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Update September 11, 2017

Packers beat Seahawks 17-9 to take NFC heavyweight match

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette is hit by Houston Texans defensive end Joel Heath during the first half of their teams’ NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 10, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Green Bay, Wisconsin (AP) — Green Bay defensive lineman Mike Daniels' strip sack of Russell Wilson deep in Seattle territory in the third quarter set up Ty Montgomery's 6-yard touchdown run on the next play to spark the Packers' 17-9 win on Sunday.

Aaron Rodgers was 28 of 42 for 311 yards and added a 32-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson to make it an eight-point game late in the third quarter.

Rodgers' regular-season streak of passes without an interception ended at a career-high 251. The Seahawks' defense reinforced by the return of safety Earl Thomas bottled up receivers from making many big plays and put plenty of pressure on Rodgers.

But the Packers started denting Seattle with runs or quick passes to Nelson, Randall Cobb and Montgomery in the second half, chewing up clock in the process. A 12-play, 53-yard drive that took up more than five minutes ended with Mason Crosby's 40-yard field goal to make it a two-score game.

Green Bay's defense had an even better debut.

Seattle managed just three field goals. Wilson was held to 14 of 27 for 158 yards. The Packers held decisive edges in total yardage (370-225) and first downs (26-12). Green Bay held the ball for 39 minutes.

PANTHERS 23, 49ERS 3

Santa Clara, California — Cam Newton threw a pair of touchdown passes following San Francisco turnovers and the Carolina defense shut down Kyle Shanahan's offense in his coaching debut.

Newton threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Russell Shepard in the first half following a fumble by Brian Hoyer, then a 9-yard touchdown to Jonathan Stewart in the third quarter after Luke Kuechly intercepted Hoyer.

That helped the Panthers get off to a good start in the season opener following last year's disappointing 6-10 finish. Despite the touchdowns, Newton did not look particularly sharp after playing just one series in the preseason as he recovered from surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff.

Newton was off-target on numerous throws, including missing a wide-open Ed Dickson in the end zone in the first half. Carolina had to settle for a field goal on that drive. Newton finished 14 for 25 for 171 yards.

Those mistakes didn't matter against a Niners team that didn't look much improved from last year's outfit that tied a franchise worst with 14 losses. That led to the firing of coach Chip Kelly and general manager Trent Baalke. Shanahan and new GM John Lynch each got six-year contracts to oversee a massive rebuilding job.

RAMS 46, COLTS 9

Los Angeles — Jared Goff passed for a career-high 306 yards and a touchdown in his first victory as an NFL starter, and the Rams routed the Colts in Sean McVay's impressive debut as the youngest head coach in modern league history.

Todd Gurley had 40 yards rushing and 56 yards receiving while the Rams roared to a 37-3 lead in the third quarter. Los Angeles snapped a six-game skid at the Coliseum with its most impressive performance since returning home from St. Louis last year.

Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree celebrated the win with a Gatorade shower for McVay on the sideline in the final minutes.

Los Angeles' defense also excelled against fill-in Colts quarterback Scott Tolzien. Trumaine Johnson intercepted Tolzien's first pass and returned it 39 yards for a touchdown, while Lamarcus Joyner returned another pick 29 yards for another score in the third quarter.

Tolzien passed for 128 yards in his fourth career NFL start in place of Andrew Luck, who wasn't ready to return from a right shoulder injury.

JAGUARS 29, TEXANS 7

Houston — Leonard Fournette ran for 100 yards and a touchdown in his NFL debut, and Jacksonville had 10 sacks and forced four turnovers to help the Jaguars.

The Texans hoped to provide a boost to the area ravaged by Hurricane Harvey with a win. Instead, Tom Savage struggled behind a porous line and was benched in favor of rookie Deshaun Watson at halftime with Houston down 19-0.

Blake Bortles threw for 125 yards and a touchdown, Calais Campbell had four sacks and Dante Fowler returned a fumble 53 yards for a score as the Jaguars snapped a six-game skid against Houston.

J.J. Watt returned after missing 13 games last season after back surgery, but injured his finger in the first half and finished with just one tackle.

he Texans punted on their first four possessions, and the fifth one ended when Savage fumbled on a sack by Yannick Ngakoue and the Jaguars recovered the ball.

Fournette, the fourth overall pick in this year's draft, added his 1-yard touchdown after that.

Savage was sacked six times in the first half, playing behind a line without veteran left tackle Duane Brown, who is holding out.

Houston linebacker Brian Cushing, tight ends Ryan Griffin and C.J. Fiedorowicz and receiver Bruce Ellington all left the game with concussions. Jaguars receiver Allen Robinson injured his left knee in the first quarter and didn't return.

STEELERS 21, BROWNS 18

Cleveland — Ben Roethlisberger threw two touchdown passes to tight end Jesse James as the Steelers, with minimal help from Le'Veon Bell, opened the season by holding off the Browns.

Roethlisberger improved to 21-2 against the Browns, who gave their rivals all they could handle — a positive sign for coach Hue Jackson and Cleveland fans after a horrid 1-15 season.

But the Browns couldn't stop All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown, who made a leaping catch in traffic for 38 yards with 2:26 left to seal Pittsburgh's win. Brown finished with 11 receptions for 182 yards.

Browns rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer had pulled the Browns within three on a 3-yard TD pass to Corey Coleman followed by a 2-point conversion.

The Browns have lost 13 straight openers. Cleveland's defense played well despite not having top overall pick Myles Garrett, who injured his ankle earlier this week.

Bell, who skipped training camp in a contract dispute, ran tentatively and gained just 32 yards on 10 carries. He rejoined his teammates last week and signed his $12.1 million franchise tag, far less than he feels he deserves.

FALCONS 23, BEARS 17

Chicago — Matt Ryan threw an 88-yard touchdown to Austin Hooper and led two fourth-quarter scoring drives as the NFC champions held on.

The butt of jokes following their epic Super Bowl collapse against New England, the Falcons survived as the Bears had a first down at the Atlanta 5 in the closing minute. Mike Glennon's pass to a lunging Josh Bellamy on first down hit off the receiver's hands, and Jordan Howard then dropped a simple catch at the 1.

After another incompletion on third down, Glennon got sacked by Brooks Reed.

Atlanta was clinging to a 13-10 lead early in the fourth when a scrambling Ryan fired to a wide-open Hooper near midfield. The second-year tight end from Stanford raced up the right side and stiff-armed Quintin Demps on the way to the end zone.

The Bears then went 75 yards, with Glennon hitting rookie Tarik Cohen for a 19-yard TD midway through the fourth to cut it to 20-17. Atlanta's Matt Bryant answered with a 37-yard field goal, making it 23-17.

Coming off an MVP season, Ryan was 21 of 30 for 321 yards and a touchdown. Hooper had two catches for 128 yards.

RAIDERS 26, TITANS 16

Nashville, Tennessee - Derek Carr threw for 262 yards and two touchdowns, and Carr won his third straight against Marcus Mariota and the Titans in as many years.

Amari Cooper caught a TD pass as the Raiders made the Titans pay for opening the season with an onside kick they couldn't recover. Marshawn Lynch also looked very refreshed after his year away from football. Lynch finished with 18 carries for 76 yards.

Giorgio Tavecchio kicked field goals of 20, 52, 52 and 43 yards in his NFL debut. He was signed Friday to fill in for the Raiders' all-time leading scorer and 18-year veteran Sebastian Janikowski, who's on injured reserve with a bad back. Tavecchio has spent time in training camp with the Raiders the past four seasons but had never kicked in a regular-season game.

Both Carr and Mariota broke their right leg hours apart on Christmas Eve for season-ending injuries. Mariota also looked healthy in running for a 10-yard TD and threw for 191 yards.

EAGLES 30, REDSKINS 17

Landover, Maryland — Carson Wentz threw for 307 yards and two touchdowns as the second-year quarterback guided the Eagles in a sloppy, mistake-filled season opener.

Wentz was 26 of 39 and threw an interception that Ryan Kerrigan returned for a touchdown. But Wentz made fewer errors than Washington's Kirk Cousins, who was picked off at the goal line and fumbled twice. Cousins' second fumble was forced by Brandon Graham and returned 20 yards for a touchdown by Fletcher Cox in the final minutes, putting the game away.

Cousins finished 23 of 40 for 240 yards with a TD pass to third-down back Chris Thompson. He was under duress all day because and was sacked four times.

Wentz wasn't perfect, though his evading a sack and throw to Nelson Agholor for a 58-yard touchdown set the stage for his big day.

The Eagles lost cornerback Ronald Darby to what looked like a serious right ankle injury early in the second quarter.

LIONS 35, CARDINALS 23

Detroit — Matthew Stafford threw two of his four touchdown passes to rookie Kenny Golladay in the fourth quarter.

The Lions picked off three of Carson Palmer's passes, returning one for a score. They also knocked David Johnson out of the game after forcing him to fumble in the third quarter Sunday.

Detroit set an NFL record last year by rallying to win eight games after trailing in the final quarter and opened this season with another comeback.

The Cardinals scored the first 10 points of the game and led 17-9 late in the third quarter before giving up 26 straight points.

Stafford's first pass was returned 82 yards for a touchdown by Justin Bethel, but the player with the richest contract in the NFL bounced back. He was 29 for 41 yards for 292 yards and threw 45- and 10-yard TD passes to Golladay , along with short passes to Theo Riddick and Marvin Jones for scores.

Johnson, who led the league with 2,118 yards from scrimmage and 20 touchdowns last season, was limited to 23 yards rushing on 11 carries and had six receptions for 68 yards.

RAVENS 20, BENGALS 0

Cincinnati — Baltimore's rebuilt defense picked off Andy Dalton four times and forced him to fumble, making it easy for Joe Flacco in his return from a back injury.

The Ravens ended a five-game losing streak in Cincinnati by pressuring Dalton into matching his career high for interceptions, three of them in the first half. The Ravens got a pair of touchdowns 24 seconds apart late in the half to take control, with Jeremy Maclin scoring on a 48-yard run-and-catch.

The overriding question was how Flacco would hold up after missing all of camp and the preseason with a bad back. Baltimore's defense made sure he didn't have to do much. Flacco was 9 of 17 for 121 yards with an interception against a defense missing suspended linebacker Vontaze Burfict and cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones.

The Bengals had breakdowns everywhere as they were shut out in a season opener for the first time since 1979.

BILLS 21, JETS 12

Orchard Park, New York — Tyrod Taylor threw two touchdown passes and the new-look Bills won in Sean McDermott's debut as Buffalo's coach.

Mike Tolbert also scored on a 1-yard run , while Buffalo's defense had three interceptions, including linebacker Ramon Humber picking off Josh McCown's pass to thwart a 2-point conversion in the third quarter.

Safety Micah Hyde, a free agent offseason addition, sealed the victory by intercepting McCown at Buffalo's 41 to end the Jets' final series.

Taylor was 16 of 28 for 224 yards and an interception.

The victory came in McDermott's first game since the former Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator took over in January after Rex Ryan was fired in the final week of last season.

The Jets looked much like a team in the midst of a makeover after making numerous offseason moves to purge veteran talent.


Sweet 16: Nadal beats Anderson for 3rd US Open, 16th major

Rafael Nadal, of Spain, holds up the championship trophy after beating Kevin Anderson, of South Africa, in the men's singles final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 10, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Howard Fendrich

New York (AP) — Rafael Nadal against Kevin Anderson in the U.S. Open final shaped up as quite a mismatch — and that's exactly what it was.

His game at a high level at the end of an unusually easy path through a Grand Slam field, Nadal overwhelmed first-time major finalist Anderson 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday to win his third championship at Flushing Meadows.

It is the No. 1-ranked Nadal's second Grand Slam title of the year and 16th overall. Among men, only Roger Federer has more, with 19.

Each of those two longtime rivals won two of the four majors in 2017, marking a return of both to the heights of their sport.

Not only didn't an injury-hampered Nadal win a Grand Slam tournament in 2015 or 2016 — his first such shutouts since 2004, when he was still a teenager — but he didn't even make it to a final in that span. Seems safe to say that, at age 31, he is once again the Nadal of old.

"Personally, it's just unbelievable what happened this year," Nadal said, "after a couple of years with some troubles, injuries, some moments playing not good."

At No. 32, Anderson was the lowest-ranked U.S. Open men's finalist since the ATP computer rankings began in 1973. The 31-year-old South African never had been past the quarterfinals at any major tournament in 33 previous appearances, so when he won his semifinal on Friday, he climbed into the stands to celebrate.

There would be no such joy for him on this day. Nadal simply dominated every facet of the 2-hour final.

"I know we're the same age, but I feel like I've been watching you my whole life," said Anderson, who is less than a month older than Nadal. "You really have been an idol of mine. And it's tough playing you. You proved it again tonight."

Nadal added to his U.S. Open triumphs in 2010 and 2013 and improved to 16-7 in Grand Slam finals. For the first time since 2013, he appeared in three in a single season, losing to Federer at the Australian Open in January, then beating Stan Wawrinka for his record 10th French Open trophy in June.

Nadal's career haul also includes two trophies from Wimbledon and one from the Australian Open. All of his big victories have come while being coached by his uncle, Toni, who is now stepping aside. The U.S. Open was the last Grand Slam event of their partnership.

Not since Pete Sampras at Wimbledon in 2000 had a man won a Slam tournament without facing any opponents ranked in the top 20.

In New York this time, the bracket was weakened by the injury withdrawals of three of the top five men: past champions Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Wawrinka.

Plus, Nadal did not need to deal with Federer: The potential for a semifinal, which would have been their first U.S. Open meeting, was dashed when Juan Martin del Potro eliminated Federer in the quarterfinals. Nadal then beat del Potro , the 2009 champion but now ranked 28th, in the semis.

Much like Nadal's 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 win against Wawrinka at Roland Garros, the only beauty of this match was not in its competitiveness — not by a long shot — but in an appreciation for one participant's absolute superiority.

Forehands whipped up the line. Two-handed backhands ripped cross-court with ferocity. The spinning, back-to-the-net returns of serves that darted in at him at more than 130 mph (210 kph) and helped him break Anderson four times.

He even came up with some terrific volleys, winning the point on all 16 of his trips to the net. Anderson, meanwhile, finished 16 for 34 in that category. Another difference-maker: Nadal never faced a break point, although that was more a reflection of his talent once the ball was in play than any particularly dominant serving.

With Nadal standing way back to receive serves, nearly backing into the line judges, he neutralized Anderson's most effective skill. Anderson came in having won 103 of 108 service games across six matches, but Nadal accumulated break points at will from the get-go — two in a six-deuce game at 1-all, another two in a five-deuce game at 2-all.

Anderson began trying to end points quickly with a volley. Two problems with that: Anderson is not usually a serve-and-volleyer and so is no expert at that tactic; Nadal is superb at summoning passing shots at extreme speeds and angles, especially when facing the sort of target provided by the 6-foot-8 (2.03-meter) Anderson, the tallest Grand Slam finalist in history.

It was only a matter of time until Nadal capitalized on a chance. Anderson let him do just that at 3-all, 30-all, double-faulting to offer up Nadal's fifth break point of the match, then badly pushing a cross-court forehand wide.

That only made the score 4-3 , but the statistics were telling: Anderson had 21 unforced errors, Nadal just four. A pattern had been established. When Nadal broke to lead 4-2 in the second set , that was pretty much that.


Marquez wins rainy San Marino GP with pass on final lap

Moto GP rider Marc Marquez of Spain leads Andrea Dovizioso of Italy, Danilo Petrucci of Italy, right, and Maverick Vinales of Spain, left, during the San Marino Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Misano circuit in Misano Adriatico, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 10. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Misano Adriatico, Italy (AP) — Marc Marquez passed Danilo Petrucci on the final lap to win the rainy San Marino and Rimini Riviera Grand Prix on Sunday and draw level with Andrea Dovizioso atop the MotoGP standings.

Petrucci had taken the lead 1/4 of the way through the race when Jorge Lorenzo crashed spectacularly — but apparently without injury.

Petrucci finished second and Dovizioso was third.

Lorenzo had a strong start, moving up immediately from fifth to first.

There were multiple falls and six riders retired.

Marquez and Dovizioso each have 199 points, 26 ahead of Maverick Vinales in third with five races remaining.

It was Marquez's fourth win of the season.

Dominique Aegerter won the Moto2 race and Romano Fenati took the Moto3 event.


Froome wins Tour-Vuelta double as Contador ends final race

Britain's Chris Froome celebrates on podium after winning the Spanish Vuelta cycling race, in Madrid, Sunday, Sept. 9. The special trophy he holds was given to him as he won both the Tour de France and La Vuelta. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Tales Azzoni

Madrid (AP) — Chris Froome paraded into Madrid to clinch his first Spanish Vuelta title and secure the elusive Tour de France-Vuelta double on Sunday, while Spanish great Alberto Contador celebrated the end of his remarkable career in front of his home crowd.

Froome had virtually secured victory with a solid performance in the difficult climb up the Alto de l'Angliru on Saturday, which marked the last competitive stage of the three-week race.

"It's just incredible," Froome said. "I'm still coming to terms with everything. It's been such an incredible journey."

Riders cruised to the finish in Sunday's 21st stage, with the leaders not challenging each other, as per cycling tradition.

Italian Matteo Trentin won the final sprint to clinch his fourth stage victory in this year's Vuelta.

Froome, who earlier this year clinched his fourth Tour de France title, had finished runner-up in La Vuelta three times, including last year.

The Team Sky rider became the third man to complete the Tour-Vuelta double in the same season, after Jacques Anquetil in 1963 and Bernard Hinault in 1978, when the Vuelta was still held in the spring before the Tour.

"Just the fact that nobody's ever won the Tour and then La Vuelta afterwards, it's incredible to be able to do it," said Froome, the first British rider to win the Vuelta. "It's just been an amazing few months and I want to thank everyone who has contributed to that. I've been fighting for this victory for six years and three years I've been standing on the second step so it's amazing to stand on the first step this time."

Froome won two Vuelta stages this year, finishing 2 minutes, 15 seconds in front of Italian Vincenzo Nibali of Team Bahrain-Merida, who won the Vuelta in 2010 and was runner-up in 2013.

Russian Ilnur Zakarin of Team Katusha Alpecin, secured the final podium spot, almost three minutes behind Froome.

Froome also won the points competition, while Astana Pro Team won the overall team event.

Contador, the three-time Vuelta winner, ended his career on a high note by winning Saturday's difficult 20th stage. He was loudly cheered by Spanish fans as he arrived to cross the finish line one last time.

The rest of the riders allowed him to break from the peloton and ride a few moments by himself as the fans applauded. After the race, Contador took a Spanish flag and went for one final parade lap.

"It was very special to get to lead all the riders into Madrid," Contador said. "It was an incredible finish. I dreamed about ending my career this way."

The 34-year-old Contador had been out of contention for the Vuelta title after losing several minutes in a poor performance in the second stage. He made up time later in the race, but not enough to make it to the podium and eventually finished fifth, more than three minutes off the lead.

Considered one of Spain's greatest riders, Contador also won the Tour de France twice and the Giro d'Italia twice. He was stripped of a third Tour victory for doping.

"It's a dream. I can't imagine a better goodbye than this," he said. "Now is the moment to stop. When I started as a professional, I said I wanted to finish at the top level. And I think that now is the perfect moment for this. In the last 15 years, I did everything with my heart."


Newcastle give ailing Benitez a lift by beating Swansea 1-0

Newcastle United's Jamaal Lascelles, top right, scores against Swansea City during their English Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Wales, Sunday Sept. 10. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)

Swansea, Wales (AP) — Newcastle gave ailing manager Rafa Benitez something to cheer by beating Swansea 1-0 on Sunday, spoiling Renato Sanches' first experience of the English Premier League.

Having earlier cleared a shot off his own goal line, Jamaal Lascelles headed home the winner from a corner in the 77th minute as Newcastle picked up a second straight victory.

The 57-year-old Benitez wasn't at Liberty Stadium after having a procedure on Monday to address an infection resulting from an earlier hernia operation. He had been in such pain this week that he hadn't been able to travel to training.

Sanches made his debut for Swansea after joining on loan from Bayern Munich in a surprise transfer on the final day of the summer transfer window.

The Portugal midfielder endured a difficult start to life in the Premier League, battling hard but often giving away possession before being substituted in the 69th minute.

The 20-year-old Sanches was being talked about as Portugal's natural heir to Cristiano Ronaldo after helping his national team win last year's European Championship title, where he won the Young Player of the Tournament award. He joined Bayern on one of the richest contracts in Bundesliga history, for a transfer fee that could climb to about $90 million, but struggled for game time last season.

Frank de Boer's position as Crystal Palace manager looked in more jeopardy on Sunday after his team lost 1-0 at Burnley for a fourth straight defeat to open the Premier League season.

The goal that could hasten the departure of De Boer was shambolic from Palace's point of view, with Lee Chung-yong's back-pass from the halfway line pounced on by Chris Wood in the third minute.

The New Zealand striker shot first-time from 35 yards past Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, who was stranded outside his area, for his second goal in as many games since joining from second-tier Leeds. Wood was making his home debut for Burnley.

Palace are the first English top-flight team since Preston in 1924 to lose their opening four matches of a season without scoring.


Update September 9 - 10, 2017

Nadal overwhelms del Potro; faces Anderson in US Open final

Rafael Nadal, of Spain, reacts after beating Juan Martin del Potro, of Argentina, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Sept. 8, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

Howard Fendrich

New York (AP) — Once Rafael Nadal went from passive to aggressive and got his uppercut of a forehand going, it didn't take long for him to power into the U.S. Open final.

Closing in on a third title at Flushing Meadows and 16th Grand Slam championship overall, Nadal overcame a so-so start with an overwhelming performance the rest of the way Friday night, taking nine games in a row during one stretch to beat 2009 champion Juan Martin del Potro 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 6-2 in the semifinals.

