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Japan has six months to merge basketball domestic leagues: FIBA

FIBA says the JBA has six months to come up with a plan to merge its community-based professional bj League and the National Basketball League comprising corporate-sponsored teamsJapan has six months to hammer out a plan for merging its two national basketball leagues, or risk not qualifying for the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympics, a senior International Basketball Federation (FIBA) official said Thursday. During a visit to Tokyo, FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann repeated calls for the Japan Basketball Association (JBA) to usher in reforms by June, after the body suspended Japan from international competition.

Posted on 18 December 2014 | 10:12 am

Federal judge rebuffs NCAA concussion settlement

Michigan Wolverines receiver Arrington grabs a pass away from Florida Gators defender Anderson for a 37-yard gain during Capital One Bowl in Orlando(Reuters) – A federal judge on Wednesday rebuffed a $75-million NCAA settlement that aimed to end a massive class-action lawsuit over head injuries suffered by student athletes, court records show. U.S. District Judge John Lee wrote in a 21-page opinion that while the proposed agreement was a step in the right direction, the $70 million devoted to fund concussion testing and diagnosis for players might not cover potential costs, among other issues. "Although these concerns may prove surmountable, the Court cannot grant preliminary approval of the settlement as currently proposed," Lee wrote. …

Posted on 18 December 2014 | 5:37 am

Another victory for Raptors, first in the East to 20 wins

Kyle Lowry and Patrick Patterson of the Toronto Raptors at TD Garden on November 5, 2014 in Boston, MassachusettsKyle Lowry scored 20 points and handed out 12 assists Wednesday to lead Toronto to a 105-89 NBA victory over Brooklyn that made the Raptors the first Eastern Conference team to 20 wins this season. Patrick Patterson and Lou Williams contributed eight points apiece in the fourth quarter and Lowry scored six as the Raptors out-scored the Nets 29-16 in the final frame to pull away for their fourth straight win. Toronto improved to 20-6 and have enjoyed three winning streaks of at least four games this season. Mason Plumlee had 23 points to lead Brooklyn, Joe Johnson scored 17 and Mirza Teletovic added 14 in the first meeting between the Atlantic Division rivals since the Nets' seven-game win in the first round of last season's playoffs.

Posted on 18 December 2014 | 4:39 am

ADVISORY-Reuters sports awards and yearenders

LONDON, Dec 18 (Reuters) – On Thursday Dec. 18 we will publish the result of the Reuters sports awards, voted for by the agency’s journalists around the world. Alongside the results we will publish a series of profiles, interviews and factboxes relating to the winners. The award categories are: Sportsman of the year Sportswoman of the year Team of the year Coach of the year Comeback of the year Breakthrough of the year Flop of the year On Friday Dec. …

Posted on 18 December 2014 | 1:30 am

NFL’s 49ers release McDonald amid sexual assault investigation

NFL: Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ersBy Steve Ginsburg (Reuters) – The San Francisco 49ers released defensive tackle Ray McDonald on Wednesday after police said he was a possible suspect in a sexual assault case. San Jose police said they were investigating the assault of a woman seeking treatment at a hospital on Tuesday when officers determined that McDonald might have been involved in the incident. Police then searched the San Jose home of McDonald, an eight-year National Football League veteran. No arrests have been made and the investigation is continuing, police said. …

Posted on 18 December 2014 | 12:03 am

Rory’s the story in golf after stellar year

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the second day of the Australian Open golf tournament in Sydney on November 28, 2014Paris (AFP) – Rory McIlroy dominated golf in 2014, winning two majors, recapturing the world number one spot and starring in Europe's latest Ryder Cup triumph.

