Reuters Sports News Summary
Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
NFL notebook: Rams GM says Donald talks are progressing
Tuesday's deadline to report to training camp came and went as defensive end Aaron Donald's holdout with the Los Angeles Rams continued, but general manager Les Snead hinted Wednesday that a deal could be getting closer. Snead told reporters that the Rams and Donald, 27, were "in the same zip code, area code, ballpark" in their negotiations. Snead, who said the Rams have an offer on the table, clarified that "Zip code usually means you're close, but we still haven't agreed."
Tennis: Pliskova, Kerber upset in Montreal
The punishing serve that propelled Karolina Pliskova to the top of the tennis world last year proved ineffective against Kiki Bertens at the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Wednesday as the Dutchwoman cruised to a 6-2 6-2 victory. The ninth-seeded Czech failed to record a single ace in the second-round battle but committed eight double faults and was broken seven times by the defensive-minded Bertens.
Triathlon: Spirig adds to laurels with sixth European title
Nicola Spirig, one of the great triathlon exponents the sport has seen, added yet another title to her golden collection when she swam, cycled and ran to the most emphatic victory in the European Championships on Thursday. The Swiss lawyer and mother-of-two, the oldest woman in the race at 36, was still in a different class to her opponents as she sped away with her sixth European triathlon title by more than half-a-minute to dethrone Britain's Jess Learmonth.
NBA notebook: Lakers-Warriors to meet on Christmas
LeBron James and Stephen Curry are the headliners for the NBA's annual Christmas Day marathon with the Los Angeles Lakers visiting the Golden State Warriors as part of a five-game slate. The NBA released its official schedule on Wednesday, confirming rumored, if expected, primetime billing for the Warriors and Lakers.
Report: Jets consider trading QB Bridgewater
Teddy Bridgewater is thrilled to be back on the football field after two years recovering from a knee injury in Minnesota, but his stay with the New York Jets could be brief. According to the New York Daily News, consideration is already being given by Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan to what an acceptable price might be should a team come calling for Bridgewater.
Nadal routs Paire to reach third round in Toronto
Rafael Nadal was made to wait before his second-round Rogers Cup match due to several rain delays but did his part to put the schedule back on track with a speedy 6-2 6-3 win over Frenchman Benoit Paire on Wednesday. World number one Nadal, who kicked off the evening session a little over an hour after its original start time, had some issues with his serve later in the match but still needed only 74 minutes to secure his spot in the third round.
MLB roundup: Stanton crushes rare slam as Yanks finish sweep
Giancarlo Stanton hit his first grand slam in over four years, Luis Severino settled down after a shaky start to become the first 15-game winner in the American League, and the New York Yankees beat the host Chicago White Sox 7-3 Wednesday night to finish a three-game sweep. Stanton gave the Yankees a 6-2 lead when he hooked a full-count fastball by Lucas Giolito (7-9) just inside the foul pole and into the right field seats with one out in the second inning. It was his sixth career grand slam and first since a walk-off grand slam against Seattle's Yoervis Medina on April 18, 2014.
Boxing: Bulgarian Pulev to fight Hughie Fury in Sofia
Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev, known as The Cobra, will make his much-anticipated comeback after an absence of a year and a half in a fight against Briton Hughie Fury in Sofia on Oct. 27. The fight to decide the challenger for the International Boxing Federation (IBF) world heavyweight title held by Briton Anthony Joshua will be Pulev's first since April, 2017 when he beat American veteran Kevin Johnson in Sofia.
Swimming: Mixed day for Ledecky at start of Pan Pacific championships
Five-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky beat one resurgent teenager but lost to another on a dramatic first day of the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships on Thursday. The American comfortably held off Australia's Ariarne Titmus to set a championship record in the 800 meters freestyle and win the opening race before 18-year-old Canadian Taylor Ruck set a meet record to beat Ledecky who finished third in the 200.
Golf: Players battle for PGA Championship as hackers attack
The headline group of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and holder Justin Thomas launched bids for the PGA Championship at a sunny Bellerive Country Club on Thursday after a report that the major had come under attack from a group of hackers. Woods, the top attraction despite not winning a major in over a decade, was trailed by a massive gallery as he began his quest for a record-equalling fifth PGA crown on the back nine with a bogey at the 10th as did four-time major winner McIlroy.(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)