Reuters Sports News Summary


Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.

Tennis: Stephens to wed U.S. soccer player Altidore

Former U.S. Open tennis champion Sloane Stephens and Toronto FC's United States striker Jozy Altidore are to be married. The 26-year old Stephens and Altidore, 29, announced their engagement on Monday with joint posts on social media saying, "Forever starts now" and "Forever yes."

Judge bars release of Kraft's spa-visit videos

A Florida judge on Monday again blocked release of surveillance videos related to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft's visits to a spa in Jupiter, Fla. Kraft is one of 25 men charged with paying for sexual acts at Orchids of Asia Day Spa.

NFL notebook: Cardinals plan to start Murray

Arizona general manager Steve Keim said he remembers the moment he decided the Cardinals would make former Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray the first pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. "When I closed my eyes and I visualized Kyler Murray running around State Farm Stadium in red and white, for whatever reason, all I saw was just fireworks, excitement, a must-see where fans have to go and show up and see this thing. Him being the architect was a phenomenal fit for me," Keim told NBC's Peter King.

NBA notebook: Popovich in talks about returning

Gregg Popovich, the longest-tenured coach in the big four pro sports in the United States, hinted Monday he is in negotiations to return to the San Antonio Spurs for a 24th season. "I've never talked about my contract in all these years. I've never had an agent. I've never talked about the contract," Popovich said seriously before ending the discussion of his contract with a joke. "My contract is basically my business, but I'll break the rule this time. I'm currently in negotiations, and I could very well end up with the Portofino Flyers or the Positano Pirates. I think it's one-third Positano, one-third Portofino and one-third San Antonio."

NBA report shows three incorrect late non-calls in Rockets-Warriors opener

The NBA's Last Two Minute report displays there were three incorrect non-calls in the final 71 seconds of Sunday's game between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets. The Warriors posted a 104-100 victory in the Western Conference semifinal opener in a contest in which Rockets guard James Harden criticized the officiating afterward.

Take 5: Murray installed as OROY favorite

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MLB notebook: Wacha, Freeland activated, start Monday

The St. Louis Cardinals activated right-hander Michael Wacha from the 10-day injured list Monday in time for him to start against the Washington Nationals. In a corresponding move, the Cardinals optioned rookie right-hander Ryan Helsley to Triple-A Memphis.

MLB roundup: Twins' Odorizzi outduels Astros' Verlander

Ehire Adrianza homered, and Jake Odorizzi pitched seven shutout innings to outduel Justin Verlander as the Minnesota Twins edged the Houston Astros 1-0 on Monday night in Minneapolis. It was the third consecutive win for Odorizzi (3-2), including two in a row over the Astros. He allowed four singles and a walk while striking out seven.

Sixers' Simmons gets some revenge on Raptors' Leonard

Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons may not have lit up the scoreboard as he would have liked but the towering Aussie did get some measure of revenge on Toronto Raptors defensive supremo Kawhi Leonard on Monday. Simmons, who dazzles with his playmaking and open-floor scoring, was ineffective on offense but contained Leonard in the first half to set the tone in a 94-89 Sixers victory that tied the NBA's Eastern Conference semi-final at one game apiece.

FanDuel first to stream live games in sports betting app in U.S.

U.S. bookmaker FanDuel has signed a deal with Switzerland's Sportradar AG to allow sports fans to place wagers on a game while they are watching it on a mobile app, company executives said on Monday, a first for the nascent U.S. sports betting market. The deal is set to be officially announced on Tuesday after the service was rolled out late last week in New Jersey, where FanDuel, a unit of Irish bookmaker Paddy Power Betfair PLC, has the largest market share of all sportsbooks.

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