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Reuters Sports News Summary


Reuters
Updated: 07-11-2018 22:28 IST

Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.

MLB notebook: Harper rejected Nationals’ offer

On the last day of the 2018 season, star outfielder Bryce Harper turned down a long-term "aggressive offer" by the Washington Nationals, according to the Washington Post. The Post reported on Tuesday that the offer didn't include any opt-outs and was less than the $400 million some have speculated Harper would receive after he and his agent Scott Boras held discussions throughout September.

NBA notebook: Lakers sign C Chandler

The Los Angeles Lakers made official what had been speculated for days, signing free agent center Tyson Chandler on Tuesday. While the team did not announce details of Chandler's contract, ESPN reported the deal will pay Chandler $2,109,867 and the Lakers will take on a cap hit of $1,333,140. Chandler agreed to take $2.1 million off his $13.6 million salary to secure a buyout from the Phoenix Suns last weekend.

USOC under pressure to fix USA Gymnastics before Tokyo 2020

Like a world-class gymnast, the United States Olympic Committee(USOC) needs to nail a perfect landing to put a damaging sexual abuse scandal behind it ahead of the 2020 Games in Tokyo, sports sponsorship experts said. The USOC's announcement this week that it would seek to revoke the status of USA Gymnastics as the national governing body for the sport reflects pressure from fans, athletes and sponsors for a lasting solution for the scandal-plagued organization.

Panthers: Steelers figures to be offensive shootout

The Thursday night matchup of the visiting Carolina Panthers and the Pittsburgh Steelers shapes up as a showdown of big offenses. Pittsburgh running back James Conner has emerged as one of the top stories in the NFL. A fill-in for the disgruntled Le'Veon Bell, Conner has four consecutive 100-yard rushing games to stand second in the league with 706 rushing yards overall. He also has proven effective catching the ball out of the backfield.

Harvick penalized, loses guaranteed playoff spot

Kevin Harvick's celebration in Texas has been spoiled. A victory in Sunday's 500-mile Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway had locked Harvick in as the second driver to earn a berth in the four-car Championship Round of the playoffs. But the sanctioning body docked him 40 points after finding illegal alterations to his rear spoiler.

NFL notebook: Jones says no coaching changes in Dallas

Head coach Jason Garrett and offensive coordinator Scott Linehan are likely to finish the 2018 season with the Dallas Cowboys, owner Jerry Jones said late Monday night. "I very candidly didn't see this coming," Jones said following his team's 28-14 home loss to Tennessee on Monday Night Football after coming off a bye week. "I thought we would be sitting here with a positive result. This is a surprise to me and is a setback. Now when you're halfway through the season, losing a ballgame in the NFL, if that causes you to be deterred or to not think that there's a future ahead of you, then you've picked the wrong world to operate in."

Olympics: Roof raised at Tokyo 2020 gymnastics venue

The second section of the timber roof at the Olympics Gymnastics Center in Tokyo was raised on Wednesday, marking the halfway point of the construction of the temporary venue. The roof of the 10,000-seat venue, which will host gymnastics at the Olympics and boccia in the Paralympics, will be raised in 200-tonne sections with all five scheduled to be in place by May next year.

NBA fines Irving $25K for throwing ball in stands

The NBA has fined Kyrie Irving $25,000 for throwing the basketball into the stands Monday following Boston's 115-107 loss to Denver, the league announced Tuesday. The incident occurred after Nuggets guard Jamal Murray, sitting on a career-high 48 points with the game already decided, took a 3-pointer at the final buzzer in an attempt to reach the 50-point mark. Irked by Murray's move, Irving grabbed the ball and air mailed it into the stands at Denver's Pepsi Center.

Lakers sign C Chandler

The Los Angeles Lakers made official what had been speculated for days, signing free agent center Tyson Chandler on Tuesday. While the team did not announce details of Chandler's contract, ESPN reported the deal will pay Chandler $2,109,867 and the Lakers will take on a cap hit of $1,333,140. Chandler agreed to take $2.1 million off his $13.6 million salary to secure a buyout from the Phoenix Suns last weekend.

American Melichar relishes making Fed Cup debut against country of birth

American Nicole Melichar expects to have mixed feelings when she makes her Fed Cup debut in this weekend's final against the Czech Republic - the country of her birth. Melichar is one of three Americans playing in their first Fed Cup tie for the defending champions, who are having to field a second string team with Serena and Venus Williams unavailable along with Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys.

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