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    An associate of Chelsea soccer club owner Roman Abramovich confirmed Monday that the Russian billionaire's British visa has not been renewed. Abramovich was noticeably absent from the stands when Chelsea won England's FA Cup final at Wembley this weekend. The associate told The Associated Press that Abramovich's visa renewal application is taking longer than usual to go through, saying the reason for the delay was unclear. He spoke on the condition of not being identified because he was not authorized to comment publicly. Britain pledged to review the long-term visas of rich Russians in the aftermath of the March poisonings of Russian former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the English city of Salisbury. Britain blames Russia for the pair's exposure to a nerve agent, an allegation Moscow strongly denies. The poisonings sparked a Cold War-style diplomatic crisis between Russia and the West, including the expulsion of hundreds of diplomats from both sides. Then-Home Secretary Amber Rudd said in March that the British government was reviewing Tier 1 investor visas granted to about 700 wealthy Russians. Abramovich's visa troubles first were reported Sunday by the Russian media outlet The Bell. It quoted two unnamed sources as saying the soccer team owner's British visa expired last month. The British government said it would not comment on individual cases. Prime Minister Theresa May's office said visa applications from Russia are dealt with 'rigorously and properly.
  • Several of Serena Williams' biggest rivals believe that the 23-time Grand Slam champion deserves more than just a guaranteed spot in the French Open draw. Williams, who is expected to play in her first major since returning from maternity leave, should also receive a top seed that befits the No. 1 ranking she held when she left the tour, the players say. The WTA Tour said it is considering a rule change to add protected seeding for highly-ranked players returning from maternity leave but the earliest that could take effect is next year. 'I would like to see that change,' Maria Sharapova said. 'It's such an incredible effort for a woman to come back from physically, emotionally. ... There's just another whole dimension to the travel, to the experiences, to the emotions to the physicality of every single day. 'Tennis is such a selfish sport but I think when there's a child in your life you lose a little bit of that, because there's something that's so much more important,' added Sharapova, who has lost three Grand Slam finals to Williams. 'So yeah, I definitely think that would be a nice change.' The French Open draw will be made Thursday, with the tournament starting on Sunday. All Grand Slam events make their own decisions on seeding players, so it's still possible that Roland Garros will make Williams one of the 32 seeded players even though her current ranking is down to near No. 500. Otherwise, Williams could be forced to play top-ranked players in the early rounds. The French tennis federation did not respond to a request for comment. 'It's normal to give birth to a kid. It's normal to have protected ranking. ... It's more than tennis,' top-ranked Simona Halep said. 'So the people will decide what seed she will get. But in my opinion it's good to protect the ranking when someone is giving birth.' Williams returned to the tour briefly this year, after a 14-month absence to give birth to her daughter. She was not seeded at tournaments in Indian Wells, California, and Miami, and compiled two wins and two losses. Williams has recounted the difficulties she faced in childbirth and a pulmonary embolism that made it hard for her to breathe shortly after her daughter was born. But after a period of training, coach Patrick Mouratoglou last week told the WTA tour's website 'Serena will play the French Open to win it.' Current rules covering maternity leave and injuries allow a protected or 'special' ranking to be utilized for entry into tournaments but not for seeding purposes regardless of the reason for a player's absence. However, this past year the WTA adjusted the rule so that absences for maternity leave are treated the same as those for injury and illness by providing all players a two-year window to begin using a special ranking, plus an additional year from the date of return to utilize the special ranking. 'Historically, WTA players have not been supportive of the use of special rankings for seeding purposes,' the WTA said in a statement to The Associated Press. 'The rule is currently under further review as part of our 2019 rules process. We remain committed to evolving with the needs of our players and are very supportive of those players returning from maternity leave to the tour.' Fourth-ranked Elina Svitolina, who defended her Italian Open title on Sunday, was also supportive of seeding Williams. 'If you're like finished or you stopped because you're going to have a child and you will be in top eight, I think you should have this kind of thing, to have protected seeding,' Svitolina said. 'She was No. 1 so she deserves seeding.' William has won the French Open three times — more than any current player — and last year's Roland Garros champion, Jelena Ostapenko, is looking forward to her return. 'She's someone who the tour was missing — because she's a great champion,' Ostapenko said. 'She was my idol since I was growing up.' ___ AP Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich in Washington and AP Sports Writer Samuel Petrequin in Paris contributed. ___ More AP tennis coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-Tennis ___ Andrew Dampf on Twitter: www.twitter.com/asdampf
