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NEW YORK — Novak Djokovic reached his record-tying eighth U.S. Open final by beating Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. Djokovic is bidding for his third title at Flushing Meadows and 14th Grand Slam trophy overall. He will face 2009 champion Juan Martin del Potro next. Del Potro advanced when defending champion Rafael Nadal retired from their semifinal because of a painful right knee after dropping the opening two sets. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 1090 words, photos.


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The Basketball Hall of Fame inducted its 13-member Class of 2018 in a ceremony that honored record breakers and barrier breakers. Ray Allen shared the stage with a trio of point guards, Jason Kidd, Steve Nash and Maurice Cheeks. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 820 words, photos.



DALLAS — KaVontae Turpin ignited sluggish TCU by returning a punt 78 yards for a touchdown before adding a 42-yard scoring catch, and the 16th-ranked Horned Frogs pulled away for a rain-soaked 42-12 victory over Dallas-Fort Worth rival SMU. The start of the game between former Southwest Conference foes was delayed nearly two hours by lightning, and a steady rain fell until halftime. By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 600 words, photos. Will be updated.



THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — The Los Angeles Rams' impressive collection of veteran defensive talent is finally on the practice field together. The Rams added Ndamukong Suh and cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib in the offseason to Aaron Donald's defense. Donald is back from his holdout and ready to play a full game alongside Suh when the Rams open the season at Oakland. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 830 words, photos.


FRISCO, Texas — Dak Prescott is going into his third year as quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys looking to get them back to the playoffs. The 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year had a less-than-stellar encore. He's more vocal with a couple of years as the starter. But leadership has been a natural progression since that was one of his strengths before he showed up. Prescott and the Cowboys start their postseason quest Sunday at Carolina. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 860 words, photos.



A look at what's happening around the majors. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 3 a.m.


CHICAGO — Two-way star Shohei Ohtani homered for the third straight game after learning he will probably need Tommy John surgery, launching a three-run shot to cap the Los Angeles Angels' four-run third inning in a 5-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox. By Matt Carlson. SENT: 910 words, photos.


DENVER — Clayton Kershaw threw six effective innings, Kenta Maeda finished the ninth in place of All-Star closer Kenley Jansen and the Los Angeles Dodgers crept closer to the NL West-leading Colorado Rockies with a 4-2 win. By Pat Graham. SENT: 620 words, photos. Will be updated.


WASHINGTON — The game between the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals was postponed after two rain delays totaling more than four hours. It was scoreless in the top of the second inning when it was called. The teams will play a doubleheader Saturday starting at 3:05 p.m. By Harvey Valentine. SENT: 440 words, photos.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Baltimore Orioles pitcher David Hess won't miss a scheduled start after being hit in the eye while playing catch with a football. By Mark Didtler. SENT: 320 words, photos.


NEW YORK — David Wright is scheduled to participate in a simulated game Saturday at Citi Field, the next step for the New York Mets' captain as he tries to make a major league comeback from back and shoulder injuries. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. SENT: 760 words, photos.


CHICAGO — White Sox top pitching prospect Michael Kopech has an injured right elbow and probably will need Tommy John surgery that will cause him to be sidelined through the 2019 season. By Matt Carlson. SENT: 420 words, photos.



NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. — Xander Schauffele has a 6-under 64 for the lowest 36-hole score of his career and a two-shot lead going into the weekend at the BMW Championship. Tiger Woods went from a share of the lead to having to catch up again. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 870 words, photos.



EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Neymar and Roberto Firmino scored first-half goals, and Brazil overwhelmed the United States 2-0 before a sparse crowd of 32,469 at MetLife Stadium. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 930 words, photos.



SEATTLE — Jewell Loyd made 9 of 12 shots and scored 23 points, league MVP Breanna Stewart added 20 points, and the Seattle Storm beat the Washington Mystics 89-76 in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals on Friday night. By Tim Booth. SENT: 800 words, photos.




Saturday's Time Schedule (EDT)


Miami at Pittsburgh, 1:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Washington, 2, 3:05 p.m.

Houston at Boston, 4:05 p.m.

Texas at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.

Cleveland at Toronto, 4:07 p.m.

San Diego at Cincinnati, 4:10 p.m.

St. Louis at Detroit, 6:10 p.m.

Baltimore at Tampa Bay, 6:10 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Chicago White Sox, 7:10 p.m.

San Francisco at Milwaukee, 7:10 p.m.

Kansas City at Minnesota, 7:10 p.m.

Philadelphia at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at Colorado, 8:10 p.m.

Atlanta at Arizona, 8:10 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Seattle, 9:10 p.m.


No. 1 Alabama vs. Arkansas State, 3:30 p.m.

No. 2 Clemson at Texas A&M, 7 p.m.

No. 3 Georgia at No. 24 South Carolina, 3:30 p.m.

No. 4 Ohio State vs. Rutgers, 3:30 p.m.

No. 5 Wisconsin vs. New Mexico, Noon

No. 6 Oklahoma vs. UCLA, 1 p.m.

No. 7 Auburn vs. Alabama State, 7:30 p.m.

No. 8 Notre Dame vs. Ball State, 3:30 p.m.

No. 9 Washington vs. North Dakota, 5 p.m.

No. 10 Stanford vs. No. 17 Southern Cal, 8:30 p.m.

No. 11 LSU vs. SE Louisiana, 7 p.m.

No. 12 Virginia Tech vs. William & Mary, 2 p.m.

No. 13 Penn State at Pittsburgh, 8 p.m.

No. 14 West Virginia vs. Youngstown State, 6 p.m.

No. 15 Michigan State at Arizona State, 10:45 p.m.

No. 18 Mississippi State at Kansas State, Noon

No. 19 UCF vs. SC State, 6 p.m.

No. 20 Boise State vs. UConn, 10:15 p.m.

No. 21 Michigan vs. Western Michigan, Noon

No. 22 Miami vs. Savannah State, 6 p.m.

No. 23 Oregon vs. Portland State, 2 p.m.

No. 25 Florida vs. Kentucky, 7:30 p.m.


D.C. United at New York City FC, 4:55 p.m.

Orlando City at Sporting Kansas City, 8:30 p.m.

Colorado at Portland, 10:30 p.m.


NASCAR Xfinity, Lilly Diabetes 250 Qualifying, Indianapolis, 11:45 a.m.

NASCAR Xfinity, Lilly Diabetes 250, Indianapolis, 3:19 p.m.

NASCAR Monster Energy Cup, Big Machine Vodka Brickyard 400 Qualifying, 6:15 p.m.



USTA/ITF, U.S. Open, New York


PGA Tour, BMW Championship, Newtown Square, Pa.

European Tour, Omega European Masters, Crans Montana, Switzerland


UCI WorldTour, Vuelta a Espana, 14th stage, Les Praeres