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Marsh returns 4-35, England 271-8 in 5th Ashes test

Australia's Mitchell Marsh celebrates taking the wicket of England's Jonny Bairstow during the first day of the fifth Ashes test match between England and Australia at the Oval cricket ground in London, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

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London (AP) — Mitch Marsh marked his first appearance of the Ashes series by returning 4-35 to help restrict England to 271-8 on the first day of the fifth test at The Oval on Thursday.

Put into bat by Australia in a gamble by captain Tim Paine, England was pegged back from a strong position at 103-1 after lunch as Marsh ran through the middle order to immediately justify the decision to call him up in place of Travis Head.

Joe Root, dropped three times, scored 57 and Jos Buttler was 64 not out after putting on an unbeaten 45-run partnership with tailender Jack Leach (10 not out) to frustrate the Australians late in the day.

Australia has already retained the urn after winning the fourth test at Old Trafford last week to take a 2-1 lead in the series. England still has a chance to tie the series at 2-2, though, to end on a high a summer that saw the team win the Cricket World Cup for the first time.

The English haven't lost an Ashes series at home since 2001, either.

Marsh, who was playing his first test since December last year, had a brilliant spell of 3-16 in seven overs after tea and is likely to finish with the best bowling figures of his career in test. The only other time he took four wickets in an innings was when he had 4-61 against West Indies in Melbourne in 2015.

"I had a fair bit of adrenaline running through my body and I probably haven't bowled a spell that long ever," said Marsh, who had to cut short his 17th over of the day after just one ball because of cramp.

"I was like a kid at Christmas this morning. It can be a long tour when you are not playing. I just wanted to try and get an opportunity at some stage and it was nice to produce today."

From 170-3, England lost five wickets for 56 runs only for Buttler to launch his fightback.

Hit on the chest on 17, he decided to take matters into his own hands and peppered the boundary — unloading three sixes and six fours in his 84-ball knock.

"With the new ball not being far away, I thought it was the best time to go for it and I was just trying to have some fun, too," Buttler said. "Batting has been hard work and not enjoyable this series so I wanted to take the shackles off and play with a smile on my face."

Paine was influenced by what he described as a "strange-looking" pitch with a tinge of grass, pressing Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood back into service just four days on from the rigors of the fifth day at Old Trafford when Australia retained the urn.

Rory Burns and Joe Denly managed to scramble together 27 runs in just under 10 overs — remarkably the highest opening stand of the series — before Cummins parted them, Denly (14) with a familiar waft outside off stump and Steve Smith taking the slip catch after a couple of fumbles.

Any doubts Paine had over his decision at the toss would only have intensified when Root top-edged a pull from Cummins only for Peter Siddle to let the ball slip through his hands at fine leg.

Root was spared again moments later when Cummins took his outside edge but Paine put down the chance having leapt one-handed in front of David Warner at first slip. Burns took the opportunity to settle things down, guiding the score to 86-1 at lunch.

Australia's profligacy in the field continued in the first over of the afternoon session, Siddle this time the victim rather than the perpetrator. He tempted Root into flashing away from his body, only for Smith to parry a simple chance in the cordon.

Unlike Root, Burns didn't get to his half-century, trying to do too much with a well-directed short ball from Hazlewood on 47 and looping the easiest possible catch to Marsh as he strolled in from mid-on.

That brought Ben Stokes to the crease, complete with a shoulder injury and the added responsibility of batting a place up at No. 4. He could only make a scratchy 20 before an ugly mis-hit pull lobbed to Nathan Lyon at point.

Cummins squared Root up and coaxed enough from the pitch to knock back off stump and Jonny Bairstow was close behind, lbw to an inswinging yorker from Marsh for 22.

Sam Curran had a brief but entertaining stay — hooking a six, lbw to a Cummins no-ball, carving a four and slashing Marsh to second slip for 15 — all in the space of 13 deliveries.

Marsh made it four wickets with another yorker at Chris Woakes (2) and Hazlewood was quick to dispatch Jofra Archer (9).

Cubs beat Padres, remain tied with Brewers for 2nd wild card

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Yu Darvish works against a San Diego Padres batter during the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

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San Diego (AP) — Yu Darvish struck out a season-high 14 and allowed only two hits in six innings and the Chicago Cubs beat the San Diego Padres 4-1 on Thursday to remain tied with Milwaukee for the NL's second wild card.

The Padres scored in the ninth when Manny Machado was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and two outs, but Rowan Wick struck out Luis Urias to end it.

Chicago split the four-game series and won for just the second time in seven games.

Darvish (6-6) retired his first eight batters before allowing his first hit, an infield single by starter Dinelson Lamet (2-5). Darvish kicked the ball with his right foot and it caromed to third baseman Kris Bryant. Darvish struck out Greg Garcia to end the inning.

The big right-hander had at least one strikeout in every inning. After Greg Garcia tripled leading off the sixth, Darvish finished strong by striking out the side, including Eric Hosmer for the third straight time.

Darvish was one shy of his career high, set Aug. 12, 2013, at Houston while he was with the Texas Rangers. He led the big leagues that year with 277 strikeouts.


MIAMI (AP) — Ryan Braun broke a tie with a two-run homer in the third inning and Milwaukee beat Miami to complete a four-game sweep that extended its winning streak to seven.

Milwaukee matched its longest winning streak of the season to remain tied with the Chicago Cubs for the second NL wild card.  Before the game, the Brewers said star Christian Yelich won't need surgery on his broken right kneecap but likely will not return this season.

Braun, bothered by a bad back for much of the season, broke a 1-1 tie against Caleb Smith (8-10) with an opposite-field drive to right, his 19th home run this season.

Gio González and four relievers retired Miami's final 18 batters after Lewis Brinson's run-scoring single in the fourth. Freddy Peralta (6-3) struck out three in two innings, and Josh Hader fanned two batters for his 31st save in 37 chances.


NEW YORK (AP) — Juan Lagares hit a grand slam and a two-run shot and New York set a team record with six home runs in a home game, routing Arizona for a four-game sweep.

Michael Conforto hit his 30th homer, Todd Frazier connected for the third time in the series and Robinson Canó and Tomas Nido also went deep. The Mets outscored Arizona 26-4 this week.

Boosted by Marcus Stroman's longest start since being acquired, the Mets won for the ninth time in 13 games. New York remained two games back of Milwaukee and Chicago for the second NL wild card.

The Diamondbacks lost their fifth straight since winning 11 of 12 to get back into the playoff race. Arizona dropped 3 1/2 games out of the second wild card.

Lagares hit a slam in the third inning and connected again in the fifth, setting a career high with six RBIs in his first multihomer game.

Stroman (8-14) allowed one run and four hits in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out six, walked four and took a shutout into the seventh before allowing a double to pinch-hitter Ildemaro Vargas on his last pitch.

Frazier hit his 21st homer in the second and the Mets took advantage of a throwing error by shortstop Nick Ahmed to score five more in the third off Alex Young (7-4). The Mets hit three homers in the fifth and Lagares' second homer made it 9-0.


DETROIT (AP) — Edwin Encarnación homered for the fourth time in eight games since returning from the injured list, then left in the fifth inning with a strained left oblique muscle in New York's victory over Detroit in the first game of a doubleheader.

Encarnación, New York's designated hitter, had a two-run homer in the third, walked in the fifth and was pinch hit for by Mike Ford in the seventh. Encarnación missed 30 games with a broken right wrist after he was hit by pitch from Boston's Josh Smith on Aug. 3.

Luke Voit put the Yankees ahead in the first with his first home run since July 22, a two-run drive off Matt Boyd (8-11). Voit became the sixth Yankees player with 20 homers, one shy of the team record set in 2009. Voit had three hits and three RBIs for the Yankees. They have 278 homers this season.

Chad Green (4-4) was the winner.


DENVER (AP) — Dexter Fowler and Kolten Wong opened the game with successive home runs and St. Louis connected five times in all to beat Colorado.

Marcell Ozuna, Rangel Ravelo and Harrison Bader also homered for NL Central-leading St. Louis.

Fowler drove the first pitch of the game from Tim Melville (2-2) into the second deck and Wong followed with a drive that soared over the center field wall. Nolan Arenado homered and doubled to drive in a pair of runs for Colorado. Josh Fuentes hit his first big league home run.

Miles Mikolas (9-13) went five innings and allowed three runs on five hits.


CHICAGO (AP) — Hunter Dozier hit a tiebreaking, three-run home run in the sixth, Jorge Soler had his third homer in two days and Kansas City beat Chicago.

Whit Merrifield walked and Soler singled off Lucas Giolito (14-9) in the decisive inning to help Kansas City win for the eighth time in the last 11 games. Then Dozier drove a 1-2 pitch into the left-field bleachers for a 5-2 lead. He doubled two innings later. Soler opened the scoring in the first with his 43rd homer.

Jorge López (4-7) allowed three runs, two earned, on eight hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings. Five Royals relievers combined for 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Ian Kennedy wiggled out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth for his 29th save in 33 chances.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Joe Musgrove pitched five shutout innings and hit a triple, Jacob Stallings homered and Pittsburgh beat San Francisco.

The Pirates took three of four in the series and have won 14 of their last 20 games in San Francisco dating to 2014. Musgrove (10-12) struck out seven, gave up four hits and walked none. Felipe Vázquez worked around a first-and-third, no-outs situation in the ninth for his 28th save in 31 attempts.

Evan Longoria homered for the Giants.  Jeff Samardzija (10-12) was the loser.

US loses to Serbia 94-89, assuring worst big-tourney finish

Serbia's Nikola Milutinov keeps the ball away from United States' Jaylen Brown, left, Joe Harris, center, and Mason Plumlee at right during a consolation playoff game for the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Dongguan in southern China's Guangdong province on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Tim Reynolds

Dongguan, China (AP) — The U.S. came to China looking to again be the best in the world.

It will go home with the worst tournament showing in program history.

Such is the reality for the Americans now, assured of finishing no better than seventh at the World Cup after falling to Serbia 94-89 in a consolation game Thursday night. The previous worst finish for a U.S. men's team in major tournament appearances was sixth at the 2002 world championships.

"We've committed to this from Day One," U.S. guard Joe Harris said. "To get all the way to this point and just kind of have it abruptly come up short, it really stings."

The Americans — the top-ranked team in the world — will be seventh or eighth in China, depending on the outcome of their consolation finale against Poland on Saturday. Harrison Barnes scored 22 for the U.S., which got 18 from Kemba Walker and 16 from Khris Middleton. And even though this team earned the U.S. a berth into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics field, Barnes noted postgame that Saturday's finale may be the last time many members of the World Cup squad get the chance to play for their country.

"We're also the ones who stepped up to the plate when others stepped down. We qualified our nation for the Olympics," U.S. center Myles Turner wrote as part of a thread on Twitter after the game.

Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 28 for Serbia, which bolted to a 25-point lead and handed the U.S. its second loss in two days. Vladimir Lucic scored 15 for Serbia, which will play for fifth place Saturday.

"It's a really tough game to play against those guys," Bogdanovic said. "I'm sure both teams were really upset after losing in the quarterfinals and we were just trying to make people happy."

A Serbia-U.S. game was widely expected to be one for gold this weekend. The prospects of that were hyped plenty going into the tournament — especially after Serbia coach Sasha Djordjevic called out the Americans in a television interview by saying "if we meet, may God help them." But all that was on the line Thursday night were bragging rights and a few world ranking points.

"There's no regrets from our group in terms of what we've given, what we've sacrificed, the commitment everyone's made to be away from their families, away from their teams, away from their organizations," Barnes said. "There's no regrets."

Serbia led 44-40 at the half, a margin that may suggest the first 20 minutes were of the back-and-forth variety.

They were not. Instead, it was just two really big runs, one by each team.

Serbia won the first quarter 32-7. The U.S. won the second quarter 33-12. Serbia shot 64% in the first quarter and the U.S. shot 19%; in the second quarter, it was the Americans shooting 72%, Serbia 31%, and it stayed relatively tight the rest of the way.

U.S. coach Gregg Popovich lauded his team for making the comeback, basically 24 hours after seeing its medal hopes dashed by the quarterfinal loss to France.

"I can't tell you how much I've been impressed the whole time with their character, their stick-to-itiveness and their persistence as they're learning how to play together," Popovich said. "Tonight was a great example of that."


U.S.: Jayson Tatum (left ankle) and Marcus Smart (left hand) were out with injuries, and neither is expected to play in the finale Saturday. ... Before now, the last time the U.S. dropped consecutive games at the World Cup level was 2002 at the world championships in Indianapolis, losing to Argentina by seven and Yugoslavia by three. The only time the Americans lost three straight in a World Cup or Olympic-level tournament was at the 1970 world championships.

Serbia: Vasilije Micic, whose mother died during this tournament, stayed with the team instead of going home early. He scored 10 points. ... All-NBA center Nikola Jokic was quiet offensively, scoring nine points on 3 for 4 shooting. He did make two free throws with 20.2 seconds left to put Serbia ahead by six.


The U.S. has been sending teams to major international competitions — the Olympics and the World Cup (formerly the world championship) — since 1936, a span of 36 tournaments in all. This is only the fourth time the Americans won't medal at either of the two biggest events; they were fifth at the 1970 world championship, fifth at the 1978 world championship and sixth at the 2002 world championship. They've medaled in all 18 Olympic competitions, winning gold 15 times.


Vojtech Hruban scored 24 points, Tomas Satoransky added 22 and the Czech Republic rallied late to beat Poland 94-84 in a consolation game Thursday in Shanghai. Satoransky added 12 assists for the Czechs, who closed the game on a 20-7 run. Adam Waczynski scored 22 for Poland.


U.S.: Faces Poland in seventh-place game at Beijing on Saturday.

Serbia: Faces Czech Republic in fifth-place game at Beijing on Saturday.

Former top-ranked Kim Clijsters planning return to tennis

In this Aug. 29, 2012, file photo, Kim Clijsters returns a shot to Laura Robson in the second round of play at the 2012 U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

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Brussels (AP) — Four-time Grand Slam champion Kim Clijsters is planning another comeback.

A mother of three, the Belgian who retired after the 2012 U.S. Open wants a new challenge, she told the WTA in an interview on its website on Thursday.

The 36-year-old Clijsters, who started her professional career in 1997, took a first break from tennis in 2007.

She returned after a 26-month hiatus and won the 2009 U.S. Open, becoming the first mother to win a Grand Slam title since Evonne Goolagong at Wimbledon in 1980.

She successfully defended her title at Flushing Meadows in 2010, and her 2011 Australian Open victory returned her to the top of the rankings.

She won her first Grand Slam title at the 2005 U.S. Open.

"I don't feel like I need to prove anything, but I want to challenge myself and I want to be strong again," she said. "Let's see if I can get my body in shape to play tennis at a level where I would like it to be at, that I have in mind of where I would like to get to, and see if it's possible. To see, first of all, if my body is capable of even doing that."

The WTA said that as a former top-ranked player Clijsters can receive unlimited wild cards at its tournaments.

Fury faces the great unknown against Sweden's Wallin

Tyson Fury attends an open workout Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, in Las Vegas. Fury is scheduled to face Otto Wallin in a heavyweight boxing match Saturday. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

Tim Dahlberg

Las Vegas (AP) — Tyson Fury shouldn't have too much trouble in the ring this weekend against an opponent whose biggest claim to fame is that he's arguably the best heavyweight fighter in Sweden.

He might have more trouble convincing Mexican fans that he's really one of them.

Fury is giving it his best shot this week, channeling his inner showman to embrace all things Mexican as he promotes his fight Saturday night with Otto Wallin. He's visited a local taqueria, worn a Mexican wrestling mask and even tried a few phrases in Spanish that he's been working on.

It's all done with tongue planted firmly in cheek — yet with a purpose. The big Englishman is calling attention to the fact he's the main attraction on Mexican Independence Day weekend in this boxing city, a spot reserved in recent years for Canelo Alvarez, who couldn't come to terms on a fight of his own.

"I'm even going to fight like a Mexican in this fight, all guts and heart going forward," Fury said. "I am a chameleon. I can adapt to any situation."

Fury shouldn't have to adapt much against Wallin in what is basically a fight to keep Fury active — and in the public eye — as he prepares for a scheduled February rematch with heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder. It's his second straight fight in Las Vegas under new promoter Top Rank as he continues to make the case he is the true heavyweight champion of the world in a field crowded with title holders.

It's also a fight he couldn't have imagined not that long ago as he struggled with mental illness and drugs and alcohol.

"Two years ago I thought my life was over. I thought I'd never end up anywhere but a padded room," Fury said. "And now I've gone from very depressed and down and out to be the lineal champion of the world fighting in Las Vegas two times. It's fantastic for me."

It's good for the heavyweight division, too, because Fury is at heart a promoter himself. Get him on the phone and it's tough to get a question in as he offers his view on life, the heavyweight division and any man who would dare want to get in the ring with him. Watch him at Wednesday's prefight news conference and he seems to be the happiest man in the room.

Still, Fury-Wallin isn't the fight that fans want to see. Most don't even know who Wallin is, even as he attempts to pull the biggest Swedish heavyweight upset since Ingemar Johansson shocked Floyd Patterson to win the heavyweight title in 1959.

That includes Fury, who hasn't taken a lot of time to study his latest opponent, who is unbeaten in 20 fights but hasn't faced anyone of note.

"I don't know anything about him," Fury (28-0-1) said. "I know he's a tall southpaw, unbeaten and looking to become the lineal champion of the world. They're all just men with boxing gloves on doing the same thing — trying to throw punches at my face and trying to cash in on my lottery ticket."

Fury's story is a remarkable one, and a cautionary tale to any fighter. He dethroned Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 to claim the heavyweight title but gave up his titles without a defense and was out of the ring for more than two years while battling severe depression and substance abuse problems.

But it was his fight with Wilder in December that really resonated with boxing fans. Fury controlled the fight most of the way, only to be knocked flat on the canvas in the 12th round before somehow finding a way to get up and finish the round strong.

Neither fighter was happy with the ensuing draw — but afterward the irrepressible Fury led reporters in a singing session. He would later sign with Bob Arum's Top Rank and is firmly in the mix of what is becoming a fascinating heavyweight division.

The second fight with Wilder looms, and so do possible fights with Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr., who fight in a title rematch Dec. 7 in Saudi Arabia.

"I'm not concerned about any of them," Wilder said. "I've never met a man I couldn't beat, and this is no exception."

SKorea asks IOC to ban 'rising sun' flag at Tokyo Olympics

In this Aug. 15, 2019, file photo, South Korean protesters hold Japanese rising sun flags during a rally to mark the South Korean Liberation Day from Japanese colonial rule, in downtown Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Kim Tong-Hyung

Seoul (AP) — South Korea has formally asked the International Olympic Committee to ban the Japanese "rising sun" flag at next year's Tokyo Games, calling it a symbol of Japan's brutal wartime past and comparing it with the Nazi swastika.

South Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism on Wednesday said it sent a letter to IOC President Thomas Bach expressing "deep disappointment and concern" over Japanese plans to allow the flag in stadiums and other facilities during the 2020 Olympics.

South Korean Olympic officials last month urged the local organizing committee to ban the flag, but Tokyo organizers responded by saying it was widely used in Japan, was not considered a political statement and "it is not viewed as a prohibited item."

The flag, portraying a red sun with 16 rays extending outward, is resented by many South Koreans, who still harbor animosity over Japan's 1910-1945 colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula.

The ministry said in its letter to Bach, it described the flag as an unmistakable political symbol that's embraced by Japanese rightwing protesters who vent anger toward Koreans and other foreigners. It said the flag recalls "historic scars and pain" for the people of South Korea, China and other Asian countries that experienced Japan's wartime military aggression, similar to how the "(swastika) reminds Europeans of the nightmare of World War II."

The ministry said it also pointed out that FIFA, the governing body of world soccer, has banned the flag in international matches.

"Furthermore, we emphasized that the use of the rising sun flag during the Tokyo Olympics would be a direct violation of the Olympic spirit promoting world peace and love for humanity, and that the IOC should have the Tokyo organizing committee withdraw its (current) stance on the flag and prepare strict measures to prevent it from being brought to stadiums," the ministry said.

