Sports News Roundup: Rays spoil debut of touted O’s rookie; Ciccone takes Giro stage win, Carapaz crashes but retains lead and more

Jabeur, seen as one of the big threats to world number one Iga Swiatek at the claycourt Grand Slam, came to Paris at a career-high ranking and with a tour-leading 17 wins on the surface this season. Tennis-Muguruza's freefall continues with French Open first-round loss Former champion Garbine Muguruza suffered a second consecutive first-round exit at the French Open, biting the red dirt in a 2-6 6-3 6-4 loss to Estonian Kaia Kanepi on Sunday as she continued on her downward trend.


Devdiscourse News Desk | Updated: 22-05-2022 22:37 IST | Created: 22-05-2022 22:28 IST
Sports News Roundup: Rays spoil debut of touted O’s rookie; Ciccone takes Giro stage win, Carapaz crashes but retains lead and more
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Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.

Tennis-French Open day one

Highlights of the first day at the French Open, the second Grand Slam of the year, on Sunday (times GMT): 1515 AUGER-ALIASSIME SURVIVES, ISNER THROUGH

Tennis-Twice runner-up Thiem crashes out at first hurdle at French Open

Twice French Open finalist Dominic Thiem crashed out of the tournament in the first round on Sunday, losing in straight sets to Bolivian world number 87 Hugo Dellien. Austrian Thiem, who has failed to win a match at any of the tournaments he has played since his wrist injury comeback in March, made 42 unforced errors as his once dominant claycourt game deserted him.

Tennis-Players bemoan lack of ranking points at Wimbledon

Players were disappointed about the absence of ranking points at Wimbledon this year but had grudgingly accepted the governing bodies' decision, Tunisia's world number six Ons Jabeur said on Sunday. The world's most prestigious tennis tournament was stripped of its ranking points by the ATP and WTA Tours over its decision to exclude players from Russia and Belarus due to Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.

Olympics-Russian IOC members skipped Olympic session-source

Russian members of the International Olympic Committee did not take part in Friday's IOC session despite receiving the backing of IOC president Thomas Bach to participate, a source said on Sunday. The IOC has recommended that international federations move events from Russia and that Russian and Belarusian athletes not take part or compete under a neutral flag following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

MLB roundup: Rays spoil debut of touted O's rookie

Randy Arozarena belted two home runs and Jeffrey Springs threw 5 2/3 shutout innings as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the host Baltimore Orioles 6-1 and spoiled the debut of heralded catcher Adley Rutschman on Saturday night. Kevin Kiermaier also homered as the Rays bounced back from a 13-inning loss from a night earlier.

Motor racing-Verstappen takes F1 lead with win in Spain, agony for Leclerc

Formula One world champion Max Verstappen won the Spanish Grand Prix in a Red Bull one-two on Sunday to take over at the top from Ferrari's luckless Charles Leclerc, who retired with an engine failure while leading. Mexican Sergio Perez finished a dutiful second, 13 seconds behind but with the consolation of a bonus point for fastest lap, after being told to let his team mate pass for a third victory in a row after Imola and Miami.

Golf - Unheralded Pereira grabs PGA Championship lead as Woods withdraws

Unheralded Mito Pereira became the first Chilean to lead a major, surging three shots clear at the top of the PGA Championship third round leaderboard on Saturday, while Tiger Woods withdrew after sinking to the bottom of table. Playing in just his second major, Pereira has refused to surrender to pressure carding a one-under 69 to get to nine-under 201 and a three-shot advantage on Britain's Matt Fitzpatrick and American Will Zalatoris going into Sunday's final round at Southern Hills Country Club.

Cycling-Ciccone takes Giro stage win, Carapaz crashes but retains lead

Giulio Ciccone went solo in the finale to win the 16th stage of the Giro d'Italia, a 177-km mountain trek between Rivarolo Canavese and Cogne on Sunday, as Richard Carapaz retained the overall lead. Italian Ciccone attacked from a group of breakaway riders four kilometres into the final climb, a 22.4-km effort at an average gradient of 4.3%, and never looked back.

Tennis-In-form Jabeur exits French Open after shock defeat by Linette

Tunisian Ons Jabeur became the first major casualty on the opening day of the French Open on Sunday when the in-form sixth seed crashed out with a 3-6 7-6(4) 7-5 loss to Poland's Magda Linette. Jabeur, seen as one of the big threats to world number one Iga Swiatek at the claycourt Grand Slam, came to Paris at a career-high ranking and with a tour-leading 17 wins on the surface this season.

Tennis-Muguruza's freefall continues with French Open first-round loss

Former champion Garbine Muguruza suffered a second consecutive first-round exit at the French Open, biting the red dirt in a 2-6 6-3 6-4 loss to Estonian Kaia Kanepi on Sunday as she continued on her downward trend. Muguruza, who lifted the Suzanne Lenglen Cup in 2016 and reached the semi-finals at Roland Garros two years later, was in cruise control in a one-sided first set before Kanepi ground her way back into the match.

(With inputs from agencies.)

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