DETROIT (AP) —
Williams wins, again
PARIS (AP) — Serena Williams defeated Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah) 6-4, 6-4 in the women's title match at the French Open. The win is her 16th in a Grand Slam event and first French Open championship since 2002.
The victory completed a tremendous turn-around for the No. 1-ranked Williams as a year ago she was beaten in the first round by a player ranked 111th in the world. Since that defeat she's 74-3, including titles at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, the London Olympics and the season-ending WTA Championships.
Williams whacked 10 aces, including three in the final game, to extend her career-best winning streak to 31 matches. She improved to 14-2 against Sharapova, with victories in their past 13 meetings and at 31, Williams became the oldest woman to win a major title since Martina Navratilova (nav-rat-TIHL'-oh-vuh) at Wimbledon in 1990 at age 33. Her 11-year gap between Roland Garros titles is the longest for any woman.
The men's title match, an all-Spanish affair with Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL') facing David Ferrer (feh-REHR') will be contested Sunday.
Blackhawks look to advance to play the B's
CHICAGO (AP) — The defending Stanley Cup champion Kings are on the verge of being eliminated from the playoffs. Los Angeles trails Chicago 3-1 in their best-of-seven NHL Western Conference final. The fifth game in the series is being played tonight on Chicago's home ice.
The Blackhawks knocked a lot of wind out of the Kings' sales Thursday night when they handed L.A. a rare postseason, home-ice defeat. The Blackhawks won the first two games 2-1 and 4-2 in Chicago before losing Game 3, in L.A., 3-1.
If the Kings win tonight's game the sixth game in the series will be played in L.A. Monday night.
The winner of this series plays Boston, which eliminated Pittsburgh in a four-game sweep with a 1-0 win last night.
Busy afternoon of action
UNDATED (AP) — Today's schedule in big-league baseball is pretty much split down the middle when it comes to day games versus night games.
The Boston Red Sox and L.A. Angels get an early start today at Fenway in the opener of a day-night doubleheader after last night's rainout at Fenway Park.
The early starts feature the Rangers facing the Blue Jays in Toronto, Miami remains in New York to play the Mets, the Nationals are hosting the Twins, Pittsburgh is at Chicago for game 2 of that series, Cleveland is at Detroit, Seattle is playing host to the Yankees, the Orioles are playing the Rays in St. Pete and the Chicago White Sox are home to Oakland.
Among the games tonight Boston is playing host to the Angels in the second game of their twinbill. Clay Buchholz of the Sox is looking to up his record to 9-0 in his first start since missing a game with a sore clavicle. His earned run average this year is an amazing 1.62.
Pitching change for Tribe
DETROIT (AP) — Pitcher Zach McAllister has been placed on the 15-day disabled list Cleveland. To fill the void the Indians recalled right-hander Carlos Carrasco.
Carrasco can pitch while he appeals an eight-game suspension. Major League Baseball suspended him in April for "intentionally throwing" at New York's Kevin Youkilis.
McAllister is on the DL, retroactive to June 3, because his right middle finger is sore. He is 4-5 with a 3.43 ERA in 11 starts.
Power on the pole
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Penske driver Will Power is on the pole for Saturday night's IndyCar race at the Texas Motor Speedway. His four-lap qualifying average of 219.298 mph, edged out Marco Andretti for the top spot.
FORMULA ONE-CANADIAN GRAND PRIX
Vettel wins the pole
MONTREAL (AP) — Three-time defending series champion Sebastian Vettel has earned the pole position for tomorrow's Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix (pree). The championship points leader drove the fastest lap in the final qualifying session with a time of 1 minute, 25.425 seconds. Lewis Hamilton also will be in the front row for Sunday's race on the 2.71-mile course located in Montreal.
The winner of the race a year ago was Hamilton.
CHAMPIONS TOUR-REGIONS TRADITION
Waldorf by one
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Duffy Waldorf takes a one-shot lead over Jeff Sluman (SLOO'-muhn) into today's third round of the Regions Tradition, the second of five majors on the Champions Tour. Fred Couples, Mark Calcavecchia (kal-kuh-VEHK'-ee-ah), Michael Allen and Canadian Rod Spittle are three strokes back.
PGA-ST. JUDE CLASSIC
English at the top
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Harris English started the day with a two-shot lead at the PGA's St. Jude Classic in Memphis and he still has that advantage after four holes of play. English is 2-under for the day and is now 12-under for the tournament. Keeping pace is Shawn Stefani who is 2-under as well after two holes and 10-under overall.
Pressel on the move
PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Morgan Pressel is making a move during the second round of the rain-delayed LPGA Championship. She stands 6-under for the tournament after five holes of play. She is 2-under for the round. The clubhouse lead is held by first round leader Chella Choi at 4-under-par.
Last Triple Crown race is today
NEW YORK (AP) — The Belmont Stakes, the final leg of horse racing's Triple Crown, is today. There will not be a Triple Crown winner as Kentucky Derby winner Orb failed to win the Preakness. But Preakness winner Oxbow joins Orb in the 14-horse Belmont field that goes a mile and a-half in the "Test of a Champion."
A sloppy track is possible as the National Weather Service is reporting there is a chance of showers after 2 p.m. Post time for the Belmont is 6:36 p.m.