"He played so smart from the second set until the end of the match," del Potro said. "He was dominant."

No. 1 Nadal will be a significant favorite Sunday against No. 32 Kevin Anderson of South Africa, who beat Pablo Carreno Busta 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 to become the lowest-ranked U.S. Open finalist since the ATP's computer rankings began in 1973. The 6-foot-8 (2.03-meter) Anderson, who won an NCAA doubles title at the University of Illinois, is equipped with a big serve, certainly, but he only once had even been a quarterfinalist at a major until this week. He's also lost all four previous matches against Nadal.

Plus there's this: Nadal looked as good as ever over the last three sets against del Potro, further confirmation of his return to the height of his powers. Nadal is again healthy and capable of excellence, after wrist and knee injuries dulled his effectiveness in 2015 and 2016 — the first seasons since 2004 in which he not only failed to win a Grand Slam trophy but didn't even make a final.

"It's been an amazing season, of course, after a couple of years with some troubles, injuries, tough moments," Nadal said. "So this year, since the beginning, has been a very emotional year."

He reached the Australian Open final in January, losing to Roger Federer, then claimed his record 10th French Open championship in June.

When Nadal's uncle and coach, Toni, was asked to describe his nephew's year, this was the reply: "It's easy to describe it. He has played really good."

Well, then.

Save for a less-than-dominant opening set Friday, in which Nadal had nine winners and 10 unforced errors, he barely missed his targets. His numbers the rest of the way: 36 winners, 10 unforced errors.

Eventually, Del Potro's flat, fearsome forehand became less dangerous, as if he suddenly remembered just how weary he was, and his backhand — a two-handed shot he has had to rebuild after three operations on his left wrist — was effective early, then stopped hurting Nadal.

"He was playing all the time to my backhand, and when you don't have that confidence to play three, four hours with a good backhand against Rafa, it's just a matter of time," del Potro said.

Dealing with the flu and a fever, del Potro came back from a two-set deficit to win his fourth-rounder in five sets, then got past 19-time major champion Federer in the quarterfinals in four. Maybe it was all too much for del Potro, whose one Grand Slam title came via wins over Nadal in the semifinals and Federer in the final in New York eight years ago.

That was the last time Nadal lost in a major semifinal ; he's now won 15 in a row. This time, the 24th-seeded del Potro actually edged ahead with the match's first break, going up 3-2 in the first set when a backhand return caught the net tape and took a fortuitous roll over to Nadal's side for a winner.

"Lucky," del Potro acknowledged later.

That moment was greeted with a chorus of "Ole, ole, ole, ole! Del-po! Del-po!" for the popular Argentine, who would serve out that set, punctuating it with a forehand .

Maybe that woke up Nadal, who wouldn't again relinquish a game until he owned the second set and a 3-0 lead in the third. The next time del Potro served, Nadal finally earned his first break point with some fantastic defense, throwing himself to his left to somehow get back one massive forehand from del Potro, who — perhaps stunned that ball came back — sent his next forehand long.

By now, Nadal was pulling his own intimidating, topspin-lathered forehand up the line and pressing the matter whenever del Potro left a ball short.

As Uncle Toni put it, Nadal "began to attack, with very good decisions."

It was quickly clear that the only doubt remaining was what the final score would be.

"Just the fight to be in the final, and have a chance to fight for another title here, is so important for me," Nadal said.

Hours earlier, Anderson was so excited that he celebrated his semifinal victory as if it made him the champion, stepping on a chair and then a flower box to help him climb into his guest box in the stands.

"I don't know if it's appropriate," Anderson said. "It certainly felt the right thing to do."

Hip, leg and elbow injuries caused him to miss time this season. Ankle surgery, plus left knee, right shoulder and groin injuries were problems last year.

He is appearing in his 34th major tournament and took advantage of a draw depleted by withdrawals of several top players, including past champions Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka.

"It's nice," Anderson said, "that some of them gave us a bit of a shot to make a run in this tournament."


Anderson passes 500 wickets, WI lead England by 22 runs

England's James Anderson celebrates taking his 500th test wicket on the second day of the third test match between England and the West Indies at Lord's cricket ground in London, Friday, Sept. 8. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

London (AP) — Only Ben Stokes defied the conditions as wickets continued to tumble in the final test between England and West Indies on Friday — two of them to James Anderson to see him become just the sixth bowler to pass 500 test wickets.

West Indies emerged with a 22-run lead after a rain-affected day which kept conditions ideal for the quick bowlers at Lord's. The tourists only had seven wickets left in their second innings after reaching 93-3 at stumps.

Nine wickets fell on Friday after 14 went down on the first day on Thursday and a result appears inevitable in the series-decider.

Either England will seal a second straight series win of the summer to set them up for their next contest, the Ashes in Australia at the end of the year.

Or West Indies will win their first series in England in nearly 30 years. The last time the West Indies won in England, the great Viv Richards was in the team.

Shai Hope was 35 not out for West Indies at the close on Day 2, and key to the tourists’ hopes of building a significant enough lead give them a chance of victory. Roston Chase was 3 not out.

Anderson went to 500 in his second over of West Indies' second innings when he bowled Kraigg Brathwaite with a ball that seamed back into the right-hander and clattered into middle stump.

It put Anderson alongside Muttiah Muralitharan, Shane Warne, Anil Kumble, Glenn McGrath and Courtney Walsh as the only bowlers to take 500 test wickets. Anderson is the first Englishman to reach the mark, and just the third quick bowler.

"It's a bit surreal," said the 35-year-old Anderson, who's played for England for 14 years. "I can't quite believe I've got this many wickets or played as much cricket as I have. I'm more relieved to get to get it out of the way, to be honest."

Anderson followed up with an even better ball to remove Kieran Powell for 45, beating the opener to clip the bail off the off stump.

Hope hit six fours, settling the West Indies after Anderson and Stuart Broad had threatened to run through them for a second time in the test.

So far, only one batsman has come close to conquering the Lord's pitch and the opposition fast bowlers, though.

Earlier, Stokes followed up his 6-22 in West Indies' first innings to hit 60 in England's 194 all out. That was easily the best performance with the bat in the match and gave England a 71-run first-innings lead.

Stokes' score came off 74 balls with 10 fours, a rattling strike rate as he threw caution to the wind and helped England fight back after resuming on 46-4.

West Indies could have kept the lead to much less, but allowed England to put together partnerships of 29 for the ninth wicket and, gratingly for the tourists, 31 for the last wicket. Broad made 38 from No. 10.

Kemar Roach finished with 5-72 and captain Jason Holder 4-54 as West Indies needed just three bowlers to bowl out England.


Australian Hend shoots 2nd-round 63 to lead European Masters

Scott Hend. (AP Photo)

Crans-Montana, Switzerland (AP) — Scott Hend of Australia shot a 7-under 63 on Friday to follow his opening 64 and led the European Masters by one stroke after the second round.

Hend had an eagle and five birdies, four from the 14th hole onward, to lead South African Darren Fichardt whose 63 left him alone at 12 under.

Three shots further back were Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand, Fabrizio Zanotti of Paraguay, and Todd Sinnott of Australia.

A three-player group on 8-under included European Ryder Cup player Matt Fitzpatrick of England and American Julian Suri, who both shot 65.

The lowest score on a sunny day in the Swiss Alps was a 62 by Englishman Lee Slattery, 13 shots better than his opening round.

Tommy Fleetwood, the European Tour leader, missed the cut at 2-over after a par-70 round on the scenic course at Crans-sur-Sierre club.

Danny Willett, the 2016 Masters champion, was further adrift at 8-over. The Englishman, who won here in 2015, shot a 72.

Hend was runner-up in this event last year when losing in a playoff to Alex Noren of Sweden, the world No. 12 who is the highest-ranked player in the tournament.

Noren was on 3-under after a 67 Friday, alongside overnight co-leader Miguel Angel Jimenez. The 53-year-old Spaniard shot a 73 to follow his opening 64 and was in a tie for 32nd place.

Lee Westwood also shot 67 to stand at 2-under, 11 shots behind the 98th-ranked Hend.


Lydia Ko regains form, ties Lexi Thompson for Indy lead

Lydia Ko, of New Zealand, smiles as she walks off the ninth tee during the second round of the Indy Women in Tech Championship golf tournament, Friday, Sept. 8, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Michael Marot

Indianapolis (AP) — Lydia Ko delivered a clear message to her LPGA Tour rivals Friday.

She's having fun again — and she's ready to start winning again.

The 20-year-old New Zealander shot an 8-under 64 and grabbed a share of the lead with Lexi Thompson at 15-under 129 with a round left in the Indy Women in Tech Championship. If Ko puts together one more solid round Saturday, she could finally pick up her first win since July 2016.

"I know I've still got a whole, full 18 holes tomorrow to go, but I think really the key was that I've just kind of enjoyed being in this position and being able to hit some good shots and give myself some good looks at birdie," Ko said. "When you start doing that, it builds your confidence and you're not dwelling on, 'Hey, am I going to hit a good shot or a bad shot.' I think that's kind of the mindset that I've kind of gotten into the last few months."

After a summer full of frustration, the 14-time tour winner has shifted gears at Indianapolis Motor Speedway's golf course.

Ko started the season with four top-10 finishes in seven events, but hasn't finished higher than 10th since. She even missed the cuts in two of her last three tournaments.

Somehow, amid the intermittent sounds of chirping birds, jet engines, sirens and car horns while playing in the shadows of the racetrack's grandstands, Ko found some serenity.

While playing partners Anna Nordqvist and Stacy Lewis, the winner last week in Portland, Oregon,  struggled, Ko took advantage of the wide fairways and receptive greens and started playing like the world's No. 1 player— a title she held for more than 80 consecutive weeks.

Now No. 8 in the world, Ko started on the back nine and opened with consecutive birdies to tie Thompson at 9 under. Ko finally broke the tie with a birdie at No. 15, then took charge with five straight birdies on the front side to reach 16 under. The only glitch came on No. 8 when Ko missed the green to the left and slid her par putt to the right for a bogey.

"It was a little disappointing to finish off with a bogey on my 17th hole, but I felt like I played the toughest hole out there," she said while Thompson prepared to tee off nearby. "Sometimes you have those mistakes but you need to move on from that. To me, it's just nice to play some solid golf and put myself in a good position."

Ko also understood her score might not hold up for the outright lead.

Thompson made sure of it, following her opening 63 with a 66.

The 22-year-old Florida player closed out the front nine with three birdies on the final four holes then adding birdies at Nos. 13 and 14 to tie Ko. But Thompson's birdie putt at No. 16 missed just to the left of the hole and she wound up scrambling for par on the final two holes when her approaches went through the greens.

"Actually, I didn't hit one bad golf shot today," Thompson said. "I feel great about it, I'll never complain about a 6-under round."

The final threesome Saturday might not need to do much scoreboard watching.

Candie Kung made nine birdies and shot a 64 to reach 14 under.

"Luckily, I was able to hit some really close ones and have some 3-footers and 5-footers for birdies and I pretty much made all of them except the last one," Kung said.

Ashleigh Buhai was fourth at 11 under after a 66, and Cristie Kerr (67) and Amy Olson (68) were 10 under.

Kerr has more than golf on her mind.

"We live in Scottsdale, Arizona, right now, but my whole family is there (in Florida) and tons of friends and I'm just really, really worried for everybody," Kerr said as her home state braces for Hurricane Irma.

Sandra Gal was tied with Kung at 14 under, then bogeyed the par-3 15th and hit two drives into the water on the par-4 16th en route to a 10. She finished with a 73 to drop eight strokes behind the leaders.

Amateur Erica Shepherd was 5 under after a 68.

Lewis made the cut on the number at 2 under with rounds of 72 and 70.

Nordqvist failed to advance, shooting 74-71 to finish at 1 over.


La Liga wary of Barcelona future if Catalonia breaks away

Players walk onto the field at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona prior to a Spanish La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. (AP Photo/File)

Tales Azzoni

Madrid (AP) — The Spanish soccer league is worried about the future of the Barcelona club if Catalonia goes ahead with its independence process.

La Liga president Javier Tebas said Friday that Catalan clubs will not be allowed to play in the league if the region in northeastern Spain unilaterally breaks away from the rest of the country in a contentious referendum planned for Oct. 1.

Tebas said that a deal to keep Barcelona in La Liga would not be as simple as most people may think, and the club would be stuck playing in a Catalan league which "wouldn't be much better than the Dutch league or something like that."

Tebas, an outspoken critic of the independence move, said Barcelona would not earn as much from television rights away from the Spanish league and "certainly won't remain one of the top clubs in Europe."

Barcelona would not be affected as much if the independence were to happen through an agreement with the Spanish government, but things will be more complicated if the break-away comes through the contentious scenario currently in place.

Regional leaders in Catalonia defied the Spanish government earlier this week when they called for a binding referendum to decide whether the region should become a new republic. Spain's constitutional court ordered the referendum suspended, but the Catalonia leaders said the vote will go ahead anyway.

The constitutional court has previously ruled that only the national government is allowed to call a referendum on secession and that all Spaniards in the country must have a vote when it comes to sovereignty.

"I'm concerned about Barcelona's future if the independence happens," said Tebas, who is often criticized by Barcelona fans and players for taking what they call pro-Real Madrid stances in many issues.

"I was surprised by comments that said Barcelona would be allowed to choose where to play," Tebas added. "It must be clearly said that that's not the case. It won't be so easy to reach a deal. Spanish legislation must be looked at."

Spanish law allows only teams in the Spanish territory to play in the league, plus those from the small mountain nation of Andorra between Catalonia and France. That means Barcelona would have to win support from Spain's government and parliament to pass new legislation giving Catalan teams an exception like Andorra's.

"This is a problem that the Catalan clubs will have to deal with," Tebas said. "The league, for good or bad, will get through this."

Espanyol and promoted Girona are the two other Catalan clubs currently playing in Spain's first division.

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said he hoped there wouldn't be a split in the league.

"I can't imagine a Spanish league without Barcelona," Zidane said Friday. "That's all I have to say. As a football fan, I can't see it. I always think of Barcelona as part of this league and that's that.

"I won't go into it any further because I don't know what's going to happen," Zidane added. "There are people who want one thing, and others who want another. It's a complex debate. What I can't imagine, and I don't like the idea of, is La Liga without Barcelona."


Russian high jump star hits out at slow pace of reforms

Russia's Maria Lasitskene. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Moscow (AP) — Russia's only reigning athletics world champion said Friday that the country isn't moving fast enough with reforms that could see its doping ban lifted.

High jumper Maria Lasitskene accused Russian officials of not doing enough to end a sanction which caused many athletes to miss the 2016 Olympics and last month's world championships.

"Unfortunately there hasn't been any visible progress in two years from the All-Russian Athletics Federation" toward reinstatement, she said in comments to Russian news agencies.

Russia has been barred from international track and field since November 2015, when a World Anti-Doping Agency investigation alleged widespread drug use and official cover-ups.

The IAAF, track's world governing body, wants Russia to reform its anti-doping procedures and accept responsibility for past failings.

A few dozen Russians, including Lasitskene, have been allowed to compete as neutrals after applying to the IAAF with details of their drug-testing history.

When Lasitskene won world championship gold in London last month, the Russian flag wasn't displayed and the IAAF anthem was played. The 19 Russians who competed won five medals, but Lasitskene said the country's athletics federation officials shouldn't claim the credit.

"I don't want them to use our results as cover and say it's a step forward," Lasitskene said. "We'd have been jumping anyway."

Lasitskene had no right to criticize officials, said federation head Dmitry Shlyakhtin, who took office in January 2016, shortly after Russia was banned.

"Judging the federation's work is the prerogative of the IAAF taskforce and the Russian Sports Ministry," he told Russian agency R-Sport. "Athletes should do their job, whether it's jumping or running on tracks." 


Streak on! Kluber, Indians win club-record 15th straight

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber throws against the Chicago White Sox. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Chicago (AP) — The Cleveland Indians set a franchise record with their 15th consecutive win Thursday night, beating the Chicago White Sox 11-2 behind another terrific outing for Corey Kluber.

Cleveland also belted five homers while becoming the first major league team with a 15-game winning streak since Oakland won 20 in a row in 2002. Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run drive in the first, Francisco Lindor connected in the second, Erik Gonzalez went deep twice and Greg Allen hit his first major league homer in the seventh.

Kluber (15-4) struck out 13 in seven innings. Yolmer Sanchez and Jose Abreu homered in the first for Chicago, but Kluber allowed only one more hit — a fifth-inning single for Omar Narvaez.

The last-place White Sox turned to Mike Pelfrey after left-hander Carlos Rodon was scratched with shoulder stiffness. Pelfrey (3-11), who threw 40 pitches in 2 1/3 relief innings on Tuesday night, allowed seven runs and eight hits in four innings.

ROCKIES 9, DODGERS 1

Los Angeles — Nolan Arenado hit a three-run homer off a laboring Clayton Kershaw, sending Los Angeles to its seventh straight defeat and 12th in 13 games.

The NL West leaders haven't lost that many since May 2013, when they dropped eight in a row. Their 92-48 record is still baseball's best, but they continue to founder with the playoffs approaching.

Coming off a three-game sweep by Arizona, the Dodgers were hopeful Kershaw (16-3) could stop the slide like he did last week when he snapped their five-game skid with a 1-0 victory at San Diego.

Instead, he got yanked early.

The Rockies pounded out 16 hits and took full advantage of the Dodgers' faltering bullpen that surrendered five runs. Fans booed Josh Ravin when he gave up back-to-back bases-loaded walks in the seventh as the Rockies batted around.

Colorado's Jon Gray (7-4) allowed one run and four hits in six innings, struck out three and walked two.

TWINS 4, ROYALS 2

Kansas City, Missouri — The Twins' Jorge Polanco drove in the go-ahead runs off ailing Kansas City closer Kelvin Herrera with two outs in the ninth inning.

Herrera (3-3), who has been dealing with a mild forearm strain, inherited a 2-1 lead before giving up a pair of singles and a walk. Brian Dozier hit a tying sacrifice fly, and after Joe Mauer was walked intentionally, Polanco lined a single up the middle for the lead.

Trevor Hildenberger (3-2) earned the win with a scoreless eighth in relief of Twins starter Kyle Gibson, while Matt Belisle handled a perfect ninth to pick up his sixth save.

The loss was especially devastating for the roller-coaster Royals given their place in the crowded AL wild-card race. They began the night 2 1/2 games back of the Twins with 24 games to play.

YANKEES 9, ORIOLES 1

Baltimore — Aaron Judge and Chase Headley each hit a two-run homer, helping the Yankees to their first series win at Camden Yards in four years.

Starlin Castro and Todd Frazier also connected for New York, which closed within 3 1/2 games of AL East-leading Boston and fortified its grip on the top AL wild card.

Sonny Gray (9-9) gave up one unearned run and six hits in 5 2/3 innings. The right-hander is 3-4 since he was acquired by New York in a July 31 trade with Oakland.

Baltimore right-hander Kevin Gausman (10-10) was charged with five runs and five hits in three innings.

PADRES 3, CARDINALS 0

San Diego — Dexter Fowler struck out against Brad Hand with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, capping San Diego's win over St. Louis.

Hand allowed singles by Stephen Piscotty, Randal Grichuk and Carson Kelly in the ninth inning before getting Fowler to whiff on a slider in the dirt. Hand got his 16th save.

Jose Pirela had a run-scoring infield single in the first inning, and that was all the cushion Clayton Richard (7-13) and relievers Craig Stammen, Kirby Yates and Hand needed.

Lance Lynn (10-7) gave up a run and six hits over six innings. St. Louis ended a four-game winning streak and lost for only the second time in eight games.

NATIONALS 4, PHILLIES 3

Washington — Trea Turner capped Washington's three-run sixth inning with a two-run single, and the Nationals earned their fourth straight win.

Adam Lind had two hits and scored a run for Washington, and Michael A. Taylor contributed a terrific catch in center field. Tanner Roark (12-9) allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings.

Coupled with Miami's 6-5 loss at Atlanta, the Nationals lowered their magic number for clinching the NL East title to four.

Jorge Alfaro and Tommy Joseph homered for Philadelphia, and Odubel Herrera extended his hitting streak to 20 games, the longest in the majors this season. Adam Morgan (3-2) got the loss.

Brandon Kintzler, Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle combined for three scoreless innings in relief, with Doolittle earning his 16th save since coming to Washington.

CUBS 8, PIRATES 2

Pittsburgh — Albert Almora Jr. hit a two-run homer, Ian Happ had three hits and the Cubs rolled to the road win.

Chicago had 13 hits, including eight for extra bases, as the offense broke out after totaling four runs in the first three games of the series.

Pirates starter Jameson Taillon (7-6) lasted just 4 2/3 innings. He was charged with six runs and 11 hits.

Jon Lester (10-7) pitched six effective innings for the Cubs, yielding one run and five hits. He also doubled in Jason Heyward in the fourth.

BRAVES 6, MARLINS 5

Atlanta — Kurt Suzuki capped Atlanta's two-run ninth with a game-ending RBI single.

Miami left-hander Brad Ziegler (1-4) gave up a leadoff double to pinch hitter Matt Adams in the ninth. Pinch runner Nick Markakis moved to third on Ender Inciarte's groundout and scored easily on Ozzie Albies' double to right-center.

Freddie Freeman was walked intentionally and moved to second on Lane Adams' grounder before Suzuki lined the winning hit past Brian Anderson at third base.

Rex Brothers (3-3) got the win, striking out the side in the ninth.

METS 7, REDS 2

New York — Rookie Brandon Nimmo homered twice, Juan Lagares added a solo shot and the Mets won for the third time in four games.

Hitting in the cleanup spot, Nimmo ripped an opposite-field drive off Tim Adleman in the fifth inning that touched just above the orange line on the left-field wall for a home run. He connected for a two-run shot against Alejandro Chacin in the sixth, making it 7-2 New York.

