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.

Soccer: Pulisic wins top U.S. soccer prize for second time

Christian Pulisic was named men's Player of the Year by the U.S. soccer federation on Thursday, with the 21-year-old becoming the youngest ever to claim the award twice. Pulisic, who also won in 2017, became the most expensive American soccer player in history when he signed with Premier League Chelsea in January for 64 million euros ($73.2 million).

IIHF says to work to keep 2023 world championship in Russia

The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) will try to ensure Russia retains the right to host the 2023 world ice hockey championship, IIHF President Rene Fasel said on Thursday. Russia is banned for four years from hosting or bidding for major sporting events under a ruling announced by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Monday as punishment for having provided it with doctored laboratory data.

Portis, Horn among 10 former NFL players facing U.S. fraud charges

Federal authorities on Thursday charged 10 former National Football League players for allegedly defrauding a healthcare program for more than $3.4 million by filing false claims for hyperbaric oxygen chambers and other expensive medical equipment. Former Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis, 38, and former Redskins cornerback Carlos Rogers, 38, were among those charged by the U.S. Justice Department.

Soccer: Bradley signs new deal with Toronto FC

Midfielder Michael Bradley has signed a new deal with Toronto FC, the Major League Soccer (MLS) side announced on Thursday, extending the team captain's six-season reign in the North. While the details of the contract were not immediately clear, the 32-year-old United States international could be set to end his career in Canada.

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.

NBA roundup: Clippers' Leonard wins in return to Toronto

Kawhi Leonard scored 23 points and added six assists and five rebounds on his return to Toronto, and the visiting Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Raptors 112-92 Wednesday night. Leonard, who led the Raptors to the NBA title last season before leaving as a free agent, was presented with his championship ring in a ceremony before the game. There also was a video tribute. He was greeted with a loud, prolonged ovation.

Olympics: Tahiti preferred choice for Paris 2024 surfing events

The surfing competition at the Paris 2024 Olympics could take place 15,000km away from the French capital in Tahiti under a proposal backed by the International Surfing Association (ISA). The French Polynesian island in the Pacific Ocean is the preferred option, beating off rival bids from Biarritz, Lacanau, Les Landes and La Torche, all on the French mainland.

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.

Golf: Saudi Arabia to host first-ever women's tournament in March 2020

Saudi Arabia will host its first ever golf tournament for women from March 19-22 next year at the Royal Greens Golf & Country Club in Jeddah, with 108 professionals set to participate. The Ladies European Tour (LET) event will be staged in collaboration with Golf Saudi and the Saudi Golf Federation and will carry a winning purse of $1 million.