Reuters Sports News Summary

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Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.

NHL roundup: Caps top Bruins, as usual

John Carlson scored the tiebreaking goal and added an assist while teammate T.J. Oshie had two goals as the Washington Capitals defeated the visiting Boston Bruins 3-2 Wednesday night. The victory continued the Capitals' recent string of success against Boston. Washington now is 16-1-0 in its past 17 games versus the Bruins. The Capitals became the first team in the NHL to go over 50 points, with 51 through 33 games.

Clippers' Leonard says leaving champion Raptors was a 'hard decision'

Kawhi Leonard said on Wednesday his one year in Canada was a fun ride and that his decision to leave the Toronto Raptors three weeks after leading them to their first NBA championship was anything but easy. Leonard, back in Toronto for the first time as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers, said signing with his hometown team was not the foregone conclusion some had felt in the weeks leading up to his decision.

Goodell says league has 'moved on' from Kaepernick special workout

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Wednesday that the league had "moved on" from last month's long-awaited workout with Colin Kaepernick, three years after the former 49ers quarterback kneeled during the pre-game national anthem in protest of racial injustice. The protests drew the ire of U.S. President Donald Trump and Kaepernick said teams would not sign him because of his activism. He eventually settled a collusion grievance case with the National Football League in February.

Internationals inspired by video tips from '98 victors

Tiger Woods' Presidents Cup debut at Royal Melbourne in 1998 was soured by the United States' only defeat to the Internationals in the biennial tournament's 25-year history. Twenty-one years later, Woods' debut as U.S. captain got off to a horror start at the same course on Thursday as Ernie Els's Internationals drew inspiration from the 1998 victors.

MLB notebook: Study determines balls weren't juiced

The rise in home runs in 2019 wasn't because of a juiced ball, but rather due, in part, to inconsistent seam height on the baseball combined with "player behavior," according to preliminary results of a study commissioned by Major League Baseball. The early findings of the 27-page report were released Wednesday. The authors were a committee of professors charged with looking into the record number of home runs -- 6,776 -- in the past season.

U.S. soccer World Cup champion Lloyd keeps her eye on NFL dream

World Cup winner Carli Lloyd said on Tuesday she had been practising for a hoped-for future in the NFL and was not fazed about the idea of playing alongside the men. "Obviously there’s 300-pound men on the line but it’s sort of like taking a penalty shot: you’re not worried about the keeper, you’re worried about just putting the ball in the back of the net," Lloyd, co-captain of the United States team that won the soccer World Cup in July, told Reuters.

Harrelson named 2020 Ford C. Frick Award winner

Former Chicago White Sox television play-by-play announcer Ken Harrelson was named the winner of the 2020 Ford C. Frick Award by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum on Wednesday. Harrelson, 78, will receive the award on July 25, 2020 in Cooperstown, N.Y.

NFL notebook: Belichick cuts off videotape talk

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on Wednesday shed very little light into the NFL's investigation of the organization for videotaping the Cincinnati Bengals' sideline this past weekend. Belichick was rather curt with reporters, marking the third straight day in which he was asked about a team videographer who was caught filming the Bengals' sideline during Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns.

Report: Yankees land Cole for nine years, $324 million

The Yankees just landed the biggest catch on the free agent market, right-hander Gerrit Cole is headed to New York on a nine-year, $324 million deal, multiple media outlets reported late Tuesday night. The contract surpasses the seven-year, $245 million deal that right-hander Stephen Strasburg got while re-signing with the Washington Nationals on Monday.

No rest for Woods as U.S. misfire on day one

Already shouldering a big burden as playing captain, Tiger Woods' Presidents Cup load grew heavier on Thursday after the United States crashed to a 4-1 deficit after the first round of fourball matches at Royal Melbourne. The first playing captain at the biennial tournament in 25 years, Woods led from the front in a six-birdie masterclass, carrying team mate Justin Thomas to a 4&3 trouncing of Marc Leishman and Joaquin Niemann.