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By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Professional golf has long consisted of 72-hole tournaments played over four days - something that will have to change if the game wants to reach a new generation of fans, the head of the European Tour said. The tour's chief executive, Keith Pelley, has pledged to shake up the European circuit since taking over from George O'Grady in 2015, and a couple of innovative tournaments this year are part of that effort.
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(Reuters) - The Kushner family, relatives of U.S. President Donald Trump through son-in-law Jared Kushner, said on Wednesday they will not pursue the purchase of the Miami Marlins if current owner Jeffrey Loria is nominated as U.S. ambassador to France. There were reports last week that the Kushner family were in talks to purchase the Marlins for $1.6 billion. â€śAlthough the Kushners have made substantial progress in discussions for us to purchase the Marlins, recent reports suggest that Mr. Loria will soon be nominated by the President to be Ambassador to France,â€ť the statement said.
(Reuters) - Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green blasted New York Knicks owner James Dolan over his treatment of Charles Oakley, which resulted in the former player's temporary ban from Madison Square Garden. Green made the comments on his "Dray Day Podcast", which emerged prior to Wednesday's game against the Sacramento Kings and referenced Dolan having Oakley forcibly removed from the Garden last week following a heated dispute between the pair. "The man (Oakley) is a legend.
(Reuters) - New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony was named on Wednesday to replace injured reserve Kevin Love in the NBA All-Star Game. Anthony, a 10-time All Star, was originally left off the roster for the first time since 2009 but will now participate in Sundayâ€™s game in New Orleans. Love had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Tuesday and is expected to be sidelined about six weeks. ...
LeBron James scored 31 points, Kyrie Irving added 26 and Kyle Korver had 22 to spark defending NBA champion Cleveland over the visiting Indiana Pacers 113-104. In their final game before Sunday's 66th NBA All-Star Game, the Cavaliers won their third game in a row and seventh in eight starts to stand 39-16 and atop the Eastern Conference. "We've played some good ball," James said.
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US President Donald Trump has rejected ESPN's invitation to fill out a bracket for the national college basketball tournament, something his predecessor Barack Obama had done for the past eight years. Obama, known as a basketball fan, had his bracket unveiled on the US-based sports network with picks filmed in the Oval Office, but ESPN announced Wednesday that the tradition would end this year. "We expressed our interest to the White House in continuing the presidential bracket.
Past Masters winners Adam Scott and Bubba Watson see this week's US PGA Genesis Open at Riviera as a key tuneup for the year's first major championship at Augusta National. Watson, who took the green jacket in 2012 and 2014, is defending champion at Riviera and also won in 2014 while Scott, who became the first Australian to win the Masters in 2013, was Riviera runner-up to Watson last year by a stroke.
(The Sports Xchange) - Bracketology in the Oval Office is ending under President Donald Trump. The eight-year run of the president filling out an NCAA Tournament bracket on live television will come to a halt after Trump declined an invitation from ESPN to continue the tradition. "We expressed our interest to the White House in continuing the presidential bracket.
Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green on Wednesday accused New York Knicks owner James Dolan of a "slave master mentality" over his handling of the Charles Oakley saga. Dolan banned Knicks legend Oakley from attending NBA games at Madison Square Garden following an altercation with security before eventually relenting this week.
(Reuters) - Tiger Woods was supposed to hold a news conference on Wednesday at the Genesis Open but canceled the event after doctors said the former world number one should limit all activities while he battles back spasms. Woods pulled out of Feb. 16-19 Genesis Open last week but the 14-times major champion was still planning to be at Riviera this week as the tournament's host. "After receiving daily treatment the last several days on his on-going back spasms, Tiger Woods has again been advised by doctors to limit all activities and will not hold a press conference Wednesday.
They may have been buffeted by crises on and off the court, but the New York Knicks remain the most valuable franchise in the NBA, Forbes reported on Wednesday. The Knicks are languishing in the bottom half of the Eastern Conference after a 23-33 start to the season which last week saw former star Charles Oakley banned from attending home games by team owners. The magazine said in its annual survey of NBA team valuations that the Knicks were now worth an estimated $3.3 billion (3.1 billion euros), a 10 percent bump on 2016.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said he has no plans to retire and wants to keep playing for several more years following his fifth Super Bowl victory. Brady, 39, told Sports Illustrated's TheMMQB.com blog that he sees himself playing until his mid-40s provided his fitness holds up. "I'd like to play until my mid-40s," Brady told the MMQB's Peter King.
