Alcaraz becomes No. 1 by qualifying for French Open: A sports update

Tennis player Carlos Alcaraz made history when he beat Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-4, 6-1 in his Italian Open debut on Saturday. As a result of this win, Alcaraz will take the top spot in the ranking, overtaking Novak Djokovic. The rankings will be released on May 22nd, and Alcaraz’s win secures him the No. 1 seed at the French Open, starting on May 28th.

In golf news, Ekwert, Doo and Palmer won the AT&T Byron Nelson in McKinney, Texas, with a two-shot lead at 16-under. On the other hand, Scotty Schaffer was in a group of four at 14-under. He had hoped to win, but he fell short by making a bogey on the par-5 18th hole.

Australian Minsey Lee, who won last year’s Founders’ Cup, overcame an opening bogey and achieved a 5-under 67 in the final round of the competition held in Clifton, New Jersey. She ended up three shots behind the winner and missed joining Ko Jin-young as the only player to successfully defend the title in a tournament honoring the 13 founding members of the LPGA Tour.

In the Champions Tour, Robert Carlson and defending champion Steve Stricker scored 9-under 63 and 64, respectively, in the Regions Tradition held in Birmingham, Alabama. They shared first place with a 16-under 200 and were two strokes ahead of Padraig Harrington (65).

Swedish golfer Simon Forsström held the course for a wire-for-wire victory at the Soudal Open in Antwerp, Belgium, with a 4-under 67 in the third round. Belgium’s Thomas Detry moved up to second with a 66, one stroke behind Forstrom in the European Tour.

In LIV golf Tulsa, Dustin Johnson posted a 7-under 63 to hold a two-shot lead going into the final round. He had a total score of 14-under 126, two strokes ahead of Branden Grace (67) from South Africa.

Auto Race IndyCar results: Alex Palou won the Indianapolis Grand Prix by beating Pato O’Ward by 16.8006 seconds. Alexander Rossi finished third.

In XFINITY series, Kyle Larson had a memorable race as he bounced back from his pre-final stage pit road speeding penalty and won the race at Darlington Raceway, South Carolina.

In soccer news, Newcastle manager Eddie Howe was called out to the fans after a thrilling 2-2 draw with Leeds. Manchester United beat Wolverhampton 2-0, while Aston Villa regained momentum for a European qualification spot with their 2-1 win over Tottenham. Southampton’s 2-0 defeat to Fulham confirmed their relegation from the Premier League.

In cycling, Primoche His Roglić moved up to third place with his attack in the rugged eighth stage of the Giro d’Etalia. He was 14 seconds behind overall rivals Remco Evenepole. Irish rider Ben Healey won the stage in a solo run, while Norwegian Andreas Leknessen retained his overall lead by eight seconds over Evenepol.

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