New York's Matt Harvey allowed two runs in five innings while improving to 4-0 with a 2.63 ERA in six starts against Cincinnati.

Tyler Mahle (0-2) struggled in his third major league start for the Reds, giving up three runs in four innings.


Update September 8, 2017

14 wickets fall on Day 1 of final England-West Indies test

England's Ben Stokes celebrates taking the wicket of West Indies' Roston Chase.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

LONDON (AP) — Fourteen wickets fell on the first day, giving the series-deciding third test between England and West Indies the feel of a lottery at Lord's on Thursday.

West Indies was 123 all out in its first innings and England 46-4 in reply as the batsmen floundered on a pitch that initially appeared good enough for the West Indians to opt to bat on first.

But a day that started in bright sunshine became overcast and showery, and the quick bowlers took advantage.
Ben Stokes took 6-22 for England in a sizzling spell of swing bowling to dent West Indies' hopes of a first series win in England since 1988 and the era of Viv Richards.

Although it appeared West Indies was heading for an embarrassment similar to the innings defeat in the first test, the touring fast bowlers replied in kind.

Captain Jason Holder and Kemar Roach had two wickets each as England lost Mark Stoneman (1), Alastair Cook (10), Tom Westley (8) and, crucially, captain Joe Root (1) before stumps were called early for bad light.

The procession of wickets left England trailing by 77 runs with six wickets left, and facing a scrap in its last test before the Ashes in Australia at the end of the year.

James Anderson took two wickets in a rain-shortened first session to move to 499 career test wickets and one shy of becoming just the sixth player to 500.

But he wasn't given a chance after lunch as Stokes ripped through the West Indies lineup.

Stokes removed six of the last seven batsmen, and his first strike started a collapse of 7-55 by the tourists. Swinging the ball both ways, he was near-unplayable in his 14.3 overs, epitomized by deliveries that bowled Roston Chase and Jason Holder and gave them no chance.

Toby Roland-Jones, recalled by England at his home ground, contributed 2-32.

West Indies' quicks found just as much help from the Lord's pitch, which was hosting a test in September for the first time. Never has the home of cricket had a test this late in the English summer.

Kemar Roach generated movement away from the batsmen to have Stoneman and Cook caught behind by wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich.

Holder trapped Westley lbw and cramped Root for space to get the England skipper to edge to first slip. That was the wicket West Indies really wanted and it sparked raucous celebrations.

Dawid Malan and Ben Stokes, both 13 not out, took England to an early stumps.


Australia beats Bangladesh by 7 wickets, evens series at 1-1

Australia's Nathan Lyon looks on as he fields against Bangladesh during the fourth day of their second test cricket match in Chittagong, Bangladesh, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)

CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (AP) — Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon returned a career best 13-154 on Thursday as his team completed a seven-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the second test to level the series.

Lyon followed up his 7-94 with 6-60 in the second innings to wrap up Bangladesh's innings for 157 on the fourth day of the match.

"He is magnificent, probably more the first innings than the second innings," Australia captain Steven Smith said. "The first innings, the wicket really wasn't offering a great deal. I thought the way he just hit that right area, particularly with the new ball, skidding it on and hitting a few guys in front. That was the perfect way to bowl. I'm really proud of him.

"It was nice to end with a 1-1 draw."

This was the first test series between the two sides since 2006. Australia postponed the tour twice over security reasons.

"Eleven years is a long time. I think the way they played over here was exceptional," Smith said. "They obviously beat us in the first test and challenged us again out here. If we get another opportunity to play against them, that'd be great."

Australia lost three wickets for 48 but the victory was never out of the sight. Glen Maxwell ended the match with a consecutive cover-drive four and slog-swept six over mid-wicket as Australia brought up the victory in only 15.3 overs.

Maxwell was unbeaten on 25 off 17 with two fours and as many sixes with Peter Handscomb on 16. Opener Matt Renshaw was out on 22.

Fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman, left-arm spinners Shakib Al Hasan and Taijul Islam picked up one wicket apiece for Bangladesh.

Lyon helped Australia bowl Bangladesh out just after the tea break. Left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe (2-49) and fast bowler Pat Cummins (2-27) complemented the effort of Lyon, who now has 22 wickets in the two-test series, second to Sri Lanka bowler Rangana Herath's 23.

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim was the highest scorer for Bangladesh with 31. Mominul Haque made 29 and Sabbir Rahman added 24.

"There is chance of coming back but we couldn't show the necessary grit in the second innings," Rahim said. "There lead was just 72, it's bigger considering the condition, but if we could give them a target of 200, the match could have been different. Our batting was our weakest link in the whole series."

Rahim and Rahman combined for 54 runs for the sixth wicket before Lyon left them at 43-5. As the partnership appeared to grow with confidence, Cummins took the wicket of Sabbir, who played an injudicious shot to be stumped.

Sabbir hit two boundaries in his 59-ball knock.

The real blow came when Rahim fended a delivery from Cummins to get a healthy edge. Rahim faced 103 balls and hit just one boundary.

Lyon then completed his second five-for of the test and third straight, dismissing Hauqe for 29. Hauqe tried a sweep shot against the turn and top-edged to Cummins at deep backward square.

O'Keefe then joined Lyon in cleaning up Bangladesh's tail to give Australia a small target to chase.

Lyon, however, became the second Australian off-spinner to collect two 10-wicket hauls in his career after Hugh Trumble, who reached that milestone in 1902 with back-to-back 10-wicket totals in that year's Ashes series.

Lyon has claimed 22 wickets in the series and surpassed J.J. Ferris' mark from the two-test 1887 Ashes series, when Ferris picked up 18 wickets in the first two matches of his international career.

"To take 22 wickets in a two-match series it's a pretty big achievement personally," Lyon said. "But as I said, I don't do that without the other guys putting in at the other end, like Patty Cummins bowling well, Ashton Agar, Steve O'Keefe and even Hilton Cartwright in this game.

"So without the support of those guys and the skipper, it's pretty hard to go out and have personal success. So I'm very pleased but very thankful as well."

Earlier Thursday, Australia failed to add to its overnight total and faced only nine balls to be all out for 377 in its first innings, leading by 72 runs.

In the second over, Mustafizur Rahman dismissed Lyon, who edged a ball to first slip. Rahman finished with 4-84.

Opener David Warner led the Australians with 123, his second straight century in the series. Handscomb scored 82 while Smith added 58.

Electing to bat first, Bangladesh was bowled out for 305 in its first innings before Warner's second successive century (123) guided Australia to 377 and earned a crucial 72-run lead.

Australia lost the first test in Dhaka by 20 runs.


Stephens tops Williams; faces Keys in all-American US Open F

Madison Keys, of the United States, reacts after defeating CoCo Vandeweghe, of the United States, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

By Howard Fendrich, AP Tennis Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Sloane Stephens was two points from defeat against Venus Williams in one U.S. Open semifinal before pulling out the victory.

Madison Keys faced no such test, overwhelming CoCo Vandeweghe in the other semifinal.

Now Stephens and Keys, a pair of pals in their early 20s, will meet in the first Grand Slam title match for each — and the first all-American women's final at Flushing Meadows since 2002.

Stephens summoned some of her best strokes when she needed them the most, steeling herself when so close to defeat and taking the last three games of a back-and-forth thriller, edging seven-time major champion Williams 6-1, 0-6, 7-5 on Thursday night.

"I have a lot of grit," said the unseeded Stephens, who is ranked 83rd after having surgery on her left foot in January and is the fourth unseeded finalist at the tournament in the Open era, which dates to 1968. "I don't give up. Like, I'm not just going to give it to someone. I'm not just going to let them take it from me."

The 15th-seeded Keys, who dominated No. 20 CoCo Vandeweghe 6-1, 6-2 in barely more than an hour, had her own recent health issue to deal with: She missed the first two months of this year after an offseason procedure on her left wrist, then needed another procedure in June because of pain in that arm.

"I think I played pretty well tonight," Keys said in what amounts to quite an understatement.

She had 25 winners to only nine unforced errors, never faced a break point and needed barely more than an hour to win. That match time would have been even shorter, except Keys left the court to have her upper right leg taped at 4-1 in the second set.

"Madison played an unbelievable match," said Vandeweghe, who wiped away tears during her news conference. "I didn't really have much to do with anything out there."

This was the first time in 36 years that all four women's semifinalists at the U.S. Open represented the host country, so it was understandable if spectators in Arthur Ashe Stadium were conflicted about which players to pull for.

At 37, Williams was attempting to become the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam title in the Open era. She was trying to reach her third major final of this season, something she last did 15 years ago. Here's how long and successful her career has been: Williams' first final in New York came in her U.S. Open debut in 1997. Stephens, now 24, was 4 at the time.

"Venus knows it's an opportunity lost," said her coach, David Witt, "because she had it. She had it on her racket."
Williams was ahead 5-4 with Stephens serving at 30-all. Two points away. That's when they engaged in a 25-stroke point, until Stephens conjured up a backhand passing winner down the line, then wheeled and pumped her fists.
"That was good, huh?" Stephens said later.

At 5-all, Stephens broke with the help of a rainbow of a winner — "That lob-thingy," she'd call it — that drew a standing ovation from the crowd, and a full-sprint get of a short ball that she turned into a "How did she do that?!" point-ender at an impossible angle.

"There was nothing I could do about those shots," Williams said.

Soon enough, Stephens was serving out the biggest win of her career — and of this comeback. She returned to the tour at Wimbledon in July, losing in the first round, and lost her next match, too. Her ranking, which reached a high of No. 11 in 2013, dropped out of the top 900.

But since then, Stephens has won 14 of 16 matches.

"Sloane is a new person right now," the 22-year-old Keys said. "I think she's really loving being back on the court again and she's just excited to be out here and playing really well."

Williams vs. Stephens was a back-and-forth affair, with a pair of lopsided sets leading up to a classic third. Just when it seemed one woman or the other was in full command, the match would swerve in a new direction.
They both hit the ball hard. They both covered so much ground, Williams getting to seemingly unreachable balls thanks to her long wingspan, Stephens doing the same thanks to her speed.

But it was Williams who faltered. She finished with six double-faults and a total of 51 unforced errors, 24 more than Stephens.

"I just wasn't playing well. Those are moments where you have to dig deep and figure out how to get the ball on the court and have a big game. I can't be tentative and try to figure out how to put that ball in," Williams said. "Clearly she's seen me play many, many times. I haven't seen her play as much."

Stephens and Keys have only played once before, on a hard court at Miami in 2015. Stephens won in straight sets.
Away from the court, though, they know each other well. On Saturday, one will raise a Grand Slam trophy for the first time, at the other's expense.

"She's one of my closest friends on tour. It's obviously going to be tough," Stephens said. "It's not easy playing a friend."
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Super letdown: Patriots routed in 2nd half, Chiefs win 42-27

By Barry Wilner, AP Pro Football Writer

FOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts (AP) — There were big plays all over the field. The Chiefs, not the Patriots, were making them.

Alex Smith threw two long touchdown passes and rookie Kareem Hunt, after fumbling on his first NFL carry, scored three times to help Kansas City stun New England 42-27 on Thursday night in the season opener.

Coming off their sensational Super Bowl rally to a fifth Lombardi Trophy, the Patriots faded badly in the second half. A raucous sold-out crowd of 65,878 celebrated the unveiling of yet another championship banner, and there was plenty of talk about Tom Brady leading them to a 19-0 record.

After Week 1, though, they are winless.

It was the first time the Patriots lost at Gillette Stadium when leading at halftime, a span of 82 games. They were no match for the Chiefs in the last two periods.

Tyreek Hill scored on a 75-yarder and Hunt put the Chiefs in front with a 78-yarder to punctuate Kansas City's charge after trailing 17-14 at halftime. Hunt also had a 58-yard scamper and finished with 141 yards rushing and 98 receiving. Hill had 133 yards through the air, and Smith went 28 for 35 for 368 yards and four touchdowns.

Brady, the 13th quarterback to start an NFL game at age 40, didn't look too spry. He struggled mightily in the second half and didn't throw for a touchdown, finishing 16 for 36 for 267 yards.

Patriots newcomer Mike Gillislee scored on three short runs, becoming the first player since Terrell Owens of Philadelphia in 2004 to score three touchdowns in his debut with a new team.

And Kansas City aided the Patriots' cause with 15 penalties for 139 yards. Yet, in the end, the Chiefs looked like world-beaters.

SHORT YARDAGE

New England failed twice in the first quarter on short-yardage runs, by Gillislee and Super Bowl hero James White, and again in the fourth period, by Gillislee. If anyone proclaimed the Patriots were missing RB LeGarrette Blount, who scored 18 TDs last season and was a beast in such situations, well, Gillislee, who came from Buffalo as a restricted free agent, ran in for a pair of 2-yard touchdowns and a 1-yarder.

ROGER, ROGER

Not only did the crowd revel in the video highlights from the Super Bowl, the fans booed vigorously when Commissioner Roger Goodell was shown talking on the sideline Chiefs owner Clark Hunt during warmups. A website distributed thousands of towels featuring Goodell's face adorned with a clown nose, and many fans also had T-shirts with the caricature. Goodell watched the game from a suite, but not with Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

INJURIES

Kansas City's star safety Eric Berry was carted off with 4:56 remaining with an undisclosed injury.

The Patriots lost perhaps their best defensive player, linebacker Dont'a Hightower, in the third quarter with a knee injury. His absence showed on Hunt's long TD reception. ... WR Danny Amendola left in the fourth quarter with a head injury. He's projected as New England's slot receiver with Julian Edelman out for the season.

UP NEXT

Chiefs: Host Philadelphia on Sept. 17.
Patriots: Visit New Orleans on Sept. 17.
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Update September 7, 2017

Nadal waits for Federer at US Open; All-American women's SFs

Rafael Nadal, of Spain, races to return a shot to Andrey Rublev, of Russia, during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Sept. 6, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason Decrow)

Howard Fendrich

New York (AP) — Rafael Nadal was honest as can be before the U.S. Open when asked whether he hoped to face Roger Federer in the semifinals at the only Grand Slam tournament where they've never met.

The answer, the No. 1-seeded Nadal said, was no — because he'd rather go up against someone easier to beat.

Well, Nadal did his part to make such a matchup a possibility, overwhelming 19-year-old Russian Andrey Rublev 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 in the quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows on Wednesday. Then Nadal — and the rest of the tennis world — had to wait hours to see whether Federer would hold up his end of the bargain.

That's because the No. 3-seeded Federer's quarterfinal against 24th-seeded Juan Martin del Potro in a rematch of the 2009 U.S. Open final was scheduled to be played during the night session.

"I'm going to be having dinner, probably," Nadal joked about what he'd be doing while Federer played del Potro.

Then Nadal added: "Of course, it's a match that I want to see."

The match everyone really wanted to see — with the exception of the 24th-seeded del Potro and his fans, certainly — would be Federer vs. Nadal. And not simply because Federer owns a record 19 Grand Slam men's singles titles, five at the U.S. Open; Nadal ranks second overall with 15, two in New York.

They offer contrasting styles of play: Federer appears to float around the court at times, while Nadal charges around like the bull that's etched on the cap he wears after matches.

Nadal called it "something strange" that he's never played Federer in New York, although they've come close in the past. There were five previous occasions when they were a round away from having it happen, but one or the other lost.

The pair has built up a ton of mutual respect. When a reporter asked Nadal what he admires most about Federer on the court and "as a man off the court," the Spaniard provided a lengthy answer about his rival's role as an ambassador for their sport and being a great example to kids — although only after trying to lighten the moment by drawing guffaws with this line: "I don't want to look like I'm going to be his boyfriend, no?"

Their on-court series dates to 2004 and has included 37 meetings (Nadal leads 23-14, although Federer took the past four), with 12 at majors (Nadal leads 9-3). They have played in at least two finals at each of the other three Grand Slam tournaments, most recently at the Australian Open in January.

"It's the best match that you can have — as a tennis fan, as a spectator. And I believe Rafa is going to be ready if that match has to happen," said Carlos Moya, the 1998 French Open champion who has been helping coach Nadal alongside Toni Nadal, Rafael's uncle.

"I know Federer beat him a few times this year," Moya said, "but it's always a challenge to play against the best."

In the women's quarterfinals, 15th-seeded Madison Keys completed an all-American lineup in the final four with a dominating 6-3, 6-3 victory over 418th-ranked qualifier Kaia Kanepi of Estonia in only 69 minutes Wednesday night. Earlier, No. 20 CoCo Vandeweghe knocked off top-seeded Karolina Pliskova 7-6 (4), 6-3. Keys and Vandeweghe will meet Thursday to determine which reaches her first Grand Slam final.

Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens set up their all-U.S. semifinal with victories Tuesday.

It is the first time since 1981 that all four women's semifinalists in New York are from the host country.

While Federer entered Wednesday night's match with a 16-5 head-to-head mark against del Potro, the big-hitting Argentine won his only Grand Slam trophy with a five-set victory in the 2009 title match at Flushing Meadows.

The expectation, certainly, was their quarterfinal this time would be more competitive than Nadal's stroll past the 53rd-ranked Rublev, which barely lasted more than 1 hours.

"He gave me a lesson," acknowledged Rublev, the youngest U.S. Open quarterfinalist since Andy Roddick in 2001.

Rublev didn't put up much of a fight, with seven double-faults among his 43 unforced errors.

"I will try now to practice harder to improve everything for the next time if we play each other," Rublev said, "to try to compete better."

Truth is, the way Nadal is playing at the moment, few would be able to offer much in the way of a challenge.

He has won his past three matches in straight sets, his uppercut of a forehand at its most dangerous best.

"He's been playing better and better every day," Moya said. "The last couple of matches have been very good. He is confident. He had a few doubts at the beginning of the tournament that I believe now are gone and he is able to play his best tennis."


Mickelson, Lahiri among 4 added to Presidents Cup

 

Phil Mickelson is a captain's pick to play in the Presidents Cup later this month at Liberty National. (AP Photo/Woohae Cho, File)

Doug Ferguson

New York (AP) - Phil Mickelson was selected as a captain pick for the second straight Presidents Cup, extending a remarkable streak of playing on 23 consecutive U.S. teams.

Anirban Lahiri of India will play for the second time, and it might be just as meaningful.

U.S. captain Steve Stricker used his two picks Wednesday on Mickelson and Charley Hoffman, who finished a fraction of a point out of the top 10 automatic qualifiers in the final week. It will be the first team competition for the 40-year-old Hoffman.

Mickelson was in danger of missing his first Presidents Cup or Ryder Cup since 1993. He hasn't won a tournament since 2013, and he hasn't seriously contended this year while finishing 15th in the standings. Stricker had said he wanted the five-time major champion to show him something, and the 47-year-old Mickelson delivered at the TPC Boston with all four rounds in the 60s to tie for sixth.

"I've been talking to him quite frequently, and he said it was just a matter of time," Stricker said. "He waited all the way till the end, but had a great showing at the Dell Technologies Championship last week. I got reports from the other players that it was the Phil of old."

International captain Nick Price took Emiliano Grillo, who finished 11th in the standings. The surprise was his choice of Lahiri over Hideto Tanihara of Japan, who took Dustin Johnson to the 18th hole in the semifinals of the Dell Match Play in March but hasn't performed well since then.

Price, however, said he wanted experience on a team with four newcomers, and he wanted players to compete primarily on the PGA Tour. And with Lahiri, this Presidents Cup becomes more personal.

Last time out, the International team was on the verge of winning for the first time since 1998 when Lahiri had a 4-foot birdie putt on the last hole. Chris Kirk made a 15-foot birdie putt, and Lahiri's putt to halve the match caught the right lip and spun out. He dropped his putter and stared in disbelief with his hand covering his mouth.

Now, he gets another crack at it.

"That experience is really going to help me," Lahiri said. "Obviously, I feel there's some unfinished business. I'm motivated to go out there and make a positive contribution to the team."

The matches start Sept. 28 at Liberty National in New Jersey, where Mickelson has a corporate membership.

It has been a lopsided series from the start in 1994 — Mickelson was a captain's pick that year, too — with the International team of players from every country outside the U.S. except for Europe losing every time except for 1998 at Royal Melbourne and the tie in South Africa in 2003.

"I think the challenge will be a little overconfidence," Stricker said.

Stricker said choosing Hoffman was easy. While he hasn't won this year, Hoffman went into the back nine of two majors (Masters, U.S. Open) with a chance to win, along with a World Golf Championship in Ohio. He was in the top 10 until Monday at the TPC Boston, when Chappell moved ahead of him by 0.073 points.

Mickelson was No. 30 in the standings two years ago when he was a captain's pick. This time, he was at No. 15, but there was not a sense that Stricker took him over another player more deserving because no one around Mickelson in the standings had stood out over the last few months.

Plus, Mickelson's biggest support comes from the New York area, and he's a favorite in the team room.

"What means a lot this year is the players and captains wanted me on the team," Mickelson said. "I really love being around these guys."

Mickelson went 3-0-1 in his matches two years ago in South Korea. His overall record is 23-16-12, and one more victory would allow Mickelson to tie Tiger Woods for most in the Presidents Cup.

This is the first time since 2007 that every player on the International team has a full PGA Tour card. Lahiri has been on the PGA Tour the last two years, and was a runner-up at the Memorial in early June. Grillo was the PGA Tour rookie of the year in 2016 and remains close to U.S. players from his age group, such as Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Daniel Berger.


Warner hits a 20th century for Australia against Bangladesh

Australia's David Warner looks up as he walks back to the pavilion after his dismissal by Bangladesh's Mustafizur Rahman during the third day of their second test cricket match in Chittagong, Bangladesh, Wednesday, Sept. 6. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)

Chittagong, Bangladesh (AP) — Australia opener David Warner hit his 20th test century as his team took a 72-run lead Wednesday by reaching 377-9 against Bangladesh on the rain-affected third day of the second test.

