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Blues win 1st Stanley Cup, beating Bruins 4-1

St. Louis Blues' Zach Sanford (12) celebrates his goal with teammates behind Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (40) during the third period in Game 7 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Wednesday, June 12, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Jimmy Golen

Boston (AP) — Ryan O'Reilly scored for the fourth straight game and rookie Jordan Binnington stopped 32 shots in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 4-1 victory over the Boston Bruins and their first NHL championship.

Alex Pietrangelo added a goal and an assist and Brayden Schenn and Zach Sanford also scored for St. Louis. The Blues woke up on New Year's morning with the worst record in the league but won 30 of their final 49 regular-season games and soared through the playoffs to reach the final for the first time since 1970.

Coach Craig Berube, who took over when Mike Yeo was fired in November, is the fourth coach in the past 11 years hired in midseason to lead his team to the NHL title.

Matt Grzelcyk scored the Bruins' only goal, and Tuukka Rask stopped 16 shots for Boston.

Boston outshot St. Louis 33-20, but the Blues went ahead at the end of the first period on goals from Reilly and Pietrangelo about three minutes apart. The second period was scoreless, then Schenn put it out of reach with 8:35 to play and Sanford made it 4-0 before the Bruins spoiled Binnington's bid for a shutout.

St. Louis can stop singing the blues.

It's time to play Gloria.

Returning to the site of their last appearance in the final, which ended when Bobby Orr sailed through the air after scoring the Cup winner, the Blues won for the third time in Boston this series and an NHL record-tying 10th time in the postseason.

O'Reilly won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the postseason. He is the first player since Wayne Gretzky to score in four consecutive Stanley Cup Final games.

Not so surprising with Gretzky, who is the NHL's leading regular-season and playoff scorer, but O'Reilly had just three goals in his first 22 postseason games.

Boston will have to console itself with the two major sports championships it has already won in the past year, or the dozen trophies that have been chauffeured through Boston in a parade of the city's iconic, amphibious Duck Boats. Three of them have come at St. Louis' expense.

The Bruins tried to harness all the local karma they could.

Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman and Julian Edelman waved a banner before the game while wearing David Ortiz jerseys; the Red Sox slugger is recuperating just a mile or so away from an assassination attempt in his native Dominican Republic.

Retired Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling also was in the crowd, wearing his World Series ring and a Bruins jersey. Portable party Rob Gronkowski also made an appearance on the video board.

And the Bruins responded, dominating for long stretches of time except in the way that mattered most.

The Blues had just one shot on goal heading into the final minutes of the first period, but they scored first when O'Reilly deflected a shot from Jay Bouwmeester into the net. Then with just 8 seconds left in the period and Bruins forward Brad Marchand tentative on a line change, Pietrangelo beat Rask to make it 2-0.

Bouwmeester played in 1,184 regular-season games — the third most among active players who had not gotten their names etched on the Stanley Cup.


Froome crashes in training, will miss Tour de France

In this Wednesday July 25, 2018 file photo, Britain's Chris Froome, right, and teammate Geraint Thomas climb Montee de Peyragudes pass during the seventeenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena )

Associated Press

Roanne, France (AP) — Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome will miss this year's race after a "bad crash" in training on Wednesday.

Team INEOS leader Dave Brailsford said Froome sustained a suspected fractured femur in a 60 kph (40 mph) crash.

The British rider was being airlifted to a hospital, Brailsford said at the Criterium du Dauphine race in southeastern France.

Froome was practicing on the route of the 26-kilometer (16-mile) fourth stage of the eight-day Dauphine race, which would have been the 34-year-old rider's first time-trial test this season.

Brailsford said Froome was riding in gusty winds and seemed to lose control of his front wheel when trying to clear his nose.

Froome received treatment quickly from medical staff with a race ambulance that was near the scene of the crash, Brailsford said.

Seeking a fourth win in the key preparation race, Froome was eighth in the Dauphine standings, 24 seconds behind leader Dylan Teuns of Belgium. Froome won the Dauphine before his Tour wins in 2013, '15 and '16. He also won the 2017 Tour.

The three-week Tour de France starts on July 6. Long-time Froome teammate Geraint Thomas is the defending champion.


Warner's century helps Australia beat Pakistan at World Cup

Australia's David Warner celebrates his century during the Cricket World Cup group stage match against Pakistan at the County Ground Taunton, England, Wednesday June 12, 2019. (David Davies/PA via AP)

John Pye

Taunton, England (AP) — David Warner erased any lingering doubt about his batting since his comeback from a 12-month ban with an almost run-a-ball century to help Australia hold off Pakistan by 41 runs at the Cricket World Cup on Wednesday.

