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Athletics - Diamond League - Shanghai
Athletics – Diamond League – Shanghai – Shanghai Stadium, Shanghai, China – May 18, 2019 Noah Lyles of the U.S. on his way to winning the Men’s 100m REUTERS/Aly Song

May 18, 2019

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Noah Lyles exploded over the final third of the race to win a thrilling men’s 100m in a personal best 9.86 seconds at the Shanghai Diamond League on Saturday, pipping fellow American Christian Coleman in a photo-finish.

Coleman, in his first outing of the year, tore out of the blocks and looked to have the race under control at halfway until Lyle’s storming finish caught him with a dip at the line.

World indoor sprint champion Coleman was awarded the same time, the best of the year so far, and the top four all went under 10 seconds with Akani Simbine of South Africa third (9.95) and last year’s winner Reece Prescod of Britain fourth (9.97).

“I said to my coach in warm-up ‘today is the day’,” said Lyles.

    “I feel hot. I knew if I got out of the blocks and if I was anywhere close, I knew I could come late for the win.”

If the 100m augured well for the season in the sprints, the other most highly anticipated race of the evening, the men’s 400m hurdles, did not disappoint either.

Abderrahman Samba, who last year ran the second fastest time in history, went stride-for-stride with American Rai Benjamin, co-owner of the third fastest time, before pulling away off the final hurdle to win in 47.27 seconds.

“It was a great race and Rai and I pushed each other to the line,” said the Qatari, who will be looking to give the home nation success at the world championships in Doha later this year.

“This year is a big year and I feel better this year.”

American Aleia Hobbs won the women’s 100m in 11.03 seconds despite fracturing her wrist playing laser tag two weeks ago, holding off Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare (11.07) and double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson (11.14).

“I was expecting to perform better,” said Jamaican Thompson, after her first 100 since midway through last year.

“I will be seeking better performances.”

Olympic and world champion Omar McLeod held off local Xie Wenjun to win the Shanghai 110m hurdles for the fourth straight year, crossing the line in 13.12 seconds before collapsing to the track in tears.

“It was difficult for me to compete today,” the Jamaican said. “My auntie Tracey died yesterday … I just wanted to finish, win and get the job done.”

Fred Kerley led fellow Americans Michael Cherry and Nathan Strother across the line to win the men’s 400m in 44.81, while Bahrain’s Salwa Eid Naser clinched the women’s one-lap race in 50.65 ahead of Diamond League debutant Sydney McLaughlin.

Another fast finisher was Yomif Kejelcha, who kicked on the final lap to lead an Ethiopian podium sweep in the men’s 5,000m in 13 minutes 04.16 seconds — the best of the year so far.

Morocco’s Rababe Arafi also ran a world leading time in the women’s 1,500m in four minutes 01.15 seconds, and there was a world leading distance in the men’s javelin with German Andreas Hofmann’s 87.55 meters.

There was some local success for the crowd to cheer through Wang Yu in the men’s high jump and Lyu Huihui in the women’s javelin.

(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney in Sydney, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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MLS: New York City FC at LA Galaxy
May 11, 2019; Carson, CA, USA; LA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic (9) tangles up with New York City FC goalkeeper Sean Johnson (1) during the second half at StubHub Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

May 18, 2019

(Reuters) – LA Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was handed a two-game ban for violent conduct after he grabbed New York City goalkeeper Sean Johnson by the neck in their 2-0 MLS win last Saturday.

The pair were involved in an altercation in the 86th minute of the match after Sweden’s Ibrahimovic missed an opportunity to score, with Johnson going to ground holding his neck.

“The disciplinary committee has suspended LA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic for two games and issued an undisclosed fine for violent conduct in the 86th minute against New York City FC on May 11,” the MLS said in a statement.

Former Manchester United striker Ibrahimovic, who signed a new one-year deal with Galaxy last December, will miss matches against Colorado Rapids on Sunday and Orlando City on May 24.

The 37-year-old was also fined earlier this month for simulation in their 3-1 defeat by Columbus Crew.

