Friday's Sports in Brief
NEW YORK (AP) I'll Have Another's bid for the first Triple Crown in 34 years ended shockingly in the barn and not on the racetrack Friday when the colt was scratched the day before the Belmont Stakes and retired from racing with a swollen tendon.
``It's been an incredible ride, an incredible run,'' trainer Doug O'Neill said. ``It's a bummer. It's not tragic, but it's a huge disappointment.''
I'll Have Another, who won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes with stirring stretch drives, was the 4-5 favorite to win the Belmont and become the 12th Triple Crown winner and first since Affirmed in 1978.
PARIS (AP) - Novak Djokovic beat a mistake-prone Roger Federer 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 Friday to reach his first French Open final and close in on becoming the first man in 43 years with four consecutive Grand Slam titles.
The No. 1-ranked Djokovic lost three previous semifinals at Roland Garros, including last year, when Federer stopped the Serb's 43-match winning streak.
On Friday, 16-time major champion Federer didn't play his best, ending up with 46 unforced errors to Djokovic's 17.
Djokovic won Wimbledon and the U.S. Open last year, then the Australian Open in January. If he beats six-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal in Sunday's final, Djokovic will be only the third man in tennis history with four major titles in a row - and first since Rod Laver in 1969.
All-Pro Rob Gronkowski has agreed to a $54 million deal with the New England Patriots, the richest contract for a tight end in NFL history.
The six-year deal includes $18.17 million guaranteed. It is a stunning move by the team for a player entering just his third NFL season, but the Patriots recognized the game-breaking skills of the record-setting Gronkowski.
Gronkowski set a league record for the position with 17 touchdown catches in 2011. He also had a record 1,327 yards, and made 90 receptions.
Gronkowski is coming off left ankle surgery, an injury that slowed him in New England's loss to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Though Pat Summitt may be retired, the NCAA's winningest basketball coach ever just keeps finding ways to score.
Tennessee's head coach emeritus notched her first hole-in-one Friday playing at the Sevierville Golf Club with Hall of Fame coach Billie Moore, former Lady Vols player Lisa McGill Reagan and TV analyst Debbie Antonelli.
Summitt used a 7-iron on the 112-yard par-3 No. 17 for the milestone. Antonelli tweeted that she saw the ball roll into the cup along with Reagan and Moore.
Antonelli wrote on Twitter that it was an amazing feat. ``Course is buzzin (at)patsummitt BUYING!''
Summitt announced her retirement in April after 38 seasons. She disclosed she had been diagnosed with early-onset dementia, Alzheimer's type, last August.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Rory McIlroy snapped his string of three straight missed cuts in style Friday, shooting a 5-under 65 to take the lead into the weekend at the St. Jude Classic.
McIlroy came to Memphis looking to tune up his game before heading to San Francisco for his U.S. Open title defense at The Olympic Club. He birdied three of his final four holes, and had an eagle, five birdies and two bogeys to match his lowest PGA Tour round this year.
With a birdie on No. 18, McIlroy reached 7 under to break out of a four-way tie for the lead.
Jeff Maggert, tied for the first-round lead, shot a 68 to match J.B. Holmes (64) and Kevin Stadler (65) at 6 under. John Merrick, the other first-round leader, had a 69 to join Chad Campbell (67) and Kevin Kisner (66) at 5 under.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Amanda Beard's preparation for her bid to make a fifth U.S. Olympic team hit a rough patch Friday night when she was disqualified from the 200-meter breaststroke final in the Mutual of Omaha Swimvitational.
The 30-year-old Beard is using the meet as a tuneup for the Olympic Trials that will be held in the same pool this month. She swam a strong race in the final, finishing more than 3 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor, but was DQ'd because her elbows weren't underwater during the recovery portion of the stroke.
It was the same offense that got her disqualified from the Swimvitational preliminaries in 2008. Beard did not speak with reporters.
Beard's coach, Eric Hansen, said she would make minor adjustments to her stroke before the trials.