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'Distrustful' Aaron Hernandez had access to gun, ex-friend says
Former New England Patriots football player Hernandez and his attorney Rankin listen as prosecution witness Alexander Bradley is questioned at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall RiverBy Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - Ex-New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez had access to a black Glock pistol, had a distrustful nature and often described his friends as ungrateful, a former friend said at Hernandez's murder trial on Wednesday. Alexander Bradley told Bristol County Superior Court Justice Susan Garsh he would be able to testify that Hernandez had access to the type of pistol he is accused of using to murder semipro football player Odin Lloyd, but not about a separate 2013 incident in which Bradley contends Hernandez shot him in the face. Hernandez, 25, is charged with killing Lloyd, who was dating his fiancees sister.
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 12:19:20 -0400
Tiger plays 18 but unsure of Masters
News ImageTiger Woods played an 18-hole practice round at Augusta National but remains uncertain if he will compete in next week's Masters, according to reports. ESPN and USA Today, citing comments from Woods agent Mark Steinberg, reported that Woods continues to work on his game but is undecided if he will be ready in time for the year's first major and try for a fifth green jacket.
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 10:37:58 -0400
Parker fastest to 1,000 NBA games
News ImageSan Antonio Spurs star guard Tony Parker has become the fastest NBA player to reach 1,000 career games. "To tell the truth, I did not even know it was my 1,000th game," Parker told AFP after the Spurs beat Miami Heat 91-85 on Tuesday to get within a win of a playoff place. Parker, 32, who has spent his whole NBA career at the Texas franchise, is the 114th player to join the 1,000 game club.
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 10:37:02 -0400
Spurs burn Heat in rematch of last year's final
News ImageThe defending champion San Antonio Spurs returned to Miami for the first time since last year's NBA Finals and delivered a 95-81 defeat to the struggling Heat. Kawhi Leonard scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds while French guard Tony Parker added 16 points and a game-high five assists and Tim Duncan contributed 12 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. It was the 14th win in 17 games for the Spurs and their fourth in a row, boosting San Antonio to 48-26 on the season, one loss behind Portland for fifth place in the Western Conference.
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 03:34:10 -0400
Woods plays 18 holes in practice at Augusta National
News Image(Reuters) - The lingering 'will he play/won't he play?' scenario with Tiger Woods ahead of next week's Masters entered a new phase on Tuesday when the former world number one played a practice round at Augusta National. Woods' manager Mark Steinberg told Reuters that Woods had played 18 holes at the iconic Masters venue as he continued to assess whether his game would be "tournament-ready" for the first major of the year. Woods, whose ranking has plummeted to a mind-boggling 104th, has struggled badly for form and fitness this season, and has played only twice on the 2014-15 PGA Tour. Woods, who claimed the most recent of his 14 major titles at the 2008 U.S. Open, said he would not return to the PGA Tour until his game was "tournament-ready" and many pundits believe he is suffering from the chipping 'yips'.
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:13:55 -0400
Golf-Woods plays 18 holes in practice at Augusta National
The lingering 'will he play/won't he play?' scenario with Tiger Woods ahead of next week's Masters entered a new phase on Tuesday when the former world number one played a practice round at Augusta National. Woods' manager Mark Steinberg told Reuters that Woods had played 18 holes at the iconic Masters venue as he continued to assess whether his game would be "tournament-ready" for the first major of the year. Woods, whose ranking has plummeted to a mind-boggling 104th, has struggled badly for form and fitness this season, and has played only twice on the 2014-15 PGA Tour. Woods, who claimed the most recent of his 14 major titles at the 2008 U.S. Open, said he would not return to the PGA Tour until his game was "tournament-ready" and many pundits believe he is suffering from the chipping 'yips'. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:11:45 -0400
Winners of the ANA Inspiration
(Reuters) - Winners of the ANA Inspiration, being played this week from April 2-5 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California, since the inaugural edition in 1972 (U.S. ... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:38:36 -0400
Korean LPGA dominance here to stay, say former players
South Korean-born players have dominated the LPGA circuit this season, winning six of seven tournaments to date, and the juggernaut will be difficult to stop at this week's ANA Inspiration, the first major of the year. World number one Lydia Ko, five-time major champion Park Inbee and last week's winner Kim Hyo-joo are just the tip of a very large wave of talent flowing out of the east Asian nation. Hall of Famers Judy Rankin and Annika Sorenstam are united in their belief that Korean dominance is here to stay. "Not only do they have great golf swings, but they have an early maturity, at least on the golf course, and they are very composed." Sorenstam believes Ko is the pick of the bunch, as much because of her attitude as physical attributes. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:37:30 -0400
