Irishman McDowell sealed the win with a regulation two-putt par at the first extra hole, the 18th, where Simpson three-putted for bogey after missing the green to the right with his approach. ...
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NBC sportscaster Al Michaels arrested on DUI

Sportscaster Michaels Hall of Fame inductee poses with Madden and Collinsworth in Beverly Hills(Reuters) - Television sports announcer Al Michaels was arrested over the weekend in Santa Monica, California, and charged with a misdemeanor offense of driving while under the influence, police officials said on Sunday. The 68-year-old sportscaster was pulled over on Michigan Avenue in Santa Monica after two officers saw him make an illegal U-turn, Santa Monica Police Sergeant Rich Lewis told Reuters. The officers administered a sobriety test after they observed that Michaels smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech, Lewis said. ...


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Golf-McDowell wins in playoff at Harbour Town

April 21 (Reuters) - Graeme McDowell held his nerve in fierce winds to clinch his second PGA Tour title with a playoff victory over U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson at the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina on Sunday. Northern Irishman McDowell sealed the win with a regulation two-putt par at the first extra hole, the 18th, where Simpson bogeyed after missing the green to the right with his approach. ...
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McDowell and Simpson in playoff at Harbour Town

(Reuters) - Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell and U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson took the RBC Heritage into a sudden-death playoff at Hilton Head Island in South Carolina on Sunday. The pair finished the 72 regulation holes on nine-under-par 275, McDowell three-putting to bogey the last for a two-under 69 and American Simpson closing with a 71 in gusting winds at Harbour Town Golf Links. (Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Gene Cherry)
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Jets trade Revis to Buccaneers in rich deal

(Reuters) - All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis was traded from the New York Jets to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who immediately made him the National Football League's highest paid defensive back on Sunday. Revis signed a six-year extension, which according to multiple media reports is worth $96 million. In an unusual move, the deal includes no guaranteed money. Revis missed most of last season after tearing ligaments in his left knee. ...
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Golf-McDowell and Simpson in playoff at Harbour Town

April 21 (Reuters) - Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell and U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson took the RBC Heritage into a sudden-death playoff at Hilton Head Island in South Carolina on Sunday. The pair finished the 72 regulation holes on nine-under-par 275, McDowell three-putting to bogey the last for a two-under 69 and American Simpson closing with a 71 in gusting winds at Harbour Town Golf Links. (Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Gene Cherry)
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Clippers rely on full bench press in post-season

By Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - All-Stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin usually command the spotlight for the Clippers but if the Los Angeles team goes deep into this season's playoffs, it will be because of the high-octane energy of their bench. Spearheaded by former Sixth Man-of-the-Year Jamal Crawford, the Clippers reserves are arguably the best in the NBA, time and again giving their first unit welcome relief as they explode into action with their up-tempo style. ...
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Dempsey sparks Tottenham past Man City 3-1

CORRECTING SPELLING OF NAME DEMPSEY - Tottenham Hotspur's Clint Dempsey, left, fights for the ball with Manchester City's Samir Nasri, during their English Premier League soccer match at White Hart Lane in London, Sunday, April 21, 2013. Tottenham Hotspur won the match 3-1. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)LONDON (AP) — American midfielder Clint Dempsey tied the game in the 75th minute with the first of three Tottenham goals in a seven-minute span, and Spurs rallied past Manchester City 3-1 Sunday to move the defending Premier League champions to the brink of elimination.


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Red Bull’s Vettel wins Bahrain GP

Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, winner, second right, second placed Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland, left, and Lotus driver Romain Grosjean of France, right, stand on the winner's podium after the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix in Sakhir, Bahrain, Sunday, April 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)SAKHIR, Bahrain (AP) — Three-time world champion Sebastian Vettel won the Bahrain Grand Prix Sunday, easily beating Lotus drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean in a race that has been the target of rights groups and anti-government protesters in the divided nation.


