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PARIS — Rafael Nadal needed less than a set to take command of the French Open final and overcame a late problem with his racket-holding hand to earn a record-extending 11th championship at Roland Garros by beating Dominic Thiem in three sets. The victory gave Nadal his 17th Grand Slam title overall, second among men only to Roger Federer’s 20. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.
— TEN--FRENCH OPEN — Dominic Thiem says it was easier to watch Rafael Nadal on TV than it was to play him in French Open final. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 580 words, photos.
— TEN--FRENCH OPEN-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout the day.
TEN--FRENCH OPEN-HALEP’S SLAM
PARIS — New French Open champion Simona Halep knew all along that she needed a Grand Slam title to be what she termed “a real No. 1” in the rankings. Now that she has both, she wants more. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 710 words, photos.
NEW YORK — Fresh from sweeping the Triple Crown with three victories in five weeks, Justify will get a deserved break. The chestnut colt figures to return later in the year looking to extend his 6-0 career record. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.
SOC--WCUP-RUSSIA’S VOTE VICTORY
GENEVA — Speaking in English with a beaming smile, Vladimir Putin put his seal on Russia’s World Cup hosting vote victory that eight years later is still under criminal investigation. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 940 words, photo.
NEW YORK — Luis Severino and the surging New York Yankees, with the best record in the majors at 42-18, go for a Subway Series sweep of the plummeting New York Mets, who are 0-8 on their nine-game homestand at Citi Field. The Mets start Seth Lugo. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:05 p.m.
DETROIT — Corey Kluber hasn’t walked a batter since May 8, a stretch of 33 1/3 innings, and he’ll try to extend that run when Cleveland faces Detroit. Kluber, who is seeking his 10th win of the season, is 4-0 with a 0.81 ERA over five starts during his walk-less streak. The Tigers counter with Artie Lewicki a day after winning on Jeimer Candelario’s 12th-inning home run. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game started 1:10 p.m.
CHICAGO — Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and the Chicago Cubs go for the weekend sweep and their 12th win in 14 games when they wrap up their series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Kyle Hendricks starts for Chicago, with Ivan Nova expected to come off the disabled list for Pittsburgh. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game started 2:20 p.m.
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Players start arriving at Shinnecock Hills, and for the 17 who were here in 2004 the last time it held the U.S. Open, parts of the courses might not look familiar. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 500 words by 7 p.m.
GLF--ST JUDE CLASSIC
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Dustin Johnson chases his 18th career PGA Tour victory with a chance to reclaim the world’s No. 1 ranking at the St. Jude Classic. He shares a five-stroke lead with Andrew Putnam, who is playing in the last group for the first time looking for his first tour victory. By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 9 p.m.
— GLF--LPGA TOUR — Sei Young, Celine Herbin tied for lead going into final round at ShopRite LPGA Classic. UPCOMING: 500 words by 9 p.m.
— GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS — Tom Lehman takes two-shot lead going into final round at PGA Tour Champions’ Principal Charity Classic. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— GLF--CURTIS CUP — The United States needs only 1½ points in singles play to reclaim Curtis Cup from Britain and Ireland. UPCOMING: 400 words by 10 p.m.
MOSCOW — The prospect that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar expands to 48 teams fades after a discussion of the thorny issue was pulled from the agenda for FIFA’s annual congress. Plans for a feasibility study were put on hold after Qatar World Cup head Hassan Al-Thawadi addressed the ruling council of world football’s governing body and FIFA president said agreement from the Gulf nation is a “precondition.” By Rob Harris and Graham Dunbar. SENT: 660 words, photos.
— SOC--FIFA-MEETING-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout the day.
AP Sports Extra: World Cup: A paginated preview of the World Cup is available in AP Newsroom by searching for “Sports Extra” under the Graphics tab. The tournament in Russia starts June 14. The pages look at the top storylines, including Germany’s bid to repeat as champion and key players to watch. For questions, contact Barry Bedlan at bbedlan(at)ap.org
BROOKLYN, Mich. — Kyle Larson tries for his fourth straight Cup Series victory at Michigan. Kurt Busch starts on the pole. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Race started 2 p.m.
MONTREAL — Sebastian Vettel starts from the pole position as he tries to win the Canadian Grand Prix and catch Lewis Hamilton in the Formula One standings. Hamilton, who leads the championship race, qualified in the fourth spot. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Race started 1:30 p.m.
FORT WORTH, Texas — Even with the speed, Scott Dixon hadn’t led a lap all season when he left Indianapolis. Now after two wins in eight days, Dixon is the IndyCar Series points leader. And he went on to the season title the last two times he won at Texas. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
BBC--NCAA SUPER REGIONALS RDP
Six spots are up for grabs in the NCAA Tournament super regionals after North Carolina and Oregon State became the first two teams to advance. A look at the top performances and highlights. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 10 p.m.
— Separate stories on six games: Florida vs. Auburn (noon); Arkansas vs. South Carolina (3 p.m.); Texas vs. Tennessee Tech (3 p.m.); Vanderbilt vs. Mississippi State (6 p.m.); Texas Tech vs. Duke (6 p.m.); Cal State Fullerton vs. Washington (9 p.m.).
BOX--HALL OF FAME
CANASTOTA, N.Y. — Former heavyweight champ Vitali Klitschko heads the class of 2018 being inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Ceremony starts 2:30 p.m.
— FBN--SEAHAWKS-THOMAS — Earl Thomas says he’s skipping Seahawks mandatory minicamp. By Tim Booth. SENT: 480 words, photo.
— OLY--SWITZERLAND-BID REJECTED — Voters in the Swiss region of Valais have voted against a bid to host the 2026 Winter OIympics in the town of Sion. SENT: 300 words.
— MONGOLIA-KOREAS — Hopes for unified Korean judo team dashed over flag dispute. By Ganbat Namjilsangarav. SENT: 340 words, photos.
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Sunday’s Time Schedule (EDT)
Chicago White Sox at Boston, 1:05 p.m.
Baltimore at Toronto, 1:07 p.m.
St. Louis at Cincinnati, 1:10 p.m.
Cleveland at Detroit, 1:10 p.m.
San Diego at Miami, 1:10 p.m.
Seattle at Tampa Bay, 1:10 p.m.
Milwaukee at Philadelphia, 1:35 p.m.
L.A. Angels at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.
Houston at Texas, 3:05 p.m.
Arizona at Colorado, 3:10 p.m.
Kansas City at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.
San Francisco at Washington, 4:05 p.m.
Atlanta at L.A. Dodgers, 4:10 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees at N.Y. Mets, 8:05 p.m.
Indiana at New York, 3 p.m.
Chicago at Los Angeles, 5 p.m.
Las Vegas at Phoenix, 6 p.m.
Atlanta at Seattle, 7 p.m.