Warner wasn't exactly back to his best, but he still reached his first hundred for Australia since 2017 from 102 balls, stroking 11 boundaries and a six in the process.

"To come out here, play the way I know I can play, was awesome — I was elated," Warner said. "It was a bit of relief in a way, but I still think I left a lot out there."

Warner launched the innings with a 146-run opening stand with skipper Aaron Finch (82) that set the foundation for a big total at Somerset's County Ground, although Australia's last six wickets fell for 30 as Pakistan rallied to restrict the total to 307.

Left-arm paceman Mohammad Amir led the Pakistan attack and completed a career-best haul of 5-30 to end Australia's innings in the 49th over.

Pakistan lost its first wicket in the third over to Pat Cummins (3-33) but kept the run chase tense with a series of batting contributions until skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed (40) was run out to end the innings at 266.

"If you take a positive in this match, definitely Mohammad bowled really well," Sarfaraz said. "And after that, Wahab Riaz played really well."

But, "Definitely I think fielding — fielding is not up to the mark."

Imam-ul-Haq shared partnerships of 54 with Babar Azam (30), and 80 with Mohammad Hafeez (48) until he was caught behind off Cummins in the 26th over for 53.

Pakistan had a slide of 3-11 and its hopes appeared to fade at 147-5 when Hafeez was caught on the deep midwicket boundary to a rank full toss from part-timer Finch, bowling slow left-arm orthodox, and Shoaib Malik was caught behind.

But a 15-ball 32 from Hasan Ali and the 64-run eighth-wicket partnership between Sarfaraz and Wahab Riaz kept Pakistan right in the chase.

Wahab's 45 from 39 balls ended in a caught-behind decision given only after Australia reviewed the initial not out call because wicketkeeper Alex Carey was convinced Mitch Starc (2-43) got a thin edge.

The keeper proved correct, and Starc picked up another wicket two balls later as the last three wickets fell for three runs in eight balls.

Until then, it was all about Warner.

When he edged between wicketkeeper and slip for a boundary to reach triple figures he ran up the pitch before punching the air to celebrate his 15th ODI century — and his first in any format for Australia since a test against England in December 2017.

He was rubbed out of the representative game for 12 months for his part in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in March last year that rocked Australian cricket.

Warner was booed by the crowd in each of his previous appearances at the World Cup, and was under scrutiny from critics despite scoring runs because his unbeaten 89 against Afghanistan and 56 against India came at an uncharacteristically slow strike rate.

He was only jeered by the heavily pro-Pakistan crowd on Wednesday when he was dropped cold by Asif Ali at third man on 104, but that was more likely frustration at yet another fielding error from the Pakistani team.

His innings ended with Australia at 242-4 in the 38th over, when he miscued Shaheen Afridi (2-70) to Imam at deep point.

Apart from Warner and Finch, nobody in the Australia lineup scored more than Shaun Marsh's 23 as Amir troubled the batsmen with his movement off the seam.

The strike-rate seemed to be the only question over Warner's form and mental state, and he responded the best way he could.

"Personally, it's a great thing. It obviously was a long time coming," he said. "I'm just grateful for this opportunity and ... I'm just really looking forward to what's coming ahead of us in the World Cup. Pumped to be back, and the boys are on fire here."

After back-to-back washouts on Days 12 and 13 of the tournament, there were no interruptions for rain at Taunton as Australia extended its ODI winning streak against Pakistan to nine, and improved to 3-1 from four games at the World Cup.

Sarfaraz said he had confidence his lineup could regroup quickly for Sunday's game against archrival India.


France beats Norway 2-1 to remain undefeated in World Cup

France's Eugenie Le Sommer celebrates after scoring her side's second goal during the Women's World Cup Group A soccer match between France and Norway in Nice, France, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

Daniella Matar

Nice, France (AP) — Eugenie Le Sommer scored the winning goal from the penalty spot to lift host nation France to a 2-1 win over Norway at the Women's World Cup on Wednesday.

Then she had a special embrace for one of her teammates.

France defender Wendie Renard almost cost France the game when she turned the ball into her own net to even the match at 1-1.

Le Sommer came to the rescue and moved France to 2-0 in this tournament when she scored the winner in the 72nd minute. A relieved Renard was one of the first players to celebrate with Le Sommer.

"I knew it was hard for her," Le Sommer said. "I know Wendie well, and I know how much she can give us. She came up to me completely naturally and thanked me and I just said 'No.'"

"In the first match she scored two goals. What's most important is the group. I'm happy also for her that her mistake was rectified."

Neither goalkeeper was really tested in an entertaining first half, but France took the lead immediately after the break when Valerie Gauvin tapped in Amel Majri's cross. Gauvin had been benched at the start of France's opening 4-0 win over South Korea, reportedly because she was late to training.

