FILE PHOTO: Andre Iguodala of the Golden State Warriors warms up before his NBA pre-season game against the Denver Nuggets at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, U.S., September 30, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Lam
May 19, 2019
Golden State forward Andre Iguodala is questionable for Game 4 at Portland on Monday night due to tightness in his left calf.
The team said an MRI on Sunday came back clean, but the Warriors likely will be cautious with the 35-year-old veteran as they look to complete a sweep of the Trail Blazers in the Western Conference finals.
Iguodala left in the third quarter of Saturday night’s 110-99 victory in Portland in Game 3. He played just 18 minutes and contributed two points, five rebounds and two assists.
“We didn’t want to risk anything and put him back in the game,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said.
Iguodala, who was the 2015 NBA Finals MVP for Golden State, is averaging 10.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 29.4 minutes in 15 games (nine starts) this postseason.
–Field Level Media
May 18, 2019; Bethpage, NY, USA; Brooks Koepka during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bethpage State Park – Black Course. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
May 19, 2019
By Andrew Both
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (Reuters) – Bethpage Black turned into a beast on Sunday as a strong and gusty southerly wind whipped across the Long Island course, presenting Brooks Koepka with perhaps the biggest obstacle he needs to overcome in pursuit of victory at the PGA Championship.
After three days of relative calm, players’ skills and patience were being tested to the limit on a course that everyone except Koepka struggled to tame in relatively benign conditions over the first 54 holes.
With everyone in the final round having to deal with the difficult conditions, the strong winds raised the likelihood of some big changes on the leaderboard.
Koepka prepared to tee off at 12 under par, a record seven shots clear of fellow Americans Dustin Johnson, Luke List and Harold Varner III and Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond.
A victory would be Koepka’s fourth major in less than two years, following the 2017 and 2018 U.S. Opens and the 2018 PGA Championship.
There were some good early scores on Sunday morning before the wind whipped up, with American Beau Hossler shooting a six-birdie, four-bogey two-under-par 68.
But the course average was already three shots over the par of 70, and rising with each passing minute.
Phil Mickelson was among the casualties on Sunday, battling his way to a six-over-par 76.
“It’s certainly challenging but there’s nothing over the top because the greens are somewhat receptive,” he said, referring to the soft putting surfaces.
“I thought it was a great set-up to identify who’s playing the best.”
Mickelson finished at 12-over 292, but the American was a clear number one with the rowdy fans.
As boisterous as the spectators have been this week, one can only imagine what it will be like when Bethpage hosts the 2024 Ryder Cup, when Mickelson could be captain on the home team.
(Reporting by Andrew Both, editing by Pritha Sarkar)
Tennis – ATP 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 19, 2019 Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates during the final against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Matteo Ciambelli
May 19, 2019
By Alasdair Mackenzie
ROME (Reuters) – Rafael Nadal won a record 34th ATP Masters 1000 title with a 6-0 4-6 6-1 victory over Novak Djokovic in the Italian Open final on Sunday.
The Spaniard, who had shared the record of 33 Masters titles with the Serbian world number one, warmed up for the defense of his French Open crown by securing his ninth Rome title.
Nadal got off to a flying start by whitewashing a shellshocked Djokovic in the opening set. It was the first time there has been a 6-0 set during a meeting between the two rivals.
Djokovic took the second by breaking Nadal’s serve for the first time while leading 5-4, but the second seed responded in style by storming through the decisive set.
(Reporting by Alasdair Mackenzie, editing by Pritha Sarkar)
Soccer Football – La Liga Santander – Real Madrid v Real Betis – Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain – May 19, 2019 Real Betis’ Jese celebrates scoring their second goal with team mates as Real Madrid’s Nacho and Marcelo look dejected REUTERS/Juan Medina
May 19, 2019
MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid’s harrowing season came to a fittingly miserable end on Sunday as they slumped to a staggering 12th La Liga defeat, losing 2-0 at home to Real Betis as many fans left the stadium early and those who stayed booed the players off the pitch.
With Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos and Thibaut Courtois all sitting on the bench, Betis forward Loren Moron put the visitors in front in the 61st minute, completing a sweeping counter-attack by slamming the ball into the roof of the net from close range.
Former Madrid forward Jese Rodriguez tapped into the net unmarked in the 75th to seal the victory for Betis, who finished the season 10th in the standings but have earned away victories at the Nou Camp and the Santiago Bernabeu.
The win proved to be Quique Setien’s last stand as a statement from Betis after the game said he would be leaving the club by mutual consent.
