Men's sports

The new Simonne Mathieu court is seen as Spain's Garbine Muguruza serves against Taylor Townsend of the U.S. during their first round matches of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, May 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
May 26, 2019 - 7:51 am
PARIS (AP) — Tennis and tropical plants: The stunning new court at the French Open is, quite literally, wild. Surrounded on all four sides by greenhouses filed with exotic plants, the Court Simonne Mathieu saw its first French Open match on Sunday, a triumph for tournament organizers who overcame...
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Drake reacts to a 3-point basket during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals between the Toronto Raptors and the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday, May 25, 2019, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
May 26, 2019 - 6:33 am
The first NBA game was in Toronto. And now, the NBA Finals are headed there. Finally. The NBA Finals are set after the Toronto Raptors won the Eastern Conference championship on Saturday night and earned the right to play the Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors. For the Raptors, it'll...
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Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora, center, talks with starting pitcher David Price, right, as catcher Sandy Leon (3) joins them on the mound during the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Saturday, May 25, 2019, in Houston. Price left the game after their discussion. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
May 25, 2019 - 11:41 pm
A look at what's happening around the majors today: AILING Boston Red Sox left-hander David Price is on the mend after he left his start at Houston due to flu-like symptoms. Price threw 15 pitches before leaving with two out in the first inning. It was the shortest start of Price's career. After...
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FILE - In this April 11, 2019, file photo, Boston Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy gestures to his players during the third period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Boston. Two roads diverged in a crazy world of hockey and brought them to this Stanley Cup Final. Cassidy has guided the Boston Bruins to this point a decade and a half after a disastrous tenure in Washington, and Berube took the St. Louis Blues from worst to their first final since 1970 several years after a short stint in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
May 25, 2019 - 3:58 pm
Bruce Cassidy has come a long way from writing his first NHL practice plan on a napkin. Craig Berube hasn't changed a bit from the moment he was fired from his first NHL head coaching job. Two roads diverged in a crazy world of hockey and brought them to this Stanley Cup Final. Cassidy has guided...
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In this May 22, 2019 photo, longtime St. Louis Blues fans Stanley Jackson, left, and Steven Crow stand in front of the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, a day after the Blues defeated San Jose to earn a berth in the Stanley Cup Finals. The two friends, in their 50s, are life-long fans of the franchise that has never won a Stanley Cup. (AP Photo by Jim Salter)
May 25, 2019 - 2:28 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Stanley Jackson and buddy Steven Crow can be excused if they tend to watch their beloved St. Louis Blues with their hands over their eyes, just waiting for the next thing to go wrong. So when the Blues beat the San Jose Sharks in Game 6 to earn their first berth in the Stanley Cup...
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FILE - In this June 10, 2018, file photo, Spain's Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Austria's Dominic Thiem during the men's final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)
May 25, 2019 - 11:46 am
Men to watch at the French Open, where play begins Sunday: ___ NOVAK DJOKOVIC Ranked: 1 Country: Serbia Age: 32 2019 Match Record: 23-5 2019 Singles Titles: 2 Career Singles Titles: 74 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 15 — French Open (2016), Australian Open (2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019),...
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FILE - In this June 10, 2018, file photo, Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts while holding the trophy after defeating Austria's Dominic Thiem in the men's finals of the French Open tennis tournament in Paris. Nadal, a French Open champion yet again a week past his 32nd birthday seems to stay forever young. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)
May 25, 2019 - 11:41 am
The Big 3 are still very much around. They're still leading the rankings, still collecting the biggest trophies. And they're still the dominant figures in men's tennis, responsible for the main storylines when the French Open starts Sunday. Roger Federer returns to Roland Garros for the first time...
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Japan's Naomi Osaka shows her hands as she meets the journalists at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Friday, May, 17, 2019. Top-ranked Naomi Osaka withdrew from her Italian Open quarterfinal due to a right hand injury on Friday. It wasn't immediately clear how serious the injury was, or if it will affect Osaka's status for the French Open, which starts in nine days. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
May 25, 2019 - 11:22 am
PARIS (AP) — On the day Naomi Osaka won the Australian Open for her second consecutive major championship, she was asked whether it was too soon to start thinking about grabbing four in a row. "You know the French Open's next, right?" she said, smiling and fiddling with her fingers. "We love that...
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FILE - In this March 17, 2019, file photo, Bianca Andreescu, of Canada, kisses her trophy after defeating Angelique Kerber, of Germany, in the women's final at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells, Calif. Andreescu, 18, is seeded at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time at the 2019 French Open, where play begins Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
May 25, 2019 - 10:36 am
PARIS (AP) — There's been unprecedented tennis parity so far in 2019, including the clay-court circuit leading to the French Open: A total of 23 players split the 25 WTA and ATP titles on the slow, red surface. That means there are plenty of people who can succeed over the next two weeks at Roland...
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Toronto Blue Jays' Cavan Biggio bats against the San Diego Padres during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 24, 2019, in Toronto. Biggio struck out. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP)
May 25, 2019 - 12:59 am
TORONTO (AP) — Blue Jays prospect Cavan Biggio, the son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, was brought up by Toronto on Friday and made his major league debut against San Diego. Biggio was in the lineup, batting eighth and playing second base, the position where his father won four Gold Glove awards...
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