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Alex Smith is everything Kirk Cousins couldn't be enough of for the Washington Redskins. He's an established, veteran NFL quarterback who signed on long term and is already being called by teammates the kind of leader they needed. Smith's arrival made things feel "different" for the Redskins, and now it's up to him to make that translate to the field. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 750 words, file photos by 3 a.m.



NEW YORK — Roger Federer was stunned in the fourth round of the U.S. Open by 55th-ranked John Millman of Australia 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (3) on a humid evening. Federer had never lost at Flushing Meadows to someone ranked outside the top 50. Millman reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal and will face Novak Djokovic next. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 1050 words, photos.


BREKELEY, Calif. — Jason Witten followed longtime teammate Tony Romo from the playing field to a high-profile broadcast position. Witten is the lead analyst on ESPN's new 'Monday Night Football' crew with play-by-play announcer Joe Tessitore and on-field analyst Booger McFarland. The trio spent a lengthy offseason preparing for the new roles and will debut when the Oakland Raiders host the Los Angeles Rams. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 1020 words, photos by 3 a.m.


NORTON, Mass. — Bryson DeChambeau solidified his claim to be one of Jim Furyk's three captain's picks for the American Ryder Cup team by winning his second straight event in the FedEx Cup playoffs. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 840 words, photos.



NEW YORK — Lesia Tsurenko leaned on her racket, looking like she was about to collapse. The medical team had already asked if she wanted to stop, and this time Tsurenko was thinking about it. Tsurenko said she was dizzy, unable to deal with the heat that returned to the U.S. Open after a brief comfortable spell. She eventually won, and her opponent said she was acting more than aching. By Brian Mahoney. SENT: 540 words, photos.


NEW YORK — Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova lost a U.S. Open night match for the first time in her career, beaten by No. 30 seed Carla Suarez Navarro 6-4, 6-3 in the fourth round. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 590 words, photos.


NEW YORK — Kei Nishikori is into the quarterfinals of his return to the U.S. Open. The 2014 runner-up in Flushing Meadows beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 to reach the final eight in his second straight Grand Slam tournament. Nishikori missed last year's tournament with torn tendons in his right wrist. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 680 words, photos.



INDIANAPOLIS — Quenton Nelson heard all the adjectives leading into this spring's NFL draft. The "experts" called him nasty, a generational guard, best player available and even suggested he could change the long-term image for all future interior linemen prospects. The truth is Nelson doesn't pay much attention to what's being said. The massive 6-foot-5, 330-pound rookie only cares about doing what it takes to keeping Andrew Luck upright and healthy. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 810 words, photos by 3 a.m.


ALAMEDA, Calif. — Two days after the Oakland Raiders shipped Pro Bowl defensive end Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears in a blockbuster deal that sent shockwaves throughout the NFL, many of Mack's former teammates are still trying to come to terms with it. By Michael Wagaman. SENT: 880 words, photos.



TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Josh Jackson threw two touchdown passes, one early and another late, and No. 20 Virginia Tech handled 19th-ranked Florida State 24-3 in the rain and spoiled coach Willie Taggart's debut with the Seminoles. By Mark Long. SENT: 890 words, photos.



A look at what's happening around the majors. UPCOMING: 370 words, photos by 3 a.m.


CLEVELAND — Francisco Lindor believes the Cleveland Indians need a spark. Lindor homered in the ninth inning of Cleveland's 5-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals, then said the Indians' "energy is down" and that "guys are dragging their feet a little." Cleveland has lost three straight but still leads the AL Central by 14 games. Lindor added he thinks "we'll be fine." By Steve Herrick. SENT: 810 words, photos.


ARLINGTON, Texas — Adrian Beltre wants to stay healthy and help last-place Rangers finish strong in last month of the season, not focused on if it's end of his career. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 490 words, photos.




Tuesday's Time Schedule (EDT)


Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

St. Louis at Washington, 7:05 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.

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

Philadelphia at Miami, 7:10 p.m.

Boston at Atlanta, 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.

San Diego at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.

Baltimore at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.

N.Y. Mets at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.

WNBA Playoffs


Washington at Atlanta, 8 p.m.

Phoenix at Seattle, 10 p.m.