  • Two years ago, the Cleveland bullpen led the way when the Indians overcame significant injuries in their starting rotation and won the American League pennant. Now, the fickle nature of relief pitching is holding the AL Central favorites back. After Sunday night's 3-1 loss at Houston, Cleveland's relievers are 3-11 with an AL-worst 5.72 ERA. It has been a precipitous drop for a team that had the best bullpen ERA in all of baseball while storming to 102 wins a season ago. In fact, the Indians ranked in the top seven in that category every year from 2014-2017. In 2016, Cleveland reliever Andrew Miller was the MVP of the AL Championship Series against Toronto. In Game 3, starter Trevor Bauer had to leave in the first inning, and the bullpen pieced together the final 25 outs of a 4-2 victory. Closer Cody Allen has blown only one save this season, and Miller remains a force — although he has already walked nine hitters in 11 2/3 innings. Those two are the only Cleveland relievers who have been remotely reliable in 2018. Zach McAllister and Dan Otero have combined for 32 innings. Their ERAs are 7.16 and 7.47. Nick Goody (6.94) and Tyler Olson (6.08) have had similar problems. So Cleveland is a game under .500 at 22-23. That's still good enough for a 1 ½-game lead atop the forgiving AL Central, but the Indians would probably be running away with the division already if their relievers were pitching as expected. There's plenty of time to turn it around — and the team can certainly acquire more help if its in-house options don't improve — but these early struggles have been startling. Some other developments from around the majors: UNORTHODOX Baseball has seen plenty of innovation over the past few years — from extreme shifting on defense to pitchers batting eighth in the lineup. The Tampa Bay Rays added another idea to the mix when they sent reliever Sergio Romo to mound as the starter Saturday and Sunday against the Los Angeles Angels. Romo pitched an inning Saturday and went 1 1/3 innings Sunday. He did not allow a hit and struck out six over the course of those two outings. With the top of the order sure to bat in the first inning, using Romo there enabled the Rays to make things a little easier for left-hander Ryan Yarbrough, whose turn in the rotation came up Saturday. Yarbrough entered that game in the second inning and allowed one run over 6 1/3 innings, facing 23 hitters. Normally when a starter faces that many batters, he ends up pitching to the top of the order three times, and the third time through can be difficult. But with this arrangement, Yarbrough went up against spots four through eight three times — and faced the top three hitters only twice. The Rays won 5-3 on Saturday, then lost 5-2 on Sunday. HIGHLIGHT According to Statcast, St. Louis reliever Jordan Hicks threw the five fastest pitches of this season on Sunday — in one plate appearance by Philadelphia's Odubel Herrera. Hicks' pitches in that at-bat ranged from 103.7 miles per hour to 105.1, and at times, he seemed to be throwing too fast for his catcher to handle. Herrera struck out, but reached base when the third strike got away for a wild pitch. LINE OF THE WEEK Justin Verlander of the Astros threw his first shutout since 2015, a five-hitter against the Angels in a 2-0 win Wednesday night. Verlander lowered his ERA to 1.05 and reached the 2,500-strikeout milestone. ___ Follow Noah Trister at www.Twitter.com/noahtrister ___ More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
  • A look at what's happening around the majors today: BIG SEXY AND THE BRONX BOMBERS Three days before his 45th birthday, Bartolo Colon (2-1, 2.82 ERA) pitches for last-place Texas against the hard-hitting New York Yankees, who socked nine homers and totaled 18 runs in the final two games of their series at Kansas City. Colon is 6-9 with a 6.11 ERA in 21 career appearances against the Yankees, one of his former teams. Masahiro Tanaka (4-2, 4.73) starts for New York. SNAKE BIT Paul Goldschmidt and the slumping Diamondbacks try to snap out of their funk in Milwaukee. Arizona, which still leads the NL West, has lost four in a row and 10 of 11 — scoring just 22 runs in that span. 'Everybody here is a victim of trying to do too much,' manager Torey Lovullo said. 