In Brief: Nadal loses in the French Open

PARIS (AP) — Rafael Nadal lost in the first round of the French Open to Alexander Zverev 6-3, 7-6 (5), 6-3 in what might turn out to be the 14-time Roland Garros champion’s last match at his favorite tournament.

The nearly 38-year-old Nadal has been dealing with hip and abdominal injuries since January 2023 and played infrequently, so he was unseeded for the French Open for the first time.

That’s why he ended up facing the No. 4-seeded Zverev. Nadal has said 2024 likely would be his last season before retirement, but he said Saturday he isn’t 100% sure he won’t play again at the French Open.

He reiterated that Monday. He said after his match, “If it’s the last time that I played here, I am at peace with myself.”


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — As Roger Penske investigated the cheating incident that cost Josef Newgarden his IndyCar season-opening victory, never did Newgarden worry about his job security at Team Penske.

One way to ensure a new contract is in your future is by winning the Indianapolis 500, which Newgarden did Sunday after a four-hour rain delay.

His pass of Pato O’Ward two corners from the finish line gave Penske a record-extending 20th Indy 500 victory and made Newgarden the first back-to-back winner since Helio Castroneves did it for Penske in 2001 and 2002.

O’Ward, meanwhile, was devastated by his near-miss.


DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving have been the closers for the Dallas Mavericks, who have a chance to sweep Minnesota in the Western Conference finals.

The Dallas co-stars are coming off another big fourth quarter in a victory that gave the Mavs a 3-0 series lead. Game 4 is Tuesday night in Dallas.

The Mavs can reach the NBA Finals for the first time since winning their only title 13 years ago.

Anthony Edwards, Karl-Anthony Towns and the Timberwolves face some long odds.

No team has rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the NBA playoffs.

Fifteen of the 20 teams that have lost the first three games while starting the series at home have been swept.


ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have placed outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. on the 10-day injured list after the reigning NL MVP tore his left ACL, ending his season.

Acuna was hurt during the Braves’ 8-1 win at Pittsburgh on Sunday. The Braves announced Sunday night an MRI showed a complete ACL tear that will require surgery.

Acuna tore his right ACL in July 2021.

Acuna was voted the NL MVP last season after hitting .337 with 41 homers, 106 RBIs and 73 stolen bases.


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