Del Potro refuses to be downhearted after comeback loss

MIAMI (Reuters) – Argentine Juan Martin del Potro’s latest comeback from injury ended in defeat to Canadian Vasek Pospisil at the Miami Open on Thursday.

Venus and Wozniacki ease into third round in Miami

MIAMI (Reuters) – Venus Williams eased into the third round of the Miami Open with a comfortable 6-3 6-2 win over Poland’s Urszula Radwanska on Thursday while Caroline Wozniacki also progressed.

Trial of ex-NFL star Hernandez interrupted by bomb threat

FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) – A bomb scare interrupted the murder trial of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez on Thursday, forcing dozens of people including the judge, attorneys, reporters and Hernandez himself out of the courthouse for two hours.

McDowell pulls out of Texas Open with Masters in mind

(Reuters) – With next month’s Masters in mind, Graeme McDowell withdrew from the opening round of the Texas Open in San Antonio after nine holes on Thursday because of a nagging left ankle injury.

Late U.S. basketball coach Dean Smith’s final task for players: Dinner on me

(Reuters) – The late Dean Smith had one final task for those who played for him during his 36 years as basketball coach at the University of North Carolina: Go out for dinner on him.

Kuchar tied for early lead at windy San Antonio

(Reuters) – American Matt Kuchar ground out a level-par 72 that he described as “amazing” to share the early first-round lead at the Texas Open in San Antonio where the players struggled in gusting winds on Thursday.

Adidas replaces chief of TaylorMade golf unit

LONDON/BERLIN (Reuters) – German sporting goods maker Adidas named David Abeles to lead its struggling TaylorMade golf unit, it said on Thursday, replacing Ben Sharpe, who is leaving for personal reasons.

WTA leader sees more growth via TV, fan input

(Reuters) – With gender equality achieved and a host of new sponsors brought in, WTA chairman and CEO Stacey Allaster has set her sights on further growth of the tour via a landmark television deal and by enhancing the fan experience.