Williams argues with chair umpire; Osaka wins US Open final
NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams was penalized a game for calling the chair umpire a thief during an extended argument as the U.S. Open women’s final descended into chaos, with fans booing and play delayed before Naomi Osaka wrapped up a 6-2, 6-4 victory for her first Grand Slam title.
The biggest issue for Williams on the scoreboard Saturday was that she was outplayed by a younger version of herself in Osaka, a 20-year-old who is the first player from Japan to win a major singles tennis title.
What this match will forever be remembered for is the way Williams clashed with chair umpire Carlos Ramos, demanding an apology after he initially warned her for receiving coaching, which is not allowed during Grand Slam matches.
In other Saturday action:
— Jamie Murray won his second straight U.S. Open mixed doubles title, teaming with Bethanie Mattek-Sands to beat Alicja Rosolska and Nikola Mektic 2-6, 6-3, 11-9. The 32-year-old Murray, brother of former Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion Andy Murray, played with Mattek-Sands for the first time in the tournament. Murray won last year with Martina Hingis. Murray became the first man to win consecutive U.S. Open mixed doubles titles since Bob Bryan in 2003 and 2004. Rosolska and Mektic also played together for the first time in what was the first all-unseeded doubles final at the U.S. Open since 2009.
Bell, Nova lead Pirates over Marlins 5-1 for 5th win in row
UNDATED (AP) — Josh Bell homered for the second game in a row, Ivan Nova got his first victory in a month and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Miami Marlins 5-1 for their fifth consecutive win.
In a game played in a steady drizzle, Bell connected off Brett Graves leading off the sixth for his 10th home run, down from 26 last year.
Nova gave up three hits in six innings, struck out nine and walked three.
Pittsburgh at 71-71 reached .500 for the first time since before play on Aug. 21.
In other MLB news:
— Joey Votto ended his two-month homer drought with Cincinnati’s 11th grand slam — one shy of the NL record — and the Reds beat the San Diego Padres 7-2 on Saturday in a game called because of rain in the top of the seventh inning. The game started an hour early because of a forecast of storms and was played in a steady rain.
Pirates’ Gregory Polanco will miss the rest of the season
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco, the team’s home run and RBIs leader, will miss the remainder of the season because of a bone bruise in his left knee.
Polanco was injured Friday night and left the Pirates’ 5-3 win over the Miami Marlins in the sixth inning when he slid awkwardly into second base on a double.
He also strained his left shoulder.
Polanco is hitting .254 with 23 homers and 81 RBIs.
In other MLB news:
— Minnesota Twins right-hander Ervin Santana may miss the rest of the season while receiving a series of platelet rich plasma injections in the middle finger of his pitching hand. Santana is 0-1 with a 8.03 ERA in five major league starts this season. Santana had surgery Feb. 6 to remove a calcium deposit on the finger. He made his first minor league injury rehabilitation appearance May 23 and didn’t make his season debut for the Twins until July 25.
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Wisconsin dominates New Mexico
UNDATED (AP) — Jonathan Taylor ran for 253 yards and three touchdowns as No. 5 Wisconsin asserted its dominance after allowing a score on the game-opening drive, beating New Mexico 45-14. A.J. Taylor had 134 yards receiving and a score for the 2-0 Badgers, who won their 41st straight home nonconference game. That’s the longest active streak in the FBS.
With the Lobos down to third-string quarterback Sheriron Jones because of injuries, the Badgers converted two turnovers into touchdowns within about a five-minute span of the third quarter to pull away. Wisconsin outscored New Mexico 28-7 in the second half.
In other Top 25 action:
— Nick Fitzgerald returned from a suspension two throw two touchdown passes, Kylin Hill ran for 211 yards and accounted for three scores, and No. 18 Mississippi State’s swarming defense shut down Kansas State in a 31-10 rout. It was the first road win over a Power Five opponent for the Bulldogs since Sept. 16, 1995, when they beat another Big 12 foe in Baylor. They had lost their last three such games. Fitzgerald missed the Bulldogs’ bowl game last year with an injury, and then was suspended for last week’s blowout of Stephen F. Austin.
—Shea Patterson threw three touchdown passes, one in each of the first three quarters, to help No. 21 Michigan coast to a 49-3 win over Western Michigan. The heralded transfer from Mississippi was 12 of 17 for 125 yards. He connected for two scores to wide receivers after the position group accounted for a total of just three touchdowns last season for the Wolverines. Karan Higdon ran 140 of his 156 yards and a touchdown in the first quarter.
— Kyler Murray passed for three touchdowns and ran for two, and No. 6 Oklahoma defeated UCLA 49-21, but lost star running back Rodney Anderson to a leg injury. Anderson ran for 10 yards on the final play of the first quarter, then got up slowly. He limped off on his own, and trainers tended to him before he headed to the locker room.
