Sports briefs: Isner having hot time on Newport courts

  • United States John Isner serves to Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin in a Men's singles match during day four of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Thursday, July 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

  • Montreal Alouettes' Chris Ackie, right, tackles Edmonton Eskimos' C.J. Gable during second-half CFL football game action in Montreal, Saturday, July 20, 2019. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)

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Published: 7/20/2019 10:14:11 PM

NEWPORT, R.I. — Top-seeded John Isner overcame extremely hot conditions and a first-set tiebreaker loss to beat fourth-seeded Ugo Humbert of France, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5), 6-3, on Saturday and advance to the Hall of Fame Open final.

The 34-year-old American will face Alexander Bublik, a 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-4 winner over Spain’s Marcel Granollers. The 22-year-old Bublik, from Kazakhstan, reached his first career ATP final.

The matches were played before induction ceremonies for the 2019 class of China’s Li Na, France’s Mary Pierce and Russia’s Yevgeny Kafelnikov.

Playing in a feel-like temperature in the 90s, Isner, ranked 15th in the world coming into the week, broke in the second game of the final set — the first break of the match — en route to his fourth final on Newport’s grass courts. He won in 2011, ’12 and ’17.

“The length of the match is fine. That’s what happens, especially with matches like mine,” the big-serving Isner said. “It’s really hot and humid and takes a lot (out) of you. To be honest, I don’t feel really great right now.”

Isner is into his 28th ATP final.

In a match that lasted 2 hours, 44 minutes, started in sunshine and ended with shadows creeping nearly halfway across the court, Isner had two aces in the final game to go up 40-0. He hit a forehand winner at the net and pumped his fist when it ended.

GOLFHerman leads Barbasol

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. — Jim Herman had two eagles in a 10-under-par 62 round to maintain a one-stroke lead on Saturday in the PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship.

Herman made an 11-foot eagle putt on the par-5 eighth and a 10-footer on the par-5 15th. He also had six birdies to get to 24-under 192 at rain-softened Keene Trace.

Kelly Kraft was second after a 61.

Clanton, Suwannapura win LPGA team event

MIDLAND, Mich. — Cydney Clanton and Jasmine Suwannapura ran away with the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational on Saturday, shooting an 11-under 59 in best-ball play for a six-stroke victory.

Clanton and Suwannapura took a five-shot lead into the final round after shooting an alternate-shot 63 on Friday at Midland Country Club in the LPGA Tour’s first-year team event.

Suwannapura won her second tour title, and Clanton her first. They finished at 27-under 253.

Clanton earned spots the next two weeks in the Evian Championship and Women’s British Open.

Jin Young Ko and Minjee Lee closed with a 58 to finish second. Sisters Ariya Jutanugarn and Moriya Jutanugarn tied for third with Na Yeon Choi and Jenny Shin at 20 under. They each shot 61.

NHL HOCKEYHurricanes sign McGinn

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to a two-year, $4.2 million contract with Brock McGinn and avoided arbitration.

In the deal announced on Saturday, the 25-year-old forward will earn $1.9 million next year and $2.3 million for the 2020-21 season. Team president and general manager Don Waddell said the team is “relieved to have this settled.”

McGinn had 10 goals and 16 assists last year in the regular season, then two goals and four assists during Carolina’s playoff run to the Eastern Conference finals.

McGinn made a pair of clinching plays for the Hurricanes in Game 7 of their first-round series against Washington. He dove into the crease to knock away a loose puck late in the third period, followed by his double-overtime goal to win it.




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