Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Wang, Siniakova survive early scares to advance to Bronx semis
Top seed Wang Qiang and fifth ranked Katerina Siniakova both had to battle back from a set down to beat unseeded opponents and advance to the Bronx Open semi-finals on Thursday. Wang failed to win a game in the opening set against Russia's Anna Blinkova before storming back to win 0-6 6-1 6-4 in 90 minutes.
Ticket demand for international NFL games surge
Ticket demand for the NFL's five international games this season has jumped 55% compared to 2018 thanks to the American football league's efforts to grow its global fan base, ticket retailer StubHub said on Thursday. Four games will be played in London and one in Mexico in 2019 with the Chicago Bears-Oakland Raiders matchup at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium being the most in-demand game.
NFL notebook: Cowboys reportedly make big offer to Elliott
The Dallas Cowboys reportedly have offered to make holdout Ezekiel Elliott one of the NFL's two highest-paid running backs. ESPN's Ed Werder tweeted Thursday the Cowboys' offer was less than what Los Angeles Rams' Todd Gurley earns -- he signed a four-year, $57.5 million contract with $45 million guaranteed last summer -- but more than Le'Veon Bell's deal with the New York Jets.
Syndergaard lowers boom on Indians over social media
New York Mets righthander Noah Syndergaard shut down the Cleveland Indians on the field Thursday night and again over social media a few hours later. Syndergaard took umbrage with the message posted by the Indians' official Twitter account prior to the 26-year-old scattering two hits over six innings in a 2-0 win. The victory sealed a three-game sweep by the Mets.
MLB roundup: Dodgers earn second straight walkoff win
Corey Seager tied the game with a two-run double and Enrique Hernandez capped a second straight walk-off win with an RBI single Thursday night as the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied in the bottom of the ninth to stun the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 and complete a three-game sweep. The comeback occurred after Blue Jays rookie Jacob Waguespack and two relievers had combined on a one-hit shutout through eight innings, with Toronto using just four hits, including a solo home run by Vladimir Guerrero Jr., to claim a 2-0 lead.
Trademark denied: Pats' Brady can't claim 'Tom Terrific'
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office denied Tom Brady's application to trademark "Tom Terrific." The New England Patriots quarterback sought to trademark the phrase because he wanted to keep others from marketing that nickname in connection with him.
Basketball: Australia consumer watchdog probing U.S. game
Australia's consumer watchdog has launched an investigation into Thursday's basketball World Cup warmup game between the United States and Australia in Melbourne following hundreds of complaints from disgruntled spectators. Fans, already miffed by the absence of elite NBA players, expressed outrage on social media over seating arrangements at Docklands stadium where many were left with restricted views despite paying top dollar for tickets.
Halep hopes dream Wimbledon run can end U.S. Open nightmare
Simona Halep is living the dream after her Wimbledon triumph and the Romanian heads into next week's U.S. Open hoping for a new dawn at the season's final Grand Slam after early exits in the last two years. Halep scorched 23-times Grand Slam winner Serena Williams 6-2 6-2 in less than an hour in this year's Wimbledon final to add a second major title to her trophy cabinet after last year's French Open crown.
Dolphins' Flores taunts activist/WR Stills with Jay-Z playlist
Brian Flores decided to pump up the volume on wide receiver Kenny Stills' disdain for Jay-Z with a practice playlist the Miami Dolphins' head coach said was intended to challenge the veteran receiver to perform under pressure. One day after Stills -- he has been outspoken regarding social activism and criticized owner Stephen Ross' support of President Donald Trump -- called out Jay-Z for saying he was "past kneeling," the Dolphins came to practice and heard eight straight Jay-Z tunes. They were selected by Flores.
Russia's Kuznetsov gets four-year IIHF ban after cocaine test
The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) said on Friday it had suspended Russian national team player Evgeny Kuznetsov for four years for testing positive for cocaine. Kuznetsov, who plays for the Washington Capitals in North America's National Hockey League (NHL), said he accepted his suspension.