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September 5, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams has reached the U.S. Open women’s semifinals as she seeks her 24th Grand Slam title. Williams fell behind a break before posting a 6-4, 6-3 win over eighth seed Karolina Pliskova (PLIHSH’-koh-vah). Next up for Williams is Anastasia Sevastova, who upset defending champion Sloane Stephens, 6-2, 6-3.

NEW YORK (AP) — John Isner ended his bid to become the first American since Andy Roddick in 2006 to reach the U.S. Open men’s semifinals. The 11th seed was eliminated with a 6-7, 6-3, 7-6, 6-2 loss to Juan Martin del Potro (wahn mahr-TEEN’ dehl POH’-troh), who made just 14 unforced errors compared to Isner’s 52.

UNDATED (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig (YAH’-se-ul pweeg) began his two-game suspension on Tuesday after losing his appeal of the punishment. Puig was involved in an altercation with San Francisco’s Nick Hundley during an Aug. 14 game, taking an open-handed swipe at the catcher’s mask. He is eligible to return for Friday’s series opener at Colorado.

WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. (AP) — Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau have been selected as three of Jim Furyk’s (FYOOR’-iks) four captain’s picks for the Ryder Cup later this month. Woods will return to the Cup as a player for the first time in six years, Mickelson will make a record 12th straight appearance in the event and DeChambeau has won the first two FedEx Cup playoff events to rise to No. 7 in the world. Furyk’s final captain’s pick will be announced Monday after the BMW Championship.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Pacers have signed coach Nate McMillan to a multi-year contract extension. McMillan is 90-74 in two years as head coach after serving as the associate head coach for three seasons under Frank Vogel. He finished sixth in Coach of the Year balloting after the Pacers surprised nearly everyone in earning the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 48-34 record last season.

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