Warner scored 123 runs off 234 balls, including seven fours. He scored 112 in the second innings of the test in Dhaka in a losing cause. It was Warner's second longest innings after his 286-ball knock against New Zealand in 2015 in a match in which he made his career best 253.

"I think from a patience point of view, definitely (it was my best)," Warner said. "I always talk about trying to bat long periods for time in these conditions and by far that's the hottest I've ever played in.

"It was quite challenging to be out there. Coming off yesterday, it was every minute that I was out there. We were out there for 100 overs the day before."

The start of the day was delayed by heavy rain, after which Warner and Peter Handscomb resumed on 225-2.

With Warner reaching 99 without hassle, Handscomb was run out as Shakib Al Hasan made a direct throw from square leg, ending the 152-run partnership. Handscomb hit six boundaries in his 144-ball 82.

Warner waited for 16 balls before he cleared the boundary with a cover drive to reach the three-digit figure.

"It's crucial that we try and put as many runs on the board as possible. I wouldn't say the wicket is deteriorating, there's a little bit of rough out there created from the bowlers," Warner said. "The middle of the wicket is still nice and true. But as the spinners do, they'll work what they need to do and hit those rough areas."

Pacer Mustafizur Rahman, who turned 22 on Wednesday, dismissed Warner as Imrul Kayes completed the catch at leg gully on the third attempt.

"I tried to increase my pace and give one or two bouncers in a good area in every over. Honestly, I didn't try the bouncer in the past. It worked well," Rahman said. "We need to get the only wicket as early as possible in tomorrow morning. And then our batsman should play to their potential to win the match. It is possible."

Glenn Maxwell and Hilton Cartwright surpassed Bangladesh's first innings total 305 before the latter was dismissed by offspinner Mehidy Hasan just before tea.

Maxwell, reprieved on 10, kept the side on course until Hasan dismissed him with a delivery that spun to touch his glove before wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim dived forward to take it.

Maxwell faced 98 deliveries and scored 38, with three boundaries.

However, his dismissal effectively blocked Australia's way to a big lead as Rahman and Hasan made Australia nine down before bad light brought a pre-mature end to the day.

Steve O'Keefe was batting on 8 with Nathan Lyon yet to score.

Rahman (3-84) and Hasan (3-93) picked up three wickets apiece, while Al Hasan and Taijul Islam took one each.


Andrus, Rangers spoil Gohara's debut, top Braves 12-8

Texas Rangers' Elvis Andrus hits a solo home run in the first inning of the first game of a baseball doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves, Wednesday, Sep. 6, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland)

Charles Odum

Atlanta (AP) — With his 20th homer of the season, Elvis Andrus joined a power-speed club whose only other 2017 members are Jose Altuve and Mike Trout.

For the Texas Rangers, the recent power surge from Andrus is especially important as the team competes for an AL wild card after losing Adrian Beltre with a hamstring injury.

Andrus drove in three runs with four hits, including a homer, and the Rangers beat the Atlanta Braves 12-8 on Wednesday in the opener of a day-night doubleheader to spoil the major league debut of Luiz Gohara.

Andrus has 23 stolen bases to go with the 20 homers, more than double his previous career high of eight last season. Altuve and Trout are the only other current 20-20 players in the majors.

"It's great company, the two best players in the league right now," Andrus said. "I'm really proud of the season I'm having right now, but it's not about me."

The Rangers began the day two games behind the Angels in the race for the second AL wild card. Texas could be without Beltre for at least four weeks after he suffered a Grade 2 strain of his left hamstring on Aug. 31.

Andrus has hit four homers in the last three games.

"It's huge, in the absence of a pure power hitter in our lineup," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "He's filling the void right now with Adrian being out."

Gohara (0-1), a 21-year-old native of Brazil, allowed six runs in four innings in the first game of a day-night doubleheader. The lefty gave up four hits, walked four and struck out six. He gave up the homer to Andrus with two outs in the first.

"I got a little excited for the first inning," Gohara said. "Tried to calm down a little. The walks just happen in baseball.

"I feel pretty good to be here. It took a lot of time to get here," he said.

Gohara lost a 4-2 lead in the fourth, when he was hurt by walks to Joey Gallo and Napoli. Brett Nicholas hit an RBI double and pinch-hitter Will Middlebrooks followed with a tying, two-run triple. Middlebrooks scored on a wild pitch to give Texas a 5-4 lead.

"He's got the stuff to get major league hitters out," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "It's just a matter of refining it."

Mike Napoli hit a two-run homer off Braves reliever Matt Wisler in the fifth.

Andrus, who began his career in the Braves' organization, hit a homer over the 400-foot mark on the center field wall in the first.

Matt Kemp and Ender Inciarte hit homers off Rangers starter Miguel Gonzalez, who allowed four runs in three innings. Inciarte had three hits.

Austin Bibens-Dirkx (5-2) threw three scoreless innings in relief of Gonzalez.

Matt Adams hit a run-scoring double off Tyson Ross in the ninth and scored on a single by Rio Ruiz. Alex Claudio replaced Ross and got David Freitas on a game-ending groundout.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves rookie catcher Freitas had two hits in his third start. C Tyler Flowers (wrist contusion) could come off the DL this weekend. ... OF-IF Danny Santana was placed on the 60-day DL with a strained left quad. He came off the 10-day DL on Tuesday before it was determined he aggravated the injury in his minor league rehab.

EMPTY SEATS

The early afternoon game of the doubleheader was scheduled when Tuesday night's game was postponed by rain. There were 19,971 tickets distributed, but it appeared that only a few hundred fans were in the stands.

20-20 TEXAS SHORTSTOPS

The only other Rangers shortstop to have at least 20 homers and 20 stolen bases in a season was Toby Harrah, in 1975 and 1977.

UP NEXT

Rangers: Following a day off Thursday, LHP Martin Perez (11-10, 4.87) will start when Texas opens a three-game home series against the Yankees on Friday night.

Braves: LHP Sean Newcomb (2-8, 4.31) will start when the Braves begin a four-game series against Miami on Thursday night. Newcomb allowed three runs in six innings in a 5-0 loss to the Marlins on June 16.


Kohli, Pandey steer India to T20 win over Sri Lanka

India's Virat Kohli plays a shot during the Twenty20 cricket match against Sri Lanka in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Sept. 6. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Krishan Francis

Colombo, Sri Lanka (AP) — Captain Virat Kohli scored 82 off 54 balls and Manish Pandey struck an unbeaten maiden half-century to propel India to a seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka in their only Twenty20 international on Wednesday.

Asked to bat first, Sri Lanka made 170-7 in their 20 overs. India reached 174-3 after Kohli shared 119 runs for the third wicket with Pandey, who hit a boundary to get the winning runs and his half-century with four deliveries to spare.

The victory gave India a clean sweep of all formats on the tour, after winning the test series 3-0 and one-day international series 5-0.

"It was a competitive score," Sri Lanka coach Nick Pothas said of his team's effort. "If we looked at how we played we were probably 15 short.

"We probably had few too many little cameos, could have dragged a little bit longer. 170 is competitive, but when you play a team with such quality, we've got to be very, very good in the field and with the ball."

Kohli and Pandey came together when India were two wickets down for 42 runs.

Rohit Sharma (9) was out first, miscuing a hit for a catch to Thisara Perera after being frustrated by some dot balls from fast bowler Lasith Malinga.

Dasun Shanaka brilliantly caught Lokesh Rahul (24) off leg spinner Seekkuge Prasanna.

Sensing an advantage, Sri Lanka's bowlers turned the pressure on Kohli and Pandey with some tight bowling and fielding. However, the two batsmen stood firm before going on to score freely and lead India to victory.

Kohli hit seven boundaries and a six before being out caught in the deep with 10 runs needed for victory. Pandey was unbeaten on 51 in 36 deliveries, including four boundaries and a six.

Earlier, Sri Lanka captain Upul Tharanga (5) was bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar with the score on 22. Niroshan Dickwella made 17 before being bowled by paceman Jasprit Bumrah.

Dilshan Munaweera made a maiden Twenty20 half-century and was out for 53 off 29 deliveries. He hit five boundaries and four sixes before losing the grip of his bat and being bowled by spinner Kuldeep Yadav.

Yadav bowled four economical overs and conceded only 20 runs for two wickets and was named player of the match for his effort.

Legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal took three wickets for 43 runs.


English soccer player banned for FA Cup pie-eating bet stunt

This is Feb. 20, 2017 file photo shows Sutton reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw, standing right, during the FA cup match against Arsenal in Sutton, England. (Andrew Matthews/PA via AP)

London (AP) — The English Football Association has banned a player for influencing a betting market when he ate a meat pie during his team's landmark FA Cup game against Arsenal.

A newspaper's betting company, which sponsored Sutton United, had 8-1 odds that Sutton's overweight reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw would eat a pie during February's globally-televised game at the south London club.

After Sutton used all of their substitutions and there was no chance Shaw would appear in the 2-0 loss to Arsenal, he munched on the pie while sitting on the bench.

The FA case ended at a hearing Wednesday when Shaw was fined 375 pounds ($490) and banned from soccer for two months after he was found guilty of having "intentionally influenced a football betting market."

Shaw quit Sutton after the game.


Update September 6, 2017

Williams edges Kvitova for 1st US Open semifinal since 2010

Venus Williams, of the United States, celebrates after defeating Petra Kvitova, of the Czech Republic, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (2) in a quarterfinal at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 5. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Howard Fendrich

New York (AP) — When her work was done, her first trip to the U.S. Open semifinals since 2010 secured, if just barely, Venus Williams sat in her sideline chair and beamed.

Williams reached her third major semifinal of the season — something she last did 15 years ago — by edging two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (2) on Tuesday night to a soundtrack of thunderous partisan support under a closed roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

"I have to say, I felt every single one of you guys behind me — all 23,000," Williams told the crowd. "I mean, that feels good. It feels amazing. And I didn't want to let you guys down."

She sure didn't. The 37-year-old Williams, who won titles at Flushing Meadows way back in 2000 and 2001, trailed 3-1 in the third set before digging out of the hole with a little help: Kvitova's eighth double-fault handed over the break that made it 3-all. And Kvitova's ninth double-fault got Williams to match point in the tiebreaker.

Williams will face unseeded Sloane Stephens on Thursday in the first all-American women's semifinal in New York since 2002. Stephens advanced earlier Tuesday with a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (4) victory over 16th-seeded Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia. It is Stephens' deepest run at any major since 2013 and the apex of a recovery from foot surgery in January.

Kvitova, seeded 13th, was hoping to prolong her comeback from a knife attack less than nine months ago by reaching the first U.S. Open semifinal of her career. She needed surgery on her racket-holding hand after she was cut by an intruder at her home in the Czech Republic in December. She returned to the tour at the French Open in May, losing in the second round there and at Wimbledon.

Kvitova has said she still does not have full strength in her left hand. But she was often at her powerful best against No. 9 Williams, especially in the last two sets, repeatedly delivering big, flat forehands. Neither woman played with a ton of subtlety, mainly trading stinging groundstrokes from the baseline on exchanges that grew in intensity as the 2-hour, 34-minute encounter went along.

"First of all, everything that she's gone through — to go through that is unbelievable, and you don't imagine that you're going to wake up one day and that's going to happen," Williams said. "So it's so wonderful to see her back and playing amazing."

Williams, who revealed in 2011 she had been diagnosed with an energy-sapping autoimmune disease, is the oldest women's semifinalist at a major tournament since Martina Navratilova at Wimbledon in 1994.

But this sort of throwback run is becoming almost routine again for Williams, who made it to the Australian Open final in January of this year, then the Wimbledon final in July. In 2002, she participated in three Grand Slam finals, losing each to her younger sister Serena.

The older Williams made sure Little Sis got a mention Tuesday, too: When she was asked in her on-court interview about the success of American women at this U.S. Open — 15th-seeded Madison Keys and 20th-seeded CoCo Vandeweghe play their quarterfinals Wednesday — Venus replied, "Have to give some credit to Serena."

Stephens, ranked 83rd, has won 13 of her past 15 matches, all on hard courts, reaching the semifinals at three consecutive tournaments for the only time in her career.

She had an operation in January, and while forced to stay away from her sport, she found a new appreciation for it. The time off also allowed her to enjoy other aspects of life.

"I couldn't walk. I couldn't do all the things that I wanted to do. But I did get to hang out with my family and see my little cousin's soccer games and go to weddings and baby showers and stuff. All the things that I thought before I was missing out on, (now) I really wasn't," said Stephens, whose late father, John Stephens, was the 1988 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year for the New England Patriots, and whose mother, Sybil Smith, was Boston University's first All-American in women's swimming.

"It was just kind of, like, eye-opening," Stephens added. "When I wasn't playing, like, of course I loved my time off, but when I got back to playing tennis, it was, like, this is where I want to be. This is what I love doing."

In the men's quarterfinals, 12th-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain had no trouble beating No. 29 Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-4, 6-4, 6-2. It was Carreno Busta's first match of the tournament against an opponent who was not a qualifier.

Carreno Busta's debut in a Grand Slam semifinal will come Friday against No. 17 Sam Querrey of the U.S. or No. 28 Kevin Anderson of South Africa, who were scheduled to play Tuesday night.

"I know that I didn't win matches against top players — top-10 or top-20 players," Carreno Busta said, "but I am very happy with my tournament."


Spain and Serbia close in on World Cup spots

Serbia's Aleksandar Kolarov, left, scores his side's winning goal against Republic of Ireland during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying, Group D match at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, Tuesday Sept. 5. (Niall Carson/PA via AP)

Daniella Matar

Vaduz, Liechtenstein (AP) - Spain and Serbia are on the verge of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia after wins on Tuesday, while Croatia and Iceland are top of a very tight Group I.

Spain followed up Saturday's 3-0 win over Italy by crushing Liechtenstein 8-0 to remain top of Group G, three points ahead of the Azzurri, who labored to a 1-0 win over Israel.

Serbia are similarly in control of Group D after beating Ireland 1-0 to go four points clear.

Matters are far less clear in Group I, where four teams are separated by just two points with two games left. Group leaders Croatia and Iceland have 16 points, while Turkey and Ukraine are both just two points behind.

Only the nine group winners automatically advance from European qualifying, with the eight best runners-up going to a playoff round.

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GROUP D

A goal from Aleksandar Kolarov guided 10-man Serbia to a 1-0 win over Ireland, putting the Balkan nation on the verge of a place at next year's World Cup.

Kolarov ran onto a pass from Filip Kostic in the 55th minute and unleashed a fierce shot.

Serbia were reduced to 10 men after defender Nikola Maksimovic was sent off for a desperate lunge on Daryl Murphy in the 68th minute as the Ireland forward ran through on goal.

The win in Dublin leaves Serbia top of the group, four points clear of Wales with two games remaining against Austria and Georgia.

Wales struggled to create many chances against a defensively minded Moldovan team until 17-year-old Liverpool player Ben Woodburn came on as a substitute.

After scoring the winning goal for Wales against Austria on Saturday, Woodburn revitalized his team against Moldova with smart passing and provided the cross for Robson-Kanu's diving header in the 80th.

Aaron Ramsey made it 2-0 for Wales deep into stoppage time.

The qualifier between Ireland and Wales on Oct. 9 in Cardiff looks increasingly likely to be decisive, with the winner claiming second place in Group D and a likely spot in the playoffs.

Austria drew 1-1 at home to Georgia.

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GROUP G

Alvaro Morata and Iago Aspas each scored two goals as Spain maintained their three-point advantage over second-placed Italy with two matches remaining.

Spain also scored through Sergio Ramos, Francisco "Isco" Alarcon, David Silva and an own goal by Max Goeppel as they repeated their 8-0 victory over Liechtenstein last year and guaranteed themselves at least second place in the group.

Spain have a much better goal difference than Italy so they can virtually secure first place — and a guaranteed spot for next year's tournament in Russia — with a home win against Albania in Alicante on Oct. 6.

Italy are all but assured of a spot in the playoffs as Ciro Immobile's second-half goal means the Azzurri need just one point from their final two qualifying matches to secure second spot and a playoff berth. They next play Macedonia in Turin on Oct. 6, three days before they visit Albania.

Albania's hopes of sneaking into the playoffs are almost certainly over after they were held to a 1-1 draw in Macedonia.

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GROUP I

Cenk Tosun scored a second-half goal to lead Turkey to a 1-0 win over Croatia that blew the group wide open.

Group leaders Croatia and Iceland have 16 points each, while Turkey and Ukraine are both just two points further back.

Tosun slammed the ball home in the 75th minute after Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic was unable to hold on to a fierce drive by Oguzhan Ozyakyup at a packed stadium in Eskisehir.

Iceland recovered from Saturday's 1-0 loss to Finland to beat Ukraine 2-0, thanks to two second-half goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Finland beat Kosovo 1-0 in a match between the two bottom teams. Teemu Pukki's late goal handed Kosovo their seventh straight defeat in their first major qualifying competition.


Syria to face Australia in World Cup hunt as Saudis qualify

Australia's Tomi Juric, right celebrates scoring against Thailand during their World Cup Group B qualifying match in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Sept. 05. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

James Ellingworth

Melbourne, Australia (AP) - South Korea and Saudi Arabia qualified for next year's World Cup on Tuesday, while war-torn Syria kept alive their dream of playing on soccer's biggest stage for the first time.

Australia, the reigning Asian champions, will face Syria in a playoff to stay in contention for a World Cup place after both teams missed the chance to seal automatic qualification, as the group stages of Asian qualifying drew to a close.

In Group B, Australia beat Thailand 2-1 in a nervous performance. Needing to boost their goal difference to hold off Saudi Arabia in the standings, the Australians instead missed chance after chance against much weaker opponents.

That left Saudi Arabia needing to win by just one goal against Japan. Fahad Al Muwallad obliged with a fierce strike into the top-right corner in the 63rd minute to hand the Saudis a 1-0 win and their first World Cup appearance since 2006.

The final whistle started celebrations at the packed stadium in Jeddah, with players lifting each other into the air and embracing Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk as traditional Arabian music played.

Australia were unbeaten in qualifying until they lost in Japan last week, a result that ensured Japan secured first place in Group B and a spot at the tournament in Russia next year.

Tomi Juric opened the scoring for Australia against Thailand in the 69th minute when he nodded in a cross from Aaron Mooy.

Pokklaw Anan got a surprise equalizer for Thailand against the run of play in the 82nd, but Mathew Leckie ensured Australia's win in the 86th with a left-foot drive from close range after Sinthaweechai Hathairattanakool failed to punch the ball clear of the goalmouth. Thailand finished last in the group with two points.

In Group A, South Korea drew 0-0 with Uzbekistan to claim an automatic spot ahead of Syria, continuing the South Koreans' Asian record of appearing at nine consecutive World Cups dating back to 1986.

The South Koreans hit the woodwork twice in the first half, but endured some nervy moments in the second against Uzbekistan, who were in contention to make their first World Cup appearance.

When the final whistle blew, several South Korean players sank to the ground in relief before starting some low-key celebrations. South Korea endured a misfiring campaign which included surprise losses to Qatar and China.

Despite the war raging at home, Syria had come close to qualifying for their first World Cup, and would have done so had they held on to an early 1-0 lead away to Iran, who had already qualified as group winners.

Tamer Mohamed's 13th-minute header put the Syrians ahead, but Iran fought back to show why they are unbeaten in competitive games for over three years.

Sardar Azmoun pulled Iran level in first-half stoppage time, using his chest to knock in a rebound, and he struck again from close range in the 64th when Syria failed to clear a long throw-in.

Syria made it 2-2 in stoppage time when Omar Al Soma put the ball between Iranian goalkeeper Alireza Salimi's legs.

The winner of next month's two-legged playoff between Syria and Australia will face a team from the CONCACAF confederation covering North and Central America, and the Caribbean for a World Cup spot.

Conflict at home put huge obstacles in Syria's path. The team played its home games in Malaysia, 4,500 miles away to the south-east. But they still managed strong performances against some of Asia's best teams, earning draws with South Korea and Iran in previous qualifiers.


Brazil, France allege Rio Olympics vote-buying scheme

Carlos Nuzman, president of the Brazilian Olympic committee, arrives at Federal Police headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Sept. 5 to answer questions on corruption charges surrounding the 2016 Olympic Games. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Peter Prengaman & Stephen Wade

Rio de Janeiro (AP) — Brazilian and French authorities said Tuesday they uncovered an international corruption scheme aimed at buying votes in awarding the 2016 Olympics. It is the latest allegation to sully the legacy of the Rio Games, the first Olympics in South America.

The disclosures came as police in Rio de Janeiro raided the home of Brazilian Olympic Committee President Carlos Nuzman. They emerged with suitcases, documents and a computer. Police said detention warrants had been issued for Nuzman and an associate, businessman Arthur Cesar de Menezes Soares Filho, who authorities believe to be in Miami.

Nuzman left his house accompanied by his lawyer and later appeared at a police station for questioning. He left a few hours later without commenting. Lawyer Sergio Mazzillo said his client would cooperate but "did not commit any irregularity."

"Unfortunately, this has created a media spectacle," Mazzillo said.

In total, 11 detention warrants were issued for people in both Brazil and France in what police dubbed "Operation Unfair Play."

At a news conference, investigators said Nuzman, an honorary member of the International Olympic Committee, was a central player in buying votes for Rio's Olympic bid in 2009.

Nuzman brought together Soares Filho and Lamine Diack, the former head of track and field's governing body who at the time was an IOC voting member, according to authorities. Soares Filho's company, Matlock Capital Group, allegedly paid Diack $2 million into an account of Diack's son, Papa Massata Diack. Authorities said they had "substantial" documentation of payments made through Caribbean accounts.

Several construction and concession companies stood to gain by bringing the games to Rio, prosecutor Fabiana Schneider said. She said the "criminal organization" of Sergio Cabral, the former governor of Rio de Janeiro who has been jailed on a different corruption conviction, drove the scheme.