'They want it so bad that we're doing things in a pressing manner. I just want us to remember that we're good when we're ourselves.' Zack Greinke (3-2) goes on an extra day of rest against right-hander Chase Anderson (3-3), who is set to come off the disabled list. Anderson hasn't started since May 6 because of an illness. Greinke is 16-3 at Miller Park, including a 15-0 stretch when he pitched for the Brewers. WALK YEAR In his final season before free agency, Bryce Harper has more walks (42) than hits (34). The 2015 NL MVP is stuck in a monthlong slump as the injury-depleted Nationals have struggled to protect him in the lineup. Since April 17, Harper has had three multihit games and 15 hitless games, and his batting average has dropped from .315 to a season-low .224. His 13 home runs are still tied for fourth-most in the majors, but he's gone deep just once since May 4. He went 1 for 10 with five strikeouts as Washington was swept by the Dodgers. Next up, Harper and the Nats host last-place San Diego. STATE RIVALS The struggling Royals head to the other side of Missouri for an I-70 interleague series in St. Louis. Miles Mikolas (5-0, 2.63 ERA) opposes Kansas City right-hander Ian Kennedy (1-4, 4.98) in the opener of a three-game set. Mikolas has held opponents to two runs or fewer in his last six starts. TRY AGAIN Jason Vargas gets another chance for his first win with the Mets after a miserable first three outings that led to him being skipped in the rotation. The left-hander, signed to a $16 million, two-year contract in February to provide veteran depth in New York's rotation, is 0-3 with a 13.86 ERA. He hasn't pitched since May 8, when he allowed four runs in four innings during a loss to the Reds. Vargas went 18-11 with a 4.16 ERA for Kansas City last year, tying for the major league lead in wins. ___ More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
  • The Vegas Golden Knights are headed to the Stanley Cup Final after beating the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 on Sunday to win the Western Conference final series in five games. The expansion squad is the third franchise in NHL history to clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Final in its inaugural season, joining the Toronto Arenas in 1918 and St. Louis Blues in 1968. Vegas will play either Tampa Bay or Washington on hockey's biggest stage. The Lightning lead the Eastern Conference final 3-2, but the Capitals host Game 6 on Monday night. The Golden Knights were a 500-1 long shot at the start of the season. They clinched all three of their Western Conference series on the road, becoming the seventh team in NHL history to accomplish such a feat. ___ More NHL hockey: https://apnews.com/tag/NHLhockey
  • Stephen Curry shook, shimmied and screamed, letting his adoring fans and the Rockets know that Oracle Arena was his house. Once the two-time MVP got his groove back, Houston was helpless. Curry scored 35 points with five 3-pointers, shooting over James Harden and driving past him as the Golden State Warriors made a second-half statement to beat the Rockets 126-85 on Sunday night for a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals. Curry had 18 points on 7-for-7 shooting in the third quarter, lying with his back flat on the court for his unique version of a snow angel and even following one basket with an expletive, shouting 'This is my ... house!' to the thousands who cheered and exhaled, exhilarated by his every move and rumble. 'There's obviously that anticipation when you come in transition and you find an open look and there's a collective hush in the crowd, especially in this building,' Curry said. 'It's a cool moment. I was searching for it in the first half. I had plenty of opportunities, I just couldn't knock it down. Third quarter it opened up. I've been doing it for a while. I won't let two tough games shooting keep me frustrated.' The 41-point victory was the largest in franchise history during the postseason, topping a 39-point win — 85-46 — by the Philadelphia Warriors against the St. Louis Bombers on April 6, 1948. Kevin Durant added 25 points, six rebounds and six assists, while Draymond Green grabbed 17 rebounds to go with 10 points and six assists. The Warriors won an NBA-record 16th consecutive home postseason game, surpassing the Chicago Bulls' mark of 15 in a row from April 27, 1990-May 21, 1991. 'We're in the middle of a hell of a run, obviously,' coach Steve Kerr said. The defending champions got defensive — and maybe a little mad — after a 127-105 Game 2 defeat Wednesday night at Houston, determined to make stops to ignite the transition game and open up 3-point shooters. Especially Curry, who snapped out of his slump with four in the second half. 'I've seen those explosions happen everywhere, not just here,' Green said. 'His 3 is similar to some people's dunk. You go to certain arenas and a guy gets a dunk it's just absurd. That's how his 3 ball is. ... Don't mean to disappoint, but I've seen crazier from him.' Harden had 20 points and nine assists, while Chris Paul added 13 points and 10 rebounds as they combined to shoot just 12 for 32. Game 4 is Tuesday night at Oracle Arena. Curry and Durant each scored five quick points as Golden State opened the third quarter with a 10-0 burst to go ahead 64-43. Of riding the emotion with his shot — after so many questions about his perceived struggles so far this series — Curry noted, 'You've got to be your biggest fan sometimes.' Under pressure from Paul, Curry swished a 3 from way back with 5:06 left in the third. He struggled with his long-range shot again early but drove through the paint at every chance. Curry hit a baseline 3-pointer at the 9:02 mark of the first but missed his next five 3s before going 4 for 5 in the second half. He is now 7 of 25 from long range — he made one in each of the first two games. 