Power looks for another win at the Brickyard
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis 500 is under way with Will Power looking for his fourth straight victory. Starting from the pole position was Penske Racing's Ryan Briscoe. He clinched the top spot with a four-lap average of 226.484 miles per hour.
The winner of the race last year, Dan Wheldon, is being remembered by drivers and fans alike. He was killed in the season-ending race in Las Vegas last year.
Annual race in at Charlotte set to go
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Six-hundred miles over 400 laps. That's what the Sprint Cup drivers face today in the annual Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. A year ago the winner was Kevin Harvick, who took the lead on the final lap after Dale Earnhardt Jr. ran out of gas. Jimmie Johnson, the winner of last week's All-Star race at Charlotte, has six victories on the track.
Aric Almirola will start the race from the pole. This is his first pole in 47 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
Webber takes Monaco
MONACO (AP) — Mark Webber won the Monaco Grand Prix from the pole, while Fernando Alonso moved narrowly into the championship lead in Formula One. Webber is the sixth different driver to win in the opening six races of the season, a first for the series. The win is the eighth of his career and second in three years at Monaco for Red Bull, which has won the last three at this track from the pole position.
Alonso, who is bidding for his third F1 title, headed into the race tied with two-time defending champion Sebastian Vettel with 61 points. He now leads Vettel and Webber by three points.
Baltimore works out deal with Jones
BALTIMORE (AP) — Adam Jones signed a six-year, $85.5 million contract with the Baltimore Orioles today, ensuring that the 26-year-old center fielder will stay with the team through 2018. Jones enters Sunday with a 17-game hitting streak and leads the team with home runs and RBIs.
The Orioles acquired Jones before the 2008 season from Seattle.
Nats send out Gonzalez in sweep try in Atlanta
UNDATED (AP) —The best Sunday pitching matchup in the major leagues might be tonight's game in Atlanta, where the NL East-leading Washington Nationals try for a three-game sweep of Atlanta. The Braves have dropped six in a row after losing yesterday 8-4. The much-improved Nationals send out six-game winner Gio Gonzalez in their bid for a sweep. The Braves are hoping five-game winner Brandon Beachy can put the brakes on their season-long losing streak.
In other NL action today, Colorado's 49-year-old Jamie Moyer is on the hill in Cincinnati against Mat Latos, who is 3-2. Moyer is 2-4.
The New York Mets have knuckleballer R.A. Dickey on the mound as go for a three-game sweep of the Padres.
The red-hot Miami Marlins can set a team record with their 19th victory this month as they take on Matt Cain and the Giants.
Philadelphia's Roy Halladay tries for his fifth win against four losses as the Phillies visit St. Louis, which counts with Adam Wainwright.
The NL West-leading L.A. Dodgers send out six-game winner Chris Capuano against Houston today.
And Milwaukee visits Arizona.
Over in the American League, the New York Yankees try for their 10th straight victory in Oakland, The Yanks, who've won four straight overall, send out Hiroki Kuroda (hih-ROH'-kee kuh-ROH'-duh) against rookie left-hander Tommy Milone, who is 6-3.
The AL action starts today with Luke Hochevar (HOH'-chay-vur) on the mound for Kansas City as the Royals try for their second straight win in Baltimore following their 4-3 win yesterday.
The Tampa Bay-Boston bad blood series concludes at Fenway Park with a matchup of pitchers looking for their fifth win -- the Rays' Jeremy Hellickson against Clay Buchholz (BUHK'-ohlts) of the Red Sox.
Cleveland is pitching fireballer Ubaldo Jimenez (oo-BAHL'-doh hih-MEHN'-ehz) as the AL Central-leading Indians try to stop their two-game slide against the Chicago White Sox, who are just a game and a half behind the Tribe.
Texas sensation Yu Darvish aims for his seventh victory as the AL Central-leading Rangers are home against Toronto.
The L.A. Angels conclude their series on the road in Seattle, and Detroit is at Minnesota in the rest of the AL schedule.
Thunder and Spurs open Western final
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The opening game of the San Antonio-Oklahoma City NBA Western Conference final is being played this evening in San Antonio. The Spurs are playoff-tested with three championships in the last decade and the most regular-season wins in the NBA since 2009. The Thunder are in the conference final after a whirlwind turn around for the franchise, which is just four years removed from having one of the worst records in the league.
Game 2 will take place in San Antonio Tuesday night.
Day 1 action
PARIS (AP) — All five major champions in early action on Day 1 of the French Open successfully made their way through the first round.
Sam Stosur and Svetlana Kuznetsova (svet-LAH'-nah kooz-NET'-so-vah) were first up on the main two courts, and both won in straight sets. Juan Carlos Ferrero and Juan Martin del Potro (wahn mar-TEEN' dehl POHT'-roh) soon followed on the same courts, and with similar results. And 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic (ee-VAH'-noh-vich) then made it 5 for 5.
Andy Roddick, another major champion, is also playing today, while seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams was scheduled to be on the main court at Roland Garros later in the day.
None of the top three men was in action today. Top-ranked Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) and Roger Federer will be on court Monday, while Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL') is to begin his attempt for a record-breaking seventh French Open title on Tuesday.
Dufner one up on Johnson
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Jason Dufner takes a one-shot lead over Zach Johnson into today's final round at the Colonial. Dufner shot a 4-under 66 in yesterday's third round for a 15-under 195 total. Dufner is aiming for his third PGA Tour triumph in the past five weeks.
The last player to win in consecutive weeks on the PGA Tour was Tiger Woods in 2009. Nobody won more than two tournaments last season.
SENIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
Chapman up by five
BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Roger Chapman takes a five-stroke lead into the final round of the Senior PGA Championship on the shores of Lake Michigan. The Englishman shot a 7-under 64 to move five ahead of John Cook.
Chapman beat Padraig Harrington in a playoff to win a European Tour event in Brazil in 2000, and that's pretty much the highlight of his resume. He has never won on the Champions Tour. He made the cut in all 11 of his Champions Tour starts last year, but didn't have a top-10 finish.