Sports Roundup: Homeless soccer WC; Cubs to trade Bryant; Mauer to retire
As more than 500 soccer players gather in Mexico City next week for the 16th Homeless World Cup, the tournament will take place against the backdrop of the death last month of its co-founder Harald Schmied.
Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
NHL concussion lawsuit reportedly near a settlement
A lawsuit brought against the NHL over what more than 100 former players claim was negligence in dealing with their head injuries could be on the verge of a settlement. According to a Forbes report on Friday, the case is "on the verge" of a settlement agreement worth a total of $18.9 million. Per the report, the lead attorney for the players is pushing for acceptance of the agreement, which would give $6.9 million to the players, or just $22,000 each.
Soccer: Homeless World Cup to honour the memory of late co-founder
As more than 500 soccer players gather in Mexico City next week for the 16th Homeless World Cup, the tournament will take place against the backdrop of the death last month of its co-founder Harald Schmied at the age of 50. The Austrian, diagnosed two years ago with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), created the tournament with Mel Young almost 20 years ago to improve the lives of impoverished people through the beautiful game.
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.
Warriors star Curry out at least a game with an injury
Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry has been ruled out of Saturday's game against the Brooklyn Nets because of a mild to a moderate groin strain, the team announced Friday. Curry underwent an MRI exam earlier in the day, and Warriors coach Steve Kerr found the results "encouraging," but he said Curry was disappointed.
Twins icon Mauer announces retirement
Longtime Minnesota Twins star Joe Mauer announced his retirement on Friday in a letter to fans. The 2009 American League MVP said health and family were the primary reason he was stepping away from the game after 15 seasons.
Golf: Kuchar sinks eight birdies to take the lead in Mexico
Matt Kuchar sank eight birdies in a second round 64 to take a two-stroke lead over fellow American Cameron Champ at the Mayakoba Classic in Mexico on Friday. It was the second consecutive day that Kuchar shot seven under par at the El Camaleón in Playa del Carmen after his bogey-free opening round on Thursday.
Tennis: the 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.
World Chess Championship starts with Harrelson blunder
World Chess Championship officials might rethink the role of ceremonial starter after Hollywood actor Woody Harrelson knocked over a king and moved the wrong pawn in a comical start to the 2018 event in London on Friday. Norwegian title holder Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana were bemused onlookers as the U.S. actor began their eagerly anticipated match-up by knocking over the American challenger's king, the move that traditionally signals a concession.
Cubs willing to trade Bryant: report
Kris Bryant figured to be one the Chicago Cubs' young cornerstones, but the team is now open to trading him, according to ESPN's Buster Olney. The Cubs have reportedly been telling teams that nearly every player on the team -- including Bryant -- is available.
NFL notebook: Saints WR Bryant reportedly hurts Achilles
New Orleans Saints receiver Dez Bryant is being evaluated for a possible torn Achilles tendon, multiple outlets reported Friday. Bryant, who joined the Saints earlier this week, reportedly suffered the injury on the final play of practice. Bryant was helped off the field and scheduled to undergo an MRI exam. An Achilles injury would be season-ending.
(With inputs from agencies.)