Manu Ginobili, who helped Argentina win 2004 Olympic gold and contributed to four NBA titles by the San Antonio Spurs, confirmed Monday he will return to the Spurs next season. The 37-year-old guard even had a mention for teammate Tim Duncan in his Twitter announcement that he would be back for a 14th NBA campaign, saying: "Happy to announce that I'm coming back next season. The Spurs received more good news later Monday with a reported deal for free agent forward David West, a two-time NBA All-Star who spent the past four seasons at Indiana after eight more with New Orleans.
Another video of an American football player hitting a woman was made public Monday, with a teen collegian's actions reviving memories of the Ray Rice incident from a year ago. The Florida State Attorney's office released a surveillance video of DeAndre Jordan, a 19-year-old freshman quarterback at US college powerhouse Florida State, punching a woman in the face at the crowded bar Yiannis in a June 24 incident. Officials say they charged him after seeing the video and talking with the woman struck, who had a black eye and bruised lip and face.
Rory McIlroy could miss the defence of his British Open crown after announcing on his Twitter account on Monday that he had ruptured a ligament in his left ankle. "Total rupture of left ATFL (ankle ligament) and associated joint capsule damage in a soccer kickabout with friends on Saturday," the Northern Irishman said. A spokesman for McIlroy later said that, despite the injury, he has not ruled himself out of defending his Open Championship title at St Andrews from July 16.
By Douglas Beattie LONDON (Reuters) - World number one Rory McIlroy is facing a real struggle to be fit for next week's British Open at St Andrews after rupturing ligaments in his left ankle, according to former European Tour physio Jonathan Shrewsbury. Shrewsbury told Reuters in a telephone interview on Monday the normal recovery time was 12 weeks for the injury that the 26-year-old Northern Irishman sustained while playing soccer with friends. "Rory is really up against it to play in the Open," the Englishman explained.
Jeremy Lin, the first American NBA player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent, could be on his way to the Dallas Mavericks next season, according to reports Monday. The 26-year-old free agent point guard, who played for the Los Angeles Lakers last season, is near to agreeing terms on a deal that would bring Lin to the Mavericks. In 2012, Lin became famous worldwide while playing for the New York Knicks.
(Reuters) - Struggling teen clothing retailer American Apparel Inc launched a restructuring plan to cut costs but warned it may not be enough to meet funding requirements in the next 12 months. The company, which is being sued by founder and former CEO Dov Charney, said on Monday it would cut jobs and close stores to slash costs by about $30 million over the next 18 months. American Apparel said there could be no guarantee that even after the restructuring it would have sufficient funds in the next 12 months unless it raised additional capital.
By Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - Former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice is waging an unrelenting crusade to get back on the field nearly a year after being booted from the National Football League - along with his $35 million contract - over a heinous case of domestic abuse. Videos of the 28-year-old, two-time Pro Bowler's workouts have been sent to NFL teams, as Rice crosses his fingers that executives will give him a second chance. General managers are wringing their hands contemplating whether Rice can still deliver on the gridiron and, if he were signed, would he be an unwanted distraction off the field, NFL analysts say.
By Mitch Phillips LONDON (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy's defence of golf's British Open and a keenly-anticipated contest with American Jordan Spieth was thrown into doubt on Monday when he revealed he had ruptured an ankle ligament while playing football with friends. "Total rupture of left ATFL (ankle ligament) and associated joint capsule damage in a soccer kickabout," McIlroy wrote on his Instagram account. McIlory's showdown with double major winner Jordan Spieth was expected to be the highlight of the Open, which takes place at St Andrews on July 16-19.