Clay King Continues

June 1, 2022

By: Carlos Alvarez

Good Morning,

Match 59 of the Nadal-Djokovic rivalry didn\’t disappoint, but the Clay King continues toward his quest for a 14th French Open title. The Avalanche look like Stanley Cup favorites, and a night of blowouts from New York baseball brings the Mets and Yankees back to the top. All that and more before tomorrow\’s NBA Finals preview. June is here. Let\’s do some sports…

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The King of Clay Continues


#5 Rafael Nadal Ousts #1 Novak Djokovic in 4-Set Epic to Reach French Open Semifinals


This one belongs to Rafa! The match of the tournament on Tuesday featured the biggest giants in tennis as Rafael Nadal took down top-seeded Novak Djokovic in a four-set battle (6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6). Nadal showed his clay-court prowess once again by winning a crucial third-set swing before closing the door with a fourth-set tiebreaker. The quarter-final match lasted over four hours before the 13-time French Open champion slayed Djokovic in the 59th head-to-head showdown, which brings the overall record to 30-29 in favor of the Djoker. Nadal moves on to face Alexander Zverev in the semis.


Watch: Nadal Beats Djokovic in French Open QF


Other Quarter-Final Highlights

M: #3 A. Zverev def. #6 C. Alcaraz (6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6)

W: #18 C. Gauff def. S. Stephens (7-5, 6-2)

W: M. Trevisan def. #17 L. Fernandez (6-2, 6-7, 6-3)


Today’s Schedule (Quarter-Finals)

M: #7 A. Rublev vs. #20 M. Cilic (8:30 am ET)

M: #8 C. Ruud vs. H. Rune (2:45 pm ET)

W: #20 D. Kasatkina vs. #29 V. Kudermetova (6:00 am ET)

W: #1 I. Swiatek vs. #11 J. Pegula (7:15 am ET)


Additional Storylines

ATP: Nadal Downs Djoovic in Classic Roland Garros Quarter-Final

SI: Nadal Topples Djokovic in 4-Set French Open Thriller, Advances to Semifinal



Avs Win 14-Goal Thriller


Avalanche Hold Off Oilers With 8-Goal Flurry in Game 1 of West Finals (8-6)


An Avalanche of goals! Colorado tied an NHL record on Tuesday night with their third game of seven-plus goals this postseason, and there’s still a lot of playoff hockey to be played. The Avs poured it on against the Oilers in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. Eight different skaters scored, including a goal and two assists from Cale Makar. Colorado led 7-3 late in the 2nd period before a three-goal comeback by Edmonton, but it wasn’t enough. The Avs are 9-2 in the postseason with Game 2 of the West Finals set for Thursday.


Watch: Avalanche Hold Off Oilers in Game 1 (8-6)


Tonight’s Schedule

Gm 1: Lightning at Rangers (8:00 pm ET)


Additional Storylines
Rangers-Lightning East Final Preview

USA Today: Avalanche Hold Off Oilers in Wild, High-Scoring Game 1



A New York Night to Remember


Yankees & Mets Win Big on Tuesday Night Full of Highlights


Make it 34 wins for both New York teams after a pair of Tuesday night blowouts. Both the Mets (34-17) and Yankees (34-15) are back atop the majors after dominating performances. The Yankees rocked the Angels last night (9-1) while the Mets shut out the Nationals (10-0). We saw Aaron Judge rob a home-run from Shohei Ohtani while Jordan Montgomery threw seven innings with four hits and one run against L.A. Over at Citi Field, it was Mark Canha’s night for the Mets with a 4-for-5 outing to boost the run support for four Mets arms in a shutout. New York owns baseball as the MLB season rolls into June.


Watch: Yankees Smash Angels (9-1)

Watch: Mets Blank Nationals (10-0)


MLB Quick-Hitters


A Pujols Walk-OffAlbert Pujols hit a sac-fly walk-off punch to left field that plated Tommy Edman to help the Cardinals beat the Pirates (3-2, 10 innings).


Jays Win 6th StraightThe MLB’s best win streak still belongs to the Blue Jays after Toronto won its sixth straight game, holding off the White Sox (6-5) behind Alejandro Kirk’s 2-HR night.



\"⚽️\" Ukraine’s Improbable World Cup Quest

It had been two months since the bombs started falling and the sirens started wailing; since windows shattered and some Ukrainian soccer players sheltered on garage floors. (Yahoo! Sports)


\"⛳️\" The Next Version of ‘The Match’

The sixth edition of Capital One\’s The Match is nearly here. This time the event will see an all-NFL quarterback scramble take place at the Wynn Golf Club on the Las Vegas strip. (Bleacher Report)


\"🏈\" 100 Days to Kickoff

The 2022 NFL season is getting closer. Here are 100 things to know with 100 days until Week 1 kickoff, including news, notes and facts for all 32 teams. (CBS Sports)