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Stephens is out at US Open...Alabama still on top...Devers and Phillips join Red Sox

September 4, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — Defending champion Sloane Stephens has been knocked out of the U.S. Open in straight sets. Anastasija Sevastova, the No. 19 seed, dominated Stephens 6-2, 6-3 to reach her first semifinal in Flushing Meadows after making it to the quarterfinals the past two years.

NEW YORK (AP) — In a quarterfinal tonight at the U.S. Open, Serena Williams meets the last player to beat her there. Karolina Pliskova, the No. 8 seed, knocked off Williams in the 2016 semifinals before the 23-time Grand Slam champion missed last year’s tournament, when she gave birth. On the men’s side, defending champion Rafael Nadal faces Dominic Thiem in a rematch of Nadal’s French Open victory.

UNDATED (AP) — Number-11 LSU and Number-12 Virginia Tech made the biggest jumps in the first Associated Press college football poll of the regular season, after a week in which most off the top teams were unchallenged. Alabama remained No. 1 with a blowout of Louisville, and No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Georgia held their spots. LSU, which was ranked No. 25 in the preseason, moved up 14 spots after beating Miami in one of four games that matched ranked teams. Virginia Tech won at Florida State and moved up eight spots.

ATLANTA (AP) — Third baseman Rafael Devers and infielder Brandon Phillips are set to join the Red Sox in Atlanta for their game between division leaders. Devers has been on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring. The 37-year-old Phillips, who went to high school in the Atlanta area, will make his Boston debut. Phillips signed with the Red Sox in late June.

UNDATED (AP) — An endorsement deal between Nike and Colin Kaepernick is prompting a flood of debate online. The deal unveiled by Nike and the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback was a trending topic on Twitter and other social networks, with some fans urging a boycott of the company’s clothes and sneakers.

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