Man United beat Ajax 2-0 to win Europa League
United's Wayne Rooney holds the trophy after United beat Ajax of Amsterdam
2-0 in the Europa League final at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden,
Wednesday, May 24. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Stockholm (AP) — A guttural roar
of "Manchester, Manchester" thundered around the Friends Arena at the
Purely in soccer terms, Manchester
United's 2-0 win over Ajax in the Europa League final on Wednesday was a
triumph of huge significance for England's biggest club.
On a wider level, it was also a moment
to cheer for the team's home city, grieving two thousand kilometers away.
Manchester was plunged into tragedy on
Monday when 22 people were killed by a bomb attack at an Ariana Grande
concert in the city center. United's players were clearly moved by the
events and flew to Sweden with heavy hearts, vowing to deliver a display in
their biggest match of the season that would serve as a tribute to the
victims and their families.
That they succeeded in doing so was a
testament to their strength of character. It made this victory, in a largely
forgettable match, one to remember.
"Yesterday morning, we were
devastated," said United midfielder Ander Herrera, dedicating the win to the
victims. "But the manager told us the only thing we could do was to win this
for them. That's what we've done.
"It's just a football game, just a
trophy, but if we can support them with this just 1 percent, it's enough for
Paul Pogba scored off a deflected shot
in the 18th minute — the France midfielder pointed to the sky during his
celebrations — and Henrikh Mkhitaryan added a second goal in the 48th by
deftly hooking home a close-range effort from a corner.
In tough circumstances, United handled
the occasion better than an Ajax side featuring six players aged 21 or under
and playing in the famous Dutch club's first European final in 21 years.
"I haven't seen the Ajax that I am used
to," Ajax coach Peter Bosz said. "They are not used to play a final. It was
all new for them."
For United coach Jose Mourinho, it was
obvious that the victory was a huge weight off his shoulders, because of
both the emotions of the last few days and the importance of the match.
Mourinho was thrown up in the air by his coaching staff in the post-match
celebrations, he rolled around on the ground with his son, and jumped up and
down in frenzied fashion just before United captain Wayne Rooney lifted the
United's season was always going to be
defined by this game. In Mourinho's first season at Old Trafford, he has
guided the team to two trophies — the League Cup in February — and a place
in next season's Champions League, the bonus prize for winning the Europa
"Obviously there's happiness from our
achievement," Mourinho said. "But if we could, we'd change the peoples'
lives for this cup. We wouldn't think twice. Does this cup make the city of
Manchester a little bit happier? Maybe."
The planned pre-match one minute's
silence, in honor of the victims of the blast, rapidly turned into 60
seconds of applause, during which United's fans chanted poignantly
"Manchester, Manchester" for the first time. The two teams wore black
armbands for the match in another mark of respect and both sets of fans came
together in a show of unity, mingling happily outside the stadium and in the
city center before the match.
It was billed as a clash between the
efficiency of Mourinho's United against the swagger and youthful exuberance
of Ajax. United were the clear winners, the players imposing themselves as
much through their physicality as their superior game management.
"It was the victory for pragmatism,"
Mourinho said, "a victory of the humble people. People who respect their
opponents and exploit their weaknesses."
For Mourinho, that meant long balls to
Marouane Fellaini, a regular attacking outlet because of his height and
physical presence. It meant keeping a strong defensive shape and using the
pace of Marcus Rashford on the break.
Pogba — the world's most expensive
player — stood out, dominating the midfield in the first half. His crucial
goal had a huge element of fortune to it, though.
Fellaini laid the ball off to Pogba at
the edge of the area, and the France midfielder allowed it to run across him
before sending in a low left-footed shot that struck Davinson Sanchez's
outstretched leg, looped up, and span into the net past wrong-footed
goalkeeper Andre Onana.
Mkhitaryan's goal was much more easy on
the eye. A right-wing corner was headed down by Chris Smalling, and
Mkhitaryan reacted quickest with a very smart finish.
Pogba and Mkhitaryan were United's
big-money signings last offseason and have had inconsistent seasons. They
delivered when it mattered most.
United had little trouble keeping Ajax
at bay in the closing stages and the celebrations were euphoric after the
match, with Pogba producing some dance moves in front of United's jubilant
It was United's sixth European trophy
and the only major piece of silverware missing from their collection.
"It means the last piece in the
puzzle," Mourinho said, "a club with every trophy in the world of football."
Morgan century leads England to 72-run win over South Africa
Eoin Morgan leaves the pitch after making 107 runs during the one day
international against South Africa at Headingley, Leeds, England, Wednesday
May 24. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)
Leeds, England (AP) — Captain
Eoin Morgan notched his first limited-overs century against South Africa as
England swept to a convincing 72-run victory over the world's top-ranked
team in one-day international cricket at Headingley on Wednesday.
Morgan hit 107 off 93 balls and Moeen
Ali propelled England's total to 339-6 with a brisk 77 after AB de Villiers
had won the toss and opted to field at the start of the three-match series.
Hashim Amla (73) and Faf du Plessis
(67) kept South Africa in contention but both perished midway through the
innings and the visitors were bowled out for 267 in 45 overs.
"Very pleasing, pretty good day at the
office for us," Morgan said. "The partnerships we built, gave us the best
opportunity to get a par score and beyond."
Chris Woakes took 4-38 as South Africa
chase fell apart after Amla and du Plessis' century-stand was broken by
seamer Mark Wood. The tourists lost their last nine wickets for 122 runs.
"England played phenomenally well with
the bat, credit to Morgs for the hundred," de Villiers said. "They dominated
the bowling and manipulated us, probably 20-30 above par and we didn't bat
Amla and du Plessis put on 112 runs off
109 balls before Wood broke through and trapped Amla lbw in the 25th over
after England went for a successful television referral.
Du Plessis followed Amla in the next
over, off Liam Plunkett, giving wicketkeeper Jos Buttler one of his four
De Villiers was kept at bay by
England's bowlers as the wickets continued to fall at the other end, before
the South African captain also holed out in the deep off Ali's off-spin.
Woakes, who had earlier bowled two
steady spells and taken the wickets of Quinton de Kock and David Miller,
finished off the tail by claiming the last two wickets off successive
Earlier, Morgan had hit seven fours and
five sixes in his 11th ODI century, his first hundred against South Africa.
Ali needed only 51 balls to reach 77,
hitting five fours and as many sixes as he lifted England's total with a
117-run seventh-wicket stand with Morgan.
Alex Hales made 61 and Joe Root (37)
looked good until he top-edged a bouncer from seamer Andile Phehlukwayo
Morgan completed his century off 91
balls when he hooked fast bowler Kagiso Rabada for a six over long leg,
before being caught in the covers in the 48th over.
Ali provided the innings with an ideal
finish by lofting Chris Morris (2-61) over backward square leg for six as
England scored 102 runs in the last 10 overs.
Players from both teams wore black
armbands and observed a minute of silence before the start of the match in
memory of those who died during Monday's attack in Manchester.
The second match of the series, which
is an ideal tune-up for both teams ahead of Champions Trophy, will be played
at Southampton on Saturday.
Pierre Rolland wins Stage 17, Dumoulin keeps Giro lead
rider Pierre Rolland celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the
17th stage of the Giro d'Italia cycling race, from Tirano to Canazei, Italy,
Wednesday, May 24. (Alessandro di Meo/ANSA via AP)
Canazei, Italy (AP) — Pierre
Rolland launched a late solo attack to win the 17th stage of the Giro
d'Italia on Wednesday, and Tom Dumoulin's overall lead remained unchanged.
Rolland, a Frenchman who rides for the
Cannondale-Drapac team, accelerated from a large group of breakaway riders
with about five kilometers (three miles) to go in the 219-kilometer
(136-mile) leg from Tirano to Canazei, which featured three categorized
Rolland had been part of the breakaway
from the start of the stage, which included climbs over the Aprica and
Tonale passes. His decisive breakaway came in the Val di Fassa.
"At the end it was a question of
courage," Rolland said. "I caught the right moment. It's a huge relief."
It was Rolland's first career win in
the Giro, having won two stages in the Tour de France in 2011 and 2012. He
hadn't posted a win since taking overall victory in the Castilla and Leon
tour at the start of 2015.
"I've waited for this moment for such a
long time," Rolland said. "In 2015 I finished second in a Tour de France
stage, and last year was just a year to forget for me. I crashed twice in
the Tour. It's been a long wait."
Rolland credited his form to his work
over the winter with Cannondale general manager Jonathan Vaughters, a former
teammate of Lance Armstrong.
"My winter was so so hard, and now I've
won because of my work," he said.
Rui Costa, the 2013 world champion, won
a sprint for second, crossing 24 seconds behind Rolland.
Basque rider Gorka Izaguirre crossed
The main pack including Dumoulin and
all of the other contenders finished nearly eight minutes behind.
Dumoulin remained 31 seconds ahead of
2014 champion Nairo Quintana, with two-time champion Vincenzo Nibali third,
Dumoulin struggled with stomach
problems a day earlier during the race's toughest stage, losing most of his
lead due to a nature break. He was untroubled Wednesday, which was welcome
ahead of another grueling leg Thursday across the Dolomites Range.
However, Dumoulin's Team Sunweb had to
pull at the front to make sure nobody in the breakaway gained too much time
"We were never worried," Dumoulin said.
"We just had to chase harder than we expected. I knew other teams would
stress for their jerseys, and come to help. But they waited very long to
pull. It was their decision... My boys did an amazing job and my jersey is
Stage 18 is a 137-kilometer (85-mile)
leg from Moeana to Ortisei in the Val Gardena that features four categorized
climbs, including an uphill finish.
"I expect Vincenzo and Nairo to make it
very hard for me tomorrow," Dumoulin said.
The 100th Giro ends in Milan on Sunday
with an individual time trial.
Hard-luck loser Kiwis back for another shot at America's Cup
Team New Zealand sails during a practice race on Bermuda's Great Sound
before the 35th America's Cup sailing event, Tuesday, May 23. America's Cup
competition begins May 26. (Ricardo Pinto/ACEA via AP)
San Diego (AP) — The champagne
was on ice and the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron was eager to welcome
back the America's Cup to its trophy room.
Emirates Team New Zealand was that
close to victory on San Francisco Bay.
Corks never popped. The Auld Mug never
made it back Down Under.
Four years after their soul-crushing
loss to Oracle Team USA, the Kiwis are back for another shot at sailing's
Holy Grail. The Kiwis have already made waves by putting cycling stations on
their 50-foot, foiling catamaran to help power it round Bermuda's Great
Yes, there are still scars from their
shocking loss in 2013. There's also a new focus going into the opening races
of Round Robin 1 of the qualifiers on Friday, when the Kiwis will face
Groupama Team France.
Emirates Team New Zealand is considered
one of the favorites to win the Louis Vuitton trophy and face two-time
defending champion Oracle Team USA in the 35th America's Cup match starting
Glenn Ashby, an Australian who has
replaced Dean Barker as skipper, thinks the Kiwis have a stronger team and
are mentally tougher than in 2013. There are talented new sailors mixed
among veterans eager to atone for the gut-wrenching 2013 defeat.
"We're in a good space and everybody
definitely remembers that," said Ashby, who trims the giant wing mainsail.
"It gives you a bit of fuel for the fire to get out there and absolutely put
the best foot forward. And hopefully Lady Luck will be on our side this time
It seems she owes the Kiwis.
Team New Zealand reached match point in
2013 against Oracle, which had been penalized two points in the standings
for the biggest cheating scandal in America's Cup history. The Kiwis were
well ahead in what would have been the clinching race. But due to fickle
winds, the time limit expired and the race was abandoned.
Oracle stunned the Kiwis by winning the
next eight races to retain the silver trophy. It was one of the greatest
comebacks — and collapses — in sports.
A lesser team might have folded. The
Kiwis didn't. They sacked Barker, who's now skipper of startup syndicate
SoftBank Team Japan, and powered on against the establishment.
Team New Zealand joined Italy's Luna
Rossa in opposing an unprecedented midstream downsizing of the boats that
was approved by the regatta organizers and other syndicates in 2015. The
Italians were so incensed they dropped out after already investing millions
of dollars in their boat design. The Kiwis stayed in, but their support for
the Italians cost them a regatta in Auckland and with it, badly needed
There wasn't much time for self-pity.
"You learn from every campaign, the
good bits and the bad bits," chief operating officer Kevin Shoebridge said.
"We took a lot of lessons out of the loss in San Francisco and implemented
them early. That's the sort of playbook we're running this campaign by."
Team New Zealand has added helmsman
Peter Burling, 26, and his Olympic teammate Blair Tuke, 27. They won the
gold medal in the 49er class at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after taking the
silver in 2012.
And then there's the "cyclor" grinding
system. Rather than having their beefy grinders turn winches with their
arms, ETNZ built four cycling stations into each hull to harness leg power
to run the hydraulic systems used to trim the wing sail and operate the
Among the sailing crew are Simon van
Velthooven, an Olympic cycling bronze medalist, and Joe Sullivan, an Olympic
rowing gold medalist.
ETNZ's website lists several crew
members as "cyclist." They'll rotate through the six-man crew, particularly
on two- and three-race days.
Ashby, himself an Olympic silver
medalist, said the cyclor system is just "a small part of a hugely complex
program." But it sure has the rest of the America's Cup crowd talking and
wondering how it will work.
Team New Zealand first hoisted the
America's Cup in victory after stunning Dennis Conner off San Diego in 1995.
It successfully defended it in 2000 before losing it in 2003. It reached the
match in 2007 and 2013, losing both times.
It certainly has the support of its
tiny, sailing-mad island nation of 4.6 million people.
"We're trying to right the wrongs of
our last campaign and we think we can," Ashby said. "We absolutely have a
fantastic chance at this. If Lady Luck plays a role, we'll have a higher
Hoffman's goal helps Senators beat Penguins to force Game 7
Penguins goalie Matt Murray (30) makes a save as Ottawa Senators center Zack
Smith (15) and Penguins defenseman Trevor Daley (6) battle in front during
the third period of Game six of the Eastern Conference final in the NHL
Stanley Cup hockey playoffs in Ottawa, Ontario, Tuesday, May 23. (Sean
Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)
Ottawa, Ontario (AP) — Craig
Anderson and the Ottawa Senators bounced back nicely two days after a
blowout loss put them on the brink of elimination.
Anderson stopped 45 shots, Mike Hoffman
scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period and the Senators beat
the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 Tuesday night to force a decisive Game 7 in the
Eastern Conference Finals.
The 36-year-old Anderson was coming off
a pair of rough outings, including Sunday when he was pulled after yielding
four goals in Ottawa's 7-0 loss in Game 5 at Pittsburgh.
"You can't change what happens in the
past," said Anderson, who has credited work with a sports psychologist early
in his career for helping him manage the mental side of the game. "From that
moment on you have to look forward and get ready for the next one."
Hoffman fired a slap shot through
traffic off a pass from Fredrik Claesson to put the Senators ahead at 1:34
of the third. Bobby Ryan also scored a rare power-play goal for Ottawa.
It was quite a response after the
drubbing in the previous game.
"I think the biggest message for us was
if somebody told us back in training camp in September that we'd have an
opportunity to win Game 6 in the Eastern Conference final at home in front
of our fans we would've taken it," Ryan said. "So let's not dwell, let's not
kick ourselves and put our heads down. Let's embrace this opportunity to
extend this for two more days together and go from there."
Evgeni Malkin gave Pittsburgh, vying
for its second straight trip to the Stanley Cup Final, the lead early in the
second period and Matt Murray finished with 28 saves.
"I thought we played a real good game,"
Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. "I thought we dominated zone time. We had
lots of chances. We didn't score tonight. The puck didn't go in the net, but
if we continue to play the game that way, then I believe we'll get the
Game 7 is Thursday night in Pittsburgh,
with the winner advancing to face the Nashville Predators for the
Ottawa was primarily looking for a
return to structure in Game 6, beginning with a smoother start — which they
got. Notable in a scoreless opening period were two effective penalty kills,
one of which saw Viktor Stalberg get the best opportunity short-handed.
Pittsburgh had four shots with the man
advantage, but Anderson stopped them all. It was evident early that he had
his game back in this one. He stopped Nick Bonino off a rebound in
transition, Scott Wilson off a deflected shot by Phil Kessel, and Bonino
again when Kyle Turris gave the puck away.
Anderson then stopped 22 of 23 shots in
the second period.
"I think Anderson was the reason that
they got this one, he played big for them," Murray said. "But in our room we
just focus on what we need to do. We played really well, we just didn't get
the bounces and weren't able to put one home."
Anderson's performance was a reminder
for Senators coach Guy Boucher of why he took the job with Ottawa in the
first place last May.
"I'll be honest with you, if I didn't
have a No. 1 goalie, I didn't want the job," Boucher said. "I've lived it
for quite a few years, and it's hell when you don't have it because
everything you do turns to darkness, and there's nothing that really matters
when you don't have a real No. 1 goaltender.
"It's like a quarterback in football
and a pitcher in baseball, and we have it," Boucher added.
Murray was also sharp. The 22-year-old,
who replaced Marc-Andre Fleury after Game 3, made maybe his finest save of
the first on Derick Brassard, who found an open lane down the middle of the
ice following a pass from Ryan.
The Penguins appeared to have opened
the scoring just over three minutes into the second, but Trevor Daley was
deemed to have interfered with Anderson following an Ottawa challenge.
Less than two minutes later though,
Pittsburgh took the 1-0 lead anyway off a few moments of brilliance from
Malkin. The playoff scoring leading (24 points) bounced off a check from
Zack Smith behind the goal and after being stopped on his drive to the net,
followed up with a nifty backhand rebound to beat Anderson.
It was the 153rd career playoff point
in 142 games for Malkin — three back of Sidney Crosby for second among
active players behind Jaromir Jagr — who had been jarring with Hoffman a few
The Senators had little going until a
lengthy 5-on-3 advantage for 1:24 just past the midway point of the period.
The Ottawa power play, which had gone 0 for 29 in the previous 10 games,
came through with Ryan ultimately wiring a one-timer short-side to tie the
It was the sixth goal and 15th point of
the playoffs for Ryan, who is second on the Senators behind captain Erik
Karlsson (16 points).
