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Koepka survives Bethpage Black to win PGA Championship

Brooks Koepka poses with the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the PGA Championship golf tournament, Sunday, May 19, 2019, at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Doug Ferguson

Farmingdale, N.Y. (AP) — His place in PGA Championship history finally secure, Brooks Koepka draped both arms around the top of the Wanamaker Trophy and let out a deep sigh.

The stress was more than he wanted. The satisfaction was more than he imagined.

Koepka lost all but one shot of his record seven-shot lead Sunday. Then he lost the brutal Long Island crowd, which began chants of "D.J.! D.J.!" as Koepka was on his way to a fourth straight bogey that allowed Dustin Johnson to pull within one shot.

"It's New York," Koepka said. "What do you expect when you're half-choking it away?"

He responded like a player capable of piling up major championships faster than anyone since Tiger Woods.

Motivated by the crowd turning on him, Koepka delivered the key shots over the closing stretch as Johnson faded with two straight bogeys. He closed with a 4-over 74 for a two-shot victory and joined Woods as the only back-to-back winners of the PGA Championship since it went to stroke play in 1958.

That gives him four of the last eight majors he played and makes him the first player to hold two back-to-back majors at the same time. He won his second straight U.S. Open last summer 60 miles down the road at Shinnecock Hills before a far less rowdy crowd.

When his 6-foot par putt fell on the last hole, Koepka thrust his muscular right arm in the air and hugged his caddie hard.

"Today was definitely the most satisfying out of all of them for how stressful that round was — how stressful D.J. made that," Koepka said. "I know for a fact that was the most excited I've ever been in my life there on 18."

Koepka said at the start of the week that majors are sometimes the easiest to win.

This one should have been.

It wasn't.

And it didn't help that a raging wind that gusted up to 25 mph turned Bethpage Black into a beast, with Johnson (69) the only player out of the last 12 groups to shoot par or better. Koepka's 74 was the highest final round by a PGA champion since Vijay Singh (4-over 76) won in a playoff at Whistling Straits in 2004.

"I'm just glad I don't have to play any more holes," Koepka said. "That was a stressful round of golf. I'm glad to have this thing back in my hands."

Koepka appeared to wrap it up with a gap wedge from 156 yards to 2 feet on the 10th hole for a birdie, as Johnson made his first bogey of the round up ahead on the 11th. That restored the lead to six shots, and the coronation was on.

And then it all changed in a New York minute.

Four holes later, Koepka walked off the 15th tee with a one-shot lead. He looked over to his left to see Johnson facing a 7-foot par putt on the 16th hole — the most difficult hole at Bethpage Black on Sunday because it was into the wind — to stay within one shot. The groan of the crowd told him Johnson had missed.

"I felt like as long as I had the lead, I was fine," Koepka said. "As long as I put it in the fairway, I was going to be all right."

Koepka, who finished at 8-under 272, returned to No. 1 in the world with a performance that defines his dominance in golf's biggest events.

He was the first wire-to-wire winner in the PGA Championship since Hal Sutton at Riviera in 1983. It was his third straight year winning a major, a feat achieved by only seven others since the Masters began in 1934 — Woods, Phil Mickelson, Tom Watson, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Peter Thomson and Ralph Guldahl.

Winning four of his last eight majors is a stretch not seen since Woods won seven out of 11 when he captured the 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black.

Next up is the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, where Koepka already is the betting favorite as he defends his title for the second time. No one has won the U.S. Open three straight years since Willie Anderson in 1905.

No one will doubt whether Koepka is capable the way he is playing.

Johnson knew he was a long shot going into the final round — no one had ever lost a seven-shot lead in a major — and he still managed to make Koepka work for it.

He came undone with a shot he thought would be perfect — a 5-iron from 194 yards, dead into the wind on the 16. It one-hopped over the green into thick rough.

"Hit the shot I wanted to right at the flag," Johnson said. "I don't know how it flew 200 yards into the wind like that."

Johnson now has runner-up finishes in all four of the majors, the wrong kind of career Grand Slam.

"I gave it a run," he said. "That's all you can ask for."

It was more than anyone expected, especially when Koepka was six shots ahead with eight holes to play.

The crowd sensed a collapse and began chanting Johnson's nickname on the par-3 14th as Koepka went long and was headed for a fourth straight bogey.

Koepka is a 29-year-old Floridian with an imposing figure, power off the tee and out of the rough, no obvious weakness in his game and the kind of mental fortitude that majors require. He needed all of it to win this one.

"I wasn't nervous," he said. "I was in shock of what was going on."

Bethpage has a reputation for being over the top, and it irritated Harold Varner III, who shot 81 playing in the final group.

"I thought it was pretty weird how they were telling Brooks to choke," Varner said about the 14th hole. "That's not my cup of tea. I was pulling for him after that."

Koepka held it together at the most crucial moment. He piped his driver down the 15th fairway and two-putted for par. And he drilled another one into the 16th for another par. He kept it interesting to the end, three-putting the 17th as the lead went back to two shots, and pulling his driver on the 18th into fescue so thick it left him little choice but to lay up and scramble for par. Once his medium lob wedge settled 6 feet away, he could relax.

Finally.

Woods won the Wanamaker Trophy in consecutive years twice, in 1999 and 2000, and again in 2006 and 2007. Koepka was starting to draw comparisons with Woods for the way he obliterated the competition, much like Woods in his 12-shot victory in the 1997 Masters and 15-shot victory in the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

Koepka tied the PGA Championship record by opening with a 63. He broke the major championship record for 36 holes at 128. He set another PGA Championship record with his seven-shot lead.

In the end, just having his name on the heaviest championship trophy in golf was all that mattered.


Back on top: Nadal beats Djokovic for 9th Italian Open title

Rafael Nadal of Spain returns the ball to Novak Djokovic of Serbia during their final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Sunday, May 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

 Andrew Dampf

Rome (AP) — Rafael Nadal is right back where he wants to be.

After losing in the semifinals of three straight clay-court tournaments, Nadal dominated for stretches against his longtime rival, Novak Djokovic, in a 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 win Sunday for a record-extending ninth Italian Open title.

"You were asking for titles. Finally I have a title," Nadal told reporters. "Here we are. Important title, important moment."

It marked the first time in an Open Era-record 54 meetings, and in their 142nd set against each other, that Nadal won a set against Djokovic without conceding a game — otherwise known as a bagel.

In all, Nadal had a career-high four bagel sets in this tournament.

"I played a great first set in all aspects. No mistakes. Playing so aggressive, changing directions," Nadal said. "It's not usual and probably will not happen again."

The timing for Nadal's return to form could not have been more opportune, as he will seek a record-extending 12th title at the French Open starting next weekend.

"Winning a title is important but for me the most important thing is (to) feel myself competitive, feel myself healthy," Nadal said. "Then with the feeling that I am improving. I know if I'm able to reach my level you can win, you can lose, but normally I'm going to have my chances — especially on this surface.

"Now is the moment to keep going," Nadal added.

In the women's final, Karolina Pliskova captured the biggest clay-court trophy of her career by beating Johanna Konta 6-3, 6-4.

Top-ranked Djokovic, meanwhile, appeared exhausted after spending more than 5 ½ hours on court against Juan Martin del Potro and Diego Schwartzman the previous two days.

Djokovic was also coming off the Madrid Open title last week.

"I don't want to talk about fatigue or things like that," Djokovic told the crowd during the post-match ceremony. "Rafa was simply too strong today."

Speaking to reporters later, Djokovic said, "I was just running out of fuel a little bit today. Just kind of missed that half a step, especially on the backhand side."

The Foro Italico crowd continually tried to encourage Djokovic with chants of "Vai Nole!" — Go Nole! — but the top-ranked Serb struggled with his overhead and drop shots.

Midway through the second set, Nadal chased down a lob with an over-the-shoulder shot and Djokovic's ensuing overhead landed in the net to conclude a long point.

Djokovic again netted an overhead in the next game and then kicked the ball in frustration when he missed a drop shot attempt late in the second.

But Djokovic hung around in the second and converted his first set point when a looping forehand from Nadal sailed wide for his first break of the match. As he walked to his chair after winning the second set, Djokovic waved his arms to get the crowd behind him.

However, Djokovic didn't have much left in the tank.

When Nadal pushed Djokovic deep into the corner in the opening game of the third set and Djokovic's desperation lob sailed long to hand Nadal a break, Djokovic smashed his racket to the clay three times in frustration and received a warning from the chair umpire.

