Update on the latest sports

May 31, 2017 - 11:31 am


Djokovic advances to 3rd round at French Open

PARIS (AP) — Three American women and one American man have advanced to the third round of the French Open.

Venus Williams beat Kurumi Nara of Japan, 6-3, 6-1. Bethanie Mattek-Sands defeated Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIHT'-oh-vuh), 7-6, 7-6, in Kvitova's first tournament since she was injured in a December knife attack at her home in the Czech Republic.

And 18-year-old CiCi Bellis upset Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 6-3, 7-6.

Steve Johnson, one of two American men left in the tournament, beat Borna Coric 6-2, 7-6, 3-6, 7-6. The other American is John Isner (IHZ'-nur), who faces Paolo Lorenzi on Thursday.

In other action Wednesday:

— Jo-Wilfried Tsonga lost to Renzo Olivo in a first-round match that was suspended Tuesday because of darkness. The 12th-seeded Frenchman started the day trailing 7-5, 6-4, 6-7, 5-4. He lost the first three points on his serve but managed to save the three match points. Olivo converted the next one with a forehand crosscourt winner and to win 6-4. Tsonga had never lost to a player ranked as low as No. 91 at a Grand Slam.

— Ekaterina Makarova, who upset top-seeded Angelique Kerber in the first round, couldn't follow up on her great performance. Makarova lost to 42nd-ranked Lesia Tsurenko after making 27 unforced errors and dropping her serve five times.

— Defending champion Garbine Muguruza (GAHR'-been moo-guh-ROO'-zuh) held on to beat Anett Kontaveit. The Spaniard lost the opening set against the 53rd-ranked Kontaveit but won 6-7, 6-4, 6-2.

— Defending champion Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) beat Joao Sousa 6-1, 6-4, 6-3.

— Caroline Wozniacki beat Francoise Abanda of Canada 6-0, 6-0.


Game 2 in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Penguins take a 1-0 lead over the Nashville Predators into Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals tonight in Pittsburgh.

The Penguins edged the Predators 5-3 in Game 1 in what Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan called a "bizarre" night. The Penguins won despite going 37 minutes without putting a shot on goal.

The Predators haven't dropped consecutive games in the postseason.


Pujols goes for 600th home run

UNDATED (AP) — Albert Pujols (POO'-hohlz) is one big fly from becoming the ninth member of the 600-homer club.

The 37-year-old slugger hit No. 599 off 44-year-old Atlanta starter Bartolo Colon (bar-TOH'-loh koh-LOHN') last night. Pujols has homered in consecutive games for the first time this season. Tonight he faces Braves left-hander Jaime Garcia as the Angels host the Braves.

Elsewhere in the majors:

— Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka makes his 11th start of the season in Baltimore, looking to extend an unusual run of success under the lights. Tanaka is 5-1 with a 2.51 ERA in six night starts and 0-3 with a 17.51 ERA in four day games. He faces Kevin Gausman (2-4, 6.17) and the Orioles. Opponents are batting .322 with 10 homers in 54 innings against Gausman.

— Oakland left-hander Sean Manaea (3-3) gets the ball at AL champion Cleveland, his latest assignment against one of the league's heavyweights. The second-year pitcher has won two straight starts, beating the Red Sox and Yankees while posting a 1.50 ERA with 11 strikeouts over 12 innings.

— James Paxton is set to come off the disabled list for the Mariners against Colorado. Paxton (3-0, 1.43 ERA) was among baseball's best pitchers in April before landing on the DL with a left forearm strain. He'll face standout rookie Antonio Senzatela (7-1, 3.19), who most recently pitched eight shutout innings in a win over the Cardinals.

— The major league-leading Astros (37-16) turn to another substitute starter as they attempt to win their seventh straight game. David Paulino was called up from the minors to pitch at Minnesota after Houston put right-hander Joe Musgrove on the disabled list Tuesday with shoulder discomfort. Paulino was at Triple-A Fresno and is considered one of the team's top prospects. Musgrove, who is 4-4 with a 4.89 ERA after throwing seven scoreless innings against Baltimore last Friday, could miss just one turn. But for now, he joins fellow Astros starters Charlie Morton and Collin McHugh on the DL.

— Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Godley will try to follow a gem by Robbie Ray with another one against the Pirates. Ray threw a four-hitter for his first complete game Tuesday night, and Godley (1-1, 1.99 ERA) is on a tear of his own. He pitched six scoreless innings in a 4-2 win over Milwaukee last time out and has churned out four straight quality starts. Pittsburgh right-hander Chad Kuhl (1-5, 6.29) is winless in nine starts since beating Atlanta on April 8 in his season debut.


Tony Kanaan to replace Bourdais at Le Mans 24 Hours race

LE MANS, France (AP) — Tony Kanaan will replace injured driver Sebastien Bourdais on the defending class winning team at the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Bourdais teamed with Joey Hand and Dirk Müller to drive the No. 68 Ford for Chip Ganassi Racing to the GTE Pro Class victory last season. The Le Mans native broke his pelvis, a hip and two ribs in a crash at Indianapolis during qualifying.

It will be Kanaan's debut at Le Mans, a bucket race for most drivers.


ShopRite extends LPGA Atlantic City event through 2023

UNDATED (AP) — The ShopRite LPGA Classic in the shadow of Atlantic City, New Jersey has been extended through 2023.

The LPGA, Wakefern Food Corp and the Eiger Marketing Group announced the five-year sponsorship extension Wednesday, two days before the start of this year's 54-hole event at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club.

The tournament was first played in 1986 and was known as the Atlantic City Classic. Wakefern became the title sponsor in 1992.

Nancy Lopez, Betsy King, Annika Sorenstam, Se Ri Pak, Juli Inkster and Karrie Webb all have won the event, which is owned and operated by the Eiger Marketing Group.


Headgear rules: Lee Corso, 81, signs extension with ESPN

UNDATED (AP) — ESPN has agreed to a multiyear contract extension with Lee Corso, the 81-year-old star of "College GameDay."

Corso joined ESPN in 1987 and has been part of the popular college football Saturday pregame show ever since. His head-gear game predictions, off-the-cuff analysis and signature line — "Not so fast, my friend" — have endeared him to generations of college football fans.

The head-gear picks started in 1996 when Corso donned the head of Ohio State's Brutus Buckeye before a game in Columbus with Penn State. He is on target to make his 300th head-gear pick during week six of the upcoming season.

In the spring of 2009, Corso suffered a stroke at his home in Florida, but returned to be part of the first "College GameDay" that season.

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