Tokyo's Olympic organizing committee didn't immediately react to South Korea's request to the IOC to ban the flag at the games.

Justify failed drug test before Triple Crown run

In this April 7, 2018, file photo, Justify, ridden by Mike Smith, gallops past Bolt d'Oro, left, with jockey Javier Castellano, during the Santa Anita Derby horse race at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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New York (AP) — The New York Times says Justify won the 2018 Triple Crown after a failed postrace drug test at a California track that could have kept the horse out of the Kentucky Derby.

The newspaper reported Wednesday that Bob Baffert-trained Justify tested positive for the drug scopolamine after winning the Santa Anita Derby, one of the final prep races for the Kentucky Derby. Justify went on to win the Derby and took the Preakness and Belmont stakes to complete the Triple Crown.

The Times said instead of a speedy disqualification, the California Horse Racing Board took more than a month to confirm the results. The newspaper also reported that instead of filing a public complaint, the board made decisions behind closed doors as it moved to drop the case and lighten the penalty for horses found to have scopolamine in their systems.

The newspaper said test results, emails and internal memorandums show how California regulators waited nearly three weeks, until the Kentucky Derby was only nine days away, to notify Baffert of the positive test. Then, two months after the Belmont victory, the board disposed of the inquiry altogether during a closed-door executive session.

The Times said Baffert didn't respond to multiple attempts seeking comment.

Veterans vs rookies? Youthful US seeks 3-peat in Solheim Cup

Team USA captain Juli Inkster smiles during the preview day ahead of the 2019 Solheim Cup at Gleneagles Golf Club, Scotland, Monday Sept. 9, 2019. (Ian Rutherford/PA via AP)

Steve Douglas

Gleneagles, Scotland (AP) - The United States had already brought one of its most inexperienced teams in Solheim Cup history to Scotland this week when a back injury nagging Stacy Lewis flared up in practice.

Out went one of the Americans' few seasoned players — a major champion and a former world No. 1.

In came another rookie in Ally McDonald, lifting the number of debutants in the 12-woman team to six.

The chances of a U.S. three-peat just got that bit tougher.

The Solheim Cup — women's golf's premier team event — starts on Friday at Gleneagles with U.S. captain Juli Inkster billing it as the veterans vs. the rookies.

"We'll just have to see how it plays out," Inkster said. "We could get creamed or we could make a match of it."

Seeking a record-tying third straight victory over Europe, the U.S. has only four players left over from the win in Iowa in 2017 — Lexi Thompson, Danielle Kang, Lizette Salas and Angel Yin. Nine of the team are playing in their first away matches in the Solheim Cup.

There are only a combined 14 previous appearances on the whole squad, with Lewis' withdrawal robbing the team of a four-time Solheim Cupper. There's no Cristie Kerr (nine appearances), Paula Creamer (seven appearances) or Michelle Wie (five appearances).

Throw in the fact that the Americans have lost both of their previous matches in Scotland — at Dalmahoy in 1992 and at Loch Lomond in 2000 — and there's a lot going the European team's way.

"I have a question mark on how they are going to respond to playing in Scotland in front of those crowds," said Inkster, who was captain in 2015 and '17. "There's a lot up in the air — the weather is such a huge factor in everything — and it depends on how they handle it."

The Europeans trail 10-5 overall but four of their five victories have come at home. They might take inspiration from Europe's win in the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in 2014.

Like with Paul McGinley five years ago, Europe has a diligent, calm captain who comes alive in the team room and has the Solheim Cup in her blood.

Catriona Matthew has played in nine matches, most recently in 2017 when she won three points from a possible four to move into third place on the all-time points list with 22.

Now she is captaining the team in her home country.

"If we win, it will be right up there with my best days in golf," said Matthew, who won the Women's British Open in 2009.

By selecting Suzann Pettersen as a wild card, Matthew has brought onto the team a player with just three tournaments to her name in the past two years — she has had injuries and took time off last year to have a baby — but also the experience of eight previous appearances.

The last one stands out.

At the 2015 Solheim Cup at St. Leon-Rot in Germany, Pettersen refused to concede a short putt to Alison Lee on the 17th hole of a tight fourballs match before the singles. There were tears and angry exchanges, and it stoked a fire inside the Americans as they fought back from 10-6 down going into the singles to win 14½-13½.

Four years on, the Solheim Cup still burns strongly inside the Norwegian.

"Catriona's gone a little bit out of the way to put me on the team and I'll take that pressure," Pettersen said.

"I feel I was born for this match."

There are three rookies on the European team —  Anne van Dam, Celine Boutier and Bronte Law — but seven players who have featured in at least three Solheim Cups.

There was a minor alarm this week when the clubs of wild-card pick Jodi Ewart Shadoff failed to arrive in Scotland following a trans-Atlantic flight. They turned up two days later.

In every other respect, Europe appears fully ready for the Americans.

England, Ronaldo keep up scoring form in Euro qualifying

England's Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring his side's first goal during the Euro 2020 group A qualifying soccer match between England and Kosovo at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, England, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Jerome Pugmire

Paris (AP) — England's scoring form was on display again in European Championships qualifying on Tuesday. So was Cristiano Ronaldo's.

England made it four wins out of four in Group A with a 5-3 win over Kosovo and Ronaldo netted four goals in European champion Portugal's 5-1 away win at Lithuania.

On a night of heavy scoring, it took the five-time Golden Ball winner's international tally to a whopping 93. Ronaldo might well hit the century mark before next year's tournament, considering Portugal still faces Lithuania at home and twice plays lowly Luxembourg.

"I'm going through a good phase, but the team has been playing well too," Ronaldo said. "I'm enjoying this moment not only because of my goals, but also because of the team's performances in recent years. I just have to keep helping the team."

Striker Harry Kane moved onto a more modest 26 for England, whose fans got a jolt when midfielder Valon Berisha put the visiting side ahead after just 35 seconds.

They were soon reassured by Raheem Sterling's equalizer and Kane's latest goal for England, both inside the opening 20 minutes at St. Mary's Stadium in Southampton on a rare occasion England wasn't playing at Wembley Stadium.

By halftime fans had been treated to five home goals, including 19-year-old winger Jadon Sancho scoring his first two for England.

But the second half proved more inspiring for Kosovo's fans as they witnessed a mini-comeback, with Berisha enjoying a memorable night with a fine second goal curled into the top corner. Kane could have netted a brace, too, but saw his penalty saved by Arijanet Muric.

World Cup winner France labored at times against a well-organized Andorra side in a 3-0 home win, with Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann missing a penalty for the second straight qualifier.

After Kingsley Coman found a way through in the first half, center half Clément Lenglet and substitute Wissam Ben Yedder added goals after the break.


England's attack is purring with 19 goals in four games, but alarming questions will be asked of the defense.

From a commanding position of 5-1 up, England leaked two goals after the break — one of those a penalty conceded by the expensively-acquired Manchester United center back Harry Maguire.

Kosovo's opening goal was the result of a careless pass from defender Michael Keane.

England still hasn't lost a qualifier for either the World Cup or European Championship in 10 years. But coach Gareth Southgate knows his defense has to eradicate such sloppy errors if his side wants to win Euro 2020.

"The outstanding play was obvious," Southgate said, "and the errors were obvious."

The Czech Republic overtook Kosovo to move into second place in Group A with nine points after a 3-0 win at Montenegro and hosts England on Oct. 11.


Ronaldo scored from the penalty spot in the seventh minute, before Lithuania hit back through Vytautas Andriuskevicius' header.

Portugal's second goal was given to Ronaldo before being changed to an own goal, and then given back to him on UEFA's website. The bizarre-looking 62nd-minute effort was a low shot from outside the area. It was saved by Lithuania goalkeeper Ernestas Setkus, before the ball bounced off the goalkeeper's back and went in.

Three minutes later, Ronaldo tapped in from Bernardo Silva's pass, and the attacking midfielder set him up again in the 76th.

William Carvalho completed the scoring in stoppage time against last-place Lithuania.

Portugal is second in Group B with eight points and five behind Ukraine, which has 13 points having played one game more.

Powerful striker Aleksandar Mitrovic netted twice as third-place Serbia won 3-1 away to Luxembourg.


Griezmann remains stuck on 29 international goals after hitting his spot kick too close to goalkeeper Josep Gomes in a one-sided first half where France largely struggled to turn possession into chances.

Coman pounced in the 18th after latching onto Jonathan Ikone's pass behind the defense for his third goal in two France games.

Griezmann's curling free kick from the left was headed in by Clément Lenglet soon after the break.

Substitute Wissam Ben Yedder added the third during injury time, steering the ball in from close range after Nabil Fekir's free kick was spilled by Gomes.

Turkey and France top Group H with 15 points and meet at Stade de France on Oct. 14.

Striker Cenk Tosun netted twice in Turkey's 4-0 win at Moldova.

Third-place Iceland slipped three points behind the top two after losing 4-2 away to Albania.

Andorra has scored no goals and conceded 14 in six defeats.

Europe beats US in track and field match meet

Mariya Lasitskene sticks her tongue out after a successful attempt in the women's high jump final during the Europe against USA athletics competition on the Dinamo stadium in Minsk, Belarus, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Associated Press

Minsk, Belarus (AP) — Europe beat the United States on Tuesday to win the inaugural edition of "The Match," a new team competition in track and field.

Europe pulled away from the U.S. on the second and final day of the competition to win by 724.5 points to 601.5 from 37 events.

With the world championships just over two weeks away, some medal contenders used the event as a tune-up, and others skipped it entirely. The competition saw four athletes from the U.S. and four from Europe enter each event. The teams were then awarded points based on the placements in each event.

The world champion over 200 meters, Ramil Guliyev of Turkey, won his event comfortably in 20.16 seconds, far slower than his season best. Olympic bronze medalist Ashley Spencer fell while leading the 400 hurdles, with victory going to Ukraine's Anna Ryzhykova.

World high jump champion Mariya Lasitskene from Russia saw her unbeaten streak going back to January ended as she finished third, behind winner Yulia Levchenko of Ukraine. Nastassia Mironchyk-Ivanova won the long jump, while two-time Olympic medalist Brittney Reese took third.

On Monday, Belarus' Maksim Nedasekau won the men's high jump with 2.35 meters, the best in the world this season. Six-time Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix was beaten by fellow American Wadeline Jonathas in the 400 final Monday.

Dodgers clinch 7th straight NL West title, 1st playoff team


Los Angeles Dodgers' Corey Seager (5) celebrates his two-run home run with Enrique Hernandez (14) during the third inning of a baseball game, next to Baltimore Orioles catcher Chance Sisco on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)


BALTIMORE (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers sprayed each other with bubbly, emptied dozens of bottles of beer while drinking very little of it and essentially carried on in a fashion appropriate for a team celebrating its seventh consecutive NL West tile.

Certainly, the Dodgers were elated about becoming the first team in the majors to clinch a playoff spot this season. Yet, because the occasion was virtually a given since May and not nearly as emotional as their playoff win over Colorado in Game 163 last year, the party was, as manager Dave Roberts put it, "subdued."

"It was one of those things that we expected it," Roberts said Tuesday night after a clinching 7-3 win over the Orioles. "It's obviously early in September, but it doesn't take away what we as an organization accomplished."

The Dodgers, with a power-packed lineup and imposing rotation, gained sole possession of first place on April 17 and never looked back. Their final pursuer was the Arizona Diamondbacks, who dropped 18½ games out of first place with a loss to the Mets.

After the last out, the players gathered around the mound for a wardrobe change for the soaking to follow the second-earliest NL West clinching behind the 1975 Cincinnati Reds, who accomplished the feat on Sept. 7.

Sure, the celebration was inevitable. So what?

"When we do get moments like this, I think we do a good job of appreciating what we have accomplished and it's special. It really is," Roberts said. 'To win one division, but to win seven in a row, the consistency of the organization, what we've done, a lot of credit goes to a lot of people. And now it's the idea of refocusing and everything we do going forward is to win 11 games in October."

Los Angeles, coming off consecutive World Series losses to Houston and Boston and seeking its first title since 1988, will likely begin the postseason at Dodger Stadium on Oct. 3 against the NL wild-card team.

"It's something you don't take for granted. You enjoy them all," said third baseman Justin Turner, who received a beer drenching in the middle of his interview. "Obviously not as dramatic as last year, going to a Game 163, but it doesn't take anything away from what we've accomplished. We've showed up trying to give ourselves another chance to make it to the World Series, and this is the first step."

On the outskirt of the mayhem-filled clubhouse, former Dodgers manager Tommy LaSorda watched with a beer in his hand. Roberts came by to shake the hand of the 91-year-old face of the franchise, who ultimately was greeted by almost every beer-soaked player in striking distance.

Los Angeles (94-52) has never clinched the division earlier, both in terms of date and games. The 1977 team did it in Game 151, and the 2013 club clinched on Sept. 19.

Though an Arizona loss to the Mets would have clinched it for the Dodgers, Los Angeles emphatically took care of business on its own. Corey Seager homered with two on to cap a four-run first inning against Ty Blach (1-3) and added a two-run drive in the third for a 6-0 lead.

Gavin Lux hit his first career homer in the fifth to increase the Dodgers' NL record for long balls in a season to 258.

Tagged by Colorado for six runs in five innings during his previous start, Walker Buehler (13-3) limited last-place Baltimore to four hits over seven shutout innings for the team with the lowest ERA in the league.

Buehler struck out 11, reaching double figures for the sixth time. He has 201 for the season.

"That was just a clinic from first inning through the seventh for him," Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. "Four pitches for strikes, locating everything. I haven't seen the video, but it didn't seem like he missed a spot the whole night."

The Dodgers can now coast to the finish, although they have a shot at breaking the franchise record for largest final first-place margin, 13½ games in 1955. LA is also in the running against Houston and the Yankees for best record in the majors and home-field advantage throughout October.

Argentina ousts Serbia, moves into World Cup semifinals


Argentina's Luis Scola tries to get past Serbian defenders during a quarterfinal match for the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Dongguan in southern China's Guangdong province on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Tim Reynolds

Dongguan, China (AP) — The last time Luis Scola went to the semifinals of the World Cup, he was 26 and waiting to bring his long, flowing dark hair to the NBA for the first time.

He's 39 now. A decade-long career in the NBA has come and gone. The hair is closely cropped now, with plenty of gray mixed in there.

And he's back in FIBA's Final Four.

Scola scored 20 points, Facundo Campazzo finished with 18 points and 12 assists and Argentina stunned Serbia 97-87 in the World Cup quarterfinals on Tuesday night. Argentina (6-0) plays next in Friday's semifinals at Beijing, against the winner of Wednesday's quarterfinal in Dongguan between the U.S. (5-0) and France (4-1).

"It means a lot," Scola said.

Serbia was considered the pre-tournament favorite by many, and came in expecting to win gold after losing title games to the U.S. at the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. Argentina had other plans and Scola made a very loud statement after the game — this outcome, he insisted, was no fluke.

"It just bothers me that people keep talking about miracle, keep talking about surprise, keep talking about nobody believing," Scola said. "I'll tell you, there were 22 people that believed for the last two months that we were going to be here. That's all we need, just 22. We've got them and this is far from a miracle."

Patricio Garino added 15 for Argentina.

Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 21 points for Serbia (4-2), which got 18 points from Nemanja Bjelica and a 16-point, 10-rebound effort from All-NBA center Nikola Jokic. Vasilije Micic played 18 minutes for Serbia, after the death of his mother earlier this week.

"We put a lot of work in this summer," Bjelica said. "It's hard. But it's basketball. There are more important things."

Argentina led most of the way, lost the lead briefly on the first possession of the fourth quarter when Marko Guduric made a 3-pointer for Serbia — which the winners answered with a 19-6 run over the next 6 minutes.

Bogdanovic's 3-pointer with 1:20 left got Serbia within 91-85. But Campazzo's jumper on the next possession pushed the lead back to eight, and that's about when the blue-and-white-clad Argentine fans in the stands knew it was time to celebrate.

"Campazzo absolutely dominated the game," Serbia coach Sasha Djordjevic said of Argentina's 5-foot-10 point guard, who dazzled throughout. "Absolutely dominated the game. This is his victory."

Scola said it was a total team effort.

"I think we played a very good basketball game," Scola said. "We're a good team. We've played a great tournament and we deserved to win."


Serbia: Boban Marjanovic had a short and eventful second-quarter stint — picking up three fouls, one of them an unsportsmanlike, and committing a turnover in just over 2 minutes. ... Serbia grabbed 15 of the game's first 17 rebounds and finished with a 42-29 edge. ... It's unclear if Micic will remain with the team for the consolation-round game.

Argentina: By the midway mark of the first quarter, the Argentines had two fouls and another with three — Tayavek Gallizzi, who was whistled three times in 82 seconds after he came in because starter Marcos Delia was in foul trouble. ... The Olympic berth Argentina claimed by being one of the top two World Cup finishers from the Americas region — the U.S. is the other — is its fifth straight and eighth overall.


The U.S. sent its scouting group — Jeff Van Gundy, Lloyd Pierce and Ime Udoka among them — to see the Argentina-Serbia game in person. U.S. coach Gregg Popovich said he's watching plenty of games on off days, but is letting the group led by Van Gundy handle the bulk of the scouting details.


Argentina gets more than a trip to the semifinals — it gets an extra day off. After playing every other day so far in the tournament, Argentina will have two full rest days before seeing either the U.S. or France on Friday.


Serbia: Faces U.S.-France loser on Thursday at Dongguan in the consolation round.

Argentina: Faces U.S.-France winner on Friday at Beijing in the semifinals.

Lutz's 58-yard field goal lifts Saints over Texans, 30-28

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) passes in the first half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans in New Orleans, Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Brett Martel

New Orleans (AP) — Wil Lutz made a 58-yard field goal as time expired to lift the New Orleans Saints to a 30-28 victory over the Houston Texans on Monday night in game that had three scoring plays in the final minute.

Deshaun Watson threw a 37-yard touchdown pass to former Saints receiver Kenny Stills with 37 seconds left, capping a two-play, 75-yard drive that put the Texans in front after they began their final possession down by six with 50 seconds left.

But there was just enough time remaining for Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who capped a 370-yard, two-touchdown performance by completing a 15-yard pass to Ted Ginn Jr., an 11-yarder to Michael Thomas and another pass to Ginn for 9 yards in quick succession. That allowed New Orleans to save its final timeout until just 2 seconds remained and set up Lutz's career-long kick.

The 40-year-old Brees completed 32 of 43 passes. He threw one interception deep in Houston territory in the first half that could have proved costly, but did enough to make up for it.

Brees appeared to have all but sealed it when he spotted Ginn deep down field on third and 2 and connected for a 41-yard gain to the Houston 44 at the 2-minute warning. Alvin Kamara, who had 169 yards from scrimmage, followed with an 11-yard run, and the Saints ran the clock down to 55 seconds before Lutz converted a 47-yarder.

Watson completed 20 of 30 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns — two of them to DeAndre Hopkins — and also ran for a 21-yard score on a fourth-down play.


There appeared to be disagreement over officials' handling of a 10-second runoff after a replay review in the final minute of the first half, when the Saints were trying to score with their hurry-up offense.

The review booth stopped the game with 26 seconds left to look at whether Thomas' catch was long enough for a first down after he was initially marked just short and in bounds. After the review resulted in a first down, officials cited NFL rules requiring a runoff. The runoff began from when the game was stopped, not when Thomas came down with the ball 15 seconds earlier.

Brees could be seen animatedly disputing the decision, but referee John Hussey announced that the runoff was correct. The Saints had only 16 seconds left when they snapped the ball on their own 47. They got close enough to try a 56-yard field goal as the half expired, but Lutz's kick was just wide.

Fans in the Superdome, who won't soon forget officiating gaffes in last season's NFC championship game that also went against the Saints, booed as time expired.


The Saints' Marcus Williams, who had a momentum-swinging interception earlier in the second half, stayed down on a knee after Duke Johnson's 32-yard run in the fourth quarter. He left the field on his own after a trainer briefly spoke with him.


Texans: Hosts Jacksonville on Sunday.

