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McIlroy set for back scan after painful South Africa defeat

Golf - WGC-HSBC Champions Golf Tournament(Reuters) - Rory McIlroy was suffering from a back problem during his South African Open playoff loss to England's Graeme Storm on Sunday and the Briton will undergo scans this week to learn the extent of the injury and time he could be forced to sit out. McIlroy has been injury-free since missing two months with a sprained ankle in 2015, a layoff that prevented him from defending his British Open title, and the latest setback could rule him out of next week's Abu Dhabi Championship.



Golf-McIlroy set for back scan after painful South Africa defeat

Rory McIlroy was suffering from a back problem during his South African Open playoff loss to England's Graeme Storm on Sunday and the Briton will undergo scans this week to learn the extent of the injury and time he could be forced to sit out. McIlroy has been injury-free since missing two months with a sprained ankle in 2015, a layoff that prevented him from defending his British Open title, and the latest setback could rule him out of next week's Abu Dhabi Championship.


Harden's triple-double leads Rockets past Nets

NBA: Houston Rockets at Brooklyn Nets(Reuters) - Eric Gordon's sprained left big toe was not normal on Friday and neither was the pace and 3-point rhythm of the Houston Rockets. Pace and rhythm returned in a big way for the Rockets, who also mixed in effective second-half defense against the worst team in the league. Gordon scored 24 points, James Harden recorded his 12th triple-double of the season with 22 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds as Houston snapped its first losing streak of the season with a 137-112 rout of the Brooklyn Nets Sunday night.



Dunleavy settles in at Atlanta, NBA Raptors batter Knicks

Michael Beasley (R) of the Milwaukee Bucks drives against Mike Dunleavy of the Atlanta Hawks during their NBA game at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, on January 15, 2017Mike Dunleavy is fitting in nicely with his new team, scoring a season-high 20 points as the Atlanta Hawks beat the Milwaukee Bucks 111-98. Dunleavy, who was playing in just his second NBA game with the Hawks, initially baulked at a trade to Atlanta that sent Kyle Korver to the Cleveland Cavaliers. It took a meeting with coach Mike Budenholzer to convince him it was a good career move.



Green Bay stun Cowboys, Steelers top Chiefs in NFL playoff battle

Mason Crosby (L) of the Green Bay Packers celebrates with teammate Aaron Rodgers after kicking the game winning field goal against the Dallas Cowboys in the final seconds of their NFC Divisional Playoff game, in Arlington, Texas, on January 15, 2017Mason Crosby kicked a last-gasp field goal as the Green Bay Packers downed the Dallas Cowboys 34-31 in a thrilling NFL playoff battle on Sunday. Crosby held his nerve superbly to kick the winning three-pointer from 51 yards with just three seconds left on the clock in the final twist of an epic duel at the AT&T Stadium. Green Bay will now play the Atlanta Falcons next Sunday in the National Football Conference Championship game for a place in the February 5 Super Bowl in Houston.



Golf-FedEx Cup rankings

Jan 16 (Gracenote) - FedEx Cup rankings 1. (2) Justin Thomas (U.S.) 1614 2. (1) Hideki Matsuyama (Japan) 1177 3. (3) Pat Perez (U.S.) 754 4. (4) Brendan Steele (U.S.) 648 5. (5) Mackenzie Hughes (Canada) 643 6. (6) Rod Pampling (Australia) 560 7. (7) Cody Gribble (U.S.) 481 8. (8) Russell Knox (Britain) 449 9. (13) Gary Woodland (U.S.) 411 10. (10) Luke List (U.S.) 382 11. (9) Scott Piercy (U.S.) 356 12. (39) Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 335 13. (11) Daniel Berger (U.S.) 330 14. (12) Brooks Koepka (U.S.) 316 15. (14) Patton Kizzire (U.S.) 300 15. Justin Rose (Britain) 300 17. (33) Jamie Lovemark (U.S. ...


Boswell boots Steelers past Chiefs, into AFC title game

NFL: AFC Divisional-Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs(The Sports Xchange) - The Pittsburgh Steelers did not spend much time in the end zone at Arrowhead Stadium in Sunday's AFC divisional round game against the Kansas City Chiefs. In fact, it was the home team that scored the game's only touchdowns. The victory sends the Steelers to the AFC Championship Game next Sunday against the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. ET at Gillette Stadium.



Justin Thomas delivers Hawaiian punch, setting PGA record

Justin Thomas of the US celebrates winning on the 18th green after the final round of the Sony Open, at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii, on January 15, 2017Justin Thomas made more history at the Sony Open, firing a five-under 65 to set the PGA Tour's lowest 72-hole score at 253. Thomas on Sunday sank a one-foot birdie putt on the par-five 18th at the Waialae Country Club course where his 27-under 253 is the lowest four round score of all-time. Unforgettable," Thomas said.



Thomas romps to Sony Open victory in record style

PGA: Sony Open in Hawaii - Third Round(Reuters) - Justin Thomas overcame a slow start for a second straight day before five birdies in seven holes helped him wrap up a wire-to-wire victory in record style at the Sony Open in Honolulu, Hawaii on Sunday. The long-hitting American clinched his fourth PGA Tour title, his second in a row and his third of the young season, by seven strokes after firing a five-under-par 65 at Waialae Country Club for a stunning 27-under total of 253. Thomas, who had opened with a magical 11-under 59 to take control of the tournament, signed off with a comfortable two-putt birdie at the par-five last to add yet another slice of golf history to his dominant week of multiple records.



Golf-Thomas romps to Sony Open victory in record style

(adds quotes, detail) * Thomas finishes strong after nervous start to win by seven * Sets PGA Tour record low for 72 holes Jan 16 (Reuters) - Justin Thomas overcame a slow start for a second straight day before five birdies in seven holes helped him wrap up a wire-to-wire victory in record style at the Sony Open in Honolulu, Hawaii on Sunday. The long-hitting American clinched his fourth PGA Tour title, his second in a row and his third of the young season, by seven strokes after firing a five-under-par 65 at Waialae Country Club for a stunning 27-under total of 253. Thomas, who had opened with a magical 11-under 59 to take control of the tournament, signed off with a comfortable two-putt birdie at the par-five last to add yet another slice of golf history to his dominant week of multiple records.


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