(The Sports Exchange) - Only five NFL players arrived on a sponsored trip to Israel after six players decided to skip the goodwill tour due to human rights concerns. The five players arriving Tuesday were Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell, Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Dan Williams, New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan, Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker and Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks, according to The Times of Israel.
Tiger Woods has been advised to limit his activities as he battles back spasms that have hindered his return to competition. Although he had already withdrawn from this week's Genesis Open, as tournament host he was supposed to give a press conference on Wednesday, but cancelled it. "After receiving daily treatment the last several days on his on-going back spasms, Tiger Woods has again been advised by doctors to limit all activities and will not hold a press conference Wednesday," the tournament said in a statement.
The New York Knicks are the NBA's most valuable team for the second consecutive year despite having been shut out of the playoffs since 2013, according to a Forbes poll released on Wednesday that showed the average team value rose 9 percent. The Knicks' value rose to $3.3 billion, up 10 percent from last year, as they continue reaping the rewards of a $1 billion renovation to Madison Square Garden, which produced new revenue opportunities from sponsorships and seating. According to Forbes, the Knicks also posted an NBA-record operating profit of $141 million last season, despite a 32-50 season record.
Quiet revolution brews at Super 6 event in Perth
By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Problems surrounding the venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics golf events, which does not allow full membership for women, stem from documents prepared for the original bid, a Japanese media report said on Wednesday. Calls have arisen to move the tournament away from the private Kasumigaseki Country Club in Saitama prefecture because of a policy that forbids women from playing on Sundays and excludes them from becoming a full members. After the venue was selected to host the tournament in 2012, it received approval from the International Golf Federation (IGF) but the club's policy was not included in explanatory material at that time, NHK public television said.
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LeBron James and Kyrie Irving each scored 25 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers withstood a huge night from Andrew Wiggins to record a 116-108 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Canada's Wiggins finished with a game-high 41 points for the Timberwolves, equalling his second-highest point total this NBA season. James also had 14 assists for Cleveland, who sealed their 38th win of the season with 1:39 remaining when ex-Timberwolves player Derrick Williams finished off a fast break layup.
Women's world number one Lydia Ko has never been more excited to kick off her LPGA season after changing her caddy, coach and clubs as she seeks her way back to the winner's circle. New caddie Gary Matthews, former bag-man to Sergio Garcia, will carry her new set of PXG clubs after she signed a multi-million dollar deal with the equipment maker to part ways with Callaway. "Even though there has been a lot of changes, I don't think I have ever been this excited to come off a break in December and get back into training and into preparing for the season," Ko told reporters at the Royal Adelaide Golf Club on Wednesday.
A revolutionary event in Australia this week will see 24 players go head-to-head in a six-hole final-day matchplay showdown as the sport tries to attract a new generation of followers. The World Super 6 Perth is promising a final day of rapid-fire thrills and spills, with tied matches going to a specially constructed 90-metre "shootout hole". Major winner Louis Oosthuizen is among those dipping their toes into the new event in Perth, which begins Thursday with the first of three rounds of strokeplay.
Japan's world number five Hideki Matsuyama is hoping a sexism row won't spell the end of Kasumigaseki Country Club as a venue for the 2020 Olympic golf competition. Matsuyama didn't wade into the thorny debate sparked when Tokyo's female governor, Yuriko Koike, said she felt "uncomfortable" with the idea that women couldn't become full members of the club -- a fact that has also sparked concerns from the International Olympic Committee. Amid calls to move the Olympic tournament, Matsuyama merely said he hoped that wouldn't prove necessary.
Orlando Magic star Serge Ibaka is to join the Toronto Raptors in a trade deal which will see Terrence Ross head in the opposite direction, it was confirmed Tuesday. The Magic will also acquire a 2017 first-round draft pick as part of the deal which delighted Raptors star Kyle Lowry. "I think he's a great addition to any team, especially ours where we add some shot-blocking, some outside shooting, some inside toughness, some athleticism running up and down the floor," Lowry said of Ibaka.
