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DeMarcus Cousins has raised his scoring average in four consecutive NBA seasonsStar center DeMarcus Cousins was traded from the Sacramento Kings to the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday in a blockbuster NBA trade deal involving five players and two draft picks. Cousins and forward Omri Casspi will join the Pelicans while New Orleans sent rookie guard Buddy Hield, swingman Tyreke Evans, guard Langston Galloway, a 2017 first-round NBA Draft pick and a 2017 second-round selection to the Kings.


NBA: Sacramento Kings at Los Angeles Lakers(The Sports Xchange) - The Sacramento Kings made official on Monday that center DeMarcus Cousins is heading to the New Orleans Pelicans in a blockbuster trade involving five players and two draft picks. Cousins, the centerpiece of the deal, and forward Omri Casspi are heading to the Big Easy in exchange for rookie guard Buddy Hield, swingman Tyreke Evans, guard Langston Galloway, a 2017 first-round pick and a 2017 second-round pick obtained from the Philadelphia 76ers. The 6-foot-11 Cousins, who is averaging a career-best 27.8 points in his seventh season, will form a dominant frontcourt with Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, who averages 27.7 points and is coming off a record 52-point performance in the All-Star Game.


PGA: Ryder Cup(Reuters) - World number three Rory McIlroy, eyeing a comeback next week from injury, continued his tune-up with a round with U.S. President Donald Trump in south Florida on Sunday, it was reported. The Clear Sports & Entertainment company posted a picture on its Twitter feed of Trump with McElroy, former New York Yankees baseball player Paul O'Neill and Clear Sports Chief Executive Garry Singer. The round reportedly took place at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach.


LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers James, who also guided Miami to two NBA crowns in four finals appearances, says being the player others measure themselves against feeds the hunger for more successLeBron James resumes his bid for a seventh consecutive NBA Finals appearance Thursday while the Golden State Warriors plan their third consecutive finals trip and Russell Westbrook takes aim at history. Only six players have reached the finals more consecutive years than James, who led the Cleveland Cavaliers over the Warriors last year in the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history after the Cavs lost to Golden State in 2015.


Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland played at Trump International Golf Club after receiving an invitation to play alongside President TrumpIrish golf superstar Rory McIlroy played 18 holes with US President Donald Trump on Sunday, despite his fractured rib, it was widely reported on Monday. No Laying Up golf website said McIlroy played Sunday morning at Trump International Golf Club after receiving the invitation Saturday night to play alongside Trump, who took office last month. "He probably shot around 80," McIlroy told the website.


Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland sits on the 18th bunker and holds the Claret Jug for photographers after winning the British Open golf championship at Royal St George's in Sandwich, southern EnglandThe British Open will be held at Royal St George's in 2020, golf authorities announced on Monday, returning the major to the Kent coast club two years after it lifted a ban on women members. Failure to do so could have seen it removed from the Open rota, a fate that befell Scottish course Muirfield after members voted against allowing women to join. The 2020 tournament will be the 149th edition of Britain's golf major and the 15th time it has been held on the links course at Sandwich.


The British Open will be held at Royal St George's in 2020, golf authorities announced on Monday, returning the major to the Kent coast club two years after it lifted a ban on women members. Failure to do so could have seen it removed from the Open rota, a fate that befell Scottish course Muirfield after members voted against allowing women to join. The 2020 tournament will be the 149th edition of Britain's golf major and the 15th time it has been held on the links course at Sandwich.

Northern Irish golfer Darren Clarke memorably won the British Open at Royal St George's in 2011Royal St George's will host the 149th British Open in 2020, the tournament's organisers announced on Monday. The Kent venue, which voted to admit women members two years ago, will stage the Open for the 15th time and the first since Darren Clarke's memorable victory in 2011. Northern Ireland's Clarke held off Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson to lift the famous Claret jug on the course in Sandwich, south-east England.