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Momentary truce in NY-Boston rivalry before Game One

By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - The bitter New York-Boston sports rivalry, dating back nearly 100 years, observed a momentary truce before the start of Saturday's NBA playoffs opener between the New York Knicks and the visiting Boston Celtics. The teams came together in solidarity over the Boston Marathon bombing attacks and their aftermath as players addressed the Madison Square Garden crowd before tip-off. "On behalf of the New York Knicks organization, we just want to let Boston know that we send our prayers to them throughout this unfortunate tragedy," the Knicks' Carmelo Anthony said. ...
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Veterans Kidd, Martin help lift Knicks to victory

By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - NBA scoring champion Carmelo Anthony led with 36 points but veterans Jason Kidd and Kenyon Martin helped spark the New York Knicks to an 85-78 win over the Boston Celtics in Saturday's postseason opener. Kidd, 40, and Martin, 35, former team mates on the old New Jersey Nets, made big rebounds, big steals and clutch plays as the second-seeded Knicks took a 1-0 lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series at Madison Square Garden. ...
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American Hoffman surges two ahead at Harbour Town

(Reuters) - American Charley Hoffman, wielding a red-hot putter, moved a step closer to his third PGA Tour victory as he forged two shots clear in Saturday's third round of the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Hoffman, who has not won on the U.S. circuit in almost three years, barely missed a putt on the way to a flawless five-under-par 66 on a mainly overcast day at the picturesque Harbour Town Golf Links. Wearing sunglasses, the long-haired Californian totaled only 21 putts as he posted an 11-under total of 202, ending the round two ahead of compatriot and U.S. ...
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Golf-American Hoffman surges two ahead at Harbour Town

April 20 (Reuters) - American Charley Hoffman, wielding a red-hot putter, moved a step closer to his third PGA Tour victory as he forged two shots clear in Saturday's third round of the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Hoffman, who has not won on the U.S. circuit in almost three years, barely missed a putt on the way to a flawless five-under-par 66 on a mainly overcast day at the picturesque Harbour Town Golf Links. Wearing sunglasses, the long-haired Californian totalled only 21 putts as he posted an 11-under total of 202, ending the round two ahead of compatriot and U.S. ...
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Red Sox, Bruins back after bombing, manhunt

BOSTON (AP) — A defiant David Ortiz stood on the Fenway Park infield and told the crowd to "stay strong," bringing a rousing cheer from Bostonians weary from a week of bombings, stay-at-home orders and a manhunt that locked down the city for a day.
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Summerall remembered as ‘voice of the NFL’

PLANO, Texas (AP) — Veteran sportscaster Pat Summerall was remembered Saturday during a memorial service as "the voice of the NFL" and a venerated figure who maintained a humble approach despite the praise his broadcast work received for decades.
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Regional ex-soccer executives accused of fraud

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2008 file photo, Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) General Secretary Chuck Blazer, left, and President Jack Warner chat during a news conference, in Miami. A CONCACAF ethics and integrity committee have accused Warner and Blazer of enriching themselves with the regional soccer organization's money, in a 100-page report presented at the group's congress in Panama City, Friday, April 20, 2013, with FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter in attendance. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)PANAMA CITY (AP) —   Luxury apartments, a military-style Hummer vehicle and even car insurance for a girlfriend. That's just part of the lifestyle that former CONCACAF secretary general Chuck Blazer allegedly enjoyed with the regional soccer organization's money, a report by its ethics and integrity committee says.


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Golf-Britain’s Warren charges into lead at Spanish Open

April 20 (Reuters) - Britain's Mark Warren moved in sight of his third European Tour title with a four-under-par 68 in the third round at the Spanish Open in Valencia on Saturday taking him two shots clear of fellow Scot Craig Lee. Six birdies around a windy Parador de El Saler course saw Warren move to the top of the leaderboard as overnight leader Peter Uihlein of the United States faltered with a two-over 74. The round of the day came from Britain's David Horsey who fired a 66 for a share of third place, alongside English compatriot Paul Waring (69), three shots back. ...
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Golf-European Tour Spanish Open scores

April 20 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the European Tour Spanish Open at the par-72 course on Saturday in Valencia 208 Marc Warren (Britain) 70 70 68 210 Craig Lee (Britain) 69 71 70 211 David Horsey (Britain) 71 74 66 Paul Waring (Britain) 71 71 69 212 Maximilian Kieffer (Germany) 75 68 69 David Howell (Britain) 70 71 71 Peter Uihlein (U.S. ...
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Golf-European Tour Spanish Open scores

April 20 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the European Tour Spanish Open at the par-72 course on Saturday in Valencia 208 Marc Warren (Britain) 70 70 68 210 Craig Lee (Britain) 69 71 70 211 David Horsey (Britain) 71 74 66 Paul Waring (Britain) 71 71 69 212 Maximilian Kieffer (Germany) 75 68 69 David Howell (Britain) 70 71 71 Peter Uihlein (U.S. ...
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Nadal, Djokovic reach Monte Carlo final again

MONACO (AP) — Eight-time defending champion Rafael Nadal recorded his 46th consecutive win at the Monte Carlo Masters by beating Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 7-6 (3) Saturday to set up a repeat of last year's final against top-ranked Novak Djokovic.
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Golf-U.S. PGA Tour Heritage Classic scores

