FILE PHOTO: Tennis – WTA Premier 5 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 17, 2019 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in action during her quarter final match against Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova REUTERS/Matteo Ciambelli
May 20, 2019
(Reuters) – Former world number one Victoria Azarenka was afraid becoming pregnant in 2016 would end her tennis career, but says she returned to the game stronger after the birth of her son.
The two-times Grand Slam champion was ranked sixth in the world when she left the WTA tour in July 2016 and returned to the circuit in June the following year.
“I was scared, it wasn’t easy,” Azarenka told the BBC. “I knew I was going to come back but my first thought was, ‘Oh my god I’m never going to play tennis again.’
“But then it was all about knowing I was going to come back, and when I was going to come back. I felt it was a blessing, but I still wanted to have my own dreams and my own career.
“I’m sure a lot of women won’t be able to relate to me but I felt so much better after (the pregnancy). I felt so much stronger physically, and my body became so much better. I felt like my body finally matured into being a woman.”
Azarenka and Serena Williams, who became a mother in 2017, are part of a group of players who campaigned for players going on maternity leave to have their rankings protected so they did not struggle on their return.
The WTA changed its rules ahead of the 2019 season, granting new mothers the right to enter 12 tournaments over a three-year period with their previous ranking to avoid meeting a seeded opponent in the first round.
“We have the power to change the rules and we have done,” the 29-year-old Belarusian added. “I think that’s what I want my legacy to be, that I’m fighting for women to be more comfortable, to break those stereotypes and move the needle a little forward.
“That evolution is going to continue to break boundaries and the illusion of women in sport.”
(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Simon Jennings)
May 19, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (99) throws against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports
May 20, 2019
Hyun-Jin Ryu threw seven shutout innings and the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers won the finale of a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds 8-3 on Sunday afternoon.
Ryu (6-1) has not allowed a run in his past 31 innings. He gave up five hits against the Reds, struck out five and walked one, lowering his ERA to a major league-leading 1.52.
Alex Verdugo had two hits and three RBIs, Cody Bellinger and Russell Martin homered, and Joc Pederson scored three runs for the Dodgers.
Reds starter Tanner Roark (3-3) went five innings, allowing two runs and two hits. He struck out seven and walked three.
Jose Peraza and Derek Dietrich hit back-to-back homers with two outs in the ninth to account for all the scoring for the Reds, who were trying tin win their second consecutive game in the series after the Dodgers won the opener Friday.
Red Sox 4, Astros 3
Xander Bogaerts’ hits scored Mookie Betts twice in three innings, and host Boston averted a series sweep at the hands of red-hot Houston at Fenway Park.
Bogaerts delivered the game-winning hit with two outs off Astros left-hander Framber Valdez (1-2) in the seventh inning, scorching a double to center field that scored Betts from first base.
Houston had its 10-game winning streak snapped.
Yankees 13, Rays 5
Pinch-hitter Thairo Estrada highlighted a seven-run sixth inning with a two-out, bases-clearing double and New York beat Tampa Bay in the rubber game of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees took their second straight weekend series from Tampa Bay. New York also won for the seventh time in its past 10 games after sending 11 men to the plate and producing five walks and four hits in the sixth against three pitchers.
The Yankees led 8-5 when Estrada batted for Gio Urshela against Casey Sadler. He extended the lead to 11-5 by lining a double to left field on a 2-1 sinker that stayed up and over the plate.
Rangers 5, Cardinals 4 (10 innings)
Nomar Mazara’s sacrifice fly in the 10th inning capped a back-and-forth game and lifted host Texas to a win over St. Louis.
The Rangers took two of three from the Cardinals and have won four of five. St. Louis has lost four of five and is 5-13 this month.
The Cardinals took the lead in the 10th when Harrison Bader hit a leadoff double against Jeanmar Gomez (1-0), went to third on a groundout by Paul Goldschmidt and scored on a sacrifice fly by Paul DeJong.
Giants 3, Diamondbacks 2 (10 innings)
Pablo Sandoval slugged a pinch-hit home run in the 10th inning to lift San Francisco to a victory over host Arizona.
Sandoval took an outside pitch from right-hander Yoshihisa Hirano (1-2) the opposite way over the left field fence to lead off the inning. He homered as a pinch hitter for the second consecutive game.
Sandoval’s homer was the first hit for San Francisco since there were no outs in the third.
