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September 9, 2018


Osaka whips angry Williams for US Open title

NEW YORK (AP) — Naomi Osaka is the U.S. Open women’s champion after stopping Serena Williams’ bid to set one record and tie another. But the shine on the upset was tarnished by a second-set tantrum by the 36-year-old Williams.

Osaka rolled to a 6-2, 6-4 victory to become the first Japanese-born player to win a Grand Slam event. She won five straight games after Williams held serve to open the final.

The match began to reach a temperamental crescendo once Williams was given a code violation by chair umpire Carlos Ramos for being coached during the second set. Williams had words with Ramos and denied that she was being coached, saying she’d rather lose than cheat.

Later in the set, Williams smashed her racket after dropping serve in the fifth game. She received a second code violation that cost her a point, giving Osaka a 15-love lead before she served for the sixth game. Williams’ temper also cost her a game for a third violation after calling Ramos a thief, putting Osaka ahead 5-3 in the set.

Williams’ coach admitted after the match that he tried to coach her during the second set, but added that all coaches do it during every match. Williams said she never saw the direction from the stands.

The tantrum didn’t alter the fact that Osaka dominated the opening set and stormed back from a 3-1 deficit in the second. The 20-year-old Osaka had six aces compared to three for Williams.

Osaka dropped just one set and 34 games on her way to the title. She is the youngest women’s champion since a 19-year-old Maria Sharapova won in 2006.

Williams was seeking a record seventh U.S. Open women’s title and a 24th Grand Slam crown overall, which would have tied her with Margaret Court for the most all time.


Georgia whips South Carolina in Columbia

UNDATED (AP) — Third-ranked South Carolina has passed its first major test as the Bulldogs try to earn another shot at the SEC title.

Jake Fromm was 15 of 18 for 194 yards and a touchdown in the Bulldogs’ 41-17 dismantling of No. 24 South Carolina. Georgia’s top three running backs were productive in the team’s first road game of the season.

Elijah Holyfield racked up a team-high 76 yards rushing and a 5-yard score. D’Andre Swift had a 17-yard TD run and Brian Herrien piled on with a 15-yard scoring burst that put the Bulldogs ahead by 31 in the third quarter.

South Carolina picked up just 54 yards rushing in its first game as a ranked team in four years.

Elsewhere in top-25 college football:

— Top-ranked Alabama cruised to a 57-7 win over Arkansas State as Tua Tagovailoa (TOO’-ah tag-oh-vay-OH’-lah) passed for three first-quarter touchdowns and Jalen Hurts added two more before halftime. Tagovailoa finished 13 of 19 for 228 yards and four TDs while engineering seven drives.

— Clemson barely avoided an upset as Kelly Bryant threw for 205 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score to help the second-ranked Tigers escape with a 28-26 victory against Texas A&M. Kellen Mond got the Aggies within two points with 46 seconds left by tossing his third touchdown pass of the second half, but his two-point conversion attempt was intercepted in the end zone.

— Dwayne Haskins Jr. threw four touchdown passes and No. 4 Ohio State picked up the 900th victory in program history by slamming Rutgers, 52-3. Backup quarterback Tate Martell added another touchdown pass and a 47-yard scoring run while the Buckeyes were gaining 579 total yards.

— Fifth-ranked Wisconsin gave up a TD on the opening drive before Jonathan Taylor ran for 253 yards and three touchdowns to send the Badgers to a 45-14 rout of New Mexico. A.J. Taylor had 134 yards receiving and a score for the 2-0 Badgers, who won their 41st straight home nonconference game.

— Kyler Murray tossed three scoring strikes and ran for two others as sixth-ranked Oklahoma pounded UCLA, 49-21. Murray passed for 306 yards and had 69 yards on the ground for the Sooners, who finished the game without star running back Rodney Anderson because of a first-quarter leg injury.

— JaTarvious Whitlow ran for 122 yards and receiver Anthony Schwartz accounted for 117 total yards and two touchdowns to help No. 7 Auburn hammer Alabama State, 63-9. Jarrett Stidham ran for a score and was 6 of 11 for 113 yards and a TD before leaving the game in the second quarter with the Tigers up 42-0.

— Jalen Elliott had a pair of interceptions that No. 8 Notre Dame turned into touchdowns in a 24-16 win against Ball State. The Cardinals’ 3-4 defense frustrated Irish quarterback Brandon Wimbush, who threw three interceptions and was sacked four times while passing for 297 yards.

— Jake Browning was 23 of 37 for 313 yards and two touchdowns to lead ninth-ranked Washington’s offense in a 45-3 thumping of North Dakota. Backup QB Jake Haener added a 12-yard TD pass to Jones, who had two scoring grabs.