Feb 20 (Gracenote) - The World Rankings 1. (3) Dustin Johnson (U.S.) 10.28 2. (1) Jason Day (Australia) 9.77 3. (2) Rory McIlroy (Britain) 9.13 4. (4) Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 8.64 5. (5) Hideki Matsuyama (Japan) 8.59 6. (6) Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 8.47 7. (7) Adam Scott (Australia) 5.80 8. (8) Justin Thomas (U.S.) 5.52 9. (9) Sergio Garcia (Spain) 5.18 10. (11) Alexander Noren (Sweden) 5.07 11. (10) Patrick Reed (U.S.) 5.07 12. (12) Justin Rose (Britain) 4.83 13. (13) Danny Willett (Britain) 4.61 14. (14) Rickie Fowler (U.S.) 4.54 15. (15) Bubba Watson (U.S.) 4.36 16. (16) Paul Casey (Britain) 4. ...

People play golf at Kasumigaseki Country Club in KawagoeBy Kwiyeon Ha SAPPORO, Japan (Reuters) - The club scheduled to host the golf at the 2020 Tokyo Games must allow women to have full membership or organizers will have to find another venue, International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice president John Coates told Reuters on Monday. The private Kasumigaseki Country Club in Saitama prefecture, which is set to host both men's and women's tournaments in July and August 2020, forbids women from playing on Sundays and excludes them from becoming full members. Coates, who is head of the coordination commission which oversees preparations for the Games, said he had only become aware of the issue on his last visit to Tokyo at the end of last year and that organizers were now aware of the IOC's stance.


The club scheduled to host the golf at the 2020 Tokyo Games must allow women to have full membership or organisers will have to find another venue, International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice president John Coates told Reuters on Monday. The private Kasumigaseki Country Club in Saitama prefecture, which is set to host both men's and women's tournaments in July and August 2020, forbids women from playing on Sundays and excludes them from becoming full members. Coates, who is head of the coordination commission which oversees preparations for the Games, said he had only become aware of the issue on his last visit to Tokyo at the end of last year and that organisers were now aware of the IOC's stance.

DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings attends practice for the 2017 NBA All-Star Game, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, on February 18The New Orleans Pelicans are hoping to give their playoff chances a boost by acquiring power forward DeMarcus Cousins from the Sacramento Kings, US media reported Sunday night. Cousins would join forces with fellow all-star Anthony Davis who scored 52 points and was named MVP of Sunday's all-star game. Nothing was official but Yahoo Sports, ESPN and USA Today reported that the Kings were on the verge of dealing Cousins for rookie guard Buddy Hield, swingman Tyreke Evans, guard Langston Galloway, a 2017 first-round pick and a 2017 second-round pick obtained from the Philadelphia 76ers.


Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans dunks the ball during the 2017 NBA All-Star Game, at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, on February 19Anthony Davis scored a record 52 points on his home court as the West team continued their domination by outgunning the East 192-182 in the 66th annual NBA All-Star Game. The New Orleans Pelicans star Davis was named MVP and broke the scoring record of 42 points set by Wilt Chamberlain in 1962. Defense was non-existent at the Smoothie King Center arena as Davis set the tone with 22 first-half points and Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook combined on a couple of playful passing exchanges including one in the opening quarter with former teammate Kevin Durant.


NBA: All Star Game-Eastern at Western(The Sports Xchange) - In the full-court layup drill and three-point contest otherwise known as the 66th NBA All-Star Game, New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis set an All-Star record with 52 points and Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook added 41 points to carry the Western Conference to a 192-182 victory over the Eastern Conference on Sunday night in New Orleans. In a game in which defense was outlawed and feuding former teammates Westbrook and Kevin Durant played together for only 81 seconds, the West defeated the East for the sixth time in the last seven games.


Dustin Johnson of the US poses with the trophy after the final round of the Genesis Open, at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California, on February 19, 2017Dustin Johnson made the complicated world golf ranking calculations simple on Sunday, vaulting to number one with a convincing victory in the Genesis Open. All week at Riviera Country Club, Johnson shied away from talk of ending Jason Day's 47-week run atop the rankings -- a possibility that also depended on where Day finished.


(Reuters) - Top golfers needed to pick up their games to keep pace with Dustin Johnson, Australian Jason Day said on Sunday after losing top ranking to the long-hitting American. After 47 consecutive weeks at the top, Day ceded his position when Johnson won the Genesis Open in southern California on Sunday. "Whatever he's doing, he just needs to keep doing it," Day told reporters after finishing a distant equal 64th at Riviera.
Top golfers needed to pick up their games to keep pace with Dustin Johnson, Australian Jason Day said on Sunday after losing top ranking to the long-hitting American. After 47 consecutive weeks at the top, Day ceded his position when Johnson won the Genesis Open in southern California on Sunday. "Whatever he's doing, he just needs to keep doing it," Day told reporters after finishing a distant equal 64th at Riviera.