Saints: Visit the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

Germany, Netherlands win as Croatia drops points

Germany's Marcel Halstenberg celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Euro 2020 group C qualifying soccer match between Northern Ireland and Germany at Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

James Ellingworth

Belfast, N. Ireland (AP) - Germany flirted with defeat for a second straight European Championship qualifier before Marcel Halstenberg's first international goal lifted the team to a 2-0 win over Northern Ireland on Monday.

Coming off a 4-2 loss to the Netherlands, Germany's recovery was unconvincing, helped by Northern Ireland wasting good chances.

The Dutch delivered another impressive attacking display as Memphis Depay marked his 50th game for the Netherlands by scoring one goal and setting up two more in a 4-0 win over Estonia.

Belgium made qualifying seem a pushover by beating Scotland 4-0 to keep a perfect winning record, but other favorites faltered. Croatia and Poland both dropped points but remained top of their increasingly competitive groups.


Germany's still in rebuild mode.

More than a year on from its embarrassing group-stage elimination at the World Cup, Joachim Löw's team still struggles to get what should be routine wins.

Just as South Korea ran Germany into the ground at the World Cup, so hard pressing from Northern Ireland nearly earned an upset win in Belfast. The host had the better of the first half. Conor Washington had one good shot saved by Manuel Neuer, and later tripped over the ball in front of goal, missing the best chance of the game.

Germany emerged from the break refreshed and needed just three minutes before Halstenberg volleyed the ball into the net after Julian Brandt flicked on a cross.

Stuart Dallas then went close for Nothern Ireland, who continued to challenge until deep into stoppage time, when Serge Gnabry grabbed Germany's second goal on a counter.

"They pressed us hard in the first half, but at some point they got tired," Halstenberg said. Asked if Germany was getting back to the level of Europe's best, he was diplomatic. "It's hard to say."

Ryan Babel was crucial in the Netherlands' come-from-behind win over Germany on Friday and he tore up another defense on Monday, scoring twice against Estonia.

It was the first time Babel scored two in an international game and left the Dutch third in Group B, though they've played one game fewer than everyone else.

The Netherlands' home-and-away games against Northern Ireland next month and in November will likely decide the automatic qualifying places in Group C.


World Cup finalist Croatia was held by outsider Azerbaijan to 1-1 on Monday, denting its chances of reaching next year's European Championship.

Croatia won an early penalty for handball, converted by captain Luka Modric, but Azerbaijan wing back Tamkin Khalilzade cut in from the left in the 72nd minute and beat Dejan Lovren before shooting past goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic.

For Azerbaijan, a Euro 2020 host, it was the first point of the qualifying campaign after four straight defeats.

Croatia leads Group E by a single point from Slovakia and Hungary with two qualifying spots available. Slovakia beat Hungary 2-1 to move up to second. The other team in the hunt for qualification, Wales, was playing a friendly.


Scotland's Hampden Park was a walk in the park for Belgium.

The visitors were three goals up after just 32 minutes as they kept a perfect record of six wins from six in qualifying. With an 11-point cushion to third-placed Kazakhstan, Belgium could seal qualification in its next game against San Marino.

Belgium's goal difference of +18 is the best of any team in the qualifying competition and its gone five competitive games without conceding.

Russia kept second place in Group I, but was lackluster in beating Kazakhstan 1-0, needing an 89th-minute headed goal from right back Mario Fernandes.

Cyprus beat San Marino 4-0.

After a fourth defeat, Scotland was in fifth place. It has never finished a European Championship qualifying campaign below fourth.


Poland looked a dead cert to qualify until last week, and now that seems a long time ago.

After four straight wins, a 2-0 loss to Slovenia on Friday rattled the Poles. A 0-0 draw with Austria on Monday left Poland with its lead cut to two points.

Slovenia earned a second big win in four days, beating Israel 3-2 to snatch second place in Group G.

The competition's top scorer, Eran Zahavi, netted his ninth goal in qualifying as Israel turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead, but Roman Bezjak drew Slovenia level before winger Benjamin Verdic scored the winner.

Fourth-placed North Macedonia kept long-shot qualifying hopes alive by beating Latvia 2-0.

Czech Republic, US complete World Cup quarterfinal field

Greece's Giannis Antetokounmpo tries to shoot past Czech Republic's Ondrej Balvin during a phase two match for the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen, China on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Stephen Wade

Shenzhen, China (AP) - The Czech Republic and the United States completed the field on Monday for the quarterfinals of the basketball World Cup.

The Czech's did it the hard way.

Despite losing to Greece 84-77 in the second-round group game, the Czech Republic (3-2) advanced after the United States defeated Brazil a few hours later 89-73 — also in Shenzhen, China.

Greece (3-2) needed to beat the Czechs by 12 points or more and then wait and hope that the United States defeated Brazil. In the end it didn't matter.

In Monday's other key game, Australia (5-0) beat France (4-1) 100-98. The victory put Australia at the top of its group with France finishing second. It means France will face the Americans in the quarterfinals on Wednesday and Australia gets the Czechs.

In Tuesday's quarterfinals, Argentina (5-0) faces Serbia (4-1), and Spain (5-0) plays Poland (4-1).

Both the United States and Argentina have also qualified for next year's Tokyo Olympics.

Australia defeated the United States just over two weeks ago in an exhibition game in Melbourne to end a run of 78 straight wins by the U.S. men.


At Shenzhen, Greece needed to win by 12 to have a chance of advancing. The Greeks did lead by that much early in the final quarter but could not hold the margin.

Nick Calathes scored 27 points to lead Greece, with 16 more coming from Kostas Sloukas. NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo had 12 points and nine rebounds, but also fouled out on a disputed call.

His brother, Thanasis, was asked about the call. Giannis did not attend the final news conference.

"It's unfair for me to answer for my brother," he said. "But if it's my feeling — I feel like the first feeling he's feeling is that he's proud of his team. ... We gave everything we have. It's crazy you win and you don't get to the next round. It's tough."

Jaromir Nohacik scored 25 to lead the Czech Republic, while Patrik Auda and Tomas Satoransky added 13 each.

Czech Republic coach Ronen Ginzburg was asked about Satoransky's prospects of a triple-double in an upcoming game.

"The thing Tomas is interested in isn't the stats and everything. He wants to win the game," Ginzburg said.


At Shenzhen, the United States led only 43-39 at the half, but then pulled away from Brazil (3-2).

Myles Turner and Kemba Walker each scored 16 for the Americans. Jaylen Brown added 11 and Harrison Barnes scored 10.

Vitor Benite scored 21 for Brazil, and Anderson Varejao and Leandrinho Barbosa each scored 14.


At Nanjing, Australia avoided facing the United States in the quarterfinals — though the Boomers might have welcomed the matchup.

Patty Mills of the San Antonio Spurs scored 30 points to lead Australia, and Joe Ingles scored 23. Aron Baynes added 21 for Australia's three-man show.

Evan Fournier scored 31 in the losing effort for France, and Nando De Colo added 26.


At Nanjing, both Group L teams were already eliminated from reaching the quarterfinals. Lithuania (3-2) was led by Jonas Valanciunas and Lukas Lekavicius, each with 19 points. Valanciunas also grabbed 10 rebounds.

Rigoberto Mendoza scored 14 points to lead the Dominican Republic (2-3).



Montenegro (1-4) 80, Japan (0-5) 65; Jordan (1-4) 79, Senegal (0-5) 77; New Zealand (3-2) 102, Turkey (2-3) 101; Germany (3-2) 82, Canada (2-3) 76.


Argentina (5-0) vs. Serbia (4-1); Spain (5-0) vs. Poland (4-1)

Closed Champions League foiled by revolt against elite clubs

The Champions League trophy is displayed before the UEFA group stage draw at the Grimaldi Forum, in Monaco, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

Rob Harris and Graham Dunbar

Geneva (AP) — A revolt by European clubs has foiled plans by their wealthiest counterparts to turn the Champions League into a largely closed competition.

Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli and his European Club Association leadership team has been forced to reset their expectations after failing to win support for a plan to steer the lucrative competition even more in favor of an elite group of elite teams.

Lower-ranking clubs made their voices heard in tense private meetings across Europe, suppressing a radical Champions League reinvention from 2024 that would have had profound implications for the intrigue of domestic competitions by largely severing qualification pathways but placating teams with more placed in a new third-tier competition.

Accounts of some of the small ECA-organized gatherings throughout August were provided to The Associated Press by people who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss confidential matters.

By the time Agnelli addressed the ECA assembly in Geneva on Monday, there were signs he had reluctantly listened to less storied members.

"We have different views on formats and the stability principles," Agnelli said, according to a Twitter posting by the ECA which blocked media access to a meeting attended by more than 150 clubs. "There is an overall acceptance that reform must happen in 2024-25."

Agnelli had hoped to use this speech to build momentum for a decisive meeting on formats on Wednesday at UEFA with clubs that has now been taken away from them. But the AP revealed last month that UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin called off the talks after sensing they were not "ready for a meaningful discussion."

Now the ECA is rebooting a process it hoped would have been resolved by December, with no firm plan after what has been described as a "vehement but constructive debate" with members by an ECA official.

The vision championed by Agnelli, presented by UEFA to its member federations and national leagues in May, would have guaranteed 24 out of 32 teams slots to return to the Champions League each season. Rather than the 32 being split across eight groups as they are now, there would be only four divisions, providing more matches between the biggest teams.

Agnelli, a scion of the Fiat-owning family dynasty, sent out ECA general secretary Michele Centenaro to sell the largely closed Champions League.

One soccer club executive recalled telling Centenaro in a meeting attended by more than a dozen clubs: "Why do you keep showing us this model? We don't like it."

Centenaro had been pleading with less illustrious clubs within the ECA to buy into a concept that would largely sever the pathway into European competitions based on finishing positions in domestic leagues or cups.

"It is not the objective of the whole vision to destroy domestic leagues," Centenaro told the AP recently, when asked about the criticism.

Inevitably, a clique of the elite — Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and, of course, Juventus — are firm advocates.

Splits emerged in France, Germany, Italy, and Spain, where the league champions advocate the ECA-championed revamp.

When the ECA gathered English member clubs in London last month, an attendee recalled how an executive from Arsenal pointed out the process had achieved something rare: Uniting the Premier League. The moment was recalled by a person in the room who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the contents of the meeting.

A public joint statement from the 20 English topflight clubs after their annual meeting in June expressed unanimous opposition to "inappropriate" plans that would no longer leave them chasing the top four places to qualify for the Champions League or the next two to make the Europa League.

The wealth of the English Premier League — the world's richest soccer competition — is used by the ECA to deepen a sense of jealousy, of being left behind.

Addressing a forum with around 15 clubs in Switzerland, Centenaro blamed the top five leagues — England, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain — for deepening financial disparities in the European game and enticing viewers away from domestic games elsewhere, according to the club executive in attendance.

As one of the meetings became increasingly fraught, according to the club executive in the room, Centenaro pleaded: Don't you want more money?

But Lille chief executive Marc Ingla reflected the anger across Europe.

"I feel the proposal put on the table (by the ECA) is overly disruptive and poses a clear threat to local domestic competitions which are the drivers of a sustainable football ecosystem in every country," Ingla told the AP. "Given the high level of rejection by leagues in several meetings I believe the format proposals have to be put in the drawer and a new plan has to be put in place. It's a bit confusing these formats that keep being discussed by the ECA because the majority of clubs aren't in favor."

The ECA has been used to getting its own way. A format change agreed to in 2016 secured four group stage places from the top four leagues in Europe: England, Spain, Germany and Italy.

Sensing the ECA's latest vision fading, clubs have started to share other concepts.


Danish champion FC Copenhagen has distributed a model that would increase the number of European games, but using past UEFA performances over the past decade to determine the stage teams enter the Champions League and ensuring access is still dependent on domestic success.

The model retains the three-tier system envisaged by UEFA and the ECA, with 32 teams in the group stages of both the Champions League and Europa League plus 64 teams in a new third competition provisionally called Europa League 2.

The "Copenhagen Access Model" would see 80 clubs eligible from across Europe eligible for the Champions League, 55 for Europa League One and 103 for Europa League Two. In the Champions League, the top 20-ranked clubs would go straight to the group stage and the remaining 12 would come from teams that went through qualifying rounds.

It would protect the entry of teams like Liverpool and Barcelona but making Champions League debutants like Leicester and Atalanta go through qualifying.


The "Swiss system" would shake up the format. The 32 Champions League group stage teams would be placed in a single division and ranked by UEFA coefficient. They would play eight to 14 games, with fixtures based on ranking position. Every team would not play each other.

The top eight teams would qualify for not only the round of 16 but also the group stage the following year. The remaining last-16 participants would be determined by a knockout round which features teams who finished nine to 24. The round of 16 fixtures would also be based final positions in the group stage.

19 Slams: Nadal stops Medvedev comeback bid to win US Open

Rafael Nadal, of Spain, reacts after scoring a point against Daniil Medvedev, of Russia, during the men's singles final of the U.S. Open tennis championships Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Howard Fendrich

New York (AP) — Rafael Nadal's 19th Grand Slam trophy went from inevitable to suddenly in doubt in a thrill-a-minute U.S. Open final.

What had all the makings of a crowning morphed into a grueling contest thanks to Nadal's opponent, Daniil Medvedev, a man a decade younger and appearing in his first major title match. Down by two sets and a break, Medvedev shifted styles, upped his level against a rattled Nadal — and even received an unexpected boost from the Arthur Ashe Stadium spectators.

Truly tested for the only time in the tournament, the No. 2-seeded Nadal managed to stop Medvedev's surge Sunday and hold off his historic comeback bid, pulling out a 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 victory in 4 hours, 50 minutes of highlight-worthy action and Broadway-worthy drama to collect his fourth championship at Flushing Meadows.

"An amazing final. Seems that I had, more or less, the match under control," said Nadal, who covered his face with his hands while crying when arena video boards showed clips from each of his Slam triumphs. "One of the most emotional nights of my tennis career."

Now at 19 majors — a total Medvedev called "outrageous" — Nadal is merely one away from rival Roger Federer's record for a man.

But this one did not come easily. Not at all.

Sure seemed it might, with Nadal ahead by two sets and a break in the third at 3-2, playing like "a beast out there," as the No. 5-seeded Medvedev put it.

At that moment, Medvedev would joke afterward, this is where his thoughts were: "OK, in 20 minutes I have to give a speech. What do I say?"

But the 23-year-old from Russia did not go gently into the night. He broke right back to 3-all, then again to claim that set and yet again to end the fourth.

"The nerves were so high," Nadal said. "A crazy match."

Not since 1949 has anyone won a U.S. Open final after trailing by two sets to none. Never before had Medvedev won a five-set match. Only once before had Nadal lost a Grand Slam match after taking the opening two sets.

And yet the tension was real.

At the very end — or what appeared to be the very end — Nadal couldn't close it out. After breaking to lead 3-2 in the fifth, in a game Medvedev led 40-love before flubbing an easy forehand, Nadal broke again and served for the championship at 5-2.

The way this back-and-forth tale was spun, though, it probably was inevitable that Medvedev would break there. And so he did, because Nadal double-faulted on break point after he was docked a serve for his third time violation of the evening, which elicited loud boos from folks in the stands.

In the next game, Nadal held a pair of match points, but Medvedev, of course, avoided defeat yet another time, erasing one of those with a backhand winner, the other with a service winner, earning a standing ovation.

With Nadal's backers screaming, "Close it out!" at the ensuing changeover, he once more stepped to the baseline to try to serve it out, this time at 5-4. Naturally, he was forced to deal with another heart-in-throat break point, but came up with a stinging forehand that drew a long forehand from Medvedev.

Two points later, it was over, and the indefatigable Nadal was splayed on his back on the court.

Add the Spaniard's haul in New York to his 12 titles at the French Open, two at Wimbledon and one at the Australian Open, and the 20-19 gap between Federer and Nadal is the closest it's been in 15 years. Federer led 1-0 after his breakthrough triumph at the All England Club in 2004, and he had four by the time Nadal got his first at Roland Garros in 2005.

Federer, who lost in the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open, is 38, while Nadal is 33 — making him the oldest male champion at Flushing Meadows since 1970. He's also the first man to win five majors after turning 30.

Nadal says he wants to finish his career at No. 1 in the Grand Slam standings — ahead of Federer and Novak Djokovic, looming in third place currently with 16 — but also insists he won't base his happiness on how it all shakes out in the end.

This particular match ended the way he wanted it to. The journey just took more detours than anyone could have anticipated.

When the 6-foot-6 (1.98-meter) Medvedev sensed the loss approaching, he turned into a trickier foe, playing less defensively and more aggressively. He alternated serve-and-volley rushes with a penchant for out-hitting Nadal at the baseline. For a stretch, it felt as if Medvedev simply could not miss, and he finished with a 75-62 edge in winners.

That's the sort of ball-striking Medvedev displayed while going 20-2 during the North American hard-court circuit until Sunday, reaching four finals in a row. But he also switched tactics, winning 22 of 29 serve-and-volley points.

"The way that he was able to fight, to change the rhythm of the match, was just incredible," Nadal said.

The Flushing Meadows fans that jeered Medvedev in Week 1 because of his on-court behavior — he trolled his detractors by sarcastically thanking them and telling him their vitriol was why he won — were pulling for him.

Or, as he noted during the trophy ceremony, pulling for more bang for the bucks they spent on tickets.

They certainly got that.

"I'll definitely remember it," Medvedev said, "even when I'm, like, 70 years old."

Australia retains Ashes after beating England in 4th test

Australia players celebrate after retaining the Ashes during day five of the fourth Ashes Test cricket match between England and Australia at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Sunday Sept. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

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Manchester, England (AP) — Australia retained the Ashes after beating England by 185 runs in the final session of the fourth test at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Josh Hazlewood claimed the winning wicket, trapping Craig Overton lbw, as Australia dismissed England's second innings for 197 deep into the evening session to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.

As the holder, Australia only needs to draw the series to keep cricket's famous urn.

"We've retained it, we haven't won it," Australia captain Tim Paine told the BBC. He added: "We'll have a bloody good night."

The fifth and final test in cricket's oldest regular international series starts Thursday at The Oval.

Australia star batter Steve Smith was player of the match — and the major difference between the two teams — with scores of 211 and 82. Australia declared its first innings at 497-8 and its second at 186-6.

England, which scored 301 in its first innings, resumed Day 5 on 18-2, went to lunch on 87-4 and tea on 166-6.

Jack Leach, who scored a 51-ball 12, was promoted to No. 10 and batted for an hour with England fans hoping for a repeat of his third test heroics, or even bad light.

Australia held on to the Ashes in England for the first time in 18 years. It thrashed England by 251 runs in the opening test at Edgbaston, the second test at Lord's was drawn before England won at Headingley by one wicket to level the series 1-1.

"Bitterly disappointed," England captain Joe Root said, "to come so close to taking it to The Oval is quite hard to take."

Pacer Pat Cummins finished with 4-43 off 24 overs. He bowled Jason Roy (31) in the 18th over of the day, knocking over his off stump, and then claimed the key wicket of Ben Stokes, hero at Headingley with Leach. The England allrounder got an inside edge and was well caught behind the wicket by Paine. Stokes, who had scored just one, did not wait for a decision from the umpire and walked as Australia appealed.

That left England in deep trouble on 74-4.

Joe Denly brought up his half-century after lunch with a crisp off drive off Cummins. It was his sixth boundary and took him to 53 off 112 balls. He fell without adding further to his score when he was caught out by the bounce from a delivery from Nathan Lyon (2-51) and offered a catch to Marnus Labuschagne at short leg.

Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler came together and steadily took the score to 138-5 after 53 overs as Paine turned to part-time bowlers Labuschagne and Travis Head in the hope of breaking their concentration.

But it was Starc (1-46) that made the next breakthrough when he won an lbw verdict against Bairstow for 25. That left England 138-6, with Australia needing just four more wickets to retain the Ashes.

Australia thought it had removed Overton with the first ball after tea as Labuschagne grasped a catch fielding close to the bat but the ball had hit the body.

Buttler misjudged the line off Hazlewood (2-31) and was bowled leaving the ball. His removal for 34 left England 172-7 and needing a rearguard from the tail.

Jofra Archer did not last long, scoring only one before being trapped lbw by Lyon with a ball that kept low.

