Update on the latest sports
Del Potro advances when Nadal bows out...Djokovic beats Nishikori
NEW YORK (AP) — Rafael Nadal’s aching knee has pushed Juan Martin del Potro (wahn mahr-TEEN dehl-POH’-troh) into Sunday’s U.S. Open men’s final against Novak Djokovic (JOH’-koh-vihch).
Nadal lasted about two hours but couldn’t answer the call for the third set. Del Potro was leading 7-6, 6-2 when the match was stopped.
Nadal had been treated earlier and was barely moving late in the second set.
The injury allows del Potro to return to a Grand Slam final for the first time since he won the 2009 U.S. Open. Since that lone championship, the 29-year-old del Potro has needed four wrist operations, which slowed his career trajectory.
Nadal had been trying to win a fourth U.S. Open title and 18th Grand Slam trophy.
Djokovic reached his record-tying eighth U.S. Open final by beating Kei Nishikori (kay nee-shee-KOHR’-ee), 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. The sixth seed served impeccably and used his usual brand of court-covering defense.
Dodgers close gap on Rockies
UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers are back within a half-game of first place in the National League West following a series-opening victory against the division-leading Rockies in Denver.
Clayton Kershaw worked six innings and Max Muncy scored on third baseman Nolan Arenado’s (ar-eh-NAH’-dohz) throwing error in the fifth as the Dodgers claimed a 4-2 win at Colorado. Kershaw and the Los Angeles bullpen pitched scoreless ball once the Rockies scored twice in the bottom of the second.
Yasiel Puig (YAH’-see-ul) Puig returned from his two-game suspension and provided a solo homer and an RBI single.
Kenta Maeda (mah-AY’-dah) picked up the save while closer Kenley Jansen stayed in Los Angeles. Doctors recommended Jansen not fly to Denver while he deals with a heart issue.
Matt Holiday cracked a solo homer in the Rockies’ first loss in six games.
Checking out Friday’s other major league games:
— The Brewers beat the Giants, 4-2 on Jesus Aguilar’s tiebreaking, two-run double in the seventh. Ryan Braun belted a two-run homer and Milwaukee’s bullpen threw four hitless innings of relief after Chase Anderson gave up two runs. The Brewers now own a 1 ½-game lead over St. Louis for the first NL wild card and are four games behind the NL Central-leading Cubs. The Cubs and Nationals were rained out in Washington, creating a day-night doubleheader on Saturday.
— The Cardinals were saddled with a 5-3 loss to the Tigers on Jeimer Candelario’s two-run, walk-off homer in the ninth. Marcell Ozuna (oh-ZOO’-nuh) homered twice for St. Louis, but Detroit knotted the score when Nicholas Castellanos (kas-tee-AH’-nohs) poked an RBI single in the fifth. The Redbirds ended a two-game winning streak and fell for the fourth time in six games.
— Houston won a battle of division leaders by scoring three times in the eighth to top the Red Sox, 6-3. Carlos Correa’s sacrifice fly brought home the tiebreaking run in the eighth before Jose Altuve (al-TOO’-vah), scored on a wild pitch. Tony Kemp hit a two-run double in the Astros’ sixth consecutive victory.
— Kevin Pillar led off the bottom of the ninth with a blast to complete the Blue Jays’ 3-2 win over the Indians, ending Cleveland’s three-game winning streak. Indians starter Hector Carrasco had to settle for a no-decision despite yielding just one earned run while striking out 14 over eight innings. Yan Gomes (gohmz) was 3-for-5 with a solo shot for the Indians, whose magic number to win the AL Central remains seven.
— Aaron Nola was sharp in the Phillies’ 4-3 win over the Mets, striking out eight and allowing three hits to move to 16-4. Carlos Santana belted an early two-run homer and Rhys Hoskins provided the tiebreaking, solo shot in the eighth. Philadelphia won for the second time in six games despite solo homers by Jay Bruce and Dominic Smith for New York.
— Blake Snell shares the major league victory lead after improving to 18-5 with the Rays’ 14-2 blowout over the Orioles. Snell scattered five hits and tossed shutout ball until Joey Rickard chased him with a two-run homer. Ji-Man Choi belted a grand slam and Nick Ciuffo added his first career homer and four RBIs in Tampa Bay’s 13th victory in 16 games.
— Ehire Adrianza (AY’-ray ah-dree-AHN’-zah) drove in three runs and the Twins turned a 6-2 deficit into a 10-6 win against the Royals. Salvador Perez crushed a three-run homer to cap Kansas City’s six-run third.
— Shohei Ohtani (SHOH’-hay oh-TAH’-nee) crushed a three-run homer and Andrelton Simmons added a solo shot as the Angels topped the White Sox, 5-2. Winning pitcher Felix Pena held Chicago to two runs and seven hits over seven innings.
— Jordan Luplow slammed a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the seventh inning to push the Pirates past the Marlins, 5-3. Josh Bell also smacked a two-run shot and David Archer gave up three runs over six innings to get the win.
— Scott Schebler smacked a grand slam and Phillip Ervin homered twice and had four RBIs as the Reds blew out the Padres, 12-6. Michael Lorenzen worked three shutout innings of one-hit relief to pick up the victory.
Bosox to activate Sale, decide to shelve Pedroia
UNDATED (AP) — The Boston Red Sox had good and bad news for their fans on Friday.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora says ace lefty Chris Sale will be activated from the disabled list and pitch about two innings with a maximum of 40 pitches Tuesday against Toronto at Fenway Park. Sale originally went on the disabled list July 31 with mild left shoulder inflammation. He returned for a start Aug. 12 against Baltimore, going five innings and striking out 12 before going back on the DL with the same injury.
Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (peh-DROY’-uh) has been shut down for the rest of the season. Manager Alex Cora revealed the 35-year-old veteran had an additional arthroscopic surgery on his left knee while rehabbing in Arizona in July to cleanup some scar tissue. Pedroia had two initial procedures on the knee last October and returned to the lineup in May, but he went just 1-for-11 in three games before going back on the disabled list.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani (SHOH’-hay oh-TAH’-nee) says he plans to finish this season as the team’s designated hitter while he decides whether to have Tommy John surgery. The 24-year-old rookie from Japan says he hopes to return as a DH next season. The Angels announced Wednesday that an MRI showed Ohtani had new damage in his pitching elbow, and that Tommy John surgery was the recommended course of action.
— The Yankees have activated shortstop Didi Gregorius (DEE’-dee greh-GOHR’-ee-uhs) from the disabled list. He suffered a bruised left heal on Aug. 19 and missed 16 games. Gregorius is hitting .270 with 22 home runs and 74 RBIs.
— White Sox top pitching prospect Michael Kopech (KOH’-pehk) probably will need Tommy John surgery that will cause him to sit out next season. The hard-throwing Kopech had trouble getting loose during his warmups Wednesday before allowing seven runs on nine hits in 3 1/3 innings in a loss to Detroit. He reported discomfort in his right arm after the game, which raised his ERA to 5.02.
— The Reds have dropped Homer Bailey from the rotation after he fell to 1-14 with a 6.09 ERA. The Reds are 1-19 in games started by Bailey, who allowed three runs over five innings of Wednesday’s 3-2 loss to the Pirates. Bailey is the team’s highest-paid pitcher and has one more season remaining on a six-year, $105 million package.
— Tigers television announcers Mario Impemba and Rod Allen have been suspended for the rest of the season. The longtime popular pair reportedly tangled in the broadcast booth Tuesday before a game in Chicago against the White Sox. Impemba and Allen are in their 17th season as the team’s main television team.
Falcons lose Neal for the season
UNDATED (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons’ secondary received a jolt when the team learned Keanu Neal will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his left knee.
The safety was injured during Thursday’s 18-12 season-opening loss to the Eagles. Falcons coach Dan Quinn said after the game the injury wasn’t believed to be serious, but a follow-up exam showed otherwise.
Neal was in his third NFL season after being taken in the first round of the 2016 draft. He had 113 tackles with one interception, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries while starting every game last season.
In other NFL news:
— Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa has been ruled out for the opener against Kansas City after reinjuring his left foot. Coach Anthony Lynn says Bosa hurt the foot again during Wednesday’s practice after the original injury from training camp had healed. Lynn also said right Antonio Gates will be active Sunday after re-signing with the Chargers on Monday.
— Nose tackle Eddie Goldman and the Bears have agreed to a four-year contract extension through the 2022 season. A second-round draft pick out of Florida State in 2015, Goldman has started 32 of the 36 games played and has 8 1/2 sacks and 15 quarterback hurries.
—Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams and defensive end Trent Murphy are cleared to play in Buffalo’s season opener at Baltimore on Sunday after both missed extensive time with injuries. Williams missed two weeks after hurting his right knee in a preseason game against Cleveland. Murphy missed a majority of training camp with a groin injury.
— Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey practiced without any limitation Friday, clearing the way for him to play against New York Giants star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in the season opener. Ramsey was limited in practice Thursday because of right ankle soreness.
— Chiefs safety Eric Berry is doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Chargers after missing most of training camp and all four preseason games with a heel injury. Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder and coach Andy Reid said this week that Berry was “literally day to day,” but he did not take part in any practices.
— The Seahawks have not yet decided whether safety Earl Thomas will be added to the active roster ahead of the season opener in Denver. Coach Pete Carroll said a decision would come Saturday. Thomas held out from Seattle’s offseason program and training camp, only reporting to the team Wednesday. Thomas was seeking a contract extension or a trade.
Bergeron, Chara to skip China trip
CHICAGO (AP) — Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES’ BEHR’-zhehr-ahn) and captain Zdeno Chara (zuh-DAY’-noh CHAH’-rah) are among a handful of Boston Bruins who won’t be going to China for a pair of preseason games against the Calgary Flames later this month.
Bergeron is still not 100 percent after offseason groin surgery, and the 41-year-old Zdeno Chara is passing on the trip to avoid wear and tear.
Torey Krug is coming off a broken ankle, forward Noel Acciari had sports hernia surgery and Anders Bjork had shoulder surgery.
Schauffele takes BMW lead
NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. (AP) — Xander Schauffele (SHOW’-flee) fired a 6-under 66 to take a two-shot lead over Justin Rose at the midway mark of the BMW Championship.
Schauffele was at 13-under through two rounds, the lowest 36-hole score of his career. Hideki Matsuyama, Keegan Bradley, Alex Noren and Rickie Fowler are three strokes back, while Tiger Woods is five off the pace despite yesterday’s 9-under 62.
OHIO STATE-TEAM DOCTOR
Ohio State seeks dismissal of suits alleging sexual abuse
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University is asking a judge to dismiss three federal lawsuits filed by former students alleging sexual misconduct by a team doctor.
The lawsuits say university officials turned a blind eye to rampant sexual abuse by Dr. Richard Strauss, who worked at Ohio State for 20 years until he retired in 1998.
The university says in legal motions filed Friday that the former students’ claims are barred by the statute of limitations.