Update on the latest sports
Federer withdraws from French Open
PARIS (AP) — Roger Federer has withdrawn from the French Open to give himself a chance to recover before Wimbledon.
The tournament announced the 20-time Grand Slam champion’s decision to pull out of the field. Federer said in a statement that it is important for him to listen to his body as he returns to action after two operations on his right knee.
The 39-year-old was supposed to play against Matteo Berrettini in the fourth round on Monday. Instead, Federer will turn his focus to the grass-court portion of the season.
Wimbledon begins June 28. Federer has won a men’s-record eight titles at the All England Club.
Serena Williams loses in fourth round
PARIS (AP) — Serena Williams’ latest bid for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title has ended at the French Open.
Williams lost in the fourth round to 21st-seeded Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan, 6-3, 7-5.
The six-foot Rybakina, who is 21, was playing in the fourth round of a major for the first time. She still hasn’t dropped a set in the tournament.
The 39-year-old Williams first played at Roland Garros in 1998, one year before Rybakina was born.
In other Sunday action:
— Daniil Medvedev’s remarkable turnaround at the French Open has propelled him to the quarterfinals. The Russian beat Cristian Garin 6-2, 6-1, 7-5 Sunday. Medvedev is seeded No. 2, but few envisioned his current run of success because he arrived in Paris with a career record of 0-4 at Roland Garros.
— Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova has reached the quarterfinals for the first time in 10 years at Roland Garros. The 31st-seeded Russian beat 2013 semifinalist Victoria Azarenka 5-7, 6-3, 6-2. Pavlyuchenkova lost her only quarterfinal at the French Open in 2011.
— Tamara Zidansek has become the first Slovenian woman to reach the quarterfinals of a major tournament. She did so by winning 7-6 (4), 6-1 against Romanian Sorana Cirstea, who was also unseeded.
Emiid starts despite knee inury
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid is playing with a cartilage tear in his right knee and was in the starting lineup for Game 1 of the Philadelphia 76ers’ playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks.
Embiid was injured in Monday’s Game 4 loss in the opening round against Washington and missed the Game 5 clincher. The NBA MVP finalist was limited to shooting drills in practice this week and his status was uncertain right through Sunday’s warmups.
Atlanta’s De’Andre Hunter was sitting out the opener with a sore right knee.
Titans agree to deal with Falcons for Julio Jones
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have agreed to a deal with the Atlanta Falcons for seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones. The Falcons will receive the Titans’ second-round pick in 2022 and their fourth in 2023 with Atlanta sending Jones and a sixth-round pick in 2023 to Tennessee.
Jones will join running back Derrick Henry and wide receiver A.J. Brown on an offense that ranked fourth in scoring in 2020. The Falcons clear some much-needed salary cap space, while Tennessee needed more help at wide receiver after losing Corey Davis in free agency.
Orioles’ ace goes to IL
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles have placed John Means on the 10-day injured list with a left shoulder strain a day after the team’s ace departed in the first inning after facing just five batters.
Means is 4-and-2 and pitched a no-hitter at Seattle on May 5. He ranks fourth in the American League in ERA (2.28), seventh in innings pitched (71) and tied for 10th in strikeouts (69).
Means underwent an MRI exam Sunday morning though the Orioles didn’t have the results when they placed the southpaw on the injured list. Manager Brandon Hyde says, “We’re going to side with caution and see what the results say.”
Elsewhere in baseball:
— The Chicago White Sox have placed Billy Hamilton on the 10-day injured list and reinstated fellow outfielder Adam Engel from the IL. Hamilton is dealing with a right oblique strain. He left Saturday’s 4-3 loss to Detroit after the fourth inning. The 30-year-old Hamilton is batting .217 with two homers and 10 RBIs in 36 games. He also has five steals in five attempts in his first season with the White Sox.
— The Detroit Tigers have placed right-hander Michael Fulmer on the 10-day injured list with a right shoulder strain. The 28-year-old Fulmer hasn’t appeared in a big league game since May 30, and the IL move was made retroactive to Thursday. The Tigers also activated right-hander José Ureña from the 10-day IL and brought up right-hander Jason Foley from Triple-A Toledo. . Veteran outfielder JaCoby Jones was designated for assignment.
Hassan beats world record by more than 10 seconds in 10
HENGELO, Netherlands (AP) — Sifan Hassan has set a world record by running the 10,000 meters in 29 minutes, 6.82 seconds at the Fanny Blankers-Koen Games. The 28-year-old Dutch athlete shaved more than 10 seconds off the previous world-best mark of 29:17.45 set by Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Hassan was running in the same stadium where she set her European record of 29:36.67 in the 10,000 last October. Hassan also holds world records in the mile, one-hour event and 5-kilometer road race.