Rape case against Vanderbilt players to go to Tennessee jury
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - After 12 days of graphic testimony, the trial of two former Vanderbilt University football players charged with the rape of an unconscious female student was expected to go to the jury on Tuesday. Prosecutors say the woman was raped and sodomized by then-Vanderbilt football players Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey on June 23, 2013, and the activity was proved by what the young men recorded on a cell phone. The state's witnesses included the victim, who described how Vandenburg met her at a bar and took her back to his dorm room on the Vanderbilt campus. Vandenburg did not take the stand.
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:38:51 -0500
Golf-Abu Dhabi slump could have been due to complacency - Kaymer
By Matt Smith DUBAI, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Complacency may have been the reason twice major winner Martin Kaymer blew a 10-stroke lead in the final round of this month's Abu Dhabi Championship, the German said on Tuesday. The U.S. Open title holder seemed unbeatable in the desert two weeks ago until a startling collapse featuring six dropped strokes in eight holes let in unheralded Frenchman Gary Stal for a maiden European Tour victory. "When you lead by six shots overnight and start off birdie- birdie-par-birdie you almost feel like not much could go wrong," Kaymer told reporters ahead of the Dubai Desert Classic that starts on Thursday. "In golf that little bit of too much confidence can hurt, it's a very fine line." Kaymer, who also landed the U.S. PGA Championship crown in 2010, said his Middle East meltdown would make him an even tougher competitor in the future.
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:13:37 -0500
Clarke vying with Jimenez for captain's role, say top duo
By Matt Smith DUBAI (Reuters) - The captain of the European side that will defend the Ryder Cup against the United States in Minnesota in 2016 will be Darren Clarke or Miguel Angel Jimenez, two stalwarts of the team said on Tuesday. World number two Henrik Stenson and sixth-ranked Sergio Garcia both believe it will be a straight fight between the Northern Irishman and the Spaniard over who replaces 2014 skipper Paul McGinley. "Most likely we're going to see a race between Darren and Miguel," Stenson told reporters on Tuesday ahead of this week's Dubai Desert Classic. I don't have to put any thought into it, I just have to wait like everybody else until the result comes out." The captain used to be decided by the players but it is now down to a five-man panel that includes former skippers McGinley, Jose Maria Olazabal and Colin Montgomerie.
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:20:03 -0500
LPGA season opens with top field in Florida
Top-ranked Park In-Bee of South Korea and second-ranked New Zealand teen Lydia Ko will try to follow stellar 2014 campaigns with hot 2015 starts when the LPGA season begins Wednesday. The inaugural $1.5 million Coates Championship in suburban Orlando, Florida, marks the opening of a 33-event global calendar offering $61.6 million in prize money. Park, the 2013 Player of the Year, and Ko, whose three wins last year included the season-ending Tour Championship, will be joined by 91 of the world's 100 top-ranked players, including 2014 Player of the Year Stacy Lewis, fellow American stars Michelle Wie -- the reigning US Women's Open champion -- and Lexi Thompson, Norway's Suzann Pettersen and South Korea's Ryu So Yeon.
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 01:48:34 -0500
New England Patriots owner defends Brady, Belichick
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft defiantly defended his team, coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady on Monday as they opened Super Bowl week amid the football deflating controversy. Kraft said that if the NFL's investigation into the affair clears the Patriots of wrongdoing, the league will owe the team, and in particular Brady and Belichick, an apology.
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 01:27:59 -0500
NBA's Thunder roll over struggling Timberwolves
Russell Westbrook drove the lane for some huge field goals and Reggie Jackson nailed key second half free throws as the Oklahoma City Thunder easily beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 92-84. The Thunder cruised to the victory Monday despite missing superstar forward Kevin Durant, who sat out with a sprained toe. Durant injured his left big toe in the fourth quarter of Sunday's NBA contest against Cleveland. Westbrook tallied 18 points and five assists and Serge Ibaka had 13 points and pulled down 19 rebounds as the Thunder won for the fourth time in their last six contests.
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 01:20:32 -0500
Former Red Sox pitcher Monbouquette dead at 78
(Reuters) - Former Major League Baseball All Star pitcher Bill Monbouquette has died of leukemia at the age of 78, the Boston Red Sox said on their website. Monbouquette pitched eight seasons for the Red Sox from 1958-65. He threw a no-hitter in 1962 and is ranked 10th in franchise strikeouts with 969. The right-hander, who later played for the Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees and San Francisco Giants before retiring in 1968, had a career 114-112 win-loss record and a 3.68 ERA. (Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Peter Rutherford)
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:13:51 -0500
Patriots avoid blizzard but no escaping 'Deflategate' storm
By Steve Keating PHOENIX (Reuters) - The New England Patriots escaped a winter blizzard to make their way to the Super Bowl city of Phoenix on Monday but there was no avoiding another storm as the mystery of the deflated footballs continued to swirl. As snow blanketed the U.S. Northeast the Patriots stepped off their flight into the teeth of a full blown controversy as hundreds of media welcomed them with questions about an NFL investigation into their use of under-inflated footballs during a victory over Indianapolis that clinched a Super Bowl berth. For over a week the Patriots have been hammered by questions about how 11 of 12 footballs used in the AFC Championship game did not meet NFL standards. On Monday the team blasted back, with team owner Robert Kraft sent out to take on the media.
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:36:56 -0500
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