— Bryce Love ran for 136 yards and a touchdown while 10th-ranked Stanford hounded freshman quarterback JT Daniels in a 17-3 stifling of No. 17 Southern California. Daniels went 16 for 34 for 215 yards with interceptions on his final two passes of the night.

— Joe Burrow passed for two touchdowns and ran for a short score as No. 11 LSU posted a 31-0 shutout of Southeastern Louisiana. Safety JaCoby Stevens returned a fumble 64 yards to set up the Tigers’ final TD on Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s 7-yard run.

— No. 12 Virginia Tech clobbered William and Mary, 62-17 as Josh Jackson threw for one touchdown and ran for another before heading to the bench just before halftime. Steven Peoples had two first-half touchdown runs for the Hokies, who outgained the FCS-level Tribe 401-100 by halftime.

— No. 13 Penn State destroyed Pittsburgh, 51-6 as Trace McSorley threw for two touchdowns and ran for another. Nittany Lions running back Miles Sanders ran for 118 yards and DeAndre Thompson returned a punt 39 yards for a touchdown.

— Will Grier threw three of his four touchdown passes to Gary Jennings to lead No. 14 West Virginia to a 52-17 laugher over Youngstown State. The Mountaineers piled up 625 total yards in winning their 15th straight home opener.

— Nick Fitzgerald returned from a suspension to throw two touchdown passes as No. 18 Mississippi State thumped Kansas State, 31-10. Kylin Hill ran for 211 yards and accounted for three scores.

— No. 19 UCF ripped South Carolina State, 38-0 as Adrian Killins Jr. ran for 89 yards and two touchdowns. Greg McCrae rushed for 62 yards and a touchdown, and Otis Anderson added 42 yards and a touchdown as UCF racked up 315 rushing yards.

— Shea Patterson threw one touchdown pass in each of the first three quarters of No. 21 Michigan’s 49-3 blowout over Western Michigan. Karan Higdon provided 140 of his 156 yards rushing in the first quarter, including a 67-yard scoring burst.

— No. 22 Miami set a school record for largest margin of victory as Malik Rosier threw for two scores and N’Kosi Perry came off the bench to throw the first three touchdown passes of his collegiate career in a 77-0 dismantling of Savannah State. Brevin Jordan had two touchdown catches and Lorenzo Lingard had two scoring runs for the Hurricanes.

— Justin Herbert threw for 250 yards and four touchdowns before heading to the bench in the third quarter of No. 23 Oregon’s 62-14 rout of Portland State. Tony Brooks-James ran for 107 yards and two scores for the Ducks, while teammate CJ Verdell ran for 106 yards and another TD.

— Kentucky ended one of college football’s longest head-to-head losing streaks by upsetting No. 25 Florida 27-16. Terry Wilson accounted for three touchdowns, Benny Snell ran for 175 yards and the Wildcats beat the Gators for the first time in 31 meetings since 1986.


Astros continue win streak

UNDATED (AP) — The Houston Astros have run their winning streak to seven in keeping their 3 ½-game lead in the American League West.

Alex Bregman belted his 30th home run and Charlie Morton returned to the active roster to work five solid innings as the Astros beat the Red Sox in Boston for the second straight day, 5-3. Morton was activated from the DL after missing his last start with discomfort in his right shoulder. He allowed a run and three hits in the first inning, but Boston didn’t score again until Xander Bogaerts’ (BOH’-gahrts) solo homer in the fifth.

Morton improved to 14-3, matching his win total from last season.

The Athletics picked up their third straight win by scoring twice in the bottom of the eighth to knock off the Rangers, 8-6. Matt Olson put Oakland ahead for good with a solo blast in the eighth before Matt Chapman added an RBI double.

Khris Davis slammed his major league-leading 41st home run and Chad Pinder also went deep for the A’s.

Checking out Saturday’s other major league action:

— Austin Romine and Andrew McCutchen launched solo homers and Lance Lynn pitched three-hit ball over six innings as the Yankees held off Seattle, 4-2. Dellin Betances (beh-TAN’-sehs) loaded the bases in the ninth before fanning Denard Span and Kyle Seager, leaving New York 7 ½ games behind the AL East-leading Red Sox.

— The Indians’ magic number to win the AL Central is down to five after they erupted for seven runs in the fifth inning of a 9-8 win at Toronto. Roberto Perez sparked the fifth with a solo shot and capped the rally with a three-run double. Michael Brantley slammed a two-run homer in the fifth.

— Cleveland’s division lead is up to 16 ½ games after Jorge Lopez took a perfect game into the ninth inning of Kansas City’s 4-1 win over the second-place Twins. Max Kepler ended the perfect game with a leadoff walk and Robbie Grossman followed with a single to top the no-hitter and chase Lopez from the mound.

