Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Golf - Thomas three behind Burgoon after opening round in Kuala Lumpur
American Justin Thomas began his bid for a third CIMB Classic title with a six-under-par 66 to lie three shots behind first-round leader and compatriot Bronson Burgoon on Thursday. Thomas, the world number four who posted his first two career victories at the CIMB Classic in 2015 and 2016, birdied his last three holes to join 2012 champion Nick Watney, Briton Paul Casey and five others in a share of sixth place.
NHL roundup: Caps win Cup Final rematch
Evgeny Kuznetsov finished with one goal and three assists while Alex Ovechkin scored twice as the Washington Capitals defeated the visiting Vegas Golden Knights 5-2 Wednesday in a rematch of last spring's Stanley Cup Final. Washington defeated Vegas in five games in the championship round and won the first Stanley Cup in team history.
Popovich-Kerr 2020: Team USA expands coaching staff
Steve Kerr is joining Gregg Popovich on Team USA. Kerr was named an assistant coach for USA Basketball and will serve on Popovich's bench along with Pacers head coach Nate McMillan and Villanova coach Jay Wright.
NFL notebook: Bills' McDermott acknowledges McCoy rumors
Bills head coach Sean McDermott did not diffuse reports of trade interest from the Philadelphia Eagles in Buffalo running back LeSean McCoy on Wednesday. "We're just looking forward to the Houston Texans," McDermott told reporters, a day after News 4 in Buffalo reported the Eagles had interest in trading for the six-time Pro Bowl selection. "LeSean is one of our better players.
Fleetwood hits monster drive en route to the share of British Masters lead
Tommy Fleetwood hit a 400-yard-plus drive that took a hard bounce and rolled on and on and over the green on a par-four hole en route to a share of the first round lead at the British Masters in Surrey on Thursday. He was apologetic after surprising the preceding group that was still on the green when the ball trundled up onto the putting surface and beyond at the par-four seventh hole at Walton Heath.
European Ryder Cup success driven by 'moral code', says Montgomerie
Ryder Cup great Colin Montgomerie dispelled suggestions that European teams are always one big happy family but said that everyone abides by the unwritten rule that any issues should be discussed in private. Montgomerie said he was surprised that American Patrick Reed had publicly criticized his Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk and teammate Jordan Spieth after the United States was thrashed by Europe in Paris 11 days ago.
Steelers' Brown: Lawsuits contain 'false claims'
Pittsburgh Steelers star wide receiver Antonio Brown said Thursday that claims made against him in two lawsuits he's facing from an alleged incident in April are false. Brown is accused of yelling at security and throwing items from off the balcony of a South Florida apartment. The lawsuits are for "damages in excess of $15,000," according to ESPN.
Canada going for gold - whether or not they host 2026 Games
Calgary has yet to decide if it will submit a bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics but Canada is already gearing up for a medal push by launching the 5to8 program on Thursday which will fund athletes who are between five to eight years from competing. The program was kick-started by a 2.5 million Canadian dollars ($1.92 million) donation, the largest to Olympic sport in Canadian history, from businessman and philanthropist David Asper and his wife Ruth.
Alpine skiing - Vonn to retire at end of a season: report
Lindsey Vonn, who is four wins shy of the all-time mark for World Cup race wins, will retire from competition at the end of the 2018-19 season, NBC Sports reported on Thursday. The 33-year-old American, whose 82 World Cup wins trails only Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark, will retire even if she does not break the long-standing record.
LeBron's move to LA gives 'new lease on life' to East teams
LeBron James' move to the Los Angeles Lakers gives new life to Eastern Conference teams that have been foiled by the game's greatest player for nearly a decade, basketball Hall of Famer Reggie Miller said on Wednesday. After James romped his way into the NBA Finals in each of the last eight seasons, those left in his wake can be excused if they are breathing a sigh of relief because their nemesis is now in the more competitive Western Conference.
(With inputs from agencies.)