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Cook double-century carries England to 514-8 dec. vs. WI

England's Alastair Cook, left, celebrates his double century during day two of the opening test of the series against the West Indies at Edgbaston, Birmingham, Friday Aug. 18. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)

Birmingham, England (AP) — Alastair Cook's 243 carried England to 514-8 declared against the West Indies and a powerful position on Day 2 of the day-night test on Friday.

West Indies was 44-1 in reply when rain ended play early and saved the tourists from having to face a full final session under the floodlights at Edgbaston.

West Indies are still a long way behind in the series opener, trailing by 470 runs and already a man down. Kraigg Brathwaite fell for a duck to James Anderson, caught behind by wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow.

For England, Cook made his third-highest test score, fourth double-century, and passed 11,500 career runs in a performance that underlined the former captain's lasting value to the team.

He batted through England's first innings, sharing partnerships of 248 with skipper Joe Root (136) on Day 1, and 162 with Dawid Malan (65).

England had a mini-collapse in the second session after Malan's departure as the struggling West Indies took five wickets for 65 in the best period of a difficult test so far for the visitors.

That meant England's dangerous allrounders didn't have a major impact on the total as Ben Stokes (10), Bairstow (18), and Moeen Ali (0) all went relatively cheaply.

But Cook was magnificent, hitting 33 fours before finally falling lbw to offspinner Roston Chase after a successful video review by the West Indies.

Cook's dismissal brought England's declaration, giving them the chance to bowl at the West Indies top order in the tricky twilight period that often sees wickets fall in day-night tests. Only the rain, which had been threatening for a while, denied England the opportunity and meant an early stumps.

Cook, who was replaced as captain this year, showed his immense worth as a batsman alone and had his career-best score of 294 in sight. That also came at Edgbaston, against India in 2011.

Malan's fluent knock also brought some relief for England, who have tried a number of top-order batsmen this summer with the Ashes in Australia at the end of the year in mind.

Most of them have struggled to establish themselves, including fellow newcomers Mark Stoneman and Tom Westley in this test, but Malan now has a half-century in his third test.

West Indies' only glimmer of joy came at the end of the innings, starting with Malan edging Chase to Jermaine Blackwood at slip in the last act of the first session. Chase followed up with the wickets of Stokes, Ali, and Cook for his 4-113, but all it did was limit the damage.

Kyle Hope was 25 not out on his debut in the West Indies reply and Kieran Powell was 18 not out, but both had already survived chances.

Powell was dropped on 2 by Stokes in the gully off Stuart Broad. West Indies would have been 8-2 if Stokes held the high chance to his right.

And Hope, living dangerously in his first innings in test cricket, sent an edge just past Ali at third slip. He also hit four fours.

US sweeps Solheim Cup fourball matches, takes 3-point lead

United States' Danielle Kang, right, celebrates with teammate Lizette Salas as they walk off the 10th green during their foursomes match against Europe at the Solheim Cup golf tournament, Friday, Aug. 18, in West Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Luke Meredith

West Des Moines, Iowa (AP) — The favored Americans found themselves trailing Europe after a sluggish start to the Solheim Cup.

The U.S. settled down on Friday afternoon, pulling away with a record-setting fourball performance.

The United States swept the afternoon fourball matches to take a 5 1/2-2 1/2 lead at Des Moines Golf and Country Club.

Lizette Salas and U.S. newcomer Danielle Kang each won two matches, teaming to beat Carlota Ciganda and Caroline Masson 1 up for the Americans' lone full point in the morning foursomes, then leading the U.S. to its first ever fourball sweep in the afternoon.

"This is the history we really don't want. We want the history on Sunday night. We want the Cup," U.S. captain Juli Inkster said. "We've got a lot of work (ahead). I know (European captain) Annika (Sorenstam) is going to get that team fired up."

Salas and rookie Angel Yin routed Ciganda and Emily Pedersen 6 and 5, and Kang and Michelle Wie topped Madelene Sagstrom and Jodi Ewart Shadoff 3 and 1.

In the other fourball matches, Brittany Lincicome and Brittany Lang beat Masson and Florentyna Parker 3 and 2, and Stacy Lewis and Gerina Piller edged Charley Hull and Georgia Hall 2 and 1

In the morning foursomes, Americans Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson rallied to halve with Hull and Mel Reid. For Europe, Hall and Anna Nordqvist beat Paula Creamer and Austin Ernst 3 and 1, and Karine Icher and Catriona Matthew topped Lewis and Piller 1 up.

The U.S. would find a lot more success in fourball play — dominating so thoroughly that it never trailed in any of the four matches.

Salas and the 18-year-old Yin set the tone for the afternoon. Salas opened with three straight birdies to win those holes, and wins on consecutive par 5s helped the duo end the match in 13 holes.

The 6-and-5 win was the second-largest in Solheim history.

"Everything kind of fell together," Salas said.

Kang's putting was solid throughout the day — and back-to-back birdie putts sealed her and Wie's win after 17 holes.

Lincicome and Lang improved to 3-0-0 as a four-ball tandem, and Lewis made a short birdie putt on No. 17 to complete the sweep.

"It was beautiful. Never seen anything prettier," Lang said about seeing the leaderboard lit up in the Americans' red color.

Thompson, fueled by a surge of adrenaline provided by the pro-American crowd singing songs and chanting "USA! USA!" drilled her tee shot on the first hole to set up Kerr's 12-foot eagle putt to open the three-day, biennial event.

But the Americans stumbled, and they appeared to be finished after Hull's long birdie chip on No. 16. Thompson birdied the next hole, and Kerr halved the match with another 12-footer on 18 — pumping her fist in the air before the ball even dropped in.

"It was pretty much a you-know-what sandwich out there," Kerr said. "I'm glad it ended up the way it did."

Nordqvist dealt with a case of mononucleosis this summer. But she and Hall, playing in her first Solheim Cup, cruised to the only point that came easy for the Europeans.

Europe will likely need Nordqvist and Hall's teammates to emulate those performances if it hopes to pull closer to the surging Americans.

"I would say that the spirit is still there, if not stronger," Sorenstam said. "You get a little fired up when you see an afternoon like this. We knew coming in here it was going to be a challenge. And I have fighters on the team, and I believe in them. We're just going to forget about this day. Tomorrow's Saturday. New points. Go out there and grab as many as we can."

After more foursomes and fourballs Saturday, the event will closes with 12 singles matches Sunday.

Pliskova sweeps into Cincinnati semis with a pair of wins

Karolina Pliskova, of the Czech Republic, reacts during a match against Caroline Wozniacki, of Denmark, at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Friday, Aug. 18, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Joe Kay

Mason, Ohio (AP) — Defending champion Karolina Pliskova made it a doubleheader sweep Friday at the Western & Southern Open, reaching the semifinals by winning a pair of matches with little rest in-between.

First, the top seed had to finish a match that was suspended because of rain the previous night. She completed a 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 victory over qualifier Camila Giorgi. After a quick turnaround, she needed only 67 minutes to beat a rested Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 6-4 for a sweep into the semis.

"The first match helped me a little bit to have some rallies already today," Pliskova said. "Physically it was not that tough, so I was warmed up enough."

No. 1 seed Rafael Nadal also was trying to have a 2-0 day, with little time to rest and prepare.

Nadal spent an hour and 37 minutes on court early Friday afternoon while beating fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-6 (1), 6-2, a match that never got started the previous night because of rain. He was scheduled back on court five hours later to face Nick Kyrgios.

"And now another very, very difficult match," Nadal said as he left the court.

Nadal took time to mention the attack in Barcelona that left 13 people dead, which was weighing on his mind during the busy day.

"Everyone is very, very sad," Nadal said. "I don't have words to say. ... All my support to Barcelona, and especially to the people that are suffering a lot, for all the families of the victims."

John Isner reached the semifinals, beating wild-card Jared Donaldson 7-6 (4), 7-5. He'll play seventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov, who needed only 52 minutes to beat Yuichi Sugita 6-2, 6-1. Isner won the only break point of the match to go ahead 6-5 in the second set. He closed it out with a 136 mph ace, one of his 25 in the match.

In the women's bracket, Pliskova will face Garbine Mugaruza in the semifinals. The Wimbledon champion survived another tough challenge on Friday, beating Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 5-7, 7-5. The match went 2 hours, 45 minutes — her longest of the tournament.

"I think it was one of the best matches of the year," Muguruza said. "I think we both played very well, especially in the third set. I know I won, but I'm sure she feels like it was a great match as well, because it was a tough battle and very hot out there."

Muguruza's win came less than 24 hours after she spent 2 hours, 18 minutes on the court and fought off three match points to beat Madison Keys in the round of 16.

Muguruza has reached the semifinals of two of the three tournaments she's entered since winning Wimbledon.

"You know, I'm happy with the way I'm playing and the way I'm going through these tough matches because, you know, I've got to dig in and somehow win them," she said. "For sure, even if I didn't win a tournament, I'm very happy that I'm getting deep into the tournament."

Bayern win Bundesliga opener with new players and video ref

Bayern Munich's Corentin Tolisso, left, scores past Bayer Leverkusen's goalkeeper Bernd Leno during their German Bundesliga match in the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, Friday Aug. 18. (Andreas Gebert/dpa via AP)

Ciaran Fahey

Munich, Germany (AP) — It was out with the old and in with the new but Bayern Munich still started the 55th Bundesliga in familiar fashion on Friday, with a 3-1 home win over Bayer Leverkusen.

Bayern were playing their first league game without the retired Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso, but two new signings - Niklas Suele and Corentin Tolisso - got the five-time champions underway.

Then the Bundesliga's first ever use of video assistance saw the awarding to Bayern of a penalty, which Robert Lewandowski converted in the second half.

Bayern quickly got into their stride, and Suele, an imposing defender, got the home side off to a flying start when he headed in a free kick from former Hoffenheim colleague Sebastian Rudy. Both joined Bayern in the offseason.

Corentin Tolisso made it 2-0 when Arturo Vidal picked him out at the far post.

Tolisso then hit the post, and the visitors' new coach, Heiko Herrlich, called on his players to keep their heads up as Bayern threatened a rout.

A thunderstorm forced the start of the second half to be delayed by more than 10 minutes. Some fans took their tops off to enjoy the deluge. Others took shelter under rain-ponchos. Most sheltered safely inside the stands.

Herrlich made use of the break for two changes, though the positive impact they made was undone when Charles Aranguiz hauled Lewandowski back in the area. Referee Tobias Stieler allowed play to continue before consulting his video assistant. He then pointed to the spot, booked Aranguiz, and Lewandowski did the rest.

Substitute Julian Brandt set up Admir Mehmedi for Leverkusen's deserved equalizer.

All Blacks, Wallabies take rivalry off field before 1st test

Australia's rugby union players Curtis Rona, left, and Bernard Foley stretch during their captain's run training session Sydney, Friday Aug. 18. Australia will play New Zealand on Saturday. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Sydney (AP) — An increasingly acrimonious rivalry between the All Blacks and Wallabies has become more pronounced ahead of their first test of the Rugby Championship on Saturday.

A sex scandal involving All Blacks scrumhalf Aaron Smith has been revived by an Australian newspaper on the eve of the Bledisloe Cup match at the Olympic stadium, as well as a Sydney court hearing a case concerning the discovery of a listening device in the All Blacks' hotel before the corresponding test in Sydney last August.

New Zealand Rugby has moved quickly to try to shut down the Smith scandal by appointing an independent lawyer to review its handling of the matter when it first arose last year.

The bugging controversy, which ended Friday with the security consultant involved found not guilty, was more complicated and did more than anything else to sour relations between the Australian and New Zealand teams.

In the week before last year's Bledisloe Cup test, the All Blacks claimed to have found a listening device embedded in a chair in their team room at a Sydney Hotel: the room in which tactics are often discussed.

The discovery was made by an Australian security contractor, Adrian Gard, who had worked with the All Blacks team for more than a decade.

The All Blacks informed hotel management early in the week, but opted against calling in police until the morning of the match — when the story was reported by a New Zealand newspaper.

In the Downing Centre Local Court on Friday, Magistrate Jennifer Atkinson found Gard not guilty of making a false representation resulting in a police investigation, saying there was not enough evidence.

Atkinson did, however, find Gard guilty of a second charge of acting as a security consultant without the proper license.

The incident last year caused friction between the neighboring teams, with the Australian Rugby Union angry the All Blacks kept silent on the incident for so long and suspected they leaked it to media for a match day distraction.

Australia coach Michael Cheika was more incensed, thinking the All Blacks had implied the Wallabies were in some way responsible.

"They had that the whole week. That showed a lack of respect," Cheika said. "I wouldn't be smart enough to get that sort of stuff organized. I am too busy working on my own thing."

Cheika has had a frosty relationship with his All Blacks counterpart Steve Hansen as he maintains his conviction that the bugging plot was hatched to discredit the Wallabies.

Hansen is adamant the All Blacks have never implied the Wallabies were involved in the bugging incident.

"I don't know where they feel the inference was," Hansen said. "We don't know who put it there. I said that at the time and that hasn't changed."

The Smith controversy has also intruded into the All Blacks' match preparation.

A newspaper quoted a woman who had a sexual encounter with Smith at Dunedin Airport last September as saying Smith encouraged her to lie about the incident.

Smith was suspended for a week after being sent home before a test match in South Africa but the newspaper alleges New Zealand Rugby didn't have the full facts when it levied punishment. New Zealand Rugby has opened a fresh inquiry to consider the new evidence.

At his news conference Thursday, Hansen raised the Smith issue before reporters asked.

"Obviously the incident happened last year. We dealt with it and we feel that we dealt with it decisively," Hansen said. "There's nothing more that I can add to that but if there is anything else that needs to be spoken about, it will come from the New Zealand Rugby Union."

The issues swirling about the All Blacks might help decrease pressure on the Wallabies at a time of turmoil in Australian rugby. The poor performance of Australia's Super Rugby teams and the failure of the Australian Rugby Union in the process of cutting one of those teams next season has damaged the sport.

A heavy loss by the Wallabies might compound those problems but Cheika has been able to prepare his players in relative quiet while the All Blacks have had to deal with off-field issues.

Cheika was able to name his team without undue scrutiny of his decision to include on one wing Curtis Rona — a rugby league convert who has played 80 minutes at winger in his short rugby union career. The All Blacks team announcement, which could have concentrated on a reorganized back three and the dropping of veteran flanker Jerome Kaino, instead was overshadowed by Smith and bugging.

McIlroy to return for FedEx Cup playoffs

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Doug Ferguson

New York (AP) - Rory McIlroy has decided his health is good enough for him to start the FedEx Cup playoffs next week in New York.

McIlroy had said after he finished at the PGA Championship that he could feel a back muscle spasm in recent weeks as he practiced more to get ready for the final major of the year. He said before leaving Quail Hollow he could return in a few weeks or not until next year.

His manager said in a text message that McIlroy plans to play The Northern Trust, which starts next Thursday at Glen Oaks on Long Island. Harry Diamond, McIlroy's best friend from Northern Ireland, will remain as his caddie through the playoffs.

McIlroy won two playoff events last year, including the Tour Championship, to capture the FedEx Cup and its $10 million bonus.

That was his last victory.

