Mondesi hits for cycle in Legends' win over Kannapolis
The Lexington Legends' Raul Mondesi hit for the cycle in a 7-4 victory against Kannapolis on Monday night at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Mondesi, who was 4-for-4, tripled in the first inning, homered in the third, got an infield single in the fifth and doubled down the left field line in the sixth.
Mondesi, who has hit three home runs in his last two games, struggled at the start of the season but has turned it around with 12 hits in his last 27 at-bats.
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He is the second Legend to hit for the cycle. The other was Jordan Parraz on July 26, 2007, in a 14-inning game against Lakewood.
■ The NCAA Tournament field was announced Monday with Louisville as one of 16 host sites and the Cardinals will play Bowling Green in their opener at 6 p.m. Friday. The regional's other game has Miami (Fla.) facing Oklahoma State.
BasketballKy. Travelers earn Peach Jam berth
The Kentucky Travelers defeated CIA Bounce 70-46 Monday to clinch a spot in the Peach Jam.
Lafayette forward Jackson Davis had seven points and 12 rebounds for the Travelers, who finished the EYBL regular season with a 9-9 record and showed great improvement in their first year based in Kentucky. The Travelers were 2-18 last year, when only two of the 40 teams in the EYBL had a worse record.
This year's squad — made up of seven Kentuckians, two Ohioans and one player from Tennessee — has been praised for its "team basketball." On Monday, the Travelers had 21 assists to just 10 turnovers.
Knott Central star Camron Justice led the squad in scoring with 15 points. Perry Central's Justin Johnson added 11 points and a team-high six assists. Louisville Trinity big man Ray Spalding chipped in with six points, six rebounds and five assists.
The Travelers entered the final day of the EYBL regular season needing a victory over CIA Bounce or a Southern Stampede loss to Mac Irvin Fire. They got both. Mac Irvin defeated Southern Stampede 84-63. Monday's results gave the Travelers a fifth-place finish in Division D. The top five teams from each division earn spots in the Peach Jam, which will be played July 10-14 in North Augusta, S.C.
■ Elena Della Donne outplayed Brittney Griner and had the third-best rookie debut in WNBA history, scoring 22 points to lead the Chicago Sky to a 102-80 victory at the Phoenix Mercury on Monday in the WNBA. The No. 2 overall pick behind Griner in this year's draft, Delle Donne had 16 points by halftime as the Sky raced out to a 24-point lead. She added eight rebounds and finished only behind Candace Parker's 34-point debut for Los Angeles in 2008 and the 25 Cynthia Cooper scored for Houston in 1997.
Griner became the third WNBA player to dunk and first to do it twice in one game. She had 17 points and eight rebounds, but was limited to two points in nine minutes because of fouls as Chicago built its big first-half lead.
Slow start for Nadal; Sharapova wins
Rafael Nadal survived an early scare Monday and successfully began his bid for an eighth French Open title at Roland Garros by rallying past Daniel Brands 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-3.
Nadal, who had lost only 14 sets in 53 previous matches at the French Open, fell behind when he was broken in the ninth game and was on the verge of digging a deeper hole in the red clay. He trailed 3-0 in the tiebreaker, then summoned his best shot-making to salvage the set and soon was in control against the dangerous Brands.
"He was playing unbelievable," Nadal said. "He was trying to hit every ball as hard as he can. Sometimes you feel you are not hitting a bad shot, and every time comes back a bomb. So I am very happy to be through, seriously."
Defending women's champion Maria Sharapova needed only 54 minutes to advance, beating Hsieh Su-wei 6-2, 6-1. The No. 2-seeded Sharapova lost eight points in eight service games.
While Nadal took center stage, U.S. women fanned out to remote courts and quietly went 6-1. That included victories by Madison Keys, who won her Roland Garros debut, and by Melanie Oudin, who ousted No. 28 Tamira Paszek 6-4, 6-3. No. 17 Sloane Stephens, who reached the fourth round last year, beat Karin Knapp 6-2, 7-5.
American Ryan Harrison won a match at Roland Garros for the first time in three tries, beating Andrey Kuznetsov 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (4). Harrison next plays fellow American John Isner, who improved to 4-4 at Roland Garros by beating Carlos Berlocq 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.
Beat the Blues wins Winning Colors
Beat the Blues, twice a bridesmaid in Churchill Downs' Grade III Winning Colors, broke through with a determined gate-to-wire victory over 4-5 favorite Judy the Beauty in this year's race.
Beat the Blues, a runner-up to Sassy Image in 2011 and Island Bound a year ago, ran 6 furlongs over a fast main track in 1:08.59 to win three-quarters of length. Her time equaled the second-fastest clocking in 11 runnings of the Winning Colors, which honors the filly that prevailed against colts in the 1988 Kentucky Derby.
Miguel Mena rode the winner for trainer Bret Calhoun and owners Bill Martin's Martin Racing Stable and Dan Morgan's Morgan Thoroughbred LLC. The victory was the third Winning Colors triumph for Martin, Morgan and Calhoun, who also won in 2009 and 2010 with Dubai Majesty.
■ Marketing Mix defeated Tiz Flirtatious by a head to win the $250,500 Gamely Stakes, giving Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens his first win at Hollywood Park since 2005. It was Stevens' first victory at the track since he won the A Gleam Handicap on July 9, 2005, and it was his first Grade I victory there since he won the Hollywood Turf Cup aboard Pellegrino on Dec. 4, 2004. The 50-year-old rider began a comeback in January that has included a win in the Preakness aboard Oxbow. He won the Gamely for the fourth time in his career and first since 1997.
GolfKhan wins England's U.S. Open qualifier
Simon Khan bounced back from losing the BMW PGA Championship in a playoff to qualify for the U.S. Open. The Englishman, who lost a four-hole playoff to Matteo Manassero at Wentworth on Sunday, qualified in first place Monday by shooting a 5-under 67 on the Old Course and 2-under 70 on the New Course at Walton Heath, England.
"Yesterday I did everything I could to try and win. I don't think I could have done anything differently," said Khan, who has reached the U.S. Open three times in eight straight years of qualifying. "I only slept for about a half-an-hour last night (with the loss) going over in my head. And I even thought about pulling out, but this is my job.
"But it's just brilliant I'm going to Merion. I don't know much about the course. All I know is (Ben) Hogan's famous picture at the last, which is iconic."
Three-time Ryder Cup player Paul Casey and Jaco Van Zyl of South Africa are also through to the second major of the year after qualifying a stroke back to tie for second.
Jose Maria Olazabal, Europe's victorious Ryder Cup captain last year, was among the other qualifiers.
■ Hideki Matsuyama had rounds of 67 and 65 on Monday to earn one of five spots in a U.S. Open qualifier at Ibaraki, Japan. Matsuyama was a two-time winner of the Asia-Pacific Amateur and twice made the cut at the Masters as a teenager. This will be his first U.S. Open. Matsuyama was No. 1 in the world amateur ranking when he turned pro in April. He already has two wins on the Japan Golf Tour, one as an amateur.
The last word
Tennis star Maria Sharapova:
"The only time I want to Skype with my dad is when I want to see my dog. Sorry, Dad."