Djokovic won only 29 percent of the points on his second serve and committed 39 unforced errors to Nadal's 17. Also, Nadal won 23 of the 31 rallies with nine or more shots.

PLISKOVA NO. 2

Pliskova's victory will move her up to No. 2 in the rankings and makes her one of the contenders for Roland Garros.

"I just hope to take the tennis I was playing here to Paris," Pliskova said. "For sure there's going to be a chance for me if I play this way."

The 2016 U.S. Open runner-up, Pliskova also reached the Australian Open semifinals and the Miami Open final after opening this season with a title in Brisbane, Australia. But she lost in the second round of her previous two tournaments on clay in Stuttgart, Germany, and Madrid.

"Nobody really gave me chance for this tournament — even me," Pliskova said. "Before the tournament, I was not super confident, not thinking about the final at all. I was just happy with every match which I played. So it's little bit like a miracle for me."

The unseeded Konta appeared nervous at the start, double faulting then landing a backhand into the net to hand Pliskova a break in her opening service game.

In the second set, Pliskova used a swinging forehand volley putaway to break for a 4-3 lead and never looked back.

"It's always tough playing Karolina," Konta said. "There's rarely really a rhythm to the match. She plays with big shots, quite flat, and big serves. It can feel sometimes you're fighting an uphill battle. That was the case today."

Pliskova attributed a lot of her success to Conchita Martinez, the four-time Rome champion who she recently named her head coach.

"She loved clay so she knows exactly what I should do," Pliskova said of Martinez. "There were small differences: movement, maybe to put more topspin on the balls, use drop shots — which I never use, but I start little bit, and to mix also the serves. ... I know she loved this tournament. I think she prayed so I could win today."


Wilder KOs Breazeale in 1st round to defend heavyweight belt

Deontay Wilder, right, knocks down Dominic Breazeale during the first round of their WBC heavyweight championship boxing match Saturday, May 18, 2019, in New York. Wilder stopped Breazeale in the first round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Brian Mahoney

New York (AP) — Deontay Wilder believes they are coming, the mega matchup with Anthony Joshua and the rematch with Tyson Fury.

Until then, he moved onto some business with Dominic Breazeale.

He took care of it quickly and emphatically.

Wilder got back into the win column Saturday night, knocking out Breazeale with an overpowering right hand in the first round to defend his heavyweight title.

"There's been a lot of animosity and a lot of words that were said and it just came out of me tonight," Wilder said.

Wilder hurt Breazeale with a right to the head early in their fight at Barclays Center, but the challenger had recovered from that early onslaught. But there was no coming back from the right later in the round that immediately dropped Breazeale, who was trying to get up as referee Harvey Dock counted him out at 2:17 of the round.

"When I hit him with the right hand the first time, his body language changed," Wilder said.

And with the last one, Breazeale's body language crumpled.

Wilder (41-0-1, 40 KOs) was coming off his draw against Fury in December, the first fight of his pro career that wasn't a victory. He wanted a rematch with Fury or a unification match with fellow champion Joshua, but settled for a mandatory defense of his WBC title when those couldn't be made.

He ended it quickly, finishing off Breazeale (20-2) after being pushed hard in each of his last two fights.

Wilder weighed in at a little more than 223 pounds, a gain from the 209 he was at for the Fury fight, but still well below the 245 he set as a goal after feeling he was too small in that bout, in which he dropped Fury with a huge combination in the 12th round but had to settle for the draw when the challenger was able to get up and finish the fight.

An immediate rematch was expected before Fury surprisingly went another route.

"I understand what Tyson Fury did. When you get dropped on the canvas like that, I understand you have to get yourself back together," Wilder said. "But the rematch will happen, like all these other fights will happen. The great thing is all these fights are in discussion. The big fights will happen."

And Wilder won't need any more pounds as long as he still has one of the most feared right hands in boxing.

Breazeale had downplayed Wilder's power, saying heavyweights are supposed to hit hard. But he should certainly be a believer now.

He was challenging for a heavyweight title for the second time, having been stopped by Joshua in the seventh round three years ago in Britain. He said he had learned and grown from that fight, but there's nothing that could have prepared him for what faced in landing just two punches before 13,181 fans in Brooklyn.

"This was a situation where he landed the big right hand before I did," Breazeale said. "I thought I was going to come on in the later rounds. I'll be back and go for the heavyweight title again."

Wilder and Joshua was the fight just about everyone in boxing would prefer to see, but so far it's been all talk without seriously moving close to action.

Joshua will be making his U.S. debut at nearby Madison Square Garden on June 1, so perhaps they could try again afterward to negotiate a bout.

Wilder easily put aside the letdown of not fighting Joshua or Fury again because of his anger toward Breazeale over an altercation involving family members at an Alabama hotel in 2017. He went as far as to tout his ability to kill a man in the ring, remarks for which WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman said would be addressed by the organization in a hearing.

Wilder was coming off tough tests in his last two bouts, getting rocked by Luis Ortiz in their March 2018 fight in this arena before stopping the Cuban in the 10th round, and needing a knockdown in the final round to secure the draw with Fury.

He looked like a picture of peace as he carried his young daughter into the arena about three hours earlier, but was back to making his case as boxing's baddest man once the fighting started.

In the other title fight on the card, Gary Russell Jr. (30-1, 18 KOs) defended his piece of the featherweight title when the referee stopped his bout with Kiko Martinez (39-9-2) late in the fifth round on the advice of the ringside doctor because of a bad cut over the challenger's left eye.


Woakes takes 5-54, England beat Pakistan to win series 4-0

Pakistan's Babar Azam, left, is run out by England's Adil Rashid, right, during the Fifth One Day International cricket match between England and Pakistan at Emerald Headingley in Leeds, England, Sunday, May 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Associated Press

Leeds, England (AP) — Pakistan recovered from a disastrous start to their run chase but still fell short as England clinched the fifth and final cricket one-day international by 54 runs on Sunday to win the series 4-0.

England won the toss and chose to bat first at Headingley, reaching 351-9 with Joe Root (84 runs in 73 balls) and captain Eoin Morgan (76 in 64) the main run-makers. Morgan hit five sixes and a dangerous No. 10 Tom Curran gave the innings a late boost with an undefeated 15-ball 29. Shaheen Afridi took 4-82 in 10 overs.

Fast-medium bowler Chris Woakes then claimed three early wickets to reduce Pakistan to 6-3 in three overs before Babar Azam (80 in 83) and captain Sarfaraz Ahmed (97 in 80) shared a 146-run partnership to take the visitors to 152-4 in the 27th over.

Both Azam and Ahmed were run out as England displayed their potent fielding threat in this form of the game. Azam was dismissed after Adil Rashid and wicketkeeper Jos Buttler combined to run the batsman out at the bowler's end with a clever flick behind his back by Rashid.

Pakistan finished on 297 all out in 46.5 overs. Woakes ended with 5-54 in 10 overs.

The first ODI was rained off.

Top-ranked England host the World Cup, which starts on May 30. Amid intense competition for places, England will name their 15-man squad on Tuesday.

"Obviously winning the series 4-0 against a very strong Pakistan team is good for us going into a crucial World Cup," Woakes said. "A great few weeks for us but obviously we know there's some really important cricket coming up."


Maria Sharapova out of French Open, citing right shoulder

In this Saturday June 9, 2012 file photo, Maria Sharapova of Russia holds the trophy after winning the women's final match at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros stadium in Paris. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Howard Fendrich

Rome (AP) - Two-time French Open champion Maria Sharapova pulled out of the year's second Grand Slam tournament on Tuesday because of her surgically repaired right shoulder.

Sharapova announced her withdrawal on Instagram.

"Sometimes the right decisions aren't always the easiest ones," she wrote.

She said she has returned to practice and is "slowly building the strength back" in her shoulder.

The former No. 1 and owner of five major titles hasn't competed anywhere since late January, when she withdrew from a tournament in Russia after winning her opening match there. In February, she said she had a "small procedure" on her shoulder, which was painful since last year because of a fraying tendon and small labrum tear.

During a recent interview at the Italian Open, International Tennis Hall of Fame member Nick Bollettieri said Sharapova is at his academy "right now, training."

Asked whether Sharapova is contemplating retirement, the coach responded: "Not yet. I think she's going to give it one more shot."

Play begins at the French Open on May 26. The 32-year-old Sharapova won the title at Roland Garros in 2012 to complete a career Grand Slam and collected the trophy at the clay-court major again in 2014.

That was the last time she won a Grand Slam tournament.

