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Update August 31, 2018

Combined Koreas basketball team to play for Asian Games gold

Combined Koreas' Park Hana,left, battles for the ball against Taiwan's Peng Szucin during their women's basketball semifinal match at the 18th Asian Games at Istora Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Malaysia's team jubilate after winning against India during their men's hockey semi-final match at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Taiwan's Wu Yingchieh, right, battles for the ball against combined Koreas' Jang Mi Gyong during their women's basketball semifinal match at the 18th Asian Games at Istora Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

South Korea's Woo Ha-ram competes during the men's 1m springboard diving at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Kharisma Nur Hawwa of Indonesia keeps her eye on the ball against Nitnapha Kongphet of Laos during their women's single table tennis match at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Women's triple jump gold medalist Kazakhstan's Olga Rypakova celebrates on the podium during the athletics competition at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

By John Pye, AP Sports Writer

Jakarta, Indonesia (AP) — The combined Koreas women's basketball team reached the Asian Games final, giving one of the sentimental favorites a chance at a historic gold medal.

A favorite in another sport won't get the chance at gold, though, after defending field hockey champion India was upset later Thursday in a shootout against Malaysia.

The setback for India was cushioned slightly by more gold medals in track and field, where the Indian team finished behind only China and Bahrain in one of the surprising stories of the games.

The feel-good story undoubtedly has been the joint squad of nine South Koreans and three players from North Korea who will play for gold against China in women's hoops.

Unlike the joint Koreas women's hockey team that won plenty of hearts but no games at the Olympics in Pyeongchang six months ago, this joint team had been expected to be a medal contender — considered the most likely in the three sports in which the war-separated countries fielded combined teams.

Reinforced by WNBA center Park Ji-su, the Koreas team beat Taiwan 89-66 in the semifinals to avenge a two-point loss in their group game. China beat Japan 86-74 in the second of the semifinals.

Dragon boat races delivered a gold medal and two bronze medals for the combined Koreas teams — the first ever at a major multi-sports international event — and the basketball team is guaranteed gold or silver.

Park joined the combined team after completing her season with the Las Vegas Aces in the WNBA and finished the game with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

North Korean player Ro Suk Yong, captain Lim Yung-hui and Park Hye-jin had 17 points apiece.

"This is a result that everyone achieved by playing together with one goal and one spirit," Ro was quoted as saying by Yonhap, the South Korean news agency. "As we stay united, we went to the final. It makes me emotional."

The medals in dragon boat were awarded to Korea — the name for the joint teams — rather than being added to the tally of either North or South Korea.

The Koreas, still technically at war after their 1950-53 conflict ended in an armistice, have fielded 60 athletes in combined teams in canoeing, rowing and basketball, besides larger contingents for their respective national squads.

South Korea was in third place in the medal standings after 389 events and North Korea was ninth, both well behind China, which had 111 gold medals and 239 overall. Japan was second with 59 gold and 174 in total.

Unlike their dominance in the pool, China and Japan had plenty of competition in track and field, where China narrowly topped the standings.

China and Bahrain were level in terms of gold — with 12 each — but China was ahead 33-25 overall.

India finished third with seven track gold medals and 19 overall — one ahead of Japan on both counts.

In the last event, the men's 4x400-meter relay, Qatar won in a continental record 3 minutes, 0.56 seconds from India and Japan.

Jinson Johnson of India won the 1,500, and the country's 4x400 women's relay, including world junior champion Hima Das, extended a streak of Asian Games gold in the event stretching back to 2002.

Japan, the 2016 Olympic silver medalists, won the men's 4x100 relay in 38.16. Surprisingly it was an Indonesia team featuring world junior 100-meter champion Lalu Muhammad Zohri which delighted the crowd by finishing with silver ahead of China.

Bahrain won three gold medals on the last night of track, with 100- and 200-meter champion Edidiong Odiong anchoring victory in the women's 4x100 relay in a games record 42.73.

Olga Rypakova of Kazakhstan, the 2012 Olympic champion, won her third straight Asian Games title in the triple jump.

The men's field hockey final was expected to be an India-Pakistan classic, but they'll be playing for bronze. Malaysia rallied to win 7-6 in a shootout after finishing 2-2 with India, and Japan edged Pakistan 1-0 in the other semifinal. The winner here gets a spot at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

A China team featuring NBA players Zhou Qi and Ding Yanyuhang will play the men's basketball final against Iran, which beat defending champion South Korea.


Curran rescues England after top-order collapse vs India

India's Ishant Sharma, left, appeals and takes the wicket of England's Joe Root, lbw, during play on the first day of the 4th cricket test match between England and India at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, England, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018. England and India are playing a 5 test series. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Southampton, England (AP) — All-rounder Sam Curran rescued England after its latest top-order collapse by scoring a career-high 78 to push the team to a potentially competitive 246 all out on Day 1 of the fourth test against India on Thursday.

The Indians reached stumps on 19-0 after getting through the final four overs of the day unscathed — 227 runs behind England —  but will rue not taking fuller control of a match they need to win to level the five-match series at 2-2.

England was 86-6 at one stage at Southampton as its leading batsmen again struggled to handle a swinging ball, but Curran and Moeen Ali (40) put on 81 for the seventh wicket to lead a recovery. Curran, a 20-year-old rising star of the English game, swept a six to bring up the second half-century in his four-test career and was the last man out after a 63-run ninth-wicket partnership with Stuart Broad.

"India did bowl very well with the new ball. It swung more than we thought for the whole day," said Curran. "We managed to sneak up to 250, which was pretty positive in the end."

Paceman Jasprit Bumrah was the best of India's bowlers, finishing with figures of 3-46 off 20 overs.

Curran was man of the match against India in the first test but had to give up his place for the third test, which England lost at Trent Bridge, to allow for Ben Stokes' return. He was only back in the team in Southampton because of a last-minute injury to Chris Woakes and he vindicated his recall by helping to save England along with Ali, another player returning to the side.

There was one moment of fortune for Curran who — on 30 — had reason to thank an umpire's call for an lbw reprieve against India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. Otherwise, his 109-ball half-century, which was brought up like his previous 50 with a six off Ashwin, was unblemished.

The now-familiar batting collapse from England, which won the toss, was sparked by the tame dismissal of Keaton Jennings, who was trapped lbw for 0 playing no stroke to a delivery by Bumrah on the 13th ball of the day.

Clearly struggling for confidence, Jennings might be the next England batsman to lose his place in the team after Dawid Malan and Ollie Pope this series.

England captain Joe Root survived a plumb lbw shout off Bumrah because of a no-ball on review but eventually went the same way to Ishant Sharma in the eighth over for 4.

Bumrah enticed an edge behind from Jonny Bairstow (6), before Alastair Cook guided a delivery from Hardik Pandya to third slip on 17, leaving England 36-4 at that stage.

England's top four are averaging 17.70 this series.

Ben Stokes (23) and Jos Buttler (21) avoided further mishap in the morning session but Buttler went hard at an early-afternoon drive and edged Mohammed Shami's outswinger for Virat Kohli's second fine slip catch.

Stokes' 79-ball effort ended when he failed to make the intended contact in forward-defense to Shami, from round the wicket, and became the third of England's five lbw victims.

That proved to be the low point for England as Moeen and Curran took over to reignite England's ambitions of a series-clinching win.


Federer beats heat, Paire to advance in US Open

Roger Federer, of Switzerland, serves to Benoit Paire, of France, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)

By Dan Gelston, AP Sports Writer

New York (AP) — Roger Federer says his favorite drinks are cold water and a sparkling glass of champagne. Both could be on tap at the U.S. Open: Federer needed a few swigs of water on another steamy day at the Open and he played like a former champion set to uncork a celebratory bottle of bubbly.

"I don't like warm drinks, let's put it that way," Federer said, laughing.

Federer's coolness on the court belied another day where players needed cooling towels as much as their rackets. Federer, a five-time U.S. Open champion, had steeled himself for the heat by changing up his routine — he made an early trip to New York to prep his game in the sweltering sun.

"I felt like it's maybe one of these years where it could be hot," Federer said Thursday. "I had the plan to go to Dubai first, where it's extremely hot. I didn't want to be away from the family. I changed plans and said, 'Let's go early to America and prepare over here in the conditions that I'm actually going to see during the Open.'"

Federer was crisp in a 7-5, 6-4, 6-4 win over Benoit Paire in and made it 18 of 18 lifetime in the second round of the U.S. Open. Up next, Federer plays No. 30 seed Nick Kyrgios on Saturday.

"Not a bad performance by any means by me," Federer said.

He may have skipped humility in the humidity but it was tough argue against the No. 2 seed. Federer, who was forced to clarify a joke about retirement, isn't going away with a sixth title in sight.

