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Reuters Last Updated at 10-08-2018 13:34:37 IST United States

Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.

MLB notebook: Verlander credits wife for the career revival

Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander has many reasons to be grateful, and his recent marriage to supermodel/actress Kate Upton just might be the biggest blessing of his life. In fact, the 2011 Cy Young Award winner credits Upton for saving his baseball career, according to an article Thursday from Bleacher Report.

Tiger rallies to finish even at PGA Championship

Tiger Woods' final major tournament of 2018 began like so many of his events this year -- a wayward driver leading to big early numbers and then a mad scramble to the finish line. When all was said and done, Woods was standing at even par, tied for 48th, following an opening round of 70 at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis on Thursday.

NFL preseason roundup: Browns' Mayfield tosses 2 TD passes in debut

The NFL's top two 2018 draft picks were on display at the Cleveland Browns defeated the New York Giants 20-10 in a preseason opener on Thursday night in East Rutherford, N.J. No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield replaced Browns starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor late in the first quarter and responded by connecting on 11 of 20 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns. The Heisman Trophy winner also converted two fourth-down plays with his own running plays.

MLB roundup: Betts hits for cycle in Red Sox's loss

Mookie Betts hit for the cycle for the first time in his career Thursday night, but it was not enough to give the visiting Boston Red Sox a three-game sweep over the Toronto Blue Jays, who held on to win 8-5. Boston's six-game winning streak ended while Toronto snapped a three-game skid.

Djokovic stunned by Greek teen Tsitsipas in Toronto

Greek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas secured the biggest win of his career when he sent Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic packing in the third round of the Rogers Cup with a stunning 6-3 6-7(5) 6-3 win on Thursday. Top seed Rafa Nadal battled past Swiss wild card Stan Wawrinka 7-5 7-6(4) and will next meet Marin Cilic, who took down Argentinian Diego Schwartzman 6-3 6-2.

Halep dominates Venus to end the long day at Rogers Cup

Top seed Simona Halep made quick work of Venus Williams 6-2 6-2 on Thursday to end a long day at the Rogers Cup that saw her advancing to the quarter-finals. Halep had to grind out a 7-6(9) 4-6 7-5 win over Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova earlier in the day, completing a match that began Wednesday but was halted due to rain.

NFL notebook: HOF inductee Moss gets hate mail for the tie

Newly inducted Hall of Fame wide receiver Randy Moss said hundreds of pieces of hate mail greeted him upon his return from Canton, Ohio, this week. Moss wore a tie listing the names of a dozen black men and women killed by police and was congratulated by dozens of NFL and NBA players for the statement.

Woodland chops away to take lead at PGA Championship

Journeyman Gary Woodland, who has never posted a top-10 finish in a major, found himself leading after the first round PGA Championship on Thursday firing a six-under 64 to nudge Rickie Fowler out of top spot. For most of the day, Fowler had ruled the leaderboard after launching his quest for his first major with a 65 but could only watch as Woodland mounted an unexpected charge.

At least five players protest during an anthem

On the first full night of the NFL preseason, at least five players expressed some form of protest during the playing of the national anthem. Two Eagles players raised their fists in Philadelphia, a Dolphins player did likewise in Miami, and two Dolphins took a knee.

Warriors' Curry cards opening-round 71 at Ellie Mae Classic

Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry carded a 1-over-par 71 in the opening round of the Tour's Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward, Calif., on Thursday. Curry is tied for 106th in the 156-player field. Adam Long, Seth Reeves and Spaniard Samuel Del Val are tied for the lead at 7 under.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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