April 20 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Heritage Classic at the par-71 course on Saturday in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The cut was set at 144. 136 Kevin Streelman (U.S.) 66 70 Charley Hoffman (U.S.) 66 70 Steve LeBrun (U.S.) 68 68 137 Luke Donald (Britain) 69 68 Bill Haas (U.S.) 68 69 138 Johnson Wagner (U.S.) 67 71 Rory Sabbatini (South Africa) 69 69 Graeme McDowell (Britain) 71 67 Lee Dong-Hwan (South Korea) 70 68 Pat Perez (U.S. ...
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Lakers guard Nash optimistic about playoff return

Los Angeles Lakers' Nash shoots the basketball over Pacers' Mahinmi during the first half of an NBA basketball game in IndianapolisBy Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Steve Nash gave the Los Angeles Lakers a welcome boost on Friday when he said he was "very optimistic" he would play in Saturday's Game One of their first-round playoff series against the Spurs in San Antonio. The 39-year-old point guard missed the last eight games of the regular season because of back and hip problems but pronounced himself happy after going through a series of five-on-five sessions in team practice on Friday. "Mentally, I'm chomping at the bit and physically, I'm getting there," Nash told reporters. ...


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Streelman in tie for lead at windy Heritage

Streelman of the U.S. tees off on the 13th hole at the 2011 U.S. Open golf tournament in Maryland(Reuters) - A little more than a month after clinching his maiden PGA Tour victory, American Kevin Streelman was back in the title hunt after coping well with strong gusting winds in the RBC Heritage second round on Friday. The 34-year-old maintained his composure as he fired a one-under-par 70 at the picturesque Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina to move into a three-way tie for the lead at six-under 136. ...


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Informant: Haslam aggressive sales tone at Pilot

Jimmy Haslam, CEO of Pilot Flying J, speaks during a press conference at the company headquarters Friday, April 19, 2013 in Knoxville, Tenn. A Pilot Flying J employee told investigators that CEO Jimmy Haslam, who is also the owner of the Cleveland Browns, knew about rebate fraud at the truck stop chain his family owns, according to an FBI affidavit unsealed Thursday. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Cleveland Browns owner and Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam on Friday again denied any wrongdoing and said he wasn't stepping aside, even as federal authorities alleged that he was aware of a widespread scheme to defraud customers of the truck stop chain.


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Informant: Haslam aggressive sales tone at Pilot

Jimmy Haslam, CEO of Pilot Flying J, speaks during a press conference at the company headquarters Friday, April 19, 2013 in Knoxville, Tenn. A Pilot Flying J employee told investigators that CEO Jimmy Haslam, who is also the owner of the Cleveland Browns, knew about rebate fraud at the truck stop chain his family owns, according to an FBI affidavit unsealed Thursday. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Cleveland Browns owner and Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam on Friday again denied any wrongdoing and said he wasn't stepping aside, even as federal authorities alleged that he was aware of a widespread scheme to defraud customers of the truck stop chain.


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Ban on anchored putts a cop-out, says Langer

Bernhard Langer of Germany hits his tee shot on the second hole during final round play in the 2013 Masters golf tournament in AugustaBy Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Golf's governing bodies are expected to announce shortly whether they will go ahead with a proposed ban on players anchoring putters to their body, a rule change which makes no sense at all to Bernhard Langer. The German former world number one, long renowned for his meticulous preparation and attention to detail, describes the proposal by the U.S. Golf Association (USGA) and Royal & Ancient (R&A) as "a cop-out" with no empirical evidence to back it up. ...


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Browns owner Haslam won’t step aside amid probe

Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam speaks to the media during a news conference at the Pilot Flying J headquarters Tuesday, April 16, 2013, in Knoxville, Tenn. Haslam said FBI and IRS raid Monday on the company was part of a federal criminal investigation into claims of failure to pay rebates to trucking customers. (AP Photo/Knoxville News Sentinel, J. Miles Cary)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Cleveland Browns owner and Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam on Friday again denied any wrongdoing and said he wasn't stepping aside, a day after an FBI affidavit alleged his truck stop chain had defrauded customers with diesel fuel rebates.