'All it takes is one,' Kerr said. Both potent offenses were slow getting rolling as the teams played strong defense. Harden and Paul began 3 for 14 with Paul missing six shots before getting his first basket on goaltending against Andre Iguodala 2:39 before halftime. 'Offensively we didn't have any thrust, and they exploited it,' Harden said. Golden State began getting the looks it liked after halftime. The Warriors faced more stingy, in-the-face pressure from Houston, making it hard to get any early flow shooting. Durant hit his first 3 6:27 before halftime then missed from the deep the next time down. A moment of silence was held before the national anthem for victims of the Houston school shooting. TIP-INS Rockets: Trevor Ariza and Green received a double-technical with 6:49 to play when Ariza shoved Green as they traded words. ... The Rockets surrendered 10 fast-break points in the first period while getting none of their own. ... They were outrebounded 49-41, committed 19 turnovers and shot 32 for 81 from the floor. Warriors: Kevon Looney had two key blocks off the bench in the first. ... Durant notched his 20th straight postseason game with 20 or more points. ... Golden State is 36-5 at home in the playoffs since the 2015 postseason. ... Thompson (1,786) moved past Rick Barry (1,776) for second place on the Warriors' career postseason scoring list. ... Curry (712) moved past Barry (699) into sole possession for most postseason baskets in franchise history. ... The 'Run TMC' trio of Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin were honored with a standing ovation during a first-quarter timeout. On Monday, Richmond will introduce Hardaway as he goes into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame of which Richmond and Mullin are already members. PAUL'S HEALTH Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni made the point once again about Paul being healthy: 'There's nothing wrong at all.' 'We're not going to win without him,' D'Antoni said. 'So if he's got to limp and drag his leg to the finish line, so be it. And he's ready to do that.' ORACLE AURA That deafening, bright yellow sellout crowd was imposing once again. 'Somebody asked me, 'Is Oracle tough to play?' Yeah, because the Warriors play here,' D'Antoni said. 'There's a certain energy that their fans will give them and moments they hit two or three 3s you can get a buzz going that helps the home team. You just have to try to keep that crowd out as much as you can.' ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball
  • Aaron Wise had to kick his mom out of his hotel room because she was too chatty during a four-hour rain delay before his best shot at a first PGA Tour victory. The 21-year-old rookie's caddie had to snap him back into the moment when Wise worried if he would get to finish the AT&T Byron Nelson as daylight faded with a comfortable lead over the final holes. Wise didn't have to wait an extra 12 hours to celebrate, and mom got a twilight hug after a tap-in and another wave to the thinned-out crowd on the 18th green at the new Trinity Forest course. Pulling away at the turn after the long delay to start the final round Sunday, Wise shattered the tournament record at 23 under with a closing 6-under 65 to beat Marc Leishman by three strokes as both became the first to finish the Nelson at 20 under or better. 'I did a great job of staying focused on the present today,' said Wise, who won once each on the Web.com and Canadian tours. 'That was a big key for me winning. My mom, my girlfriend, my girlfriend's family, a bunch of my other family was there. 'Mainly my mom and girlfriend were the two I wanted to hug and appreciate that time with.' Leishman, who shared the third-round lead with Wise after leading the first two days, shot 68. The treeless links-style par-71 layout, a few miles south of downtown Dallas, was defenseless with softer fairways and greens and little wind once the morning storms passed. The Nelson celebrated its 50th anniversary with a return to Dallas after 35 years at the TPC Four Seasons in suburban Irving. Rory Sabbatini set the previous record on that par-70 layout at 19-under 261 in 2009. 'I felt like when it rained today I was really going to tear the course up just because it allowed me to hit driver, which is my strength,' said Wise said, who was born in South Africa but raised in the U.S. 