PGA: Genesis Open - Final Round(Reuters) - Dustin Johnson secured the world number one ranking in style when he smoked the field for a five-stroke victory at the Genesis Open in southern California on Sunday. With the victory, American Johnson jumps from third to first in the world rankings, supplanting Australian Jason Day, who finished tied for 64th. Despite two late bogeys, he finished at 17-under-par 267, with Thomas Pieters (63) of Belgium and American Scott Brown (67) a distant second on 12-under in the event formerly named the Los Angeles Open.


* Never headed in final round * Stellar driving key to victory (Adds quotes, details) Feb 19 (Reuters) - Dustin Johnson secured the world number one ranking in style when he smoked the field for a five-stroke victory at the Genesis Open in southern California on Sunday. With the victory, American Johnson jumps from third to first in the world rankings, supplanting Australian Jason Day, who finished tied for 64th. Despite two late bogeys, he finished at 17-under-par 267, with Thomas Pieters (63) of Belgium and American Scott Brown (67) a distant second on 12-under in the event formerly named the Los Angeles Open.

Dustin Johnson is the 20th player to reach world number one since rankings started in 1986Dustin Johnson powered to a five-shot victory in the Genesis Open on Sunday, his long-sought first win at Riviera Country Club propelling him to number one in the world. Pulling double duty in the weather-disrupted US PGA Tour event, Johnson used his formidable length off the tee and a sure putting stroke to build a big lead and held on down the stretch. On a marathon final day he produced a third-round 64 and a final round of even par 71 for a 17-under par total of 267.


Feb 20 (Gracenote) - FedEx Cup rankings 1. (1) Hideki Matsuyama (Japan) 1697 2. (2) Justin Thomas (U.S.) 1627 3. (3) Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 947 4. (4) Pat Perez (U.S.) 934 5. (5) Brendan Steele (U.S.) 840 6. (33) Dustin Johnson (U.S.) 803 7. (6) Jon Rahm (Spain) 771 8. (7) Mackenzie Hughes (Canada) 716 9. (9) Charles Howell III (U.S.) 638 10. (8) Hudson Swafford (U.S.) 610 11. (10) Rod Pampling (Australia) 560 12. (11) Gary Woodland (U.S.) 549 13. (12) Adam Hadwin (Canada) 540 14. (17) Justin Rose (Britain) 526 15. (13) Cody Gribble (U.S.) 481 16. (14) Russell Knox (Britain) 449 17. ...
Feb 20 (Gracenote) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Genesis Open at the par-71 course on Sunday in Pacific Palisades, California -17 Dustin Johnson (U.S.) 66 66 64 71 -12 Thomas Pieters (Belgium) 70 68 71 63 Scott Brown (U.S.) 68 68 69 67 -11 Wesley Bryan (U.S.) 69 69 63 72 Justin Rose (Britain) 69 71 65 68 Charley Hoffman (U.S.) 68 68 70 67 Kevin Na (U.S.) 67 69 67 70 -10 Cameron Tringale (U.S.) 69 64 71 70 Martin Laird (Britain) 70 68 70 66 Ollie Schniederjans (U.S.) 68 69 69 68 -9 Bill Haas (U.S.) 71 71 64 69 Noh Seung-Yul (Korea) 71 70 67 67 Jimmy Walker (U.S. ...
American Dustin Johnson became golf's world number one for the first time on Sunday with his victory at the PGA Tour's Genesis Open in Los Angeles. Johnson, who had been third in the world rankings, takes over top spot from Australian Jason Day, who had held the honour for 47 consecutive weeks.
Feb 19 (Gracenote) - Race to Dubai rankings 1. (1) Tommy Fleetwood (Britain) 566717 2. (2) Fabrizio Zanotti (Paraguay) 461689 3. (3) Wang Jeunghun (South Korea) 436151 4. (4) David Lipsky (U.S.) 429136 5. (5) Sergio Garcia (Spain) 410224 6. (6) Sam Brazel (Australia) 386683 7. (7) Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spain) 371396 8. (8) Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 330253 9. (9) Bernd Wiesberger (Austria) 315779 10. (10) Pablo Larrazabal (Spain) 310471 11. (67) Brett Rumford (Australia) 273553 12. (11) Brandon Stone (South Africa) 266186 13. (12) Jaco Van Zyl (South Africa) 252137 14. ...

