Sunday, January 10, 2016

WORLD SPORTS: Gase is new Dolphins coach, Spieth surges ahead

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The Miami Dolphins made Adam Gase the National Football League's youngest active head coach on Saturday, believing the 37-year-old can end the team's post-season frustration.

"We did exhaustive research on all of the candidates ahead of time and conducted thorough and detailed interviews with each person," said Dolphins owner and managing general partner Stephen Ross in a statement on the team's website.

"In the end, I was convinced and the search committee was unanimous Adam was the right leader for our football team who best met all of our priorities.

"He has high energy, is competitive and driven to win with a mindset of teaching and developing players."

Gase comes to Miami from the Chicago Bears where he served as offensive coordinator last season. He was Denver's offensive coordinator in 2013 and 2014 when the Broncos and Peyton Manning led the league in scoring offense (34.0 points per game), total offense (430.1 yards per game) and passing offense (315.8 yards per game).


Spieth surges ahead in Hawaii

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World number one Jordan Spieth chipped in for an eagle and grabbed seven birdies in a nine-under par 64 on Friday to surge four strokes clear of the field after two rounds of the US PGA Tournament of Champions.

After another lovely day on the par-73 Plantation Course at Kapalua, Hawaii, Masters and US Open champion Spieth had a 16-under par total of 130 and a four-shot lead over first-round leader Patrick Reed, Kevin Kisner and Argentinian Fabian Gomez.

Reed had four birdies in a four-under 69 for 134, while Kisner climbed up the leaderboard with an eight-under 65 that included an eagle and six birdies and Gomez carded a bogey-free 66 that featured seven birdies.

New Zealand's Danny Lee was alone in fifth after a 68 for 135.


Former Cardinals scout chief facing jail over Astros hack

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The former director of scouting at the St Louis Cardinals faces a possible prison sentence and a heavy fine after pleading guilty to hacking computers belonging to the rival Houston Astros, a justice department statement said Friday.

Chris Correa entered his guilty plea to all counts during a federal court hearing in Houston, where he had been charged with five counts of unauthorized access of a protected computer.

Prosecutors said Correa, who worked for the Cardinals from 2009 up until July last year, had accessed an Astros database known as Ground Control, which contained an array of data including scouting reports, statistics and contract information.

Correa admitted accessing the database between March 2013 and March 2014 in order to gain access to Astros information.


Japanese pitcher Maeda joins Dodgers on eight-year deal


The Los Angeles Dodgers signed an eight-year contract with Japanese right-hander Kenta Maeda on Thursday as the team continues to fill the void left by the departure of Zack Greinke.

Maeda, a starting pitcher, has registered a record of 97-67 and a 2.39 earned-run average since he joined the Hiroshima Carp of the Japan Central League in 2008.

The 27-year-old is coming off a 15-8 season with a 2.09 ERA in 29 starts and earned his second Sawamura Award as the league's top pitcher.


Korean pitchers banned for overseas gambling


The Korean Baseball Organisation (KBO) handed out half-season suspensions to pitchers Lim Chang-yong and Oh Seung-hwan on Friday following allegations they were involved in illegal gambling in Macau.

Prosecutors in December sought a summary order against the two pitchers and asked a local court to impose 7 million won ($5,848) each in fines.

Free agents Oh and Lim are suspected of gambling tens of thousands of dollars in Macau in November 2014. South Korea's gambling laws ban nationals from betting in casinos abroad.


Stone and Brooks share lead at lightning-plagued SA Open

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South Africa's Brandon Stone and Daniel Brooks of England shared the lead at the lightning-plagued SA Open on Saturday when only three players managed to complete their third rounds.

Both men were locked at 10 under for the tournament at the Glendower Golf Club when play was halted for the third consecutive day.

Brooks had been one of 78 players who had to return early on Saturday morning to complete their second rounds and he had opened up a one-shot midway lead with six birdies in his last 11 holes moving him to nine under par.