He suffered a hairline rib fracture in South Africa, his first tournament of 2017, and missed seven weeks to let it heal. But after getting married in April, he says he practiced too much too quickly to get ready for The Players Championship, and he wound up taking a five-week break to let it heal.

McIlroy plans to be at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday to celebrate his FedEx Cup title and commemorate a $1 million donation in his name to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. It includes him hitting golf balls from a suite to targets on the field.

The four-time major champion tied for fourth at the British Open, tied for fifth at the World Golf Championship at Bridgestone and then tied for 22nd at the PGA. He revealed after his final round that he has felt spasms the previous two weeks as he increased his practice.

"It's a tough one because I go there and play and shoot decent scores," he said at Quail Hollow. "But when I come off the course, I feel my left rhomboid going into spasm. (The) inside of my left arm goes numb."

He was headed home to Northern Ireland to meet with his trainer and decide when or if he should play.

It was not clear how many playoff events McIlroy would play. He was No. 41 in the FedEx Cup, and the defending champion in two weeks at the TPC Boston. The top 30 after three events make it to the Tour Championship.

Asked at Quail Hollow why he would consider playing, McIlroy said he already has missed a lot of time this year with the lingering injury. The Northern Trust would be his 12th start on the PGA Tour this season dating to last October. He has played only 13 times worldwide in 2017.

He had said the "next big thing" on his radar was in April at the Masters, the only major keeping him from the career Grand Slam.

"If I'm capable of playing, I feel like why shouldn't you?" he said after the PGA. "But then at the same time, if you're not capable of playing at your best, why should you play? We'll see what happens. Assess my options in the next few days and see where we go from there."

Update August 18, 2017

Root, Cook make centuries in England's 1st day-night test

England's Alastair Cook, right, acknowledges the crowd as he celebrates his century with Joe Root during day one of the first day-night Test match at Edgbaston, England, Thursday Aug. 17, 2017. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Joe Root and Alastair Cook marked England's first foray into day-night test cricket with centuries, leading the home team to 348-3 against the West Indies on Day 1 of the series-opener on Thursday.

The captain and former captain eased England's concerns over how they would deal with the challenge of batting against the pink ball with a 248-run partnership for the third wicket.

Root made 136 and Cook was not out on 153 at stumps, which were called just after 9.30 p.m. at a flood-lit Edgbaston.

Their stand overcame some trying early times in the first day-night test in England, and first involving England, which was 39-2 in the eighth over when the pair came together.

But helped by some wayward bowling by the West Indian attack, Root and Cook negotiated the pink ball with ease. Root hit 22 fours, collecting 88 of his runs in boundaries. Cook was equally adept at dispatching the regular flow of bad balls to the boundary with 92 of his runs coming from 23 fours.

On his way to his 13th test century, Root also became only the sixth man to score a half-century in 11 consecutive tests. AB de Villiers holds the outright record with half-centuries in 12 straight tests.

A sweep for four off a leg-side delivery from spinner Roston Chase took Root past 100 and saw him start his second series as captain as he did his first series — with a hundred. He clenched his right fist and gave a low punch of delight.

Cook's century was his 31st, his first since losing the captaincy to Root, and first since November last year. It moved him up to 11th on the all-time list of most test centuries, now ahead of Matthew Hayden and Shivnarine Chanderpaul and one behind Steve Waugh. It was also Cook's 10th score of 150 or more, equaling an England record.

The current and former skipper embraced when Root got his century, and Root then celebrated for his teammate, arms waving in the air, as he ran through for the single that took Cook to three figures.

England faced a testing few overs when the game got underway in the afternoon, with opener Mark Stoneman — Cook's 12th opening partner since Andrew Strauss' retirement in 2012 — out for 8 on his debut. No. 3 Tom Westley was also dismissed for 8 in his third test.

Stoneman was bowled by Kemar Roach (2-72) in the third over with a super delivery that seamed away to smash into Stoneman's off stump. Westley was lbw to Miguel Cummins after a successful decision review by West Indies.

Although England still has problems to solve in its top order — finding another effective opener and a solid No. 3, with the newcomers not cutting it yet — there are no doubts over the lasting value of Cook and Root.

By the lunch break, which came at 4 o'clock in the afternoon, they had taken England to 108-2 and the recovery was well on its way. By tea, or rather supper time, England was 215-2.

Root fell in the tricky period when the daylight was fading and the floodlights taking over, bowled by Roach with a delivery that cut in and went between bat and pad. But England didn't lose anyone else in the dreaded twilight zone, with Dawid Malan 28 not out with Cook at the close.

West Indies has more day-night test experience than England having played one against Pakistan in Dubai last year.

But Roach sent the second ball of this test so wide of the stumps that it went to second slip, and that set the tone for the West Indian bowling performance rather than his good deliveries to beat Stoneman and Root.

Day-night tests are an attempt to revitalize cricket's five-day format and give fans who hold down weekday jobs a chance to see at least some of the action live. The match at Edgbaston is the fifth day-night test to be played, with the first in Australia in November 2015.

Muguruza rallies to reach Cincinnati quarterfinals


Garbine Muguruza, of Spain, returns to Madison Keys during the round of 16 at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

By Joe Kay, AP Sports Writer

MASON, Ohio (AP) — Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza overcame a long rain delay in the third set and fought off three match points Thursday before advancing to the quarterfinals of the Western & Southern Open.

The tournament's No. 4 seed beat American Madison Keys 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (3) to extend her successful summer. Since beating Venus Williams for the Wimbledon title, she has reached the quarterfinals of her last three tournaments.

The third set was tied 2-2 when a severe storm moved through the area, causing a nearly two-hour delay. After play resumed, Keys got ahead 6-5 and was serving for the match at 40-15 but hit a couple of balls into the net. She wasted another match point before Muguruza took it to the tiebreaker and dominated.

Muguruza grew up near Barcelona and learned about the attack in the Las Ramblas district during the rain delay. She contacted relatives to make sure they were fine.

"I have been so many times to this place, it's like my home," she said. "So it really shocked me."
Keys wasn't able to make the one final shot to win it at the end.

"I obviously had some unforced errors that I wasn't happy about, but I felt like I had to go for it because she was just going to make everything," Keys said.

Defending champion Karolina Pliskova and Rafael Nadal — the top seed in the men's bracket — had their matches repeatedly pushed back by the rain. Three long delays and several shorter ones kept players waiting.

Before the first storm, second-seeded Simona Halep became the tournament's first quarterfinalist with a 6-4, 6-3 win over 15th-seeded Anastasija Sevastova. The straight-set win was her second in two matches.

"I'm not playing my best tennis, but winning when I'm not playing good is a plus for me," Halep said. "I'm really happy about it."

It's the fifth straight year that Halep, No. 2 in the rankings, has at least reached the Cincinnati quarterfinals. She was runner-up to Serena Williams in 2015.

In the men's bracket, Grigor Dimitrov rallied from a 4-1 second-set deficit for a 6-3, 7-5 win over Juan Martin del Potro. The seventh-seeded Dimitrov got his first career win in six matches against Del Potro.

John Isner beat Frances Tiafoe 7-6 (4), 7-5 in a match delayed twice by rain. The second set was tied 4-4 when the match was halted for an hour. It was tied 5-5 when there was another 10-minute delay. When play resumed, Tiafoe double-faulted to help Isner close it out.

"I actually didn't mind that rain delay at all," Isner said of the longer break. "I went in the locker room, showered, changed, stretched, ate a little. I was very refreshed coming back out there to finish the match."

David Ferrer reached his first ATP Masters quarterfinal in his last 11 tries with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Pablo Carreno Busta.

AP freelance writer Mark Schmetzer contributed to this report.

Croatian soccer fans force game at Everton to be halted

Security close round Hajduk Split fans during the Europa League Play-Off, First Leg soccer match between Everton and Hajduk Split at Goodison Park, Liverpool, England, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. (Nigel French/PA via AP)

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Fans of Croatian football club Hajduk Split threw missiles and encroached on the pitch and forced a Europa League game at English Premier League club Everton to temporarily stop on Thursday.

Play was halted for a few minutes in the first half at Goodison Park where trouble flared shortly after Michael Keane's 30th-minute header put Everton in front.

After stewards and police moved to bring the situation under control, the players returned to the pitch.
Everton doubled its lead in the 45th minute of the qualifying playoff first half through Idrissa Gueye's strike.

Indonesia to start 1-year countdown as Asian Games host

Workers put up a 2018 Asian Games sign at the main business district in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Aug. 16. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Stephen Wright

Jakarta, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia starts a one-year countdown clock on Friday as it races to complete venues to host an Asian Games that it hopes will showcase the archipelago as a leading nation in the region and boost its perennially light medal total.

The Olympic Council of Asia originally selected Vietnam as host of the event, which is held every four years, for 2019. But the country's Communist Party government pulled out in 2014 citing cost concerns.

Indonesia stepped in on the proviso it would be allowed to stage the games in 2018 and in two main host cities, leaving Jakarta and Palembang four years to get ready instead of six.

Problems immediately ensued because funds were scarce — the government budget had already been set for 2015 — and authorities in Jakarta and at a national level spent months working at cross purposes.

One year from the opening ceremony, organizers can point to substantial progress, but a sense of trepidation lingers.

"In the end I'm only human," said Erick Thohir, a businessman and part-owner of Italian football club Inter Milan, who is head of the 2018 Asian Games organizing committee.  "Of course there is some pressure, some nervousness, but we have to be confident because this is a big event for our country."

The games, expected to involve more than 9,000 athletes from 45 nations as well as 8,000 media and officials, will be split among several cities.

The main stadium is in the heart of the notoriously traffic-clogged capital Jakarta and the east of the city is home for a new velodrome and equestrian center. Palembang on the island of Sumatra, which staged the 2011 Southeast Asian Games, is the other main sports venue. Some sports, including football, will take place in West Java cities such as Bandung, Bekasi and Bogor.

The main stadium, which was used when Indonesia first hosted the Asian Games in 1962, is buzzing with construction workers. Among the renovations, its old wooden benches have been removed and replaced with modern seating in red and white — the colors of the Indonesian flag — to seat about 80,000.

The construction of the athletes' village is almost finished and many major venues are more than 80 percent complete, and projected to be done by October.

But the velodrome and equestrian center, which are being totally rebuilt, aren't expected to be completed until May of next year, leaving a tight window for rectifying any problems. Officials say five or six international-standard football stadiums are needed in West Java, but only two are up to scratch so far.

"We need to really be pushing hard" said Thohir, who met earlier this week with the provincial and central governments to accelerate the work.

National pride is at stake.

"We've been waiting for this opportunity for decades," said bank employee Trivandi Pohan as he ate lunch at a Jakarta mall. "This is an opportunity for us to show the world that we are a great nation."

Indonesia is the world's third-largest democracy and a member of the Group of 20 major industrialized and developing economies, but tends to perform below its weight in global affairs.

Successive governments have been mostly consumed by responding to frequent natural disasters, terrorism, communal conflicts and other crises in a country where corruption and poverty are still widespread.

"The government would like to make a positive point for the public that Indonesia as a big country should do better, like any other big country," said organizing committee vice-president Gatot S. Dewa Broto, who is also a senior official at the youth and sports ministry.

There are also hopes that staging the games will boost Indonesia's sporting prowess. The country of more than 260 million people won four gold medals at the 2014 Asian Games in South Korea, placing 17th on the medal standings, and is aiming for a top-10 performance next year.

The government is spending about 25 trillion rupiah ($1.8 billion) on games infrastructure. Organization and running of the games is expected to cost about 4.5 trillion rupiah ($330 million) with only a portion provided by the government and the majority to be funded by sponsorships and ticket sales.

With elections due in 2019 a successful games would score political points for Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, the first Indonesian president from outside the ranks of the elite or military.

Jokowi has made improvement to Indonesia's creaky or non-existent infrastructure his top priority since being elected in 2014.

A new international terminal at Jakarta's main airport opened earlier this year and a traffic flyover near the main stadium was recently completed. However, subway and light-rail projects in the capital, where traveling five kilometers in peak hour can take two hours or more, are unlikely to be completed until 2019.

Thohir emits a rueful laugh when asked how athletes will cope with Jakarta's daily "carmageddon" as they travel the 20 kilometer-plus distance between the village and the main venues — a journey officials say should not take more than 45 minutes.

A police general has been seconded to the organizing committee and special lanes, athlete convoys and use of the city's bus-only lanes are being discussed to reduce the slow travel times.

"I'm not an expert but I trust him," Thohir said of the general. "He will find a solution."

Update August 17, 2017

Madrid beat Barca 2-0 without Ronaldo to win Super Cup

Barcelona's Lionel Messi, left, challenges Real Madrid's goalkeeper Keylor Navas during the Spanish Super Cup second leg match at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Wednesday, Aug. 16. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Eric Nunez

Madrid (AP) — Real Madrid beat Barcelona 2-0 to complete a 5-1 victory on aggregate in the Spanish Super Cup on Wednesday, dominating their fiercest rivals without the need of Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale.

Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema provided the goals in the second leg for a Madrid side that showed every ounce of confidence that Barcelona sorely lacked.

While Bale was rested on the bench, Ronaldo watched the game from the Santiago Bernabeu stands as he completed the first game of a five-match ban for pushing the referee who sent him off in Sunday's 3-1 first-leg win.

Asensio filled in perfectly for Madrid's star, scoring five minutes into the match for his second goal in the season's curtain raiser. Benzema added a second goal in the 39th after Lucas Vazquez had already hit the post for the hosts.

Last season's Liga and Champions League winners, Madrid also beat Manchester United to win the European Super Cup last week.

"We played very well in the away leg and we had a great game tonight, above all in the first half, which was spectacular," Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. "We have to congratulate the players because they were fantastic. You couldn't notice the changes (to the starting lineup)."

Barcelona struggled to score for a second match since the shocking departure of Neymar on a world-record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain. The closest they went to scoring was Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez hitting the woodwork in the second half after the title was already in Madrid's grasp.

After seeing his team be soundly beaten on home turf in his debut with the team on Sunday, Barcelona's new coach Ernesto Valverde decided to revamp both his starting 11 and the formation.

He ditched Barcelona's classic 4-3-3 formation for a 3-5-2, with only Messi and Suarez up front. Neymar had accompanied them for the past four seasons before he bolted for PSG.

Valverde also gave starts to midfielders Andre Gomes and Sergi Roberto and defender Javier Mascherano, in place of Sunday's starters Aleix Vidal, Gerard Deulofeu and the injured Andres Iniesta.

It didn't matter.

Barcelona had no answer for Madrid's pressure, lost ball after ball in their own half, and clearly missed Neymar's presence on the left flank to start quick attacks.

"They showed more energy in their pressure and we suffered when they recovered the ball," Valverde said. "It's obvious that we have to recover our spirit quickly."

The only bright spot on another long night for Barcelona was the positive contribution of Roberto, who provided the only consistent attacking spark besides Messi.

Zidane also rested Francisco "Isco" Alarcon and Casemiro, who went on late. Luka Modric was back from suspension and outplayed all of Barcelona's midfielders.

Asensio earned a place in Zidane's starting 11 after going on as a substitute on Sunday and capping Madrid's victory by scoring a 90th-minute goal with a long shot that Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen failed to stop.

The 21-year-old forward started the second leg with a similar superb strike, bending a left-footed shot from well outside the area over a flatfooted Ter Stegen.