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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MLB: Chicago Cubs at Arizona Diamondbacks
FILE PHOTO: Apr 28, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs outfielder Kris Bryant rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run in the third inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

May 18, 2019

Chicago’s Kris Bryant slugged three home runs and drove in five runs, and the Cubs hit six homers in a 14-6 rout of the host Washington Nationals on Friday.

Bryant clubbed his third homer — and fourth hit — in the ninth inning. He went deep in each of the final three frames, joining Sammy Sosa (2002) as the only Cubs players to homer three innings in a row. Bryant, 27, also had a three-homer game in Cincinnati on June 27, 2016.

Cole Hamels (4-0) tossed five innings of two-run ball as the Cubs broke a two-game losing streak behind an 18-hit attack.

Bryant went 4-for-6, Willson Contreras had four hits including a two-run homer, Albert Almora Jr. and Kyle Schwarber hit two-run blasts, and Javier Baez extended his career-high hitting streak to 15 games with two hits.

Astros 3, Red Sox 1

George Springer clubbed his American League-leading 17th home run in the eighth inning, and Houston rallied for a victory at Boston, the Astros’ ninth consecutive win.

Springer socked a first-pitch changeup from Rick Porcello 395 feet just to center field, scoring Jake Marisnick and erasing a one-run deficit. Porcello entered the eighth having retired seven consecutive batters before surrendering his first extra-base hit of the night when Marisnick doubled to left.

Porcello (3-4) allowed two runs on six hits and one walk with three strikeouts in seven-plus innings for Boston, which had won 12 of 15 games. Will Harris (1-0) threw one scoreless inning for the win, and Roberto Osuna handled the ninth inning for his 11th save.

Yankees 4, Rays 3

Gio Urshela hit a game-winning single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, capping a three-run rally that pushed New York past visiting Tampa Bay.

The Yankees beat the Rays for the third time in four meetings this year when Urshela hit a 2-0 fastball over center fielder Kevin Kiermaier’s head off Jose Alvarado (0-3). Upon hitting the ball, Urshela pumped his right fist and flipped off his helmet to celebrate giving New York its third walk-off win of the season and producing his first career walk-off hit.

Luke Voit, who went 3-for-4, started the comeback from a 3-1 deficit by hammering the first pitch of the ninth over the right-center-field fence to make it a one-run game. The Yankees later forged a 3-3 tie when pinch runner Thairo Estrada scored on a wild pitch.

Athletics 7, Tigers 2

Frankie Montas came within one out of his first career complete game, Mark Canha and Chad Pinder blasted two-run homers, and visiting Oakland overpowered Detroit.

In his 22nd career start, Montas (5-2) gave up two runs on four hits without a walk and struck out 10. Canha also hit a two-run homer in the Athletics’ 17-3 victory on Thursday in the series opener. Khris Davis supplied three hits, a run and an RBI.

Miguel Cabrera and Josh Harrison had RBI doubles for the Tigers, who have lost five straight, all at home. Daniel Norris (2-2) gave up six runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Blue Jays 10, White Sox 2

Justin Smoak, Danny Jansen and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. homered, and Toronto coasted to a win over host Chicago.

Billy McKinney finished 4-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI for the Blue Jays, who amassed 15 hits. Toronto bounced back from a two-hit performance one night earlier to even the four-game series at one win apiece.

Leury Garcia and Yoan Moncada each drove in one run to lead the White Sox at the plate. Guerrero provided the highlight with his third home run in 17 games since reaching the big leagues. With one on and nobody out in the fourth, he ripped a high line drive toward straightaway center field.

Marlins 8, Mets 6

Jorge Alfaro hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs to help Miami end a seven-game losing streak with a win against visiting New York.

Miami’s Garrett Cooper had two hits and drove in his first two runs of the season to end a 26-inning scoreless streak. Brian Anderson had two hits and scored twice for the Marlins, who also ended a seven-game losing streak against the Mets dating to last season.

