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Warriors, Rockets to wear Chinese New Year uniforms

Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson during a game against the Sacramento Kings at ORACLE Arena on January 23, 2015The Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets will wear specially designed uniforms as a way of marketing the game to Chinese fans during the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations, the NBA said. The Rockets will wear the Chinese-themed uniforms when they host the Toronto Raptors on February 21, a day after the Warriors take to the court at home in their special Year of the Goat uniforms against the defending league champion San Antonio Spurs.

Posted on 27 January 2015 | 1:57 am

NFL kicks off YouTube global game channel

The US National Football League kicks off a YouTube channel for games highlights, recaps and more online to viewers worldwideThe channel at YouTube.com/NFL debuted just days before the championship Super Bowl game expected to draw a massive television audience for the American football league. "Partnering with YouTube and Google provides the NFL unique access to millions of highly engaged fans through the global leader in video and search," league vice president of media strategy Hans Schroeder said in a release. The YouTube channel will not stream the Super Bowl live, but will deliver game highlights shortly after they happen and commentary from analysts. "On any screen you watch YouTube, NFL's YouTube channel will bring you the sights and sounds this week in Arizona, from pre-game analysis to the highlights that everyone will be talking about," Google's Tim Katz said in a blog post.

Posted on 27 January 2015 | 12:09 am

Locker room worker eyed in ‘Deflategate’

A fan holds a sign referencing "deflate-gate," the under inflation of footballs used by the Patriots during the AFC Championship game, during the New England Patriots Send-Off Rally in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 26, 2015The NFL is looking at a New England Patriots locker room attendant as it probes improperly inflated footballs used by the team in their playoff victory over Indianapolis, a report said. Fox Sports reported Monday on the latest twist in the scandal dubbed "Deflategate" even as the Patriots were flying into Phoenix for the Super Bowl, where they will face reigning champions Seattle on Sunday in the 49th edition of the NFL's championship spectacular. According to the report, the NFL has interviewed the "person of interest" and is "trying to determine whether any wrongdoing by this individual occurred" after surveillance video showed the attendant taking the footballs from the officials' locker room to another room before bringing them onto the field.

Posted on 26 January 2015 | 11:47 pm

Sherman, Thomas vow injuries won’t slow them

Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks reacts after a play against the Carolina Panthers during the 2015 NFC Divisional Playoff game at CenturyLink Field on January 10, 2015 in Seattle, WashingtonSeattle's "Legion of Boom" will be at full strength come Sunday when the Seahawks take on New England in Super Bowl 49, with both Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas vowing injuries won't slow them. "When I come alive, nothing is limited," said Thomas, who suffered a shoulder injury in the second quarter of Seattle's dramatic NFC championship victory over Green Bay and played the second half wearing a harness. He returned to practice on Friday and upon arriving in Phoenix on Sunday said the injury won't inhibit him on the field as a member of the Seahawks' hard-hitting corps of defensive backs.

Posted on 26 January 2015 | 11:38 pm

LPGA season opens with top field in Florida

Park In-Bee of South Korea tees off during the first round of the LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship golf event at the Sky72 Golf Club in Incheon, on October 16, 2014Top-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. "The Coates Golf Championship has one of the strongest playing fields the LPGA will see all season," said event director Lenny Francoeur.

Posted on 26 January 2015 | 10:42 pm

Impartial staff to handle Super Bowl game-day balls

NFL: Divisional Round-Carolina Panthers at Seattle SeahawksBy Steve Keating PHOENIX (Reuters) – Like nearly everyone else in America, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll knows more about footballs than he did a week ago as a controversy over deflated balls continued to dominate the Super Bowl buildup on Monday. Until the New England Patriots' blowout victory in the AFC championship, game-day balls were seldom given a second thought but are now the subject of an NFL investigation. "Maybe everyone would think you should have seen it before but I never checked on how the whole process of how our footballs were handled until this week," Carroll told reporters. It will never be the same because of what just happened." Each year, 700,000 footballs are produced for official NFL use, including 72 that will be used in Sunday's Super Bowl in Glendale, Arizona, between New England and Seattle.

