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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — In a nondescript industrial park, beer geeks line up several times a week outside Bissell Brothers to get the latest batch of fresh beer — much like foodies seeking the freshest baguettes, pomegranates or kale.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An autopsy will determine whether a man had drugs or alcohol in his system when he fatally shot one worker and injured a second before killing himself at a North Dakota Wal-Mart store, police said Wednesday.
WIMBERLEY, Texas (AP) — The death toll from a barrage of storms and floods in Texas and Oklahoma climbed to 19 on Wednesday, with more than a dozen others missing, and another round of rain threatened to complicate the cleanup in hard-hit Houston.
By Ian Simpson OXON HILL, Md. (Reuters) - The Scripps National Spelling Bee got under way on Wednesday with some of the 285 contestants vying for the title and $35,000 in prizes happy to get easy words in the starting round. After preliminary rounds, the finals on Thursday night will be televised by ESPN. The winner receives $35,000, savings bonds and other prizes.
Police say a 31-year-old Camden man ran to a friend's house to get help after being shot but he later died at the hospital.
A man was found fatally shot after a barricade situation in New Castle County, Delaware.
Dennis Sheehan, U2's longtime tour manager, has died a day after the band kicked off a five-night stint in the Los Angeles area.
ZURICH (AP) — Sepp Blatter is arguably the most powerful man in world sports and certainly its greatest survivor.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Colorado theater shooting gunman James Holmes' notebook full of scrawled writings and stick-figure drawings was made public Wednesday, a day after it was introduced as evidence in his trial.
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The onstage portion of the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee began Wednesday morning, with 283 regional champions competing for more than $37,000 in cash and prizes. Here are some memorable moments from the preliminary rounds.
A U.S. judge ordered Yahoo Inc to face a nationwide class-action lawsuit accusing it of illegally intercepting the content of emails sent to Yahoo Mail subscribers from non-Yahoo Mail accounts, and using the information to boost advertising revenue. In a decision late Tuesday night, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California said people who sent emails to or received emails from Yahoo Mail subscribers since Oct. 2, 2011 may sue as a group under the federal Stored Communications Act for alleged privacy violations. Holders of non-Yahoo Mail accounts accused Yahoo of copying and then analyzing their emails, including keywords and attachments, with a goal of creating "targeted advertising" for its estimated 275 million Yahoo Mail subscribers, in addition to detecting spam and malware.
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A judge in Georgia agreed on Wednesday to appoint a mediator to help settle a dispute between the late Martin Luther King Jr.'s children over whether to sell his 1964 Nobel Peace Prize medal and the Bible he carried during the civil rights movement. The fight pits the slain civil rights leader's sons Martin Luther King III and Dexter King, who want to sell the medal and Bible, against King's surviving daughter, Bernice King, who opposes the sale of items she calls "sacred" to the family. Attorneys for the King estate and Bernice King said they were close to settling a lawsuit filed against her by the estate.
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NEW YORK (AP) — Dennis Sheehan, U2's longtime tour manager, has died at a Southern California hotel, a day after the band kicked off a five-night stint in the Los Angeles area.
A group of Russian divers said Wednesday they had found Byzantine-era ship wreckage in the Black Sea off Crimea that included a trove of 10th century pottery. The wreck was discovered off the coast of Sevastopol in Crimea, the peninsula with a rich history that Russia annexed last year from Ukraine, and could have come from a collision between several ships, the expedition leaders said in a statement. "This archaeological discovery, judging by its size, could become one of the biggest known finds to date," the statement from dive chief Roman Dunayev and Russian Academy of Sciences historian Viktor Lebedinsky said.
Talks between Iran and world powers aimed at finalising a deal over Tehran's nuclear programme could go beyond a June 30 deadline, a senior Iranian negotiator said on Wednesday. US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will meet in Switzerland this weekend as part of a push to seal the deal, US officials said. With the issue of access to military sites emerging as a potential deal-breaker, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei praised the work of his nuclear negotiators after they came under heavy criticism from conservatives in parliament.
