Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Athletics: Semenya gets Van Niekerk backing as she targets longer distance
Olympic 400 meters champion Wayde van Niekerk has backed South African compatriot Caster Semenya in her battle with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), which now appears to have taken a new twist. Semenya, a double 800 meters Olympic gold medalist, is waiting for the outcome of her appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to halt the introduction of new regulations by governing body IAAF that would require her to take medicine to limit her natural levels of testosterone.
2019 Draft: Winners and Losers
Only the first 32 picks are in the books, but the winners and losers after Day One of the NFL draft were abundantly obvious. Here's a look at the best and worst of the first round:
Golf: Woods says Nicklaus's record in crosshairs
Tiger Woods said Jack Nicklaus's record of 18 major championships is in his sights following his triumph at the Masters as he enjoys a career "extension" after a prolonged period of injury woes. In his first comments since winning his 15th major title and fifth green jacket, the 43-year-old American said he always thought Nicklaus's mark was reachable, provided his career was long enough.
Match-fixing not doping poses greatest risk to sport
Two of the men that put the doping crisis in the global spotlight say the integrity of sport now faces a greater threat from match-fixing than drug cheats. Richard McLaren, who authored a 2016 report into state-sponsored Russian doping and David Howman, a former director general of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), painted an alarming picture about match-fixing at the Symposium on Match Manipulation and Gambling in Sport in Toronto on Wednesday and Thursday.
Vegas GM says league apologized for Game Seven officiating blunder
Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee said on Thursday the NHL has apologized for a controversial penalty that ultimately led to his team's elimination from the Stanley Cup playoffs. Vegas were leading San Jose 3-0 with less than 11 minutes left in regulation of the decisive seventh game to their first-round series on Tuesday when Cody Eakins was handed a five-minute penalty for cross-checking Sharks captain Joe Pavelski.
NBA, Kings announce joint investigation into Walton allegations
The Sacramento Kings and the NBA announced Thursday they will conduct a joint investigation into sexual assault allegations against new Kings coach Luke Walton. "The Kings and the NBA take these allegations very seriously and will collaborate to conduct a complete and thorough investigation," the statement concludes.
NFL notebook: Chiefs' Hill allegedly threatens fiancée on tape
An explosive audio recording aired by a Kansas City television station on Thursday night reportedly includes Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill threatening his fiancée, who accused him of injuring their young son. In the recording broadcast by CBS affiliate KCTV, a voice identified as the boy's mother, Crystal Espinal, tells Hill that her son said regarding who punched him, "Daddy did it." She adds, "He is terrified of you."
NFL draft trade roundup: Steelers, Packers, Eagles move up
Two teams looking to dethrone the New England Patriots as kings of the AFC -- the Denver Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers -- joined forces Thursday night and pulled off the first trade of the 2019 NFL Draft. The Broncos sent the 10th overall pick in the draft to the Steelers, who in turn used the pick to select Devin Bush, an inside linebacker who played at Michigan.
MLB roundup: Bauer pitches Indians past Astros
Trevor Bauer won his individual matchup against Gerrit Cole, his former UCLA staff mate, and the Cleveland Indians claimed the opener of their four-game series with the host Houston Astros 2-1 Thursday. Bauer (3-1) allowed at least one baserunner in each of his eight innings yet faced just one batter with a runner in scoring position. The Astros managed one run off Bauer: a 411-foot solo home run from George Springer in the third.
Golf: Stallings and Mullinax take early lead in rainy New Orleans
Americans Scott Stallings and Trey Mullinax birdied seven of their final nine holes to take a one-stroke lead at the rain-shortened opening round of fourball matches at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Thursday. Stallings and Mullinax combined for an 11-under-par 61 at the team event at TPC Louisiana, on a day blighted by a seven-hour, 33-minute stoppage due to heavy rain and lightning.