Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Ortiz makes first social media comments since shooting
After nearly seven weeks in the hospital following a mistaken assassination attempt, retired Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz is happy to be home. On Monday morning, he posted a series of photos of steak, grilled fish and pasta from an apparent weekend celebration.
New York City FC reap rewards of shared Manchester City vision
Manchester City's dominance of English football is helping their affiliate clubs to be successful around the world, using their expertise on the pitch as well as off it, New York City FC sporting director Claudio Reyna said. New York City FC are part of the City Football Group, with Manchester City being their flagship club, alongside Girona in the Spanish top flight and Melbourne City FC in Australia, as well as clubs in Japan and Uruguay.
Panthers S Reid plans to kneel for anthem
Saying that he feels treatment of African Americans is "going backward," Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid said he will keep taking a knee during the National Anthem before games. Reid, who joined the Panthers three weeks into the 2018 season, kneeled before every game last season, although no Panthers teammates joined him.
Swimming: Australia defends 'confidentiality' amid Jack doping uproar
Australia's peak anti-doping authority has defended its use of "confidentiality agreements" to suppress details of doping cases amid a storm of criticism over the handling of swimmer Shayna Jack's failed drug test. Jack was pulled out of the Australia squad ahead of the world championships in Gwangju, with both the swimmer and Swimming Australia (SA) initially citing "personal reasons" for her withdrawal.
Lightning G Vasilevskiy signs eight-year, $76 million extension
The Tampa Bay Lightning signed goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, the winner of the Vezina Trophy, to an eight-year, $76 million contract extension. "Since joining the organization Andrei has shown unmatched work ethic and professionalism both on and off the ice. We look forward to him continuing his career in Tampa Bay for the foreseeable future," general manager Julien BriseBois said Monday in a statement.
Hurdlers, sprinters have U.S. ready for big world champs run
The United States, loaded with talented hurdlers and top men's sprinters, will head to September's world athletics championships with another powerhouse team. The Americans, with a number of impressive performances in their national championships, showed they could again top 30 medals in the global meeting.
American Vollmer announces retirement from competing
Five-times Olympic champion Dana Vollmer will retire from competitive swimming after this week's national championships, the American said on Monday. The 31-year-old Vollmer, who overcame heart surgery as a teenager to win gold at the 2004 Olympics and set a world record on the way to winning the 100m butterfly at the 2012 Games, said it was time to focus on new goals and opportunities.
MLB roundup: Angels walk off, Pujols hits HR No. 650
Third baseman Matt Thaiss hit a pair of home runs, including a walk-off solo shot in the ninth, to carry the Los Angeles Angels past the Baltimore Orioles, 5-4, in Anaheim, Calif., on Sunday afternoon. Thaiss stroked a 95 mph fastball on a full count from Baltimore reliever Mychal Givens (1-5) to right-center to end the Angels' three-game losing streak and prevent the home side from being swept in the four-game series.
Swimming: Dust still to settle after dramatic world championships
If the world swimming championships in Gwangju were just a taste of what is to come at the 2020 Olympics, then in the words of recently retired Australian sprinter James Magnussen -- "Brace yourselves". A meet that was supposed to serve as an indicator of form heading into next year's Games in Tokyo, the championships delivered this and more. Much, much more.
U.S. teen wins $3 million at video game tournament Fortnite World Cup
American teenager Kyle Giersdorf won $3 million on Sunday after taking the top prize in a tournament in New York for the popular online video game Fortnite. Giersdorf, 16, from Pennsylvania, was one of at least 100 players competing for $30 million in total prize money, as the booming popularity of video and online games has drawn top-dollar investments and fueled the emerging professional sport.