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  • Victim's sister takes stand in ex-NFL star's murder trial

    Aaron Hernandez sits with his attorney Charles Rankin during the murder trial of the former New England Patriots tight end in Fall RiverBy Daniel Lovering FALL RIVER, Massachusetts (Reuters) - The sister of a man allegedly shot to death by former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez said on Monday she saw her brother get into a car outside their family's Boston home shortly before he was killed. Shaquilla Thibou, 21, said in Massachusetts Superior Court in Fall River that she was sitting in a parked car with her boyfriend in the early hours of June 17, 2013, when her brother, Odin Lloyd, got into the silver car before it sped away. Prosecutors say Hernandez was driving the silver Nissan Altima that picked up Lloyd accompanied by two friends, Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz. They say the men drove Lloyd, 27, to an industrial park near Hernandez's house in North Attleborough, Massachusetts, where Lloyd's body was found later that day.    "He walked toward the car and he attempted to get into the passenger seat," she told prosecutor William McCauley, referring to Lloyd.




  • Harden suspended a game for kicking James below the belt

    NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers at Houston Rockets(Reuters) - Houston Rockets guard James Harden has been suspended one game without pay for kicking Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James in the groin, the NBA announced on Monday. Closely guarded by James, Harden lost his footing, fell to the floor and then lifted his left leg and kicked James below the belt. "Obviously that's not a basketball play," James told reporters after the game.




  • Top receivers Bryant, Thomas get 'franchise' tag

    Dez Bryant of the Dallas Cowboys attempts a catch during the 2015 NFC Divisional Playoff game on January 11, 2015 in Green Bay, WisconsinTwo top National Football League receivers, Dez Bryant of the Dallas Cowboys and Demaryius Thomas of Denver, were among those given a "franchise player" tag on Monday by their clubs. On the deadline day for teams to decide which players will be given the label, Dallas made the move to keep Bryant off the free agency market.




  • Bulls lose top scorer Butler for up to six weeks

    Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls will be sidelined for up to six weeks with a sprained left elbow, the struggling NBA club saidChicago Bulls scoring leader Jimmy Butler will be sidelined for up to six weeks with a sprained left elbow, the struggling NBA club said Monday. The team's announcement that Butler's MRI exam showed a sprained ulnar ligament and small bone impaction injury adds Butler to an injury list that includes former NBA Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose and forward Taj Gibson, nursing a sore left ankle. Butler, who has started 55 games for the Bulls, is averaging 20.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.7 steals a game for Chicago in a league-leading 38.9 minutes a game.




  • Ravens cut cornerback Hampton after arrest for drunken driving
    (Reuters) - The Baltimore Ravens on Monday cut Victor Hampton after the cornerback was charged over the weekend in North Carolina with drunken driving. Hampton, 22, was stopped by police on Saturday in Charlotte driving 100 miles per hour (160 kph) in a 55 mph (89 kph) zone on Interstate 77, police said, adding that he was charged with driving while impaired. Two passengers in Hampton’s vehicle were arrested after police officers said they saw them trying to conceal weapons under the passenger seat. Hampton, signed by the Ravens in January, had a 0.10 blood-alcohol level, police said.

  • Harrington clears mental hurdle to return to winner's circle

    PGA: The Honda Classic-Final RoundPadraig Harrington's drop down the rankings ended with a playoff win over Daniel Berger at the Honda Classic on Monday, the Irishman keeping those barren days out of mind during a thrilling final round. "I was not allowing my emotions to get away with me," said Harrington, who had not won on the PGA or European Tour for nearly seven years.




  • NFL salary cap increased by $10 million to $143.28 million for 2015

    NFL: Super Bowl XLIX-New England Patriots vs Seattle Seahawks(Reuters) - The National Football League has increased the 2015 salary cap by $10 million to $143.28 million per team, representing increased revenues from new television deals, according to the league's website. Several teams will enter the free-agent signing period that starts on March 10 with a large amount of cap space available. The Jaguars have $68.2 million, the Raiders $55.4 million, the Browns $53.74 million and the Jets $51.4 million, according to the website OverTheCap.com, nfl.com reported. (Reporting by Larry Fine in New York; Editing by Steve Keating.)




  • Former PGA pro retracts Woods ban claims

    US golfer Tiger Woods announced on February 11 he would not return to competition until his game shows major improvementFormer US PGA Tour player Dan Olsen on Monday retracted a claim that Tiger Woods has been suspended for a month after Woods' agent and tour officials strongly denied the statement. I want to apologize to Nike, the PGA Tour, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and (tour commissioner) Tim Finchem," Olsen said in a statement released by WFVN radio station based in Lansing, Michigan website. Olsen, a teaching pro who last played a US PGA event at the 2011 PGA Championship, compared Woods to noted US disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, who was stripped of seven Tour de France titles and admitted he took banned performance-enhancing substances.




  • Berger so close to remarkable rookie win

    PGA: The Honda Classic-Final RoundRookie Daniel Berger came from nine strokes behind the lead to enter a playoff for the Honda Classic on Monday but lost out on the second sudden-death hole to Ireland's Padraig Harrington. The 21-year-old Floridian, whose father Jay was a professional tennis player, reaching the quarter-finals in the French Open and U.S. Open, is ranked 173rd in the world, but showed the talent and poise to suggest his maiden win isn't far away.




  • Canadian broadcaster fights ban on domestic ads during Super Bowl

    NFL: Super Bowl XLIX-New England Patriots vs Seattle SeahawksThe exclusive Canadian broadcaster of the Super Bowl is fighting for the right to sell domestic advertising during the blockbuster U.S. football game after a television regulator blocked the practice last month. BCE Inc's Bell Media unit filed a motion to the Federal Court of Appeal on Monday seeking to overturn the ban by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) due to come into effect for the 2017 game. Canadian viewers have long complained that they cannot see the U.S. ads, which this year cost as much as $4.5 million for a 30-second spot. In its decision, the CRTC cited the unique nature of the Super Bowl and the fact that the U.S. advertising is part of the spectacle as reasons for the ban.