Federer has eased up on his schedule, saying he no longer wanted to just "play, play, play." But when he does, there are still few better on the hard court. And his plan to pass on Dubai — where temps this week hit 110 degrees — for the breezy 90s in New York could be a factor in how far he goes.

"If you train in the cold all the time, all of a sudden it hits you, the humidity and heat," he said. "You're just not ready. I don't care how fit you are, what you're used to, the humidity can really get to you. I think that was a good choice."

Paire wilted in the heat — though, Federer's backhand and slicing serve was more to blame for his downfall.

Federer and Paire engaged in a soft volley that made it seem like the ball was floating through the air compared to the power of their 120 mph serves. When Federer finally slipped a winner by the Frenchman, Paire stared blankly ahead with an "I can't believe this" look of despair.

Paire's game slipped into comedy, at times. He smashed his racket and had it shoot up and smack him in the face. He even channeled a World Cup star when he kicked the ball in disgust that brought gasps from the crowd.

"Did you see what he did!? Uncalled for!" one fan yelled out.

The only highlights for Paire were the bleached blond tips of his hair — Federer even forced his overmatched foe to his stomach before his game went belly up. He tumbled over the court and had more melodrama than match points. He earned a small cheer when he briefly played hacky sack with the ball.

When it was over, the public address announcer exhorted New York to "give it up for Roger Federer!"

The crowd went wild for the fan favorite and Federer thanked them for coming out.

They'll see him again against Kyrgios, who burst onto the scene with a win against No. 1 Rafael Nadal in 2014 at Wimbledon.

"He knows what he needs to do to get to winning ways," Federer said.

He even knows how to beat Federer: The 37-year-old Swiss star holds a modest 2-1 career record against Kyrgios.


Pats' Gronk gets $4.3M raise, highest paid tight end in NFL

In this June 7, 2018, file photo, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski catches the ball during an NFL football minicamp practice, in Foxborough, Mass. Those doubts are now gone as Gronkowski, “a true veteran for sure now” at 29, eagerly awaits his ninth season in the league, which starts Sept. 9 at home against the Houston Texans. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

By Tom Canavan, AP Sports Writer

East Rutherford, N.J. (AP) — Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots has all the incentives to become the NFL's highest paid tight end.

Agent Drew Rosenhaus said Thursday the Patriots have added $4.3 million in incentives to Gronkowski's contract for the next two seasons. The deal includes $1 million in per game bonuses and $3.3 million in incentives for catches, playing time and touchdowns.

Gronkowski has the potential to make $12.3 million this season and $13.3 next year when his base salary jumps to $9 million.

If he hits all the incentives, Gronkowski would be the NFL's highest paid tight end. He is fourth among tight ends in base salary, trailing Green Bay's Jimmy Graham ($10 million), Kansas City's Travis Kelce ($9.36 million) and Washington's Jordan Reed ($9.35 million).

Most of the incentives are reachable if the 29-year-old says healthy.

The nine-year veteran would receive incentives of $1.1 million for 70 catches, playing 80 percent of the offensive snaps, nine touchdown catches and 1,085 yards receiving. However, he can collect on no more than three incentives.

Gronkowski had 69 catches for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns in 14 games last season.

Gronkowski's deal was first reported by ESPN.

This is the second straight year the Patriots have added incentives to Gronkowski's contact before the start of the season.

Gronkowski has not caught a pass in limited action in the preseason. He warmed up with the Patriots before Thursday night's preseason finale against the Giants, but he was not expected to play.


Souza Jr., Godley guide Diamondbacks back into win column

 

Arizona Diamondbacks' Steven Souza Jr. hits an RBI double against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

By JANIE Mccauley, AP Baseball Writer

San Francisco (AP) — It had been a couple of weeks since Steven Souza Jr. approached Arizona manager Torey Lovullo in Cincinnati about batting leadoff, so the right fielder began to question whether he would get his chance.

"I was wondering," he said.

Then, with the offense in a deep funk, Souza arrived at the ballpark Wednesday and checked the lineup: leadoff.

He made good on his word that he could handle the job, hitting a home run to start the third that ended the Diamondbacks' 25-inning scoreless drought. Souza added an RBI double the next inning and backed Zack Godley with a defensive gem in a 3-1 win over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night.

Lovullo was considering Souza in the same spot Thursday at Dodger Stadium.

"I love it. I've done it for the majority of my life. The last couple of years I've been in the middle of the lineup," Souza said. "Wherever Torey wants to put me, I'm going to do my best there. I have some familiarity with the leadoff spot and it was just fun to be there in front of some really good hitters."

Godley (14-7) struck out six over 7 2/3 innings of two-hit ball and increased his career best for wins as first-place Arizona moved a half-game ahead of idle Colorado in the NL West.

Lovullo vowed to switch things up as needed to try to give his club a spark, going with Souza leading off in a move that proved spot on.

Lovullo said he will "do something a little outside the box" as necessary down the stretch, with everybody understanding each game is now so crucial in the playoff chase.

When Souza asked him about hitting leadoff, Lovullo made it clear: "I'll make that decision," he told the player. "I'll handle this. I'll take care of this."

It was a timely choice.

Before Souza's fourth home run of the year, the Diamondbacks hadn't scored since the third inning of Sunday's 5-2 win against the Mariners.

Souza also made a magnificent, diving, backhand catch on the warning track after running down pinch-hitter Gregor Blanco's deep fly to the gap in right-center. Souza tipped his cap after the play.

San Francisco had its four-game winning streak snapped, one victory shy of matching its longest of the season from May 30 to June 4. The Giants missed a chance to sweep the Diamondbacks in a series of three or more games for the first time since July 2016.

Godley, who is 6-0 over his last eight road starts, hit three Giants batters with pitches through five innings. The last time a Diamondbacks pitcher had three hit batsmen was Ian Kennedy on Aug. 9, 2010, against the Brewers.

Godley gave way to Archie Bradley after allowing a two-out single to Gorkys Hernandez and pinch-hitter Hunter Pence's walk. Bradley allowed Andrew McCutchen's RBI single but retired Joe Panik on a called third strike to end the inning.

Brad Boxberger got the final two outs on strikeouts for his 30th save.

Giants rookie Dereck Rodriguez (6-2) lost for the first time in 13 appearances — 12 starts — since June 9 at Washington. He walked a season-high four in five innings, allowing five hits with three strikeouts in his second start since coming off the disabled list from a strained right hamstring.

"You can have two months of a good stretch and then have one bad outing," Rodriguez said. "But I'm not going to let it affect me."

STOP SIGN

Arizona shortstop Nick Ahmed met with third base coach Tony Perezchica to discuss signals after a costly mistake a night earlier that Lovullo described as "maybe just a little gap in communication."

In a scoreless game, Ahmed was thrown out at home to end the eighth as he tried to come home from first on pinch-hitter David Peralta's single to deep right-center.

Ahmed saw Perezchica's initial, aggressive wave but then ran through a stop sign while charging for home.

"They're both claiming some responsibility," Lovullo said.

From now on with Ahmed, Perezchica will both give a stop sign and a verbal command.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Giants: Rookie CF Steven Duggar was placed on the disabled list with a potential season-ending left shoulder injury a day after a hard, headfirst slide back into second base. After the game, manager Bruce Bochy said Duggar dislocated the shoulder and has a labrum tear, with surgery recommended but no decision yet made. Duggar arrived at AT&T Park still very sore from the night before, when he wound up staying in the game and scoring the winning run in the bottom of the ninth for a 1-0 victory. ... Blanco was called up from Triple-A Sacramento. ... RHP Jeff Samardzija received a second opinion on his inflamed pitching shoulder from Dr. Tim McAdams at Stanford and it was advised the pitcher continue to rest the injury. There was no structural damage found but Samardzija's availability for the remainder of the season is in doubt based on the time he would need to build back up in his throwing program after the rest period. "Looking at the timetable here where we're at in the season, I think you have to be honest and say it's doubtful," Bochy said.

UP NEXT

Left-hander Robbie Ray (3-2, 4.73 ERA) pitches for Arizona in its series opener at Dodger Stadium. Following an off day for the Giants, lefty Andrew Suarez (5-9, 4.42) takes the mound Friday at home to begin a weekend series with the New York Mets.


Update August 30, 2018

Japan basketballers who paid for sex get 1-year suspensions

In this Aug. 20, 2018, photo, Yuya Nagayoshi, far left, Takuya Hashimoto, 2nd from left, Takuma Sato, 2nd from right, and Keita Imamura, far right, of Japanese men's basketball team for the Asian Games bow in apology at a press conference in Tokyo, after being stripped of their national team membership and sent back home in Jakarta. The four Japanese basketball players who hired prostitutes during the Asian Games in Indonesia have been suspended from play for one year. The head of the Japan Basketball Association announced the suspensions at a news conference in Tokyo on Wednesday, Aug. 29. (Kyodo News via AP)

By Koji Ueda, Associated Press

Tokyo (AP) — Four Japanese basketballers who were sent home from the Asian Games for hiring prostitutes while on a night out in Jakarta have been suspended from playing for one year.