Messi needed over 10 minutes to finally touch the ball, and once he did Barcelona showed signs of life with two Messi-led attacks that made Madrid work in defence.

But despite having five midfielders, Barcelona never established control. A bad pass by Mascherano almost led to a goal from Vazquez, who hit the post in the 33rd.

That was just a warning of was about to come when Sergio Busquets lost another ball near Barcelona's area. Madrid left back Marcelo pounced by sending a low cross into the area, where Benzema twisted around Samuel Umtiti and swept in his goal.

It took almost an hour for Messi to finally produced Barcelona's first serious threat when he forced Keylor Navas to palm his shot onto the bar in the 53rd.

Suarez headed a rebound of Messi's strike parried by Navas off the upright in the 71st. The striker finished the match favoring his right knee after running into Navas.

Madrid start the defence of their Spanish league title on Sunday at Deportivo La Coruna, while Barcelona will try to rebound at home against Real Betis.

Qualifier Barty knocks out Venus Williams in Cincinnati

Ashleigh Barty, of Australia, returns to Venus Williams during their match at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 16, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Joe Kay

Mason, Ohio (AP) — Venus Williams' resurgent summer hit a bump Wednesday when he was knocked out of the Western & Southern Open by a qualifier in the second round.

Ashleigh Barty rallied for a 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 upset on a humid afternoon that played to her advantage. Barty, ranked No. 48 on the ATP tour, had never beaten a Top 10 player — going 0-6 — before knocking off the ninth-ranked Williams.

Several more upsets further depleted the brackets Wednesday. Numerous top players have pulled out because of injury, leaving the tournament wide open.

No. 3 Angelique Kerber lost to Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (11), with the Russian converting on her eighth match point to end a 2-hour, 39-minute match. Makarova also upset Kerber at Roland Garros this season.

Kerber fell behind 5-2 in the third set, rallied to a tiebreaker, then got up 8-7. She wasted her only chance to finish it off.

"The third set was a completely up-and-down set," Kerber said.

On the men's side, wild card Frances Tiafoe broke through against No. 4 Alexander Zverev, who was coming off his second ATP Masters title in Montreal. The 19-year-old American hadn't taken a set in his two career matches against Zverev, but rallied for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory that ended Zverev's streak of 10 straight match wins.

The men's bracket is without Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and defending champion Marin Cilic because of injuries. The women's bracket is missing Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova.

Venus Williams is enjoying a comeback season, reaching the finals at the Australian Open and Wimbledon at age 37. She faded in the heat and humidity on Wednesday against a player who is 3-13 career against Top 20 players.

"I'm going to take a break," Williams said. "Just have a rest and just go big. That's my plan."

After knocking off Williams, Barty had to head for her doubles match, still buoyed by the biggest win of her singles career.

"It really is a privilege to be able to share the court with Venus," Barty said. "She's an amazing champion and how she's still playing so well, still making Slam finals — it's amazing. To be able to share the court with her and play well today, it was really exciting."

Madison Keys reached the round of 16 for the first time, needing just 50 minutes to beat past Daria Kasatkina 6-2, 6-1. Keys, who withdrew from last week's Rogers Cup in Toronto with a forearm injury, next will meet fourth-seeded Garbine Muguruza, the Wimbledon champion.

The men's bracket lost one of its hottest player of late. Zverev won back-to-back titles in Washington and Montreal, leaving him little time to rest. It showed against Tiafoe, who was more aggressive as the match went along.

"I'm completely dead right now," Zverev said. "I have been dead for the past two days. I could have easily pulled the plug in the second set, but I'm not going to retire just because I'm tired. And he's too good of a player to beat when I'm in this stage."

Mayweather and McGregor will fight in smaller gloves

Conor McGregor trains during a workout for the media, Friday, Aug. 11, in Las Vegas. McGregor is scheduled to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a boxing match Aug. 26. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Tim Dahlberg

Las Vegas (AP) — Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor got their wish to fight in smaller gloves, but not before being chastised by a Nevada boxing official for using the issue to hype their fight later this month.

Nevada boxing regulators on Wednesday gave the two fighters an exemption to a rule requiring 10-ounce gloves for fights at 154 pounds, approving 8-ounce gloves for the Aug. 26 bout. Representatives of both fighters appeared before the Nevada State Athletic Commission to request the waiver.

Commissioners also approved veteran referee Robert Byrd as the third man in the ring for the fight.

Commission Chairman Anthony Marnell said he was comfortable with the fighters using smaller gloves, but unhappy that they used the issue to sell the fight on social media.

"I do not like the Nevada State Athletic Commission being used as a pawn in a social media battle," Marnell said.

Under Nevada regulations, 10-ounce gloves are required in fights above 147 pounds and the bout is set for 154 pounds. But Mayweather has worn 8-ounce gloves most of his career, and McGregor has worn 4-ounce gloves in his UFC fights.

McGregor said the gloves will only speed up the end of the fight, which he earlier predicted wouldn't last four rounds.

"I believe now that gloves are eight ounces I don't believe he makes it out of the second round," McGregor said. "I do not see him absorbing the blows in the first two rounds."

Mayweather's promoter, Leonard Ellerbe, said his fighter is also more comfortable in smaller gloves and would use them to stop McGregor.

"The fight is going to end in a knockout, I'm very confident," Ellerbe said. "And it will probably be early."

McGregor will be in a boxing ring for the first time as a pro when he takes on Mayweather, who is coming out of retirement for a fight that will make him tens of millions of dollars. They will fight under boxing rules, which will be enforced by Byrd, a veteran of many championship fights.

"The referee makes a big difference in this fight, which is the specific reason I chose Robert Byrd," said Bob Bennett, the commission's executive director.

Commissioners also approved Burt Clements and Dave Moretti of the United States and Italy's Guido Cavalleri as judges for the bout. McGregor's camp had asked for an international judge among the three.

Byrd will be paid $25,000 for the bout, while the judges will make $20,000.

The glove issue took up much of the commission meeting, though in the end all voted in favor of the smaller gloves. There was also discussion about the padding in the gloves, with both sides agreeing to be bound by Nevada boxing inspectors approving the foam padding.

Mayweather has fought 46 of his 49 fights with 8-ounce gloves, including his last six. McGregor has never boxed before, but quickly agreed to Mayweather's challenge on social media to fight in smaller gloves.

UFC chief Dana White echoed McGregor in saying the smaller gloves will make a difference in the fight.

"It affects the fight big time," White said. "When we were in our original negotiations it was something they would not even talk about. I don't know what changed but I'm glad it did. It makes it so much more fun."

Commissioners said they struggled with making an exception to regulations in place since 2006, but decided to approve the waiver because of the unusual nature of the event.

"The fight is not normal," said commissioner Sandra Morgan.

John Hornewer, an attorney for Mayweather, said the unbeaten boxer would likely not be at the 154-pound limit at the fight weigh-in anyway.

"He'll be 150 pounds. That's his best weight and there's no reason to put on extra weight," Hornewer said.

A McGregor representative said his fighter has been about 160 pounds in training camp and would likely enter the ring somewhere around that weight after making the 154-pound limit the day before.

European star Pettersen out of Solheim Cup with back injury

Europe captain Annika Sorenstam, of Sweden, speaks during a news conference for the Solheim Cup golf tournament as Europe's Suzann Pettersen, of Norway, right, looks on, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in West Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Luke Meredith

West Des Moines, Iowa (AP) — Suzann Pettersen was hoping to move past the furor she fueled at the 2015 Solheim Cup by helping return the trophy to Europe.

The 36-year-old Norwegian star's balky back won't let her get that opportunity.

Pettersen announced Wednesday that she was pulling out of the biennial event between the U.S. and Europe because a slipped disk.

Catriona Matthew, the 47-year-old Scot who was set to serve as a vice captain for Annika Sorenstam, tool Pettersen's place in the event that begins Friday at Des Moines Golf and Country Club.

Pettersen angered the Americans in Germany two years ago by insisting that Alison Lee be penalized for picking up her ball when she thought her short second putt had been conceded.

The U.S. went on to stage the biggest comeback in Cup history.

"I think you learn from the past, to say it that way, and (I'm) very disappointed not to play obviously," said Pettersen, who added that she wasn't concerned about the reaction from American galleries. "I think what happened two years ago was a very unfortunate situation for all of us and for the game of golf. And hopefully, this year around everyone can play as good as we can and showcase the best women's golf."

Pettersen, who has a victory and 12 top-20 finishes on the LPGA Tour this season, qualified to make her ninth Solheim appearance through the world ranking.

She decided to go for a run Saturday in Norway so she wouldn't tighten up during a wedding that evening. During the jog, Pettersen tweaked the disk — an issue she's dealt with in the past — and missed the wedding.

Pettersen received treatment after arriving in Iowa on Monday. She made the call to withdraw Wednesday because the pain left her concerned she'd be at less than full strength.

"If I can't be 100 percent, I don't think it's fair for the team, for my teammates, for us to go out there — and it's a big task to come here and try to get the Cup back," Pettersen said. "If you can't even be 90 percent, there's no point."

Pettersen will move into the vice captain's role vacated by Matthew, who is set to play in her ninth Solheim Cup.

Pettersen's presence as an assistant coach should come in handy considering four European players are Cup rookies.

"I told her put a headset on. And (Pettersen) said, 'Maybe you're going to change your mind once I start speaking,'" Sorenstam joked. "But just having her presence here...we're here to support each other. No task is too little for anybody."

Sorenstam is optimistic that Europe's top-ranked player, Sweden's Anna Nordqvist, will be ready to perform this weekend.

Nordqvist had to rely on a captain's pick from Sorenstam after a bout with mononucleosis kept her from playing in enough European Tour events to qualify on points.

While Nordqvist said Tuesday that she's been unable to practice much, she still finished tied for seventh at the Women's British Open two weeks ago.

"Just look at her performance at the British Open. First of all, I didn't think she was going to play," Sorenstam said. "And then to go out to play the way she did.

"We let her do whatever she needs to do to prepare. I'm not so worried about Anna."

14 US Open runner-up Kei Nishikori latest out of US Open

Kei Nishikori, of Japan, is the latest top player to pull out of the U.S. Open because of an injury. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Howard Fendrich

New York (AP) - Kei Nishikori is the latest top player to pull out of the U.S. Open because of an injury.

The agent for the 2014 runner-up and 2016 semifinalist at Flushing Meadows said Wednesday that Nishikori will miss the rest of the season because of a torn tendon in his right wrist.

Olivier van Lindonk wrote in an email that Nishikori, who is No. 9 in the ATP rankings, heard a "pop" in his wrist while hitting a serve during a practice session this week at the Western & Southern Open hard-court tournament in Mason, Ohio. Nishikori withdrew from that event on Monday.

Van Lindonk said Nishikori saw two wrist specialists and sent results of MRI exams to three other wrist doctors before deciding to end his season.

Nishikori has chosen not to have an operation on his wrist "at this stage," according to Van Lindonk. Nishikori will wear a cast on his wrist and, after the swelling reduces in the coming weeks, "we will evaluate next steps," Van Lindonk said.

Nishikori joined defending champion Stan Wawrinka and three-time winner Novak Djokovic in deciding to sit out the U.S. Open, which starts Aug. 28.

Wawrinka had surgery on his left knee, while Djokovic has a problem with his right elbow. Like Nishikori, both are out for the rest of 2017. That trio represents three-fourths of last year's semifinalists at Flushing Meadows; the other was Gael Monfils.

At the 2014 U.S. Open, Nishikori became the first man from Japan to reach a Grand Slam final, losing the championship match to Marin Cilic. Nishikori advanced to his second major semifinal in New York a year ago, before losing to Wawrinka.

Nishikori has repeatedly dealt with injuries during his career, although he has managed to be ready for Grand Slam tournaments, participating in 21 in a row until now. The last major he missed was the 2012 French Open.

Nishikori ends 2017 with a 30-13 record and two appearances in tournament finals.

Sonny Bill Williams returns to All Blacks after ban

In this file photo dated Saturday, July 1, 2017, New Zealand center Sonny Bill Williams walks from the field after being sent off during the second rugby test between the British and Irish Lions and the All Blacks in Wellington, New Zealand. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

Wellington, New Zealand (AP) — Center Sonny Bill Williams has been recalled to the All Blacks team for Saturday's Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup test against Australia after completing a four-match suspension following his sending off against the British and Irish Lions.

Williams became the first All Blacks in 50 years to be dismissed in a test match after a dangerous shoulder charge on Lions winger Anthony Watson during the second test at Wellington.

His four-match ban was thought likely to rule him out of Saturday's test at Sydney, but New Zealand successfully appealed a World Rugby ruling on the matches that would count toward his suspension.

By taking into account a practice match played by the All Blacks last week, Williams became available and the selectors rushed him into a reorganized backline in Thursday's team announcement.

Damian McKenzie has been named to start a test for the second time at fullback in the absence of Jordie Barrett, who is injured. Ben Smith, returning from a head injury, moves from fullback to the right wing and youngster Rieko Ioane will start on the left wing after the omission of veteran Julian Savea.

Liam Squire has been named on the blindside flank in place of Jerome Kaino who has been left out of the match-day 23 in a sign his 81-test career might be nearing its end.

Kaino was a key member of the All Blacks team which won the 2011 World Cup and left New Zealand soon after to play in Japan. He returned to win back his place in the 2015 World Cup-winning All Blacks team but his form has dipped in recent seasons.

He also has a checkered disciplinary record, receiving a yellow card for a high tackle during the third test against the Lions last month.

Kieran Read retains the captaincy but must also be under pressure after the drawn series against the Lions in which New Zealand lacked leadership. Read has struggled to step into the boots of former captain Richie McCaw who retired after the 2015 World Cup. His form has been moderate and he lacks McCaw's strength and stature as captain.

The third member of the All Blacks backrow combination, open-side flanker Sam Cane, retains his place after a disappointing Lions series.

Codie Taylor will again start at hooker after Dane Coles suffered a new head injury, ending his comeback from a four-month injury break.

The selection for Saturday's Rugby Championship opener suggests the problems that handicapped the All Blacks during the Lions series is continuing. Injuries and Williams' suspension forced continual changes to the All Blacks backline through the three Lions tests and few of the stop-gap measures adopted by the selectors were successful.

The Lions also exploited tactical shortcomings, with All Blacks coaches unable to devise a plan to counter the tourists' rush defence.

However, head coach Steve Hansen remained upbeat in announcing his team.

"There's a real sense of excitement within the group and a desire to go out and perform well this weekend," he said. "This test will give us a great opportunity to gauge where we are at when it comes to things we have been working on since the Lions tour.

"We've had a great build-up here in Sydney and there's a single-minded focus. We're playing for our most significant trophy outside of the Rugby World Cup and it means a lot to us as a team. As always, it's going to be a massive occasion and we're looking forward to Saturday."


New Zealand: Damian McKenzie, Ben Smith, Ryan Crotty, Sonny Bill Williams, Rieko Ioane, Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith; Kieran Read (captain), Sam Cane, Liam Squire, Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Owen Franks, Codie Taylor, Joe Moody. Replacements: Nathan Harris,

Wyatt Crockett, Ofa Tu'ungafasi, Luke Romano, Ardie Savea, T.J. Perenara, Lima Sopoaga, Anton Lienert-Brown.

