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NEW YORK — Rafael Nadal began his U.S. Open quarterfinal as poorly as possible, shut out in a set by a 6-0 score for only the fourth time in 282 career Grand Slam matches.
On the previous three such occasions, he’d lost. On this one, he managed to come back to win, although it took 4 hours, 49 minutes and never did get easy for him. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 850 words, photos.
NEW YORK — Clutching his young daughter in his arms, LeBron James said on Tuesday that he ‘stands with Nike,’ a clear reference to the company’s Colin Kaepernick ad campaign. The basketball superstar — and new Los Angeles Laker — made the remarks as he received an award for both his style and his philanthropy, from Harlem’s Fashion Row. The fashion collective partnered with Nike for the New York event, both a fashion show and an awards ceremony which focused on diversity in the fashion world. The evening culminated in the reveal of the latest LeBron James Nike basketball shoe: a women’s sneaker designed by three female African-American designers and inspired by strong African-American women. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 600 words, photos.
TEN--US DAVIS CUP ROSTER
NEW YORK — With his top singles player unavailable, U.S. captain Jim Courier brought doubles stalwart Mike Bryan out of Davis Cup retirement for the semifinals. Bryan was part of the lineup Courier selected Tuesday for the matches in Croatia from Sept. 14-16. By Brian Mahoney. SENT: 500 words.
GOLD COAST, Australia — Jordan Mailata has taken an extraordinary path to the NFL after being considered too big to play rugby in his native Australia. A highlight video designed to help him get a rugby contract did way more than that. The Aussie has made the roster for the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles and is ready to get his football career started. By John Pye. UPCOMING: 700 words.
FBN--PACKERS-WILLIAMS IN THE RING
GREEN BAY, Wis. — In this corner, cornerback Tramon Williams. There are times when the Green Bay Packers veteran feels like he should be wearing a pair of boxing gloves instead of a helmet and shoulder pads. Football has worked out just fine, though, for Williams. But as he has aged, Williams has carved out more time to get into the ring. SENT: 780 words, photos.
A look at what’s happening around the majors. UPCOMING: 370 words, photos by 3 a.m.
CHICAGO — A hooking line drive late in the Tigers-White Sox game Tuesday night suddenly turned everyone’s attention to the stands. A fan was hit in the face by a foul ball, bled profusely before walking to the first aid station and was taken to a hospital, briefly delaying Detroit’s 8-3 win. A White Sox spokesperson said the middle-aged male fan was transported to Rush University Medical Center for treatment. SENT: 715 words, photos.
BKL--WNBA FINALS LOOKAHEAD
Elena Delle Donne has the Washington Mystics in the WNBA Finals for the first time in franchise history where they’ll face Sue Bird and the Seattle Storm. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 500 words.
BKL--WNBA PLAYOFF CAPSULES
Wednesday’s Time Schedule (EDT)
Boston at Atlanta, 12:10 p.m.
Kansas City at Cleveland, 1:10 p.m.
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.
St. Louis at Washington, 7:05 p.m.
Philadelphia at Miami, 7:10 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
N.Y. Mets at L.A. Dodgers, 7:35 p.m.
L.A. Angels at Texas, 8:05 p.m.
Detroit at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.
Minnesota at Houston, 8:10 p.m.
Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m.
San Francisco at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.
Baltimore at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.
New England at New York City FC, 7 p.m.