Yuko Mitsuya, the head of the Japan Basketball Association, bowed in apology before making the announcement at a Wednesday news conference in Tokyo.

"They lacked the sense of pride and responsibility that players in the Japanese delegation should have," she said.

Mitsuya, an ex-Olympic volleyball player, said her salary would be cut 10 percent for three months, and that the salaries of three other JBA officials would be cut by the same amount for two months.

The four players — Yuya Nagayoshi, Takuya Hashimoto, Takuma Sato, and Keita Imamura — were kicked off Japan's Asian Games team and sent home from Indonesia on Aug. 20.

They were wearing Japan-emblazoned uniforms when they hooked up with prostitutes after eating and drinking in an entertainment district, Japanese officials said. The incident came to light after a newspaper published photographs of the players out on the town.

"This is a very foolish and disappointing problem, but the truth cannot be changed," Mitsuya said. "So I think it is our top challenge to learn and grow from this problem."

The eight remaining players on the Japan squad have continued to compete in the Asian Games.

After missing out on the medal round, Japan lost 113-80 to the Philippines and was relegated to a playoff for seventh place against Indonesia.

Japan coach Herman Mandole said playing with two-thirds of a regular roster had been difficult but the remaining eight players were staying strong.


Mixed relay makes Asian Games debut; China back atop medals

Bahrain's Salwa Naser, right, hands the baton to teammate Abbas Abbas during the mixed 4x400m relay final at the athletics competition at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Jakarta, Indonesia (AP) — The 4x400-meter mixed relay made its debut at the Asian Games, with Bahrain winning the first gold medal and three runners narrowly avoiding a collision when India's Hima Das dropped on the track at the last baton exchange.

The international athletics federation is experimenting with new events and the mixed 4x400, with each team comprising two female and two male runners, was a hit at the World Relays in the Bahamas last year and in the exhibition Nitro series.

It is slated for inclusion in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, so teams at the Asian Games took it seriously.

The Bahrain combination of Olympic finalist Ali Khamis, Abbas Abbas and women's Asian Games 400-meter hurdles and 400 champions Oluwakemi Adekoya and Salwa Naser won in 3 minutes, 11.89 seconds. India's team crossed in second place and 3:15.71 and Kazakhstan was third in 3:19.52, narrowly holding off China.

Kazakhstan's last runner had to side-step Das, the world junior women's 400 champion, as she sat on the track in the hand-over zone.

There's no set order of runners, so tactics play a big part. Tuesday's race started with four teams leading off with the men, and four with women.

Not surprisingly, the four teams who led off with men set the early pace, including Bahrain and India.

All but one team had men running the anchor legs. The only one that didn't — host Indonesia — slipped from the middle of the pack to last place on the last lap.

Despite missing a medal in the relay, China returned to the top of the track and field standings after trailing Bahrain for two days.

China has nine gold medals and 20 overall in athletics after four days, one more gold than Bahrain and four more overall.

India is next with three gold medals and 11 in total, helped by Majit Singh leading a surprising 1-2 finish in the men's 800 when he won in 1 minute, 46.15 seconds from teammate Jinson Johnson.

For China, Li Ling defended her pole vault title with a games record of 4.60 meters, but was unable to beat her own continental record as she missed at 4.71.

Xie Wenjun successfully defended his 110-meter hurdles title, Wang Chunyu beat two-time defending champion Margarita Mukasheva of Kazakhstan to win the women's 800, and Liu Shiying won the women's javelin.

Ethiopia-born Kalkidan Befkadu won the women's 5,000 meters for Bahrain in 15 minutes, 8.08 seconds.


Athlete becomes first person to swim English Channel length

Lewis Pugh he swims into Shakespeare Beach to complete his "Long Swim" from Land's End to Dover, England, Wednesday Aug. 29, 2018. The Channel Swimming Association says endurance athlete Lewis Pugh completed on Wednesday his 330-mile (530-kilometer) swim along the length of the English Channel from Land's End to Dover _ the first swimmer to do so. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)

London (AP) — A British swimming association says endurance athlete Lewis Pugh has completed his 330-mile (530-kilometer) swim along the length of the English Channel from Land's End to Dover — the first swimmer to do so.

The Channel Swimming Association, which authenticates cross-Channel swims, says the 48-year-old covered between 10-20 kilometers (six to 12 miles) a day for 49 days. After finishing the challenge that began July 12, he told the crowd cheering his arrival Wednesday that he was "exhausted and exhilarated in equal measure."

The so-called Long Swim was a bid to raise awareness about ocean pollution and rising water temperatures because of climate change.

Members of the group Surfers Against Sewage joined him on the beach after taking part in a litter-picking exercise in anticipation of his arrival.


Ramping up Olympic preps: Japan wins 3 skateboarding golds

Japan's Sakura Yosozumi competes in the women's skateboard park final at the 18th Asian Games in Palembang, Indonesia, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Palembang, Indonesia (AP) — Japanese teenagers Sakura Yosozumi and Kensuke Sasaoke provided a next-generation entree to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with gold medals at the Asian Games. In skateboarding.

The 16-year-old Yosozumi, an X Games and Park Series Pro Tour medalist, won the women's park final at Jakabaring Sport City in Palembang, which is co-hosting the Asian Games with Indonesian capital, Jakarta.

She beat Japan teammate Kaya Isa, with Zhang Xin of China collecting bronze. The 12-year-old Bunga Nyimas placed fourth for Indonesia.

Nyimas upgraded that later Wednesday when she won bronze in the women's street final behind Margie Didal of Philippines and Isa, who took silver for a second time.

And Nyimas wasn't even the youngest competitor in the field. Her Indonesian teammate, 9-year-old Aliqqa Novvery, placed sixth in the eight-person final, narrowly in front of 33-year-old Chu Pei-yu of Taiwan.

On the men's side, 19-year-old Sasaoka scored enough on his second run to hold out Indonesians Jason Dennis Lijnzaat and Pevi Permana Putra for gold in the men's park final.

World Cup skateboarding bronze medalist Keyaki Ike won the men's street final for Japan from Sanggoe Darma Tanjung of Indonesia and South Korea's Eun Ju-won.

Skateboarding will debut on the sports program at the Olympics in Tokyo, with street and park disciplines on the schedule. The street courses contain stairs, rails, ramps and lots of concrete. The park competition is staged in a bowl.

Like other sports including snowboarding and freestyle skiing at the Winter Olympics, skateboarders are judged on elements including speed and the degree of difficulty and clean landings in their routines and tricks.

More than 11,000 athletes are competing at the Asian Games in 40 sports, ranging from traditional Olympic sports such as track and field and swimming to skateboarding, paragliding and jet-skiing.


John McCain mourned by Arizona sports community

In this Nov. 4, 2001, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., waves to the crowd prior to Game 7 of the World Series between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the New York Yankees at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

By John Marshall, AP Sports Writer

Phoenix (AP) — The sight of John McCain sitting in the stands at Chase Field became so commonplace few people seemed to even notice. The senator from Arizona would get handshakes and take pictures with fans, but he was there just to be one of them, cheering on the home team.

McCain died Saturday after battling brain cancer and the Arizona sports community mourned him across the Valley of the Sun. He was 81.

"Rest in peace to an American hero, statesman, servant of the people, and dear friend," Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald posted on Twitter. "Godspeed Senator McCain. My prayers for Cindy and the beautiful McCain family."

Before his cancer diagnosis last year, McCain was a regular at Arizona sporting events.

He was a huge Arizona Diamondbacks fan, attending the expansion draft in 1997 and the World Series in 2001, when his team took down the mighty New York Yankees. McCain even attended spring training workouts.

Diamondbacks fans gave a standing ovation when McCain's image was shown on the video board Saturday night during the team's game against the Seattle Mariners.

"John McCain has always been a member of the D-backs' family and was one of this team's biggest fans since day one," Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall said. "He was in attendance at the expansion draft, the World Series and countless other games, remaining a fan through thick and thin. I am honored to consider him a friend and we will miss seeing his smiling face in the stands and our heartfelt thoughts go out to his entire family."

McCain had a strong connection to Fitzgerald and the Cardinals. He attended Cardinals games and made an appearance at training camp before the 2017 season. Fitzgerald became friends with the senator, penning a tribute to him last Christmas and visiting him this year.

"Arizona, the United States and the rest of the world will not be the same without the voice of Senator John McCain," Cardinals President Michael Bidwill said. "We are heartbroken by his passing, but know that the character, courage and conviction that he demonstrated throughout his life will endure forever."