ZURICH (AP) — The Latest on FIFA developments:
By Luke Baker JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Former British prime minister Tony Blair is standing down as the Quartet representative in the Middle East, the organization said on Wednesday, after eight years struggling to break ground in peacemaking between Israel and the Palestinians. Officials close to the Quartet of the United States, European Union, United Nations and Russia, said Blair, 62, would continue to play an informal role in trying to forge a two-state solution between the Palestinians and Israel. A Quartet statement said Blair "plans to step aside" and expressed appreciation for what it called his "unwavering commitment to the cause of Israeli-Palestinian peace" and efforts to improve the Palestinian economy.
Prime Minister David Cameron's government formally announced Wednesday it will hold a referendum on whether Britain should leave the EU, in a policy speech read by Queen Elizabeth II on Westminster's grandest day. Outlining the newly-elected government's plans for its first year, the 89-year-old queen, in a crown and ceremonial dress, confirmed Britain would face further cuts to public spending. "It's a Queen's Speech for working people from a one nation government that will bring our country together," Cameron told the House of Commons after the monarch's address.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Wednesday stepped down as the international community's Mideast envoy, leaving a post that began with great promise but which struggled to deliver dramatic changes in its quest to promote peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura will miss the rest of the one-day international series against Pakistan after being suspended for two matches for maintaining a slow over rate in Tuesday's first ODI.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin appeared to challenge a longstanding taboo on talks with the militant Islamic Hamas on Wednesday, saying he favoured dialogue with everybody. The role of president is largely ceremonial, but during a tour of northern Israel a reporter asked Rivlin his opinion on talks with Hamas, the de facto power in the Gaza Strip. Israel, along with much of the international community, maintains a ban on overt, direct contacts with Hamas, although it held indirect truce talks through Egyptian mediators after last year's war in Gaza.
The United States accused soccer officials of corrupting a sport loved by billions Wednesday, warning the investigation is not over and seeking the extradition of suspects arrested in Switzerland. Attorney General Loretta Lynch unveiled the fruits of a complex, international investigation, spanning years, after seven soccer officials were arrested in Zurich in dawn-raids by Swiss police at US request. The 47-count US indictment charges 14 soccer officials and marketing executives with racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies that span 24 years beginning in 1991.
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) — An arrest warrant was issued Wednesday for former FIFA vice president Jack Warner at the request of authorities in the United States, where he was one of 14 people linked to international soccer indicted on corruption charges.
When Islamist fighters stormed a besieged hospital in northwest Syria, regime soldier Mohammad Mahmud al-Assaf narrowly escaped a brutal fate by pretending he was already dead. The 28-year-old was one of at least 150 soldiers and family members who had been trapped in Jisr al-Shughur hospital for almost a month. As Syria's Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front and other Islamist factions overran the facility last week under heavy shelling, some soldiers managed a harrowing escape to a government-controlled area a few kilometres (miles) away.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's coast guard says nearly 12,000 immigrants were arrested entering the country illegally last month — an almost seven-fold increase from the previous year.
LONDON (AP) — FIFA's sponsorship paymasters are facing mounting calls to put pressure on soccer's global governing body to clean up its act — and fast — following Wednesday's arrest of seven officials.
Russia's provocative rhetoric on nuclear weapons and its dramatic expansion of flights by nuclear bombers are "deeply troubling" and "dangerous," NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday. Russia's plans to deploy nuclear-capable missiles in Kaliningrad -- near Poland's border -- and its threat to move nuclear forces in Crimea would "fundamentally change the balance of security in Europe," Stoltenberg said in speech during a visit to Washington.
LONDON (AP) — The new leader of Boston's troubled bid for the 2024 Olympics has told the IOC that local residents will support the effort once they've been fully informed of the plans and the long-term benefits of the games.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — One of Venezuela's most high-profile politicians has called an anti-government march on Saturday, but the main opposition coalition is not endorsing the protest, underscoring fissures among critics of the country's socialist government.
By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ukraine's government needs to investigate and prosecute corruption at all levels and implement difficult political reforms to retain the support of the United States, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Wednesday. The U.S. government has given Kiev $470 million in economic assistance and signed two loan guarantees, each worth $1 billion, since pro-Western parties took office in Ukraine more than a year ago. Another $1 billion U.S. loan guarantee has been promised by the end of the year, but is contingent on reforms, Biden said in a speech at the Brookings Institution think tank.
