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.
SHOAL CREEK, Ala. — Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn carded a 5-under-par 67 to seize a four-stroke lead at the U.S. Women's Open on Saturday as second-round leader Sarah Jane Smith faltered at Shoal Creek. Ariya turned a three-shot deficit into a big advantage in her quest for a second major title as she looks to break the recent dominance at the championship by South Korean and American players, who have claimed the past 11 titles.
PARIS—Defending champion Jelena Ostapenko crashed out in the first round of the French Open on Sunday, May 27, after a 7-5 6-3 thrashing by Ukrainian Kateryna Kozlova. Defeat meant Ostapenko became only the sixth female major winner to fall at the first hurdle of her title defense, joining Anastasia Myskina, Steffi Graf, Jennifer Capriati, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Angelique Kerber. "It was terrible day," world No. 5 Ostapenko said.
INDIANAPOLIS — Danica Patrick's racing career came to a crashing end on Sunday, May 27, when her car slammed nose first into a wall before the midway point of Indianapolis 500. Patrick, the only woman to win an IndyCar race and start from pole at the Daytona 500, lost control on lap 68 of the 200-lap race, hitting the wall coming out of corner two then spinning across the track before coming to rest. The 36-year-old American climbed out of the car and appeared uninjured. She was examined at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway medical center and released.