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Golf-Streelman in early tie for lead at windy Heritage

April 19 (Reuters) - A little more than a month after clinching his maiden PGA Tour victory, American Kevin Streelman was back in the title hunt after coping well with strong gusting winds in the RBC Heritage second round on Friday. The 34-year-old maintained his composure as he fired a one-under-par 70 at the picturesque Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina to move into a three-way tie for the early lead at six-under 136. ...
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Golf-Streelman in early tie for lead at windy Heritage

April 19 (Reuters) - A little more than a month after clinching his maiden PGA Tour victory, American Kevin Streelman was back in the title hunt after coping well with strong gusting winds in the RBC Heritage second round on Friday. The 34-year-old maintained his composure as he fired a one-under-par 70 at the picturesque Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina to move into a three-way tie for the early lead at six-under 136. ...
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Red Sox and Bruins postpone games as Boston shutdown

(Reuters) - The Boston Red Sox and the Boston Bruins both postponed their scheduled games on Friday while the city remained in virtual lockdown as police mounted a massive manhunt for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings. The Red Sox were due to play the Kansas City Royals in a Major League Baseball game at Fenway Park, while the Bruins were down to host the Pittsburgh Penguins in the National Hockey League at TD Garden. ...
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Red Sox and Bruins postpone games as Boston shutdown

(Reuters) - The Boston Red Sox and the Boston Bruins both postponed their scheduled games on Friday while the city remained in virtual lockdown as police mounted a massive manhunt for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings. The Red Sox were due to play the Kansas City Royals in a Major League Baseball game at Fenway Park, while the Bruins were down to host the Pittsburgh Penguins in the National Hockey League at TD Garden. ...
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American Uihlein makes late charge to lead in Spain

Amateur Uihlein of the U.S. tees off on the third hole at the 2011 U.S. Open golf tournament in Maryland(Reuters) - Little-known American Peter Uihlein produced a dazzling late run of birdies to sprint to the top of the Spanish Open second-round leaderboard in Valencia on Friday. Scoring was difficult at the El Saler course but Uihlein made light of the conditions to shoot a four-under-par 68 for a six-under tally of 138, one ahead of Chile's Felipe Aguilar (71), Frenchman Raphael Jacquelin (66) and Swede Rikard Karlberg (67). ...


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Golf-American Uihlein makes late charge to lead in Spain

April 19 (Reuters) - Little-known American Peter Uihlein produced a dazzling late run of birdies to sprint to the top of the Spanish Open second-round leaderboard in Valencia on Friday. Scoring was difficult at the El Saler course but Uihlein made light of the conditions to shoot a four-under-par 68 for a six-under tally of 138, one ahead of Chile's Felipe Aguilar (71), Frenchman Raphael Jacquelin (66) and Swede Rikard Karlberg (67). ...
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NASCAR rallies after Boston bombings hit home

Driver Clint Bowyer waits for the start of practice for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., Friday, April 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The MIT police officer killed during the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was the brother of a machinist for Hendrick Motorsports, bringing the events of this past week closer to home for NASCAR teams already rallying around the tragedy.


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Russia: Sochi security tight after Boston bombs

A security guard checks documents at the entrance to the Olympic Park that is under construction for the 2014 Winter Games, in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. Russian sports officials said Tuesday they will beef up security at sports events and the Sochi 2014 Winter Games in the wake of deadly explosions at Boston's marathon that killed three people, and injured over 140 others. The sign reads Olympstroi state corporation. (AP Photo/Artur Lebedev)MOSCOW (AP) — The naming of two Chechen brothers as the suspects in the deadly Boston Marathon bombing is reviving fears about security at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, the resort town on the edge of Russia's restive southern republics. But officials insist they are prepared to protect Olympic athletes and spectators.


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Russia: Sochi security tight after Boston bombs

A security guard checks documents at the entrance to the Olympic Park that is under construction for the 2014 Winter Games, in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. Russian sports officials said Tuesday they will beef up security at sports events and the Sochi 2014 Winter Games in the wake of deadly explosions at Boston's marathon that killed three people, and injured over 140 others. The sign reads Olympstroi state corporation. (AP Photo/Artur Lebedev)MOSCOW (AP) — The naming of two Chechen brothers as the suspects in the deadly Boston Marathon bombing is reviving fears about security at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, the resort town on the edge of Russia's restive southern republics. But officials insist they are prepared to protect Olympic athletes and spectators.