By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Wednesday issued new rules to protect streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act, a step it said would help keep drinking water safe, but farmers and industry groups argued the regulation will be costly. The Waters of the United States rule, issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers, aims to give clarity about which bodies of water the EPA would have jurisdiction. The result will be better public service nationwide," said Jo-Ellen Darcy, assistant secretary for the Army, Civil Works.
Canada must boost its capacity to treat cancers as new cases among its aging and growing population are set to soar, the Canadian Cancer Society said Wednesday. The agency released a report in collaboration with Statistics Canada and the nation's public health agency predicting a 40 percent rise in new cancer cases in the next 15 years. The study estimates that 227,000 people a year will be diagnosed with cancer by 2030, amid an upsurge in prostate and colorectal cancer cases.
PARIS (AP) — The Latest from the French Open:
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose modestly in midday trading Wednesday, recovering part of a steep loss from the day before. Investors remain focused on Greece's debt problems.
Mogherini issued the remarks after eyewitnesses said the Israeli air force carried out four strikes on militant targets in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday, hours after a cross-border rocket attack on the Jewish state. "We see the situation on the ground as not sustainable and (it is) an illusion to think the status quo is an option," Mogherini said at the opening of an annual meeting in Brussels of the donor coordination group for the Palestinians. "As we have seen (in the) last hours on Gaza there is no status quo at all.
Madagascan President Hery Rajaonarimampianina is an accomplished technocrat, ex- accountant and occasional poet who came to office bringing high hopes of economic improvement for the Indian Ocean island, but is now fighting impeachment after being accused of corruption. As finance minister during the "Transition" regime led by Andry Rajoelina, Rajaonarimampianina succeeded in stabilising his country's currency, the malagasy ariary, and subsidising oil to keep a lid on petrol prices.
English foxes won a temporary respite after Prime Minister David Cameron's promise to repeal a ban on hunting them failed to make it into his programme outlined in the Queen's Speech on Wednesday. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals voiced satisfaction in a statement, calling the traditional English countryside horseback hunt with packs of hounds "barbaric". "Such a move would have been a backward step for a civilised society and something that would appal the vast majority of the British public," said David Bowles, the RSPCA's assistant director of campaigns.
MILAN (AP) — Super sports carmaker Lamborghini confirmed Wednesday it will enter the luxury SUV market and signed a deal to produce the new vehicle in Italy after receiving more than 80 million euros ($87 million) in government incentives.
The armed forces of Libya's recognised government warned Wednesday they would react to any aggression against the state, a day after the prime minister escaped an assassination attempt. Libya plunged into chaos after the 2011 NATO-backed uprising that toppled and killed long-time dictator Moamer Kadhafi, with battle-hardened former rebels armed with heavy weapons carving out their own fiefdoms. "The forces of the national army and the security services affirm their support for the legal government and commit to protecting it against any obstacles or aggression hampering its work," a statement on the government's news agency said.
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Saudi-led airstrikes struck a headquarters for police commandos in Yemen's capital Wednesday, killing at least 45 people gathered there to prepare to fight against forces loyal to the country's exiled president, Shiite rebels said.
France inducted four Resistance fighters into the illustrious Pantheon mausoleum on Wednesday for their contributions to fighting the Nazis during World War II. The rare honour for the four undercover agents comes at a time when the French government is trying to counter fears of rising anti-Semitism and fortify the nation in the wake of January's jihadist attacks in Paris. Coffins representing Genevieve de Gaulle-Anthonioz, Germaine Tillion, Pierre Brossolette and Jean Zay were solemnly carried to the former church where the ceremony took place.
By Parisa Hafezi and John Irish ANKARA/PARIS (Reuters) - France warned on Wednesday it was ready to block a final deal between Iran and the six major powers on Iran's nuclear program unless Tehran provided inspectors access to all installations, including military sites. Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, last week ruled out international inspection of Iran's military sites or access to nuclear scientists under any agreement. Iran's military leaders echoed his remarks.
By Peter Graff LONDON (Reuters) - With its two biggest victories in nearly a year in Iraq and Syria, Islamic State has energized its fighters, littered the streets of two cities with the bodies of its enemies and forced Washington to re-examine its strategy. The near simultaneous capture this month of Ramadi west of Baghdad and Palmyra northeast of Damascus has reinforced the sway of the self-proclaimed caliphate of all Muslims closer to the ramparts of Islam's two great historic capitals. In both Iraq and Syria they have lost ground in recent months as well as gained it.