Indians 10, Orioles 0
Shane Bieber struck out a career-best 15 batters to highlight his first career complete game as Cleveland cruised to a shutout victory over visiting Baltimore.
Bieber (3-2) fanned Rio Ruiz to end the seventh inning to eclipse his previous-best strikeout total of 11, which he set in a 2-0 win over Tampa Bay on Sept. 11. The 23-year-old went on to strike out Richie Martin to end the eighth and Dwight Smith Jr. and Chris Davis in the ninth.
Bieber scattered five hits — all singles — and did not walk a batter en route to posting his first win since April 16 and first at home in five starts.
Mariners 7, Twins 4
Edwin Encarnacion, Daniel Vogelbach and Mitch Haniger hit home runs as Seattle defeated visiting Minnesota to salvage the finale of a four-game series.
The American League Central-leading Twins had their five-game winning streak snapped. The Mariners had lost their previous three games and 15 of their past 19.
Seattle left-hander Yusei Kikuchi (3-1) went six innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on five hits. He walked two and struck out six.
Royals 5, Angels 1
Danny Duffy allowed one run over six innings to win his third consecutive start, and Hunter Dozier had a two-run double as Kansas City snapped a four-game losing streak with a victory over Los Angeles in Anaheim, Calif.
Nicky Lopez and Adalberto Mondesi both went 2-for-5 with a run scored for the Royals, who won for just the second time in their last eight games.
Duffy (3-1) allowed five hits and three walks while striking out five. Scott Barlow, Jake Diekman, who struck out the side in the eighth, and Ian Kennedy each pitched a scoreless inning of relief as Kansas City won only its sixth road game in 22 tries.
Pirates 6, Padres 4
Third baseman Colin Moran capped a four-run first inning with a three-run homer and added an insurance RBI single in the eighth to lead Pittsburgh to a win over the Padres in San Diego.
Joe Musgrove picked up the Pirates’ third straight win in the four-game series to complete an unusual double. The winning pitchers in the final two games of the series — Steven Brault and Musgrove — were teammates in 2011 at Grossmont High, which is about a 15-minute drive east of Petco Park.
Musgrove (3-4) held the Padres scoreless on one hit through six innings before the Padres scored four times in the bottom of the seventh. Hunter Renfroe hit a three-run homer after a two-out throwing error by the Pirates’ pitcher.
Blue Jays 5, White Sox 2
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a two-run, go-ahead homer in the eighth inning and visiting Toronto went on to defeat Chicago.
Guerrero’s fourth homer of the season came with one out after Jonathan Davis led off the inning with a single against reliever Kelvin Herrera (1-3).
Danny Jansen added a two-run homer in the ninth and Billy McKinney also had a solo homer for the Blue Jays.
Brewers 3, Braves 2 (10 innings)
Ben Gamel hit a solo homer to lead off the 10th inning to give visiting Milwaukee a win over Atlanta.
Gamel’s homer, his second of the season, came off right-hander Wes Parsons (1-2) and enabled the Brewers to salvage one game out of three-game series. Atlanta had a four-game winning streak snapped.
Left-hander Josh Hader (1-3) pitched the final two innings and earned the win. Hader allowed the game-winning walk-off homer on Saturday.
Phillies 7, Rockies 5
Bryce Harper hit a tiebreaking home run during a four-run sixth inning, J.T. Realmuto also went deep, and host Philadelphia beat Colorado to complete a three-game sweep.
Andrew McCutchen had two hits and two RBIs, and Andrew Knapp walked three times and scored two runs for Philadelphia. Edgar Garcia (1-0) faced one batter to get the win, and Pat Neshek picked up his third save.
Ryan McMahon hit two home runs and Charlie Blackmon and Trevor Story also went deep for the Rockies, who have dropped four of their first five on an eight-game road trip.
Marlins 3, Mets 0
Sandy Alcantara pitched a two-hit shutout — his first career complete game — to lead host Miami to a shutout win over struggling New York. Alcantara (2-4) picked up his first win since March 31.
The Marlins, who have the worst record in the majors, completed a three-game sweep for their longest winning streak of the season.
Meanwhile, with rumors circulating that New York manager Mickey Callaway may get fired, the Mets have lost a season-high five straight games. The Mets have also endured 19 consecutive scoreless innings.