Norway tied it eight minutes later when Renard knocked Isabell Herlovsen's low cross into her own net.

Renard, considered one of the best defenders in the world, appeared to be in tears as she raised her face to the sky in anguish.

"I made a huge, huge mistake but we showed our character," Renard said. "Amel was speaking to me but I couldn't really understand what she was saying. So to be safe I went to put it out for a corner but it ended up in the back of the net.

"It could have ruined the night, it could have put us in difficulty mentally but we really showed that we are ready, that we are strong."

Video review was used on Le Sommer's game-winning goal, which stood because a penalty was awarded after a high tackle by Ingrid Syrstad Engen on Marion Torrent.

"I saw the replays from afar and for me there was a contact that deserved the penalty," Le Sommer said. "If it was against us, well I don't know. ... I think the referee made the right decision. In the first match the VAR took away a goal from us, in this match it helped us get one, but what was most important was to win this match and the VAR maybe helped us, but we have to get used to this now in football."

France is three points ahead of Norway in Group A. Nigeria was also three points behind France, which is vying to become the first nation to hold both the men's and women's World Cup titles at the same time.

"It was a battle for top spot, even though we can't denigrate the last match against Nigeria," Le Sommer said. "It was a very important victory today for our preparation for the rest of the tournament."

Norway, which won the competition in 1995, is playing without Ada Hegerberg. The 2018 FIFA Ballon d'Or winner stepped down from the national team because of what she says are differences in the way the federation treats the men's and women's teams.

"We lost the match but I thought we were equal with the French," Norway coach Martin Sjogren said. "We knew that we were going to face a very good opponent and we had a good plan. I wasn't surprised by the French team — we knew they were going to be athletic with fast players and speed — but we played well and I'm very proud of how my players performed out there.

"In my book, I think we deserved a 1-1."


Netherlands beat England 3-1 to reach Nations League final

Netherlands' Matthijs de Ligt, top right, scores his side's opening goal during the UEFA Nations League semifinal soccer match between Netherlands and England at the D. Afonso Henriques stadium in Guimaraes, Portugal, Thursday, June 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Tales Azzoni

Guimaraes, Portugal (AP) — Another semifinal loss, another missed chance for England to end their title drought.

The Netherlands took advantage of two sloppy defensive mistakes by England in extra time to earn a 3-1 win in the semifinals of the Nations League on Thursday, extending England's run of more than five decades without a trophy.

An own goal by Kyle Walker gave the Dutch the lead after John Stones gave the ball away in the first half of extra time, and Ross Barkley then misplayed a back pass to gift the Netherlands a third goal in the 114th minute.

"Throughout the game we made too many mistakes in our third of the pitch," England coach Gareth Southgate said. "Partly that was a consequence of their pressure but partly that was errors by us. The last two goals were really difficult errors to account for."

The Dutch will play the final of UEFA's newest competition against hosts Portugal in Porto on Sunday, when they will try to lift their first trophy since the 1988 European Championship.

The Netherlands had failed to qualify for both the 2016 European Championship and the 2018 World Cup.

England, who were seeking a first title since the 1966 World Cup, will play Switzerland in the third-place game in Guimaraes, also on Sunday.

England have lost the last four competitive semifinals, including in the World Cup last year, at the 1996 European Championship and in the 1990 World Cup.

"It was tough to take in the end because you get to another semifinal and it should be a positive, and of course you leave even more deflated," Southgate said. "But I have to look at the bigger picture and what these players have given me."

England arrived for the Nations League as one of the favorites after a fourth-place finish at the World Cup and a series of good results since then, including wins over Spain and World Cup runners-up Croatia.

The Netherlands made it to the Final Four by eliminating the last two World Cup winners — France and Germany.

"(This win) is a sign we're growing stronger and stronger," said coach Ronald Koeman, who was still playing when the Dutch won the Euros in 1988. "This win will help us improve even more. We don't stop after tonight."

England took the lead in the first half through a penalty by Marcus Rashford after he was brought down by center back Matthijs de Ligt, but the Dutch defender made amends by heading in the equalizer in the 73rd.

England thought they had scored a winner in the 83rd but a video review determined that Jesse Lingard was just offside before he scored from inside the area.

The Netherlands went ahead in the seventh minute of extra time after Stones gave the ball away to Memphis Depay inside his own area. The Dutch forward's shot was stopped by a great save by goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, but on the rebound Quincy Promes got to the ball first and his strike deflected off Walker and into the net.

Promes added the third goal after another defensive blunder by England, this time by Barkley, whose short pass went straight to an opponent inside the area.

