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September 4, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — First, there were four break points squandered, along with an early chance for the lead. Next, three more wasted. Pretty soon, Sloane Stephens’ run at a U.S. Open repeat was lost too. The defending champion was eliminated Tuesday, beaten by Anastasija Sevastova 6-2, 6-3 in the quarterfinals.

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s national anti-doping agency says doping cases in the country have almost doubled this year. Yuri Ganus says the agency has detected 113 potential breaches of anti-doping rules in the first eight months of 2018. That is almost double the 59 it found in all of 2017.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Attorneys for college football and basketball players are in court fighting NCAA rules that cap athletes’ compensation at the value of a scholarship. The federal trial that began today in Oakland opened with the testimony of sports economist Dan Rascher, one of several expert witnesses the sides plan to call during the 10-day trial. The plaintiffs want compensation to be determined conference by conference in the hopes of creating a free market.

NEW YORK (AP) — Rick Pitino knows his coaching days are most likely behind him. He still wants to be involved in basketball, where he’s spent a lifetime. That’s what he said to the AP today. It’s been nearly a year since Pitino was fired from Louisville after the school acknowledged it’s men’s program was being investigated as part of a federal corruption inquiry. Pitino has released a new book telling his side of the events that led to his ouster from the school where he coached for 16 years and led to a national title in 2013 that was vacated because of the scandals.

NEW YORK (AP) — An NFL executive says the social justice issues raised by Colin Kaepernick and other football players “deserve our attention and action.” Jocelyn Moore is the league’s executive vice president of communications and public affairs. She said Tuesday that the NFL embraces the role of players and others in the game to promote “meaningful, positive change in our communities.”

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