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Reuters Sports News Summary

Updated: 13-02-2019 22:26 IST
Reuters Sports News Summary

Following is a summary of current sports news briefs. Olympics: Athlete-led group forms to drive change in sporting world

Athletes around the world must be at the forefront of shaping the future of global sport, British Olympic cycling champion Callum Skinner said on Wednesday as he fronts a new athlete-led organization launched following recent scandals. Global Athlete, the creation of which comes after a Russian doping crisis and USA Gymnastics sexual abuse scandal, says it will empower Olympic athletes to speak up and work towards addressing a disconnect between competitors and sports leaders. NHL roundup: Lightning hammer sliding Flames

Nikita Kucherov, the NHL's top point-producer, collected one goal and three assists to lead the host Tampa Bay Lightning to a 6-3 win over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night. Brayden Point collected one goal and two assists, and goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy made 19 saves for the NHL-leading Lightning, who have won three straight games and are riding a 5-0-2 run. Kucherov ran his point total to 84. Golf: Garcia apologizes for Saudi tantrum

Former U.S. Masters champion Sergio Garcia has apologized for his disqualification from the Saudi International earlier this month and said he let his emotions get the better of him. Garcia was disqualified when he intentionally damaged the greens at the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club in the third round. Golf: European Tour aims to lure big names with game's top prize at Dubai finale

Golf's biggest prize will be awarded at the European Tour's season finale in Dubai as part of changes to the final three Rolex Series events announced on Wednesday. The winner of the DP World Tour Championship will now pocket a cheque for $3 million, a jump from the $1.33 million won by Englishman Danny Willett last year. NBA roundup: Celts edge Sixers in thriller

Gordon Hayward scored 26 points off the bench to lead the visiting Boston Celtics past the Philadelphia 76ers 112-109 on Tuesday in a game full of playoff atmosphere. Al Horford scored 23 points while Jayson Tatum added 20 points and 10 rebounds as the Celtics snapped a two-game losing streak. All-Star guard Kyrie Irving sat out with an injured knee. Boxing-Joshua to fight 'Big Baby' Miller in New York on June 1

Undefeated heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua will fight American challenger Jarrell 'Big Baby' Miller in New York on June 1 in his first title bout outside Britain. Joshua had been due to defend his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight belts at London's Wembley Stadium on April 13 against an unnamed opponent, but that had been looking unlikely for some time. NFL notebook: Steelers' Brown requests trade

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown said it's "time to move on" in a tweet Tuesday and also officially requested a trade from the team, ESPN reported. "Thank you SteelerNation for a big 9 years ... time to move on and forward," Brown tweeted with the hashtag #NewDemands, along with a highlight video from his time in Pittsburgh. NBA notebook: Nuggets G Thomas nears season debut

Isaiah Thomas could make his Denver Nuggets debut on Wednesday against the Sacramento Kings, 10 1/2 months after undergoing surgery on his right hip for the second time. Thomas was upgraded to questionable on Tuesday and a decision will be made early Wednesday based on how the 30-year-old feels after going through his most extensive practice of the season on Tuesday. Sixers C Embiid rips refs after latest loss to Celtics

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid can expect to hear from the league office after expressing his blunt opinion of the officiating in Tuesday's latest loss to the Boston Celtics. "The referees f---ing suck," the All-Star center said during his postgame press conference. Phillies sign RHP Nola to four-year, $45 million extension

The Philadelphia Phillies have signed right-hander Aaron Nola to a four-year extension that includes a club option for a fifth season, the team announced Wednesday. Terms were not disclosed, but reports from ESPN and The Athletic placed the value of the contract at $45 million.