Trevor Richards (1-5) went 6 1/3 innings for Miami, allowing three runs and six hits. He struck out four and walked three.

Phillies 5, Rockies 4

Bryce Harper greeted reliever Carlos Estevez with a two-run double in the fifth inning, propelling Philadelphia to a victory over visiting Colorado in the opener of a three-game series.

Cole Irvin (2-0) overcame his own fielding miscues to win his second straight start, thanks in large part to the three shutout innings by three Philadelphia relievers.

Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run homer, and Jean Segura had three hits for the Phillies.

Orioles 5, Indians 1

Jonathan Villar belted a three-run homer. and Dylan Bundy tossed 5 2/3 solid innings as Baltimore recorded a victory at Cleveland.

Stevie Wilkerson homered to lead off the fourth inning and added an RBI double in the eighth for the Orioles, who posted just their second win in their last nine outings overall and fourth in their last 16 versus Cleveland. Wilkerson also made a leaping catch in center field to deny Carlos Gonzalez of extra bases in the eighth inning.

Jake Bauers had an RBI single in the second inning for the Indians, who mustered just three hits — all singles — after setting season highs in both runs and hits (14) on Thursday in a 14-7 victory in the opener of the four-game series.

Rangers 7, Cardinals 3

Rougned Odor and Shin-Soo Choo each homered during a seven-run second inning, and Adrian Sampson earned his first major league victory by tossing 5 1/3 solid innings of relief as Texas cruised past St. Louis in the opener of a three-game series in Arlington, Texas.

The Rangers have won three straight. The Cardinals have lost three straight and are 4-12 since May 1.

Cardinals starter Miles Mikolas (4-4), who spent the 2014 season with the Rangers, faced the minimum in the first inning before Texas busted out in the second, when nine of its first 10 batters reached against Mikolas.

Braves 12, Brewers 8

Atlanta cranked three home runs in a nine-run sixth inning in support of Max Fried and rolled to a win over visiting Milwaukee. The Braves posted their sixth win in the past seven games.

Atlanta entered the sixth with a three-run lead and put it away with the long ball. Dansby Swanson snapped an 0-for-17 skid with a three-run shot to get it started, and Josh Donaldson added a solo homer. Tyler Flowers finished it with a two-run blast to center field.

The Braves completed the rally on Ronald Acuna Jr.’s two-run single. Acuna was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and Atlanta improved to 6-1 since he moved into the leadoff position.

Dodgers 6, Reds 0

Rich Hill struck out 10 over six scoreless innings while Joc Pederson and Max Muncy hit back-to-back home runs as Los Angeles started a three-city road trip with a shutout victory at Cincinnati.

Hill (1-1) was shaky in his first three starts to the season after recovering from a knee sprain, but put it together against the Reds with his first double-digit strikeout performance since June 29, 2018.

Dodgers pitchers recorded their fifth shutout in the past nine games, including two consecutive, while striking out 13 batters. Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani (2-2) gave up four runs on six hits over four innings while losing a game for the first time since April 7.

(Field Level Media)

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NBA: Playoffs-Toronto Raptors at Milwaukee Bucks
May 17, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) dunks during the first quarter against the Toronto Raptors in game two of the Eastern conference finals of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Fiserv Forum. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

May 18, 2019

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and added five assists as the Milwaukee Bucks took command early in defeating the visiting Toronto Raptors 125-103 Friday night to grab a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.

The next two games will be played Sunday and Tuesday in Toronto.

Ersan Ilyasova added 17 points off the bench for the Bucks. Nikola Mirotic had 15 points, Malcolm Brogdon 14, George Hill 13 and Khris Middleton 12.

Kawhi Leonard scored 31 points and had eight rebounds for the Raptors. Kyle Lowry added 15 points, Norman Powell had 14 points, and Serge Ibaka contributed eight points and 10 rebounds.

The Bucks, who never trailed on the night, led by as many as 28 points in the third quarter and entered the fourth with a 17-point advantage.

