#SportsReport: Novak Djokovic Advances In U.S. Open; All American U.S. Open Players Out Of Quarterfinals
The San Francisco Giants continue to lead the National League West by one game over the Los Angeles Dodgers following road wins for both teams.
Thairo Estrada hit two of San Francisco’s four home runs as the Giants doubled up the Rockies, 10-5. Darin Ruf and Buster Posey also went deep to give San Francisco 206 home runs this season, tops in the NL and four behind Toronto.
Winning pitcher Kevin Gausman allowed three runs while striking out nine over seven innings. Gausman also singled and scored a run as San Francisco improved to a major league-best 88-50.
The Dodgers were 5-1 winners over the Cardinals behind Max Scherzer, who struck out 13 and permitted one unearned run and six hits in eight innings. Chris Taylor hit a two-run homer for the Dodgers, who have won all seven of Scherzer’s starts since acquiring him from Washington before the trade deadline.
The Cardinals lost for the fourth time in five games and dropped 3 1/2 games back of idle San Diego for the second NL wild card.
Checking out Monday’s other major league action:
Brad Miller homered twice and Jean Segura added a grand slam as the Phillies crushed the NL Central-leading Brewers, 12-0. Bryce Harper, Andrew McCutchen and Freddy Galvis also went deep to back Zack Wheeler, who was reached for five hits while fanning nine over six innings. The Phillies are within 1 ½ games of the NL East-leading Braves, while the Brewers remain 11 games up on the Reds.
Frank Schwindel’s RBI single in the eighth broke a 3-3 tie in the Cubs’ 4-3 decision over Cincinnati. Schwindel is batting .441 with six homers and 14 RBIs in 34 at-bats during an eight-game hitting streak. Cincinnati lost for the seventh time in nine games to fall one game behind the Padres for the second NL wild card.
Carter Kieboom and Andrew Stevenson hit RBI singles in the ninth off Edwin Diaz to rally the Nationals past the Mets, 3-2. Díaz blew two saves in the five-game series. Pete Alonso hit a solo homer and an RBI single for the Mets, who took three of five in Washington but fell four games behind idle Atlanta for the NL East lead.
The Rays have spiked their lead in the AL East to 8 ½ games over the Yankees with a comeback win over the Red Sox, 11-10. Austin Meadows tied it with an inside the park homer in the ninth, one inning before Nelson Cruz singled home the go-ahead run. Cruz also homered and finished with a pair of RBI singles for the Rays, who trailed by six before winning for the 12th time in 15 games.
The Blue Jays have continued their hot stretch with an 8-0 rout of the Yankees in the Bronx. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. slammed his 40th home run in Toronto’s fifth straight win and eighth in nine games. Marcus Semien added a pair of homers, including the Jays’ sixth grand slam of the season.
Houston leads the AL West by 5 1/2 games over Seattle after rookie Jake Meyers and pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. highlighted the Astros’ 11-2 thrashing of the Mariners. Meyers belted a three-run homer and had four RBIs to back McCullers, who held the M’s two runs and four hits over six frames. Kyle Tucker was 3-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs scored as the Astros kept the Mariners three games behind Boston for the second AL wild card.
A.J. Alexy allowed one hit over six innings as the Rangers blanked the Angels, 4-0. Alexy retired his final 13 batters and has limited opponents to two hits and no runs over 11 innings of his first two big league starts.
Andrew Benintendi hit a go-ahead single in the eighth inning before leaping to rob Anthony Santander of a home run in the Royals’ 3-2 decision over the Orioles. Hanser Alberto homered against his former team, and Salvador Perez tied it at 2 with a bloop single in the eighth. Scott Barlow gave up a two-out single to pinch-hitter DJ Stewart before striking out Jahmai Jones to earn his 11th save.
Ke’Bryan Hayes and Yoshi Tsutsugo each hit a two-run single while the Pirates scored four times in the seventh to beat the Tigers, 6-3. Hayes had three hits in helping Pittsburgh end a six-game losing streak. Kevin Newman hit a two-run homer in the first for the Bucs.
The Twins picked up a 5-2 win over the Indians as Jorge Polanco hit a solo homer and doubled three times. Franmil Reyes connected to give the Indians at least one homer in a franchise-record 20 straight games. Cleveland’s loss gives the White Sox a 10-game lead in the AL Central.
Novak Djokovic was able to turn a lousy opening set into a berth in the U.S. Open quarterfinals.
The top-ranked Djokovic pulled out a 1-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win over American Jenson Brooksby. Djokovic was broken twice in the opening set, which he lost in just 29 minutes.