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Kim Kardashian, Kris Humphries settle divorce, avoid trial

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Reality television star Kim Kardashian and NBA basketball player Kris Humphries have finally settled their divorce, avoiding a trial that was set for next month, a Los Angeles County Superior Court spokeswoman said on Friday. Judge Hank Goldberg approved the divorce settlement for the couple, who broke up after just 72 days following their made-for-TV wedding in August 2011. Celebrities usually settle their divorces through negotiation rather than at a trial that can fuel publicity. ...
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Prince Harry to join expedition to the South Pole

LONDON (Reuters) - Prince Harry, Britain's third in line to the throne, will take part in a race to the South Pole alongside wounded British servicemen and women, he announced on Friday. The 208-mile (335-km) trek to the South Pole will see Britain's Royal compete against teams from the United States and Commonwealth countries. "As a member of the British team, I will have a brew (tea) on ready for you when you join us at the Pole," he said in a speech, referring to participants from other countries. Harry took part in a 2011 expedition to the North Pole organized by the same charity. ...
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Oprah, Usher, Mayer honor Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A star-studded crowd gathered to celebrate the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees on Thursday, as Oprah Winfrey and Usher gathered to pay homage to the likes of Donna Summer, Quincy Jones, Randy Newman and Rush. Disco queen Summer, producer Jones and comedy-rock singer Newman were inducted along with Canadian progressive rock band Rush, blues guitarist Albert King, hip hop pioneers Public Enemy, rockers Heart and veteran producer Lou Adler. ...
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Super Bowl champs Ravens to face Broncos in season opener

(Reuters) - The Baltimore Ravens begin their Super Bowl defense against Peyton Manning's Denver Broncos in Colorado in a rematch of last season's thrilling double-overtime playoff match after the National Football League released its schedule on Thursday. Other opening weekend marquee match ups include the Dallas Cowboys hosting the division-rival New York Giants while the round concludes with a doubleheader on September 9 with the Washington Redskins hosting the Philadelphia Eagles and the Houston Texans visiting the San Diego Chargers. ...
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FBI issues photos of 2 suspects in Boston bombing

This image from video released Thursday, April 18, 2013 by the FBI shows one of two suspects sought in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings. The FBI released photos and video of the two suspects and asked for the public's help in identifying them, zeroing in on the two men on surveillance-camera footage less than three days after the deadly attack. (AP Photo/FBI)BOSTON (AP) — Plucking a couple of faces in baseball caps out of a swarming crowd, the FBI zeroed in on two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing and shared surveillance-camera images of them with the world Thursday in hopes the public will help hunt them down.


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Briton Davis moves one ahead at Harbour Town

(Reuters) - Three years after suffering an agonizing playoff loss at the RBC Heritage, Britain's Brian Davis once again put himself in contention at the PGA Tour event when he charged one stroke clear in Thursday's opening round. Englishman Davis piled up six birdies in a sizzling seven-hole stretch from the par-five fifth on the way to a six-under-par 65 at the picturesque Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Seeking his first PGA Tour title in his 261st career start on the U.S. ...
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Yankees SS Jeter out until after All-Star break

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2012 file photo, New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter reacts after injuring himself in the 12th inning of Game 1 of the American League championship series against the Detroit Tigers in New York. Yankees captain Derek Jeter has left the team's minor league complex in Florida where he was rehabbing his injured ankle and gone for a medical exam. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Derek Jeter will be sidelined until after the All-Star break because of a new fracture in his broken left ankle — a blow to a New York Yankees team already reeling from injuries and one that raises long-term questions about the 38-year-old shortstop's future.


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Irresistible Heat target NBA championship repeat

By Larry Fine (Reuters) - Can anyone stop LeBron James and the Miami Heat? For nearly two months during the regular season the answer was an emphatic no as the reigning NBA champions went on a 27-game winning streak, second-longest ever in the league. Now the National Basketball Association's top 15 other teams join the Heat in the league's second season - the playoffs, and beginning on Saturday a final answer will be given to the question that dominated the 2012-2013 season. ...
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Google again beats Viacom in YouTube copyright case

By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - A federal judge has thrown out Viacom Inc's lawsuit accusing Google Inc of posting its programs on YouTube without permission, a year after a federal appeals court had revived the landmark copyright infringement case. For the second time in three years, U.S. District Judge Louis Stanton in Manhattan rejected Viacom's damages claims over Google's alleged unauthorized posting of clips from "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," "South Park," "SpongeBob SquarePants" and other programs that viewers had uploaded to YouTube. ...
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Chilean Aguilar leads three-way tie for Spanish Open lead

(Reuters) - Chilean Felipe Aguilar, bidding to win his second European Tour title after a five-year wait, moved into a three-way tie for the lead after the Spanish Open first round in Valencia on Thursday. The 38-year-old returned six birdies and two bogeys in a four-under 68 to set the pace along with Challenge (second tier) Tour graduates Morten Madsen of Denmark and Frenchman Gary Stal. ...
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Ex-Nebraka star sentenced for lying about attack

