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NEW YORK — Serena Williams reached the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open for a 10th consecutive appearance by picking her level up after a lull and using 18 aces to beat Kaia Kanepi of Estonia 6-0, 4-6, 6-3. Williams didn’t play at Flushing Meadows last year because she gave birth to her daughter during the tournament. John Isner reached his first Open duarterfinal since 2011. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 1,011 words, photos.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Nick Brossette ran for 125 yards with two touchdowns, grad transfer quarterback Joe Burrow was solid in his first college start and No. 25 LSU made a season-opening statement with a 33-17 win over No. 8 Miami. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 853 words, photos.
HOUSTON — George Springer hit a two-run homer and finished a triple shy of the cycle to lead the Houston Astros to a 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels in Shohei Ohtani’s return to the mound. Ohtani lasted just 2 1/3 innings in his first time pitching since June 6 because of an elbow strain. Both of the hits he allowed were to Springer — a leadoff single and his two-run shot in the third that made it 2-0. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 975 words, photos.
LOS ANGELES — Matt Kemp beat the Diamondbacks for the second straight game, hitting a two-run double in the ninth inning that lifted the Los Angeles Dodgers over Arizona 3-2 for sole possession of first place in the NL West. A day after Kemp’s three-run homer in the eighth against Archie Bradley, the Dodgers slugger tagged him again to put Los Angeles alone atop the division for the first time since Aug. 7. By Beth Harris. SENT: 883 words, photos.
BBO-THIS WEEK IN BASEBALL
It’s September, which means rosters are expanded and there’s enough room for speedster Terrance Gore to have a spot. The one-dimensional base stealer has resurfaced with the Chicago Cubs. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos.
TEN--US OPEN-ISNER ADVANCES
NEW YORK — With all his finger-twirling, fist-pumping histrionics stirring the crowd, John Isner had just clinched his first U.S. Open quarterfinal berth since 2011 when his thoughts flashed to someone who wasn’t at the stadium to celebrate: his wife, Maddie. She was home, expecting the couple’s first child. Isner hoped he had another big delivery up first — a U.S. Open championship. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 729 words, photos.
— TEN--US OPEN-STEPHENS’ BIG POINT — By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 428 words, photos.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Debate over Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer’s mishandling of a now-fired assistant coach points to a bigger question in college athletics: To what extent are coaches responsible for policing their staff’s off-field behavior? Meyer’s mea culpa moment comes months after the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics recommended the NCAA create minimum professional standards to ensure coaches are prepared for their leadership roles, not just mastering Xs and Os. By Kantele Franko. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.
— BC-FBC--STAT WATCH — By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.
— FBC--WEATHER WOES — By Eric Olson. SENT: 805 words, photos.
— FLORIDA STATE-ATHLETICS CAMPAIGN — SENT: 212 words.
NORTON, Mass. — Abraham Ancer of Mexico learned the hard way that a game that got him to the PGA Tour was good enough to win. A Labor Day finish on the TPC Boston will be his biggest test. Ancer opened with three straight birdies, had a birdie chance on all but one hole and shot a 6-under 65 that gave him a one-shot lead going into the final round of the Dell Technologies Championship that could change his career. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 859 words, photos.
PORTLAND, Ore. — Marina Alex rallied to win the Cambia Portland Classic for her first LPGA Tou r title, closing with a 7-under 65 for a four-stroke victory over Georgia Hall. Alex birdied the final five holes in a front-nine 30 to take the lead and added birdies on the par-5 12th and par-4 15th at tree-lined Columbia Edgewater. The 28-year-old former Vanderbilt star made her only bogey of the day on the par-4 18th, leaving her at 19-under 269. SENT: 565 words, photos.
— GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS — SENT: 599 words, photos.
— GLF--WEBCOM TOUR FINALS — SENT: 545 words.
ALAMEDA, Calif. — Jon Gruden didn’t mince words. As excited as he was to coach Khalil Mack in his second stint with Oakland, Gruden believes the right move ultimately was to trade Mack to give the Raiders the draft picks and salary cap room needed to rebuild a depleted roster. By Josh Dubow. SENT: 906 words, photos.
— FBN--PACKERS-GUTEKUNST — SENT: 614 words.
— FBN--BRONCOS-LYNCH WAIVED — By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 653 words, photos.
CAR--SOUTHERN 500-WHAT WE LEARNED
DARLINGTON, S.C. — The one-two finish of Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano gave Team Penske its first win at Darlington Raceway in 43 years and showed a strength that could help them in the playoffs. Keselowski edged past leader Kyle Larson coming out of the pits on a final caution. Then he powered out front in the restart to win the Southern 500. Keselowski and Logano believe their teams can find similar power going forward into the playoffs, which start in two weeks. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.
— CAR--INDYCAR-PORTLAND — By Jenna Fryer. SENT: 984 words, photos.
— CALIFORNIA RACETRACK SHOOTING — SENT: 264 words.
— BKL--STORM-MERCURY — By Bob Baum. SENT: 817 words, photos.
— BKL--DREAM-MYSTICS — SENT: 673 words, photos.
Sunday’s Time Schedule
Boston at Atlanta, 1:05 p.m.
St. Louis at Washington, 1:05 p.m.
Philadelphia at Miami, 1:10 p.m.
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 1:35 p.m.
Detroit at Chicago White Sox, 2:10 p.m.
Minnesota at Houston, 2:10 p.m.
Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee, 2:10 p.m.
San Francisco at Colorado, 3:10 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.
Kansas City at Cleveland, 4:10 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
L.A. Angels at Texas, 8:05 p.m.
N.Y. Mets at L.A. Dodgers, 8:10 p.m.
San Diego at Arizona, 8:10 p.m.
Baltimore at Seattle, 9:10 p.m.
No. 19 Florida State vs. No. 20 Virginia Tech, 8 p.m.