McCain was an avid supporter of the Arizona Coyotes and worked to keep the hockey team in the Valley after the former owner filed for bankruptcy. The Coyotes honored McCain with a bobblehead at a military appreciation night in 2011 and the senator dropped the ceremonial first puck before the game against the Montreal Canadiens.

"The entire Coyotes organization is deeply saddened by the passing of Senator John McCain," the team said. "Senator McCain was a great American hero and patriot who dedicated his life and career to public service. Senator McCain was a maverick who fought for what he believed in and represented the very best ideals of the United States senate. He was a courageous leader who served Arizona and the United States with pride."

McCain also attended Phoenix Suns games, even donning an orange shirt with wife Cindy to join the rest of the fans. He also narrated the video for the Suns' 50-year anniversary.

"John McCain was an American hero, an American icon and a friend," the Suns said. "As we collectively mourn his passing, we also celebrate his unparalleled leadership and dedication to service. Additionally, his courage, perseverance and ability to overcome adversity, in every aspect of his life, will continue to inspire us all."

McCain also was a supporter of the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury, Arizona State and University of Arizona athletics.


Update August 29, 2018

Christie wins host Indonesia's signature gold at Asian Games

Jonatan Christie of Indonesia salutes to the national flag during the medal ceremony for the men's singles badminton at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, Aug. 28. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

John Pye

Jakarta, Indonesia (AP) — Every host has a signature event that defines the success of the games, at least in the context of sport.

Jonatan Christie won that for the 2018 Asian Games hosts with a 21-18, 20-22, 21-15 win over Taiwan's Chou Tien-chen to secure the badminton men's singles gold medal for Indonesia.

The 21-year-old Christie, nicknamed Jojo, grabbed the national attention with his shirt-shredding celebration following his semifinal win over Japan's Kenta Nishimoto, and intensified it with his pressure-packed win in the final.

Just like national hero Tan Joe Hok did in 1962 when Indonesia last hosted the games.

Christie ripped off his shirt again to celebrate the gold, and twirled his pointer finger around for emphasis. And he saluted when the Indonesian flag was raised above the podium.

Badminton is the national sport in Indonesia, although it hasn't won the men's singles title at the Asian Games since Taufik Hidayat won back-to-back golds in 2002 and '06. China's Lin Dan won both in between.

The hosts picked up another badminton gold in the men's doubles — it was an all-Indonesian final — after top-ranked Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan beat India's Olympic and world championship silver medalist and millionaire Pusarla Venkata Sindhu 21-13, 21-16 in 36 minutes for the women's singles final.

Top-ranked Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo had to save a match point before beating Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto 13-21, 21-18, 24-22 in the men's doubles.

The Jiang twins from China created history by winning the duet in artistic swimming, returning to the Asian Games after extended breaks to have children.

Both had baby daughters and spent two years away from the sport before deciding in 2016 to make a comeback.

"This is a very significant medal because it means so much to us and our families," Jiang Wenwen said. "I think our performance demonstrated that mothers can do anything in sport and this will be a very good example for our children."

The 31-year-old siblings, gold medalists in 2006 and 2010 and the oldest artistic swimmers to compete at the Asian Games, topped the technical and free routines to win with 186.5101 points, more than four clear of Yukiko Inui and Megumu Yoshida who took silver for Japan. Another set of twins, Yekaterina and Alexandra Nemich, collected bronze for Kazakhstan.

South Korea's Na Ah-reum picked up her third gold medal of the games when she joined Kim You-ri, Kim Hyun-ji and Lee Ju-mi to win the women's team pursuit at the track cycling velodrome in 4 minutes, 31.222 seconds.

Na was the first cyclist to win both the road race and the time trial at the same Asian Games when she took both titles last week.

South Korea won three of the four gold medals on offer in archery, and Malaysia ended Thailand's domination in the sepaktakraw with gold in the men's regu.

There are 31 gold medals on the line in 12 sports on the 10th day of competition in the co-host cities of Jakarta and Palembang.


Djokovic turns to 'survival mode' to win at steamy US Open

Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, puts an ice towel to his face during his first round match against Marton Fucsovics, of Hungary, at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Aug. 28, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Howard Fendrich

New York (AP) — His cheeks red, hair matted with sweat, Novak Djokovic appeared to be in such distress as he trudged to a changeover on a steamy U.S. Open afternoon that someone suggested it would be a good idea to have a trash can at the ready, just in case he lost his lunch.

Djokovic sat down and removed his shirt. He guzzled water from a plastic bottle. He placed one cold towel around his neck, a second across his lap and a third between his bare upper back and the seat.

He was not even 1 hours into his first match at Flushing Meadows in two years, and while Djokovic eventually would get past Marton Fucsovics 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 Tuesday, it was a bit of an ordeal.

"Survival mode," Djokovic called it.

With the temperature topping 95 degrees (33 Celsius) and the humidity approaching 50 percent — and that combination making it feel more like 105 (40 C) — nearly everything became a struggle for every player across the grounds on Day 2 of the U.S. Open, so much so that no fewer than six quit their matches, with at least four citing cramps or heat exhaustion.

About 2 hours into the day's schedule, the U.S. Tennis Association decided to do something it never had at this tournament: offer men the chance to take a 10-minute break before the fourth set if a match went that far. That is similar to the existing rule for women, which allows for 10 minutes of rest before a third set when there is excessive heat.

The whole thing raised several questions: Should the genders have the same rules moving forward? Should the U.S. Open avoid having matches during the hottest part of the day, not just for the players' sake but also to help spectators? Should the men play best-of-three-set matches at majors, instead of best-of-five? Should the 25-second serve clock, making its Grand Slam debut here, be shut off to let players have more time to recover between points?

"At the end of the day, the ATP or a lot of the supervisors, they're kind of sitting in their offices, where (there's) an A.C. system on, where it's cool. And we have to be out there. They tell us it's fine; they're not the ones playing," said No. 4 seed Alexander Zverev, who won in straight sets in the early evening, when it was far less harsh. "For sure, the rule should be more strict. There should be a certain temperature, certain conditions where we shouldn't be playing."

How bad was it out there at its worst Tuesday?

"Bloody hot," said two-time major semifinalist Johanna Konta, who lost 6-2, 6-2 to No. 6 Caroline Garcia.

"Brutal," said 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic, who advanced when his opponent retired in the third set.

"Really not easy," said three-time Grand Slam title winner Angelique Kerber, who defeated Margarita Gasparyan 7-6 (5), 6-3.

"Terrible. It's awful out there," said Tennys Sandgren, an American who won in straight sets and will face Djokovic in the second round. "I don't know how guys are hanging in there. I was thinking in the third set, like, 'It's getting really bad. I just don't know how long I have to play out there.' And I think everybody kind of feels similarly."

Djokovic certainly did.

"Everything is boiling — in your body, the brain, everything," said Djokovic, who's won two of his 13 Grand Slam titles in New York but sat out last year's U.S. Open because of an injured right elbow.

He is a popular pick to hoist the trophy again, coming off a Wimbledon title in July and a victory over Roger Federer in the final of the hard-court Cincinnati Masters in August. Federer was among those lucky enough to play a night match Tuesday, facing Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan.

Djokovic was appreciative of the chance for a chance to recover a bit after the third set. He even took about a minute for a quick ice bath — as did Fucsovics, nearby.

"Naked in the ice baths, next to each other," Djokovic said. "It was quite a magnificent feeling, I must say."

Because action began at 11 a.m., and the USTA implemented the heat rule for men at about 1 p.m., those playing in the earliest matches weren't able to get that sort of relief.

That included Italy's Stefano Travaglia, who quit in the fourth set of his match after feeling dizzy and cramps. Afterward, he said, he could barely walk.

"My head was spinning. ... I didn't have any energy. I saw four balls when I swung. It was a terrible feeling. I couldn't stay on court," he said. "There was no sense in continuing. Things probably would have gotten worse. I probably would have hurt myself."

Travaglia also thought it wasn't fair that the USTA's decision to offer the 10-minute breaks came too late for him.

"We all should play with the same rules in this sport. Unfortunately, they don't ask (players) anything, and they decide," he said. "If they're going to have a break, they need to say so in the morning, before matches begin — not after I almost was going to pass out because my blood pressure was so low."


Mixed relay makes Asian Games debut; China back atop medals

Bahrain's Salwa Naser, right, hands the baton to teammate Abbas Abbas during the mixed 4x400m relay final at the athletics competition at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, Aug. 28. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Jakarta, Indonesia (AP) — The 4x400-meter mixed relay made its debut at the Asian Games, with Bahrain winning the first gold medal and three runners narrowly avoiding a collision when India's Hima Das dropped on the track at the last baton exchange.

The international athletics federation is experimenting with new events and the mixed 4x400, with each team comprising two female and two male runners, was a hit at the World Relays in the Bahamas last year and in the exhibition Nitro series.