Update August 16, 2017

Liverpool beat Hoffenheim 2-1, close in on Champions League

Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold, left, scores his side's opening goal from a free kick during their Champions League's qualifier first leg against 1899 Hoffenheim at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena in Sinsheim, Germany, Tuesday, Aug. 15. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Steve Douglas

Hoffenheim, Germany (AP) - In the absence of unsettled playmaker Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool turned to an 18-year-old right back making his European debut for some set-piece magic in their Champions League playoff win against Hoffenheim on Tuesday.

Trent Alexander-Arnold didn't disappoint.

Talked up at Anfield as a potential star of the future, Alexander-Arnold curled in a free kick from 30 yards to set Liverpool on their way to a 2-1 victory over a German side making its debut in European competition.

"Our little hero," Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said of Alexander-Arnold, who has been at the English club since the age of 6, has played for England's youth teams and is making his full breakthrough in the first team this season while Nathaniel Clyne is injured.

It was his first goal for the club, on his ninth start.

"The free kick is no coincidence, he's been doing that every day in training," said Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson, one of a number of senior players who are happy to hand over free kicks and corners to the teenager. "Now he's done it on the big stage."

Coutinho usually hogs the set pieces for Liverpool, but the Brazil international is currently not available, with the club saying he has a back injury. Coutinho put in a transfer request last week after he was the subject of a second bid from Barcelona, which Liverpool rejected before saying he was not for sale.

Liverpool — five-time European champions— are on course to reach the group stage without their star player after Havard Nordtveit inadvertently deflected substitute James Milner's cross from the left high into his own net to make it 2-0 in the 74th minute.

Substitute Mark Uth gave Hoffenheim a glimmer of hope going into next week's second leg at Anfield when he chested down a long ball forward and drilled an angled shot into the corner in the 87th.

Liverpool are looking to become the fifth English team to qualify for the group stage — joining Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City and Europa League winner Manchester United — and return to Europe's top competition for the first time since the 2014-15 season.

Hoffenheim are in unknown territory after reaching the Champions League playoffs courtesy of a fourth-place finish in the Bundesliga under Julian Nagelsmann, their 30-year-old coach.  It was the highest-ever finish by the team from a village of around 4,000 people in southwest Germany.

This was Hoffenheim's first loss at home in any competition since May 2016.

A look at the other playoff first legs:



CSKA benefited from a comical own goal in added time to close in on a fifth straight appearance in the group stage.

An aimless ball forward was headed into the air by Young Boys center back Kasim Nuhu, who compounded that clumsy touch by heading the ball for a second time, this time over goalkeeper David von Ballmoos and over the line. Van Ballmoos scrambled back and tried to claw the ball into play, but it was adjudged to have crossed the line.



Azerbaijani club Qarabag FK moved closer to their first appearance in the group stage thanks to Mahir Madatov's goal in the 26th minute.

This is the fourth time Qarabag have made it into Champions League qualifying, though the team have never progressed beyond the third round. Copenhagen have advanced from two of their six appearances in the playoffs, in 2010 and last year.



Former Champions League quarterfinalists APOEL are within touching distance of a return to the competition after goals by Igor De Camargo and Stathis Aloneftis in the first 10 minutes.

Muris Mesanovic struck the post for Slavia, the closest the Czech visitors came to reducing the deficit.



Steaua survived the final 10 minutes with 10 men after midfielder Mihai Pintilii's red card for two bookings.

Sporting, who have lost in both of their previous appearances in the playoffs in 2009 and 2015, struck the post through Argentina international Marcos Acuna in the first half.

Astros strike early, cruise past Diamondbacks

Houston Astros' Brad Peacock throws a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of their baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 15, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Jose M. Romero

Phoenix (AP) — A trip that saw the Houston Astros drop six of the first seven games ended on a much-needed positive note for the AL West leaders.

The Astros had six extra-base hits in the first four innings, building a big enough lead to hold off the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-4 on Tuesday.

The Astros managed only four hits over the last five innings, but one was Max Stassi's solo home run in the ninth.

"We've had a rough week and a rough road trip, and it's nice to end it with a win and get home and get back to sort of how we're playing," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "We've led the league in offense in a lot of different categories, so I think today we looked a little bit more like ourselves."

The Astros had scored just five runs in their previous three games, one of those a shutout loss to the Diamondbacks and ace Zack Greinke on Monday.

But Houston jumped to an 8-0 lead in the fourth inning Tuesday.

Despite the quick start on offense, starting pitcher Brad Peacock couldn't get out of the bottom of the fifth, so Francis Martes (5-2) came on and struck out all four batters he faced in 1 1/3 innings for the victory.

Peacock contributed a double that gave the Astros a 7-0 lead after Diamondbacks starter Anthony Banda intentionally walked eighth-place hitter Jake Marisnick to put runners on first and second with two outs in the top of the third.

The Astros scored five runs off Banda in the second inning on three doubles, a triple, a single and a wild pitch. Four runs came with two outs, as George Springer's double drove in Marisnick and Stassi, and Alex Bregman tripled into the right-field corner to drive in Springer.

Springer raised his American League-leading batting average with runners in scoring position and two outs to .462.

Banda (1-3) threw a wild pitch and Bregman raced home with the final run of the inning. Stassi, called up from the minors Monday when catcher Brian McCann was placed on the disabled list, recorded his first hits and runs batted in of the season.

"We know we're a good offense, we just wanted to put together back-to-back-to-back (hits) and we did that. That's one of the things we've done a lot this year," Bregman said. "When we put together quality ABs like that we're a tough offense to stop."

Yuli Gurriel hit the Astros' second triple of the game in the fourth, driving in Jose Altuve. It was Gurriel's first career triple.

Peacock had a no-hitter through three but only lasted 4 2/3 innings, finishing with nine strikeouts and a walk. Banda went four innings and was charged with eight runs and nine hits with four strikeouts and three walks.

"I'm not taking anything away from them. It's just a matter of hitting spots and establishing the inside of the plate like I wanted to," Banda said. "It's a matter of missing spots and not executing pitches."

Jake Lamb doubled in two runs in the fourth, and Peacock walked Brandon Drury with the bases loaded and one out to force in a third run. But Peacock struck out Chris Herrmann and pinch hitter Gregor Blanco to end the threat.

Paul Goldschmidt's run-scoring double made it 8-4 in the fifth, and Peacock was done. Martes got out of the inning and was one of four Astros relievers who shut out the Diamondbacks for four innings.


The Diamondbacks have been one of the best teams in the majors at home this season, but the eight-game homestand they completed Tuesday saw them go 3-5. Arizona lost twice each to two division leaders, the Dodgers and Cubs, and dropped one of two to another division leader, the Astros.


Astros: RHP Charlie Morton (9-5) opens the Astros' home portion of the home-and-home series this week with Arizona on Wednesday. Morton is 3-1 in six career starts against the Diamondbacks.

Diamondbacks: RHP Taijuan Walker (6-6) faces the Astros. He's 4-3 with a 3.11 ERA in 10 road starts this season.

England-West Indies test series begins with day-nighter

The England cricket team train during a session under floodlights at Edgbaston in Birmingham, ahead of the first Day/Night Test against The West Indies, Monday Aug. 14. (Aaron Chown/PA via AP)

Steve Douglas

Birmingham, England (AP) - Before this week, Stuart Broad only had one experience of bowling with a pink cricket ball — and that was sending down a delivery in a demonstration for a British TV channel in June.

On Thursday, the England paceman will be playing an international match with them, one of a raft of new challenges facing him and his teammates in their first-ever day-night test.

"It's stepping into the unknown completely," Broad said ahead of the first of three tests against the touring West Indies. That unknown includes the pink ball, changing sleep patterns and different mealtimes - with the subsequent impact on energy levels.

There's a sense that England are treating the match at Edgbaston as a learning experience as much as a test. It's unusual for a top international sports team to feel so underprepared for a game.

"We're going to have to be so adaptable and figure out what's going on," Broad said. "The exciting thing is we are going in with a clear mind and learning on the job, almost."

This will be the fifth day-night test match, with Australia involved in three of them — first against New Zealand in 2015 and then against South Africa and Pakistan — before Pakistan beat West Indies in Dubai in October 2016.

The international Cricket Council introduced the option of countries playing day-night tests in a bid to "enhance the public appeal of cricket's oldest format" and so that test cricket "remains relevant in the modern age." It means, for example, that some spectators can drop in to the ground after school or work, and see more coverage on TV in the evenings.

Pink balls are used instead of red ones so that there can be better visibility for batsmen and fielders under the lights. England will be using a pink Dukes ball, rather than the Kookaburra used in Australia.

England's players have said the Dukes ball goes soft quickly, is hard to shine, and doesn't turn as much for spinners. Chris Woakes said the ball moved around more in the "twilight period."

"It was a bit different," Woakes said Tuesday. "Not like a white ball, not like a red ball, somewhere in between."

Some of England's players played with a pink ball as a trial in a day-night round of County Championship matches in late June. They are scheduled to play a day-night test at Adelaide during the upcoming Ashes series against Australia, and also one on the tour of New Zealand in March.

The terms "lunch" and "tea" will still be used for the intervals at Edgbaston, even though the lunch break will come at 4 p.m. local time, and will be the same length — 40 minutes for lunch and 20 minutes for tea. The intervals were called tea and dinner during the day-nighters in Australia.

"It's just to avoid confusion," Neil Snowball, the chief executive of Warwickshire, whose games are played at Edgbaston, told British newspaper The Guardian. "We don't know if this is going to be the first of many or whether it's a one-off but we thought it was easier to explain."

Broad spoke of players' needing to get the levels of food intake just right so they can have the energy to last through the evening, with play due to finish at 9 p.m. local time.

England beat South Africa 3-1 in their first series of the summer and starts as favorite against the West Indies, who are No. 8 in the test rankings and have lost six straight test series. They are also without a number of key players, such as Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels and Darren Sammy, because of a previous dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board.

The teams drew 1-1 in a test series in the Caribbean in 2015.

"I think people are writing the West Indies off too early," team manager Joel Garner said, "and it could be at their own peril."

Maria Sharapova granted wild-card entry into US Open

Maria Sharapova, of Russia, has been granted a wild-card invitation for the U.S. Open's main draw which begins in New York on August 28. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

New York (AP) — Maria Sharapova was granted a wild-card invitation for the U.S. Open's main draw on Tuesday and will take part in a Grand Slam event for the first time in more than 1 years.

Sharapova is among eight women given entry into the 128-player field by the U.S. Tennis Association — and by far the most noteworthy.

The former No. 1-ranked player and owner of five major titles, including the 2006 U.S. Open, has not entered a major tournament since the Australian Open in January 2016, when she tested positive for the newly banned drug meldonium.

That led to a 15-month doping ban, which expired in April. She returned to the tour, but her ranking — currently 148th — was too low to allow entry into major tournaments, and the French Open denied her a wild card. Sharapova planned to try to qualify for Wimbledon, but the 30-year-old Russian wound up skipping the grass-court portion of the season because of an injured left thigh.

The USTA didn't consider her suspension in awarding the wild card, saying it was following past practice of granting them to former U.S. Open champions who needed them, such as Martina Hingis, Lleyton Hewitt, Kim Cljisters and Juan Martin del Potro.

"Her suspension under the terms of the tennis anti-doping program was completed and therefore was not one of the factors weighed in our wild-card selection process," the USTA said in a statement.

The organization added that Sharapova had volunteered to speak to young players at the USTA national campus about the importance of the tennis anti-doping program and the responsibility each player has to comply with it.

Sharapova has been participating in tournaments via wild-card invitations, beginning in April on red clay at Stuttgart, Germany. She's only played nine matches this season.

Sharapova was 19 when she won her U.S. Open trophy. Two years before, at 17, Sharapova won her first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon. She has since completed a career Grand Slam and become one of the most recognizable — and marketable — athletes in the world.

Also receiving wild cards were: Taylor Townsend, reigning U.S. Open girls' champion Kayla Day, 2017 NCAA singles champion Brienne Minor, U.S. Open wild-card challenge winner Sofia Kenin, USTA Girls' 18s national champion Ashley Kratzer and Amandine Hesse of France. The final women's wild card for singles will be an Australian player named later.

The U.S. Open starts in Flushing Meadows on Aug. 28.

Creamer out to prove in Solheim Cup she's still got game

 Paula Creamer of the United States heads into this weekend's tournament looking to find her game again. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, File)

Luke Meredith

West Des Moines, Iowa (AP) — For virtually her entire career, Paula Creamer has been a lock to play in the Solheim Cup.

But her results have declined and U.S. captain Juli Inkster told her that for the first time she wouldn't be playing. Then Jessica Korda withdrew because of a forearm injury, and Creamer was on the team.

Creamer, the first alternate to play in the top team event in women's golf, is the lowest-ranked American on the squad. The biennial tournament between the U.S. and Europe begins Friday at Des Moines Golf and Country Club. Creamer is intent on showing she can still play at golf's highest level.

"It's an interesting feeling," she said. "After everything got announced I put my big-girl pants on and was like 'All right. Let's go do this.'"

The 31-year-old Creamer looked ready to be the next face of U.S. women's golf following a stirring debut. Twelve years later, she is looking to rediscover the form that made her such a bright young star.

She won her first LPGA event less than a week before graduating from high school in 2005, becoming at 18 the youngest winner of a multiround event in tour history.

Creamer soon reached $1 million in earnings faster than any LPGA player. She was also the youngest golfer to qualify for the Solheim Cup, going 3-1-1 for the winning U.S. team 12 years ago.

Creamer won six more times in 2007-08. In 2010, she captured her first major, the U.S. Women's Open, despite an injured left thumb that required surgery. The injury flared again a few years later. A wrist injury followed last season, the collective setbacks throwing Creamer off her rhythm.

She has won only once since 2010, and last season made just 17 cuts in 24 starts. She had just one top-10 finish in 2017, giving Inkster little choice but to leave her off the roster.

But Korda re-injured her forearm at the British Open, the final event before the Solheim Cup, and Inkster thought her experience in the women's version of the Ryder Cup would be an asset.

"I know what I'm getting with Paula," Inkster said. "It's not the best situation to be in because I had to tell her I didn't pick her, and I let her yell at me for a little bit. But ... I just felt like she would be the one who is used to being under the microscope and the pressure, and I just thought she could be able to handle it."

Creamer's Solheim Cup record remains solid despite her struggles. She's 14-8-5, with winning records in four-ball, foursome and singles competition. Creamer also finished in the top 16 in her last two tournaments, the Scottish and British Opens, suggesting she could be getting hot just when Inkster and her teammates need her.

"I've spent hours and hours and hours and hours these past three, four months practicing," Creamer said. "I feel like I'm in total control of where I'm putting the golf ball, and that's pretty neat."

Nery wins WBC bantamweight title with TKO of Yamanaka

 Mexico's Luis Nery, left, lands a left to the face of Japanese champion Shinsuke Yamanaka in the second round of their WBC world bantamweight title boxing match in Kyoto, western Japan, Tuesday, Aug. 15. (Yuta Omori/Kyodo News via AP)

Kyoto, Japan (AP) — Luis Nery of Mexico defeated Japanese boxer Shinsuke Yamanaka with a fourth-round technical knockout to claim the WBC bantamweight title on Tuesday.