Overton formed a stubborn ninth-wicket partnership with Leach, taking the score to 195-8 off 85 overs, with 20 remaining in the day.

Australia was unhappy with what they perceived as time-wasting tactics from the England pair but Leach's resistance came to an end after Paine turned to Labuschagne's leg-spin. Leach offered a simple catch to Matthew Wade close in.

The game ended when Hazlewood trapped Overton lbw, ending his stubborn innings of 105 balls for 21. The England man called for a review but the decision stood and Australia had kept the Ashes.

"Definitely, yes," Root said when asked if he felt he was the right man to lead England.

"We have an important test match against Australia and we have to make sure we finish this summer strong: do not lose this Ashes series," he said.

"Every game against Australia matters."

Leclerc ends Ferrari's 9-year wait for Italian GP win

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc of Monaco celebrates after winning the Formula One Italy Grand Prix at the Monza racetrack, in Monza, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

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Monza, Italy (AP) — Charles Leclerc hadn't even reached his teens the last time Ferrari won the Italian Grand Prix.

Only a week after achieving a first Formula One victory in Spa, Leclerc ended the storied team's lengthy wait for victory at its home circuit.

The noise from the passionate Ferrari "tifosi" (fans) was deafening as Leclerc roared to the finish line at Monza. It grew even louder when he became the team's first driver to step onto the top spot of the iconic podium since Fernando Alonso in 2010.

"It really means so much to me," said Leclerc in Italian, as he spoke above a sea of red as thousands of Ferrari fans wearing that color chanted his name and waved flags. Flares were lit, red, white and green ticker tape unleashed and giant Ferrari flags unfurled.

"It was already a dream come true at Spa (Belgian GP), winning here is 10 times more," said the 21-year-old Leclerc, who was only 12 when Ferrari won in 2010. "I don't have words."

Leclerc, who started from pole position, roared in delight as he crossed the line 0.8 seconds ahead of Valtteri Bottas and 35.1 seconds ahead of championship leader Lewis Hamilton.

"In the last two laps I started to believe that the win was possible. I let all my emotions on the radio, I don't think anyone could understand what I said," said Leclerc with a laugh.

Leclerc's credentials were tested to the maximum by Hamilton but the five-time world champion ended up playing second fiddle to the sport's rising star.

"Charles did a great job," Hamilton said. "He came under a lot of pressure from Valtteri and I.

"I did the best I could, but following so closely for so many laps, the tires just went off the cliff. It was not our day."

Hamilton hounded Leclerc, especially after pitting at the end of lap 19 and emerging on medium tires.

Leclerc pitted a lap later and although he managed to come out in front of Hamilton, he was on hard tires.

Shortly afterward, Hamilton almost got past but Leclerc held him off in a move that ended with the Mercedes on the grass. Leclerc was given a black and white warning flag for that but no penalty.

Another defensive move from Leclerc later in the race had Hamilton saying on team radio: "Some dangerous driving going on here."

Max Verstappen was given a five-second penalty for a similar move last year at Monza. When Hamilton was questioned about it, he replied tersely: "I guess the stewards woke up on a different side of the bed this morning, I don't know."

Any hope Hamilton had of snatching victory slipped away with 11 laps remaining as he made a mistake at the first corner, ending up on the escape road and allowing Bottas to take second.

With that, Hamilton gave up his pursuit of Leclerc and instead pitted for fresh tires in order to set the fastest lap and get the bonus point.

Bottas took over the attack on Leclerc and, on fresher tires, kept gaining but locked up with two laps remaining, paving the way for an emotional win for Leclerc, who recorded the first victory of his F1 career at last weekend's Belgian GP.

"The race felt a lot longer than 53 laps but the moment I crossed the finish line to now is just pure happiness," Leclerc said.

Leclerc's teammate Sebastian Vettel had a miserable race as he was given a 10-second stop/go penalty early on for returning to the track unsafely after spinning off at the Ascari chicane and almost causing an accident with Lance Stroll.

"He just came back onto the circuit like an idiot!" Stroll said on team radio.

Vettel, a four-time world champion, finished 13th and a lap behind Leclerc.

Hamilton saw his championship lead trimmed by two points but is still 63 points ahead of Bottas with seven races remaining.

"For sure it's a gap but it's not like night and day, so you never know what happens in the championship," Bottas said. "There still might be opportunities, even for the championship there's no point giving up because we still have seven races and things can happen."

Chiefs beat Jaguars, lose Hill; Jags lose Foles (shoulder)

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws a pass as he is pressured by Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Josh Allen during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

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Jacksonville, Fla. (AP) — Despite losing star receiver Tyreek Hill early, Patrick Mahomes threw for 378 yards and three touchdowns while leading the Kansas City Chiefs to a testy and tactful 40-26 victory over the injury-riddled Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Mahomes took a beating and even had to leave the game to get his left ankle taped in the second quarter. He nonetheless looked every bit as good as he did during last year's MVP campaign, leading the Chiefs to scores on each of their first seven possessions.

Jacksonville lost quarterback Nick Foles to a broken left clavicle.

Sammy Watkins caught nine passes for a career-high 198 yards and three TDs. Watkins slipped through the middle of Jacksonville's defense for a 68-yard score on the third play of the season and added a 49-yard TD reception late in the opening quarter. He made defenders Ronnie Harrison, Jalen Ramsey and Miles Jack look silly while strolling into the end zone twice. He beat Ramsey again for a short TD in the fourth period.

Jacksonville had major issues on both sides of the ball, fairly reminiscent of last year's 16-point loss at Arrowhead Stadium in Week 5. This one may have been more of a debacle — and more costly.

Mahomes picked apart what some believed is an elite defense, throwing for 313 yards in the first half and doing most of it without Hill. The three-time Pro Bowler departed after landing on his left shoulder near the sideline.

But considerably more concerning for the Jaguars, they lost Foles in the opening quarter, and rookie linebacker Quincy Williams (knee) in the second half.

Chris Jones hit Foles as he released a 35-yard TD pass to DJ Chark. Jones landed on top of Foles, but did not draw a flag. Foles looked to be in pain as he walked to the sideline to be evaluated. He then jogged into the locker room and did not return.


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — A day after the acquiring former Pittsburghs malcontent Antonio Brown, defending Super Bowl champions New England showed it might not even need him, getting 341 yards and three touchdown passes from 42-year-old Tom Brady.

Phillip Dorsett caught two touchdown passes, including a 58-yard score, and Josh Gordon — another disgruntled receiver who wore out his welcome elsewhere — caught one TD pass. On the night New England unveiled its sixth NFL championship banner, Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman caught six passes for 83 yards and also completed a throw to help the Patriots begin their quest for back-to-back titles.

Facing the last team to beat them, the Patriots opened a 20-0 lead before Pittsburgh kicked a field goal on fourth-and-goal from the 1 with 10:17 left in the third quarter. Brady responded with a 58-yard touchdown pass to Dorsett and a 27-3 lead.  Dorsett, who will be moving down the depth chart Monday when the Patriots make Brown's signing official, had four catches for 95 yards and the first multi-score game of his career.

Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger completed 27 of 47 passes for 277 yards and an interception.


GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Kyler Murray and the Cardinals nearly finished an improbable comeback in the rookie's debut, rallying from an 18-point deficit in the fourth quarter to tie the game.

The Cardinals had two chances to win in extra time and so did the Lions, but all they could do was trade field goals and settle for a tie.

It was a strange ending to a thrilling game.

Arizona's new-look offense under first-year coach Kliff Kingsbury was a dud for most of the afternoon before inexplicably coming alive in the fourth quarter. Murray hit David Johnson for a 27-yard touchdown to pull the Cardinals within 24-16 with less than six minutes remaining.

After the defense stopped the Lions, the top overall draft pick was at it again, leading a nine-play, 60-yard drive to a 4-yard touchdown throw to Larry Fitzgerald. Murray found Christian Kirk on the 2-point conversion to tie it with 43 seconds remaining.

Murray was 15 of 19 for 154 yards and two touchdowns during the fourth-quarter comeback. Overall, he was 29 of 54 or 308 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

It was a stunning collapse for Detroit, which looked totally in control until midway through the fourth period. The Lions took a 17-0 lead during the second quarter and had a 17-3 advantage at halftime.


CLEVELAND (AP) — Marcus Mariota threw three touchdown passes — one a stunning 75-yarder to big back Derrick Henry — and the Browns fell flat on their faces in their highly anticipated opener.

Titans tight end Delanie Walker had two TD catches in the fourth, and Tennessee's defensive backs intercepted Baker Mayfield three times in the fourth period.

Cameron Wake sacked Mayfield in the end zone for a safety in the first half, and the Titans dominated the undisciplined and perhaps overblown Browns, picked by some to contend for a Super Bowl title after adding Odell Beckham Jr. The Browns committed 18 penalties for 182 yards, a poor reflection on first-year coach Freddie Kitchens. Cleveland also had a player ejected for kicking a Titans defender.

The Browns are 1-19-1 in openers since 1999.

Mariota finished 14 of 24 for 248 yards, completing his two scoring passes to Walker in a span of 3:29 of the final quarter when the Titans opened a 23-point lead.


MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) —Lamar Jackson looked unstoppable from the start and tied a franchise record with five touchdown passes to help the Ravens humiliate the Dolphins and rookie coach Brian Flores.

The Ravens set a franchise record for points in the first half, and an NFL record for points in the first half of an opener, taking a 42-10 lead at the break. They broke franchise marks for points and total yards with 643.

Baltimore gained 49 yards on the first play — a run by newcomer Mark Ingram — and hardly slowed down after that. Jeers began when the score reached 14-0, evidence of the impending avalanche already obvious.

Jackson's first nine passes, all completions, went for 204 yards and four touchdowns. That included scores of 47 and 83 yards to first-round draft pick Marquise Brown in the first 11 minutes.

Jackson's other touchdown passes covered 33 yards to Willie Snead, 5 yards to rookie Miles Boykin and 1 yard to fullback Patrick Ricard. The performance was a big step forward for the Ravens in their transition from Joe Flacco to Jackson, who went 17 for 20 for 324 yards.

Flores can take small consolation that a drubbing by Baltimore is nothing new. The Ravens have outscored the Dolphins 137-16 in three meetings since 2016.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Malcolm Brown ran for a pair of scores and Jared Goff threw for 186 yards and a touchdown.

Todd Gurley started and ran for 97 yards on 14 carries after being limited to 8 yards rushing on five carries in the first half. Brown was the primary ball carrier for the better part of three quarters and finished with 53 yards on 11 carries.

Christian McCaffrey led the Panthers with 209 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns.

It was a rough day for Cam Newton, playing in his first regular-season game since Dec. 17, when a lingering shoulder injury forced him to the sideline. Newton completed 25 of 38 passes for 239 yards, but had a costly backward pass that resulted in a fumble deep in Carolina territory, and a fourth-quarter interception. He rarely threw deep downfield.

It's pretty clear the Rams weren't going to overload Gurley in the first game of the season. Gurley, who suffered from knee soreness late last season, split carries with Brown. Brown, a fourth-year running back, saw all of the goal-line carries, including scoring on a 5-yard touchdown run .


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carson Wentz threw a pair of deep touchdown passes to DeSean Jackson, and the Eagles overcame a 17-point deficit. Wentz was 28 of 39 for 313 yards and three TDs in his first game since Week 14 after not taking a snap in the preseason. Jackson had eight catches for 154 yards. The Eagles racked up 436 total yards.

Case Keenum threw for 380 yards and three TDs, helping the Redskins build a 17-0 lead in his first start with his fourth team in four seasons. But Philadelphia's high-powered offense took over and the defense settled down after a sloppy start.

Playing his first game back in Philadelphia since former Eagles coach Chip Kelly cut him following his third Pro Bowl season in 2013, Jackson picked up where he left off six years ago and showed no signs of slowing down at age 32.

Jackson blew past the defense on a third-and-10 in the third quarter, caught Wentz's pass inside the 10 and strolled into the end zone to give the Eagles a 21-20 lead. The 53-yard TD reception was Jackson's second of 50-plus yards in the game and the 31st of his career. Only Hall of Famer Jerry Rice had more at 36.

Zach Ertz caught a 26-yard pass to set up Alshon Jeffery's first career rushing score on the first play of the fourth quarter. Jeffery caught a backward pass from Wentz and fought his way into the end zone. Darren Sproles ran in for the 2-point conversion to extend the lead to 29-20.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Anthony Harris highlighted a thorough thrashing by Minnesota's defense with two interceptions of Matt Ryan and a fumble recovery.

Dalvin Cook carried a revived running attack, while Eric Wilson recovered his own blocked punt at the Atlanta 21-yard line on the first possession of the game, and the Vikings were well on their way to winning a fourth straight opener. Including the blocked punt, their first in five years, they turned all four Falcons turnovers into touchdowns.

Kirk Cousins connected with Adam Thielen for a 23-yard score to finish the short first drive and crossed the goal line on a 1-yard sneak in the second quarter to cap a 79-yard march to give Minnesota a 21-0 lead. Cousins went 8 for 10 for 98 yards, all career lows for games he started, but there was no need for more.

Cook had 21 rushes for 111 yards and two touchdowns behind the new zone-blocking scheme influenced heavily by new offensive adviser Gary Kubiak, the former Houston and Denver head coach. Cousins averaged 38 attempts per game in his first season with the Vikings, and much to head coach Mike Zimmer's chagrin they finished with the third-fewest rushing yards in the NFL. The new system directed by offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski and the favorable field position shifted the numbers hard the other way.

Ryan played more like a rookie than a 2016 league MVP beginning his 12th NFL season, unable to find his footing all afternoon in the face of a fierce pass rush that racked up four sacks.


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Josh Allen threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to John Brown with 3 minutes left, and the Bills rallied from a 16-point second-half deficit.

After struggling to get much going on offense, the Bills finally were able to move the ball after Jets middle linebacker C.J. Mosley left with a groin injury.

Buffalo also took advantage of kicking woes by the Jets as Kaare Vedvik, claimed last week off waivers from Minnesota, missed an extra point and a 45-yard field goal and ended up being the difference in the game.

Le'Veon Bell caught a touchdown pass and had a 2-point conversion in his Jets debut, and Jamison Crowder had 14 catches for 99 yards in his first game with his new team — but Adam Gase's offense otherwise sputtered behind a line that gave Sam Darnold little time to throw.

Allen finished 24 of 37 for 254 yards and a touchdown, and had one of his two interceptions returned 17 yards for a touchdown by Mosley. Brown caught seven passes for 123 yards.

Darnold was 28 of 41 for 175 yards and the TD to Bell, who ran for 60 yards on 17 carries. The running back, who sat out all last season in a contract dispute with Pittsburgh, also caught six passes for 32 yards.


CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Austin Ekeler scored three touchdowns, including the winner on a 7-yard run with 5:01 remaining in overtime.

The Chargers got the ball to start overtime and went 75 yards on eight plays. Ekeler, the Chargers' lead back with Melvin Gordon holding out for a new contract, had 154 all-purpose yards on the day. He ran for 58 yards on 10 carries and caught six passes for 96 yards and two scores.

Philip Rivers, who made his 209th consecutive start to pass Peyton Manning for third longest among NFL QBs, completed 25 of 34 passes for 333 yards. It is the fifth time Rivers has thrown three or more TD passes in an opener.

The Chargers led 24-9 midway through the third quarter before allowing 15 straight points to force overtime. Marlon Mack, who had 25 carries for 174 yards, brought the Colts within 24-16 after Ekeler's second touchdown with a career-long 63-yard scamper up the left sideline.

Indianapolis tied it with 48 seconds remaining when Jacoby Brissett hit T.Y. Hilton for their second scoring connection of the day. Hilton caught the ball at the Chargers 19, made Adrian Phillips miss and then was able to extend the ball over the pylon before going out of bounds.


SEATTLE (AP) — Russell Wilson hit Tyler Lockett for a 44-yard touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter, and the Seahawks withstood a career day from Andy Dalton.

Wilson and the Seahawks struggled offensively for most of the game, but got the big plays they needed on a day Dalton looked great running new coach Zac Taylor's offense. Wilson was 14 of 20 for 196 yards and two scores, including a 10-yard TD pass in the first half to Chris Carson, who broke three tackles on his way to the end zone.

Wilson's numbers were pedestrian compared to Dalton's. The veteran threw for a career-high 418 yards and two first-half touchdowns to John Ross. But the Bengals failed to score on three possessions inside Seattle's 36-yard line in the third quarter.

Ross, who had 210 yards receiving all of last season, finished with seven catches for 158 yards. He caught a 33-yard touchdown on a flea-flicker midway through the second quarter and hauled in a 55-yard TD pass with 7 seconds left in the first half after Seattle safety Tedric Thompson misjudged Dalton's pass.


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott tied his career high with four touchdown passes while throwing for 405 yards, and the Cowboys rolled up 494 yards.

Saquon Barkley ran 59 yards on his first carry of the season, setting up Eli Manning's touchdown pass for a 7-0 lead. But the Giants simply couldn't keep up with a Dallas offense eager to see what could happen at full strength.

As expected, Ezekiel Elliott didn't seem to be in peak form after spending almost all of training camp trying to stay in shape in Mexico while waiting for the $90 million, six-year contract extension that was settled on the morning of the first full workout of the regular season.

The two-time NFL rushing champion did find a seam for a 10-yard touchdown to put the Cowboys up 35-10 in the third quarter. Elliott finished with 53 yards on 13 carries.

But this going-away win was all about Prescott in his second career 400-yard game, in the first game of his fourth season.


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Richard Sherman and Ahkello Witherspoon returned two of a retooled San Francisco defense's three interceptions of Jameis Winston for touchdowns and Robbie Gould kicked three field goals. Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 166 yards and one touchdown in his first game in nearly a year.

Winston threw for 194 yards to become Tampa Bay's career passing leader, including a 10-yard scoring pass to Chris Godwin that trimmed a double-digit deficit to 20-14 late in the third quarter. Ultimately, though, the Bucs could not overcome the fifth-year quarterback's mistakes and dropped their debut under coach Bruce Arians, who was lured out of retirement after Tampa Bay finished 5-11 last season and missed the playoffs for the 11th straight year.

Garoppolo, who missed most of last season with a knee injury, completed 18 of 27 passes with one interception. His 39-yard pass to Richie James Jr. put the 49ers ahead for good early in the second half.

Niners LB Kwon Alexander was penalized 15 yards and ejected for lowering his head to initiate contact on Winston late in the first quarter.

Ashes: Late Hazlewood burst leaves England in trouble

England's Rory Burns avoids a bouncer during day three of the fourth Ashes Test cricket match between England and Australia at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

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Manchester, England (AP) — Australia paceman Josh Hazlewood took three big wickets in the final hour of play to reduce England to 200-5 on day three of the fourth Ashes test, setting up his team for another great chance for a victory to retain the urn.

Replying to Australia's 497-8, England was 166-2 — with Rory Burns and Joe Root on a partnership of 141 — when Hazlewood's burst of wickets arrived at Old Trafford.

Burns edged to Steve Smith at second slip for 81, Root was trapped lbw in Hazlewood's next over for 71, and Jason Roy missed with a weak defensive prod and saw his middle stump uprooted on 22.

Ben Stokes (7), England's hero from its memorable win at Headingley in the third test, and Jonny Bairstow (2) were in the middle when bad light brought an end to play about 30 minutes before the scheduled finish. Two-and-a-half hours were lost to rain at the start of the day.

England trailed by 297 runs, and needed 98 more runs to avoid potentially being asked to follow-on.

The teams are at 1-1 with one more test to play, at the Oval next week. The Australians will retain the urn with a win in Manchester.

Hazlewood has figures of 4-48 off 20 overs, having also taken the wicket of nightwatchman Craig Overton off the ninth ball of the day after England resumed on 23-1.

Yet Pat Cummins might have been Australia's best bowler on Friday, the pacemen somehow not getting a wicket in a superb 10-over spell either side of tea which only went for 22 runs. Root played and missed a number of times as the light started to fade.

"It was not to be for me," Cummins said. "It makes me happy when Josh comes on and takes wickets at the other end straight away. He did say 'I owe you one for that.'"

