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Reuters Sports News Summary

Updated: 05-02-2019 13:29 IST
Reuters Sports News Summary

Following is a summary of current sports news briefs. Super Bowl legal wagers underwhelm in New Jersey and Nevada

Total Super Bowl wagering at legal sportsbooks in Nevada and New Jersey were lower than expected, according to data from state regulators on Monday, despite excitement about the spread of legal sports betting to new U.S. states. A lack of interest in the match-up between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams, as well as the dullness of the game itself, could have dampened betting activity. NBA notebook: Davis adds Bucks, Clippers to destination list

Anthony Davis' representatives have informed the New Orleans Pelicans that the star big man would sign a long-term contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks or Los Angeles Clippers if traded, according to The Athletic. The list was reportedly provided just days before Thursday afternoon's trading deadline as Davis would like to be moved this week. Davis requested a trade last week and is not eligible for free agency until July 2020. Australia soccer body ramps up campaign to free jailed Bahraini refugee

Football Federation Australia have ramped up their campaign to free jailed Bahraini refugee player Hakeem Al Araibi and pledged A$10,000 ($7,263) on Tuesday to kickstart a fundraising drive to help efforts to have him returned to Australia from Thailand. Araibi was arrested in Thailand last November on behalf of the Bahraini government. A Bangkok court on Monday ordered him to continue be detained for another two months until an extradition hearing could be held. NBA roundup: Harden (44 points) keeps rolling

James Harden extended his streak of consecutive 30-point games to 27 as the Houston Rockets defeated the host Phoenix Suns 118-110 on Monday. Harden finished with 44 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals. His 30-plus-point scoring streak is the third-longest in NBA history, behind two by Wilt Chamberlain. It was Harden's 20th 40-point game on the season. Film Study: How the Patriots finished the Rams

The New England Patriots cracked the Los Angeles Rams' defense in Super Bowl LIII by running the exact same play three times in a row. New England ran the play out of its heaviest, non-goal line package. Strange as it sounds, the simple formula proved to be the antidote against an otherwise ferocious defense. Maybe I'll get lucky, says Vonn as final races loom

U.S. ski great Lindsey Vonn prepared for the final speed races of her glittering career at the Alpine world championships on Monday, hoping to do her best and 'get lucky' in the end. The 34-year-old's time in the first women's downhill training session in Are certainly suggested she remained a contender. NFL notebook: Dolphins, Bengals get their coaches

New England Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores was officially hired as head coach of the Miami Dolphins on Monday. "Two things that stand out immediately when you meet Brian are his football intelligence and leadership skills," Dolphins general manager Chris Grier said. "Brian is widely respected throughout the NFL. He paid his dues in New England working in personnel, on offense, defense and special teams, which helped him build a great understanding of what it takes to win." Top 25 roundup: No. 16 Louisville tops No. 11 Virginia Tech

Ryan McMahon and Dwayne Sutton each scored 17 points as 16th-ranked Louisville defeated 11th-ranked Virginia Tech for the 15th consecutive time, courtesy of a 72-64 victory on Monday in Blacksburg, Va. Jordan Nwora added 15 points for the Cardinals (17-6, 8-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who have won seven of their past eight overall. Louisville's last loss to Virginia Tech came on Feb. 13, 1991. NHL roundup: Flyers win eighth straight

Jakub Voracek and Sean Couturier each scored a goal to lift host Philadelphia past the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 on Monday, the Flyers' season-best eighth win in a row. Philadelphia's Carter Hart made 41 saves while becoming the first goaltender in franchise history to win his seventh straight start before turning 21 years old. Tennis: Halep appoints Belgian Van Cleemput as new coach

Former world number one Simona Halep has appointed Thierry Van Cleemput as her new coach and will officially begin working with the Belgian at next week's Qatar Open. Halep had planned to fly solo for the first few months of 2019 after former coach Darren Cahill left to spend more time with his family in Australia.