Nery stunned Yamanaka with a series of combinations and the fight at Shimadzu Arena in Kyoto was stopped with 29 seconds left in the fourth round.

Nery, boxing for the first time outside his home country, improved to 24-0 with 18 wins by knockout.

Yamanaka, who was making his 13th title defense, fell to 27-1 with two draws.

Update August 15, 2017

India whitewash Sri Lanka with big win in 3rd test

India's Mohammed Shami, second left, celebrates with teammates after the dismissal of Sri Lanka's Kusal Mendis during the third day's play of their third cricket test match in Pallekele, Sri Lanka, Monday, Aug. 14. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Pallekele, Sri Lanka (AP) — India reinforced their position as the top-ranked team in test cricket by completing a rare 3-0 series whitewash in Sri Lanka with an innings victory inside three days in the third test on Monday.

Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took four wickets and seamer Mohammed Shami three as India bowled Sri Lanka out for 181 in the hosts’ second innings, sealing victory by an innings and 171 runs.

India were dominant throughout the series, winning the first two matches by 304 runs and an innings and 53 runs.

Sri Lanka had been whitewashed in a home series only once before, against Australia in 2004 — Ricky Ponting's first series as Australian captain.

Monday's result was Sri Lanka's fifth heaviest defeat ever in a test.

"We've played really good cricket to win 3-0," India captain Virat Kohli said. "We put constant pressure on the opposition to make sure we win more sessions during a test match and that has led us to win the series with a clean sweep. It makes us really proud as a team."

India made 487 batting first in the final test at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium and Sri Lanka collapsed in both innings to be out for 135 and then 181 after following on.

"It was a very disappointing performance," Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal said. "We could not get enough runs throughout the series. We take the blame for it, but I must say that we tried hard."

India's big first-innings total at Pallekele was built on centuries by opener Shikhar Dhawan (119) and Hardik Pandya (108).

Resuming on 19-1 in their second innings, Sri Lanka lost three wickets quickly on Day 3 and were 39-4 before captain Chandimal (36) and Angelo Mathews (35) put up some temporary resistance.

They took Sri Lanka to lunch on 82-4 but their 65-run partnership — easily the best of the innings — was ended with Chandimal's dismissal by Kuldeep Yadav via a catch at short leg from Cheteshwar Pujara.

From there, India took Sri Lanka's last six wickets for 73 runs, with Niroshan Dickwella top-scoring for Sri Lanka with 41.

India's bowlers were on top throughout the test with no Sri Lankan batsman reaching 50 in either innings.

After Chandimal went, off-spinner Ashwin struck twice by removing the experienced Mathews and Dilruwan Perera.

Mathews was given out leg before wicket and the ex-Sri Lankan captain unsuccessfully reviewed the decision. A Perera slog-sweep went straight into the hands of Pandya fielding at deep mid-wicket.

Tea was delayed as India opted for the extra half-hour with Sri Lanka down to nine wickets as the end of the session approached.

Ashwin wrapped it up, bowling last man Lahiru Kumara to finish with 4-68.

Federer out of Cincinnati with bad back; Nadal to be No. 1

Roger Federer, of Switzerland, wipes his brow during his final match against Alexander Zverev, of Germany, at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament in Montreal, Sunday, Aug. 13. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Mason, Ohio (AP) — Wimbledon champion Roger Federer withdrew Monday from the Western & Southern Open because of a back injury. He has won the Masters series tournament seven times.

The move was announced on the first full day of matches. This U.S. Open warmup has now lost five of the top six players in the men's rankings.

Federer, a 19-time major champion, said in a statement he "tweaked" his back last week at the Rogers Cup in Montreal, where he lost Sunday's final to Alexander Zverev.

The Swiss star, ranked No. 3, is sidelined along with No. 1 Andy Murray, No. 4 Stan Wawrinka, No. 5 Novak Djokovic and No. 6 Marin Cilic, the defending champion. Only No. 2 Rafael Nadal, the top-seeded player, remains in the draw.

Tournament officials tweeted that 21st-ranked Gael Monfils also is out because of an undisclosed illness. All the missing players except Cilic are 30 or older.

"It's just coincidence," said Nadal, 31. "We're not 20 years old anymore. We're not playing all the weeks. It's part of our sport. I've been in their position lots of times. I've missed more events than the other players. It's part of the game. I wish them all a speedy recovery. We need them in the game. I hope they get back soon."

Federer's withdrawal means Nadal, who lost in the third round at Montreal, will return to No. 1 when new ATP rankings are released Aug. 21. The Spaniard will be No. 1 for the first time since July 6, 2014.

Nadal has spent 141 weeks at No. 1 since first ascending there after reaching the Western & Southern semifinals in 2008.

"It's been tough to get back to No. 1," he said. "I'm happy to have the chance to be in that position."

American Sam Querry became the first seeded player to advance. The 15th seed cruised into the second round with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over wild card Stefan Kozlov.

Mischa Zverev also advanced with a straight-set win, 6-4, 6-4 over Fernando Verdasco. Zverev lost just nine points on serve.

In women's first-round action, 15th-seeded Madison Keys held off unseeded CoCo Vandeweghe for a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win. Vandeweghe fought off three match in the final game before hitting a forehand into the net for an unforced error on Keys' fourth match point.

Earlier, 2016 Olympic singles gold medalist Monica Puig lost to fellow qualifier Taylor Townsend, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.

Other's men's matches saw wild card Frances Tiafoe beat qualifier Maximilian Marterer 6-3, 7-6 (2), and qualifier Joao Sousa defeat Kyle Edmund 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.

Richard Gasquet and wild card Tommy Paul advanced in straight sets. Gasquet eased past qualifier John-Patrick Smith 6-4, 6-4, and Paul beat fellow American Donald Young 6-4, 7-6 (4). Ivo Karlovic ousted Jiri Vesely 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.

Also advancing in straight sets were Fabio Fognini, a 7-6 (5), 6-4 winner over Daniil Medvedev; qualifier Mitchell Krueger, 6-2, 6-1 over Benoit Paire; and Feliciano Lopez, 7-6 (5), 6-1 over Hyeon Chung.

In other women's matches, Roberta Vinci knocked out Time Babos 7-5, 7-5; Camile Giorgi ousted Katerina Siniakova 6-2, 6-2; Yulia Putintseva outlasted Veronica Cepede Royg, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3; and Daria Kasatkina rushed past qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich, 6-4, 6-2.

Also, 14th-seeded Petra Kvitova rallied past Anett Kontaveit 1-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3; Beatriz Haddad Maia topped Lauren Davis 6-3, 6-2; and Lesia Tsurenko defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 5-7, 7-6 (6), 6-0.

Kristina Mladenovic, seeded 13th, became the first seeded player to lose, beaten by Daria Gavrilova 6-0, 7-6 (6).

Cristiano Ronaldo banned for 5 games after pushing referee

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo sits on the bench during the Spanish Supercup first leg match against FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 13. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Joseph Wilson

Barcelona, Spain (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo lost his cool, and now Real Madrid have lost their main man for five matches at the start of the Spanish season.

Ronaldo was banned for five games on Monday after shoving a referee who sent him off for diving in Madrid's 3-1 win over Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup.

Ronaldo was suspended for one game for the red card in Sunday's Super Cup first leg at Barcelona, and four games for pushing referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea in the back, the Spanish football federation said.

Ronaldo will miss Wednesday's return leg of the Super Cup in Madrid plus the first four matches of Real Madrid's league title defence. Zinedine Zidane's Madrid open the league on Sunday at Deportivo La Coruna. Their next three matches after that are against Valencia, promoted Levante, and at Real Sociedad.

Ronaldo and Madrid have 10 days to appeal the federation's ruling.

Still regaining peak fitness after an extended summer vacation, Ronaldo began the Super Cup match on the bench, and came on in the 58th minute.

He scored with a long-range strike to put Madrid 2-1 up in the 80th minute, moments after Lionel Messi had equalized for Barcelona from the penalty spot.

But Ronaldo's goal celebration — when he took his shirt off and flexed his muscles — earned him a yellow card.

Two minutes later, he charged into the area and collided with Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti. Ronaldo went down hoping for a penalty. Instead, referee De Burgos showed him a second yellow for diving and sent him off.

Ronaldo raised his arms in disbelief, then stepped up to De Burgos and shoved him in the back with his right hand.

The federation ruling said that Ronaldo's shove violated article 96 of its disciplinary code, which states that "light aggressions" defined as "pulling, pushing and shaking" of a referee are punished by suspensions of between 4-12 matches.

The federation also fined Ronaldo 3,005 euros and Madrid 1,400 euros for the shove, and another 600 euros for the player and 350 euros for the club for simulating a foul.

Last season, Las Palmas forward Marko Livaja was given an additional four-match suspension for pushing a referee after he was shown a red card.

In the 2014 Spanish Super Cup, Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone was handed an eight-match suspension after he tapped the back of a linesman's head. Simeone was suspended for four games for the tapping, two games for protesting, one game for ironically applauding the referee, and one game for remaining in the stands instead of leaving the stadium after his sending-off.

Simeone served four matches of his league suspension and the other four are pending Atletico's future Spanish Super Cup matches.

After guiding Madrid to the Champions League and Spanish league titles last season, the suspension comes during a difficult summer for Ronaldo.

In June, a state prosecutor accused Ronaldo of defrauding Spain's tax office of 14.7 million euros. The 32-year-old star had to deny the accusations in person to an investigative judge last month.

Now he must trust his teammates to make a good start to Madrid's defence without him. Given Marco Asensio's great goal from distance to cap Sunday's win over Barcelona, the 21-year-old forward could take Ronaldo's place in the starting lineup.

Seahawks' Bennett plans to sit for anthem, expects backlash

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett. (AP Photo)

Dan Greenspan

Carson, California (AP) — Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett plans to sit during the national anthem this season to protest social injustice — and expects a backlash over an issue that is "bigger than a sport."

He sat on the visiting bench during "The Star-Spangled Banner" before a preseason opener against the Los Angeles Chargers, a decision he made before weekend protests by white supremacists at the University of Virginia.

The violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, including the death of a young woman struck by a car deliberately driven into a group of counter-protesters Saturday, solidified Bennett's decision.

"With everything that's been going on the last couple of months and especially after the last couple of days, seeing everything in Virginia, seeing what's going on out there earlier today in Seattle, I just wanted to be able to use my platform to be able to continue to speak over injustice," Bennett said.

"First of all, I want people to understand I love the military. My father was in the military. I love hot dogs like any other American. I love football like any other American, but I don't love segregation," he added. "I don't love riots. I don't love oppression. I don't love gender slander. I just want to see people have the equality that they deserve, and I want to be able to use this platform to continuously push the message of that, you know, and keep journeying out and keep finding out how unselfish can we be as a society."

Bennett was at least the third prominent NFL player to protest during the anthem in the first full week of preseason games. Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch, a former teammate of Bennett's in Seattle, also sat. Los Angeles Rams defensive end Robert Quinn raised his right fist, continuing his approach from last season following then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's decision to kneel during the anthem.

Kaepernick is a free agent, and the fallout from his protest has not abated, even as he remains unsigned.

Bennett is willing to deal with similar consequences.

"Of course, I'm going to face backlash," he said. "This is bigger than me. This is bigger than football. This is bigger than anything that we have. This is about people. This is about bringing opportunities to people, giving people equality. This is bigger than a sport."

Bennett said he had spoken with several other NFL players about possible protests, but had not talked with Lynch yet. While he acknowledged the possibility of more widespread and organized protests, Bennett wanted to express himself.

"I think everybody has a time where they feel like they need to be who they are and stand up for what they believe in," Bennett said.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll did not have a response to Bennett's actions, saying he became aware of it only after the game.

Bennett said the aim of his protest is to make people uncomfortable. In the process, he hopes to spur greater communication, understanding and involvement across racial, gender and socio-economic lines.

"Everyone is in their comfort zone right now," Bennett said. "Get out there and become uncomfortable. Go out there and see what it's like out there in society right now."

Chinese investors buy Premier League club Southampton

Southampton's Steven Davis, left, and Swansea City's Tom Carroll battle for the ball during the English Premier League match at St Mary's Stadium, Southampton, England, Saturday, Aug. 12. (Paul Harding(/PA via AP)

Rob Harris

London (AP) — Southampton is the latest English soccer team to fall under Chinese ownership.

Jisheng Gao, chairman of Chinese sports investment company Lander, has bought an 80 percent stake in Southampton with daughter, Nelly Gao, for 210 million pounds, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Monday.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the transaction are confidential. Southampton only announced that the Gao family has concluded talks to become a "partner" in the Premier League club, which has been owned by the Liebherr family from Switzerland since 2009.

"Together, we have the passion and motivation to build on Southampton's excellent progress in recent years as we look forward to an exciting next chapter for the club," Jisheng Gao, who is involved in leadership positions across soccer in China, said in a statement.

Lander Sports Development, the company chaired by Gao, was not mentioned in the statement. Ralph Krueger, a former ice hockey player and coach, is set to remain as chairman of Southampton.

"For now it is business as usual at Southampton Football Club and we must allow everyone at the club to focus on the first few weeks of the new season," said Katharina Liebherr, who inherited ownership of the south-coast club in 2010 after the death of her father, Markus.

"I would like to thank the passionate supporters of the club for their ongoing loyalty and faith, and I look forward to seeing you soon at St Mary's."

Southampton, who opened the Premier League season by drawing 0-0 with Swansea on Saturday, have won plaudits across English soccer for their ability to bring through young talent. They reached their first major final in 38 years last season when they were denied the League Cup in a narrow loss to Manchester United.

Southampton are the fifth club in England's top two divisions to be owned by Chinese investors, joining West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League, and Aston Villa, Birmingham and Wolverhampton Wanderers in the League Championship.

Update August 14, 2017

Justin Thomas rallies to win the PGA Championship

Justin Thomas poses with the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the PGA Championship golf tournament at the Quail Hollow Club Sunday, Aug. 13, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Doug Ferguson

Charlotte, N.C. (AP) — Justin Thomas remembers hearing the roar before he ever saw the shot.

He had access to the clubhouse at Valhalla in 2000 as the 7-year-old son of a PGA professional, and the thunder from the gallery reached his ears before the TV showed Tiger Woods making the most important putt of his career at that PGA Championship.

Thomas was barely big enough to dream of playing against the best that day. Now his name is on the same Wanamaker Trophy.

Thomas closed with a 3-under 68 on Sunday at Quail Hollow to emerge from the shadow of Jordan Spieth, his longtime friend, and capture his first major that belonged as much to him as the two generations of PGA professional that came before him.

"As a kid growing up, you want to win all the majors. You want to win any major," Thomas said after his two-shot victory. "For me, the PGA definitely had a special place in my heart, and maybe a special drive. It's just a great win for the family, and it's a moment we'll never forget — all of us."

On this day, the cheers were for him.

They gave him chills when his 8-foot birdie putt teetered on the edge of the 10th hole for 12 seconds before it finally dropped, when he chipped in from 40 feet on the 13th hole to seize control Sunday, and when he fired a 7-iron from 221 yards over the water to a peninsula green that all but sealed the victory.

