Update on the latest sportsAP
No big moves early in the third round
BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — The co-leaders at the U.S. Open are still hours away from starting the third round and so far no one is making a big run up the leaderboard.
In the early going only two of the 18 players on the course in Brookline, Massachusetts, were under par. One was Sam Stevens. He was 1 under through six holes — 2 over for the championship. Stevens is part of a small group that worked the hardest to get to The Country Club. Stevens and two other players went through local qualifying in May and then made it through final qualifying in June.
NHL-STANLEY CUP FINAL
Lightning and Avs make adjustments heading into Game 2
DENVER (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning and Colorado Avalanche have started a chess match of strategic adjustments heading into Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.
After losing the opener in overtime, the Lightning will try to slow down the speedy Avalanche all over the ice. Colorado wants to figure out how to get more pucks through after Tampa Bay blocked 25 shots in Game 1. The Lightning expect goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (va-sih-LEHV’-skee) and top defenseman Victor Hedman to be better after getting off to a slow start in the series.
The Avalanche could be getting a veteran forward back for Game 2. Andrew Cogliano participated fully in practice and could return Saturday night after missing more than a week with an injured finger on his right hand.
AL East-leading Yanks visit Toronto
UNDATED (AP) — Blue Jays right-hander Alek Manoah has been at his best against the Yankees, going 2-0 with a 1.52 ERA in four starts against New York in his young career. He enters his third start this season against the AL East leaders having given up one run in 12 innings against them. He’s also pitched 12 scoreless innings in his previous two starts overall heading into Saturday’s outing in Toronto.
Manoah will face Yankees right-hander Jameson Taillon (TY’-ahn), who has a 7.00 ERA in two starts since taking a perfect game into the eighth inning against the Angels on June 2.
Elsewhere around the majors Saturday:
— Tigers prospect Riley Greene is expected to make his major league debut at home against Texas. Greene, the fifth overall pick in the 2019 draft, is considered one of Detroit’s two outstanding hitting prospects, along with 2020 first overall pick Spencer Torkelson. Greene was going to start the season with the Tigers, but a broken foot delayed his debut. He’s getting his chance now with outfielder Austin Meadows on the COVID-19 IL. The teams play the third of the four-game series Saturday afternoon, with Detroit’s Rony Garcia facing Taylor Hearn.
— Justin Verlander is among five pitchers tied for the major league lead in wins going into his start for Houston today against the visiting Chicago White Sox. The 39-year-old right-hander, who missed last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, is first in the AL in WHIP, third in opponents’ batting average and second in opponents’ OPS. Johnny Cueto takes an 0-3 record and 3.53 ERA into the start for Chicago.
— The Nationals will retire Ryan Zimmerman’s No. 11 prior to a game against Philadelphia, honoring the retired slugger who leads the franchise in games, home runs and several other key offensive statistics. Zimmerman was the Nats’ first draft pick after moving to Washington in 2005 and played his entire 16-season career with the club — including on the 2019 World Series championship team. Born in D.C. and raised in Virginia, Zimmerman played 1,799 games and slugged 284 homers, and he also leads the franchise with 963 runs, 1,846 hits, 417 doubles and 1,061 RBIs.
— A statue honoring Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax will be unveiled at Dodger Stadium before Los Angeles hosts Cleveland. The 86-year-old Koufax is expected for the ceremony, along with current Dodgers star Clayton Kershaw and team officials. This will be the second commemorative statue at the ballpark, joining the one that honors Jackie Robinson. Koufax was a two-time World Series MVP with the Dodgers. The lefty won three Cy Young Awards and was 165-87 from 1955-66 with Brooklyn and Los Angeles.
Osaka to skip Wimbledon
UNDATED (AP) — Naomi Osaka has pulled out of Wimbledon for the second consecutive year. She says she is still having trouble with her left Achilles tendon.
The four-time major champion and former No. 1-ranked player posted a photo of herself on a grass court and wrote on Twitter on Saturday: “my Achilles still isn’t right so I’ll see you next time.”
Osaka withdrew from the grass-court Grand Slam tournament in 2021 as part of a mental health break she took after pulling out of the French Open.
The 24-year-old hasn’t played an official match since losing in the first round of this year’s French Open. She has played only 17 matches this season and her ranking fell to No. 43 this week.
In other tennis news:
— Coco Gauff’s best run yet in a grass-court tournament has come to an end. The 18-year-old American lost to Ons Jabeur 7-6, 6-2 today in the semifinals of the Berlin Open. Jabeur recovered from 3-1 down in the first set and dominated the second to set up a final tomorrow against Belinda Bencic (BEN’-chich). Bencic is back in the Berlin final for the second straight year in her quest for a first grass-court title in seven years after a hard-fought win over Maria Sakkari in the semifinals.