Since then, the Russian has been only an occasional participant in the sport's four most prestigious events: This French Open will mark the eighth time in a span of 20 majors that she has been absent.

Sharapova was sidelined for 15 months by a doping suspension after failing a drug test at the Australian Open in January 2016, then returned to the tour in April 2017 with a ranking too low to get into Grand Slam events. The French Open denied her a wild-card invitation, then she planned to try to qualify for Wimbledon before pulling out because of an injured left leg.

Her right shoulder has been an issue over the years.

She cut her 2018 season short in September because of problems with it.

Sharapova originally had surgery on the shoulder in 2008 and was off the tour for about 10 months. She skipped the 2013 U.S. Open because of that shoulder, too.


Spieth trying to buck the odds at PGA Championship

Jordan Spieth follows through on an approach shot on the fourth fairway during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament, Tuesday, May 14, 2019, in Farmingdale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Doug Ferguson

Farmingdale, N.Y. (AP) — Jordan Spieth needs to win the PGA Championship for the career Grand Slam. Masters champion Tiger Woods needs to win the next three majors to capture an unprecedented calendar Grand Slam.

Based on how their seasons have gone, the question now is who has the better chance.

Spieth smiled at the supposition, and then tried to play along. He first considered how physics major Bryson DeChambeau would approach it and figured that winning one major would be easier than winning three. And then he considered the Wisconsin man who placed a $100,000 wager on 100-1 odds of Woods winning all four majors this year, a bet that would return $10 million.

"I would have better odds than that, right?" Spieth said.

For someone mired in a slump — a word Spieth himself said Wednesday on the eve of the PGA Championship — the 25-year-old Texan didn't appear overly concerned about the opportunity in front of him at Bethpage Black.

Only five other players have won the career Grand Slam. No one has completed it at the PGA Championship.

Spieth wouldn't appear to be a candidate at the moment. He is winless since getting the third leg of the slam in the 2017 British Open at Royal Birkdale. And while he had chances on the back nine of two majors last year, he hasn't come close to winning since then.

In the eight stroke-play events this year when he played the weekend, Spieth on average has finished 14.5 strokes behind the winner. He has yet to finish in the top 20, with his best result a tie for 21st at the Masters.

He talks mostly about progress and consistency, both defined more by what he feels than what anyone else sees.

"I've shot some low rounds, but piecing together four has been difficult this season so far," Spieth said. "I think it's gotten more progressively consistent throughout the year, and out here you're going to need that kind of consistency. You need your bad rounds to be held at about par to win this tournament, and you need your good rounds to go deep enough. If I can continue to make the amount of birdies I've been making and then just limit the mistakes a little bit, then I should be right in it."

Woods, who won the second leg of the calendar slam at Bethpage Black in 2002 when it hosted the U.S. Open, is the betting favorite at 8-1. He is followed by Dustin Johnson and defending champion Brooks Koepka, two of golf's most powerful players.

Spieth is listed at 50-1 on a big golf course that might feel even bigger considering the 2 inches of rain since Sunday that has left it long and soft.

"This is a completely different animal out here, Bethpage Black, and it'll wear you out," Xander Schauffele said.

Justin Rose says while 156 players are in the field, he felt there were only 30 or 40 who could win because of how long the Black course plays. He includes Woods in that group, mainly from what he saw on the 17th hole at Augusta National, where Woods had a two-shot lead and piped one down the middle.

"That was the most telling shot that I saw him play at Augusta this year, and because of that, I think it gives him an opportunity this week with his driver," Rose said.

Koepka also believes the field — with 99 of the top 100 in the world — is shorter than it seems. He used his own brand of math to eliminate most of the field from taking home the Wanamaker Trophy.

"You figured at least 80 of them I'm just going to beat," he said. "From there, you figure about half of them won't play well from there, so you're down to about 35. And then from 35, some of them just ... pressure is going to get to them. It only leaves you with a few more, and you've just got to beat those guys.

"I think one of the big things I've learned over the last few years is you don't need to win it," he said. "If you hang around, good things are going to happen."

Woods won't be guilty of over preparing.

He hasn't competed since winning his fifth green jacket — and 15th major — at the Masters, and he has played only 27 holes at Bethpage since he was last here in 2012 for a PGA Tour event. Woods played 18 holes a week ago and nine holes Monday. That was followed by a day of light work, but then he chose not to come to the course Wednesday on the final day of practice.

Spieth, who played the back nine Wednesday with Steve Stricker, has been frustrated by not finding a solution sooner, though he seemed upbeat.

During a long question when a reporter referenced him as among the best in the world, Spieth interrupted with a quick, "Thank you." Another reporter referenced his phrase of a "bit of a slump" he is in, and Spieth quickly interjected with a smile, "Was."

"I don't want to use the word negativity, but the questioning and the wording that's used to describe me by media or whatever over the past year has only come up because of the amount of success that I've had," he said. "So it actually could be looked at positively, as well, because if I didn't have the success that I've had, then I wouldn't be in here right now.

"It's just one of those things where you've got to block out the noise and stay the course and believe in yourself."


Ackermann wins rainy Giro stage 5, Roglic stays in lead

Germany's Pascal Ackermann celebrates as he sprints ahead of Colombia's Fernando Gaviria, left, to win the fifth stage of the Giro D'Italia, tour of Italy cycling race, from Frascati to Terracina, Wednesday, May 15, 2019. (Alessandro Di Meo/ANSA via AP)

Associated Press

Terracina, Italy (AP) — Pascal Ackermann of Germany sprinted to victory at the end of the rain-affected fifth stage of the Giro d'Italia on Wednesday, while Slovenian cyclist Primoz Roglic kept the overall lead.

It was Ackermann's second stage win in his first Grand Tour after the 25-year-old Bora-Hansgrohe rider also took home Sunday's second leg.

Ackermann edged out Fernando Gaviria and Arnaud Demare in a bunch sprint at the end of the mainly flat but wet 140-kilometer route from Frascati to Terracina.

"It was a two-time sprint today. I had to brake at 250 meters to go but luckily Gaviria became the perfect lead-out man for me," Ackermann said. "It was scary all day under the rain. All the stage was scary and sprint was scary because you can't see much. It was cold all day."

The rain was so relentless that race organizers decided that times would be taken on the first passage of the finish line in Terracina before the final nine-kilometer loop in order to avoid another crash like the one that marred Tuesday's fourth stage. That crash split the peloton in half inside the final six kilometers and allowed Roglic to gain precious seconds over his rival.

It also led to 2017 champion Tom Dumoulin abandoning the race a kilometer into Wednesday's stage as he was in too much pain after injuring his left leg in the crash.

"I came here for a three-week adventure and I wanted to finish it and I'm not ready to go home yet," Dumoulin said. "I didn't want to be home and in two days time, be able to ride when the swelling goes down and be sad that I abandoned so I needed to try and push through with some painkillers today and it might've been possible.

"I would've always asked myself that question and now I can ask myself and I know the answer."

Roglic, who has worn the leader's pink jersey since winning the opening time trial on Saturday, remained 35 seconds ahead of British cyclist Simon Yates and 39 ahead of home favorite Vincenzo Nibali.

Thursday's sixth stage is a 238-kilometer route from Cassino to San Giovanni Rotondo, with an undulating finish.

The Giro finishes in Verona on June 2.


Alonso: 'We will be back stronger' after Indy 500 crash

Fernando Alonso, of Spain, climbs into his car to practice for the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Tuesday, May 14, 2019, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Jenna Fryer

Indianapolis (AP) — McLaren's return to the Indianapolis 500 was slowed at first by electrical problems. When Fernando Alonso finally got his car up to speed, he hit three walls at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and significantly damaged the celebrated bright orange machine.

Mechanics labored Wednesday in the buttoned-down McLaren garage trying to rebuild a car for Alonso to qualify this weekend for the Indy 500. It will need a new engine because the one in the car Alonso crashed on the second day of practice had a cracked cam cover.

This return to Indy has so far been horrific for the proud McLaren group, which on opening day had to replace the alternator and entire wiring loom on Alonso's car.

Then came his crash Wednesday exiting the third turn. His car hit the wall, spun through the grass and hit an interior wall, then spun back across the track for a third hit. It was the first crash on an oval for the retired Formula One champion. While many a driver has been rattled by contact at the famous speedway, Alonso was ready to get back in the car as soon as it was ready.

"I am always positive. We will be back stronger," Alonso said. "The team is making sure everything is ready for tomorrow. I am ready for tomorrow. No fear. And we will be fast again."

