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Scott returns to make amends at Australian Open

Adam Scott has confirmed he will return to Sydney for the Australian Open in November with the intent of making amends for his final-hole disappointment last year. Scott's return is a major coup for organizers after world number one Rory McIlroy committed to returning to defend his title at The Australian Golf Club from November 27-30. McIlroy snatched the Stonehaven Cup from Scott at the final hole last year, depriving Scott of a rare "triple crown" of Australian titles after he won the Australian Masters and Australian PGA Championship in an end-of-year swing through his home country. "I finished such an amazing month on such a disappointing note, and the result just gutted me for weeks in not winning the Australian Open," Scott said in a media release on Thursday.

USA basketball team thrash Dominican Republic

The United States hammered the Dominican Republic 105-62 in a basketball World Cup tune-up at Madison Square Garden in New York. Wednesday's lopsided contest gave US coach Mike Krzyzewski a prime opportunity to tinker with his star-studded lineup. He was without Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose, who was a late scratch after returning to the game for the first time in eight months on Saturday in an exhibition win over Brazil in Chicago.

Giants protest upheld, will finish Cubs game

The San Francisco Giants became the first team in 28 years to win a Major League Baseball protest, and will finish out a rain-shortened game at the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs were leading 2-0 on Tuesday night after four-and-a-half innings -- the minimum for a regulation game. The Giants, who are in the thick of the playoff race, claimed that not enough was done to dry the infield in a timely manner. "We appreciate Major League Baseball's careful review of our protest that will allow last night's game to be continued tomorrow," Giants president Larry Baer said in a statement.

Former Tennessee Titans player Tim Shaw says he has ALS

By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) - Former Tennessee Titans linebacker Tim Shaw revealed he has ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, in a video that shows him dumping a bucket full of ice water over his head as part of an ALS fundraiser. "I’m here today to stand up and fight with all of you against this disease,” he said in the video posted on Tuesday, before dousing himself as part of the "Ice Bucket Challenge" to fight ALS - amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. After taking the challenge, Shaw, 30, called on the Titans organization, Penn State head coach James Franklin, the school's football team and his Clarenceville, Michigan, community to do the same. Shaw was drafted by the Carolina Panthers from Penn State and also played for the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars and Chicago Bears.

Rory seeks fourth win in a row as playoffs open

Top-ranked Rory McIlroy tries to become only the fifth player in PGA history to win four consecutive starts when the season-ending US tour playoffs begin Thursday with The Barclays. The 25-year-old from Northern Ireland won last month's British Open and followed with his first World Golf Championships title at Akron, Ohio, before claiming the PGA Championship two weeks ago for his fourth major title. Four players in PGA history have produced win streaks of at least four tournaments, with Byron Nelson claiming the record at 11 wins in 1945, Tiger Woods taking a career-best seven in a row in 2006 and early 2007, Ben Hogan having a run of six in a row in 1948 and Jack Burke winning four straight in 1952.