Southgate didn't start any of the players who last week were in the Champions League final in Madrid, including Liverpool's Jordan Henderson and Tottenham's Harry Kane.

Koeman used Liverpool duo Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum from the start.

Kane entered the match at halftime to replace Rashford, who hobbled after getting injured near the end of the first half.

UEFA created the Nations League this season to give national teams more meaningful games and reduce the number of friendlies. Despite some criticism at first, especially by the clubs, the competition produced some exciting games and gave more nations the chance of playing in competitive environments.


Australia recover to beat West Indies at Cricket World Cup

Australia's Nathan Coulter-Nile plays a shot during the Cricket World Cup match between Australia and West Indies at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, Thursday, June 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Steve Douglas

Nottingham, England (AP) — Stuttering at 38-4 and getting roughed up by West Indies' pacemen at the Cricket World Cup, Australia were facing yet another painful Trent Bridge experience.

Nathan Coulter-Nile and Mitchell Starc came to the rescue.

Coulter-Nile stroked a career-best 92 off 60 balls — the highest score by a batsman at No. 8 or lower in the tournament's history — to help lift the Australians from a perilous position to 288 all out. Starc then snared the first five-wicket haul of this World Cup to seal a 15-run win for the defending champions.

Starc had 5-46, including a late burst of 4-2 in 11 balls across two spells, as West Indies were restricted to 273-9 despite half-centuries by Shai Hope (68) and captain Jason Holder (51).

Australia made it two wins from two matches, after a seven-wicket win over Afghanistan, to join New Zealand on four points. It was the Windies' first loss.

The victory enabled the Australians to exorcise some awful memories at the Nottingham venue, having conceded a one-day international world-record 481 here to England last year and also been knocked over for 60 in a test match innings in 2015.

Coulter-Nile's salvo came out of nowhere, his previous best ODI score being 34. Indeed, he had only reached double-figures five times in his 28 previous ODIs and his highest first-class score in any format was 74.

"The only time I looked up and thought 'jeez' was when I was on about 90," said Coulter-Nile, who revealed he broke his bat during his innings.

He dominated the partnership of 102 runs with Steve Smith, who was much the steadier in his 103-ball 73, and hit four lusty sixes as well as eight boundaries.

Smith, who was lightly booed onto and off the field for his part in the Australian ball-tampering scandal of last year in South Africa, anchored Australia's recovery from 38-4 and 79-5. At one stage, Australia seemed set to slump to their lowest total at a World Cup, beating 129 against India at Chelmsford in 1983.

"Definitely missed an opportunity," West Indies captain Jason Holder said. "It's a bit disappointing to be losing a game like that when we're in full control."

Faced with aggressive and short-pitched bowling, Australia became the first team this tournament to lose four wickets in the opening power play with Sheldon Cottrell standing out for more than one reason. He dismissed David Warner (3) and Glenn Maxwell (0), celebrating his wickets with a military-style salute — a nod to his army background.

The salute came out again toward the end of the innings when he produced a catch that rivals Ben Stokes' opening-day take on the boundary against South Africa as the best of the tournament. Snaring Smith with a one-handed catch just inside the boundary at deep-backward square leg, Cottrell tossed the ball in the air as he weaved outside and back inside the boundary rope before collecting the ball again.

Wicketkeeper Alex Carey, who shared a 68-run stand with Smith, also weighed in with a crucial 45.

Pacemen accounted for all 10 wickets, just like when West Indies bounced out Pakistan for 105 last week in a seven-wicket win here in Nottingham. They were just as aggressive as six days ago — Oshane Thomas' roughed up Uswan Khawaja, smacking him in the grille with one ball — but not as precise. They sent down a total of 24 wides, five coming off Thomas' first ball.

"It was fast, aggressive stuff, up around the nose of the batsman," Starc said. "It's not fun to bat against them. I much prefer dishing it out."

Mainly thanks to Starc, wickets fell regularly in the Windies' chase — the biggest stand was 68 between Hope and Nicholas Pooran (40). They also had to deal with some poor calls from the umpires, four of which were overturned on review.

Veteran opener Chris Gayle was given two of the reprieves by DRS, both when on 5, before his typically chaotic innings was finally ended by Starc on 21. But not before he passed 1,000 World Cup runs.

"I don't know if I'll be fined for saying it but I just think that the umpiring was a bit frustrating," said Windies allrounder Carlos Brathwaite, who spoke of "dodgy" decisions against Gayle. "It was frustrating and sent ripples through the dressing room."

Hope, the Windies' in-form batsman, was defiant more than fluent in reaching his 11th ODI half-century and his departure — when he lofted a slower ball from Pat Cummins to Khawaja at mid-on — left his team on 190-5.

