Sports News Roundup: Red Sox RHP Eovaldi signs four-year deal; USA Gymnastics, reeling from abuse claims, files for bankruptcy
Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
NFL notebook: Bears' Trubisky near 100 percent
Rest has restored Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who said Wednesday he is "really close" to 100 percent. Trubisky is expected to return to the lineup Sunday for the Bears' NFC showdown at Soldier Field against the Los Angeles Rams. He missed the past two games with a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder.
Red Sox RHP Eovaldi signs four-year deal
The Boston Red Sox have signed starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi to a four-year contract that brings the free agent right-hander back to Boston, the team announced Thursday. Terms of the deal weren't divulged, but multiple reports peg the deal to be worth $68 million. The New York Yankees reportedly were interested in Eovaldi but did not want to go past three years on a deal.
Golf: Good preparation vital for Presidents Cup success, say Tiger
Tiger Woods learned the hard way two decades ago how important preparation was for Presidents Cup success and he is determined to leave nothing to chance when he captains the United States at next year's edition at Royal Melbourne. The 42-year-old has already expressed his disquiet about his own World Challenge tournament being scheduled for the week before the Dec. 12-15 clash against an International team of players from the rest of the world, excluding Europe.
USA Gymnastics, reeling from abuse claims, files for bankruptcy
USA Gymnastics, the sport's governing body, filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday, saying that it is staggering under the weight of lawsuits filed by hundreds of women who were sexually abused by former national team doctor Larry Nassar. The organization's chairwoman, Kathryn Carson, cited the lawsuits in the decision to seek protection from creditors in federal bankruptcy court in Indianapolis.
NBA roundup: Thunder's George scores 47, hits winning 3
Paul George hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 3.1 seconds remaining and finished with a season-high 47 points as the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied for a 114-112 road victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night. The Thunder overcame a 23-point deficit to notch their largest comeback in franchise history.
Doping: Russian Olympic Committee appeals local court doping decision
The Russian Olympic Committee appealed on Thursday against a Moscow court ruling that refused to recognize bobsledder Alexander Zubkov's Olympic ban, saying it could cast doubt on Russia's desire to fight against doping. Zubkov, who has retired from competition and currently serves as the president of Russia's bobsleigh federation, was stripped of his two gold medals from the 2014 Sochi Olympics over doping.
NHL roundup: Oilers' McDavid makes victorious return
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Connor McDavid tallied shootout goals to rally the Edmonton Oilers past the host St. Louis Blues 3-2 on Wednesday. The pair beat Blues goalie Jake Allen as Edmonton won the extra session 2-1 after Tyler Bozak opened it with a goal for St. Louis. Nugent-Hopkins and Oscar Klefbom scored goals in regulation for the Oilers, who recovered from a 2-0 deficit.
Buccaneers out to solve Saints for third time in two seasons
It seems like it's been forever since the Tampa Bay Bucs won a video-game shootout against the New Orleans Saints, 48-40, in the regular-season opener. When the two teams square off Sunday at Raymond James Stadium, the Saints (10-2) will be trying to clinch the NFC South while the Bucs (5-7) will be trying to keep their recent streak of good play, which resulted in consecutive victories, rolling.
Tennis: Mauresmo gives up France Davis Cup captaincy to coach Pouille
Former world number one Amelie Mauresmo has turned her back on becoming France's new Davis Cup captain, opting instead to work with French player Lucas Pouille. A statement from the French Tennis Federation on Thursday confirmed the U-turn by the 39-year-old who had been named in June to become the first woman to captain the French team.
Ex-NFL star Williams behind new Freedom Football League
Another football league is in the works and former NFL players such as Ricky Williams and Terrell Owens are behind it. The Freedom Football League doesn't have a launch season but Williams said it would begin with 10 teams and would play games in spring and summer.
(With inputs from Reuters)
(With inputs from agencies.)