Malaysia wins 145 golds to become SEA Games champions
explode above the national stadium during the closing ceremony of the 29th
South East Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, Aug. 30. (AP
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (AP) —
Host Malaysia has won 145 gold medals at the Southeast Asian Games to emerge
as overall champions for the first time in 16 years, making it a double
celebration in conjunction with the 60th anniversary of the nations’s
independence from British rule.
The medal bounty exceeded Malaysia's
record of 111 golds in the 2001 games that it last hosted, and comes as a
bonus ahead of the Independence Day celebrations on Thursday.
Thailand, champions in four of the last
five games, had 72 gold medals.
Vietnam had 58, Singapore 57, Indonesia
38, Philippines 24, Myanmar 7, Cambodia 3 and Laos 2. The sultanate of
Brunei and new state Timor Leste (East Timor) failed to win any gold in the
region's largest multi-sports event that ended Wednesday.
The biennial Games, which started in
1959, covers a wide range of sports, many that are on the Olympic program.
It also includes sports distinct to the region such as the pencak silat
martial art, sepak takraw that is played with a rattan ball, and Thai
kickboxing muay thai.
Malaysia's medal haul was a big jump
from the 62 golds they won at the 2015 games in Singapore, but it isn't
surprising as host countries can tailor the program to match their
strengths. In 2007, Thailand took 183 golds out of 477 on home soil while
host Indonesia finished with 182 out of 554 in 2011.
The next SEA Games will be contested in
the Philippines in 2019.
Malaysia's organization and some games
results attracted controversy.
Indonesia accused Malaysia of cheating
in the pencak silat competition after two Malaysians won gold in the men's
artistic doubles. Indonesia team manager Edhy Prabowo alleged that the duo,
who had lost many times to Indonesia, were awarded an unfairly high score.
The allegation came after a gaffe by
Malaysia in printing the Indonesian flag upside down in a souvenir guidebook
for the games. The error made the red-and-white Indonesian flag resemble
Poland's and caused anger in Indonesia, where "shameonyoumalaysia" became
the most popular hashtag on Twitter.
Malaysia was quick to apologize for the
"unintentional" mistake and said it would reprint the guide books.
In athletics, a Malaysian woman was
criticized after she overtook a Vietnamese competitor to win the gold medal
in a women's walk event by apparently running in the final stretch to the
finish line. Officials also complained that games venues and timing were
changed at the last minute.
Sharapova wins another 3-setter to reach US Open's 3rd round
Sharapova, of Russia, returns a shot from Timea Babos, of Hungary,
during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday,
Aug. 30, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
New York (AP) — No one, not even Maria
Sharapova herself, knew quite what to expect from her return to Grand
Slam tennis at the U.S. Open.
It had been 19 months since she had
entered a major tournament. She played only nine times anywhere since
returning from a 15-month doping suspension in April. Two three-set
tussles into her stay at Flushing Meadows, it's clear that Sharapova's
game might be patchy, but she is as capable as ever of coming up with
big strokes in big moments — and maybe, just maybe, could stick around
for a while in a depleted draw.
Sharapova became the first woman
into the third round at the U.S. Open by using 12 aces to help set aside
a poor start and coming back to beat Timea Babos of Hungary 6-7 (4),
6-4, 6-1 on Wednesday in Arthur Ashe Stadium. It was the highlight of a
busy day that featured 87 singles matches on the schedule after rain
washed out most play a day earlier.
"It wasn't my best tennis,"
Sharapova acknowledged in an on-court interview. "It felt like it was a
Sure was, particularly in the early
going. Sharapova made a whopping 19 unforced errors in the first set
alone, including a pair of missed forehands that handed over the opening
set to the 59th-ranked Babos. But as the match went on, Sharapova looked
more and more like someone who used to be ranked No. 1 and owns five
major titles — including the 2006 U.S. Open — than someone who needed a
wild-card invitation from the U.S. Tennis Association because she is now
146th, on account of her ban and lack of play.
"In the second set, I just felt
like I was physically fresh and that gave me a lot of confidence," said
the 30-year-old Russian, who wore a strip of black tape on the left
forearm that bothered her earlier in the month. "I just wanted to be
fittest player out there in the end, and I really felt like I was."
She cut down her miscues to 12
unforced errors in the second set, then just five in the third, and
finished with a 39-13 advantage in winners, looking as strong as she did
while eliminating No. 2 seed Simona Halep in a three-set thriller in
Ashe on Monday.
"It was definitely tough to control
the emotions yesterday, because as much as you want to be happy about
that match and what I accomplished there, you want to move on really
fast," Sharapova said. "And so finding that balance is really hard.
