Update on the latest sportsAP
Contenders heating up play
BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — The leaders are on the course at the U.S. Open — and just in time to avoid some contenders who are making a charge in the third round at The Country Club. World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler is up to 4 under. Aaron Wise has also moved one stroke in back of second-round leader Collin Morikawa. Joel Dahmen started the day as a co-leader at minus-5 but bogeyed his first hole to drop into second.
Only about a half-dozen golfers are under par in the windy and dry conditions outside of Boston.
2011 champion Rory McIlroy started the day one stroke back but bogeyed two of the first three holes.
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.
The Stanley Cup Final between the Colorado Avalanche and Tampa Bay Lightning shows the value of hitting on top picks in the NHL draft. Each team has a No. 1 selection in Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos from 2008 and Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon from 2013. Norris Trophy finalist defensemen Victor Hedman and Cale Makar were each taken in the top four. Potential 2022 top pick Shane Wright and other prospects are set to be on hand for Game 2 tonight. Colorado won the opener in overtime.
Brewers designate Cain
UNDATED (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers have designated for assignment two-time All-Star outfielder Lorenzo Cain on the same date he reached 10 years of major league service time. Cain hit .179 with one home run and nine runs batted in over 43 games this season. He is in the last year of a five-year, $80 million contract he signed with Milwaukee in January 2018. He’s helped the Brewers reach postseason play each of the past four seasons. He played a key role in the Kansas City Royals winning the 2015 World Series.
In other news around the majors:
— The Miami Marlins beat Jacob Stallings in salary arbitration, and the catcher will earn $2.45 million this season rather than his $3.1 million request. Today’s decision gave teams a 9-3 advantage with just two cases remaining to be heard next week, involving New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge and Atlanta left-hander Max Fried. Stallings hit .246 last year for Pittsburgh with career bests of eight homers and 53 RBIs, earning $1.3 million. He entered Saturday with a .199 average, two homers and 21 RBIs. Richard McNeill, Gary Klendellen and Fredric Horowitz made the decision on Stallings, a day after hearing arguments.
Atkinson now not taking over as Hornets’ coach
UNDATED (AP) — Kenny Atkinson’s tenure as coach of the Charlotte Hornets is over before it started. A person with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that Atkinson has reversed course and will not take over as coach of the Hornets.
The move came Saturday, more than a week after the Golden State assistant had agreed to a four-year contract. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because neither Atkinson nor the Hornets revealed any details of the talks or agreement publicly.
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 Sunday 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.
— Top-ranked Daniil Medvedev will play Hubert Hurkacz (HUR’-kahts) in the final of the Halle Open in Germany. The top-ranked Medvedev advanced with a 7-6, 6-3 win over Oscar Otte, who beat Nick Kyrgios (KEER’-ee-ohs) 4-6, 7-6, 7-6. Hurkacz hit 27 aces against 30 for Kyrgios, who lost despite holding in every one of his service games.
Ledecky reclaims 400 title at swimming worlds
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Katie Ledecky (leh-DEH’-kee) has started the United States’ medal collection at the world swimming championships with a gold by reclaiming her title in the women’s 400 meters. Ledecky clocked 3 minutes, 58.15 seconds on the first day of racing for her fourth world title in the 400 freestyle after 2013, 2015 and 2017.
Ariarne Titmus edged Ledecky for the title in 2019 and took her world record last month but the Australian has skipped the worlds in Budapest to focus on the on the Commonwealth Games. Canada’s 15-year-old Summer McIntosh finished 1.24 seconds behind Ledecky for the silver. Both were well ahead of the competition.