Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Quarterback Winston files counterclaim against rape accuser
Heisman-winning quarterback Jameis Winston on Friday filed a counterclaim against a woman who accused him of raping her in 2012 while she was a student at Florida State University, court records show. Attorneys for Winston, who was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the first overall pick in the National Football League draft last Thursday, said in the filing against Erica Kinsman that her claims harmed his career and personal life.
U.S. sports rank most homophobic among six English-speaking countries: survey
Homophobia in sports is worse in the United States than in other English-speaking countries and globally is more acute in team sports than other parts of society, according to a survey released on Saturday. The "Out on the Fields" study conducted by the sports and entertainment market research firm Repucom found homophobia is common in athletics in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Ireland, with gay and lesbian athletes often hearing slurs from teammates while spectators encounter similar language in the stands.
Clippers rout Rockets to win Game Three
The Los Angeles Clippers coasted to a 124-99 rout of the Houston Rockets in Game Three of their Western Conference semi-final on Friday. Austin Rivers scored 25 points and sparked a pivotal second-half run, while J.J. Redick led all scorers with 31 points on 11-of-14 shooting from the field as the Clippers took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Even with 'Deflategate,' the Brady brand may hold up to pressure
At perhaps the most difficult time in his storybook football career, Tom Brady's brand value might sag a bit with the "Deflategate" scandal but probably won't collapse, experts say. The New England Patriots quarterback is one of the biggest names in sports today, a four-time Super Bowl champion and three-time Super Bowl Most Valuable Player who until now has kept his nose clean over 15 years in the National Football League.
Nadal into Madrid final after seeing off Berdych
Defending champion Rafa Nadal continued to look more like his old self as he crushed Czech Tomas Berdych 7-6(3) 6-1 to reach the Madrid Masters final on Saturday. The home favorite, bidding for a third consecutive Madrid title but still searching his for his best form, will face either Andy Murray or Kei Nishikori in the final.
Rangers claim Game Five win over Caps
The New York Rangers saved their season with a 2-1 win over Washington in Game Five of their Eastern Conference semi-final series on Friday after defenseman Ryan McDonagh scored in overtime to seal the victory. The Capitals lead the best-of-seven series 3-2 with Game Six set for Washington on Sunday.
Rose buzzer-beater lifts Bulls over Cavs
Derrick Rose banked in a three-pointer as time expired to lift the Chicago Bulls to a 99-96 win over Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Three of their Eastern Conference semi-final playoff series on Friday night. Rose finished with 30 points and seven assists to pace the Bulls, who seized a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Guard Jimmy Butler contributed 20 points and eight assists.
Flames in danger of going out after Ducks win Game Four
The Anaheim Ducks moved to the brink of the Western Conference final on Friday after a 4-2 win over Calgary put them 3-1 up in their best-of-seven series. Jakob Silfverberg and Matt Beleskey scored on the power play and Andrew Cogliano and Patrick Maroon also tallied for the Ducks, while goaltender Frederik Andersen made 25 saves.
Federations consider SportAccord position after IOC row
Several international federations will be reviewing their membership of sports umbrella organization SportAccord next week after its president launched a scathing attack on the International Olympic Committee (IOC), they said on Saturday. The international boxing federation (AIBA) became the latest body to withdraw from SportAccord, an organization representing close to 100 Olympic and non-Olympic sports federations and organizers of multi-sports games.
Hamilton at peak of his powers, says Lowe
Nico Rosberg has an even bigger battle than last year on his hands because Formula One champion team mate Lewis Hamilton is at the peak of his powers, according to Mercedes technical head Paddy Lowe. "I think Lewis is performing, really, at the top of his game," Lowe told reporters at the Spanish Grand Prix, where Hamilton will be chasing his fourth victory in five races on Sunday.