Athletics, Tigers (suspended in 7th)
Oakland’s Stephen Piscotty delivered a two-run go-ahead double just before the game against Detroit was suspended in the bottom of the seventh inning because of rain with the visiting A’s holding a 5-3 lead.
The contest will resume Sept. 6 at Oakland before the regularly scheduled game when the Tigers, who have lost six consecutive games, continue a six-game road trip by opening a three-game series against the A’s.
Piscotty had two hits in and drove in three runs. Matt Chapman reached base three times and scored twice, while Marcus Semien had two hits, a run scored and an RBI.
–Field Level Media
FILE PHOTO: May 19, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Houston Astros center fielder George Springer (4) reacts after striking out against the Boston Red Sox during the fourth inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports
May 20, 2019
Houston Astros All-Star outfielder George Springer will miss Monday’s game and is day-to-day with lower back stiffness, manager AJ Hinch said after Sunday’s 4-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox.
Hinch removed Springer from Sunday’s game at Fenway Park in the fifth inning, after Springer struck out swinging three times against Chris Sale and winced after a missed swing in his second at-bat.
On Friday night, Springer grabbed his side after a swing. Josh Reddick moved from left field to take Springer’s spot in right field, and Tony Kemp replaced Springer in the lineup to play left field.
Springer entered Sunday’s game leading the league in OPS (on base percentage plus slugging percentage), runs scored, home runs and RBIs.
–The Philadelphia Phillies reinstated utility man Scott Kingery from the 10-day injured list ahead of the team’s game against the visiting Colorado Rockies.
Kingery had not played since April 19 because of a right hamstring strain and was batting .406 with two homers and six RBIs in 14 games before the injury.
Against the Rockies, the 25-year-old played center field, batted seventh and went 1-for-3 with a run scored. To make room on the roster, the Phillies optioned outfielder Nick Williams to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
–The San Francisco Giants designated outfielder Aaron Altherr for assignment after just one at-bat with the team.
The move was made to open a roster spot for left-hander Drew Pomeranz, who was activated from the 10-day injured list to start Sunday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Altherr was claimed off waivers from the Philadelphia Phillies on May 11 and struck out Friday as a pinch hitter. In his first start since May 6, Pomeranz gave up two runs on two hits and five walks with two strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.
–The Chicago White Sox optioned outfielder Nicky Delmonico to Triple-A Charlotte and are expected to activate rookie Eloy Jimenez from the injured list Monday.
Delmonico was batting .206 in 21 games this season with one home run and six RBIs. That one home run was a game-ending three-run shot against the Boston Red Sox on May 2. He has just one RBI in 13 games since.
Jimenez has not played since April 26 as the rookie has been on the injured list with a right ankle sprain. He was batting .241 with three home runs over the first 21 games of his career.
–The Chicago Cubs will not file an official protest over the ninth inning of Saturday night’s game against Washington, when they contended that Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle was using an illegal toe tap on the mound during his delivery.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon twice came out in the ninth inning Saturday to discuss Doolittle’s delivery with umpires. His main issue seemed to be that his own reliever, Carl Edwards Jr., was not allowed to use a version of a toe tap during a game early in the season.
After informing umpires he was playing under protest before the Cubs lost 5-2 to the Nationals, Maddon opted against filing the protest on Sunday, saying that while he believed is correct, he “really didn’t anticipate a whole lot to be done with (the protest).” He had 24 hours to file the protest with the league.
–The San Diego Padres sent rookie left-hander Nick Margevicius back to Double-A Amarillo after his recent struggles continued to mount.
The Padres also sent right-handed reliever Gerardo Reyes to Triple-A El Paso, while right-hander Cal Quantrill was recalled from El Paso to start Sunday’s game and right-hander Trey Wingenter was reinstated from the injured list.
Margevicius (2-5, 4.96 ERA) gave up just one run in each of his first three major league starts, but gave up a combined 14 earned runs in last three outings. Quantrill had a 3.60 ERA in two earlier starts with the Padres, while Wingenter sported a 2.93 ERA in 15 1/3 innings with the Padres earlier this season. He was on the IL because of right shoulder inflammation.
–Field Level Media
May 19, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) dunks in the second overtime against the Milwaukee Bucks in game three of the Eastern conference finals of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports
May 20, 2019
TORONTO — Kawhi Leonard scored 36 points — including two important field goals late in the second overtime — and grabbed nine rebounds as the Toronto Raptors defeated the visiting Milwaukee Bucks 118-112 in double-overtime Sunday night in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.
