• Two doubles matches in one day proved too much for Venus and Serena Williams.

    Serena and Venus Williams lost in doubles action Sunday at the French Open. (Getty Images)Serena and Venus Williams lost in doubles action Sunday at the French Open. (Getty Images)The sibling duo fell to Kiki Bertens and Johanna Larsson, 6-3, 6-3, in the third round of the French Open.

    Earlier in the day, Venus and Serena had to finish up their second round match that was halted due to darkness with the Williams leading by a set. Vitalia Diatchenko and Galina Voskoboeva won Sunday’s first set to push the sisters a little more. After winning the decisive set 6-0 to take the match, the sisters had little time to rest before facing Bertens and Larsson.

    Bertens and Larsson had taken down the second-seeded duo of Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova in the opening round. In singles play, Bertens made headlines by upsetting world No. 3 Angelique Kerber.

    Venus and Serena entered the doubles draw to prepare themselves for the upcoming Rio Olympics. 

    Now, the sisters will turn their attention to singles play in Paris, where they are both vying for a quarterfinal slot. Serena will take on

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  • Stan Wawrinka is taking no chances in his French Open title defense.

    So, when his fourth-round opponent Viktor Troicki called a medical timeout mid-match, the third-seeded Wawrinka wasn’t going to risk getting cold.

    Looking for a way to stay loose during the break, Wawrinka turned to a ball boy and asked if he wanted to rally.

    "We had a little chat,” Wawrinka told reporters after the match. “He was a nice kid. It was nice for him. It was fun for the audience. I was a little bit bored waiting for him [Troicki] so it kept me busy."

    Wawrinka earned a 7-6(5), 6-7(7), 6-3, 6-2 win and the ball boy came away with an unforgettable experience.

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  • Shelby Rogers wasn’t even sure she’d make it into the French Open field.

    The 23-year-old from Charleston, S.C., was the second-to-last player to receive an automatic bid to the tournament's main draw.

    Rogers is making her presence count, as she took down another seeded opponent Sunday to continue her upset bid into the quarterfinals.

    Rogers, currently ranked No. 108, defeated 25th-seeded Irina-Camelia Begu 6-3, 6-4 in just over 80 minutes Sunday.

    Rogers opened the tournament by taking down No. 17 Karolina Pliskova, fighting back from a set down to win 3-6, 6-4, 6-3. Then, in the third round, Rogers squared off against two-time Wimbledon champion No. 10 Petra Kvitova. That match was another three-set battle, with Rogers again emerging victorious with a 6-0, 6-7 (3), 6-0 win.

    Rogers’ previous best

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  • For the second consecutive Sunday, Jordan Spieth finds himself with the final tee time in the concluding round of a PGA Tour event in Texas.

    Once again, the 22-year-old is hoping to be the lone star atop the leaderboard. ... Sorry.

    Spieth carries a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Dean & DeLuca Invitational, sitting at 12-under 198 and one clear of Ryan Palmer and Webb Simpson. He's looking for his first pro win in the state of Texas, and he's looking to do it at Hogan's Alley in Ft. Worth at Colonial Country Club, where he finished runner-up last year to Chris Kirk. 

    A week ago, Spieth had to stare down the monstrous drives of Brooks Koepka in Irving at the AT&T Byron Nelson. Holding his game together with the glue of his short game, Spieth faded on Sunday, shooting a 74 that dropped him into a tie for 18th place on a course that doesn't truly suit his game.

    This week, Spieth will have to compete for the gallery's affection with Ryan Palmer, his Sunday competitive partner

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  • Scott Hend is one round away from the biggest win of his professional career. He was also one more smart remark away on Saturday from potentially knocking out a few rowdy hecklers.

    The Aussie carries a one-stroke lead into the final round of the European Tour's BMW PGA Championship, shooting a third-round, 1-over 73 that ended with an eagle 3 on Wentworth Club's finishing par 5. It was his second eagle there in as many days. He's at 9-under 207.

    It was a great way to finish considering the turmoil inside the ropes for Hend, which included ricocheting his ball off a tree with his second shot and nearly hitting himself in the latter third of the round.

    It was also soothing considering the heckling he was getting from several fans, presumably fans of the British hero and Masters champion Danny Willett. Willett and Hend were paired together in Saturday's final group.

