Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Williams, Sharapova cruise into third round in Qatar 2013-02-12T202922Z_1_BRE91B1G9_RTROPTC_0_US-TENNIS-WOMAN-DOHA.X ML () -
NHL: Leafs netminder Reimer strains ligament, out at least a week 2013-02-13T011755Z_1_BRE91C024_RTROPTC_0_US-NHL-LEAFS-REIMER.XM L () -
Iconic Riviera again lures a top-quality field
PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) - The fact that British world number three Luke Donald heads the strongest PGA Tour field of the year at this week's Northern Trust Open should come as no surprise given the popularity of the venue. The par-71 layout at iconic Riviera Country Club, with its long established links to the movie stars of Hollywood, has long been regarded by the players as one of the top courses on the U.S. circuit.
Deal should make "King Felix" richest pitcher 2013-02-12T223104Z_1_BRE91B1KD_RTROPTC_0_US-BASEBALL-MARINERS-H ERNANDEZ.XML () -
Woods adds three PGA Tour events to Masters buildup 2013-02-12T223414Z_1_BRE91B1KO_RTROPTC_0_US-GOLF-PGA-WOODS.XML () -
Celtics suffer another setback, lose Barbosa for season 2013-02-12T232815Z_1_BRE91B1MQ_RTROPTC_0_US-NBA-CELTICS-BARBOSA .XML () -
Fahey praises USADA exposure of Armstrong drug taking
LONDON (Reuters) - World Anti-Doping Agency president John Fahey praised on Tuesday the U.S. investigation which led to cyclist Lance Armstrong losing his seven Tour de France titles based on evidence which did not include a positive dope test. Armstrong finally confessed in a television interview last month that he had doped in each of the Tour victories after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) produced evidence it said proved he was a drugs cheat.
Wrestling in shock as IOC wields Games axe
LAUSANNE (Reuters) - Wrestling was left in a state of shock after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) made a surprise recommendation on Tuesday to drop the sport from the 2020 Games. Contested in the first modern Olympics in 1896 and part of the ancient Games in Olympia, wrestling will now join seven other candidate sports battling for one spot in a revamped program.
Late Match Play gain for Swede Jacobson
PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) - Two days after agonizingly missing out on a spot in next week's WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, Fredrik Jacobson celebrated a late call-up on Tuesday after the withdrawal of Brandt Snedeker. American world number four Snedeker pulled out of the elite World Golf Championships (WGC) event in Arizona because of sore ribs, handing 66th-ranked Jacobson a berth in the 64-player field.
Donald turns to Michael Jordan to improve mental approach 2013-02-12T182547Z_1_BRE91B1BV_RTROPTC_0_US-GOLF-PGA-DONALD.XML () -