— The Rockies lead the NL West by 1 ½ games over the Dodgers after Kyle Freeland and the Colorado bullpen allowed six hits in a 4-2 win over Los Angeles. Freeland allowed one run over six innings and closer Wade Davis allowed a ninth-inning run before notching his 39th save. Charlie Blackmon socked a two-run homer and Chris Ianetta (eye-ah-NEH’-tuh) added a solo blast in the Rockies’ sixth win in seven games.

— Max Scherzer provided an RBI single and went the distance on a nine-hitter as the Nationals clobbered the Cubs, 10-3 in the opener of a day-night doubleheader. Scherzer improved to 17-6 and struck out 11 to run his major league-leading total to 271. Trey Turner and Juan Soto drove in two runs apiece for Washington.

— Gio Gonzalez was a winner in his Brewers debut, allowing an unearned run and three hits over 5 2/3s to lift Milwaukee past the Giants, 4-3. Travis Shaw and Christian Yelich (YEH’-lihch) slammed solo homers for the Brewers, who won despite just five hits. Milwaukee has won five of six since falling five games behind the NL Central-leading Cubs.

— Detroit’s 4-3 win over St. Louis keeps the Cardinals a half-game ahead of the Dodgers for the second NL wild card. Bud Norris uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Victor Reyes to score the winning run in the bottom of the ninth, a half-inning after Marcell Ozuna (oh-ZOO’-nuh) tied it with a two-run blast. Paul DeJong (deh-YUHNG’) hit an eighth-inning homer for the Redbirds, who have dropped five of their last seven.

— The Braves hiked their lead in the NL East to 3 ½ games over Philadelphia by scoring twice in the eighth to beat the Diamondbacks, 5-4. Nick Markakis (mahr-KAY’-kihs) singled home the tiebreaking run and scored on Ender Inciarte’s (ihn-see-AHR’-tayz) single as Atlanta dropped Arizona 2 ½ games off the NL West lead. The game ended with Nick Ahmed being tagged out at the plate trying to score from second on A.J. Pollock’s RBI single.

— Todd Frazier crushed a three-run homer and had four RBIs as the Mets doubled up the Phillies, 10-5. Noah Syndergaard overcame a sluggish performance to improve to 11-3, yielding four runs and 12 hits with just four strikeouts over 6 2/3s. Zack Eflin was reached for six runs over three innings as Philadelphia stayed 3 ½ games out of an NL wild-card berth.

— The Rays made it 15 wins in their last 18 games as Joey Wendle and Matt Duffy each had two RBIs in a 10-5 win over the Orioles. Ryan Yarbrough improved to 14-5 despite yielding three runs and six hits over 3 2/3 innings of relief.

— The Angels coasted to a 12-3 rout of the White Sox behind Mike Trout, who homered twice and drove in five runs. Trout matched a career high with five hits and Shohei Ohtani (SHOH’-hay oh-TAH’-nee) laced a bases-loaded triple as part of a 17-hit attack.

— The Pirates earned their fifth straight win and reached the .500 mark by downing the Marlins, 5-1. Josh Bell homered for the second straight game and Ivan Nova allowed three hits over six innings of his first victory in a month.

— Joey Votto (VAH’-toh) ended his two-month homerless drought with a grand slam before the Reds picked up a 7-2 win over the Padres, a game that was called because of rain in the top of the seventh. Cincinnati’s 11th grand slam extends a team record, one shy of the NL mark.


Polanco will miss rest of season

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pirates home run and RBI leader Gregory Polanco will miss the remainder of the season because of a bone bruise in his left knee.

The outfielder was injured sliding into second base after hitting a double in the sixth inning of Friday’s win over Miami.


Seahawks activate Thomas

UNDATED (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks have activated safety Earl Thomas to the 53-man roster, making him eligible to play in the season opener against Denver. But Seattle still has a hole in its secondary after expected starting cornerback Dontae Johnson was placed on injured reserve after hurting his groin during practice this week.

In other NFL news:

— The 49ers have placed linebacker Dekoda Watson on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. Watson played 14 games last season and had three tackles on defense and six special teams tackles.


Rose overtakes Schauffele

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. (AP) — Justin Rose will carry a one-stroke lead into the final round of the BMW Championship.

Rose fired a 6-under 64 that included four straight birdies, a string that moved him to 17 under for the tournament.

Xander Schauffele (SHAW’-flee) began the round with a two-stroke edge over Rose and stayed with him until a three-putt bogey on 18. Schauffele and Rory McIlroy share second, while Tiger Woods remains in contention at 12 under.


Rain at the Brickyard

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Rain caused the cancellation of qualifying for the Brickyard 400 and all other NASCAR events at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The field for Sunday’s Monster Energy Cup race has been determined by the points standings, which put Kyle Busch on the pole and Kevin Harvick on the front row. Martin Truex Jr. and Kurt Busch will start from the second row.

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