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Update May 25, 2017

Man United beat Ajax 2-0 to win Europa League

Manchester 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)

Steve Douglas

Stockholm (AP) — A guttural roar of "Manchester, Manchester" thundered around the Friends Arena at the full-time whistle.

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 us."

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 trophy.

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 League.

"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 fans.

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

England's 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 well enough."

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 catches.

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 deliveries.

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 (2-59).

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

French 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 climbs.

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 third.

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, 1:12 behind.

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 on him.

"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 safe."

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

Emirates 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)

Bernie Wilson

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 Sound.

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 June 17.

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 around."

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 government funding.

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 foils.

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 chance."


Hoffman's goal helps Senators beat Penguins to force Game 7

Pittsburgh 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 result."

Game 7 is Thursday night in Pittsburgh, with the winner advancing to face the Nashville Predators for the championship.

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 minutes earlier.

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 score.

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

Cleveland 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)

Tom Withers

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 couldn't either.

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 finals.

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 his holster.

"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.


Update May 24, 2017

Allardyce quits Palace, plans to end management career

Sam 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 coaching.

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 relegation.

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 personal reasons.

"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 manager.

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 Stelvio passes.

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 behind.

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 Oropa.

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 Stelvio.

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 hours.

"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 on Thursday.

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 said.


Kvitova to decide this week on French Open comeback

Petra 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 July 3.

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

This photo shows Kyle Snyder's damaged gold medal from the 2016 Rio Olympics. (Kevin Snyder via AP)

Luke Meredith

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 replacement.

"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 Olympic-related facilities.

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

Golden 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)

Raul Dominguez

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 Monday.

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 rebounds.

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 the tank."

Ginobili finished with 15 points in 32 minutes.

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 San Antonio.

"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

Nashville 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 Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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 Monday.

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 said.

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 close.

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 ever seen.

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 street.

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.


Update May 23, 2017

Ex-MotoGP champion Hayden dies after bicycle crash

Former 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 injuries.

"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 Peugeot.

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 Photo/Frank Augstein)

Rob Harris

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 Pyeongchang.

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 doping operation.

"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)

Tom Withers

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 Finals.

Game 4 is Tuesday night in Cleveland.

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 rough night.

"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 ourselves out."

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 night.

"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 sure."


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)

Will Graves

Pittsburgh (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan calls it "getting to our game."

It means he wants his team to attack opponents with speed, aggression and a dash of responsibility.

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 year.

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." 


Update May 22, 2017

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 on Sunday.

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 for me."

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 overtook him.

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 next corner.

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)

Rob Harris

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.

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TOP-FOUR CHASE

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.

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TERRY FAREWELL

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 honor.

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 Batshuayi.

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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.

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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 player.

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SURVIVORS

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 15th.

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SOUTHAMPTON SLUMP

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 Photo/Martin Meissner)

Ciaran Fahey

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 week.

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 periods.

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 overtime.

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," Rohit said.

Earlier, Krunal Pandya's 47 off 38 balls lifted Mumbai Indians after a collapse to 79-7 in the 15th over.

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 foundation."

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 said.

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 suspense.

"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 Gutierrez)

Stephen Hawkins

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 the hole.

"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 downtown Dallas.

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 awkward stance.

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 game."

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 Tejedor)

Tales Azzoni

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 championship.

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 it."

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 decades.

It was the first league title for Zidane, the former France great who took over Madrid for his first head-coaching job less than 1 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 career."


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)

Andrew Dampf

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 final.

"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 minutes.

Afterward, Djokovic announced that Andre Agassi will coach him at the French Open, which starts next Sunday.

"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 day.

"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 on.

"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 Sunday.

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 said.

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 II)

Brian Mahoney

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 Pacquiao.

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 combinations.

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 continue.

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 titles.

"Once he gets all four belts he's going to fight Pacquiao with my new partner Warren Buffett," Arum said.

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," Crawford said.

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 Hospital.


Jungels wins 15th stage as Dumoulin keeps pink jersey

Bob 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 a stage."

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 victory.

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.


Update May 20-21, 2017

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 Friday.

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 week.

"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 weeks.

"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 semifinals.

Their quarterfinal was postponed by rain, with Djokovic leading 6-1, 1-2, and will resume Saturday.

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 wide.

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 set.

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 the match.

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 wide.

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 spotted.

"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 spot."

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 advantage."

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 since July.

"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 and Lincicome.


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 to 5-31.

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)

Stephen Hawkins

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 consecutive birdies.

"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 opportunities."

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 2015.

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 feet.

"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 second.

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 again.

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 Tortona.

"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 two days.

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," Dumoulin added.


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 night.

"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 goal.

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 Rinne.

"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 Cogliano said.

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.


Update May 19, 2017

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 project."

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 season.

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 on Thursday.

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 Lloris.

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 beyond Schmeichel.

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 area.

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 Photo/Steve Helber)

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 Kingsmill Championship.

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 with."

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 bogey.

"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 tomorrow."

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 Borgia)

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 matches.

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 battle tomorrow."

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 Querrey.

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 ruled in.

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 happened today."

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, 6-4.

"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 peloton.

"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

WBC and WBO junior welterweight boxing champion Terence Crawford is shown in this Dec. 10, 2016, file photo. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Brian Mahoney

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 140.

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 being asked.

"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 Omaha, Nebraska.

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 Dominican base.

"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 140-point division.

"I acknowledge that Crawford is a great fighter, but I don't believe he's invincible and I'm here to win," Diaz said.

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.


Update May 18, 2017

Monaco win 1st French league title in 17 years

Monaco 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)

Samuel Petrequin

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 angle.

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 season.

"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 United.


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 Photo/Charles Krupa)

Kyle Hightower

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 Wednesday.

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 injury.


Senators rout Penguins 5-1 in Game 3

Ottawa 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 relief.

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)

Andrew Dampf

Rome (AP) — Rafael Nadal hardly had to get his socks dirty to extend his winning streak to 16 matches.

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 knee."

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 hours.

The 73rd-ranked Almagro had come through qualifying.

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 today."

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 favorites.

"We expected a really hard fight today and it was," Dumoulin said. "I can only thank my team. They did an amazing job."

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 28.


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 Hyderabad.

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.


Update May 17, 2017

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 produced.

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 successful Giro."

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," he said.

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 corner.

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 28.


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 Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Jerome Pugmire

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," Giudicelli said.

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 injury.

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 were taken."

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 life.

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 matches.

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 midwicket.

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 via AP)

Steve Douglas

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 strong position.

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 fans."

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 team's hands.

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 halfway line.

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 Foster's legs.

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 successive season.

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 is overturned.

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 header.

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 on Tuesday.

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 Republic.

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 Americans 31.

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 count.

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 range.

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 a breakaway.

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 score.

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 minutes left.

Earlier, Sweden defeated Slovakia 4-2 to finish third in Group A and Belarus defeated Norway 4-3 in Group B.
 


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