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Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
MLB roundup: Nats walk off to hand Phillies first loss
Jake Noll's bases-loaded walk with no outs in the bottom of the ninth gave the Washington Nationals a 9-8 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday. David Robertson (0-1) gave up a leadoff single to Anthony Rendon, then walked Juan Soto and Ryan Zimmerman before Noll took ball four on a 3-2 pitch. Sean Doolittle (2-0) pitched a scoreless top of the ninth for the victory.
Huizing leads MacLaren in first professional mixed gender event
Dutchman Daan Huizing made nine birdies to take the lead in the first round of the Jordan Mixed Open, the first professional tournament with men and women competing against each other for the same prize, on Thursday. Huizing shot an eight-under 64 in Aqaba to lead England's Meghan MacLaren, a Ladies European Tour winner, and her compatriot Jack Senior by one stroke.
NHL roundup: Toews, Kane set career marks in Chicago's win
Captain Jonathan Toews scored his career-high 35th goal and also converted in the first round of a shootout as the host Chicago Blackhawks skated to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday. Patrick Kane collected a goal and an assist to set a career high of his own with 107 points. Artem Anisimov also tallied for the Blackhawks, who won four of the five meetings in the season series with the Blues.
'Retired' Conor McGregor hints at return
Conor McGregor has hinted his "retirement" from mixed martial arts may be over already after the Irishman said in a post on Twitter: " ... see you in the Octagon." "I want to move forward, with my fans of all faiths and all backgrounds," he tweeted.
Diamondbacks' Jones requested fan be removed
The Arizona Diamondbacks' Adam Jones had a fan removed from San Diego's Petco Park during Wednesday night's game for spewing profane language, the outfielder told AZCentral.com. Jones, who is from San Diego, said the fan was "cussing me out" while tracking down a fly ball in right field during the fifth inning of Arizona's 4-1 loss to the Padres.
Houston, Sampson agree on extension
Coach Kelvin Sampson has reached an agreement on a long-term contract extension at Houston, the school announced Thursday. The deal runs through the 2024-25 season. Financial terms were not made public, but school officials previously said they had offered the 63-year-old coach a six-year, $18 million extension.
Reports: Raiders release WR Roberts
The Oakland Raiders released wide receiver Seth Roberts, according to multiple reports. The move comes a day after the Raiders signed WR Ryan Grant. The Raiders have also added Antonio Brown, Tyrell Williams and J.J. Nelson to their receiving corps.
LB Emanuel retires from NFL
Free agent linebacker Kyle Emanuel announced his retirement from the NFL on Thursday. Selected by the San Diego Chargers in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL draft, Emanuel spent four years with the franchise. He has played in 63 games for the franchise. A Nebraska native, he played collegiately at FCS powerhouse North Dakota State.
NBA roundup: Heat's loss scrambles East standings
Boston's Gordon Hayward scored a game-high 25 points and Kyrie Irving added 23 to lift the Celtics to a crucial 112-102 road victory over the Miami Heat on Wednesday night. Jayson Tatum scored nine consecutive points in the fourth quarter to help Boston remain in a tie for fourth place in the Eastern Conference. Al Horford tallied 21 points, Tatum 16 and Aron Baynes 10, with a team-high 10 rebounds for the Celtics, who won their second straight game and fourth in their last five.
Players win will fuel McIlroy's Masters belief: Strange
Rory McIlroy's recent victory at the Players Championship can propel him to a first Green Jacket at next week's Masters, according to former Augusta runner-up Curtis Strange. Northern Irishman McIlroy ended a run of near misses to win the prestigious Florida tournament by one stroke from American Jim Furyk -- his first title for a year.