Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Longtime NFL kicker Dawson retires
Phil Dawson retired from the NFL after 21 seasons and will sign a ceremonial contract to hang up his cleats as a member of the Cleveland Browns. "To have the opportunity to come back home and retire with the organization and the city that I love is incredibly meaningful to me," Dawson said in a statement. "It only seems right to have the opportunity to do this with the fans that have been so good to me and my family."
Buhai leads Women's British Open as Ko starts strongly
Ashleigh Buhai took the first-round lead at the Women's British Open on Thursday seeking to become the second South African female major winner, while South Korea's Ko Jin-young started well in a quest to win back-to-back majors. Buhai, without a top-25 finish at a major, found herself in uncharted territory after notching eight birdies in a seven-under-par 65 at Woburn in Milton Keynes.
Man named by media reports as Olesen arrested at Heathrow
A man named by British media outlets as European Ryder Cup golfer Thorbjorn Olesen was arrested at Heathrow Airport on Monday. London police confirmed an arrest, without naming the man.
FIFA gamers converge on London chasing $250,000 jackpot
Thirty two of the world's best esports players are flexing their fingers and thumbs in readiness for the FIFA eWorld Cup Grand Final at London's O2 Arena this weekend. Millions set out on the road fame and fortune but only one player will be left holding the $250,000 winners' cheque come Sunday in the cavernous Thames-side arena.
Clemson ranked No. 1 in preseason coaches poll
For the first time ever, Clemson is ranked No. 1 in the preseason coaches poll. The defending national champions received 59 of 65 first-place votes in the poll, which was released Thursday.
Ashley Wagner says Coughlin sexually assaulted her in 2008
Olympic bronze medalist and three-time U.S. figure skating champion Ashley Wagner said she was sexually assaulted by former figure skater John Coughlin in June 2008. Wagner, 28, said the incident occurred after a party at the U.S. team's figure skating camp in Colorado Springs, Colo. Wagner was 17 years old at the time, while Coughlin was 22.
One million pound buy-in poker tournament starts in London
A poker tournament featuring a 1 million pound ($1.2 million) buy-in - a record according to organizers - started in London on Thursday, with 54 players from around the world competing for the 19 million pound first prize. Eleven players will walk away with winnings and the remaining 43 will lose their buy-in during the three-day Triton Million event, which is part of the Triton Poker Super High Roller Series held at the London Hilton hotel.
Lakers officially add Kidd to coaching staff
Hall of Fame point guard and former NBA head coach Jason Kidd joined the Los Angeles Lakers' coaching staff, the team announced. The Lakers formally announced new coach Frank Vogel's staff on Wednesday, which also includes former NBA head coach Lionel Hollins.
MLB suspends eight individuals for Pirates-Reds brawl
Eight individuals from the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds, including the managers of both clubs, have been suspended for their roles in a bench-clearing brawl this week, Major League Baseball said on Thursday. Tempers between the rival clubs, who also had a bench-clearing fracas during a game in April, reached new heights in the top of the ninth inning of their Tuesday game in Cincinnati when Reds reliever Amir Garrett charged the Pirates dugout.
An shoots 62 for early first-round lead in Greensboro
South Korean An Byeong-hun rattled home with four birdies in the final six holes to grab the clubhouse lead with an eight-under-par 62 in the first round of the Wyndham Championship on Thursday. On a perfect morning for low scoring, An headed Canadian Mackenzie Hughes, South Africa-born Slovakian Rory Sabbatini and American Patrick Rodgers by one stroke at Sedgefield Country Club.