Thursday's sports stories

Former NFL player Phillip Adams killed 5 in South Carolina shooting

Phillip Adams in December 8, 2013. Photo: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

The York County Sheriff's Department said Thursday that former NFL player Phillip Adams shot and killed five people at a home in Rock Hill, South Carolina, before killing himself, the AP reported.

The big picture: Police have yet to determine a motive and said that two children were among the victims. The Rock Hill shooting comes in the wake of several major mass shooting events in the U.S. over the past month.

Apr 8, 2021 - Sports

Tough greens are back: What to watch at the 85th Masters

Photo illustration: Kevin C. Cox, Michael Reaves, Mike Ehrmann, Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

The Masters is back just five months after its previous iteration, this time with limited fans.

By the numbers: The field comprises 88 golfers, including six first-timers and 18 past winners.

Apr 7, 2021 - Sports

Nike suspends Deshaun Watson endorsement deal amid allegations, lawsuits

Texans QB Deshaun Watson during a game against the Indianapolis Colts, December 2020. Photo: Michael Hickey/Getty Images

Nike on Wednesday suspended its endorsement deal with Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, who faces multiple lawsuits and criminal complaints alleging sexual assault and harassment.

Why it matters: 22 women have filed civil lawsuits against Watson, accusing the athlete of sexual misconduct during massage therapy sessions. Two of the women went public on Tuesday for the first time detailing their allegations.

Apr 7, 2021 - World

China warns of "robust" response if U.S. boycotts Beijing Olympics

A sculpture depicts Olympic figure skaters for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics at Shougang Park on Dec. 16, 2020 in Beijing, China. Photo: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

The Chinese government on Wednesday warned the U.S. that it would respond strongly if Washington boycott's next year's Winter Olympics set to be held in Beijing, AP reports.

Driving the news: The message comes after a State Department spokesman said at a briefing Tuesday that a joint boycott by the U.S. and its allies "is something that we certainly wish to discuss," in response to a question about how to punish China for what observers have described as a genocide against Muslim minorities in Xinjiang.

2 of Deshaun Watson's accusers go public with sexual misconduct claims

Deshaun Watson in action for the Houston Texans against the Tennessee Titans at NRG Stadium in Houston in January. Photo: Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

A woman who went public Tuesday with sexual misconduct allegations against Deshaun Watson said she has filed a criminal complaint with police, the second known criminal complaint made against the Houston Texans quarterback.

Driving the news: Ashley Solis said at a news conference in Houston that she's a "survivor of assault and harassment" and "Watson is my assaulter and my harasser, he assaulted me at my home doing what I love most, massage therapy." Watson has denied any wrongdoing.