Holder then successfully reviewed two lbw decisions and Andre Russell, the MVP in this year's IPL, chipped in with an explosive 11-ball 15 that included a 103-meter six.

Starc dismissed both of them, and also took the final two wickets of the innings in a burst that proved just as important as Coulter-Nile's knock in Australia's innings.

The left-arm paceman was the player of the tournament at the last World Cup, won by the Australians on home soil.

"Having that experience from four years ago probably plays a part," he said.


Djokovic has tennis history within grasp at the French Open

Serbia's Novak Djokovic plays a shot against Germany's Alexander Zverev during their quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Thursday, June 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Andrew Dampf

Paris (AP) — Sure, Novak Djokovic wants to win each match he plays. And, yes, he wants to come through at key moments, such as when he got broken early in his French Open quarterfinal and was in danger of dropping a set for the first time in the tournament.

What matters most to Djokovic, though, is the big picture. And so he's excited to be two victories away from doing something only one other man, Rod Laver, ever has in tennis: holding all four major titles at once on two separate occasions.

"The longer I play or the further I go, I guess, in my career, the sense of history-making is only getting stronger. That's one of the greatest motivations I have, obviously," Djokovic said after a methodical 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 dismantling of Alexander Zverev on Thursday.

Djokovic already won four straight majors in 2015-16. And since his shocking loss to unheralded Italian player Marco Cecchinato in the quarterfinals last year at Roland Garros, Djokovic has compiled a 26-0 record at the Grand Slams, winning Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, and the Australian Open along the way.

"There is no better way to make history of the sport than to win Slams and play your best in the biggest events," Djokovic said. "Those are the pinnacle achievements that you can have in our sport."

Due to Wednesday's washout, Djokovic will be back on the court without a day's rest for Friday's semifinals against Dominic Thiem.

Thiem, last year's runner-up, rolled past 10th-seeded Karen Khachanov 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 .

In the other semifinal, 11-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal renews his rivalry with Roger Federer.

It's the first time since 2011 that all top four seeds have reached the semifinals in Paris.

Even if Djokovic raises another trophy come Sunday, however, Laver will remain the only man to have won all four Grand Slams in the same calendar year twice, in 1962 and 1969.

Yet even Laver is awed by what Djokovic is accomplishing.

"I marvel at someone like Novak with his ability and his consistency," Laver said. "When you look at the way he plays the game, he doesn't go bang, bang, bang, ace, volleys. He wins every individual point from the baseline."

With so much physical exertion, there was a moment against Zverev when Djokovic appeared out of breath after sending a backhand wide to give the fifth-seeded German a break and a chance to serve out the opening set.

But Djokovic found his second wind, started pushing Zverev back and forth to the corners like a windshield wiper, broke right back and reeled off five straight games to take the set and a 3-0 lead in the second.

"(I) really thought that the first set should have gone my way," Zverev said. "Once he's in control, he's very tough to beat. He's world No. 1 for a reason."


Norman clocks world-leading time in 200 meters in Rome

Michael Norman, second from right, wins the men's 200 meters event at the Golden Gala Pietro Mennea track and field meeting in Rome, Thursday, June 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Associated Press

Rome (AP) — Michael Norman clocked a world-leading time in the men's 200 meters to edge out fellow American Noah Lyles at the Golden Gala meet on Thursday.

Norman's time of 19.70 seconds was also a meet record at the Diamond League event and a personal best for the 21-year-old, who was just two hundredths of a second ahead of Lyles.

"I am really happy with the time, there was a good flow, it was amazing," Norman said. "I changed a few things race pattern-wise. I was a lot stronger today and I tried to hold the composure ... I am just happy now if I am progressing like this."

Norman and Lyles, who is also 21, have established themselves as two of the most exciting sprint talents in the world.

"This race didn't really go as expected, winning is what is always expected, but I ran faster than in the last race so I can feel great things will happen," Lyles said.

Alex Quinonez of Ecuador was third in 20.17.

In the women's 100 meters, double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson of Jamaica also ran the fastest time of the year as she came from behind to beat triple European champion Dina Asher-Smith in 10.89.

The British athlete was 0.05 seconds behind Thompson. Aleia Hobbs of the United States was third in 11.12.

There were also world-leading times in the men's 800 and 5,000 and the women's 1,500.

A photo decision was needed to conclude that Donavan Brazier of the U.S. had beaten Nijel Amos with a time of 1:43.63 in the 800. Amos appeared to run out of steam as they approached the line and Brazier surged ahead to win by two hundredths of a second.

Brandon McBride of Canada was third in 1:43.90.

