US Open underway after 90-minute fog delay
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The U.S. Open waited 13 years to return to Torrey Pines. And then it waited a little longer.
The opening round Thursday was delayed by two words: June Gloom. That’s how locals in San Diego describe the fog that covered the South course and led to a 90-minute delay.
The USGA can count on dry weather when it comes to California. The wild card has always been the marine layer as the temperature warms, and that’s what caused the delay Thursday.
The long delay makes it certain the first round won’t be completed until Friday morning.
It was reminiscent of the fog delays at Pebble Beach for the 2000 U.S. Open. Tiger Woods played without delay on Thursday morning. He waited some 30 hours before hitting his next shot late Friday afternoon.
Harden available, Irving out for Nets as they try to advance
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets will continue to play without Kyrie Irving and don’t know exactly what they can expect from James Harden as the star players deal with injuries. None of that might make any difference if Kevin Durant keeps performing the way he has thus far in Brooklyn’s second-round playoff series with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Nets coach Steve Nash says Harden is available for Game 6 in Milwaukee Thursday night, but Irving won’t play. He also missed Game 5 after spraining his right ankle in Game 4.
Durant picked up the slack Tuesday by collecting 49 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists as Brooklyn rallied from a 17-point deficit in a 114-108 victory at Brooklyn. He became the first player in NBA history to have at least 45 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists in a playoff game.
Russian goalies highlight Lightning-Islanders series
NEW YORK (AP) — Two Russian goaltenders are on center stage in the semifinal series between Tampa Bay and the New York Islanders.
New York’s Semyon Varlamov (SEHM’-yahn vahr-LAH’-mahv) is the wily veteran, coming off a season in which he set career bests in goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts. Andrei Vasilevskiy (va-sih-LEHV’-skee) is the league’s wins leader over the last four years for the defending champion Lightning.
The goaltending matchup could be the deciding factor in the teams’ Stanley Cup semifinal series, which is tied 1-1 heading into Game 3 Thursday night.
Hurricanes, Brind’Amour reach extension after 3 playoff bids
UNDATED (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes have reached a three-year contract extension with coach Rod Brind’Amour after three straight playoff appearances. The Hurricanes announced the agreement Thursday. The extension comes a little more than a week after the Hurricanes were eliminated by reigning Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay in the second round. Brind’Amour is one of three finalists for the Jack Adams Award presented annually to the NHL’s top coach. Brind’Amour helped Carolina end a nine-season playoff drought after taking over in 2018. This season marked the first time the franchise had made three straight playoff trips since relocating to North Carolina in 1997.
Another injury for deGrom…Ohtani to pitch
UNDATED (AP) — Jacob deGrom once again has Mets fans crossing their fingers after leaving his start Wednesday night with right shoulder soreness.
One outing after being pulled from a gem against San Diego with right flexor tendinitis, deGrom exited after three perfect innings against the Chicago Cubs. He struck out eight, the first time a pitcher has punched out at least eight over three perfect innings since at least 1901, according to STATS.
The team did not immediately announce how long deGrom might be out, or if he’ll need an MRI or other medical testing.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— Shohei Ohtani (SHOH’-hay oh-TAH’-nee) returns to the mound for the Angels a day after hitting his 19th home run of the season. Ohtani homered for the second straight day Wednesday in an 8-4 loss at Oakland. He also neatly bunted against the shift for a single and then stole his team-leading 10th base. Ohtani is 2-1 with a 2.85 ERA in nine starts for Los Angeles, striking out 68 in 47 1/3 innings. The right-hander will be home to pitch against Detroit, which is fresh from posting a three-game sweep in Kansas City.
— Tampa Bay lefty Rich Hill makes his final start before Major League Baseball’s ban on grip-enhancing substances takes effect. The 41-year-old pitches at Seattle, a day after saying the players’ union “dropped the ball” when it came to this week’s announcement from MLB about the new policy. MLB said pitchers will be ejected and suspended for 10 games starting Monday for using illegal foreign substances to doctor baseballs.
— San Diego right-hander Joe Musgrove and Cincinnati left-hander Wade Miley (6-4, 2.92) will face off in a showdown of pitchers who have thrown no-hitters this season. Musgrove threw the season’s first no-hitter on April 9, also the first in Padres franchise history. Miley had the fourth of the season on May 7.
Nadal pulls out of Wimbledon and Tokyo Olympics
MADRID (AP) — Rafael Nadal is skipping Wimbledon as well as the Tokyo Olympics.
The 35-year-old Spaniard says he made the decision after “listening” to his body. Nadal reached the French Open semifinals last week but lost to Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich). He says the fact that there are only two weeks between Roland Garros and Wimbledon makes it harder for his body to recover from the “demanding” clay-court season.
Nadal has won the title at Wimbledon twice and also won the Olympic gold medal in singles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Japan announces easing of virus emergency ahead of Olympics
TOKYO (AP) — Japan has announced the easing of a coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo and six other areas starting next week, ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.
Daily cases have since subsided significantly from last March, when the numbers reached 7,000 and seriously ill patients strained hospitals in Tokyo and other areas. That’s paved the way for Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to downgrade the state of emergency when it expires on Sunday to less stringent measures. Those measures will last until July 11.
The Olympics are scheduled for July 23-Aug. 8. In Tokyo, new cases are down to 500 per day from about 1,100 in mid-May. If another surge occurs and strains hospitals, the prime minister says, “we will quickly take action, including strengthening of the measures.”