By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Queen Elizabeth set in motion on Wednesday the new government's plans for an in-out referendum on staying in the European Union, but left open questions about when it will be and what changes to the EU the government wants beforehand. Prime Minister David Cameron, who says he would prefer to stay inside a reformed EU but isn't "ruling anything out" if it fails to change, was re-elected on May 7 on a pledge to reshape ties with the bloc before allowing Britons to vote on whether to stay or leave. Donning her crown as she sat on a gilded throne in a packed House of Lords, the 89-year-old queen outlined the plans in a speech written for her by Cameron's Conservative government as she opened parliament with a traditional display of pomp.
Islamic State militants shot dead around 20 men in an ancient amphitheatre in the Syrian city of Palmyra on Wednesday, accusing them of being government supporters, a group monitoring the conflict said. Reuters was unable to independently confirm the report from the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The hardline Sunni militants took control of the central city, also known as Tadmur, from government forces last week and have killed at least 200 people and taken around 600 captive, according to the Observatory.
By Mohammed Ghobari CAIRO (Reuters) - Saudi-led air strikes killed at least 80 people near Yemen's border with Saudi Arabia and in the capital Sanaa on Wednesday, residents said, the deadliest day of bombing in over two months of war in Yemen. Iranian-backed Houthi rebels seized Sanaa last September and then thrust into central and south Yemen. Seeing the Houthi advance as a bridgehead for Iranian influence in the region, a Saudi-led coalition began air strikes on March 26 in a campaign to restore Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to power.
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By Tim Hepher AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Airbus Group faced down a revolt by government shareholders over a board appointment and invited its chief executive to stay on until 2019 as Europe's largest aerospace company consolidated a recent push for political independence. Europe's largest aerospace group, whose shareholders include the Spanish, French and German governments, won shareholder support for its choice of Spanish board candidate despite what sources described as behind-the-scenes opposition from Madrid. Shares in Airbus Group closed up 2.8 percent.
Concerns about Greece and the strong dollar, which cuts into the sales of U.S. multinationals, had pushed Wall Street to its steepest fall in three weeks on Tuesday. "What we are seeing today is a traditional bounce-back," said Michael Wall, president and founder of Retire Well and Wall Financial Group. At 2:10 p.m., the Dow Jones industrial average rose 129.19 points, or 0.72 percent, to 18,170.73, the S&P 500 gained 18.11 points, or 0.86 percent, to 2,122.31 and the Nasdaq Composite added 65.40 points, or 1.3 percent, to 5,098.15.
Avago specializes in semiconductors designed enterprise and industrial use cases, including data networking, telecommunications, factory automation, and alternative energy systems, among others.
Sales in Europe rose 2 percent in the first quarter ended April 30, Tiffany said, attributing the increase to more tourists shopping at its stores as well as strong local demand. The weaker euro and the pound have made it attractive for foreign tourists to shop in Europe, Mark Aaron, vice president of investor relations said on a conference call. Between a quarter and a third of Tiffany's sales in Europe are made to foreign tourists, Aaron told Reuters.
I used to know a guy -- we'll call him Sam -- who always agreed with everything the CEO said or did. He loved the CEO even when she was nasty or very, very wrong. He was a Yes Man. Every organization seems to have at least one.Sam was sailing along just fine until something unexpected happened -- the company was acquired. The executives at the...
Photo Credit: HubSpotHow many times have you heard this phrase? "Sales is a numbers game." As sales professionals, your job isn't to throw everything on the wall to see what sticks. That's like making cold calls to companies or individuals who you know nothing about. You don't want to do this just to see what lead turns-up. Your sales team...
CBS Corp CEO Leslie Moonves met with Apple Inc last week to discuss a TV deal, he said at a technology conference Wednesday, and that discussions and negotiations for such a deal are ongoing. "We will probably do a deal with Apple TV," Moonves said during an onstage talk at a conference hosted by Re/code, an online-only technology publication, and added that he met last week with Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. regulators have subpoenaed JPMorgan Chase & Co for all of its communications related to 35 Chinese officials, including anti-corruption chief Wang Qishan, as part of an ongoing probe into the bank's hiring practices, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.
