NEW YORK — Country music superstar Carrie Underwood, the National Football League and NBC were sued on Wednesday for allegedly copying the "Game On" theme song used in 2018 for "Sunday Night Football" from an identically-titled song recorded two years earlier. Heidi Merrill, who said she uploaded her "Game On" to Google's YouTube in March 2017, said her copyright was infringed after Underwood's producer Mark Bright rejected her August 2017 pitch at a conference in Nashville to use the song for "Sunday Night Football."
Michelle Wie returns from injury at this week's Women's PGA Championship in Minnesota, inspired she said by a close-up look at the NBA Finals. The former child prodigy had a courtside seat during the series between the Golden State Warriors and victorious Toronto Raptors, from where she saw that basketball can be a violent sport. "You just see a lot, and when you're there behind the scenes you really notice a lot of small things," said Hawaii-born Wie, who is engaged to Jonnie West, the director of basketball operations for the Warriors.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - Hitting a driver long and straight is one of golf's special skills, but not one that will be on display very often at this week's U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, where the biggest club in a player's arsenal will likely be used only sparingly. The famous coastal California course presents a starkly different test than Bethpage Black, the site of last month's PGA Championship, a long course where hitting driver was an absolute necessity on all but a few holes. At 7,075 yards, Pebble Beach is relatively short by modern standards.
PARIS -- Australian Ashleigh Barty claimed her first Grand Slam singles title Saturday, June 8, with a 6-1, 6-3 win against unseeded Czech teen Marketa Vondrousova in the French Open final in Paris. Barty, the highest-seeded player remaining at No. 8, has now beaten Vondrousova, 19, in each of their three meetings. With the victory, Barty will move up to No. 2 in the world rankings when they are updated this week. She's the first Australian woman to climb that high since Evonne Goolagong Cawley did it in 1976.
PARIS -- A fresh face will win the women's title at the French Open after champion Simona Halep crashed out to fast-rising teenager Amanda Anisimova on Thursday, June 6, but it was business as usual on the men's side as Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem raced though. America's Anisimova dazzled in a crushing 6-2 6-4 win over third seed Halep, who was looking to become the first woman to retain the title since Justine Henin's three consecutive triumphs from 2005-07.
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Japan's Mamiko Higa, feeding off encouragement from her sumo wrestler fiance, sizzled on her U.S. Women's Open debut, wielding a hot putter on a scorching morning to take the first-round lead with a six-under-par 65 on Thursday, May 30. Higa did not have a blemish in her six-birdie performance, a record-low round on debut at the championship. It earned her a one-shot lead over German qualifier Esther Henseleit and American amateur Gina Kim, the latter helped by an eagle with an eight-iron from 140 yards at her penultimate hole, the par-four eighth.
DUBLIN, Ohio — Tiger Woods hit some loose shots but still carded a respectable two-under-par 70 in the first round at the Memorial tournament as fellow American Ryan Moore plundered the soft Muirfield Village course here Thursday, May 30. Moore birdied five of the first seven holes to set a cracking pace, posting a seven-under 65 to head Jordan Spieth by one stroke as Woods ended the round equal 23rd.
PARIS — Naomi Osaka's quest for a third consecutive Grand Slam title almost came to an abrupt end on Tuesday as a number of top players struggled to book their spots in the second round of the French Open. On a windy and chilly day at Roland Garros, world number one Osaka, who won the U.S. and the Australian Opens, lost the opening set to love against Slovakian Anna Karolina Schmiedlova before rallying back for a 0-6 7-6(4) 6-1 victory.
INDIANAPOLIS -- In the run-up to the Indianapolis 500 the spotlight has been on Mario Andretti but come Sunday, May 26, it is grandson Marco in the crosshairs as he attempts to lift a family curse by returning a member of the clan to Victory Lane at the famed Brickyard. As usual there are plenty of high-octane storylines at the sprawling 2.5-mile oval but Marco Andretti's bid to end a 50-year Brickyard barren stretch for American motor racing's first family has dominated conversation.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Tony Kanaan will start from the middle of the grid for the Indianapolis 500 but had his AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet out front on Friday, posting the top speed in final practice for the "the Greatest Spectacle in Racing." Kanaan, who needed 12 years before capturing a maiden Indy 500 in 2013, flashed the type of speed that could take him to Victory Lane a second time - recording a maximum 225.517 mph around the sprawling 2.5-mile oval in the final tuneup for Sunday's race.