PGA: Genesis Open - Third Round(Reuters) - Dustin Johnson, bidding to take the world number one ranking, surged to a five-stroke lead after the third round of the weather-plagued Genesis Open on a busy Sunday. The long-hitting Johnson stayed on course for his first top ranking with a sizzling round of seven-under 64 at the famed Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles. The world number three quickly went back to work as officials tried to cram the tournament's final 36 holes into a long day of play.


Dustin Johnson, bidding to take the world number one ranking, surged to a five-stroke lead after the third round of the weather-plagued Genesis Open on a busy Sunday. The long-hitting Johnson stayed on course for his first top ranking with a sizzling round of seven-under 64 at the famed Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles. The world number three quickly went back to work as officials tried to cram the tournament's final 36 holes into a long day of play.
Feb 19 (Gracenote) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Genesis Open at the par-71 course on Sunday in Pacific Palisades, California -17 Dustin Johnson (U.S.) 66 66 64 -12 Wesley Bryan (U.S.) 69 69 63 -10 Kevin Na (U.S.) 67 69 67 -9 Cameron Tringale (U.S.) 69 64 71 -8 Adam Scott (Australia) 68 69 68 Justin Rose (Britain) 69 71 65 Scott Brown (U.S.) 68 68 69 Patrick Rodgers (U.S.) 68 67 70 -7 Ollie Schniederjans (U.S.) 68 69 69 Bill Haas (U.S.) 71 71 64 Jimmy Walker (U.S.) 70 70 66 Charley Hoffman (U.S.) 68 68 70 Branden Grace (South Africa) 67 70 69 -6 Pat Perez (U.S. ...
Hometown hero Brett Rumford nailed his final drive to beat Thai teenager Phachara Khongwatmai 2&1 in the six-hole matchplay final to win the inaugural World Super 6 title in Perth on Sunday and claim back his European Tour card. Despite the innovative format, the 39-year-old Australian put together what was effectively a wire-to-wire victory at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club, having finished the first three rounds of strokeplay with a five-shot lead. The final was all square until the fourth hole when Rumford somehow got himself out of the trees, over a bunker and onto the green with a brilliant second shot before sinking a 10-foot putt to take the lead.

Brett Rumford plays a tee-shot during the final of the World Super 6 golf tournament in Perth, on February 19, 2017Australia's Brett Rumford captured his sixth European Tour title with a historic victory over Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai in the final of the inaugural World Super 6 Perth on Sunday. Rumford, who dominated the field by five shots after 54 holes of strokeplay, won four match play rounds of the revolutionary new European Tour format to claim victory. It was Rumford's first win since the 2013 Volvo China Open.


Feb 19 (Gracenote) - Scores from the European Tour World Super 6 at the par-72 course on Saturday in Perth 1. Brett Rumford (Australia) 2. Phachara Khongwatmai (Thailand) 3. Adam Bland (Australia) 4. Jason Scrivener (Australia) 5. Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa) 6. Steven Jeffress (Australia) 7. Matthew Millar (Australia) 8. Wade Ormsby (Australia) 9. Johannes Veerman (U.S.) 9. David Bransdon (Australia) 9. Jake Higginbottom (Australia) 9. Nick Cullen (Australia) 9. Adam Blyth (Australia) 9. Lucas Herbert (Australia) 9. Austin Connelly (Canada) 9. Hideto Tanihara (Japan) 17. ...
Australian Brett Rumford beat Thai teenager Phachara Khongwatmai two and one in the six-hole matchplay final to win the inaugural World Super 6 title in Perth on Sunday. Despite the innovative format, the 39-year-old local put together what was effectively a wire-to-wire victory at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club, having finished the first three days of strokeplay with a five-shot lead. Rumford hit his tee shot to within three feet of the flag on the par-three fifth hole of the final, while Phachara hit the greenside bunker and had no luck putting his way out.

