Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
MLB roundup: Red Sox pound Yankees, 19-3
Xander Bogaerts crushed a three-run home run as part of a seven-run first inning, and the Boston Red Sox never looked back, routing the visiting New York Yankees 19-3 Thursday in the opener of a four-game series. Bogaerts later added a solo shot and had four hits, and Rafael Devers and Sandy Leon also hit homers as the Red Sox set a single-game franchise record for scoring against the Yankees. Boston slugged 10 doubles among its 23 hits on its way to beating New York for just the second time in eight meetings this season.
Bernal takes Tour lead as hailstorm stops stage
Colombian Egan Bernal was catapulted into the overall lead of the Tour de France in dramatic circumstances on Friday as the 19th stage was stopped early because of a hailstorm after French hopes had faded away. Team Ineos rider Bernal, who began the day a minute and a half behind, had overhauled France's Julian Alaphilippe during the climb up the Col de l'Iseran and leads the world number one by 48 seconds on a devastating day for the host nation.
Records tumble as Team USA enjoy huge night at worlds
American swimmers smashed records and grabbed gold at the world championships on Friday, with sprint king Caeleb Dressel taking down Michael Phelps' 100 meters butterfly world record and teenager Regan Smith lowering the women's 200 backstroke mark. Russia's Anton Chupkov got in on the act, setting a world record of 2:06.12 in the final of the men's 200 breaststroke.
Olympics: Skateboarders stoked to send sport to greater heights at Games
In exactly a year from Friday, skateboarding will make its Olympic bow at the Tokyo 2020 Games with top skaters hoping the global exposure will help take the sport to the next level of popularity. What started with surfers attaching rollerskate wheels to wooden slats in 1950s California is already a professional sport, of course, but the Olympics offers skaters the chance to do their thing on the biggest sporting stage of all.
ATP roundup: Rublev ousts top seed Thiem in Hamburg
World No. 4 and top-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria suffered a surprise upset on Friday at the hands of Russia's Andrey Rublev in the quarterfinals of the Hamburg European Open. The 21-year-old Rublev, who missed six weeks earlier this season with a right wrist injury, beat the two-time Roland Garros finalist 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5). Rublev will next face Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta, who ousted third-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy, 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (4).
Boxing legend Chavez says he was mugged at gunpoint in Mexico City
Mexican boxing legend Julio Cesar Chavez said on Friday he had been mugged by armed robbers in Mexico City, and he slammed mounting violence that has recently plagued the capital. "I've just been the victim of a robbery, with a pistol to my head, my watch and chain were snatched. There's no question your life can be gone in a second," the 57-year-old Chavez wrote on Twitter. "The insecurity in Mexico City is enough to make you weep."
Mercedes to decide Bottas's future in August
Formula One champions Mercedes will decide Valtteri Bottas’ future in August, team principal Toto Wolff told reporters on Friday. The Finnish driver, who became Lewis Hamilton's team mate after Nico Rosberg won the 2016 title and announced his immediate retirement, is out of contract at the end of this season.
Coleman dips under 10 seconds to win 100m semi-final
World silver medallist Christian Coleman romped to an impressive 9.96 seconds as he won his 100 metres semi-final in a slight headwind at the U.S. nationals and world championship trials in Des Moines, Iowa on Friday. The quick-starting Coleman, the year's fastest at 9.81 seconds, led wire-to-wire to set the stage for the final later.
WTA roundup: Teichmann, Samsonova advance at Palerm
Eighth-seeded Swiss Jil Teichmann won all seven completed games before the Germany's Anna-Lena Friedsam retired due to a right adductor injury on Friday at the Palermo Ladies Open in Italy. Teichmann, ranked No. 82 in the world, was leading 6-0, 1-0 when Friedsam pulled the plug on their match and will next face Russian lucky loser Liudmilla Samsonova, who beat last week's Ladies Open Lausanne champion Fiona Ferro of France, 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4, in the semifinals.
Fitzpatrick shoots 64 for second-round clubhouse lead in Memphis
England's Matthew Fitzpatrick stormed to the second-round clubhouse lead as overnight pacesetter Jon Rahm stalled his engine at the WGC-St. Jude Invitational in Memphis on Friday. Fitzpatrick birdied the first four holes en route to a six-under-par 64 at TPC Southwind, his career-best score in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event.