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Reuters Sports News Summary

Updated: 17-05-2019 05:23 IST
Reuters Sports News Summary

Following is a summary of current sports news briefs. No. 1 Osaka pulls off two wins on busy day in Rome

Top seed and world No. 1 Naomi Osaka won twice Thursday, defeating Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova and Romania's Mihaela Buzarnescu in straight sets to advance to the quarterfinals of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome. Osaka won both matches 6-3, 6-3. Bucks, Raptors both looking to improve in Game 2

Friday night in Game 2 after shaking off their rust. The Raptors led most of the way Wednesday in the opener of the best-of-seven series, but the better-rested Bucks won 108-100 by outscoring Toronto 32-17 in the fourth quarter -- 10-0 in the final 3:31. Using cart 'almost embarrassing', says Daly after riding Bethpage

John Daly said it had been almost embarrassing riding a cart in the PGA Championship first round at Bethpage Black, where he limped and puffed his way around the long and hilly course on Thursday. "It's very awkward, to a point it's almost embarrassing, but I love the PGA, and I feel like as past champion I belong to play ... I feel obligated," the 1991 champion said after shooting five-over-par 75. Koepka leads PGA by 1 after course-record 63

Brooks Koepka said before the start of the 101st PGA Championship that he believes majors are easier to win because perhaps only 35-40 players begin the tournament with a legitimate shot of beating him. The three-time major champion and world's third-ranked player backed up that statement with a course-record 7-under-par 63 in Thursday's first round in Farmingdale, N.Y. Koepka's bogey-free card on the demanding Black Course at Bethpage State Park included seven birdies -- none of which came on the course's two par-5s. Qatar brings first new World Cup stadium to life as FIFA mulls expansion

Qatar inaugurated the first of seven new World Cup 2022 stadiums on Thursday, just weeks before a crucial FIFA summit will decide whether to expand the tournament and potentially push it beyond the tiny Gulf state's borders to accommodate a larger format. Fans packed into the Al Janoub stadium, a 40,000 seat venue made to resemble the sail of a dhow, or traditional wooden sailboat, to cheer on Qatari teams playing in the final of the Emir Cup, a local tournament for the country's club sides. Blues focus on task at hand ahead of Game 4

The sting of their Game 3 overtime loss will once again test the mettle of the St. Louis Blues. Fortunately for them, the Blues have overcome enough adversity already this season to have a chance. As the Blues look to rebound from a 5-4 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday when they continue the series Friday in St. Louis, it's with the confidence that they regrouped from being the league's last-place team when they awoke on Jan. 3 to reach the Western Conference finals -- a journey that includes a head coach firing and reliance upon a rookie goalie to turn the corner. $1 million All-Star Race motivates NASCAR drivers

With $1 million on the line, no championship points to worry about, only 85 laps to negotiate, and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series' all-stars on the starting grid, Saturday's Monster Energy All-Star Race (8 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) has all the elements of being one of the most intense and exciting events of the season. Motivations to win certainly vary. The race's all-time winningest driver, Jimmie Johnson, hasn't hoisted a trophy since Daytona's season-opening exhibition, The Clash. The race's defending champion, Kevin Harvick, had won five events before All-Star weekend last year but is still looking for his first victory of 2019 aside from a pre-500 Duel event at Daytona. Report: Durant 'not close' to returning

Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant is "not close" to recovering from his right calf strain, ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reported Thursday afternoon. Durant was injured in Game 5 of the Warriors' Western Conference semifinal series with the Houston Rockets. He missed Golden State's clinching win against Houston in Game 6, then sat out the Warriors' Game 1 victory in the Western Conference finals vs. the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday. Federer fights off match points to advance in Rome

Third-seeded Roger Federer saved two match points in a third-set tiebreaker against Croatia's Borna Coric to advance to the quarterfinals of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome on Thursday. The top three men's seeds -- Serbian Novak Djokovic, Spaniard Rafael Nadal and Federer of Switzerland -- each swept two matches Thursday after play was backed up because of rain on Wednesday. Cardinals CB Peterson gets six-game PED ban

Eight-time Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals has been suspended for the first six games of 2019 for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy. Details of the violation have not been released, but ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Peterson has dropped his appeal.

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