Even more special than the trophy was seeing his father, Mike Thomas, walk toward with arms wide to wrap his only son in his arms. Thomas is the longtime pro at Harmony Landing outside Louisville, Kentucky and a former board member of the PGA of America. His father, Paul Thomas, is a 60-year PGA pro and the first one the 24-year-old Thomas called.

The week began with Spieth's quest for a career Grand Slam. He was at the 18th green late Sunday afternoon, but only so he could celebrate the moment with Thomas, close friends since they were 14.

"So awesome, dude," Spieth told him.

Thomas was every bit of that.

With five players still in the mix on the back nine, Thomas surged ahead by chipping in for birdie and holding his nerve down the stretch as his challengers eventually faded, one after another.

Hideki Matsuyama, bidding to become the first player from Japan to win a major, recovered from back-to-back bogeys with birdies on the 14th and 15th holes to get within one shot. But the championship turned on the 16th hole.

Thomas faced a 6-foot par putt to stay at 8 under. Matsuyama caught a good lie over the green and chipped to 5 feet. Thomas wasted no time over the putt and drilled it in the center of cup. Matsuyama missed and was two shots behind.

"The last major of the year, and I was in contention," said Matsuyama, a runner-up at the U.S. Open. "All I can do is try harder next time."

Thomas sealed it with that 7-iron on the 17th that was so pure that he let the club twirl through his hands as he watched it clear the water and roll out to 15 feet. The birdie putt curled in and his lead was up to three going to the 18th. A final bogey only affected the score.

Thomas finished at 8-under 276 for his fourth victory of the year.

"I can't put it into words," Thomas said about his PGA of America heritage. "I wish my grandpa could be here for it. It's so special to get it done. I'm glad we have a trophy now."

Kevin Kisner was the last one who had a chance to catch him. But he three-putted from 100 feet on the 16th for bogey, couldn't birdie the 17th from long range and hit his second shot into the water and finished with a double bogey. Kisner, the 54-hole leader, played the final three holes in 6 over on the weekend. He closed with a 74.

"That's not going to be fun to look at," he said of his weekend finish over the brutal closing stretch at Quail Hollow. "I thought I had to get to 10 (under) starting the day to win, and that was about right. I had every opportunity. I just didn't finish it off."

Matsuyama also hit into the water on No. 18 and made bogey for a 72 to finish three back.

Louis Oosthuizen (70), Patrick Reed (67) and Francesco Molinari (67) tied for second, though none had a chance to win playing the 18th. Oosthuizen holed a 50-foot birdie putt on the 18th that made him a runner-up in all four majors.

For Reed, it was his first top 10 in a major.

Thomas began his move with a 35-foot birdie putt on No. 9, and then caught two breaks on the par-5 10th. His tee shot sailed left into a tree and bounced out into the fairway. Then, his 8-foot birdie putt hung on the left edge of the cup until gravity finally took over. The rule allows a player reasonable time to get to the cup, so it dropped well within the 10-second limit.

Thomas gets referred to endlessly as Spieth's best friend because Spieth, who is 3 months younger, has done so much so quickly. Their friendship dates to France when they represented the U.S. in the Evian Junior Masters. Thomas won that 36-hole event.

Ten years later, they have won consecutive majors and head into the FedEx Cup playoffs battling for PGA Tour player of the year.

Thomas won both Hawaii events at the start of the year, shooting a 59 in the Sony Open and setting the 72-hole record on the PGA Tour. He said then his goals were high. And how are they now?

"Let you know when the year's over," he said.

Man United, Tottenham make winning starts in Premier League

Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during their English Premier League match against West Ham United at Old Trafford in Manchester, Sunday, Aug. 13. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)

Steve Douglas

Manchester, England (AP) — Two expensive summer signings inspired Manchester United to an easy victory in their opening Premier League match of the season.

Tottenham didn't spend anything in the transfer market during the offseason but still got off to a winning start Sunday.

Romelu Lukaku scored twice and Nemanja Matic ran the game from central midfield as United beat West Ham 4-0 in an ominous performance at Old Trafford.

United jumped ahead of Chelsea to sign Lukaku for 75 million pounds in July and the Belgium striker has already scored on his competitive debut — a consolation against Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup — and now on his Premier League debut.

The nature of his goals against West Ham highlighted the impact Lukaku could have. The first came when he ran onto a through-ball following a quick break and slotted a finish in off the post in the 33rd, and the second was a header from a free kick in the 52nd.

Matic, meanwhile, was authoritative on his league debut for United following his recent departure from Chelsea, which looks increasingly like an ill-judged decision by the champions. He created the first goal by dispossessing West Ham's Pedro Obiang and sparking the break, and proved to be an impenetrable shield in front of United's back four.

He could be one of the signings of the summer at 40 million pounds.

Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba scored in the final three minutes of normal time to leave United top of the early standings on goal difference.

Earlier, Tottenham beat 10-man Newcastle 2-0 away thanks to goals by Dele Alli and Ben Davies, with last season's runners-up only pulling clear at St. James' Park after Jonjo Shelvey's 48th-minute red card.

Shelvey was sent off for treading on the foot of Alli, an act that was even more foolish as it took place right in front of the referee.

Spurs are the only team in the Premier League not to make a signing this summer but they are still looking likely title contenders, alongside United.



Jose Mourinho has had two summer transfer windows to create a team in his image. That's usually all it takes for his teams to become champions, with the Portuguese coach having won domestic league titles in the second season at his last five clubs.

What is most striking is the size and physical presence of this United team, even more so now Matic and Lukaku have joined. His finest Chelsea teams also had that mix of power and physicality that could overwhelm opponents.

"I think we can do better than last season," Mourinho said after his biggest victory as United manager. "Second transfer window for us. Now 13 months of work together."

And it's starting to show. Lukaku offers the mobility that Zlatan Ibrahimovic didn't possess, and that will stretch opposition defences as shown by his first goal against West Ham. It should mean Pogba, who is already benefiting from having a ball-winner like Matic alongside him, gets more room in central midfield.

Pogba struck the goal frame more times than the net last season, but his goal from 25 yards against West Ham to complete the win could be a sign of things to come.

Mourinho said center back Victor Lindelof, another United summer signing, wasn't included in the squad as he needs time to settle. Lindelof struggled against Madrid in the Super Cup, with Mourinho acknowledging the game came too early for him.



Harry Kane, the top scorer in the last two Premier League seasons, has now failed to score in his last 11 league games in August, although he struck the post against Newcastle.

Dele Alli was on target, though, to bolster his growing reputation as the most prolific midfielder in the division.

He scored a career-high 18 league goals last season and showed a striker's instinct to meet Christian Eriksen's far-post cross with a volley across the goalkeeper in the 61st minute.

Eriksen was again the provider for the second goal, running into the area before being beaten to the finish by Davies, up from left back.

The last time Spurs played at St. James' Park, they lost 5-1 on the final day of the 2015-16 season.

"In a stadium that doesn't have good memories for us, it was important to win," Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said.

Bolt gets the cheers, and Americans get the medals at worlds

Jamaica's Usain Bolt makes his trademark gesture during a lap of honor at the end of the World Athletics Championships in London Sunday, Aug. 13. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Eddie Pells

London (AP) — Usain Bolt took a last leisurely stroll around the track, placed his hands over his heart and then pointed toward the stands, where barely a soul had left.

The running had been over for nearly 30 minutes. As always, though, Bolt had a way of making everybody stay.

The world championships came to a melancholy close Sunday with an on-track tribute to the man who made the sport fun again. There were 11 gold medals at stake on a frenetic final day in London, and yet it was the sight of the hobbled champion walking slowly around the track — stopping to kneel at the starting lines for the 100- and 200-meter races he dominated for a decade — that made for the evening's best theatre.

"I think I almost cried," Bolt said. "I was just saying goodbye. That was it. Saying goodbye to my events. Saying goodbye to everything."

The United States says goodbye to London in possession of 30 medals, the most it has ever taken from the worlds. Of those, 10 were gold, including the capper in the women's 4x400 relay final, where Allyson Felix won her 16th medal to finish as the most-decorated athlete of all-time at the worlds.

Felix also won gold in the 4x100 relay, but the bronze she took in her only individual event, the 400, makes this a less-than-perfect trip for her.

In that way, she's got something in common with Bolt. Between the bronze medal in the 100 and the hamstring pull and tumble to the track that ended his anchor leg of the 4x100 relay — and still made him wince when he had to negotiate big steps around the stadium — the championships went nothing like he planned.

"Someone tried to blame me, and said I started it," Bolt said of a 10-day run filled with upsets and surprises. "It was just one of those things. It was one of those championships where everything does not go your way."

Winners on the final day included:

—Caster Semenya of South Africa, who added the 800-meter gold to her 1,500-meter bronze from earlier in the meet.

—Elijah Manangoi, who led a 1-2 Kenyan finish in the 1,500 meters.

—Hellen Obiri of Kenya, who pulled away from favorite Almaz Ayana with 250 meters to go to win the 5,000-meter race.

—Sandra Perkovic of Croatia, who added this latest discus title to her two Olympic golds.

—Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar, who won the high jump by clearing 2.35 meters without a miss.

—The men's 4x400 relay team of Trinidad and Tobago, whose anchor, Lalonde Gordon, beat American sprinter Fred Kerley to the line.

—Yang Jiayu of China, Yohann Diniz of France, Eider Arevalo of Colombia and Ines Henriques of Portugal in race walking. Henriques set a world record in winning the first women's 50-kilometer walk at the worlds in 4 hours, 5 minutes, 56 seconds.

There's not a household name in the bunch, and though all the performances were remarkable in their own way, this sport's lack of star power with Bolt out of the mix is hard to gloss over.

"What we're going to miss about Usain Bolt isn't the three back-to-back Olympic Games or the clutch of world records and medals," said Sebastian Coe, the leader of track's governing body, the IAAF. "It's because he has an opinion. He has a view. He fills a room. We have terrific talent that's identifying itself at these championships. But that's not the same as filling that void, and we have to work at that."

Bolt's standing-room-only news conference was scheduled for 15 minutes but went about 35. He discussed his past, the future and the sport he leaves behind.

He said over the long term, he could see himself coaching track and occasionally stepping into the TV booth for the sport's biggest events. His immediate plans? "I need to go out and have a drink," he said.

Asked one more time about doping, he said he thinks track is on an upward trajectory after two dispiriting years involving a doping scandal in Russia and problems across Africa and in his own country, Jamaica.

"I've proven to the world that you can do it, that you can be great without doping," he said. "Hopefully young athletes can look at me."

As far as a comeback is concerned, he insists it simply won't happen.

"I've seen too many people retire and come back and make it worse and shame themselves," he said. "I personally feel I won't be one of those people."

But he has no regrets about running in this meet, or concerns that the results will tarnish his legacy. In a way, he said, the jaw-dropping losses were similar to the breathtaking wins: They showed that when he's on the track, anything really is possible.

"For me, it was brilliant," he said of the week that was. "I'm just really sad I have to walk away now."

Ronaldo sent off after scoring in Madrid's 3-1 win at Barca

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, right, reacts after Referee Ricardo de Burgos shows a him a red card during the Spanish Supercup first leg match against FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 13. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Joseph Wilson

Barcelona, Spain (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo made a big impact in his truncated appearance at Camp Nou on Sunday, scoring a goal before being sent off in Real Madrid's 3-1 win over Barcelona in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup.

Ronaldo went on in the 58th minute and scored with a beautiful strike to make it 2-1 in the 80th, earning a yellow card for taking off his shirt to flex his muscles at Barcelona's faithful.

But that defiant pose turned into a petulant pout two minutes later when Ronaldo was booked again for diving in the area following contact with Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti.

Ronaldo gave the referee a push in the back after seeing the red card that meant he will miss Wednesday's return leg at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said that the club would consider appealing Ronaldo's second booking to the Spanish football federation.

"We played a great match. What bothers me is the sending off of Cristiano," Zidane said. "Maybe it wasn't a penalty, but the card is a bit too much."

After Madrid went ahead in the 50th from an own-goal by Barcelona defender Gerard Pique, Lionel Messi equalized for Barcelona in the 77th from the penalty spot. Messi was given the chance to take his "clasico" goal record to 24 against Madrid when Luis Suarez was fouled by goalkeeper Keylor Navas.

While Ronaldo's goal was a blow, substitute Marco Asensio's 90th-minute strike — with Madrid down to 10 men — left Barcelona in a deep hole for the second leg.

"I am not going to play this down, we are happy with the result. But of course it is not over," Zidane said. "We are going to enjoy this today, because it is something to enjoy, and tomorrow we will think about the game on Wednesday."

While Zidane's Madrid took a big step to a second title to start the season after beating Manchester United in the European Super Cup, it was a dismal debut for Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde.

Barcelona had hoped to show that, with Messi, Luis Suarez and Andres Iniesta, they could still compete with Madrid despite having Brazil star Neymar plucked away by Paris Saint-Germain on a world-record transfer last week.

Valverde opted to start Gerard Deulofeu in Neymar's spot on the left side, and the contrast with Neymar was clear. The forward lacked the natural talent and expert timing that Neymar had developed over four seasons with Messi and Suarez up front, and Barcelona attacked better after midfielder Denis Suarez replaced Deulofeu early in the second half.

While Barcelona slumped to a loss to their fiercest rivals, Neymar scored a goal in an impressive debut for PSG to help them win 3-0 at Guingamp in the French league.

"We don't like to lose, especially against Madrid, and especially when there is a title at stake," Valverde said. "We are hurting after a loss like this, but we have to regroup and get ready for the next match."

Ducati rider Dovizioso beats Marquez to win Austrian GP

Italian MotoGP rider Andrea Dovizioso of the Ducati Team leads a pack of riders at the MotoGP race at the Austrian motorcycle Grand Prix in Spielberg, Austria, Sunday, Aug. 13. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

Spielberg, Austria (AP) — Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso held off a late challenge by defending MotoGP champion Marc Marquez to win the Austrian GP on Sunday.

It was the Italian's third win of the season after his back-to-back victories in Italy and Catalonia in June.

Dovizioso briefly lost the lead on the final lap but accelerated to overtake Marquez again before the final stretch and win the race by 0.176 seconds. Marquez' Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa finished 2.661 seconds back in third.

Chasing his fourth career championship, Marquez leads the standings and is 16 points clear of Dovizioso with seven races left. Yamaha's Maverick Vinales, who won the first two events of the season and came sixth in Sunday's race, is eight points further back in third. The next race is the British GP at Silverstone on Aug. 27.

Marquez started from pole position for the fifth time this season but was overtaken by Ducati's Jorge Lorenzo in the first lap.

With Lorenzo dropping to fourth position halfway through the race, Marquez and Dovizioso swapped the lead several times until Pedrosa caught up with the leading pair with eight laps to go. Davizioso finally seemed heading for victory until he had to fight off a gutsy move by Marquez just seconds before the finish.

It was Ducati's second straight victory on the Red Bull Ring since the Austrian GP returned to the calendar last year. In 2016, Andrea Iannone triumphed ahead of Dovizioso. Now riding for Suzuki, Iannone came 11th in Sunday's race.

Stanton ties franchise mark with 42nd homer in Marlins' win

Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton, center, is congratulated by teammates after he hit a home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Sunday, Aug. 13, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Miami (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton homered for the fourth straight game, hitting his 42nd of the year to tie the Marlins' season record, as Miami won 5-3 Sunday to complete its first series sweep of the Colorado Rockies since 2006.