The Raptors cut the deficit to 15 on Leonard’s layup and free throw with 6:10 to play, but Antetokounmpo quickly answered with his own three-point play.

Toronto’s Pascal Siakam fouled out with 5:17 to go, finishing the game with eight points.

The Bucks scored the first nine points of the game, led by as many as 18 points in the first quarter and were ahead 35-21 after 12 minutes.

The Raptors pulled within 12 during the second quarter, but the Bucks turned it on again and took a 19-point lead when Ilyasova nailed a 3-pointer with 4:58 remaining in the first half.

The Bucks led 64-39 at halftime, shooting 48.9 percent from the field while the Raptors shot 36.6 percent. For the game, Milwaukee outshot Toronto 46.7 percent to 42.5 percent.

Antetokounmpo opened the third quarter with a layup and a free throw, bumping the lead to 28.

The Raptors had trimmed the margin to 23 with 9:26 left in the third when they encountered foul trouble with Siakam picking up his fifth personal foul.

Fred VanVleet made a 5-footer with 3:52 remaining, and Milwaukee’s lead had dwindled to 13.

The Bucks got the gap back to 19, however, on consecutive layups by Hill late in the third.

Toronto’s Jodie Meeks ended the third quarter with a 3-pointer to cut Milwaukee’s lead to 95-78.

(-Field Level Media)

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FILE PHOTO: NFL: Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans
FILE PHOTO: Dec 9, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans tight end Ryan Griffin (84) runs with the ball after a reception during the fourth quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

May 18, 2019

The Houston Texans have released veteran tight end Ryan Griffin, multiple outlets reported Friday, three weeks after he was arrested in Nashville, Tenn., for allegedly punching a hotel window.

Griffin, 29, was charged with vandalism and public intoxication after he was arrested April 26, the night of the second and third rounds of the NFL draft held in Nashville. He sustained a bloody left hand in the incident and was released a day later on $1,750 bond, with a court date set for May 31.

Griffin was entering the final year of a three-year, $9 million extension signed in March of 2017. He was set to count $2.7 million against the cap, but Houston will save all of that figure. A sixth-round pick by the Texans in 2013, Griffin had 24 catches for 305 yards in 14 games (11 starts) last season. Through six seasons, he has 136 catches for 1,491 yards and seven scores in 77 games (36 starts).

–New York Giants left tackle Nate Solder will miss offseason workouts as he recovers from arthroscopic surgery to remove bone spurs in an ankle, NFL Network reported. He is expected to be ready to take part in training camp this summer.

Solder, 31, played the first seven years of his career with New England before he signed a four-year, $62 million deal with the Giants in advance of the 2018 season. He started all 16 games.

The Giants will be counting on Solder to help improve the protection of the quarterback after Eli Manning was sacked 47 times last season.

–The Baltimore Ravens made additions to both sides of the ball, reaching one-year free agent deals with defensive end Shane Ray and wide receiver Michael Floyd.

Ray, the 23rd pick in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos, had 12 sacks over his first two NFL seasons, including eight in 2016. But multiple wrist surgeries in 2017 led to a drop in production — two sacks over the next two seasons and inactive for the final three games of 2018.

Floyd, the 13th overall selection in 2012 by the Arizona Cardinals, has played with four teams in the past three seasons. He was with the Washington Redskins last season when he had 10 receptions for 100 yards and one touchdown over 13 games (three starts). He has 266 career receptions for 3,959 yards and 25 touchdowns.

–In other personnel moves:

The Carolina Panthers announced the signing of wide receiver Aldrick Robinson to a one-year contract. He had 17 catches for 231 yards and a career-high five touchdowns last season with Minnesota, his fifth team in seven seasons.

The New England Patriots signed linebacker Brandon King to a two-year extension, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported. King’s biggest impact comes on special teams, where he has played 1,307 snaps over the last four seasons.

