Reuters Sports News Summary
Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Soccer: Homeless World Cup to honor memory of late co-founder
As more than 500 soccer players gather in Mexico City next week for the 16th Homeless World Cup, the tournament will take place against the backdrop of the death last month of its co-founder Harald Schmied at the age of 50. The Austrian, diagnosed two years ago with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), created the tournament with Mel Young almost 20 years ago to improve the lives of impoverished people through the beautiful game.
Back on top, Djokovic eyes sixth ATP Finals crown
Novak Djokovic can now add the "Comeback Player of the Year" award to his vast collection of honors and the Serb can complete his remarkable resurgence by winning a record-equalling sixth title at the ATP Finals next week. When Djokovic began the year outside the top 10 in the ATP rankings and battling the elbow injury that sidelined him for the second half of 2017, few imagined he would arrive for the season-ender in London back as leader of the pack.
NHL roundup: Blackhawks lose in Colliton's debut
The Carolina Hurricanes built an early lead and held on for a 4-3 victory against the host Blackhawks on Thursday night in the first game after a Chicago coaching change. Andrei Svechnikov, Jaccob Slavin, Phillip Di Giuseppe and Calvin de Haan scored to give Carolina a 4-0 lead. Di Giuseppe was in his first game since a recall this week from the American Hockey League.
Warriors star Curry out at least a game with injury
Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry has been ruled out of Saturday's game against the Brooklyn Nets because of a mild to moderate groin strain, the team announced Friday. Curry underwent an MRI exam earlier in the day, and Warriors coach Steve Kerr found the results "encouraging," but he said Curry was disappointed.
Byard fined for Monday's 'star' celebration
The NFL fined Tennessee Titans safety Kevin Byard $10,026 for his dancing and stomping on the Dallas Cowboys' midfield star, ESPN reported Friday. Byard's celebration occurred after he intercepted a pass during Monday night's 28-14 victory over the Cowboys.
NBA roundup: Curry exits as Bucks blast Warriors
Eric Bledsoe scored six of his game-high 26 points during a second-quarter flurry that allowed the Milwaukee Bucks to build a double-digit lead en route to a shockingly easy 134-111 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday in Oakland, Calif. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points and Malcolm Brogdon 20 for the Bucks, who had lost two of three after a 7-0 start.
Tennis: Federer sees no reason to move ATP Finals from London
Roger Federer would like the ATP Finals to remain in London beyond 2020 unless there is a compelling case to move the tournament. The Swiss has won two of his record six titles at the event at London's O2 Arena where the ATP's prestigious season-ender has been playing to packed crowds since 2009.
Tennis: U.S. counting on debutants in Fed Cup title defense
The United States will send out three debutants to defend their Fed Cup crown against a powerhouse Czech Republic side that suddenly looks vulnerable after being hit with injury and illness. If the two most successful nations in Fed Cup history, the United States, winners of 18 titles, and the Czechs, champions in five of the last seven years, were to field their best, fans could look forward to a marquee final of the highest order.
World Chess Championship starts with Harrelson blunder
World Chess Championship officials might rethink the role of ceremonial starter after Hollywood actor Woody Harrelson knocked over a king and moved the wrong pawn in a comical start to the 2018 event in London on Friday. Norwegian title holder Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana were bemused onlookers as the U.S. actor began their eagerly anticipated match-up by knocking over the American challenger's king, the move that traditionally signals a concession.
Cubs willing to trade Bryant: report
Kris Bryant figured to be one the Chicago Cubs' young cornerstones, but the team is now open to trading him, according to ESPN's Buster Olney. The Cubs have reportedly been telling teams that nearly every player on the team -- including Bryant -- is available.
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