No. 1 Osaka pulls off two wins on busy day in Rome
Top seed and world No. 1 Naomi Osaka won twice Thursday, defeating Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova and Romania's Mihaela Buzarnescu in straight sets to advance to the quarterfinals of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome. Osaka won both matches 6-3, 6-3.
Bucks, Raptors both looking to improve in Game 2
Friday night in Game 2 after shaking off their rust. The Raptors led most of the way Wednesday in the opener of the best-of-seven series, but the better-rested Bucks won 108-100 by outscoring Toronto 32-17 in the fourth quarter -- 10-0 in the final 3:31.
British runner Pavey says Nike froze sponsorship when pregnant
British distance runner Jo Pavey has become the latest female athlete to complain that Nike halted her sponsorship payments when she was pregnant, Sky News reported on Thursday. The five-time Olympian said the athletic apparel company froze her payments when she revealed that she was expecting her first child Jacob, who was born in 2009.
Soccer: U.S. women thrash New Zealand 5-0 in World Cup warmup
Carli Lloyd scored a brace of goals as the United States women thrashed New Zealand 5-0 in a friendly in St Louis on Thursday to extend their winning run to five games ahead of their World Cup title defense in France. The U.S. were on the back foot for much of the first half but hit New Zealand with a two-goal burst before the break and piled on the punishment after.
NFL notebook: Cardinals CB Peterson banned 6 games (PEDs)
Eight-time Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals has been suspended for the first six games of 2019 for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy. Details of the violation have not been released, but ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Peterson has dropped his appeal. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported the length of the suspension -- compared to the typical four-game punishment for a PED violation -- is because the violation involved a masking agent.
NBA notebook: Durant to miss at least one more week
Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant is not yet ready to resume on-court work and will be re-evaluated in a week, the team announced Thursday, shortly before hosting Game 2 of the Western Conference finals against the Portland Trail Blazers. That timeline would put Durant, who is recovering from a right calf strain, out through at least Game 5, which is set -- if necessary -- for Wednesday in Oakland, Calif. Game 6 is tentatively scheduled for May 24 in Portland.
Federer fights off match points to advance in Rome
Third-seeded Roger Federer saved two match points in a third-set tiebreaker against Croatia's Borna Coric to advance to the quarterfinals of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome on Thursday. The top three men's seeds -- Serbian Novak Djokovic, Spaniard Rafael Nadal and Federer of Switzerland -- each swept two matches Thursday after play was backed up because of rain on Wednesday.
Koepka makes flying start with 63 to lead PGA Championship
Defending champion Brooks Koepka made a flying start at the PGA Championship with a dominant display that appeared set to give him a big lead until inspired New Zealander Danny Lee made a late charge in the first round on Thursday. Koepka made the gargantuan, rain-softened Bethpage Black layout look easy with a seven-under 63 that matched the second lowest round in any major championship.
Warriors survive Blazers to take 2-0 series lead
Outgunned by the underdog Portland Trail Blazers for 47 minutes and without their two most productive big men, the Golden State Warriors employed an unusual strategy when things got desperate Thursday night. They went away from their backcourt strength and attacked the basket with two of their biggest guys still standing.
MLB roundup: Yelich homers twice as Brewers pound Phillies
Christian Yelich homered twice, and Yasmani Grandal added a homer and four RBIs as the visiting Milwaukee Brewers won their third in a row with an 11-3 victory Thursday over the Philadelphia Phillies. Ryan Braun continued his torrid offensive pace in Philadelphia, collecting three hits and reaching safely five times. Mike Moustakas also had three hits and homered in the ninth. Yelich was 3-for-5 with three runs and two RBIs.
(With inputs from agencies.)