Telahun Haile Bekele also came from behind to edge out fellow Ethiopian Selemon Barega in the 5,000 with a personal best of 12:52.98.

Barega finished in 12:53.04, with compatriot Hagos Gebrhiwet third in 12:54.92.

In the women's 1,500, world record-holder Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia eased home in a world-leading 3:56.28 to beat Britain's European champion Laura Muir and compatriot Gudaf Tsegay.

Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad ran 53.67 in the women's 400 hurdles to beat fellow American Shamier Little by 0.73 and Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic by 1.15.

Sergey Shubenkov, who won the Diamond Trophy in 2018 and 2017, edged out Andrew Pozzi and Antonio Alkala in the men's 110 hurdles. The three were separated by just four hundredths of a second.

In the women's 400, Salwa Eid Naser again proved she is the one to beat as she outpaced Shericka Jackson and Stephenie Ann McPherson to clinch her 14th win in her past 15 races at the distance.

In the field events, Angelica Bengtsson sprung a big surprise as she won the women's pole vault, clearing 4.76 meters at her final attempt to set a new Swedish record.

Olympic silver medalist Sandi Morris of the United States was second on 4.66, along with third-place Robeilys Peinado of Ecuador.

There was also a PB in the women's long jump as European champion Malaika Mihambo of Germany beat Olympic triple jump champion Caterine Ibarguen and 2012 Olympic champion Brittney Reese with a world-leading 7.07 meters.

Bogdan Bondarenko equaled the best height of this year as the Ukrainian cleared 2.31 to win the high jump.

Other winners on the night were: Omar Craddock of the U.S. in the men's triple jump; Lyu Huihui in the women's javelin; and Konrad Bukowiecki, who set a meet record and a personal best of 21.97 in the men's shot put.


Ronaldo's hat trick sends Portugal into Nations League final

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during the UEFA Nations League semifinal soccer match between Portugal and Switzerland at the Dragao stadium in Porto, Portugal, Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

Tales Azzoni

Porto, Portugal (AP) — On a night when Portugal unveiled their newest star, it was the same old Cristiano Ronaldo who came through for the national team again.

Teenager Joao Felix, who has been called Ronaldo's successor, made his international debut on Wednesday, but it was Ronaldo who scored the hat trick that gave Portugal a 3-1 win over Switzerland and a spot in the final of the inaugural Nations League.

"Clearly these were three very important goals, beautiful goals," Ronaldo said. "But the most important is that we won and that the team have qualified for the final, which was our objective."

While the 19-year-old Felix wasn't much of a factor, Ronaldo proved decisive again, converting a first-half free kick and netting two late goals that gave the hosts a chance of winning UEFA's newest competition.

"It's one of those things you don't have enough adjectives to describe," Portugal coach Fernando Santos said. "He's a genius."

Portugal and Ronaldo will play either the Netherlands or England, who meet in the other semifinal on Thursday in Guimaraes. Switzerland will face that game's loser in the third-place game, also on Sunday.

"The objective was to get through," Ronaldo said. "Whoever we face now will be difficult. Both the Netherlands and England are excellent teams and either will present great opposition."

Ronaldo's late double also helped erase the controversy surrounding Switzerland's second-half equalizer by Ricardo Rodriguez. It came from a highly disputed penalty kick that was awarded after a video review, and which nullified a penalty that had been given to Portugal as play continued.

Portugal will be seeking their second international title after winning the 2016 European Championship with a team led by Ronaldo.

The star forward put Portugal ahead at the Estadio do Dragao with a well-taken free kick in the 25th minute. His shot dropped quickly after going over the wall, catching Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer flat-footed.

When the game seemed headed to extra time, Ronaldo came through to put the hosts ahead again. He scored with a shot from inside the area after a nice pass by Bernardo Silva in the 88th, then completed his sixth international hat trick in the 90th, entering the area with the ball and cutting back inside before firing a shot into the far corner. It was his 88th goal for Portugal in 157 internationals.

"They have this 'cherry on top,'" Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic said about Ronaldo. "And he really made the difference."

Ronaldo had taken time off from the national team after last year's World Cup and hadn't yet played in the Nations League. It was only his third match with Portugal this year after returning to the squad for European Championship qualifiers.

Earlier Wednesday, it was announced that a lawsuit by a Nevada woman accusing Ronaldo of raping her in 2009 was moved from state to federal court in the United States, but the claims against him stood. The player has denied wrongdoing.

Felix wasn't on the field when Ronaldo came through with the late-game heroics. He had been substituted in the 70th.

"It was an incredible feeling to be with the main national team for the first time," Felix said. "And we won the match, which is what matters."