Kyrie-markable: Irving's 42 carries Cavaliers past Celtics
Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving (2) passes around Boston Celtics' Marcus Smart (36)
during the second half of Game 4 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference
finals, Tuesday, May 23, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Cleveland (AP) — Kyrie Irving
gritted his teeth, tightened up his left sneaker and hopped to his feet.
The pain couldn't stop him. The Celtics
Irving took over in the second half and
finished with 42 points despite playing on a tender ankle, LeBron James
added 34 and the Cleveland Cavaliers moved within one win of an almost
inevitable third date in the NBA Finals with Golden State by rallying to
beat Boston 112-99 on Tuesday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference
With James in foul trouble, Irving was
forced to do more than ever and he delivered, scoring 19 in less than five
minutes and 33 in a 19-minute stretch.
"The kid is special," James said. "I
was happy to sit back and watch him. He was born for these moments."
The defending NBA champions, who shot
71 percent in the second half, opened a 3-1 lead in the series and can wrap
up their third straight conference title — and a "three-match" against the
Warriors — with a win in Game 5 on Thursday night in Boston.
But if Games 3 and 4 are any
indication, it won't be easy.
Fighting to keep their season alive,
the Celtics aren't giving an inch despite playing without All-Star guard
Isaiah Thomas, who may need surgery on a hip injury.
The Cavs, meanwhile, wouldn't be on the
cusp of the Finals without Irving.
With Cleveland in jeopardy of dropping
its second game in a row after James followed an 11-point Game 3 debacle by
picking up four first-half fouls, Irving put on a breathtaking one-man show.
Freezing Boston defenders with his
dribble and driving to the basket whenever he wanted, Irving made six
layups, two 3-pointers and a free throw in a dizzying span of 4:48. He
capped his blistering 19-point outburst with a 3 in the final second of the
quarter and celebrated at mid-court by pretending to put two pistols back in
"He saw Bron went out and he wanted to
put the team on his shoulders," Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. "He did that."
Irving said he was driven by the
thought of the Cavs seeing their series lead vanish.
"In the back of my mind, I thought,
'They can't tie up the series,'" he said. "We can't go back to Boston tied
2-2. We needed everything tonight."
Irving put a scare into the Cavs and
their fans when he stepped on Terry Rozier's foot and rolled his ankle. He
stayed on the floor for a few moments before sitting up and re-tying his
sneaker. Nothing was keeping him out.
"It was one of those games we had to
fight through and we had to earn it," he said.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens was
disappointed with his team's defense on Irving, who was able to spread the
floor while surrounded by shooters.
"There's choices," Stevens said. "I'm
not sure there are good choices. When he gets going like that, he's tough to
stop. The ones we gotta look at are the ones he got at the rim."
Kevin Love added 17 points and 17
rebounds for the Cavs, now 11-1 in the postseason.
Avery Bradley scored 19 and Jae Crowder
18 for Boston.
Allardyce quits Palace, plans to end management career
Allardyce. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
London (AP) — Crystal Palace
manager Sam Allardyce announced Tuesday that he is leaving the club after
just five months and does not plan to continue his 26-year career in
A season that started with Allardyce
managing the England national team, before leaving after just one match in
charge, ended with him guiding Palace safely away from Premier League
The 62-year-old Allardyce, who
established his credentials during an eight-year spell with Bolton
Wanderers, said in a statement that he was leaving Palace for entirely
"While I've got the energy, I want to
travel and also spend more time with my family and grandchildren without the
huge pressure that comes with being a football manager," Allardyce said. "I
owe that to my wife and family.
"I have no ambitions to take another
job. I simply want to be able to enjoy all the things you cannot really
enjoy with the 24/7 demands of managing any football club, let alone one in
the Premier League."
Allardyce joined Palace in December on
a two-and-a-half-year deal after the short, ill-fated spell as England
Three months earlier, his unguarded
comments to undercover reporters about illegal transfer practices had made
his position as England coach untenable, and his contract was terminated
after 67 days.
However, he made a successful return to
coaching with Palace, and thanked the south London club "for giving me the
opportunity to go out with my head held high having helped keep the club in
the Premier League.
"More than that, they gave me a chance
of rebuilding my reputation after what happened with England," he said. "I
felt I needed another shot at being a Premier League manager and showing
that I still had the ability to achieve something significant."
Before taking the England job,
Allardyce had coached Sunderland, West Ham, Blackburn, Newcastle and Bolton,
where he arrived in 1999 and built combative, but also skillful sides that
included the likes of France's 1998 World Cup winner Youri Djorkaeff,
Nigeria's Jay-Jay Okocha and former Real Madrid defender Fernando Hierro.
His management career started in 1991
as a player-manager with Irish club, Limerick, and then continued at
Preston, Blackpool and Notts County.
On Tuesday, that coaching journey
looked to have finally come to an end.
"I want to be able to savor life while
I'm still relatively young and when I'm still relatively healthy, even if
I'm beginning to feel all my 62 years," Allardyce said.
Dumoulin keeps Giro lead despite nature break in 16th stage
Italy's Vincenzo Nibali smiles as he crosses the finish
line to win the 16th stage of the Giro d'Italia in Bormio, Italy,
Tuesday, May 23. (AP Photo)
Bormio, Italy (AP) — Tom
Dumoulin's overall lead in the Giro d'Italia was drastically reduced in the
race's toughest stage Tuesday after the Dutchman stopped to answer the call
of nature at the foot of the last of three major climbs.
Defending champion Vincenzo Nibali of
the Bahrain-Merida team won the 16th leg, which crossed the Mortirolo and
Just before the unprecedented ascent to
the Umbrail pass in Switzerland, Dumoulin stopped at the side of the road,
stripped off his pink jersey and hopped down into a ditch to take care of
business. By the time Dumoulin got back on his bike, the Team Sunweb rider
had already dropped far behind his rivals.
"I just had some problems," Dumoulin
said. "I started to feel it in the downhill of the Stelvio and I had to
stop. Back on the bike I decided to fight and draw conclusions after the
finish. I'm still in the maglia rosa (leader's pink jersey) but I'm above
all very disappointed."
Becoming the first Italian rider to win
a stage in this year's race, Nibali edged Mikel Landa of Team Sky in a
two-man sprint, with 2014 champion Nairo Quintana crossing third, 12 seconds
Dumoulin finished more than two minutes
back but maintained a 31 second lead over Quintana, while Nibali moved up
from fourth to third overall, 1:12 behind.
Thibaut Pinot dropped from third to
fourth and Ilnur Zakarin remained fifth.
Dumoulin entered the stage 2:41 ahead
of Quintana. He took the lead by dominating an individual time trial in
Stage 10 and then won Stage 14, which finished with a serious climb to
While Dumoulin ordered his team to slow
down and wait when Quintana fell in the previous stage, Nibali and Quintana
didn't wait for him this time.
"I don't know. It's difficult to say,"
Dumoulin said when asked if his rivals should have waited. "It was a racing
situation and we were going full gas."
While Dumoulin is considered one of the
sport's fastest riders in time trials, he still hasn't proven himself as an
elite climber. His best Grand Tour finish was sixth in the 2015 Spanish
Vuelta, a race he led until he cracked two stages from the end.
"This is not something I was hoping for
and I also don't think it shows my level at the moment," Dumoulin said. "I
had good legs. But there's nothing to do about it. I'm disappointed about
myself that I lost two minutes while not having bad legs or anything but
just having a problem."
The 222-kilometer (138-mile) route from
Rovetta to Bormio first ascended the narrow Mortirolo then went over the
Stelvio before concluding with the Umbrail pass on the Swiss side of the
Part of an early breakaway, Landa of
Team Sky was first over the snow-covered Stelvio, which marked the
three-week race's highest point at an altitude of 2,758 meters (9,049 feet).
After a technical descent featuring
nearly 50 hairpin turns, there was hardly any flat ground before the final
climb up the Umbrail, which lasted 13 kilometers (eight miles) at a gradient
between 9 and 12 percent. Then it was another long, high-speed descent of 19
kilometers (12 miles) into Bormio, an Alpine village known for its thermal
baths and World Cup ski races.
Nibali attacked up the Umbrail and then
showed off his downhill skills on the descent to catch Landa and take his
13th individual stage win at a Grand Tour after a ride of nearly 6 1/2
"It's the victory of a complete rider.
I had to be consistent from start to finish in a long and difficult stage,"
Nibali said. "At the end I had to be an aggressive climber, a good downhill
rider and a sprinter."
At the start of the stage, a moment of
silence was observed for the victims of the suicide bomb attack at an Ariana
Grande show in Manchester, England, plus the death of ex-MotoGP champion
Nicky Hayden, who was hit by a car while training on his bicycle.
Stage 17 on Wednesday is a
219-kilometer (136-mile) leg from Tirano to Canazei featuring three
categorized climbs, followed by an even tougher stage through the Dolomites
The 100th Giro ends Sunday with an
individual time trial in Milan that should favor Dumoulin.
"There are more difficult stages to
come but Dumoulin also has a time trial to his advantage in Milan," Nibali
Kvitova to decide this week on French Open comeback
Kvitova, of the Czech Republic, is shown in this Oct. 4, 2016, file photo.
(AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Prague (AP) — Two-time Wimbledon
champion Petra Kvitova will decide this week whether she will make her
comeback at the French Open. She hasn't played since December, when she was
attacked by a knife-wielding intruder.
Kvitova previously said she would sign
up for the Grand Slam in Paris, which begins on Sunday, in hope of
competing. But she wasn't sure whether she would be ready.
Her spokesman Karel Tejkal said on
Tuesday she will make a last-minute decision.
Kvitova has missed the season so far
while recovering from surgery on her left, racket-holding hand in December.
She was injured during an attack at her home in the Czech city of Prostejov.
Tejkal also said Kvitova's long-term
goal remains to "to be able to play in form at Wimbledon." That starts on
Kvitova was the Wimbledon champion in
2011 and 2014. She climbed as high as No. 2 in the WTA rankings.
Kvitova announced in early May she was
back at practice in Monaco.
Faster, higher, rustier: Medals from Rio Olympics damaged
shows Kyle Snyder's damaged gold medal from the 2016 Rio Olympics. (Kevin
Snyder via AP)
New York (AP) - Kyle Snyder made
history at the Rio Olympics by becoming the youngest American wrestler to
win a gold medal.
The medal will soon be history as well,
to be replaced by the IOC and Rio organizers because of damage.
Snyder and Helen Maroulis, another U.S.
gold medalist wrestler, are among a group of more than 100 athletes from
around the world with defective Olympic medals.
Beach volleyball star Kerri Walsh
Jennings says her bronze medal from last summer is flaking and rusting, and
USA Swimming spokesman Scott Leightman said some swimmers have damaged
medals as well.
USA Basketball spokesman Craig Miller
said the organization reached out to its players and seven — three men and
four women — reported they believe there is an issue with their medals. The
names of players aren't known yet, and the plan will likely be to pass the
medals on to USOC for evaluation.
Rio Games spokesman Mario Andrada said
Friday that officials have noted problems with the covering on 6 to 7
percent of the medals.
"The most common issue is that they
were dropped or mishandled, and the varnish has come off and they've rusted
or gone black in the spot where they were damaged," Andrada said.
Snyder, who wrestles for Ohio State,
was 20 when he won his medal. He noticed an issue with his medal the day
after he won it.
He went to a party at the Team USA
house in Rio, where he said multiple people handled the medal as they
celebrated. Snyder said he later discovered a scratch on the back of it,
though he added there has been no further damage.
Snyder said he has until the end of the
week to return his gold medal and has no idea when he'll receive his
"It wasn't too big of a deal," Snyder
said. "But since they're giving me a new one, it's kind of cool."
Rio de Janeiro spent about $12 billion
to organize the games, which were plagued by cost-cutting, poor attendance
and reports of bribes and corruption linked to the building of some
Nine months later, many of the venues
are empty and have no tenants or income — with the maintenance costs dumped
on the federal government. In addition to the issues with the medals, which
featured the Rio and Olympic logos, the local organizing committee still
owes creditors about $30 million
Greg Massialas, a national coach for
the U.S. fencing team in Rio, said in a message to The Associated Press that
the silver medal son Alex won is damage free. He added that he hasn't heard
about any issues with other American fencers.
U.S. shooter Ginny Thrasher and boxer
Claressa Shields, along with men's tennis bronze medalist Kei Nishikori of
Japan, also reported that their gold medals are intact.
Walsh Jennings, who won three golds in
previous Olympics, says her medals tend to get beaten up because she doesn't
hesitate to let people touch them or try them on. But she won't consider
locking them up because people are inspired by them.
"They've offered to replace them. I'm
not sure if I want to swap it out," Walsh-Jennings told the AP, adding the
reason was "100 percent
Warriors sweep Spurs to make NBA Finals on 12-0 roll
State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) goes up for a shot as San Antonio
Spurs' LaMarcus Aldridge (12) and Bryn Forbes (11) defend during the second
half in Game 4 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals, Monday, May
22, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
San Antonio (AP) — Golden State
made sure the inevitable was unavoidable.
Heavily favored to beat the San Antonio
Spurs, especially once Kawhi Leonard sustained a series-ending injury, the
Warriors completed a dominant sweep in the Western Conference Finals on
Stephen Curry scored 36 points as
Golden State beat injury-ravaged San Antonio 129-115, becoming the first
team in NBA history to start the playoffs 12-0.
"12-0 is great, but it doesn't mean
anything going into the next series, and we understand that," Curry said.
Golden State led by as many as 22
points in cruising to its third straight NBA Finals. The Warriors await a
possible third straight championship matchup with Cleveland, which leads
Boston 2-1 in the East finals.
Kevin Durant added 29 points and 12
San Antonio's only lead came on the
opening possession when Manu Ginobili tossed in a left-handed scoop shot.
The Spurs started Ginobili in what could be his final game with the team.
The 39-year-old guard maintained he will not decide whether to retire or
return until after the season.
"We started him tonight out of
respect," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. "Before the game, you think
it may or may not be his last game that he ever plays in, and I did not want
to miss the opportunity to honor him in front of our home fans for his
selflessness over the years."
Unsure if the beloved veteran will
return, the crowd serenaded Ginobili with "Manu, Manu" chants as the game
came to a close.
"He kind of worked us pretty good these
four games," said Draymond Green, who had 16 points, eight rebounds and
eight assists for the Warriors. "So, I think he's got quite a bit left in
Ginobili finished with 15 points in 32
Kyle Anderson scored 20 points to lead
the Spurs, who were without Leonard, Tony Parker, and David Lee.
"Obviously it (stinks) that Kawhi
wasn't there and Tony wasn't there and David wasn't out there," Green said.
"But, at the end of the day, a win is a win and you have to beat whoever is
out there against you."
San Antonio didn't go down without a
fight despite the injuries.
Anderson dove on the court for a loose
ball that the Spurs had tipped away defensively, pushing the ball upcourt to
Patty Mills who fed Ginobili for a 3-pointer that pulled San Antonio to
108-94 with 7 minutes remaining.
The effort made Popovich smile and clap
at times but the Warriors' depth and talent proved too much for short-handed
"It's the second time we've gotten
swept in 15 years, and those are the easiest to digest because you've been
overplayed," Ginobili said. "The opponent was better than us, and in this
case, way better than us."
Predators reach 1st Stanley Cup Final, oust Ducks in 6 games
Predators players celebrate after an empty-net goal against the Anaheim
Ducks during the third period in Game 6 of the Western Conference final in
the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Monday, May 22, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP
Teresa M. Walker
Nashville, Tenn. (AP) —
Different players just keep stepping up for the Nashville Predators, and now
their magical postseason run has an even bigger destination: the franchise's
first trip to the Stanley Cup Final.
Colton Sissons scored his third goal
with 6:00 left, and the Predators eliminated the Anaheim Ducks with a 6-3
win in Game 6 on Monday night in the Western Conference finals.
"In the back of your head, you've been
thinking about the Finals and then when the buzzer goes off, it's an amazing
feeling," Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne said.
The Predators, who've never won even a
division title in their 19-year history, came in with the fewest points of
any team in these playoffs. They lost their top center, Ryan Johansen, for
the playoffs after Game 4 because of emergency surgery on his left thigh.
Captain Mike Fisher has missed two games with an upper-body injury.
"We went through a tremendous amount of
adversity the last 72 hours losing two key guys in our lineup," Nashville
defenseman P.K. Subban said. "I mean, I said it before earlier in the
playoffs that this team's got tremendous amount of composure. There is so
much confidence in this dressing room what we can accomplish together if we
play the right way."
They've swept the West's No. 1 seed in
Chicago, downed St. Louis in six in the second round and now the Pacific
Division champs. Peter Laviolette is the fourth coach to take three
different teams to the Final, and the first since the playoffs split into
conference play in 1994.
Laviolette joked that probably means
he's been fired a lot.
"Our guys know the big picture,"
Laviolette said of his Predators. "They understand what it is that we're
trying to do here. And when that time comes, we'll be ready."
The Predators will play either
defending champion Pittsburgh or Ottawa for the Stanley Cup. Game 1 is
Anaheim lost in the conference finals
for the second time in three years.
"Our effort was there and we were a
desperate hockey club right from the opening faceoff, and we didn't quit
until they scored the second empty-net goal," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle
Cam Fowler tied it 3-3 at 8:52 of the
third for Anaheim as the Ducks tried to rally for the fifth time this season
when trailing by multiple goals.
But Sissons, who scored on the third
shot of the game, scored twice in a wild third period to give the Predators
a 3-1 lead at 3:00 and then again 4-3.
"I don't think I even dreamt of this
moment, scoring a hat trick in the Western Conference clinching game, but I
can't speak enough for just our whole group," Sissons said. "We've been
through some challenges together and we stuck together no matter what, just
always believed and here we are."
Austin Watson scored on Nashville's
first shot and had an empty-netter with 1:34 to go. Filip Forsberg also had
an empty-net goal.
Rinne made 38 saves to improve to 12-4.
Ondrej Kase scored his second career
goal — both in this series — giving Anaheim a chance to tie the NHL record
with a fifth rally when trailing by multiple goals. Chris Wagner banked the
puck off Rinne's head for a goal at 5:00 of the third to keep the Ducks
But this has been the best postseason
ever for Rinne, a three-time Vezina Trophy finalist, a stretch ranking among
the NHL's best. And the 6-foot-5 Finn used his big body to turn away shot
after shot even with the Ducks trying to crash the net every opportunity.
