|_______________||1 || McIlroy backs countryman Clarke for Ryder Cup captaincy |
By Matt Smith DUBAI (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy wants fellow Northern Irishman Darren Clarke to captain Europe's Ryder Cup team in 2016 in what is shaping up to be a battle between the former British Open champion and Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez. ?I'm going to be a little biased -- Darren is a good friend of mine and from Northern Ireland, so it would be great to see him get the captaincy, but if it was to be Miguel then I'd have no problems with that either,? McIlroy told a news conference. ?They are going to have a tough decision,? he added ahead of this week's Dubai Desert Classic. On Tuesday, world number two Henrik Stenson and sixth-ranked Sergio Garcia, both team stalwarts, told reporters it would likely be a straight fight between Clarke and Jimenez over who will replace 2014 skipper Paul McGinley.
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|_______________||2 || Facebook to sell real-time Super Bowl ads, taking on Twitter |
This Super Bowl Facebook is taking a page from Twitter's playbook, for the first time during a football championship selling ads that target people based on what they are talking about in real time. These include video ads that will play automatically on Facebook's newsfeed, triggered by key words that members mention in their posts as they watch the American football game on Feb. 1. Smartphones and tablets provide a second screen for the Super Bowl's 100 million television viewers to comment about the game as it proceeds, giving advertisers a more precise way to target messages.
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|_______________||3 || Singapore Open to return next year with new sponsor |
The Singapore Open, once billed as "Asia's Major", will return next year for the first time since 2012 with a new title sponsor, organisers said on Wednesday. The Asian Tour said in a statement that Japan's Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp (SMBC) had signed a three-year deal to be the main sponsor of the event at Singapore's Sentosa Golf Club. The tournament, formerly one of the region's richest with prize money of $6 million when last held in November 2012, was cancelled in 2013 when British bank Barclays decided not renew its sponsorship. "The Singapore Open was always one of our best events... it is tremendous to have it back as it is an important event for our region and our tour," Asian Tour Chairman Kyi Hla Han said in the statement.
|7h 29min 3sec ago|
|_______________||4 || Bulls end Warriors' 19-game home win streak in OT |
Derrick Rose scored 30 points and the Chicago Bulls outlasted Golden State 113-111 in overtime, snapping the Warriors' club-record home win streak at 19 games. The Warriors, leading the NBA in 3-pointers, on Tuesday went 0-for-13 from beyond the arc in the second half and over-time, missing all four long-range tries in the decisive extra five minutes, when Golden State was 2-of-11 shooting from the floor. Rose sank the winning basket with just over seven seconds remaining, sinking a long jumper with Klay Thompson's hand in his face. Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol each added 18 points for the Bulls, with Frenchman Noah grabbing 15 rebounds and passing out six assists and Spaniard Gasol adding 16 rebounds and eight assists.
|8h 40min 51sec ago|
|_______________||5 || Ichiro inks one-year deal with Miami Marlins |
Ichiro Suzuki, a two-time American League batting champion nearing a Major League Baseball milestone, has signed a one-year contract with the Miami Marlins, the team announced. The 41-year-old Japanese outfielder, who needs only 156 hits to reach the coveted 3,000 mark in his North American career, is likely to be a reserve fielder and pinch hitter for the National League club. Suzuki, a 10-time All-Star, is the first Japanese player in the history of the Marlins.
|10h 29min 31sec ago||
|_______________||6 || Plumlee, Oladipo among young stars in Dunk Contest |
The Orlando Magic's Victor Oladipo, the 2014 NBA Rookie of the Year runner-up, and Brooklyn Nets standout Mason Plumlee are among four rising stars named to the 30th NBA Slam Dunk Contest. Greek 20-year-old forward Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks and Minnesota rookie guard Zach LaVine will also compete in the annual showdown of acrobatic leaps and spectacular ball-jamming staged on the eve of the annual NBA All-Star Game.
|10h 49min 10sec ago|