"The Olympic Games were used as a big trampoline for acts of corruption," Schneider said.

The IOC said it had "learned about these circumstances from the media and is making every effort to get the full information."

The 75-year-old Nuzman was an IOC member for 12 years and one of the most prominent figures in bringing the games to Rio. He is part of the 2020 Tokyo Games coordination commission, which advises organizers in running the event.

Soon after the Rio Games, IOC President Thomas Bach awarded Nuzman the "Olympic Order," given to those who have made extraordinary contributions to the Olympics.

Chicago, Madrid, Tokyo and Rio were candidates for the 2016 Olympics. The vote was held in 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark, with Rio defeating Madrid 66-32. Chicago, seen as having the best bid and most ready-to-go facilities, was eliminated in the first round of voting.

Authorities said they could only confirm the buying of Diack's vote, but even that could have had wide influence because delegations tend to vote in blocs. Diack is from Senegal.

"This is quite damaging" to the IOC, said Andrew Zimbalist, an economist who recently wrote a book on fallout from the Rio Olympics. "The IOC tried to say goodbye to Rio in August 2016, but the issues arising from the $20 billion plus extravaganza won't go away."

In France, a 2-year-old investigation into corruption in sports first came to light with the arrest in November 2015 of Diack. The French have been looking into allegations that Diack, son Papa Massata Diack and others were involved in blackmailing athletes and covering-up failed drug tests.

The French Financial Prosecutors' Office, which has been leading the inquiries, said Tuesday its investigations have "uncovered the existence of a system of large-scale corruption organized around Papa Massata Diack." It also said its evidence indicates votes by members of the IOC and the ruling track body were "negotiated against payment to obtain city hosting rights for the biggest global sports competitions."

Since the Rio Games ended a year ago there has been a steady stream of accusations surrounding the awarding of building projects.

Former Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes is being investigated for allegedly accepting at least 15 million reals ($5 million) in payments to facilitate construction projects tied to the games.

Paes, who has denied wrongdoing, is one of dozens of top politicians implicated in a sweeping judicial corruption investigation in which construction giant Odebrecht illegally paid billions to help win contracts.

When Rio was awarded the Olympics, it was widely celebrated as a sign that Brazil, Latin America's largest nation, had finally arrived on the world stage. During the closing ceremony, Bach said that promise had been realized.

"These Olympic Games are leaving a unique legacy for generations to come," he said at the famed Maracana Stadium. "History will talk about a Rio de Janeiro before and a much better Rio de Janeiro after the Olympic Games."


Warner hits unbeaten 88 for Australia against Bangladesh

Australia's David Warner plays a shot during the second day of the second test against Bangladesh in Chittagong, Bangladesh, Tuesday, Sept. 5. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)

Chittagong, Bangladesh (AP) — Australia opener David Warner hit an unbeaten 88 on Tuesday to help his team to a commanding 225-2 at the end of the Day 2, reducing Bangladesh's first innings lead to 80 runs in the second cricket test.

Fresh from his maiden century in sub-continental Asia, Warner combined two important partnerships to help his side in taking the upper hand.

He first put together a 93-run partnership with captain Steve Smith (58) after the loss of Matt Renshaw (4), which left Australia at 5-1. Warner then shared an undefeated 127 with Peter Handscomb.

Bangladesh let Warner survive twice - on 52 and 73. Mominul Haque dropped Warner at short leg off left-arm spin bowler Taijul Islam, while Mushfiqur Rahim missed a stumping chance off offspinner Mehidy Hasan.

Handscomb was unbeaten on 69 off 113 balls, including five boundaries. He survived a video review taken by Bangladesh but the ultra edge detected an inside-edge.

Warner was uncharacteristically restrained in a knock in which he negotiated 170 balls and hit only four boundaries.

"Usually Warner doesn't bat in this manner and always likes to play shots, but today he was totally different and batted slowly," Bangladesh batsman Nasir Hossain said. "The wicket did not have much turn like the Mirpur wicket. We intended to bowl at the rough in a bid to extract the turn but Warner showed huge patience."

He began cautiously as Renshaw was out before lunch, chasing a leg-side delivery from Mustafizur Rahman (1-30) and giving Mushfiqur Rahim a diving catch behind the stumps.

Smith's counter-attack helped the side stabilize the innings. He sent the ball across the rope eight times in his 58 off 94.

Left-arm spin bowler Taijul Islam (1-50) broke through in his first delivery of the innings by bowling Smith just as Australia appeared to be on course to survive the second session without losing any wickets.

That was the last time in the day Bangladesh managed to get any wickets as Warner and Handscomb kept them wicket-less thereafter, including the entire third session.

"For us, it's a case of whoever's bowling can get you out, so making sure you stay in," Australian coach Darren Lehmann said. "From the first test it's a totally different wicket. But that's not our choice. If that's what Bangladesh want to do, that's well within their rights."

Offspinner Nathan Lyon remained the pick of the bowlers early in the test. He claimed 7-94 as Australia wrapped up Bangladesh's innings for 305 late in the morning session.

"Obviously he's just getting better and better in these conditions," Lehmann said of Lyon. "Changing his variations and growing and growing as a bowler. He's really growing as a leader in our pack, if you like, in these conditions."

He struck with his second ball of the day, dismissing Rahim for 68, after Bangladesh resumed the on 253-6.

Rahim was surprised by the sharp turn and bounce that Lyon extracted from the pitch. In a chanceless innings, lasting 166 balls, Rahim hit five boundaries.

Rahim and Nasir Hossain combined for a 43-run partnership for the seventh wicket before Asthon Agar (2-52) struck, having Hossain caught behind for 45.

Hasan (11) and Islam (9) helped Bangladesh surpass 300 before Lyon struck again to finish the Bangladesh innings, leaving Australia four overs to bat before lunch.


Update September 5, 2017

Germany, England close in on World Cup qualification

England's Eric Dier, left, celebrates after scoring his side's equalizing goal during the World Cup Group F qualifying match against Slovakia at Wembley stadium in London, Monday, Sept. 4. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Ciaran Fahey

London (AP) - Germany roared back to their best in a 6-0 demolition of Norway, while England also closed in on World Cup qualification, albeit in contrasting fashion in a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Slovakia on Monday.

An early Marcus Rashford blunder put England on the back foot but the 19-year-old forward made amends by scoring the winner to put his side five points clear in Europe Group F with two rounds remaining.

It proved much easier for Germany in Stuttgart.

Coach Joachim Loew had been looking for a reaction from his players after the fortunate 2-1 win over the Czech Republic on Friday, and Norway paid the price as the defending champions delivered a statement of intent.

"It was a lesson for us," Norway coach Lars Lagerback said.

The fans also played their part in a carnival atmosphere - a stark contrast to the unsightly scenes in Prague, where a group of around 200 German fans chanted Nazi slogans and abused striker Timo Werner.

Werner was received warmly in Stuttgart, his hometown, and he repaid the fans with two goals as Germany moved five points clear of Northern Ireland. Loew's side made it eight wins from eight games.

"It was a really joyful, spirited atmosphere. lt was an evening of football as you'd wish it," German soccer federation president Reinhard Grindel said.

Northern Ireland's 2-0 win over the Czech Republic in Belfast secured at least second place in Group C. Germany would need to lose both of their remaining games to surrender the top spot.

Group winners qualify automatically for the World Cup in Russia, while the top eight runners-up from nine groups go on to playoffs to decide the other four places allocated to Europe.

Here's a closer look at the qualifying groups in action Monday:

GROUP C

Mesut Ozil got Germany off to a flying start, then set up Julian Draxler, before Thomas Mueller set up Werner with his heel for Germany's third with just 21 minutes played.

Mueller also provided for Werner's second, Leon Goretzka scored after the break, and Mario Gomez completed the rout with a little over ten minutes remaining.

First-half goals from Jonny Evans and Chris Brunt were enough for Northern Ireland's first win over the Czechs at the sixth attempt.

GROUP E

Poland, Montenegro, and Denmark all won to keep automatic qualification up for grabs.

Poland stayed first by beating Kazakhstan 3-0, with Robert Lewandowski capping the victory by converting a late penalty in Warsaw.

Denmark thrashed Armenia 4-1 away, thanks to a hat trick from Thomas Delaney and a free kick by Christian Eriksen, to stay three points adrift of Poland.

Stevan Jovetic scored for Montenegro in their1-0 win over Romania, but his side dropped below the Danes on goal difference with two rounds remaining.

Poland host Montenegro in the final round in what could be a decisive group game.

GROUP F

Marcus Rashford unleashed a dipping, angled finish from 20 yards out in the 59th minute to earn England a sixth win in eight group games, having provided the corner that Eric Dier turned home to make it 1-1 in the 37th.

Rashford made amends for losing possession to Stanislav Lobotka and then failing to track the midfielder, who slotted in an opening goal inside three minutes to bring the majority of Wembley to a stunned silence.

Scotland benefited from their old foe's win at Wembley, closing to within one point of Slovakia in fourth place with a 2-0 home victory over Malta. Slovenia stayed tied on points with Scotland by beating Lithuania 4-0 but climbed into third place on goal difference.


No. 1 Nadal crushes Dolgopolov, returns to US Open quarters

Rafael Nadal, of Spain, serves to Alexandr Dolgopolov, of Ukraine, during the fourth round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Monday, Sept. 4, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Brian Mahoney

New York (AP) — The closer Rafael Nadal gets to a potential long-awaited U.S. Open matchup with Roger Federer, the better he is playing.

Nadal easily returned to the tournament quarterfinals for the first time in four years by routing Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-2, 6-4, 6-1 on Monday.

Nadal turned in his most powerful performance yet on a dominant day for the No. 1 seeds, and moved a victory away from the possible semifinal showdown with his longtime rival at the only major where they have never played.

"Every victory, every set that you win is more confidence. That what's I am doing," Nadal said.

Shortly after top-seeded Karolina Pliskova overwhelmed American Jennifer Brady 6-1, 6-0 in just 47 minutes, Nadal punished an opponent who had beaten him in two of the previous three meetings.

He never gave the unseeded Dolgopolov a chance, breaking serve six times in the 1 hour, 41 minute match.

Nadal hadn't reached the quarterfinals in Flushing Meadows since the last of his two U.S. Open titles in 2013. He advanced to face 19-year-old Russian Andrey Rublev, the youngest quarterfinalist since Andy Roddick had just turned 19 in 2001.

Rublev upset No. 9 seed David Goffin 7-5, 7-6 (5), 6-3, and will be Nadal's fifth straight unseeded opponent.

"I am in quarterfinals against a tough opponent now. I need to be ready to keep fighting and play better than today, and that's my goal," Nadal said.

Federer was trying to do his part when he brought an 11-0 record against No. 33 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber into their night matchup.

Nadal had dropped the first set in the two previous rounds but he was locked in from the start of his 50th U.S. Open victory, never losing serve and facing just two break points.

"I played bad," Dolgopolov said. "He didn't do much today. ... I was (making mistakes) a lot. I was pretty much deciding most of the points."

The second match of the day at Arthur Ashe Stadium started perhaps a little earlier than expected, thanks to the ease of Pliskova's victory.

Two days after having to fight off a match point to advance, the Czech ran her unseeded opponent off the court as fans were still just filing into the grounds at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

The Czech won 22 of 24 points on her first serve, broke Brady's serve six times and advanced to face No. 20 CoCo Vandeweghe, who beat Lucie Safarova 6-4, 7-6 (2) to become the third American into the women's quarterfinals.

"Sometimes you just need to have some of those matches where you can just really get through it. You don't even know why, but the game improves so much," Pliskova said. "So I didn't change anything. I didn't even practice yesterday. So there is nothing really what I did different. But I just felt much better."

Pliskova was the runner-up to Angelique Kerber at Flushing Meadows last year and needs to get back to the final in order to remain atop the WTA rankings.

She wouldn't have much problem if she plays as she did in a nearly flawless fourth-round performance, looking nothing like the player who nearly went home a round earlier.

Pliskova also played the first match on Ashe on Saturday. She dropped the first set and had to fight off a match point in the second before rallying to beat No. 27 Zhang Shuai 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.

This time, she raced to a 4-0 lead against an obviously nervous opponent, then won the second set in even more lopsided fashion. She won 25 points to just seven for Brady in the second set.

"I felt like she was playing pretty well today. I didn't play my best. Maybe I gave her the opportunity to play well," Brady said. "But, you know, I think she was hitting her spots and her serves well. She came out playing, I felt, like the No. 1 player."

Former champion Juan Martin del Potro, the No. 24 seed, faced sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem, with the winner getting Federer if the five-time champion can improve his 31-1 record in night matches at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Women's No. 4 Elina Svitolina played the nightcap against No. 15 seed Madison Keys, who was trying to follow Americans Vandeweghe, Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens into the quarters.

The winner of that match will play Kaia Kanepi, who beat Russia's Daria Kasatkina 6-4, 6-4 to become the first qualifier in 36 years to reach the U.S. Open women's quarterfinals.

The 32-year-old Estonian is ranked 418th after missing much of the past two years with problems in the soles of both feet and a virus known as a precursor to mononucleosis.


Thomas wins Boston for 5th title of the season

Justin Thomas poses with the trophy after winning the Dell Technologies Championship golf tournament at TPC Boston in Norton, Mass., Monday, Sept. 4. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Doug Ferguson

Norton, Mass. (AP) — The victories keep piling up for Justin Thomas, and all that does is make him want more.

In a Labor Day finish that was harder than the final margin suggested, Thomas kept his patience when Jordan Spieth shot out to a brief lead and Marc Leishman built a two-shot lead at the turn. Keeping his mistakes to a minimum, Thomas outlasted them both by closing with a 5-under 66 for a three-shot victory in the Dell Technologies Championship.

He started the PGA Tour season at No. 34 in the world with all of one PGA Tour victory.

Thomas won for the fifth time Monday, including his first major three weeks ago at the PGA Championship. He is No. 4 in the world. And barring Spieth running the tables the rest of the FedEx Cup playoffs, the 24-year-old Thomas would seem to be a lock to be voted PGA Tour player of the year.

"I have two events left. I have two more opportunities to win," Thomas said. "And I'd love to make it six or seven wins."

Thomas made only two bogeys all week, the last one putting him in a three-way tie with seven holes to play. He won on the back nine at TPC Boston with a sand wedge he gouged out of the rough to 6 feet on No. 13, a gap wedge to 4 feet on No. 15 for another birdie, and a 6-foot par save that kept him two shots clear.

Spieth wasted a start that riled up the New England crowd — birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie — by missing the 14th green with a 5-iron for bogey. Needing an eagle to stay in the game on the par-5 18th, Spieth pushed a 4-iron into a tough lie in the bunker, blasted over the green and made bogey for a 67.

Spieth was runner-up for the second straight week in the FedEx Cup playoffs. He lost a three-shot lead to Dustin Johnson on Long Island. There wasn't much he could have done to stop Thomas, his best friend in golf since they were teenagers.

"Came out firing, like I said we had to do," Spieth said. "Eight through 14 is the meat of the golf course. You want to get through even. I got through over par and didn't get any coming in when I hit some good putts."

Spieth still moved to No. 1 in the FedEx Cup with one more event before the $10 million prize is decided at the Tour Championship.

Leishman shot 30 on the front to build a two-shot lead, only for it to vanish quickly. He had to save bogey on No. 10 after an errant drive. He three-putted from long range for bogey on the 11th. He found a bunker on the 12th for a third straight bogey. And then he closed with two bogeys that only cost him money. Leishman shot 70.

Johnson, the No. 1 player in the world coming off his fourth victory of the season last week, started the final round three shots behind and was one of the few players who was never in contention. He took two to get out of a fairway bunker and made bogey on the par-5 second hole, and he closed with a 73 to finish 10 behind.

Spieth was simply dynamic at the start. He didn't need to make a putt longer than 12 feet to go 5 under for the opening four holes and briefly take the lead. Leishman, who won at Bay Hill in March, kept stride with six birdies on the front nine to match Spieth's 30 and move in front.

Thomas did his part to stay in the game.

He could hear the crowd celebrating Spieth's short birdie on the fourth hole, and then Thomas belted a low slider of a drive that barely cleared the deep bunker, hit into the shaggy collar and hopped onto the fringe. He holed that 30-footer for an eagle, and the race was on.

Phil Mickelson birdied three of his opening four holes. He couldn't keep pace. Neither could Jon Rahm or Paul Casey.

The final round was so tight that Thomas, Spieth and Leishman were tied for the lead with seven holes to play. But then it all changed when Spieth missed the green at No. 14, did well to hit a flop shot to 15 feet and narrowly missed his par putt.

Thomas steadied himself after his lone bogey on the par-3 11th. Equipped with a one-shot lead because of Spieth's bogey, Thomas hit a sand wedge to 4 feet on the 15th for a birdie and a two-shot lead. Equally important was his pitch out of deep rough to the right of the 16th to a green that ran away from him. He managed to hit it 6 feet and twice clutched his fist when it dropped for par.

Spieth grazed the edge of the cup with a 10-foot birdie attempt on the 17th, and then lost all hope with his approach into the bunker.

It was the first time Spieth has finished runner-up to Thomas, his best friend in golf since they were teenagers.

Kevin Chappell bogeyed his last hole and still managed to nudge Charley Hoffman by a fraction of a point to earn the 10th and final automatic spot on the U.S. team for the Presidents Cup.

Stewart Cink closed with a 68 to finish 12th, more than enough for him to advance to the third FedEx Cup playoff event outside Chicago for the first time in seven years. Emiliano Grillo and Rafa Cabrera Bello also moved into the top 70 to advance to the BMW Championship in two weeks.


Rahim hits unbeaten 62 for Bangladesh against Australia

Australia's Nathan Lyon, center, celebrates with his teammates after the dismissal of Bangladesh's Mominul Haque during the first day of the second test in Chittagong, Bangladesh, Monday, Sept. 4. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)

Chittagong, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim hit an unbeaten 62 Monday to steer his team to 253-6 at the end of the first day after winning the toss and batting in pursuit of a historic test series victory over Australia.

Rahim stalled the Australians progress after offspinner Nathan Lyon (5-77) put the visitors in commanding position with his second straight five-for.

Bangladesh slumped to 117-5 before Rahim and Sabbir Rahman combined for a 105-run sixth wicket stand.

Rahman made his career best 66, a fourth half-century, with six fours and one six off 113 balls. In his almost chanceless innings, Rahim negotiated 149 balls and sent the ball across the rope five times.

"I couldn't keep my balance. We would have been in a better position had I remained unbeaten. But I thought we did well today," Sabbir said of his dismissal. "The wicket isn't easy to bat on, but we did try to play till the end of the day. Mushfiqur and Nasir are still out there.

"I am not really sure what is good score here. We just have to bat as long as possible."

Rahim came to the crease after Lyon removed the top four batsmen, all trapped lbw, to leave Bangladesh at 85-4.

Lyon dismissed Tamin Iqbal (9), Imrul Kayes (4) and Soymya Sarkar (33) in the opening session of the second test to have Bangladesh reeling at 70-3, then added the wicket of Mominul Haque (31) in the second session.

It was the first time in test cricket that one bowler had dismissed the top four batsmen leg before wicket.

"At the moment, we need to go out there and take the four wickets and bowl really well in partnerships like we started off this morning," Lyon said. "There's not much spin there at the moment so it's a good challenge for us spinners to challenge the batters and challenge their defence on a wicket like this."

Bangladesh, on a high after their first-ever test victory over Australia last week, made only one change to their winning lineup and were upbeat after winning the toss for the second time in the series.

But the Australians, making two changes to allow for a three-pronged spin attack, made early inroads when Lyon dismissed Tamim with a quicker ball in the 10th over. Tamim scored half-centuries in both innings in the first test and his loss was an early setback for the hosts.

Lyon tested the Bangladesh batsmen with his straight and quicker deliveries as he operated tirelessly after opening the bowling with paceman Pat Cummins.

Lyon also trapped out-of-form Imrul Kayes for 4, with a straight delivery that skidded to baffle the batsman. Australia won a video review to dismiss him after umpire Nigel Llong ruled it not out.

Soumya Sarkar tried to dominate Lyon, hitting him for a boundary and a six in one over, but he fell to quicker delivery on the stroke of lunch, ending his 81-ball innings and a 49-run stand for the third wicket.

Mominul Haque, who replaced paceman Shafiul Islam to bolster Bangladesh's batting, was out in the 34th over.

Rahim then shared a 32-run stand with Shakib Al Hasan, who scored 24 before left-arm spinner Ashton Agar (1-46) had Shakib well caught behind by Matthew Wade in the 47th over.

Rahim's stubbornness complemented Rahman's aggressive batting as the duo rescued the hosts from the potential danger.

Rahman failed to keep his balance to be stumped in the 82nd over as Lyon completed his 11th five-for.

Rahim ended the day along with Nasir Hossain (19 not out) without any danger.

The Australians dropped batsman Usman Khawaja, picked three spinners and brought in allrounder Hilton Cartwright as a seam bowling backup for Cummins in a revamped lineup that is trying to avoid a first-ever test series defeat to Bangladesh.


Texans looking ahead to opener after tough week

 

In this Aug. 16, 2017, file photo, Houston Texans quarterbacks Tom Savage, right, and Deshaun Watson go through drills at an NFL football team practice in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. The Texans first game of the season is Sept. 10 against Jacksonville. (AP Photo/Chris Jackson, File)

Kristie Rieken

Houston (AP) — After a tough week waiting out Hurricane Harvey in Dallas and scrapping their final preseason game, the Houston Texans are home and looking toward Sunday's opener against Jacksonville.

While their thoughts are with the city as it begins its recovery from the storm and subsequent floods, the Texans know they must shift their focus to football this week.

"It's about winning football games," coach Bill O'Brien said. "I think that we'll do whatever we can in our spare time that we have to help the city, but ... as a football team, we're paid to coach and play and to win games. So, that's what our job is and we're going to go back to making sure we do as good a job as we can at our job."