The Indianapolis Colts announced they have signed safety Isaiah Johnson and waived cornerback D.J. Killings. Johnson, 27, has six tackles in 12 career games with Detroit and the Los Angeles Rams. Killings, 23, has spent most of his two-year career on numerous practice squads, though he was active for a time with the Colts last season.

–Prosecutors in Florida are appealing a judge’s decision to suppress video evidence in their case against Robert Kraft, in which they allege the Patriots owner solicited a prostitute at a massage parlor in Jupiter.

Earlier this week, Palm Beach County Judge Leonard Hanser sided with the defense’s contention that the warrant that allowed recording devices into the spa, and the methods detectives used to obtain video, did not sufficiently protect the privacy and identity of innocent people in the surveillance videos.

Kraft, 77, visited the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter on Jan. 19 and 20, during which time prosecutors claim Kraft paid for and received sex acts at the spa.

(Field Level Media)

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NBA: Playoffs-Toronto Raptors at Milwaukee Bucks
May 17, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) passes the ball under pressure from Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) and guard Danny Green (14) during the first quarter in game two of the Eastern conference finals of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

May 18, 2019

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George are among the finalists for the both NBA’s Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year honors.

The league announced the three-man lists of finalists for its 2018-19 regular-season awards on Friday.

Antetokounmpo and George are joined by Houston Rockets guard James Harden in the running for league MVP. Harden was the MVP for the 2017-18 season, and he finished runner-up to Thunder guard Russell Westbrook in 2016-17.

Neither Antetokounmpo nor George has won an MVP award.

The third finalist for Defensive Player of the Year is Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, who won the honor last year.

The Rookie of the Year finalists are Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic, Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton and Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young.

The candidates for Coach of the Year are the Milwaukee Bucks’ Mike Budenholzer, the Denver Nuggets’ Michael Malone and the Los Angeles Clippers’ Doc Rivers. Budenholzer captured the award in 2014-15 when he was with the Atlanta Hawks.

Two Clippers players, forward Montrezl Harrell and guard Lou Williams, are up for Sixth Man Award, along with Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis. Williams earned the award in 2014-15 and 2017-18.

The finalists for Most Improved Player are Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox, Brooklyn Nets guard D’Angelo Russell and Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam. George was selected Most Improved in 2012-13, and Antetokounmpo was honored in 2016-17.

Antetokounmpo, 24, averaged 27.7 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists — all career highs — in 72 games this season.

George, 29, played 77 games and posted career-high averages of 28 points, 8.2 rebounds and a league-leading 2.2 steals. His average of 4.1 assists matched his career best.

Harden, 29, led the league with a career-best 36.1-point scoring average that topped the NBA. He added 6.6 rebounds, 7.5 assists and two steals while playing 78 games.

The voting for all awards was done by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. The hardware will be handed out in a ceremony at Barker Hangar in Los Angeles on June 24.

–Field Level Media

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NASCAR: Monster Energy Open-Qualifying
May 17, 2019; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Clint Bowyer (14) wins the qualifier for the Monster Energy All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

May 18, 2019

CONCORD, N.C. – Though he didn’t get into his pit stall as quickly as he would have liked in the unique Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race qualifying format, Clint Bowyer had enough speed in his No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford to earn the pole position for Saturday night’s marquee event at Charlotte Motor Speedway (8 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Though he hasn’t won a pole for a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race since he won from the top spot at New Hampshire in 2007, Bowyer had enough muscle under the hood of his Ford Mustang on Friday to beat Kyle Busch by a decisive .177 seconds.

“Hell has frozen over,” Bowyer quipped. “It’s so easy to make mistakes in that (format), because it’s so out of the ordinary of what we usually do. I actually didn’t get on pit road near as good as I wanted to.

“I had my dead-set line that I was going to get to and would lift (off the gas) at, and when I didn’t get on pit road like I needed to, I drove past that and I was like, ‘Oh no, I’m going to get stuck.’ and my eyes were getting bigger.”

Nevertheless, Bowyer negotiated the three laps plus a mandatory four-tire pit stop (with no pit road speed limit) in 118.794 seconds for a speed of 136.371 mph. The only other driver to break 119 seconds, Busch logged a speed of 136.168 mph.