Music City buzzed all day leading up to
the puck drop waiting for one of the biggest sports parties this town has
Superstar Garth Brooks spoiled the
usual mystery of who would sing the national anthem with Twitter hints hours
before the game. Sure enough, his wife Trisha Yearwood became the latest to
handle the honors. Former Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George waved
the rally towel to crank up the fans.
That didn't even include the throngs
packing the plaza outside the arena's front doors and the park across the
The Ducks, who came in 2-1 when facing
elimination this postseason, peppered Rinne with pucks.
But they had goalie Jonathan Bernier
making his first career playoff start after John Gibson was scratched with a
hamstring injury. Caryle said Gibson, who went out after the first period of
Game 5, was expected to play before telling them he was unavailable after
skating Monday morning. Jhonas Enroth dressed as Bernier's backup.
Watson's third this postseason
deflected off the left skate of Anaheim defenseman Brandon Montour just 81
seconds into the game. Sissons skated on the top line in place of Johansen.
He finished a game-high plus-5.
"This one is going to sting for a
while," Ducks forward Corey Perry said.
Ex-MotoGP champion Hayden dies after bicycle crash
MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden is shown in this June 14, 2013 file
photo. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Cesena, Italy (AP) — Former
MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden died in hospital on Monday, five days
after he was hit by a car while training on his bicycle. Hayden was 35.
Maurizio Bufalini Hospital in Cesena,
where Hayden had been since the collision last Wednesday, made the
announcement. Hayden had severe cerebral damage and multiple traumatic
"The medical team has verified the
death of the patient Nicholas Patrick Hayden, who has been undergoing care
since last Wednesday May 17 in the intensive care unit of the Bufalini
Hospital in Cesena following a very serious polytrauma which occurred the
same day," the hospital statement said.
Hayden was training on the Rimini coast
following a motorcycle race at nearby Imola. The black Peugeot car that hit
Hayden had its front windshield smashed.
Judicial authorities have opened an
investigation into the incident and questioned the 30-year-old driver of the
Hayden won the MotoGP title in 2006,
finishing narrowly ahead of Italian great Valentino Rossi.
In a MotoGP career spanning 2003-16
with Honda and Ducati, Hayden posted three victories and 28 podium finishes
in 218 races.
After switching to the World Superbike
championship last year, Hayden finished fifth overall.
Hayden was 13th in Superbike this
season, riding for the Red Bull Honda team.
Fellow motorcycle racers reacted to
Hayden's death on Twitter.
"I'm shattered after the news. We will
never forget you!" wrote three-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez.
"Always in my heart, champ. RIP Nicky.
#69," wrote MotoGP standout Dani Pedrosa.
Hayden was born in Owensboro, Kentucky.
Several family members had flown in
from the United States, including Hayden's mother and brother.
Moyes quits Sunderland after relegation from EPL
Ex-Sunderland manager David Moyes is shown in this May 6, 2017 file
photo. Moyes resigned from his coaching position at the club on
Monday. (Dave Howarth/PA via AP)
London (AP) — David
Moyes quit as Sunderland manager on Monday following relegation from
the English Premier League, having failed to revive a reputation
damaged so badly at Manchester United.
After impressing during 11
years at Everton, Moyes has lasted less than a year in his three
subsequent coaching positions.
The Scot's once glowing career
started to go wrong at United, faltering as Alex Ferguson's
successor, and was dismissed after 10 months in 2014. Moyes went to
Spain in search of work but was dumped by Real Sociedad one day
before completing a year in charge.
Moyes got another chance in the
Premier League when Sam Allardyce resigned from Sunderland for an
ill-fated one-game stint as England manager.
Moyes was hired three weeks
before the start of the season, giving him little time to assess the
squad and set his transfer targets.
Moyes wasn't handed much money
to spend by Sunderland's American owner, Ellis Short, intensifying
the belief that Short was looking to get out of a club he has owned
since 2009. He ended up making last-ditch signings and it was clear
from the start that Sunderland's squad was lacking quality.
Sunderland dropped into the
second tier after finishing last in the Premier League with only six
wins from 38 games.
"I pursued the services of
David Moyes for a considerable period prior to his appointment last
summer, which makes the announcement of his departure difficult for
everyone concerned," Short said.
"Having worked tirelessly
throughout the campaign to avoid relegation from the Premier League,
David has chosen to leave the club without compensation, which is
testament to his character."
Moyes leaves while still under
an English Football Association investigation over sexist remarks
for telling a female reporter she "might get a slap" for the
questions she asked during a BBC interview.
Russia facing ban from Paralympics for 2018 Games
International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Philip Craven
speaks during a press conference in London, Monday, May 22. (AP
London (AP) — Russia
faces the strong possibility of being excluded from a second
Paralympics over its state-sponsored doping scheme.
The International Paralympic
Committee said on Monday it remains unconvinced Russia has adopted a
new anti-doping culture and implemented the changes required to
prove it is cleaning up in time for the 2018 Winter Paralympics in
The Russian Paralympic
Committee claims it has fulfilled 62 of 67 criteria on the IPC
reinstatement plan. But the IPC said if Russia "does not meet its
obligations in full by early September then there is a strong
chance" of the team missing out on South Korea.
"This is not quite a final
warning, but it is saying we are running out of time fast," IPC
President Philip Craven said. "With each day that passes there's
time to sort this one out."
The IPC remains concerned about
Russia's "closed" cities where many athletes train but that limit
access to drug testers, a matter in the control of the government
rather than the Paralympic organization in Russia.
"Ultimately, Russia has to
restore confidence in the wider sporting world," Craven said. "The
RPC and Russian authorities need to build trust in their actions and
prove to us all that from now on sport really is about morals over
medals and not the other way round."
Russia remains critical of the
IPC's demands that it must demonstrate a change of culture and
mentality in a country that denies there was a state-orchestrated
"Such statements are of an
extremely subjective and vague nature," the Russian Paralympic
Committee said, "and make it extremely hard to discuss the road map
in terms of concrete dates and measures."
Celtic pride: Bradley's last-second shot stuns Cavs 111-108
Boston Celtics' Marcus Smart (36) looks to drive on Cleveland
Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving (2) during the second half of Game 3 of the
NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 21, in
Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Cleveland (AP) —
Leprechauns are imaginary. Celtic pride is very real.
Avery Bradley's 3-pointer
danced on the rim and dropped with less than a second left and
Boston, blown out in the first two games of the Eastern Conference
finals and playing without star Isaiah Thomas, stunned the Cleveland
Cavaliers 111-108 on Sunday night in Game 3 to end the champions'
13-game postseason winning streak.
Bradley's shot from the left
wing — off a play designed by coach Brad Stevens — bounced on the
rim four times before going down. It capped a furious, focused
comeback by the Celtics, who trailed by 21 in the third quarter
before rallying to tighten up a series that appeared to be over.
"We have guys who have chips on
their shoulders," Boston coach Brad Stevens said. "We knew that
Friday (Game 2) was a disaster. It wasn't worth all four. It was
worth one. So we got back together."
Smart, who started in place of
Thomas, made seven 3-pointers and scored 27 points, and Bradley had
20 for the Celtics, who were given little chance after losing by 44
in Game 2 and then losing Thomas for the rest of the postseason
because of a hip injury.
"Everybody had to step up their
game tonight especially with one of our brothers down," Smart said.
"Our love and support goes out to Isaiah. We wish he could be here
but we understand. We just kept fighting. Everybody did their part."
Kyrie Irving scored 29 points,
and Kevin Love had 28 for Cleveland. The Cavaliers dropped to 10-1
in the postseason with their first loss since Game 4 of last year's
Game 4 is Tuesday night in
LeBron James had one of the
worst games of his postseason career, finishing with 11 points and
six turnovers. On his way to the postgame news conference, the
superstar got into an exchange with a fan who heckled him about his
"I didn't have it," said James.
"You let a team like that grab momentum you almost knew a shot like
that was going in."
Despite James' struggles, the
Cavs led 77-56 in the third quarter after making 14 3-pointers in
the first half. But Cleveland got complacent, Smart got hot and the
Celtics, who arrived at Quicken Loans Arena on Sunday morning for
their shootaround without Thomas and looking somewhat defeated,
never gave up.
"We decided were going to go
out and play hard, swinging." Bradley said. "We never counted
The Celtics tied the Cavs at
95-all on Smart's 3-pointer and then matched the James and Co.
basket for basket in the final minutes in one of the most
entertaining games of what has been a mostly boring postseason.
Boston's Jonas Jerebko's
baseline jumper put the Celtics ahead 108-106 with 30 seconds left
before Irving scored on a drive to tie it with 10.7 seconds left.
Following a timeout, the
Celtics perfectly executed a play drawn up by Stevens and worked the
ball to Bradley, who found himself open and then calmly knocked down
a shot that goes straight into Celtics lore.
For Cleveland, the loss was a
wake-up call on their march toward a possible third straight Finals
and a seemingly inevitable rematch with Golden State. The Cavs had
been playing a glorified game of H.O.R.S.E. with the Warriors, who
are undefeated and can complete a sweep of San Antonio on Monday
"I'm kind of glad it happened
the way it did," James said. "We have to play a lot better. "I feel
some adversity is part of the postseason. If it's going to happen,
let it happen now. Let's regroup and get back to playing desperate
basketball, which they did tonight. We've got to be a lot better for
Penguins strike early, rout Senators 7-0 to take 3-2 lead
Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) scores on Ottawa Senators
goalie Craig Anderson (41) during the first period of Game 5 in the
NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 21, in
Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J.Puskar)
Pittsburgh (AP) —
Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan calls it "getting to our
It means he wants his team to
attack opponents with speed, aggression and a dash of
Physically translated, it looks
like the 60 minutes the defending Stanley Cup champions put together
Sunday in a 7-0 demolition of the Ottawa Senators in Game 5 of the
Eastern Conference Final.
Dominant from the opening
faceoff to the final whistle, the Penguins moved within one game of
a return trip to the Cup final by overwhelming the Senators with
wave after wave of pressure, the kind that became the club's
trademark during its sprint to a fourth championship last spring.
Seven players scored and 11
finished with at least one point to give Pittsburgh a 3-2 lead
heading into Game 6 on Tuesday in Ottawa. Seemingly on the ropes
after getting pummeled 5-1 in Game 3, the Penguins have outscored
the Senators 10-2 over the last six periods to gain control.
"When we play the type of game
we play tonight it allows us to dictate the terms and play the style
and the identity of this Penguins team," Sullivan said.
One well aware that despite how
easy it looked during its most lopsided playoff victory in five
years, much work remains to be done.
"They have a good ability to
respond, so we're going to be challenged here in Game 6," said
Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby, who scored for the third straight
and became the 22nd player in NHL history to reach 100 career
playoff assists when he sent a slick backhand no-look pass to Phil
Kessel early in the third period. "We know that and we've got to be
at our best."
The Penguins might already be
there. The power play went 3 for 3. The penalty kill turned the
Senators away four times and extended Ottawa's power play drought to
0 for 29. Matt Murray stopped 21 shots for his first playoff shutout
in Pittsburgh's most complete performance of the postseason.
"I think that was a big part of
our success last year was that we had all four lines going and
chipping in offensively," forward Matt Cullen said. "But more than
that, spending time in the offensive zone and grinding and playing
some good hockey and I think the last couple games, especially,
that's been key."
The Senators quieted the
Penguins early in the series, holding them to three goals through
three games by playing disciplined hockey. It collapsed in the first
period on Sunday, as turnover after turnover kept giving Pittsburgh
the kind of chances that makes it such a difficult out this time of
The Penguins chased Ottawa's
Craig Anderson by beating him four times in the first period, the
last a "why not" flip from behind the goal line by fourth-line
forward Scott Wilson that banked in off the goalie.
Replacement Mike Condon didn't
fare much better. When Cullen beat him 1:54 into the second to make
it 5-0, the competitive portion of the afternoon over. As if to
raise the white flag, Ottawa coach Guy Boucher held defenseman Erik
Karlsson, forward Derick Brassard and defenseman Cody Ceci out of
the final 20 minutes to help them get rested up for Game 6.
Karlsson, who is playing with
two hairline fractures in his left heel, said he will "absolutely"
be ready for Game 6. The rest of the Senators insist they'll be
ready too. They became the third team this postseason to lose by at
least six goals. The other two — Edmonton in the first round against
San Jose and Anaheim in the second round against the Oilers — came
back to win the next game and eventually the series.
"Just like a plumber wakes up
one day, is having a great day, the other day he's not having a good
day," Boucher said. "Just one of those bad days."
Vinales wins thrilling French MotoGP as Rossi comes off bike
MotoGP rider Maverick Vinales of Spain steers his motorcycle as he
is followed by Johann Zarco of France and Valentino Rossi of Italy
during the French Grand Prix' in Le Mans, western France, Sunday,
May 21. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
Le Mans, France (AP) —
Italian veteran Valentino Rossi made a braking error on the last lap
and fell off his bike moments later, allowing his Movistar Yamaha
teammate Maverick Vinales to win a thrilling French Moto Grand Prix
The win put Vinales top of the
standings, while pre-race championship leader Rossi dropped down to
third behind Dani Pedrosa.
The 38-year-old Rossi was
leading Vinales with the finish line in sight, but the Spaniard
sneaked past him with a handful of turns remaining. Rossi then tried
a risky move to overtake Vinales but — with just two turns left — he
pushed too hard on the inside and slipped off his bike and span
across the track.
"Incredible, I gave my best in
the last laps," Vinales said. "Le Mans is always a very good track
Rossi's mistake allowed French
rookie Johann Zarco to finish in second place for a first-ever
podium, while Pedrosa took third.
"I felt great from the start
and really wanted to attack," said Zarco, who rides a Monster
Yamaha. "I thought about Yamaha's 500th victory and I thought 'Why
not me?' But it's already special to get on the podium."
The distraught Rossi picked his
bike back up and slumped over the handlebars as he contemplated the
wasted points — especially considering defending champion Marc
Marquez of Spain had earlier crashed.
After five races, Vinales has
85 points, Pedrosa has 68, Rossi 62 and Marquez 58.
The next race is the Italian
MotoGP in Mugello in two weeks' time.
The 22-year-old Vinales took
pole position ahead of Rossi and Zarco.
But Zarco made a flying start
on the softer tire and held the lead for several laps until Vinales
Rossi was in third place with
Marquez chasing behind him.
With 11 laps to go, Marquez
crashed after turning on the inside of his bike. Marquez, who had
already come off his Honda during qualifying, appeared unharmed and
got straight back up.
Up ahead, Zarco continued to
pressure Vinales, while Rossi was picking up pace.
Rossi used all his experience
to pull up to Zarco and pass him with six laps left.
Boosted by a lap record time on
the 4.2-kilometer (2.6-mile) Le Mans circuit, the seven-time MotoGP
champion then went after Vinales. With three laps remaining, he
surged past on the inside and then held him off brilliantly on the
Victory looked certain.
But Rossi, who won his last
title in 2009, then lost concentration with a poor braking move.
"I saw Valentino make a mistake
and I took my chance," Vinales said.
Rather than accept second
place, Rossi's pride kicked in and he preferred to take a risk —
ending up with nothing.
Arsenal fail to make Champions League for first time in 20 years
Chelsea players raise the English Premier League trophy after the
season’s final match against Sunderland at Stamford Bridge stadium
in London, Sunday, May 21. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
London (AP) — Arsene
Wenger's proud record is over: Arsenal have failed to qualify for
the Champions League for the first time in 20 years.
Arsenal's hope of squeezing
into the Premier League top four relied on Liverpool or Manchester
City slipping up, but they both won easily on Sunday to join Chelsea
and Tottenham in entering the Champions League.
So even though Arsenal beat
Everton 3-1 to complete the league campaign with five successive
wins, the resurgence came too late and Wenger had to settle for
fifth — the lowest finish since taking charge of the team in 1996.
Whether Wenger is back in
charge at the Emirates Stadium next season is yet to be resolved.
The 67-year-old Frenchman won't discuss his future until after
Saturday's FA Cup final against Chelsea.
Chelsea are chasing a double.
Antonio Conte's side received the Premier League trophy after
routing bottom-place Sunderland 5-1 on Sunday, two weeks after
securing a second title in three seasons.
Chelsea finished seven points
in front of Tottenham, who completed their best league campaign in
54 years in style by beating relegated Hull 7-1.
Of the three teams chasing the
final two Champions League spots, City were the quickest off the
mark. Captain Vincent Kompany netted after five minutes and City
went on to beat Watford 5-0, with Sergio Aguero, Fernandinho and
Gabriel Jesus also contributing to the rout.
Arsenal made a flying start,
with Hector Bellerin netting the opener in the eighth minute. But
Laurent Koscielny also went flying into a reckless challenge on
Enner Valencia and the Arsenal captain saw red in the 14th minute.
Rather than imploding as
Arsenal sides have been prone to do with 10 men, Alexis Sanchez
doubled Arsenal's advantage in the 27th minute.
With Liverpool being held at
home by Middlesbrough, Arsenal displaced Juergen Klopp's side from
fourth place in the live standings. But only until first-half
stoppage time at Anfield. Once Georginio Wijnaldum scored for
Liverpool in first-half stoppage time, Arsenal were back in fifth
place. That's the way it stayed, with Philippe Coutinho's free kick
followed by Adam Lallana's strike in 56th minute securing
Liverpool's 3-0 victory over Middlesbrough.
With City and Liverpool
comfortably winning, there was nothing Arsenal could do to muscle
into the top four. The Gunners still held on to win, with Romelu
Lukaku pulling one back from the penalty spot for Everton but Aaron
Ramsey completing the 3-1 victory in stoppage time.
Having missed out on the top
four for the first time in Wenger's 21-year reign, there was little
for Arsenal players to celebrate with fans as they embarked on a lap
of appreciation after the Premier League finale. Wenger didn't even
join in, remaining on the touchline with his arms folded.
John Terry collected the
Premier League trophy for the fifth time in the final act of his
22-year association with Chelsea.