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A former University of Nebraska basketball star convicted of lying to police about being attacked in her home by masked men who carved anti-gay slurs into her skin was sentenced Thursday to a week in jail and two years' probation.
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Feds using photo analysis in Boston case

Sarah Shallbetter cries as she watches a broadcast of President Barack Obama speaking at an interfaith service at Cathedral of the Holy Cross on a video screen at the BoMA restaurant in Boston Thursday, April 18, 2013. The service was held in the wake of Monday's Boston Marathon explosions, which killed at least three and injured more than 140. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)BOSTON (AP) — Using futuristic photo-analysis tools, federal agents on the Boston Marathon case pressed the search Thursday for one or more potential suspects seen on video and considered releasing the images to enlist the public's help in hunting down the bombers.


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Feds hunt bomb suspects; Obama offers reassurance

Sarah Shallbetter cries as she watches a broadcast of President Barack Obama speaking at an interfaith service at Cathedral of the Holy Cross on a video screen at the BoMA restaurant in Boston Thursday, April 18, 2013. The service was held in the wake of Monday's Boston Marathon explosions, which killed at least three and injured more than 140. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)BOSTON (AP) — Investigators in the Boston Marathon bombing pressed the search Thursday for one or more potential suspects spotted on video, while President Barack Obama paid a visit under heavy security to offer reassurance to the city and a warning to those responsible for the attack: "We will find you."


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Cavaliers and Pistons fire coaches, Collins resigns

(Reuters) - Detroit Pistons head coach Lawrence Frank joined Cleveland Cavaliers Byron Scott and Philadelphia 76ers Doug Collins on the unemployment line on Thursday, as heads continued to roll just hours after the NBA regular season concluded. Scott and Frank were both fired by their team while Collins resigned his post, leaving three head coaching vacancies. Frank spent two seasons with the Pistons without making much of an impact posting 54-94 record and failing to make the post-season. The Pistons finished 11th in the Eastern Conference this season with a 29-53 record. ...
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Nadal, Djokovic win; Murray routed in Monte Carlo

Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts during his match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco against Juan Monaco of Argentina, Thursday, April 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)MONACO (AP) — Eight-time defending champion Rafael Nadal extended his Monte Carlo Masters winning streak to 44 matches by beating Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-2, 6-4 Thursday, while second-ranked Andy Murray was routed 6-1, 6-2 by Stanislas Wawrinka in the third round.


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Golf-European Tour Spanish Open scores

April 18 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the European Tour Spanish Open at the par-72 course on Thursday in Valencia 68 Felipe Aguilar (Chile) 68 Gary Stal (France) 68 Morten Madsen (Denmark) 68 69 David Higgins (Ireland) 69 Craig Lee (Britain) 69 Joakim Lagergren (Sweden) 69 Robert-Jan Derksen (Netherlands) 69 Matthew Southgate (Britain) 69 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (Spain) 69 Joel Sjoeholm (Sweden) 69 Daniel Brooks (Britain) 69 70 Phillip Price (Britain) 70 Anthony Snobeck (France) 70 Richard Finch (Britain) 70 Edoardo Molinari (Italy) 70 Jose Manuel Lara (Spain) 70 Magnus Carlsson ...
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Correction: Boston Marathon-Explosions story

BOSTON (AP) — In a story April 17 on the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing, The Associated Press erroneously reported, citing a law enforcement official who insisted on anonymity, that a suspect was in custody and was expected at the federal courthouse. The FBI and the U.S. attorney's office in Boston said shortly after the AP report that no arrests had been made. There have been no subsequent indications that the anonymous official's account was true.
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Image leads to hunt for Boston bombing suspect

A foam finger, right, stands at a makeshift memorial on Boylston Street near the blast site of the Boston Marathon explosions, as a man wearing running gear stops to pay respects, Thursday, April 18, 2013, in Boston. The city continues to cope following Monday's explosions near the finish line of the marathon. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)BOSTON (AP) — The painstaking work to identify a bombing suspect from reams of Boston Marathon footage yielded a possible breakthrough as investigators focused on a man seen dropping off a bag, and then walking away from the site of the second of two deadly explosions.


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Nadal into quarters; Murray routed in Monte Carlo

Spain's Rafael Nadal plays a return to Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany during their match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Thursday, April 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)MONACO (AP) — Eight-time defending champion Rafael Nadal extended his Monte Carlo Masters winning streak to 44 matches by beating Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-2, 6-4 Thursday, while second-ranked Andy Murray was routed 6-1, 6-2 by Stanislas Wawrinka in the third round.