Djokovic converted six of his 12 break points and is now three match victories away from becoming the first male to complete a calendar Grand Slam since Rod Laver in 1969.
Djokovic will next face No. 6 seed Matteo Berrettini, the man he beat to win Wimbledon and give him 20 Grand Slam titles. He’ll break a tie with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for most major championships by a male if he wins at Flushing Meadows.
Berrettini advanced by defeating Oscar Otte, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Fourth seed Alexander Zverev is into the quarterfinals with his 15th straight victory, 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 over 13th-seeded Jannik Sinner 6-4, 6-4, 7-6.
American Reilly Opelka ended his Open run by falling to Lloyd Harris, 6-7, 6-4, 6-1, 6-3 in the fourth round.
On the women’s side, Emma Raducanu and Belinda Bencic have advanced to the quarterfinals. The 18-year-old Raducanu routed American Shelby Rogers 6-2, 6-1 to join fellow teenager Leylah Fernandez in the women’s last eight. Bencic beat Iga Swiatek 7-6, 6-3 to make the last eight in Flushing Meadows for the third time.
With the losses by Rogers, Brooksby and Opelka, it is the first time in the history of an event that dates to the 1880s that no man or woman from the host country reached the quarterfinals.
The New Orleans Saints will be spending most of the next two weeks in Texas.
Head coach Sean Payton says the Saints expect the Dallas area and TCU practice facilities to serve as their home base into at least Week 2 of the NFL season.
The Saints were displaced by Hurricane Ida and had a closed practice indoors Monday at TCU. They will be there at the very least until they fly to Jacksonville to play Green Bay in a regular-season opener that had been originally scheduled for the Superdome.
Thanks to a schedule that has New Orleans playing on the road in Weeks 2 and 3, there remains a good chance that the Saints will be back in their usual home stadium when they are scheduled to host the New York Giants on Oct. 3.
The Tennessee Titans’ COVID-19 outbreak is nearing an end even with two starting offensive linemen still on the reserve list. Not everyone around the NFL may be as healthy to kick off this season with COVID-19 proving to be an issue hovering over another season.
The Titans’ outbreak reached at least 14 with 10 of those players and five starters. Several other NFL teams may be without some players and starters for season openers. Miami and Carolina each put offensive linemen on the reserve list Monday with the Jets and Chiefs both monitoring players for possible returns.
Elsewhere in the NFL:
The Chiefs remained without All-Pro safety Tyrann Mathieu after his positive test for COVID-19 as the two-time defending AFC champions began preparing Monday for their season opener against Cleveland. Chiefs coach Andy Reid said that Mathieu remained in the league’s protocol. He was vaccinated, so that means Mathieu has yet to return two negative tests taken 24 hours apart.
Panthers starting right guard John Miller has been placed on the COVID-19 reserve list and will miss Carolina’s season opener on Sunday against the Jets. Panthers coach Matt Rhule said Miller will be out 10 days, which according to league rules would indicate that he was an unvaccinated player who tested positive.
Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder is recovering from symptoms of COVID-19 and his status for the opening game at Carolina remains uncertain. Coach Robert Saleh said Monday that Crowder is vaccinated against the virus, but the receiver’s availability for the season opener will depend on how he feels and tests.
The Ravens agreed to a four-year, $56 million contract extension with tight end Mark Andrews, locking him up through 2025. Andrews was a Pro Bowler in 2019, when he caught 64 passes for 852 yards and 10 touchdowns. Andrews’ 17 receiving touchdowns since 2019 are the most among tight ends in the NFL.
San Francisco rookie quarterback Trey Lance showed signs of progress in returning from a finger injury, but there are still questions about whether he will be able to play in the season opener. Lance no longer needed a splint on the index finger on his throwing hand after suffering a small chip fracture in the exhibition finale on Aug. 29. But during the open portion of practice for reporters, Lance didn’t make any throws.
Receiver Curtis Samuel took part in Washington’s Labor Day practice and looks like a candidate to play in the season opener against the Chargers after missing training camp. Samuel spent time on the NFL’s COVID-19 list and has been hampered by a groin injury since offseason workouts.
Europe closed out its second consecutive Solheim Cup championship when Matilda Castren closed out Lizette Salas 1 up to give the visitors the decisive point in a 15-13 victory in Ohio. Leona Maguire finished off an unbeaten Labor Day weekend when she beat Jennifer Kupcho 5-and-4 to put the wheels in motion for a victory by the visitors. The win is just the second ever for Europe in the U.S., eight years after the first.
For the first time in its history, the 40-day summer meet at historic Saratoga Race Course generated all-sources wagering handle of more than $800 million, the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) announced today.
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