The captain had his own
personal opportunity to thank the Stamford Bridge faithful earlier
in the day. Sunderland manager David Moyes revealed that his team
collaborated with Chelsea to ensure the ball would go out around the
26th minute — matching the shirt number Terry has worn throughout
his career — to enable the defender to leave the pitch to a guard of
Chelsea were already leading
through Willian's eighth-minute strike when the 36-year-old
departing Terry was honored. Chelsea's 30th win of the campaign was
sealed by Eden Hazard, Pedro Rodriguez and a double from Michy
KANE TOP SCORER
Tottenham missed out on the top
team prize, but Harry Kane retained the golden boot by finishing as
the league's top scorer for the second consecutive season.
Kane finished with 29 goals
despite missing eight of the 38 games through injury, with his tally
augmented by a second hat trick inside three days. After netting
four in Tottenham's 6-1 win at Leicester on Thursday, Kane claimed a
treble at Hull. Dele Alli, Victor Wanyama, Ben Davies and Toby
Alderweireld also netted for Tottenham.
MAN UNITED'S MISSION
Jose Mourinho entered the final
day of the league campaign knowing United were finishing sixth and
prioritizing winning the Europa League in Wednesday's final against
Ajax to qualify for the Champions League.
Despite United's lowest finish
since Alex Ferguson retired after collecting the Premier League
trophy in 2013, the League Cup has already been collected and
Sunday's game offered hope for the future.
Four players were given their
first league starts by Mourinho and his youthful side beat Crystal
Palace 2-0. One of the debutants — Josh Harrop — scored the opener
and the other goal came from Paul Pogba, the world's most expensive
Leicester were in danger of
relegation during their woeful defense of the title they won so
unexpectedly a year ago. Craig Shakespeare is now waiting to
discover if he'll keep the manager's job after a 1-1 draw with
Bournemouth secured a 12th place finish.
Eddie Howe's Bournemouth have
done more than just secure a third successive season in the Premier
League but finished ninth — the team's highest placing since being
founded in the 19th century.
Sean Dyche has also impressed
by leading Burnley to their highest league position since 1975. The
northwest side lost 2-1 to West Ham but finished 16th, six points
clear of danger.
Swansea went through three
managers this season but the decision to hire Paul Clement has been
justified by the south Wales team avoiding the drop. Swansea closed
out the campaign with a 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion,
taking Clement's points haul to 29 from 19 games and finishing in
Southampton failed to score in
a fifth successive home game in a 1-0 loss to Stoke. Even though the
south-coast club finished eighth, there's uncertainty over the
future of manager Claude Puel.
There were boos at the final
whistle at St. Mary's Stadium which could play into the club's
post-season review of Puel's position.
Sweden beat Canada in shootout to win ice hockey worlds
Sweden's Oliver Ekman-Larsson scores past Canada's Calvin Pickard in
the penalty shootout of the Ice Hockey World Championships final
match in the LANXESS arena in Cologne, Germany, Sunday, May 21. (AP
Cologne, Germany (AP) —
Telling himself to stay calm, Henrik Lundqvist stopped all three
shots he faced in the shootout and Sweden dethroned two-time
defending champions Canada to win the world hockey championship 2-1
on Sunday night.
Nicklas Backstrom and Oliver
Ekman-Larsson scored shootout goals for the Swedes to win their
first title since 2013 and prevent Canada from a three-peat.
"It was pretty nerve-racking in
the end, but we pulled it off," said Lundqvist, the New York Rangers
star who made 41 saves in regulation and overtime to get it to a
shootout. "What a game. It was so exciting. It's been an amazing
Lundqvist and Canadian
counterpart Calvin Pickard, who saved tournament MVP William
Nylander's first shootout attempt for Sweden, were outstanding in a
game in which the Canadians narrowly outshot their opponents 43-42.
"This is how close it should be
when you get to the final game," Swedish coach Rikard Gronborg said.
"It's a huge win for Swedish hockey."
The respect between the sides
was evident from the off as defenses held firm in the opening two
The breakthrough came against
the odds, with Backstrom penalized for slashing, when Victor Hedman
scored short-handed with 20.8 seconds left in the second period.
It was a strange goal from
distance as the defenseman just lifted the puck and it somehow
bounced in through Pickard's legs. The presence of Joel Lundqvist,
Henrik's twin brother, may have distracted the Canadian goaltender.
"It was a fluke goal," Swedish
forward Marcus Kruger said.
O'Reilly tied it in the third
period on a rebound after an initial shot from Mitch Marner.
It was tense, and fans were
left gasping as the action swung from end to end. Lundqvist said he
hoped fans enjoyed how neither team sat back in the third period or
Nate MacKinnon missed a good
chance to clinch the win for Canada on a power play before overtime,
when both goaltenders maintained their exceptional form.
"I want to congratulate Sweden.
They were an exceptional team, it was a lot of fun to play them,"
Canadian coach Jon Cooper said. "If we were going to lose to
somebody, I'm glad those guys won."
Earlier, Nikita Kucherov sealed
a 5-3 win for Russia in the bronze-medal game against Finland.
"It's not the medal we wanted,"
Russian coach Oleg Znarok said.
Mumbai Indians clinch thrilling IPL final against Supergiant
Mumbai Indians celebrate after winning the Indian Premier League
(IPL) cricket final against Rising Pune Supergiant in Hyderabad,
India, Sunday, May 21. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)
India (AP) —
Mumbai Indians won their third Indian Premier League title on
Sunday, defeating Rising Pune Supergiant by just one run in a
dramatic final which went to the last ball.
Supergiant lost three wickets
in the last over — bowled by Mitchell Johnson (3-26) — to be
restricted to 128-6 after Mumbai Indians scored 129-8.
Supergiant needed 11 runs off
the last over but Johnson dismissed Manoj Tiway and top-scorer Steve
Smith (51) off successive deliveries after conceding a boundary off
the first ball.
But Johnson conceded only 5
more runs off the next three deliveries as Dan Christian was run out
off the last ball while going for the third run to tie the match.
"I'm calm now, it was a great
game of cricket," Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma said. "To be
able to defend a score like this was a brilliant effort, I couldn't
ask for more.
"When three overs were left, I
had confidence in the bowlers ... it was about giving freedom to
them because they're the masters and they've done it before. I just
told them to do whatever they want and set the field accordingly,"
Earlier, Krunal Pandya's 47 off
38 balls lifted Mumbai Indians after a collapse to 79-7 in the 15th
Jaydev Unadkat (2-19) rattled
the top order with two early wickets and then Adam Zampa got the
prized wickets of Rohit (24) and Kieron Pollard (7).
Unadkat took one of the finest
catches in the IPL to dismiss Lendl Simmons when the ball stuck in
his left hand fingers just above the ground as he dived full length
off his follow through.
But Krunal kept his composure
and added a vital 50 runs for the eighth wicket with Johnson before
he fell off the last ball of the innings which gave Christian (2-34)
his second wicket of the innings.
Supergiant looked to have the
match in the bag until losing Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the 17th over
and slipped to 98-3 as Jasprit Bumrah conceded only three runs.
Needing 30 off the last three
overs, Lasith Malinga gave away only seven runs in the 18th before
Smith hit Bumrah for a six in the next over and brought the target
down to 11 off the last six balls.
But the pressure seemed to get
to Supergiant in the last over as Tiwary holed out to long on and
Smith threw away his wicket off the next ball while attempting to
clear Ambati Rayudu at sweeper cover.
"It's a hard one to swallow.
Just disappointing to lose, it wasn't the fairy tale finish we
wanted," Smith said.
"They (Mumbai) were probably
below par with 129, but it was a tough wicket to get runs, everyone
could see that, just couldn't get over the line."
It was Mumbai Indians' first
win against Supergiant this season after losing both its league
matches and also the first qualifier. Mumbai Indians' earlier IPL
titles came in 2013 and 2015.opgyal)
Near-flawless Lexi Thompson wins wire-to-wire at Kingsmill
Lexi Thompson watches her tee shot on the second hole during the
final round of the Kingsmill Championship LPGA golf tournament in
Williamsburg, Va., Sunday, May 21. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Hank Kurz Jr.,
Williamsburg, Va. (AP) —
Lexi Thompson hopes she can finally put the ANA Inspiration rules
mess behind her.
Thompson shot her third 6-under
65 on Sunday to finish off a nearly flawless wire-to-wire victory in
the Kingsmill Championship with a tournament-record 20-under 264
total. She broke the record of 19 under at Kingsmill's River Course
set by Annika Sorenstam in 2008.
The victory came in Thompson's
third event since she lost the ANA Inspiration in a playoff after
being penalized four strokes for a rules violation reported by a
television viewer, and she said she hopes chatter about that
situation can finally be put to rest.
"I'm so over that. It is in the
past. It's unfortunate what happened, but it's time to move on and
this puts a lid on it," she said.
At Rancho Mirage in early
April, Thompson was given the four-shot penalty with six holes to
play in the final round. She had a 15-inch putt on 17 in the third
round when she stooped to mark the ball, and quickly replaced it
about an inch away. The television viewer contacted the LPGA Tour
the next day, and officials determined it was a clear violation.
Thompson was assessed a two-shot penalty for where she replaced the
ball, and because it happened the day before, she received a
two-shot penalty for signing an incorrect scorecard. She went from a
three-shot lead to one shot behind, and eventually lost to So Yeon
Ryu in the playoff.
The victory Sunday, Thompson's
eighth, gave her at least one in five consecutive seasons. That
matches top-ranked Lydia Ko for the longest streak on tour, and
Thompson said after three solid ball-striking days, she had to work
a little harder in the final round.
"Today I was a little off off
the tee and kind of steered it around the golf course, but I'm not
complaining with a 65, that's for sure," she said. "I just felt very
in control of my game and a lot more relaxed in between shots and my
caddie was a big help with that."
Thompson, who skydived to the
first tee for the Pro-Am on Wednesday to highlight her charitable
partnership with the SEAL Legacy Foundation, wore blue camouflage
for the final round to "bring awareness to them and this
In Gee Chun, playing with
Thompson, shot a bogey-free 67, but was no match for the leader,
finishing five shots back. Thompson also was bogey-free and finished
the tournament with just two bogeys, both on the par-3 17th hole.
"I had great round today," Chun
said, "... but she play was so good. Really enjoyed play with her.
So I learn a lot from her today."
Thompson began the day with a
three-shot lead and quickly added to it, rolling in long birdie
putts on the par-4 first hole and the par-5 third. "It definitely
helps to get the birdie at the start just to kick-start things," she
Chun used birdies on the third,
par-4 fifth and par-5 seventh to get within two shots, the latter
prompting a large roar from her fans.
But Thompson drew a roar of her
own with a birdie putt on the par-4 ninth and then made three
birdies in a four-hole span on the back nine. She eclipsed
Sorenstam's record with a birdie on the par-5 15th, pushing her lead
to five shots. The birdie was made possible by a 9-iron she hit
about 180 yards out of a bad lie in a bunker, and she finished it
off with about a 10-foot putt, all by erasing any lingering
"I wasn't planning on it to go
180 yards, 190 yards through the fairway, but I caught it very
clean," she said. "I knew it was a shot that I definitely needed to
pull off to be able to get my approach shot in there for birdie."
Angela Stanford closed with a
66 to finish third, and Danielle Kang was fourth after a 68.
The top-ranked Ko began the day
five strokes off the lead, and shot 73 to tie for 10th at 7 under.
She is winless since last July.
Horschel triumphs over Day in playoff
Billy Horschel is awarded the tournament trophy by Peggy Nelson,
widow of Byron Nelson after Horschel's win in the Byron Nelson golf
tournament, Sunday, May 21, in Irving, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony
Irving, Texas (AP) —
Billy Horschel had missed four straight cuts when he arrived at TPC
Four Seasons, a course he was never particularly fond of.
After winning the last AT&T
Byron Nelson scheduled at the Irving resort, Horschel now wishes he
could have the chance to come back.
While his 18-foot birdie putt
on the first playoff hole Sunday stopped just short, Horschel won
with a par when Jason Day pulled his 4-foot par putt left and past
"When I hit it I knew it was on
a perfect line and I thought I got it to the hole. ... I just wanted
to finish it off there," Horschel said. "I didn't expect him to miss
it. I was expecting to go back to the tee and play the hole again."
Instead, the playoff wrapped up
the Nelson's 35th and final tournament in Irving. The event shifts
next year to the new links-style Trinity Forest Golf Club south of
In his only two previous
Nelsons, in 2011 and 2012, Horschel missed the cut at 13 over
through 36 holes both times. With a closing 1-under 69 on Sunday,
including a 60-foot birdie putt at the 14th hole, Horschel matched
Day (68) at 12-under 268 for a playoff.
"It's sad that it's leaving
because I was never a fan of this course, but came here and now I
am," Horschel said. "I won, and I don't want to leave."
Third-round leader James Hahn
finished a stroke back after shooting 71. He just missed a
miraculous eagle at the 18th hole that would have gotten him in the
playoff with his playing partners — threesomes were used after early
morning rain delayed the start Sunday.
Day, who got the first of his
10 PGA Tour victories at the 2010 Nelson, had the lead alone only
once, when he pitched in from 78 feet from the rough by the
greenside bunker at the 477-yard 15th. He was there after two
horrible shots, a tee shot way right and the approach that set up an
But at the par-5 573-yard 16th,
the easiest hole at TPC Four Seasons, Day's wayward tee shot hit a
spectator. After making sure the woman was OK, he hit an approach
that settled pin-high on the green, but a 9-foot birdie chance
curled by the hole.
"I only had one top 10 up to
this point. To be able to play the way I did today, I played some
good solid golf," Day said. "It's a little disappointing, but it's
not the first tournament I'm going to lose. ... I feel good about my
Horschel also got to the 16th
green in two, and two-putted from 44 feet for a tying birdie. He and
Day parred the last two holes, though Horschel had a longer but
similar putt at No. 18 in regulation that also come up just short.
Earlier this season, Horschel
was eliminated from a five-man playoff at the RSM Classic when he
narrowly missed a birdie putt on the first extra hole, then
shockingly missed a 2-foot putt.
"I know that feeling," Horschel
said about Day's unexpected playoff miss. "I told Jason it's not the
way I wanted to win. I know it's not the way he wants me to win."
Horschel's fourth PGA Tour
victory, which earned him $1.35 million, was his first since taking
the 2014 Tour Championship for the FedEx Cup title.
Hahn almost got to 12 under
when his approach from 122 yards at the 18th hit on the green, spun
back and skimmed over the edge of the cup. He made the 4-foot birdie
putt to finish alone in third, one stroke ahead of Jason Kokrak.
Kokrak went into the weekend
with a five-stroke lead, the largest ever after 36 holes at the
Nelson, before weekend rounds of 72 and 70.
Dustin Johnson, the No. 1
player in the world, had a closing 69 to tie for 13th at 6 under.
Defending champion Sergio
Garcia had birdies on six of his last eight holes Saturday to get
within four strokes of the lead. But he was as quickly out of
contention after giving back four strokes while missing three putts
of 5 feet or less at Nos. 2-4. His closing 74 put him 4 under and
tied for 20th.
Real Madrid wins 1st Spanish title since 2012
Real Madrid's head coach Zinedine Zidane is thrown into the air by
his players after Madrid beat Malaga 2-0 to secure the Spanish
league title in Malaga, Spain, Sunday, May 21. (AP Photo/Daniel
Madrid (AP) — Real
Madrid won the Spanish league for the first time in five years on
Sunday, and kept rivals Barcelona from their third straight
Zinedine Zidane's team secured
the club’s 33rd league title with a 2-0 win at Malaga with goals by
Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.
"To win the title in the last
round feels that much better," Cristiano Ronaldo said. "We deserved
The last-round victory gave
Madrid a three-point advantage over second-placed Barcelona, who
rallied from two goals down to beat Eibar 4-2 at the Camp Nou.
Madrid entered the final
weekend needing a draw to guarantee their first title since 2012 and
avoid their worst title drought since the 1980s.
Ronaldo put Madrid in control
early in Malaga, entering the area and rounding the goalkeeper
before finding the open net, after a pass by Francisco "Isco"
Alarcon two minutes into the match at the Rosaleda Stadium. It was
Ronaldo's 14th goal in his last nine matches in all competitions.
While Barcelona struggled in
their game against Eibar, Karim Benzema sealed the victory in the
55th minute off the rebound of a close-range shot by Sergio Ramos,
securing Madrid their second league title in the last nine years.
Madrid hadn't gone five
straight seasons without a league title since 1981-85. They will
pursue a third Champions League title in four seasons in the final
against Juventus in Cardiff on June 3. It would be Madrid's first
double in the European competition and in La Liga in nearly six
It was the first league title
for Zidane, the former France great who took over Madrid for his
first head-coaching job less than 1½ years ago.
"It is very important to lift
this trophy again after so many years without being able to win La
Liga," said Zidane, who was thrown up and down by his players after
the final whistle. "I've won everything with this club, but this
title is special. This is the happiest day in my professional
Zverev signals arrival, beats Djokovic to win Italian Open
Germany's Alexander Zverev celebrates after winning his final match
against Serbia's Novak Djokovic at the Italian Open tennis
tournament, in Rome, Sunday, May 21. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Rome (AP) — Alexander
Zverev signaled his anticipated arrival among the tennis elite by
defeating Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3 Sunday to win the Italian Open.
The 20-year-old Zverev became
the youngest player to win a Masters 1000 event since Djokovic won
in Miami a decade ago at 19.
"It's nice to know that I can
compete and play and win the biggest tournaments on tour against the
biggest players on tour," Zverev said.
Zverev broke in the very first
game and was never really challenged by Djokovic, who appeared
drained after having to win two matches a day earlier to reach the
"He's making his mark already,"
Djokovic said. "Today winning one of the biggest tournaments —
absolutely deserved. Played great, served great. On the other hand,
he didn't get much from my side. I played very poor today. Just
couldn't find any rhythm."
Djokovic committed nearly twice
as many unforced errors as Zverev — 27 to 14.
The match lasted 1 hour, 21
Afterward, Djokovic announced
that Andre Agassi will coach him at the French Open, which starts
"We are both excited to work
together and see where it takes us," Djokovic said. "We don't have
any long-term commitment. It's just us trying to get to know each
other in Paris a little bit."
