NHL roundup: Leafs' Matthews scores 8th, 9th goals
Auston Matthews scored two goals to increase his league-leading total to nine, and the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs topped the winless Detroit Red Wings 5-3 on Thursday. Mitchell Marner had a goal and an assist and John Tavares supplied four assists for Toronto. Morgan Rielly added a goal and an assist, Nazem Kadri had two assists, Ron Hainsey chipped in an empty-net goal, and Frederik Andersen made 26 saves.
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.
NBA notebook: Wolves cancel practice after Butler blowup
Disgruntled Jimmy Butler caused a stir at the Minnesota Timberwolves' practice on Wednesday, and he wasn't given a chance to do so again on Thursday. The team cancelled practice and instead there was a players-only meeting between Butler and his teammates, according to multiple media outlets.
MLB notebook: Brewers tab LHP Gonzalez for Game 1 of NLCS
The Milwaukee Brewers have set their rotation for the first three games of their National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, with left-hander Gio Gonzalez getting the nod for Game 1. Gonzalez, who hasn't pitched since Sept. 30, will take the mound opposite Dodgers ace southpaw Clayton Kershaw in the series opener in Milwaukee on Friday.
Fleetwood hits monster drive en route to a 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 is 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.
Alpine skiing: Speed queen Vonn to retire at end of season
Lindsey Vonn, widely regarded as the greatest female ski racer of all-time, will retire from competition following the 2018-19 season even if she fails to break the record for World Cup wins, the American said on Thursday. The 33-year-old holds the women's record of 82 World Cup wins and trails only Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark's long-standing mark of 86.
Soccer: Colombia crush U.S. 4-2 in friendly
Colombia crushed a shorthanded and overmatched United States 4-2 in a friendly in Tampa on Thursday in the latest reminder the Americans are far from threatening the world's best. James Rodriguez scored Colombia's first goal in the 36th minute and set up their last as the South Americans stormed back after trailing 2-1 early in the second half.
MLB notebook: Cubs fire hitting coach Davis
The Chicago Cubs have fired hitting coach Chili Davis after one season, according to several media reports, after the team's offensive production faltered in the second half of the season. Davis, 58, was hired in October 2017 after spending the previous six seasons as a hitting coach with the Boston Red Sox (2015-17) and Oakland Athletics (2012-14).
(With inputs from Reuters)
(With inputs from agencies.)