The general public perception of renewable energy is often in terms of saving the environment and reducing global carbon dioxide emissions. While it is true that renewable energy provides great environmental benefits and may yet prove to be our main hope for decarbonization, it is just as true and often overlooked that renewable energy provides...
The first public preview of Microsoft's SQL Server 2016 database is available, and testers can opt for faster, more frequent updates to it.
By Lefteris Papadimas ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's government on Wednesday said it is starting to draft an agreement with creditors that would pave the way for aid, but European officials quickly dismissed that as wishful thinking. Greece and its European and International Monetary Fund lenders have been locked in tortuous negotiations on a reforms agreement for four months without a breakthrough in sight. A new round of talks begin on Wednesday in Brussels, and a Greek government official said the two sides would start drafting a technical-level agreement there, along the lines of Athens' longtime demands for no wage or pension cuts and a lower target for a primary budget surplus.
Scanline VFX moves entire internal data center to colo provider.
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Eden Rock is known for its Eden-NET SON technology, which is used within GSM, UMTS and LTE networks.
Fortinet acquires Meru Networks for its technology to manage wireless networks as it rolls out a mobility service designed to better manage bring your own device environments.
ConAgra Foods employees are very passionate people. They are so dedicated to fighting child hunger, that the company's Director of Talent Management, KC Bradley, hopes to build volunteer projects into ConAgra employee development plans.
The European Commission outlined plans on Wednesday to limit how much multinational companies can reduce taxes on their European earnings through the use of creative accounting. The Commission, set to detail proposed tax measures on June 17, had already determined in March that European Union countries would have to share information on tax deals agreed with major corporations. "We agreed on the need to combat tax avoidance by re-establishing the link between taxation and where the company actually does business," Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis told a news conference after a meeting of commissioners.
Michael Kors' revenue rose 17.8 percent in the fourth quarter, slowing sharply from the growth of 29.9-74.4 percent it posted for the past 13 quarters. Same-store sales in North America fell 6.7 percent. Lower tourist traffic in U.S. Northeast and Southeast, weak sales in its watches business and shipping delays due to disruptions at West Coast ports hurt sales in North America, Chief Financial Officer Joe Parsons said.
(Reuters) - Lowering interest rates around the world to boost the global economy has reached a point where it is now "quite harmful" to clients, including pension funds and insurers, BlackRock Inc Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Laurence Fink said on Wednesday.
Bill Gross, the widely followed investor, admitted in his June Investment Outlook on Wednesday that his bet against the German Bund market was well timed but not profitable. "My famous (infamous?) ‘Short of a lifetime’ trade on the German Bund market was well timed but not necessarily well executed," Gross, who runs the Janus Global Unconstrained Fund , wrote in his latest report to clients titled "Mr. Bleu." Gross's Janus Global Unconstrained portfolio is down 0.40 percent so far this year, underperforming its peers by 1.88 percentage points and lagging 93 percent of its non-traditional bond category, according to Morningstar data on Tuesday. Last month, Gross said he placed a wager against German bonds, tweeting on April 21 that German 10-year Bunds were "the short of a lifetime" and that the bet was better than the pound in 1993.
NEW YORK (AP) — Here are the 10 highest-paid CEOs of 2013, as calculated by The Associated Press and Equilar, an executive pay research firm:
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LeBron James advanced to his fifth straight NBA finals, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 118-88 rout of the Atlanta Hawks and a sweep of the Eastern Conference finals. Once again James carried the Cavaliers on his back, finishing with 23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists and then sitting on the bench and playing cheerleader for much of the final quarter of Tuesday's contest. "We worked our tails off all season to get to this point," James said.
(Reuters) - LeBron James booked his place in the NBA Finals for the fifth straight year when the Cleveland Cavaliers crushed the Atlanta Hawks 118-88 on Tuesday to complete a 4-0 sweep of the Eastern Conference Final. James scored a game-high 23 points as the Cavs advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2007, where they will play either the Golden State Warriors or Houston Rockets.
The Baltimore Orioles will become the first US big league team to play in baseball-crazed Cuba since a diplomatic thaw, playing Havana's national team, a Cuban official said. In December, US President Barack Obama and Cuba's Raul Castro announced a historic change of course after more than five decades of Cold War bad blood. "A clash with the Orioles is planned," the director of Cuba's National Institute of Sport, Antonio Becali said on Tuesday, quoted by Radio Habana Cuba.