“Our Fords have been extremely fast, but we haven’t gotten them in Victory Lane like we’d like to yet, but we’re knocking on the door,” Bowyer said. “Who knows? I just saw (Charlotte Motor Speedway president) Marcus Smith. I said, ‘You know how bad I want to win your million dollars?’ I’m going to take his million dollars tomorrow night!”

Busch was pleased with his own performance and that of his team.

“I thought everything about the lap actually was pretty good,” said the driver of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. “I’m not sure how fast the lap itself was — how fast our car was on the lap.

“I felt like my progressiveness onto pit road and pit road speed was relatively good, and then the braking point and being able to just chatter the tires all the way into the box was really close. Really on the money there. I thought we got all we could get out of it.”

Kevin Harvick, Bowyer’s teammate at SHR, qualified third at 136.068 mph. Austin Dillon, who paced the field in Friday’s final practice, claimed the fourth starting spot for the race that pays $1 million to the winner.

“It feels really good to back it up,” Dillon said. “We had a really fast lap by ourselves right there. I’m proud of my pit crew for having a solid pit stop, and, man, the adrenaline is just flowing right now after hitting pit road with all that speed.

“It’s an intense situation, and you just want to give those guys that pit and not slide it so it doesn’t focus on you. But, yeah, that was a good overall run for us.”

All told, 15 cars — those already locked into the All-Star Race — made qualifying runs. Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Newman, Erik Jones, Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Blaney and Joey Logano will start from positions five through 10, respectively.

Three segment winners from the Monster Energy Open, which precedes the All-Star Race on Saturday, will earn spots in the main event, as will one driver selected by fan vote.

In an earlier qualifying session on Friday, Daniel Hemric, Dillon’s teammate at Richard Childress Racing, won the pole for the Open. Ford driver Michael McDowell claimed the second starting spot.

“I said on the radio this is the first box checked for the weekend,” Hemric said. “You’ve got to bring the fastest race car you can, and we’ve done that. Hopefully, we can do our jobs tomorrow and do what we need to do to get in the All-Star Race and really have some fun.”

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying — 35th Annual Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Concord, North Carolina

Friday, May 17, 2019

1. (14) Clint Bowyer, Ford, 136.371 mph.

2. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 136.168 mph.

3. (4) Kevin Harvick, Ford, 136.068 mph.

4. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 135.776 mph.

5. (19) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 134.625 mph.

6. (6) Ryan Newman, Ford, 134.570 mph.

7. (20) Erik Jones, Toyota, 134.546 mph.

8. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 134.262 mph.

9. (12) Ryan Blaney, Ford, 134.004 mph.

10. (22) Joey Logano, Ford, 133.241 mph.

11. (9) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 132.811 mph.

12. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 132.651 mph.

13. (10) Aric Almirola, Ford, 130.841 mph.

14. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 130.583 mph.

15. (1) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 126.389 mph.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying — 34th Annual Monster Energy Open

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Concord, North Carolina

Friday, May 17, 2019

1. (8) Daniel Hemric #, Chevrolet, 182.168 mph.

2. (34) Michael McDowell, Ford, 181.226 mph.

3. (24) William Byron, Chevrolet, 181.093 mph.

4. (41) Daniel Suarez, Ford, 181.044 mph.

5. (21) Paul Menard, Ford, 180.662 mph.

6. (88) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 180.493 mph.

7. (42) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 180.493 mph.

8. (37) Chris Buescher, Chevrolet, 179.211 mph.

9. (38) David Ragan, Ford, 179.724 mph.

10. (43) Bubba Wallace, Chevrolet, 179.563 mph.

11. (47) Ryan Preece #, Chevrolet, 179.372 mph.

12. (95) Matt DiBenedetto, Toyota, 179.366 mph.

13. (36) Matt Tifft #, Ford, 179.188 mph.

14. (13) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 179.093 mph.

15. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 179.033 mph.

