Update on the latest in sports:
Ten quarterfinals in a row for Djokovic, Anisimova reaches quarterfinals
PARIS (AP) – Novak Djokovic has become the first man to reach the French Open quarterfinals 10 years in a row. Even Rafael Nadal never accomplished that. Djokovic moved into the round of eight with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 victory over 45th-ranked Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany, saving the only break point he faced and compiling 31 winners to only 12 unforced errors. The top-seeded Djokovic is bidding for a fourth consecutive Grand Slam title and his second trophy at Roland Garros, where he won the championship in 2016. Djokovic hasn’t dropped a set through four matches this year. But he also has not faced a seeded player yet.
In other action today:
– Amanda Anisimova is the youngest woman to reach the French Open quarterfinals in 13 years. She’ll face defending champion Simona Halep. The 17-year-old American beat 137th-ranked Spanish qualifier Aliona Bolsova 6-3, 6-0 in 69 minutes. The last 17-year-old to go this far was Nicole Vaidisova (vay-deh-SOH’-vuh), who made it to the semifinals in 2006.
-Alexander Zverev has reached the quarterfinals for the second straight year. The fifth-seeded Zverev rallied past ninth-seeded Fabio Fognini 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (5). It marked the third time in four matches that Zverev has dropped at least a set, having already survived two five-setters.
– Kei Nishikori completed a five-set win over two days to reach the quarterfinals. The seventh-seeded Japanese player overcame strong resistance from local favorite Benoit Paire to win 6-2, 6-7 (8), 6-2, 6-7 (8), 7-5. Their fourth-round match had been suspended by darkness on Sunday, with Nishikori leading two sets to one. Nishikori will next face defending champion Rafael Nadal in the last eight.
– Madison Keys and Ash Barty will face off in the quarterfinals. In wet conditions in Paris, the 14th-seeded Keys had no problem dealing with 42nd-ranked Katerina Siniakova and advanced to last eight for the second straight year with a 6-2, 6-4 victory. The eighth-seeded Barty defeated Sofia Kenin 6-3, 3-6, 6-0. Kenin, a 20-year-old American, had upset Serena Williams in the previous round.
NHL-STANLEY CUP FINAL
Bruins have 2-1 lead heading into Game 4
ST. LOUIS (AP) – Vince Dunn is expected to return to the St. Louis Blues’ lineup in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins after missing almost three weeks with facial injuries and a likely concussion. Dunn has missed six games since taking a puck to the face on a shot from San Jose’s Brenden Dillon in Game 3 of the Western Conference final on May 15. He replaces Robert Bortuzzo in the Blues’ lineup.
Boston is expected to go with the same lineup from its 7-2 Game 3 victory.
The Boston Bruins carry a 2-games-to-1 lead going into tonight’s game.
Boston scored with precise efficiency on all four of its power-play chances in its rout of the Blues in Game 3. After the Bruins scored on just two of their 10 power plays in Games 1 and 2, Boston coach Bruce Cassidy noticed a hole in the Blues’ penalty kill and made some adjustments. Overall, Boston has converted on 35.9% of its power play opportunities in the playoffs, and could be the first unit to finish over 30% in the postseason since the 1981 champion New York Islanders.
Baseball draft starts tonight
SECAUCUS, N.J. – The Baltimore Orioles make the first selection when the Major League Baseball draft begins at MLB Network studios in Secaucus, New Jersey. The top prospects include Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman, Cal first baseman Andrew Vaughn and Texas high school shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. – son of the former big league pitcher.
Others who are expected to be picked early are Vanderbilt outfielder JJ Bleday, Georgia high school shortstop CJ Abrams, Arizona State outfielder Hunter Bishop, TCU left-hander Nick Lodolo and Florida high school outfielder Riley Greene.
The O’s have the overall No. 1 pick for the second time, and first since taking LSU pitcher Ben McDonald in 1989.
Last year’s top choice was Auburn pitcher Casey Mize, taken by Detroit. The 22-year-old righty is 7-1 with a 1.39 ERA in his minor league career so far, and pitched a no-hitter for Double-A Erie this season.
