Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Thompson apologizes after misplaced passport leaves 38 golfers without clubs
World number three Lexi Thompson has apologized to her fellow competitors after a caddie carrying 38 LPGA players' bags from France to the Woburn Golf Club for the Women's British Open was delayed because she had left her passport in her golf bag. The caddie, Ian Wright, was forced to stop en route and wait until Thompson's own caddie met up with him to retrieve the misplaced passport.
Indians ship Bauer to Reds for sluggers in 3-team trade
The trade of Cleveland Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer for Cincinnati Reds' outfielder Yasiel Puig was finalized Wednesday. Those were the headline names in a three-team trade in which the Indians also received left-handed pitcher Scott Moss from the Reds, and outfielder Franmil Reyes, left-handed pitcher Logan Allen and infielder Victor Nova from the San Diego Padres.
NFL, Miami legend Buoniconti dies at 78
Nick Buoniconti, a Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker and part of the undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins, died Tuesday night, his family announced. He was 78. Buoniconti struggled with dementia and was admitted to hospice care this week. He said in 2017 he was convinced that the degenerative brain disease CTE caused by hits to his head while playing football had "taken my life away," and he arranged to donate his brain to science.
Patriots quarterback Brady would welcome contract talk
Tom Brady enters his 20th NFL season wondering what's next. The New England Patriots quarterback is days shy of his 42nd birthday and just over one month away from beginning defense of his sixth Super Bowl title.
Speith confident of getting back to winning ways
Former world number one Jordan Spieth is confident he will soon be back on top form and believes this week's Wyndham Championship will offer a chance to gauge the quality of his game. Spieth, 67th on the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup points list, is one of the few big names in the field as most of the top ranked players opted to skip the event to get some time off after a busy few weeks.
FIFA approves expansion of women's World Cup to 32 teams in 2023
Soccer's world governing body FIFA has approved the expansion of the Women's World Cup from the existing 24 teams to 32 for the 2023 edition and reopened the bidding process for potential hosts. "The FIFA Council has unanimously agreed to a proposal to expand the number of teams taking part in the women's World Cup from 24 to 32, with effect as of the next edition of the tournament in 2023," it said in a statement.
Media company theScore expands sportsbook with Penn National deal
Digital sports media company theScore Inc. struck a 20-year agreement with casino operator Penn National Gaming Inc to provide access to sports betting markets in 11 U.S. states, the companies said on Wednesday. The multi-state partnership gives the Toronto-based sports app with 4 million monthly users a chance to become a major player in the nascent U.S. sports betting industry.
Woods commits to opening two playoff events
Tiger Woods will return to action for the first two legs of the FedExCup playoffs, which will mark only the second time all year he has competed in consecutive weeks. Woods, who has committed to playing a reduced schedule in hopes of preserving his health, said on Twitter he will tee it up at the Aug. 8-11 Northern Trust in New Jersey followed by the BMW Championship in Chicago the following week.
Astros acquire Greinke in stunning pitching grab
Zack Greinke held the New York Yankees to two runs on two hits over five innings on Wednesday, and that was the good news for the Bronx Bombers when it comes to the veteran pitcher. In the closing minutes of the 4 p.m. ET trade deadline, the Houston Astros reportedly acquired Greinke from the Arizona Diamondbacks, the second last-minute pitching pickup that shifts the Astros to the favorites to win the American League over the Yankees.
Top PGA Tour players spurn $10 million bonus pool money
A $10 million bonus pool for the top PGA Tour players over the regular season has not been enough to attract any of the top seven to this week's Wyndham Championship. Tournament sponsor Wyndham put up the money in the hope of luring some of the big box office attractions to a tournament that suffers due to its time slot immediately preceding the PGA Tour playoffs.