Sun, May 22, 2022 12:48 PM
Leaders tee off in final round
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The leaders have teed off in the final round of the PGA Championship, with Mito (MEE’-toh) Pereira of Chile attempting to become the third major winner from South America and Matt Fitzpatrick trying to track him down from three strokes back.
Pereira has never won on the PGA Tour, let alone won a major. The 27-year-old isn’t a total unknown, though. He lost a playoff for the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
Fitzpatrick is a two-time Ryder Cup player from England. But he has only one top-10 finish in the 24 previous majors he has played as a pro.
The last full-time tour player who made a major his first victory was Shaun Micheel. He won the 2003 championship at Oak Hill.
NBA fines Mavs $100,000 for 3rd bench violation in playoffs
DALLAS (AP) — The NBA has fined the Dallas Mavericks a third time in the playoffs because of violations of rules regarding their bench. The fine has doubled each time. The latest is $100,000 after Game 2 of the Western Conference finals at Golden State.
The fines have been for players and coaches standing for extended periods, straying too far from the bench and encroaching on the court during game action. Several Mavericks players have stood for most or all of the games during the playoffs.
Both of the first two fines were from the West semifinals against Phoenix, after Games 2 and 7 in Arizona. During the Warriors’ 126-117 victory in Game 2, Stephen Curry threw a pass out of bounds with no teammate in the area. The pass was in the vicinity of Dallas’ Theo Pinson, who was wearing a white shirt while standing and waving. Golden State was wearing its home white uniforms.
Game 3 in Dallas is Sunday night.
Diamondbacks 3B Josh Rojas sidelined by bruised left hand
UNDATED (AP) — Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Josh Rojas was out of the starting lineup against the Chicago Cubs because of a left hand contusion. Rojas got hurt when he struck out in the first inning of Saturday’s 7-6 victory over the Cubs. He hit his first three home runs of the season during Friday’s 10-6 win at Wrigley Field.
Manager Torey Lovullo said he doesn’t think Rojas will need a stint on the injured list. The Diamondbacks recalled infielder Drew Ellis from Triple-A Reno and sent down infielder Yonny Hernandez.
Cubs catcher Willson Contreras is also missing the series finale with tightness in his hamstring. He’s considered day to day.
In other MLB news:
— The struggling Seattle Mariners made a few roster moves before Sunday’s series finale against the Boston Red Sox. They placed second baseman Abraham Toro on the 15-day injured list with a sprained left shoulder and designated outfielder Steven Souza Jr. for assignment. Toro was injured when he collided with right fielder Adam Frazier going after a pop-up in the first inning of Saturday’s loss. Toro is batting .179 with six homers and 13 RBIs. Souza appeared in just six games, going 3 for 19. To take their place, they recalled outfielder Taylor Trammell and selected utility player Sam Haggerty from Triple-A Tacoma.
AP source: Clowney re-signing with Browns for 2022 season
CLEVELAND (AP) — Free agent defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has agreed to re-sign with the Cleveland Browns, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person tells The Associated Press that Clowney will sign a one-year, $11 million contract.
Clowney revived his career last season with Cleveland playing opposite All-Pro end Myles Garrett. The Browns had remained optimistic about bringing back Clowney. The 29-year-old and 2014 No. 1 overall pick had nine sacks — his most since 2018 — and played in 14 games last season for Cleveland.
US teen Coco Gauff reaches 2nd round
PARIS (AP) — American teenager Coco Gauff didn’t let 10 double-faults, 12 break points or a warning from the chair umpire about receiving coaching from Dad disrupt her progress into the second round at Roland Garros. The 18-year-old Gauff began her trip to Paris with a 7-5, 6-0 victory over Canadian qualifier Rebecca Marino on Sunday.
Gauff’s best performance at any Grand Slam tournament came a year ago at the French Open, where she reached the quarterfinals before losing to eventual champion Barbora Krejcikova (kreh-jih-KOH’-vah). Marino was appearing in the French Open for the first time since 2011.
Nineteen-year-old Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz never faced a break point while beating Juan Ignacio Londero 6-4, 6-2, 6-0 in less than two hours.
Two-time French Open finalist Dominic Thiem (teem) lost 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to Hugo Dellien, a Bolivian ranked 87th who had a 2-7 career record in Grand Slam matches.
Also making early exits Sunday were two-time Grand Slam champion Garbiñe Muguruza (GAHR’-been moo-gah-ROO’-thuh) and No. 6 seed Ons Jabeur. Muguruza won the French Open in 2016 and Wimbledon in 2017.
Verstappen leads Red Bull 1-2 in Spain, Leclerc abandons
MONTMELÓ, Spain (AP) — Max Verstappen has reclaimed the Formula One points lead. The reigning world champion won the Spanish Grand Prix today for his third consecutive victory after Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari broke down while he was comfortably in front.
Verstappen needed an assist from Red Bull teammate Sergio Pérez to get the victory. Pérez was leading the race after Leclerc had abandoned when his team told him to let Verstappen to pass on Lap 49 of 66. Pérez finished second ahead of Mercedes’ George Russell in third.
Verstappen overtook Leclerc in the standings and now leads by six points after six races.
Ariarne Titmus sets 400-meter freestyle world record
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Olympic gold medalist Ariarne Titmus has broken the women’s 400-meter freestyle world record at the Australian swimming championships. Titmus finished in 3 minutes, 56.40 seconds in the final at the South Australian Aquatic Centre to improve on Katie Ledecky’s previous mark of 3:56.46 that the American set at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Titmus beat Ledecky for Olympic gold in the 400 and 200 and finished behind the American star in the 800-meter freestyle final at the Tokyo Games last year.