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Light baseball schedule...Most top seeds advance...Ginobili retires

August 28, 2018

UNDATED (AP) — In a light baseball schedule, the Houston Astros won their sixth straight, 11-4 over the Oakland Athletics. Houston leads Oakland by 2 ½ games in the AL West. The Yankees fell to 6 ½ games behind then Boston Red Sox after the Chicago White Sox beat New York 6-2. The NL Central leading Chicago Cubs beat the New York Mets 7-4. And the Philadelphia Phillies were beaten 5-3 by the Washington Nationals, pushing them 3 ½ games back of NL East leading Atlanta.

NEW YORK (AP) — Top-ranked Rafael Nadal advanced to the second round of the U.S. Open when David Ferrer retired in the second set of their all-Spanish matchup. Simona Halep has become the first No. 1-seeded woman to lose in first round of the U.S. Open in the professional era. Halep was beaten 6-2, 6-4 by 44th-ranked Kaia Kanepi of Estonia. Venus and Serena Williams advanced as did defending women’s champ Sloane Stephens. Kevin Anderson, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka advanced in the men’s draw.

UNDATED (AP) — Manu Ginobili has played his final game, and with that a new era awaits the San Antonio Spurs. Ginobili announced his decision to retire Monday, the 41-year-old wrapping up what he called a “fabulous journey” in which he helped the Spurs win four NBA championships in 16 seasons with the club. The smooth left-handed guard from Argentina came to San Antonio in 2002, forming what quickly became a powerful “Big 3″ alongside Tim Duncan and Tony Parker.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Odell Beckham Jr. is now the NFL’s highest-paid wide receiver. A person familiar with the negotiations has told The Associated Press the New York Giants have agreed to a five-year contract extension with the three-time Pro Bowler. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Giants have not announced the deal, which comes less than two weeks before the season opener against Jacksonville.

UNDATED (AP) — Deondre Francois has been named Florida State’s starting quarterback. The junior beat out James Blackman and Bailey Hockman for the opportunity to start for the No. 19 Seminoles in the season opener against No. 20 Virginia Tech on Sept. 3. Francois suffered a season-ending knee injury last year in the Seminoles’ opener against Alabama. LSU has named Ohio State transfer Joe Burrow as its starting quarterback when the No. 25 Tigers open their season Sunday night against No. 8 Miami in Dallas. And veteran Kelly Bryant is No. 2 Clemson’s starting quarterback.

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