"We are pretty happy being 300 ahead," he added. "It was a tough day of test cricket. To get those three wickets late, we feel really in the game."

Burns played his part again for England, reaching a half-century for the third time in this series and for the fourth time in 11 tests.

His partnership with Root allowed England to recover from 25-2 and was their second century stand of the series.

"It's not ideal, losing those wickets, but the way we scrapped throughout the day, we're in a decent position," Burns said.

"A couple of points we got on top but it was a bit of a chess match as it went on."

Roy came in at No. 4 after failing as an opener in this series, but his technique and lack of true test-match mentality let him down again for his dismissal. Hazlewood's delivery nipped back off the seam, went between Roy's bat and pad, and removed a stump.

Australia has the new ball in eight more overs and it might require another big innings from Stokes to rescue England again.

If England manages to pull off a draw, a win at the Oval would regain the side the Ashes.

Nadal beats Berrettini to reach US Open final; Medvedev next

Rafael Nadal, of Spain, reacts after winning the first set against Matteo Berrettini, of Italy, during the men's singles semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis championships Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

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New York (AP) — Rafael Nadal has moved closer to his fourth U.S. Open championship and 19th Grand Slam title overall by pulling away for a 7-6 (6), 6-4, 6-1 semifinal victory over 24th-seeded Matteo Berrettini of Italy.

Nadal trailed 6-4 in the opening-set tiebreaker before taking the next four points and was on his way Friday night.

The second-seeded Nadal never faced a break point in the match.

He will face No. 5 Daniil Medvedev on Sunday for the title.

It will be Nadal's 27 Grand Slam final.

If he wins, he will pull within one of Roger Federer's men's record of 20 Grand Slam singles trophies.

Medvedev reached his first major final by beating Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-3 earlier Friday.

Leclerc fastest in both practice sessions for Italian GP

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc of Monaco waves during the first free practice at the Monza racetrack, in Monza, Italy, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. The Formula one race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

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Monza, Italy (AP) — Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc posted the fastest time Friday in both practice sessions for the Italian Grand Prix, giving the team hope that it can end a nine-year wait for victory on home soil.

Having already led the morning session, Leclerc was .068 seconds ahead of championship leader Lewis Hamilton in the afternoon and 0.201 clear of Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel.

Ferrari hasn't won its home race since Fernando Alonso triumphed at Monza in 2010. But Leclerc claimed his first victory in Formula One last weekend at the Belgian GP.

The second practice was less dramatic than the first, although it did begin to rain again — having cleared up toward the end of the morning — and the session was temporarily halted while gravel was cleared from the track.

There were three red flags during the first practice session, including crashes by Kimi Raikkonen and Sergio Perez. Both walked away unscathed.

McLaren duo Carlos Sainz Jr. and Lando Norris finished second and third in that session, .306 seconds and .545 behind Leclerc, respectively.

Hamilton was fourth fastest, 0.825 seconds off the pace, while Vettel was more than two seconds slower than the leader in wet conditions that caused several cars to spin off the track.

Hamilton, a five-time world champion, has a 65-point lead over Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas in the standings.

Lyles clocks 19.74 to win 200 at rainy Diamond League finals

US' Noah Lyles celebrates after winning the Men's 200m during the Diamond League Memorial Van Damme athletics event at the King Baudouin stadium in Brussels, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

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Brussels (AP) — American sprinter Noah Lyles raced to the 200 meters title at the Diamond League finals on Friday, extending his winning run ahead of the world championships.

A chill Brussels evening was hardly good preparation for Qatar's heat, but steady rain and stomach pains tested Lyles in clocking 19.74 seconds. Only two other men have been faster this season.

"What a chaotic race it was. But I'm glad I could handle this," said Lyles, who was poised in the starting block when rain began falling.

A little legal wind assistance helped carry the gold-medal favorite to within 0.24 of his personal record, set in July in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The defending world champion, Ramil Guliyev of Turkey, was level with Lyles deep into the straight, and was pulled through to his season-best time of 19.86 as runner-up.

Third-placed Andre de Grasse of Canada clocked 19.87, also his best time of 2019.

"My main goal is to reach the (worlds) podium," said De Grasse, the 2016 Olympic silver medalist. "It's going to be hard to beat Lyles and (Christian) Coleman."

Victory on Friday made Lyles the Diamond League season-long champion at 200, adding to the 100 title he won last week in Zurich. It also earned a fourth place in the worlds 200 lineup for the United States.

Lyles is skipping the 100 when the world championships start on Sept. 27 in Doha, leaving teammate Coleman as favorite.

Another American, Michael Norman, is faster this season over 200 than Coleman — timing 19.70 when he edged past Lyles in Rome — but is focusing on the worlds 400.

Norman's victory on Friday in 44.26 seconds was a warm-up of sorts, though the 16-degree (60 F) temperature in Belgium's capital city is well below the 30 C (86 F) evenings expected in Qatar.

It suited Dina Asher-Smith in the 100 as she beat two-time Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica in her season-best 10.88 despite a slight headwind.

"Today it was typical British weather," said Asher-Smith, the European champion. "The world championships will be completely different, another climate."

In the triple jump, Christian Taylor's winning leap of 17.85 meters set a new record for the Van Damme Memorial meeting, beating the one set by Britain's Jonathan Edwards 24 years ago.

Other winners in the last major meeting before the worlds, included 2017 gold medalists Mariya Lasitskene in the high jump, at 1.99 meters, and Katerina Stefanidi with her season-best clearance of 4.83 meters in the pole vault.

Danielle Williams won the 100 hurdles in 12.46 and Timothy Cheruiyot cruised to a 1500 victory in 3 minutes, 30.22 seconds.

Sifan Hassan added the Diamond League 5,000 title to the 1,500 she won last week, and Ajee Wilson of the U.S. won the 800. Her time was over two minutes, more than five seconds off Caster Semenya's world-leading time this year.

1 more for 24: Serena Williams reaches US Open final again

Serena Williams, of the United States, returns a shot to Elina Svitolina, of Ukraine, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis championships Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

Howard Fendrich

New York (AP) — With another U.S. Open final in sight, and Grand Slam title No. 24 within reach, Serena Williams got past a slightly shaky start and quickly took control.

Williams turned in an increasingly impressive performance for a 6-3, 6-1 victory over No. 5-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine in their semifinal at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Thursday night.

This will be Williams' fourth final in the past six major tournaments. She was the runner-up at Wimbledon each of the past two years, losing to Angelique Kerber in 2018 and to Simona Halep in July. And she was also the runner-up, of course, a year ago at Flushing Meadows, losing to Naomi Osaka.

That final was, and forever will be, overshadowed by Williams' extended argument with chair umpire Carlos Ramos, who docked her a point, then a game — and was barred by the U.S. Tennis Association from officiating any matches in this year's tournament involving her or her older sister, Venus.

So much of what Williams does nowadays must be seen through the prism of tennis history, and that was certainly the case this time. Her 101st career match win at Flushing Meadows tied Chris Evert's tournament record.

"It's just impressive, I guess," Williams said. "I don't think about it. I just come out here and do what I can."

By getting to the final, Williams set a record for longest gap between first career Grand Slam title match and most recent such appearance: It's almost exactly 20 full years since she won the 1999 U.S. Open as a teenager.

Most importantly, if she can beat No. 13 Belinda Bencic or No. 15 Bianca Andreescu in Saturday's final, Williams will equal Margaret Court with 24 Grand Slam singles titles, the most in tennis history. Court, though, won more than half of hers against amateur competition before professionals were allowed to play in majors starting in 1968.

This was Williams' 38th Grand Slam semifinal; she made it that far for the 10th appearance in a row at Flushing Meadows. And it was only the second time to the final four at a major for the 24-year-old Svitolina, who also got there at Wimbledon in July.

Right from the start, though, it was Svitolina who was steadier. She earned three break points in the opening game — but failed to convert one. In the second game, Svitolina went ahead 40-love — yet somehow got broken.

In all, Svitolina held eight game points across that opening pair, and was left with nothing to show for it. Quickly, it was 3-0 for Williams.

If it wasn't as lopsided a performance as she put forth in a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Maria Sharapova in the first round or a 6-1, 6-0 win over Wang Qiang in the quarterfinals, it was pretty dialed-in.

She launched serves at up to 119 mph and saved all six break points she faced. She smacked three return winners in one game alone. She revved up some of the very best groundstrokes you'll see at angles a pool shark would appreciate, to the tune of a 34-11 edge in winners. She sprinted this way and that, showing no trace of any sort of lingering effect from a rolled ankle earlier in the tournament.

As if for good measure, Williams even threw in a serve-and-volley approach while facing break point at 3-1 in the first set — and, naturally, it worked, thanks to a swinging putaway.

"Don't expect that again," Williams said, joking that this was going through her mind: "What am I doing at the net?! Let me get back to the baseline!'

Maybe Svitolina, whose one upset of Williams in five previous matchups came at the 2016 Rio Olympics, was just a bit too passive, content to say way back and try to chase down everything sent her way.

Not the right approach. At least not against this opponent, in this match, on this day.

By no means was Williams perfect. She was awfully good, though, which was more than enough. It often is for her. Just hasn't been in the three most significant matches of her comeback so far.

She'll get another shot at it Saturday.

One more for 24.

Italy, Spain keep perfect records in European qualifiers


Spain's Paco Alcacer celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Euro 2020 group F qualifying soccer match between Romania and Spain, at the National Arena stadium in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

James Ellingworth

Bucharest (AP) - Perfection is never easy, as Spain and Italy found out Thursday in European Championship qualifying.

Both kept perfect records, moving to five wins from five, but Italy needed two late goals to beat Armenia and Spain barely held on for a 2-1 win over Romania with 10 men.

They're now all but assured of qualifying for next year's championship, barring a dramatic collapse in their last five games.

Elsewhere, Switzerland couldn't turn dominance into goals in a 1-1 draw with Ireland, while Israel's bid to reach its first European Championship took a blow as it was held to the same score by North Macedonia.


Robert Moreno never planned to be Spain coach, and his first match since being given a permanent contract was tinged with sadness.

There was a minute of silence for Luis Enrique's daughter, 9-year-old Xana, who died last week after a five-month battle with bone cancer. Moreno was assistant to Luis Enrique, but was named interim coach in March when his predecessor stepped aside for family reasons.

A penalty from Sergio Ramos and a close-range shot from Paco Alcácer gave Spain a 2-0 lead but Romania responded with a headed goal from Florin Andone. There was a tense finish after Spain had defender Diego Llorente sent off for a foul which denied Romania a clear scoring chance on a counterattack.

Sweden and Norway made light work of Group F's two outsiders. Second-place Sweden had few problems in a 4-0 win over the Faeroe Islands to stay second, five points off Spain, and Norway won 2-0 at home against Malta.


Roberto Mancini was left frustrated as his Italy team needed until the 77th minute to take the lead in a 3-1 win over 10-man Armenia.

With Italy on 15 points, eight more than third-placed Bosnia and Herzegovina, it's a matter of when, not if, they'll secure one of the two qualifying spots.

"I knew it was going to be a difficult game. We did not start well and Armenia scored, but we reacted," said Mancini, whose team was missing four injured players.

Armenia scored in the 11th on a counter after sloppy Italian passing, but Italy equalized through Andrea Belotti before Armenia's scorer Aleksandre Karapetyan was sent off for a second yellow card. Despite having a man extra, Italy struggled to break down Armenia's defense.

However, Lorenzo Pellegrini eventually made it 2-1 to Italy with a header before Belotti added a third, his eighth goal in nine games for club and country this season.

Also in Group J, second-place Finland's 1-0 win over Greece marked the sixth time in 12 months the Finns won a competitive game with Norwich forward Teemu Pukki scoring the first goal and without conceding.

Finland has never played a World Cup or European Championship but is now second with a five-point cushion over Bosnia and Herzegovina, which beat Liechtenstein 5-0.


Slick passing wasn't enough for Switzerland to beat a stubborn Irish team in a 1-1 draw which leaves the Nations League semifinalists' hopes of qualifying in the balance.

Fabian Schär and Breel Embolo teamed up to slice through the Irish defense in the 74th minute, Schär finishing off the move with his first international goal since 2016.

Ireland responded in simple but effective style, with James McClean lofting in a cross from the sideline for tall forward David McGoldrick to head in.

That keeps Switzerland third in Group D with five points. That's three off second-place Denmark, which hammered Gibraltar 6-0, but Switzerland has played one fewer game and two fewer than the Irish, who lead the group on 11 points.


Israel hasn't played at a major tournament since the 1970 World Cup, and its most promising qualifying campaign in years hit a snag in a 1-1 draw with North Macedonia.

The qualifying competition's top scorer Eran Zahavi racked up his eighth goal of the campaign for Israel, but Arijan Ademi hit back soon after for the visitors.

Israel stays second in Group G, four points behind leader Poland, which plays Slovenia on Friday.

Australia in control of 4th Ashes test after Smith's 211

Australia's Steven Smith returns to the pavilion after being dismissed for 211 during day two of the fourth Ashes Test cricket match between England and Australia at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Thursday Sept 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

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Manchester, England (AP) — Steve Smith struck the third double century of his career to continue his extraordinary form in this Ashes series and leave Australia in total control of the fourth test against England at Old Trafford on Thursday

Replying to Australia's 497-8 declared, England finished Day 2 on 23-1 and with any hope of victory virtually extinguished.

That is largely down to Smith, whose 211 — containing 24 fours and two sixes — took his total runs this series to 589 in four innings at an average of 147.25. The only reason the Ashes urn is still up for grabs is because Smith missed the third test, won in dramatic style by England at Headingley, while he recovered from a concussion.

The teams are 1-1 with two matches left. Australia will retain the urn if the series is drawn.

Back in the team, Smith played so majestically in Manchester that he even received applause when he passed 100 and 200 from England supporters who have jeered him relentlessly this summer owing to his involvement in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa last year.

This series, Smith — the world's No. 1 test batsman — hit 144 and 142 in the first test at Edgbaston before making 92 in the first innings of the second test at Lord's, only getting out after being unsettled by a bouncer from Jofra Archer that struck Smith in the neck.

He is tormenting England. In his last 12 Ashes innings, he has 1,419 runs from a double century, six centuries and three half-centuries.

Smith eventually fell attempting to reverse-sweep Joe Root, England's captain and part-time spin bowler, for four. Instead, he picked out Joe Denly at backward point, 28 runs short of his highest test knock of 239.

By then, Smith had become the first Australian since Allan Border in 1981-85 to score more than 500 runs in consecutive Ashes series and only the third player — after Don Bradman and Jack Hobbs — to post that number in three Ashes series.

England was its own worst enemy on Day 2, which Australia resumed on 170-3 following a rain-affected opening day.

Australia captain Tim Paine was dropped twice — on 9 and 49 — in his innings of 58, while Smith was given an unlikely reprieve after he nicked spinner Jack Leach to slip when on 118. Smith was on his way back to the pavilion, berating himself, only for replays to show that Leach had overstepped — an embarrassment for a spin bowler.

The stand between Smith and Paine for the sixth wicket was worth 145 runs.

England's bowling was sloppy throughout, with Mitchell Starc hitting 54 not out and fellow tailender Nathan Lyon making a run-a-ball unbeaten 26 before the declaration.

Archer, England's pace-bowling sensation, returned figures of 0-97 for his first wicketless innings this series. Ben Stokes went at more than six runs an over off his 10.5 overs, the allrounder failing to bowl after hurting his right shoulder midway one over.

The declaration gave England a tricky 45 minutes to negotiate and Denly couldn't last.

Promoted to opener as a replacement for the struggling Jason Roy, Denly was given a tough time by Josh Hazlewood before eventually succumbing for 4 when he turned a delivery from Pat Cummins onto his pad, the ball ballooning up and being caught at the second attempt by Matthew Wade at short leg.

Fellow opener Rory Burns hung around and was on 15, alongside nightwatchman Craig Overton (3).

A draw is the best England can realistically hope for now.

NFL begins 100th season with Packers-Bears

Fans tailgate outside Soldier Field before an NFL football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)

Jay Cohen

Chicago (AP) — Doug Gottfred stopped to take a picture of his son, Owen, on their way to Soldier Field. Wearing a No. 29 Tarik Cohen jersey, Owen stood tall while his dad used the city skyline for a postcard-like backdrop.

It was the first Chicago Bears game for Owen, who plays linebacker and running back for his flag football team.

"Yes, I am super excited," the 10-year-old said with a grin.

The NFL opened its 100th season Thursday night in a city that follows football with a fevered intensity.

The league threw a birthday party that included a free fan festival and concert and culminated with one of its biggest rivalries: Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers visiting Khalil Mack and the Bears.

The beginning of the regular season comes with the league still dogged by questions about safety and other issues.

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck retired last month at age 29, stripped of his love for the game by years of injuries. Officiating remains a big concern — just ask New Orleans about what happened in the NFC championship against the Los Angeles Rams — and legalized sports gambling is moving into football cities all over the country.

But even with those potential storm clouds, nothing captures the attention of U.S. sports fans like the NFL.

"There's nothing like it, in any other sport," said Bryan Batassa of Kenosha, Wisconsin. "Football, just coming down and seeing everybody together and enjoying the game."

Batassa was deep in enemy territory for Green Bay's first game. He wore a Packers shirt and hat, and his wife, Sandra, donned a Packers jacket and hat, but they said they had been treated well so far.

"Not as much of a fan as my husband here," Sandra said. "But it's always fun to just be part of the crowd and hang out and yell and cheer. It's always a family event."

In the age of Netflix and other streaming services, NFL games dominate TV ratings every year. Fantasy football has become an annual pastime in homes and offices across the country.

While stars such as Tom Brady and Drew Brees are nearing the end of their careers, a promising young crop of quarterbacks that includes NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes and Baker Mayfield appear ready to step into the limelight.

The popularity of the NFL was perhaps best illustrated by sports talk radio this summer in Chicago, where the Bears' situation at kicker — yes, kicker — was a frequent topic of conversation months after Cody Parkey came up empty on a potential game-winning field goal in a playoff loss to Philadelphia.

"I like the action, the drama," said Harry Lutz, a 50-year-old accountant from New Jersey.

"I want to see the quarterback leave on crutches," said his brother, Scott, 45.

Harry's wife, Donna, got him two tickets to the opener as a birthday present. Harry was a Bears fan growing up, watching highlights of Walter Payton, Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers via NFL Films.

"The Bears are known for defense, but the game has changed," he said. "But I always thought the snot-knocking hits were the best part of the game, not the 2-yard passes."

Harry and Scott stood on the steps of the neighboring Field Museum, taking in Soldier Field like it was one of the great wonders of the world. It was Harry's first trip to the longtime home of his favorite NFL team.

"Gambling, fantasy football, it's once a week," Harry said, ticking off what he felt were the reasons behind the league's success. "Unlike every other sport, it's once a week, so you plan your weekends around it. Baseball, six days a week, who's got time? Same thing in basketball and hockey."

Italy's Berrettini edges Monfils at US Open for 1st Slam SF

Matteo Berrettini, of Italy, reacts after winning the fifth set tie break for victory against Gael Monfils, of France, during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis championships Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Howard Fendrich

New York (AP) — Matteo Berrettini describes his mental coach as a big help and a best friend. They've been speaking on the phone before and after every match during Berrettini's run to his first Grand Slam semifinal.

They had plenty to chat about when it came to this latest victory.

Berrettini, a 23-year-old from Rome, gave Italy a spot in the final four at the U.S. Open for the first time since 1977 in dramatic fashion, double-faulting away his initial match point and then needing four more to finally put away 13th-seeded Gael Monfils of France 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (5) after nearly four hours in Arthur Ashe Stadium on Wednesday.

"He told me, 'I need to thank you, because I thought that everyone is born once and dies once. But during that match, I was born and died 15 or 16 times,'" Berrettini said about his conversation with the mental coach he's worked with for several years. "I collapsed and got back up. I collapsed and got back up. That match point. Those other chances. I was down then I came back. It's a great source of pride for me."

In truth, the denouement was hardly a thing of beauty, with both men, clearly spent, fighting themselves and the tension of the moment as much as the guy on the other side of the net.

