Accolades pour in for Lakers’ Bryant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant has often been a polarizing figure during his illustrious NBA career, criticized by some for being too selfish and not doing enough as a facilitator for his team mates.

Jerry Sandusky’s pension appeal denied but lawyer vows to keep fighting

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) – Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach sentenced to decades in prison for sexually molesting boys, has lost his first appeal of a decision to strip him of his $4,900 monthly pension, but his lawyer sa…

Kenya’s marathon queen Jeptoo fails second doping test

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenyan Rita Jeptoo, winner of the Boston and Chicago marathons for the last two years, has tested positive for a banned substance in a B sample taken after she failed an out-of-competition check in September.

F1 showed its best and worst in 2014

LONDON (Reuters) – Formula One entered a brave new world in 2014 but sometimes the glamour sport seemed more cruel than cool, and more determined to alienate than attract new fans.

U.S. swimmer Phelps sentenced to 18 months probation for drunken driving

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – American swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, pleaded guilty on Friday to driving under the influence of alcohol and received 18 months of supervised probation and a one-year suspended jail sentence.

Djokovic and Williams take ITF annual honors

Putin says Russia will not stint on spending for 2018 World Cup

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia would not stint on spending money to stage the soccer World Cup in 2018 at an end-of-year news conference on Thursday.

Christmas is a bit of a trial for Ecclestone

LONDON (Reuters) – Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has revisited his German bribery trial in a mischievous Christmas card depicting himself handing over $100 million to a masked highwayman pointing a pistol at him.