Update on the latest in sports:
Thiem reaches French Open final
PARIS (AP) – Dominic Thiem has reached his first Grand Slam final and ended the surprising French Open run of 72nd-ranked Marco Cecchinato of Italy. The No. 7-seeded Thiem beat Cecchinato in the semifinals today. It was the Austrian’s third consecutive appearance in the semifinals at Roland Garros. He lost at this stage to eventual champions Novak Djokovic in 2016 and Rafael Nadal in 2017.
In Sunday’s final, Thiem will face either No. 1 Nadal or No. 5 Juan Martin del Potro. Thiem is the only man to defeat 10-time French Open champion Nadal on clay this season.
Caps bring home the Cup
LAS VEGAS (AP) – The Washington Capitals have their first NHL title, after a 4-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights last night in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Alex Ovechkin capped his playoff MVP campaign with an early power-play goal, and Devante Smith-Pelly tied it with a full-stretch goal midway through the final period.
After losing Game 1, the Capitals won four straight to win the Cup, outscoring the Golden Knights 16-8 along the way.
NBA season could end tonight
CLEVELAND (AP) – Golden State is on the cusp of another NBA championship, holding a 3-0 series lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers going into Game 4 of the finals tonight. No team in NBA history has blown a 3-0 series lead.
Trump not inviting NBA champions
WASHINGTON (AP) – Whichever team wins the NBA championship, President Donald Trump says he won’t be inviting them to the White House.
LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors have both said their teams have no interest in a visit.
Trump told reporters on Friday: “I didn’t invite LeBron James, and I didn’t invite Steph Curry. We’re not going to invite either team.”
Trump canceled a visit by the Philadelphia Eagles to commemorate their Super Bowl win after most of the players decided they’d skip it.
But Trump said he’d be happy to host the Washington Capitals, who just won the Stanley Cup. He said: “If they want to be here, it’s the greatest place on Earth. I’m here. If they don’t want to be here, I don’t want them.”
Subway Series begins
UNDATED (AP) – The Yankees and Mets open a three-game Subway Series at Citi Field. Jacob deGrom has been stellar for the Mets, but New York hasn’t been so great in return. DeGrom has a 0.99 ERA over his past nine starts, and yet the Mets are 2-7 in those games. The Yankees, meanwhile, have won seven of eight and are a half-game back of Boston in the AL East with Masahiro Tanaka set to start.
Elsewhere in the majors:
– Walker Buehler hopes to give the Dodgers’ besieged bullpen a breather in a game against Atlanta. Manager Dave Roberts has gone to the bullpen 16 times in the past two games, including when spot starter Dennis Santana was scratched minutes before first pitch Thursday. Los Angeles used nine relievers in the 8-7 win over Pittsburgh barely 12 hours after spot starter Caleb Ferguson was pulled following 1 2/3 innings. Still, LA has won 15 of 20 games heading into their series against the Braves.
– Chris Sale faces a few old friends when the Red Sox open a series against the White Sox at Fenway Park. Sale has won four straight decisions and ranks second in the AL with 110 strikeouts. Boston’s Andrew Benintendi has homered in four of his past five games. On Thursday, he became the first Red Sox player other than Mookie Betts to hit a leadoff home run since Brock Holt in 2014. Dylan Covey starts for Chicago.
– Houston’s Justin Verlander brings his league-leading ERA of 1.24 into tonight’s game against the Texas Rangers. He’s up against Doug Fister, who has split two decisions versus Houston this season.
– Right-hander Frankie Montas is on the mound tonight for Oakland at home against Kansas City. Montas has allowed one run over 14 innings since being called up from the minors May 27. The Royals counter with Jakob Junis.
– In his last four starts, Marco Gonzales has allowed a combined one earned run over 26 innings. The Seattle Mariners lefty starts the second game of a four-game set against Tampa Bay. Reliever Wilmer Font will becom the Rays’ 13th pitcher to start a game this season.
– Matt Harvey makes his sixth start for the Reds – he’s 1-2 with a 4.44 ERA since Cincinnati got him in a trade with the Mets. The Reds open a three-game home series against the Cardinals, who have won the last 11 games between the teams.
Trump says he may pardon Ali
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says he may pardon another late heavyweight boxing champion – this time, Muhammad Ali.
Trump tells reporters he’s looking at “thousands of names” of people who could be granted clemency.
Trump’s already granted a posthumous pardon to boxing’s first black heavyweight champion, Jack Johnson – convicted of violating a law that made it illegal to transport women across state lines for “immoral” purposes.
Ali refused to enter the military during the Vietnam War, declaring himself a conscientious objector. His decision resulted in a draft-evasion conviction, and he was stripped of his heavyweight boxing crown. Ali’s legal fight ended in 1971, when the Supreme Court ruled in his favor.
Earlier this week, Trump commuted the life sentence of a woman whose cause was championed by Kim Kardashian West.