Webb, Tseng not ready to concede spotlight to new breed
As the LPGA focus turns to the glut of youthful talent, two former number ones are showing that women's golf is not exclusively a preserve of the very young. Karrie Webb and Yani Tseng have won 12 majors between them but are not prepared to rest on their laurels and might just make their presence felt at this week's ANA Inspiration in California, the first major of the year. Webb has made the cut in all six starts this year, while Tseng tied for second at the Thailand Open in February. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:36:01 -0400
Ko's consistency a major topic at Mission Hills
News ImageBy Mark Lamport-Stokes RANCHO MIRAGE, California (Reuters) - World number one Lydia Ko has yet to win a major title but the 17-year-old prodigy has already achieved so much in golf that she enters this week's ANA Inspiration envied by many of her rivals. The richly talented New Zealander has landed six LPGA titles and her astonishingly consistent game has helped her shoot under par for 28 consecutive rounds, one shy one of the record set by former world number one Annika Sorenstam in 2004. "I got to play with her last week, and it's just incredible," reigning champion Lexi Thompson told reporters at Mission Hills Country Club on Tuesday while preparing for the first women's major of the season. "She has a great attitude on the golf course, and probably the best tempo I've ever seen on a golf swing or a putting stroke." U.S. Women's Open champion Michelle Wie, another golfing prodigy who turned professional shortly before her 16th birthday in 2005, agreed.
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:34:01 -0400
Golf-Webb, Tseng not ready to concede spotlight to new breed
By Andrew Both March 31 (Reuters) - As the LPGA focus turns to the glut of youthful talent, two former number ones are showing that women's golf is not exclusively a preserve of the very young. Karrie Webb and Yani Tseng have won 12 majors between them but are not prepared to rest on their laurels and might just make their presence felt at this week's ANA Inspiration in California, the first major of the year. Webb has made the cut in all six starts this year, while Tseng tied for second at the Thailand Open in February. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:30:00 -0400
Golf-Ko's consistency a major topic at Mission Hills
By Mark Lamport-Stokes RANCHO MIRAGE, California, March 31 (Reuters) - World number one Lydia Ko has yet to win a major title but the 17-year-old prodigy has already achieved so much in golf that she enters this week's ANA Inspiration envied by many of her rivals. The richly talented New Zealander has landed six LPGA titles and her astonishingly consistent game has helped her shoot under par for 28 consecutive rounds, one shy one of the record set by former world number one Annika Sorenstam in 2004. "I got to play with her last week, and it's just incredible," reigning champion Lexi Thompson told reporters at Mission Hills Country Club on Tuesday while preparing for the first women's major of the season. "She has a great attitude on the golf course, and probably the best tempo I've ever seen on a golf swing or a putting stroke." U.S. Women's Open champion Michelle Wie, another golfing prodigy who turned professional shortly before her 16th birthday in 2005, agreed. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:30:00 -0400
Golf-Winners of the ANA Inspiration
March 31 (Reuters) - Winners of the ANA Inspiration, being played this week from April 2-5 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California, since the inaugural edition in 1972 (U.S. ... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:30:00 -0400
Ex-NFL star 'swore on his baby's life' he didn't commit murder
News ImageBy Daniel Lovering FALL River, Mass. (Reuters) - Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez insisted he had nothing to do with the shooting death of an acquaintance near his home when the team's owner and security director confronted him, a jury at his trial heard on Tuesday. Billionaire business magnate and Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Hernandez told him he was innocent of the June 2013 murder of semiprofessional football player Odin Lloyd, and team security director Mark Briggs said Hernandez "swore on his baby's life he was telling the truth." Hernandez, 25, had a $41 million contract with the National Football League team but was dropped hours after his arrest in June, 2013 on murder and firearms charges in the death of Lloyd, who had been dating his fiance's sister. His trial at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Massachusetts, began in January.
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:47:25 -0400
Whan gets six-year contract extension as LPGA boss
News ImageMike Whan has received a six-year contract extension to remain as LPGA commissioner that will keep him in the position through 2020, the tour's board of directors announced Tuesday. Since arriving in 2010 to a women's golf tour that had lost several tournaments and key sponsors, Whan has guided a rebound that has seen the LPGA grow from 23 events and $40 million in prize money to more than $60 million in prize money and 33 events. "While we are certainly pleased with the growth we've experienced over the last five years, I firmly believe we are poised for even greater success," board of directors chair Mike Trager said. "Over the course of the LPGA's history, we have certainly experienced wonderful periods of growth.
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:31:37 -0400
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