Madrid ended the campaign third in the standings on 68 points, their lowest total since the 2001/02 season, while they lost 12 league games for the first time since the 1998/99 campaign.
They finished eight points behind runners up Atletico Madrid and 19 adrift of champions Barcelona, who drew 2-2 at Eibar.
“We started the season badly and we’ve finished it badly,” said Madrid defender Marcelo.
“We didn’t want the season to be like this at any stage, we wanted to be in finals competing for trophies, it’s been a tough season, one of the hardest on a personal level, we tried to sort things out but now we’re just looking to next season.”
Madrid’s only good opening in another dismal display fell to top scorer Karim Benzema, who struck the post from inside the box in the first half.
Betis dominated the play and would have scored earlier had it not been for some impressive saves from Keylor Navas, who was given a rousing reception from supporters in what was believed to be his last game for the club.
BALE LEFT ON BENCH
Spanish media reports also say that Bale will not be at the club next season, but the Wales forward, who was left out of the squad for last week’s defeat at Real Sociedad, was given no opportunity for a final run out at the Bernabeu.
Madrid’s record signing and a scorer in two Champions League final triumphs, Bale was seen grimacing as he sat on the bench when his side were 2-0 down and when the fulltime whistle came he walked straight down the tunnel without acknowledging fans.
Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane would not be drawn on whether Navas or Bale would leave the club, but said players’ futures could not dictate whether or not he picked them.
“I don’t know if it’s the last game for them or not, I don’t know what’s going to happen. Keylor played well but we’ll see what happens next season,” he said.
Asked about whether Bale deserved a chance to play one last game, he said: “I’m sorry he didn’t get to play, but no-one knows what will happen.
“If I think a player doesn’t fit in the team, I have to do what I think works best. No-one can change what Bale has done for the team, but as a coach I have to live in the present.”
(Reporting by Richard Martin; Editing by Toby Davis)
Tennis – WTA Premier 5 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 19, 2019 Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova poses with a trophy as she celebrates winning the final against Britain’s Johanna Konta REUTERS/Matteo Ciambelli
May 19, 2019
By Alasdair Mackenzie
ROME (Reuters) – Karolina Pliskova ended Johanna Konta’s hopes of landing a first claycourt title with a 6-3 6-4 victory in the Italian Open final on Sunday.
The Czech world number seven did not drop a single service game as she secured the third clay title of her career and her first in Rome in one hour 25 minutes.
British number one Konta claimed some big scalps on her way to the final, beating Grand Slam winners Sloane Stephens and Venus Williams as well as Madrid Open champion Kiki Bertens.
However, she struggled to trouble the Czech on serve as Pliskova recorded her seventh win in eight meetings with Konta.
The result means Pliskova will be the number two seed at the French Open later this month as she will move to second place in the world rankings on Monday.
“I was a little bit nervous today, it’s a final so you have to be. Jo played great tennis so she made it quite tough for me,” the Czech said.
Asked about her prospects at Roland Garros, she said: “I just hope I can take the tennis I was playing here to Paris and we’ll see.
“I think there will be a chance for me if I play this way but there’s going to be some tough opponents who are playing good tennis on clay.”
Konta was broken in her opening service game before saving a set point at 5-2, but Pliskova served out the first set after the Briton failed to take advantage of the only break point she was afforded in the match at 5-3.
Pliskova missed a break point in Konta’s opening service game of the second set but eventually broke the 28-year-old at 3-3 before holding serve to secure victory.
Konta remained upbeat, saying: “I’m pleased with how I’ve been progressing this year and how I’ve been improving with every match.
“To make it to a final here, this is my second biggest final after Miami, this is a big moment for me.”
(Reporting by Alasdair Mackenzie; Editing by Toby Davis)
MotoGP – French Grand Prix – Circuit Bugatti, Le Mans, France – May 19, 2019 Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez celebrates winning the race on the podium with second placed Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso and third placed Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
May 19, 2019
(Reuters) – Honda’s world champion Marc Marquez won the French Grand Prix at Le Mans on Sunday for his third victory in the last four races to extend his lead at the top of the MotoGP standings.
The 26-year-old, who started in pole position, cruised to victory in 41 minutes, 53.647 seconds to reach 95 points for the season ahead of Andrea Dovizioso (87) and Alex Rins (75).
Dovizioso battled hard to finish second behind the Spaniard in his works Ducati, while team mate Danilo Petrucci joined him on the podium in third.
Marquez’s win was the 300th premier class victory for the Honda team and came 53 years after Jim Redman, of then Rhodesia, claimed the first one at Hockenheim.
