Reuters Sports News Summary
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Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Thomas wins Tournament of Champions by three over Matsuyama
Justin Thomas recovered from a late double-bogey and held off a last-day challenge by Japan's in-form Hideki Matsuyama to clinch his third PGA Tour victory, by three shots at the SBS Tournament of Champions in Hawaii on Sunday. The long-hitting American had been a commanding five strokes in front with five holes to play at the Kapalua Resort on the island of Maui before his lead was stunningly cut to just one after 15 holes.
Giants' Beckham a non-factor on playoff debut
Six days after taking heat for being in party mode in Miami, wide receiver Odell Beckham endured a nightmare playoff debut for the New York Giants on Sunday as his team lost 38-13 to Green Bay in a National Football Conference wild card game. Beckham, who recorded his first 100-reception season in 2016, never found his rhythm with quarterback Eli Manning and caught just four of 11 targets for 28 yards.
The Green Bay Packers beat the New York Giants 38-13 on Sunday thanks in no small measure to a Hail Mary touchdown that provided sweet revenge. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who shocked the Detroit Lions and Arizona Cardinals with end-of-game Hail Mary touchdowns last season, stunned the Giants with a 42-yard Hail Mary touchdown to Randall Cobb on the final play of the first half of Sunday's NFC wild card playoff game at frigid Lambeau Field in Green Bay.
The Pittsburgh Steelers' dynamic B-team offensive trio of Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell, a bitterly cold winter day and non-stop pressure by the blitzing defense created a 30-12 AFC playoff game home rout of the Miami Dolphins on Sunday that wasn't even that close. "The defense played great, and we went out to control the ball and score some touchdowns," Bell said after the Steelers coasted into next Sunday's AFC divisional game at Kansas City.
World number 14 Roberto Bautista Agut outclassed the aggressive Daniil Medvedev 6-3 6-4 to win the Chennai Open title on Sunday. "I cannot be more happy than now. I played a great tournament," Bautista Agut, who won his fifth ATP tour title, said during the presentation ceremony.
Stars' plane makes emergency landing, smoke in cockpit
A plane carrying the Dallas Stars National Hockey League team was forced to make an emergency landing shortly after takeoff at a St. Louis-area airport on Sunday because of smoke in the cockpit. The Stars' Boeing 737 took off at 11:52 a.m. Central Time (5:52 PM GMT) from St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia, Illinois.
Svetlana Kuznetsova opened the defense of her Sydney International title with a comfortable 6-1 6-4 victory over Irina-Camelia Begu on Sunday as the Australian Open warm-up event suffered a pair of big-name withdrawals. The Russian fifth seed started strongly by winning 10 of the first 11 games and after her Romanian opponent rallied in the second set to tie it up at 4-4, Kuznetsova broke again in the ninth game and served out the victory in 77 minutes.
Bell continues Pittsburgh running back tradition
The Pittsburgh Steelers were blessed to have two of the National Football League's greatest ever running backs in Franco Harris and Jerome Bettis and on Sunday they celebrated the prowess of another as Le'Veon Bell set a franchise record for rushing yards in a postseason game. Competing in his first playoff game, running back Bell was almost unstoppable as he rushed 29 times for 167 yards and two touchdowns to help the Steelers crush the Miami Dolphins 30-12 in their American Football Conference wild card clash.
Finn Laine concussed by hard hit, no timetable on return
Winnipeg Jets standout forward Patrik Laine was diagnosed with a concussion after a wicked hit during Saturday night's game against the Buffalo Sabres. Jets coach Paul Maurice confirmed the injury on Sunday. There is no timetable yet for Laine's return to the ice.
FIFA proposes Americas-wide qualifying contest for 2026, says official
FIFA has proposed merging the CONCACAF and South American qualifiers as part of its plans to expand the 2026 World Cup, a leading official from the region said in a newspaper interview. Venezuelan Football Federation president Laureano Gonzalez said the idea for the merger had come from FIFA president Gianni Infantino.