Sports News Roundup: Wizards slow Warriors' Stephen Curry; Antonio Brown settles lawsuit with ex-trainer and more
Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
NHL roundup: Knights win 8th straight, clinch playoff bid
Jonathan Marchessault had two goals and two assists as the Vegas Golden Knights won their eighth consecutive game, defeating the San Jose Sharks 5-2 on Wednesday in Las Vegas to become the first NHL team to clinch a playoff berth this season. The Golden Knights improved to 7-0-0 against the Sharks with only the teams' regular-season finale, May 12 in San Jose, remaining in the season series.
Ice hockey-Women's world championships cancelled due to COVID-19
The women's ice hockey world championships set to be played in Halifax and Truro, Nova Scotia has been canceled because of a surge in COVID-19 cases in Canada, Hockey Canada said on Wednesday. The announcement came one day before the 10 teams were to arrive to begin their quarantine ahead of the May 6-16 tournament.
Taking a knee, raising a fist to be punished at Tokyo Games - IOC
Taking a knee during the Tokyo Olympics or lifting a fist in support of racial equality will be punished as the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday maintained its ban on athletes' protests inside stadiums, at ceremonies, and on podiums. The IOC's Rule 50 forbids any kind of "demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda" in venues and any other Olympic area and the Games body concluded the rule should be maintained following an athlete consultation.
NBA roundup: Wizards slow Warriors' Stephen Curry
The streaking Washington Wizards harassed Stephen Curry into 7-for-25 shooting while getting 29 points from Bradley Beal and a triple-double from Russell Westbrook in a 118-114 victory over the visiting Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night. Westbrook finished with 14 points, a game-high 20 rebounds, and 10 assists, though he turned the ball over nine times. The Wizards earned their season-high sixth consecutive win while handing the Warriors just their second loss in the past seven games.
Antonio Brown settles lawsuit with ex-trainer
Antonio Brown has settled the civil dispute with his former trainer who had accused the wide receiver of sexual assault, both sides announced Wednesday. Terms were not disclosed.
Rafael Nadal rallies from set down to advance in Barcelona
Top seed Rafael Nadal rallied from a setback to beat Ilya Ivashka of Belarus 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 on Wednesday in the second round at the Barcelona Open in Spain. Nadal lost serve in the opening game of the match and wasn't able to break Ivashka's serve throughout the first set. He won just 70.6 percent of points on his first serve, was broken twice, and had two double faults in an uncharacteristically poor showing on service in the opening set.
Panel recommends that U.S. officials not go to China's Olympics
A U.S. government commission on Wednesday urged the Biden administration to not send officials to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, citing religious persecution including China's repression of Uighur Muslims, which Washington has labeled genocide. President Joe Biden's administration signaled earlier this year that it had no plans to bar American athletes from participating in the Beijing Games.
MLB roundup: Wild throw ends wild game as A's win 11th straight
Third baseman Luis Arraez threw wildly to first on a potential game-ending ground out with two outs in the 10th inning Wednesday afternoon, allowing the tying and winning runs to score as the Oakland Athletics rallied for their 11th straight win, 13-12 over the visiting Minnesota Twins. After Byron Buxton launched a two-run home run off Oakland closer Lou Trivino with one out in the top of the 10th, Twins closer Alex Colome (1-2) got two outs in the last of the inning before walking Seth Brown and Elvis Andrus to load the bases.
No.1 Barty among players to get COVID-19 vaccine in US
Barty, who turns 25 on Saturday, and her Australian coach Craig Tyzzer were among those who took advantage of the WTA's offer but said she made sure they were not "jumping the queue".
Soccer: Super League shelved as more clubs withdraw
The European Super League collapsed on Wednesday as eight of the 12 founding members from England, Italy and Spain abandoned the breakaway project under massive pressure from fans, politicians, soccer officials, and even the British royals.
Founder and Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli told Reuters he was reluctantly calling time on the new league after six English clubs withdrew on Tuesday, with Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid following suit and AC Milan indicating they would, too.
(With inputs from agencies.)