The Benfica forward, who has been attracting the attention of some top clubs in Europe, had a golden chance to score his first goal with Portugal just before halftime, but he couldn't get a clean shot off after receiving a pass inside the area with only the goalkeeper to beat.

German referee Felix Brych didn't initially award the penalty for Switzerland after Steven Zuber was touched by Nelson Semedo inside the area, and as play continued he instead called one for Portugal when Silva was fouled in the other box.

After a long delay, Brych went to the VAR cabin and reversed the non-call for the first penalty, allowing Rodriguez to convert the spot kick in the 57th to even the score.

"I've never seen anything like that," Petkovic said. "It was a bit strange because the penalty wasn't that clear. The way it was handled wasn't entirely clear."

Portugal loudly complained as the contact between Semedo and Zuber appeared to be incidental.

Brych was also involved in a controversial penalty call in the match between Switzerland and Serbia at the World Cup last year.

It was the first time the VAR was used in a UEFA competition between national teams.


India open with win, extend South Africa's World Cup woes

India's Jasprit Bumrah celebrates the dismissal of South Africa's Hashim Amla during the Cricket World Cup match between South Africa and India at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton, England, Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

John Pye

Southampton, England (AP) — An opening victory for India has South Africa's Cricket World Cup campaign teetering on the edge.

Rohit Sharma made the most of an early reprieve to post an unbeaten 122 and guide India to a six-wicket win over an injury-depleted South Africa on Wednesday, when tight bowling dominated a low-scoring group game at the Rose Bowl.

Sharma's let off came in the second over — Kagiso Rabada's first — when he fended at a short ball which brushed his glove and carried to second slip, but South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis wasn't able to grab it.

He recovered steadily and carried his bat, reaching 100 from 128 balls, before India surpassed the victory target of 228 with 15 balls to spare, consigning South Africa to a third straight defeat.

It's likely South Africa will have to win their remaining six league games to maintain a chance of reaching the semifinals.

India skipper Virat Kohli credited a bowling attack inspired by paceman Jasprit Bumrah with setting the early tone with important wickets, and praised Sharma for guiding the 2011 champions in the chase and producing an innings he considered the opening batsman's best in one-day international career.

"In my opinion this is by far his best ODI innings because of the kind of pressure the first game brings from a World Cup point of view," Kohli said. "He was very composed, he was very — he's played so many games, we expect a lot of maturity.

"He played the perfect innings for that kind of a situation on that kind of a wicket against a bowling attack that was threatening to pick up wickets at any stage."

India had to wait until day seven of the tournament for their opening game, and Bumrah didn't waste time getting things going when he dismissed both openers to have South Africa struggling at 24-2.

After Bumrah took the first two wickets by generating good pace and significant seam movement, wrist spinner Yuzvendra Chahal snared 4-51. That started a pair in the 20th over that finished with the key wicket of du Plessis (38), who'd been hit on the right glove hard in the opening overs.

Kohli said Bumrah was in such a rich vein of form the batsmen were "literally clueless against him."

Chris Morris chipped in with 42, Andile Phehlukwayo scored 34, and Rabada finished unbeaten on 31 as South Africa's allrounders contributed in a total of 227-9 that initially seemed well below par in mild but slightly overcast conditions on a pitch showing no signs of wear.

But South Africa's attack, missing veteran Dale Steyn (ruled out of the tournament) and Lungo Ngidi (hamstring injury), made India's strong batting lineup work.

Rabada bowled with pace and aggression early and, after missing out on Sharma's wicket, had Shikhar Dhawan (8) caught behind with the total at 13.

He then greeted India skipper Virat Kohli with a bumper and had figures of 1-3 after three overs, before Sharma hit him out of the attack with a six and two boundaries in his following over.

Kohli went to the crease aiming to extend a sequence of centuries — he opened the 2011 and '15 World Cups with hundreds — but the India captain was out for 18 when he chased a ball from Phehlukwayo and fell to an athletic, tumbling caught behind by Quinton de Kock.

Rabada came back to have KL Rahul (26) caught by du Plessis and returned 2-39 from 10 overs. He should have finally had Sharma's wicket in his ninth over, but David Miller dropped a sitter at cover when the Indian opener was 107 in a missed opportunity that summed up South Africa's day.

Chris Morris got a consolation wicket late, tumbling over the stumps at the non-striker's end when he took a skied, return catch to dismiss MS Dhoni (34) to make the total 213-4. Otherwise, it was a long day with few rewards for the South African bowlers.

India next play defending champions Australia at the Oval on Sunday, and South Africa remain in Southampton to face the West Indies on Sunday.


