Reuters Sports News Summary
Following is a summary of current sports news briefs. Isner defeats Tomic to advance to New York Open quarters
John Isner made quick work of Australia's Bernard Tomic to advance to the quarter-finals of the New York Open on Wednesday with a 7-6(7) 6-4 victory. The big-serving American sent down 27 aces, won 85 percent points on his first serve and did not face a single break point as he wrapped up the match in 74 minutes at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Golf: Bubba targets U.S. Ryder Cup captaincy and Hall of Fame
Bubba Watson's career goals include being a Ryder Cup captain and making it into the World Golf Hall of Fame, the American told reporters on the eve of his defense of the Genesis Open title at Riviera on Wednesday. Having surpassed his initial target of 10 wins on the PGA Tour with 12 victories including his Masters triumphs in 2012 and 2014, Watson has set his sights on leaving a lasting legacy in the sport. Cubs add veteran reliever Cedeno: reports
The Chicago Cubs signed veteran left-handed reliever Xavier Cedeno on Wednesday, according to multiple reports. Sources told the Chicago Sun-Times that Cedeno agreed to a one-year, $900,000 contract that also includes $300,000 in performance incentives. NFL notebook: Ravens trading QB Flacco to Broncos
The Baltimore Ravens agreed in principle to trade quarterback Joe Flacco to the Denver Broncos, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Wednesday. Flacco, 34, was the MVP of Super Bowl XLVII after the 2012 season. He was the Ravens' starter since 2008 until a hip injury in 2018 sent him to the sideline after Week 9. Rookie first-round pick Lamar Jackson took over for Flacco, who has been hampered by hip and back injuries, and Jackson didn't relinquish the starting role. NBA notebook: Lakers' Walton reportedly will finish season
Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton "will definitely finish the season," a source close to the situation told the Los Angeles Times. Walton's status has been a topic of discussion among fans and the media as the Lakers have slid to 28-29 in an injury-plagued season. But the Times on Wednesday cited sources saying Lakers owner Jeanie Buss, president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka agree that Walton should coach the rest of the season. MLB notebook: Phillies extend Nola, announce Arrieta surgery
Philadelphia Phillies pitchers made news on Wednesday, with the announcements that Aaron Nola agreed to a four-year contract extension and Jake Arrieta underwent pre-spring training surgery on his left knee. Terms of Nola's contract were not released, but ESPN and The Athletic placed the value at $45 million. Nola, 25, had been scheduled for an arbitration hearing this week. Hamlin has must-win mindset at Daytona 500
Denny Hamlin readily acknowledges that when he shows up at Daytona International Speedway, he is a race favorite. He's earned that distinction as a former Daytona 500 winner. But this year a victory in the sport's biggest race wouldn't only be of historical significance of but put an end to the longest winless streak in the 38-year old Virginian's decorated Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career. Last year he did not win a race for the first time since his 2006 rookie season. Nuggets G Thomas set for season debut
Denver Nuggets guard Isaiah Thomas is set to make his season debut Wednesday night after recovering from hip surgery nearly 11 months ago, ESPN reported Wednesday. Denver plays host to the Sacramento Kings. Sixers C Embiid fined $25000 after ripping refs
Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid has been fined $25,000 for his criticism of the officiating in the team's latest loss to the Boston Celtics, the NBA announced Wednesday afternoon. "The referees f---ing suck," the All-Star center said during his postgame press conference on Tuesday. Golf: Woods honored as Genesis Open granted 'elevated status'
The Tiger Woods-hosted Genesis Open was granted "elevated status" on the PGA Tour on Wednesday, promising a bright future for the tournament to go with its rich history. The tour announced that starting next year the tournament formerly known as the Los Angeles Open will join Jack Nicklaus's Memorial tournament in Ohio and the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida in the special category.