It is slated for inclusion in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, so teams at the Asian Games took it seriously.

The Bahrain combination of Olympic finalist Ali Khamis, Abbas Abbas and women's Asian Games 400-meter hurdles and 400 champions Oluwakemi Adekoya and Salwa Naser won in 3 minutes, 11.89 seconds. India's team crossed in second place and 3:15.71 and Kazakhstan was third in 3:19.52, narrowly holding off China.

Kazakhstan's last runner had to side-step Das, the world junior women's 400 champion, as she sat on the track in the hand-over zone.

There's no set order of runners, so tactics play a big part. Tuesday's race started with four teams leading off with the men, and four with women.

Not surprisingly, the four teams who led off with men set the early pace, including Bahrain and India.

All but one team had men running the anchor legs. The only one that didn't — host Indonesia — slipped from the middle of the pack to last place on the last lap.

Despite missing a medal in the relay, China returned to the top of the track and field standings after trailing Bahrain for two days.

China has nine gold medals and 20 overall in athletics after four days, one more gold than Bahrain and four more overall.

India is next with three gold medals and 11 in total, helped by Majit Singh leading a surprising 1-2 finish in the men's 800 when he won in 1 minute, 46.15 seconds from teammate Jinson Johnson.

For China, Li Ling defended her pole vault title with a games record of 4.60 meters, but was unable to beat her own continental record as she missed at 4.71.

Xie Wenjun successfully defended his 110-meter hurdles title, Wang Chunyu beat two-time defending champion Margarita Mukasheva of Kazakhstan to win the women's 800, and Liu Shiying won the women's javelin.

Ethiopia-born Kalkidan Befkadu won the women's 5,000 meters for Bahrain in 15 minutes, 8.08 seconds.


Olesen, Pepperell, Fitzpatrick fight for Ryder Cup spot

Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Steve Douglas

Copenhagen (AP) - Back at the course where he grew up playing, Thomas Bjorn will get a front-row seat to see a three-way fight for the final qualifying spot in his Ryder Cup team.

The European captain returns to Silkeborg Ry Golf Club this week for the Made In Denmark event, where Thorbjorn Olesen, Eddie Pepperell and Matthew Fitzpatrick will bid to become the eighth automatic member of a team seeking to regain the trophy from the United States in Paris.

Seven places have already been filled: Francesco Molinari, Justin Rose, Tyrrell Hatton, Tommy Fleetwood, Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy and Alex Noren. The final four spots will be decided by Bjorn in his wild-card picks, announced on Sept. 5.

Olesen holds the advantage heading to the last stop on the long road to Ryder Cup qualification. The Danish player occupies the final automatic spot on Europe's World Points list and his chances have been further boosted by Ian Poulter, Rafa Cabrera-Bello and Paul Casey — his three closest challengers — opting not to play in Denmark but instead in the Dell-Technologies Championship, the second event in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoffs.

Points from that event will not count for the Ryder Cup standings.

Fitzpatrick is next down the list and he will jump ahead of Olesen with a win in Denmark, provided Olesen finishes outside the top seven. Pepperell needs a win and for Olesen to finish outside the top 12.

Olesen and Pepperell would be Ryder Cup rookies. Fitzpatrick made his debut in Europe's loss to the Americans at Hazeltine in 2016.

Bjorn and two of his assistants, Robert Karlsson and Lee Westwood, are playing in Denmark but part of their remit this week will be checking on the form of potential wild-card picks. Among the contenders is Thomas Pieters, whose tie for ninth at the Czech Masters ended his ambitions of an automatic qualifying place.

Pieters was one of Europe's best players at Hazeltine, winning four points in five matches in his first appearance in the Ryder Cup.

With Hatton, Fleetwood, Rahm and Noren heading to Paris as rookies, Bjorn might regard experience as more important in his captain's picks. That puts more pressure on Olesen and Pepperell to secure an automatic route into the team, instead of relying on a favor from Bjorn.


Update August 28, 2018

1, done: Halep 1st No. 1 to lose 1st Open match; Serena wins

Simona Halep, of Romania, returns a shot to Kaia Kanepi, of Estonia, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Monday, Aug. 27, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Some players, like top-ranked Simona Halep, freely acknowledge they don't deal well with the hustle-and-bustle of the U.S. Open and all it entails.

Others, like 44th-ranked Kaia Kanepi, take to the Big Apple and its Grand Slam tournament.

Put those two types at opposite ends of a court at Flushing Meadows and watch what can happen: Halep made a quick-as-can-be exit Monday, overwhelmed by the power-based game of Kanepi 6-2, 6-4 to become the first No. 1-seeded woman to lose her opening match at the U.S. Open in the half-century of the professional era.

On a Day 1 that featured the major tournament debut of 25-second serve clocks, Halep blamed opening-round jitters, a recurring theme throughout her career. The reigning French Open champion has now lost her first match at 12 of 34 career major appearances, a stunningly high rate for such an accomplished player.

"It's always about the nerves," said Halep, who was beaten in the first round in New York by five-time major champion Maria Sharapova in 2017. "Even when you are there in the top, you feel the same nerves. You are human."

She also offered up an explanation tied to this particular site.

"Maybe the noise in the crowd. The city is busy. So everything together," said Halep, who was coming off consecutive runs to the final at hard-court tuneup tournaments at Cincinnati and Montreal. "I'm a quiet person, so maybe I like the smaller places."

Her departure means she can't stand in the way of Serena Williams, who could have faced Halep in the fourth round. Williams, the 23-time major champion who missed last year's U.S. Open because she gave birth on Sept. 1, returned with a flourish, following singer Kelly Clarkson's opening night performance in Arthur Ashe Stadium with a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Magda Linette under the lights.

"The first set was tight. It was my first back here in New York, so that wasn't the easiest," Williams told the crowd. "Once I got settled, I started doing what I'm trying to do in practice."

Williams, a six-time winner at Flushing Meadows, moved a step closer to a possible third-round matchup against her older sister, two-time winner Venus, who defeated 2004 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.

Others making the second round included defending champion and No. 3 seed Sloane Stephens, two-time finalist Victoria Azarenka, and two-time major champ Garbine Muguruza.

Four seeded men lost, including No. 8 Grigor Dimitrov against three-time major champion Stan Wawrinka, who also beat him in the first round of Wimbledon, No. 16 Kyle Edmund and No. 19 Roberto Bautista Agut. Andy Murray, whose three major titles include the 2012 U.S. Open, played his first Grand Slam match in more than a year and won, eliminating James Duckworth 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-5, 6-3.

At night, defending champion Rafael Nadal advanced when the man he beat in the 2013 French Open final, David Ferrer, stopped in the second set because of an injury, while 2009 champ Juan Martin del Potro had no trouble dismissing Donald Young 6-0, 6-3, 6-4.

Halep's loss was the first match at the rebuilt Louis Armstrong Stadium, which now has about 14,000 seats and a retractable roof, and what a way to get things started. That cover was not needed to protect from rain on Day 1 at the year's last major tournament — although some protection from the bright sun and its 90-degree (33-degree Celsius) heat might have been in order.

"The courts suit my game, and I love being in New York. I like the city," said Kanepi, who is from Estonia and is sharing a coach this week with another player, Andrea Petkovic. "I like the weather: humid and hot."

But several players had trouble in the heat, struggling with cramping or simply breathing.

Since professionals first were allowed to enter Grand Slam tournaments in 1968, only five times before Monday did women seeded No. 1 lose their opening match at a major — and never at the U.S. Open. It happened twice to Martina Hingis and once to Steffi Graf at Wimbledon, once to Angelique Kerber at the French Open and once to Virginia Ruzici at the Australian Open.

Halep got off to a slow start at Roland Garros this year, too, dropping her opening set, also by a 6-2 score, but ended up pulling out the victory there and adding six more to lift the trophy.

There would be no such turnaround for her against Kanepi, a big hitter who dictated the points to claim her second career win against a top-ranked player — but first top-20 victory since 2015. Kanepi has shown the occasional ability to grab significant results, including a run to the quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows a year ago.

On this day, Kanepi took charge of baseline exchanges, compiling a 26-9 edge in winners, 14 on her favored forehand side alone. Wearing two strips of athletic tape on her left shoulder, the right-handed Kanepi also had far more unforced errors, 28-9, but that high-risk, high-reward style ultimately paid off.

"I thought, 'I just have to be aggressive and try to stay calm,'" Kanepi said.

Early in the second set, on the way to falling behind by two breaks at 3-0, Halep slammed her racket twice, drawing a warning for a code violation from the chair umpire.

Eventually, Halep got going a bit, taking advantage of Kanepi's mistakes to break back twice and get to 4-all in that set, getting a lot of support from fans who repeatedly chanted her first name.

