PARIS (AP) Top-seeded Sara Errani of Italy will play for her seventh career title against Mona Barthel of Germany in the Open GDF Suez final after comfortable semifinal wins on Saturday.
Errani advanced when lucky loser Kiki Bertens retired from their semifinal with back pains when trailing 5-0. Barthel followed up with a 6-1, 6-4 win against Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic.
The 25-year-old Errani reached the French Open final and U.S. Open semifinals last year. Her last title came on clay at Palermo last July - her fourth title of 2012.
The 22-year-old Barthel is aiming for her second career title. She came through the qualifiers for a 2012 win in Hobart, Australia.
During two dominant years with the Boston Celtics that saw Isaiah Thomas earn two All-Star nods as well as All-NBA honors during the 2016-17 season, the point guard became well-known for his play in the fourth quarter.
Throughout that stretch, Thomas always seemed to shine when the lights were the brightest. He could play well for three quarters, but then it seemed as if he'd find an extra gear. If a bucket was needed late, he was the guy. So much so that those final minutes became known as "IT time".
A few bumpy years removed from those iconic nights, Thomas is now with the Wizards working to make it back to that elite level of play. As for the Celtics, they now have a different point guard coming up clutch late in Kemba Walker. Walker, who signed with Boston in the offseason, is averaging 25 points per game for his 8-1 squad and has been a force down the stretch. His recent play has some in Boston wondering if he now wears the crown when it comes to fourth-quarter heroics.
Thomas says hold on a minute.
There's no denying that Walker is at the top of his game right now, but Thomas' confidence isn't going anywhere. It's that attitude, always wanting to be the best, that has allowed him to work back to being a starter. Thomas will get a chance to make his point come Wednesday, as he makes his return to the arena he once thrived in when the Wizards visit the Celtics.
If the game is close late, there could be some good action between two guys who know a thing or two about getting a big basket.
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With the Washington Nationals going on a magical run to capture the 2019 World Series, the team will likely serve as an inspiration to young ballplayers everywhere.
Many will strive to swing like Soto and Rendon, and pitch like Scherzer and Strasburg. As it turns out, they want to celebrate like Adam Eaton and Howie Kendrick too.
Throughout the 2019 season, Washington introduced plenty of exciting ways to celebrate a good time. From 'Baby Shark' to home run dances to hugs and more, it always seemed to be a party in the dugout. One particular move that caught the attention of many was the clutch and drive celebration by Kendrick and Eaton.
During Game 2 of the World Series, the two were caught on camera sitting down and acting out the motions of driving a car, noises and everything, after an Eaton home run. The act quickly picked up steam, and now seems to have made its way to the Little League level.
The Mount Vernon Mavericks from Alexandria, Virginia, broke out the move at a game and even got the whole team involved. Such an impressive feat that it caught the attention of Eaton.
With the Nationals leaving an impact on the baseball landscape, expect to see more of this in the future.
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