Houston returned to a normal schedule on Monday for the first time since playing its third preseason game in New Orleans on Aug. 26.

From New Orleans the Texans flew to Dallas in advance of the storm and remained there, practicing in the Cowboys' facilities, until driving back to Houston on Wednesday when the roads into town were finally clear enough to return safely.

Players and staff spent Sunday in various locations around the city volunteering before returning to practice on Monday.

NRG Stadium was not damaged in the storm and O'Brien confirmed Monday that Sunday's game against Jacksonville will be played there as planned. He said team officials spoke with Houston mayor Sylvester Turner before making the decision.

"Everyone agrees that our game will not take resources away from other parts of the city and that this game will be an opportunity to continue to bring us all together as Houstonians and as Texans," O'Brien said.

And receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who practiced on Monday after missing time with an injured thumb, believes the game will be a boost to the city.

"In a big way. This is a football state," Hopkins said. "The state of Texas, in general, is a football state, so for us to go out there and get a win, I think that's what this city needs."

Hopkins said O'Brien didn't talk to the team about switching gears this week and he doesn't believe they have to shut out what's going on around the city to be successful on Sunday.

"I'm sure guys are going to go out this week and still (volunteer), even though we have a game Sunday, and I don't think that's going to mess our focus up," he said.

The Texans face a quick turnaround after Sunday's game with a Thursday night game at Cincinnati in Week 2, making preparations this week even more important with the short turnaround looming.

"We're professional coaches and professional football players. The train's not stopping in the NFL," O'Brien said. "Nobody feels real sorry for us, for the football team.

"Obviously there's been a great outpouring of support for the city, but in the NFL, they're moving forward and we have to move forward."

The Texans enter this week with questions on their offensive line with veteran left tackle Duane Brown continuing his holdout. He told reporters at a charity event on Monday that he plans to play this season, but didn't provide any details on when he might return to the team. But it's unlikely that he will be back in time to play on Sunday.

With Brown out, the Texans will look to Kendall Lamm to fill in. Lamm, who signed with the Texans after going undrafted in 2015, is looking forward to the opportunity.

"I'd lie (if I told) you there won't be a little bit of jitters," he said. "But as soon as I make contact the first play, all that goes away and, you know, you get back to football. So, it's exciting."


Spanish league wants UEFA to investigate Man City's spending

Spanish La Liga president Javier Tebas. (AP Photo/Gisela Salomon)

Rob Harris

Manchester, England (AP) — The Spanish soccer league wants UEFA to investigate Manchester City's spending and expand its newly-launched probe into whether Paris Saint-Germain has breached Financial Fair Play rules.

Spanish league president Javier Tebas said in a statement to The Associated Press on Monday that Abu Dhabi-funded City and Qatari-owned PSG are benefiting from state aid which distorts European competitions and "is irreparably harming the football industry."

Tebas wrote separate letters to European soccer's governing body on Aug. 22 requesting investigations into Man City and PSG.

UEFA said Friday it would look into whether PSG was flouting rules designed to control excessive spending by top European clubs. Tebas wants UEFA to go further and look into "PSG's history of noncompliance."

Both City and PSG spent hundreds of millions of pounds and euros in the transfer window that closed last week, and the Spanish league claims the teams "benefit from sponsorships that make no economic sense and lack any fair value" to help them comply with FFP.

Ultimately, clubs breaching rules can be banned from playing in the Champions League or Europa League.

"PSG and Man City's funding by state-aid distorts European competitions and creates an inflationary spiral that is irreparably harming the football industry," Tebas said. "UEFA must enforce FFP regulations to avoid discrimination among clubs."

In 2014, PSG and City were the main targets of the first round of FFP sanctions. Both had 20 million euros of their Champions League prize money deducted and had limits imposed on their spending and squad size for matches.

Then, UEFA judges told PSG that a sponsorship deal with Qatar's tourism authority had been inflated above fair market value to help the club comply with the rules. It was only in April that UEFA declared that PSG had fulfilled its obligations of stricter ongoing scrutiny.

But Tebas said both City and PSG are still trying to evade spending rules intended to ensure clubs break even.

"PSG is a habitual offender and has been violating UEFA's Financial Fair Play regulations for years," Tebas said. "It is important that UEFA doesn't just look at the most recent player transfers, but at PSG's history of noncompliance. The transfers are merely the result of years of financial doping at PSG."

UEFA responded by saying, as of Monday afternoon, there was "no investigation into Manchester City with regards to Financial Fair Play regulations."

UEFA's club finance monitoring panel intervened last week to open a fresh investigation into PSG after the Frenchclub broke the world record fee to sign Neymar from Barcelona for 222 million euros and on Thursday signed Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe.

The deal for the 18-year-old Mbappe was unusual as a one-season loan with a commitment to pay a reported 180 million euros next year, delaying PSG's financial commitment to the deal.

City were the biggest spenders in European soccer's recent transfer window, with an outlay exceeding 220 million pounds. The purchase of defenders Kyle Walker (Tottenham) and Benjamin Mendy (Monaco) accounted for about 100 million pounds of the spending.

During the current three-year FFP assessment period that runs through 2018, clubs playing in European competitions can incur losses of 30 million euros and not just rely on cash that has been injected by owners. To achieve that, according to Tebas, PSG and City are inflating their income by using sponsorship state-backed companies.

Tebas has cited to UEFA how Man City are sponsored by several state-backed companies: Etihad Airways, the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, sovereign investment fund Aabar, Etisalat communications firm and First Gulf Bank.

PSG had seven Qatari sponsorships last season: communications firm Ooredoo, Qatar National Bank, Aspire Academy, Aspetar hospital, Katara cultural project, broadcaster BeIN Sports and Qatar Tourism Authority.

PSG were bought in 2011 by the energy-rich country's Qatar Sports Investment.

City have been owned since 2008 by Sheikh Mansour, who is a member of the ruling family of Abu Dhabi — the oil-rich capital of the United Arab Emirates. He also serves as a deputy prime minister and minister of presidential affairs.


Update September 4, 2017

Hamilton tames rivals and hostile crowd in Monza

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain gets the checkered flag as he crosses the finish line to win the Italian Formula One Grand Prix, at the Monza racetrack, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 3. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, Pool)

Andrew Dampf

Monza, Italy (AP) — Lewis Hamilton's toughest test Sunday came when he was met with a chorus of whistles and boos atop the podium for the Italian Grand Prix.

The throng of red-clad fans who invaded the track had come hoping to see a Ferrari victory as the automaker celebrated its 70th anniversary.

Instead, Hamilton won virtually unchallenged from pole position, Mercedes teammate Valterri Bottas finished second, and Hamilton took the championship lead from Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who placed third.

"Some are more happy than others. ... You might have to just punch through this," former F1 driver Martin Bundle, who was handling the podium interviews, told Hamilton as the crowd made its feelings known loud and clear.

"You know what?" Hamilton replied. "I love it here in Italy and I love the passion of the fans, particularly the Ferrari fans — they are fantastic. This energy is like nowhere else we get to see, apart from maybe Silverstone. So I respect it and I appreciate it."

It was the perfect response to calm the crowd down and crown a perfect weekend for Hamilton, who on Saturday eclipsed former Ferrari great Michael Schumacher's record for Formula One pole positions, with his 69th.

Later, Hamilton went down into the crowd and was mobbed.

Hamilton finished nearly five seconds ahead of Bottas while Vettel came third, more than half a minute behind.

Hamilton now has 238 points, three more than Vettel with seven races remaining.

"It's obviously an incredibly exciting season and the last two races have been incredibly strong for us as a team," said Hamilton, who faced more of a challenge from Vettel in Belgium last weekend.

Vettel had led the standings all season but Ferrari struggled in rainy qualifying conditions Saturday and couldn't match Mercedes' race pace, either, on a Monza circuit featuring long straights and high speeds better suited to Mercedes' outright power.

"Mercedes power is definitely better than Ferrari power," Hamilton said. "So it worked well this weekend."

After getting out of his car, Hamilton first greeted Bottas then jumped into a crowd of Mercedes team members.

"To get 1-2 here is incredible," Hamilton added later. "I know it's not easy for Ferrari fans to accept."

Vettel acknowledged that his result did not meet expectations.

"But we're coming," Vettel told the crowd. "Even if this race has been difficult I know that we have a very, very strong car and we'll have a very, very strong end to the season. I'm sure of that."

After a brilliant start to the season, Vettel has now won just one of the last seven races. He also trails Hamilton in wins, six to four.

"We didn't have the pace of Mercedes today," Vettel said.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo finished fourth, having climbed through the field from a 16th-place start due to a grid penalty.

Kimi Raikkonen crossed fifth — exactly where he started — in the other Ferrari.

Force India's Esteban Ocon placed sixth and 18-year-old Lance Stroll settled for seventh after becoming the youngest F1 driver to start on the front row in his Williams.

Felipe Massa, Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen rounded out the top 10.

As drivers gathered at the front of the grid for the national anthem ahead of the race, air force jets flew low overhead emitting a trail of smoke in the green, white and red colors of the Italian flag.

Hamilton got off to a clean start and Bottas quickly moved up from fourth to put Mercedes 1-2 after only four laps.

Raikkonen battled with Bottas early on but then went off course and had to slalom through the barriers.

"I have damage on the rear of the car," Raikkonen said via team radio.

But Ferrari told the Finn they couldn't see anything.

"I don't know how to fix it," Raikkonen replied.

Meanwhile, Vettel slipstreamed past Ocon down the main straight to move into third but he, too, then reported problems with the rear of his car and kept dropping further and further behind the Mercedes cars.

"It took a while before I could really trust the car," Vettel said. "And then we were isolated."

Hamilton's only hiccup came when he skidded onto the edge of the gravel briefly midway through the race. Otherwise, he and Bottas were gaining half a second per lap on the Ferraris.

Fly-away races make up the rest of the F1 calendar, starting with the Singapore GP in two weeks.

"Ferrari might be a little bit quicker when we get to a couple of tracks where it's maximum downforce," Hamilton said. "It's going to be close with us all the way."


Sharapova's US Open ends; Williams faces Kvitova in quarters

Maria Sharapova, of Russia, returns a shot from Anastasija Sevastova, of Latvia, during the fourth round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 3, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Howard Fendrich

New York (AP) — Maybe this was just one three-setter too many for Maria Sharapova.

Sharapova tried a bit of everything, even resorting to switching over her racket to hit a few lefty shots. Still, the five-time major champion could not quite keep her Grand Slam comeback from a doping suspension going, losing in the fourth round of the U.S. Open to 16th-seeded Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 on Sunday.

"Look, three-set matches are challenging. I love being part of them. There's an element of concentration, focus, physicality that goes into all of it. And you have to put it all together. Yeah, you just have to get through it," Sharapova said. "There's no doubt that not playing those matches certainly cost me today. I did feel like I was thinking a little bit too much and not playing by instinct."

This was the third time in her four matches that Sharapova went the distance and she faded down the stretch, while also dealing with a blister on her right hand that was treated and taped by a trainer in the final set. Sharapova's miscues kept closing exchanges, and she dropped 13 of the first 14 points in that set.

The 30-year-old Russian finished with 51 unforced errors, compared to 14 for Sevastova.

"It's been a really great ride," Sharapova said.

"Ultimately, I can take a lot from this week," she continued. "It's great to get that major out of the way. It was an incredible opportunity. I'm very thankful for the opportunity."

Sharapova's exit leaves Venus Williams as the only past U.S. Open champion in the women's field. The 37-year-old Williams, who won the title in 2000 and 2001, got to the quarterfinals by beating Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. Next for Williams will be a showdown against No. 13 Petra Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon winner, who eliminated reigning Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza 7-6 (3), 6-3 on Sunday night.

This is the most significant victory for Kvitova since she returned to action after needing surgery on her racket-holding hand for cuts from a knife-wielding intruder at her home in the Czech Republic in December.

"I came here without any expectations," Kvitova said.

Sharapova hadn't played in a major tournament since the Australian Open in January 2016, when she tested positive for the newly banned drug meldonium. She served a 15-month ban for that, returning to the tour this April with a ranking too low to get into Grand Slam events.

The French Open denied her a wild-card invitation, then she planned to try to qualify for Wimbledon before pulling out because of an injured left leg.

But she was able to enter the U.S. Open thanks to a wild card from the U.S. Tennis Association, which then proceeded to put its 2006 champion in Arthur Ashe Stadium every time she played over the past week, drawing strong support from spectators — and criticism from another former No. 1-ranked woman, Caroline Wozniacki.

On Day 1 of the tournament, Sharapova won a three-set thriller under the lights against No. 2 seed Simona Halep.

"Just competing, you know, being in that competitive environment — that's what I missed," Sharapova said. "You can't replicate that anywhere, especially at a Grand Slam. So ... Monday night was a special night for me. I will always remember it."

This time, Sevastova made Sharapova run a lot by pulling her forward with drop shots or tight angles, then would often deposit follow-up strokes into open spaces. On one point won by Sharapova in the second set, she twice tracked down lobs that she got back over the net by hitting the ball left-handed.

But she could not sustain enough strong play, and Sevastova reached the U.S. Open quarterfinals for the second consecutive year.

"I allowed the match to become physical," Sharapova said about the late-going. "I don't think I played as aggressive or was stepping in as much as I did in the first set."

Sevastova will face unseeded American Sloane Stephens, who reached her first quarterfinal in New York by eliminating No. 30 Julia Goerges 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. Stephens has won 12 of her past 14 matches, a remarkable run for someone who was off the tour for 11 months because of foot surgery in January.

Earlier Sunday, 18-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov's entertaining stay ended with a 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3) loss to 12th-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain. In the quarters, Carreno Busta will play No. 29 Diego Schwartzman of Argentina.

Shapovalov was trying to become the youngest male quarterfinalist at Flushing Meadows since Andre Agassi in 1988, but he wasted a 5-2 lead and three set points in the opener, and finished with 55 unforced errors.

"Honestly, it was so much fun to be part of that atmosphere and the match and this whole two weeks," Shapovalov said. "You know, it's another life-changing event for me."


France held by Luxembourg; Belgium qualify for World Cup

France's Antoine Griezmann reacts after missing a chance to score during the World Cup Group A qualifying match against Luxembourg at the Stadium municipal in Toulouse, France, Sunday, Sept. 3. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

Jerome Pugmire

Toulouse (AP) - France wasted their chance to move a step closer to World Cup qualification after a 0-0 home draw with Luxembourg that leaves automatic qualification from Group A wide open with two games to go.

Belgium overcame stern resistance from Greece to qualify for Russia 2018, winning 2-1 away from home. Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku's winning goal put the other Red Devils out of reach at the top of Group H.

There were contrasting emotions afterward for France and Luxembourg.

"We had the chances and didn't take them," France coach Didier Deschamps said. "We should have done more."

But Luxembourg counterpart Luc Holtz could barely contain his delight.

"It's a historic result," he said. "Yes, it's a glorious day for Luxembourg football."

Sweden moved one point behind France after easing to a 4-0 win away to Belarus, while a selection choice from Netherlands coach Dick Advocaat paid off as midfielder Davy Proepper scored his first two international goals in a 3-1 home win against Bulgaria.

Advocaat's side are three points behind Sweden with two games remaining and still in with an outside chance of securing a playoff spot.

Group B rivals Switzerland and Portugal both won, with the Swiss maintaining a perfect record and three-point lead. An Oct. 10 showdown in Lisbon will likely decide which team qualifies automatically. The two sides have already secured the top two spots.

Only the group winners automatically advance in European qualifying for the World Cup.

Elsewhere, defender Domagoj Vida's header gave Group I leaders Croatia a 1-0 win against Kosovo in a match which started Saturday before being called off due to a torrential downpour.

Here is a closer look at the qualifying groups in action Sunday:

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GROUP A

While France fluffed countless chances, the Netherlands and Sweden had no problem finding the net.

Proepper's first international goals helped the Dutch keep their slim qualifying hopes alive — albeit four points behind Les Bleus.

Proepper replaced veteran Wesley Sneijder and tapped in from close range in the seventh minute.

Veteran winger Arjen Robben doubled the lead in the 67th minute with his 34th international goal. Georgi Kostadinov pulled back a goal just two minutes later before Proepper sealed the win in the 80th.

On a night for firsts, Christoffer Nyman got his first Sweden goal to make it 2-0 midway through the first half.

Emil Forsberg scored in the 18th and, after Nyman's goal, striker Marcus Berg popped up with his 14th for Sweden to put the result beyond doubt at halftime.

Center half Andreas Granqvist completed the scoring near the end with a penalty.

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GROUP B

Switzerland scored early and twice shortly after halftime to keep their impressive qualifying run going.

Forward Haris Seferovic netted his fourth goal in the qualifying campaign with a neat flick from close range, and Blerim Dzemaili and Ricardo Rodriguez added to the lead in the second half.

Portugal remain three points behind the Swiss but kept pace with a seventh straight victory, 1-0 away to Hungary.

Newly signed AC Milan striker Andre Silva headed in after a cross by Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo three minutes into the second half in Budapest. It was Silva's ninth international goal in only his 15th appearance.

"We were always in control," Portugal coach Fernando Santos said. "But it was a difficult and uncertain match."

Portugal, who lost the opening group game to Switzerland, host the Swiss in a table-topper in Lisbon on Oct. 10.

Meanwhile, the Faeroe Islands are fourth after a 1-0 win against fellow strugglers Andorra.

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GROUP H

A tense match in Greece was goalless until the 70th minute, when Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen blasted Belgium ahead with a fierce shot.

Greece responded three minutes later through Zeca, but Belgium retook the lead thanks to Lukaku's header one minute later.

Belgium have an unassailable eight-point lead over second-place Bosnia-Herzegovina, making Belgium the first European team confirmed for the World Cup apart from host nation Russia.

"We qualified, but it was not a great game," Belgium full back Thomas Meunier said. "We found it tough to find our groove."

Two goals from Edin Dzeko helped Bosnia-Herzegovina win 4-0 away at Gibraltar to leapfrog Greece into second place, and taking the Roma striker's international tally to 52 goals.

Also, Mattias Kait may not be a household name but he is making a name for himself.

The 19-year-old Fulham midfielder struck two minutes into injury time as next-to-last Estonia beat fourth-place Cyprus 1-0.

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GROUP I

Defender Domagoj Vida headed in a free kick from Real Madrid's Luka Modric on his 50th international appearance to give Croatia a 1-0 win against Kosovo.

The match started on Saturday but was abandoned after about 20 minutes due to a torrential downpour and postponed. It resumed Sunday on 21 minutes.

Croatia lead the group with 16 points, two ahead of Ukraine. Iceland are third on 13 points and Turkey have 11.

Ukraine play Iceland on Tuesday, while Turkey host Croatia.


Thomas fires off a 63, shares lead with Leishman in Boston

Justin Thomas tees off in the rain on the 14th hole during the third round of the Dell Technologies Championship golf tournament at TPC Boston in Norton, Mass., Sunday, Sept. 3. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Doug Ferguson

Norton, Mass. (AP) — The best players are on top of their games for the second straight week of the FedEx Cup playoffs.

Now there's just a lot more of them.

Justin Thomas failed to birdie any of the par 5s on the TPC Boston and still turned in a tournament-best round of 8-under 63 on Sunday, giving him a share of the lead with Marc Leishman and setting up a Labor Day finish filled with some of the biggest names in golf at the Dell Technologies Championship.

One week after Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth produced a compelling duel on Long Island, they are part of a chasing pack at the TPC Boston.

So is Paul Casey, who now is 53-under par over his last 15 rounds of these playoff events. Jon Rahm couldn't keep pace and lost his two-shot lead, though the 22-year-old from Spain remained just three shots behind.

Throw in Phil Mickelson, perhaps even Rickie Fowler, and a forecast that shifts from rain to sunshine, and it could be quite a show.

Thomas and Leishman were at 12-under 201, one shot ahead of Casey, two ahead of Spieth, three ahead of Johnson and Rahm.

"There is a heightened something to these playoff events that bring out certain champions for the most part," Spieth said after finishing with two straight birdies to nudge closer to the lead. "It's going to be a throw-down tomorrow."

Thomas had his third round this season at 63 or better — a list that includes his 59 at the Sony Open and a 63 at the U.S. Open — to turn a five-shot deficit into a share of the lead and a chance to win for the fifth time this year.

He birdied six of the first 10 holes, the longest at about 12 feet. He played down the 13th fairway on the redesigned 12th hole for the third time this week and holed a 50-foot birdie putt, and then added a pair of 25-foot birdie putts.

And he didn't even birdie any of the par 5s.

"I just felt I had total control of my game," Thomas said. "But it's crazy to think I did that and parred all the par 5s. That's a little bit of a bummer, if I could somehow have a downside to the day. But like I said, I'm extremely pleased and put myself in a great position to win the tournament."

Casey played in the final group at the TPC Boston last year, but Rory McIlroy ran him down with a 65 to overcome a six-shot deficit. Casey also played the three par 5s without a birdie, missing a 12-footer on the final hole that would have given him a share of the lead.

"Even though I'm not leading, I feel a bit better about my game," Casey said. "The cons are I've got way more talent around the leaderboard than there was last year. It just looks like depth up the top of that leaderboard right now."

The forecast for Monday was mostly sunshine, and if the course remains softer from rain, this could be a typical shootout. Leishman figured the winning score would be in the 15- or 16-under range.

"That would be my plan, to just try and do what I've been doing — give myself as many chances as I can and try and make them," he said.

Rahm had a two-shot lead and still had the lead until running into trouble on the back nine, making three bogeys until he ended his round with a birdie for a 71. .

The finish was especially critical for Johnson, who played the third round with Thomas and couldn't buy a putt. Johnson, coming off a playoff victory last week in New York, sarcastically pumped his fist when he made a birdie on No. 14, and then he kept right on going. The only hole he didn't birdie coming in was at No. 17, where he missed a birdie chance for 10 feet.

