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Serena Williams tries for 24th Grand Slam title...Celtics’ Jabari Bird arrested...American wins mountain bike worlds

September 8, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams goes for her seventh U.S. Open championship and 24th Grand Slam singles title when she faces 20th-seeded Naomi Osaka in the women’s final today. The 20-year-old Osaka is the first woman from Japan to reach a Grand Slam title match. If Williams gets win No. 24, it would tie Margaret Court for the most major championships in tennis history. Williams already owns the professional-era record of 23, because Court won some of hers against amateur competition.

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Celtics guard Jabari Bird is facing charges after what authorities are calling a domestic incident. Boston police said today that Bird was being guarded by police at a hospital and was undergoing an evaluation after the incident yesterday. Police said complaints would be sought against Bird for assault and battery, strangulation and kidnapping. No other details were immediately released.

BOSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros try to extend their six-game winning streak when they continue their series in Boston this afternoon. The Astros are 13-4 in their last 17 road games. Right-hander Charlie Morton starts for Houston against lefty Eduardo Rodriguez. Each is 0-1 in three career starts against the other team.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland continues its series at home against Texas, having won four of its last five games and seven of eight against the Rangers. The A’s are 3 ½ games behind first-place Houston in the AL West and 3 ½ back of the New York Yankees for the top AL wild card. Right-hander Edwin Jackson starts against Texas lefty Yohander Mendez.

LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (AP) — Kate Courtney is the first American to win the mountain bike world championships in nearly two decades. The 22-year-old from California held off Danish rider Annika Langvad, the 2016 world champion, to win the rainbow jersey today in Switzerland. Emily Batty of Canada finished third. The last American to win a world championship was Alison Dunlap in 2001.

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