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Monday likened the ferocity of flash flooding that killed at least three people to a tsunami, and authorities said a dam had given way in a state park. Abbott declared states of disaster in 24 counties and flew over the area south of Austin to assess the damage caused by tornadoes, heavy rainfall, thunderstorms and flooding that forced evacuations and rooftop rescues and left thousands of residents without electricity. "This is the biggest flood this area of Texas has ever seen," Abbott said.
Newark (United States) (AFP) - Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Miguel Angel Jimenez highlight the field of 25 players who earned exemptions on Tuesday to next month's 2015 US Open Championship.
(Reuters) - England's Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood, Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez and Frenchman Victor Dubuisson are among 25 players who have booked their places at next month's U.S. Open via this week's world rankings. The quartet are fully exempt for the year's second major championship, to be played at Chambers Bay in Washington State from June 18-21, after earning spots in the world's top 60, the United States Golf Association announced on Tuesday. ...
By Bernie McGuire NEWCASTLE, Northern Ireland (Reuters) - Rather than experimenting with a new qualifying format, European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke plans to stick to a winning formula when he picks the European team for the 2016 competition. Clarke said he would adopt fellow Irishman Paul McGinley's victorious arrangement which spurred Europe to a five-point triumph at Gleneagles last year. Clarke’s 12-man team will be made up of four players from a European' points table, five from a World Points table and three wildcard picks.
European Ryder Cup Captain Darren Clarke has stuck to a winning formula in announcing no changes to the 2016 European Team qualifying process. Clarke confirmed he will stick with the victorious arrangement adopted by fellow Irishman Paul McGinley who steered Europe to a five point triumph last year at Gleneagles, Scotland. It means the make-up of Clarkeâ s Oakland Hills 12-man team will come from the same two categories with four players again qualifying off a European points table, five from a World Points table and leaving Clarke with three wildcard picks.
By Karolos Grohmann BERLIN (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has emerged as the clear winner in a battle for influence over international sports federations as rival organization SportAccord has been left in tatters. A rare public confrontation that began last month with a scathing attack by SportAccord President Marius Vizer on the IOC has essentially ended with the complete isolation of SportAccord, an umbrella organization for some 100 sports federations. Dozens of them, including most Olympic federations, have either withdrawn their membership of SportAccord or made their opposition to Vizer's comments public, siding with the IOC.
A playoff career-high 45 points by James Harden sparked the Houston Rockets to a 128-115 must-win victory over the Golden State Warriors, denying the Warriors an easy path to the NBA Finals. The Warriors had a scare and then breathed a sigh of relief after NBA Player of the Year Stephen Curry suffered a bruise to the back of his head after a bad fall in the second quarter but then returned to the game. Houston got their first win in the series, pulling to 3-1 in the best-of-seven Western Conference finals and forcing a fifth game Wednesday in Oakland.
(Reuters) - The Golden State Warriors survived a major injury scare to NBA MVP Stephen Curry but still lost the game as a James Harden-inspired Houston Rockets staved off playoff elimination with a 128-115 victory on Monday. Curry went down in the second quarter of Game Four in the Western Conference Finals, falling hard on his upper back and neck after flipping over Rockets forward Trevor Ariza, silencing a previously raucous Houston home crowd.
Defensive end Ray McDonald was released by the Chicago Bears, hours after being arrested in California on charges of domestic violence and child endangerment. It was the third incident in nine months for McDonald, although no charges have yet been filed against him in any of the cases. McDonald was arrested last August on suspicion of felony domestic violence but he was never charged.
By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - Warning bells have sounded on the health of golf, from lower participation and course closures to environmental demands for reduced water use, but billionaire Donald Trump says business at the high end is grand. Trump on Tuesday will stage the grand opening of Trump Links at Ferry Point, his latest golf enterprise, where he oversaw the transformation of a New York City dump into a jewel of a public course designed by Jack Nicklaus. People are thrilled," the businessman told Reuters from behind his massive desk on the top floor of Trump Tower on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue.
(Reuters) - The Chicago Bears have released Ray McDonald after the defensive tackle was arrested on Monday for misdemeanor domestic violence and child endangerment charges. The 30-year-old McDonald, who has been involved in a string of domestic assault incidents, was arrested in Northern California for physically assaulting a woman "while she was holding a baby," according to a Santa Clara police statement. McDonald left the residence before police arrived but was later located and arrested in San Jose.
