Strasburg put on DL with stiff neck

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CINCINNATI (AP) The Washington Nationals put Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday, a day after he had to leave a start after 16 pitches because of a stiff neck.

Strasburg had a rough May, failing to last four innings in four of his five starts. He left one start with tightness behind his right shoulder.

The left side of his neck tightened after the first inning of a 5-2 loss to the Reds on Friday night, and he came out of the game after facing only one batter in the second inning. Manager Matt Williams said the team wants to find out why he's having back and neck problems.

Serena rallies past Azarenka at French

PARIS (AP) At the outset, Serena Williams was grimacing and cursing and, worst of all, losing by a lot.

Then, suddenly, the 19-time Grand Slam singles champion was putting shots right where she wanted, imposing her will as only she can. And the only anger Williams displayed was directed at her opponent, Victoria Azarenka, while they traded gestures and words over the chair umpire's decision to replay a key point. (MORE)

Nats' Harper scratched due to sore back

CINCINNATI (AP) Outfielder Bryce Harper was scratched from Washington's lineup on Saturday because of a sore back.

Harper was hit in the middle of the back by a pitch from Cincinnati's Tony Cingrani during the Reds' 5-2 win on Friday night. Harper had words for Cingrani before heading to first base. He stayed in the game and singled off Aroldis Chapman in the ninth inning. (MORE)

Kerr expects Thompson to play in Game 1

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr is so confident Klay Thompson will be cleared for Game 1 of the NBA Finals against Cleveland that he isn't preparing to play without him.

The All-Star guard sat out a second consecutive practice Saturday recovering from a concussion. Kerr said Thompson is feeling well and progressing through the NBA's concussion protocol. (MORE)

Blatter doesn't fear US probe into FIFA

ZURICH (AP) Having come through another FIFA election largely unscathed, Sepp Blatter was in a typically defiant mood Saturday when addressing the challenges that still lie ahead.

The 79-year-old FIFA president dismissed suggestions that a United States government investigation of corruption in football could lead to his door. Several senior FIFA officials have been arrested already, but Blatter shrugged off the notion that he could be next. (MORE)

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