Today I felt like going into the match I just wanted to get it done. And
Not quickly, though: She already
has spent nearly 5 hours on court, and so perhaps the yelling and
fist-pumping she showed at the end against Babos were as much a
reflection of a sense of relief as celebration.
If her 14 return winners were a key
to getting past Halep, it was Sharapova's serving that really made a
difference down the stretch against Babos: She won 16 of the last 19
points she served.
With so many matches going on,
there were plenty of names to keep tabs on. Two other past U.S. Open
champions, Juan Martin del Potro and Svetlana Kuznetsova won in the
afternoon, while two-time winner Venus Williams faced Oceane Dodin of
France at night. After that, 2008 Australian Open runner-up Jo-Wilfried
Tsonga was scheduled to meet 18-year-old Canadian qualifier Denis
There was a mix of first- and
second-round matches thanks to Tuesday's postponements, and No. 14 Nick
Kyrgios, No. 22 Fabio Fognini, No. 26 Richard Gasquet and No. 27 Pablo
Cuevas all lost their openers. Two top-10 men whose opening matches also
were delayed — and will have to get back on court Thursday — expended
little energy: No. 6 Dominic Thiem beat Alex de Minaur 6-4, 6-1, 6-1,
and No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov was a 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 winner against qualifier
The only seeded woman to exit in
the afternoon was No. 19 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, beaten 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
by Christina McHale of the U.S.
After US Open loss, Kyrgios says: 'Keep letting people down'
Kyrgios, of Australia, returns a shot from John Millman, of Australia,
during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday,
Aug. 30, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
New York (AP) — A post-loss
news conference with Nick Kyrgios often feels more like a therapy
session, and Wednesday at the U.S. Open was no exception.
There was a lot to unpack
The 14th-seeded Kyrgios lamented
the injured right shoulder that limited his effectiveness from the third
set on during a 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 exit against another Australian,
235th-ranked John Millman. Kyrgios called the series of health issues
that have hampered him all year "diabolical." He stated that he doesn't
care enough about working hard and, therefore, his coach should find
someone else to work with.
And he closed by covering his face
while saying, "I keep letting people down."
Kyrgios is a supremely talented and
temperamental 22-year-old who has reached two Grand Slam quarterfinals
and just this month beat 15-time major champion Rafael Nadal en route to
the final of the Cincinnati Masters. He is also someone who gets in
trouble for his on-court actions, such as lobbing insults at his
opponent or being accused of not giving his best effort.
When Kyrgios was asked Wednesday
whether he plans to continue being coached by former player Sebastien
Grosjean, the reply was rather startling — or rather, would have been,
coming from any other professional athlete.
"I don't know, honestly. I'm not
good enough for him," Kyrgios responded. "You know, he's very dedicated.
He's an unbelievable coach. You know, he probably deserves a player that
is probably more dedicated to the game than I am. He deserves a better
athlete than me."
When a reporter returned to that
topic, asking Kyrgios to explain what he meant, he said: "I'm not
dedicated to the game at all."
"I mean, you know what I mean:
There are players out there that are more dedicated, that want to get
better, that strive to get better every day. The 'one-percenters.' I'm
not that guy."
Asked whether he envisions ever
being "that guy," Kyrgios answered: "I really don't know. Probably not.
He then referenced his impressive
run in Cincinnati and described his routine there.
"I was playing basketball ... every
day for two hours. Like, I played an hour of basketball before I played
(2013 French Open runner-up) David Ferrer in the semifinal," he said. "I
was ... getting a milk shake every day. I was less dedicated. And this
week I was dedicated — and my shoulder starts hurting."
Against Millman, Kyrgios' shoulder
was massaged by a trainer during changeovers in the third set. During
that set, Kyrgios also had an argument with chair umpire Carlos Ramos
after being warned for using bad language.
Kyrgios pleaded that he hadn't said
anything improper, but Ramos said a linesperson had reported him.
"For obvious reasons," Ramos said,
"I cannot repeat what he said you said."
As for his body, Kyrgios stopped
playing during Wimbledon because of a hip injury — part of a three-match
run in which he retired each time.
"I have had a diabolical year at
these Slams. It doesn't surprise me. It's just the story of my career,
really. I will have good weeks; I'll have bad weeks," he said. "It's
just a roller-coaster."
Bangladesh win 1st test against Australia by 20 runs
Bangladesh's Sakib Al Hasan, right, celebrates the dismissal of
Australia's Glenn Maxwell, left, during the fourth day of the first test
in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, Aug. 30. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)
Dhaka, Bangladesh (AP) —
Left-arm spin bowler Shakib Al Hasan claimed the second 10-wicket haul
of his career as Bangladesh sealed a landmark 20-run victory over
Australia in the series-opening test on Wednesday.