Frenchman Alexander Levy earned a debut appearance at the U.S. Open next month after finishing top at the international sectional qualifier at Walton Heath on the outskirts of London on Monday. Levy fired a six-under-par 66 on the Old Course in the morning and a five-under 67 on the New Course in the afternoon to lead 11 players who booked berths at the year's second major. Also advancing were India's Shiv Kapur, England's John Parry and Jason Palmer, Swede Alex Noren, Dane Lucas Bjerregaard, Germany's Marcel Siem, South Africans Garth Mulroy, Tjaart van der Walt and Thomas Aiken and Australian Marcus Fraser.
Four-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James defended Cleveland Cavaliers teammate Matthew Dellavedova of Australia after cries of dirty play from the Atlanta Hawks over two dives for loose balls. James scored 37 points, grabbed 18 rebounds and added 13 assists to lead the Cavaliers over Atlanta 114-111 in over-time on Sunday, giving Cleveland a 3-0 edge in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final. Dellavedova rolled onto the legs of Atlanta's Kyle Korver in the previous game as both were trying to grab a loose ball on the court, resulting in a right ankle sprain that has sidelined the Hawks' 3-point sharpshooter for the remainder of the playoffs.
Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Brian Matusz will appeal an eight-game ban imposed Monday by Major League Baseball for having a foreign substance on his arm during a loss to Miami. The 28-year-old US left-hander was ejected in the 12th inning of a 1-0 loss to the Marlins on Saturday. Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Will Smith was suspended for having rosin and sunscreen on his right forearm in Atlanta in a game on Thursday.
(Reuters) - Baltimore Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz received an eight-game suspension from Major League Baseball (MLB) on Monday for having "a foreign substance" on his arm in Saturday's 1-0 loss to the Marlins, but will file an appeal. Matusz was ejected in the 12th inning of a 13-inning defeat after Marlins manager Dan Jennings came out of the dugout to speak with home plate umpire Jordan Baker. Crew chief Paul Emmel and Baker also went to the mound along with Orioles manager Buck Showalter to inspect Matusz, who was then removed from the game.
LeBron James played through a myriad of injuries as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Atlanta Hawks 114-111 in overtime to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. James recorded his first triple double of the playoffs, finishing with 37 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists as Cleveland pushed the Hawks to the brink of elimination in the best-of-seven series. "No matter how I am feeling I have got to try and make some plays," James said.
(Reuters) - LeBron James was exhausted and banged-up, but he came through in the clutch as the Cleveland Cavaliers earned a thrilling overtime 114-111 win over the Atlanta Hawks to take a strangle hold of the Eastern Conference finals. James missed his first 10 shots in the game, but soon found his range and scored 15 points in the third quarter alone. The Hawks took advantage to tie the game with just over five minutes left and force overtime.
South Korea's Byeong-hun An has urged Asian players to try their luck on the European Tour after his breakthrough win at Wentworth on Sunday. The 23-year old, who won the US Amateur aged 17 in 2009, is in his first year on the full circuit after spending three seasons on the second-tier Challenge Tour. "My friends, who live in Asia or play the Asian Tour, I'm always telling them The European Tour is great," An told reporters.
About 150 New England Patriots fans staged a protest rally Sunday in the team's stadium parking lot against the four-game National Football League ban given to star quarterback Tom Brady. Supporters chanted slogans and waved banners at the "Free Tom Brady" rally at Gillette Stadium, objecting to the suspension issued by the league in the wake of the "Deflategate" report that said Brady probably knew about the tinkering with game footballs before contests. Many of those who attended wore Brady jerseys in tribute to the Patriots star, the multi-millionaire husband of supermodel Gisele Bundchen.
(Reuters) - Colin Montgomerie of Scotland retained his Senior PGA Championship crown by a commanding four shots on Sunday at French Lick, Indiana as he earned his third major title in the over-50 ranks. Three ahead overnight, Montgomerie rebounded from a bogey on the opening hole with a superb display on the challenging Pete Dye course at the French Lick Resort, piling up six birdies and just two more bogeys on the way to a three-under-par 69. Montgomerie became the first player since American Hale Irwin (1996-1998) to successfully defend the Senior PGA Championship.
