Reuters Sports News Summary


Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.

NASCAR notebook: Harvick rallies from four laps down

Kevin Harvick finished 13th and on the lead lap in Sunday's Food City 500, and that's about as amazing of a comeback as you're likely to see at Bristol Motor Speedway. Making up a lap, perhaps two, is difficult. Harvick, at one point, was four laps in arrears.

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Hot-shooting Edwards leaving Purdue for NBA

Purdue junior guard Carsen Edwards has decided to take his red-hot shooting stroke to the NBA, announcing Sunday on social media that he is hiring an agent and will enter this year's NBA draft in June. Edwards notched a pair of 42-point games in fueling the Boilermakers' run to the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight, and his second of those outbursts came tantalizingly close to getting them into the Final Four. Instead, Virginia held on for an 80-75 win in overtime on March 30.

Jackson's layup lifts Baylor over Notre Dame for national title

Chloe Jackson's driving layup with 3.9 seconds left Sunday night lifted top-seeded Baylor to an 82-81 win over defending champion Notre Dame for the NCAA Women's National Championship at Amalie Arena in Tampa. Jackson pumped in 26 points on 13-of-25 shooting for the Bears (37-1), which joined Connecticut and Tennessee as the only women's programs to win at least three national titles. Baylor's previous championships came in 2005 and 2012.

Virginia Tech hires Young from Wofford

Wofford coach Mike Young, who took the Terriers to five NCAA Tournament appearances, has accepted the head coaching position at Virginia Tech, the school announced Sunday. Young compiled a 299-244 mark in 17 seasons as the head coach at Wofford, which went 30-5 this season and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The seventh-seeded Terriers defeated Seton Hall in the first round before losing to No. 2 Kentucky.

Two-handed J to Final Four: The evolution and revival of Kyle Guy

Lee Larkins first got his hands on Kyle Guy as an Indiana sixth-grader who might as well be shooting free throws with his eyes closed. "I shot with two hands, kind of like (motions his hands over his forehead and pushes, palms high, in opposite directions)," Guy, now a junior at Virginia, said Sunday, about 16 hours removed from the heroic game-winning free throws that sent the Cavaliers to the national championship game and Auburn home from the NCAA Tournament.

Golf: Ko holds on for first major victory, wins ANA by three shots

Ko Jin-young clinched her first major victory when she fended off a challenge from fellow South Korean Lee Mi-hyang in the final round at the ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage, California on Sunday. Ko had a one-shot lead with three holes to play following two quick bogeys, but a perfectly-judged 10-foot birdie putt at the 16th proved the decisive blow at Mission Hills.

Pacquiao follows Mayweather in signing with Japan's Rizin

Filipino multiple world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao has signed with Rizin, the Japanese mixed martial arts organization that put together Floyd Mayweather's exhibition fight in Tokyo on New Year's Eve, its CEO Nobuyuki Sakakibara said on Monday. Sakakibara posted photographs on Twitter of the 40-year-old Pacquiao signing a contract.

Soccer: U.S. women rout Belgium in World Cup tune-up

The United States women's national team pumped in four first half goals en route to a 6-0 romp against Belgium in a one-sided friendly as the reigning World Cup champions continue to build momentum ahead of their title defense in France in June. Carli Lloyd opened their account with a leaping header off a long pass from Tierna Davidson that found the bottom corner of the goal in the 14th minute.

F1 owners near deal for British Grand Prix to be kept at Silverstone: FT

Formula One owners Liberty Media Corp are nearing an agreement to keep the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, the Financial Times reported on Monday citing sources familiar with the matter. U.S.-based Liberty Media, which acquired Formula One in 2017, is in the final stages of agreeing a new deal with the British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC), which owns the Silverstone track, the FT said.

Texas Tech, Virginia on brink of national title

A first-time college basketball national champion will emerge when Texas Tech and Virginia square off Monday in the NCAA Tournament national championship game. For two teams unfamiliar with this stage, the idea of cutting down the nets at U.S. Bank Stadium is becoming more than a dreamscape.

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