Reuters Sports News Summary
Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Canucks' Pettersson unlikely to play Saturday
Vancouver Canucks rookie center Elias Pettersson will travel with the team for a Saturday game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, even though he is unlikely to play after suffering an apparent leg injury on Thursday night. "He's staying with the team," said Vancouver coach Travis Green.
NBA roundup: Celtics rip Mavs wire-to-wire
Jaylen Brown scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Boston Celtics to a 114-93, wire-to-wire victory over the visiting Dallas Mavericks on Friday night. Jayson Tatum added 18 points and Marcus Smart had 17, including five 3-pointers, to pick up the scoring slack for Boston with leading scorer Kyrie Irving missing a second consecutive game with eye irritation. Gordon Hayward added 16 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists.
Golf: Woodland leads Tournament of Champions, McIlroy three back
Gary Woodland reeled off five successive birdies en route to a second straight 67 that gave him a three-shot lead at the halfway point of the PGA Tour's Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii on Friday. Woodland, who kicked off his birdie run at the 11th, moved to 12-under 134 at the Kapalua Plantation course on the island of Maui. Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy shot a 68 for a share of second place on nine-under alongside Bryson DeChambeau (68) and Kevin Tway (71).
Foles' Philly career could be ending on Sunday
For the last two years Nick Foles has stepped in to rescue Philadelphia but Sunday in Chicago might be the last time the Super Bowl-winning quarterback pulls on an Eagles jersey. The Chicago Bears, the biggest favorites of this weekend's wild card playoff games, are the odds-on choice to put the clamps on another Philadelphia run.
NFL coaching carousel: Packers reportedly to interview Gase
The Green Bay Packers have been active in trying to fill their head-coaching vacancy and plan to interview fired Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase, according to a report Friday, though a time and place have not been finalized. According the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the team's brain trust of president/CEO Mark Murphy and general manager Brian Gutekunst are interested in Gase because of his prowess as an offensive play-caller who flourished as an assistant coach with Peyton Manning with the Denver Broncos. Like Manning, the Packers have another of the most accomplished passers in recent years, 35-year-old QB Aaron Rodgers.
MLB notebook: White Sox bid big for Machado
The Chicago White Sox's pursuit of free agent infielder Manny Machado appears to be heating up. The White Sox have plenty of payroll flexibility as they chase after Machado and his fellow free agent Bryce Harper. USA Today reported that Chicago offered Machado a contract upward of $200 million.
NFL notebook: Chiefs QB Mahomes, four rookies named All-Pro
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald headline the 2018 NFL All-Pro team announced Friday. Mahomes entered the season as a first-time starter and helped Kansas City secure the No. 1 spot in the AFC playoffs with 5,097 yards and 50 touchdown passes, joining Peyton Manning as the second player ever with more than 5,000 passing yards and 50 scoring passes in the same season.
Tennis: Djokovic beaten by Bautista Agut in Doha semi-final
Novak Djokovic suffered his first defeat of the new season in the Qatar Open semi-finals on Friday, losing in three sets to Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut. World number one Djokovic, who was pushed to the limit in his last two matches in Doha by Marton Fucsovics and Nikoloz Basilashvili, failed to find a way past a determined Bautista Agut who won 3-6 7-6(6) 6-4 in two hours and 35 minutes.
NHL roundup: Penguins win eighth straight
Matt Murray stopped 33 shots Friday for his third shutout this season and the ninth of his career as the Pittsburgh Penguins won their eighth straight game, blanking the visiting Winnipeg Jets 4-0. Murray also tied his career best with a seven-start winning streak. Olli Maatta and Matt Cullen scored 33 seconds apart in the first period, Dominik Simon added a second-period goal, and Kris Letang scored an empty-netter for the Penguins. Cullen also added an assist.
Report: Butler 'aggressively' challenges 76ers coach Brown
Less than two months after he used a series public criticisms, run-ins with teammates and management, and trade demands to essentially force his way out of Minnesota, four-time All-Star guard Jimmy Butler is reportedly "aggressively challenging" Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown. According to a report Friday by ESPN's Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski, league sources said Butler's criticisms of his role in Philadelphia's offense spilled over into a recent film session during which Butler "aggressively challenged coach Brett Brown on his role in the offense, complicating an already tenuous chemistry among the team's Big Three hierarchy."
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