Bangladesh's 10th victory in 101
test matches — and their first over Australia in five matches — gave
them a 1-0 lead in the two-match series despite opener David Warner's
century that helped Australia's early and optimistic chase of 265 runs
Bangladesh's win on the fourth day
came in the first test the two teams have contested since 2006. A
planned tour of Bangladesh by Australia in 2015 was canceled due to
security concerns after an Italian charity worker was shot dead in
Dhaka, and the Islamic State group claimed responsibility.
The loss again highlighted
Australia's historic batting issues on pitches in subcontinental Asia —
a 2-1 series loss in India this year came after a 3-0 defeat in Sri
Lanka in 2016.
If Bangladesh also win the second
test, starting in Chittagong on Monday, Australia's test ranking could
slide to as low as sixth.
Bangladesh have won tests against
England, Sri Lanka and Australia in the past year. In the previous 16
years of their test history, the Bangladeshis had defeated only Zimbabwe
and a second-string West Indies team affected by a player strike.
"It's a great feeling, credit to
the boys, especially to Shakib," Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim
said. "They were ahead of us today, but we had some belief since many of
their batsmen are not used to playing in these conditions. I think this
was a big statement."
In his 50th test but his first
against Australia, Shakib confirmed his status as the game's leading
allrounder with match figures of 10-153 to add to his first-innings run
total of 84.
"The best feeling is to contribute
to the team's win," said Shakib, who was man of the match. "It was an
important test for us since we hardly play against Australia. It worked
as an inspiration."
Shakib returned figures of 5-85 in
the second innings to help Bangladesh bowl out Australia for 244 runs
one hour after the lunch break.
Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam's
3-60 and offspinner Mehidy Hasan's 2-80 assisted in the win.
Australia were comfortably placed
at 158-2 thanks to Warner's first century on the subcontinent, resuming
the day on 109-2 and needing 156 runs on the fourth day.
But Shakib got the vital wickets of
Warner and captain Steven Smith, who combined for 130 runs, within 13
Warner hit 112 off 135 balls,
including 16 fours and one six, his 19th century before being baffled by
delivery that kept low. Smith also was dismissed by a similar delivery
which ended his innings of 37, lasting for 99 balls.
Those crucial two wickets triggered
a collapse as Islam joined Shakib to turn the match around.
Islam got Peter Handscomb (15),
forcing him to edge to slip where Soumya Sarkar completed a tough catch.
Islam then removed Ashton Agar (2) with a return catch before Shakib
trapped Matthew Wade (4) in front.
Glenn Maxwell was the final
obstacle and Shakib completed his five-wicket performance, disturbing
the batsman's wicket with a delivery that kept low and spun sharply in
the first ball after lunch.
Nathan Lyon and Pat Cummins
combined for 29 runs in a ninth-wicket stand to provide Australia with
some hope before Hasan broke through, dismissing Lyon for 12.
Ignoring his side strain which will
force him to return injured to Australia and not play in the second
test, Josh Hazlewood came in to bat but Islam trapped him leg before
wicket to end the match.
"We let ourselves down a bit in the
first innings with the bat," Smith said. "It was quite difficult batting
in the second innings here and I thought we did quite well getting 240
in the end."
Indians sweep Yankees, who stagger into Red Sox series
Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer delivers the ball
to the New York Yankees during the first game of their baseball
doubleheader Wednesday, Aug. 30, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP
New York (AP) — Trevor Bauer
and Ryan Merritt shut down the Yankees' offense, leading the Cleveland
Indians to a doubleheader sweep that damaged New York's chances to win
the AL East.
Bauer (14-8) won his career-best
seventh straight decision, Jose Ramirez tied his big league high with
four hits and the Indians took advantage of Gary Sanchez's passed ball
in a two-run first inning that stood up for a 2-1 win in Wednesday's
Yandy Diaz hit a two-run single in
a four-run first inning against rookie Jordan Montgomery (7-7) in the
second game, and Edwin Encarnacion, Yan Gomes and Francisco Lindor added
home runs in a 9-4 blowout that completed a three-game series sweep and
extended the Indians' winning streak to seven games.
Defending AL champion Cleveland has
won 16 of 20, opening a 7 1/2-game lead over second-place Minnesota in
the AL Central and moving a season-high 20 games over .500 at 76-56.
Cody Allen struck out three of four
batters for his 22nd save in 25 chances.
Jaime Garcia (1-2) gave up two
runs, six hits and three walks in five-plus innings.
Merritt (2-0) began 16 of 22
batters with strikes, allowing one run and five hits in 5 1/3 innings.
ORIOLES 8, MARINERS 7
Baltimore — Welington
Castillo went 4 for 4 with a homer and three RBIs and Jonathan Schoop
singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as Baltimore beat
Seattle for its season-high seventh straight victory.