    "Danny was getting all the crowd support and I had no problem with that but there were a couple of guys out there who were

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  • Behind Klay Thompson's unstoppable shooting, the Warriors forced a Game 7. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Behind Klay Thompson's unstoppable shooting, the Warriors forced a Game 7. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

    Throughout the Western Conference finals, as you watched the Oklahoma City Thunder push, and press, and suffocate the Golden State Warriors with their superior length and athleticism, you might have found yourself wondering what exactly the Warriors had to do to get back to being the Warriors — what adjustments they could make to turn the tide in a series that seemed to be running away from them with the speed of a Russell Westbrook fast break. At some point in your search, you might have settled on a particularly elegant solution: either Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson will have to go absolutely berserk, and man, it'd sure help Golden State if both of them did.

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    It didn't feel much like analysis, but, well, there it was ... and on a scintillating Saturday night in Oklahoma City, well, there it was.

    Thompson scored a career playoff-high 41 points, going 11-for-18 from long range to set a new NBA record for most

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  • There's two ways of looking at it, really.

    The optimist will point out that the United States men's national team won all three of its pre-Copa America Centenario tune-up games, scoring eight goals and conceding just one. And that it has built nice momentum going into the biggest stateside men's soccer tournament since the 1994 World Cup.

    And then there's the cynic's vantage point, positing that two of those wins came against terrible teams – 3-1 over Puerto Rico last Sunday and 4-0 against Bolivia on Saturday. And that the only strong opponent, Ecuador, was barely beaten 1-0 on a 90th-minute goal in a disconcerting Jekyll and Hyde performance. Meanwhile, the cynic adds, there is still no set lineup; the best distributors, Darlington Nagbe and Christian Pulisic, aren't starting; and the front line hasn't yet totally figured out how to function without the injured Jozy Altidore against a competent defense.

    Either way, after it vanquished one of its own territories and then the world's

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  • Draymond Green became Public Enemy No. 1 in Oklahoma after delivering a swift kick to the nether-regions of Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams during Game 3 of the 2016 Western Conference finals, an act that many felt merited a suspension for the Golden State Warriors forward, but one that the NBA declined to punish by sitting Green down for a game. While plenty of Thunder fans were enraged by what they perceived as a serious injustice, Adams just laid in wait ... until the second quarter of Game 6, when it was time for him to seek vengeance:

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    It's like my grandfather always said: Revenge is a dish best served directly on top of your enemy's skull in a potential closeout playoff game. Bra-freakin'-vo, Steven Adams. You've sent little Stache 'Bros everywhere

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  • The 2016 Champions League final had been built up as a story of redemption, as Atletico Madrid attempted to reverse the outcome of a painful 2014 Champions League final defeat to rival Real Madrid. Though Atletico fell short and mighty Real eventually won in a penalty shootout, the result still served as a tale of redemption for Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane.

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    While Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated with his shirt off and paraded about like his winning spot kick had been the sole reason Real Madrid won the final, Zidane coolly collected his first trophy as a manager in his first season on the sidelines.

    Zidane did not even manage Madrid for a full season. He took the reins in early January of 2016, after Rafa Benitez had promptly received his walking papers to make way for the Frenchman following a 2-2 draw at Valencia. Zidane had been coaching the club's youth team, so the former Real Madrid

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  • Perhaps there just is no karma in sports. Because sometimes amends are never made, no matter how cruel the fate suffered, how grievous the wrong. Atletico Madrid lost the 2014 UEFA Champions League final to cross-town rivals Real Madrid after giving away the lead in the final seconds. And on Saturday, Atleti lost to Real again in a rematch for the biggest prize in club soccer, faltering 5-3 in the penalty shootout.

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    Like two years ago, it was central defender Sergio Ramos who would torment the Mattressmakers. Back then, his 93rd-minute equalizer sent the game to extra time, wherein Real ran away with the game 4-1. This time around, his 15th-minute scramble on the goal's doorstep put Real ahead for more than an hour in the 1-1 tie. Antoine Griezmann would miss a second-half penalty for Atletico, but young Yannick Ferreira Carrasco got a 79th-minute equalizer.

    Juanfran missed Atletico's fourth penalty in the

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