Tsonga wins 17th title, his first since 2017
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Pierre-Hugues Herbert, 6-4, 6-2, in an all-French final of the Open Sud de France on Sunday in Montpellier, winning his 17th career title and denying his countryman a first.
Tsonga broke the seventhseeded Herbert’s serve three times and dropped only four points in the match on his own serve.
The 33-year-old Tsonga was out for seven months last year following a left knee injury. His previous title was in October 2017 at the European Open in Antwerp, Belgium.
Herbert has lost his three singles finals on the ATP Tour. . . .
Romania upset defending champion Czech Republic, 3-2, to advance to the semifinals of the Fed Cup, along with France, Belarus and Australia.
Romania reached the semifinals for the first time after its first victory against the host Czechs, who won six titles in the past eight years.
Irina-Camelia Begu and Monica Niculescu teamed up to clinch the best-of-five contest with a 6-7 (7-2), 6-4, 6-4 win over Czech pair Katerina Siniakova and Barbora Krejcikova in the doubles.
Romania took a 2-1 lead on an indoor hard court in Ostrava after Simona Halep beat Karolina Pliskova, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, in a reverse singles featuring two former topranked players.
Siniakova, the star of last year’s final victory against the United States, made it 2-2 with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Mihaela Buzarnescu, leaving the result hinging on the doubles.
It was a similar finish in Australia’s 3-2 win over the United States in Asheville, N.C., with Ash Barty and Priscilla Hon beating Danielle Collins and Nicole Melichar, 6-4, 7-5, in the deciding doubles.
Earlier, Barty beat Madison Keys, 6-4, 6-1, to give Australia a 2-1 lead. Collins, who reached her first Grand Slam semifinal at the Australian Open last month, made it 2-2 after a 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 victory over Daria Gavrilova.
The Australians will next play Belarus, which lost the 2017 final to the United States, in April. Belarus dominated at Braunschweig, with Aryna Sabalenka cruising past Laura
Siegemund, 6-1, 6-1, to give her country an insurmountable 3-0 lead over host Germany on an indoor hard court.
In Liege, Caroline Garcia clinched an insurmountable 3-0 lead for France over host Belgium after easing past Elise Mertens, 6-2, 6-3, to set up a semifinal against Romania.
Former NFL running back Trent Richardson rushed for 56 yards and two touchdowns, and the Birmingham Iron beat the Memphis Express, 26-0, in Birmingham, Ala., in the first Alliance of American Football game for each team.
The Memphis offense struggled under former Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg, a second-round draft pick of the New York Jets in 2016 who never appeared in an NFL game. Hackenberg completed 10 of 23 passes for 87 yards with an interception.
Elsewhere, John Wolford threw for four touchdowns to lead the Arizona Hotshots to a 3822 win over the Salt Lake Stallions in Tempe, Ariz.
TRACK AND FIELD
According to a Sports Illustrated report, Jamaican distance runner Kemoy Campbell remained in a hospital on assisted breathing a day after he collapsed off the track at the Millrose Games in New York.
The report said Campbell, 28, was put in a medically induced coma Saturday night and doctors were still trying to determine what caused him to collapse.
The 2016 Olympian pulled off the track just past the 1,000meter mark of the men’s 3,000meter race.
With a team that wasn’t even supposed to be in the tournament, Panama beat Cuba, 3-1, in Panama City to win its second Caribbean Series and first since 1950.
Panama was represented in the tournament for the first time since 1960 only after the Caribbean Professional Baseball Leagues moved the series out of Venezuela because of security concerns. With Panama hosting, the Toros de Herrera were invited to play as a guest.