Schoop, Mancini and Craig Gentry
also homered for the Orioles, who completed their first three-game sweep
of Seattle since 2012. In this one, Baltimore fell behind 6-2 in the
third inning before coming back.
Mitch Haniger homered and hit two
doubles for Seattle, which completed an arduous 12-game East Coast trip
with five straight defeats. After winning two of three in Tampa Bay and
Atlanta, the Mariners went 1-2 at Yankee Stadium and came up empty
against the sizzling Orioles.
After Baltimore went up 7-6 in the
sixth on a bases loaded sacrifice fly by Manny Machado, Seattle pulled
even in the eighth when Haniger connected off Brad Brach (4-4).
In the bottom half, Castillo
singled off Christian Bergman (4-5) and went to second base on a
sacrifice bunt before being replaced by pinch-runner Caleb Joseph. Tim
Beckham then hit a liner to short, and Joseph was called out on a relay
to second. But a replay overturned the call, and Schoop followed an
intentional walk to Machado with a single to center off Marc
Zach Britton pitched the ninth for
his 13th save.
NATIONALS 4, MARLINS 0
Washington — Stephen
Strasburg tossed a complete game six-hitter and also homered, Wilmer
Difo added a home run and Washington beat Miami to complete a three-game
Washington, which has won four in a
row, extended its lead in the NL East to 15 games over the Marlins.
Miami, which had won 13 of 16 prior to arriving in Washington, had not
dropped three in a row since July 14-16.
The Marlins had no answer for
Strasburg (11-4), who struck out eight. Strasburg threw 110 pitches. It
was Strasburg's second complete game in 179 starts and his first since
Aug. 11, 2013, against Philadelphia.
Strasburg is 1-1 with a 0.86 ERA in
three starts since returning from a disabled list stint for right elbow
Miami left-hander Adam Conley (6-6)
made it through the first four innings unscathed before Strasburg
launched the first pitch of the fifth to right-center for his second
home run this season and third of his career.
BREWERS 6, CARDINALS 5
Milwaukee — Domingo Santana
and Jonathan Villar homered in the sixth inning, and center fielder Keon
Broxton made a leaping catch over the wall for the final out.
Corey Knebel pitched the ninth for
his 30th save. Chase Anderson (8-3) gave up two hits — both homers — in
six innings, three earned runs, struck out six and walked two to improve
to 4-0 in nine starts at Miller Park this season.
Santana hit his 22nd homer of the
season and Villar's was his 10th, giving Milwaukee a franchise-record
nine players with at least 10 homers in a season.
Carlos Martinez (10-10) allowed 10
hits, six runs — three earned — and struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings.
TIGERS 6, ROCKIES 2
Denver — Justin Verlander
struck out nine over six commanding innings and aided his own cause by
driving in his first career run.
Verlander (10-8) allowed one run
and three hits. His only mistake was a curveball that Charlie Blackmon
hit for a solo homer in the sixth. Verlander ignited the offense with an
RBI single in the second.
Nicholas Castellanos added a solo
homer and James McCann sealed the game with a three-run shot in the
fifth to help Tigers take two of three from Colorado.
The Rockies finished August with a
12-15 record — their first losing month of the season. They saw their
lead for the second NL wild card shrink to three games over Milwaukee.
Chad Bettis (0-2) struggled with
his control in his fourth start since returning from treatment for
testicular cancer. He allowed five runs in five innings.
BRAVES 9, PHILLIES 1, First game
BREAVES 5, PHILLIES 2, Second game
Philadelphia — David Freitas
lined a go-ahead RBI double for his first career hit, Ender Inciarte had
three hits and Atlanta beat Philadelphia to complete a doubleheader
Julio Teheran (9-11) allowed one
run and five hits, striking out eight in 6 1/3 innings.
Inciarte was 3 for 5 with one RBI
after going 5 for 5 with four RBIs to lead the Braves to a 9-1 victory
in the opener.
Philadelphia's Game 2 starter, Mark
Leiter Jr. (2-4), allowed three runs and nine hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Braves starter R.A Dickey (9-8)
struck out nine over eight innings in Game 1.
Freddie Freeman hit a two-run homer
off Jerad Eickhoff (4-8) in the first.
West Indies chase down 322 in remarkable win over England
West Indies Shai Hope celebrates after scoring the winning runs
during day five of the second test against England at Headingley cricket
ground in Leeds, England, Tuesday, Aug. 29. (Nigel French/PA via AP)
Leeds, England (AP) — West
Indies chased down 322 on the final day for a remarkable victory against
all expectations in the second test against England on Tuesday.