"I was thinking about that: Why (did) they cheer so much for her? Because normally, they cheer for the underdog," Kanepi said with a smile. "It was a bit annoying for some time, but I got over it."

Sure did. She ended a 14-stroke exchange with a cross-court forehand volley winner to break right back for a 5-4 lead, then served out the victory.


After 3-0 loss to Spurs, Mourinho demands ‘respect'

Manchester United's Antonio Valencia, left, and Tottenham Hotspur's Eric Dier battle for the ball during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, Monday, Aug. 27. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)

Manchester (AP) — Even his heaviest home loss wasn't enough to defeat Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho's fighting spirit on Monday.

After losing 3-0 to Tottenham in the Premier League at Old Trafford, the Portuguese defiantly held up three fingers at his news conference and asked: "Do you know what this means? 3-0. That also means three Premiership (titles) and I won more Premiership alone than the other 19 managers together. Three for me and two for them."

Mourinho then left his seat repeating "respect, respect, respect" as he walked out of the news conference.

But the scale of the defeat was shown by the fact that in his four previous Premier League visits to Old Trafford, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino had never seen his team score.

He has now — three times — as Tottenham humiliated United to stay perfect after three rounds.

Harry Kane and Lucas Moura struck twice in a three-minute span early in the second half. Moura grabbed a second with six minutes left.

Raising media speculation over his future, Mourinho cut a lonely figure as he took to the field at the end to shake hands with his players and then went out of his way to applaud the home fans who had remained inside Old Trafford, holding up a scarf thrown to him by a supporter.

Tottenham fans had chanted "You're getting sacked (fired) in the morning."

This is just the second season in Premier League history that United have lost more than one of their opening three matches. After beating Leicester in the opener, United lost to Brighton 3-2 and now have three points after three rounds.

As well as Mourinho, the spotlight was on goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who captained Tottenham days after being charged with drunken driving.

The France captain apologized "wholeheartedly" for his actions on Friday and started against United, with Mousa Dembele and Danny Rose coming into the side.

Nemanja Matic was one of six United alterations on Monday, with MUTV confirming the defensive midfielder would form part of a back three.

Minutes before kickoff Tottenham announced substitute Erik Lamela had been injured in the warmup and would be replaced by 21-year-old midfielder Luke Amos on the bench.

When the game got underway, the teams fought out an entertaining but goalless first half.

Romelu Lukaku had numerous chances to give United what at the time would have been a deserved lead, including dragging across the face of an open goal after rounding Lloris.

Shortly after halftime, Spurs punished some feeble defending.

Kane all too easily got free at a corner and directed a super header into the top right-hand corner.

After scoring his first goal at Old Trafford, Kane told Sky Sports: "That's massive, to come here and win the way we did is a big statement ... We wanted to start the season well and three wins out of three is a great start."

Kane's 50th-minute opener was soon added to as Christian Eriksen ghosted behind to send in a cross directed home by Moura.

Moura added his second of the evening in the 84th, superbly beating Chris Smalling and firing into the bottom corner after a swift break to seal a 3-0 win.

Despite the result, Mourinho said "by strategy we didn't lose, tactically we didn't lose, but we lost the game."

He praised United fans for their attitude at the end of the game, saying "all our fans don't read papers, all our fans don't watch television, all our fans are more intelligent than that and answered in an amazing way."

Mourinho added: "I don't think it's normal for a team to lose at home and (the fans) react like that."


Clarkson, Philippines lose in Asian Games quarterfinals

Philippines' Jordan Clarkson shoots as South Korea's Lee Seoung-hyun tries to block during the men's basketball competition at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, Aug. 27. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

John Pye

Jakarta, Indonesia (AP) — Jordan Clarkson will report back for duty to the Cleveland Cavaliers without a medal from the Asian Games.

Clarkson got special permission from the NBA to join the Philippines basketball team for the Asian Games, which attracts more than 11,000 athletes in 40 sports. But the Philippines didn't get the result it was hoping for.

The Cavs guard led the Philippines with 25 points in the 91-82 loss Monday to the defending champion South Koreans.

U.S.-born forward Ricardo Ratliffe had 30 points and 14 rebounds for South Korea, who will meet Japan in the semifinals.

Clarkson missed the Philippines' opening win over Kazakhstan and had a game-high 28 points in the 82-80 group-stage loss to China. The Chinese team contains NBA players Zhou Qi and Ding Yanyuhang and has had Yao Ming watching from the stands.

"Everybody stepped up to guard Jordan Clarkson. I think we defended him well, really well in the first half," Ratliffe said.

Philippines coach Joseller Guiao said his team, which let an eight-point lead slip early in the second half, lacked experience and was missing too many regular starters. The Philippines had 10 players suspended following a wild brawl in a world cup qualifier against Australia in July.

"It was very close until the last five minutes," he said, "But again, it's just the maturity of this team — we've been together for less than three weeks."

There were 38 gold medals on offer Monday across 13 sports.

India's Olympic silver medalist Pusarla Venkata Sindhu advanced to a badminton singles final against top-ranked Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan, who beat India's Saina Nehwal in the other semifinal.

"I need to be at my best — it's a final," Sindu said. Tai "has been doing a really great job."

Chou Tien-chen ended any chance of an all-Indonesian final when he rallied to beat Anthony Sinisuka Ginting 16-21, 23-21, 21-17 in the second of the semifinals. Local hope Jonatan Christie had a 21-15, 15-21, 21-19 win over Japan's Kenta Nishimoto in the first semifinal, and peeled off his shirt to celebrate.

In the wake of the women's dragon boat crews, who delivered the historic first Asian Games medal and the first Asian Games gold medal ever for combined Koreas teams, the men's paddlers delivered a bronze.

The joint Koreas crew finished third in the 1,000-meter dragon boat final behind Taiwan and Indonesia.

Organizers of the games in Jakarta and Palembang gave an update after the first full week of competition, saying ticketing had improved after some initial distribution problems and highlighted the six world records set — including the long-standing marks lowered by Chinese swimmer Liu Xiang in the women's 50-meter backstroke and Iran's Sohrab Moradi's snatch in the weightlifting 94-kilogram division.

The competitors from Afghanistan, China and Japan who were injured in paragliding accidents last week have all been released from the hospital and are recovering well, local organizers said.


McGrath says Anderson's wicket haul won't ever be beaten

In this Saturday, March 31, 2018 file photo, England's James Anderson, center, is congratulated by teammates after dismissing New Zealand's Kane Williamson during play on day two of the second cricket test at Hagley Oval in Christchurch, New Zealand. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

London (AP) — James Anderson is set to become the most prolific fast bowler in the history of test cricket and Australian great Glenn McGrath believes that once the England paceman owns the record, his tally will never be beaten.

The 36-year-old Anderson needs seven wickets to overtake McGrath's haul of 563 when he spearheads England's attack in the fourth test against India which starts on Thursday.

"Jimmy Anderson deserves everything he gets, and even though he is an Englishman, I will be delighted for him when he goes past my record," McGrath wrote in the UK's Daily Mail newspaper.

"It is only a matter of time now before he gets there, he should do it this week in the fourth Test at Southampton, and I will be getting in touch with him as soon as he does to say well done. I have an awful lot of respect for Jimmy. I believe once he goes past me he will never be beaten."

McGrath, 48, who retired in 2007, is fourth on the list of test wicket-takers, behind spin bowlers Anil Kumble (619), Shane Warne (708) and Muttiah Muralitharan (800).

England lead India 2-1 in the five-match series.


Update August 27, 2018

Vettel wins Belgian GP to trim rival Hamilton's F1 lead

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany steers his car during the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Sunday, Aug. 26. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

Jerome Pugmire

Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium (AP) — Sebastian Vettel made a crucial early overtaking move on Lewis Hamilton to win the crash-marred Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday and trim his rival's overall lead.

Hamilton started from pole position for a record fifth time at Spa, and a record-extending 78th in Formula One, with Vettel second on the grid.

But Vettel has a knack for quick starts, and nudged his Ferrari past Hamilton's Mercedes on the first lap with a smart move down the left.

"I had a great start. I knew my chance would come," Vettel said. "Timing is crucial and I managed that perfectly I thought."

It came moments after Fernando Alonso's McLaren flew through the air and landed on top of Charles Leclerc's Sauber. Leclerc, unharmed, was likely spared a head injury by the protective halo device surrounding the cockpit area of F1 cars.

Vettel finished about 12 seconds clear of Hamilton, with Red Bull driver Max Verstappen an impressive third after starting seventh.

Vettel's 52nd career win closes the gap to Hamilton to 17 points heading into next weekend's Italian Grand Prix at Monza — Ferrari's home.

Moments after his victory, Vettel removed his steering wheel and held it aloft, almost like a trophy, as he stood on his car to celebrate. Then he jumped into the arms of his mechanics and grabbed a Ferrari flag. With eight races remaining, it was a crucial win to halt Hamilton's momentum.

