AP Memorial Day Sports Roundup
Rookie wins Indy
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — If you hadn't heard of Alexander Rossi, you can read his name on the Borg-Warner Trophy.
The 24-year-old American entered the Indianapolis 500 as a longshot before winning the 100th running of the race. Rossi stretched his fuel to the finish before running out of gas after taking the checkered flag. The Californian earned a victory for Andretti Autosport by running the final 36 laps without a pit stop.
Rossi had been driving in F1 before coming back to America this year to drive for Bryan Herta in a partnership with Andretti Autosport. Herta was the winning car owner in 2011 with Dan Wheldon.
Race leader Carlos Munoz was forced to pit with four laps to go for fuel, opening the door for Rossi. Munoz finished second, followed by Josef Newgarden, Tony Kanaan and Charlie Kimball.
Helio Castroneves was the last rookie to win the race in 2001.
NASCAR-COCA COLA 600
Truex sets NASCAR records in dominant performance at Charlotte
CONCORD, N.C (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. put together a dominant performance in winning the Coca-Cola 600, the longest race of the Sprint Cup season.
Truex started from the pole and earned his first victory of the season by leading for a whopping 392 of 400 laps in the 600-mile race. He broke a 49-year-old race record for most laps led, replacing the mark set by Jim Paschal in 1967. He also set a new NASCAR record by leading 588 miles.
Truex finished more than 2 ½ seconds ahead of Kevin Harvick, with Jimmie Johnson in third. The only time Truex gave up the lead was when he pitted and others stayed on the track.
Johnson was the only other driver to lead for more than two laps.
Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top five.
FORMULA ONE-MONACO GRAND PRIX
Hamilton wins Monaco
MONACO (AP) — Lewis Hamilton has won the Monaco Grand Prix, ending an eight-race winless drought in Formula One.
Pole sitter Daniel Ricciardo settled for second after a pit crew error cost him position.
Nico Rosberg finished seventh to cut his lead in the points race to 24 over Hamilton.
Giants, Royals still sizzling
UNDATED (AP) — The San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals remain two of hottest teams in the majors.
The Giants made it 15 wins in their last 17 games as Johnny Cueto held Colorado to one earned run in six innings of an 8-3 rout of the Rockies. Hunter Pence delivered a trio of RBI doubles, Brandon Belt added a two-run double and Denard Span smacked a solo homer. The Giants collected eight doubles to back Cueto, who improved to 8-1.
The Giants' hot streak began after they dropped three straight and five of seven to fall to 17-18.
Meanwhile, the Royals took over first place in the American League Central by posting their second straight comeback win over the Chicago White Sox. One day after a seven-run ninth gave them an 8-7 victory, the Royals scored three times in the eighth to beat the Pale Hose 5-4. Lorenzo Cain sparked the rally with a solo homer and Brett Eibner tied it with a bases-loaded walk before Cheslor Cuthbert singled home Jarrod Dyson with the go-ahead run. Cain had two RBIs and Eric Hosmer went 3-for-4 with an RBI to help the Royals win for the 10th time in 13 games.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— The Dodgers won for the sixth time in seven games as Adrian Gonzalez delivered a tiebreaking, two-run single to finish with three RBIs in a 4-2 triumph over the Mets in New York. Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw struck out 10 and allowed two runs and four hits over 7 2/3 innings but had to settle for a no-decision following Curtis Granderson's game-tying triple in the eighth.
— Ben Zobrist hit a three-run homer and the Chicago Cubs earned their fifth consecutive win while completing a three-game sweep of Philadelphia 7-2. Miguel Montero added a solo homer and two RBIs to back John Lackey, who allowed a run and four hits in seven innings to help the Cubs improve to 34-14.
— Texas knocked off Pittsburgh 6-2 as Mitch Moreland belted a three-run shot and Prince Fielder added his first home run in 35 games. Martin Perez outpitched Francisco Liriano, allowing two runs and seven hits in six innings as the Rangers moved a season-high seven games over .500.