Shai Hope carried West Indies home
at Headingley with a personal milestone as he became the first man in
more than 500 first-class games at the Leeds ground to make a century in
He was 118 not out in the second
innings as West Indies made 322-5, winning by five wickets at the very
end of the final session of the match when all three results were still
"Someone had to do it so I just put
my hand up and did it for the team," Hope said.
Having made 147 for a maiden test
century in the first innings, Hope doubled up with his unbeaten ton in
the second, the first time that's happened in 127 years of first-class
cricket at Headingley.
His second-innings century came
under extreme pressure, too. He arrived with West Indies 53-2,
teetering, and facing defeat.
"On the fifth day, against
high-quality bowling on a used wicket. Great knock," said England
captain Joe Root.
Jermaine Blackwood helped Hope take
West Indies to victory with a breezy 41 off 45 balls at the end and
opener Kraigg Brathwaite did much of the tough early work against the
new ball for his 95.
Hope and Brathwaite both made
centuries in the first innings of 427 to give the West Indies the early
advantage in an enthralling test. England surrendered a big
first-innings lead — out for 258 — only to make enough runs in their
second innings to declare on 490-8.
England planned to be pushing for
victory on the final day but three dropped catches at the end of a test
which had a series of missed chances hurt the home team. Former skipper
Alastair Cook put Brathwaite down at first slip when the opener was on
just 4. Brathwaite survived a second chance, too, on his way to setting
up West Indies' thrilling chase.
Cook again missed another one at
slip near the end, this time with Hope on 106 and England hoping to
apply some final pressure with West Indies still needing 37 to win in
the gloom of the early evening.
Hope, who batted for more than five
hours, ensured West Indies came through with an innings of grit and
composure to seal a test that signaled a big future for the 23-year-old.
West Indies last won a test in
England 17 years ago, but more than just ending that dire run in
England, this was one of the team's most memorable triumphs anywhere.
It was an astonishing turnaround
after West Indies lost the first test by an innings and 209 runs inside
three days. In that humiliation at Edgbaston, the tourists lost 19
wickets in a day. The young West Indies team was fiercely criticized for
its capitulation in the first test and wasn't given a hope at
"What a five days. After getting
the kicking we did at Edgbaston, to get the boys back up to achieve what
they've done these last five days, it's a great effort," said West
Indies coach Stuart Law.
"I think it's put a lot of doubters
out there to bed."
The West Indians got 317 of the 322
runs they needed on the final day. They also made the second-highest
fourth-innings total ever at Headingley to win a test.
Illustrating the scale of the
achievement, only Don Bradman's Australia team in 1948 — a team known as
'The Invincibles' — have made more runs in the fourth innings to win a
test in Leeds.
The West Indians' victory levelled
the series at 1-1 and gives them a chance of a series win no one
expected outside the West Indies camp.
England, with the series-decider at
Lord's now their last test before the far tougher Ashes in Australia at
the end of the year, must respond like they did against South Africa
earlier in the summer. Then, England came back from a big disappointment
in the second test to win that series convincingly.
Kerber goes from champ to 1st-round loser at rainy US Open
Angelique Kerber, of Germany, returns a shot from Naomi Osaka, of
Japan, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament,
Tuesday, Aug. 29, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
New York (AP) — The question
was rather simple after Angelique Kerber became only the second
defending U.S. Open champion in the professional era to lose in the
The surprisingly lopsided 6-3, 6-1
loss to 45th-ranked Naomi Osaka of Japan under the closed roof in Arthur
Ashe Stadium at a rainy Flushing Meadows on Tuesday was former No. 1
Kerber's latest in a long list of disappointing performances in 2017, so
she was asked what she thinks went wrong this season.
She sighed, shrugged her shoulders
and began to answer: "I don't know."
Moments later, her eyes darting
around the room, she added, "This year is a completely different year."
Talk about an understatement. In
2016, Kerber broke through to the top of tennis in a spectacular way. A
player with only one previous Grand Slam semifinal appearance reached
the first three major title matches of her career, winning two of them:
She stunned Serena Williams in the Australian Open final, lost to
Williams in the Wimbledon final, and then beat Karolina Pliskova in the
U.S. Open final to rise to the top of the WTA rankings for the first
Her follow-up has been quite a
flop. Kerber, a 29-year-old German, hasn't won any title of any sort
this season. She is only 25-18 overall, 0-9 against opponents ranked in
the top 20, and Tuesday's loss assured her of falling out of the top 10
for the first time since October 2015. At Grand Slam tournaments she is
6-4, including another first-round loss in May at the French Open, where
she became that tournament's first No. 1 seed to lose so early.
"I know that I'm strong and I know
that I will come back stronger, for sure. I know that I will not (be)
giving up," said Kerber, the first defending champion to lose in the
U.S. Open's first round since Svetlana Kuznetsova in 2005.
