Nadal tops Djokovic in quarterfinal thriller at French Open
PARIS (AP) — Rafael Nadal has beaten Novak Djokovic 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (4) in a monumental match in the French Open quarterfinals to move a step closer to his 14th championship at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament and 22nd major trophy overall. Nadal ended the top-seeded Djokovic’s bid for a second consecutive title in Paris. He also made sure Djokovic remains behind him in the Slam count, with 20. Nadal improved to 110-3 for his career at Roland Garros. Nadal will face third-seeded Alexander Zverev in the semifinals on Friday. That is Nadal’s 36th birthday.
Browns QB Watson facing lawsuit from 23rd massage therapist
CLEVELAND (AP) — Another massage therapist has filed a civil lawsuit against Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson, raising the number of women who have accused him of sexual misconduct to 23. Attorney Tony Buzbee, who is representing all the women, filed the latest lawsuit in Texas and said in a text to the AP that there could be more legal action forthcoming against Watson. Buzbee did not provide any details about the latest case. The previous 22 lawsuits were filed in 2021, and two of those cases recently received national attention when two of the women were interviewed for a segment on HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.”
Avalanche hold off Oilers for wild 8-6 victory in Game 1
DENVER (AP) — J.T. Compher scored twice, Cale Makar had a goal and two assists and the Colorado Avalanche held off the Edmonton Oilers 8-6 in Game 1 of the Western Conference final. The Avalanche’s eight goals were tied for the most in a playoff game in franchise history. Both teams needed to use backup goaltenders. Edmonton’s Mike Smith was pulled after giving up six goals and Darcy Kuemper left with an upper-body injury. Twelve Avs recorded at least a point and six had multi-point games.
Dustin Johnson defies PGA Tour and joins Saudi-funded series
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Dustin Johnson is joining the Saudi-funded golf league. Johnson was the biggest surprise when the LIV Golf Invitational released its field for next week’s inaugural tournament next week in England. Phil Mickelson is not on the list. That’s another surprise. It was Mickelson’s comments about the Saudis and the PGA Tour that led to many top players pledging their support to the PGA Tour in February. Johnson has had a change of heart and is risking his PGA Tour membership. The LIV Golf tournament offers $25 million in prize money. The winner gets $4 million.
Saban on feud with Fisher: ‘I have no problem with Jimbo’
DESTIN, Fla. (AP) — Nick Saban tried to put an end to his feud with Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher at the Southeastern Conference meetings. Two weeks after alleging the Aggies were buying players with name, image and likeness deals, Saban told reporters that he never accused anyone of wrongdoing and that he has “no problem” with Fisher, his former assistant. Fisher responded angrily, saying Saban’s comments were despicable and calling his former boss at LSU a “narcissist.” Saban attempted to move on from the dustup and emphasized that college sports needed uniform rules regulating NIL compensation for athletes.
Lia Thomas plans to keep swimming – with an eye on Olympics
Transgender swimmer Lia Thomas says she intends to keep competing, with the ultimate goal of reaching the Olympics. In an interview that aired on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Thomas also disputed those who say she is ruining the integrity of women’s athletics. Thomas joined the Penn women’s swim team as a senior after competing for three years on the Ivy League school’s men’s squad. In March, Thomas won the women’s 500-yard freestyle at the NCAA championships. She has since graduated from Penn and plans to attend law school. The native of Austin, Texas, also has her sights on the 2024 U.S. Olympic trials. She would need approval from USA Swimming to attempt to qualify for the trials that will determine the team for the Paris Games.
Oh baby! 1-year-old in hand, Mets fan makes amazing HR catch
NEW YORK (AP) — Alan Alcantara made one of the best catches in baseball this year — from his outfield seat at Citi Field. Alcantara reached over a railing and caught a home run by the Mets’ Starling Marte with his right hand, all the while cradling 1-year-old son Levi in his other arm. The SNY broadcast captured Alcantara’s catch, with stunned play-by-play man Gary Cohen asking “did he catch that?” and declaring “this man will go viral.” Alcantara said he learned to play baseball barehanded while growing up in the Dominican Republic, giving him confidence he could catch the ball without a mitt.
Thor hammered in NY return, Yanks hand Halos 6th loss in row
NEW YORK (AP) — Noah Syndergaard was rocked in his return to New York, giving up Matt Carpenter’s two-run homer in a four-run first inning that propelled the Yankees over the reeling Los Angeles Angels 9-1. Starting a high-profile three-game series against Shohei Ohtani, Mike Trout & Co., New York improved the American League’s best record to 34-14 and sent the Angels to their season-worst sixth straight loss. Syndergaard, a Mets fan favorite, got just one swinging strike among 45 pitches, averaging 94 mph with his fastball. He allowed five runs, seven hits and a walk, his ERA rising to 4.02.
Vasilevskiy, Shesterkin highlight Lightning-Rangers matchup
Andrei Vasilevskiy has won a Vezina Trophy and two Stanley Cups with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Igor Shesterkin is a finalist for the Vezina this year as he leads the New York Rangers in their pursuit of their first championship since 1994 and second in 82 years. The Russian goalies will be front and center as the two-time defending champion Lightning and Rangers meet in the Eastern Conference finals, beginning Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. The Lightning have not played since finishing their sweep of Florida on May 23, giving them nine days between games. The Rangers have been playing every other day since the start of the playoffs.
Famous dad watches as Tigers’ Kody Clemens makes MLB debut
DETROIT (AP) — Roger Clemens has had some big baseball moments in the city of Detroit. Not many of them had him as fired up as the second game of Tuesday’s doubleheader between the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins. The seven-time Cy Young Award winner flew into town from Texas to see his son Kody make his major league debut for the Tigers. The 26-year-old Clemens went 0 for 3 and was flawless in the field at second base as Detroit beat the Twins 4-0 to earn a split.
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