Sports News Roundup: Ailing Tway surges into lead at Sentry in Hawaii; Formula One pays tribute to Schumacher at 50
Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Formula One pays tribute to Schumacher at 50
Seven-times world champion Michael Schumacher turned 50 on Thursday as Formula One and his fans paid tribute to the sport's most successful driver with a mixture of celebration and sorrow. The German great, who retired in 2012 after a comeback with Mercedes, has not been seen in public since he suffered severe brain injuries in a recreational skiing accident in the French Alps five years ago.
Ailing Tway surges into lead at Sentry in Hawaii
American Kevin Tway overcame a sinus infection and an aching ear to shoot a bogey-free round of 66 and take a one stroke lead at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Maui on Thursday. Defending champion Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas and Gary Woodland were tied for second place after rounds of 67 on a sunny and windy day at the scenic island course in Hawaii.
Reports: Two Grizzlies spar, need to be restrained after loss
Memphis Grizzlies players Omri Casspi and Garrett Temple had to be separated during a postgame meeting that turned physical following Wednesday night's loss to the Detroit Pistons, The Athletic and ESPN reported. Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff called a closed-door, locker-room meeting with players and coaches following the Grizzlies' third straight loss, during which Casspi and Temple had a physical altercation, according to the reports.
NHL notebook: Devils extend Hynes
The New Jersey Devils have signed coach John Hynes to a multiyear contract extension, the team announced Thursday. Hynes, 43, is in his fourth season with the Devils and has compiled a 125-122-38 record, including 15-17-7 this season.
Doping: WADA hires law firm to investigate bullying accusations
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Thursday it had hired a law firm to investigate accusations of bullying and harassment within the organization after an initial probe was unable to prove any improper behavior. Beckie Scott, a Canadian Olympic gold medal cross country skier and WADA's athletes committee chair, accused members of the executive committee of making inappropriate comments and gestures during a September meeting in the Seychelles when she opposed the reinstatement of Russia's anti-doping agency.
NFL notebook: Gonzalez, Bailey, Reed lead HOF finalists
First-year eligible candidates Tony Gonzalez, Champ Bailey and Ed Reed led the way among 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame when the group was announced Thursday. All three players, who combined for 35 Pro Bowls and 14 first-team All-Pro nods during their careers, last played in 2013, making this their first year of eligibility for induction. All three of last year's first-ballot finalists -- Ray Lewis, Randy Moss and Brian Urlacher -- were ultimately chosen when the 2018 class was announced in February.
Curling: Canadian Fry to return to action after drunken escapade
Canadian Ryan Fry, who took a leave of absence from the team he won an Olympic gold medal with in 2014 after being kicked out of a competition for alcohol-fuelled bad behavior, will return to curling next week. Fry was serving as a spare with another rink when he and three team mates were thrown out of a World Curling Tour event in Alberta in November for what organizers called unsportsmanlike behavior resulting from excessive drinking.
Canadiens' Price, Armia returning; Shaw to IR
Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price will make his return Thursday night against the Vancouver Canucks after missing the previous three games with a lower-body injury. Price told reporters Wednesday that the injury had bothered him for several weeks before he finally sat out late last month.
Do not leave athletes in limbo: U.S. doping chief
The head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) challenged the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Thursday to not leave athletes in limbo and make a quick ruling on Russia's failure to allow access to a data in a tainted Moscow laboratory. A WADA Compliance Review Committee (CRC) will meet at the agency's Montreal headquarters on Jan. 14-15 where they will hear from the five-member inspection team that were not allowed to retrieve data from the laboratory.
NBA notebook: Wizards' Morris (neck) out six weeks
Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris will miss the next six weeks after being diagnosed with transient cervical neuropraxia, the team announced. Morris was diagnosed Wednesday at a clinic in Dallas after experiencing neck and upper back stiffness following a blow to the chin in a game against the Los Angeles Lakers in mid-December. He aggravated the injury Dec. 26 against the Pistons, the team said.
(With inputs from agencies.)