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Lakers' Gasol out indefinitely with foot injury
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol has been sidelined indefinitely after sustaining a tear in his right foot, his team said on Wednesday. Gasol was injured during the Lakers' victory over Brooklyn on Tuesday and received scans which confirmed an injury serious enough to keep him off court for a while.
Trouble-free opening 63 for Joburg Open co-leader Sterne
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African Richard Sterne, looking to go one better than his runner-up finish at last week's Dubai Desert Classic, fired an eight-under 63 to share the Joburg Open first-round lead on Thursday. The 31-year-old, playing on his home Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club, produced six birdies and a chip-in eagle at the ninth to join German rookie Maximilian Kieffer at the top of the leaderboard.
U.S. stunned, Mexico held as final round kicks off 2013-02-07T055525Z_2_BRE91605O_RTROPTC_0_US-SOCCER-WORLD-CONCAC AF.XML () -
Garnett leads Rondo-less Celtics to fifth straight win
TORONTO (Reuters) - Kevin Garnett recorded a season-high 27 points as the Boston Celtics continued to prosper in the absence of Rajon Rondo by holding off the Toronto Raptors 99-95 to secure a fifth successive win on Wednesday. The Celtics, who were expected to fade from the post-season picture when Rondo went down with a season-ending knee injury, have instead gone on a storming run, with all five of their victories coming since the All-Star guard was hurt.
Las Vegas sevens to help U.S. push sport forward
WELLINGTON (Reuters) - The stakes are high for the United States as they head into their home round of the rugby sevens world series under pressure to perform, men's team coach Alex Magleby has said. The Las Vegas tournament from February 8-10 is the fifth leg of the nine-stop series, and rankings points at its conclusion will determining seedings for the sevens World Cup in Moscow in June.
League reinstates Williams after bounty scandal, joins Titans 2013-02-07T183455Z_1_BRE916106_RTROPTC_0_US-NFL-TITANS-WILLIAMS .XML () -
Anti-doping agency extends deadline for Armstrong 2013-02-07T014149Z_3_BRE91601R_RTROPTC_0_US-CYCLING-ARMSTRONG-U SADA.XML () -
Perfect Fasth helps Ducks steer clear of Avalanche 2013-02-07T080615Z_2_BRE91605X_RTROPTC_0_US-NHL-AVALANCHE.XML () -
Australians win race to top of Empire State Building
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Australians Mark Bourne and Suzy Walsham were the fastest man and woman to race up the 1,576 steps of the Empire State Building on Wednesday in the run up of the iconic New York landmark. Bourne finished in 10 minutes, 12 seconds and Walsham clocked 12:05 in the race up 86 floors that is described as a vertical marathon, the New York Road Runner (NYRR), which organizes the annual Empire State Building Run-Up, said.
Lefty commands spotlight at Pebble Beach
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