Marques Haynes, whose incredible skills dribbling a basketball made him a legendary showman with the Harlem Globetrotters, died Friday of natural causes in Plano, Texas, the team announced. Haynes played in more than 12,000 games in almost 100 countries for the Globetrotters during a 46-year career and was the team's first player to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, an honor he received in 1998. "Basketball has lost one of its most iconic figures," said Globetrotters chief executive officer Kurt Schneider.
(Reuters) - Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak created some buzz by saying future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant had told him that next season would be his last with the Lakers, but the team said on Friday that was no surprise. "He has indicated to me that this is it," Kupchak said about Bryant told SiriusXM NBA Radio on Thursday.
Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Will Smith was issued an eight-game suspension Friday by Major League Baseball for having a foreign substance on his arm to help him grip baseballs. The 25-year-old left-hander says he will file an appeal to the ban and as a result he will be eligible to play for the Brewers until the appeal process in completed. Smith was ejected from Milwaukee's 10-1 loss to Atlanta on Thursday after the grip-aiding substance, what he described as a mixture of rosin and sunscreen, was discovered on his right forearm after he took the mound in the bottom of the seventh inning.
By Tony Jimenez VIRGINIA WATER, England (Reuters) - Francesco Molinari recovered from a shaky start to maintain his lead at the BMW PGA Championship on Friday while title holder Rory McIlroy missed the cut for only the third time in 45 events. McIlroy's back-nine 42 was riddled with errors and a miserable three-putt effort from 20 feet at the last hole meant he plunged to a six-over 78 and a five-over tally of 149. Italian Molinari began the second round with a two-stroke cushion over the rest of the field but his chipping was not up to scratch early on and it led to bogeys at the first and third.
By Tony Jimenez VIRGINIA WATER, England (Reuters) - World number one Rory McIlroy suggested he was "probably in need of a rest" after missing the cut by ballooning to a six-over-par 78 in the second round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on Friday. The title holder frittered away stroke after stroke at the European Tour's flagship event and his five-over total of 149 meant he missed the cut by a considerable margin. McIlroy is in the middle of an untypically busy schedule of five tournaments in a row that will end with the Irish Open event he hosts at Royal County Down next week.
Rory McIlroy insisted he would not be too hard on himself after crashing out of the European PGA Championship at Wentworth on Friday. McIlroy missed the cut after collapsing to a six-over par second round 78 – only the third time in 45 events he has failed to make the weekend. With the world number one out of the equation Italy's Francesco Molinari takes a one-shot lead into the weekend after adding a 69 to his first round 65 for a two-round total of 134, 10-under par.