Sports News Roundup: Caps finally win two in row; NFL trailblazer Triplett dies at 92; 2026 Winter Games
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Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Golf: Garcia sets pace at Sun City with faultless 64
Sergio Garcia birdied three of the last four holes on his way to a faultless opening round of 64 and a four-shot lead in the European Tour's Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City on Thursday. Garcia, fresh from victory at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters last month, carded eight birdies as he seeks a third title at Sun City after wins in 2001 and 2003.
Prosecutors seek reinstatement of Hernandez murder conviction
The Supreme Judicial Court in Massachusetts has started a review of a state legal principle that wiped out the murder conviction of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez after his suicide. On Thursday, the justices heard arguments from prosecutors as to why convictions shouldn't be erased if those found guilty die before an appellate court has reviewed facts of the trial.
MLB faces offseason challenges
Major League Baseball heads into the offseason with no shortage of issues to address, most pressingly the drop in stadium attendance and TV ratings, a trend toward longer games and a dearth of star power in its ranks. Easy answers, however, may prove hard to come by.
NHL roundup: Caps finally win two in row
T.J. Oshie scored with 1:14 left to give the Washington Capitals a 2-1 victory over the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night. The Capitals, who beat the Edmonton Oilers on Monday, won back-to-back games for the first time this season. Pittsburgh meanwhile has lost five in a row, the first time that's happened under coach Mike Sullivan.
NBA roundup: LeBron, Lakers edge Wolves
LeBron James scored 24 points, and Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart had 21 apiece as the Los Angeles Lakers held on in a back-and-forth affair Wednesday to earn a 114-110 victory over the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves. James added 10 rebounds and nine assists, just missing out on his second triple-double as a member of the Lakers. Brandon Ingram scored 20 points for Los Angeles, which won for the third time in the past four games.
Report: Phillies likely Harper landing spot
Bryce Harper is destined to join the Philadelphia Phillies, according to executives polled on the free agent's future by USA Today. Harper, 26, turned down a 10-year, $300 million offer from the Washington Nationals on September 26. General manager Mike Rizzo said the franchise did its best to take advantage of the exclusive negotiating window while Harper was still under contract. Rizzo said that offer is now off the table and the Nationals will go about their business.
Olympics: Italy backs 2026 Winter Games bid by Milan and Cortina
The Italian government has given its support to a joint bid by Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo for the 2026 Winter Olympics, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said on Thursday. The two cities, Calgary and Stockholm are the only three definite candidates to host the event, and a decision is due in June.
NFL trailblazer Triplett dies at 92
Wally Triplett, a Detroit Lions running back who was the first African-American to be drafted and play in the NFL in a regular-season game, has died at 92. "Wally is one of the true trailblazers in American sports history," the Lions said in a news release announcing his death. "He resides among the great men who helped reshape the game as they faced the challenges of segregation and discrimination.
MLB owners expected to approve Manfred contract: report
Major League Baseball owners are expected to unanimously approve a five-year contract extension for commissioner Rob Manfred when they meet next week in Atlanta, USA Today reported Thursday. He needs the approval of 23 of 30 owners.
Pirates sign 3B Kang to one-year deal
Jung Ho Kang signed a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates and will compete to be the everyday third baseman in 2019. General manager Neal Huntington declined Kang's $5.5 million option on Oct. 31 but indicated he would be given another chance with the organization.
(With inputs from Reuters)
(With inputs from agencies.)