Battling for a playoff spot in United Soccer League Championship play, St. Louis FC (6-7-8) returns to action at 6 p.m. Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis against Indy Eleven (12-4-4), a team that’s riding an 18-game home unbeaten streak that dates to last season.
STLFC defeated Indy Eleven 2-1 in the season-opening match at Soccer Park, on March 9.
STLFC, which is 1-2-2 in its last five outings, acquired forward Tyler Blackwood from Sacramento Republic last week. The 28-year-old from England played at the University of Tampa and the University of South Florida and has been in the USL since 2016. He played for Arizona United (eight goals) in 2016, Sacramento Republic (six goals) in 2017 and the Swope Park Rangers (eight goals) last year.
Back with Sacramento this season, Blackwood had a goal in 13 matches. (Joe Lyons)
Djokovic, Barty ousted in semifinals: Ashleigh Barty’s chance to move back to No. 1 was only one victory away. At the end of an up-and-down week, she didn’t have another comeback left. Neither did Novak Djokovic, who went away with another disappointment in suburban Cincinnati. Barty lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 6-4 in the women’s semifinals of the Western & Southern Open. Djokovic fell to the Russian Daniil Medvedev 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the men’s semis.
Barty’s seven-week run at No. 1 ended when Naomi Osaka edged ahead of her in the latest rankings. A victory Saturday would have moved Barty back ahead for the U.S. Open.
Kuznetsova, a former U.S. Open and French Open champion who is ranked 153, is recovering from seven-month layoff because of a knee injury. Her opponent in the final will be Madison Keys, a 7-5, 6-4 winner over Sofia Kenin.
Djokovic overcame concerns about his right elbow but couldn’t prevail over Medvedev’s 14 aces. The Russian will face David Goffin, a 6-3, 6-4 winner over Richard Gasquet. (AP)
Fox leaves Team USA: Sacramento Kings point guard De’Aaron Fox has withdrawn from Team USA activities, according to reports that Fox wants to shift his focus to the upcoming NBA season. Fox and Kings forward Harrison Barnes were among the last 14 players being considered for the 12-man team that will represent the United States in the FIBA World Cup late this summer. (Sacramento Bee)
Cycling great dies: Felice Gimondi, one of only seven cyclists to have won all three Grand Tours, has died. He was 76. The Italian Cycling Federation said efforts to resuscitate Gimondi failed after the Italian suffered a heart attack while swimming on vacation in Sicily on Friday and died the same day. Gimondi won the Tour de France in 1965 as a 22-year-old in his first year as a professional. He went on to win the Giro d’Italia in 1967, 1969 and 1976, and the Spanish Vuelta in 1968. (AP)