Showers showed up before noon
Tuesday and led to the postponements of dozens of matches. The only
court used in the afternoon and evening was Ashe, thanks to the
retractable cover constructed ahead of last year's tournament.
Pliskova, who is seeded No. 1,
easily advanced by beating Magda Linette 6-2, 6-1, French Open champion
Jelena Ostapenko got past Lara Arruabarrena 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 in a match
that started on Court 17 then was moved indoors at Ashe, and No. 23
Barbora Strycova defeated Misaki Doi 6-1, 6-3. Yet another seeded woman
was eliminated when No. 28 Lesia Tsurenko lost to Yanina Wickmayer 6-3,
At night in Ashe, No. 15 Madison
Keys of the U.S. compiled a 32-9 edge in winners and moved into the
second round by beating Elise Mertens of Belgium 6-3, 7-6 (6). Keys got
broken while serving for the match at 6-5, and then faced a set point at
6-5 in the tiebreaker. But Keys delivered a big forehand to force a
backhand error by Mertens, starting a three-point run for the American
to close out the victory.
The only men's matches completed
were at Ashe, where No. 1 Rafael Nadal overcame a first-set hiccup
before overpowering Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 7-6 (6), 6-2, 6-2. Nadal's
possible semifinal foe and chief rival for the title, Roger Federer, was
to face 19-year-old American Frances Tiafoe at night.
Kerber's exit further thins the
women's bracket, which was missing 23-time major champion Serena
Williams to begin with because she is expecting a baby. Three of the top
seven seeded women were gone before dinnertime on Day 2, with No. 6
Kerber joining Monday's losers, No. 2 Simona Halep — beaten by Maria
Sharapova in her first Grand Slam match since a 15-month doping
suspension — and No. 7 Johanna Konta.
While Kerber's quick departure was
stunning in and of itself, that Osaka would be the one to do it might
not be quite so remarkable, even if she is just 19 and never won before
against a top-10 woman.
Osaka is comfortable around the
grounds at Flushing Meadows, where she has been spending time, and even
occasionally practicing, since she was a kid: She was born in Osaka,
Japan, so represents that country, but moved to the U.S. when she was 3,
has dual citizenship, and used to live on Long Island.
"The site," Osaka said, "feels
really familiar to me."
She nearly upended Keys in the U.S.
Open's third round last year, leading 5-1 in the third set before losing
in a tiebreaker, a collapse on her mind in the latter stages Tuesday.
This time, Osaka held steady, using
her powerful baseline game to bully Kerber.
Osaka accumulated a 22-9 edge in
winners, broke in half of Kerber's eight service games and saved all
four break points she faced.
"It was not my day," Kerber summed
up. "Completely not my day."
Hasn't been her year, either.
Warner hits 75 not out as Australia close in on victory
Australia's David Warner plays a shot during the third day of the
first test against Bangladesh in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tuesday, Aug. 29.
(AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)
Dhaka, Bangladesh (AP) —
Opener David Warner hit 75 not out Tuesday as Australia stayed in a
position of dominance after Bangladesh set a 265-run target in the first
At the end of Day 3, Australia
reached 109-2 and need 156 more runs to register only their third
victory in the sub-continent in the last decade.
Australia captain Steven Smith,
unbeaten on 25, gave Warner good support on the tricky wicket.
Warner started rapidly, hitting two
fours off off-spinner Mehidy Hasan in the first over. But Hasan then
dismissed Matt Renshaw for 5.
Left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan
had taken Usman Khawaja (1), forcing him to continue his dismal form in
the sub-continent as he top-edged to deep backward square leg after
trying to play a sweep shot.
"He's such a big player for us and
you could just see it in his eye when he was out there," Australian fast
bowler Pat Cummins said of Warner. "He was so focused. We always say 'be
the bull' and he looked like he was the bull out there, just focused and
taking the game on."
Warner, on 14, survived a tough
chance when he edged to first slip off Shakib Al Hasan's delivery.
Warner hit 11 fours and one six, facing only 96 balls.
Smith believed he was stumped in
the first ball he faced off Hasan and walked off. The TV replay,
however, confirmed his feet didn't cross the line.
Coming off an epic series in India
in which he piled up 499 runs in four tests, including three centuries,
Smith was watchful throughout the innings and hit only one boundary.
Warner kept scoring, much to the
disappointment of the Bangladeshi bowlers.
"That last hour or so should give
us a lot of confidence," Cummins said. "Smithy and Dave look like they
had really good game plans out there and they were in control."
Australia offspinner Nathan Lyon
bowled 6-82 to help dismiss Bangladesh for 221 shortly after the tea
Lyon's 10th five-for helped
Australia claw back into the game when Bangladesh were in charge.
