Reuters Sports News Summary
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Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
American Lowell Bailey pulled off one of the biggest upsets in biathlon history as he took the gold medal following a thrilling spurt to the finish to the men's 20km individual race at the World Championships on Thursday. Lowell was a perfect 20 for 20 shooting before making a helter-skelter dash for the finish line, finally crossing it 3.3 seconds faster than Ondrej Moravec of the Czech Republic and 21.2 seconds ahead of France's Martin Fourcade.
Warrior Green slams Knicks owner over Oakley treatment
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green blasted New York Knicks owner James Dolan over his treatment of Charles Oakley, which resulted in the former player's temporary ban from Madison Square Garden. Green made the comments on his "Dray Day Podcast", which emerged prior to Wednesday's game against the Sacramento Kings and referenced Dolan having Oakley forcibly removed from the Garden last week following a heated dispute between the pair.
Penguins center Sidney Crosby scored a milestone 1,000th career NHL point against the visiting Winnipeg Jets and later added the winning goal in Pittsburgh's 4-3 overtime victory at PPG Paints Arena on Thursday. Crosby's winner came with 21.1 seconds left in the extra session after Evgeni Malkin drove to the net and powered the puck in front with a defenseman on top of him. Crosby beat a defender to the puck and tapped it into an empty net.
Flawless Worley wins women's giant slalom gold
Tessa Worley won her second gold medal at the alpine skiing world championship on Thursday as she took the women's giant slalom by storm, having been part of the French squad that won Tuesday's team event. Worley, the first leg's pace setter, produced a pair of superb runs on a deteriorating course to finish 0.34 seconds ahead of American Mikaela Shiffrin, with Italy's Sofia Goggia taking the bronze medal.
Johnson, chasing top ranking, two off Riviera lead
Big-hitting Dustin Johnson made a strong start in his bid to claim the world number one ranking this week by firing a five-under 66 that left him two shots off leader Sam Saunders on the opening day of the weather-interrupted Genesis Open. Thursday's 75-minute fog delay led to play being halted due to failing light with 48 players still on the course. Heavy rain and high winds are expected to threaten play on Friday.
Kushners to back away from Marlins bid
The Kushner family, relatives of U.S. President Donald Trump through son-in-law Jared Kushner, said on Wednesday they will not pursue the purchase of the Miami Marlins if current owner Jeffrey Loria is nominated as U.S. ambassador to France. There were reports last week that the Kushner family were in talks to purchase the Marlins for $1.6 billion.
CONCACAF to mull joint World Cup bid; Trump wall no concern
CONCACAF will discuss a possible joint bid for the 2026 World Cup and the governing body's president said on Thursday a planned wall along the U.S.-Mexico border would not present an obstacle to co-hosting the event. Victor Montagliani, speaking to Reuters by telephone hours after FIFA said it would encourage co-hosting for the 2026 World Cup, said a three-way bid with the United States, Mexico and Canada was one option but did not rule out games in Central America or the Caribbean.
Former Ferrari chief aerodynamicist Dirk De Beer is joining Williams on Mar. 1 to head the aero department, the Formula One team said on Thursday. "His knowledge and technical expertise will undoubtedly be a great asset to the team in our continued push to restore Williams to the front of the grid," said deputy team principal Claire Williams.
Fans call shots in futuristic football league
The Salt Lake Screaming Eagles take flight on Thursday as the normally low profile Indoor Football League offers a glimpse into the future of interactive sports. The expansion team's site, coach, logo, mascot, cheerleaders and players have already been chosen by fans, who will use an app to pick the Screaming Eagles' plays in real time when they meet the visiting Nebraska Danger at 8,000-seat Maverik Center.
Olympics - Tokyo launches mobiles-to-medals recycling campaign
Members of the Japanese public lined up to donate unwanted mobile phones that will be recycled into medals for the 2020 Olympic Games, as a project aimed at promoting sustainability was launched on Thursday. The campaign kicked off at Tokyo's Metropolitan Government building where more than 100 people dropped the used handsets into a box that displayed the number of donations.