Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Columbus eager to get back to business after stunning hockey world
The Columbus Blue Jackets are through marveling at their stunning sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning as they set their sights on a second-round Stanley Cup Playoffs clash with the Boston Bruins. Columbus stunned the hockey world by eliminating Tampa Bay in what was the franchise's maiden playoff series win and also the first four-game sweep of a regular-season National Hockey League champion in an opening-round series.
Notebook: Fifth-year options picked up on Elliott, Buckner
The Dallas Cowboys exercised the fifth-year option on running back Ezekiel Elliott's contract, keeping him in place through the 2020 season. Elliott is set to make $3.85 million in 2019. He figures to receive around $10 million in the option season though the Cowboys have stated they intend to negotiate a rich extension with him.
MLB notebook: Guerrero Jr. set for Jays debut
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is getting his long-awaited call-up to the majors. Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo told reporters following Blue Jays' Wednesday loss to the San Francisco Giants that Guerrero, the top-ranked prospect in all of baseball by most scouting services, will be called up from Triple-A Buffalo to make his major league debut Friday at home against the Oakland A's.
MLB roundup: Rodriguez guides Red Sox past Tigers
Eduardo Rodriguez shined over six innings, and J.D. Martinez collected a season-high three hits to lead the Boston Red Sox to an 11-4 win over the visiting Detroit Tigers on Wednesday. Rodriguez (2-2) struck out seven while allowing one run on two hits and three walks. He kept the Tigers hitless over his first 4 1/3 innings as the Red Sox rebounded from a doubleheader sweep on Tuesday.
Formula One gives up on race in downtown Miami: Herald
Formula One and local organizers have given up on plans to hold a race in downtown Miami because of the disruption for businesses and residents, the Miami Herald reported on Wednesday. It said they were now looking into an alternative race location on land next to the Hard Rock Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins NFL team, to the north of the Florida city.
NFL notebook: Chiefs WR Hill won't be charged
The Johnson County (Kan.) district attorney's office announced Wednesday it will not file charges against Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill or his fiancee following an investigation into two March incidents at the couple's home involving their 3-year-old son. "We believe a crime has occurred," District Attorney Stephen Howe said. "However, the evidence in this case does not conclusively establish who committed this crime."
Tennis: Andy Murray 'optimistic' he can play this year, says mother Judy
Andy Murray is "cautiously optimistic" he will be able to play tennis again this season after successfully undergoing hip surgery, his mother Judy has said. The three-times Grand Slam champion said at this year's Australian Open that constant pain in his hip had brought him to the verge of quitting tennis but revealed last month that he was pain free after the procedure in January.
WADA applauds unprecedented CAS ruling on Ukrainian sprinters
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Wednesday welcomed a recent Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) decision on two Ukrainian sprinters that it said sets a new precedent for catching athletes who choose to cheat. Olympic bronze medal winner Olesia Povh and Olha Zemliak were both convicted of using a prohibited substance based on the detection of non-physiological levels of testosterone in their blood serum samples.
Golf: Tiger to return to Japan at Zozo Championship in October
Tiger Woods will return to Japan for the first time since 2006 to compete in the inaugural Zozo Championship in October, the Masters champion said on Wednesday. Woods called Japan "one of my favorites countries" in a tweet announcing his decision to play the PGA Tour's first official event in the Asian country.
Combined NCAA championships planned for 2020, 2023
The NCAA will crown the men's basketball champions from Divisions I, II and III in Atlanta in 2020, with the women to follow the same combined format in Dallas in 2023. The 2020 NCAA Men's Final Four will be April 4 and 6 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, with the Division II and Division III championships decided April 5 at State Farm Arena.