Reuters Sports News Summary
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.
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.
Boxing: WBC sanctions direct rematch between Wilder and Fury
The World Boxing Council has given its approval for a "direct rematch" between its heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder of the United States and Britain's Tyson Fury, who fought to a draw in Los Angeles last weekend. "Wilder and Fury gave boxing one of the best fights in the heavyweight division in a long time, which has created tremendous popular demand for the fans to see a rematch," the WBC said in a statement on Friday.
Morgan named U.S. Soccer Player of Year
Star forward Alex Morgan was named U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year after scoring a team-best 18 goals in 19 matches this year. U.S. Soccer announced the honor on Friday. It is Morgan's second player of the year award. She also won in 2012, when she scored 28 goals.
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.
Corbin says Nationals were best fit
The Washington Nationals officially agreed to terms on a six-year, $140 million contract with All-Star left-handed pitcher Patrick Corbin and unveiled him at a press conference on Friday. "We've always said that starting pitching is the driver. As the top free agent pitcher on the market this offseason, we targeted Patrick from the onset," Nationals president of baseball operations and general manager Mike Rizzo in a statement. "He was one of the top pitchers in the National League in 2018 and at 29 years old, we believe the best is yet to come. We are thrilled to bring him into our organization."
Two ex-Major League Baseball players die in car crash in Venezuela
Two 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: Flacco questionable, could be backup
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was a full participant in Friday's practice for the first time since injuring his hip in Week 9, but he is officially questionable Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. Flacco has not been cleared yet to play a game, but that could happen before Sunday.
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.
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