Update on the latest sports
Zidansek reaches semifinal
PARIS (AP) – Tamara Zidansek is the first Slovenian woman to reach a Grand Slam semifinal.
The 85th-ranked Zidansek beat Paula Badosa of Spain 7-5, 4-6, 8-6 to become the first semifinalist of this year’s French Open. She had never been beyond the second round at a Slam prior to this tournament.
Zidansek saved three break points in the penultimate game to hold for a 7-6 lead in the third and then broke Badosa to win.
Zidansek was formerly a competitive snowboarder.
Hawks and Sixers; Jazz meet Clippers
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The Atlanta Hawks try to go up two-games-to-none in their NBA Eastern Conference semifinal series against the 76ers in Philadelphia. The Hawks held on for a 128-124 win in Sunday’s opener.
The Utah Jazz, the NBA’s No. 1 overall seed, host the fourth-seeded Clippers in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. Utah beat the Grizzlies 4-1 in the first round, while the Clippers outlasted the Mavericks in seven games.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning bring a commanding 3-1 lead in their second-round playoff series into tonight’s game in Raleigh against the Carolina Hurricanes.
In tonight’s other NHL playoff action, Vegas and Colorado are tied at two games apiece heading into Game 5 of their playoff series tonight in Denver. They’ve each won both games at home so far.
Yankees hope to stop skid
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Slumping DJ LeMahieu and the skidding Yankees hope to get back on target when they start a set at Target Field against the Twins tonight. New York has lost four in a row, coming off a weekend sweep by Boston at Yankee Stadium, and is fourth in the AL East.
The Yankees rank near the bottom of the majors in scoring, and have averaged barely 2 1/2 runs per game over the past two weeks. Often dependent on power, they’re below the AL average in home runs and have hurt themselves on the bases all season, often running into outs.
Among the other games on the schedule:
– The Red Sox, winners of five in a row, open a three-game series in Boston against the Houston Astros.
– The Milwaukee Brewers, winners of nine of their last ten including a four-game sweep of Arizona, are in Cincinnati top open a series against the Reds
– Arizona aims to end its 17-game road losing streak when Jon Duplantier starts at Oakland. The Diamondbacks haven’t posted a road win since Madison Bumgarner pitched seven no-hit innings at Atlanta on April 25 to sweep a doubleheader.
– The Cardinals have lost five in row, and ending the streak won’t be easy — they next face Cleveland ace Shane Bieber. St. Louis will try to avoid its worst skid since going on an 0-7 road trip to Wrigley Field and Cincinnati in June 2017. Bieber has struck out 117 in 79 innings after winning the AL Cy Young Award last season. Carlos Martinez starts at home for the Cardinals.
– The New York Mets have won eight of eleven heading into tonight’s game against the Orioles. The two-game series completes a nine-game road trip for the Mets.
Refugee team of 29 athletes picked for Tokyo Olympics
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) – The refugee team for the Tokyo Olympics has 29 athletes competing in 12 sports. The team picked by the International Olympic Committee was drawn from 55 athletes who fled their home countries and got scholarships to train for the games in a new home country.
The 29 athletes are an increase from 10 in the inaugural refugee team at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. They are originally from Africa, Asia and South America.
IOC president Thomas Bach says they will “send a powerful message of solidarity, resilience and hope to the world.”