"I just wanted to get myself in position to be in range of the leaders," Johnson said.

He was three behind Spieth going into the final round of The Northern Trust and ended up winning in a sudden-death playoff.

PGA Tour rookie Grayson Murray (67) and Adam Hadwin (68) were at 10-under 203 along with Spieth, who has made only two bogeys over his last 45 holes. Spieth shot a second straight 66 and was surprised that left him two shots behind, all because of Thomas and Leishman.

"I couldn't have shot a whole lot better," Spieth said. "I thought four back starting the day, if I could cut that in half, then that would be a tremendous goal. So goal achieved, maybe."

Mickelson had a 69, making this the first time he has opened with three straight rounds in the 60s since the St. Jude Classic in June. Monday could go a long way in persuading U.S. captain Steve Stricker to pick him for the Presidents Cup.

DIVOTS: Kevin Chappell shot a 69 and moved into position to overtake Charley Hoffman for the 10th spot in the Presidents Cup standings. This is the final week to qualifying. ... Sergio Garcia damaged his putter after banging it into a sprinkler on the fourth green. He putted the rest of the day with his 3-wood, driver and 3-iron and shot 75. ... The top 70 in the FedEx Cup after Monday advance to the third playoff event.


Ramirez hits 2 HRs and 3 doubles, Indians win 11th in row

Cleveland Indians' Jose Ramirez is greeted after his two-run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Sunday, Sept. 3, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit (AP) — Jose Ramirez tied a major league record with five extra-base hits, including a pair of home runs that deflected off Detroit outfielders, as the Cleveland Indians routed the Tigers 11-1 on Sunday for their 11th straight victory.

Ramirez had three doubles in becoming the 13th player with five extra-base hits in a game. Kris Bryant of the Cubs did it last year, and the previous Cleveland player to accomplish the feat was Kelly Shoppach in 2008.

The AL Central-leading Indians have their longest winning streak since a team-record 14-game run last year. They outscored the Tigers 29-5 while posting their first four-game sweep in Detroit.

Cleveland right-hander Josh Tomlin (8-9) returned from the disabled list and allowed one run in 5 2/3 innings.

Detroit left-hander Chad Bell (0-2) was charged with five runs in four-plus innings in his first major league start.

ASTROS 8, METS 6

Houston — Cameron Maybin hit a three-run homer, George Springer connected for the second straight day and the Astros swept their weekend series with the Mets.

Josh Reddick added two hits and three RBIs for the Astros, who won both games of a doubleheader on Saturday in their first home games since flooding from Hurricane Harvey devastated the city. Carlos Correa hit an RBI single in his return from the disabled list.

Will Harris (3-2) pitches a scoreless sixth for the win and Chris Devenski allowed one hit in two scoreless innings for his fourth save.

Mets starter Chris Flexen (3-4) allowed a career-high nine hits and matched a career high from his last start with seven runs in just four innings.

DIAMONDBACKS 5, ROCKIES 1

Denver — Ketel Marte and Brandon Drury homered in Arizona's three-run sixth, and the Diamondbacks extended their winning streak to 10 games.

It's the Diamondbacks' longest winning streak since they captured a franchise-best 12 straight in 2003. Zack Godley (7-7) pitched six effective innings to help Arizona sweep a three-game series from Colorado.

The Diamondbacks increased their lead over Colorado for the top NL wild card to 6 1/2 games. The slumping Rockies saw their lead over Milwaukee for the second wild card trimmed to just a half-game.

Tied at 1 in the sixth, Marte lined a slider from German Marquez (10-6) over the fence in left for his first homer since July 29.

BRAVES 5, CUBS 1

Chicago — Max Fried combined with four relievers on a five-hitter in his first major league start, and the Braves ended the Cubs' six-game winning streak.

Recalled from Triple-A on Friday, Fried (1-0) gave up a run and four hits in five innings.

The NL Central-leading Cubs had matched their longest winning string of the season. Rookie Ian Happ hit his 21st homer, but Chicago couldn't get much going coming off a 14-12 victory.

The Cubs also lost Javier Baez after he got shaken up diving into second base in the second inning. Chicago's electrifying star trotted out to shortstop in the third but exited the game with one out.

Chicago left-hander Mike Montgomery (5-7) gave up three runs and five hits in five innings.

BREWERS 7, NATIONALS 2

Milwaukee — Domingo Santana homered twice, and Milwaukee pulled within a half-game of Colorado for the NL's second wild card.

Brent Suter, who had not pitched for Milwaukee since Aug. 12 because of left rotator cuff inflammation, allowed two hits in three scoreless innings and left after 43 pitches.

Jeremy Jeffress (2-0), Jacob Barnes and Anthony Swarzak combined for five hitless innings. Junior Guerra completed the three-hitter but gave up a two-run homer to Ryan Zimmerman in the ninth.

Edwin Jackson (5-4) gave up five runs — four earned — and five hits in 5 2/3 innings, dropping to 6-9 against the Brewers. The only team in the NL East above .500, Washington (82-54) maintained a 15-game lead over the second-place Marlins.

RANGERS 7, ANGELS 6

Arlington, Texas — Elvis Andrus hit two of Texas' four homers and the Rangers took the rubber game of a series with wild-card implications for both teams.

The Rangers (68-68) went ahead to stay when Robinson Chirinos and Delino DeShields hit back-to-back homers in the fourth inning. No. 9 hitter Chirinos' two-run homer tied it at 4 before DeShields went deep.

With four weeks left in the regular season, Texas is within three games of Minnesota for the AL's second wild card. The Angels (70-67) are 1 1/2 games back of that playoff spot.

Martin Perez (11-10) threw a career-high 117 pitches over six innings to win his sixth straight start. Tony Barnette earned his second save.

Andrew Heaney (1-1) was charged with five runs in 3 1/3 innings.

ORIOLES 5, BLUE JAYS 4, 12 INNINGS

Baltimore — Welington Castillo homered twice for Baltimore, including a game-tying shot in the ninth inning, and Mark Trumbo won it in the 12th with an RBI single.

The Orioles never led until Trumbo drove in Jonathan Schoop with a liner into the left-field corner off Danny Barnes (2-6). Prior to Trumbo's hit, Baltimore was 0 for 16 with runners in scoring position.

Toronto led 4-3 in the ninth before Castillo connected off Roberto Osuna, who was vying for his 36th save. Osuna avoided further damage by retiring Adam Jones with two one and two out.

Jimmy Yacabonis (2-0) pitched the 12th for the Orioles, who improved to 6-62 when trailing after eight innings.

Josh Donaldson homered for the last-place Blue Jays, who had to settle for a split of the four-game series.

PADRES 6, DODGERS 4

San Diego — Erick Aybar hit a two-run homer and Jose Pirela also went deep to help the Padres hand the major league-leading Dodgers their eighth loss in nine games.

San Diego won three straight against Los Angeles for the first time since June 2013.

Cody Bellinger hit his 36th homer to break Mike Piazza's Dodgers rookie record, set in 1993. It came with one out in the ninth off All-Star closer Brad Hand, who got his 15th save.

Dodgers left-hander Alex Wood (14-2) allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings in his first start since Aug. 21.

San Diego's Jhoulys Chacin (12-10) gave up three runs, two earned, and five hits in seven innings.

PHILLIES 3, MARLINS 1, 12 INNINGS

Miami — Nick Williams hit a two-run single with two out in the 12th inning, and five Phillies pitchers held the Marlins to four hits.

Miami's Giancarlo Stanton went 0 for 3 with two walks to finish the week 2 for 25 (.080). Both hits were homers, giving him 52 for the season.

Phillies rookie slugger Rhys Hoskins was held out of the starting lineup after being hit on the right wrist by a pitch Saturday.

The Marlins fell to 1-6 on their homestand, pushing them to the fringe of the NL wild-card race. Junichi Tazawa (3-4) got the loss.

Adam Morgan (3-1) allowed a walk and no hits in three scoreless innings. Hector Neris worked around a walk and a single to pitch a scoreless 12th for his 19th save.

WHITE SOX 6, RAYS 2

Chicago — White sox rookie Lucas Giolito struck out 10 in seven sharp innings, and Jose Abreu homered in his return to the lineup.

A key piece of Chicago's rebuilding project, the 23-year-old Giolito (2-1) allowed a run and three hits in his third start since being called up from the minor leagues last month.

Tim Anderson added three hits, including his 15th homer, and drove in three runs as the lowly White Sox hurt the Rays' wild-card chances by taking two of three in the weekend series.

Abreu, who missed the previous three games with a right elbow injury, hit a two-run shot in the third inning that made it 3-0 White Sox.

Matt Andriese (5-2) took the loss in his first start since June 10, allowing five runs in five innings.

ROYALS 5, TWINS 4

Minneapolis — Kansas City's Lorenzo Cain hit a go-ahead, two-run triple in the seventh inning after a checked-swing call went his way on a close two-strike pitch.

The Royals trailed 4-3 and had two on with two outs when Cain fouled off his first four pitches from Alan Busenitz (1-1). Cain took a fastball up, and then checked his swing on an outside curveball in the dirt.

First base umpire Mike Muchlinski ruled no swing and plate umpire Marty Foster ejected Minnesota manager Paul Molitor, who was still in the dugout. Molitor then came out to argue.

Cain fouled off another pitch, and then drove a fastball over Byron Buxton and off the center-field wall.

Scott Alexander (4-3) pitched a scoreless inning for the win.

CARDINALS 7, GIANTS 3

San Francisco — Harrison Bader hit a tiebreaking homer in the decisive sixth inning after Madison Bumgarner homered in the bottom of the fifth, and the Cardinals gained ground in the wild-card race.

Paul DeJong hit a solo homer in the fourth for the first St. Louis hit and Jose Martinez followed with a drive to nearly the same spot over the left-field fence.

Luke Weaver (4-1) struck out nine over seven innings to just miss a third straight start with double-digit Ks, helping St. Louis move within three games of Colorado for the NL's second wild card.

Bumgarner (3-7), who was scratched Thursday night with the flu, allowed five runs in six innings.

PIRATES 3, REDS 1

Pittsburgh — Trevor Williams pitched seven scoreless innings and Jordy Mercer hit his career-best 13th homer, leading Pittsburgh to the win.

Williams (6-7) scattered eight hits, struck out five and walked one in his first win since Aug. 7. The right-hander has allowed just two earned runs over 20 innings in his last three outings.

Felipe Rivero worked a rocky ninth for his 17th save. Scooter Gennett scored on second baseman Max Moroff's error, but Jose Peraza bounced into a game-ending forceout at home.

Cincinnati went 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position and left 10 runners on base. Reds right-hander Sal Romano (4-6) allowed two runs, one earned, and four hits in 5 2/3 innings.

MARINERS 10, ATHLETICS 2

Seattle — Robinson Cano homered and drove in four runs, Andrew Albers took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, and the Mariners completed a three-game series sweep.

Albers, acquired from Atlanta on Aug. 11, did not allow a hit until Matt Olson opened the sixth with his 12th homer. That was the only hit off Albers (3-1) who struck out five in six innings.

Carlos Ruiz and Mitch Haniger homered for the Mariners, who moved within 2 1/2 games of Minnesota for the second wild card.

Oakland's Daniel Gossett (3-8) gave up three runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings.


Kohli's 2nd straight century seals 5-0 ODI sweep for India

India's captain Virat Kohli raises his bat to celebrate scoring a century during the fifth one-day international against Sri Lanka in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, Sept. 3. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Krishan Francis

Colombo, Sri Lanka (AP) — Captain Virat Kohli hit a second straight century as India swept the one-day international series 5-0 after beating Sri Lanka by six wickets in the fifth and final match on Sunday.

Fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar took a maiden five-wicket haul to help India dismiss Sri Lanka for 238 in 49.4 overs before India replied with 239-4 with 21 deliveries to spare.

Kohli was unbeaten on 110 following his 131 in the fourth ODI. He faced 116 deliveries and hit nine boundaries for his 30th ODI century in his 194th match.

Kohli now stands second with Australia's Ricky Ponting in the number of one-day centuries behind India great Sachin Tendulkar on 49. The Indian captain has made his 30 centuries in 181 matches fewer than Ponting.

Kedar Jadhav made 63 for his second one-day half-century and shared a 109-run stand for the fourth wicket with Kohli before getting out just two runs from victory. Kohli was also part of a 99-run third-wicket stand with Manish Pandey (36) who joined his captain at 29-2.

Kumar was named player of the match for his 5-42, which held Sri Lanka to a modest total, while fellow paceman Jasprit Bumrah was named player of the series for taking 15 wickets.

"ODIs we didn't win three games in a row before this ... We wanted to be relentless, we wanted to create good habits," Kohli said of his team's approach to the series.

"That helped us to come here and play how we wanted to play."

"Getting a man of the series award on the sub-continent as a fast bowler is a great achievement," Kohli said in praise of Bumrah.

Sri Lanka captain Upul Tharanga said that his team had failed in every department in the series and none of the plans were executed well.

"In five matches we could not cross 250 even once," he said. "We've got a lot to improve."

Kumar ended a spirited fourth-wicket partnership which had set Sri Lanka up for a challenging score after the hosts won the toss and chose to bat.

Kumar opened his account by catching Niroshan Dickwella (2) off his own bowling with Sri Lanka's on 14. He claimed Dilshan Munaweera (4), who was caught by Kohli with the total on 40.

Sri Lanka captain Tharanga played some elegant drives in a 34-ball 48 before being caught behind by Mahendra Singh Dhoni off Bumrah.  Tharanga hit nine boundaries.

Angelo Mathews joined Lahiru Thirimanne with Sri Lanka three down for 63 and the pair added 122 runs for the fourth wicket off 177 deliveries, giving Sri Lanka a platform to build a competitive score. Thirimanne made 67 for his 18th ODI half-century off 102 deliveries including three boundaries and a six.

Kumar bowled Thirimanne off the inside edge and the dismissal triggered a collapse that saw Sri Lanka lose their last seven wickets for 53 runs in under 11 overs.

Mathews made 55, including four boundaries, before being caught by Dhoni off spinner Kuldeep Yadav.


Update September 2 - 3, 2017

Germany, England win; Poland routed in World Cup qualifiers

England's Raheem Sterling, center, is challenged by Malta's Steve Borg, left, during the World Cup group F qualifying match between Malta and England, at the Ta Qali stadium, in Valletta, Malta, Friday Sept.1. (AP Photo/Rene Rossignaud)

Graham Dunbar

Geneva (AP) — Germany remain cruising toward the World Cup in Russia, England edged closer, and Poland's unbeaten run was decisively ended on Friday.

Germany's 2-1 win at the Czech Republic was the world champions’ seventh straight win in qualifying and maintained their five-point lead over Northern Ireland atop Group C with three rounds left.

Mats Hummels leaped high to head an 88th-minute winning goal that capped an interesting week for the Bayern Munich defender. He was rebuked by team management for posting a video of himself on social media jumping off a balcony into a swimming pool.

England labored to a 4-0 win in Malta with three late goals to stay two points ahead in Group F from Slovakia, who come to play at Wembley in a potentially group-defining game on Monday.

Poland, the world's No. 5-ranked team, lost 4-0 in Denmark and now lead Group E by just three points from Montenegro and the Danes.

Here's how the nine qualifiers in Europe on Friday left the World Cup qualifying picture:

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GROUP C

Mats Hummels was reminded of the responsibilities being a German international this week after his pool-jumping stunt.

The veteran defender reminded the team of his scoring prowess by rising to meet a Toni Kroos free-kick and send a looping header beyond goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik.

The Czechs had leveled Werner's fourth-minute goal in the 78th when Hertha Berlin midfielder Vladimir Darida fired in a stunning shot.

Northern Ireland look bound for the playoffs — among the eight best group runners-up — after winning 3-0 in San Marino. The visitors took 70 minutes to break down a San Marino defence that was conceding an average of five goals per game.

Josh Magennis scored twice in a five-minute spell to ensure the Irish victory and create a seven-point gap to the third-placed Czechs, who play in Belfast on Monday.

Norway won 2-0 at home to Azerbaijan in a game that did not affect the qualification picture.

Germany can seal qualification by beating Norway in Stuttgart on Monday, if Northern Ireland fail to win.

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GROUP E

Polish star striker Robert Lewandowski had not failed to score in six previous qualifiers, his team winning five.

That run ended in Copenhagen as Denmark scored twice in each half in a thumping 4-0 loss for the Poles.

Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen had two assists before scoring the fourth goal himself in the 80th.

Denmark stay in third place, level on points with Montenegro who earlier won 3-0 in Kazakhstan.

The three leading teams all avoid each other in Monday's games, when Poland can reassert themselves with a home game against the last-place Kazakhs.

In the other game Friday, Romania beat visiting Armenia 1-0.

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GROUP F

England did not impress before finally seeing off 190th-ranked Malta on a warm evening on the Mediterranean island.

Harry Kane, the Tottenham striker who notoriously does not score in August, scored two on Sept. 1 as all the goals came in the second half. Defender Ryan Bertrand made it 2-0 in the 85th and substitute Danny Welbeck got the third in stoppage time before Kane struck again.

England maintained their two-point advantage over Slovakia, who beat visiting Slovenia 1-0.

Slovakia's goal came in the 81st minute from Adam Nemec, who failed to score for New York City FC in a 2015 spell in MLS.

Scotland rose to third place above Slovenia by winning 3-0 in Lithuania.


At 18, Shapovalov's game, personality in US Open spotlight

Denis Shapovalov, of Canada, returns a shot from Kyle Edmund, of Great Britain, during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Sept. 1, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Howard Fendrich

New York (AP) — So, Denis Shapovalov, do tell: It can't really be the case that 18-year-olds like yourself never get tired, right?

"No, it's true. We don't," the Canadian joked Friday after becoming the youngest man to reach the U.S. Open's fourth round since Michael Chang in 1989.

Shapovalov needed to go through three qualifying matches just to get into the main draw at Flushing Meadows, so he has played a half-dozen times in an 11-day span.

"It's been a long ride," said Shapovalov, who was born in Israel to Russian parents and moved when he was a baby to Canada. "It feels like I have been here a month already."

There will be a first-time Grand Slam finalist at the U.S. Open now that 2014 champion Marin Cilic exited in the third round — and the entertaining-on-court, engaging-off-it Shapovalov is one of those who still have a shot at getting that far.

Just 2 1/2 months after his runner-up finish at Wimbledon, the No. 5-seeded Cilic bowed out with 80 unforced errors in a 4-6, 7-5, 7-5, 6-4 loss to No. 29 Diego Schwartzman of Argentina.

Not much later, Shapovalov advanced when Kyle Edmund of Britain stopped playing in the fourth set because of an injured neck.

"It's never great to win this way," Shapovalov said. "Hopefully, it's nothing too serious."

Neither he nor Schwartzman had ever been to a major's fourth round before, nor had another of the afternoon's winners, 35-year-old Paolo Lorenzi of Italy, who actually began his Grand Slam career with an 0-13 record.

As it is, Cilic was the only owner of a major title on the entire bottom half of the draw when the tournament began.

"That's right: A few surprises and lots of withdrawals," Schwartzman noted. "This is the moment to take advantage."

That part of the bracket originally included three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray, but he withdrew because of a hip injury, part of a depleted-at-the-outset field also missing Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic.

"It's kind of a transition time for the ATP," Shapovalov said, "but I think there is a lot of talent coming up."

His next opponent is No. 12 Pablo Carreno Busta, the highest-seeded man remaining in that half. The Spaniard earned a spot in the U.S. Open's fourth round for the first time by easily eliminating Nicolas Mahut 6-3, 6-4, 6-3. Carreno Busta will be the first man at any Grand Slam tournament in the Open era, which began in 1968, to face four qualifiers.

No. 17 seed Sam Querrey is the only American man left after beating Radu Albot of Moldova in four sets. He will face No. 23 Mischa Zverev, who eliminated 10th-seeded John Isner 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (5) on Friday night. That was to be followed in Arthur Ashe Stadium by five-time major champion Maria Sharapova against 139th-ranked U.S. wild-card entry Sofia Kenin.

Shapovalov is an up-and-coming player who won the Wimbledon junior title just last year. He made his Grand Slam main-draw debut there this July, losing in the first round, but has taken significant strides since.

At Montreal last month, he became the youngest man ever to reach the semifinals at a Masters event, and he grabbed attention this week by knocking off No. 8 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, a finalist at the 2008 Australian Open.

"The month of August," Shapovalov said, "has been absolutely life-changing for me."

He is a crowd-pleaser, someone who plays a fluid, aggressive game featuring a big lefty forehand and a one-handed backhand — and he shows plenty of emotion while he's at it. He also plays wearing a baseball cap with its band tightened to an extreme degree, drawing plenty of attention on social media.

"I have a small head," he said with a smile. "It's just kind of become a little bit of my trademark."

Women's winners Friday included No. 3 Garbine Muguruza and No. 13 Petra Kvitova, a pair of Wimbledon champions who will meet in the fourth round. Also advancing were Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens, who is coming back from left foot surgery in January and is back in the fourth round in New York for the first time since 2013.


US World Cup hopes in jeopardy after 2-0 loss to Costa Rica

Costa Rica forward Marco Urena, left, scores as United States' Tim Ream defends during the first half of their World Cup qualifying match, Friday, Sept. 1, in Harrison, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Ronald Blum

Harrison, N.J. (AP) — The United States put its hopes of an eighth straight World Cup berth in peril, giving up a pair of goals to Marco Urena in a 2-0 defeat to Costa Rica on Friday night that brought the Americans' resurgence under coach Bruce Arena to a crashing thud.

Urena spun around defender Tim Ream, then caught Tim Howard leaning and beat the goalkeeper to the far post in the 31st minute. Urena, the lone forward in a 4-5-1 formation, doubled the lead in the 82nd with a shot from 18 yards after David Guzman intercepted a poor pass by Geoff Cameron.

