National Sports Briefs
CHAPEL HILL ó North Carolina point guard Ty Lawson was charged Friday with driving after consuming alcohol following an early morning traffic stop.
Lawson was stopped in downtown Chapel Hill because of the loud music coming from the car, said Chapel Hill Police Capt. Jackie Carden. The car smelled of alcohol and a field sobriety test led the officer to file charges, she said.
Because Lawson is not 21, he could be charged with driving after consuming alcohol. He was also charged with violating the city’s noise ordinance and driving with a suspended or revoked license, police said. He was taken into custody and later released. Lawson is scheduled to appear in court July 8.
Lawson helped the Tar Heels reach the Final Four, where they lost to eventual national champion Kansas in the semifinals.
PARIS ó As the points piled up and the light faded, it was tough to decide which scenario had seemed less likely at the outset of the French Open semifinals Friday:
That Rafael Nadal would be so dominant during a 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (3) victory over Novak Djokovic, a man who is, after all, ranked No. 3 and a Grand Slam champion?
Or that Roger Federer would run into so much trouble before winning 6-2, 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 against Gael Monfils?
Then again, by the end of the day, Roland Garros once more produced the likeliest of all championship matches: No. 1 Federer vs. No. 2 Nadal.
The showdown Sunday is their third consecutive French Open final, their fifth Grand Slam final overall.
FORT WORTH, Texas ó Kyle Busch arrived at Texas Motor Speedway, got in his truck and started driving through the field.
Busch finished second Friday night in the Craftsman Trucks Series race, the first of a planned cross-country trifecta to become the first driver to race in all three of NASCAR’s national series at three different tracks on the same weekend.
Ron Hornaday Jr. held off Busch for the final two laps after a green-white-checkered finish for his 35th career victory, his first at Texas.
NEW YORK ó Boston outfielder Coco Crisp, Tampa Bay pitcher James Shields and six other players were suspended Friday following a pair of altercations at Fenway Park.
Three Red Sox were suspended: Crisp for seven games, pitcher Jon Lester for five games and first baseman Sean Casey for three games.
Major League Baseball disciplinarian Bob Watson penalized five Rays: Shields for six games, DH-outfielder Jonny Gomes and pitcher Edwin Jackson for five games, outfielder Carl Crawford for four games and second baseman Akinori Iwamura for three games.
The Red Sox and Rays have often clashed in the past, and a bench-clearing brawl in Boston’s 7-1 win Thursday night was their latest outburst.
HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. ó Lorena Ochoa shot a 7-under 65 in the LPGA Championship that gave her a one-shot lead in her quest for a third straight major title.
– MEMPHIS, Tenn. ó Tommy Armour III double-bogeyed No. 18 and fell into a six-way tie at the Stanford St. Jude Championship.
RED WINGS PARADE
DETROIT ó Two days after Detroit once again raised the hallowed trophy, spectators jammed downtown to join the party as the city held a parade for the Stanley Cup champions.
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