PARIS—A French Open champion at long last, and the first man in nearly a half-century to win four-consecutive major championships, Novak Djokovic grabbed a racket and etched a heart in the very red clay that had given him such heartache in the past.
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CLEVELAND—With two-and-a-half minutes to go in the first half last night, Toronto’s all-star guard Kyle Lowry beat a hasty exit for the locker-room.
He’d just missed a pair of three-pointers and wanted to “decompress” for the second half.
Turned out, the second half was too late. It would be game over for Toronto by then.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia—Canada kept its title defence alive at the world hockey championship with a 6-0 quarter-final win over Sweden yesterday.
Mark Scheifele and Mark Stone each had a goal and two assists as Canadians rebounded from a 4-0 shutout loss in their round-robin finale against Finland on Tuesday.
TORONTO—Two blowout losses, a series sweep, and a losing streak that’s showing no signs of ending.
The Blue Jays left Toronto after another loss to Tampa Bay last night searching for answers and hoping a return to the road will help them end a nasty funk.
R.A. Dickey gave up three home runs as the Rays doubled the Jays 6-3, handing them their fifth-straight loss.
OAKLAND, Calif.—Outside his locker-room, first-year Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan received a round of handshakes and hugs for pulling off something no other team has this post-season.
The Thunder beat the defending champs at Oracle Arena.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia—The United States advanced to the quarter-finals of the hockey world championship today despite a 3-2 overtime loss to Slovakia.
Slovakia would have qualified instead of the Americans with a win in regulation time, but the U.S. earned a point for forcing overtime—enough to secure fourth place in Group ‘B.’
ARLINGTON, Tex.—Jose Bautista slid hard into second base, stood up, and found himself face-to-face with Rougned Odor.
Next thing the Toronto slugger knew, he was rattled by a punch to the jaw that sent his batting helmet and sunglasses flying.
DOVER, Del.—Matt Kenseth held off Kyle Larson in a thrilling run down the stretch to win a wreck-filled race yesterday at Dover International Speedway.
Kenseth snapped a 17-race winless skid with his 37th career victory—and denied Larson his first win.
“I got digging the best I could and tried to hold him off,” Kenseth noted.
ST. LOUIS—Once again, Brian Elliott was the star of the show.
And his latest performance gave his St. Louis Blues’ teammates plenty of comfort knowing he had their back.
LOS ANGELES—Clayton Kershaw is on a winning roll—and doing it ever so efficiently.
He tossed a three-hitter while Yasmani Grandal belted a three-run homer to help the L.A. Dodgers blank the N.Y. Mets 5-0 last night for a split of the four-game series.
“It was special,” said Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts.
“I definitely put my fan hat on.”