Ha Na Jang of South Korea tees off on the final day of the Australian Open Golf Tournament at the Royal Adelaide Golf Club on Febuary 19, 2017South Korea's Jang Ha-Na stormed to a three-shot victory in the Australian Open at Royal Adelaide with a blistering eagle-birdie finish on Sunday. The world number six claimed her fourth LPGA tournament win with a sensational flourish to her final round. Jang, 24, conjured a remarkable finish with an eagle from long range at the 17th followed by a brilliant birdie at the 18th to reach 10-under 282.


Basket - Robinson wins NBA slam dunk contestGlenn Robinson scored a perfect 50 on his final dunk to capture the NBA All Star Game's slam dunk title after leaping over three people for a dynamic two-handed reverse jam. Indiana Pacers forward Robinson jumped over teammate Paul George, the club's mascot and a Pacer cheerleader to easily win the contest over Phoenix Suns rookie Derrick Jones. The Los Angeles Clippers' DeAndre Jordan and the Orlando Magic's Aaron Gordon were eliminated in the earlier rounds.


NBA: All Star Saturday Night(The Sports Xchange) - Indiana Pacers guard Glenn Robinson III won the Slam Dunk title over Phoenix Suns forward Derrick Jones Jr. on Saturday night by leaping over teammate Paul George, the Pacers mascot and a Pacers dance team member for a reverse slam that merited a perfect 50 in the final round. In the final round of the crowd-pleasing event on All-Star Weekend in New Orleans, Robinson faced off against the Phoenix rookie, who advanced from the four original competitors. The Clippers' DeAndre Jordan and the Magic's Aaron Gordon were eliminated in the earlier rounds.


Dustin Johnson prepares to putt on the fourth hole during a continuation of the second round at the Genesis Open in Pacific Palisades, CaliforniaDustin Johnson edged closer to golf's world number one ranking, firing a five-under par 66 to seize a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the weather-hit Genesis Open. The US Open champion, who could jump from number three in the world to number one with a long sought victory at Riviera Country Club, had a 36-hole total of 10-under par 132. It was a further two strokes back to Venezuela's Jhonattan Vegas and Americans Patrick Rodgers and J.T. Poston on 135.


PGA: Genesis Open - Second Round(Reuters) - Long-hitting Dustin Johnson closed in on the world number one ranking when he took the second-round lead at the weather-plagued Genesis Open on Saturday. Johnson overcame some errant iron shots mid-round, storming home with three birdies in the final four holes for a five-under-par 66 on the damp and unusually lush Riviera course. The U.S. Open champion posted a 10-under 132 halfway total in the event formerly known as the Los Angeles Open, one stroke better than fellow Americans Pat Perez (66) and Cameron Tringale (64).


Long-hitting Dustin Johnson closed in on the world number one ranking when he took the second-round lead at the weather-plagued Genesis Open on Saturday. Johnson overcame some errant iron shots mid-round, storming home with three birdies in the final four holes for a five-under-par 66 on the damp and unusually lush Riviera course. The U.S. Open champion posted a 10-under 132 halfway total in the event formerly known as the Los Angeles Open, one stroke better than fellow Americans Pat Perez (66) and Cameron Tringale (64).

Two-time NBA scoring champion Tracy McGrady, pictured in February 2012, is one of the 14 Basketball Hall of Fame finalists this yearNew York (AFP) - Two-time NBA scoring champion Tracy McGrady, two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Sidney Moncrief and five-time All-Star Chris Webber were among 14 Basketball Hall of Fame finalists named Saturday.


Denver Nuggets guard Emmanuel Mudiay, who is from the Democratic Republic of Congo, said returning to his home continent to play for Team Africa is 'a dream come true'The NBA's second game in Africa, a matchup of African talent against a global lineup, will be staged August 5 in Johannesburg, the NBA and its players union announced Saturday. Orlando Magic center Bismack Biyombo and Denver Nuggets guard Emmanuel Mudiay, both from the Democratic Republic of Congo, will play for Team Africa against a Team World squad that will include Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum.


People take pictures of fireworks during the inauguration ceremony of the Trump International Golf Club in Dubai on February 18, 2017The American president's businessman sons opened the Trump International Golf Club Saturday as Dubai hosted the first foreign launch of a venue bearing Donald Trump's name since he took office. The Trump International Golf Club, developed in the glitzy Gulf city state by luxury real estate firm DAMAC Properties, was inaugurated by the billionaire's sons Eric and Donald Jr. The event marks the Trump Organization's first public overseas launch since the president's January 20 inauguration.


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