Sports News Roundup: Murray rallies to win in first round in Shanghai; MLB, NBA, NFL and more
Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Raptors, Lowry agree to one-year, $31 million extension
Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry agreed to terms on a one-year, $31 million contract extension, according to a published report Monday. Agent Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports told ESPN of the deal for the five-time All-Star, who previously was slated to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.
With no medals up for grabs on Monday at the world gymnastics championships, the race was on for the men to secure team spots for next year's Tokyo Olympics and Ukraine led the way in joining heavyweights Russia, China and Japan. Double Olympic champion Max Whitlock's efforts helped Britain to also secure a Tokyo spot alongside Switzerland, the United States, Taiwan, South Korea, Brazil, Spain and Germany.
NFL roundup: Colts hand Chiefs first loss
Marlon Mack rushed for 132 yards on 29 carries Sunday as the Indianapolis Colts controlled the clock with a potent run game and shocked the Kansas City Chiefs 19-13 at Kansas City, Mo. Mack led a 180-yard ground attack that enabled the Colts (3-2) to control the football for 37-plus minutes on 45 rushes. They kept Patrick Mahomes and the high-powered Chiefs (4-1) from finding any rhythm in handing them their first loss of the season.
An increasing number of U.S. lawmakers voiced anger on Monday over the NBA's response to a Houston Rockets official's tweet backing Hong Kong democracy protests, raising U.S.-China tensions as talks to end a 15-month trade war resumed. The National Basketball Association, which has built a huge following and burgeoning business in China, said in a statement it regretted the remarks by Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey. A Chinese-language version seemed to go further, with the league saying it was "extremely disappointed" in Morey's "inappropriate" remarks.
MLB roundup: Cards, Nats force Game 5s
Yadier Molina's 10th-inning sacrifice fly lifted the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-4 victory over the visiting Atlanta Braves on Monday and sent their National League Division Series to a decisive fifth game. The series will conclude Wednesday in Atlanta, with the winner advancing to meet the Los Angeles Dodgers or the Washington Nationals in the NL Championship Series.
Murray rallies to win in first round in Shanghai
Andy Murray rallied past Argentine qualifier Juan Ignacio Londero 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 on Monday to reach the second round of the Shanghai Masters in China. The former world No. 1, continuing his comeback from January hip surgery, broke serve in the sixth game of the deciding set, then fought off two break points while serving for the match to get the victory in 2 hours, 18 minutes.
Redskins fire Gruden after 0-5 start
The Washington Redskins fired head coach Jay Gruden early Monday following the team's 0-5 start. The Redskins made the announcement via Twitter, saying Gruden had been informed of the decision in an early morning meeting with owner Daniel Snyder and team president Bruce Allen.
NFL notebook: Redskins fire Gruden after 0-5 start
The Washington Redskins fired head coach Jay Gruden early Monday following the team's 0-5 start. The Redskins made the announcement via Twitter, saying Gruden had been informed of the decision in a morning meeting with owner Daniel Snyder and team president Bruce Allen.
U.S. women's team fights back against governing body's pay claims
U.S. women's national soccer team players pushed back in a court filing on Monday against claims by the U.S. Soccer Federation that some members earn more than their male counterparts, as they argued for class-action status in the latest chapter of their closely-watched legal fight. All 28 members of the U.S. women's national soccer team sued the U.S. Soccer Federation for gender discrimination in March in a lawsuit that included complaints about wages and working conditions.
Toronto head coach ready to forge new path to title
The Toronto Raptors may not be favored by many to defend their NBA title after losing star Kawhi Leonard to the Los Angeles Clippers, but head coach Nick Nurse said predictions didn't matter and his team would forge a new path to the championship. In one of the wildest close seasons of free agency in recent memory, Leonard joined up with Paul George to form a formidable pair under Doc Rivers, while Anthony Davis joined LeBron James at the Los Angeles Lakers to create a monster duo of their own.
(With inputs from agencies.)