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June 7, 2018
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June 7, 2018
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Update on the latest in sports:





Nadal and del Potro reach semifinals


PARIS (AP) – Rafael Nadal is in to the French Open semifinals for the 11th time.


The top-ranked Spaniard completed a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win over Diego Schwartzman of Argentina over two days after their quarterfinal was halted by rain on Wednesday night.


Nadal is only the third male player in the Open Era to reach 11 semifinals at a single Grand Slam, alongside Roger Federer and Jimmy Connors.


He will face Juan Martin del Potro, who earned a return to the French Open semifinals for the first time since 2009 today by defeating Marin Cilic 7-6 (5), 5-7, 6-3, 7-5.


In 2009, del Potro lost to Roger Federer in the semifinals. He went on to win the U.S. Open the same year by defeating Federer in the final.




Capitals look to clinch


LAS VEGAS (AP) – Alex Ovechkin is one win away from carving his name into hockey history. He and the Washington Capitals can capture the Stanley Cup with a win tonight over the Vegas Golden Knights.


It would be the Capitals’ first title and Washington’s first major pro sports championship in a quarter-century. The Caps have a shockingly lengthy franchise history of playoff collapses, but they promptly won all three potential closeout games in their first three playoff series this spring.


Washington has scored 16 goals in four games against the reeling Golden Knights, whose charmed expansion season has run short of magic in three consecutive losses.




Warriors need one more


CLEVELAND (AP) – The Golden State Warriors are within one victory of a sweep in the NBA Finals, which would mean their second straight title and their third championship in four years.


The Cleveland Cavaliers, meanwhile, are in a hole that might as well be six feet deep. Teams that have fallen behind 3-0 in the playoffs are 0-and-131.


Kevin Durant scored a career playoff-high 43 points last night, draining a long 3-pointer in the final minute, and the Warriors beat LeBron James and the Cavaliers 110-102 in Game 3.


Game 4 is tomorrow night.




Beeks makes big league debut


UNDATED (AP) – Jalen Beeks makes his major league debut for the Red Sox when baseball’s top team, looking for its fifth straight victory, hosts Detroit. The 24-year-old lefty allowed two or fewer runs in eight of his 10 starts for Triple-A Pawtucket. Before the game, Boston star Mookie Betts, who’s been on the 10-day disabled list, plans to take batting practice and second baseman Dustin Pedroia — sidelined by left knee inflammation — is expected to resume baseball activities.


Elsewhere in the majors:


– Dodgers rookie Dennis Santana makes his first major league start in the series finale at Pittsburgh. The 22-year-old Santana earned his first victory in the majors by working 3 2/3 innings of relief last week against Colorado. On the mound for the Pirates is Jameson Taillon, who pitched eight shutout innings against St. Louis last Friday.


– White Sox right-hander James Shields faces the Twins again after holding them hitless for 6 1/3 innings May 6 in Chicago. He’s pitched at least seven innings in each of his last four starts. Minnesota turns to Jose Berrios, who is 2-0 against the White Sox this year. He struck out 11 Chicago batters over seven innings in a 4-0 win at Target Field on April 12.


– Cole Hamels pitches for Texas against Gerrit Cole and the visiting Astros in the opener of a four-game series. Hamels, with a 2.89 ERA in his last seven starts, threw six shutout innings vs. Houston on May 11.