The Bucks lead the best-of-seven series 2-1 with Game 4 slated for Tuesday in Toronto.
Pascal Siakam added 25 points and 11 rebounds for Toronto and Marc Gasol had 16 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and five blocked shots.
Toronto’s Kyle Lowry had 11 points before fouling out in the fourth quarter. Norman Powell had 19 points off the bench before fouling out late in the fourth.
Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo was held to 12 points but grabbed 23 rebounds before fouling out with 4:24 remaining in the second overtime.
George Hill had 24 points for Milwaukee. Malcolm Brogdon had 20 points, Brook Lopez added 16, Eric Bledsoe tallied 11, and Nikola Mirotic 10.
The Raptors led by as many as 11 points but had only a two-point advantage entering the fourth quarter.
Toronto moved out to an eight-point lead when Leonard made a 3-pointer with 9:05 to play, but Hill’s hook shot tied the game at 88 with 4:11 to play.
Leonard’s 16-footer put Toronto into a 93-91 lead, which grew to three when Siakam made one of two free throws with 1:41 remaining and five when Leonard made two free throws with 1:13 left.
Brogdon’s reverse layup had the Bucks back to within two with 38.7 seconds to go.
After a Bucks miss, Siakam missed two free throws with 7.1 seconds left. Khris Middleton’s layup tied the game with 2.2 seconds left, forcing overtime.
Siakam’s layup put Toronto ahead by two in the first overtime and Leonard’s jumper made the lead four. Brogdon hit a five-footer with 43.2 seconds to play and Hill tied the game with two free throws with 14.5 seconds left in the first overtime. Leonard missed a shot, forcing the second overtime.
Leonard’s dunk after a steal had Toronto leading by three in the second overtime. Two free throws by Lopez trimmed the lead to one.
Leonard’s steal and dunk again had the Raptors ahead by three with 1:52 left in the second overtime. The Raptors led by four on Leonard’s hook with 32.4 seconds to go.
The Raptors led 30-21 after the first quarter.
The Raptors led by 11 points after Lowry hit a 3-pointer with 4:13 remaining in the half.
The Bucks cut the lead to four on a 3-pointer by Bledsoe but Serge Ibaka nailed a 3-pointer in the final second for a 58-51 Raptors halftime lead.
Brogdon’s 3-pointer pulled Milwaukee to within three points with 6:44 left in the third quarter.
Siakam’s 3-pointer from the corner put the Raptors up by nine. The Bucks, however, beat the Raptors to two rebounds before Hill put in a floating jumper to close the third-quarter scoring. Toronto led 77-75.
–By Larry Millson, Field Level Media
May 18, 2019; Portland, OR, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) shoots over Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) in the first half of game three of the Western conference finals of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports
May 20, 2019
Though the Golden State Warriors have won all three games of the Western Conference finals thus far against Portland, the series is taking its toll on both teams.
On Sunday, Trail Blazers star guard Damian Lillard confirmed that he is playing with separated ribs on his left side, an injury that he says likely occurred in the third quarter in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals when Warriors big man Kevon Looney fell on him during a scramble for the ball.
“There’s nothing you can really do about it,” Lillard told reporters. “When I get winded, it’s a little harder to breathe.”
Lillard wore padding in Game 3 on Saturday but was just 5-of-18 shooting while scoring 19 points. Portland lost the game 110-99 as Golden State took a 3-0 series lead.
Warriors forward Andre Iguodala is questionable for Monday’s Game 4 at Portland because of tightness in his left calf. The team said an MRI exam came back clean, but the Warriors likely will be cautious with the 35-year-old veteran.
Iguodala left in the third quarter Saturday, playing just 18 minutes and contributing two points, five rebounds and two assists.
–The New Orleans Pelicans hired Brooklyn Nets assistant general manager Trajan Langdon as their general manager.
The 43-year-old Langdon, who joined the Nets in March 2016, will work alongside executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin.
The hiring of the former Duke standout and 1999 first-round NBA draft pick caps a week in which the Pelicans won the NBA draft lottery and the opportunity to add consensus No. 1 pick Zion Williamson, also of Duke.
–The Cleveland Cavaliers have hired J.B. Bickerstaff as associate head coach, ESPN reported.
