MOSCOW — The 2026 World Cup will be held in the United States, Mexico and Canada after FIFA's Congress voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday, June 13, to back the tri-nation joint bid to host the tournament, with Morocco missing out for the fifth time. The North American bid collected 134 votes to the 65 for Morocco. One Congress member voted for "neither bid."
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y.—Canadian Garrett Rank is swapping his hockey skates for a set of golf clubs this week at Shinnecock Hills where the NHL referee will make his U.S. Open debut. Rank, who recently completed his second full season as an NHL referee, posted successive rounds of 71 at a sectional qualifier in Georgia last week to secure a spot in the year's second major—and has become the envy of his hockey peers.
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y.—Phil Mickelson implored officials to ensure that Shinnecock Hills is presented fairly to all players at this week's U.S. Open as he makes another attempt to complete the career grand slam. Mickelson does not want a repeat of the events that unfolded in 2004 which he believes led to him finishing second to Retief Goosen, one of his six runner-up spots in the championship. "I know it is a fine line between testing the best players to the greatest degree and then making it carnival golf," Mickelson said.
PARIS—Playing the king of clay at the French Open is akin to scaling Mont Blanc without any ropes and even an intrepid adventurer from Europe's Alpine heartland found it a peak too steep as Rafael Nadal claimed an 11th title on Sunday, June 10. Austria's Dominic Thiem strained every sinew trying to cling on to the 32-year-old Spaniard and at times even gained a precarious foothold in his first Grand Slam final.
ELMONT, N.Y. - Justify won the 150th Belmont Stakes on Saturday in Elmont, N.Y., becoming the 13th horse to win the Triple Crown and only the second undefeated champion to achieve racing's most prestigious accomplishment. Starting out of the No. 1 post, jockey Mike Smith navigated Justify from the rail through a field of nine challengers to give trainer Bob Baffert his second Triple Crown winner in the last four years. Baffert also trained American Pharoah, who won the Triple Crown in 2015, ending a 37-year Triple Crown drought.
CLEVELAND—The Golden State Warriors repeated as NBA champions with a 108-85 victory over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday to extend a stunning run that has included three titles in the last four seasons. The fourth consecutive NBA Finals matchup between the two rivals proved to be the most lopsided as the Warriors won the latest best-of-seven series in four games. It also could mark the end of James's second tenure with the Cavs.
ELMONT, N.Y.—Justify will come out of the No. 1 post position in Saturday's Belmont Stakes where the undefeated chestnut colt will try to become only the second winner of U.S. thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown since 1978. Justify was installed as a 4-5 morning line favorite during a draw that was held on Tuesday at the home of Major League Baseball's New York Mets.
PARIS—American Serena Williams' audacious attempt to win the French Open for a fourth time ended in crushing anti-climax on Monday, June 4, as injury, rather than an old foe, forced the 36-year-old to admit defeat at Roland Garros. The scene had been set for Williams in her "superhero" catsuit to take on Russian ice queen Maria Sharapova in a fourth-round clash that had assumed top billing. But shortly before the two old warriors were due on court, the 23-times grand slam champion stepped into a news conference room to announce she was pulling out.
KANSAS CITY, Kan.—Teenager Wan Kuzain scored his first professional goal in just his second game, Daniel Salloi and Cristian Lobato added first-half goals, and Sporting Kansas City cruised to a 4-1 victory over Minnesota United on Sunday night, June 3. Diego Rubio completed the scoring late in the second half for Kansas City (8-2-4), which moved back above FC Dallas into first place in the Western Conference standings thanks to the win.
PARIS — Second seed Alexander Zverev survived a third successive five-setter to see off big-hitting Russian Karen Khachanov 4-6 7-6(4) 2-6 6-3 6-3 in the French Open fourth round on Sunday. The German, fired up by a code violation for being coached from the stands by his father, stormed into the lead in the fourth set before securing victory in 3-1/2 hours on Court Suzanne Lenglen.