Sports News Roundup: Red Sox LHP Price staying put, Fed Cup final , former pitching coach Fischer dies
Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
NHL roundup: Eberle, Isles sink Penguins
The New York Islanders produced a three-goal second period Tuesday, two of the tallies from Jordan Eberle, and rolled to a 6-3 win over the host Pittsburgh Penguins. Andrew Ladd, Brock Nelson, Matt Martin and Tom Kuhnhackl also scored as the Islanders won their third straight.
USA basketball names Bryant as World Cup ambassador
Kobe Bryant was named global ambassador for the FIBA 2019 basketball World Cup in China. Bryant and former Houston Rockets center Yao Ming, who leads the Chinese Basketball Association, are the top representatives for the event.
NBA roundup: Leonard, Raptors rout 76ers
Kawhi Leonard scored 31 points and grabbed seven rebounds, and Jonas Valanciunas added 23 points off the bench as the Toronto Raptors defeated the visiting Philadelphia 76ers 129-112 on Tuesday night. Kyle Lowry added 20 points and 12 assists for his fifth double-double of the season for Toronto, and Pascal Siakam finished with 15 points and 15 rebounds. Serge Ibaka chipped in with 16 points and eight rebounds, and Danny Green scored 10 points, putting all five starters in double digits in points.
Jets, MGM Resorts announce NFL's first gaming partnership
The New York Jets and MGM Resorts International announced Wednesday a multi-year partnership that makes the Las Vegas-based casino the official gaming partner of the club. It is the most comprehensive gaming partnership in the NFL. The agreement will give Jets fans access to an MGM mobile app, provide season-ticket holders with hospitality opportunities and rewards, and give MGM access to the Jets 360 production studio among other sponsorship exposure and advertising.
Wolves' Butler sitting out Wednesday, still seeking trade: reports
Following practice Wednesday, Minnesota Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau told the media that star swingman Jimmy Butler will miss that night's game against the Utah Jazz because of "general soreness and precautionary rest." But according to multiple reports, Butler's absence is actually the player's latest attempt to get traded out of Minneapolis.
Red Sox LHP Price staying put, declines opt out
David Price is planning to stay in Boston, declining to exercise an opt-out clause in his contract to become a free agent this offseason. The Red Sox will have the 33-year-old left-hander under contract for the next four years for $127 million. Price faced a deadline of midnight ET Wednesday to decide on the option.
Olympics: Calgary 2026 Winter Games bid still alive after vote
Calgary's bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympic remained alive after city council voted 8-7 to proceed on Wednesday but hurdles remain with a Nov. 13 plebiscite still to be cleared. The bid, which had appeared dead after Calgary's Olympic assessment committee on Tuesday recommended the city scrap plans over a funding row with the Canadian federal government, was brought back to life, but just barely, when the 15-member council allowed the bid to go forward by one vote.
Tennis: U.S. name unfamiliar lineup for Fed Cup final
Defending champions the United States have named an unfamiliar-looking lineup missing all their big guns for next week's Fed Cup final against a powerful Czech Republic. With Serena and Venus Williams unavailable together with Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys, captain Kathy Rinaldi's top-ranked player is world number 35 Danielle Collins.
Doping: White House adds voice to calls for WADA reform
A White House summit on doping in sport on Wednesday called for the embattled World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to enact reforms and provide stronger leadership in the fight for clean sport. The forum, convened by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), added its voice in calling for an urgent restructuring of the global anti-doping body.
Record-holding former pitcher Fischer dies at 88
Former major league pitcher and pitching coach Bill Fischer died Tuesday night in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He was 88. The Kansas Royals announced Fischer's death. Fischer spent the past eight years as senior pitching advisor for the team after serving as the team's pitching coordinator from 2007-10.
(With inputs from Reuters)
(With inputs from agencies.)