Stanley Cup Final begins...Injury forces out Kvitova...DeGrom against Kershaw
BOSTON (AP) _ The Boston Bruins host the St. Louis Blues tonight for Game One of the Stanley Cup Finals. When the NHL altered its rules with an eye toward speed and skill, this is not the Stanley Cup Final it had in mind. Even though hockey is becoming less of a big man’s game, the matchup shows that size still matters in the playoffs. Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy says, “They are physical, we’ll be physical.”
PARIS (AP) _ Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has pulled out of the French Open ahead of today’s scheduled first-round match because of an injured left forearm. The No. 6-seeded Kvitova tweeted that she has been dealing with pain for a few weeks. An MRI last night confirmed a Grade 2 tear, which she said “could get a lot worse” if she played.
PARIS (AP) _ Former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki wasted a perfect start when she lost 0-6, 6-3, 6-3 to 68th-ranked Veronika Kudermetova today at the French Open. Wozniacki’s record this year dropped to 9-8 after her fourth straight loss — including first-round defeats in Madrid and Rome — since reaching the final of a clay-court event in Charleston, South Carolina, last month. The 13th-ranked Wozniacki announced in October that she has rheumatoid arthritis.
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ It’s a marquee matchup on Memorial Day at Dodger Stadium when NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom pitches for the New York Mets against three-time winner Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw is 5-0 with a 1.59 ERA in six regular-season home starts against the Mets, although deGrom beat him 3-1 in Game 1 of the 2015 NL Division Series and also won the decisive Game 5 in Los Angeles.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Oakland tries for a 10th consecutive victory when the Athletics face Mike Trout and the visiting Angels. The winning streak is the longest for the A’s this season but comes with a caveat — the club’s game against Detroit on May 19 was suspended with Oakland ahead due to bad weather and won’t resume until Sept. 6. The A’s have won six in a row since.