September 08, 2015


NEW YORK (AP) Third-seeded Andy Murray lost before the quarterfinals at a major for the first time since 2010, beaten 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-7 (2), 7-6 (0) by 15th-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa in the fourth round of the U.S. Open.

Roger Federer also pulled off a shutout in a tiebreaker, doing so in a 7-6 (0), 7-6 (6), 7-5 victory against big-serving No. 13 John Isner. According to the ATP, Isner had never been beaten 7-0 in 428 previous official, tour-level tiebreakers.

With Isner gone, and 68th-ranked American Donald Young eliminated earlier in the day, this is the 16th Grand Slam tournament in a row with no American men in the quarterfinals.

In the women's draw, No. 2 Simona Halep advanced to a quarterfinal match against No. 20 Victoria Azarenka, and No. 5 Petra Kvitova also advanced and will face No. 26 Flavia Pennetta.


BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Cardale Jones was yucking it up on the sideline, mimicking Braxton Miller's spin move and celebrating an Ohio State touchdown.

Jones, the quarterback who seemingly came out of nowhere last December to lead the Buckeyes to the national title, is the man for Ohio State again. And he clearly plans to have a good time with his new gig.

Jones started at quarterback for top-ranked Buckeyes in their 42-24 victory against Virginia Tech on Monday night after winning maybe the most-talked about quarterback competition in college football history. J.T. Barrett, last year's Big Ten player of the year, has been relegated to best backup in the country for now.

A soap opera that started as soon as Ohio State won the national championship behind Jones in January finally came to an end in Lane Stadium when Jones jogged onto the field for Ohio State's first series. Jones finished 9 for 18 for 186 yards and two touchdowns and rumbled 99 yards on the ground, including a 10-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter that made it 35-17 for the Buckeyes.


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Two months after injuring his right hand in a July 4 fireworks accident, two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has reported and met with the New York Giants.

A person with knowledge of the meeting told The Associated Press about the meeting. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not confirmed Pierre-Paul's arrival.

Eugene Parker, Pierre-Paul's agent, did not return an email seeking comment on the meeting.

Coach Tom Coughlin refused to say much about Pierre-Paul after practice because he had no knowledge that the player had arrived at the team's headquarters. Teammates were expecting him.

Despite missing all of training camp, Coughlin would not rule out Pierre-Paul for the season opener in Dallas on Sunday night - provided the doctors clear him to play and he is fit.


NORTON, Mass. (AP) - Rickie Fowler delivered all the right shots in the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, and then he delivered some champagne.

He stood near the wood railing overlooking a dozen rows of reporters, hoisting an empty bottle in one hand and a microphone in the other.

He certainly showed he is capable after a tense duel with Henrik Stenson at the TPC Boston. Trailing by three shots early on the back nine, Fowler rolled in a 40-foot putt on the 14th hole to pull within one and then seized control when Stenson hit a towering tee shot that came down short and into the water for double bogey on the par-3 16th.

Fowler closed with a 3-under 68 for a one-shot victory that assured him of a spot in the top five at the Tour Championship and a clear shot at the $10 million bonus in the FedEx Cup.

Fowler moved to No. 5 in the world, not quite part of the ''Big Three'' this year of Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day, but perhaps on the cusp of it.


NEW YORK (AP) - Nathan Eovaldi has an inflamed right elbow and won't throw for two weeks, the latest New York Yankees starting pitcher to get hurt.

The Yankees said the injury was diagnosed when the right-hander had an MRI on Monday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Eovaldi, 14-3 despite a 4.20 ERA, has allowed eight runs and 13 hits over 10 1/3 innings in his last two starts.

His place in the rotation likely will be filled by CC Sabathia, who is slated to start against Baltimore on Wednesday night in his return from a chronically sore right knee that has sidelined him since Aug. 23.

WASHINGTON (AP) - New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said he expects Matt Harvey won't pitch beyond the ''range'' of 180 innings in the regular season unless needed in the final series in early October.

As for the postseason, Harvey's availability will depend partly on how he's used down the stretch for the NL East leaders. Alderson added the plan is not yet final because he has yet to talk with Harvey's agent, Scott Boras.

Harvey, who has pitched 166 1/3 innings in his first season since Tommy John surgery and is 12-7 with a 2.60 ERA, is to start Tuesday against Washington.

On Saturday, Harvey said Andrews had advised him not to pitch beyond 180 innings, putting his postseason availability in doubt. The next day, Harvey wrote on The Players' Tribune website that he would definitely pitch in the postseason, and that he and the Mets would work out a compromise to ensure his availability.


DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) - Nyquist capped a memorable coast-to-coast day for trainer Doug O'Neill, who is heading into next year with some promising 2-year-olds in his barn.

Not long after long-shot Ralis won the Grade 1 Hopeful at Saratoga, Nyquist earned a 3 3/4-length victory in the $300,000 Del Mar Futurity, a race won last year by American Pharoah, who went on to become racing's first Triple Crown champion in 37 years.

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) - Jockey Corey Nakatani was thrown from his mount when it fell in the third race at Del Mar.

Tirpitz fell on the stretch turn, tossing Nakatani to the turf. The 3-year-old gelding and the jockey lay on the turf near the rail while the race finished. Track workers rushed to hold up green screens that shielded the horse and jockey from the view of fans.

Trained by J. Eric Kruljac, Tirpitz was loaded onto an ambulance and later euthanized.

Nakatani was taken to a hospital for examination of a shoulder issue, according to his agent Jim Pegram.

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