The former Memphis Grizzlies head coach had talked with multiple teams about lead assistant roles, but Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman convinced him to help former Michigan coach John Beilein as the latter transitions to the NBA bench, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Bickerstaff, 40, was 48-97 in two seasons with the Grizzlies. He also served as interim head coach of the Houston Rockets in 2015-16, posting a 37-34 record after replacing Kevin McHale. Bickerstaff has also been an assistant coach with the Charlotte Bobcats (2004-07), Minnesota Timberwolves (2007-11), Rockets (2011-15) and Grizzlies (2016-17).
–Field Level Media
FILE PHOTO: May 18, 2019; Portland, OR, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) drives to the basket against Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) during the second half in game three of the Western conference finals of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Moda Center. The Golden State Warriors beat the Portland Trail Blazers 110-99. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports
May 20, 2019
PORTLAND, Ore., – The Golden State Warriors will go for their second Western Conference finals sweep in the last three seasons Monday night when they visit the Portland Trail Blazers for Game 4 in the best-of-seven series.
Having become the first squad in NBA history to rally from at least a 13-point deficit in consecutive playoff wins, the Warriors find themselves one victory away from a fifth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals.
It appears Golden State will take its first shot at the series-clinching win without Andre Iguodala, who experienced pain in his left Achilles during Saturday’s 110-99 win in Portland.
The veteran got good news on an MRI exam performed Sunday, yet was still listed as no better than “questionable” for Game 4.
Already without Kevin Durant (calf) and DeMarcus Cousins (quadriceps), the Warriors got big performances from their three remaining All-Stars and significant contributions from several others as they brushed aside an 18-point, second-quarter deficit and won 110-99 on Saturday night.
“Over the course of the regular season, we talked about (how) everybody was going to have an opportunity to win a championship,” Warriors guard Stephen Curry noted to reporters Sunday. “This series has been a true testament to that.”
Curry had a game-high 36 points, Draymond Green recorded a triple-double and Klay Thompson spearheaded the Golden State defense on Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard in the road win that gave the Warriors at least one in an NBA-record 22 consecutive series.
The Warriors surely were more than three-deep in contributing players in Game 3. Alfonzo McKinnie came off the bench to hit his only 3-pointer for a third consecutive game, Kevon Looney dropped in four of his five shots and Jordan Bell overcame the embarrassment of a missed dunk to shoot 3-for-5 for the Warriors, with the trio combining for a plus-46 plus/minus in difference-making performances.
Meanwhile, Portland’s predicament went from bad to worse on Sunday when Lillard confirmed a rib injury that had resulted from a collision with Looney as both went to the floor for a loose ball in Game 2 on Thursday.
“I don’t think it’s something that’s affecting my game,” Lillard insisted to reporters Sunday. “It’s there … Obviously you feel it, but that’s it.”
Like most Trail Blazers, Lillard has been most ineffective in third quarters in the series. He’s shot just 3-for-14 overall and 1-for-4 on 3-pointers in the three third periods, during which the Trail Blazers have been outscored 91-63.
Lillard, an Oakland native who would like nothing better than to get one more homecoming before the Warriors move to San Francisco next season, has been outscored 109-61 by Curry in the series.
Portland went 2-0 in potential elimination games in their seven-game triumph over Denver in the Western semifinals. But the Trail Blazers have a taller task in the Western finals, facing a Warriors team that has won five in a row in these playoffs and has beaten them nine straight times in the postseason.
The Warriors have gone 17-7 in potential close-out games in the Steve Kerr era, including 5-3 in Game 4 when up 3-0 in the series.
Golden State swept Portland in the first round in 2017.
–Dave Del Grande, Field Level Media
May 19, 2019; Bethpage, NY, USA; Brooks Koepka plays his shot from the eighth tee during the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bethpage State Park – Black Course. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports
May 19, 2019
By Andrew Both
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (Reuters) – Brooks Koepka survived to win the PGA Championship for a second consecutive year on Sunday when he triumphed at Bethpage Black to secure his fourth career major title.
It was not pretty but Koepka limped across the finish line two strokes ahead of fellow American Dustin Johnson.
Koepka carded a final-round four-over-par 74 in strong and gusty winds.
What looked like being a comfortable march to victory turned into high drama when he made four consecutive bogeys from the 11th hole as Bethpage reared its head in the tough conditions.