(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis)
May 18, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Houston Astros DH Tyler White (13) hits a two run double during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports
May 19, 2019
Tyler White capped a five-run first inning with a two-run double, and Josh James delivered three scoreless innings of relief as the Houston Astros defeated the host Boston Red Sox 7-3 on Saturday at Fenway Park to extend their winning streak to 10.
It is the second 10-game winning streak of the season for the Astros, who will win this three-game series between the last two American League champions. The 1969 Astros were previously the only team in franchise history to post two double-digit winning streaks in the same season.
James (1-0) entered with two runners on and no outs in the fifth but worked out of the jam with no damage. He then retired Boston in order in the sixth and seventh innings and allowed zero hits and one walk while striking out two.
The Astros made short work of Red Sox right-hander Hector Velazquez (1-3), with the first four batters reaching base safely to open the first inning. Velazquez allowed five runs on three hits and two walks while recording just one out.
Nationals 5, Cubs 2
Stephen Strasburg yielded just one earned run and four hits in eight innings, while Juan Soto had two hits and drove in three runs as host Washington topped Chicago.
Strasburg (4-3) struck out the side in the third and finished with seven strikeouts before Sean Doolittle pitched the ninth to earn his eighth save — but not before his outing was twice interrupted by Cubs manager Joe Maddon, who filed an official protest because the Nationals’ left-hander was tapping his toe on the mound during his delivery.
Jon Lester (3-2) allowed five runs on 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings. In August of last season, he gave up eight earned runs on 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings in his only start of 2018 against the Nationals. In his previous five starts of this season before Saturday, Lester gave up just a single earned run, including none in his previous three starts.
Rays 2, Yankees 1 (11 innings)
Austin Meadows homered with one out in the top of the 11th inning off Luis Cessa (0-1) as Tampa Bay edged New York at Yankee Stadium. It was Meadows’ ninth homer of the season.
Hunter Wood (1-0) tossed a scoreless 10th after being activated from the injured list before the game. Jose Alvarado worked around a leadoff single in the 11th and converted his fifth save in six chances after allowing three runs in the ninth inning Friday.
The Rays halted New York’s four-game winning streak and rebounded after allowing three runs in the ninth on Friday. Tampa Bay also moved to 3-8 in one-run games this year.
Phillies 2, Rockies 1
Bryce Harper homered, doubled and reached base three times as host Philadelphia handed Colorado its third straight loss.
Harper’s eighth homer of the season, a 466-foot shot to center field with two outs in the first inning, opened the scoring. Phillies starter Aaron Nola tossed six-plus solid innings and allowed eight hits and one run. Nola (4-0) tied his career high with 12 strikeouts against just one walk.
Rockies starter Antonio Senzatela (3-3) was effective in five innings, giving up five hits and two runs (one earned). He walked four and struck out two. But his wild pitch in the third allowed Jean Segura to score what would be the game winner.
Reds 4, Dodgers 0
Tyler Mahle threw six shutout innings as host Cincinnati evened its three-game series by shutting out Los Angeles a day after being shut out.
Mahle (1-5) returned home after six straight road starts and limited the Dodgers to four hits, striking out five and walking two. The Reds came in averaging 1.8 runs per game for Mahle, the lowest run support in the majors.
Walker Buehler (4-1) pitched six innings, allowing four runs (one earned) and seven hits for the Dodgers. He struck out seven and didn’t walk a batter. Dodgers right fielder Cody Bellinger, who came in with the highest batting average in the majors, went 2-for-3 with a walk to raise it to .409.
Cardinals 8, Rangers 2
Paul DeJong collected a season-high four RBIs as St. Louis snapped a three-game losing streak with a blowout win over Texas in Arlington.
The Cardinals scored more runs in the win than they did during a losing streak in which they were outscored 21-6 by the Rangers and Atlanta Braves. St. Louis ended a three-game winning streak for Texas.
Dakota Hudson (3-3) earned his first win of the month after allowing two runs on five hits, striking out five and walking two, in six innings. Ariel Jurado (1-2), who was making his first start of the season, allowed four runs (two earned) on five hits and one walk in 4 1/3 innings.
Braves 4, Brewers 3 (10 innings)
Freddie Freeman hit a walk-off home run to lead off the 10th inning to give host Atlanta a win over Milwaukee, its fourth straight win.
Freeman, who was 2-for-5, hit a 1-0 fastball from Josh Hader (0-3) into the upper reaches of the right field stands. It was the 10th homer of the season for the Atlanta first baseman and the 199th of his career. The winning pitcher was Jacob Webb (2-0), who worked a perfect 10th inning.
