- Michael Bloomberg thumbs FAA ban, plots course to Israel
- California bans full-contact football practices in off-season
- Thune: Downed fighter jets show more evidence of separatist capabilities
- Obama tells DNC fundraising crowd: ‘I’m not overly partisan’
- Chambliss: Downed jet ultimately goes back to Putin
- Perdue strategy: Run against Reid, Obama, Pelosi
- White House: More changes to contraception mandate coming
- ‘Operation Normandy’ set to send 3,500 volunteers to border to ‘stop an invasion’
- Netanyahu’s spokesman: Safe to fly to Israel
- Oregon vandals smear cars with doughnuts, pastries, chocolate bars
Question of the Day
Outlet:Mike Jones offers the latest on Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett, live from the NBA Finals in Boston.
TODAY'S BEST BET ON TELEVISION
For anyone fortunate enough to be in front of a TV early on a Friday morning, it's time for the French Open men's semifinals. 10 a.m., Chs. 4, 11
TWT FIVE - FRENCH OPEN MEN'S CHAMPIONS
1. Bjorn Borg. The dominant Swede won six times in Paris, including four in a row between 1978 and 1981. His career record at the French Open was 49-2.
2. Rafael Nadal. Only 22, Nadal has won three French Open titles and has yet to lose a match in the process.
3. Gustavo Kuerten. The flashy Brazilian won titles in 1997, 2000 and 2001. A true clay court specialist, he never made it past the third round of another Grand Slam.
4. Ivan Lendl. He came back from two sets down to beat John McEnroe in the 1984 final, his first Grand Slam tournament win. He then went on to win in 1985 and 1987, securing his place as one of the best baseliners of the 1980s.
5. Mats Wilander. He won titles in 1982, 1985, 1988, continuing the tradition of great results for Swedes in France. Here's an interesting stat: between 1978 and 1989, all but one French Open final featured at least one Swedish player.
THE BEST OF THE WEEKEND IN SPORTS
Lakers. Celtics. No, it's not the 1980s again. And no one's wearing short shorts (thank goodness).
Big Brown is dealing with a quarter crack on his hoof and has to start from the rail. His trainer is a loudmouth. Say what you want, he's going to win anyway.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Can anyone beat Kyle Busch? The good news for other drivers is that he has never won at Pocono. Look out for Denny Hamlin, who swept both races there two years ago.
French Open final
Perhaps no player has ever looked as dominant as Rafael Nadal looks right now. The only thing that could get in the way of his fourth straight French Open title is his own health. Or maybe he'll be distracted by Ana Ivanovic.
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