A seven-shot lead when he started the day suddenly became a tenuous one-shot advantage when Johnson, playing two groups ahead, birdied the 15th hole.
With the raucous and partisan gallery openly cheering for Johnson, it would have been easy for the leader to completely crumble.
But Johnson subsequently bogeyed the 16th and 17th holes, affording Koepka the luxury of some breathing room.
He finished at eight-under 272, while Johnson (69) had to settle for second place on six-under, the 2016 U.S. Open remaining his only major title.
Koepka, who won the U.S. Open in 2017 and U.S. Open and PGA Championship last year, replaces Johnson as world number one.
He is the first repeat winner of the PGA Championship since Tiger Woods accomplished the feat in 2007.
(Reporting by Andrew Both; Editing by Ken Ferris)
FILE PHOTO: Lucas Bjerregaard of Denmark hits off the second tee during first round play of the 2019 Master golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, U.S., April 11, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
May 19, 2019
By Andrew Both
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (Reuters) – Dane Lucas Bjerregaard gave the raucous gallery at the par-three 17th hole something to cheer about with a hole-in-one in the final round at the PGA Championship on Sunday.
Bjerregaard used a six-iron from 206 yards, and his ball never deviated from the flag, taking one hop and then disappearing on the second bounce at Bethpage Black.
Suitably impressed, his playing companion Lucas Glover, the 2009 U.S. Open champion here, also got in on the act by holing a 50-foot bunker shot for birdie at the hole.
The ace helped Bjerregaard to a round of three-over-par 73 as he closed out his PGA Championship debut in style.
He finished at three-over 283.
Bjerregaard is a twice European Tour winner but the 27-year-old’s claim to fame in his still young career came when he beat Tiger Woods at the WGC-Match Play in Austin, Texas in March.
(Reporting by Andrew Both; editing by Ken Ferris)
Basketball – EuroLeague Final Four Final – Anadolu Efes Istanbul vs CSKA Moscow – Fernando Buesa Arena, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain – May 19, 2019 CSKA Moscow’s coach Dimitris Itoudis and Kyle Hines celebrate with the trophy. REUTERS/Sergio Perez
May 19, 2019
VITORIA-GASTEIZ, Spain (Reuters) – CSKA Moscow clinched their eighth Euroleague title with a 91-83 win over Anadolu Efes Istanbul after 20 points each from American forwards Will Clyburn and Cory Higgins in a rip-roaring title showdown on Sunday.
Frenchman Nando De Colo added 15 points for CSKA, who hit eight of their opening 10 three-point attempts and finished on 14 of 22 from long range against a side who were making their maiden Final Four appearance.
Anadolu’s Shane Larkin, who has had spells with several NBA teams, most recently the Boston Celtics, led all scorers with 29 points but lacked support as the Turks hit only 15 of 40 attempts from two-point range and committed costly turnovers.
The Istanbul side raced into a 7-3 lead but immaculate shooting from behind the arc allowed CSKA to finish the first quarter 29-20 ahead, with Higgins netting 11 points.
Anadolu, who trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half, nosed ahead 45-44 shortly after the break but CSKA hit back and stayed in the driving seat for the rest of the contest after a 14-5 run gave them the lead for good.
The Russian side’s Greek coach Dimitris Itoudis heaped praise on power forward Kyle Hines, whose ironclad defense and crunch-time rebounds ground Anadolu’s offense to a halt.
“Kyle is a living legend and I cannot express my gratitude enough for the way he brings this group together,” Itoudis said in a courtside interview.
“In 10 years’ time he will be ready to coach. All the players deserve the credit but this guy stands out,” he added.
Earlier on Sunday, last season’s champions Real Madrid blew away Fenerbahce Istanbul 94-75 in the third-place playoff on the back of 23 points from Mexican center Gustavo Ayon, who nailed all of his 11 shots from the field.
(Writing by Zoran Milosavljevic; Editing by Ken Ferris)
May 19, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; The car of NTT IndyCar series driver Fernando Alonso sit in his garage during a weather delay before the last row shootout before the second day of qualifying for the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
May 19, 2019
(Reuters) – Former Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso failed to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 when he finished fourth fastest in a six-car last-row shootout on Sunday.
The Spaniard needed to be in the top three to make the 33-car field for the May 26 race. He had missed qualifying in his McLaren-prepared Chevrolet on Saturday.
(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina; Editing by Ken Ferris)