Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Zverev crashes out in Rome as injured Serena withdraws
World number five Alexander Zverev continued his poor recent form as he crashed out of the Italian Open in the second round while Serena Williams had to pull out of the women's draw with a recurring knee injury on Tuesday. Serena had beaten Swede Rebecca Peterson in straight sets on Monday and was due to face sister Venus but the injury means her participation at the May 26-June 9 French Open is in doubt.
Tiger Woods, amid lawsuit, says death of former employee a 'terrible ending'
Tiger Woods, who is being sued by the parents of a drunken driver who died in a car crash last year after working at the golfer's restaurant, on Tuesday called the former employee's death a "terrible ending." The lawsuit, filed in Palm Beach County on Monday, says employees, managers and owners of The Woods Jupiter allowed Nicholas Immesberger to be over-served after his bartending shift ended, even though they were aware of his alcoholism.
QB Rosen lets out frustrations over Cardinals deal
Now that Josh Rosen has made his move for a fresh start with the Miami Dolphins, the 22-year-old quarterback who experienced a disappointing rookie season with the Arizona Cardinals is ready to start talking. Well, more like trash talking. Appearing Tuesday on the "The Rich Eisen Show," Rosen let out his feelings about the organization that gave up on him in favor of grabbing Kyler Murray with the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Arthritis-hit Daly faces restrictions on cart use at Bethpage
John Daly has requested a cart for this week's PGA Championship because he suffers with arthritis but will be restricted on where he is allowed to drive it, organizers said on Tuesday. Rain over the past couple of days has left Bethpage Black soft in places and, though it should dry out somewhat before Thursday's first round, it could still be a problem driving a cart inside the ropes without causing damage to the fairways.
Johnson raring to go after rare break ahead of PGA Championship
Long-hitting American Dustin Johnson is mentally fresh after a break from action and eager to get going at this week's PGA Championship where a big and wet course will put a premium on driving distance. World number one Johnson, who will not have played competitively for over three weeks by the time he tees off in Thursday's opening round, played 18 holes on Tuesday at Bethpage Black and said the layout for the year's second major suits his game.
Woods 'rested and ready' for PGA Championship after month off
Tiger Woods walked into the media interview room at the PGA Championship on Tuesday morning clutching a cup of hot coffee on a cool New York morning. He hopes to be holding something far more valuable on Sunday night -- the Wanamaker Trophy awarded to the winner of the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black.
Caesars Entertainment, ESPN tie-up for sports betting content
Las Vegas casino icon Caesars Entertainment Corp unveiled a tie-up with Walt Disney Co's ESPN on Tuesday, the latest sign of the surge in investment by mainstream businesses since the Supreme Court lifted a ban on sports betting last May. The deal includes building a new ESPN-branded studio at the LINQ Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, where sports betting-themed content will be created, along with segments for ESPN's recently launched sports betting-related show, Daily Wager.
Rested Bucks ready for Raptors
Depth could make the difference when the well-rested Milwaukee Bucks host the opener of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night against the Toronto Raptors, who were extended to the last possible second before winning a dramatic seventh game Sunday. The Bucks finished with the NBA's best record and won the season series 3-1 against the Raptors, who had the second-best record.
Confident Koepka calls majors the 'easiest to win'
Brooks Koepka has enjoyed plenty of success at the majors in recent years and on Tuesday the PGA Championship holder shed some light on why he feels golf's blue riband events may just be the "easiest to win." Koepka will chase a fourth major title in three years at this week's PGA Championship and the American world number three has already written off half of the players who will be competing at the Bethpage Black Course.
Oregon senator working to protect Kanter, should Blazers meet Raptors
Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden sent a letter to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, asking him to guarantee the safety of Portland center Enes Kanter should the Trail Blazers meet the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Finals. Kanter has been an outspoken critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and has been accused in his home country of having terrorist links, which Kanter has denied. Kanter has been estranged from Turkey since his passport was canceled in 2017 and the country sought his detainment through Interpol.