Jason Day says he can't afford to fret about threats to his world number one ranking but must focus on reversing his fortunes at Riviera Country Club to keep his pursuers at bay. Day missed the cut in his first two starts at Riviera, the classic course tucked into the canyons of Pacific Palisades west of Los Angeles, and he finished tied for 62nd in his most recent start in 2012. Day, whose most recent victory was back at the Players Championship last May, says the key to returning to the winner's circle is to focus on the process -- both in tuning up his game and in keeping up with the exercises that keep his balky back in good shape.
LeBron James may take on a heavier workload down the stretch to make up for the absence of All-Star Kevin Love and the added wear and tear could prove costly in the Cleveland Cavaliers' quest to repeat as NBA champions. Love will miss six weeks after having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Tuesday and while his injury will not sink the Cavaliers it could cost them the Eastern Conference's top seed and make their road to the NBA Finals a little tougher. It's the latest injury for a Cavaliers team already playing without injured starting shooting guard JR Smith, but not a situation the team are unfamiliar with.
Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson on Tuesday said he is keen to find a role for Kobe Bryant as he attempts to help revive the flagging NBA franchise's fortunes. The Lakers confirmed earlier this month that Johnson had been hired as an adviser to co-owner and president Jeanie Buss with a wide-ranging brief touching on "all business and basketball matters". Johnson, 57, said that his first move -- if he was given power to do so -- would be to try and recruit the recently retired Bryant into the set-up.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said Tuesday he had no problem with team-mates choosing to skip a likely White House visit following their Super Bowl victory. Some of the players have said they will snub the visit as a protest to President Donald Trump, who has regularly described Brady as a friend.
(The Sports Exchange) - Serge Ibaka is headed north of the border after the Orlando Magic agreed to trade the three-time All-Defensive First Teamer to the Toronto Raptors for Terrence Ross and a 2017 first-round pick, The Vertical reported Tuesday. Ibaka was traded to the Magic last offseason after spending his first seven seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder. During his time with the Thunder, Ibaka led the league in blocked shots twice (2012, 2013) and averaged 11.6 points, 7.4 boards and 2.5 swats in 524 games while helping lead Oklahoma City to an appearance in the NBA Finals.
(The Sports Xchange) - Charles Oakley's ban from Madison Square Garden lasted less than a week. The New York Knicks legend was banned from the team's home games last Friday following his highly-publicized altercation with security, who forcibly removed him from the arena during last Wednesday's game. Oakley was arrested and charged with three misdemeanor counts of assault and one misdemeanor count of trespassing.
Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love is to face six weeks on the sidelines after undergoing surgery on his troublesome left knee, the team said Tuesday. On Tuesday the Cavs confirmed he had gone under the knife to remove a "loose body" from his knee. The procedure was performed in New York at the Hospital for Special Surgery, the Cavs said.
Former National Football League star and convicted killer Aaron Hernandez is due back in a Boston courtroom on Tuesday for his second murder trial, this time on charges that he shot two men dead outside a nightclub after a dispute over a spilled drink. Prosecution and defense lawyers are set to begin the lengthy process of selecting a jury from a pool of 600 candidates, a week after his former teammates paraded through the city to celebrate their fifth Super Bowl win. Massachusetts Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Locke has set aside more than two weeks for jury selection, with prosecutors' opening statements not expected until March.
Markieff Morris scored 23 points as the Washington Wizards took advantage of an off night by Russell Westbrook to crush the Oklahoma City Thunder 120-98. John Wall had 15 points and 14 assists and Bradley Beal scored 22 points as all five starters scored in double figures for the Wizards, who led by as many as 34 points. Washington has won three straight, 10 of 11 overall and are an Eastern Conference-best 17-5 since New Years Day.
Markieff Morris scored 23 points as the Washington Wizards took advantage of an off night by Russell Westbrook to crush the Oklahoma City Thunder 120-98 on Monday. John Wall had 15 points and 14 assists and Bradley Beal scored 22 points as all five starters scored in double figures for the Wizards, who led by as many as 34 points.
(Reuters) - NBA commissioner Adam Silver and Michael Jordan tried to ease the tension between New York Knicks owner James Dolan and former player Charles Oakley during a conference call on Monday, the league said in a statement. Dolan and Oakley have been estranged for some time but their relationship hit a nadir when Oakley was forcibly removed from a Knicks game after an altercation with security guards and subsequently arrested on Wednesday. As a result, Dolan announced that Oakley, who played the bulk of his 19-year career in New York but had been publicly critical of the Knicks owner, was barred from Madison Square Garden (MSG).