McLaren is back at Indy as an independent entrant for the first time since the 1970s, when it won three Indy 500s in 10 appearances before returning to England with a dedicated focus on Formula One. But McLaren boss Zak Brown is an American, was a longtime Indianapolis resident and his background is in U.S.-based motorsports. Brown is expanding McLaren and has an eye on a full-time IndyCar entry as early as next season.

McLaren's return, along with the wildly popular Alonso, has been closely followed but the first two days have been terrible. Half of Wednesday was spent assessing damage to the car McLaren built at its England factory, then debating if it should be repaired or if the team should turn to the backup built by technical partner Carlin.

Both cars were being worked on and McLaren was planning to use the Carlin-provided chassis Thursday. Qualifying for the 33 spots in the field begins Saturday; Alonso, one of 36 entrants, has been near the bottom of the speed charts.

The team remained upbeat despite the adversity.

"It's something McLaren has to do because what it's done, it's given them the foundation for the future," said Bob Fernley, head of the Indy 500 program. "In order for McLaren to take those next steps, they need the knowledge and foundation of what we've been doing the past few months. I think what it will show and I'm absolutely sure we will overcome the obstacles."

Alonso's crash was the attention-grabbing moment on the second day of prep for the May 26 race. Rookie Felix Rosenqvist also was in a hard wreck in which his car first spun into the wall and then deep into a tire barrier.

"This track can bite you pretty quick," the Swedish driver said. Chip Ganassi Racing said it would go to a backup car for Rosenqvist.

Chevrolet found an irregularity in the engine it provided Sage Karam and proactively pulled it while Josef Newgarden had the fastest lap of the day to put a Team Penske car on top of both days at Indy.

"It means nothing," Newgarden said of his lap at 228.856 mph. Scott Dixon was second-fastest on the day in a Honda.

Alonso, spent most of his day in street clothes. He is making his second appearance in the Indy 500 in his quest to win motorsports' version of the Triple Crown.

Alonso ran Indy in 2017 for Andretti Autosport and stepped into a car capable of winning the race. He led laps and was a contender until his engine failed, bringing a halt to a nearly flawless month for the Spaniard at Indianapolis.

That Indy 500 was Alonso's only race to date on an oval and his wreck Wednesday raised questions as to how crash-tested he is after a career spent racing primarily on road and street courses. Alonso in 2016 was in a spectacular F1 crash in Australia in which his car flipped twice and he wound up sidelined for a race with fractured ribs and a collapsed lung.

He said the Indy wreck was not at all similar.

"I think obviously there is a moment of stress, and this moment of danger that you feel you are in a single-seater and you are very fast and you will hit something at very high speed and it is going to hurt a little bit," Alonso said. "All the accidents feel more or less the same way, here the difference is the speed you hit the wall is very high. It's not only one hit, normally. The second is coming or even the third eventually will come, so you need to get ready for all of them.

"But I have to say I have a bit lucky enough, this hit was just a brush and it was not a big deceleration, it was just a continuation. Overall, it was a first experience, hopefully the last. But not that impressed even with the speeds that high because it was just a brush."


Stone lifts Canada in final seconds, Slovak fans throw coins

Canada's Mark Stone, left, celebrates with Canada's Thomas Chabot, right, after scoring his side’s sixth goal during the Ice Hockey World Championships Group A match between Slovakia and Canada at the Steel Arena in Kosice, Slovakia, Monday, May 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Associated Press

Kosice, Slovakia (AP) — Mark Stone scored with 1.8 seconds left to lift Canada over Slovakia 6-5 Monday night at the world hockey championships, prompting furious supporters of the host country to throw coins and other objects on the ice.

The Canadians rallied to win after trailing 2-0 in the first period and 4-2 in the second.

Matus Sukel's second goal pulled the Slovaks into a 5-all tie midway through the third period, but his teammate, Erik Cernak, was called for tripping with 1:14 left and Stone took advantage. He scored on a wrist shot from the right circle, triggering a celebration on his 27th birthday.

Slovakian fans responded with a chorus of boos, and some emptied their pockets and chucked their spare change onto the playing surface.

Canada improved to 2-1 and dropped Slovakia to 1-2 in Group A.

Finland leads Group A with seven points, but it had its first setback earlier in the day. Dylan Larkin scored with 1:13 left in overtime and Cory Schneider stopped 24 shots, lifting the United States to a 3-2 win over the Finns.

Larkin ended the 3-on-3 overtime, carrying the puck inside the right circle and scoring on a wrist shot that got past Veini Vehvilainen's blocker. The Finns complained about an open-ice hit that wasn't ruled a penalty against the U.S. shortly before Larkin scored the winning goal.

Brady Skjei scored in the opening minute and Johnny Gaudreau put the Americans up 2-0 midway through the third period. The Finns rallied to tie it at 2 with Harri Pesonen's goal in the last minute of the opening period and Niko Ojamaki's goal midway through the second.

The matchup in Group A featured American center Jack Hughes and Finnish winger Kaapo Kakko, who are expected to be picked No. 1 and 2 overall, respectively, in the NHL draft next month.

Russia stayed undefeated in Group B and handed the Czech Republic its first loss, winning 3-0 in Bratislava.

Sergei Andronov scored midway through the first period and Nikita Gusev gave the Russians a 2-0 lead in the middle of the second. Nikita Zaitsev added an empty-net goal late in the game and Andrei Vasilevskiy finished with a 23-save shutout.

The Russians are 3-0, outscoring opponents 13-2.

Patric Hornqvist scored twice to help Sweden rout winless Norway 9-1. The two-time defending champions improved to 2-1 in Group B.


Serena Williams wins clay opener; sister Venus next in Rome

Serena Williams, of the United States returns the ball to Sweden's Rebecca Peterson during their match at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Monday, May, 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Andrew Dampf

Rome (AP) — Serena Williams looked sharper than in her previous match two months ago as she opened her clay-court season with a routine 6-4, 6-2 win over Swedish qualifier Rebecca Peterson on Monday.

Next up at the Italian Open: Sister Venus Williams in the siblings' first meeting on European clay in nearly 17 years.

Venus, who won her only Rome title 20 years ago, defeated Elise Mertens 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (4) after more than three hours, requiring nine match points before eliminating her Belgian opponent.

The Williams sisters' last match on red clay came in the 2002 French Open final won by Serena. In their last match in Rome, Venus won their second career meeting way back in the 1998 quarterfinals.

"That's crazy," Serena said. "I vaguely remember that, so I don't really remember. ... We play each other a lot. Seems like every tournament nowadays we meet early. It is what it is."

Serena is now a 37-year-old mother and Venus is 38.

"It doesn't change at all. We're just as fierce, Venus is just as fierce," Serena said. "We both really want to get some match play. We'll both do the best that we can.

Serena leads the career series 18-12.

"I know that she's going to play really well and compete really well," Venus said. "That's a given."

In March at the Miami Open, Serena needed three sets to beat Peterson.

"It's been a while. I haven't played a ton of matches this year," Serena said. "Not my choice, just by force. I really, really actually desperately wanted to be on the tour and to be playing. It felt good to finally be back out. Hopefully, I'll be able to keep it up."

Serena fell behind 3-1 in the first set but then began to take control with her baseline power on a windy day at the Foro Italico.

When Serena ran down a passing attempt from Peterson and replied with a cross-court winner to break for 5-2 in the second set, she let out a scream and bent over as she pumped both of her fists.

In the final game, Serena served two aces and saved two break points before closing out the first-round match.

Serena finished with 28 winners to Peterson's eight, and committed only two more unforced errors than the 58th-ranked Swede, 22-20.

Serena was playing for the first time since withdrawing ahead of her third-round match in Miami because of a left knee injury. The last time Serena played in Rome was in 2016 when she won the last of her four Italian Open trophies.

Serena is playing only her fourth tournament of the season and was unable to finish her last two due to physical ailments.

"I haven't been able to train or practice a lot. I was out much longer than I expected," Serena said. "But I did everything I could to stay fit and to keep my cardio up. I knew that I love the clay season and I wanted to be a part of it."

In men's action, Italy's top player Fabio Fognini wore a shirt featuring a design of Rome's skyline during a 6-3, 6-4 win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga; and Borna Coric rallied past Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4 in a matchup of two of the top young players on tour. Auger-Aliassime struggled with his serve, hitting seven double-faults to Coric's one.