The title will move Zverev up
to a career-high No. 10 in the rankings Monday and place him among
the contenders for Roland Garros. It will also add credibility to
the belief by many tennis experts that Zverev will reach No. 1 some
"If I have only half of the
career Novak has had, I'll be fine," Zverev said when asked if he
can follow in Djokovic's footsteps.
Tennis great Rod Laver
presented Zverev with the trophy.
"Getting the trophy from Mr.
Laver is something very special and something I'll remember for the
rest of my career," Zverev said.
Earlier, Elina Svitolina surged
to No. 1 in the season-long rankings race by beating Simona Halep
4-6, 7-5, 6-1 in the women's final.
It was a tour-best fourth title
this year for Svitolina and the most prestigious trophy of her young
career. The 22-year-old Ukrainian also leads the tour with 31 match
wins this season.
"Every day I'm just trying to
work on my mental part, my physical, my tennis," Svitolina said.
"Everything just came together and I'm very happy that it's happened
in such a big tournament."
The fourth-ranked Halep was in
full control and serving for the first set at 5-2 when she rolled
her right ankle while sliding over what appeared to be a small hole
in the Foro Italico stadium court.
While Halep was able to
eventually win the opening set, she required treatment to her ankle
from a trainer twice and was late getting to shots as the match wore
"Sorry guys for third set,"
Halep told the crowd. "It was a little tough for me to get through
but Elina played great."
Halep was playing in her second
clay-court final in two weeks after winning the title in Madrid last
Svitolina also required medical
treatment from a trainer midway through the second set, for an
apparent problem with her left leg.
"Hopefully we'll recover, me
and Simona, because we're struggling a bit physically," Svitolina
During the post-match
presentation, Svitolina dropped the cover of the silver trophy on to
the red clay court, prompting her to say, "Oops."
The first two sets featured
long, nervous baseline rallies in which both players waited for
their opponent to commit errors.
"It was very tough first two
sets and I'm really happy that it's all finished," Svitolina said.
Crawford stays unbeaten with 10-round rout of Diaz
Terence Crawford, left, punches Dominican Republic's Felix Diaz
during the second round of their super lightweight championship
boxing match Saturday, May 20, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin
New York (AP) — Terence
Crawford patted Felix Diaz on the head and pounded uppercuts into
his eye in his latest dominant victory.
His next fight could bring him
all four 140-pound belts.
Or it could bring him Manny
Crawford remained unbeaten when
Diaz's corner stopped the fight after the 10th round of the
140-pound fight and looks ready for whichever of his options comes
later this year.
"I've been saying that for
years now. It's not up to me. But everybody wants to know who's the
next guy that Terence Crawford wants to fight," Crawford said. "I'll
fight anybody. It doesn't matter who it is."
Crawford had dominated after a
couple of close early rounds and Diaz's left eye appeared swollen
shut, making him helpless to spot Crawford's lightning-fast
Crawford (31-0, 22 KOs) toyed
with Diaz in the 10th, backing him into the corner and then, rather
than throw any punches, patting him on the head. He then unloaded a
couple hard shots toward the end of the round, prompting trainer
Joel Diaz to tell referee Steve Willis his fighter could no longer
Afterward, Crawford named
longtime superstar Pacquiao and welterweight champion Keith Thurman
as fighters he'd want if he moves up in weight. But he may stick
around at 140 a little longer to grab the two belts he doesn't own.
Crawford successfully defended
his WBC and WBO titles. Promoter Bob Arum said the Omaha, Nebraska,
fighter would return this summer and they could look to unify the
titles against Julius Indongo, who holds the WBA and IBF 140-pound
"Once he gets all four belts
he's going to fight Pacquiao with my new partner Warren Buffett,"
Diaz (19-2, 9 KOs), a 2008
Olympic gold medalist for the Dominican Republic, lost for the first
time at 140 pounds and was stopped for the first time.
The shorter Diaz tried to get
inside but was kept away by Crawford in the first round, though he
landed a couple of hard shots when he closed the distance in the
second — when he won the only round he was credited with on one
judge's card. The fighters stared at each other after the round
ended, but Crawford seized control from there.
"I knew he was frustrated,"
Boxing throughout from the
southpaw stance, he rarely let Diaz get close again, using left
uppercuts and combinations. He put his 4-inch reach and 3-inch
height advantages to good use, and when being bigger wasn't good
enough, Crawford relied on being faster, spinning out of trouble any
time Diaz lunged forward.
"No excuses, I lost to the best
guy at 140 pounds," Diaz said through promoter Lou DiBella.
Crawford stuck out his tongue
at Diaz after one exchange in the seventh, showing no fear. Diaz's
face was swollen by the ninth and ringside doctors checked his eye
before the start of the 10th.
Joel Diaz gave Felix one last
round but it was clear there was no point.
"I stopped the fight because I
didn't want him to take any more punishment," Joel Diaz said.
"Enough was enough."
On the undercard, U.S. Olympic
silver medalist Shakur Stevenson won for the second time as a pro
when his fight against Carlos Suarez was stopped in the first round.
Ray Beltran then scored a
devastating and scary second-round knockout of Jonathan Maicelo,
whose back of the head hit the canvas with a loud thud and he was
carried from the ring on a board.
Beltran (33-7-1, 21 KOs) had
been knocked down in the first round after the fighters banged heads
and appeared to be losing the second when he suddenly drilled
Maicelo with a left hook that knocked him backward.
Beltran, a native of Ahome,
Mexico now living in Phoenix, became the IBF No. 1 contender in the
lightweight division. As important to him, Beltran thinks it will
help him in his quest to get his green card. He vowed this week that
if he got it, he would walk straight to New York's Trump Tower so he
could flash it at President Donald Trump's building.
"I should have no problem
getting my green card now," he said.
Maicelo (25-3, 12 KOs) appeared
to be OK as he was carried out, motioning his hand to a crowd that
included many of the Peruvian's fans. He was taken to Bellevue
Jungels wins 15th stage as Dumoulin keeps pink jersey
Jungels, third from right, sprints on his way to winning to win the
15th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Sunday, May 21, in Bergamo,
Italy. (AP Photo)
Bergamo, Italy (AP) —
Bob Jungels took a sprint ahead of several overall favorites to win
the crash-filled 15th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Sunday, while
Tom Dumoulin had six seconds shaved off his overall lead in the
final leg before the high mountains.
Jungels, of Luxembourg with the
Quick Step team, surged past Nairo Quintana and Thibaut Pinot at the
end of the 199-kilometer (124-mile) route from Valdengo to Bergamo,
which contained two categorized climbs shortly before the finish and
a shorter climb up cobblestones in Bergamo's old city.
"It's never easy to plan an
attack like mine today in a stage like this," Jungels said. "It was
more of a classic than a Grand Tour stage. It's what I needed to win
Dumoulin's lead was cut to 2:41
ahead of Quintana, with Pinot 3:21 back in third.
Not looking to take any
unnecessary risks, Dumoulin rode more cautiously through the final
kilometers and dropped slightly behind.
Quintana fell while negotiating
a corner on a downhill stretch and had to change bikes.
Dumoulin ordered his teammates
at the front to slow down and let Quintana catch up.
Tanel Kangert of Astana and
Kenny Elissonde of Sky were involved in more serious crashes.
"I didn't want to take time on
Quintana when he crashed because it wasn't the right way to do it,"
Dumoulin said. "Sometimes the race goes on but this was a good
moment to wait for him. My legs felt good today but I'm always
looking forward to a rest day."
Jungels wore the overall
leader's pink jersey for four days in the opening week and leads the
best young rider classification. It was his first Grand Tour
After the final rest day
Monday, Stage 16 on Tuesday is considered the race's toughest: a
lengthy 222-kilometer (138-mile) leg from Rovetta to Bormio that
features three strenuous climbs, including the legendary Mortirolo
and Stelvio passes.
The 100th Giro concludes with
an individual time trial in Milan next Sunday.
Nadal's winning streak on clay ends, Venus loses in Rome
Dominic Thiem of Austria returns the ball to Rafael Nadal of Spain
during their match at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome,
Friday, May 19. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Rome (AP) — Rafael
Nadal's winning streak ended at 17 matches as he lost in straight
sets to Dominic Thiem in the quarterfinals of the Italian Open on
Venus Williams is also out of
the tournament after the American was defeated 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 by
third seed Garbine Muguruza of Spain.
The result bodes well for
Muguruza's defense of her French Open title.
Thiem's 6-4, 6-3 victory came
after he was beaten by the Spaniard in the Madrid Open final last
"Of course I came in with a
very aggressive game style, because I knew that if I want to have a
chance, then I have to do something different and be more
aggressive," Thiem said. "I knew that if it goes in, everything,
maybe I have a chance. If not, maybe I also lose easy.
"But today was one of these
days where I really felt the ball great on the racquet, and a lot of
risky shots went in. It was a very, very good performance and I
think probably one of my best matches."
The 30-year-old Nadal, who was
seeded fourth, had won consecutive clay-court tournaments in Monte
Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid and was aiming for an eighth title at
the Foro Italico as he prepares for the French Open in less than two
"I just have to congratulate
(Thiem), because he was better than me this afternoon," Nadal said.
"He played great in all aspects. Just well done for him.
"It's obvious that I did not
play my best match. I have been playing a lot ... so is not easy
after playing almost every day for the last four weeks," he said.
Thiem, the No.8 seed, will face
four-time champion Novak Djokovic or Juan Martin del Potro in the
Their quarterfinal was
postponed by rain, with Djokovic leading 6-1, 1-2, and will resume
The 23-year-old Austrian
dominated from the start, racing into a 5-1 lead. Nadal recovered
and broke back to cut the gap to 5-4 but Thiem needed just one of
his two set points when Nadal's backhand down the line landed just
Thiem almost broke again early
in the second set but Nadal managed to save two break points and go
on to hold his serve.
However, Thiem took advantage
on his opponent's next service game, putting in several delightful
returns which had the audience on their feet before closing the game
with a crosscourt forehand.
Thiem almost allowed Nadal back
into the match but managed to cancel out three break points to go
into a 5-3 lead and he broke again to take the match when Nadal sent
a forehand long.
The other semifinal pits John
Isner against No. 16 seed Alexander Zverev.
The unseeded Isner, who hit 21
aces, beat sixth-seeded Marin Cilic 7-6 (3), 2-6, 7-6 (2) in a
serve-dominated quarterfinal to become the first American to reach
the last four at the Italian Open since Andy Roddick in 2008.
Zverev beat fifth seed and 2014
semi-finalist Milos Raonic 7-6 (1), 6-1.
In the women's draw, Muguruza
will face No.8 seed Elina Svitolina after the Ukrainian beat
second-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 7-6 (9).
Muguruza raced into a 4-0 lead
against Williams, who was seeded ninth, and comfortably closed out
The 36-year-old Williams used
her experience to bounce back in the second, although she had to
save three break points immediately after earning her first break of
It seemed as if the match was
going Williams' way when she broke in the first game of the deciding
set but Muguruza broke straight back and earned the double break
when the American double-faulted twice.
Muguruza broke again in the
final game, sealing it when a Williams forehand down the line landed
Anett Kontaveit's dream debut
ended as the Estonian qualifier lost 6-2, 6-4 to Madrid Open
champion Simona Halep.
The 21-year-old Kontaveit, who
beat top-ranked Angelique Kerber in the second round, saved two
break points before succumbing to Halep's clay-court prowess.
The Romanian, who is seeded
sixth, next faces Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands after the 15th
seed beat Australian qualifier Daria Gavrilova 6-3, 6-3.
Lexi Thompson opens 3-stroke lead at Kingsmill
Lexi Thompson watches her tee shot on the ninth hole during the
second round of the Kingsmill Championship LPGA golf tournament in
Williamsburg, Va., Friday, May 19. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Williamsburg, Va. (AP) —
Lexi Thompson shot her second straight 6-under 65 on Friday to take
a three-stroke over playing partner Gerina Piller into the weekend
at the Kingsmill Championship.
Thompson is playing her third
tournament since losing the major ANA Inspiration in a playoff after
being penalized four strokes for a rules violation that a TV viewer
"I feel great with where my
game is at," Thompson said. "I am just trying to keep my thoughts
very simple, focus on doing my routine and picking small targets out
and committing to my shots. If I do that, my game is in a good
The long-hitting Florida player
had six birdies in a bogey-free round on Kingsmill's River Course.
She waited out a rain delay in the middle of the round.
"Always stalls you a bit,"
Thompson said. "Wasn't too loose on the first iron shot that I hit,
but, it was a beautiful day out. Not much wind. Hopefully, we get
some good weather this weekend."
Piller shot a 67, closing
birdie-bogey-birdie-bogey. Winless on the LPGA Tour, she chipped in
for her birdie on 17.
"I feel like my putting is
really great right now," Piller said. "Just excited for tomorrow.
... Hit the fairway, hit the green, make the putt. Keeping it as
simple as possible."
Piller will play alongside U.S.
Solheim Cup teammate Thompson again Saturday.
"She's a great ball-striker and
hits it far," Piller said. "This course definitely suits the
long-ball hitters, especially now. The greens are firming up and
getting a little quicker. To have a shorter iron in is definitely an
Top-ranked Lydia Ko was four
strokes back at 8 under after a bogey-free 67. Trying to hold off So
Yeon Ryu and Ariya Jutanugarn for the No. 1 spot, Ko is winless
"There is a lot of golf to be
played," Ko said. "All I need to do is focus on my game and be
excited for the weekend."
Ryu, the ANA winner, was 5
under after a 67. Jutanugarn, defending the first of her five tour
victories last year, was 3 under after a 67 playing in the group
with Thompson and Piller.
Candie Kung joined Ko at 8
under. Kung eagled the par-4 sixth in a 66.
In Gee Chun (66) and Vicky
Hurst (67) were 7 under, and Angela Stanford (66), Shanshan Feng
(67) and Brittany Lincicome (70) were another stroke back. Chun
rebounded after an opening bogey on the par-4 10th.
"Walking to the (next) tee I
said, 'Forget it, start again," Chun said. "I tried to stay patient
and made a lot of birdies."
The South Korean player is one
of five major champions in the top nine, joining Thompson, Ko, Feng
Mumbai Indians march into IPL final, beat Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders Ishank Jaggi plays a shot against Mumbai
Indians during the Indian Premier League cricket eliminator match in
Bangalore, India, Friday, May 19. (AP Photo)
Bangalore, India (AP) —
Leg-spinner Karn Sharma and fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah destroyed
Kolkata Knight Riders by sharing seven wickets as Mumbai Indians
stormed into the final of the Indian Premier League playoffs with a
six-wicket victory on Friday.
The two-time champions Mumbai
Indians now meet Rising Pune Supergiant in the final on Sunday.
Sharma grabbed 4-16 off his
deceptive leg-spin bowling while Bumrah took 3-7 as Knight Riders
were bowled out for 107 in 18.5 overs after Mumbai Indians captain
Rohit Sharma won the toss and opted to field first.
Krunal Pandya top-scored with
an unbeaten 45 off 30 balls while Rohit scored 26 and carried Mumbai
Indians to 111-4 with more than five overs to spare.
Earlier, Rohit placed his
fielders intelligently in the batting powerplay to earn Mumbai vital
wickets off hard-hitting Chris Lynn (4) and Sunil Narine (10).
Lynn holed out to Kieron
Pollard at long on off Bumrah's first over while Narine tried to
break the shackles before he was deceived by Sharma's googly and was
stumped in the fifth over.
Robin Uthappa (1) was undone by
Bumrah's pace when he attempted a flick and was adjudged lbw. And
Sharma exposed the lower batting order as early as in the seventh
over when he dismissed captain Gautam Gambhir (12) and Colin de
Grandhomme (0) off successive deliveries and reduced Knight Riders
Suryakumar Yadav (31) and
Ishank Jaggi (28) never looked threatening in their 56-run
sixth-wicket stand before Sharma returned and had Jaggi caught in
the deep in the 15th over.
Mitchell Johnson (2-28) and
Lasith Malinga (1-24) then wrapped up the innings quickly as Knight
Riders couldn't utilize their full quota of 20 overs.
Mumbai Indians opener Lendl
Simmons (3) was unlucky to be adjudged lbw off Piyush Chawla (2-34)
as television replays suggested the leg-spinner's googly would have
missed the leg stump.
Chawla also clean bowled Ambati
Rayudu (6) before Rohit and Pandya put the chase firmly on track
with a 54-run fourth wicket stand.
Spieth out at Nelson; Kokrak has career-best 62, leads by 5
Jason Kokrak, left, gets a high-five from his caddie after finishing
the second round of the Byron Nelson golf tournament at TPC Four
Seasons Resort, Friday, May 19in Irving, Texas. (Jae S. Lee/The
Dallas Morning News via AP)
Irving, Texas (AP) —
While big-hitting Jason Kokrak has an AT&T Byron Nelson record
five-stroke lead through 36 holes, he knows that is only halfway
with plenty of other players who could make a weekend charge.
That includes top-ranked Dustin
Johnson. But not local favorite Jordan Spieth after he missed the
cut Friday for the first time at the tournament where he made his
debut as a 16-year-old high school junior.
"Yeah, a bit shocking that's
how it happened," said Spieth, who missed the cut by a stroke after
a 5-under 75 that included a 9 at the par-5 16th hole after he hit
two tee shots out of bounds.
Kokrak, ranked 128th in the
world, shot a bogey-free 8-under 62 for his career-best scoring
round and matched the Nelson's 36-hole record at 12-under 128. No
one has ever had a bigger lead there after two rounds than his five
strokes over Billy Horschel (65), who finished with three
"It's 36 holes. You've got the
No. 1 player in the world chasing you, you've got x-number of other
players that are outstanding players," Kokrak said, when asked about
having wiggle room. "Same game plan, just give myself birdie
Maybe as surprising as Kokrak's
big lead halfway through the last Nelson to be played at TPC Four
Seasons is the 23-year-old Spieth, the 2015 Masters and U.S. Open
champion, done playing this week.
Spieth also missed the cut last
week in The Players Championship. He last missed consecutive cuts in
With a 3-over total after the
horrendous 16th hole, and needing at least one birdie, Spieth's
17-foot birdie try at No. 17 curled by the cup, and he missed a
14-footer on 18.
"It didn't need to happen. Just
playing fine and I tried to just, you know, press it to try to reach
the green in two, and then I tried to do it again," Spieth said,
referring to the par-5 16th.
