Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Horse racing: War of Will wins Preakness Stakes
War of Will, running along the rail, won the Preakness Stakes at Baltimore's Pimlico Race Course on Saturday. Everfast was second and Owendale third.
MLB roundup: Bryant hits three homers in Cubs' win
Chicago's Kris Bryant slugged three home runs and drove in five runs, and the Cubs hit six homers in a 14-6 rout of the host Washington Nationals on Friday. Bryant clubbed his third homer -- and fourth hit -- in the ninth inning. He went deep in each of the final three frames, joining Sammy Sosa (2002) as the only Cubs players to homer three innings in a row. Bryant, 27, also had a three-homer game in Cincinnati on June 27, 2016.
Paddle surfing still plotting Olympic course despite ownership dispute
Paddle surfers could yet be racing for gold medals down the River Seine at the 2024 Olympics if a row over who controls the sport is resolved soon, the head of the Association of Paddlesurf Professionals (APP) believes. The International Surfing Association (ISA) and the International Canoe Federation (ICF) both claim it and last year placed their dispute over the running of the booming sport into the hands of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
Raptors hope for home boost vs. Bucks in Game 3
The ball is in the Toronto Raptors' court. The Milwaukee Bucks held service at home and won the first two games of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals, so now the Raptors must reciprocate starting in Game 3 on Sunday night.
C Swanson retires from NFL
Free agent center Travis Swanson, who made 53 starts in the NFL, announced his retirement from the NFL at age 28. An Arkansas product, Swanson was a third-round pick of the Detroit Lions in 2014, starting 42 games over the next four seasons before signing with Miami last season. He started 11 games for the Dolphins after starting center Daniel Kilgore was injured.
Athletics: Lyles pips Coleman in Shanghai sprint photo finish
Noah Lyles exploded over the final third of the race to win a thrilling men's 100m in a personal best 9.86 seconds at the Shanghai Diamond League on Saturday, pipping fellow American Christian Coleman in a photo-finish. Coleman, in his first outing of the year, tore out of the blocks and looked to have the race under control at halfway until Lyle's storming finish caught him with a dip at the line.
Djokovic and Nadal to meet in Rome final, Konta faces Pliskova
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal won on Saturday to set up an Italian Open final meeting, while British number one Johanna Konta booked a final clash with Karolina Pliskova. World number one Djokovic overcame Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman 6-3 6-7(2) 6-3 and will face second seed Nadal for the 54th time on Sunday, ahead of this month’s French Open.
McIlroy an after-thought as Koepka dominates PGA Championship
As Brooks Koepka prepared to start the third round at the PGA Championship with a commanding seven-stroke lead, Rory McIlroy was long done with his day, reduced to being an after-thought at a tournament he entered as the best player in the world this year. McIlroy shot a one-under-par 69 that would have been significantly better with a co-operative putter but, for someone whose career revolves around the majors, it was a jarring experience to tee off among the dew-sweepers.
Motor racing: Visser is W Series winner at Zolder
Dutch driver Beitske Visser won the second race of the all-female W Series at Zolder in Belgium on Saturday with Britain's Jamie Chadwick retaining the overall lead after beating compatriot Alice Powell for second place. Chadwick, inaugural winner in Hockenheim two weeks ago, had lined up on pole position again but former Red Bull junior driver Visser made the better start and stayed ahead through two safety car periods to win by 8.451 seconds.
Cycling: Ewan wins Giro d'Italia eighth stage, Conti stays in pink
Australian Caleb Ewan claimed a second career win on the Giro d'Italia when he prevailed in the eighth stage, a 239-km ride from Tortorelo Lido on Saturday. The Lotto-Soudal rider, a stage winner in 2017, was perfectly positioned after a tight curve 200 meters from the line and beat Italian champion Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick Step) in a short sprint.