Nadal improves to 61-1
Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal improved his French Open record to 61-1 after beating big-hitting Dominic Thiem of Austria 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 on Thursday in Paris.
The Spaniard’s only defeat at Roland Garros was in the fourth round against Robin Soderling five years ago. He was never in danger of losing this time, but was occasionally on the back foot as Thiem went for his shots throughout the match and broke the top-seeded Nadal’s serve twice.
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Fifth-seeded David Ferrer of Spain, last year’s runner-up to Nadal; Briton’s Andy Murray, seeded seventh, and No. 12 Richard Gasquet of France also advanced to the third round in straight sets.
In the women’s draw, fourth-seeded Simona Halep of Romania beat Britain’s Heather Watson 6-2, 6-4; No. 5 Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic won 6-4, 6-4 against Marina Erakovic of New Zealand; No. 6 Jelena Jankovic of Serbia won 7-5, 6-0 against Japan’s Kurumi Nara; and No. 10 Sara Errani of Italy — a runner-up in 2012 — won 6-2, 6-4 against Germany’s Dinah Pfizenmaier.
Dempsey to start Sunday
U.S. captain Clint Dempsey’s sore left groin has improved, and coach Jurgen Klinsmann plans to start him in the Americans’ second World Cup warmup Sunday against Turkey at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey. In Washington, D.C., Thursday night, Mevlut Erdinc and Caner Erkin scored in the second half to help Turkey beat World Cup-bound Honduras 2-0.
Goodell, NFLPA head spar
Commissioner Roger Goodell responded to criticisms by NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith, who contended a double standard exists when it comes to doling out punishments.
Smith specifically addressed the delayed discipline of Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, who has yet to be punished by Goodell after being arrested in March for allegedly operating a vehicle while intoxicated and while in the possession of prescription drugs and $29,000 in cash.
“The personal conduct policy applies to commissioners, owners, players, coaches,” Goodell said. “It applies to all of us. We all have a responsibility to do things the right way. There are several players that we haven’t taken any action on, either.
“We like to get the facts, we like to be thorough and we like to understand them. Charges were just filed last week. I don’t believe there’s a credibility gap.”
Smith said Goodell is the reason HGH testing has been held up.
“It’s being held up because one man wants to keep the power to be the judge, jury and executioner. That’s not right,” Smith said.
Oregon wins opener
Sophomore left-hander Cheridan Hawkins threw a one-hitter and top-seeded Oregon beat Florida State 3-0 in the opening round of the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.
Alexa Peterson had two hits, including a run-scoring double for Oregon (55-7-1). The Ducks advance to play Florida (51-12) on Friday.
In other games, Hannah Rogers threw a three-hitter as fifth-seeded Florida rolled to an 11-0, five-inning victory over No. 13 seed Baylor; Kelsey Nunley threw a one-hitter, Lauren Cumbess homered and had an RBI double as Kentucky beat Louisiana-Lafayette 4-1; and Jaclyn Traina threw a one-hitter and Peyton Grantham and Jadyn Spencer homered in second-seeded Alabama’s 6-2 victory over defending national champion Oklahoma.
Also, the NCAA said it will keep its Division I softball championship tournament in Oklahoma City through 2020 and likely will extend the deal through 2035.
Fever outlasts Sun
Briann January scored 20 points and led a strong second half by the host Indiana Fever (2-3) in a 79-65 victory over the Connecticut Sun (1-4).
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