FRENCH OPEN-DAY 5
What is it with Isner and Frenchmen?
PARIS (AP) — John Isner (IHZ'-nur) played another marathon at a Grand Slam tournament, losing to Paul-Henri Mathieu (awn-REE mat-YOO') 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 18-16 in the second round of the French Open.
The 5 hour, 41 minute match was the second-longest by time in French Open history. The record is 6:33.
Isner won the longest match in tennis history two years ago, beating another Frenchman, Nicolas Mahut (mah-HYOO'), 70-68 in the fifth set at Wimbledon.
Earlier on Day 5 in Paris, Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL') lost just four games while advancing to the third round and No. 4 seed Andy Murray battled through back pain to advance in four sets.
Fifth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (SAHNG'-guh) also needed four sets to advance while sixth-seeded David Ferrer (feh-REHR') won in straight sets.
Defending champion Li Na (lee nah), Wimbledon titleholder Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIHT'-oh-vuh) and former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki (wohz-nee-AK'-ee) also moved into round three with straight-set victories.
Varvara Lepchenko of the United States reached the third round at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in 15 tries, upsetting 19th-seeded Jelena Jankovic (yeh-LAY'-nuh YANK'-oh-vihch) of Serbia 7-6, 4-6, 6-4. The 26-year-old Lepchenko was born in Uzbekistan but lives in Allentown, Pa., and competes for the U.S.
Crowded at the top
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Blake Adams, Andres Romero, Aaron Baddeley and Rory Sabbatini share the clubhouse lead after carding 3-under-par 69s in the first round of the Memorial Tournament.
Tiger Woods is among those at 2-under 70 while top-ranked Luke Donald and No. 2 Rory McIlroy matched 71s.
Masters champion Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson are still on the course.
Lidstrom has had enough
DETROIT (AP) — Saying that his drive and motivation are not where they need to be to play at such a high level, Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom is hanging up his skates after spending his entire 20-year NHL career in Detroit.
The 42-year-old Swede set an NHL record by playing 1,564 games with one team. He put retirement on hold in each of the previous two years by signing one-year contracts.
The four-time Stanley Cup champion and seven-time Norris Trophy winner had 34 points and a plus-21 rating that ranked among the league leaders last season.
Lidstrom is a four-time Olympian who scored the gold-medal winning goal for Sweden over Finland in 2006. He became the first European-born captain to win a Stanley Cup in 2008, six years after being the first from Europe to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoffs MVP.
Flames tab Hartley
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Bob Hartley is back in the NHL as coach of the Calgary Flames. He succeeds Brent Sutter, who left the team in April after three seasons.
Hartley coached Colorado for five seasons and won a Stanley Cup with the Avalanche in 2001. He joins the Flames following a championship season with the ZSC Lions in Switzerland. Hartley also spent parts of five seasons as coach of the Atlanta Thrashers.
Calgary narrowly missed the playoffs under Sutter for three years in a row. The Flames finished ninth in the Western Conference this season with a record of 37-29-16.
Vitt confident star QB will be in camp
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints assistant head coach Joe Vitt says he has talked to Drew Brees about preparations for training camp and expects the star quarterback to be back with the team by then.
Brees is holding out for a new long-term contract and the Saints have until July 16th to sign him to a new long-term deal. If that doesn't happen, Brees will have to play under the one-year franchise tag the Saints have placed on him to prevent him leaving.
Brees has skipped the first six offseason practices held this week and last.
Thunder hoping some home cooking turns the tide
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma City hosts San Antonio tonight for Game 3 of their NBA Western Conference Finals matchup. The Spurs won the first two contests on their home court while stretching their winning streak to 20 games.
The Thunder are trying to become the 15th team in league history to regroup from a 2-0 deficit and win a best-of-seven series.
Former NBA star passes
CINCINNATI (AP) — Basketball Hall of Famer Jack Twyman has died at 78.
A family member says he passed away at a Cincinnati hospice of complications from an aggressive form of blood cancer.
Twyman starred at the University of Cincinnati and spent 11 seasons in the NBA with the Rochester and Cincinnati Royals, playing in six All-Star games.
In 1958, after teammate Maurice Stokes was left paralyzed after a head injury suffered during a game, Twyman became his guardian to help Stokes receive medical benefits.
He went on to work as a television analyst on NBA games.
Light night on the diamond
UNDATED (AP) — There's not much to choose from on tonight's meager baseball schedule.
Detroit at Boston is the only American League game on the slate. The Red Sox will be hunting a fourth straight win while the Tigers will be looking to avoid a fourth straight loss.
In the National League, Colorado chases a fourth straight W when it hosts a Houston club that's dropped five in a row, and the West-leading L.A. Dodgers drag a three-game losing streak into their home outing against a Milwaukee team that's won three straight.