Left-arm spinner Ashton Agar contributed with 2-55.
Lyon broke through in the sixth
over, dismissing nightwatchman Taijul Islam for 4 after Bangladesh
resumed at 45-1. He then dismissed Imrul Kayes (2) with a delivery that
carried extra bounce.
Cummins gave the vital breakthrough
just after lunch, winning a video review against Tamim Iqbal, who was
Tamim sent the ball across the rope
eight times in his 155-ball 78. It was his second half-century in the
match after his 71 in the first innings.
"The pitch seemed to have mellowed
today but it is unpredictable," Iqbal said. "Anything close to 300 would
have been good. However, we'll come strongly tomorrow and a wicket into
the morning could have turned the things."
Lyon then got the better of Al
Hasan (5), who tried to clear the boundary but holed it out to cover.
Mushfiqur Rahim stalled Australia's
progress with support from Sabbir Rahman. Rahim was then run out after
scoring 41 off 114.
Rahim's dismissal sparked a
collapse as Bangladesh lost three wickets in 10 balls without scoring a
With 186-8, Hasan and Shafiul Islam
took the score past 200, scoring rapidly.
Lyon completed his five-for by
dismissing Shafiul for 9. He then took Hasan for 26 to wrap up the
NFL making $40 million available for medical research
commissioner Roger Goodell. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)
New York (AP) — A year after
the NFL pledged $100 million in support of independent medical research
and engineering advancements, a huge chunk of that soon will be awarded
to such research, primarily dedicated to neuroscience.
A Scientific Advisory Board
assembled by the NFL is set to launch its program to solicit and
evaluate research proposals for funding. The board, comprised of
independent experts, doctors, scientists and clinicians, and chaired by
retired U.S. Army General Peter Chiarelli, will provide direction for
the $40 million allocated under the league's initiative.
"Prevention should always be a
focus," Chiarelli says. "Nevertheless, the development of biologically
based diagnostics is critical for return-to-play decisions for the NFL,
and return to combat/training for the armed forces. Imagine if you had a
handheld analyzer that with a single drop could determine whether a
player or a soldier had a concussion — and determine the severity of
The NFL has an ongoing affiliation
with the armed forces, and in April partnered with the U.S. Army Medical
Research and Material Command on a three-year venture to collaborate on
head health research and development.
As always in this era of CTE
concerns, any sports-oriented medical studies must be all-encompassing.
Developing improved tools for research and design is front and center,
as the league's scientific advisory board is seeking to be, with
significant financial outlay.
CTE (chronic traumatic
encephalopathy) can cause memory loss, depression, violent mood swings
and other cognitive and behavioral issues in those exposed to repetitive
"There have been significant
learnings in recent years that have changed the way we look at traumatic
brain injury, notably CTE," says Dr. Allen Sills, who came aboard this
year as the league's chief medical officer. "I agree with many medical
experts that there are still a lot of unanswered questions relating to
the cause, incidence and prevalence of CTE. But what is clear is that
there's a problem that impacts some athletes in sports like ours, others
possibly, too, and we are eager to see CTE research move forward and
begin to assemble more pieces of the puzzle.
"The NFL has a responsibility to do
everything it can to make the game safer and drive research that
advances treatment and prevention and, as we make advances, share them
with the broader sports world. Most of the issues we face in the NFL are
sport issues, and beyond that they are society issues."
A year out from Commissioner Roger
Goodell's pledge to "look at anything and everything to protect our
players and make the game safer," one of the areas receiving
concentrated attention by the league is developing equipment that
provides even more specific and enhanced feedback on improving safety in
football. Helmets, shoulder pads and other pads, and footwear all have
seen improvements, but there's much more to be done.
The league has embarked on what it
calls "The Engineering Roadmap," a $60 million program designed to
improve head protection equipment.
"This is a comprehensive and
dedicated plan intended to spur innovation and significantly improve
head protection for NFL players in three to five years," explains Dr.
Jeffrey Crandall, director of the University of Virginia's Center for
Applied Biomechanics and chair of the NFL's head, neck and spine
The program is managed in
collaboration with NFL Players Association's engineering consultants,
Dr. Kristy Arbogast, co-scientific director of the Center for Injury
Research and Prevention at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and Dr.
Barry Myers, director of innovation at Duke University's Clinical and
Translational Science Institute.
"A key component of the engineering
roadmap is to accurately measure the motion and acceleration the head
experiences during play in the NFL by player position, to give design
direction for protective equipment," Arbogast says. "To date, we have
been doing that via video reconstructions and injury event recreations
using crash test dummies. These approaches are incredibly time intensive
and, by design, focus on 'events' that must be subjectively selected
from game film or injury reports."