Also, Karen Khachanov overcame a partisan crowd to beat Italian wild card Lorenzo Sonego 6-3, 6-7 (1), 6-3; while last year's French Open semifinalist Marco Cecchinato was inspired by the home fans to beat Alex Di Minaur 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.

Spanish qualifier Albert Ramos-Vinolas eliminated Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-1; and Denis Shapovalov beat Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3, 7-6 (5).

Others advancing on the women's side included Madison Keys, Garbine Muguruza, Johanna Konta and Dominika Cibulkova.


Justin Thomas withdraws from PGA with wrist injury

In this Thursday, April 11, 2019, file photo, Justin Thomas hits to the second green during the first round for the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Doug Ferguson

Farmingdale, N.Y. (AP) — Justin Thomas withdrew from the PGA Championship on Monday, saying he was not willing to risk more pain in his right wrist by returning before it's fully healed.

Thomas, who won the PGA Championship two years ago at Quail Hollow, will miss a major for the first time since his rookie season in 2015.

He is dealing with a bone bruise first suffered in the Honda Classic when he intentionally struck a tree on his follow-through. He felt he aggravated it during the final round of the Masters, though he said it wasn't on any particular shot.

"I've seen too many people come back too early," Thomas said from his home in Jupiter, Florida. "I plan on doing this successfully for a long time, and I don't want a dumb decision to set me back."

He said he could have played the PGA Championship this week at Bethpage Black, but without guaranteeing there wouldn't be a setback.

Thomas, the No. 5 player in the world, was replaced by Kelly Kraft.

Thomas tied for 12th at the Masters, where he made a hole-in-one on the 16th hole in the final round. He had not hit balls since then and withdrew from the Wells Fargo Championship two weeks ago to give his wrist every chance to heal.

He started hitting 50 balls a day over the weekend and was up to a 5-iron on Sunday. His plan was to try to driver on Monday, play a full 18 holes at home on Tuesday and then fly up to Bethpage on Wednesday.

"It hurt on a couple of shots and I felt like it wasn't worth it," he said.

Thomas believes if his club had snapped in half when he hit the tree at Honda that he would have been fine, but that he felt a shock up his right arm when it didn't break.

"I guess I should have chipped out," he said with a laugh. "I still made bogey, which is worse."

He did not know when he would return and has not ruled out Colonial next week, depending on how his wrist reacts to rest and rehab. He also has the Memorial on his schedule, and the next major is June 13-16 at Pebble Beach for the U.S. Open.

In the meantime, he is doing plenty of putting, but not much else.

"I figured out there's not a lot do in South Florida if you don't play golf," he said.


Gaviria wins Giro stage 3 after Viviani relegated for sprint

Spain's Fernando Gaviria, third from left, and Italy's Elia Viviani sprint during the third stage of the Giro d'Italia, tour of Italy cycling race from Vinci to Orbetello, Monday, May 13, 2019. (Alessandro Di Meo/ANSA via AP)

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Orbetello, Italy (AP) — Elia Viviani was stripped of winning the third stage at the Giro d'Italia on Monday.

Viviani was ruled by the race jury to have deviated from his line in the final sprint in Orbetello, even touching wheels with Italian compatriot Matteo Moschetti.

Viviani finished second on Sunday and thought he'd made up for it on Monday at the end of the 220-kilometer (137-mile) route from Vinci.

Instead, Fernando Gaviria of Colombia was given the win, with Arnaud Demare second and Pascal Ackermann third.

"It's difficult to smile or to be happy when something like this happens to a friend," Gaviria said. "I'm disappointed for him because for me nothing happened. For me he's the winner.

"The decision is extreme. He never looked back to see who was behind him so he didn't do it with any intent. He only wanted to win, not to damage someone. He's always been correct, a great racer. I'm disappointed for him."

Viviani left the finish zone after the decision without speaking to journalists and with an angry expression, in contrast to his joy when he was interviewed immediately after crossing the line.

He used that interview to apologize to Moschetti and revealed how much Sunday's disappointment played on his mind.

"Yesterday I made a mistake. I thought about it all night," Viviani said.

Slovenian cyclist Primoz Roglic remained the overall leader.

Roglic, who won the opening time trial on Saturday, is 19 seconds ahead of British cyclist Simon Yates, and 23 seconds ahead of home favorite Vincenzo Nibali.

The peloton had a relatively easy day, which was characterized by strong crosswinds at the finish and a long solo ride from lone escape Sho Hatsuyama. The Japanese cyclist raced about 144 kilometers on his own before being caught 75 kilometers from the finish.

"It was an easy day actually because only one guy in the front, all day nothing," Roglic said. "But it was quite windy and then the stress at the end. The team did the perfect job and we finished without any problems."

The fourth stage on Tuesday is an undulating 234-kilometer route from Orbetello to Frascati, with an uphill finish which could see a change in the pink jersey.

The Giro finishes in Verona on June 2.


Man City prolong Liverpool’s drought by retaining EPL title

Manchester City players lift the English Premier League trophy after the soccer match between Brighton and Manchester City at the AMEX Stadium in Brighton, England, Sunday, May 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Rob Harris

Brighton, England (AP) — Earning 97 points is almost always enough to win the Premier League. Not for Liverpool, who had the misfortune of running up against a Manchester City team setting new standards of excellence.

Only for 21 minutes during Sunday's season finale was the title in Liverpool's hands.

But by completing the season with a 14th successive victory — coming from behind to overwhelm Brighton 4-1 — City finished a point ahead of Liverpool and retained the trophy.

An English title drought that has clocked up 29 years rolls on for Liverpool. It's no consolation that Juergen Klopp's side combined with City to amass 195 points for the highest Premier League tally for the top two.

The only comfort for Liverpool is that they didn't sign off the season on Sunday with a 2-0 victory over Wolverhampton. While City have an FA Cup final to come to try to complete a domestic treble, Liverpool can win a sixth continental title if they beat Tottenham in the June 1 Champions League final.

The one major trophy missing in the City trophy cabinet is the European Cup. It's the target for the Abu Dhabi ownership and manager Pep Guardiola who has shown he can conquer the Premier League.

Captain Vincent Kompany has been part of City's four title triumphs since 2012, having previously won under Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini before the Guardiola double.

"It was the hardest and most satisfying Premier League title win ever," Kompany said. "Liverpool were exceptional, I don't mean to rub it in, it is what it is, they didn't deserve to lose."

Ten minutes after Liverpool went in front against Brighton through the first of Sadio Mane's two goals, City fell behind at Brighton.

Although Sergio Aguero leveled 83 seconds after Glenn Murray's header, it took Aymeric Laporte's header in the 38th minute to put City back in control of their title destiny.

That goal turned out to be the title-clincher, with City's anxieties only eased in the second half by record-signing Riyad Mahrez netting and Ilkay Gündogan scoring from a free kick.

Victory at Brighton completed City's two-season Premier League journey.

It was on the south-coast exactly 21 months ago where Guardiola's first title-winning campaign began.

By the time the blue-and-white streamers had rained down on the City players on Sunday night, 201 goals had been scored and 198 points collected across the two title-winning campaigns.

Long forgotten is the spell four months ago when Liverpool blew the chance to go 10 points clear of City.

Instead the title hinged on Liverpool's only defeat of the campaign in January to City, who could afford to lose four times and still emerge victorious.

"As long as City are around," Klopp said, "with the quality they have, the power, the financial power and that stuff, then it's not any other team will pass them easily, that is clear. So we need to be very, very close to perfection to win the Premier League as long as this is the case."

TOTTENHAM SEAL FOURTH

Tottenham qualified for a fourth successive season in the Champions League after an unlikely series of results failed to materialize, leaving north London rivals Arsenal finishing a point behind in fifth.

Christian Eriksen's free kick clinched Tottenham's 2-2 draw with Everton and Arsenal beat Burnley 3-1. Arsenal could still make the Champions League if they beat Chelsea in the Europa League final on May 29.

Chelsea were already sure of a return to the Champions League going into the final day and sealed third place — 25 points behind Liverpool — with a 0-0 draw at Leicester.

MAN UNITED MISERY

Manchester United slumped to their first league loss to Cardiff since 1960 in front of many empty seats as fans left Old Trafford before the final whistle.

The 2-0 collapse ensured United finished in sixth place — just where the record 20-time English champions were when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced the fired Jose Mourinho in January. A bright start to Solskjaer's interim reign saw him rewarded with a three-year contract in March, but United have endured a miserable run since then.