Monfils finished with 17 double-faults but managed to avoid any throughout the entire, exhausting fifth set until he served at 6-5 — and then he had three in that game, plus another two in the deciding tiebreaker, often doubling over between points to rest and catch his breath.

"A very bad day for me, serving," Monfils said.

Berrettini acknowledged the obvious afterward, too, saying he felt "a little bit tight."

You think?

It all was a bit of a whir.

"Right now, I don't remember any points, just the (last) match point, you know?" he said. "I remember also the double-fault; I have to be honest."

Berrettini, who is seeded 24th, will get a day to recuperate: He will face No. 2 Rafael Nadal or No. 20 Diego Schwartzman in the semifinals Friday. The other men's semifinal that day is No. 5 Daniil Medvedev against unseeded Grigor Dimitrov, who beat an injured Roger Federer in five sets on Tuesday night to become, at No. 78, the lowest-ranked semifinalist at the U.S. Open since 1991.

Nadal, the last member of the Big Three standing because Federer and Novak Djokovic are out of the draw, was to meet Schwartzman on Wednesday night. That followed the last women's quarterfinal, in which No. 15 Bianca Andreescu reached her first major semifinal by defeating No. 25 Elise Mertens 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Andreescu, a 19-year-old Canadian, improved to 31-4 this season, including 13-3 in three-setters. She takes on No. 13 Belinda Bencic on Thursday, when the other semifinal is Serena Williams against No. 5 Elina Svitolina.

Bencic also reached her first Grand Slam semifinal, following up her upset of defending champion and No. 1 seed Naomi Osaka by taking the last four games of a 7-6 (5), 6-3 victory over No. 23 Donna Vekic.

"I felt like I couldn't get three good points together," Vekic said. "I was, like, playing one point good, then bad."

Berrettini-Monfils began on a muggy afternoon and concluded with Ashe's retractable roof shut after rain came during the third set.

Monfils, who is 10 years older, fell to 2-7 in major quarterfinals and could be forgiven for wondering how many more chances he'll get.

Berrettini, meanwhile, is on top of the world at the moment. With Corrado Barazzutti, Italy's only other male semifinalist at the U.S. Open, back in 1977, in the stands Wednesday, Berrettini used his big forehand to produce 24 winners. He's found an Italian restaurant he loves on Manhattan's Lower East Side, so has been eating there throughout the tournament, and even had the owner there in his guest box, wearing a shirt festooned with the word "Carbonara." (For the record, Berrettini's dish of choice has been a simple pasta with olive oil and parmesan.)

The first match point came while Berrettini served for the win at 5-3 in the fifth. Two more came and went when Monfils served at 6-5. A fourth was erased by an ace by the Frenchman in the tiebreaker. But on the fifth, Berrettini's serve was returned long by Monfils.

Berrettini stared at the ball as it descended, making sure it did, indeed, land out, so that he would, in fact, be moving on. He dropped to his back, spreading his limbs, then ripped off his hat as he rose to pound his chest.

He then proceeded to say "Grazie!" over and over during his postmatch interview, thanking "my family at home, my mental coach — they care about me a lot."

And then, perhaps also as a reminder to himself, he told the fans who were pulling for him in the stadium: "The tournament is not finished yet, so be ready for the next match, guys."

Smith returns to lead Australia fightback in 4th Ashes test

Australia's Steven Smith gestures to teammate Marnus Labuschagne during day one of the fourth Ashes Test cricket match between England and Australia at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Associated Press

Manchester, England (AP) — Steve Smith delivered another defiant innings on his return from a concussion to lead Australia out of early trouble and into a solid position at 170-3 on a rain-shortened first day of the fourth Ashes test on Wednesday.

The world's No. 1 test batsman defied England with an unbeaten 60 after putting on a third-wicket stand of 116 with Marnus Labuschagne (67), another player the hosts have struggled to get out cheaply this series.

The Australians had been reeling on 28-2 after David Warner (0) and Marcus Harris (13) fell to paceman Stuart Broad in the opening seven overs.

Craig Overton, recalled by England for a first appearance in 18 months, eventually bowled Labuschagne during a blustery afternoon session but Smith's continued presence — after he scored 144, 142 and 92 in his three previous knocks this series — was increasingly ominous as England attempted to keep the battle for the urn alive in Manchester.

The teams are tied at 1-1 with two matches left. Australia will retain the urn if the series is drawn.

The inclement conditions meant just 44 overs were bowled in the day, with stumps finally called at 6:10 p.m. local time, but that was still enough for Smith to bank another 2½ hours at the crease.

After Australia won the toss and chose to bat first at a windy Old Trafford, Warner went to leave a wide delivery from Broad on the fourth ball of the innings but ended up getting a nick behind to wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow.

Warner has only reached double figures once in seven innings this series, in which Broad has got him out five times.

Harris was then trapped lbw by Broad off the last ball of the seventh over. Australia reviewed but replays showed the ball was just clipping leg stump.

That brought Smith to the crease and he was soon facing Jofra Archer, the fast bowler who delivered a bouncer into the neck of the Australia batsman in the drawn second test at Lord's. Suffering with delayed concussion, Smith didn't bat in the second innings at Lord's and missed the third test won by England at Headingley.

Archer sent down an early bouncer that Smith easily evaded, and the batsman got off the mark with a well-timed cover drive for four. With little sideways movement, England often bowled too straight, allowing both Smith and Labuschagne to score freely on the leg-side.

With Ben Stokes wayward at the start his spell and spinner Jack Leach starting with a couple of loose offerings, the scoreboard started to get away from England, with the stand of Smith and Labuschagne worth 70 by lunch.

Labuschagne top-edged a pull, survived Stokes' lbw shout on umpire's call, and edged Leach just wide of slip, but Smith was resolute.

The weather turned during lunch, with the players staying off for three hours before getting back out for a messy second session.

Both batsmen passed 50, Labuschagne in 88 balls and Smith eight quicker.

Heavy winds brought some farce to proceedings as trash from the crowd repeatedly blew across the outfield, forcing numerous pauses in play. Smith swept a beach ball to the boundary when it skipped on to the pitch and the bails blew off often enough to persuade the umpires to remove them entirely for a brief period.

Overton made the breakthrough, nipping one back into Labuschagne and flicking the bails which by that time had been restored.

Stokes knocked Travis Head to the turf with a yorker but Joe Root frittered a review attempting to convert it into a wicket.

Olympic skiing champion Marcel Hirscher retires

Austria's ski star Marcel Hirscher speaks during a press conference announcing the end of his skiing career in Salzburg, Austria, Wednesday, Sept.4, 2019. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

Eric Willemsen

Vienna (AP) — Marcel Hirscher's biggest wish was to leave Alpine skiing as a winner.

On Wednesday, the two-time Olympic champion from Austria did just that.

Hirscher, the first skier to win eight overall World Cup titles, made a live announcement on Austrian national TV that he is retiring after dominating his sport for more than a decade.

"I always wanted to end my career as long as I am winning races. I didn't want to oversee the moment where things get worse," said the 30-year-old Hirscher, who won Olympic gold in giant slalom and Alpine combined in Pyeongchang in 2018. "My decision is two weeks old. I think it is good the way it is. This feels right."

Hirscher's retirement is no surprise.

At last season's World Cup Finals in March, he openly questioned his own motivation to chase more titles, after expressing similar doubts a year ago.

After marrying long-term girlfriend Laura Moisl and becoming a father in the offseason in 2018, he said "blue and red are not the most important things in life," referring to the colors of the gates in a slalom race.

"Many people didn't take me seriously when I talked about considering retirement," said Hirscher, adding he had a lot of potential projects he could start working on "but nothing is concrete yet."

Traveling the circuit with his own 10-man team, including father Ferdinand as a coach, Hirscher dominated the sport for so long that is certain to be remembered as one of the all-time greats. No other male skier has won more than five overall titles.

Hirscher won eight, despite the fact that he rarely competed in super-G and didn't race a single downhill in his World Cup career. But he excelled in slalom and GS and won a total of 12 season titles in the technical disciplines.

Hirscher won 67 of his 245 World Cup races, trailing only Ingemar Stenmark (86) and Lindsey Vonn (82) on the all-time list.

He also won 14 medals at major championships, including nine golds.

"The reality has become bigger than my dreams when I started skiing as a kid," Hirscher said.

Competing on the World Cup since 2007, Hirscher started winning races in 2009, the same year Hermann Maier — another icon of Austrian ski racing — retired.

Sponsored by the same bank, Hirscher and Maier have since been appearing in many TV commercials together.

One of his most emotional wins was his run to win gold in slalom at the world championships in Schladming in 2013. Austrian men and women had failed to win an individual event at their home event but Hirscher withstood the pressure of the ski-mad nation as he delivered in the concluding slalom.

Hirscher made worldwide headlines in December 2015, narrowly escaping a freak accident during a night slalom in Italy when a drone carrying a TV camera came down and shattered on the icy slope just a few meters behind him.

The incident prompted FIS to ban camera drones from its races.

Known for sticking to one of the toughest workout regimes on the ski circuit, Hirscher managed to steer clear of major injuries during his career — unlike many of his competitors.

"I want to be able to play football with my kid, I want to go moto crossing, I want to go hiking in the mountains," Hirscher said. "Now I can still do all these things."

The Austrian suffered a scaphoid fracture that ruled him out of the world championships in 2011, and he fractured an ankle bone in the buildup to 2017-18, but ended up winning a record 13 World Cup races and two Olympic gold medals that season.

Many skiers reacted to Hirscher's retirement on social media.

"It's been a tough year for ski racing, the legend (Marcel Hirscher) has announced his retirement," American standout Lindsey Vonn, who ended her career in February, wrote on Twitter. "Congratulations on an amazing career my friend. Racing in the same era as you has been an honor. 8 overall titles is a record no one will ever break!"

Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal, who won two overall titles before Hirscher's dominance started, called it "an absolute honor competing with you ... the greatest skier of all times. Congrats on an amazing career."

In a video message shown on TV, Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen said: "It's a pity but it's the right decision: One cannot achieve more than what you have achieved."

Hirscher's departure leaves a huge gap in the Austrian men's ski team, which has struggled to develop other top skiers in recent years. Austrian ski federation president Peter Schroecksnadel said "it's never possible" to really replace a champion like Hirscher, Maier, Benjamin Raich or Stephen Eberharter.

"For sure Marcel leaves a gap but others will develop," Schroecksnadel said.

The search for a new overall World Cup champion starts Oct. 27 with the traditional giant slaloms on the Rettenbach glacier in Soelden, Austria.

Close to home, Iturria takes Vuelta stage for 1st win

Euskadi Basque Country Murias' Team Mikel Iturria of Spain celebrates after winning the 11th stage of the Spanish Vuelta cycling in Urdax Dantxarinea, northern Spain, Wednesday, Sept.4, 2019. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

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Urdax, Spain (AP) — Mikel Iturria couldn't have asked for a better setting for his first professional cycling win.

Just a few kilometers (miles) from home and with his family watching, Iturria used a solo breakaway to win the 11th stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Wednesday.

"To win it the Vuelta, close to home and with my family here, is a dream come true," the Spaniard said. "Before the race I was asked which stage I wanted to win, and I said this was the one. I gave all I had. I was going as fast as I could, finding strength that I didn't know I had, and was able to make it to the end and win the stage."

Iturria held on for the victory after making an impressive solo run with about 25 kilometers (15 miles) to go of the 180-kilometer (112-mile) ride from Saint-Palais to Urdax in Spain's Basque Country.

Iturria, a 27-year-old rider from team Euskadi-Murias, finished six seconds ahead of the first group of chasers. He had built a gap of nearly 50 seconds with about 15 kilometers (9 miles) to go.

"I don't have words for this," the Basque Country rider said. "We'll have to toast with champagne tonight."

Overall leader Primoz Roglic finished safely in the peloton, which crossed the line almost 20 minutes after Iturria. Roglic remained 1 minute, 52 seconds in front of Alejandro Valverde, with Miguel Ángel López 19 seconds behind.

"It was a bit of a hard start but then it was a nice day and my team did a great job," said Roglic, a former ski jumper from Slovenia who rides for team Jumbo-Visma. "We've proven this is a big team already. I don't think tomorrow's stage is more dangerous than the high mountains. I don't have any problem with short climbs. We need to be focused on the moment and do our best."

On Thursday, riders will face three difficult short climbs near the end of a 171-kilometer (106-mile) stage that will finish in Bilbao, still in Basque Country.

Quick work: Williams needs 44 minutes to reach US Open semis

Serena Williams, of the United States, returns a shot to Qiang Wang, of China, during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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New York (AP) — The numbers associated with Serena Williams' U.S. Open quarterfinal victory over Wang Qiang were so stark, they bear reading more than once.

Winners: 25-0. Points: 50-15. Minutes: 44. Score: 6-1, 6-0.

This is the portion of the tournament that is supposed to be where winning a Grand Slam title gets difficult, where the remaining players are among the very best opposition around. And yet there was Williams in Arthur Ashe Stadium on Tuesday night, making one of the last eight women in the draw, someone ranked No. 18 in a world of billions, look and feel completely overwhelmed.

"Didn't give her too many chances," Williams said.

A reporter wanted to know what surprised Wang the most about being across the net from Williams for the first time.

"Power," came the answer.

The way she hit groundstrokes from the baseline? The way she served?

"Everything," Wang said with a smile.

Looking as dominant as can be as she moved closer to a 24th Grand Slam singles trophy and seventh U.S. Open championship, Williams was not troubled one bit by the right ankle she rolled in her previous match.

"Physically, I'm feeling great," Williams said, "and more than anything, I'm having fun every time I come out here."

Against Wang, who was making her debut in a major quarterfinal, Williams grabbed the first five games in about 15 minutes. Then, after dropping one game, Williams collected the next 11 points to start a seven-game run the rest of the way.

She controlled pretty much every point, pretty much from the start, regardless of whether she was serving or returning. She hit the ball hard, well and true, pushing Wang around and rarely letting get into position for a proper reply. Williams was so dialed in, there weren't all that many occasions to test her ankle, but on those rare instances when she did need to run, she appeared to be more than OK.

That's a big reason Wang could not manage even one winner.

"Yeah, that's a good stat for me. It's good because I want to be able to move around the court. I move when I want to move," Williams said. "I guess I wanted to move tonight."

This was her 100th match win at the U.S. Open, dating to her debut in 1998 as a teen.

"From when I first started here ... I never thought that I would get to 100. Didn't even cross my mind I would still be out here," said Williams, who turns 38 later this month. "But I love what I do."

The American will face No. 5 seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine for a berth in the final. Svitolina eliminated 16th-seeded Johanna Konta of Britain 6-4, 6-4 earlier Tuesday.

"She gets a lot of balls back. She doesn't make a lot of mistakes," Williams said about Svitolina, who beat her at the 2016 Rio Olympics. "She's one of those players that does everything really well. So I have to do everything well, too."

With her boyfriend, Gael Monfils, watching in the stands, Svitolina got to the semifinals at a second consecutive major tournament after never having been that far before.

"Now," Svitolina joked about Monfils, "he needs to step up his game."

Monfils, who is seeded No. 13, plays No. 24 Matteo Berrettini in one of the men's quarterfinals Wednesday, when Rafael Nadal meets No. 20 Diego Schwartzman in the other. The women on the schedule Wednesday: No. 13 Belinda Bencic vs. Donna Vekic, and Bianca Andreescu vs. No. 25 Elise Mertens.

Tuesday night's last match featured Roger Federer against Grigor Dimitrov. The winner will face No. 5 Daniil Medvedev next.

Medvedev reached his first Grand Slam semifinal by overcoming 12 double-faults and a left thigh issue to get past three-time major champion Stan Wawrinka 7-6 (6), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

To say Williams was the overwhelming favorite heading into this stage of the two-week tournament would be a massive understatement.

Not only was Williams the only one of the eight female quarterfinalists to ever have won a Grand Slam singles title, but she also was the only who even has reached a major final before.

While Williams reached her 38th career Slam semifinal by beating Wang, the other seven quarterfinalists had participated in a combined total of five major semis, going 0-5 in those matches.

"Really great player," Wang said. "She's just great."

Bryce Harper drives in 100th run, Phillies beat Reds 6-2

Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper, left, and Cesar Hernandez celebrate the team's 6-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds in a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)

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Cincinnati (AP) — Bryce Harper drove in his 100th run with a single, J.T. Realmuto had a pair of hits and a sacrifice fly, and the Philadelphia Phillies won their third in a row Tuesday night, 6-2 over the Cincinnati Reds.

The Phillies began the day 2½ games behind the Cubs for the final NL wild card.

Harper's fifth-inning single made him the first Phillie since Ryan Howard in 2011 to have 30 homers and 100 RBIs in the same season. Harper hit his 30th homer in the series opener, a 7-1 Phillies win on Monday. The last Phillies outfielder to have 30 homers and 100 RBIs in a season was Pat Burrell in 2005.

Harper's single also gave him an 11-game hitting streak.

Left-hander Amir Garrett (4-2) walked a pair of batters and gave up Cesar Hernandez's RBI single that put the Phillies ahead to stay. Scott Kingery homered in the ninth.

Nick Vincent (1-2) pitched an inning in relief of Vince Velasquez, who lasted three innings.

The fading Reds have lost nine of their last 13.


NEW YORK (AP) — James Paxton pitched one-hit ball for seven shutout innings, striking out 12 and winning his seventh straight start as New York beat Texas.

Gary Sánchez hit two home runs, Edwin Encarnación added a two-run drive in his return from the injured list, and Didi Gregorius and Brett Gardner also connected.

Paxton (12-6) pitched quickly and began with 4 2/3 hitless innings. He gave up one hit and walked one.

Edinson Volquez (0-1) opened the game for Texas and allowed two runs on one hit.

Scott Heineman hit his first career homer in the ninth off Jonathan Loaisiga for Texas.


ATLANTA (AP) — Josh Donaldson doubled and drove in three runs, Mike Foltynewicz pitched five scoreless innings, and streaking Atlanta won its sixth straight game.

Ozzie Albies added an early RBI for the Braves, who are 14-2 since Aug. 16 and 32 games over .500 for the first time since the 2003 team finished 101-61.

Tyler Flowers' three-run double in the eighth finished off the Blue Jays, who have lost 12 of 15 to fall a season-worst 30 games under .500.

Foltynewicz (5-5) allowed a baserunner in each of his innings, but none in scoring position. He walked three and struck out two.

Rowdy Tellez homered and Derek Fisher added an RBI double for Toronto. Wilmer Font (3-4) took the loss.


CLEVELAND (AP) — Carlos Carrasco received a standing ovation in his first appearance at Progressive Field since being diagnosed with leukemia, but gave up home runs to James McCann and Eloy Jiménez in the eighth inning that lifted Chicago over Cleveland.

Carrasco entered the game with a 5-2 lead, but gave up a three-run homer to McCann, which was followed by Jiménez's second homer of the game.

Cleveland missed a chance to move into a virtual tie with Tampa Bay for the AL wild-card lead. The White Sox ended a season-high seven-game losing streak.

Carrasco (4-7) entered the game after Roberto Pérez's three-homer in the seventh gave Cleveland a 5-2 lead.

Evan Marshall (4-2) got the win despite allowing Pérez's home run. Alex Colomé earned his 26th save.

Francisco Lindor also homered for Cleveland.


PITTSBURGH (AP) — Miguel Rojas hit a tying home run with two outs in the ninth and Garrett Cooper connected in the 10th as Miami rallied past Pittsburgh, ending their franchise-record 15-game road losing streak.

The Marlins were down to their final out when Rojas homered to center field off Felipe Vazquez, who had just his third blown save in 27 opportunities.

Cooper's home run, a 444-foot shot to left-center, came with one out off Parker Markel (0-1).

Adam Conley (2-7) got the last out of the ninth when Pablo Reyes was thrown out at home while trying to score from second base on Adam Frazier's infield single.

Jose Urena pitched a perfect 10th for his first save of the season and second of his career. He was Miami's opening day starter this year.


MILWAUKEE (AP) — Zack Greinke lost his first game since joining Houston, giving up a three-run homer to Eric Thames as Milwaukee earned a split of the interleague series.

Greinke (4-1) stumbled for the first time in six starts since being traded from Arizona on July 31st. He allowed four runs on eight hits over six innings. He came in 4-0 in his five previous starts.