Stanton homered leading off the third inning to match Gary Sheffield's team record set in 1996. It was the 250th homer of Stanton's career and came in his 941st game. Only five players since 1913 have reached the 250-milestone faster.

Rockies All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado, the major league RBI leader, left the game in the fifth inning after being hit on the left hand by an 88 mph fastball thrown by Vance Worley.

German Marquez (9-5) lost for the first time in seven starts, allowing five runs in 4 1/3 innings. Javy Guerra (1-0) earned his first victory since 2014 with two scoreless innings, and Odrisamer Despaigne pitched a perfect ninth for his first big league save.


Los Angeles — Justin Turner hit two home runs, Yasmani Grandal also went deep and the Dodgers won for the 28th time in 33 games, improving the best record in the majors to 83-34. The Dodgers are 16-0-3 in their last 19 series, and haven't lost one since June 5-7 to Washington.

Cory Spangenberg hit two home runs for the Padres.

Kenta Maeda (11-4) went 5 1/3 innings, giving up three earned runs and four hits and striking out eight. Kenley Jansen retired the Padres in order in the ninth for his 32nd save. Luis Perdomo (6-7) was the loser.


Washington — Chris Stratton (1-2) struck out a career-high 10 in 6 2/3 shutout innings in the opener of a day-night doubleheader, the Nationals' first game following Bryce Harper's knee injury.

Harper has a significant bone bruise in his left knee but no ligament damage, general manager Mike Rizzo said. Harper was injured Saturday when he slipped on a wet first base, and Rizzo said the Nationals hope the star outfielder can return this season.

Joe Panik had three hits, including a two-run single in a three-run second.

A.J. Cole (1-3) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings.


Phoenix — Jake Arrieta (12-8) won consecutive starts for the first time since early April, Javier Baez and Ian Happ hit consecutive home runs in the eighth inning and Chicago reopened a one-game lead over St. Louis in the NL Central.

Kris Bryant put the Cubs ahead when he scored from second on a wild pitch from Zack Godley (5-5) in the first inning on strike three to Victor Caratini. The reigning NL MVP added his 21st home run of the season in the ninth inning, reaching base for the 13th time in 15 plate appearances during the three-game series.

Arrieta allowed one run and three hits in six innings. Godley had three wild pitches and four walks in 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs and four hits.


Arlington, Texas — Dallas Keuchel (10-2) struck out seven in 6 2/3 innings for his first win since June 2 against the Rangers, just before his nearly two-month stint on the disabled list. AL-leading Houston stopped its longest losing streak this season at five games.

Jose Altuve's 17th home run came in the fourth off Andrew Cashner (7-9). Adrian Beltre's 12th homer pulled the Rangers even in the sixth, and Carlos Beltran had a tiebreaking RBI single in the seventh.

Joey Gallo lined into an inning-ending double play with runners at second and third in the eighth against Ken Giles, who struck out two in the ninth for his 23rd save.


Toronto — J.A. Happ (6-8) allowed one run and four hits in six innings to win his third straight start, Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer and Justin Smoak and Darwin Barney added solo homers.

Toronto scored five runs off Chad Kuhl (5-8) while batting around in the first inning and taking a 5-1 lead. Pittsburgh managed just one hit after the first, and none in the final five innings.


St. Petersburg, Florida — Austin Jackson hit a tiebreaking home run off Tommy Hunter (2-3) leading off the eighth inning.

Corey Kluber (11-3) struck out nine in seven innings for the AL Central leaders, his 14th straight start of fanning eight or more. He gave up four hits, including a two-run homer to Steve Souza Jr. in the sixth that made it 3-all.

Cody Allen pitched the ninth for his 21st save.

Tampa Bay went 2-7 on a nine-game homestand in which the Rays were shut out five times and scored 11 runs.


Detroit — Brian Dozier and Miguel Sano homered for Minnesota. The Twins blew an early 4-0 lead but Byron Buxton hit a tiebreaking single off Warwick Saupold after Bruce Rondon (1-3) walked the first two batters in the eighth.

A day earlier, the Twins trailed 5-0, rallied for an 11-6 lead, then lost to the Tigers 12-11 on Justin Upton's two-run homer in the ninth.

Detroit has lost seven of nine.

Minnesota's Chris Gimenez had three passed balls in the fifth and Ervin Santana threw a toss through his legs for a wild pitch.

Tyler Duffey (2-3) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Trevor Hildenberger struck out Upton with a runner on first to end the eighth, then pitched the ninth for his first big league  save.


Philadelphia — Michael Conforto and Curtis Granderson hit two-run homers and the Phillies ran themselves into trouble after Chris Flexen (2-1) loaded the bases in the fifth inning with no outs.

Nick Williams hit a shallow fly to center, and Conforto's throw home scooted away from Travis d'Arnaud. Odubel Herrera put his head down and sprinted for third, unaware Freddy Galvis hadn't moved off the base. D'Arnaud hustled to third to complete a short toss and an 8-2-5 double play.

Zach Eflin (1-4) allowed Conforto's 26th homer and Granderson's 17th.


Chicago — Whit Merrifield hit a three-run homer and drove in a career-high five runs. Drew Butera had four of Kansas City's 16 hits as the Royals climb back over .500 at 59-58.

Jason Vargas (14-6) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings, matching his career high for wins set in 2012 with Seattle.

Derek Holland (6-12) lasted just two-plus innings in his shortest start of the year. He was charged with seven runs and seven hits.


Milwaukee — Neil Walker had two hits in his Milwaukee debut, and Domingo Santana hit a three-run homer in the fifth off Sal Romano (2-5), who gave up seven runs, six of them earned, in five innings.

Acquired from the New York Mets on Saturday, Walker started at third base in place of the banged-up Travis Shaw and went 2 for 4 with a run scored.

Matt Garza (6-6) allowed four runs — three earned — and five hits in 5 1/3 innings, and Corey Knebel worked the ninth for his 22nd save.


St. Louis — R.A. Dickey (8-7) allowed one run and seven hits in seven innings, Brandon Phillips hit a two-run homer and Atlanta stopped the Cardinals' season-high, eight-game winning streak and the Braves' five-game losing streak.

Arodys Vizcaino pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save. Michael Wacha (9-5) gave up four runs and five hits in eight innings.


Oakland, California — Matt Chapman hit a tiebreaking three-run homer off Jeremy Hellickson (1-2) in a five-run fourth as Oakland overcame a 2-0 deficit.

Manny Machado hit his 22nd homer and scored twice for Baltimore.

Kendall Graveman (3-3) matched his career high of eight strikeouts, allowing two runs and eight hits in seven innings.


Seattle — Parker Bridwell (7-1) yielded one run and four hits in six innings, winning his fifth straight decision and extended Los Angeles' winning streak to six as the Angels moved into the second spot in the AL wild-card race.

C.J. Cron homered and Martin Maldonado had a two-run single for the Angels. Ariel Miranda (7-6) walked a career-high six and allowed four runs and four hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Zverev upsets Federer for Rogers title

Alexander Zverev, of Germany, serves to Roger Federer, of Switzerland, during the final of the Rogers Cup tennis tournament Sunday, Aug. 13, in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Montreal (AP) — Alexander Zverev's hot streak is still alive. Roger Federer's win streak is over.

The German beat Federer 6-3, 6-4 in the Rogers Cup final on Sunday for his 10th consecutive victory.

The 20-year-old Zverev, the winner last week in Washington, D.C., matched Federer with a fifth tournament title this year, although two of Federer's triumphs were at majors. He also stopped Federer's win streak at 16.

He will try to keep it going at an event in Cincinnati this week.

"It's something amazing, back-to-back weeks," said Zverev, who handed Federer only his third loss of the year. "I feel great.

"I feel like I'm playing some of the best tennis of my life. But Cincinnati is a very tough draw. I don't know if I will be able to go far there because I am a little bit tired. But game-wise and confidence-wise, I'm super happy the way everything is standing."

He avenged a loss to Federer at Halle, Germany on June 25 and evened their career head-to-head record at two wins apiece.

The fourth-seeded Zverev won $894,585 while the second-seeded Federer got $438,635.

Zverev used some sharp groundstrokes to get the only service break he needed to win the first set.

The lanky German escaped a break point at 1-0 in the second set with consecutive aces, and an off-looking Federer never challenged again. The 36-year-old Federer said he only felt "aches and pains" from playing in his first tournament of the hardcourt season, but it looked to be more than that.

Zverev said he only noticed that his opponent's serve wasn't quite as hard. He broke a mistake-prone Federer for a 4-3 lead and served out the match.

He will climb to seventh in world rankings with the win, his second Masters 1000 Series victory this year along with Rome, and is looking more and more like a future Grand Slam tournament winner.

"I am in the top 10 now and I feel like I'm playing the right tennis, well enough tennis to be there," he said. "Everything is going pretty natural.

"Obviously winning the two Masters 1000 events, everybody would be proud of that."

Zverev, the youngest Rogers Cup finalist since Novak Djokovic in 2007, was coming off an emotional victory over Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov in the semifinals that was seen by some, including Federer, as the start of what could be a long rivalry between two of the sport's young guns.

"I loved watching Denis play," Federer said. "I think he had the matches of the tournament, with all these great three-setters that he had, especially the one against Rafa (Nadal).

"I think he caught the attention of the tennis world, and rightfully so. Alexander has been around for a while now. I'm just really happy for him, to see that he's taking everything not just to the next level, but the two next levels, winning two Masters 1000s. They're extremely difficult to win and he's won two this year."

Federer missed a chance to tie Ivan Lendl for second place with 94 career tournament wins. Jimmy Connors leads with 109.

He gave no details of his physical state, but is not sure if he will play in Cincinnati or save himself for the U.S. Open, which starts Aug. 28. He will be going for a third Grand Slam title this year, after wins at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.

"I'll see how I feel after five days of playing, if I'm ready to play in Cincy next week or not," he said. "I felt all right all week.

"I had a bit of muscle pain, aches and pains here and there, just because it's back on the match courts, on the hard courts. After vacation and practice, it's always a bit of a shock for the body."

In the doubles final, fifth-seeded Frenchmen Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut defeated seventh-seeded Rohan Bopanna of India and Ivan Dodig of Croatia 6-4, 3-6, 10-6.

Svitolina beats Wozniacki 6-4, 6-0 for Rogers title

Ukraine's Elina Svitolina celebrates her win over Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in the final of the Rogers Cup women's tennis tournament in Toronto on Sunday, Aug. 13. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Toronto (AP) — Sleep-deprived and physically drained, Elina Svitolina could have been excused for a flat performance Sunday.

Instead she fought through the fatigue and toppled yet another top-10 opponent for her fifth WTA Tour title of the season.

Running on fumes in her third match in just over 24 hours, Svitolina defeated Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-0 to win the Rogers Cup.

"I'm just very happy that it's finished," Svitolina said. "And with a title, it's even more special."

Wet weather on Friday forced Svitolina to play her quarterfinal Saturday morning. Tired from a late night and nursing a minor right Achilles tendon injury, her expectations were low.

She didn't even bother packing a second outfit for the evening semifinal and had a flight booked to the next WTA Tour stop in Cincinnati.

Svitolina went on to eliminate fourth-ranked Garbine Muguruza in the quarters. She went back to the hotel to get changed and then returned to Aviva Centre to trounce second-ranked Simona Halep.

Svitolina hand-washed an outfit for Sunday's final, changed her flight, and capped the tournament with an emphatic victory over the sixth-ranked Wozniacki on a breezy, sunny afternoon.

"I was very, very tired after the first game of the first set," Svitolina said. "And I knew that I needed to give everything because Caroline doesn't miss much. ... Emotionally I was relieved when I won the first set and then was playing better and better in the second.

"And yeah, it just happened. I really couldn't believe that it's all finished and I'm holding the trophy."

The 22-year-old Ukrainian relied on her strong baseline game and retrieving prowess. Consistency was key and her steady pressure eventually forced Wozniacki into mistakes.

Wozniacki tried adjusting the height and speed of her shots, but Svitolina's powerful groundstrokes and strong service game were too much.

"It was a tough day," Wozniacki said. "She played well. She mixed up the pace and made it uncomfortable for me out there."

Svitolina had a 15-10 edge in winners. Both players had 21 unforced errors and four aces apiece.

Svitolina, who beat ninth-ranked Venus Williams in the third round, knocked off four top-10 players in all.

She earned $501,975 for her third Premier 5 title of the year and will move up one spot to a career-high No. 4 in the new rankings.

"I think this was great tournament for me, I beat four really good players," Svitolina said. "It was a very, very special week for me."

Wozniacki, a 27-year-old former world No. 1 from Denmark, will take home $243,920 of the $2.74-million purse. The 2010 Rogers Cup champion fell to 0-6 in finals this season while Svitolina improved to 5-0.

In the doubles final, top-seeded Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina posted a 6-0, 6-4 win over eighth-seeded Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany and Kveta Peschke of the Czech Republic.

India in charge of the 3rd test; Sri Lanka 19-1 following on

Indian players gesture towards the team's dressing room as they leave the field at the end of the second day's play of their third cricket test match against Sri Lanka in Pallekele, Sri Lanka, Sunday, Aug. 13. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Krishan Francis

Pallekele, Sri Lanka (AP) — India are in a winning position in the third and final cricket test as Sri Lanka, following on, reached 19 for one at stumps on the second day Sunday.

The hosts still need 333 runs with nine wickets in hand to avoid an innings defeat.

Seam bowler Umesh Yadav bowled Upul Tharanga (7) off the inside edge. Dimuth Karunaratne is batting on 12 with night watchman Malinda Puhspakumara yet to score.

Earlier Indian spinner Kuldeep Yadav took four wickets to help India end Sri Lanka's first innings on 135.

India were dismissed for 487 in their first innings backed by centuries from Shikhar Dhawan and Hardik Pandya.

India are eyeing a series whitewash having won both the previous tests convincingly.

When Sri Lanka came out to bat in the first innings seam bowler Mohammed Shami had Tharanga (4) and Karunaratne (5) caught by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha while Kusal Mendis was run out for 18.

Pandya, who smashed a maiden test century earlier, returned with the ball to trap Angelo Mathews lbw without scoring leaving Sri Lanka on 38 for four.

Captain Dinesh Chandimal and Niroshan Dickwella put together the best partnership of the innings, sharing 63 runs for the fifth wicket.

The slide started again when Dickwella stepped out to hit Kuldeep Yadav and was stumped by Saha.

Chandimal was out for 48 caught at leg slip by Lokesh Rahul off Ravichandran Ashwin.

Kuldeep Yadav finished with four for 40.

Earlier Pandya, playing in just his third test, smacked seven sixes and eight fours in making 108 which came off 96 balls.  Dhawan was out for 119 on the opening day.

Pandya told reporters that his team's standing in the match suited his aggressive style of batting.

"Could there have been a bigger opportunity than that? Nine wickets were already down and I knew, if I stay in the crease and connect the ball well, it would go for six. Even if I were to mishit, I had to. I had no choice," he said.

"It was an ideal opportunity and obviously there was a team's goal and which was to them a 400-run target and we scored close to 490. I was taking a calculative risk."

Sri Lanka's batting coach Hashan Tillakaratne said his team was low on confidence.