GOLDEN BOOT

There was a three-way split for the Golden Boot as Liverpool duo Mane and Mohamed Salah finished level on 22 goals with Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Both Mane and Aubameyang netted twice on Sunday.

BENITEZ FUTURE

With doubts over his future, Rafael Benitez will hold talks with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley after completing the season with a 4-0 victory over relegated Fulham.

RACIAL ABUSE

Crystal Palace's club doctor has said he and his family were racially abused by a young child near Selhurst Park ahead of the team's 5-3 home victory over Bournemouth.


Hamilton beats Bottas at Spanish GP for 5th Mercedes 1-2

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates on the podium after winning the Spanish Formula One race at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, just outside Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, May 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Joseph Wilson

Montmelo, Spain (AP) — Lewis Hamilton wasn't going to be kind to his teammate this time.

Hamilton blasted past pole-sitter Valtteri Bottas at the start of the Spanish Grand Prix, kept his nerve when things got tight at the first corner, and then raced away to reclaim the overall Formula One lead on Sunday.

Two weeks ago, five-time and defending champion Hamilton said he was maybe "too friendly" when Bottas stayed in front after a similar grid start for the Mercedes drivers in Azerbaijan.

Hamilton hinted that he wouldn't make that mistake again in Spain, and he got some help from a poor getaway by Bottas to overtake him in the opening meters en route to winning the race at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit for a third consecutive year.

The Mercedes pair strengthened their grip on F1 with their record-extending fifth one-two finish in as many races in 2019.

"This is history in the making to have five one-twos," Hamilton said after his 76th career win, second only to Michael Schumacher's 91.

"It is incredible what we are achieving together ... And I plan on working with this team to help it become the most successful team of all time. That is my sole goal and my sole purpose."

Hamilton added a bonus point for the fastest lap to take a seven-point advantage over Bottas.

Max Verstappen was third in his Red Bull, in front of Ferrari pair Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc.

Hamilton got the jump on Bottas off the line when Vettel surged forward and made it three abreast going through the first corner. Vettel locked up on the turn, and Bottas, sandwiched in the middle, had to blink to avoid a possible collision as Hamilton sped clear.

Verstappen took advantage of the jousting to slip by Vettel.

Verstappen is 46 points adrift of Hamilton in the standings. Vettel fell to fourth at 48 points back.

Bottas had shown more speed in practice and in qualifying than Hamilton, when Bottas set a scorching track record that was 0.6 seconds faster than Hamilton's best effort.

But Bottas' chances for victory were sunk by his poor start, when his wheels appeared to spin while Hamilton immediately made up the difference.

"It was pretty tight (at the first curve), but I lost it at the start," Bottas said. "I felt some strange behavior with the clutch. I lost it there.

"It is really annoying. All the hard work went out down to that."

Except for the race in Bahrain, when Hamilton won thanks to an implosion by Ferrari, the other four races this season have been decided in their opening seconds. Bottas surged past Hamilton from the line before winning the season-opening Australia GP. Hamilton did likewise to get past pole-sitting Bottas at the first turn to win in China, and Bottas defended his pole position from Hamilton in his victory at Azerbaijan last round.

"It wasn't a replay of Baku at least," Hamilton said stepping onto the winner's podium.

Hamilton experienced firsthand what an overzealous rivalry between teammates can lead to when he and former Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg knocked each other out on the first lap at the 2016 Spanish GP.

Three years later Hamilton says that he has matured and that the mild-mannered Bottas is as close as it comes to having an ideal driving partner.

"(Our competition) is respectful and balanced as always," the British driver said. "I think we have the best balance of any team."

Pierre Gasly of Red Bull, Kevin Magnussen (Haas), Carlos Sainz (McLaren), Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso) and Romain Grosjean (Haas) completed the top 10.

Lando Norris of McLaren and Lance Stroll of Racing Point failed to finish after colliding two-thirds through the race.

Renault's Nico Hulkenberg had to start from the pit lane because of a penalty incurred after a replacement front wing did not meet specifications. Hulkenberg finished 13th, right behind Renault partner Daniel Ricciardo.

Antonio Giovinazzi started from last place after he incurred a five-place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change to his Alfa Romeo. Giovinazzi finished 16th, in front of Williams pair George Russell and Robert Kubica.

Mercedes' struggling rivals will now have two weeks to try to improve before the Monaco GP on May 26.


Djokovic beats Tsitsipas to win his 3rd Madrid Open title

Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates winning in two sets, 6-3, 6-4, against Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final of the Madrid Open tennis tournament in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, May 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Tales Azzoni

Madrid (AP) — Novak Djokovic celebrated a lot more than a record-tying 33rd Masters 1000 title at the Madrid Open.

Djokovic left the Spanish capital feeling pretty good about his game, too, carrying a lot of confidence into the rest of the clay-court season.

The top-ranked Djokovic earned a comfortable 6-3, 6-4 win over Stefanos Tsitsipas on Sunday to join Nadal as the most successful players in Masters 1000 tournaments, moving five ahead of Roger Federer, who is third in the all-time list.

It was Djokovic's second title of the season, adding to his triumph in the Australian Open.

"I feel like this tournament win was very important for my level of confidence because after the Australian Open I wasn't playing my best, I wasn't finding the right game and the consistency on the court in Indian Wells, Miami and Monte Carlo," Djokovic said. "(It's a) very important time for me in the season, because this gives me a lot of confidence prior to Rome and, of course, Roland Garros, where I definitely want to play my best."

Djokovic will be seeking his second French Open title in June. He now has three Madrid Open trophies, adding to the ones he won in 2011 and 2016.

"These are the best tournaments, biggest tournaments we have in our sport, in the ATP, of course alongside the Grand Slams," Djokovic said. "This is as important and as good as it gets."

Djokovic was in control from the start against his 20-year-old Greek opponent, who had defeated Nadal in the Madrid semifinals and was trying to become the first player to win three tour titles this season.

The Serb broke Tsitsipas early in the first set and late in the second to comfortably close out the match at the Magic Box center court, securing his 14th clay title — and 74th overall — without dropping a set.

The eighth-seeded Tsitsipas, the tour's winningest player in 2019 with 27 victories, lacked the intensity and aggressiveness that he showed against second-ranked Nadal and was overpowered by Djokovic. He had beaten Djokovic in Toronto last year in the first meeting between the two players.

"He deserved the victory, he played unbelievable. I couldn't do much," Tsitsipas said. "Physically I was not there. My legs were not coping with my mind. Completely I could feel the fatigue and this soreness, not just in my legs, but everywhere in my body. I had a tough match last night, so he took advantage of that. I just didn't have solutions."

Djokovic didn't concede a break point on Sunday, earning a crucial one for himself at 4-4 in the second set by returning Tsitsipas' overhead shot with a backhand winner down the line. He then served out to win the match.

The 31-year-old Djokovic, who now has 200 wins against top 10 opponents, had struggled after winning the Australian Open, with his best result since then having been a quarterfinal appearance in Monte Carlo at the start of the clay-court season.

He was coming off another confidence-boosting win over an in-form Dominic Thiem to make it to the final in Madrid.

Tsitsipas, who will reach a career-high No. 7 ranking this week, won titles in Estoril and Marseille, and reached the final in Dubai, where he lost to Federer. He was beaten by Nadal in the Australian Open semifinals for his best-ever showing in a Grand Slam. The Toronto final, when he lost to Nadal, was his first in a Masters 1000 event.

In the doubles final, Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau defeated Thiem and Diego Schwartzman 6-2, 6-3 for their second Madrid Open title, adding to their 2016 victory.

Kiki Bertens won the women's title on Saturday.


Kang rallies again at Byron Nelson for 1st PGA Tour victory

Sung Kang reacts after winning the Byron Nelson golf tournament on Sunday, May 12, 2019, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)

Stephen Hawkins

Dallas (AP) — Sung Kang was a teenager when his father started sending him from South Korea to North Texas in the winters and summers to work on his golf game.

The 31-year-old Kang, who now lives in the area while playing on the PGA Tour, got to call his father Sunday to tell him, "I did it," after his getting his first victory in his 159th career start.

Kang closed the Byron Nelson with a 4-under 67 to finish at 23 under and beat Matt Every and Scott Piercy by two strokes.

With three consecutive birdies late, including a 23-footer on the 15th hole, Kang finally regained the lead for good on a 27-hole Mother's Day Sunday at Trinity Forest — about 30 minutes from his home in Coppell, where he has lived since his PGA Tour debut in 2011.

"It just feels amazing. I was thinking about winning on the PGA Tour when I was real young and watching Tiger dominating," Kang said. "My dad gave me a lot of support when I was young."