American Chris Kirk held his nerve to capture his fourth career US PGA title on Sunday, firing a four-under-par 66 to win the Crowne Plaza Invitational by one stroke. Kirk finished on 12-under 268 to win the $1.17 million top prize from a $6.5-million purse with Jordan Spieth, the second-ranked reigning Masters champion, sharing second with fellow Americans Jason Bohn and Brandt Snedeker on 269. Kirk, ranked 23rd in the world, had previously won the 2011 Viking Classic on the week opposite the British Open, the 2013 McGladrey Classic and last September's Deutsche Bank Championship during the season-ending tour playoffs.
(Reuters) - American Chris Kirk coolly got up and down from off the green at the 18th to salvage par and clinch his fourth PGA Tour title by one shot on Sunday at the Crowne Plaza Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas. After watching playing partner Brandt Snedeker narrowly miss a 12-footer for birdie at the last to draw level at the top, Kirk sank a clutch seven-foot par putt to seal victory with a closing four-under 66 at a rain-saturated Colonial Country Club. Snedeker signed off with a 67 to share second place at 11 under with fellow Americans Jason Bohn, who fired a best-of-the-day 63, and Masters champion Jordan Spieth (65).
The National Football League will play regular-season games in Germany and Mexico within five years if Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II has his way. Rooney, among the owners on the NFL's International Committee, said in a posting on the team's website that he thinks the expansion of the league's global exposure will come by 2020. "If I had to put a timetable on it, I would be disappointed if we don't have games in those two countries within the next five years," Rooney said.
An gets a three-year exemption on the European Tour as well as the massive prize money pot and will shoot up the world rankings from 132nd place. It's the biggest event on The European Tour and you get a lot of benefits. On a memorable day for Asian golf Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee finished in a tie for second on 273 alongside Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez and two shots clear of England's Chris Wood who had a hole-in-one on his way to a 66.
By Tony Jimenez VIRGINIA WATER, England (Reuters) - South Korean An Byeong Hun became only the third European Tour rookie to win the BMW PGA Championship in the 60-year history of the event when he roared to a spectacular six-shot victory on Sunday. The 23-year-old went into the final round in a tie for the lead with Italian Francesco Molinari and pieced together a nerveless seven-under-par 65 to finish with a 21-under total of 267 on a gray but humid day at Wentworth. An's triumph earned him a check for 833,330 euros ($917,913) and meant he joined British pair Bernard Gallacher(1969) and Scott Drummond (2004) as rookie winners of the tour's flagship event.
By Tony Jimenez VIRGINIA WATER, England (Reuters) - Two years ago Ignacio Garrido feared his career might be over so it is hardly surprising he has worn an almost permanent grin throughout this week's BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. The Spaniard won the European Tour's flagship event in 2003 but 10 years later was told he had glandular fever. Garrido spent a long time bed-ridden and unable to walk but he has slowly worked his way back toward full fitness and last week's Spanish Open at El Prat represented his competitive return after 18 months out.
South Korea's Choi Jin-Ho held his nerve to sink an 18-foot birdie putt at the final hole to win the SK Telecom Open on Sunday -- just one stroke ahead of his young compatriot, Lee Soo-Min. Choi, who had led the field after every round, closed with a par 72 round to finish the tournament in Incheon on 10 under. Australian Dimitrios Papadatos (68), New Zealander Gareth Paddison (69) and Koreans KT Kim (70), Wang Jeung-Hun (73) and Park Jae-Bum (70) were tied for third two shots behind the winner.
NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry delivered a dazzling 40-point display as the Golden State Warriors beat Houston 115-80 to push the Rockets to the brink of elimination in the Western Conference finals. The Warriors lead the best-of-seven series three-games-to-zero, and can book their first trip to the NBA finals since 1975 with a win in game four in Houston on Monday. The Rockets will fight for their playoff lives knowing that no NBA team has come back from an 0-3 deficit to win a seven-game series.
(Reuters) - The Golden State Warriors are one victory away from the NBA Finals after routing the Houston Rockets 115-80 in Game Three of the Western Conference finals on Saturday. Guard Stephen Curry scored 40 points, including seven-of-nine from three-point range, in the Warriors' near-record road victory that gave them a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. It was the second largest victory margin by a visiting team in the conference finals.