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Halep reaches semifinal...Coach was looking forward to White House visit...Cespedes near return

June 6, 2018

PARIS (AP) — Top-ranked Simona Halep has rallied past Angelique Kerber to reach the French Open semifinals. Halep is still chasing her first Grand Slam title. She next faces third-seeded Garbine Muguruza, who overwhelmed Maria Sharapova in a matchup of past French Open champions to reach the semifinals. Sharapova was hardly at her best right from the start, double-faulting three times to get broken in the opening game.

PARIS (AP) — Play at the French Open has been called off for the day because of rain. The two remaining men’s quarterfinals were suspended in progress and will resume tomorrow. Rafael Nadal dropped the opening set of his match against 11th-seeded Diego Schwartzman 6-4 and was serving for the second at 5-3, 30-15 when play was halted. Marin Cilic and Juan Martin del Potro are even at 5-all in their opening-set tiebreaker. Losing the first set ended Nadal’s streak of 37 consecutive completed sets won in the tournament.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Eagles coach Doug Pederson says he was looking forward to going to the White House to be recognized as Super Bowl champions, but he wouldn’t further discuss a visit that was canceled by President Donald Trump. Pederson spoke to reporters for about eight minutes today before the team held one of its scheduled practices. He repeatedly made clear he didn’t want to discuss details of the trip’s breakdown.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Richie Incognito tells The Associated Press he’s back home training in Arizona and feeling great, two weeks after the former Buffalo Bills offensive lineman spent three days in a mental hospital following an alleged outburst at a south Florida gym. Without discussing the outburst, Incognito wrote in a text to The AP that he is still hoping to continue his NFL career for a 12th season.

NEW YORK (AP) — A slumping New York Mets offense could possibly receive some help from Yoenis Cespedes this weekend, just in time for the Subway Series against the New York Yankees. Cespedes has been out since May 16 with a strained right hip. He participated in some drills today before the series finale against the Baltimore Orioles.

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