Kang pumped his fist when the birdie dropped in at No. 15, making for a two-stroke swing. Every, who started that 431-yard par 4 tied for the lead, was in the middle of the fairway before what he called "just a terrible shot" on his approach that set up a three-putt for bogey.

"I watched him for 72 holes. He didn't miss. Hard to beat," Every said.

Every finished with a 66. Piercy, also in the final threesome, ended a bogey-free tournament with a 64.

Twice over the last two days, Every overcame deficits of at least four strokes and went ahead of Kang. They played together all four rounds.

"First two rounds, we're not playing to win. We're just making birdies back and forth, and back and forth. Just getting great momentum," said Kang, who matched the course record with a 61 in the second round Friday. "Then Saturday and Sunday, it's going. ... He played great on the front nine. I played great on the back nine."

Brooks Koepka, the world's No. 3-ranked player who now goes to Bethpage to defend his PGA Championship title, finished fourth at the Nelson at 20 under after a 68.

"Sometimes you just get beat. That happened this week," Koepka said. "Played good. I like my chances next week. I feel like I'm striking it well, putting it really well. ... It was important going into next week."

Koepka has also won the last two U.S. Opens since his last previous appearance at the Nelson, in 2017 when the tournament was last played TPC Four Seasons.

Jordan Spieth, a member at the links-style course south of downtown Dallas, shot a 71 to tie for 29th at 11 under. His best Nelson finish is still a tie for 16th in 2010 when he played in the tournament for the first time as a 16-year-old amateur on a sponsor exemption.

Spieth is still without a top-20 finish in his 13 starts this season. He last won at the 2017 British Open, his third major victory.

"I putted really well this week, drove the ball a little better," Spieth said. "Just trying to tighten everything up a little bit. Today's round wasn't great, but overall pretty solid week."

Every and Kang had an extended day on the course Sunday after the third round was delayed six hours by rain and they got in only nine holes before play was suspended by darkness.

Kang started the third round with a four-stroke lead, but trailed Every by one when play was stopped midway through that round Saturday night. When they resumed Sunday morning, Kang regained the lead with three birdies on the back nine, while Every had four consecutive bogeys.

A third-round 68 put Kang at 19 under, three strokes ahead of Every (67) going into the fourth round.

Every, whose only two PGA Tour wins were back-to-back Arnold Palmer Invitational titles in 2014 and 2015, started the final round with three consecutive birdies and was tied for the lead because Kang bogeyed the par-3 second hole.

Five birdies and a bogey on the first six holes got Every to 20 under, and a stroke ahead when he rebounded from that bogey at No. 4 with consecutive birdies.

Kang also had three consecutive birdies in the middle of the round to go back ahead before his tee shot at the par-3 12th hole missed the green. His ball settled in some nasty rough well below the hole, and his shot from there got to the top of the hill before rolling back into a bunker.

"I was mentally really tired, especially on the back nine," Kang said. "I was telling my caddie I'm really tired. I told him, just keep telling me about the funny things and that I can laugh and forget about the golf for a while. As soon as we get to the ball, just concentrate again."

The bogey at 12 put him at 21 under, tied again with Every at the same time Koepka made a short birdie putt at No. 13 to get him within two strokes of the lead, though he had only one more birdie after that. He was 4 under in his first five holes with a 36-foot eagle putt after driving the green at the 301-yard par-4 fifth hole, but then had seven consecutive pars.


Liverpool oust Barca in historic Champions League comeback

Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum, right, celebrates scoring his side's third goal of the game during the Champions League Semi Final, second leg soccer match between Liverpool and Barcelona at Anfield, Liverpool, England, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)

Steve Douglas

Liverpool, England (AP) — Liverpool's players had their hands on their heads, seemingly unable to comprehend their achievement. One of them, James Milner, was in tears. When he wasn't punching the air, Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp stood in front of The Kop in full voice and just took it all in.

Just when Liverpool fans thought they had seen it all — the so-called "Miracle of Istanbul" in particular, but also those storied comebacks at Anfield against Saint-Etienne, Olympiakos and Borussia Dortmund down the years — along came another European night that just might top them all.

The Liverpool players faced a 3-0 deficit against Barcelona from the first leg of the Champions League semifinals. They faced the great Lionel Messi, perhaps in the best form of his life. They faced fatigue from a grueling Premier League title race with Manchester City and the absence of two of the team's key forwards, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.

How to explain, then, a remarkable 4-0 win that sent Liverpool into a second straight Champions League final, 4-3 on aggregate?

"We know this club is a mix of atmosphere, emotion, desire and footballing quality," Klopp said. "For me, this club has a big heart and tonight the heart was pounding like crazy. You could feel it all over the world."

It took a goal of breathtaking quality — but also extraordinary cheek — to complete the greatest in a long line of famous comebacks by Liverpool, who are one win away from becoming European champions for a sixth time.

Euphoria had already engulfed Anfield when Liverpool, leading 3-0 and smothering Barcelona with their intensity, were awarded a corner in the 79th minute. Trent Alexander-Arnold, a 20-year-old right back, put the ball down in the quadrant and then turned around as if he was about to leave the kick to a teammate.

In an instant, he spun round again and whipped in a low cross that Barcelona's players weren't prepared for. Divock Origi was ready, though, and he swept home a finish from eight yards into the top corner for his second goal of the game.

Klopp was full of praise for the lucid thinking of Alexander-Arnold, the youngest player on the Liverpool team, and said he hadn't even seen the corner being taken.

"Incredibly smart," Klopp said, shaking his head. "Genius."

It was only the third time in the history of the competition that a team rallied from three goals down after the first leg of a semifinal and progressed to the final, after Panathinaikos in 1970-71 and Barcelona in 1985-86. No team had done it in the Champions League era.

"When you have a collapse of this nature," Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said, "we will have a few horrible days ahead."

For Barcelona, it was the second straight year that the team let a three-goal lead slip, having beaten Roma 4-1 at home in the quarterfinals in 2018 before losing the return leg 3-0 to go out.

As for Liverpool, given the opposition this display rivaled the comeback from three goals down against AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League final.

There was also the 3-1 win over Saint-Etienne in the 1977 European Cup and the 4-3 win from 2-0 down against Borussia Dortmund in the 2016 Europa League quarterfinals. The last-gasp 3-1 win over Olympiakos, sealed by Steven Gerrard's late long-range goal, in the 2004-05 group stage also lingers long in the memory.

"The people from outside, they doubted us and thought we couldn't do it," said Georginio Wijnaldum, a halftime substitute who scored two of the goals. "But once again we showed that everything is possible."

Klopp had delivered a stirring speech on the eve of the game, telling his players to "fail in a beautiful way" if they were to get eliminated.

They took that to heart.

Salah, Liverpool's top scorer who missed the game as he followed protocols after a concussion, entered the stadium before kickoff wearing a T-shirt bearing the message: "Never Give Up."

Then teammate Andrew Robertson set the tone on the field, pushing Messi's head with two hands while the Barcelona forward was on the ground after an early challenge. Fabinho followed that up with a crunching tackle on Luis Suarez, who was jeered and goaded relentlessly by Liverpool fans at the ground he graced for 3½ years.

A goal was needed to really give Barca the jitters and it arrived after seven minutes, with Origi tapping into an empty net after goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen parried a shot by Jordan Henderson.

Barcelona already appeared rattled, with Suarez living up to his role as the player opposition fans love to hate. In one incident, the striker flicked his boot back into the right knee of Robertson as they ran along together. Robertson needed treatment and was substituted at halftime, with his injury later confirmed to be a calf muscle problem.

Wijnaldum, who replaced Robertson, made an almost instant impact, making it 2-0 by sweeping home a low cross from Alexander-Arnold. Two minutes later, the Dutch midfielder made another run into the area and met a cross from Xherdan Shaqiri with a firm header into the corner past a flat-footed Ter Stegen.

The goals came in the 54th and 56th minutes — the times of Liverpool's first two goals in that 2005 final in Istanbul.

Philippe Coutinho, another former Liverpool player, was substituted for Nelson Semedo after an ineffective display and Barca quickly improved, exerting more control. Liverpool's players might also have wondered how to approach the game with the score tied on aggregate.

Then came the coup de grace after the cheeky play by Alexander-Arnold at a corner. Barcelona had no answer, with Messi — the star of the first leg with two goals — largely snuffed out.

Tottenham or Ajax await in the June 1 final in Madrid. Ajax lead 1-0 from the first leg.


