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Co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg take college football’s pulse on PodcastOne Sports Now, discussing the start of the season with AP College Football Writer Ralph Russo. Also, celebrated fight promoter Bob Arum recalls his work on a boxing safety measure with the late Sen. John McCain.
TEN--US OPEN-WILLIAMS SISTERS
NEW YORK — Serena Williams equaled her most lopsided victory ever in 30 professional meetings with her sister, beating Venus 6-1, 6-2 in the third round of the U.S. Open. Serena shook off an early ankle injury to win seven straight games in what she called her best performance since giving birth to her daughter a year ago. By Brian Mahoney. SENT: 754 words, photos.
BBO--TRADE DEADLINE RDP
Third baseman Josh Donaldson, outfielder Andrew McCutchen and reliever Ryan Madson were among the players on the move as big league contenders tried to boost their rosters for a playoff push. The Milwaukee Brewers made three trades, getting pitcher Gio Gonzalez and outfielder Curtis Granderson. To be eligible for the postseason, a player must be on a team by Aug. 31. By Ben Walker. SENT: 971 words, photos.
GYM--SEX ABUSE-COACH FIRED
DENVER — The new CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee is calling for another shakeup in the leadership at USA Gymnastics in the wake of the Larry Nassar sex-abuse scandal. Sarah Hirshland sent out a statement after the gymnastics federation fired Mary Lee Tracy only three days after it hired her as elite program coordinator. Hirshland said the federation’s activity was disappointing, and a clear sign the organization is struggling to manage its obligations effectively. By Eddie Pells. SENT: 509 words, photos.
NEW YORK — Rafael Nadal’s knee was bothering him. His decade-younger, barrel-chested U.S. Open foe was bashing the ball. The defending champion was two points away from falling into a two-set hole. Then he was two points away from dropping the third set. And then he was one point from losing the fourth set and being pushed to a fifth. But Nadal managed to come through for a 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (3) victory over Karen Khachanov. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 818 words, photos.
NEW YORK — Serena Williams says every athlete “should be completely grateful and honored” for the stand taken by former NFL players Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid. Kaepernick and Reid were each given huge ovations when they were introduced on the big screen on Friday night during the match between Serena and Venus Williams at the U.S. Open. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 363 words, photos.
— TEN--US OPEN-ANDERSON ADVANCES — By Dan Gelston. SENT: 699 words, photos.
MADISON, Wis. — Jonathan Taylor had two long touchdown runs, Alex Hornibrook threw for 257 yards and two scores and No. 4 Wisconsin opened the season with a 34-3 victory over Western Kentucky. A young defense working in seven new starters forced two turnovers inside Wisconsin’s 5. By Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 786 words, photos.
FBC--T25-UTAH ST-MICHIGAN ST
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Connor Heyward scored his second touchdown with 2 minutes left to put No. 11 Michigan State ahead and it held on to beat Utah State 38-31. The Spartans trailed until the second quarter, built a 13-point lead late in the third and fell behind late in the game. The Aggies went ahead with 5:05 remaining, but their defense couldn’t make one more stop to beat the highest-ranked team in school history. By Larry Lage. SENT: 874 words, photos.
— FBC--T25-SAN DIEGO ST-STANFORD — By Josh Dubow. SENT: 727 words, photos.
NEW YORK — Gleyber Torres drove in the go-ahead run one batter after a contested check swing loaded the bases for New York, and the Yankees beat the Detroit Tigers 7-5 as they await the arrival of 2013 NL MVP Andrew McCutchen. Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire was ejected for arguing the call on Voit, and Yankees manager Aaron Boone was tossed during an animated argument that saw his squat behind the plate and impersonate a catcher. By Jake Seiner. SENT: 921 words, photos.
— BBO--GIANTS-YANKEES TRADE — By Jake Seiner. SENT: 797 words, photos.
— BBO--PIRATES-YANKEES TRADE — SENT: 164 words.
— BBA--INDIANS-DONALDSON — By Tom Withers. SENT: 597 words, photos.
— BBN--BREWERS TRADES — SENT: 591 words, photos.
— BBN--METS-WRIGHT — SENT: 298 words, photos.
NORTON, Mass. — Justin Rose made his birdies mean something by keeping bogeys off his card for a 6-under 65 and a one-shot lead in the Dell Technologies Championship. Russell Knox and Abraham Ancer were one shot behind. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 841 words, photos.
PORTLAND, Ore. — Georgia Hall shot a 9-under 63 to take a three-stroke lead in the Cambia Portland Classic and break the tournament 36-hole record. The Women’s British Open winner four weeks ago for her first LPGA Tour title, the 22-year-old Englishwoman made five straight birdies in the middle of the back nine. SENT: 606 words.
— GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS — SENT: 297 words.
CARSON, Calif. — Tierna Davidson scored her first career goal, Christen Press added a second-half goal and the U.S. women’s national team extended its unbeaten streak to 20 games with a 3-0 victory over Chile in an exhibition match. The Americans looked fairly sharp in their first-ever meeting with Chile in front of a large and lively Southern California crowd. The U.S. improved to 17-0-3 since last year. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 606 words, photos.
— BKL--STORM-MERCURY — By John Marshall. SENT: 705 words, photos.
— BKL--DREAM-MYSTICS — SENT: 621 words, photos.
— INDONESIA-OLYMPICS — SENT: 287 words, photos.
Saturday’s Time Schedule
Detroit at N.Y. Yankees, 4:05 p.m.
N.Y. Mets at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.
Chicago Cubs at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.
Milwaukee at Washington, 7:05 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.
Boston at Chicago White Sox, 7:10 p.m.
L.A. Angels at Houston, 7:10 p.m.
Toronto at Miami, 7:10 p.m.
Baltimore at Kansas City, 7:15 p.m.
Cincinnati at St. Louis, 7:15 p.m.
Minnesota at Texas, 8:05 p.m.
Colorado at San Diego, 8:40 p.m.
Seattle at Oakland, 9:05 p.m.
Arizona at L.A. Dodgers, 9:10 p.m.
No. 1 Alabama vs. Louisville at Orlando, Fla., 8 p.m.
No. 2 Clemson vs. Furman, 12:20 p.m.
No. 3 Georgia vs. Austin Peay, 3:30 p.m.
No. 5 Ohio State vs. Oregon State, Noon
No. 6 Washington vs. No. 9 Auburn at Atlanta, 3:30 p.m.
No. 7 Oklahoma vs. FAU, Noon
No. 10 Penn State vs. Appalachian State, 3:30 p.m.
No. 11 Michigan State vs. Utah State, 7 p.m.
No. 12 Notre Dame vs. No. 14 Michigan, 7:30 p.m.
No. 15 Southern Cal vs. UNLV, 4 p.m.
No. 16 TCU vs. Southern U., Noon
No. 17 West Virginia vs. Tennessee at Charlotte, N.C., 3:30 p.m.
No. 18 Mississippi State vs. Stephen F. Austin, 7:30 p.m.
No. 22 Boise State at Troy, 6 p.m.
No. 23 Texas at Maryland, Noon
No. 24 Oregon vs. Bowling Green, 8 p.m.
Sporting Kansas City at Seattle, 4 p.m.
New York at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Philadelphia at Orlando City, 7:30 p.m.
Portland at New England, 7:30 p.m.
Houston at FC Dallas, 8 p.m.
Los Angeles FC at Toronto FC, 8 p.m.
New York City FC at Columbus, 8 p.m.
LA Galaxy at Real Salt Lake, 10 p.m.
San Jose at Vancouver, 10 p.m.