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Willett tries to move on from Masters glory
Reigning Masters champion Danny Willett wants to move beyond the excitement of winning his first major title and concentrate on recapturing his best form. In April, the 28-year-old Englishman fired a final-round 67 at Augusta National to take advantage of a back-nine collapse by Jordan Spieth and take the green jacket from the American. "It's time to move on a little bit from what we did," Willett said Tuesday.
Cambage makes stand for diverse Australia
By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia has a good chance to clinch gold in the women's basketball at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics but the nation is unlikely to win any medals for racial tolerance, according to outspoken center Liz Cambage. The imposing 6-foot-8-inch (2.03m) Cambage has never shied away from confrontation, whether staring down the world's best on court or battling with social media trolls in her downtime. In February, Cambage felt moved to publicly call out one of her national team mates for wearing 'blackface' at post-season celebrations for her Melbourne basketball club.
Wiggins tips Froome to add gold to Tour triumph
(Reuters) - Bradley Wiggins has backed Chris Froome to emulate his 2012 Tour de France and Olympic time trial double success but felt his former Sky team mate's task is more difficult as next month's Games are in Rio de Janeiro. Froome, who will join Wiggins in the Great Britain cycling team, clinched his third Tour de France on Sunday and will now be attempting an unprecedented treble as he also plans to take part in both the time trial and road race at the Rio Games. Having won a bronze in the time trial at the 2012 London Olympics, the 31-year-old's hopes of a gold in Rio were boosted when his chief rival, Dutchman Tom Dumoulin, fractured his wrist during the Tour de France and is a doubt for the Games.
Sale rips White Sox for 'business first' mentality
(Reuters) - Pitcher Chris Sale said on Monday it was the Chicago White Sox putting business first over winning that caused him to boil over and led the team to discipline him. Sale was suspended five games by the White Sox due to an incident on Saturday where he reportedly cut up the teams 1976 throwback uniforms and was subsequently scratched from his scheduled start. When I saw that there was something in the way of that 100 percent winning mentality, I had an issue, Sale told MLB.com.
Cavs coach Lue agrees new five-year deal
(Reuters) - The Cleveland Cavaliers and head coach Tyronn Lue have agreed on a new five-year deal worth $35 million, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported on Monday. Lue, 39, took over after David Blatt was fired in January and led the Cavs to the NBA title in his first head coaching role. The rookie coach was praised for having a good relationship with LeBron James, who had clashed with Blatt prior to his termination.
Defending champ Day confident at storm-soaked PGA
Severe thunderstorms cut short the first practice session at the 98th PGA Championship, where world number one Jason Day will try to defend his first major title, which he won last year. Australian Day has won seven titles in the past year and flirted with major success, sharing 10th at the Masters and eighth at the US Open. "I feel good about my game," Day said.
Outspoken Carmelo Anthony seeks record third men's hoops gold
Carmelo Anthony, having endured years of NBA disappointment and feeling pushed to speak out on social issues, chases an Olympic-record third men's basketball gold medal with the Americans in Rio. The 32-year-old forward is the oldest man on the US collection of NBA stars, having endured a humbling bronze-medal showing at Athens in 2004 and led a revival that brought gold in 2008 at Beijing and 2012 at London. Anthony became the first top player to yes when many others, including LeBron James and Stephen Curry, declined to play in Rio.
Washington State football players investigated for assault: reports
At least six Washington State University football players were being investigated for assault after a fight at a weekend party left two students hospitalized, the Spokesman-Review newspaper reported on Monday. A fight erupted early on Saturday at a backyard party in the city of Pullman, home of the university in eastern Washington, the newspaper quoted Pullman police commander Chris Tennant as saying. Tennant said police confirmed Washington State University football players attended the party but expected a lengthy investigation to determine what role in the fight they may have played.Mon, 25 Jul 2016 22:57:08 -0400
Five Facts About Rio Olympic Basketball
+ A United States lineup of NBA stars will be heavy favorites to capture America's 15th gold medal in men's basketball, the third in a row and sixth in seven tries since the USA "Dream Team" era began in 1992 at Barcelona with a Michael Jordan-led superstar squad. The USA men are 130-5 in Olympic play and on a 17-game Olympic win streak from the 1994 Athens bronze medal game. The first US defeat was a controversial loss to the Soviet Union in the 1972 Munich final in which the last seconds were replayed three times, the Americans surrendering the winning basket on the Soviet's last try.
US women's basketball dynasty rolls into Rio
There has never been an Olympic dynasty quite like the US women's basketball team, which seeks a sixth consecutive gold medal in Rio to complete two decades of global domination. The American women are on a 41-game win streak, having made five unbeaten runs in a row to gold since settling for bronze at the 1992 Barcelona Games where they dropped a semi-final to the former Soviet Union team. Add in 1984 and 1988 gold medals and the US mark is 55-1 with seven of the past eight Olympic titles.