Jordan Lyles (10-8) made his first career start against the club that made him the 38th pick of the 2008 major league draft. The right-hander allowed two runs on six hits and struck out two over 6 1/3 innings for his fifth win in seven starts since being acquired on July 29th from Pittsburgh for right-hander Cody Ponce.

Josh Hader handled the ninth for his 28th save in 34 chances.

Alex Bregman hit his 33rd homer, a solo shot off Lyles in the sixth, extending his single-season career-best for home runs.


ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jack Flaherty pitched one-hit ball over eight innings, Marcell Ozuna homered and St. Louis— with a fluky foul ball-turned-base hit — beat San Francisco.

Flaherty (9-7) carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and dominated with eight strikeouts and a walk.

Mike Yastrzemski had San Francisco's only two hits.

St. Louis only had five hits, including one by Paul DeJong that looked like a trick pool shot. DeJong hit a ball that rolled about 10 feet foul of the first base line before spinning all the way back into fair territory roughly 3/4 of the way to the bag. DeJong raced to first to load the bases with two outs in the first.

San Francisco right-hander Dereck Rodriguez pitched out of the inning.

St. Louis has won 20 of its last 25 games. San Francisco has lost seven of its last eight.


WASHINGTON (AP) — Kurt Suzuki capped the largest ninth-inning comeback in Nationals history with a game-ending, three-run homer, helping Washington score seven runs in its final at-bat to beat New York.

Mets relievers Paul Sewald, Luis Avilan and Edwin Díaz pitched through the meltdown, retiring just one Nationals batter while Washington rallied for its 20th win in 26 games.

New York led 10-4 after scoring five runs in the top of the ninth. Wilson Ramos extended his hitting streak to 26 games and Pete Alonso crushed his 44th homer to put the Mets in position for a win over the current leaders in the NL wild-card hunt.

Sewald allowed four hits to his five batters, including Trea Turner's RBI double and Anthony Rendon's RBI single. Avilan allowed a single to load the bases, and then Díaz (1-7) relieved and allowed a two-run double to pinch-hitter Ryan Zimmerman followed by Suzuki's blast.

Javy Guerra (3-1) retired the only batter he faced to end the Mets' ninth.



ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Austin Meadows homered, seven relievers combined on a five-hitter and playoff-contending Tampa Bay blanked Baltimore to split a doubleheader.

The Rays, who began the day with a slight lead atop the AL wild-card race, had their five-game winning streak stopped with a loss in the opener.

Diego Castillo (3-8), the third pitcher in a bullpen day, allowed one hit over two scoreless innings.

Meadows hit his 26th homer, a solo shot in the fourth. The Rays went up 2-0 in the seventh when Ji-Man Choi's hit to right bounced over Anthony Santander's head for a triple.

Avisail Garcia added an RBI single off Gabriel Ynoa (1-8), who gave up two runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings.

In the opener, Rio Ruiz and Anthony Santander homered and Mark Trumbo drove in a run with a pinch-hit double.

Ty Blach (1-2) went five innings in his fourth start for Baltimore. Oliver Drake (3-2) took the loss.

Travis d'Arnaud's 16th home run accounted for the two runs off Blach.


BOSTON (AP) — Nelson Cruz and Miguel Sanó connected in the fifth inning to pad Minnesota's record home run total in a victory over Boston.

Jake Cave added a two-run triple for the Twins, who won for the ninth time in 10 games. Minnesota extended its major league record to 271 homers with nearly four weeks left in the season.

Rafael Devers and Andrew Benintendi homered for the Red Sox, who struggled against a parade of relievers and couldn't rally all the way back after falling behind 6-0.

Six Twins pitchers combined on a six-hitter, with only four hits allowed before Benintendi's two-out homer in the eighth off Taylor Rogers.

Lewis Thorpe (2-1) got the win despite allowing three runs and two hits in 3 1/3 innings. Rogers returned for the ninth and got his 23rd save.

Rick Porcello (12-11) struggled from the start.

New Zealand beats Sri Lanka in 2nd T20; takes 2-0 lead

New Zealand's Tom Bruce plays a shot during the second Twenty20 international cricket match between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in Pallekele, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

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Pallekele, Sri Lanka (AP) — Colin de Grandhomme and Tom Bruce scored half-centuries and shared 109 runs for the fourth wicket Tuesday to help New Zealand to a tense four-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the second Twenty20 match and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Sri Lanka captain Lasith Malinga elected to bat first after winning the toss and his team scored a competitive 161-9 in 20 overs, but New Zealand chased it down with two balls to spare in a tense final over.

Sri Lankan spinner Akila Dananjaya put his team on top early by dismissing opener Colin Munro (13) with the score on 19 in the second over. Munro attempted to loft the ball over long-on and was caught by Wanindu Hasaranga.

Dananjaya struck twice in the space of two balls in the fourth over, trapping Scott Kuggelejin (8) and Tim Seifert (15) lbw, leaving New Zealand three down for 38.

Bruce joined de Grandhomme at that stage and the pair stayed together for 88 deliveries, taking the Black Caps to a winning position.

De Grandhomme scored his second half-century in Twenty20 internationals and was out for 59, caught by Avishka Fernando off left-arm seamer Isuru Udana. He was out when New Zealand had to score 15 runs to win in 10 deliveries, having hit three sixes and two boundaries off 46 deliveries.

Malinga handed the ball to Hasaranga to bowl the last over during which Sri Lanka nearly snatched the game away from New Zealand, who needed only seven runs to win.

New batsman Daryl Mitchell hit a ball straight back to the bowler Hasaranga, who flung it quickly to the wicket at the non-striker's end where Bruce was found short of his crease.

Bruce made 53 of 46 deliveries including three boundaries.

Mitchell was out in the next ball when he was caught in the deep by substitute fielder Lahiru Madushanka, leaving New Zealand to score seven off four deliveries.

Mitchell Santner hit the next ball for a six when Shehan Jayasuriya took the ball well on the full but hit the boundary rope after colliding with teammate Kusal Mendis.

Both fielders had to leave the field before Santner hit the fourth ball for a boundary to compete the win.

New Zealand won the first match by six wickets, with the last match due to be played in the same venue on Friday.

Dananjaya took three wickets for 36 runs for Sri Lanka.

Earlier Niroshan Dickwella (39) and Fernando (37) shared 68 runs for the third wicket after Sri Lanka had lost two wickets for 40 runs.

Mendis gave Sri Lanka a flashy start by scoring 26 runs off 24 deliveries, hitting two sixes and two boundaries. Jayasuriya made a useful 20 runs off 13 deliveries.

New Zealand's Seth Rance took three wickets for 33 runs while fellow seamers Tim Southee and Kuggelejin took two wickets each.

Qatar 2022 World Cup logo reflects move to winter tournament

The Qatar 2022 World Cup logo is displayed on a giant screen at the Gare du Nord train station, on the occasion of its worldwide launch, in Paris, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

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Paris (AP) - Flashed on big screens and projected onto landmarks worldwide, the 2022 Qatar World Cup logo was revealed Tuesday with a design that reflects both the tournament's compact infrastructure and winter schedule.

Using the colors of the Qatari flag, the white emblem is set against a maroon background and it finally provides an image for soccer's most controversial tournament beyond construction sites.

It was inspired by the contours of the World Cup trophy with the unbroken loop depicting a figure of eight — the number of stadiums built for the Middle East's first World Cup in the tiny Persian Gulf nation.

FIFA said the design also draws "inspiration from a traditional woolen shawl," a winter garment reflecting the World Cup being played in November and December 2022 to avoid the fierce summer heat in June and July when the tournament is usually played.

The reveal came at 2022 local time (8:22 p.m.) in Doha and the image was projected onto buildings in the Qatari capital, including the Al Zubarah Fort, and appeared at sites in Kuwait, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.

Some other countries in the region played no role in the launch due to the ongoing political tensions.

The United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Egypt have been boycotting Qatar economically and diplomatically since 2017, and its severing of travel links could prove problematic for fan travel in 2022.

Among the international sites where the logo was displayed on Tuesday were the Arch of Peace in Milan, trains stations in Paris and Rio de Janeiro and Times Square in New York.

Ten sites were used in Turkey, reflecting Qatar's deepening alliance with a regional ally that has helped it circumvent the Gulf boycott impact on food and construction supplies.

Qatar won a FIFA vote in 2010 that has been dogged by controversy. A FIFA investigation found that some of Qatar's conduct "may not have met the standards" required while concluding there was no "evidence of any improper activity by the bid team."

Working conditions and rights for migrant laborers building the stadiums in Qatar were also criticized, forcing standards to be raised.

'18 champ Osaka loses to Bencic at US Open; Nadal into QFs

Belinda Bencic, of Switzerland, returns to Naomi Osaka, of Japan, during the fourth round of the US Open tennis championships Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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New York (AP) — Naomi Osaka's achy left knee didn't let her serve without pain, so she didn't practice that key part of her game leading into the U.S. Open. The knee also prevented her from covering the court and preparing for shots the way she'd like.

Those weren't the only reasons that the No. 1-seeded Osaka's 10-match winning streak at the U.S. Open and title defense ended Monday in the fourth round. Belinda Bencic's clean, crisp strokes, struck with the ball still on the rise, contributed plenty to the outcome, too.

Osaka joined 2018 men's champion Novak Djokovic on the sideline before the quarterfinals, exiting with a 7-5, 6-4 loss to the 13th-seeded Bencic under a closed roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium on a rainy afternoon. Djokovic stopped playing in his fourth-rounder Sunday night because of a problematic left shoulder.

"I honestly didn't move well today. You know what I mean? I felt like I was always flat-footed. ... The knee was a little bit annoying in the movement aspect," Osaka said. "But I think that that's something I should have overcome."

As for her powerful serve, Osaka called it "inconsistent," saying she hadn't been working on it coming into the year's last Grand Slam tournament "because I can't really land on my leg that great."

Osaka has been wearing a black sleeve on the knee and was given a pain-killing pill by a trainer midway through the second set Monday.

By then, Bencic was up a set and a break, employing a quick-strike style of taking balls early and snapping them back, rushing Osaka and not leaving her not enough time to respond. It worked before: Bencic is now 3-0 against Osaka in 2019.

"I don't have the biggest power. Don't have the most winners or most aces. But I think I can really read the opponent's game well," said Bencic, who will face No. 23 Donna Vekic of Croatia in the quarterfinals. "I definitely try to do that against anyone, not only against her."

Bencic finished with far more winners, 29, than unforced errors, 12, and showed once again that she is a big-match player. She owns a tour-leading nine victories over top-10 opponents in 2019 and is 4-1 for her career against top-ranked players.

Bencic is 22, just a year older than Osaka, but her progress was slowed in recent years by injuries, including wrist surgery.

Back in 2014, when she was 17, Bencic became the youngest woman into the U.S. Open quarterfinals since 1997, when another Swiss woman, Martina Hingis, took the title.

Hingis' mother, Melanie Molitor, used to coach Bencic, and five-time major champion Hingis herself has served as a mentor. Bencic said she likes to emulate the way Hingis used to play, always thinking a move or two — or more — ahead.

"With Melanie, we didn't try to copy Martina's game. We tried to make my own game. And obviously, I know there are similarities, because that's the way Melanie teaches, but it was about making my own strengths and my own game style," Bencic said. "I play, of course, a little bit different than Martina. I think she was even more skilled and smarter on the court and playing more chess. I think I have a little bit less maybe talent and touch than her, but maybe a little bit more power."

In men's action, No. 2 Rafael Nadal's bid for a fourth U.S. Open trophy and 19th Slam title in all progressed via a 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 victory over 2014 champion Marin Cilic at night in front of an appreciative Ashe crowd that included Tiger Woods throwing uppercuts to celebrate spectacular shots. Nadal's quarterfinal foe will be No. 20 Diego Schwartzman, a 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3 winner against No. 6 Alexander Zverev, who was undone by 17 double-faults.

"My first serve is still fine. My second serve needs to be worked on," Zverev said. "But I'll deal with it."

No. 24 Matteo Berrettini gave Italy its first U.S. Open men's quarterfinalist since 1977 and made it this far himself for the first time at any major with a 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (6) victory over Andrey Rublev. Berrettini now plays No. 13 Gael Monfils, who overwhelmed Pablo Andujar 6-1, 6-1, 6-2.

Osaka made her breakthrough at Flushing Meadows a year ago, winning her first major championship by beating Serena Williams in a chaotic final that devolved after Williams got into an extended argument with the chair umpire.

Osaka followed that up with a second consecutive Grand Slam trophy at the Australian Open in January. That allowed her to become the first tennis player representing Japan to reach No. 1 in the rankings.

This loss means that Osaka will cede that top spot to No. 2 Ash Barty, who lost her fourth-round match Sunday.

"Right now, I have this feeling of sadness," said Osaka, who lost in the third round at the French Open and first round at Wimbledon, "but I also feel like I have learned so much during this tournament. Honestly, of course, I wanted to defend this tournament."

Another women's quarterfinal will pit No. 25 Elise Mertens of Belgium against No. 15 Bianca Andreescu of Canada or qualifier Taylor Townsend of the U.S. Mertens advanced by beating wild-card entry Kristie Ahn of the U.S. 6-1, 6-1. Ahn carried heavy tape jobs on her right arm and left leg.

Vekic, a 23-year-old from Croatia, reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal by saving a match point and edging No. 26 Julia Goerges of Germany 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-3.

"I don't even know how I won this match," Vekic said.

Well, here's how: Goerges served for the victory at 5-4 in the second set, coming within one point of ending things right there. Not only couldn't Goerges convert that match point, but she also double-faulted three times in the game and unraveled from there, wasting a 21-ace effort.

"It's not about that service game," Goerges said, perhaps trying to persuade herself.

India posts 257-run win over West Indies to win series 2-0

India's Ravindra Jadeja, second from left, celebrates taking the wicket of West Indies' Jahmar Hamilton during day four of the second Test cricket match at Sabina Park cricket ground in Kingston, Jamaica Monday, Sept. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

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Kingston, Jamaica (AP) — India's bowlers took five wickets in just over an hour on Monday to help complete a 257-run win over West Indies and clinch a 2-0 test series victory.

Set a formidable target of 468 runs, the host side could only manage 210 in 59.5 overs as the match ended well inside the fourth day at Sabina Park.

Sharmarh Brooks and Jermaine Blackwood put on 61 runs for the fifth wicket but India's bowling quartet of Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja made quick work of most of the rest of the batting lineup.

India declared its second innings at 168-4 on Sunday. India captain Virat Kohli had declined to enforce the follow-on after dismissing West Indies for 117 in its first innings — 299 runs behind India.

On Saturday, Bumrah took 6-16 and became only the third Indian bowler to post a test hat trick.

India won the first test by 318 runs, its biggest away win by runs in test cricket.

The win in the second test Monday was Kohli's 28th victory from 47 tests as India captain, surpassing M.S. Dhoni's record for test wins in charge of the national team.

India batsman Hanuma Vihari was the top scorer in the series with 289 runs, including a century and two half-centuries.

"Hanuma was the standout batsman," Kohli told Press Trust of India. "He is someone who is sure of his game and it shows. The dressing room feels calm when he's batting. That's a quality he possesses naturally."

Kohli said his side's bowlers were the key.

"It's a by-product of the quality team we have here, if we didn't have the bowlers we have, these results wouldn't have been possible.

"If you see these guys running in — Shami's spell today, Bumrah  ... Ishant bowling his heart out, Jadeja bowling a long spell. Captaincy is just a 'C' in front of your name. It's the collective effort that matters."

West Indies captain Jason Holder said his bowlers performed well despite their heavy workload over both tests.

"Obviously we are disappointed, we didn't play a complete game of cricket in both the games," Holder said. "The bowlers (were) on the field every single day of this test series ... and at no point have they dropped their heads."

Mike Minor, Rangers deal Yankees 1st shutout in 221 games

Texas Rangers pitcher Mike Minor, right, throws out New York Yankees designated hitter Mike Ford during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

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New York (AP) — Mike Minor and two relievers became the first pitchers in 221 tries to shut out the Yankees, helping the Texas Rangers beat New York 7-0 Monday.

The Yankees had the second-longest streak without being blanked since at least 1900 behind a 308-game stretch by the Babe Ruth-led Yankees from 1931-33. New York was previously shut out June 30, 2018, by Chris Sale and the Red Sox.

Jose Trevino, Delino DeShields and Shin-Soo Choo homered to back Minor (12-8), who allowed five hits over 7 1/3 innings. The left-hander struck out five, walked one and threw 111 pitches before being pulled with two on in the eighth.

Shawn Kelley replaced Minor and retired DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge to end the eighth. Emmanuel Clase shut down the heart of the order in the ninth to stop New York's string of 220 straight games with a run.

Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (10-8) grinded through six innings of two-run ball. He allowed seven hits, walked two and struck out five.

The Yankees' scoring streak nearly fell Sunday when they trailed Oakland 4-0 after 7 1/2 innings, but New York rallied and won 5-4 on Mike Ford's game-ending solo homer in the ninth.


MILWAUKEE (AP) — George Springer's home run in the 10th inning, which followed a game-tying homer by Christian Yelich in the ninth, lifted Houston over Milwaukee.

The long balls overshadowed a 14-strikeout performance by Astros starter Gerrit Cole.

With Houston leading 2-1, Yelich led off the ninth with his 43rd home run of the season, a solo shot on an 0-2 pitch from reliever Roberto Osuna (4-3).

Osuna later committed a throwing error that left runners at first and second. But he escaped with an inning-ending strikeout of pinch-hitter Travis Shaw.

Springer's own solo blast, his 30th of the season, came off reliever Junior Guerra (8-5) to start the 10th. Yordan Alvarez also homered for Houston.

Houston has won 12 of its last 15 games.


WASHINGTON (AP) — Noah Syndergaard struck out 10 while allowing three hits over seven shutout innings and Jeff McNeil hit a two-run homer as New York topped Washington.

The loss ended Washington's four-game winning streak and denied the Nationals from moving 20 games over .500 for the first time this season.

Syndergaard (10-7) allowed a leadoff single to Trea Turner, then retired the next 16 batters in his first start since yielding a career-high 10 runs against the Cubs on Wednesday. It was Syndergaard's third 10-strikeout performance of the season and the 17th of his career.

Joe Ross (3-4) allowed seven runs in 3 2/3 innings.

Washington avoided the shutout when former Met Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-out, three-run homer in the ninth off reliever Tyler Bashlor.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tommy Pham hit an RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning and Tampa Bay won its fifth straight game.

The Rays held their narrow lead atop the AL wild-card race.

Pham's third hit of the game came off Dillon Tate (0-1) after Joey Wendle walked with one out and moved up on a grounder. He also had a two-run double.

Colin Poche (4-4) pitched one inning for the win.

Austin Meadows hit his 25th homer, a two-run drive off Asher Wojciechowski, put the Rays up 2-0 in the third. Pham's double made it 4-0 in the fifth.

Hanser Alberto homered for Baltimore.


DETROIT (AP) — Max Kepler's two-out, two-run single in the eighth inning lifted AL Central-leading Minnesota.

Trailing 3-2, Minnesota started the eighth with two singles off Buck Farmer (5-6). He retired the next two batters, but Ehire Adrianza's infield single loaded the bases for Kepler. Matt Hall relieved and Kepler lined his single to center field.

Zack Littell (3-0) got the win and Taylor Rogers worked a perfect ninth for his 22nd save.

Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann gave up two runs on nine hits in six innings. Twins starter Jake Odorizzi allowed three runs and five hits in five innings. He struck out seven without walking a batter.

Detroit's Miguel Cabrera hit a solo home run, his 10th, in the first. Adrianza put Minnesota ahead with a homer in the second.


ATLANTA (AP) — Josh Donaldson and Johan Camargo hit two-run homers and Mike Soroka snapped a streak of eight starts without a win in Atlanta's victory over Toronto.

The NL East-leading Braves have won five straight, all against American League teams. The Braves also have won nine straight home games.

Soroka (11-3) allowed three runs on five hits in five innings in his first win in three starts against Toronto. Mark Melancon threw a perfect ninth inning for his ninth save.

