Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Report: Cavs enter draft in dark on LeBron's plan
Entering the 2018 NBA Draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers must operate without knowing the status of LeBron James, who can opt out of his contract before the end of the month. James, Cleveland.com reported, has been in touch with the team through his representatives. However, James himself is not certain whether he will return to Cleveland, according to the report, and therefore cannot share his intentions with the franchise.
Russia on brink of knockout stage after win over Egypt
World Cup hosts Russia virtually booked their place in the second round with a 3-1 win over Egypt on Tuesday that moved them to top of Group A with six points from two games. A three goal blitz in the space of 15 minutes early in the second half put the Russians firmly in command before Egypt's Mohamed Salah, who had a subdued game on his return from injury, struck from a penalty, awarded after a video review.
A National Basketball Association player on Tuesday filed a civil lawsuit in federal court alleging Milwaukee police used excessive force in a January arrest that he claims officers unnecessarily escalated from a simple parking violation. According to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Milwaukee, Sterling Brown, a guard for the Milwaukee Bucks who is black, was wrongfully arrested and mistreated because of his race by a police department with a history of excessive force against black people.
Murray unsure about Wimbledon after comeback defeat
Andy Murray was back at one of his favorite stomping grounds on Tuesday and while the resumption of his career ended in defeat by Nick Kyrgios, the Scot remained upbeat about his return from injury, if guarded about his Wimbledon participation. The 31-year-old three-times Grand Slam champion had not played a competitive match since losing to Sam Querrey in last year's Wimbledon quarter-finals and opted to have right hip surgery five months ago.
NHL notebook: Facing scrutiny, Hoffman traded twice in one day
Left winger Mike Hoffman was traded by the Ottawa Senators to the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday on the heels of allegations his fiancee harassed captain Erik Karlsson's wife. Hoffman then was acquired by the Florida Panthers only a few hours later. Hoffman was shipped out along with ECHL defenseman Cody Donaghey and Ottawa's fifth-round choice in the 2020 draft. The Sharks in return gave up a sixth-round pick in 2020, defenseman Julius Bergman and forward Mikkel Boedker.
Giants' Strickland punches wall, breaks hand
San Francisco Giants closer Hunter Strickland blew a save and took the loss Monday night, and then the Giants lost Strickland for six to eight weeks when he punched a door in anger and broke his hand. Strickland had surgery on the pinkie finger of his right hand, according to manager Bruce Bochy. The 29-year-old was placed on the 10-day disabled list, with right-hander Pierce Johnson recalled from Triple-A Sacramento in a corresponding roster move.
Iran captain sidesteps women in stadiums issue
Iran captain Masoud Shojaei said on Tuesday that the World Cup was the wrong place to discuss the issue of women being allowed to watch football matches at stadiums in the Islamic republic. Iranian women are expected to be in the crowd at the Kazan Arena on Wednesday when their country takes on Spain, taking advantage of an opportunity not available to them back home.
Major League Baseball notebook: Kershaw to make rehab start Saturday
Clayton Kershaw will make a rehab start on Saturday before returning to the top of the starting rotation with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Tuesday before a doubleheader with the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field that Kershaw, who pitched a three-inning simulated game Monday, was in favor of the stint with Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Australia's five-time British Open champion Thomson dies
Five-time British Open champion Peter Thomson died at his home in Melbourne on Wednesday after a four-year battle with Parkinson's disease, Golf Australia said. He was 88. Considered one of Australia's greatest golfers, Thomson was the first from the country to win the British Open when he took the title in 1954. He won it again in 1955, 1956 and 1958, and was runner-up in 1957.
Pirates' Brault sings U.S. national anthem before Brewers game
When Pirates pitcher Steven Brault took the field at PNC Park in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, it had nothing to do with fastballs or curveballs. Instead, fulfilling a wish from his grandmother, Brault sang the national anthem before the game against the Milwaukee Brewers.
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