— Stephen Strasburg improved to 9-0 by holding the Cardinals to a run and six hits in six innings of Washington's 10-2 trouncing of St. Louis. The Redbirds trailed just 3-2 until Anthony Rendon, Jayson Werth and Wilson Ramos homered over the Nationals' last two at-bats, helping Washington earn a split of the four-game series.
— Chris Owings slammed a solo homer to ignite a five-run second before Paul Goldschmidt capped the rally with a two-run double in Arizona's 6-3 triumph over San Diego. Archie Bradley chipped in an RBI single and gave up three runs and four hits with nine strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings.
— Jonathan Lucroy lined a run-scoring triple and had three RBIs as Milwaukee topped Cincinnati 5-4. Jimmy Nelson held the Reds to a pair of runs and six hits over 7 1/3 innings.
— Derek Dietrich was 3-for-3 with a two-run homer and three RBIs as Florida beat Atlanta 7-3 to salvage the series finale. Marcell Ozuna also homered and Tom Koehler gave up two earned runs and three hits in seven innings.
— Dustin Pedroia doubled home the tiebreaking run in the 11th inning as Boston downed Toronto 5-3. Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-6 to stretch his hitting streak to 22 games.
— Mark Trumbo lined a three-run double in the first inning before Baltimore banged out a pair of home runs in a 6-4 victory at Cleveland. Hyun Soo Kim went deep to snap a 4-4 tie in the seventh, and Nolan Reimold homered to cap the scoring.
— Jake Odorizzi held the Yankees to one hit in seven innings, but the that one hit was Starlin Castro's two-run homer that gave New York a 2-1 triumph over Tampa Bay. Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman combined to strike out seven over three perfect innings after winning pitcher Nathan Eovaldi fanned seven.
— Billy Butler supplied a go-ahead, two-run single in the sixth inning as Oakland downed Detroit 4-2. Rich Hill is 8-3 after limiting the Tigers to two runs and five hits while striking out nine in 6 1/3 innings.
— Houston pulled out an 8-6 win over the Angels on Carlos Correa's three-run blast in the top of the 13th. Jake Marisnick cracked a two-run homer and Luis Valbuena singled home the tying run in the Astros' second consecutive win.
— Minnesota completed a three-game sweep in Seattle as Joe Mauer and Miguel Sano both homered for the third consecutive day to lead the Twins' 5-4 win over the Mariners. Ricky Nolasco yielded two runs on three hits over six innings for the Twins, who entered the series a major league-worst 12-34.
Grizzlies announce new coach
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Grizzlies have formally announced the hiring of former Miami assistant David Fizdale as their new coach. He'll be introduced at a news conference Tuesday.
The hiring was first reported Thursday by The Associated Press and others. The Grizzlies did not disclose terms, but Yahoo! Sports reported Fizdale agreed to a four-year contract.
Fizdale has spent the past eight years with the Miami Heat, the past two as assistant head coach to Erik Spoelstra.
Dejean-Jones went to wrong apartment
DALLAS (AP) — New Orleans Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones was fatally shot Saturday after kicking down the door of what he mistakenly thought was his girlfriend's apartment in Dallas.
His agent says Dejean-Jones returned from a walk early Saturday and went to an apartment on the third floor, one floor below his girlfriend's. A Dallas police spokesman says that when Dejean-Jones entered the wrong apartment and began kicking at the bedroom door, the man who lived there retrieved a handgun and fired.
GOLF-DEAN & DELUCA INVITATINAL
Speith rallies to win
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Jordan Spieth shot a 5-under 65 to win the Dean & Deluca Invitational at Colonial for the first victory in his home state of Texas.
He closed with birdies on the final three holes for a 17-under total to finish three strokes ahead of Harris English, who shot a 66 on Sunday.
