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September 9, 2018


Serena Williams fined total of $17K at US Open

NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams has been fined a total of $17,000 for three code violations during the U.S. Open final.

The tournament referee’s office Sunday docked Williams $10,000 for “verbal abuse” of chair umpire Carlos Ramos, $4,000 for being warned for coaching, and $3,000 for breaking her racket.

The money comes out of her prize money of $1.85 million as the runner-up. Williams lost to Naomi Osaka in Saturday’s final.

Under Article III, Section P, “verbal abuse” is defined as “a statement about an official, opponent, sponsor, spectator or other person that implies dishonesty or is derogatory, insulting or otherwise abusive.” The section says a player is subject to a fine up to $20,000 for each violation.

There are separate categories for coaching and for abuse of rackets or equipment.

Williams was penalized a point and then a game by chair umpire Carl Ramos in the final. Williams was cited for the verbal abuse for calling him a “thief.”


NEW YORK (AP) — Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) goes for his third U.S. Open title and 14th Grand Slam trophy Sunday when he meets 2009 champion Juan Martin del Potro in the men’s final.

Djokovic reached his record-tying eighth U.S. Open final by beating Kei Nishikori (kay nih-shih-KOHR’-ee) on Friday, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. No. 3 seed Del Potro advanced when defending champion Rafael Nadal retired from their semifinal Friday because of a painful right knee after dropping the opening two sets.


Opening day for 26 teams

UNDATED (AP) — The NFL season begins Sunday for 26 teams, following Thursday night’s kickoff in Philadelphia. The Super Bowl champion Eagles won that game, beating the Atlanta Falcons 18-12.

President Donald Trump tweeted his disapproval of the NFL on Sunday morning, saying ratings were down for Thursday’s opener and pointing to the controversy over protests during the national anthem.

The NFL unilaterally passed a policy requiring players to stand at attention for the anthem or to stay in the locker room or in the tunnel under the stands. When that policy met with heavy criticism, it was put on hold while the league and players’ association discussed other options. Those discussions are continuing.


Astros seek sweep in Boston 8:05

UNDATED (AP) — Houston tries to become the second team to sweep major league-leading Boston this season when the teams complete their three-game series Sunday night on national TV.

The defending World Series champion Astros took the first two games to extend their winning streak to seven, including a 5-3 win Saturday backed by Alex Bregman’s 30th homer. The finale will be a matchup of former AL Cy Young Award winners, with Houston’s Dallas Keuchel (KY’-kul) opposing Boston’s Rick Porcello.

The Red Sox were swept for the first time by Tampa Bay in late August.

In other games on the Sunday schedule:

— The game between the Miami Marlins and Pittsburgh Pirates was called off more than four hours before its scheduled 1:35 p.m. Eastern start time because of heavy rain that was expected to continue into the evening. The game was rescheduled for Oct. 1, the day after the regular season is scheduled to end. It was not immediately clear if the game will be played if it does not impact the postseason race. The Pirates entered Sunday seven games out of the second NL wild card while the Marlins have already been eliminated.

— The Reds pushed back the start time for their series finale against the Padres three hours, to 4:10 p.m., to give the teams a better chance of escaping the rain that has interfered with the previous two games in Cincinnati. Friday night’s game ended after midnight because of a 2-hour, 37-minute rain delay, and Saturday’s game was called after seven innings because of more bad weather. If Sunday’s game is postponed, the Padres would be forced to fly back from San Francisco on Sept. 27 for a makeup game between last-place teams.

— Mets Cy Young Award candidate Jacob deGrom goes for his ninth win in a matchup with the contending Phillies, who have their own Cy Young candidate in Aaron Nola. DeGrom has allowed more than three runs in just one start this season, back in April. But the fourth-place Mets have struggled to score he’s been on the mound. He’s winless in his last three starts despite pitching to a 1.35 ERA in those outings.

— The Rockies and Dodgers conclude their series with Colorado holding a 1 1/2-game lead in the NL West. The finale will be a battle of left-handers, with Los Angeles veteran Rich Hill opposing struggling Tyler Anderson. Hill is 5-1 with a 2.87 ERA over his past nine starts, while Anderson is seeking his first victory since July 4, a span of 10 outings.

— Robbie Ray and the playoff-chasing Diamondbacks conclude a series against NL East-leading Atlanta. Ray hasn’t lost since July 12 and is coming off 6 1/3 electric innings against San Diego, when he struck out 10 and allowed two hits in a 6-0 win. Braves starter Touki Toussaint pitched no-hit ball through four innings against Boston last time out before getting hit around in the fifth.


Rose waits through more rain delays at BMW Championship

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. (AP) — Justin Rose has to wait until Monday to have a shot at getting to No. 1 in the world. And he still might not have to hit another shot.

More rain delayed the start of the final round at the BMW Championship until at least mid-afternoon Sunday. Even if the Aronimink Golf Club can be ready for play, the round won’t end.

Slugger White of the PGA Tour says the goal is to complete 72 holes. In wet conditions do not allow for golf on Monday and more than half the 69-man field has not finished, the third FedEx Cup event could be cut short to 54 holes.

Rose has a one-shot lead over Rory McIlroy and Xander Schauffele (ZAN’-dur SHAWF’-lee). A victory gets him to No. 1 in the world ranking.


Rain cancels qualifying for the Brickyard

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Rain caused the cancellation of qualifying for the Brickyard 400 and all other NASCAR events Saturday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The field for Sunday’s Monster Energy Cup race has been determined by the points standings, which put Kyle Busch on the pole and Kevin Harvick on the front row. Martin Truex Jr. and Kurt Busch will start from the second row - weather permitting.

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