Update September 11, 2017
Packers beat Seahawks 17-9 to take NFC heavyweight match
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
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
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
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
LIONS 35, CARDINALS 23
Detroit — Matthew Stafford threw
two of his four touchdown passes to rookie Kenny Golladay in the fourth
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
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
Sweet 16: Nadal beats Anderson for 3rd US Open, 16th major
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)
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
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 2½-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
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
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
Lorenzo had a strong start, moving up
immediately from fifth to first.
There were multiple falls and six
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
Dominique Aegerter won the Moto2 race
and Romano Fenati took the Moto3 event.
Froome wins Tour-Vuelta double as Contador ends final race
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
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
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
Riders cruised to the finish in
Sunday's 21st stage, with the leaders not challenging each other, as per
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
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
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
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
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
Update September 9 - 10, 2017
Nadal overwhelms del Potro; faces Anderson in US Open final
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)
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
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."
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
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
"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
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,"
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
"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
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
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
Australian Hend shoots 2nd-round 63 to lead European Masters
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
"I don't want them to use our results
as cover and say it's a step forward," Lasitskene said. "We'd have been
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Tyler Mahle (0-2) struggled in his
third major league start for the Reds, giving up three runs in four innings.
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
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
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
Toby Roland-Jones, recalled by England at his home ground,
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
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.
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
"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
By Howard Fendrich, AP
NEW YORK (AP) — Sloane Stephens was two points from defeat
against Venus Williams in one U.S. Open semifinal before pulling out
Madison Keys faced no such test, overwhelming CoCo Vandeweghe in the
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
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
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
"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
"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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chiefs: Host Philadelphia on Sept. 17.
Patriots: Visit New Orleans on Sept. 17.
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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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
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 1½
"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
He has won his past three
matches in straight sets, his uppercut of a forehand at its most
"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
Mickelson is a captain's pick to play in the Presidents Cup later
this month at Liberty National. (AP Photo/Woohae Cho, File)
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
"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
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
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
"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
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
"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
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)
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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.
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
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
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.
Cenk Tosun scored a second-half
goal to lead Turkey to a 1-0 win over Croatia that blew the group
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
"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
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
"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
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
"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
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
"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
"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
He struck with his second ball
of the day, dismissing Rahim for 68, after Bangladesh resumed the on
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
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
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
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:
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
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.
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.
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)
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
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
"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
"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
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
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
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)
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
"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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
"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.
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
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
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)
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
"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
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
"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
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
"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
"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)
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
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
"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
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
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.
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)
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
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
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
After getting out of his car,
Hamilton first greeted Bottas then jumped into a crowd of Mercedes
"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
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
"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,"
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Here is a closer look at the
qualifying groups in action Sunday:
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
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.
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
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
Portugal, who lost the opening
group game to Switzerland, host the Swiss in a table-topper in Lisbon on
Meanwhile, the Faeroe Islands are
fourth after a 1-0 win against fellow strugglers Andorra.
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
"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
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.
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
Ukraine play Iceland on Tuesday,
while Turkey host Croatia.
Thomas fires off a 63, shares lead with Leishman in Boston
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Carlos Ruiz and Mitch Haniger homered
for the Mariners, who moved within 2 1/2 games of Minnesota for the second
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)
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
"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
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:
Mats Hummels was reminded of the
responsibilities being a German international this week after his
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.
Polish star striker Robert
Lewandowski had not failed to score in six previous qualifiers, his team
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
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.
England did not impress before
finally seeing off 190th-ranked Malta on a warm evening on the
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
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)
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
Not much later, Shapovalov advanced
when Kyle Edmund of Britain stopped playing in the fourth set because of an
"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
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
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)
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
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
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)
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
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,"
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
"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
The victory last week was his
fourth of the year, tied with Thomas for most on the PGA Tour this
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
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
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
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
Rodgers finished in 10.09 and Forte
The storm was such that it caused a
blackout in the neighborhood and the meet had to be completed with
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
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
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)
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
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
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
Dee Gordon scored the Marlins' run
and had two singles for his sixth consecutive multi-hit game.
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
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
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,"
"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)
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
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
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
"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
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
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)
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.
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
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
He also needed five sets to win in
the first round Monday night against 19-year-old American Frances
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
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)
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
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:
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.
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
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
Bosnia-Herzegovina lost 3-2 to Cyprus,
staying two points behind Greece.