The event in France had already been postponed from July to Aug. 6-9.Organizers say they cannot overcome “uncertainty concerning the opening of borders” with Asia and the United States.Tournament chairman Franck Riboud says the cancellation is “unavoidable in view of the situation with regards to U.S. travel to continental Europe.”The Women’s British Open is still set for Aug. 20-23 in Troon, Scotland.The three majors played in the United States have been rescheduled for later in the year. Associated Press TENNIS-OLYMPIC QUALIFYINGRankings after next year’s French Open will determine Olympic qualifyingLONDON (AP) — The tennis rankings that come out after the 2021 French Open ends will be used to determine who qualifies for the postponed Tokyo Olympics.The International Tennis Federation says its eligibility rules will be the same as originally set up for Tokyo, with requirements related to minimum participation in Fed Cup or Davis Cup — and an appeals process for players who do not meet those standards.The cutoff for ATP and WTA rankings points for the 2020 Games originally had been Monday. But because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Olympics were pushed back a year to July 2021. FRENCH SOCCER-COURTFrench court upholds suspension of seasonPARIS (AP) — France’s highest administrative court has upheld the decision to cancel the rest of the domestic soccer season amid the coronavirus pandemic.Two clubs that had been demoted to the league’s second division had gone to court, along with a seventh-place club, to try to force the league to play the remaining ten games of the aborted season.The court did suspend the demotion of those teams. Update on the latest in sports: June 9, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditGOLF-EVIAN CHAMPIONSHIPMajor women’s tournament canceledPARIS (AP) — The Evian Championship women’s major golf tournament has been canceled because of the coronavirus outbreak. His attorney would only say there was a “contractual dispute.” GOLF-GARY PLAYER-LEGAL DISPUTEGolfer Gary Player gets $5 million in legal dispute with sonWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Hall of Fame golfer Gary Player will get $5 million and the rights to his name and likeness back after a legal settlement with a company operated by one of his sons.According to court documents filed Friday in Florida, the 84-year-old golfer and the South Carolina-based Gary Player Group reached a settlement last month as the dispute was being arbitrated. The group is operated by Marc Player, one of the golfer’s six children.Gary Player designs golf courses and sells golf equipment, sportswear and wine under “The Black Knight,” his nickname. The season was canceled with Paris Saint-Germain declared champion.In other sports-related coronavirus developments:— The regular seasons in the third and fourth divisions of English soccer have been cut short because of the coronavirus pandemic. The English Football League says clubs “voted by an overwhelming majority” to end the season and the final standings have been calculated using an unweighted points-per-game basis.— The West Indies cricket team has arrived in England for a three-test tour. The entire Caribbean-based touring party returned negative tests to COVID-19 before departing from Antigua. Two planes collected players from various islands in the West Indies on Monday. They boarded a private charter to Manchester. The 39-strong touring party will be quarantined and tested again for COVID-19 on arrival at Old Trafford for the seven-week tour.— The Wales Rally GB has become the latest race in the world rally championship to be called off because of the coronavirus pandemic. The rally was scheduled for Oct. 29-Nov. 1. It was to be the penultimate event of the season. DOPING-SHUSTOVHigh-jumper gets four-year banMOSCOW (AP) — Former European high jump champion Alexander Shustov has been banned for four years for doping in the latest case from previous years to hit the Russian team.Shustov won the gold medal at the European championships in 2010.The Russian Athletics Federation says he was banned for the use or attempted use of a banned substance or method, without giving any further details. His ban is dated from June 5, and his results disqualified for a period from 2013 to 2017.
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Serena Williams twirls after defeating Carina Witthoeft, of Germany, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)NEW YORK (AP) — It’s all about the tutu for Serena Williams at the U.S. Open.Just days after French Tennis Federation President Bernard Giudicelli said her black catsuit with clot-preventing compression tights “will no longer be accepted,” Williams chose a one-armed black tutu-style dress by Off-White’s Virgil Abloh to take on Magda Linette at the Open. She won.Perhaps her sparkly shoes emblazoned with her name and “queen” also helped.On Wednesday night, playing against Carina Witthoeft, Williams was in another tutu dress that’s part of her new collaboration with Nike and Abloh, who is also men’s artistic director for Louis Vuitton. Anna Wintour looked pleased as she watched Williams beat Witthoeft.The Queen Collection is inspired by Williams’ love of dance. She paired the black look with a leather biker jacket. The dresses have sheer panels on one shoulder and long sleeves on the other. Williams tugged hard on the sleeve as her Wednesday match began.Serena Williams, of the United States, reaches for a shot from Carina Witthoeft, of Germany, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)The 23-time Grand Slam winner wore compression fishnets with her tutu looks to guard against blood clots, a problem she battled soon after giving birth last September.Retail, prices range from $130 to $900 for various pieces in the new collab.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Pittsburgh coach Jeff Capel gave his freshmen backcourt simple instructions Tuesday night: Attack the hole.The strategy worked as Trey McGowens scored 26 points, Xavier Johnson added 23 and Pittsburgh defeated Boston College 80-70 in the first round of the ACC Tournament.The explosive freshmen combined to shoot 14 of 28 from the field and make 19 of 26 free throws as the 14th-seeded Panthers won their second straight game since snapping a 13-game losing streak.“We’ve been at our best when we’ve been able to get downhill and attack,” Capel said. ”… I thought they were terrific. They dictated the pace, the tempo. They gave us confidence, and I thought that led to other guys stepping up and making big plays.”Jared Wilson-Frame chipped in with 16 points and nine rebounds for Pittsburgh (14-18).With the freshman getting to the basket, Pittsburgh was able to score on layups and outscore Boston College 48-16 in the paint.“They took over the game, just by attacking the rim,” Boston College coach Jim Christian said. “The first time we played them we did a great job of keeping them in front and them protecting the basket with our secondary defender. Today we did an awful job of both.”Nik Popovic had 21 points and nine rebounds to lead Boston College (14-17), which shot 35.6 percent from the field and trailed by as many as 27 in the second half before cutting it to nine with 58 seconds left.The Panthers closed the first half on a 23-5 run to take a commanding 36-21 lead at the break. Boston College failed to make a field goal in the final 9:17 before intermission and shot 25 percent.Johnson provided the boost with huge plays on both ends of the court for Pitt.He repeatedly got to the hole scoring 14 points, and had two steals that led to two layups. The Panthers picked up where they left off in the second half as McGowens scored nine of the team’s first 17 points.“That’s the key every game is attack,” Johnson said. “The last time we played them, they littered the paint, and I shot 3 for 19 from the field. Today I shot 7 for 14, and that was the difference.”SYRACUSE’S 2-3 ZONEThe victory propels the Panthers into Wednesday night’s second round matchup against former Big East rival Syracuse, the tournament’s sixth seed.Pitt likely won’t be able to get to the hole as much against Syracuse’s 2-3 zone, but McGowens said attacking is still important. “We have to attack them and make them close the gaps and get some kick-outs.”BIG PICTUREPittsburgh: The Panthers have taken their lumps this year winning only three regular season ACC games, but Johnson and McGowens are going to be trouble for the next couple of seasons. Both have NBA potential. “They are only going to get better,” Christian said.Boston College: The Eagles have to find something on offense, where they looked out of sync for most of the game. They were just 6 of 25 from beyond the 3-point arc and could really use a knockdown shooter.UP NEXT:Pittsburgh: The Panthers face Syracuse, who they lost to by nine points in both previous matchups this season.Boston College: Season over.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25 Pittsburgh’s Sidy N’Dir (11) shoots against Boston College’s Jared Hamilton during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Atlantic Coast Conference men’s tournament in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, March 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)