NZ beat Bangladesh in Cricket World Cup thriller

New Zealand's Ross Taylor plays a shot during the World Cup cricket match between Bangladesh and New Zealand at The Oval in London, Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Foster Niumata

London (AP) — Two unforced run out errors scarred Bangladesh's loss to New Zealand in their drama-filled Cricket World Cup match on Wednesday at the Oval.

At the center of both was Mushfiqur Rahim, the wicketkeeper-batsman playing his fourth World Cup.

Mushfiqur was dug in with his old friend Shakib Al Hasan; they were unruffled in reaching yet another 50 partnership when Mushfiqur pushed a ball into the covers and tried to steal a single Shakib agreed with. Then Shakib changed his mind, and Mushfiqur was far from his crease when the bails were smacked off.

Mushfiqur, patently annoyed, departed for 19 at 110-3, and Bangladesh never recovered as they was bowled out for a sub-par 244 in the 50th over.

The winning target in the day-night encounter was gettable despite a fresh pitch that was slower than expected, but it would have been far tougher if Kane Williamson had been run out on 8 and New Zealand slumped to 60-3.

The captain was more than a foot from safety, but video showed Mushfiqur knocked the bails off with his right arm before he caught the ball, so Williamson stayed.

He turned the lifeline into a slow-but-safe 40 in a rejuvenating stand of 105 with Ross Taylor. After Taylor departed for 82, New Zealand's cruise turned bumpy, and they scrambled over the finish line at 248-8 and rose to the top of the standings with two wins from two matches.

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza defended Mushfiqur.

"I don't think we need to go after him because it could happen to anybody," Mashrafe said. "He was also trying hard to get him (Williamson). He wants the ball, and suddenly (the wickets) hit his elbow. Those mistakes always happen."

After blowing away Sri Lanka by 10 wickets, New Zealand were strained by the tension of trying to finish off Bangladesh. The 17 balls to spare hide how hard it became to win.

"The boys held their nerve, that's all you can ask for," Taylor said. "We would have loved to have been a bit more clinical but we were put under pressure. Credit Bangladesh, they fought all the way to the end."


Paris in the springtime? French Open rainout sinks schedule

A spectator waits under an umbrella as rain delays the start of quarterfinal matches at the French Open tennis tournament in Paris, Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Howard Fendrich

Paris (AP) — The second full-day washout at the French Open since 2000 made a mess of the schedule Wednesday and raised the possibility that the Grand Slam tournament will not finish on time.

Tournament director Guy Forget said there is a chance that the women's singles final could be delayed from Saturday to Sunday.

"It's not what we hope," Forget said, "but if we have no other choice, then that's what we will do."

Roland Garros is the only Grand Slam site without a covered court; a retractable roof is expected to be added to the main stadium before next year's tournament at the facility in western Paris.

As things stand now, with the last two women's quarterfinals — defending champion Simona Halep of Romania vs. 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova of the U.S., and No. 8 Ash Barty of Australia vs. No. 14 Madison Keys of the U.S. — moved from Wednesday to Thursday, whoever emerges from that half of the draw could end up playing on three consecutive days.

The semifinals that were supposed to be Thursday are now scheduled for Friday. But, as Forget noted, while Thursday's forecast looks OK, Friday's calls for more showers.

"Friday," he said, "is kind of complicated."

That would mean the women's semifinals could end up on Saturday.

Also moved from Wednesday to Thursday were the last two men's quarterfinals: No. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia, who is attempting to win a fourth consecutive Grand Slam title, against No. 5 Alexander Zverev of Germany, and No. 4 Dominic Thiem of Austria vs. No. 10 Karen Khachanov of Russia.

Instead of beginning at 2 p.m. local time (1200 GMT, 8 a.m. EDT) on Thursday, play will start at noon (1000 GMT, 6 a.m. EDT).

One semifinal in each singles draw already was set Tuesday, so those players can sit back, relax and prepare. On the men's side, Rafael Nadal faces Roger Federer, meeting Friday for the sixth time at Roland Garros and 39th time overall. They own a combined 37 Grand Slam titles.

"The one," Forget called it, "that a lot of people are waiting for, of course."

On the women's side, it's No. 26 Johanna Konta of Britain against unseeded 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic. Neither has reached a major final.

Play was wiped out by rain at the French Open for a full day in 2016. Before that, it hadn't happened since 2000.

In 2012, the men's final between Nadal and Djokovic began on Sunday but was suspended in the fourth set and resumed Monday. That was the first time since 1973 that the clay-court major tournament lasted past its originally scheduled final Sunday.

"When we have uncertain weather, of course, it's very hard to predict scheduling," Forget said. "But we have to always study the worse-case scenario, knowing that ideally we want to try to finish on Sunday."
 


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