Rask comes up big as Boston Bruins advance to face 'Canes

Boston Bruins' David Krejci, of the Czech Republic, celebrates a goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the third period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series Monday, May 6, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Mitch Stacy

Columbus, Ohio (AP) — The Boston Bruins got some timely goals in their tight Eastern Conference semifinal series with Columbus, and when the goals weren't coming, Tuukka Rask stood tall.

The Finn turned in his best playoff performance so far in Monday night's 3-0 win over the Blue Jackets in Game 6, leading the Bruins into the conference final against Carolina.

The Blue Jackets played hard and forechecked well enough to win every game, but were 0 for 10 on power-play chances in the final three games of the series, all won by Boston. Much of that was due to Rask, who had 39 saves in the clinching game.

"We are halfway to our goal," said forward David Backes, who scored Boston's final goal in the third period. "You need to relish the plateaus along the way. We are certainly at one of those to be among the final four teams. We've had to sacrifice to win some games against some really good teams.

"Now we can enjoy this for a day then have a happy flight home (Tuesday), then get ready for Carolina, who is well rested and ready for us," he said.

The Bruins will be without Charlie McAvoy for the series opener against the Hurricanes on Thursday night after the 21-year-old defenseman was suspended for one game for an illegal check on Columbus' Josh Anderson.

David Krejci and Marcus Johansson also scored for the Bruins in Game 6. David Pastrnak led the Bruins with four goals in the six games against Columbus.

"It was tight until the end," Krejci said. "We learned from it and closed it out tonight the way we wanted to."

Boston won the first game of the series in overtime, then fell to the Blue Jackets in OT in Game 2 and lost Game 3 by a goal before ripping off the final three victories. The Bruins are into the conference final for the first time since the 2012-13 season, when they lost in the Stanley Cup Final.

Carolina swept the New York Islanders in their second-round series.

"If you're playing this time of year, you're doing something right," Rask said. "You've built something great as a team. We're super happy that we're in the position. Trying to keep the train rolling."

Boston and the Carolina franchise will face each other in the postseason for the fifth time. The Bruins won three of the previous series, but Carolina won the most recent meeting in the 2009 conference semifinals when Scott Walker scored in overtime in Game 7.

Boston won the season series against Carolina 2-1, including an overtime victory.

Boston coach Bruce Sullivan said Carolina is like a mix of hard-hitting Columbus and speedy Toronto, which the Bruins beat in the opening round.

"I think they're a little bit of both," Cassidy said. "Young team. (Defensemen) get up the ice. Flip goaltenders and didn't miss a beat. But we'll look at it a little closer starting (Tuesday). Obviously they've made it this far, they're a very good hockey club. I don't think you get this far by accident. So we'll have our hands full. But we're looking forward to it."


Suryakumar Yadav's 71 propels Mumbai to fifth IPL final

Surya Kumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya of Mumbai Indians celebrate as they defeat Chennai Super Kings to enter the final of the VIVO IPL T20 in Chennai, India, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. (AP Photo/R.Parthibhan)

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Chennai, India (AP) — Suryakumar Yadav smashed an unbeaten half century and lifted Mumbai Indians to their fifth Indian Premier League final with a convincing six-wicket victory over Chennai Super Kings in Qualifier 1 on Tuesday.

Yadav hit an unbeaten 71 off 54 balls with 10 boundaries as Mumbai reached 132-4 in 18.3 overs after Chennai struggled against the spinners and were restricted to 131-4.

Chennai, led by MS Dhoni, had their moments but Murali Vijay couldn't hold on to a tough catch at mid on when Yadav was on 11 before Mumbai's No. 3 batsman controlled the run-chase by dominating both spin and seam.

"You need to know the pitch at home, whether it's tacky, that is something we didn't do well," Dhoni said. "The batting needs to do slightly better. The top order has been on and off. They're the best we've got. You have to bank on experience. They have to use that experience slightly more. Hopefully, we crack the code next game."

Together with Ishan Kishan (28), Yadav shared an 80-run match-winning third-wicket stand after Mumbai lost their captain Rohit Sharma in the first over. Quinton de Kock left Mumbai struggling at 21-2 in the fourth over when he scooped a simple catch at wide long off.

But Yadav and Kishan batted resolutely before leg spinner Imran Tahir (2-33) plucked two wickets in two balls by having Kishan clean and then Krunal Pandya offered a tame return catch.

Earlier, after winning the toss and electing to bat, Chennai were pinned down by Mumbai's spinners.

Leg spinner Rahul Chahar (2-14) and left arm spinner Krunal Pandya (1-21) bowled economically up front and Jayant Yadav had Suresh Raina caught and bowled cheaply to restrict Chennai to 65-4 in 12 overs.

Ambati Rayudu (42 not out) Dhoni (37 not out) added 66 runs off 47 balls but the total always looked below par against a strong Mumbai batting lineup.

"It was a great effort and it's a great feeling to know we will be in the final. Three good days to switch off, it's a much-need break for us," Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma said. "When you restrict a team like that to less than 140, plans have to fall in place. Suryakumar is one of our best batsmen against spin ... this was the perfect pitch for him."

Chennai will have another chance to qualify for Sunday's final when they meet the winners of Wednesday's Eliminator between Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad on Friday.


Federer returns to clay-court swing with easy win in Madrid

Roger Federer, from Switzerland, celebrates after beating Richard Gasquet, from France, during the Madrid Open tennis tournament in Madrid, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Tales Azzoni

Madrid (AP) — Roger Federer looked as comfortable as ever on his return to clay.

Showing no signs of rust after skipping clay-court tournaments the last two seasons, Federer cruised to a 6-2, 6-3 win over Richard Gasquet at the Madrid Open on Tuesday.

The fourth-seeded Federer needed less than an hour to win his first match on clay since 2016 and reach the third round in the Spanish capital.

"It feels good to be back on the clay," Federer said. "I enjoyed it. Some of these rallies, where you get pushed to the side, you slide. You can play in a different manner than you do on the hard courts or the grass."

The 37-year-old Federer skipped the clay season the last two years to make sure he was fit for the rest of the year. The 20-time Grand Slam champion is preparing to make his first French Open appearance since 2015. He has won two hard-court titles this season, in Dubai and Miami. He is a three-time winner in Madrid, with his last title in 2012.

The fourth-seeded Swiss converted his three break points and didn't concede any to the 39th-ranked Gasquet at the "Magic Box" center court.

Gasquet was playing in his first tournament after enduring a going injury early in the year.

"I think Richard was also maybe a little bit hurt from his match yesterday, so it was nice seeing him back after so many months being away from the tour with injury," Federer said. "I think for both of us it was a special match being back here in Madrid."

Earlier, top-ranked Novak Djokovic started with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Taylor Fritz. He broke the American's serve once in the first set and twice in the second, conceding only one break opportunity. The top-seeded Serb had seven aces and lost only two service points in the second set.

"I don't think he was playing at his best today," Djokovic said. "But I think it was a solid opening match for me in the tournament."

Djokovic is seeking his second title of the year, and third overall in Madrid. He began the year by winning the Australian Open.

David Ferrer extended his career with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 win over Roberto Bautista Agut, setting up a second-round meeting with defending champion Alexander Zverev. The 37-year-old Ferrer is retiring after the tournament.

"I want to be with my family and try to enjoy as much as possible the time that I have to play in this center court," the Spaniard said. "And tomorrow I have another opportunity and I'll go out there to try to enjoy every single feeling that I might experience out there."

Stan Wawrinka ended a three-match losing streak in Madrid by defeating Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-2, 6-3.

"I felt good. It was a great match, a first great match," Wawrinka said. "I have been playing good on the practice court, feeling really good, so it was important to start well today and I'm happy with the first match."

Brazil Open champion Guido Pella upset 12th-seeded Daniil Medvedev 6-2, 1-6, 6-3, while Fabio Fognini beat Kyle Edmund 6-4, 6-3.

On the women's side, top-ranked Naomi Osaka defeated Sara Sorribes Tormo 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-0 in the second round.

"I feel like in the first set, I got a bit lucky there," Osaka said. "In the third set, I just, like, went zombie mode and then just thought of everything that I had to do to win and not necessarily the outcome."

Third-seeded Simona Halep defeated Johanna Konta 7-5, 6-1, while Caroline Garcia got past Sorana Cirstea 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.

Fourth-seeded Angelique Kerber withdrew ahead of her second-round match against Petra Martic because of a right ankle injury.
 


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