It was the eighth career win for the world's No. 2-ranked player, and came in his third tournament since blowing a five-stroke lead on the back nine at the Masters last month.
CHAMPIONS TOUR-SENIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
Mediate earns first major
BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Rocco Mediate shot a 5-under 66 to complete a wire-to-wire win at the Senior PGA Championship.
Mediate finished with a 19-under par 266 to set a tournament mark for low 72-hole total. He was three strokes better than two-time defending champ Colin Montgomerie, who closed with a 67.
The win is the first major title for Mediate and third Tour Champions win. Mediate became the first to win the tourney after leading all four rounds since Jack Nicklaus in 1991.
Bernhard Langer tied for third at 13 under in a failed bid to become the first player to win all five PGA Tour Champions majors.
Jutanugarn gets three in a row
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Ariya Jutanugarn has become the first player in three years to win three straight LPGA Tour events, closing with a 5-under 67 to secure the Volvik Championship in Michigan.
Jutanugarn finished 15-under 273 at Travis Pointe, five shots ahead of Christina Kim.
The 20-year-old Jutanugarn is the first player since Inbee Park to win three consecutive tournaments, and the first ever to make their first three career victories consecutive.
PARIS (AP) — Defending champ Stan Wawrinka has reached the quarterfinals of the French Open with a 7-6, 6-7, 6-3, 6-2 win over Viktor Troicki.
The third seed will next face Albert Ramos-Vinolas, who upset 8th seed Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-4, 6-4.
Second seed Andy Murray ousted John Isner 7-6, 6-4, 6-3. Isner's exit means that no American man has reached the quarterfinals since 2003.
Unheralded American Shelby Rogers is through to her first Grand Slam quarterfinal after beating Irina-Camelia Begu 6-3, 6-4. Fourth seed Garbine Muguruza also reached the quarters.
Mexican soccer star rescued
CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) — Mexican police have rescued kidnapped soccer player Alan Pulido, who appeared with a bandaged hand at a brief press conference Monday to declare that he was fine.
Police and other officials said Pulido, a 25-year-old forward with Greek soccer club Olympiakos, was freed in a security operation Sunday shortly before midnight in the northeast border state of Tamaulipas. Pulido had been seized by gunmen as he left a party Saturday night.
In the early hours of Monday, Pulido appeared outside state police offices wearing shorts and a tank top with a bandaged right hand alongside Tamaulipas Gov. Egidio Torre Cantu. When reporters asked him how he was, Pulido replied: "Very well, thank God."
"The most important thing is that he is here. He is with us," Torre Cantu said.
Pulido declined to answer other questions and was driven away in a sports utility vehicle.
The Tamaulipas security coordination group said in a statement earlier Monday that the rescue occurred shortly before midnight and involved state and federal forces.
State police spokesman Evaristo Gutierrez said one suspect was arrested, but provided no details.
Pulido, a member of Mexico's 2014 World Cup squad, was kidnapped outside his hometown of Ciudad Victoria.
His Greek club expressed relief over his safe escape from kidnappers.
"Alan is safe and sound with his family. We thank everyone for their concern and prayers during the difficult moments he has lived," Olympiakos said on its Twitter page.
The kidnapping happened one week before scheduled elections for a new governor. Tamaulipas, which borders Texas, has been plagued with violence in recent years as the Gulf and Zetas drug cartels battle for control. Both organizations also are involved in theft, extortion and kidnappings.
Pulido wasn't on the roster of Mexico's squad for next month's Copa America tournament.
He made his professional debut with the club Tigres of Monterrey, Mexico, but after four seasons there signed a 2014 contract with Olympiakos. He since has been embroiled in a legal dispute with Tigres over whether his Mexican contract remains valid.
National team coach Carlos Osorio recently said Pulido has the quality to be in his Copa America squad but was omitted because of his contract troubles. He had scored three goals in earlier call-ups for Mexico. He scored five goals in limited action for Olympiakos last season.