Posted on 17 December 2014 | 11:58 pm

Deep Mavericks lighten load on Nowitzki

NBA: Dallas Mavericks at Houston RocketsBy Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) – Dirk Nowitzki can still fill up the basket in his 17th season with the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, but it has become time to lighten the load on the 7-foot German sharpshooter. "Our roster is built on a lot of guys that can make plays. A lot of guys that can contribute, not just one guy to lead every night," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle told reporters before Tuesday's road game against the New York Knicks. "Dirk used to be that guy. We've tried to segue him out of that responsibility to carry the team on his back. …

Posted on 17 December 2014 | 11:44 pm

49ers cut McDonald amid sex assault investigation

Defensive end Ray McDonald of the San Francisco 49ers sits on the bench during a game on September 21, 2014 in Glendale, ArizonaThe San Francisco 49ers dumped veteran defensive tackle Ray McDonald on Wednesday after police said he was the focus of a sexual assault investigation, the latest to hit the NFL. The National Football League team's general manager Trent Baalke said the 49ers notified McDonald and his agent that his contract was terminated. The team had stood by McDonald after he was arrested in August on charges of domestic violence, which were dropped on November 10 due to insufficient evidence. Despite criticism, the 49ers allowed McDonald to continue playing during that investigation.

Posted on 17 December 2014 | 10:45 pm

Thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations won’t affect baseball right away: experts

By Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON (Reuters) – There will be no immediate flow of top Cuban players into Major League Baseball despite the major U.S. policy shift toward the communist-run island, experts on baseball in Cuba said on Wednesday. Any move to let Cuban players leave their country freely will not happen for at least several years, said author Pete Bjarkman, who has written extensively about Cuban baseball. “I don’t think it will have any real visible immediate impact,” Bjarkman said of the policy change. “Cuba wants to maintain its strong baseball at home. …

Posted on 17 December 2014 | 9:38 pm

Hefty punishments for brawl in China women’s league

BEIJING (Reuters) – Twenty three female basketball players in China have been suspended for their part in an ugly, bench-clearing brawl as organizers attempted to clamp down on ill-discipline in the scandal-hit league. The incident came during the Sichuan Whales’s home game against the Zhejiang Bulls on Sunday, with the hosts reacting angrily to a heavy foul from the visitors that brought about the melee and led to the referee cancelling the game. …

Posted on 17 December 2014 | 9:21 am

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Wil Myers trade not as crazy at it sounds – Tampabay.com


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Wil Myers trade not as crazy at it sounds
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Why in the world would the Rays' boss trade a young slugger, a potential superstar who was the American League rookie of the year just two seasons ago? Especially when that slugger is only 24 years old. Especially when you have a team that always …
Nationals, Padres, and Rays agree to trade that sends Wil Myers to San Diego Amazin’ Avenue
Rays set to deal Myers to Padres in deal with NatsThe Province
Nationals to send Steven Souza Jr. to Rays, to receive Trea Turner, Joe Ross Washington Post (blog)
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Posted on 18 December 2014 | 3:09 pm

Jim Harbaugh’s value to Michigan? Ex-players say he ‘takes losers and makes … – MLive.com


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Jim Harbaugh's value to Michigan? Ex-players say he 'takes losers and makes
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ANN ARBOR — Eric Bakhtiari found himself surprised at first, but then he heard the story, and everything made sense. A defensive lineman at the University of San Diego at the time, Bakhtiari recalled an instance where he and his teammates were waiting on …
Harbaugh reportedly offered $48M; UM declines commentDetroit Free Press
Harbaugh took less than Michigan offered in 2011NBCSports.com
Report: 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh 'considering' Michigan offer to make him Syracuse.com
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Posted on 18 December 2014 | 3:03 pm

U.S. opens diplomatic relations with Cuba but will it lead to flood of more stars … – NJ.com


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U.S. opens diplomatic relations with Cuba but will it lead to flood of more stars
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For years, and generations, the relationship between Cuba and Major League Baseball has been fraught with complications. An embargo by the United States has been a nearly oppressive coagulant on the pipeline of players from an island just 90 miles off …
What will the future of Cuban players in MLB look like?NBCSports.com
How Cuba-US deal could be a home run for baseballDaily Mail
Column: Shift in US-Cuba relations could be boon for MLB _ just not anytime soonMinneapolis Star Tribune
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Posted on 18 December 2014 | 2:53 pm

Source: Rajon Rondo open to re-signing with Mavs or Rockets – CBSSports.com


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Source: Rajon Rondo open to re-signing with Mavs or Rockets
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While the Celtics are engaged in trade discussions involving Rajon Rondo, the 28-year-old point guard is open to re-signing with at least two teams — the Mavericks and Rockets — a league source told CBSSports.com NBA Insider Ken Berger. Topics: Rajon …
Report: Rajon Rondo 'open' to Mavs, Rockets dealsWEEI.com
Examining the Houston Rockets' Dwight Howard and Donatas Motiejunas pairingRed94
Rockets beat Nuggets in overtime with 41 points from HardenMyFox Houston
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Posted on 18 December 2014 | 2:26 pm

Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears: What Are Experts Saying About Chicago? – Bleacher Report


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Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears: What Are Experts Saying About Chicago?
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The Chicago Bears lost for the ninth time this season when the New Orleans Saints beat them on Monday Night Football, 31-15. The Bears will play their final home game of the season this Sunday when they take on the Detroit Lions. Chicago was …
Chicago solved the Jay Cutler problem, now it has to solve the Bears problemUSA TODAY
So who would trade for Jay Cutler?NBCSports.com
Should The Jets Make A Play For Jay Cutler?CBS Local
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Posted on 18 December 2014 | 2:25 pm

Trent Baalke’s comments following release of Ray McDonald – Niners Nation


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Trent Baalke's comments following release of Ray McDonald
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Trent Baalke addressed the media after the San Francisco 49ers decided to release defensive tackle Ray McDonald. We've got his full transcript.  Tweet Share on Twitter Share Share on Facebook  Share Share with 49ers friends 4 Comments. Opening …
Thursday's Morning Mashup: 49ers cut ties with DE Ray McDonald after new WEEI.com
Ray McDonald Cut From NFL Team After Sexual Assault AllegationsABC News
49ers release McDonald amid further legal troubleMeriden Record-Journal
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Posted on 18 December 2014 | 2:13 pm

Titans vs. Jaguars 2014 picks and predictions: Jacksonville favored in battle of 2 … – SB Nation


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Titans vs. Jaguars 2014 picks and predictions: Jacksonville favored in battle of 2
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The final Thursday night game of the season features two teams with a combined four wins.  Tweet Share on Twitter Share Share on Facebook  Share Share on Google Plus + Comments. In the last Thursday night game of the year, the Jacksonville …
Sen'Derrick Marks one-half sack away from $600000 on Thursday nightAL.com
NFL: Charlie Whitehurst to start for Tennessee Titans against Jacksonville JaguarsSkySports
Preview: Titans at JaguarsGlobalPost
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Posted on 18 December 2014 | 2:09 pm

Celtics talk Rajon Rondo trade with Mavs, Lakers, others – USA TODAY


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Celtics talk Rajon Rondo trade with Mavs, Lakers, others
USA TODAY
Early on in the 2011-12 season, back when the Boston Celtics still had their Big Three intact and 25-year-old point guard Rajon Rondo was so good that it was actually a Big Four, it was revealed that his future in Beantown was somewhat uncertain.
Mavericks Eye Rajon Rondo; New Relations With CubaABC News
Mavericks considering making trade offer for Celtics' Rajon RondoBoston Globe
Report: Mavs Emerge As Suitor For Rajon RondoCBS Local
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Posted on 18 December 2014 | 2:08 pm

NBA scores 2014: Grizzlies beat Spurs in Game of the Year and 3 other things … – SB Nation


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NBA scores 2014: Grizzlies beat Spurs in Game of the Year and 3 other things
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The Grizzlies outlasted the Spurs in a wild triple-overtime affair a day after ending the Warriors' 16-game winning streak.  Tweet Share on Twitter Share Share on Facebook  Share Share on Google Plus + Comments. When the Grizzlies went up by 23 …
Grizz Win Instant Classic, Outlast Spurs in Triple OvertimeGrizzly Bear Blues
Spurs-Grizzlies big men trade improbable buzzer-beaters in mid-December classicUSA TODAY
Here's 7-1 center Marc Gasol sending the game into overtime with a 3-point SportingNews.com
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Posted on 18 December 2014 | 2:06 pm

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Moda Center Loves T-Rob – Blazer’s Edge


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Portland Trail Blazers vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Moda Center Loves T-Rob
Blazer’s Edge
For those who have not been to a Trail Blazers game in a while, Mark Mason announces each player differently during in introductions. Damian Lillard is introduced as wearing the letter "O" (in fact if any foul is called on him throughout the game, Mason says …
With no RoLo, T-Rob comes to Blazers' rescuePortland Tribune

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Posted on 18 December 2014 | 8:36 am