Williams sisters are among winners as French Open begins
The Williams sisters and Roger Federer were among the singles winners as the French Open started on the red clay at Roland Garros in Paris. Top-ranked Serena Williams is 54-1 in first-round matches at major tournaments.
Williams sisters, Federer win on opening day at French Open
The Williams sisters and Roger Federer were among the singles winners as the French Open started Sunday on the red clay at Roland Garros in Paris.
Top-ranked Serena Williams beat 130th-ranked Alize Lim of France 6-2, 6-1 to improve to 54-1 in first-round matches at major tournaments. Meanwhile, 29th-seeded Venus Williams defeated 17-year-old Belinda Bencic of Switzerland 6-4, 6-1.
The Williams sisters might play each other in the third round.
Fourth-seeded Roger Federer of Switzerland beat 87th-ranked Lukas Lacko of Slovakia 6-2, 6-4, 6-2.
Federer’s main complaint was what he perceived as on-court cameras invading his space.
“I don’t like it when they come too close ... when I feel like he’s just filming my nose or something,” said the winner of 17 major singles titles.
Donovan sets MLS goals record
Landon Donovan set a Major League Soccer career record, scoring his 135th and 136th regular-season goals in the host Los Angeles Galaxy’s 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union.
Donovan snapped a tie with Jeff Cunningham in the 49th minute with his first goal in four matches this season and added another in the 81st. It was the 32-year-old Donovan’s first match since being left off the 23-man roster for the U.S. World Cup team by coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
In another MLS match, Khari Stephenson scored twice to lead San Jose to a 3-0 victory over visiting Houston.
Russia defeats Finland for title
Standout forwards Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin scored eight minutes apart to lead Russia to a 5-2 victory over Finland in the final of the IIHF world championship in Minsk, Belarus, for its second title in three years.
With Russian President Vladimir Putin looking on, Ovechkin tied the score at 2-2 in the second period with a backhand and Malkin wristed a shot into the roof of the net on a power play for the go-ahead goal.
Ovechkin, who plays for the Washington Capitals, and Malkin, a Pittsburgh Penguin, both have earned NHL most valuable player awards.
The Russian team gained a measure of redemption after a painful loss to Finland in the quarterfinals of the Sochi Olympics earlier this year.
WHL team takes Memorial Cup
Henrik Samuelsson had two goals and three assists to help the Western Hockey League champion Edmonton Oil Kings win the Memorial Cup in London, Ontario.
Edmonton beat the Ontario Hockey League champion Guelph Storm 6-3 in the final.
The Oil Kings are the first WHL team to win the Memorial Cup since the Spokane Chiefs in 2008.
Maryland women earn 11th title
Beth Glaros scored five goals as the top-seeded Maryland women beat Syracuse 15-12 for their 11th NCAA title. The Terrapins (23-1) denied the second-seeded Orange (21-3) its first national title. The crowd of 10,311 in Towson, Md., set a record for the NCAA women’s title game.
Parker leads Sparks past Stars
Candace Parker scored 23 points to help the Los Angeles Sparks rout the San Antonio Stars 83-62.
It was the first home victory for the Sparks (2-1) since they were purchased Feb. 5 by a group led by former NBA superstar Magic Johnson and Mark R. Walter, controlling owner of baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers.
In another league game, Indiana won 82-77 at Atlanta to improve its record to 1-3. Fever guard Briann January, who is from Spokane, had team-high totals of 16 points and seven assists.
• Dan Borislow hit Gulfstream Park’s “Rainbow 6” wager for a record $6,678,939.12, thwarting the Hallandale Beach, Fla., track’s expectations of having perhaps as much as $20 million in the pool for the exotic bet Monday, when there would have been a mandatory payout.
In order to win the big prize Sunday, Borislow had to pick the winning horse in six consecutive races — and be the only bettor to accomplish that feat. Horse owner Borislow said he wagered $15,206 on the “Rainbow 6,” using every horse in five of the races and four horses in the other race.
• Italian cyclist Fabio Aru of the Astana team won the 15th stage of the Giro d’Italia, covering 139.7 miles from Valdengo to Montecampione in 5 hours, 33 minutes, 5 seconds.
Colombian Rigoberto Uran of the Omega Pharma — Quick-Step team has the overall lead by 1 minute, 3 seconds over Australian Cadel Evans of BMC Racing.
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