The Croatian wild card, who led Russia's 13th-seeded Vesnina 5-3 in the third set on Thursday when a thunderstorm halted play, returned on Friday and cashed in on her third match point to secure a spot in the third round. French Open champion Garbine Muguruza, whose opening match on Thursday was also interrupted, fared better than Vesnina after her night's sleep. The sixth-seeded Spaniard, who trailed 46th-ranked American Christina McHale 6-0 3-2 when play was suspended Thursday, escaped a match point in the tiebreak and emerged with an 0-6 7-6(6) 6-4 victory.
U.S. men’s national team captain Michael Bradley has played in 32 World Cup qualifiers in his career, and his response is clear when asked where Friday’s Russia 2018 qualifier against Honduras ranks among those games in terms of the U.S.’s absolute need for three points. “It would certainly be at or near the top, there’s no doubt about that,” says Bradley, who spoke to SI.com for half an hour in the lobby of the team hotel here on Wednesday. The U.S. is one of only seven teams in the world that have played in every men’s World Cup going back to 1990.
The Clippers faced a potential crisis this summer. They had already agreed to re-sign Austin Rivers to a three-year contract worth more than $35 million, and Jamal Crawford was threatening to leave. Losing the then-36-year-old Crawford would’ve been costly, but it wouldn’t have been devastating. The bigger issue would have been the image: keeping the coach’s son over the reigning Sixth Man of the Year. Clippers president/coach Doc Rivers calmed the brewing storm by giving Crawford a three-year, $42 million deal. But apparently the underlying tension hasn’t completely dissipated. Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report: The in-house resentment toward Austin Rivers being favored as Doc’s son, according to