It also moved Vettel one ahead of four-time F1 champion Alain Prost for third in all-time wins behind Hamilton (67) and Michael Schumacher (91).

"He drove past me like I wasn't even there on the straight," Hamilton said, expressing concern for Ferrari's greater speed. "Congratulations to Seb."

Hamilton's teammate Valtteri Bottas, starting near the back after being penalized for too many engine changes, overtook Sergio Perez late on to place fourth.

Vettel's Ferrari teammate, Kimi Raikkonen, and Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo both retired.

Hamilton initially held his lead, but Vettel overtook him sharply as they headed onto the Kemmel Straight. Vettel then held off Perez, who had jumped up from fourth to third by overtaking his Racing Point Force India team teammate Esteban Ocon.

The heavy crash at the start happened when Hulkenberg bumped into the back of Alonso, sending Alonso's McLaren spinning and then flying up in the air.

It led to a safety car coming out on track.

Under safety car rules, drivers have to hold position and are not allowed to accelerate.

Starting from sixth place, Raikkonen lost his rear right tire after being clipped by Ricciardo — who retired later after running a lap down because of time he lost while his team repaired the damage on his car picked up during the chaotic start.

Vettel has been sloppy recently, crashing in the rain while leading the German GP and then losing position in qualifying for the Hungarian GP, once again in the rain.

This time the rain stayed away, and Vettel looked more composed.

When the race re-started, on lap 4 of 44, the German driver smartly blocked an overtaking attempt by Hamilton.

"I had a great re-start, I kept it clean," Vettel said. "After that it was a very smooth race."

Verstappen, meanwhile, displayed his usual slick overtaking by getting past Ocon and making light work of catching Perez to move into third — delighting the orange-clad Dutch fans congregated around the 7-kilometer Spa track nestled in the Ardennes forest.

Raikkonen was the previous Ferrari driver to win here, back in 2009, but his quest for a first F1 win since the season-opening Australian GP in 2013 ended with a mechanical failure on lap 9 — the third time the Finnish driver has failed to finish this season.

Up ahead, his teammate led Hamilton by 3.5 seconds at the halfway stage, when Hamilton pitted for new tires.

Vettel came in moments later and his stop was clean enough to see him regain the lead, but only a narrow 1.3 seconds ahead of Hamilton.

Ferrari's greater speed on the straights helped him pad that advantage out within a few laps, and he coasted home.

Both drivers have five wins this season as they seek to win a fifth F1 title and move level with Argentine great Juan Manuel Fangio, and move within two of Schumacher's all-time record.


Canadian star Brooke Henderson wins CP Women's Open

Canada’s Brooke Henderson tees off on the fourth hole during the final round of the Women's Canadian Open golf tournament in Regina, Saskatchewan, Sunday Aug. 26. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)

Regina, Saskatchewan (AP) — Brooke Henderson's adoring home fans chanted her name and sang "O Canada." Her father raced onto the 18th green to shower her and sister/caddie Brittany with champagne.

Delivering in front of a huge gallery at chilly and rainy Wascana Country Club, Henderson had a lot to celebrate after becoming the first Canadian to win the country's national championship in 45 years. She closed with a 7-under 65 for a four-stroke victory Sunday in the CP Women's Open.

"This was like the first time ever that I've played my absolute best in front of the hometown crowd and on home soil," Henderson said. "It's just a great learning experience, and it has a really happy ending."

The 20-year-old from Smiths Falls, Ontario, finished in style on the par-4 18th, crushing a drive and hitting a 69-yard approach to 3 feet to set up a birdie. When the putt fell, Henderson raised her arms and hugged Brittany as father Dave ran onto the green and doused them with bubbly.

"Ten minutes from when I hit my second shot in on 18 to when I made that putt and when the celebrations all happened, those are the things that I'll remember forever," Henderson said. "To hit it to 3 feet like that and to know that I finally did it, to hear the crowd chant my name, sing 'O Canada,' to make that putt was awesome."

Jocelyne Bourassa is the only other Canadian to win the national championship, accomplishing the feat in 1973 at Montreal Municipal in the inaugural La Canadienne — the event that became the major du Maurier Classic, then the current non-major in 2001.

"Winning this event, there's tons of history," Henderson said. "I was happy that I was able to break that long stretch without a Canadian winning on the LPGA Tour, and just to look at this trophy and read some of the names on it, it's really incredible to be able to know that my name is going to be added there."

Henderson earned $337,500 for her second victory of the season and seventh of her LPGA Tour career, one short of Sandra Post's record for Canadians.

"Truly amazing, dream come true," Henderson said. "The crowds were incredible all week. Walking to the first tee on Thursday, I didn't think there was going to be that many people, and the crowd just seemed to grow bigger and bigger every single day, even every minute. Today was incredible. To have their support and then to play as well as I did and to hoist this trophy, I'm just so excited."

Henderson finished at 21-under 267.

Angel Yin was second after a 68. Jennifer Song (67) was six back at 15 under.

"It's great for golf in Canada, women's golf, and it's great for her, too," Yin said about Henderson. "People shouting her name left to right since the first hole, like since 9 in the morning. I bet you she feels pressure."

Henderson opened with rounds of 66, 66 and 70 to take a one-stroke lead over Yin and Nasa Hataoka into the final round. The Canadian played the front nine in 2 under, making four birdies and two bogeys. With steady rain falling as she made the he turn, she birdied Nos. 12-15 and 18 in a bogey-free back nine.

"I feel like my game is in a really good spot right now," Henderson said. "I just hit the ball exactly where you needed to be, and I got some breaks and I made some putts and I was able to stay near the top of the leaderboard all four days. And to finish the way I did, with five birdies on the back nine, is really cool."

Henderson won the LOTTE Championship in Hawaii in April. The 2016 KPMG Women's PGA winner also won the New Zealand Women's Open late last season.

Minjee Lee (68), Amy Yang (68), Su Oh and Austin Ernst tied for fourth at 14 under. Hataoka had a 72 to finish at 14 under with three-time champion Lydia Ko (69), top-ranked defending champion Sung Hyun Park (71), Anna Nordqvist (68) and Maria Torres (68).


Su Bingtian wins 100 meters in Asian Games record

China's Su Bingtian celebrates after winning the men's 100m final during the athletics competition at the 18th Asian Games at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday, Aug. 26. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

John Pye

Jakarta, Indonesia (AP) — China's Su Bingtian gave world junior champion Lalu Muhammad Zohri a taste of what it's like to race against men.

The fastest man in Asia was the hot favorite for the Asian Games gold medal in the 100 meters, but the crowd in Jakarta was there to support their 18-year-old local hope from the nearby earthquake-ravaged island of Lombok.

Su took command early and controlled the race with 40 meters to go, finishing in a games record 9.92 seconds — one-hundredth outside his continental mark.

"I don't mind about the time, it was about getting the win," Su said. "I knew if I got a good start, no one (here) can beat me."

He didn't get a great start, but had the experience to keep his cool.

"I felt a lot of more pressure here," he said. "I don't think I'll feel that much at the world championships."

Tosin Ogunode, younger brother of 2014 champion Femi Ogunode, got silver for Qatar in a photo finish from Japan's Olympic relay silver medalist Ryota Yamagata after they both finished in 10.00.

Su and Zohri progressed steadily into Sunday night's final, posting matching times in their opening heats, and progressing comfortably into the final through the semis.

That's where the similarities ended. Zohri, who won the 100 at the world juniors in Finland in July to become an instant star in Indonesia ahead of the games, was slow out of the blocks and never made it up before placing seventh.

Still, his 10.20 was a personal best and an important learning experience.

In a surprising women's 100 final, Nigeria-born Bahrain sprinter Edidiong Odiong dipped late to finish in 11.30 and edge India's Dutee Chand (11.32) and 2014 champion Wei Yongli of China (11.33) in a photo finish.

World championship silver medalist Salwa Naser won the women's 400 in 50.09, improving the meet record she set in the heats. Her win was at the expense of another junior world champion. India's Hima Das, who won the world junior title in Finland in July, collected silver in 50.79.

China picked up other titles with Olympic silver medalist and world champion Gong Lijiao defending her Asian Games shot put title with a best mark of 19.66 meters and Wang Jianan, a bronze medalist at the 2015 world championships, setting a games record 8.24 meters in the long jump.

Sudan-born world championship bronze medalist Abdalelah Hassan won the men's 400 for Qatar in 44.89 seconds from Muhammed Anas Yahiya of India.

World champion Rose Chelimo won the women's marathon for Bahrain in 2 hours, 34 minutes and 51 seconds, and Hassan Chani led Abraham Cheroben in a 1-2 finish for Bahrain in the men's 10,000, finishing in 28 minutes, 35.54 seconds. Lakshmanan Govindan finished third but was later disqualified for stepping onto the infield during the race and the bronze went to Zhao Changhong of China.

