St. Louis FC looks to get back on track in league play when it hosts Loudon United FC of Virginia at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, at Soccer Park in Fenton.
STLFC is 5-4-5 in United Soccer League Championship play this season but is 0-3-3 in its recent league action. Loudon United enters at 4-6-3.
Since its last league win, on April 27, STLFC is 3-0-1 in U.S. Open Cup play, including recent one-goal victories over the Chicago Fire and FC Cincinnati of Major League Soccer. STLFC plays defending MLS champion Atlanta United Wednesday in Georgia in the Open Cup quarterfinals. (Joe Lyons)
NFL figure Bruschi suffers stroke: Former New England Patriots linebacker and ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi is recovering in a Massachusetts hospital after suffering a second stroke. His family said in a statement the 46-year-old was stricken Thursday and immediately recognized the warning signs of arm weakness, face drooping and speech difficulties. Bruschi was admitted to Sturdy Memorial Hospital, where his family said he was “recovering well.”
Bruschi had a stroke just days after the Patriots won the Super Bowl in February 2005. After surgery, he retired, but then returned midway through the next season. He played three more seasons with the Patriots, retiring before the 2009 season. Since then, he’s worked at ESPN and entered the Patriots Hall of Fame in 2013. (AP)
Norton out of critical condition: Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Kendrick Norton’s football career is over, but he no longer was in critical condition as of Friday, a day after his early Thursday morning car crash that resulted in his left arm being amputated. He improved to stable condition on Thursday night, a source said. An investigative report following the incident, in which Norton also suffered a head injury, was not yet available on Friday. (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
American wins 200 in fourth-fastest time: Noah Lyles raced to the fourth-fastest 200-meter time in history on Friday, finishing in 19.50 seconds at the Athletissima Diamond League meet in Lausanne, Switzerland. Lyles even ran into a slight headwind, going 0.08 seconds faster than Usain Bolt’s Lausanne track record set seven years ago. Only Michael Johnson among American sprinters, winning the 1996 Atlanta Olympics title in 19.32, has run the 200 faster than the 21-year-old Floridian. Bolt’s world record of 19.19 was set at the 2009 world championships in Berlin. His Jamaica teammate Yohan Blake ran 19.26 at Brussels in 2011. (AP)
Park leads LPGA event: Sung Hyun Park twice ran off four straight birdies on her way to a 10-under 62 and a one-shot lead over Monday qualifier Yealimi Noh in the LPGA Classic in Oneida, Wisc. Park, coming off a victory in Arkansas that returned her to No. 1 in the world, was at 17-under 127 to set the tournament record. Noh, who chose to turn pro instead of going to UCLA, has made one bogey in 36 holes and finished off her round with a 6-foot birdie putt on the par-5 ninth for a 65. (AP)
Lombard leads Irish Open: Zander Lombard shot a 3-under 67 to take a one-shot lead after two rounds of the Irish Open. The 24-year-old South African, who hadn’t made a cut since early March, closed with three straight birdies in Thursday’s opening round for a 64 and followed up Friday by playing the back nine in 3 under to post 9-under 131. Eddie Pepperell endured cool, rainy conditions early in his round to shoot 67 and was 8 under in the European PGA Tour event. (AP)
NHL news: The Penguins have signed coach Mike Sullivan — who guided them to championships in 2016 and 2017 — to a four-contract extension that runs through 2023-24.
• Columbus has re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Scott Harrington to a three-year contract. The 26-year-old set career highs in games, assists and points last season.
• Tampa Bay has re-signed forward Cedric Paquette to a two-year contract. Paquette had 13 goals and 17 points last season. (AP)
Chastain prevails in auto race: Ross Chastain led a sweep for Kaulig Racing in the rain-delayed Xfinity Series race at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. Justin Haley finished second and AJ Allmendinger nabbed third place and complete the Kaulig sweep. The race was delayed 2 hours, 35 minutes becasue of rain. (AP)
Wizards trade Howard: A person familiar with the situation says the NBA’s Washington Wizards have traded center Dwight Howard to the Memphis Grizzlies for forward CJ Miles. Howard, 33, played just nine games for the Wizards last season. The eight-time All-Star underwent spinal surgery for a herniated disk in November. Miles, 32, played a combined 53 games with Toronto and the Grizzlies last season, averaging 6.4 points. (AP)