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Analysis: Can Serena Williams keep going at the US Open?

NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams now can say she has won a U.S. Open match in her teens, her 20s, her 30s and her 40s. She also has won a championship at Flushing Meadows in her teens, 20s and 30s. So what about in her 40s? It might be a tad too much to expect that sort of fit-for-a-script run over the next two...


Analysis: Can Serena Williams keep going at the US Open?

NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams now can say she has won a U.S. Open match in her teens, her 20s, her 30s and her 40s. She also has won a championship at Flushing Meadows in her teens, 20s and 30s. So what about in her 40s? It might be a tad too much to expect that sort of fit-for-a-script run over the next two weeks in what Williams has hinted will be her last tournament of a career with six U.S. Open trophies and 23 Grand Slam titles overall. Williams, who turns 41 next month. heads into the second round on Wednesday night against the No. 2 seed in the women’s bracket, Anett Kontaveit.

Venus Williams out of US Open; Raducanu loses in 1st Rd, too

NEW YORK (AP) — Venus Williams has lost her first-round match at the U.S. Open. The seven-time major champion was beaten by Alison Van Uytvanck in straight sets. Tuesday’s match came a day after Serena Williams won her first-round match in a much fuller and louder Arthur Ashe Stadium. Venus, who turned 42 in June, has not made any pronouncements about her future in tennis, unlike her younger sibling. This was the second appearance in a row that Venus bowed out in the opening round at Flushing Meadows. It never had happened to her before 2020. She missed last year’s tournament. Defending champion Emma Raducanu also lost in the first round.

Nadal wins 1st match in NY since 2019 | US Open updates

NEW YORK (AP) — Rafael Nadal’s first U.S. Open match since 2019 has ended with a four-set victory over a player making his Grand Slam debut. Nadal improved to 20-0 in matches at major tournaments this season by beating Australian wild-card entry Rinky Hijikata 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 in Arthur Ashe Stadium. Nadal did not show any serious lingering effects from the torn abdominal muscle that forced the 22-time Grand Slam champion to pull out of Wimbledon before he was supposed to play in the semifinals.

Raiders’ Leatherwood, Browns’ Rosen among wave of NFL cuts

The Las Vegas Raiders have waived offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood. He is the third of the club’s three first-round draft picks in 2020-21 to get dumped before the end of his second season. NFL teams had a Tuesday deadline to cut rosters to 53 players for the regular season. Many moves were procedural steps before those players come back. Cleveland released quarterback Josh Rosen. He was an extra arm as the Browns navigated the situation with Deshaun Watson. Rosen was working to be Jacoby Brissett’s backup during Watson’s 11-game suspension.

Timmy Trumpet muted in Mets’ loss, back Wednesday for Díaz

NEW YORK (AP) — Timmy Trumpet was all set to horn in on this most notable season for the New York Mets. The Australian-born musician was at Citi Field with trumpet in hand Tuesday night, ready if needed to pop onto the diamond and blare his song “Narco” live if Mets closer Edwin Díaz emerged from the bullpen. But Díaz never got into the game as the Dodgers won 4-3. Instead, Mets fans had to be content to sing along as Trumpet played a more muted version of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” from just outside the Los Angeles dugout during the seventh-inning stretch. Minutes after attending his first major league game, Trumpet tweeted he’d back Wednesday night, hoping again to play Díaz’s wildly popular entrance song in person.

QB Deshaun Watson leaves Browns as NFL suspension begins

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Cleveland Browns starting quarterback Deshaun Watson has begun serving his NFL suspension for alleged sexual misconduct, a punishment that will keep Watson away from the team until Oct. 10. Watson was placed on the reserve/suspended by commissioner list before practice as the Browns finalized their initial 53-man roster. The 26-year-old was accused of sexual misconduct and harassment by two dozen women during massage therapy sessions in Texas. Watson will miss 11 games, pay a $5 million fine and must undergo mandatory treatment and counseling before he can be reinstated. Watson is not permitted to have contact with team personnel during his suspension.

Mayfield’s comments add spark to Browns-Panthers Week 1 game

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield has ignited what was already expected to be an emotionally charged Week 1 game against his former team, the Cleveland Browns. According to Bills sideline reporter Cynthia Frelund, Mayfield had some choice words for the Browns following the Panthers’ 21-0 preseason win over Buffalo on Friday night. “I’m going to (expletive) them up,” Mayfield said of the Browns, according to what Frelund said on a podcast.

Column: Big moments in PGA Tour season lost amid LIV Golf

ATLANTA (AP) — There’s no escaping the chatter of Saudi-funded LIV Golf. The rival league has picked up six more players just two days after the PGA Tour season ended. It’s been like that all year. AP Golf Writer Doug Ferguson says what gets lost to LIV is a season of remarkable achievement on the PGA Tour. Some of the players weigh in with their favorite moments. Some look to Scottie Scheffler’s big run leading to his Masters win. Others point to the 30 Cameron Smith shot on the back nine at St. Andrews to win the British Open. And several recalled Tiger Woods walking up the 18th fairway on the biggest stages.

John Wall says he considered suicide during struggles

LOS ANGELES (AP) — John Wall says he considered taking his own life during a time in the last three years when he was dealing with a torn Achilles and the deaths of family members at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 31-year-old guard joined the Los Angeles Clippers this summer and is eager for a return to form. Wall said recently he was in the “darkest place I’ve ever been in” after the death of his 58-year-old mother in December 2019, followed by the loss of his grandmother. Wall says he began attending therapy to deal with the losses in the middle of rehabbing from his Achilles injury.

Kershaw set for return to Dodgers’ rotation Thursday vs Mets

NEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw is set to come off the injured list and rejoin the rotation Thursday to face the New York Mets. Kershaw hasn’t pitched since Aug. 4, when he exited a start against San Francisco because of lower back pain. The 34-year-old three-time NL Cy Young Award winner spent five weeks on the IL with a back injury earlier this season. Kershaw felt good following a bullpen session Monday is ready to return in a game at Citi Field between NL division leaders. Kershaw is 7-3 with a 2.64 ERA in 15 starts. The Dodgers have the best record in the majors.

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