Third-seeded Halep falls in French Open; Sharapova wins
Simona Halep became the highest seeded player to exit the French Open so far as last year's runner-up lost 7-5, 6-1 to Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in the second round on Wednesday.
The third-seeded Halep, who reached her first major final at Roland Garros in 2014, struggled from the start and was overpowered in the second set, slumping to her second straight defeat against her 70th-ranked opponent. The Croatian also beat Halep at the U.S Open last year. Lucic-Baroni hit an ace on match point and raised both arms in delight. She finished with 29 winners, compared to five for Halep.
Earlier, defending champion Maria Sharapova limited her mistakes to just eight unforced errors as she beat Russian Fed Cup teammate Vitalia Diatchenko 6-3, 6-1.
In men's play, second-seeded Roger Federer made light work of Marcel Granollers, winning 6-2, 7-6 (1), 6-3, while 2014 Australian Open winner Stan Wawrinka reached the third round with a 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 defeat of Dusan Lajovic.
■ Venus Williams was fined $3,000 for not showing up at a news conference following her first-round exit at the French Open. After the 15th-seeded Williams lost 7-6 (5), 6-1 to Sloane Stephens on Monday, she avoided the media, instead issuing a short statement. It was Williams' second opening defeat in three years at Roland Garros.
After a 15-year absence, Martina Hingis once again played — and won — a women's doubles match at the French Open. Hingis and Sania Mirza, the first woman from India to rank No. 1 in singles or doubles, are the top-seeded pairing and made a successful Grand Slam debut as a partnership, beating Julia Goerges and Barbora Krejcikova 6-3, 6-0.
"I had enough of a break, so I'm fresh again," said Hingis, who is 34 and in the midst of a third career on tour after two stints in temporary retirement.
McDonald arrested for 2nd time this week
NFL lineman Ray McDonald has been arrested for the second time this week. The Santa Clara (Calif.) Police Department says the former San Francisco defensive end violated a restraining order by being at a residence in Santa Clara on Wednesday.
The restraining order was issued after a domestic-violence incident on Memorial Day when McDonald allegedly broke down a bedroom door to get to his ex-fiancée and their infant.
On Wednesday, Santa Clara detectives found McDonald at a Togo's Sandwiches in Santa Clara, where they arrested him without incident. He was booked into Santa Clara County Jail on $5,000 bail.
McDonald's attorney, Steve DeFilippis, told the San Jose Mercury News that neither he nor his client had been notified about the restraining order. DeFilippis told the newspaper McDonald had gone to the residence Wednesday to meet with a defense investigator, who had spoken to the woman who lived there. She told him she would not be home.
Catcher honored for 'positive impact'
University of Kentucky senior softball catcher Griffin Joiner has been named one of only five 2015 Senior CLASS Award First-Team All-Americans. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
Legends rally in ninth to beat Kannapolis
Designated hitter Kyle Pollock hit a double to center field to drive in two runs in the top of the ninth inning to lift the Lexington Legends to a 4-3 victory over Kannapolis in a minor-league baseball game Wednesday. Shortstop Humberto Arteaga had two of Lexington's six hits, including a triple that knocked in a run in the sixth inning.
Legends' relief pitcher Matthew Strahm got the win, throwing three scoreless innings with all the outs coming from strikeouts.
■ Fencing Olympian Lee Kiefer from Lexington, a three-time NCAA champion for Notre Dame, is one of 10 college fencers named to the Capital One Academic All-District At-Large Team.Kiefer is a science pre-professional studies major with a 3.69 grade-point average. She will take the 2015-16 year off from school to train for the Rio Olympics. Ranked No. 3 in the world, Kiefer recently won her sixth straight Pan American Championship title and plans on attending medical school after graduation. Both of her parents and older sister Alex are physicians.
Former Providence forward Tyler Harris has enrolled at Auburn as a graduate transfer. The recent graduate played two seasons at Providence after transferring from North Carolina State. The 6-foot-9, 223-pound Harris averaged 9.9 points and 4.4 rebounds last season, starting 12 games.
Indy car driver released from hospital
Indy car driver James Hinchcliffe was released from the hospital Wednesday, nine days after his wreck during Indianapolis 500 practice left him with a life-threatening leg injury. Series officials say the 28-year-old Canadian is expected to make a full recovery. He has not yet been cleared to resume racing.
■ Indy 500 rookie of the year Gabby Chaves has been fined $10,000 and put on probation for six races after hitting a crew member with his car in Sunday's race. Half of the fine was suspended. Series officials also fined James Davison $10,000, with half suspended, and put him on probation for six races because of an unsafe release from the pit box that led to contact with two crew members.
Former NCAA head Walter Byers dies at 93
Walter Byers, who as executive director of the NCAA for more than three decades forged a moneymaking colossus from the concept of the student-athlete only to decry that the college sports world he had wrought was corrupt and unfair, died on Tuesday at his home near Emmett, Kan. He was 93. The cause was a urinary tract infection that had entered his bloodstream.
He was named the first executive director of the NCAA in 1951. His staff initially consisted of himself and an assistant. At the time, the organization had 381 member colleges and oversaw 11 national championships. When he retired, the NCAA had more than 1,000 member colleges, recognized 74 national champions in men's and women's sports and employed a full-time staff of 143 on a budget of $100 million.
■ Bill Foster, the only Clemson basketball coach to reach the NCAA tournament's Elite Eight, has died after long bout with Parkinson's disease. He was 79. Foster coached at five Division I schools over 30 years. He was 156-106 at Clemson.
The last word
Running back Adrian Peterson has spent the past five months sending vague and sometimes ambiguous messages about his desire or lack thereof to remain with the Minnesota Vikings. Coach Mike Zimmer cut to the chase Wednesday when asked about the situation surrounding his disgruntled star running back.
"He's really got two choices. He can either play for us or he cannot play. He's not going to play for anybody else, and that's just the way it's going to be."