Atlanta starter Kevin Gausman pitched six innings and allowed two runs — both in the first inning — on six hits. He walked two and struck out four. It was Gausman’s first game back since serving a five-game suspension for intentionally throwing behind Miami pitcher Jose Urena last month.
Pirates 7, Padres 2
Josh Bell hit two of four homers clubbed off San Diego starter Nick Margevicius to lead Pittsburgh to a road victory.
Bell, who now has 14 homers on the season, combined with Bryan Reynolds for back-to-back shots in the second inning. Bell then hit a three-run homer in the third. The homer assault — as well as Margevicius’ game — ended when Gregory Polanco opened the fifth inning with his fourth homer of the season.
Left-hander Steven Brault (1-1) got credit for the win, allowing two runs on four hits and four walks with two strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings.
Indians 4, Orioles 1
Adam Plutko allowed one hit over six innings in his season debut, and Jordan Luplow launched a two-run homer as host Cleveland had little trouble with Baltimore.
Carlos Santana homered to lead off the eighth inning, and Francisco Lindor had an RBI single for the Indians, who improved to 13-4 against the Orioles in their past 17 meetings since the beginning of the 2017 season.
Trey Mancini recorded Baltimore’s lone hit with a solo homer with two outs in the fourth inning. He deposited a 1-0 changeup from Plutko (1-0) over the left-field wall for his team-leading 10th homer of the season.
White Sox 4, Blues Jays 1 (five innings)
Lucas Giolito won his career-best fourth straight decision, Leury Garcia homered and Yonder Alonso had two RBI singles as host Chicago topped Toronto in a game shortened by rain.
Giolito (5-1) allowed three hits, two walks and one run in five innings. He struck out four, including the final three batters he faced before the game was halted by rain. The game was called after 4 1/2 innings following a delay of about three hours.
Toronto starter Ryan Feierabend (0-1), a left-hander who throws a knuckleball, allowed four runs, seven hits and one walk while striking out two in four innings. Feierabend was making his first appearance in a major league game since July 27, 2014, when he was with the Texas Rangers.
Athletics 4, Tigers 1
Daniel Mengden threw seven innings of one-run ball to notch his first win of the season as Oakland won an afternoon game in Detroit.
The Athletics have won the first three games of the series and 15 consecutive games against the Tigers.
Mengden (1-1) stymied the struggling Tigers all day. The right-hander allowed three hits, struck out five, walked two and retired the final eight hitters he faced. Detroit ace Matthew Boyd (4-4) allowed four runs on seven hits, including a pair of homers, in 6 1/3 innings.
Marlins 2, Mets 0
Pablo Lopez (3-5) pitched seven innings of one-hit ball, and Jon Berti accounted for both runs as Miami shut out New York in South Florida.
Berti hit a leadoff homer and scored Miami’s other run after drawing a walk and scoring on Brian Anderson’s single in the third inning. Reliever Tayron Guerrero, who was hitting 100 mph on the radar gun, pitched 1 1/3 innings, and Adam Conley got the final two outs for his second save of the season.
The Marlins, who have the worst record in the majors, won their second straight game — tying a season best — and clinched just their second series victory of the year. New York has lost four straight games, tying its season-worst skid.
(Field Level Media)
May 18, 2019; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Seth Curry (31) defends his brother Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) in the second half of game three of the Western conference finals of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Moda Center. Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports
May 19, 2019
Stephen Curry saved 21 of his game-high 36 points for the second half and Draymond Green recorded a triple-double Saturday night as the Golden State Warriors rallied to stun the host Portland Trail Blazers 110-99 for a 3-0 lead in their Western Conference finals playoff series.
The top-seeded Warriors, playing without Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins, will go for the series sweep and a berth in their fifth consecutive NBA Finals on Monday night in Portland.
For the second consecutive game, Golden State dominated the third quarter to get back in the game after trailing by double digits at halftime. This time, it was a 13-point deficit and they rallied without Andre Iguodala, who complained of a sore calf in the first half and played only four minutes after intermission.
Down 73-59 four minutes into the third quarter after a 3-pointer by Meyers Leonard, Golden State used an 18-3 flurry to take its first lead of the game at 77-76 with 1:54 left in the period. Six Warriors contributed points to the run, including Klay Thompson, who had six.
Encouraged by their home crowd for the first time in the series, the Trail Blazers tied the game at 82-all on a 3-pointer by Zach Collins in the first minute of the final period.
