Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
NFL notebook: Chiefs TE Kelce eager to return
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce expects to be 100 per cent at the start of training camp next month. Kelce said he'll be recovered from offseason ankle surgery when the Chiefs take the field at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo.
MLB notebook: Ohtani 'getting close' to mound work
Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani continues to progress in his rehab from Tommy John surgery, and he could throw from a mound before the All-Star break. "He's getting close," manager Brad Ausmus said before the Angels played the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Thursday night. "I don't know the exact date ... but I would say weeks, assuming everything goes well."
I'm still in it, says Mickelson, despite botched putt
With a record, six runner-up finishes at the U.S. Open Phil Mickelson has had his share of major nightmares but added another one to the list when he botched a 12-inch par putt during opening round play on Thursday. Needing a U.S. Open to complete a career grand slam Mickelson is getting perhaps his last best chance to get the job done, playing on the same Pebble Beach layout he collected his 44th career PGA Tour title on in February.
Semenya denied entry into Rabat 800 meters race
Caster Semenya has been denied participation in her favoured 800 meters race in Morocco, the athlete said on Thursday, despite Switzerland's highest court rejecting an IAAF request for eligibility regulations to be reimposed on the South African. International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) regulations say XY chromosome athletes with differences in sexual development (DSDs) can only race in distances from 400m to a mile if they take medication to reduce their naturally-occurring testosterone levels.
WWC roundup: Australia scores the improbable win over Brazil
Australia rallied from a two-goal, first-half deficit to earn a 3-2 victory over Brazil on Thursday in Group C play at the Women's World Cup from Montpellier, France. In danger of remaining winless in group play, Australia found itself in a 2-0 hole after goals in the 27th minute from Marta (on a penalty kick) and another in the 38th minute from Cristiane. Marta now has 16 goals all-time in the Women's World Cup over five different tournaments.
Ortiz remains in 'guarded' condition in ICU
Red Sox legend David Ortiz remained in guarded condition in the surgical intensive care unit at a Boston hospital Thursday morning, his wife, Tiffany, said in a statement released by the team. "He continues to heal and make progress. David will continue to recover in the ICU and future updates on his condition will be provided when necessary," she said.
Oh, Canada! Raptors beat Warriors to win first NBA title
The Toronto Raptors delivered Canada its first NBA title with a 114-110 victory over the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors on Thursday that set off a country-wide celebration. With a nation hanging on their every shot, Canada's only NBA team put the finishing touches to a remarkable 4-2 series upset that denied the Warriors a fourth championship in five years.
Australia captain Kerr bites back at critics
Australia captain Sam Kerr says their 3-2 win over Brazil at the women's World Cup on Thursday was the perfect response to critics who had written them off after their opening defeat by Italy. The victory in Montpellier saw Australia become the second team in women's World Cup history to win a match from being at least two goals down after Sweden beat Germany 3-2 in 1995.
ATP roundup: Qualifier stuns top-seeded Zverev in Stuttgart
Qualifier Dustin Brown, who hadn't won an ATP Tour match since 2017 before this week, stunned top-seeded Alexander Zverev 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-3 in a second-round matchup of German players in the MercedesCup at Stuttgart, Germany. Brown, ranked 170th in the world, beat a top-10 player for the fifth time in his career. He was slowed over the past two years by a back injury.
Rose rides hot putter to U.S. Open lead
Justin Rose rode a red-hot putter to an opening round of six-under-par 65 and a one-shot lead at the U.S Open on Thursday while Tiger Woods and two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka turned in scrappy efforts to stay in contention. With near perfect conditions on the Monterey Peninsula, little wind and soft greens, the Pebble Beach Golf Links was left to the mercy of the world's best.
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