French Open Tennis

Maria Sharapova captured her second French Open title and fifth Grand Slam
crown with a three-set victory over fourth- seeded Simona Halep on Saturday.
The seventh-seeded Sharapova beat Halep by a 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4 margin in a match that lasted over three hours on Court Chatrier, the longest French Open
women's final since 1996 when Steffi Graf beat Arantxa Sanchez. It was also
the first time a women's French Open final has been decided in three sets
since 2001. Sharapova played in her third consecutive final at Roland Garros.
The Russian completed the career Grand Slam with a title here in 2012 and lost
to Serena Williams in last year's marquee finale. With Saturday's victory,
Sharapova became the first Russian (male or female) to win the same Grand Slam
title twice. The 22-year-old Halep, who won the 2008 Roland Garros girls'
singles championship, put forth a strong showing in her first career Grand
Slam final.

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will meet for the men's title at the French
Open on Sunday. Nadal is gunning for a fifth straight French Open title and ninth overall championship at Roland Garros, while Djokovic needs a
title in the French capital to complete a career Grand Slam. Djokovic was
denied that chance in the 2012 final with a loss to Nadal, who is 5-0
against the Serb all-time at the French Open. Djokovic, however, has won
the last four meetings, including a final on clay in Rome just last month.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

6 days 13 hours ago

The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Borgia Freshman Golfer Thomas Alferman. Alferman is a member of the Borgia team that qualified for the state tournament at Silo Ridge in Boliver this week. In the district tournament at the Sullivan Country Club, Thomas shot a 13 over par 84 helping the team to a second place finish.

OFF THE CUFF with Diane Jones

3 days 10 hours ago

Commencement, it is said, is a beginning. Yet graduations are also the end of an era--for students and their parents. For the kids, it's a time of excitement and promise. For parents, it's a bit more bittersweet.

What will the future hold for the Class of 2015? Time will tell.

My youngest has now graduated from high school. Back in 1980, I was the youngest of my family who graduated.

OFF THE CUFF ARCHIVE

SPORTS CORNER

1 day 10 min ago

Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer and the Kansas City Royals beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 on Saturday in a game that was shortened to six innings because of inclement weather. Edinson Volquez (4-3) allowed two runs on four hits for Kansas