'I got a lot of short irons in my hand and was able to make a lot birdies.' Branden Grace holed a blind bunker shot for birdie on the par-5 first and matched his career-best 62 from last year's British Open — which was the lowest round ever in a major. He finished at 19 under with J.J. Spaun and Keith Mitchell, who had matching 63s. Hometown star Jordan Spieth again couldn't improve on his best Nelson finish from his first start as a 16-year-old amateur in 2010. The three-time major winner, and highest-ranked player in the field at No. 3, shot 67 to finish at 11 under. Spieth tied for 21st. Instead, Spieth has been joined by another 21-and-under winner, with Wise cruising a month shy of his 22nd birthday and two weeks after the 2016 NCAA individual champion at Oregon tied for second at the Wells Fargo Championship, two shots behind Jason Day. Spieth doesn't have a top 10 finish in eight Nelson appearances, the most of any tournament for him. 'Felt like I played better than I scored,' Spieth said. 'Typically when you say that, it just means putts didn't go in.' Mitchell, also a rookie seeking his first win, and Ryan Blaum had matching 30s on the front nine, with both playing the last six holes on that side in 5 under. But Wise had five birdies over those six holes, and added one on the 10th while Leishman bogeyed. His lead suddenly at four shots, Wise cruised from there with all pars — and that was plenty in his second bogey-free round of the week. Blaum's run of five straight birdies ended with a bogey at 10, one of three on the back nine for him. He shot 66 and finished at 16 under with Kevin Na (68) and Jimmy Walker (67). Leishman set a 36-hole Nelson record that was previously shared by Tiger Woods because of calm wind the first two rounds. A blustery Saturday brought scores up, but Trinity Forest was even more benign for the final round than it was the first two without its firm fairways and greens. 'It would have been windy I probably would have preferred that, firm and windy, taken a few of the guys behind a little more out of it,' Leishman said. 'You get what you're given. You can't choose your conditions. I played pretty good. He played better.' Adam Scott shot 65 to tie for ninth at 15 under but was projected to be just outside the top 60 in the world rankings, which he needed to avoid sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open. The 2013 Masters champion hasn't missed a major since 2001. 'I was kind of hopeful to get up there a little bit more but I mean I don't even think it's going to get there now,' Scott said. 'It's too easy out there, soft and got hundred yard-wide fairways. It's hard to get in trouble.' Defending champion Billy Horschel joined Spieth at 11 under. Hideki Matsuyama, the other world top 10 in the field besides Spieth at No. 9, finished 12 under after a 66.
  • Shohei Ohtani left the mound to a standing ovation after his longest, deepest start for the Los Angeles Angels. He doffed his cap with a weary right arm, acknowledging the roars for the latest milestone in his remarkable rookie season. The Angels already knew Ohtani had a prodigious talent. He also showed a wealth of tenacity while beating the Tampa Bay Rays. Ohtani struck out nine while throwing 7 2/3 innings of excellent six-hit ball in his seventh career start, and the Angels snapped their five-game skid with a 5-2 victory on Sunday. Martin Maldonado homered and drove in two runs, and Zack Cozart drove in two more runs on sacrifice flies as the Angels wrapped up a disappointing 11-game homestand with only four victories — including both games started by Ohtani (4-1). The Angels are 6-1 when Ohtani starts. Los Angeles' rookie two-way sensation had another strong outing in the longest start of his stateside career, limiting Tampa Bay to three baserunners in his first six innings. Ohtani retired 12 straight Rays after yielding rookie Johnny Field's homer leading off the third. 'I had a little trouble in the seventh inning, and I was happy I was able to get out of it,' Ohtani said through a translator. 'I felt good, and I was glad we were able to get the win.' Indeed, Ohtani demonstrated his resilience late. He kept Tampa Bay scoreless in the seventh despite yielding two singles, and he gave up a run while battling for two more outs in the eighth. 'That's a great sign, to throw 110 pitches and maintain your stuff,' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. 'Shohei showed a lot of what he's about. That's what makes him so special.' While Ohtani went long, reliever Sergio Romo made a short start for Tampa Bay for the second consecutive day. He faced the Angels' first six batters and got four outs while becoming the first pitcher in 38 years to last at least one inning in back-to-back starts. Romo gave way to Matt Andriese (1-2), who gave up two unearned runs in the fourth after making an error on Andrelton Simmons' grounder back to the mound. Albert Pujols got the day off for the Angels, whose weeklong struggles continued at the plate. Los Angeles still managed to hold a 3-1 lead after five innings despite getting just one hit — which didn't factor into any of the runs. After Justin Anderson escaped the eighth-inning jam, Blake Parker pitched the ninth for his second save in two opportunities. Matt Duffy had three hits for the Rays, whose six-game winning streak ended in the finale of an 11-game road trip. Tampa Bay hadn't even trailed since last Sunday in Baltimore, where the Rays lost three of four. 