But "the engineering roadmap
leverages the modeling approach used in other fields to apply
computational models to helmet design and evaluation," Crandall adds.
"Many fields have transitioned from
primarily an experimental evaluation and design of products to a largely
computational development program. Computational models that simulate
various designs and use conditions can greatly enhance the thoroughness
and efficacy of the design process while simultaneously reducing the
time of product development."
Of note is a focus on sensors that
can determine all sorts of data to help enhance safety. The league and
the players' union are working to develop novel sensor technology
capable of accurately recording the motion of the head during impact in
varying game conditions and positions. The plan is for the NFL, when the
technology is ready, to offer mouth guards instrumented with such
sensors to players to measure their impact response.
"This athlete exposure data will
inform the testing of protective equipment so that future helmet test
methodologies and design evolution are relevant to what is actually
experienced on the field," Arbogast says.
With a recent study into brain
trauma revealing significant numbers of former NFL players among those
examined suffering from CTE, the emphasis on injury prevention of all
kinds must be paramount.
That means pushing hard on all
fronts, particularly equipment innovation and testing.
Crandall sees the engineering
roadmap as the correct, well, road to take.
"Beyond the particular outcome of
the roadmap," he says, "we will develop an improved understanding of the
types and severity of impacts players experience on-field through video
analysis and sensors that will be available to examine a broader array
of medical and engineering questions."
With, hopefully, benefits for every
level of football — and for other sports.
Study says widespread doping ahead of 2011 worlds in Daegu
In this Aug. 30 2011 file photo, Russia's Tatyana Chernova, left, reacts
as she crosses the finish line in the Heptathlon 800m at the World Athletics
Championships in Daegu, South Korea. Chernova was subsequently stripped of
her gold from the 2011 world championships for doping offences. (AP
Paris (AP) — A long-delayed
study funded by the World Anti-Doping Agency says one third of athletes may
have knowingly doped shortly before they competed at the 2011 track world
championships — although few of them were caught at the time.
The peer-reviewed study, published in
the journal Sports Medicine, estimated that doping was even more widespread
at the Pan-Arab Games in 2011, with at least 45 percent of competitors
thought to have doped in the 12 months before the regional multi-sports
The researchers said a total of 2,168
athletes at the two events participated in anonymous questionnaires upon
which the study was based. The volunteers were offered the choice of
replying to the question: "Have you knowingly violated anti-doping
regulations by using a prohibited substance or method in the last 12
After discounting some answers, from
athletes who responded so hastily that they may have misunderstood the
survey instructions or not carefully considered their response, the team of
nine researchers from Europe and the United States came up with estimates of
doping prevalence among athletes at the two events: 30 to 31 percent at the
world championships in Daegu, South Korea, and 45 to 49 percent at the
They said those findings may still have
underestimated the extent of cheating.
"There are many reasons to suspect that
we may have undershot the true values," Harrison G. Pope Jr., one of the
authors, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.
Pope is a professor of psychiatry at
Harvard Medical School.
Other experts who did not take part in
the study said doping may now be less widespread than it was in 2011 —
thanks to improved detection methods and following more recent doping
scandals involving Russian athletes, in particular.
Michel Audran, director of France's
WADA-accredited anti-doping laboratory, noted progress track has made
against doping, with more than 100 athletes caught by a biological passport
program that tracks competitors' blood and other readings over time for
tell-tale signs of doping.
"It's a snapshot of the time," Audran
said of the study. "In my opinion, it has diminished a lot since then."
Olivier de Hon, manager of scientific
affairs at the Netherlands Anti-Doping Authority, also said he has "good
hopes" that doping is less widespread than in 2011. He said the study's
methodology was sound.
"It is an estimate but it's a pretty
good estimate — within a 10 percent range of what was likely the truth at
that time," de Hon said.
"It's a pity it took so long to
publish," he added. "It was really new when they conducted it."
The authors said the delay of nearly
six years between collecting the raw data and publication this week was due
to negotiations with track's governing body, and between WADA and the
"I don't really know where in the
system the delay occurred," Pope said. "What actually happened behind the
scenes was quite murky.
"I do know that we wanted to be sure
that we had thoroughly satisfied everybody."
An earlier, but subsequently revised,
draft of the study was published by the British parliament in 2015.
The IAAF's new anti-doping unit said
that while it could not comment on the study's accuracy, it welcomes "any
research on the prevalence of doping."
The Athletics Integrity Unit added that
it has "no doubt" that "significantly" more athletes are doping than are
caught by drug testing.
"As a newly-established body, the AIU
is confident that as it builds its investigations and intelligence
capability to complement its testing program, the Unit will be able to
better detect doping and, ultimately, be able to narrow that gap," it said..