Posted on 26 January 2015 | 10:40 pm

Poll shows nearly half believe NFL’s Patriots are cheaters

NFL: AFC Championship-Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots(Reuters) – Nearly half of those responding to a national survey believe the Super Bowl-bound New England Patriots, engulfed in controversy over the so-called "Deflategate" scandal, are cheaters. While 47 percent of respondents in the poll thought the Patriots are cheaters, only 28 percent believe Patriots head coach Bill Belichick should be suspended for the Super Bowl. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady fared better, with only 25 percent saying Tom Brady should be suspended.

Posted on 26 January 2015 | 10:33 pm

Super Bowl: from humble origin to king of U.S. sports events

NFL: NFL: Super Bowl XLIX-Seattle Seahawks-Press ConferenceFrom modest beginnings of cheap tickets and empty seats to $4.5 million for a 30-second TV ad, the Super Bowl approaches its golden anniversary entrenched as the undisputed king of U.S. sporting events. Super Bowl 49 will pit the Seattle Seahawks against the New England Patriots in Glendale, Arizona, on Sunday and figures to join 21 previous Super Bowls atop the list of most watched U.S. TV broadcasts. A far cry from the first Super Bowl clash between the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs in 1967, according to Jerry Izenberg of the (New Jersey) Star-Ledger, one of only two reporters to have covered ever Super Bowl.

Posted on 26 January 2015 | 9:49 pm

Hornets lose Biyombo, Williams to injuries

Marvin Williams #2 of the Charlotte Hornets reacts after making a basket at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, on October 29, 2014Charlotte Hornets' center Bismack Biyombo and forward Marvin Williams will be out indefinitely for the NBA club due to injury, the team announced Monday. Both players were hurt Saturday in a 76-71 victory over New York that left Charlotte at 19-26, one win ahead of Brooklyn in the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff position. Williams was diagnosed with concussion and a broken nose while Biyombo, a center from the Democratic Republic of Congo, suffered a bruised bone in his right knee. Williams, averaging 6.5 points and 4.5 rebounds over 43 games this season, cannot practise or play in games until he passes NBA concussion protocol tests.

Posted on 26 January 2015 | 9:22 pm

Knicks, Nets postpone games as blizzard approaches

Madison Square Garden in New York City on April 17, 2013New York (AFP) – Two National Basketball Association games scheduled for Monday night in New York were postponed as a major winter snowstorm approached, the league announced hours before the planned tip-offs.

Posted on 26 January 2015 | 9:22 pm

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Bill Belichick sidesteps Deflategate questions – USA TODAY


Bill Belichick sidesteps Deflategate questions
CHANDLER, Ariz. – Bill Belichick didn't talk Deflategate. The New England Patriots coach didn't have to. Belichick can thank prominent attorney Ted Wells – and defiant owner Robert Kraft — for getting him off the hook after Wells effectively issued a statement …
Kraft says NFL owes apology to Patriots if hands are cleanNew York Daily News
Patriots owner makes strong defense of teamChicago Tribune
Patriots owner: 'I believe unconditionally' team not at fault for 'Deflate-Gate'Chicago Sun-Times
Fox News -New York Times -NFL.com
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Posted on 27 January 2015 | 2:59 am

Lev: Should Marshawn Lynch be forced to talk to the media? – OCRegister


Lev: Should Marshawn Lynch be forced to talk to the media?
NFL reporters are mixed in their opinions on what Marshawn Lynch should have to do off the field as part of his media obligation. OTTO GREULE JR. , GETTY IMAGES. ML'S MEDIA MUSINGS. 1. It's almost impossible to avoid "Deflategate," which has crossed …
Marshawn Lynch's Gestures Evoke Jim McMahon's HeadbandNew York Times
NFL tiring of Lynch anticsToronto Sun
Unsportsmanlike conduct? NFL does about-face on Marshawn crotch-grab MyNorthwest.com
Huffington Post -AllMediaNY
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Posted on 27 January 2015 | 2:54 am

Kobe Bryant will have surgery, but Lakers don’t think he’s done – OCRegister


Kobe Bryant will have surgery, but Lakers don't think he's done
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has come back from a torn Achilles' tendon and broken bone in his knee since 2013, and center Carlos Boozer says, speaking of Bryant's rotator cuff injury, "I don't expect anything differently." PAUL RODRIGUEZ, STAFF …
With Kobe Bryant out Indefinitely, Lakers Can Only Embrace the Swaggy P ShowBleacher Report
Lakers' Kobe Bryant opts for season-ending surgery, but he'll be backLos Angeles Times
NBA: Cavaliers on rollRichmond.com
Mail Tribune -The Pasadena Star-News -LA Daily News
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Posted on 27 January 2015 | 2:41 am