Kokrak finished with a nice par
save after driving way right at the 18th. The ball landed in the
rough closer to the first fairway with a temporary concession stand
between him and the hole. He didn't take potential relief because
that line would have put him directly behind a tree, but he hit the
ball back in the fairway short of the green before chipping to 6
"I made a lot of birdies out
there but it was nice," Kokrak said. "Just keeping a clean card is
always a goal. ... It was nice to get it up and down."
The only other time Kokrak had
the 36-hole lead in 146 career PGA Tour starts was at the 2016
Northern Trust Open, where he ended up with a career-best tie for
Johnson had his second
consecutive 67 and was tied for third with Byeong Hun An (bogey-free
66), Bud Cauley (67), Cameron Tringale (68), Jhonttan Vegas (68) and
first-round co-leader James Hahn (70).
Sergio Garcia, the Masters
champion who is defending his second Nelson title, birdied six of
his last 15 holes for a 65 to get to 2 under. He opened with a 73,
and was at 4 over for the tournament after his only bogey Friday on
his third hole.
This is Johnson's third PGA
Tour event since a freak fall forced him to miss the Masters with a
bruised back after winning three consecutive tournaments before
that. He tied for second at the Wells Fargo Championship in his
return to the tour two weeks ago, and then had a career-best 12th
place finish at The Players Championship.
"The game is still not quite as
sharp as it was leading into Augusta, but it's getting there,"
Johnson said. "It's getting close."
His only bogey was at his final
hole, the 431-yard ninth hole, when his approach landed in rough
between a bunker and the green after the wind shifted on him.
Spieth first played a PGA Tour
event at age 16 on a sponsor's exemption in the 2010 tournament, and
tied for 16th — still his best Nelson finish. He missed his high
school graduation ceremony in 2011 to play after making the cut
After an opening birdie Friday,
Spieth missed a 3 1/2-foot par putt at the par-3 second hole. He had
five bogeys and four birdies, plus saved par from a drop at the edge
of a curb after his tee shot at the 316-yard 11th hole rolled to a
stop on a neighborhood street, before the quadruple at No. 16.
Gaviria wins his 4th stage of this year's Giro d'Italia
Colombia's Fernando Gaviria celebrates as he crosses the finish line
to win the 13th stage of Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race,
from Reggio Emilia to Tortona, Friday, May 19. (AP Photo)
Tortona, Italy (AP) —
Colombian rider Fernando Gaviria sprinted to his fourth stage
victory at the Giro d'Italia on Friday in his Grand Tour debut.
Gaviria came from the back and
around the right side of the sprinters to edge Sam Bennett and win
the 13th stage. Jasper Stuyven was third at the end of the
completely flat 167-kilometer (104-mile) route from Reggio Emilia to
"It's been a different sprint
today and a difficult sprint indeed but thanks to my team I managed
to go back up and win one more stage," said the 22-year-old Gaviria,
who rides for Quick-Step Floors. "I'm now the Colombian with most
stage victories at the Giro but it doesn't mean much. To me it means
that I came to the Giro well prepared."
Tom Dumoulin, who rides for
Team Sunweb, retained the pink jersey. The Dutch rider's lead
remained 2 minutes, 23 seconds ahead of 2014 winner Nairo Quintana
and 2:38 ahead of Bauke Mollema.
"The wind made me nervous
sometimes," Dumoulin said. "For most of the day it was side wind. In
the finale it was more side head wind. But I was very well protected
by the team so it was another good day for us."
Team Sky rider Geraint Thomas
abandoned the race before the stage. The Welshman, who spent the
last year preparing for the Giro, was still suffering from the
effects of a crash in the ninth stage and had lost time in the last
Friday's stage was the last one
for the sprinters. Many of them are expected to leave the race,
although Gaviria has said he will continue for as long as possible.
Saturday's 14th stage is a
131-kilometer (81-mile) route from Castellania and is mainly flat
until the final steep climb up to Oropa.
"I think Oropa is a climb that
suits me well so I hope to be in the Maglia Rosa again on Sunday,"
Ducks even Western finals at 2, beating Predators 3-2 in OT
Anaheim Ducks' Ryan
Getzlaf, center, celebrates as he skates behind the Nashville
Predators goal after the Ducks beat the Predators in overtime in
Game 4 of the Western Conference final in Nashville, Tenn.,
Thursday, May 18. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Teresa M. Walker
Nashville, Tenn. (AP) —
Corey Perry just keeps finding the net in overtime this postseason,
and his third goal in extra time helped the Ducks tie the Western
Conference finals at 2-2.
Perry's shot deflected in off
Nashville defenseman P.K. Subban's
stick 10:25 into overtime, and the Ducks snapped the Predators'
10-game home playoff winning streak with a 3-2 victory Thursday
"I was just trying to create traffic
or create a bounce and create havoc in front," Perry said. "And
that's what they say in overtime: You throw it on net, never know
what's going to happen."
Perry matched Mel Hill (1939) and
Maurice Richard (1951) for the most OT goals in a single postseason
in NHL history. Perry also tied Teemu Selanne's franchise record
with his eighth winning goal and moved past Selanne for sole
possession of second in Ducks' history with his 36th postseason
John Gibson made 32 saves for
Anaheim, which was the last team to beat the Predators in Nashville
in the playoffs last spring in Game 4 of their first-round series.
The Predators had matched the 1997-98 Detroit Red Wings with their
10-game winning streak but missed matching Colorado's 11-0 playoff
run in 1996-97.
Rickard Rakell and Nick Ritchie
staked the Ducks to a 2-0 lead. But Subban scored with 6:27 left,
and Filip Forsberg tied it with 34.5 seconds
remaining in regulation with his fourth goal in four games.
Perry ended the second overtime in
the series with a goal originally credited to Nate Thompson. Perry
stopped the puck as the Predators tried to clear and shot from the
right boards at a severe angle. Subban stuck out his stick trying to
poke-check the puck away only to re-direct it past goalie Pekka
"They caught a lucky bounce tonight
on the redirect that ended up being a difference maker," Nashville
coach Peter Laviolette said.
The goal finally was credited to
Perry after the Ducks appealed to the NHL.
"I don't really care at this point
as long as it goes in the net," Thompson said.
The Ducks have matched their
franchise record with their fourth overtime win this postseason.
They are 4-1 with the lone loss in this series opener to Nashville.
They went 4-0 in OT on their way to winning the 2007 Stanley Cup.
Game 5 is Saturday night in Anaheim.
"We thought we were outcompeted last
game, so it feels good to take care of business and get a split on
the road and now it's best out of three," Ducks center Andrew
The Ducks killed off five penalties,
including a 5 on 3 in the third. But the Predators outshot them 11-5
in the third with the late flurry forcing overtime.
Subban scored off a blast from the
blue line to revive the standing-room only crowd with Forsberg
helping screen Gibson. Forsberg, who started Nashville's comeback
win in Game 3, ensured overtime crashing the net with two teammates
and smashing the puck across the line.
"Obviously, we're disappointed,"
Forsberg said. "I don't think we showed up in the first, and then
after that we played better. It's tough. They're a good team. We
can't give them a two-goal lead like that."
Nashville brought out inaugural
American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson as the latest big name to sing
the national anthem, and rock group Kings of Leon stirred up the
crowd by waving from the bandstand in Music City's latest show of
star power. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman also was on hand with a
franchise-record 17,423 fans.
The Ducks looked much stronger after
a day off Wednesday from coach Randy Carlyle, and they pounded the
Predators up and down the ice. Defenseman Josh Manson even checked
Rinne against the boards behind the net late in the second period.
They also dominated the play early
and caught the Predators in a line change with a long pass to Rakell
leading to a slap shot that beat Rinne at 11:30 of the first. It was
the seventh goal this postseason for Rakell, who led the Ducks with
33 goals during the regular season.
Anaheim wound up outshooting
Nashville 14-2 in the first period thanks to the Predators being
credited for a shot during the intermission. It was the fewest shots
ever allowed by the Ducks in a period.
The Predators opened the second with
a bit more energy, matching what they put on net in the first period
within a minute. But Ritchie gave the Ducks a 2-0 lead at 10:22 with
a wrister from the right circle, beating Rinne's blocker for his
fourth this postseason.
Kane score 4 as Tottenham rout Leicester 6-1
Tottenham's Harry Kane, left, scores his third and his side's fifth
goal of the game against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium in
Leicester, Thursday, May 18. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
Leicester, England (AP) —
Harry Kane scored four goals in Tottenham's 6-1 rout of Leicester on
Thursday, ensuring the Premier League runners-up are closing out the
season with a swagger despite missing out on the title.
Kane will enter the final day
of the season on Sunday in pole position to finish as top scorer,
with the striker now on 26 league goals — two more than Everton's
Romelu Lukaku. Despite missing three months of the season through
injury, Kane has netted 32 times in all competitions.
"It's the first time I've
scored four goals and it was a good moment to do it," Kane said. "I
was looking to get one or two goals at least and then hopefully take
it into the last game, now I'm in the driving seat at the minute but
there's still one game to play so I'm not resting on my laurels."
Spurs manager Mauricio
Pochettino said he has no concerns about holding on to Kane during
the summer transfer window.
"We will keep the players that
we want to keep," Pochettino said. "Maybe we will sell the players
that we want to sell. I think we are so, so, so calm about our big
players and they are so happy here. We are building a very exciting
Kane's opener was set up by Son
Heung-min, who scored Tottenham's other two goals against deposed
champions Leicester to become the highest-scoring South Korean in a
single European season. Son has 21 goals in all competitions this
Tottenham, who play at
relegated Hull on the final day of the season Sunday, are seven
points behind newly crowned champions Chelsea.
Chelsea have taken the trophy
off Leicester, who astonishingly won the title last season but
collapsed this year and are currently 11th.
Tottenham were rampant as they
sealed a 13th win in their last 16 games in all competitions, having
already cemented second place.
Tottenham challenged Leicester
for the title last season, before eventually finishing third.
Interim Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare saw his side roll over
Apart from an error from
Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris — which allowed Ben Chilwell to
score — the visitors were always on top with Leicester now destined
to finish mid-table.
Leicester were on the back foot
instantly when Son shot over before Jamie Vardy fired straight at
Tottenham dominated possession
and Son provided Kane with the opener in the 25th minute.
Leicester defender Christian
Fuchs was caught out by Toby Alderweireld's deep ball which allowed
Son to burst into the area. With Fuchs trailing behind, Son teed up
Kane to sweep in from six yards.
Dele Alli's low header was then
saved by Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel as Spurs began to
raise the tempo, sensing Leicester were there for the taking.
The hosts were enterprising
enough but, aside from Vardy's pace, rarely troubled the visitors
who doubled their lead in style 10 minutes before the break.
An intricate move on the edge
of the area opened up the Foxes, allowing Alli to spring the trap
and his lovely lofted pass allowed Son to find the bottom corner
with a first-time volley.
Tottenham threatened to
overwhelm the Foxes and Schmeichel saved Eric Dier's header before
the hosts could grab a breather at halftime.
Dier needed to produce a fine
block to deny Marc Albrighton and the quiet Riyad Mahrez fired at
Lloris before Chilwell pulled a goal back in the 59th.
It was messy from Spurs as
Lloris rushed out to beat Vardy to the ball but only succeeded in
deflecting it off the striker to Wilfred Ndidi. The midfielder
worked it to Chilwell, who managed to squeeze the ball beyond Dier
on the line, only for Kane to immediately restore Spurs' two-goal
advantage to spark a rout.
Kane headed in from point-blank
range after more neat work from Son and the South Korean grabbed his
own double in the 71st. It was no more than Son deserved as neat
footwork gave him space on the edge of the box and he curled low
Vincent Janssen had a goal
disallowed for offside before Kane completed a deserved hat trick
when he blasted in from 20 yards in the 88th. Kane had not finished
when he scored again in stoppage time, with almost a carbon copy of
his third, beating Schmeichel low to his right from the edge of the
It left Shakespeare unsure
whether the humbling defeat would affect his chances of staying in
the role for next season as Claudio Ranieri's permanent successor in
charge of Leicester.
"I don't know, you'll have to
ask the owners about that," Shakespeare said. "What I would say is
that I think if we'd won, I'm not sure that would have done my
chances any good as well."
Lexi Thompson shoots 65 to lead Kingsmill Championship
Lexi Thompson watches her tee shot on
the ninth hole during the first round of the Kingsmill Championship
LPGA golf tournament in Williamsburg, Va., Thursday, May 18. (AP
Williamsburg, Va. (AP) —
Lexi Thompson had six birdies in a seven-hole stretch and finished
with a 6-under 65 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the
Playing her third tournament
since losing the ANA Inspiration in a playoff after being penalized
four strokes for a rules violation that a TV viewer spotted,
Thompson had a one-stroke lead over U.S. Solheim Cup teammates
Gerina Piller and Brittany Lincicome and young American Angel Yin.
Thompson played her opening
nine in even par with a birdie on No. 11 and a bogey on No. 17, then
birdied No. 1 and Nos. 3-7 on Kingsmill Resort's River Course.
"The second nine was pretty
crazy," Thompson said. "I hit some great shots and rolled a few good
putts, so definitely helps out my confidence."
Thompson played alongside
Piller and defending champion Ariya Jutanugarn.
"It always helps to see the
other players in your group play well," Thompson said about Piller.
"She played great today, too. She struck it very well and rolled a
lot of great putts. It's something that we feed off each other
Jutanugarn shot a 72.
On Wednesday, Thompson began a
charitable partnership with the SEAL Legacy Foundation called the
Lexi Legacy Challenge, completing her first parachute jump by
landing on the first tee for her pro-am round. She made her sky
diving debut in tandem with a Navy SEAL.
"It was an unbelievable
experience," Thompson said. "Supporting the SEAL Legacy Foundation
is my No. 1, and just the military in general. But the only way I
would jump out of a perfectly good plane is with a SEAL on my back.
There was nothing like it. Words can't describe the feeling. It was
just like a feeling of freedom jumping out."
Top-ranked Lydia Ko was two
strokes back at 67 along with Sarah Jane Smith and Giulia Molinaro.
"I don't think I was hitting
the ball fantastic, so there is a little bit of improvement to do
there," Ko said. "The girls are playing great, so I know that I need
to try and keep up, and to be in contention, I need to make a lot of
birdies out there."
Piller had six birdies and a
"It's always good to get off to
that kind of start and get comfortable," Piller said. "The greens
are rolling phenomenal. The course is in the best shape I've ever
seen it. Just happy to be under par and looking forward to
Lincicome had five birdies in a
bogey-free round. She won the season-opening event in the Bahamas.
"I think it's best I've ever
seen it," Lincicome said about the course. "The greens are so fast.
If you get above the hole you got to be really careful."
Nadal beats Sock to reach Italian Open quarterfinals
Spain's Rafael Nadal returns the ball to
United States' Jack Sock during their match at the Italian Open
tennis tournament, in Rome, Thursday, May 18. (AP Photo/Gregorio
Rome (AP) — Rafael
Nadal's preparations for the French Open continued apace as he swept
past 13th-seeded Jack Sock 6-3, 6-4 Thursday to ease into the
Italian Open quarterfinals and extend his winning streak to 17
Fourth-seeded Nadal broke
Sock's serve twice in the second set and served out the match to set
up a last-eight meeting with Dominic Thiem, who was beaten by Nadal
in the Madrid Open final last week.
"I am here to try my best. I
know (it) is a tough tournament. I don't have an easy draw here, a
tough one," Nadal said. "Dominic is the player that is having
probably more success now on clay, no? So will be another tough
The 30-year-old Nadal has won
consecutive clay-court tournaments in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and
Madrid. The Spaniard is aiming for an eighth title at the Foro
Italico as he prepares for the French Open in less than two weeks.
"I think I can play a little
bit more aggressive than what I did tonight. I think I have to do
it," Nadal said. "But in general terms I am happy with the way that
I played, obviously."
Thiem also beat an American but
had to save two match points in a 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7) victory over Sam
Four-time champion Novak
Djokovic is also safely through to the quarterfinals after beating
Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-4. Second-seeded Djokovic next plays
Juan Martin del Potro after the Argentine ousted seventh-seeded Kei
Nishikori 7-6 (4), 6-3.
Djokovic seemed in full control
when he went 3-1 up in the second set but allowed the Spaniard to
fight back to 4-4 before going on to seal the match.
Bautista Agut could have gone
5-4 up in the second set after Djokovic appeared to send the ball
long but the umpire said it was in. Television replays showed the
ball was out.
Instead it was Djokovic who
broke to take a 5-4 lead and won the match when he had a forehand
Third-seeded Stan Wawrinka went
out of the tournament after losing 7-6 (1), 6-4 to American John
Isner, who served up 19 aces in their match.
"It's a situation for me where
I'm going out there against the No. 3 player in the world. Maybe I
have a little bit less to lose than he does," Isner said. "I went
out there with the belief that, if I played well and executed my
game plan, that I could walk off that court with a win. That's what
Isner grabbed the only break of
the match at 3-3 in the second set before comfortably serving out
the match on his first attempt after Wawrinka had saved two match
points on his serve.
Isner next faces another big
server in sixth-seeded Marin Cilic, who dismissed ninth-seeded David
Goffin 6-3, 6-4.
Home favorite Fabio Fognini,
who saw off top-seeded Andy Murray on Tuesday, lost 6-3, 6-3 to
Alexander Zverev, who will play fifth-seeded Milos Raonic in the
quarterfinals after the Canadian beat Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-2.
In the women's draw, Venus
Williams defeated Johanna Konta 6-1, 3-6, 6-1.
Konta had won her previous
three meetings against Williams but the American dominated the first
set. Although Konta rallied in the second, another double break in
the third handed Williams victory.
Williams will take on Garbine
Muguruza after the 2016 French Open champion beat Julia Gorges 7-5,
"I love this tournament, and I
love Rome," Williams said. "It's one of my favorite places on earth,
so that's one of the reasons why I have always come here.
"You know, I have had a good
amount of success here."
Second-seeded Karolina Pliskova
is also safely through after easing past experienced clay-court
player Timea Bacsinszky 6-1, 7-5. The Czech next faces eighth-seeded
Elina Svitolina, who recovered to beat Mona Barthel 3-6, 6-0, 6-0.