16. (32) Corey LaJoie, Ford, 178.118 mph.

17. (00) Landon Cassill(i), Chevrolet, 177.003 mph.

18. (15) Ross Chastain(i), Chevrolet, 175.965 mph.

19. (53) BJ McLeod(i), Chevrolet, 175.319 mph.

20. (52) Bayley Currey(i), Ford, 173.650 mph.

21. (51) Cody Ware(i), Chevrolet, 170.288 mph.

22. (66) Timmy Hill(i), Toyota, 168.650 mph.

23. (77) Quin Houff, Chevrolet, 167.100 mph.

24. (46) Joey Gase(i), Toyota, 0.000 mph.

–By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service. Special to Field Level Media.

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NBA: Playoffs-Portland Trail Blazers at Golden State Warriors
May 16, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) and Portland Trail Blazers guard Seth Curry (31) jog during the third quarter in game two of the Western conference finals of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

May 18, 2019

The Portland Trail Blazers hope to take their improved play a step further on their home court Saturday night when they seek their first win of the Western Conference finals in Game 3 against the Golden State Warriors.

The Trail Blazers played competitively with the two-time defending champions on the road for more than three quarters in Game 1 on Tuesday before taking a lead into the final minute of the rematch on Thursday.

The result: two losses, but a greater confidence that their third try in the best-of-seven series will produce better results.

“They earned it down the stretch,” Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum said of Golden State’s 14-3 finish Thursday after the Warriors trailed by eight. “They made more plays than us in the last two minutes, last three minutes, but I like our chances going forward. I like the way we came out and competed.

“We got to bring that same energy at home. Understand that this is the first time in 19 years we’ve been in the conference final. I’m really looking forward to the opportunity playing at home and building on what we’ve done. Being down 0-2, it’s not what you would like to see, but it’s our reality, so now we got to go get some at home.”

The Trail Blazers responded well to adversity in their most recent home game, dominating the final three quarters in a 119-108 win over the Denver Nuggets in Game 6 of the Western semifinals when a loss would have ended their season. Portland then won Game 7 at Denver, 100-96.

Most of Portland’s improvement in the wake of a 116-94 loss to Golden State in Game 1 came on the offensive end, where the visitors shot 44.2 percent, up from 36.1 percent, and outscored the Warriors 54-27 on 3-pointers after having been crushed 51-21 from beyond the arc in the series opener.

Portland reserve Seth Curry was the biggest difference-maker. After shooting 1-for-7 overall and 1-for-4 on 3-point attempts in Game 1, he stunned Warriors fans — and his brother Stephen — with 16 points on 5-for-9 shooting (4-for-7 on threes) on Thursday.

He also recorded four steals, three against his more famous brother.

“He was a pest,” Stephen Curry said of his brother. “(He) made three big shots (in) the fourth quarter that were very timely. But it worked out perfectly: He played well and we won.”

For the second game in a row, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson got the better of their heralded Portland counterparts, McCollum and Damian Lillard. After outscoring their rivals 62-36 in Game 1, the Warriors’ All-Star duo won the battle 61-45 in the rematch.

Golden State traveled to Portland on Friday without injured forward Kevin Durant, who has been ruled out of the next three games. But the Warriors have won three in a row without him, including a series-clinching Game 6 in Houston last week.

“We’re fortunate to be in the position we’re in,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after Golden State’s 114-111 victory Thursday, a game in which his team trailed by as many as 17 points. “We know we’re going into one of the toughest arenas to play in in the league.

“We’ve been in this situation many times, so we know how we have to play. We’ve got to play with great discipline and some desperation like we did for only parts of (Game 2). We’ve got to play that way the whole game, and that’s what it will take up in Portland.”

The Warriors have won at least one road game in each of their past 21 postseason series, an NBA record.

