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Stricker named an assistant captain for U.S. Presidents Cup

Steve Stricker of the U.S. hits out of a sand trap and onto the 18th green during first round play of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta(Reuters) - Steve Stricker, a five-times Presidents Cup player, was named on Tuesday by U.S. captain Jay Haas as his third captain's assistant for this year's matchplay competition against the International Team. Stricker joins Fred Couples and Davis Love III as assistants to Haas for the October 6-11 competition that will be played in Asia for the first time, at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon City, South Korea. International Team captain Nick Price's leadership team includes vice-captain K.J. Choi and captains assistants Tony Johnstone and Mark McNulty.

Tue, 04 Aug 2015 17:33:00 -0400
Stricker joins USA staff as Cup fight heats up

Steve Stricker plays his shot from the 14th tee during round one of the RBC Canadian Open on July 23, 2015 at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, CanadaAkron (United States) (AFP) - Steve Stricker was named an assistant captain for the United States' Presidents Cup team on Tuesday with barely a month remaining in qualifying for the October showdown in South Korea.

Tue, 04 Aug 2015 16:38:11 -0400
Kobe drops retirement hint

Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers drives against the Memphis Grizzlies during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on January 2, 2015Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant hinted that next season may be his last on Tuesday after admitting it was "absolutely" possible he may finally call time on his glittering NBA career. The 36-year-old icon's recent seasons have been disrupted by various injuries, but Bryant said he was feeling fit and ready for another campaign with the Lakers, who missed the playoffs last season for only the seventh time. Bryant told Yahoo Sports he has not made a decision about his future yet, explaining that he will continue playing as long as he takes enjoyment from the sport.

Tue, 04 Aug 2015 14:18:44 -0400
Price shines on Blue Jays debut in victory over Twins

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Toronto Blue Jays(The Sports Xchange) - David Price provided everything the Blue Jays could have wanted on his Toronto debut on Monday as he allowed three hits, two walks, one run and struck out 11 in his first start since joining from the Detroit Tigers last week. With third baseman Josh Donaldson hitting a two-run homer and second baseman Ryan Goins belting a solo shot, the Blue Jays carried the feel-good factor around the clubhouse to a 5-1 defeat of the Minnesota Twins. Price (10-4) was also impressed by the warm welcome he received from a sellout crowd, as he was cheered during his warm-ups and left to a standing ovation after the eighth inning with the pitcher tipping his cap in return.

Tue, 04 Aug 2015 02:09:12 -0400
Rangers ride Beltre's cycle to wild win over Astros

MLB: Houston Astros at Texas Rangers(The Sports Xchange) - Adrian Beltre hit for his third career cycle to inspire the Texas Rangers to a wild 12-9 victory over the Houston Astros at Globe Life Park on Monday. Beltre, who completed the cycle with a fifth-inning home run off Mike Fiers, is just the fourth player to have three career cycles and the first to accomplish that feat since Babe Herman managed it in 1933. The third baseman's offensive heroics were just part of a contest in which the Rangers batted around twice, chased Houston starter Lance McCullers after one-third of an inning and had 15 hits.

Tue, 04 Aug 2015 01:32:50 -0400
Accused Taliban leader said he was doing 'God's work': testimony

By Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - A former American soldier testifying in the trial of Irek Hamidullin on Monday said the accused Russian Taliban leader was compliant when captured, and said he was doing "God's work." Hamidullin, a former Soviet tank commander who converted to Islam and was allegedly fighting for the Taliban, is the first Afghan War military combatant to be tried in U.S. federal court. Believed to be in his 50s, Hamidullin was charged last year with 15 criminal counts ranging from supporting terrorists to firearms offenses stemming from an assault on an Afgan Border Police base in November of 2009 "He raised his hands and said [in English], 'Don't kill me, I'm a Russian citizen'" said Todd Marcum, who shot and wounded Hamidullin as he and other soldiers pursued insurgents who had attacked Camp Leyza in Khost Province.

Mon, 03 Aug 2015 22:41:52 -0400
McIlroy plans Saturday practice at Whistling Straits

PGA: U.S. Open-Final RoundWorld number one golfer Rory McIlroy has scheduled a Saturday practice round at Whistling Straits, site of next weeks PGA Championship, a reliable source told Reuters on Monday. The Northern Irishman has not played since rupturing the anterior ligament in his left ankle early last month, an injury that prevented him from defending his British Open title at St. Andrews. McIlroys manager, Sean O'Flaherty, did not respond to an email seeking comment.

Mon, 03 Aug 2015 20:06:46 -0400
Football analyst James says he was fired for opposition to gay marriage

By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Former college football broadcaster Craig James filed suit on Monday in Dallas saying he was fired from his job by Fox Sports Southwest due to his stated opposition to same-sex marriage. The former New England Patriots running back is seeking at least $100,000 in damages and a jury trial to hear claims against Fox Sports that include breach of contract and discrimination. A Dallas lawyer representing Fox Sports was not immediately available for comment.

Mon, 03 Aug 2015 18:05:15 -0400
McIlroy plans Saturday practice round at Whistling Straits

PGA: U.S. Open-Final Round(Reuters) - World number one golfer Rory McIlroy has scheduled a Saturday practice round at Whistling Straits, site of next weeks PGA Championship, a reliable source told Reuters on Monday. McIlroys manager, Sean O'Flaherty, did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment. News that the four-times major champion plans to tee it up on the Wisconsin course this weekend is the first indication that he may defend his title at the PGA Championship, which starts next Thursday.

Mon, 03 Aug 2015 17:49:17 -0400
Aussie star Hayne ready for big hits with 49ers

Jarryd Hayne of the San Francisco 49ers participates in practice drills during a media opportunity at Levi's Stadium on April 29, 2015 in Santa Clara, CaliforniaAustralian rugby league convert Jarryd Hayne says he is unfazed by the prospect of facing his first full-blooded collision with the San Francisco 49ers as he chases his dream of forging a career in the NFL. The 27-year-old former Australia, New South Wales and Parramatta Eels star signed with the 49ers in March during offseason workouts and is now battling to make the cut ahead of the start of the regular season in September. "I'm running a little bit differently than I would in rugby league," Hayne told reporters at the 49ers training camp in Santa Clara.

Mon, 03 Aug 2015 15:42:28 -0400
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