Estonian qualifier Anett
Kontaveit, who beat top-ranked Angelique Kerber in the second round,
continued her dream debut. Kontaveit beat 16th-seeded Mirjana
Lucic-Baroni 6-1, 6-1 to set up a quarterfinal against Madrid Open
champion Simona Halep.
"I'm just really trying to take
it match by match and setting these really small goals," the
21-year-old Kontaveit said.
Sixth-seeded Halep beat
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 4-6, 6-0.
Qualifier Daria Gavrilova beat
seventh-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 and Kiki Bertens
won 7-6 (3), 6-1 over Russia's Ekaterina Makarova.
Gaviria claims his 3rd Giro stage win, Dumoulin keeps lead
Fernando Gaviria, centre, celebrates his victory on stage 12 of
the Giro d'Italia cycling race in Reggio Emilia, Italy, Thursday, May
18. (AP Photo)
Reggio Emilia, Italy (AP) —
Colombian rider Fernando Gaviria won a bunch sprint at the end of the
longest stage of the Giro d'Italia on Thursday to earn his third victory
in his first Grand Tour.
Gaviria, who rides for Quick-Step
Floors, edged Italian rival Jakub Mareczko at the end of the
229-kilometer (142-mile) route from Forli to Reggio Emilia. Sam Bennett
of Ireland was third in the 12th stage.
Overall, Tom Dumoulin remained 2
minutes, 23 seconds ahead of 2014 winner Nairo Quintana and 2:38 ahead
of Bauke Mollema.
The 22-year-old Gaviria is the
first cyclist to win three stages on his Grand Tour debut since Uwe Raab
in 1990, but he brushed off claims he is the best sprinter in the
"I'm not the best sprinter of this
Giro," Gaviria said. "That's Andre Greipel because he's got many more
wins in his career than me but right now, I'm the sprinter with the best
form and the best legs thanks to the preparation. And that's how I'm
here with my third victory."
Dumoulin praised Gaviria's
performance so far.
"It's been a good day for me. A
typical sprinters' stage," Dumoulin said. "It was faster than I thought.
Gaviria seems to be the best sprinter here."
Dumoulin's lead was never really
under threat. The Dutch cyclist crossed the line with the rest of the GC
contenders, six seconds behind Gaviria.
Mirco Maestri had been hoping for a
first stage win, in his hometown, and he was part of the early break
along with Sergey Firsanov and Marco Marcato.
The trio had an advantage of nearly
seven minutes at one point but Quick-Step upped the pace as the finish
approached and the peloton reeled them in.
Firsanov and Marcato were caught
with 11 kilometers remaining and Maestri was also swallowed up five
kilometers further down the road.
Friday's 13th stage is another one
for the sprinters, a completely flat 167-kilometer (104-mile) route from
Reggio Emilia to Tortona.
Crawford says move to 147 is soon, but Diaz at MSG is next
WBO junior welterweight boxing champion Terence Crawford is shown in
this Dec. 10, 2016, file photo. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
New York (AP) — Terence
Crawford has heard the question so many times he anticipates it like an
overmatched opponent's punch.
So, when will he go searching for a
showdown at 147 pounds?
"Soon," he said.
First, there's still business at
The undefeated champion will defend
his titles Saturday against Felix Diaz, a 2008 Olympic gold medalist
from the Dominican Republic.
It's Crawford's first bout in the
main arena at Madison Square Garden, another step in his rise to
becoming one of boxing's marquee fighters.
But the bigger fights are at bigger
weights, and moving up to welterweight could give him lucrative
opportunities against the likes of Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman.
Crawford (30-0, 21 KOs) has been
asked so often that he answers before the question is even finished
"I'm ready for whatever. There's a
lot of opportunities at 147 and that's what I'm in the sport for,"
Crawford said. "When I was at 135, everybody was screaming move up to
140, he's too big for 135. And I move up and I have two, three fights,
and they're telling me to move up. So it's a never-ending cycle."
He has fought in the Theater inside
MSG, a much smaller stage. This one may feel like a road game for
Crawford, who has fought four of his last seven fights in his native
And while some of his hometown fans
will travel, they may be outnumbered by supporters of Diaz, who now
lives in New York and should be boosted by the city's passionate
"I really believe I'm going to have
massive support on fight night," Diaz said through an interpreter.
Crawford, the WBC and WBO champion,
shrugs off concerns about that, or headlining another card on HBO.
"Once you get in the ring it's like
home," Crawford said. "Like, all the pressure and everything goes out
the window because fists start flying. You can't worry about other
things when people are trying to knock your head off."
The undercard includes the second
pro fight for American Shakur Stevenson, a silver medalist last year in
the Rio Olympics.
The card was originally ticketed
for the Prudential Center in Stevenson's hometown of Newark, New Jersey,
before the Garden stepped in with an offer to host. Promoter Bob Arum
thought New York was a fitting location not only because fighters of so
many nationalities are on the card, but because he believes Crawford
needs to fight in certain venues before he gets certain fights.
"First of all the Garden is iconic
for me being a New York guy and so the opportunity to do this card in
the Garden, I jumped at it," Arum said.
It's one Diaz (19-1, 9 Kos) has
sought for some time, asking for his shot at Crawford on social media.
The southpaw has fought at 147, where Lamont Peterson handed him his
only loss, but he wanted his shot at boxing's best in his natural
"I acknowledge that Crawford is a
great fighter, but I don't believe he's invincible and I'm here to win,"
Crawford is used to being called
out by fighters who think they can be the first one to beat him.
"But then when they get in the ring
with me it's like a whole totally different thing and they see something
that they ain't never seen before," Crawford said.
Monaco win 1st French league title in 17 years
striker Kylian MBappe, centre, celebrates with teammates after scoring his
team’s opening goal against Saint Etienne at the Louis II stadium in Monaco,
Wednesday, May 17. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
Paris (AP) — On the night Monaco
clinched their first French league title for 17 years, it was fitting that
rising star Kylian Mbappe scored a superb goal.
The teenager, who has taken just six
months to become one of Europe's most sought-after players, scored the
opener in a 2-0 win over Saint-Etienne on Wednesday.
Mbappe scored his 15th league goal this
season with his first chance of the game after Saint-Etienne midfielder
Jordan Veretout gave the ball away near the halfway line. The 18-year-old
striker was set up by Falcao's through ball and rounded goalkeeper Stephane
Ruffier with a feigned shot at full speed before finishing from a tight
Substitute Valere Germain completed the
win in added time.
With one match left to play this
weekend, Monaco have an unassailable six-point lead over second-place Paris
Saint-Germain, the defending champions.
Despite losing to Juventus in the
Champions League semifinals, Monaco have thrilled Europe with their
attacking football, scoring 155 goals in all competitions and reaching 104
in the league, two more than PSG's league tally last year.
Only RC Paris (118) and Stade de Reims
(109) have scored more, during the 1959-60 season.
Led by the strike duo of Radamel Falcao
and Mbappe, Monaco averaged nearly three goals per game this season to end
PSG's four-year dominance.
Unbeaten in the league in 2017, Monaco
have also scored in their last 31 league games, a new record during a single
"Monaco waited 17 years for this title,
this is exceptional, a true source of pride," Monaco vice-president Vadim
Vasilyev said. "We played in the second division four years ago. I did not
believe we would achieve this in such a short period. We will do everything
we can to keep our players."
Keeping Mbappe in the Principality
might be a tall order, though. The youngest player in French league history
to reach 10 goals in a season, he has scored 26 goals in all competitions,
won a place in the France team and been named as the French league's best
young player. He is reportedly courted by both Real Madrid and Manchester
James, Love help Cavs beat Celtics 117-104 in Game 1
Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson follows through on a dunk in
front of Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) during Game 1 of the NBA
basketball Eastern Conference finals, Wednesday, May 17, in Boston. (AP
Boston (AP) — LeBron James
had 38 points, nine rebounds and seven assists as the Cleveland
Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics 117-104 on Wednesday night in Game 1
of the NBA Eastern Conference finals.
Kevin Love added a playoff
career-high 32 points and had 12 rebounds to help the Cavaliers improve
to 9-0 in the first three rounds of the playoffs. They opened 10-0 last
season en route to their first NBA title.
James scored at will in the first
half and the Cavs built a 26-point lead. Love opened up the floor for
James, burying outside jumpers and forcing Boston to leave defenders
one-on-one with James.
Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder led
the Celtics with 21 points each. Isaiah Thomas had 17 points. Boston
missed 11 of its first 14 shots.
Game 2 is Friday night in Boston.
Romero stars for Man United in 0-0 draw at Southampton
Southampton's Dusan Tadic, centre, fights for the ball with Manchester
United's Marouane Fellaini, right, and Anthony Martial during their
English Premier League match at St Mary's in Southampton, Wednesday, May
17. (Andrew Matthews/PA via AP)
Southampton, England (AP) —
Sergio Romero showed Manchester United will be in safe hands in the
Europa League final by saving an early penalty and producing many other
great stops in a 0-0 draw at Southampton in the Premier League on
Filling in for the rested David de
Gea, the Argentina goalkeeper tipped aside Manolo Gabbiadini's
sixth-minute spot-kick that was awarded for a handball against Eric
Bailly even though video replays the contact was outside the area.
Romero was busy early in the second
half as he preserved his clean sheet for United, who fielded a slew of
fringe players — including Wayne Rooney — a week out from the Europa
League final against Ajax in Stockholm.
United manager Jose Mourinho has
already said Romero will start in the final ahead of regular goalkeeper
David de Gea, as he has done throughout the European competition.
"One is Argentina national-team
goalkeeper and one is Spanish national-team goalkeeper, two of the best
countries in the world," Mourinho said. "We are in safe gloves."
"Of course, Sergio had a very good
performance. More than very good," Mourinho added. "The team was not
perfect but the players gave me good things. They showed they want to be
in that final."
Romero's form as back-up for De Gea
this season has been very impressive, giving Mourinho plenty to ponder
ahead of an offseason when Real Madrid could come back in for De Gea
following interest in the goalkeeper in previous transfer windows.
Mourinho downplayed any chance of
United allowing De Gea to leave, saying: "David is top in the world and
we want to keep the top in the world."
Anthony Martial came closest to
scoring for United, curling a shot against the post in the 71st minute.
The game had little significance
for either side, with United guaranteed to finish in sixth place and
Southampton currently in eighth place and unable to finish any higher.
United, criticized for playing
cautiously under Mourinho, have scored just two goals in their last five
games. Southampton's wait for a home goal moved past the six-hour mark,
hardly a great statistic for under-pressure manager Claude Puel.
United midfielder Marouane Fellaini
was substituted in the 75th minute with an unspecified injury. With the
Ajax game in mind, Mourinho said he had a "little bad feeling" about the
Senators rout Penguins 5-1 in Game 3
Senators centre Derick Brassard (19) scores against the Pittsburgh Penguins
during game three of the Eastern Conference final in the NHL Stanley Cup
hockey playoffs in Ottawa on Wednesday, May 17. (Sean Kilpatrick/The
Canadian Press via AP)
Ottawa, Ontario (AP) — Ottawa's
Marc Methot, Derick Brassard and Zack Smith scored in a 2:18 span midway
through the first period to chase Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury out of
the game, and the Senators beat the Penguins 5-1 on Wednesday night to take
a 2-1 lead in their NHL Eastern Conference finals.
Mike Hoffman opened the scoring 48
seconds in, and the Senators blew it open against the sluggish Penguins a
few minutes later. Kyle Turris made it 5-0 late in the second period.
Sidney Crosby ended Craig Anderson's
shutout bid with a power-play goal in the third.
Anderson finished with 25 saves. Fleury
allowed four goals on nine shots, and Matthew Murray made 19 saves in
Game 4 is Friday night in Ottawa.
Nadal extends winning streak to 16 when Almagro retires
Spain's Rafael Nadal prepares to serve during his match against his
fellow-countryman Nicolas Almagro, at the Italian Open tennis
tournament, in Rome, Wednesday, May 17. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Rome (AP) — Rafael Nadal
hardly had to get his socks dirty to extend his winning streak to 16
Back to being the best player on
tour over the last month, Nadal advanced from his opening match at the
Italian Open on Wednesday when Nicolas Almagro retired in the first set
with an apparent injury.
Top-ranked Angelique Kerber,
meanwhile, lost her opening match at the Foro Italico to Estonian
qualifier Anett Kontaveit 6-4, 6-0.
Kerber joined Andy Murray, the
top-ranked men's player, on the sidelines after Murray's loss to Fabio
Fognini on Tuesday.
"Everybody knows I'm not a
clay-court specialist," Kerber said. "I was not playing good last year
as well. I had a great year, but I mean, these few weeks I was not
playing good. And this year it's the same."
Also, Olympic silver medalist Juan
Martin del Potro defeated British player Kyle Edmund 7-5, 6-4;
fifth-seeded Milos Raonic defeated Germany veteran Tommy Haas 6-4, 6-3;
and 16th-seeded Alexander Zverev beat Viktor Troicki 6-3, 6-4 and will
next face Fognini.
"The stadium will be very loud for
him. I'm very sure about that," Zverev said of Fognini. "It's going to
be a fun day, a fun atmosphere and great match."
Venus Williams, the 1999 champion,
eliminated Lesia Tsurenko 6-4, 6-3.
Nadal was leading 3-0, 15-30 when
Almagro bent over toward the red clay court and grasped his left knee.
Nadal went over to Almagro's side
of the net to ask what was wrong and consoled his countryman. Almagro
then got some medical attention at his chair but quickly retired from
the second-round match.
"It's difficult to see what's going
on now just after what happened," Nadal said. "He felt something on the
The fourth-ranked Nadal remained on
court for a practice session.
Nadal has won consecutive
clay-court tournaments in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid. He's aiming
for an eighth title at the Foro Italico as he prepares for the French
Open, which starts in less than two weeks.
Nadal will next face 13th-seeded
Jack Sock, who beat Jiri Vesely 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (1) after more than 2 1/2
The 73rd-ranked Almagro had come
Also, seventh-seeded Kei Nishikori
beat David Ferrer 7-5, 6-2 and will next face del Potro.
Nishikori showed no lingering pain
from the right wrist injury that prompted him to withdraw from the
quarterfinals in Madrid last week.
"My wrist is OK now. I assume to be
100 percent now," Nishikori said.
Kerber returned to No. 1 this week
despite getting eliminated early in her past two tournaments. She hasn't
won a title this year but was able to move up in the rankings with
Serena Williams pregnant and taking the rest of the year off.
Also, second-seeded Karolina
Pliskova defeated Lauren Davis of the United States 6-1, 6-1, and
sixth-seeded Simona Halep beat Laura Siegemund of Germany 6-4, 6-4.
Eighth-seeded Elina Svitolina
eliminated Alize Cornet of France 6-4, 7-6 (11), and 15th-seeded Kiki
Bertens beat American qualifier CiCi Bellis 6-4, 6-0.
Fraile wins 11th stage of Giro; Dumoulin protects lead
Spain’s Omar Fraile celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the
11th stage of the Giro d'Italia in Bagno di Romagna, Italy, Wednesday,
May 17. (AP Photo)
Bagno di Romagna, Italy (AP) —
Spanish rider Omar Fraile won the 11th stage of the Giro d'Italia after
being on the attack for most of the day Wednesday, and Tom Dumoulin kept
the overall leader's pink jersey he earned a day earlier.
Amid a group of four breakaway
riders, Fraile outsprinted former world champion Rui Costa and Pierre
Rolland to take his first victory in a major three-week race.
Dumoulin remained 2 minutes, 23
seconds ahead of 2014 winner Nairo Quintana and 2:38 ahead of Bauke
Mollema in the overall standings.
Fraile, who rides for Team
Dimension Data, first got into an attack with Sky rival Mikel Landa,
then dropped back to a chase group, before attacking again on the last
of four climbs across the Apennine Range.
"I had noted that this stage suited
me very well," Fraile said. "I went on the attack early and went with
Landa because we knew we could gain some ground. When they came back up
to us, I marked Rui Costa because he's fast but I was even faster
The 161-kilometer (100-mile) leg
began in Ponte e Ema outside Florence, the hometown of Gino Bartali, the
rider who won the Tour de France in 1938 and 1948 and the Giro in 1936,
1937 and 1946.
The stage started by the Gino
Bartali Cycling Museum.
A series of attacks meant
Dumoulin's Team Sunweb had to work hard to stay with the other
"We expected a really hard fight
today and it was," Dumoulin said. "I can only thank my team. They did an
After taking part in a chase group,
Andrey Amador of Quintana's Movistar team and Tanel Kangert of Astana
moved up to sixth and eighth overall, respectively.
"We were not scared of Amador or
the Astana riders," Dumoulin said. "We were doing our own pace. We knew
other teams would also ride behind them so we never considered giving
away the Maglia Rosa (pink jersey). It was an amazing teamwork and we
are really happy."
Thursday's Stage 12 is a lengthy
229-kilometer (142-mile) leg from Forli to Reggio Emilia featuring two
minor climbs and a flat finish that should set up well for sprinters.
The 100th Giro ends in Milan on May
Knight Riders end defending champions Sunrisers' run in IPL
Sunrisers Hyderabad batsman David Warner plays a shot during the Indian
Premier League cricket eliminator match against Kolkata Knight Riders in
Bangalore, India, Wednesday, May 17. (AP Photo)
Bangalore, India (AP) —
Kolkata Knight Riders stayed in contention for their third Indian
Premier League title after beating defending champions Sunrisers
Hyderabad by seven wickets using the Duckworth/Lewis method in a
rain-hit eliminator on Wednesday.
Knight Riders captain Gautam
Gambhir hit a brisk unbeaten 32 off 19 balls and carried his team to
48-3 with four balls to spare after their target was revised to 48 runs
off six overs.
Rain had stopped play for nearly
three hours soon after Sunrisers were restricted to 128-7.
Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians
will now meet in the playoff on Friday at the same venue with the winner
going through to the final against Rising Pune Supergiant on Sunday in
Earlier, Sunrisers' batsmen
struggled to score freely against both seamers and spinners after losing
the toss and being put into bat by Gambhir.
Skipper David Warner (37) and Kane
Williamson (24) shared a second-wicket stand of 50 runs but consumed 46
balls before both batsmen were dismissed at the same total of 75 in the
space of three deliveries.
