Sports News Roundup: WADA to make decision on Russia on Jan 22; Murray was indestructible at his peak says Corretja
Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Murray was indestructible at his peak says Corretja
Andy Murray's former coach Alex Corretja said on Saturday that he was indestructible at the height of his career after the Briton announced he would retire this year due to hip problems. Three-time Grand Slam champion Murray held a tearful news conference on Friday saying he planned to bow out at Wimbledon in July if his hip allowed him to play on.
Blue Jays sign RHP Phelps to 1-year, $2.5M deal
The Toronto Blue Jays have signed right-hander David Phelps to a one-year, $2.5 million deal with a club option for the 2020 season, the team announced Saturday. Phelps, 32, missed the 2018 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on March 26.
NFL notebook: Monday Night Football coming to playoffs?
If the Los Angeles Chargers beat the New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts top the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend, the NFL will have a decision to make. Will the Chargers be allowed to host the AFC Championship Game at their temporary home, the 30,000-seat Dignity Health Sports Park in suburban Carson, Calif., or will the league move the game to a stadium with larger capacity?
NHL roundup: Penguins rally past Ducks
Jake Guentzel had a hat trick, and Phil Kessel delivered the go-ahead goal in the third period Friday as the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins rallied from a three-goal deficit to earn a 7-4 victory and send the Anaheim Ducks to their 10th consecutive defeat. Tanner Pearson scored a pair of third-period goals as the Penguins won for the 10th time in their past 11 games, a run that started after they lost a 4-2 decision on Dec. 17 at home to the Ducks. Anaheim has not won since that date, going 0-7-3 and dropping all six games on their-just completed homestand (0-3-3).
Cleveland officially names Kitchens as coach
The Cleveland Browns officially named Freddie Kitchens as the team's new head coach on Saturday. Kitchens, 44, becomes the 17th full-time head coach in franchise history. He replaces Hue Jackson, who was fired in October after compiling a 3-36-1 record in two-plus seasons.
WADA to make decision on Russia on January 22
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) executive committee will take up a recommendation on Jan. 22 regarding Russia's failure to turn over data from a Moscow laboratory by a Dec. 31 deadline, it said on Saturday. WADA's Compliance Review Committee (CRC) will offer that recommendation by Thursday after meeting members of a WADA inspection team in Montreal on Monday and Tuesday.
Second Oregon player sues school, Taggart, NCAA
Another football player has sued the University of Oregon, former football coach Willie Taggart, the school's former strength coach and the NCAA, alleging he suffered long-term effects from offseason workouts in 2017. Sam Poutasi, an offensive lineman who played as a redshirt sophomore in 2018, said the workouts caused him to be diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis and subsequently hospitalized. He is seeking $5 million in damages for what he termed "physical and emotional pain, inconvenience, loss of enjoyment of life, and diminishment of avocational abilities, in the past, present, and future."
NBA roundup: Doncic hits big 3-pointer to sink Wolves
Rookie sensation Luka Doncic drained the game-winning 3-pointer, scored a team-high 29 points and finished two rebounds shy of a triple-double to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a rare road win, 119-115 over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday in Minneapolis. Doncic, the second-leading All-Star vote-getter in the Western Conference so far, went toe to toe with the Wolves' Karl-Anthony Towns, who finished with a game-high 30 points plus 11 rebounds and four blocks. Doncic had 12 assists.
Maradona admitted to Argentine hospital for scheduled surgery
Diego Maradona was admitted to a clinic in Buenos Aires on Saturday to undergo a scheduled procedure due to stomach bleeding, a source close to the former Argentine soccer player told Reuters. Maradona, 58, was diagnosed with a health problem in early January during routine exams performed at the same hospital in the town of Olivos. He was preparing to travel to Mexico to take over the technical management of the Dorados de Sinaloa soccer club.
Mavs' Barea has torn Achilles
Veteran point guard J.J. Barea tore his Achilles tendon in the Dallas Mavericks' win Friday night over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Barea, 34, injured his right leg after making a layup and landing awkwardly in the fourth quarter of the game.
(With inputs from agencies.)