The chants of "Indo-ne-sia, Indo-ne-sia" grew louder when local hope Emilia Nova finished second to South Korea's Jung Hye-lim in the women's 100-meter hurdles.

The cheering intensified for the local hope after Japan's Keisuke Ushiro completed his win in the decathlon and the women's 100 finished.

Zohri got left behind at the start of the final and didn't have the strength of the older athletes to make it up, but notched it up to experience as he looks forward to the world championships next season and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

"I was not disappointed," he said. "I was happy to be running here in front of the home fans and I learned from Su Bingtian — He has very good technique."


Hazard inspires Chelsea to 2-1 win at Newcastle

Chelsea's Eden Hazard, centre, celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game against Newcastle at St James' Park in Newcastle, Sunday Aug. 26. (Owen Humphreys/PA via AP)

Steve Douglas

Newcastle (AP) - Eden Hazard was repeatedly fouled, shoved and hacked down on his first start of the season in the English Premier League. On one occasion, he was even kicked off the field by a particularly crude challenge.

So the Chelsea forward responded in the best way possible to being targeted with rough treatment: By scoring a goal.

Hazard converted a 77th-minute penalty to set Chelsea on their way to a 2-1 win at Newcastle in an embarrassingly one-sided game at St. James' Park, and a third straight victory to open the season.

The three points were only secured for Chelsea because of an 88th-minute own-goal by Newcastle defender DeAndre Yedlin, but few could begrudge Chelsea the win.

And Hazard, in particular.

"I feel very tired," Hazard said, with a wry smile, after being asked about his treatment by Newcastle's players. "But at the end, we won the game."

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri had suggested Hazard might only play an hour, with the Belgium international working his way back to full fitness after a late return following his exertions at the World Cup in Russia.

As it turned out, Hazard played the full 90 minutes against Newcastle and was like a magnet for the ball — and for tough tackles by Newcastle players. Mohamed Diame chopped him down twice in the first half, and one foul by Matt Ritchie bundled Hazard off the playing surface and toward the advertising hoardings.

Hazard had the last laugh, though, and is set to thrive in the attacking, possession-based approach that Chelsea are adopting under Sarri.

Chelsea enjoyed 79 percent possession in the first half. At one stage in the second half, the percentage soared to 90 with Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez seemingly having told his players to retreat when Chelsea had possession.

"I have never seen a Rafa Benitez side play with five defenders," said Sarri, who replaced Benitez as coach of Italian side Napoli in 2015. "I think it is very difficult to play here for every team — not only us."

Still, it needed a stroke of fortune for Chelsea to come away with a third win, after previous victories against Huddersfield and Arsenal. Yedlin, who set up Joselu for the equalizer in the 83rd minute, stretched his leg out to block a shot from Marcos Alonso in the 88th and contrived to divert the ball into his own net.

Newcastle have one point from three games.

MITROVIC DOUBLE

As Newcastle stumble early in the season, one question seems especially pertinent: Why did they let go of Aleksandar Mitrovic?

The Serbian striker has been one of the most impressive strikers in the Premier League so far and moved onto three goals for the season with a double for Fulham in a 4-2 win over Burnley.

He also struck the post with a fierce shot that rebounded to Andre Schuerrle, who tucked the ball home for the clinching fourth goal at Craven Cottage. Jean Michael Seri also scored for Fulham, with a rasping effort from outside the area.

Mitrovic wasn't trusted at Newcastle by Benitez, who was happy to see the striker leave for Fulham during the summer.

WATFORD'S STRONG START

Many would have expected Liverpool and Chelsea to be on maximum points after three games. Few would have thought Watford would be there alongside them.

With Watford beating Crystal Palace 2-1, it is only the fourth time in the club’s 137-year history that the team has won its first three games of a league season, and the first time in the Premier League.

Roberto Pereyra, with his third goal of the season, and Jose Holebas scored to put Watford two goals ahead. Wilfried Zaha pulled one back late for Palace.


DeChambeau sails to victory in FedEx Cup playoff opener

Bryson DeChambeau holds up the trophy after winning the Northern Trust golf tournament, Sunday, Aug. 26, in Paramus, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Doug Ferguson

Paramus, N.J. (AP) — To his right was the silver trophy Bryson DeChambeau won Sunday at The Northern Trust, a victory that felt comfortable to everyone but him. To his left was the silver FedEx Cup trophy, a reminder of the ultimate prize in the PGA Tour season.

Missing was the gold Ryder Cup trophy.

DeChambeau took a giant step toward playing for that, too.

"Like I said yesterday, I'm a man on a mission right now — two missions, actually," DeChambeau said after a four-shot victory in the opening FedEx Cup playoff event. "One being the Ryder Cup and one being the FedEx Cup. I'm doing pretty well right now and just got to keep moving forward in the right direction."

That was the only direction his game went in a final round devoid of much drama.

Staked to a four-shot lead, DeChambeau never let anyone closer than two shots, ended the threat with consecutive birdies and closed with a 2-under 69 to win by four shots over Tony Finau, who also had the Ryder Cup on his mind.

DeChambeau never felt entirely in control until he stabbed at a chip short of the 12th green — a shot he had worked on all week and used that one time — that rolled out to 4 feet for a birdie that turned back his only threat.

His only wild shot was on the 18th hole, sending his drive so far to the right that landed in the fairway of a hole that wasn't being used at Ridgewood Country Club. He still had a good angle to the green, made par and finished at 18-under 266.

He won for the second time this year, both against some of the strongest fields. He moved to the top of the FedEx Cup standings and is virtually assured of being one of the top five seeds at the Tour Championship who have a clear shot at the $10 million bonus.

Also on his mind is playing for no money at all at the Ryder Cup.

DeChambeau narrowly missed earning one of the eight automatic spots for the U.S. team when he missed the cut at the PGA Championship. Jim Furyk makes three of his four captain's picks a week from Tuesday, and it will be tough to ignore a 24-year-old Californian with victories at the Memorial and a FedEx Cup playoff event.

"Hopefully he can see that I've got some grit and grind, and that even when I don't execute certain shots, I can get it done," DeChambeau said.

DeChambeau, who stayed on the practice range until it was dark Saturday night, came out firing with two straight birdies to stretch the lead to six shots. His only mistakes were a pair of three-putt bogeys on the front nine, the second one at No. 9 that reduced his lead to two shots over Aaron Wise.

But not for long.

Wise's threat ended with a bogey on No. 16, about the time DeChambeau got up-and-down with that chip from just short of the reachable par-4 12th for birdie.

No one got any closer the rest of the way.

Finau also made a strong statement about a captain's pick. Furyk invited Finau to join a small group of Americans who played Le Golf Nacional the weekend before the British Open. He was playing with Furyk at the PGA Championship when Finau tied a tournament record with 10 birdies in the second round.

And while he stared five shots back on a course where the greens were as firm as they have been all week, Finau closed with a 68 to finish alone in second. Finau cracked the top 20 in the world (No. 18) for the first time in his career.

"If I'm in the conversation, this doesn't hurt my chances, I don't believe," Finau said. "I had a solid week all around. My game feels good and I feel confident. Whatever his decision is, I'll be ready to play."

Tiger Woods, coming off a runner-up finish at the PGA Championship, never got anything going. He closed with a 70 and tied for 40th, 14 shots out of the lead.

"I'm sure you guys are used to seeing me win five times a year or more," Woods said. "It's not that easy to win out here. What you're seeing is that I'm close, and just one shot here, one shot there per day, flips momentum."

Woods has played plenty of practice rounds with DeChambeau and is a strong advocate for adding him to the U.S. team that goes to France at the end of September.

"The guy is fiery," Woods said. "He's competitive, and we want guys like that. It's going to be a tough environment, so we want guys that are mentally tough and can handle it."

Billy Horschel (68) and Cameron Smith (69) tied for third.

Ryan Palmer also felt like a winner. He came into the FedEx Cup playoffs at No. 100 — the top 100 advance to the second stage next week at the TPC Boston — and Palmer delivered a 65 on Sunday highlighted by a wedge he holed for eagle on the par-5 third hole. He tied for fifth, along with Wise (67) and Adam Scott (69), and moved all the way to No. 50.

Dustin Johnson's only consolation was four birdies over the final four holes for a 68 that enabled him to stay No. 1 in the world by the narrowest of margins over U.S. Open and PGA champion Brooks Koepka.

Nick Watney was among six players who moved from outside the top 100 to advance to the Dell Technologies Championship, which starts Friday. The others were Scott Stallings, Jhonattan Vegas, Bronson Burgoon, Brian Stuard and Danny Lee.


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