Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Anticipation for Charlotte grows after Kansas delivers
Saturday night's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway has garnered rave reviews for its parity and competitiveness. Fords, Chevrolets and Toyotas all led laps and played into the final outcome. Brad Keselowski's Kansas victory -- his third win of the season -- means the sport has seen drivers from all three manufacturers hoist trophies in the past three weeks -- Chevrolet at Talladega, Toyota at Dover and Ford this past weekend.
American Gibbs pulls out of French Open after cancer diagnosis
American Nicole Gibbs said on Monday she will miss the rest of the clay court season including this month's French Open after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. The 26-year-old world number 116 said that about a month ago a dentist alerted her to a growth on the roof of her mouth and a biopsy revealed she had salivary gland cancer.
NBA players Parker, Batum buy two ski resorts in French Alps
Four-time NBA champion Tony Parker and current teammate Nicolas Batum said on Monday they bought two ski resorts in the southern French Alps as the former San Antonio Spurs point guard prepares the end of his U.S. career. The two French players, together with former French female basketball-player Marie-Sophie Obama, bought a 76.9% stake in SEVLC, a local company that runs two ski resorts in Villard-de-Lans and Correncon-en-Vercors in the southern French Alps.
Golf: Rain par for the course during major week at Bethpage
Rain and the Bethpage Black Course go hand in hand when the world's best players visit so it was perhaps appropriate that the PGA Championship week started cold and soggy on a dreary Long Island Monday. Tiger Woods, the 2002 U.S. Open champion here, was among those who braved the intermittent rain, the 15-times major champion playing nine holes in the morning in temperatures more normal for March than late spring.
Cavaliers name Beilein head coach
John Beilein was named head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday, ending his 12 years at University of Michigan. He signed a five-year deal to bolt for the NBA, ESPN reported.
Thomas withdraws from PGA Championship with wrist injury
American world number five Justin Thomas will not play in this week's PGA Championship due to a lingering wrist injury. "Unfortunately, I will be withdrawing from the 101st PGA Championship at Bethpage Black this week as my wrist is not yet fully recovered," the 2017 champion posted on social media.
Judge suppresses video in Kraft's solicitation case
A judge on Monday granted Robert Kraft's motion to suppress video evidence, delivering the New England Patriots owner a huge victory -- and potential derailing the prosecution's case -- as he combats charges of soliciting a prostitute at a Jupiter, Fla., massage parlor. Palm Beach County Judge Leonard Hanser sided with the defense's contention that the warrant that allowed recording devices into the spa, and the methods detectives used to obtain video, did not sufficiently protect the privacy and identity of innocent people in the surveillance videos.
Suns F Jackson arrested at music festival
Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson is facing a felony charge of escape after being arrested at a weekend music festival in Miami Gardens, Fla. Jackson allegedly attempted to enter the VIP area at the Rolling Loud festival multiple times without a proper pass, reported Andy Slater of 640 The Hurricane in Miami. After police handcuffed the 6-foot-8 Jackson, he ran away, per the report.
Shapovalov earns Rome meeting with Djokovic
Canadian Denis Shapovalov set up a clash with world number one Novak Djokovic when he beat Pablo Carreno Busta in straight sets in his first round match at the Italian Open on Monday. The 20-year-old, who last year became the youngest player to reach the top 30 since 2005, put a four-match losing streak behind him as he beat the Spaniard 6-3 7-6(5).
Patriots officially sign WR Inman, OL Veldheer
The New England Patriots on Monday officially signed a couple of free agent acquisitions -- wide receiver Dontrelle Inman and offensive lineman Jared Veldheer. Terms were not announced. Deals with both players were reportedly in the works last week.