Yanks Plan To Contest A-Rod Bonuses – ESPN

New York Daily News

Yanks Plan To Contest A-Rod Bonuses
Andrew Marchand discusses the report that the Yankees are devising legal arguments so Alex Rodriguez won't be able to collect any of the bonuses he is owed per the $30 million milestone home run marketing agreement he signed in 2007. Tags: MLB, Alex …
Person familiar with deal: Yanks thinking of not making $6 million payment to Minneapolis Star Tribune
Yankees seeking to void Alex Rodriguez home run bonusesNorthJersey.com
Yankees will contest Alex Rodriguez's contract bonuses, per reportSB Nation
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Posted on 27 January 2015 | 2:13 am

Warriors Unveil Special Chinese New Year Uniforms – ESPN


Warriors Unveil Special Chinese New Year Uniforms
ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell breaks down the Warriors to celebrate the Chinese New Year with special uniforms. Tags: NBA, Golden State Warriors · Warriors Unveil Special Chinese New Year Uniforms …
Golden State Warriors unveil more ugly sleeved jerseys for Chinese New YearUSA TODAY
Warriors unveil Chinese New Year jerseys (PHOTOS)NBCSports.com
Warriors Chinese New Year uniformsSFGate
San Jose Mercury News -Washington Post (blog) -Daily Mail
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Posted on 27 January 2015 | 2:05 am

Phoenix Open May End With Scramble to Super Bowl Stadium – New York Times

New York Times

Phoenix Open May End With Scramble to Super Bowl Stadium
New York Times
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — One of the New England Patriots' most ardent fans is in town this week. The twist is that it is a business trip for him. The golfer Keegan Bradley cannot decide if the twinning of the Phoenix Open and Super Bowl XLIX is the best or the …
Super Bowl host city still reeling over sports dealsSFGate
Seattle's Phoenix Cafe ready for Super Bowl in ArizonaKING5.com
Want to rethink that Super Bowl palace?azcentral.com
KXLY Spokane -Bleacher Report -TheSpread.com
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Posted on 27 January 2015 | 1:39 am

Islanders finally have pieces to be Stanley Cup contenders – USA TODAY


Islanders finally have pieces to be Stanley Cup contenders
As far as captain John Tavares is concerned, it was a covert operation that allowed the New York Islanders to acquire the final assets needed to be a true Stanley Cup contender. Negotiations must have been on a strict need-to-know basis, because the …
Islanders' Okposo to miss 6-8 weeksNew York Daily News
Preview: Rangers at IslandersWPTZ The Champlain Valley
Kyle Okposo out 6-to-8 weeksCBC.ca
Yahoo Sports -Rotowire
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Posted on 27 January 2015 | 1:19 am

Zac Rinaldo suspended for eight games – USA TODAY


Zac Rinaldo suspended for eight games
Philadelphia Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo was handed the longest suspension of Stephane Quintal's tenure when he was ordered Monday to sit out eight games. Rinaldo had checked Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang from behind on Tuesday.
Flyers F Rinaldo suspended for 8 games by NHLWashington Post
Flyers' Zac Rinaldo mostly quiet before handed 8-game suspension for hit on NJ.com
Flyers' Rinaldo suspended 8 games for hit on LetangTribune-Review
Burlington County Times
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Posted on 27 January 2015 | 12:53 am

Too cute! Little 12s come up with special sendoff for the Hawks – Q13 FOX

Too cute! Little 12s come up with special sendoff for the Hawks
SEATTLE — The 12s sent our Seahawks off to Arizona in style, lining the streets to SeaTac Airport with signs and cheers! But the littlest 12s had a special send off of their own. Watch and see how some of the kindergartners and first graders at Seattle's …

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Posted on 26 January 2015 | 6:13 pm

Report: Ex-commish says Goodell could have avoided ‘season from hell’ – CBSSports.com


Report: Ex-commish says Goodell could have avoided 'season from hell'
Commissioner Roger Goodell did not have the greatest year. The 2014 NFL season was one rife with scandal, whether it be Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, Ray McDonald or player safety. In reading the recent profile of Goodell in GQ magazine, one gets the …

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Posted on 26 January 2015 | 5:26 pm