'Can't say enough about the way our guys bounced back from Baltimore to win six of the last seven,' Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. 'The guys have responded.' Field, the Rays' No. 9 hitter, had two hits off Ohtani, leading off the third inning with his fourth career homer on a first-pitch fastball. ROMO STARTS Romo made the first two starts of his 11-year big league career during the weekend, and he didn't allow a run in either appearance. He struck out the side in the first inning Saturday before striking out three more Sunday, but also walking two batters. 'For me, my preparation didn't really change too much,' Romo said. 'The only difference was the timing. Typically, you get the call, and two minutes later, you're in the game. Warming up on the field is different.' Cash employed the unusual strategy to allow the two young pitchers who followed Romo to face the heart of the Angels' order one fewer time. Cash said the plan will be modified in the coming weeks, but the Rays could continue to use Romo or another reliever in that role — but probably not in back-to-back games again. Romo became the first pitcher to start back-to-back games since Zack Greinke did it for Milwaukee in July 2012 after getting ejected from his first start after four pitches. Romo is the first pitcher to pitch at least one inning in back-to-back starts since Steve McCatty did it for Oakland in 1980. 'The one thing that was odd was going onto an unscathed mound,' Romo said. 'I was like, 'Whoa, what is this?' I kind of had to kick it out a little so I could get that bump in the middle that I'm used to.' TRAINER'S ROOM Rays: RHP Nathan Eovaldi will make his fourth rehab start Wednesday with Triple-A Durham. He's returning from a right elbow problem. Angels: Starter Matt Shoemaker played catch for the first time in two weeks, but he's still struggling with a strained right forearm. He has made only one start in the last 11 months. UP NEXT Rays: After a day off, Tampa Bay returns home to face the Red Sox with Jake Faria (3-2, 5.20 ERA) on the mound Tuesday. Although he struggled last week at Kansas City, he hasn't allowed more than one run in a home start this season. Angels: After a travel day, Garrett Richards (4-3, 3.47 ERA) takes the mound Tuesday in Toronto for the first time since Aug. 23, 2015. He is coming off a hard-luck loss despite pitching seven strong innings against Justin Verlander and the Astros. ___ More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tags/MLBbaseball
  • Ariya Jutanugarn arrived at Kingsmill Championship with no expectations, and it was a strategy that paid off handsomely. The 22-year-old Thai star birdied the second hole of a playoff Sunday to win the LPGA Tour event for the second time in three years. 'I'm going to say I didn't expect anything this week because I think I have been playing ... very good like the last few tournaments and I'm still not winning the tournaments,' she said. 'So show up this week, I just tell myself I'm not going to expect anything. I'm going to really focus on the things under my control and make sure I'm going to have good commitment every shot.' 'When I'm thinking about winning, I never win,' Jutanugarn said. She became the 12th winner in as many events on the tour this season. Jutanugarn closed with a 5-under 66 to match Nasa Hataoka (67) and In Gee Chun (68) at 14-under 199. Jutanugarn and Hataoka both birdied the first extra hole, with Chun dropping out. The 19-year-old Hataoka putted first on the second extra hole and missed badly from just off the back of the 18th green before Jutanugarn rolled in a 15-footer for her eighth career victory. 'I couldn't believe I played in a playoff in such an early stage in my career,' Hataoka said. 'I'm just going to try to keep going for the rest of the year.' Jutanugarn's older sister, Moriya, won the HUGEL-JTBC Championship in Los Angeles in April for her first LPGA Tour victory Jutanugarn started the day two shots behind Chun and used a stretch of five birdies in six holes to build a two-shot lead before making bogey at the par-5 15th,, one of the easiest holes on the course. 'After that I got a little bit mad, but my caddie just told me ... we can't go back and change anything,' she said. 'All we can do is just what we have now. Try to hit a good shot.' Hataoka, playing with Chun in the final threesome, birdied No. 15 to join Jutanugarn at 14 under, and Chun made a long birdie putt on the par-3 17th to also get to 14 under. It was the eighth top 10 finish of the season for Jutanugarn, the only player on the women's tour to have made the cut in every event she's played. It was the fourth playoff in the history of the tournament. The tournament was cut from 72 holes to 54 when rain washed out play Saturday. Brooke Henderson closed with a 65 to finish a shot back. Megan Khang was fifth after her third straight 67. 'I was in the groove and I felt like I could make birdies and I could make a charge, so I was really happy I was able to do that,' Henderson said.