"Clearly, walking away tonight without any points is disappointing, very disappointing," Arena said. "We obviously didn't play well tonight, didn't make any plays that mattered."

The Americans have lost two home games in a World Cup cycle for the first time since 1957 and likely will need points on the road to reach next year's tournament in Russia.

It was just their third home loss in qualifying since 1985 — and came 16 years to the day the U.S. and Arena lost 3-2 to Honduras at Washington's RFK Stadium.

With three games left in the final round of the North and Central American and Caribbean region, the United States is clinging to third place — the last automatic berth — and results later Friday could drop the U.S. down the standings.

The Americans play at Honduras on Tuesday night, then close the hexagonal next month at home against Panama and at Trinidad and Tobago. American forward Jozy Altidore is suspended for Tuesday's game after an 80th minute yellow card for pushing Johan Venegas.

"This group is strong and ready for this challenge," U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley said.

Christian Pulisic, the Americans' emerging 18-year-old star, had the best U.S. scoring chance in the 67th minute but was denied by goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who batted the ball with his right hand off his right foot, and it was cleared to safety. Navas then made a sliding stop on Jozy Altidore just before Urena's second goal.

Many Costa Rican fans were in the crowd of 26,500 at Red Bull Arena for the first World Cup qualifier in the New York area, avoided in the past by the U.S. Soccer Federation as it sought pro-American crowds.

Arena repeatedly hectored Panamanian referee John Pitti, who did not call penalty kicks when Altidore was pushed to the ground in the first half and Clint Dempsey was knocked down in the second.

Desperate for a goal, Arena finished the match with four forwards after inserting Dempsey in the 65th minute and Jordan Morris in the 84th.

Mexico and Costa Rica lead the standings with 14 points each, followed by the U.S. with eighth, Panama with seven, Honduras with five and Trinidad with three.

In later games, Honduras are at Trinidad and Tobago and Mexico host Panama.

"Right now Mexico and Costa Rica ... probably qualified," Area said. "It's going to be a battle amongst the remaining four teams."


Dustin Johnson posts 5-under 66 for 1-shot lead in Boston

Dustin Johnson tees off during the first round of the Dell Championship golf tournament at the TPC Boston in Norton, Mass. Friday, Sept. 1. (Mark Stockwell/The Sun Chronicle via AP)

Doug Ferguson

Norton, Mass. (AP) — Now that he's finally won again, Dustin Johnson is starting to look as dangerous as ever.

One week after Johnson ended a five-month dry spell brought on by a back injury, he easily handled the early cold and a steady wind at TPC Boston for a 5-under 66 to take a one-shot lead in the opening round of the Dell Technologies Championship.

And the world's No. 1 player made it look easy on a tough day for scoring.

He started with a 35-foot birdie putt on No. 10. He made the turn with a 6-iron from 220 yards that sailed high and rode the left-to-right wind into 4 feet for eagle. When another big tee shot settled into a divot on the reachable par-5 second hole, he laid up short of the water and still made birdie.

"Put together a pretty good score," Johnson said.

Masters champion Sergio Garcia opened with five birdies on the front nine, and then saved his day with a par on his final hole. He hooked his tee shot into the trees, got a bounce into the rough, laid up and then hit wedge to 12 feet and made the putt for a 67.

Jon Rahm also had a 67 that he felt was the best he could have possibly done. It helped that the 22-year-old Spaniard birdied four of his last five holes in the afternoon as the temperature warmed slightly and the wind never went away.

Marc Leishman and Kyle Stanley also were one shot back among the early starters who had to face the surprising chill of morning, a cruel reminder that the end of a New England summer is not far away.

Phil Mickelson, in his last tournament before the picks are made for the Presidents Cup, felt more energy after seeing a doctor and kept his focus on enough good shots for a 69.

"It was nice to have a solid round," Mickelson said, who had not broken par in the opening round since The Greenbrier in early July. "I played well tee-to-green, and it made for a stress-free day on a very difficult day."

Johnson played in the group featuring the top three in the FedEx Cup. PGA champion Justin Thomas made 16 pars in his round of 71. British Open champion Jordan Spieth, who lost to Johnson in a sudden-death playoff last week on Long Island, didn't make a birdie until his 13th hole and shot 72.

"Each part of my game was a little off," Spieth said.

Nothing looked wrong with Johnson, except for one bad swing and one aggressive putt.

His 25-foot birdie attempt on the 14th hole ran about 5 feet by the cup, and he missed that coming back to slow some early momentum. He bounced back with a wedge into 6 feet for birdie, made eagle on the 18th to reach the turn at 4 under and then had a simple iron off the tee at No. 1. But it sailed right into the woods in a hazard, and he punched out and missed an 8-foot par putt.

Otherwise, there was very little stress except for one young fan who kept referring to him as "Shank."

"When you win, you're playing well, so it gives you a lot of confidence," Johnson said. "For me, that was one thing that was probably lacking a little bit the last few months is just the confidence, because I wasn't seeing the shots that I wanted to see. I wasn't consistently hitting them. But after last week, I've got a lot of confidence now. I feel like the things I've been working on, they are back to working."

That was as close as a dissertation on golf as the No. 1 player will allow. Johnson doesn't spend deep analysis over the way he plays. He sees the shot, pulls a club and usually hits it where he's aiming. That's what led him to three straight victories going into the Masters until he wrenched his back when he slipped on the stairs and had to withdraw from the first major of the year.

The victory last week was his fourth of the year, tied with Thomas for most on the PGA Tour this season.

As easy as it looked for Johnson, it was anything but that for Kelly Kraft. At No. 64 in the FedEx Cup, his season might be over after he took a 12 on the par-5 second hole. Kraft hit his third into the water and his fifth shot over the green. He tried to hit a shot from a native area, took another penalty drop to go back to the fairway and hit that one into the water. He eventually two-putted for a 12 and withdrew after 14 holes with a sore foot.

Ryan Moore, who missed time with a shoulder injury this summer, had four double bogeys in his round of 82. He also withdrew.


Miller-Uibo wins Diamond League 400 final to add to 200

Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas. (Walter Bieri/Keystone via AP)

Brussels (AP) — Shaunae Miller-Uibo won her second Diamond League final in as many weeks, setting a world leading time in the 400 meters at the Van Damme Memorial on Friday to add to her 200 title.

It also gave the Bahamian $100,000 for her two victories.

After a disappointing world championships, where she stubbed her foot when leading in the 400 home straight before falling out of the medals, she got her revenge this night.

Despite the cold and wet conditions following torrential rains, Miller-Uibo finished in 49.46 seconds, to beat the year's previous best time set by Allyson Felix by 0.19 seconds. Salwa Eid Naser also beat the 50-second mark and set a Bahraini record of 49.88.

Miller-Uibo won the final of the 200 in a national record at the Zurich Weltklasse last week.

Earlier, Yohan Blake won the 100 meters, beating Michael Rodgers of the United States and fellow-Jamaican Julian Forte.

In the absence of recently retired Usain Bolt and world champion Justin Gatlin, 2011 world champion Blake rekindled some old form for a rare win, finishing in a modest 10.02 seconds as runners were slowed by the rain and cold at the King Baudouin Stadium.

Rodgers finished in 10.09 and Forte had 10.12.

The storm was such that it caused a blackout in the neighborhood and the meet had to be completed with limited visibility.

In the women's 100, Olympic champion Elaine Thompson ended her lackluster season on a somewhat high note, winning in 10.92, edging Marie-Josee Ta Lou by 0.01 seconds.

On a tough night for athletes, Ivana Spanovic of Serbia won the long jump with 6.70 meters on her last attempt, sweeping past Lorraine Ugen of Britain, who missed out by 5 centimeters. World champion Brittney Reese of the United States finished only fifth.

In the pole vault, Ekaterini Stefanidi of Greece finished her outdoor season unbeaten, and scaled 4.85 meters to beat Sandi Morris of the United States by 10 centimeters.

In the high jump, Maria Lasitskene also remained unbeaten, winning with a leap of 2.02 to beat Yuliia Levchenko.

Christian Taylor remained the master of the triple jump, as the world and Olympic champion again beat fellow American Will Claye to take the Diamond League trophy.


Phillies score twice in 9th to beat slumping Marlins 2-1

Miami Marlins' Dillon Peters delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Friday, Sept. 1, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Steven Wine

Miami (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies were shut out for seven innings by major league newcomer Dillon Peters but rallied for two runs in the ninth Friday and extended the Miami Marlins' losing streak to five games with a 2-1 victory.

Major league home run leader Giancarlo Stanton went 0 for 2 with two walks and is 1 for 17 this week. The only hit was his 51st home run on Tuesday.

Miami's Brad Ziegler (1-3) took a 1-0 lead and a 13-inning scoreless streak into the ninth, but Maikel Franco hit his first pitch for a double and advanced on a groundout. Pedro Florimon walked, Jorge Alfaro tied the game with an RBI single, and Andres Blanco's groundout scored another run.

Philadelphia rookie Rhys Hoskins went 0 for 3 with three strikeouts, ending his 13-game hitting streak.

Juan Nicasio (3-5), claimed on waivers Thursday, made his Phillies debut and retired Stanton on a tapper to end the eighth. Hector Neris pitched a perfect ninth for his 18th save.

Peters, making his major league debut, allowed three hits and threw only 91 pitches. His eight strikeouts matched Jose Fernandez's 2013 franchise record for a pitcher in his major league debut, and his outing matched the longest by a Marlins pitcher in his first big league game.

Teammate Brian Anderson also made his MLB debut. He reached on an infield hit and made two fine plays at third base, including a diving stop to rob Maikel Franco of an RBI single in the sixth.

The Marlins went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position. They're 3 for 42 (.071) in those situations this week. They totaled four hits, and their final 13 batters were retired in order.

Miami loaded the bases with none out in the first but scored only one run — and that came on a wild pitch by Nick Pivetta. He went six innings and lowered his ERA from 6.57 to 6.28.

Dee Gordon scored the Marlins' run and had two singles for his sixth consecutive multi-hit game.


Update September 1, 2017

India thrash Sri Lanka by 168 runs in 4th ODI

India's captain Virat Kohli, left, shake hands with Sri Lanka's captain Lasith Malinga after India won the fourth one-day international cricket match in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, Aug. 31. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Krishan Francis

 Colombo, Sri Lanka (AP) — Captain Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma hit centuries to propel India to a crushing 168-run win over Sri Lanka in the fourth one-day international on Thursday to take a 4-0 lead in the five-match series.

Batting first after winning the toss, India made an imposing 375-5 in 50 overs, dominated by a 219-run second-wicket stand between Kohli and Sharma.

Kohli made 131, while Sharma scored 104.

With Kohli's dismissal India lost four wickets for 49 runs but Manish Pandey (50 not out) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (49 not out) put India in total command.

In reply, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 207 with more than seven overs to spare. Angelo Mathews scored 70.

Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav and Hardik Pandya took two wickets each for India.

"The start was really important and we did it really well. That's what made us reach 375 with those initial boundaries" Pandey said.

Sri Lanka started their chase aggressively, reaching 22 runs in the third over when debutant seam bowler Shardul Thakur struck for India, having Niroshan Dickwella caught behind for 14.

Kusal Mendis (1) was run out with the score on 26-2 and Dilshan Munaweera was caught behind for 11, leaving Sri Lanka 37-3.

Mathews and Lahiru Thirimanne tried to rescue the innings with a 31-run partnership which ended when Thirimanne (18) was caught in the deep by Dhawan off Pandya.

With Sri Lanka 68-4, Mathews and Milinda Siriwardana added 73 runs for the fifth wicket off 74 deliveries which gave the home team an outside hope. But they never looked to be in the chase as the required run rate shot up.

Pandya ended the partnership with Siriwardana (39) caught behind.

Mathews was out for 70 in 80 deliveries, including 10 boundaries.

Sri Lanka's stand-in captain Lasith Malinga said his bowlers failed in length and expected more swing than available. The batsmen also struggled, Malinga said.

"We have only one experienced batsman in Angelo Mathews, others are young players and they need time," Malinga said.

"They tried their best but they don't have the confidence to play their natural game."

Earlier, Kohli joined Sharma at the crease on 6-1 after India opener Shikhar Dhawan (4) was caught in the deep off Vishwa Fernando's bowling.

The pair consolidated the innings with a brisk partnership that took just 168 deliveries. Kohli made 131 for his 29th one-day international century, facing 96 deliveries and hitting 17 boundaries and two sixes.

He became Malinga's 300th ODI wicket when he was caught on the cover point boundary after chasing a ball that was full and wide.

Mathews (2-24) dismissed Pandya (19) before having Sharma caught behind for 104. Sharma's 13th one-day international century came from 88 deliveries and included three sixes and 11 boundaries.

Sri Lanka picked up another wicket when Lokesh Rahul was caught at midwicket off spin bowler Akila Dananjaya, briefly threatening a comeback.

But India quickly recovered and went on the attack. From 274-5 in the 38th over, Dhoni joined Pandey and the pair added an unbroken 101 runs in 74 deliveries.


Young stars step up for Japan in 2-0 win over Australia

Japan's Takuma Asano celebrates scoring a goal against Australia during their World Cup Group B qualifying match in Saitama, Japan, Thursday, Aug. 31. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiayma)

Jim Armstrong

Saitama, Japan (AP) — The future looks bright for Japan's national soccer team.

Two of the country's youngest players scored Thursday as Japan secured a sixth straight World Cup berth by beating Australia 2-0.

"We may be young, but it's clear we need to step up now," said Takuma Asano, who scored the first goal. "The coach has shown a lot of confidence in us and we need to live up to the expectations."

Asano, a 22-year-old forward who plays for German club Stuttgart, has won the confidence of Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic with his sleek play and scored in the 41st minute.

Yusuke Ideguchi, who is only 21, added the second in the 83rd with his first goal for the national team.

Ideguchi, who beat several Australia defenders before sending a right-foot shot to the top corner, was Japan's most impressive player.

"The coach decided to play me on this big stage and so I came into the match determined to deliver results and that led to the goal," the Gamba Osaka midfielder said. "There is still a long way to go until next year's World Cup so I want to continue to improve so that I keep getting picked."

Halilhodzic hasn't given up on his veteran players, but it's clear he is moving in a new direction as Japan looks to improve on past World Cup performances.

Keisuke Honda remained on the bench for Thursday's match while Leicester forward Shinji Okazaki came on late with the result secure.

Before Thursday, Japan had never beaten Australia in World Cup qualifying, losing twice and drawing five times.


Rossi 'not optimistic' over leg injury in training accident

Italy's Valentino Rossi of Movistar Yamaha steers his bike during the Moto GP race at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in England, Aug. 27. The six-time MotoGP champion has reportedly broken his right leg in a training accident in Italy. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Urbino, Italy (AP) — Seven-time motorcycle world champion Valentino Rossi fears he may have broken his right leg after a training accident in Italy on Thursday.

In a brief statement, Rossi's Yahama team said he was involved in an enduro accident close to his home town of Urbino, in the east of Italy, and had been taken to hospital there.

"I spoke to him, his leg really hurts and Valentino is not optimistic ... it's a disaster," his father, Graziano Rossi, told Italian national news agency Ansa.

"I know that they still have to do an X-ray and they fear it's broken. To do the X-ray they have to cut off the boot and Valentino told me he is in a lot of pain."

Italian media reported Rossi has fractured his tibia and fibula.

It was the same leg the Italian broke in 2010, in a practice session at Mugello, ahead of his home grand prix.

Rossi was third at Silverstone last Sunday in his 300th premier class grand prix.

The 38-year-old, who has finished runner-up the past three seasons, is fourth in the overall standings, 26 points below current leader Andrea Dovizioso.

Rossi won seven titles in the top class — his first in 500cc and then six in MotoGP — and two more titles in the lower classes.


Federer comes back to edge Youzhny for 2nd 5-set US Open win

Roger Federer, of Switzerland, returns a shot from Mikhail Youzhny, of Russia, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 31, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

Howard Fendrich

New York (AP) — Given that Roger Federer entered Thursday with a 16-0 career record against his opponent, Mikhail Youzhny, and a 16-0 mark in the U.S. Open's second round, one might have thought that their meeting at that stage in Flushing Meadows would have been no contest at all.

Think again.

Federer set aside an uncharacteristic 68 unforced errors and what appeared to be a bad back, managing to pull out his second five-set victory in a row at the U.S. Open by coming back to edge Youzhny 6-1, 6-7 (3), 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

It is the first time in his long career that the 36-year-old Federer has played five-setters in both the first and second rounds at a Grand Slam tournament.

"These five-set battles are actually quite a lot of fun," Federer said in his on-court interview in Arthur Ashe Stadium, "and I feel quite warmed up by now."

The No. 3-seeded Federer won five consecutive U.S. Open championships from 2004-08 and also was the runner-up twice, including two years ago. But he missed last year's tournament while taking off the second half of the season to let his back and surgically repaired left knee fully heal.

That time off paid obvious dividends: He is 37-3 with five titles in 2017, including his 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January, then 19th at Wimbledon in July. Federer did not lose any of the sets he played in seven matches at the All England Club.

Things have been rather different so far in New York.

Youzhny is a former top-10 player who reached the U.S. Open semifinals in 2006 and 2010 but is now ranked 101st.

His level of play dipped considerably over the last two sets Thursday as he appeared to be restricted by a leg cramp.

"I was feeling (badly) there for Mikhail," Federer said.

Federer was not quite himself for much of the match, either. He appeared slowed by the back that he tweaked earlier in August and his strokes were not at their usual level of crispness.

He also needed five sets to win in the first round Monday night against 19-year-old American Frances Tiafoe.

Against Youzhny, who is 35, Federer surprisingly faltered repeatedly. He got broken while serving for the second set at 5-4, and then once more while serving for the fourth set at 5-3.

While Federer did drop that second set in a tiebreaker, he recovered from his slip-up in the fourth. On his second set point, he hammered a return of a first serve that came in at 86 mph and broke to force a fifth, then engaged in a muted celebration by merely shaking his right fist.

At 1-all in the deciding set, Youzhny stumbled and collapsed to the court, grabbing at his right leg as he appeared to cramp up after whiffing on an attempted running swat at Federer's lob. Youzhny stayed down for a few moments, then grimaced and limped around for the rest of that game.

Even with Youzhny clearly compromised, Federer did not take full advantage right away.

Federer's unforced errors continued to mount in the fifth set — 11 in the first four games alone, including a badly shanked forehand on his first break point at 2-1, a netted backhand on his second, and a long forehand to let Youzhny hold there.

The next time he returned, though, Federer raced ahead love-40 and converted on his second break chance when Youzhny double-faulted to make it 4-2.

Another break in the final game ended things, allowing Federer to improve to 17-0 against Youzhny — and 17-0 in the second round at the U.S. Open.


France's big win leaves Dutch in danger of missing World Cup

France's Kylian Mbappe controls the ball during the FIFA World Cup Group A qualifying match against the Netherlands at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, outside Paris, Thursday, Aug.31. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Tales Azzoni

Madrid (AP) — France's 4-0 win over Netherlands has the Dutch on the brink of missing the World Cup, while Cristiano Ronaldo's three goals helped keep Portugal in contention in European qualifying and moved him ahead of Pele on the list of all-time international scorers.

Belgium trounced Gibraltar 9-0 among the other games Thursday, when Switzerland stayed perfect with a 3-0 win over Andorra in heavy rain.

The Netherlands, who finished third at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, dropped to fourth place in Group A, six points behind France, three behind Sweden and two behind Bulgaria.

Only the group winners in Europe automatically qualify for next year's World Cup in Russia. The runner-up has to go through a playoff.

Ronaldo increased his international tally to 78 goals during Portugal's 5-1 rout of the Faeroe Islands in Group B, surpassing Pele in the process. Among European goal scorers, he's is now in second place only six behind Hungarian great Ferenc Puskas.

"Things are going well for me with Portugal," Ronaldo said. "The team is playing well and we are still alive. We gained confidence after this victory and we will keep focused to make sure we can make it to the World Cup."

Here is a closer look at the qualifying groups in action Thursday:

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GROUP A

France regained control of their World Cup destiny with a comfortable victory that started with a goal from Antoine Griezmann and ended with the first international goals by promising youngsters Thomas Lemar and Kylian Mbappe.

After Griezmann's opener, Lemar netted twice and Mbappe — newly signed by Paris Saint-Germain — added another to give Les Bleus a three-point lead over Sweden, who lost 3-2 at Bulgaria.

"We had no chance against a France side that was very strong," Netherlands coach Dick Advocaat said. "Maybe in the first half we resisted a little bit, but overall we didn't play well and France largely deserved to win."

France can all but secure a World Cup berth with a win against Luxembourg, while the Dutch need to beat Bulgaria at home to keep their hopes alive.

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GROUP B

Portugal easily defeated the Faeroe Islands to stay close to leaders Switzerland.

Ronaldo scored twice in the first half — including a neat side-volley from inside the area — and once after the break to increase his haul to 14 goals in seven Group B matches.

Switzerland overcame poor pitch conditions to defeat Andorra for their seventh straight victory, maintaining a three-point gap over the European champions. The match in St. Gallen was interrupted in each half as workers entered the pitch to clear standing water. The second half also was delayed.

Hungary kept pace in third spot with a routine 3-1 win over last-place Latvia, but remain eight points behind Portugal.

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GROUP H

With a commanding performance orchestrated by Thomas Meunier against part-timers from Gibraltar, Belgium produced a 9-0 victory to bring next year's World Cup finals ever closer.

Paris Saint-Germain's Meunier had three goals and three assists and Romelu Lukaku added three goals of his own in an overall demonstration of flicks, backheels and superior moves.

The easy victory gave Belgium a six-point lead over second-placed Greece, who were held to a 0-0 draw by Estonia.

Bosnia-Herzegovina lost 3-2 to Cyprus, staying two points behind Greece.
 


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