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  • Ko eyes major breakthrough at LPGA Mission Hills

    Lydia Ko of New Zealand, seen in action during the pro-am for the ANA Inspiration, on the Dinah Shore Tournament Course, at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California, on April 1, 2015Lydia Ko, at 17 already the youngest golfer ever to reach number one in the world, will try to add a first major championship to her sparkling resume this week at the LPGA's ANA Inspiration. A victory would make the South Korean-born New Zealander the youngest major champion in LPGA history, surpassing American Morgan Pressel, who was 18 when she lifted the trophy on the same Mission Hills Country Club Dinah Shore Tournament course in 2007. Although Ko hasn't finished in the top 25 in two prior appearances at Mission Hills, her remarkable recent consistency makes her the player to beat this week. Ko brings a streak of 28 straight LPGA rounds under par into the tournament -- one shy of matching the record set by Swedish great Annika Sorenstam in 2004.




  • Ice-cool Ko aims to have fun at Mission Hills

    LPGA: JTBC Founders Cup-First RoundBy Mark Lamport-Stokes RANCHO MIRAGE, California (Reuters) - New Zealand's Lydia Ko has been exposed to increased expectation and much bigger crowds since becoming world number one but, so far, the 17-year-old is handling it all with remarkable poise. This week, the South Korea-born golfing prodigy heads into the first women's major of the season with a chance to break Annika Sorenstam's run of 29 consecutive rounds under par on the LPGA Tour. Ko has strung together 28 sub-par rounds, and says she plans to "have fun" while bidding to break Sorenstam's record at Misson Hills Country Club where her aim is simply to play well. "Obviously because I'm so close (to Sorenstam's record), it will be at the back of my mind because there's been so much talk about it," Ko told reporters on Wednesday while preparing for the ANA Inspiration.




  • Golf-Ice-cool Ko aims to have fun at Mission Hills
    By Mark Lamport-Stokes RANCHO MIRAGE, California, April 1 (Reuters) - New Zealand's Lydia Ko has been exposed to increased expectation and much bigger crowds since becoming world number one but, so far, the 17-year-old is handling it all with remarkable poise. This week, the South Korea-born golfing prodigy heads into the first women's major of the season with a chance to break Annika Sorenstam's run of 29 consecutive rounds under par on the LPGA Tour. Ko has strung together 28 sub-par rounds, and says she plans to "have fun" while bidding to break Sorenstam's record at Misson Hills Country Club where her aim is simply to play well. "Obviously because I'm so close (to Sorenstam's record), it will be at the back of my mind because there's been so much talk about it," Ko told reporters on Wednesday while preparing for the ANA Inspiration.

  • Mission Hills fan Lewis targets a third major win

    LPGA: JTBC Founders Cup-Final RoundBy Mark Lamport-Stokes RANCHO MIRAGE, California (Reuters) - Eight years ago, Stacy Lewis was an amateur when she tied for fifth at Mission Hills Country Club in the first women's major of the season, a tournament she has grown to love. In 2011, the American overhauled the world number one Yani Tseng in the final round at Mission Hills to claim her first major crown, and this week she will be bidding to extend her career tally of grand slam wins to three. "I'm excited to be back," world number three Lewis, 30, told reporters on the eve of Thursday's opening round of the ANA Inspiration. I like where my game is at." Lewis, who won her second major at the 2013 Women's British Open, has made a habit of excelling at Mission Hills where she has recorded four top-five finishes in eight starts.




  • Kings reportedly set for historic Bhullar deal

    Sim Bhullar (L) was a two-time Western Athletic Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player for New Mexico State University as they reached the NCAA Tournament in 2013 and 2014Los Angeles (AFP) - The Sacramento Kings are reportedly poised to ink Sim Bhullar to a 10-day contract that would make the towering center the first player of Indian descent in the NBA.




  • Korean Park back at happy hunting ground

    Park In-bee of South Korea hits off the ninth fairway at LPGA Canadian Women's Open golf tournament in CoquitlamBy Mark Lamport-Stokes RANCHO MIRAGE, California (Reuters) - Park In-bee returns to one of her most successful venues for this week's ANA Inspiration at Mission Hills Country Club where two years ago she won her second major title with a "nearly perfect" display. Park was the overnight leader heading into the final round in 2013 and was never threatened after she birdied the first two holes on the way to a commanding four-stroke victory. "That week my game was nearly perfect," the South Korean world number two told reporters before playing in the pro-am competition at a sun-bathed Mission Hills on Wednesday.




  • Ex-NFL star handled gun that may have been murder weapon: friend

    Former New England Patriots football player Hernandez and his attorney Rankin listen as prosecution witness Alexander Bradley is questioned at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall RiverBy Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - A former friend of Aaron Hernandez testified on Wednesday that he saw the ex-New England Patriots player handle a gun similar to the one prosecutors contend he used to murder an acquaintance, and that Hernandez had a distrustful nature. Alexander Bradley, who had been friends with the former tight end, was permitted to tell jurors that Hernandez had access to the type of pistol he is accused of using to murder semipro football player Odin Lloyd, but not about a separate 2013 incident in which Bradley contends Hernandez shot him in the face. Hernandez, 25, is charged with killing Lloyd, who was dating his fianceeā€™s sister. Lloyd was found shot dead in June 2013 in an industrial park near Hernandez's home in North Attleborough, Massachusetts.




  • Tiger plays 18 but unsure of Masters

    Tiger Woods plays his second shot from the rough on the 11th hole of the north course on February 5, 2015 in La Jolla, CaliforniaTiger Woods played an 18-hole practice round at Augusta National but remains uncertain if he will compete in next week's Masters, according to reports. ESPN and USA Today, citing comments from Woods agent Mark Steinberg, reported that Woods continues to work on his game but is undecided if he will be ready in time for the year's first major and try for a fifth green jacket.




  • Parker fastest to 1,000 NBA games

    Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs who has spent his whole NBA career at the Texas franchise, is the 114th player to join the 1,000 game clubSan Antonio Spurs star guard Tony Parker has become the fastest NBA player to reach 1,000 career games. "To tell the truth, I did not even know it was my 1,000th game," Parker told AFP after the Spurs beat Miami Heat 91-85 on Tuesday to get within a win of a playoff place. Parker, 32, who has spent his whole NBA career at the Texas franchise, is the 114th player to join the 1,000 game club.




  • Spurs burn Heat in rematch of last year's final

    Kawhi Leonard, pictured earlier in the season, scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the defending champion San Antonio Spurs returned to Miami for the first time since last year's Finals and delivered a 95-81 defeat to the HeatThe defending champion San Antonio Spurs returned to Miami for the first time since last year's NBA Finals and delivered a 95-81 defeat to the struggling Heat. Kawhi Leonard scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds while French guard Tony Parker added 16 points and a game-high five assists and Tim Duncan contributed 12 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. It was the 14th win in 17 games for the Spurs and their fourth in a row, boosting San Antonio to 48-26 on the season, one loss behind Portland for fifth place in the Western Conference.