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Business as usual for European Tour ahead of Korean event

By Tony Jimenez LONDON (Reuters) - Golf's European Tour is keeping a close eye on developments on the Korean peninsula ahead of the Ballantine's Championship in Seoul next week but organizers say it will be business as usual. There has been hostility in the region for weeks because of United Nations sanctions imposed on North Korea for a nuclear test. On Thursday, the North offered the United States and South Korea conditions for talks while also saying denuclearization of the peninsula could begin when the U.S. removed weapons the isolated state says Washington has deployed in the region. ...
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One year after death, music legend Levon Helm returns in documentary

By Iain Blair (Reuters) - Levon Helm, drummer and singer of root rock group The Band, left behind more than a lifetime of music when he died of cancer a year ago. The four-time Grammy winner also left a documentary film portraying his career, family and friendships that opens in New York City on Friday, exactly a year after his passing. ...
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Boston fans mourn, then cheer as sports return

A Boston Bruins jersey with the number of Boston's area code and the words "Boston Strong" hangs in the locker of Bruins player Jay Pandolfo at TD Garden in Boston, Wednesday, April 17, 2013, after an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres in the aftermath of Monday's Boston Marathon bombings. (AP Photo/Jimmy Golen)BOSTON (AP) — Emerging from a moment of silence with a deafening cheer, fans at Wednesday night's Bruins game paid tribute to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing with a stirring a cappella national anthem and thunderous chants for their city, their country and their team.


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Judge tosses discrimination suit against U.S. basketball coach

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York judge has dismissed a civil lawsuit against the coach of the champion University of Connecticut women's basketball team brought by a security official who accused him of grabbing her and trying to kiss her. The official, Kelley Hardwick of New York, works for the National Basketball Association and sued Geno Auriemma, who coached the U.S. Olympic women's basketball team to a gold medal last year. The suit also named U.S.A. Basketball, which oversees the Olympic program, and the NBA as defendants. ...
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War medicine now is helping Boston bomb victims

FILE - In this April 15, 2013 photo, an injured person is helped on the sidewalk near the Boston Marathon finish line following an explosion in Boston. The bombs that made Boston look like a combat zone have also brought battlefield medicine to their civilian victims. A decade of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has sharpened skills and scalpels, leading to dramatic advances that are now being used to treat the 13 amputees and nearly a dozen other patients still fighting to keep damaged limbs. (AP Photo/MetroWest Daily News, Ken McGagh, File) MANDATORY CREDITThe bombs that made Boston look like a combat zone have also brought battlefield medicine to their civilian victims. A decade of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has sharpened skills and scalpels, leading to dramatic advances that are now being used to treat the 13 amputees and nearly a dozen other patients still fighting to keep damaged limbs after Monday's attack.


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California investors bid for Sacramento Kings to ward off Seattle move

By Sharon Bernstein LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California investors made a formal offer to purchase the Sacramento Kings basketball team, the NBA said on Wednesday, in the hopes of staving off a competing bid that would move the team to Seattle. The offer comes shortly after Seattle investors raised their bid to buy the team by $25 million to $550 million last week. The Seattle group hopes to rebrand the team as the SuperSonics to replace a beloved franchise lost to Oklahoma City in 2008. ...
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Celtics back on court, offer tribute to victims

Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics players observe a moment of silence for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings before an NBA basketball game in Toronto, Wednesday April 17, 2013. (AP photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)TORONTO (AP) — With Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" playing over the loudspeakers and scores of Toronto Raptors fans showing their support, the Boston Celtics returned to the court for their first game since the bombing attack at the Boston Marathon.


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NASCAR punishes Penske drivers for Texas missteps

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — NASCAR came down hard with far-reaching penalties against Penske Racing on Wednesday, with six-race suspensions for seven crew members of defending Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski and teammate Joey Logano along with $200,000 in fines for bringing unapproved parts to Texas Motor Speedway for last weekend's race.
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Justin Smith, Aldon Smith on pace after surgeries

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Justin Smith and linebacker Aldon Smith are working back from offseason surgeries, and general manager Trent Baalke expects each to be at full strength and ready for the start of training camp this summer.
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Tight security at Bruins’ arena

Buffalo Sabres' Chad Ruhwedel looks on during NHL hockey practice in Buffalo, N.Y., Tuesday, April 16, 2013. In the midst of a late-season playoff push, the Buffalo Sabres are expected to take time to reflect on the tragic events that shook the Boston Marathon on Monday. The attack on the marathon is prominent for the Sabres, who were preparing to travel to play the Bruins for a game on Wednesday. (AP Photo/David Duprey)BOSTON (AP) — Security has been tightened at the TD Garden, where the Boston Bruins were scheduled to play the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night in the first major sporting event in the city since the marathon bombings.


