Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Motor racing: Rule changes are a chance for all F1 teams, says Wolff
Rule changes could give every Formula One team a chance to pull off a surprise next season, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said on Friday. Speaking ahead of the governing FIA's awards ceremony in Russia, the Austrian told reporters he felt "everything is possible".
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.
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.
Fresh blow for Bulgaria as youth champion banned for life over doping
Bulgarian weightlifting suffered another blow on Friday when European youth champion Dayana Dimitrova was banned for life after a second doping offense since April 2017, the Balkan country's federation said on Friday. The life ban for the 18-year-old, who won the European women's title in the 48-kg category in Poland last month, comes as Bulgaria struggles to restore its reputation in a sport already under fire over widespread doping offences.
Soccer: Atlanta United create blueprint for U.S. soccer success
One of the more unlikely success stories in sport could reach a climax in the Major League Soccer (MLS) Cup final on Saturday but, win or lose, Atlanta United can already claim to have stamped a new blueprint for success off the pitch. In only their second season in the North American top flight, Atlanta have become the league leaders in merchandise sales and set numerous attendance records by offering a fan-friendly experience.
Two ex-Major League Baseball players die in car crash in Venezuela
Former Major League Baseball players died on Friday in a car accident in Venezuela, where they had been playing for a local team in the Venezuelan winter league, MLB said in a statement. The players, Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo, had been driving with two teammates back to the city of Barquisimeto early Friday morning when their car hit a rock in the road just before 2 a.m. local time, according to the club's spokesman and a police report.
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."
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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