But with Curry on the bench for a rest, Thompson hit a tie-breaking jumper, Quinn Cook buried consecutive shots and Jonas Jerebko dropped in a jumper as the Warriors opened an eight-point lead they were able to massage to the finish.
Thompson complemented Curry’s 36 points with 19 of his own, helping the Warriors outscore the Trail Blazers’ tandem of CJ McCollum (23) and Damian Lillard (19) 55-42 in a battle of premier backcourts.
Green was the dominant frontcourt player in the game, accumulating 20 points, 13 rebounds, 12 assists and four steals.
Leonard finished with 16 points and Evan Turner 12 for Portland, which has now lost 11 of 12 playoff games to the Warriors in the last four seasons.
The Warriors outshot the Trail Blazers 48.8 percent to 40.0.
After telling his team just before the start that the game was a “must win,” Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts made a lineup changed that paid immediate dividends.
Leonard, who never left the bench in Game 1, was inserted into the starting lineup and produced 13 first-half points as the Trail Blazers went up 66-53 by halftime.
Not only did Leonard have an early impact, but so did demoted big man Enes Kanter, who came off the bench to contribute seven points and five rebounds in just seven minutes.
Portland led by as many as 18 points in the half, overcoming 15 points by the Warriors’ Curry.
(By Dave Del Grande, Field Level Media)
May 18, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; Tyler Gaffalione aboard War of Will (1) wins the 144th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports
May 19, 2019
(Reuters) – War of Will, running along the rail, won the Preakness Stakes at Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course on Saturday in a Triple Crown race with a riderless horse.
War of Will had finished seventh in the Kentucky Derby after becoming entangled with Maximum Security, which finished first at Churchill Downs but was later disqualified.
On Saturday the three-year-old colt burst through coming around the final turn and earned jockey Tyler Gaffalione his first Triple Crown race victory.
“He’s got so much heart,” Gaffalione said. “We always knew he had the ability. We just had to get a little bit lucky and today was his day.”
Hard-charging Everfast finished second and Owendale third in the race, the second leg of U.S. thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown.
The event lost much of its luster when both Kentucky Derby winner Country House and Maximum Security withdrew beforehand.
Still the race had its share of excitement when Bodexpress threw jockey John Velazquez after leaving the starting gate and romped around the track riderless, even doing an extra lap before being caught.
The win was a first for War of Will trainer Mark Casse, whose Classic Empire lost by a head to Cloud Computing in the Preakness in 2017.
“We almost got it done a couple of years ago and this is even more special, given everything we’ve been through,” Casse said.
Early leader Warrior’s Charge finished fourth and Laughing Fox fifth. The pre-race favorite Improbable was sixth.
Alwaysmining was 11th. His trainer, former schoolteacher Kelly Rubley had been bidding to become the first female trainer to win a Triple Crown race.
The Belmont Stakes will conclude the Triple Crown series on June 8 in Elmont, New York.
(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina; Editing by Greg Stutchbury)
May 18, 2019; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (42) celebrates with his son Owen after winning the Monster Energy All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
May 19, 2019
Kyle Larson woke up Saturday morning not knowing if he would make the field for Saturday night’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. He ended the day by winning the four-stage, 88-lap All-Star race.
Larson, who had to win a stage in the Monster Energy Open qualifying race earlier in the evening to earn a berth in the All-Star event, took the lead with 12 laps to go, held off series’ superstars Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch and got his first victory of any kind in 2019 in his Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Camaro.
Asked what he was going to do with the $1 million that goes to the race winner, Larson said, “I don’t know. I really didn’t have any plans.”
Harvick, winless in 2019’s points-paying races after winning eight times a year ago, finished second after leading a race-best 33 laps.
Busch, a three time winner this season for Joe Gibbs Racing, finished third.
Rounding out the top five were Joey Logano of Team Penske and Bubba Wallace, who, like Larson, needed to win a stage in the Open to get into the main event.
Busch took the lead in overtime in the scheduled 30-lap first stage, held off Harvick and won the stage. Harvick won the 20-lap second stage by almost 2 seconds over Logano after taking the lead from Busch on a restart with 14 laps to go. Logano dominated in winning the third stage, also a 20-lapper.
The four-stage race began with 19 cars on the 1.5-mile track. In those cars were drivers who had either won a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race in 2018-19, had won a past All-Star race or had won a Cup championship in the past.
Three other drivers — Larson, Wallace and William Byron — were added to the field after winning one of the three stages in the Open qualifying race earlier in the evening. One final driver — Alex Bowman — earned a berth as the result of a fan vote.
(Field Level Media)