Sports News Roundup: MLB faces offseason challenges; Penguins donate USD 350K to shooting victims
Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Golf: Kuchar shares first-round Makayoba lead as wife caddies elsewhere
Matt Kuchar earned a share of the first-round lead at the Mayakoba Classic in Mexico on Thursday while his wife gave playing companion Zach Johnson an assist. Sybi Kuchar took over caddying for Johnson for the final four holes when the two-times major winner's bagman Damon Green took ill with suspected dehydration at El Camaleón in Playa del Carmen.
Prosecutors seek reinstatement of Hernandez murder conviction
The Supreme Judicial Court in Massachusetts has started a review of a state legal principle that wiped out the murder conviction of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez after his suicide. On Thursday, the justices heard arguments from prosecutors as to why convictions shouldn't be erased if those found guilty die before an appellate court has reviewed facts of the trial.
MLB faces offseason challenges
Major League Baseball heads into the offseason with no shortage of issues to address, most pressingly the drop in stadium attendance and TV ratings, a trend toward longer games and a dearth of star power in its ranks. Easy answers, however, may prove hard to come by.
Olympics: Italy backs 2026 Winter Games bid by Milan and Cortina
The Italian government has given its support to a joint bid by Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo for the 2026 Winter Olympics, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said on Thursday. The two cities, Calgary and Stockholm are the only three definite candidates to host the event, and a decision is due in June.
NFL trailblazer Triplett dies at 92
Wally Triplett, a Detroit Lions running back who was the first African-American to be drafted and play in the NFL in a regular-season game, has died at 92. "Wally is one of the true trailblazers in American sports history," the Lions said in a news release announcing his death. "He resides among the great men who helped reshape the game as they faced the challenges of segregation and discrimination.
Red Sox's Martinez doubles up on Silver Slugger honors
J.D. Martinez pulled off an unprecedented feat Thursday, becoming the first player to capture two Silver Slugger awards in the same year. The Boston Red Sox star received American League honors at designated hitter, where he played 93 games this season, and in the outfield, where he played 57 games.
NFL notebook: QB McCown to start for Jets
New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown will start on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, coach Todd Bowles said Thursday. It will be the first start of the season for the 16-year veteran. McCown, 39, started 13 games for the Jets last season.
MLB owners expected to approve Manfred contract: report
Major League Baseball owners are expected to unanimously approve a five-year contract extension for commissioner Rob Manfred when they meet next week in Atlanta, USA Today reported Thursday. He needs the approval of 23 of 30 owners.
Pirates sign 3B Kang to one-year deal
Jung Ho Kang signed a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates and will compete to be the everyday third baseman in 2019. General manager Neal Huntington declined Kang's $5.5 million option on Oct. 31, but indicated he would be given another chance with the organization.
Penguins donate nearly $350K to shooting victims
The Pittsburgh Penguins donated nearly $350,000 Thursday to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh to benefit victims and families of the shootings at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill section of the city, the team announced. The team, its foundation, fans and corporate partners have been raising money through its "Stronger Than Hate" campaign since the Oct. 27 shootings. Eleven people were killed and six others -- including four police officers -- were injured.
(With inputs from Reuters)
(With inputs from agencies.)