Sun, May 22, 2022 1:26 PM
Golf poised to deliver first-time major winner
Tulsa, Okla. (AP) — First-time major winners have been nothing new in golf during this next generation of stars. The PGA Championship is no exception.
Mito (MEE’-toh) Pereira has a three-shot lead going into the final round at Southern Hills. The 27-year-old from Chile is trying to become the first PGA Tour rookie since Keegan Bradley in the 2011 PGA to win a major. Chasing him are Matt Fitzpatrick of England and Will Zalatoris (zal-ah-TOHR’-ihs). Neither has won a major. Fitzpatrick is a two-time Ryder Cup player from England. But he has only one top-10 finish in the 24 previous majors he has played as a pro.
NBA-WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
Mavs down 2-0 again, this time against title-tested Warriors
DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks are headed home down 2-0 in the playoffs again. This time they’ll have to rally against title-tested Stephen Curry and Golden State. Dallas won four out of five games against Phoenix to advance to the Western Conference finals. The Mavericks couldn’t hold a 19-point lead against the Warriors in Game 2. They see defense as the key in Game 3 in Dallas on Sunday night.
NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE
Lightning, Hurricanes try for 3-0 leads; Even `Battle of Alberta’ shifts to Edmonton
UNDATED (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning will try to take a commanding lead over Florida Sunday when they host the Panthers in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The two-time defending champions are up 2-0 on the Presidents Trophy-winning Panthers but they know there’s still a lot of work to do in their bid to become the first team in 40 years to win three consecutive Stanley Cup titles.
The Carolina Hurricanes are also looking to take a 3-0 lead against the New York Rangers, but they need to win on the road. The Hurricanes are 6-0 at home in the playoffs going back to their seven-game first-round series against the Boston Bruins, but they lost all three games in Boston.
Later Sunday the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers will try to gain the edge in a Western Conference series tied at one game apiece. The “Battle of Alberta” shifts to Edmonton for Games 3 and 4 after the teams combined to score 23 goals in the first two — most through Game 2 of a series in 35 years.
Thiem out of sync, out of French Open with 10th loss in row
PARIS (AP) — Two-time French Open finalist Dominic Thiem’s (teemz) losing streak has reached 10 matches with a first-round exit at Roland Garros as he works his way back from a torn tendon in his right wrist. Thiem bowed out 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 against Hugo Dellien, a Bolivian ranked 87th who had a 2-7 career record in Grand Slam matches.
Thiem won the 2020 U.S Open and was the runner-up at three other majors.
Early exits also came for two-time Grand Slam champion Garbiñe Muguruza and No. 6 seed Ons Jabeur. Muguruza won the French Open in 2016 and Wimbledon in 2017.
Ariarne Titmus sets 400-meter freestyle world record
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Olympic gold medalist Ariarne Titmus has broken the women’s 400-meter freestyle world record at the Australian swimming championships. Titmus finished in 3 minutes, 56.40 seconds in the final at the South Australian Aquatic Centre to improve on Katie Ledecky’s previous mark of 3:56.46 that the American set at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Titmus beat Ledecky for Olympic gold in the 400 and 200 and finished behind the American star in the 800-meter freestyle final at the Tokyo Games last year.