Reuters Sports News Summary

Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.

Sun ban a 'statement to the world', says rival Horton

Mack Horton says the eight-year doping ban handed out to his rival Sun Yang, who the Australian swimmer once famously described as a "drug cheat", was a statement to the world about clean sport. Barring a successful appeal, multiple Olympic and world champion Sun's competitive career was brought to an end by Friday's decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

NHL roundup: Knights keep rolling in Lehner's debut

Robin Lehner made 32 saves in his Vegas debut, and Reilly Smith scored two goals as the Golden Knights tied a franchise record with their eighth consecutive victory with a 4-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night in Las Vegas. William Karlsson and Nicolas Roy also scored goals for Vegas, which won its seventh straight home game. The Golden Knights, who increased their Pacific Division lead to six points, matched their record eight-game win streak set from Dec. 14, 2017 to Jan. 2, 2018.

Djokovic breezes past Tsitsipas to claim fifth Dubai title

World number one Novak Djokovic eased past Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3 6-4 to lift his fifth Dubai Tennis Championships title on Saturday, extending his unbeaten start to the 2020 season. Both players looked solid on serve early in the opening set before Djokovic turned the screw to break in the eighth game with a searing crosscourt backhand winner.

Who are you calling old? Ageless Abdi books ticket to fifth Olympics

It is often said that age is nothing but a number. For 43-year-old marathoner Abdi Abdirahman, it was little more than an afterthought at Saturday's U.S. Olympic marathon trials. Slicing through his younger peers on a hilly and demanding Atlanta course, Abdirahman defied the years and the odds to take third place in 2:10:03, becoming the oldest American man to book a spot on the U.S. Olympic marathon team.

MLS sees itself as world's top league in 25 years

As Major League Soccer launched a milestone 25th season on Saturday, the mood was not one of reflection and cautious optimism but bold even outrageous predictions of a future empire. Not content to eventually become one of the most successful leagues in North America, MLS has set its sights on supplanting the UK's Premier League and Spain's La Liga as the world's top soccer product by the time it celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Sabalenka topples Kvitova to claim Doha crown

Aryna Sabalenka claimed her sixth WTA title as she swept past two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 6-3 6-3 in the Qatar Open final on Saturday. The Belarusian struck seven aces and 21 winners in an aggressive display as she proved too strong for Kvitova, who was unbeaten in her last 10 matches in Doha.

Nike shoe debate rages as runners weigh advantages at U.S. Olympic trials

A debate over Nike's record-breaking distance footwear raged on ahead of Saturday's U.S. Olympic marathon trials, as the shoe's buzz-worthy technology continued to raise questions over whether it offered an unfair advantage to runners. The Nike Vaporfly shoe captured the spotlight in October when Eliud Kipchoge broke the two-hour marathon barrier wearing a pair, and various versions of it have featured in other record-smashing runs since.

Healthy Rupp repeats as U.S. Olympic marathon champion

Galen Rupp powered his way to his second consecutive U.S. Olympic marathon trials victory as the 2016 Rio Games bronze medalist showed he is fully recovered from 2018 Achilles surgery on Saturday. The 33-year-old dominated the final 11 miles as he won in two hours, nine minutes and 20 seconds in chilly, windy conditions on a hilly downtown Atlanta course.

Cycling: Golden girl Dygert record twice to win time trial title

American Chloe Dygert shattered the women's 3km individual pursuit world record twice in a day to claim her second gold of the world track championships on Saturday. Dygert knocked almost three seconds off her own mark in the qualifying round, then blasted around in 3:16.937 in the final against Germany's Lisa Brennauer who never stood a chance.

NBA roundup: Thunder's streak ends in blowout loss to Bucks

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 32 points to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 133-86 home blowout of the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night. It was the Bucks' third win of 40 or more points, tying the NBA record for most such games in a season. The margin narrowly missed being the largest in the NBA this season. The Los Angeles Clippers beat Atlanta by 49 earlier this season.