Warner, who became the first
foreign batsmen to complete 4,000 runs in the IPL, top-scored before he
was clean bowled by leg-spinner Piyush Chawla in the 13th over.
Australian fast bowler Nathan
Coulter-Nile (3-20) had Williamson caught at extra cover and later took
a splendid diving catch off his follow-through to dismiss Chris Jordan
(0), who was playing his first game in the IPL.
Knight Riders had some early
jitters in their run-chase when seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar had Chris Lynn
(6) caught behind and then ran out Yusuf Pathan in the first over.
Jordan then made it 12-3 when Robin
Uthappa holed out in the deep, but Gambhir smashed two fours and two
sixes to keep alive Knight Riders' hopes of another IPL title.
Dumoulin dominates 'wine trial' to take Giro d'Italia lead
Tom Dumoulin. (AP Photo)
Montefalco, Italy (AP) —
Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin dominated an individual time trial through
Umbria's winemaking region to take the pink jersey after the 10th stage
of the Giro d'Italia on Tuesday.
Dumoulin, who also won time trials
in last year's Giro and Tour de France, set the pace on the 40-kilometer
(25-mile) route from Foligno to Montefalco, where Sagrantino wine is
Geraint Thomas of Britain finished
second, 49 seconds behind, and former overall leader Bob Jungels of
Luxembourg was third, 56 seconds back.
Previous leader Nairo Quintana
struggled as expected and finished nearly three minutes behind Dumoulin.
In the overall standings, Dumoulin
leads Quintana by 2:23, and Bauke Mollema was third, 2:38 behind.
Thibaut Pinot of France was fourth
and defending champion Vincenzo Nibali fifth.
Thomas, who was slowed by a crash
in the previous stage, trails by 5 1/2 minutes.
"It's a nice gap to go into the
mountains," said Dumoulin, who rides for Team Sunweb. "But like Quintana
showed on Blockhaus (Sunday's stage) he's the better climber so a lot
can happen in the mountains. But if I go home now it was already a
Dumoulin spent six days in pink
after winning the opening stage last year.
"It's no coincidence anymore," he
said. "I can really fight with the best and it's a good feeling."
Still, Dumoulin is not considered a
pure climber and could struggle next week in the Alps.
"It will be really, really hard,"
The small and compact Quintana won
the 2014 Giro and was twice runner-up on the Tour. The Colombian
struggles for power on time trials, and was content to go minutes down
knowing what's ahead.
"It was a bit worse than I
expected," Quintana said. "Dumoulin is a specialist but he showed that
he's really strong. He could be my principal rival considering the form
that he's in. But we'll find a strategy to regain the pink jersey."
True to his "butterfly" nickname,
Dumoulin proved light and aerodynamic while crouching over his
handlebars along the undulating route beside vineyards.
It was the third year that a
so-called "wine trial" was featured in the Giro, after a 2015 time trial
from Barbaresco to Barolo celebrated Piedmont's top varieties, and a
rainy leg last year from Radda to Greve in Chianti traversed the region
of Tuscan reds.
Vasil Kiryienka, Thomas' teammate
at Sky, placed fifth in the stage despite crashing while going around a
Stage 11 on Wednesday is a
161-kilometer (100-mile) leg from Florence to Bagno Di Romagna that
includes four climbs while traversing the Apennine Range.
The 100th Giro ends in Milan on May
Sharapova's popularity doesn't earn a French Open wild card
Maria Sharapova of Russia wipes sweat from
her face during her match against Christina Mchale of the United States
at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Monday, May 15. (AP
Paris (AP) — Maria
Sharapova's popularity and past success did not earn her the wild-card
invitation she needed to get into the French Open after serving a
15-month doping ban.
"I'm very sorry for Maria, very
sorry for her fans. They might be disappointed; she might be very
disappointed," French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli
said Tuesday in a live broadcast via Facebook. "But it's my
responsibility, it's my mission, to protect the game and protect the
high standards of the game."
Giudicelli said he personally told
Sharapova of his ruling during a phone call on Tuesday. The French Open
begins May 28.
Three other tournaments, including
the Italian Open this week, have given her wild cards since her
suspension ended last month.
"While there can be a wild card for
return from injury, there can't be a wild card for return from doping,"
A tournament may grant a wild card
to any eligible player. WTA CEO Steve Simon said he disagreed with the
French federation's reasoning.
"She has complied with the sanction
imposed," Simon said in a statement emailed to The Associated Press.
"There are no grounds for any member of the (tennis anti-doping program)
to penalize any player beyond the sanctions set forth in the final
decision resolving these matters."
Sharapova did not comment on
Tuesday's announcement. She skipped a news conference after pulling out
of a second-round match in Rome on Tuesday because of a left thigh
She is a two-time champion at
Roland Garros, the owner of a total of five major titles, a former No.
1-ranked player and one of the world's most recognizable athletes. She
returned to the WTA tour last month after testing positive for the newly
banned heart drug meldonium at the Australian Open in January 2016.
Giudicelli acknowledged that plenty
of fans would have wanted to see Sharapova play in Paris, where the
French Open starts May 28.
"I read the results of several
polls and I could see that about two-thirds were in favor of Maria being
granted a wild card. Of course I felt some pressure," he said. "We did
not want to treat Maria Sharapova differently."
He felt that offering Sharapova a
short cut into the main draw would send the wrong message in the fight
against doping in sports.
"I know that a lot of people might
be disappointed by this decision," he said. "But nevertheless Roland
Garros invests a lot — along with the other Grand Slams, the ATP, and
the WTA — into the fight against doping. It was inconceivable to take a
decision that would have been the opposite of this."
Sharapova, who has titles at all
four majors, won at Roland Garros in 2012 and 2014.
Thanks to results via wild-card
entries at her first two tournaments, she lifted her world ranking to
outside the top 200 this week. But that wasn't good enough to make the
cut even for the qualifying field at Roland Garros, so she will miss the
tournament for a second straight year.
Sharapova initially was given a
two-year suspension after testing positive for the banned heart drug
meldonium at last year's Australian Open.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport
reduced the ban on appeal, ruling she bore "less than significant fault"
in the case and she could not "be considered to be an intentional
doper." Sharapova had been taking meldonium for many years, but
overlooked announcements by WADA that it added the drug to its banned
list on Jan. 1, 2016.
"The Court of Arbitration reduced
her suspension but also recognized that Maria was the sole person
responsible for her misfortune," Giudicelli said. "It's not down to me
to question that decision and, I repeat, we must respect decisions that
Top-ranked players Angelique Kerber
and Andy Murray spoke out against Sharapova receiving wild cards, while
Eugenie Bouchard openly called her a "cheater" who should be banned for
Many players believed Sharapova
should have had to start in bottom-rung tournaments to improve her
ranking, rather than receive free passes into events on the main tour.
She was given wild cards at
Stuttgart and Madrid before the Italian Open this week. She was a past
champion at all three.
"Must be tough for her, but it's
the way it is," Novak Djokovic said in Rome about the French Open
ruling. "In some tournaments, she's going to get that help in wild card
and invitation; some not. Unfortunately, it's (a) Grand Slam, which is,
for sure, for her, a big one."
Rising Pune Supergiant make their first IPL final
Rising Pune Supergiant’s Manoj Tiwary hits out during the Indian
Premier League (IPL) match against Mumbai Indians in Mumbai, India,
Tuesday, May 16. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
Mumbai, India (AP) — Rising
Pune Supergiant reached their first Indian Premier League final when
they beat Mumbai Indians by 20 runs in the playoffs on Tuesday.
Supergiant finished second to
Mumbai in the round-robin but beat Mumbai in both of their league
Mumbai, a two-time champion, has
one more chance to make the final, when it plays the winner of
Wednesday's eliminator between defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad
and Kolkata Knight Riders on Friday.
Supergiant scored 162-4 then
offspinner Washington Sundar triple strike undermined Mumbai's top order
and restricted it to 142-9 on a slow Wankhede Stadium pitch.
"Three times we've beaten them
now," Supergiant captain Steve Smith said.
"You really need to peak at the
right time in tournaments like this. Washington's lengths were
magnificent and it was great he did it on a big stage like this."
Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma
believed they did well to keep Supergiant to 162 but said they produced
their worst batting effort of the season.
"We knew the wicket is going to
play slow, but we have played enough games here to understand the
conditions," Rohit said.
Sundar twice struck in the last
over of the batting powerplay when he got a lucky lbw decision against
Rohit (1), and Ambati Rayudu (0) pulled straight to Smith at short
Mumbai slipped to 41-3 then 51-4 in
Sundar's last over when Kieron Pollard was also caught neatly by Smith.
Sundar took 3-16.
Opening batsman Parthiv Patel
top-scored with 52 off 40 balls before he holed out in the deep off
seamer Shardul Thakur, 3-37, while desperately looking for big shots.
Earlier, Supergiant were pumped up
by Mahendra Singh Dhoni's unbeaten 40 off 26 balls and Manoj Tiwary's 58
in their 73-run fourth-wicket stand off 44 balls. That included 41 runs
off the last two overs, when they smashed Mitchell McClenaghan for 26
runs and Jasprit Bumrah for 15. Dhoni hit five sixes.
Tiwary also put on 80 runs with
opening batsman Ajinkya Rahane (56 off 43 balls) after Supergiant lost
the wickets of Rahul Tripathi (0) and Smith (1) in the first two overs.
Man City beat West Brom, virtually seal top-4 place in EPL
West Bromwich Albion's Allan Nyom, left, and Manchester City's
Leroy Sane battle for the ball during their English Premier League match
at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, Tuesday May 16. (Martin Rickett/PA
Manchester, England (AP) —
Pablo Zabaleta got a rousing send-off. Yaya Toure scored perhaps a
farewell goal. Their team swept to a convincing win to virtually
guarantee Champions League qualification.
It was a night that couldn't get
much better for Manchester City.
They beat West Bromwich Albion 3-1
on an emotionally charged night at Etihad Stadium to move up to third
place in the English Premier League and ensure only a series of freak
results will deny Pep Guardiola's side a top-four finish.
Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne
scored first-half goals in the space of less than two minutes before
Toure, who is waiting to discover if he'll be offered a new contract
after seven years at the club, strolled through West Brom's defence to
stroke in a third goal that brought the home fans to their feet.
They were up again minutes later as
Zabaleta, the popular Argentina right back who will leave City in the
offseason after nine years, came on in the 61st minute to a rip-roaring
reception for his last home game.
"It was a perfect night, especially
for Pablo," Guardiola said. "When I see what I saw tonight, I see the
impact he had for the club. To see women crying on the screen, it means
a lot. He is a legend for the club."
West Brom got a goal back in the
86th minute through Hal Robson-Kanu, the only negative for City.
City, who are away to Watford on
the final day of the season on Sunday, are a point ahead of
fourth-placed Liverpool and three points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal.
City have a superior goal difference of 6 over Arsenal, so are in a very
The evening began with City fans
waving Argentina flags and singing songs about Zabaleta, a firm favorite
at the Etihad since joining City the day before Sheikh Mansour's
takeover of the club in 2008.
It ended with the man himself
getting a guard of honor as he walked off the field following a long
post-match tribute in the presence of his wife and son, during which he
received tributes and video messages on the big screen from former
teammates — including Mario Balotelli — and was handed a framed shirt
and lifetime season ticket.
Fighting back the tears, Zabaleta
ended his speech by saying: "From the bottom of my heart, thank you to
The occasion might have had the
feel of a testimonial by the end, but it was serious business for City
at the start, with a victory vital to keep a top-four finish in the
Guardiola chose to promote top
scorer Sergio Aguero from the bench and partner him with Gabriel Jesus
in an exciting-looking front two.
Unsurprisingly, both were involved
in the goals.
Gabriel Jesus was on hand to tap
home from inside the six-yard box in the 27th, for his sixth goal in
seven league starts since arriving at City in January, after De Bruyne
burst into the left side of the area and sent in a low cross.
Gabriel Jesus returned the favor
inside two minutes, his layoff at the edge of the area met with a
cushioned side-foot volley by De Bruyne that curled inside the far post.
West Brom were being so outclassed
that it was a matter of how many City would score. At one point in the
first half, lone West Brom striker Salomon Rondon, inside his own half
and with nothing on, even attempted a shot that was blocked on the
When the players resumed for the
second half, the countdown was on for the introduction of Zabaleta.
Guardiola obliged just after the hour mark, by which time Toure had
exchanged passes with Aguero and slotted a finish between goalkeeper Ben
Zabaleta high-fived Vincent Kompany
— his long-time defensive ally — as he made his way to right back and
each of his touches, tackles, and fouls was applauded.
Before the final whistle, he was
handed the captain's armband and City duly gave him the man-of-the-match
award for his half-hour on the field.
Arsenal keep Champions League qualification hopes alive
Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez, left, hits a shot that rebounds off
Sunderland's John O'Shea during their English Premier League match at
the Emirates Stadium in London, Tuesday, May 16. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
London (AP) — Alexis Sanchez
kept Arsenal's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League alive
heading to the final day of the English Premier League after scoring
twice to beat Sunderland 2-0 on Tuesday.
Arsenal remain fifth in the
standings, a point behind Liverpool and three adrift of Manchester City.
Arsene Wenger will be relying on Liverpool or Manchester City slipping
up on Sunday to qualify Arsenal for the Champions League for a 20th
Arsenal could still make the top
four, as they have done throughout Wenger's two-decade reign:
— By drawing with Everton if
Liverpool lose at least 3-0 to Middlesbrough.
— By beating Everton if Liverpool
draw with Middlesbrough.
— By beating Everton if City lose
at Watford while Arsenal's goal difference deficit of five behind City
Arsenal's top-four bid would be
over had Sanchez not grabbed a double in the last 18 minutes. He was
left unmarked to meet Mesut Ozil's cross and he doubled the lead with a
Sanchez passed a fitness test hours
before the game after struggling with a thigh injury.
"I feel he had something still (to
give)," Wenger said. "Once he gets the ball on the pitch he becomes a
devil and forgets the pain."
Wenger heads into the final round
yet to sign a new deal to stay at Arsenal. The team's season could still
end with silverware by beating Chelsea in the FA Cup final.
US comes back to beat Russia 5-3 at ice hockey worlds
US forward Anders Lee, 2nd left, celebrates after scoring his
side's 4th goal during the Ice Hockey World Championships group A match
against Russia at the LANXESS arena in Cologne, Germany, Tuesday, May 16.
(AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Cologne, Germany (AP) — The
United States came back three times to hand Russia its first defeat 5-3 and
top Group A with its sixth straight win at the ice hockey world championship
Kevin Hayes scored two goals in his
second game at the tournament, and Anders Lee earned the match-winner as the
U.S. outshot Russia by 35 to 19.
"A great win. We grew as a team today,"
forward Johnny Gaudreau said.
They head to the quarterfinals on
Thursday, when the U.S. will play Finland, and Russia will meet the Czech
Two-time defending champion Canada will
play Germany, and Sweden takes on Switzerland.
Group B leader Canada beat
fourth-placed Finland 5-2, with center Mitch Marner scoring twice in Paris.
Co-host Germany wasted a 2-0 lead
against Latvia before leveling right at the end to make it 3-3, forcing
overtime and penalty shots in Cologne. The first two shots from each side
were saved and, after Roberts Bukarts hit the post, Frederik Tiffels settled
it for Germany.
The Canadians, Russians, and Americans
have lost one game. Russia scored 35 goals, the Canadians 32, and the
Switzerland avoided Russia by defeating
the Czech Republic 3-1 in Paris to clinch second spot in Group B.
Nick Bjugstad hit the post early on for
the U.S. before Artyom Zub was penalized for high sticking, then Nikita
Kucherov for slashing, but the Americans failed to make their pressure
Nikita Gusev scored on a breakaway with
just the Russians' second shot at 12:29.
With five penalties in the first
period, Russian indiscipline was bailed out by their defense, while the
Americans were grateful to goaltender Jimmy Howard for a good save on
another Russian breakaway.
The U.S. had 16 shots compared to
Russia's three in the first period alone.
Kucherov was still off the ice when
Hayes equalized at the start of the second on a power play, scoring from a
narrow angle. It was Hayes' first goal since joining the U.S. following the
New York Rangers' elimination from the NHL playoffs.
Russia captain Anton Belov scored
minutes later after Sergei Plotnikov sent the puck back, but Dylan Larkin
equalized on another Brock Nelson assist.
U.S. captain Connor Murphy was
penalized for interference and Gusev claimed his second on the power play —
on a counterattack when the understrength Americans were attacking — leading
to an evident surge in Russian confidence.
But Hayes scored again to tie the game
at 3 going into the third period.
Frayed tempers led to a punch-up in the
third, before Yevgeni Kuznetsov was penalized for slashing.
This time, the U.S. capitalized. Jack
Eichel sent a long pass to Gaudreau, who found Lee free to score from close
Another moment of indiscipline from
Kuznetsov, this time for blatant interference, dented Russian hopes, though
Howard had to make another big save to deny Artemi Panarin the equalizer on
Russia went for broke, but Nelson
sealed it for the U.S. with an empty net goal with 22 seconds remaining.
After Marner's early goal for Canada,
center Jani Lajunen equalized for Finland within 18 seconds. But less than
one minute later Marner set up Colton Parayko for another laser beam slap
shot from the defender.
Center Nate MacKinnon, Canada's leading
scorer with 12 points, set up Marner for 3-1 later in the first period.
Brayden Point got a fortuitous fourth
after the puck came back off the boards and fell just in front of goal. But
defenseman Atte Ohtamaa kept Finland in with an outside chance heading into
the third period.
The suspense lasted precisely 34
seconds as Finland gave the puck away and center Matt Duchene peeled away to
It was a nail-biter in Cologne, where
Germany equalized with 33 seconds to go through center Felix Schutz.
Germany broke through with two quick
goals midway through the second period with left winger David Wolf netting
and veteran defenseman Dennis Seidenberg scoring 27 seconds later.
But Latvia forward Gunars Skvorcovs
replied late in the second period; Janis Sprukts equalized midway through
the third, and center Andris Dzerins scored a power-play goal with four
Earlier, Sweden defeated Slovakia 4-2
to finish third in Group A and Belarus defeated Norway 4-3 in Group B.