Jacob Waguespack (4-3) was hurt by five walks.


CINCINNATI (AP) — Rhys Hoskins drove in three runs with two homers and Bryce Harper and Scott Kingery added two-run shots as Philadelphia overpowered Cincinnati.

Harper extended his hitting and scoring streaks to 10 games.

Philadelphia starter Drew Smyly (3-6) tied his season high with eight strikeouts while earning his first win in six starts. He gave up four hits, one run and three walks in 5 1/3 innings.

Cincinnati's Anthony DeSclafani (9-8) shook off a rough start to last seven innings, giving up three hits and four runs with two walks and eight strikeouts.


ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Wainwright tossed seven scoreless innings and Kolten Wong delivered a run-scoring triple to lead St. Louis over San Francisco.

Paul DeJong had an RBI single for the Cardinals, who have won 10 of 12. They stretched their lead over the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central 3½ games.

Mauricio Dubon hit his first major league homer for San Francisco, which has lost six of seven.

Wainwright (10-9) allowed four hits. He struck out one and did not walk a batter in a 96-pitch stint. Carlos Martínez picked up his 18th save in 21 chances.

Tyler Beede (3-9) gave up three runs on five hits over four innings. He struck out two and walked one.


CHICAGO (AP) — Kyle Schwarber had a three-run triple to highlight a five-run seventh, and Chicago snapped a 24-inning scoreless streak, rallying to beat Seattle.

Anthony Rizzo went 2 for 2 and drove in a run for Chicago, which remained 3½ games behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central.

Matt Wisler (3-3) took the loss.

David Phelps (2-0) pitched a scoreless seventh inning. Duane Underwood Jr. and Brad Wieck closed it out.

The Mariners got their run off Kyle Hendricks in the fifth on back-to-back doubles with one out by Dylan Moore and Dee Gordon.


PHOENIX (AP) — Josh Rojas, Eduardo Escobar and Christian Walker homered in the sixth inning off converted infielder Javy Guerra and Arizona beat San Diego.

The Diamondbacks have won seven of eight. The Padres had won three of four.

Rojas also doubled and singled twice and Ketel Marte drove in four runs for the Diamondbacks.

A six-run second inning put the Diamondbacks comfortably ahead for good, helped by a wild pitch and throwing error. Rojas, Marte, pitcher Mike Leake and Nick Ahmed drove in runs in the inning.

Padres starter Cal Quantrill (6-6) was charged with eight runs on 10 hits in five innings.

Ty France hit a three-run homer for the Padres.

Leake (11-10) got through 6 1/3 innings and allowed four runs on eight hits for his first win at home with the Diamondbacks.

US sprint star Christian Coleman cleared of doping violation

In this July 26, 2019, file photo, Christian Coleman celebrates as he wins the men's 100-meter dash final at the U.S. Championships athletics meet, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Eddie Pells

New York (AP) - Top sprinter Christian Coleman will be eligible for this month's world championships and next year's Olympics after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency dropped his case for missed tests because of a technicality.

Coleman is the reigning U.S. champion and a favorite in the 100 meters, a distance at which he holds the world-leading time over the past three years.

The worlds begin Sept. 28 in Qatar, where Coleman will be looking to add to the silver medal he won in 2017. In that race, he finished a spot ahead of Usain Bolt, who was running in his last 100.

Coleman faced a possible sanction for three "whereabouts failures" over a 12-month period. That meant he either did not fill out forms telling authorities where he could be found, or he wasn't where he said he'd be when they came to test.

But the World Anti-Doping Agency's interpretation of the rule backdated his first failure to April 1, 2018, instead of the date it actually occurred, June 6, 2018. His final failure was April 26, 2019. USADA said Monday that because there weren't three failures within 12 months it would not pursue the case.

"Consistent application of the global anti-doping rules is essential in every case," USADA CEO Travis Tygart said. "In this case, we applied the rules to Mr. Coleman in the manner that USADA understands should be applied to any other international-level athlete. We must approach every case with the primary goal of delivering fairness to athletes under the rules and providing transparency and consistency in order to build their trust and support for the anti-doping system."

USADA said in 2018 and 2019, Coleman has provided his whereabouts information on time every quarter and has been tested by USADA on 20 separate occasions.

Both WADA and the organization that handles doping cases for track's international federation has the right to pursue the case, though it's not expected they will.

Shortly after details about the case went public, Coleman released a statement saying "what has been widely reported concerning filing violations is simply not true," and that he expected to be cleared.

Had WADA authorities not given him a friendly interpretation of when the clock starts on a whereabouts failure, he could have faced a case with a potential for a two-year ban. An interpretation of the rule in the official WADA document says a "filing failure will be deemed to have occurred on the first day of the quarter for which the Athlete fails to make a (sufficient) filing."

In this case, the first day of the quarter was April 1. Coleman's "filing failure" — not being where he said he would be for a test — came June 6 because he was not in the place he said he'd be in the form filled out April 1. This rule is being rewritten to eliminate confusion for a new version of the code, which takes effect in 2021.

Ferrari driver Leclerc wins Belgian GP in solemn atmosphere

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc of Monaco, center, lifts the trophy after winning the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Jerome Pugmire

Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium (AP) — Charles Leclerc just held off Lewis Hamilton to win the Belgian Grand Prix from pole position on Sunday, securing the first victory of his Formula One career and ending Ferrari's long wait for a win.

Hamilton was within one second of Leclerc on the final lap, but the 21-year-old from Monaco held his nerve to cross the line just .981 seconds ahead of the five-time F1 champion.

"He was catching very quickly so I had quite a bit of pressure," Leclerc said after his win. "Every lap my engineer was telling me the gap with Lewis ... I think one lap more would have been difficult to keep Lewis behind."

Leclerc dedicated his win to French driver Anthoine Hubert, who died Saturday following a heavy crash during an F2 race held on the same track. Drivers paid their respects on Sunday.

Leclerk looked back to his karting days with Hubert in France.

"There was him, Esteban (Ocon), Pierre (Gasly) and myself," Leclerc said. "We were four kids dreaming of Formula One, we've grown up together in karting for many years."

Moments after winning, Leclerc pointed to the sky and then to Hubert's name written on the side of his car.

"To lose him yesterday was a big shock for me. It was a very sad day and difficult to enjoy it fully today," Leclerc said. "But overall it means a dream come true. Since childhood I've been looking up to Formula One. First a Formula One driver, which happened last year, then driving for Ferrari, and now a first win today."

Hamilton rates Leclerc extremely highly.

"I was trying to keep up with him but he was very strong. Ultimately he did a superb job," Hamilton said. "I look forward to seeing his growth and racing (against) him."

A ninth win of the season and 82nd overall eluded Hamilton. But he did manage to extend his championship lead from 62 points to 65 because Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas was third, finishing ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

Ferrari had not won since former driver Kimi Raikkonen's victory at the United States GP last October — a stretch of 15 races. Vettel is 21 without a win since last season's Belgian GP as his miserable form continued, hardly softened by one extra point for the fastest lap. Vettel is fourth in the championship and a massive 99 points behind Hamilton with eight races remaining.

At the start, Leclerc got away cleanly but Max Verstappen, winner of two of the past four races, went out on Lap 1. Tens of thousands of orange-clad Dutch fans watched in disappointment as Verstappen's Red Bull slid into the barriers after contact with Raikkonen's Alfa Romeo.

Verstappen finished in the top five of all other races this season and it was his first retirement since the Hungarian GP in July last year. He kept hold of third position in the standings but is a distant 87 points behind Hamilton.

Renault driver Carlos Sainz Jr. also had to abandon following an early collision. The incidents caused the safety car to come out for four laps, and when the race re-started Vettel maintained his lead but Hamilton closed on Vettel.

"Vettel is struggling," Hamilton said on team radio on Lap 10.

Six laps later, Ferrari brought Vettel in for a tire change, pushing Hamilton up to second place.

Leclerc came in for his tire change exactly midway through the 44-lap race, putting Hamilton in front. But Mercedes called Hamilton in on the very next lap and made a slow stop of 3.6 seconds — which may ultimately have cost him the win.

When Bottas came in one lap later, Ferrari regained the race lead with Vettel ahead of Leclerc until Vettel obeyed team orders to let Leclerc go past on Lap 27.

Hamilton passed Vettel on Lap 32 to take second place but was still seven seconds behind Leclerc. He ate into that lead so much, though, that Leclerc had only a 2-second lead with two laps remaining.

"I gave it absolutely everything," Hamilton said. "I got as close as I could but maybe I needed another couple of laps."

On the last lap, Alfa Romeo's Antonio Giovinazzi crashed but Leclerc stayed focused.

"He had that win coming," Hamilton said of Leclerc, who had taken his third pole position of the season, with Vettel starting from second ahead of Hamilton and Bottas.

Ferrari topped all three practice sessions and all three sections of qualifying, with Leclerc beating Vettel in five of them.

Despite Vettel's titles, Leclerc is clearly emerging as Ferrari's No. 1.

"His results speak for themselves," Hamilton said. "It's not easy for any driver to jump into a top team like Ferrari against a four-time world champion, with much more experience, and then to continuously out-perform, out-qualify and out-drive (him)."

Arsenal recovers to draw 2-2 against Tottenham

Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during their English Premier League soccer match against Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates stadium in London, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Frank Griffiths

London (AP) — Arsenal fought back from two goals down against Tottenham to draw 2-2 in the Premier League on Sunday, with the Gunners' much-anticipated attacking trio unable to see off their fierce London rivals.

Spurs shocked the home fans at Emirates Stadium to take an early lead in the 10th minute, when forward Christian Eriksen capitalized on an error from Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno to slot the ball home. Harry Kane later doubled the lead with a penalty kick after Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka's reckless tackle on Son Heung-min left referee Martin Atkinson no choice but to point to the spot.

Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette pulled one back just before halftime to make it 2-1, taking a touch to bring the ball between the two central defenders and lashing it home.

Arsenal then regained a foothold in the game, putting pressure on Tottenham's back line in the second half. Midfielder Matteo Guendouzi floated a long pass behind the Spurs defense to find Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who drifted between the two central defenders. The striker only needed to stick out his leg and poke the ball past goalkeeper Hugo Lloris for the equalizer in the 71st.

The result leaves Arsenal in fifth place in the league, with Spurs in ninth.

"We can be very proud of the response, and how our supporters pushed us," Arsenal manager Unai Emery said, adding that "we deserved more."

He said that Xhaka's tackle on Son was due to frustration and that he was happy overall with the midfielder's performance, but said "we need to be clearer in our box."

Arsenal thought it had a winner minutes after the equalizer when defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos bundled the ball over the line, sparking wild celebrations among the home crowd. But an offside decision against Sead Kolasanic was upheld by VAR and the score stood at 2-2.

It was nearly Spurs' day after a difficult week — losing to Newcastle and then constant speculation about the possible departures of Eriksen, defender Jan Vertonghen and even manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Pochettino said that his team can only improve.

"I'm optimistic and positive," he said. "In the first three games, the team didn't show all the quality that we had."

He repeated that Spurs had been unsettled at the start of the season over the future of Eriksen and others. When asked if he thought Eriksen would leave the club since the transfer window in several European countries doesn't close until Monday night, Pochettino appeared confident overall.

"I don't want to say it's impossible (that he will depart), but it's going to be difficult," he said, before adding: "Nothing is impossible in football. (But) I'm optimistic."

For Arsenal, the match was meant to showcase a vibrant attacking force in Lacazette, Aubameyang and summer signing Nicolas Pepe — the first time all three have started a match together. But the visitors were able to stifle them in the first half, before Arsenal became a threat after the break.

"We are not happy, but we did a great job. It was a tough game, but we played well," Aubameyang said. "We maybe deserved more tonight."

The fact that Eriksen and Vertonghen both started was a surprise since both players have been linked with moves away from Spurs. Eriksen, though, put all the doubt to rest about whether he was in a good frame of mind to play by opening the scoring. Leno spilled a shot from Erik Lamela, weakly pushing it into the path of the Denmark international. Eriksen pounced on the ball for a simple tap-in for his 50th Premier League goal.

Tottenham's defenders then protected their lead, not allowing Arsenal's attacking trio time on the ball. As the clock ticked down to halftime, home fans groaned after Xhaka's wild challenge in the area on Son, who wasn't even on the ball. Kane stepped up and fired the ball in the bottom-left corner.

Pepe demonstrated a coolness with the ball, skipping past defenders with ease at times and he had several chances to score, but misfired on multiple occasions. And Pochettino's decision to play Davinson Sanchez at right back meant that Aubameyang didn't have as much time on the ball as he would have liked.

Sanchez's "performance was great," Pochettino said.

Serena Williams turns right ankle, holds on for US Open win

Serena Williams, of the United States, falls while chasing a return to Petra Martic, of Croatia, during round four of the US Open tennis championships Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Sarah Stier)

Howard Fendrich

New York (AP) — Serena Williams was in pain — "acceptable" pain, her coach called it — after rolling her right ankle during the second set of a U.S. Open victory.

That was the bad news.

The good news for Williams as she pursues a seventh championship at Flushing Meadows and 24th Grand Slam singles title overall is that, while she reached the quarterfinals by beating No. 22 seed Petra Martic 6-3, 6-4 despite the ankle issue, No. 2 Ash Barty and No. 3 Karolina Pliskova both exited her side of the bracket Sunday.

Not that Williams seemed to care all that much about being one of only three of the top 12 seeded women who will still be around Monday.

"I can't afford to look at it that way. Every single match I have played, people come and they play their best. The women that I play are not generally playing at this level against other players in the locker room, so for me, I have to be the greatest, whether it's against the second seed, the No. 1 seed, or the No. 80th player in the world," said Williams, who faces No. 18 Wang Qiang next. "I have to show up or else I'm going to go home."

Williams, who turns 38 this month, appeared to be cruising along to a straightforward victory when she took an awkward step while up at the net for a volley. She tumbled to the ground and sat there, cross-legged, right in the middle of Arthur Ashe Stadium for a few moments.

Williams has dealt with various health issues all season, including one that ended her stay at the Australian Open.

Might that sort of thing be happening again? Williams immediately asked for a trainer, who added tape to her lower right leg and foot during a medical timeout at the ensuing changeover.

Still, Martic thought Williams' play might actually have improved the rest of the way.

"She started going for even more, I think. She felt like maybe she couldn't move that well anymore," Martic said. "Her shots were really precise. Serve was unbelievable. And when she hits those backhands and those first serves that well, it's not easy to play against her."

Williams ended things by raising both arms after smacking an ace at 118 mph, her fastest of the afternoon, punctuating an overpowering performance that included 38 winners to Martic's 11.

"I didn't know what to expect from her ball. I knew she (hits it) hard," Martic said, "but until you feel it on your own racket, you just don't know what to expect."

The scene Sunday brought back memories of Williams' Australian Open quarterfinal in January against Pliskova. Williams was way ahead — holding a match point at 5-1, 40-30 in the third set — when she turned her left ankle awkwardly. From there, Williams was no longer, well, Williams, dropping every point she served the rest of the way.

She failed to convert four match points in all that day, ceded six games in a row and lost 7-5 in the third. That time, Williams didn't call for a trainer, which surprised many. Didn't make that mistake this time. And a couple of hours later, she was walking without any apparent hitch in her step. She figured she'd know more about the ankle based on how it responds Monday; she plays Wang on Tuesday.

Williams has not managed to complete a non-Slam tournament in 2019, withdrawing from each with one ailment or another, including a viral illness, a hurt left knee and, most recently, back spasms. She hasn't won a title since returning to the tour after having a baby; her daughter, Olympia, was born exactly two years ago Sunday.

"Best day of my life," Williams called it.

Wang, who never had played in the fourth round at a major until Sunday, advanced by surprising French Open champion Barty 6-2, 6-4.

Pliskova, the 2016 U.S. Open runner-up, went home with a 6-7 (1), 6-3, 7-5 loss over nearly 2½ hours against 16th-seeded Johanna Konta of Britain.

This is the only Grand Slam tournament where Konta has yet to reach the semifinals; she'll now meet No. 5 Elina Svitolina of Ukraine or No. 10 Madison Keys of the U.S., who were scheduled to play Sunday night.

Earlier Sunday, Roger Federer kept up his recent surge, dominating No. 15 seed David Goffin 6-2, 6-2, 6-0 in just 79 minutes. That's one fewer minute than it took him to put together a 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 win against Dan Evans in the previous round.

"I mean, look, sometimes these scores just happen. You catch a good day, the opponent doesn't, then things happen very quickly," said Federer, who lost in the fourth round a year ago in New York but also earned five of his 20 major championships at this hard-court tournament. "Maybe he struggled a bit early on. But I found my groove after a while and was able to roll, really. Never looked back."

Goffin's perspective?

"You don't know why you're missing everything, easy balls," Goffin said. "All of a sudden, he's playing well."

Later men's matches included defending champion Novak Djokovic against Stan Wawrinka, and Daniil Medvedev against qualifier Dominik Koepfer.

Federer next takes on Grigor Dimitrov, a two-time major semifinalist who is unseeded at Flushing Meadows.

Currently coached by Andre Agassi and Radek Stepanek, Dimitrov eliminated Alex de Minaur 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 to reach his first U.S. Open quarterfinal.

Federer is 7-0 against Dimitrov.

"Given the history of me and Roger, how we've played the past years," Dimitrov said, "nothing (favors) me."

Soderberg wins 5-man playoff for European Masters title

Winner Sebastian Soderberg of Sweden poses with the trophy during an award ceremony after the final round of the European Masters golf tournament in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, Sunday, September 1, 2019. (Alexandra Wey/Keystone via AP)

Associated Press

Crans-Montana, Switzerland (AP) — In a five-man playoff for the European Masters title on Sunday, Sebastian Soderberg sank his birdie putt on the first extra hole when Rory McIlroy and others could not.

History repeated itself for McIlroy at the Crans-sur-Sierre club in the Swiss Alps, where he lost a playoff as a 19-year-old in 2008.

"Too many mistakes," said McIlroy, who came to the Swiss Alps for his seventh event in eight weeks direct from securing the FedEx Cup last Sunday. "Playing that much, sometimes these mental errors creep in."

Soderberg seemed to waste his best chance of victory on the 17th green, three-putting from five feet to fall into a share of the lead at 14 under.

The 28-year-old Swede carded a 4-under 66 for a 266 total, alongside his playing partners McIlroy (67) and Lorenzo Gagli (67), and soon joined by Kalle Samooja (67) and third-round leader Andres Romero (70).

Playing the par-4 18th as the first extra hole, the former Coastal Carolina University student Soderberg was the only player to stay on the fairway. McIlroy pushed his tee shot left into the spectators.

Soderberg made his putt from about eight feet before McIlroy and Samooja missed from closer range.

It was a first title for Soderberg, whose winner's check almost doubled his career winnings on the European Tour. It also secured his Tour card through 2021.

"It's going to change your life going forward," said Soderberg, who acknowledged shaking with the tension when he led on the back nine of the Severiano Ballesteros course. "I was way more calm in the playoff than I was in my last few holes."

McIlroy played more than 18 holes for the second straight Sunday. One week earlier, he won the weather-affected Tour Championship after playing most of his third round on the Sunday morning.

"The sloppy finish yesterday (Saturday) probably cost me," said second-ranked McIlroy, who dropped three shots late in his third round.

Soderberg soared up the leaderboard with five straight birdies from the 10th. At the 17th, he stood over a five-footer for birdie seconds after playing partners McIlroy and Gagli sank theirs to move within one shot. Soderberg took three putts, then missed a birdie chance on the final hole.

"I thought I had it," Soderberg said, recalling his first putt for victory. "I literally couldn't hold the putter still so I was just happy I gave it a good try."

Of the five in the playoff, only McIlroy did not have a putt for victory on the 72nd hole.

After pushing his tee shot wide right into the trees, McIlroy was looking at the plaque in honor of a storied Ballesteros shot from that spot in 1993. Instead, McIlroy chipped out on the fairway, hit his approach to within two feet, and calmly made par.

It was a roller coaster final round for McIlroy who made bogey on two of the first three holes, and four through the 10th. Five shots off the lead, he reeled off five birdies in six holes from the 12th to pull within two shots of Soderberg.





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