Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Andreescu upsets Bertens, advances to Rogers Cup quarterfinals
Canadian teen Bianca Andreescu upset fifth seed Kiki Bertens to move into the quarterfinal of the Rogers Cup in her home city of Toronto on Thursday. The 19-year-old dispatched Bertens, a nine-time tour winner from the Netherlands and the World No. 5, 6-1, 6-7 (7), 6-4 for her fifth win over a Top 10 player this year and third over a Top 5 player.
Agent fires back after NFL suspends Cowboys' Quinn (PEDs)
The NFL suspended Dallas Cowboys defensive end Robert Quinn two games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs, drawing a quick rebuke from the player's agent. Agent Sean Kiernan released a statement saying that Quinn tested positive on April 2 for low levels of Probenecid, a medication to treat gout but also used as a masking agent for steroids in the 1980s and '90s. Kiernan maintains that records show that a pharmacy filled a prescription for Probenecid before completing Quinn's seizure medication, thereby contaminating Quinn's pills.
Soccer: Prosecutors to drop rape charges against Neymar
Brazilian prosecutors are dropping a rape case against soccer star Neymar, they said on Thursday, likely bringing an end to the most serious of charges against the Paris St Germain striker. The former Brazil captain was accused of raping a model in a Paris hotel room but he alleged the encounter was consensual and prosecutors could not find evidence to contradict that.
Tennis: Pliskova into Toronto quarters, Andreescu awaits
Karolina Pliskova beat Estonian Anett Kontaveit 6-3 7-5 on Thursday to set up a Rogers Cup quarter-final showdown with Canadian Bianca Andreescu and keep alive her hopes of reclaiming the world number one ranking. The Czech third seed showed no ill-effects from Wednesday's gruelling two-hour clash with American qualifier Alison Riske as she hit 24 winners against 16th-seeded Kontaveit in a match lasting 78 minutes.
Report: NBA suspends free agent Beasley for five games
Michael Beasley, an unsigned free agent and former second overall pick in the NBA Draft, has been suspended five games by the league for a violation of its drug policy, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. His suspension would start whenever he signs a new contract.
Federer, Nadal elected to ATP Player Council
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Austrian Jurgen Melzer were elected to the ATP Player Council on Thursday. They will join the board immediately and serve out the unexpired terms of the players they are replacing, which run through the 2020 Wimbledon competition, the ATP announced.
MLB roundup: Yanks make HR history versus squabbling O's
Gio Urshela and Kyle Higashioka both homered twice, and Cameron Maybin added one as the visiting New York Yankees defeated the Baltimore Orioles 14-2 on Wednesday night. New York completed a sweep of the three-game series and stretched its winning streak to eight games. The Yankees hit 16 homers in the three games, and they set a major league record for home runs in a season against one opponent with 52. The two teams still have four more meetings this season, next week at Yankee Stadium.
Golf: Woods labours to 75 as Merritt leads Northern Trust
Tiger Woods joked after struggling to a four-over-par 75 in the first round at the Northern Trust in New Jersey on Thursday that at least he had broken 80. The score, which left him 13 strokes behind American leader Troy Merritt, was the latest indication that all is not well with the 15-times major champion's surgically-fused spine.
Tennis: Thiem finally finds secret to success in Canada
Austrian second seed Dominic Thiem seems to have finally found the secret to winning in Canada as he beat Croatian Marin Cilic 7-6(7) 6-4 on Thursday to reach the Rogers Cup quarter-finals. Thiem, who before this week had never won a match in five attempts in Canada, had his hands full against 14th-seeded Cilic but did well to save all nine break points he faced while relying on a steady stream of groundstroke winners.
Auger-Aliassime falls in Montreal on 19th birthday
Hometown favorite Felix Auger-Aliassime led by a set and a service break Thursday in the third round of the Rogers Cup, but he couldn't hold on for the win on his 19th birthday in Montreal. Sixth-seeded Karen Khachanov of Russia rallied for a 6-7 (7), 7-5, 6-3 win in 2 hours, 52 minutes.