— Justin Herbert threw for 250 yards and four touchdowns before heading to the bench in the third quarter, and No. 23 Oregon routed Portland State 62-14. It was the 22nd straight non-conference win for the Ducks. Herbert now has nine touchdown passes and a rushing score in two games this season.
— Virginia Tech had no problem with a short work week. The No. 12 Hokies scored on their last six possessions of the first half and rolled to a 62-17 victory against William & Mary. Steve Peoples ran for two TDs and Josh Jackson threw for one and ran for another for the Hokies.
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Oklahoma running back Rodney Anderson hurts leg vs UCLA
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma running back Rodney Anderson left Saturday’s game against UCLA after injuring his right leg.
Anderson ran for 10 yards on the final play of the first quarter, then got up slowly. He limped off on his own, and trainers tended to him before he headed to the locker room.
Anderson ran for 1,161 yards and 13 touchdowns last season and caught five touchdown passes. He rushed for 19 yards and a touchdown on six carries before the injury.
In other college football news:
— East Carolina cornerback Colby Gore has been taken to the hospital for evaluation after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit while being blocked during the first half of Saturday’s game against North Carolina. Gore was hurt when UNC tailback Antonio Williams leveled him with a hard block downfield on a pass play with 5:02 left in the second quarter. Williams was ejected for the hit.
— Texas sophomore offensive lineman Patrick Hudson remains in the hospital after being treated in intensive care for a heat-related illness this week at practice. Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte tells The Associated Press Hudson is doing “great” as doctors continue to run tests. Del Conte says the school is reviewing Wednesday’s practice and Hudson’s treatment but hasn’t seen anything so far that raises alarms.
49ers place Dekoda Watson in IR with hamstring injury
UNDATED (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have placed linebacker Dekoda Watson on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.
The 49ers made the move on Saturday, a day after Watson got hurt in practice. Watson will miss at least eight weeks before he can be activated.
Watson played 14 games last season and had three tackles on defense and six special teams tackles. He is one of the few natural edge rushers on the team, leaving a hole when the season starts Sunday at Minnesota.
San Francisco didn’t immediately fill Watson’s roster spot.
In other NFL news:
— The Seattle Seahawks have activated safety Earl Thomas to the 53-man roster, making him eligible to play in the season opener against Denver. But Seattle has a developing situation at cornerback. Expected starter Dontae Johnson was placed on injured reserve after hurting his groin during practice this week. Johnson was expected to start at right cornerback.
— New York Jets outside linebacker Josh Martin has been ruled out Monday night at Detroit because of a concussion. The Jets also announced that wide receiver Jermaine Kearse and safety Marcus Maye are doubtful to play. Kearse has an abdominal injury while Maye is dealing with an ailing foot.
Police: Celtics’ Jabari Bird involved in domestic incident
UNDATED (AP) — Police in Boston say Celtics guard Jabari Bird is facing several charges following a domestic incident that left a person injured.
Police said in a statement Saturday that complaints would be sought against Bird for assault and battery, strangulation and kidnapping. They said Bird was being guarded by police at a hospital and was undergoing an evaluation after the incident Friday in Boston’s Brighton neighborhood.
Bird, a second-round draft choice of the Celtics in 2017, signed a two-year contract with the team this summer after splitting his rookie season between Boston and the Maine Red Claws of the G-League.
In other NBA news:
— The Cavaliers made another move in their post-LeBron James makeover, signing free-agent guard David Nwaba to a one-year contract. The deal is for the veteran’s minimum of $1.5 million. The 25-year-old Nwaba played for Chicago last season, averaging 7.9 points and 4.7 rebounds in 70 games. The 6-foot-4 guard made 21 starts. Nwaba will be reunited in Cleveland with former Los Angeles Lakers teammates Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson.
Rain washes out practice, qualifying for Brickyard 400
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Rain washed out all Saturday track activity at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the field for the final race of the regular season was set by points.
Kyle Busch will start on the pole Sunday for the Brickyard 400 because qualifying was canceled. Kevin Harvick will start second and Martin Truex Jr. third.
Drivers will have no practice or any other track time before the race.
Rain is expected to drench Indiana into Sunday.
Track great Michael Johnson recovering from mini stroke
UNDATED (AP) — Olympic track great Michael Johnson says he is recovering from a mini stroke last week.
The 50-year-old sprinter says on Twitter he “rather surprisingly” was stricken with a transient ischemic attack, known as a TIA or mini stroke. According to the Mayo Clinic, a TIA usually lasts only a few minutes and causes no permanent damage.
Johnson writes that he has been “cleared of any heart issues.” He adds that he is back home with family and has “already made great progress on my road to recovery.”
Johnson is a four-time Olympic gold medalist. At the 1996 Atlanta Games, he became the only male athlete to win the 200 and 400 meters at the same Olympics. He had held world and Olympic records in those events.