NHL awards: New Jersey Devils’ Hall claims Hart Trophy

Taylor Hall claimed the Hart Trophy as the league’s most valuable player at the NHL awards ceremony Wednesday night in Las Vegas, becoming the first player in New Jersey Devils history to earn the honor.

Spieth says Fleetwood is big threat at U.S. Open

LONDON (Reuters) – Reigning champion Jordan Spieth believes Tommy Fleetwood could be the biggest threat at next month’s British Open after a sensational second place at Shinnecock Hills last week.

Costa grabs lucky goal as relieved Spain edges Iran

KAZAN, Russia (Reuters) – A fortuitous second half goal by Diego Costa broke a Persian stonewall and lifted Spain to a 1-0 win over a courageous Iran in a nerve-jangling World Cup clash on Wednesday.

FIFA fines Mexico as Hernandez asks fans to stop homophobic chant

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Mexican striker Javier Hernandez has appealed to his country’s football fans to stop their homophobic chanting at World Cup matches, on a day when FIFA once again fined the Mexican football federation for their fans’ misconduct.

Caps will open NHL season, raise banner Oct. 3 vs. Bruins

The Washington Capitals may not know whom their head coach will be when they open next season, but they know who they’ll play — and when they’ll raise their first Stanley Cup banner.

World Cup host Russia qualifies for the round of 16

(Reuters) – World Cup hosts Russia have qualified for the second round of the tournament as Uruguay went through by beating Saudi Arabia 1-0 in Group A on Wednesday.

Neymar returns to training day after recovering from sore ankle

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Brazilian forward Neymar was back training normally on Wednesday, a day after sitting out Tuesday’s session because of a sore right ankle.

Report: Nashville Predators’ Austin Watson faces domestic assault charge

Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson was arrested Saturday night and is facing a domestic assault charge, according to ESPN.