Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Thunder's Ibaka fined $25,000 for low blow 2013-03-05T223849Z_1_BRE92419Q_RTROPTC_0_US-NBA-THUNDER-IBAKA.X ML () -
Fox takes aim at ESPN with national sports TV channel 2013-03-05T234745Z_3_BRE924111_RTROPTC_0_US-NEWSCORP-FOX-SPORTS .XML () -
Rockets bring back guard Brooks for playoff drive 2013-03-05T201713Z_1_BRE92413Q_RTROPTC_0_US-NBA-ROCKETS-BROOKS. XML () -
Lynn-sanity as journeyman Briton excels in U.S. 2013-03-05T195326Z_1_BRE92412J_RTROPTC_0_US-GOLF-PGA-LYNN.XML () -
Panthers' Weiss faces season-ending wrist surgery 2013-03-05T193415Z_1_BRE92411R_RTROPTC_0_US-NHL-PANTHERS-WEISS. XML () -
Els regrets not talking McIlroy out of walk-off
MIAMI (Reuters) - British Open champion Ernie Els says he regrets not advising Rory McIlroy against walking out of the Honda Classic last week but understands the pressure the world number one is feeling. McIlroy, who was playing with South African Els at PGA National, withdrew after slumping to seven over par through eight holes of his second round on Friday.
Taiwan, Netherlands advance in World Baseball Classic 2013-03-05T184442Z_1_BRE9240ZQ_RTROPTC_0_US-BASEBALL-WORLD.XML () -
Georgiou leads Africa qualifying for the Open
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The motivation of returning to the British Open spurred Andrew Georgiou to a opening round of 65 on Tuesday at the African qualifying tournament for the oldest major. The 26-year-old was one of three qualifiers from last year's event and wants another chance to compete for the Claret Jug.
Carmelo injures knee, Knicks rally back to beat Cavaliers 2013-03-05T052048Z_1_BRE92406Z_RTROPTC_0_US-NBA-KNICKS-CARMELO. XML () -
Berdych to make return to Queen's Club
LONDON (Reuters) - World number six Tomas Berdych will play the traditional Wimbledon warm-up event at Queens Club in June as he targets a repeat of his 2010 run to the final at the grasscourt slam. The Czech confirmed on Tuesday that he would take part in the London event, now called the Aegon Championships, in a bid to sharpen his grasscourt skills after the European clay season.