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Lawsuit names White Sox owner, former governor

CHICAGO (AP) — The former head of the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority filed a lawsuit Monday against White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf and former Illinois Gov. Jim Thompson, claiming they conspired to fire her two years ago to stop her reforms at the public agency.
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Rasheed Wallace announces retirement

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Knicks forward Rasheed Wallace announced his retirement from the National Basketball Association (NBA) on Wednesday after injuries ruled him out of this season's playoffs. The 38-year-old originally retired in 2010 but made a comeback last year, joining the Knicks on a one-season deal. However, injuries limited his playing time and he had already been ruled out of the playoffs, which start this weekend, because of a recurring foot problem. "Rasheed has given this team everything he had," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said in a statement. ...
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Anthony set to take scoring title

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony was poised to clinch the National Basketball Association (NBA) scoring title after Kevin Durant announced he was not playing in Wednesday's final game of the regular season. Durant needed to score at least 70 points in Oklahoma Thunder's last game against the Milwaukee Bucks but said he was taking a break before the playoffs start this weekend. "SITTING OUT TONIGHT'S GAME, if you disappointed I didn't try to go for the scoring title, oh well!!" he posted on his Instagram page. ...
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NY judge tosses lawsuit against UConn’s Auriemma

FILE - In this April 11, 2012 file photo, United States coach Geno Auriemma talks to his players during a women's gold medal basketball game against France at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. A New York City judge has dismissed a discrimination and assault lawsuit against University of Connecticut women's basketball coach Auriemma and USA Basketball. NBA security official Kelley Hardwick had sued in June. She alleged she was removed from the USA women's basketball team's security detail at the London Olympics last year after spurning sexual advances from Auriemma. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A New York City judge has dismissed an NBA security official's discrimination and assault lawsuit against University of Connecticut women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma, the NBA and USA Basketball, saying the alleged wrongdoing didn't happen in New York.


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Gonzo set for Picasso test after Augusta artistry

MADRID (Reuters) - Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano is itching to play what he describes as "probably the best course" in his homeland at this week's Spanish Open after his best major performance in the Masters on Sunday. Fernandez-Castano's top-20 finish included a third round in the company of Tiger Woods, following on from the world number one's dropped-ball controversy. Next stop for the genial Spaniard, nicknamed 'Gonzo', is the venue for the only European Tour event this season in his home country. ...
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Golf-Gonzo set for Picasso test after Augusta artistry

MADRID, April 17 (Reuters) - Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano is itching to play what he describes as "probably the best course" in his homeland at this week's Spanish Open after his best major performance in the Masters on Sunday. Fernandez-Castano's top-20 finish included a third round in the company of Tiger Woods, following on from the world number one's dropped-ball controversy. Next stop for the genial Spaniard, nicknamed 'Gonzo', is the venue for the only European Tour event this season in his home country. ...
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AP source: Authorities recover pressure cooker lid

BOSTON (AP) — Authorities investigating the deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon have recovered a piece of circuit board that they believe was part of one of the explosive devices, and also found the lid of a pressure cooker that apparently was catapulted onto the roof of a nearby building, an official said Wednesday.
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Riddell helmet maker headed for auction block : sources

By Olivia Oran and Soyoung Kim (Reuters) - Easton-Bell Sports, which makes Riddell helmets for the National Football League and other equipment for the National Hockey League, is being prepared for a sale by its private equity owner, in a deal that could fetch as much as $900 million, three people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. Easton-Bell's owner, New York-based buyout firm Fenway Partners, is finalizing advisers for the process, the people said, asking not to be named because the matter is not public. ...
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A Minute With: Billy Ray Cyrus on Miley and his “Hillbilly Heart”

Recording artist Billy Ray Cyrus arrives on the red carpet at the Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night Awards XIX in PhoenixBy Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After writing hit song "Achy Breaky Heart," starring in Disney Channel show "Hannah Montana" and raising a famous daughter, country singer and actor Billy Ray Cyrus has found himself at a crossroads. In his memoir "Hillbilly Heart," published this week, Cyrus writes about his early life in Kentucky, joining his daughter Miley on the 2006-11 TV show that made her a teen idol and how he is still hungry for success despite having moved out of the spotlight. ...


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