–Field Level Media

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ATP 1000 - Italian Open
FILE PHOTO: Tennis – ATP 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 16, 2019 Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates winning his second round match against France’s Jeremy Chardy REUTERS/Matteo Ciambelli

May 18, 2019

By Alasdair Mackenzie

ROME (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Johanna Konta progressed to the Italian Open semi-finals on Friday, but Roger Federer and Naomi Osaka were forced to withdraw with injury problems.

World number one Osaka pulled out of her quarter-final meeting with Kiki Bertens due to a thumb injury before 37-year-old Federer announced his withdrawal because of a problem to his right leg.

Djokovic beat Juan Martin del Potro 4-6 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 in a three-hour thriller in the final match of the day to set up a semi-final with another Argentine Diego Schwartzman.

The world number one saved two match points in a second set tiebreak before edging to victory in the final set after a match that brought out some scintillating tennis from both players.

Djokovic will now meet Schwartzman on Saturday after the world number 24 beat Japanese sixth seed Kei Nishikori 6-4 6-2.

Defending Italian Open champion Nadal set up a semi-final with Stefanos Tsitsipas thanks to a 6-4 6-0 win over fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.

A week after losing to the Greek at the same stage of the Madrid Open, the 32-year-old Nadal will be eager to prove that defeat was just a blip as the Spaniard fine-tunes his game ahead of his bid for a 12th Roland Garros title.

The 20-year-old Greek progressed after Federer’s withdrawal.

Nadal went 2-0 down against Verdasco before surviving three break points at 4-4 in the first set, but the second seed pulled away by winning eight consecutive games to continue his hunt for a ninth title in Rome.

“I was not playing badly at the beginning at all but he was playing unbelievable (tennis),” Nadal told reporters.

“No mistakes, a lot of winners, taking the ball early. It was a very difficult first set. It was one of the first sets that I am happier with.

“I think I had a good feeling during the whole match. Then after winning that first set, in the second of course he slows down a little bit, but I was able to play a little bit more aggressive with the forehand.

“I did a lot of things well. I am very happy to be in the semi-finals again. It’s a good victory.”

In the women’s draw, Konta booked her first semi-final in Rome with a 6-3 3-6 6-1 win over Czech Marketa Vondrousova.

The Briton, who defeated Americans Sloane Stephens and Venus Williams in her two matches on Thursday, will face sixth seed Bertens on Saturday, after the Madrid Open champion progressed as a result of Osaka’s withdrawal.

Konta, celebrating her 28th birthday, hit 42 winners against the 19-year-old Vondrousova and dominated the final set to clinch victory in one hour, 53 minutes.

She heads towards this month’s French Open in fine form on clay, having finished runner-up in the Morocco Open at the start of May.

Fourth seed Karolina Pliskova recorded her 500th career win with a 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 6-2 victory over Victoria Azarenka.

She will face Maria Sakkari in the other semi-final after the Greek defeated fellow qualifier Kristina Mladenovic 5-7 6-3 6-0.

(Reporting by Alasdair Mackenzie, editing by Pritha Sarkar/Ken Ferris/Greg Stutchbury)

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PGA: PGA Championship - Second Round
May 17, 2019; Bethpage, NY, USA; David Lipsky putts on the 14th green during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bethpage State Park – Black Course. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

May 17, 2019

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (Reuters) – A late arrival nearly meant an early exit from the PGA Championship for David Lipsky on Friday after the American failed to make his second round tee time and was handed a two-stroke penalty.

The PGA of America said in a statement that Lipsky walked toward the first tee at Bethpage Black for his second round with his putter and a golf ball, but was not within the area defined as the starting point for his 12:43 p.m. ET start time.

According to PGA of America’s local rules the starting point for holes one and 10 is defined by the rope, gallery stakes, green bike fencing and/or blue stakes, blue dots or blue lines.

With the two-shot penalty Lipsky took a bogey five at the first. He took another bogey at nine before collecting his only birdie of the day at 11 and stumbling to the finish with three straight bogeys from the 15th for a four-over 74.

After an opening-round 70 Lipsky sits four-over at the midway point, right on the projected four-over cut line.

(Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto; Editing by Toby Davis)

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