Following is a abstract of present sports activities information briefs.
Spring coaching roundup: Nats’ Jon Lester makes spring debut
Jon Lester, simply two weeks from having his parathyroid gland eliminated as a result of a medical situation, threw two innings Thursday in his spring debut as a member of the Washington Nationals. Lester allowed a run on one hit and one stroll whereas putting out two, and the Nationals went on to beat the New York Mets 3-1 in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
NHL roundup: Bruins ship Sabres to thirteenth straight loss
David Krejci recorded his 700th profession level on the primary of his three assists, and David Pastrnak had a aim and an help because the visiting Boston Bruins handed the reeling Buffalo Sabres their thirteenth consecutive loss, 4-1 on Thursday. Greg McKegg posted his first aim of the season whereas Jake DeBrusk and Craig Smith additionally scored for Boston, which gained back-to-back contests for the primary time since a five-game profitable streak from Feb. 1-12. Jaroslav Halak stopped 23 of 24 pictures because the Bruins beat Buffalo for a sixth straight time.
A lot of athletes who examined optimistic for COVID-19 upon their return house from the European Indoor Championships in Torun, Poland earlier this month didn’t observe strict well being and security protocols whereas within the nation, European Athletics stated on Friday. European Athletics stated it had been knowledgeable of a number of optimistic instances detected after the tip of the March 4-7 occasion, following checks performed on opponents on arrival of their respective nations.
NBA roundup: Bradley Beal pours in 43 as Wizards beat Jazz
Bradley Beal scored 43 factors on 16-of-24 taking pictures to guide the Washington Wizards to a 131-122 victory over the visiting Utah Jazz on Thursday night time. Russell Westbrook tallied 35 factors, 15 rebounds and 13 assists for the Wizards, incomes his thirteenth triple-double of the season. Rui Hachimura chipped in 12 factors and 7 rebounds and Robin Lopez scored 11 factors as Washington snapped a five-game dropping streak.
South African qualifier Lloyd Harris fired 14 aces whereas beating Japan’s Kei Nishikori 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 on Thursday within the quarterfinals of the Dubai Responsibility Free Tennis Championships within the United Arab Emirates. The decisive third set was on serve till Harris broke for a 5-3 lead, and he served out the match within the ensuing recreation.
Two extra Russian gamers earned victories within the Spherical of 16 on the St. Petersburg (Russia) Women Trophy Thursday, serving to set a WTA mark within the course of. With wins by eighth-seeded Daria Kasatkina and wild card Margarita Gasparyan, the pair joined 5 countrywomen within the match quarterfinals — the primary time within the historical past of the WTA that seven gamers from Russia had made the quarters in the identical occasion.
The Nationwide Soccer League (NFL) stated on Thursday it reached long-term media offers with Amazon.com Inc and main broadcast and cable firms that run by way of 2033. Amazon.com will turn out to be the unique accomplice for the league’s “Thursday Evening Soccer” video games. The NFL additionally made offers with Walt Disney Co’s ESPN and ABC networks, ViacomCBS Inc, Fox Corp and Comcast Corp.
‘No silver bullet’: torch relay struggles spotlight hurdles for pandemic Olympics
Gold medal Paralympian Rina Akiyama pulled out of the Olympic torch relay on the eleventh hour this month, apprehensive about drawing crowds that may unfold the coronavirus, the newest in a collection of cancellations which have plagued the occasion. The withdrawal by Akiyama and greater than a dozen celebrities from the relay, which begins Thursday, underscores the challenges going through organisers of one of many world’s most complicated occasions, hosted by a nation the place vaccinations have barely begun, within the midst of a yet-untamed pandemic.
Olympics: Tokyo organisers anticipated to debate international spectators on Saturday Tokyo Olympics organisers will meet with Japanese authorities officers on Saturday, the native organising committee stated, with dialogue of whether or not to permit in international spectators anticipated to be on the agenda. The assembly, from 6 p.m. (0900 GMT), might be held by the Tokyo 2020 organising committee, the Worldwide Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Authorities and the central authorities of Japan, Tokyo 2020 stated in an announcement on Friday.
Report: Texans give P Cameron Johnston a 3-year, $8 million deal The Houston Texans are signing punter Cameron Johnston to a three-year, $8 million deal that features a $1 million signing bonus, the Houston Chronicle reported Friday. The 29-year-old Australian appeared in all 48 video games over the previous three seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles.
(With inputs from companies.)