Champion, queen, goddess, mother: Serena wins at French Open

Sports 05/27/19, 14:39

This was one mistake too far for Serena Williams.Sure, the bad backhand put her behind only 15-30 at the outset of the second set of her opening match at Roland Garros on Monday. What made the miscue so bothersome? She'd already dropped the first set against 83rd-ranked Vitalia Diatchenko — ...

Update: Serena Williams storms back after losing 1st set

Sports 05/27/19, 12:42

The Latest on the French Open (all times local):7:30 p.m.Serena Williams overcame a slow start for a 2-6, 6-1, 6-0 win over 83rd-ranked Vitalia Diatchenko of Russia in her opener.Serena Williams of the U.S. plays a shot against Vitalia Diatchenko of Russia during their first round match of the French ...

A year after semifinal run, Cecchinato loses in 1st round

Tennis 05/26/19, 13:16

Marco Cecchinato's achievements at Grand Slam tournaments still start and end with his stunning run to the semifinals of last year's French Open, which included an upset win over Novak Djokovic.The Italian clay-courter wasted a two sets-to-none lead in a 2-6, 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 loss to French wild ...

FRENCH OPEN ’19: What to watch, from Osaka to Roger’s return

Sports 05/25/19, 13:23

On the day Naomi Osaka won the Australian Open for her second consecutive major championship, she was asked whether it was too soon to start thinking about grabbing four in a row."You know the French Open's next, right?" she said, smiling and fiddling with her fingers. "We love that clay ...

Soccer club president latest tie to French corruption probe

Sports 05/25/19, 01:03

The president of French soccer champion Paris Saint-Germain is the latest sports official implicated in a sprawling five-year corruption probe that keeps spreading.Prosecutors in France have implicated Nasser al-Khelaifi — who leads Qatar-owned PSG, is chairman of Qatar-owned broadcaster beIN Sports, and sits on the executive committee of European soccer ...

Federer relishes French Open return after 3-year absence

Tennis 05/24/19, 11:34

When Roger Federer played his first match at Roland Garros the domestic currency was francs rather than euros, Steffi Graf was about to claim a sixth French Open title and few had heard of the young Swiss player who would go on to become a tennis great.It was 20 years ...

Unfamiliar, but nice: Halep back in Paris to defend title

Tennis 05/24/19, 07:08

Simona Halep is experiencing something new at the French Open this year.The Romanian player is back in Paris to defend her title, a situation she's never been in before.And she likes it.Defending champion Romania's Simona Halep smiles as she poses next to the cup during the draw of the French ...

Nadal opens bid for 12th French Open title against qualifier

Tennis 05/23/19, 14:23

Rafael Nadal will start his campaign for a record-extending 12th title at the French Open against a qualifier. And if he makes it to the second round of the clay-court Grand Slam, another qualifier will be waiting.The defending champion was handed what looked like quite an easy draw Thursday at ...

FRENCH OPEN ’19: How much do you know about the Paris Slam?

Tennis 05/23/19, 01:28

How well do you know tennis and the French Open, the year's second Grand Slam tennis tournament? Go ahead and give this quiz a try:___1st Round: Rafael Nadal won the Italian Open, his last tournament before the French Open, for his first title of 2019. When was the last time ...

Making history: Rihanna launches brand Fenty in Paris store

Business 05/23/19, 00:28

Rihanna, the first black woman in history to head up a major Parisian luxury house, is unveiling her first fashion designs for Fenty at a pop-up store in Paris.The collection, named after the singer-turned-designer's last name, comprises ready-to-wear, footwear, accessories, and eyewear and is available for sale Paris' Le Marais ...

FRENCH OPEN ’19: Serena Williams tries again for 24th major

Tennis 05/22/19, 10:45

Women to watch at the French Open, where play begins Sunday:___NAOMI OSAKAFILE - In this May 30, 2018, file photo, Japan's Naomi Osaka returns a shot against Kazakhstan's Zarina Diyas during their second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France. (AP ...

FRENCH OPEN ’19: Federer, Nadal, Djokovic still rule tennis

Sports 05/22/19, 10:19

The Big 3 are still very much around. They're still leading the rankings, still collecting the biggest trophies. And they're still the dominant figures in men's tennis, responsible for the main story lines when the French Open starts Sunday. Roger Federer returns to Roland Garros for the first time since 2015 ...

Libya’s Hifter meets French leader Macron amid fighting

Europe 05/22/19, 05:30

Libyan commander Khalifa Hifter is in Paris for meetings with French President Emmanuel Macron amid growing international concern about his month-long offensive to take Libya's capital, Tripoli.Wednesday's closed-door meeting comes two weeks after Macron hosted Libya's struggling U.N.-backed prime minister, who denounced Hifter's offensive as an attempted coup.Macron's office has ...

Frenchman in vegetative state kept alive after appeal to UN

World 05/21/19, 10:16

A last-ditch appeal to the United Nations forced French doctors to resume life support Tuesday for a man who has been in a vegetative state for years and whose case has drawn attention across Europe.Vincent Lambert was critically injured in a 2008 car accident, and his parents and wife disagree ...

Fendrich on Tennis: ‘Bienvenue a Paris,’ Serena Williams

Tennis 05/20/19, 10:52

Welcome back to Paris, Serena Williams. The tennis world can't wait to find out exactly how that bothersome left knee is holding up. Williams practiced at the French Open's redesigned main stadium on Monday — alas, Court Philippe Chatrier's retractable roof won't be ready until next year — and will want ...

Eiffel Tower closed down after intruder tries to climb up

Europe 05/20/19, 09:51

The Eiffel Tower closed down on Monday after a man began trying to scale the Paris monument. A person could be seen dangling just below the third and highest level of the structure. A rescuer dressed in red was just above him. Police said the climber was a male. It wasn't immediately clear ...

France’s Macron forced to curb his ambitions for Europe

Europe 05/19/19, 02:39

French President Emmanuel Macron sees himself as Europe's savior and next week's European Parliament elections as a make-or-break moment for the beleaguered European Union.But Macron is no longer the fresh-faced force who marched into a surprising presidential victory to the rousing EU anthem two years ago. His pro-Europe vision has ...

Update: Strong winds in Arkansas down trees, cut power

U.S. 05/18/19, 16:23

The Latest on severe weather in the Southern Plains (all times local):4:00 p.m.Arkansas officials say suspected tornadoes have damaged homes, downed trees and cut power to some areas in the western part of the state.Letter carrier James Hurtado resets a small U.S. flag into a tree stump while delivering the ...

Basque separatist chief jailed in France, day after capture

Europe 05/17/19, 13:54

A longtime chief of the Basque militant separatist group ETA has been jailed in France, a day after his arrest in a French Alpine town ended 17 years on the run.A French judicial official said Josu Ternera, the most wanted ETA member since 2002, was transferred to Paris, formally notified ...

The Louvre museum pays tribute to pyramid’s architect Pei

Europe 05/17/19, 04:47

Paris' Louvre museum is paying tribute to the architect of its giant glass pyramid, I.M. Pei, who has died at age 102.The Louvre's employees will gather Friday afternoon under the pyramid to commemorate Pei.The President-director of the Louvre, Jean-Luc Martinez, has expressed his "huge sadness."France's former culture minister, Jack Lang, ...

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