"It's a disappointing day. We batted so poorly today. I am sure the boys have realized where we went wrong, I am sure they will come up with a better performance tomorrow," he said.

"There are so many things you can say when the team is not doing too well, we have to back the guys and give them confidence."

Update August 11 - 13, 2017

Kisner, Olesen open with 67s on fast greens at PGA

Kevin Kisner hits from the fairway on the 18th hole during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at the Quail Hollow Club Thursday, Aug. 10, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Doug Ferguson

Charlotte, N.C. (AP) — Jordan Spieth felt like he was "free rolling" coming into the PGA Championship, the only major keeping him from the career Grand Slam.

He just didn't anticipate greens rolling like this.

On some of the fastest, frightening and at times frustrating greens the PGA Championship has ever seen, Kevin Kisner and Thorbjorn Olesen emerged with a share of the lead Thursday at 4-under 67, the highest score to lead this major after the opening round in seven years.

Spieth didn't make a putt longer than 5 feet — that one was for par — and was coming off a pair of three-putt bogeys from long range when he steadied himself with a pair of perfectly executed birdies for a 72 that left him five shots behind and very much in the game.

"Given it's the first round, I know I'm still in it, but I know that tomorrow's round becomes that much more important," Spieth said. "If I'm five back at the start of the day, I've got to be less than five back after Friday to really feel like I can play the way this golf course needs to be played and still be able to win."

For all the talk about this 7,600-yard course favoring the big hitters, the shortest club in the bag turned out to be just as valuable.

"Any time you have a putt down grain, downhill ... we just tap it and hope it stops by the hole," Jon Rahm said after a 70.

U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka led five players at 68. Koepka missed a half-dozen putts from 12 feet or closer, and while it looked as though he hit the ball well enough to go low at Quail Hollow, he wasn't the least bit frustrated.

"It's going to test your patience one way or another," Koepka said. "That's just a major. You've got to stay patient. You can't make doubles out here. That's the big thing. Make sure the worst score you make is a bogey and give yourself a couple of good chances on the easier holes."

That's the way Kisner approached it.

It helps that he grew up in the South and loves Bermuda greens. Given the size of Quail Hollow, Kisner drew up a simple plan. He identified four or five holes where he could make birdie, and he played for par everywhere else.

"I birdied them all today," Kisner said. "Make a lot of pars, and get to a par 5 or one of those short par 4s, I can do my wedge game and get it to 10 or 12 feet. That's my plan. Other than that, I'm playing for par."

The 18th was not one of the birdie holes he had in mind, especially with his ball nestled in the Bermuda rough 205 yards from the pin. Kisner thought the grass was thin enough behind the ball to get a 5-iron on it, and from there it was a matter of judging how much it would bounce. It ran up to the green about 20 feet away, and he used that rhythmic putting stroke to trickle it into the cup.

Olesen picked up birdies on most of the same holes, and he finished with a 30-foot birdie that also sounded like an accident.

"It was a little bit of a safe shot into the green," he said. "That's what can happen on this golf course. When you play safe into the greens, you give yourself very tricky putts, like the one I had — downhill, left-to-right. It was very, very fast. But it was just a very good roll. So it was nice to see that one drop."

Rickie Fowler made plenty of birdies, and he needed them to offset his triple bogey on the sixth hole.

Rory McIlroy, the betting favorite coming into the week because of his two victories at Quail Hollow, was motoring along just fine when he birdied the 10th hole to reach 2 under, just two shots behind. One swing changed everything. He hooked his tee shot into the water on the reachable par-4 14th, had to drop in nasty rough and missed a short putt to make double bogey. He failed to birdie the par-5 15th and closed with three pars for a 72.

Hideki Matsuyama, Dustin Johnson and Jason Day were among those at 1-under 70.

Quail Hollow played to an average score of 74.7, making the PGA Championship look like the toughest test of the year in the majors. The PGA Championship typically features good scoring because it's held in August when water has to be kept on the greens to keep them from dying.

Spieth failed to take advantage, and while he could appreciate they were tough to putt, he had a good day off the tee. That was his main concern.

As for the pressure of trying to get the final leg of the Grand Slam?

"I don't think I was as free rolling as I thought I would be, as you can tell by some frustration," he said. "If I would have shot 1 over and didn't strike it well and everything was average, it would have been fine. But when I had the chances that I had and I just couldn't get the ball to go in on the greens, that is when I get the most frustrated I can get out there."

At least he was still in the game.

Phil Mickelson failed to make a single birdie — the second straight major that has happened — and shot a 79, his worst score ever in the PGA Championship. Ernie Els, who might be playing his final PGA, matched his worst score in the championship with an 80. He also shot 80 when he was 22, playing his first one at Bellerive in 1992.

Track and field still waiting for 'The Next Usain Bolt'

Turkey's Ramil Guliyev celebrates as he crosses the line to win gold in the men's 200-meter final during the World Athletics Championships in London Thursday, Aug. 10. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

Eddie Pells

London (AP) — If track and field's wildest fantasy — "The Next Usain Bolt" — really is out there somewhere, he most certainly was not in the vicinity of the world championships on Thursday.

Eight men lined up for the final of the 200 meters, trying to become the first sprinter other than the Jamaican great to win the world title at that distance since 2007.

Among them was Isaac Makwala, the Botswana runner who became a celebrity of sorts with his soap opera-like story of being barred from the track meet with an alleged case of stomach flu, only to be readmitted for his shot at glory.

There was Wayde van Niekerk, the South African who has a 400-meter title under his belt from earlier in the week and certainly possesses the running credentials to be touted as the next great sprint champion.

And then, there was the winner: Ramil Guliyev, a 27-year-old who competes for Turkey but hails originally from Azerbaijan.

Guliyev, who finished last when Bolt won the 200 at last year's Olympics, crossed the line in 20.09 seconds. It was the fourth-slowest time to win this race in the history of the championships. But Turkey's second gold medal of the week had its perks. Moments after the win, Guliyev was on the phone with his country's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Hours later, he was still wearing the Turkish flag around his shoulders — and making no apologies.

"I was competing against some of the best athletes in the world, so it didn't bother me that the attention was on them," Guliyev said. "Maybe at the next competition, everyone will look at me instead."

Give him his due. Guliyev made up two steps on Van Niekerk over the last 20 meters to squeak out a 0.02-second victory.

Van Niekerk, who holds the world record at 400 meters, was trying to become the first person since Michael Johnson in 1995 to complete the 200-400 double at the worlds. How difficult that quest really is became evident the night before when Van Niekerk, coming down from the high of his 400 win, struggled in the 200 semifinals and barely squeezed into the final.

Though many are looking to him to occupy the mantle Bolt is leaving — and Van Niekerk says he'll try Bolt's specialty, the 100-200 double, in the future — the runner himself got a crash course in how hard it will be to take it.

"They made me realize it's not going to be a walk in the park," he said after capturing silver in a photo finish over Jereem Richards of Trinidad and Tobago.

Makwala, meanwhile, could have put an exclamation point on his drama with a medal, but was never a factor. A week full of uncertainty and being hounded 24-7 by TV cameras, to say nothing of the illness he may or may not have had (he claims he was never sick), clearly took its toll. His time, 20.44, was 0.67 seconds slower than his season best.

"I don't think I will ever face this again," he said. "I will always pray to not face this again."

Seven days into this most expectation-defying of track meets, fans of the sport must be growing used to seeing their world turned upside down.

Bolt finished third in his 100-meter finale to open the festivities. He's already shut things down in the 200. When asked if he wished he could still run that race, he insisted "it would have been worse."

A few things did go to form on a crisp, cool night at the stadium that hosted the Olympics five years ago — most of them involving the United States.

Christian Taylor and Will Claye repeated their 1-2 finish from the last two Olympics. Taylor won with a jump of 17.68 meters but was a bit disappointed because he didn't hit the 22-year-old world record that he's had his sights on for a while.

"Honestly, I've just been chasing this number, this magical 18.29," Taylor said.

In the 400-meter hurdles, Kori Carter started outside in Lane 9 and never saw a soul on her way to gold. She crossed ahead of the Olympic champion, Dalilah Muhammad.

Back to the madness.

After her would-be gold turned into an inexplicable fourth-place finish Wednesday in the 400, Shaunae Miller-Uibo returned to win her 200-meter semifinal heat. She looked much better than when she limped down the homestretch the night before, and explained that things weren't quite what they seemed.

"A lot of people thought I got hurt with my hamstring or something along that line," said Miller-Uibo, the 400-meter Olympic champion. "I took a look at the screen and lost my balance. I ended up (stubbing) my foot into the track."

She'll get her second chance for gold in the 200.

And good news, track fans: Bolt will get another chance, too.

He returns Saturday as the headliner for Jamaica's 4x100 relay team — to serve up one final glimpse of what this sport is going to miss once he's gone.

"He finished his career, and of course he's king," said Guliyev, the new 200-meter champion. "The time is coming for us. We made it."

MLB: Dickerson's 3-run homer leads Rays over Indians

Tampa Bay Rays' Corey Dickerson watches his three-run home run off Indians reliever Nick Goody during the eighth inning of their baseball game Thursday, Aug. 10, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)

St. Petersburg, Florida (AP) — Corey Dickerson's three-run homer in the eighth inning carried the Tampa Bay Rays to a 4-1 win over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night.

Dickerson's two-out blast off Nick Goody (1-2), his 22nd, came after Adeiny Hechavarria singled and Jesus Sucre was hit by a pitch.

Tommy Hunter (2-2) worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of Blake Snell to get the win. Alex Colome pitched the ninth for his 34th save in 39 opportunities.

Francisco Lindor opened the game with a double and scored on Jose Ramirez's single. It was the only run for the AL Central-leading Indians off Snell, who gave up four hits and two walks in 6 1/3 innings.

Snell (0-6, 4.69 ERA) made his 15th start, the most of any winless pitcher in the majors this season.

Logan Morrison drove in Tampa Bay's first run with a single in the fifth.


Toronto — Marco Estrada and two relievers combined on a six-hitter, Jose Bautista hit a solo home run and Toronto beat New York.

Estrada (5-7) pitched seven innings to win for the first time in 13 starts. The right-hander came in 0-5 with a 7.39 ERA since beating Texas on May 27.

Ryan Tepera worked the eighth and Roberto Osuna finished.

Bautista hit a two-out drive off Chasen Shreve in the seventh. It was his 36th career homer against New York, breaking a tie with Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria for the most by an active player.

Making his second start for the Yankees, Sonny Gray (6-7) allowed three runs, two of them earned, in six innings. He walked four and struck out six. Acquired from Oakland at the trade deadline, Gray lost at Cleveland in his Yankees debut.


Washington — Brian Goodwin had two hits, including a home run leading off the eighth inning, and Washington rallied past Miami.

Goodwin broke a 2-2 tie when he connected on a 1-0 fastball from Junichi Tazawa (1-2) for his 13th homer of the season and second RBI of the night.

Ryan Madson (2-0) pitched a scoreless eighth inning and Sean Doolittle worked around a one-out double by Miguel Rojas in the ninth for his seventh save since coming to Washington.

Andrew Stevenson made a diving catch along the left field foul line with a runner on third to save a hit for the game's final out.

Giancarlo Stanton hit his major league-leading 39th home run of the season for the Marlins.


Philadelphia — Jacob deGrom pitched brilliantly until leaving in the seventh inning due to a contusion on his right triceps after being hit on a line drive by Nick Williams, and New York homered four times in a rout of Philadelphia.

DeGrom (13-5) gave up four hits in 6 2/3 innings with nine strikeouts and no walks. He improved to 9-2 with a 1.82 ERA in his last 11 starts while upping his career mark against Philadelphia to 6-0 with a 2.10 ERA in 10 starts.

The 29-year-old right-hander initially smiled when manager Terry Collins came out to check on his star pitcher after Williams' hard shot drilled deGrom on the back of his right arm just above the elbow. But deGrom never threw a warmup pitch nor appeared to protest Collins' decision to take him out. The Mets got good news when X-rays were negative.

Wilmer Flores hit a three-run homer off Vince Velasquez (2-7) and finished a triple shy of the cycle. Neil Walker had four hits with a homer and Michael Conforto and Curtis Granderson also went deep as the Mets continued their power surge at Citizens Bank Park, where they have launched 51 long balls in their last 23 games.


Detroit — Rookie Josh Bell hit his 20th home run and drove in three runs, leading Pittsburgh past Detroit.

Gerrit Cole (10-8) allowed six hits and three earned runs in eight innings, his longest outing of the season. He improved to 3-1 since the All-Star break and is 6-3 in his last 10 starts. Felipe Rivero closed for his 11th save. Drew VerHagen (0-2) took the loss.

Sean Rodriguez of the Pirates had a run-scoring single in the second to make it 2-2. Rodriguez hit a solo homer in the eighth for his fourth of the season.

A run-scoring double by Victor Martinez and an RBI groundout by James McCann produced two runs in the ninth for Detroit.


Cincinnati — Scooter Gennett hit a grand slam in the seventh inning, ending left-hander Brad Hand's long scoreless streak and rallying Cincinnati over San Diego.

San Diego took a 3-2 lead into the seventh, leaving Dinelson Lamet in line for a fourth straight victory. The Padres' best reliever of late let it get away.

The Reds loaded the bases against Kirby Yates (2-3) and Hand, who had a streak of 24 scoreless innings. Gennett's third career grand slam made it 6-3, the first runs allowed by Hand since June 10.

Eugenio Suarez homered two pitches later. Zack Cozart and Joey Votto added homers in the eighth, with Votto's solo shot extending his hitting streak to a season-high 15 games.

Federer beats Ferrer in 3 sets

Roger Federer, of Switzerland, celebrates his 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory over David Ferrer, of Spain, at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament Thursday, Aug. 10, in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Montreal (AP) — Roger Federer overcame a weak first set to post a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory over David Ferrer in the third round Thursday at the Rogers Cup.

In Friday's quarterfinals, the second-seeded Federer will face 12th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain, who outlasted Frenchman Gael Monfils 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (2) on center court at Uniprix Stadium.

Unseeded Argentine Diego Schwartzman beat American Jared Donaldson 0-6, 7-5, 7-5 to advance to a quarterfinal meeting with Robin Haase, the 52nd-ranked Dutchman who upset seventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-1.

Federer, who breezed past Canadian Peter Polansky in the second round on Wednesday, struggled in the opening set, spraying balls long, wide or into the net, but gradually rediscovered at least some of the form that has seen the 36-year-old Swiss player earn two Grand Slam titles this year.

Federer is 17-0 in his career against the 35-year-old Ferrer, who was ranked third in the world in 2013 but is now at No.33.

Bautista Agut fought off a match point to force a tiebreaker, which the tired-looking Monfils opened with a double fault and never challenged again.

The unseeded Monfils played his third straight three-set match, including an upset win over fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori in the second round.

Schwartzman saved four match points to upset third-seeded Dominic Thiem in the second round. The win over Donaldson put him in a quarterfinal for the sixth time this year. Schwartzman's only ATP win was on clay in Istanbul last year.

Donaldson, 20, was seeking a first career quarterfinal in a Masters Series tournament, where he is 0-13 in round of 16 matches.

Later Thursday, Canadian Denis Shapovalov faced top seed Rafael Nadal.



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