Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
NHL roundup: Larkin, Wings top Leafs in OT
Dylan Larkin scored on a breakaway at 2:48 of overtime, and the visiting Detroit Red Wings defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 on Thursday night. It was the 11th goal of the season for Larkin, who nearly ended the game with 8.3 seconds left in the third period only to have his shot bounce off both goal posts. Gustav Nyquist had a goal and two assists, and Mike Green scored a goal and added an assist for Detroit. Jonathan Ericsson and Luke Glendening also scored.
Soccer: Leicester City helicopter crash investigators say tail rotor controls failed
British air accident investigators looking into the cause of the helicopter crash that killed Leicester City soccer club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha said on Thursday that the failure of the tail rotor mechanism had caused the pilot to lose control. Thai businessman Vichai, 60, was killed on October 27 along with four others when the helicopter crashed outside the King Power Stadium in the central English city of Leicester after a Premier League match.
Take 5: Top offenses and defenses clash in Week 14
Highlighting Week 14's excellent slate of matchups are the premier offense-defense battles in Chicago and Kansas City. Offenses owned these clashes (Rams-Vikings, Jaguars-Chiefs, Saints-Ravens) early this season, but the pendulum swung back in Week 13 (Saints-Cowboys, Colts-Jaguars).
NBA roundup: Favors, Jazz rout Rockets
Derrick Favors recorded a double-double off the bench, and Joe Ingles helped shoulder the early load on offense as the Utah Jazz continued their strong play with a 118-91 demolition of the Houston Rockets on Thursday in Salt Lake City. Favors finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds in just 25 minutes while Ingles totaled 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Utah has won five of its past seven games while Houston has dropped six of its past eight.
Cycling: Armstrong says Uber investment saved his family - report
Former cycling champion Lance Armstrong, whose fall from grace cost him millions of dollars in lawsuits and endorsements, said his investment in Uber Technologies Inc. had saved his family, according to a CNBC report on Thursday. Armstrong, who was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life from the sport for doping, gave $100,000 to a venture capital fund that invested in the ride-hailing company around 2009, the report said.
College football notebook: Murray, Tua split major awards
Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray topped Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa to win The Associated Press' College Football Player of the Year award on Thursday. Murray received 39 of 56 first-place votes and 145 total points in becoming the fifth Sooners player to win the award. Tagovailoa, the Alabama quarterback, received 13 first-place votes (117 points), and Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins got four first-place votes and 55 total points.
NFL notebook: McCarthy addressed Packers players
Mike McCarthy was back in front of the Green Bay Packers' players on Wednesday. Three days after being fired, he was given the opportunity to address his now former players after making a request to do so. "He wanted an opportunity to speak with the team. I was 100 percent, fully supportive ... and he did a fantastic job talking to the team," interim coach Joe Philbin told reporters on Thursday. "Not just about football and winning football games, but his passion. His passion for the game, his love for the players was clearly evident."
Tennis: Mauresmo gives up France Davis Cup captaincy to coach Pouille
Former world number one Amelie Mauresmo has turned her back on becoming France's new Davis Cup captain, opting instead to work with French player Lucas Pouille. A statement from the French Tennis Federation on Thursday confirmed the U-turn by the 39-year-old who had been named in June to become the first woman to captain the French team.
NBA notebook: League fines Cavs' Thompson $15,000
The NBA on Thursday announced it fined Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson $15,000 for flipping off fans during a game earlier this week. Thompson directed his middle finger toward hecklers Monday night immediately after the Cavs' 99-97 victory over the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center in New York.
MLB notebook: Red Sox sign RHP Eovaldi
The Red Sox have signed starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi to a four-year contract that brings the free agent right-hander back to Boston, the team announced Thursday. Terms of the deal weren't divulged, but multiple reports peg it to be worth $68 million. The New York Yankees reportedly were interested in Eovaldi but did not want to go past three years on a deal.
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