Angels make quick trip to Wrigley
CHICAGO (AP) – Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels are at Wrigley Field to make up a game that was snowed out in Chicago on April 14. The Angels played in Seattle on Sunday, then host Oakland on Tuesday night. The Cubs promoted outfielder Carlos Gonzalez from Triple-A Iowa before today’s game.
Elsewhere in the majors:
– Veteran outfielder Jay Bruce is set to join the NL East-leading Phillies, a day after they acquired him from Seattle with cash for a minor league infielder. The former All-Star will meet up with his new teammates for the start of a series at San Diego.
– The Los Angeles Dodgers take a five-game winning streak to Arizona after becoming the first team this year to sweep the Phillies. The Dodgers are sending righthander Walker Buehler to the mound against lefty Robbie Ray.
– After sweeping the Oakland Athletics for the second time this season, the Houston Astros open a series in Seattle. Corbin Martin is on the mound for Houston, while the Mariners are planning to start an opener.
Mets’ Ron Darling returning to TV booth after cancer surgery
NEW YORK (AP) – Mets announcer Ron Darling is returning to the team’s broadcast booth tomorrow night following surgery to treat thyroid cancer. Darling said April 13 he was taking a medical leave. On May 6, he said a mass had been removed and he planned to be back at work in about a month.
The 58-year-old former pitcher says in a statement today that his doctors tell him his cancer has been “stabilized for now” and he has been cleared to work. He adds that he will be monitored closely for the next several months to “assure my progress remains on the right track.”
Darling was 136-116 from 1983-95 and helped the Mets win the 1986 World Series.
Goodell reiterates desire to shorten 4-game preseason
BATAVIA, N.Y. – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is reiterating his stance of wanting to reduce the four-game preseason schedule at a time the league and player’s association have begun preliminary talks on a new collective bargaining agreement. Goodell cites discussions he’s had with coaches in saying he doesn’t believe four preseason games are necessary to evaluate and develop players for the start of the regular season. He says the NFL should do everything to the highest quality, and that he’s “not sure preseason games meet that level right now.”
In touching on several other topics, he said the NFL has scheduled a series of conference calls with coaches this week to go over a proposal to expand replay reviews and allow them to challenge pass-interference calls in the final two minutes.
Jaguars sign journeyman receiver Terrelle Pryor
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed journeyman receiver Terrelle Pryor. The move gives the team more depth and experience at the position.
Pryor has 115 receptions for seven touchdowns and more than 1,500 yards in seven NFL seasons with five teams. The former Ohio State quarterback played for Washington, the New York Jets and Buffalo over the last two years.
Pryor will be reunited with current Jaguars offensive coordinator John DeFilippo.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-HALL OF FAME
Heisman runner-up Heupel among new college HOF candidates
UNDATED (AP) – Josh Heupel, who was the Heisman Trophy runner-up for Oklahoma in 2000, and former North Carolina pass-rushing star Julius Peppers are among 12 players making their first appearance of the College Football Hall of Fame ballot this year. The National Football Foundation emailed ballots to its more than 12,000 members and current Hall of Famers. The 2020 class will be announced in January, before the College Football Playoff championship on Jan. 13.
Among the other first-time candidates are C.J. Spiller of Clemson, Chris Samuels of Alabama and James Laurinaitis of Ohio State. Players become eligible for the hall 10 years after their college careers end and when they are done playing professionally.
IAAF ordered to suspend testosterone rules
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) – Two-time Olympic 800-meter champion Caster Semenya’s lawyers say the Swiss supreme court has ordered track’s governing body to suspend its testosterone regulations. The lawyers say the ruling allows Semenya to compete unrestricted in all female events and that she can now run in her favored event without taking hormone suppressing medication.
Lawyers say the temporary ruling stands until the IAAF makes submissions to the court on why the regulations should be kept in place. The supreme court would then make another ruling.
Semenya is hoping to defend her 800 title at the world championships in Doha, Qatar, in September.
She has appealed to the supreme court to overturn the rules permanently. No date has been given for the main appeal to be heard.