Sports News Roundup: Blackhawks lose in Colliton's debut; Curry exits as Bucks blast Warriors
Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Golf: Oosthuizen closes in on Garcia at halfway stage of Nedbank Golf Challenge
Home favorite Louis Oosthuizen produced a strong back nine to card a five-under-par 67 and trail leader Sergio Garcia by one shot at the halfway stage of the European Tour's Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club on Friday. Garcia was faultless in shooting 64 in his opening round but found the going much tougher on Friday as he finished with a 71 and a nine-under-par total.
NHL roundup: Blackhawks lose in Colliton's debut
The Carolina Hurricanes built an early lead and held on for a 4-3 victory against the host Blackhawks on Thursday night in the first game after a Chicago coaching change. Andrei Svechnikov, Jaccob Slavin, Phillip Di Giuseppe and Calvin de Haan scored to give Carolina a 4-0 lead. Di Giuseppe was in his first game since a recall this week from the American Hockey League.
NBA roundup: Curry exits as Bucks blast Warriors
Eric Bledsoe scored six of his game-high 26 points during a second-quarter flurry that allowed the Milwaukee Bucks to build a double-digit lead en route to a shockingly easy 134-111 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday in Oakland, Calif. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points and Malcolm Brogdon 20 for the Bucks, who had lost two of three after a 7-0 start.
Russian anti-doping body fears missing WADA's deadline
The head of Russia's anti-doping body, RUSADA, is worried that authorities in Moscow will prevent it meeting a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) deadline in order to stave off a renewed sporting ban, TASS news agency reported on Friday. WADA in September restored RUSADA's accreditation, in theory paving the way for Russia's readmittance to major international sports events, after suspending it in 2015 following evidence of extensive and systematic state-sponsored doping and cover-ups.
Tennis: U.S. counting on debutants in Fed Cup title defence
The United States will send out three debutants to defend their Fed Cup crown against a powerhouse Czech Republic side that suddenly looks vulnerable after being hit with injury and illness. If the two most successful nations in Fed Cup history, the United States, winners of 18 titles, and the Czechs, champions in five of the last seven years, were to field their best, fans could look forward to a marquee final of the highest order.
NFL notebook: QB McCown to start for Jets
New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown will start on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, coach Todd Bowles said Thursday. It will be the first start of the season for the 16-year veteran. McCown, 39, started 13 games for the Jets last season.
Lopez claims Blue Bay lead on birthday
Gaby Lopez celebrated her 25th birthday by shooting a 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead at the Blue Bay LPGA tournament at Hainan Island, China on Friday. Lopez, of Mexico, capped her day with an ace for eagle on No. 17 and a birdie on No. 18 to grab the lead. She'll enter the final round looking for her first LPGA victory.
Rooney expects Bell to return next week
Days after being spotted playing basketball in Pittsburgh, Le'Veon Bell's return to the Steelers could be imminent, according to team president Art Rooney II. During an interview on Sirius XM radio, Rooney said the team expects the holdout running back to report to the team next week.
Tennis: Czech Kvitova to miss the first day of Fed Cup final
World number seven Petra Kvitova will miss the opening day's action of her Czech team's Fed Cup final against the United States in Prague due to sickness. Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic will take on Sofia Kenin in the opening match, followed by Katerina Siniakova against American Alison Riske in the second rubber of the opening day on Saturday, according to the draw made on Friday.
Swiss suspend white-collar crimefighter amid FIFA probe
Swiss federal prosecutors have suspended the head of their white-collar crime unit while they check allegations about his conduct of investigations into suspected corruption at world soccer body FIFA. The suspension of Olivier Thormann and the naming of a special prosecutor to look into the matter comes amid other high-profile investigations by the economic crime division, including into scandals surrounding Malaysian state fund 1MDB and Brazilian energy group Petrobras.
(With inputs from agencies.)