  • There was no better way for the WNBA to open its 22nd season than with another intense matchup between the Los Angeles Sparks and the Minnesota Lynx. After the Lynx received their championship rings and raised a fourth banner in the arena, Chelsea Gray and the Sparks gave them their parting shot. Gray had 18 points, including a double-clutch off-balance in the lane at the buzzer that gave the short-handed Sparks a 77-76 victory over the Lynx on Sunday in a dramatic rematch of last year's finals. 'Chelsea is the game-winner queen,' said Odyssey Sims, who led the Sparks with 21 points. 'I don't know how she squeezed up and flipped it in. I still don't believe. I don't even know how, but it was amazing.' Lindsay Whalen had 10 of her 17 points in the fourth quarter, including a pair of free throws with 5.8 seconds left, to lead the Lynx back from a deficit that reached 10 points late in the third period. Gray then took the ball after a timeout at the left wing, used a spin dribble to evade Seimone Augustus and reached the paint in time for the final heave. 'I'm very proud of this team right now,' Gray said. 'We kind of set the tone for the season.' The Sparks-Lynx title pairing was made possible in 2016 when the WNBA switched to a conference-less postseason format, and the Sparks won on Minnesota's home court that year. Last fall, the Lynx avenged that crushing loss by beating Los Angeles at Williams Arena, where Whalen played her college games, while Target Center was being renovated. Over the previous two years, the Sparks and Lynx split their 16 matchups, with five wins apiece in the playoffs and three victories each in the regular season. This was the first time the Lynx lost a season opener since 2011, the year of their first title. They had won 23 straight regular-season games in May. Nneka Ogwumike added 19 points and nine rebounds and Essence Carson had 10 points for the Sparks, who shot only 3 for 18 from 3-point range but still outscored the Lynx 25-11 in the third quarter. Whalen and 2017 league MVP Sylvia Fowles, who had 15 points and 12 rebounds, led the resurgence for the Lynx. They were riled up when Fowles was whistled for an offensive foul in the post, with an agitated Whalen giving official Tiffany Bird an earful. A few minutes later, after Fowles cut the lead to 59-53 with a layup, Sparks newcomer Cappie Pondexter got into a shouting match with Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve during the break in action. They were each given a technical foul, as were Whalen and Sims. Ogwumike knocked down a 3-pointer for a 71-68 lead with 3:08 remaining, and she turned a turnover by Rebekkah Brunson into a layup in transition and a five-point edge with 2:08 to play. The Lynx had a staggering 24 turnovers that turned into 23 points for the Sparks, more than in any game last season. Fowles hit two foul shots with 56 seconds left to bring the Lynx to 73-72, but Sims answered with a long jumper. Whalen came back with a pair of free throws, and Fowles grabbed the rebound of a missed 3 by Sims on the other end to set up two more foul shots for Whalen. That still left enough time for the Sparks to answer. 'We just didn't come out ready to go, which is disappointing and what we'll have to clean up,' said Whalen, the newly minted head coach at her alma mater, Minnesota, who has begun her 15th season in the league. Brunson pitched in 15 points, but Maya Moore had just 11 points on 4-for-14 shooting for the Lynx. Augustus had just six points. 'We had so many players out there that had no idea what they were doing for whatever reason. Maybe they were tired. No idea,' Reeve said. The Sparks couldn't have expected much more production without star Candace Parker, who didn't take the trip because of what was announced as a back injury. Russian center Maria Vadeeva, a key offseason acquisition, has not joined the team yet. Jantel Lavender, another important veteran, has not finished with her overseas club yet, either. 'We love Candace. She's a heck of a player, one of the best in the league, but I just kind of focus on the people that are here,' Sparks coach Brian Agler said. 'That's all we do.