BC-AP Sports Digest

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 27, 2014 at 2:33 am •  Published: August 27, 2014

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NEW YORK — Fifteen-year-old American CiCi Bellis became the youngest player to win a U.S. Open match since 1996, beating 12th-seeded Dominika Cibulkova 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 in the first round at Flushing Meadows. Her victory was part of a 9-4 showing by American women Tuesday, including 8-0 against unseeded opponents. In an all-American match at night, two-time defending champion Serena Williams beat another teen, Taylor Townsend, 6-3, 6-1. In the men's draw, Roger Federer beat Marinko Matosevic 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (4) with Michael Jordan sitting in Federer's guest box at Arthur Ashe Stadium. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 802 words.



SAN FRANCISCO — Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner wanted to waste a two-strike curveball in front of Rockies cleanup hitter Justin Morneau. He left the ball up just enough for Morneau to get a piece of it — the only mistake on an otherwise memorable night for the San Francisco left-hander. Bumgarner pitched a one-hitter and matched his career high of 13 strikeouts, and the Giants beat the Rockies 3-0 on Tuesday night to snap a three-game losing streak. The two-time All-Star retired the first 21 batters before Morneau doubled down the right field line to end the bid for perfection. SENT: 616 words.


Even actor Tom Hanks has an opinion about whether the athletes at the 2015 Women's World Cup should play on artificial turf or grass. A group of players from the U.S. women's national team, who will vie for a spot in the World Cup in October qualifying, have joined with several international players in protesting the turf surfaces for next summer's big event in Canada. And they're getting rapidly growing support from the sport's fans, including Hanks. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 925 words by 4 a.m.


LOS ANGELES — Southern California coach Steve Sarkisian says the school is investigating defensive back Josh Shaw's claim that he injured both of his ankles jumping off a balcony to save his nephew from drowning. Sarkisian said USC has received several calls contradicting Shaw's story about the circumstances leading to his two high ankle sprains. Shaw's story was told in a detailed post on the Trojans' website Monday hailing the team captain's heroism, but Sarkisian acknowledged USC isn't exactly sure what happened. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 593 words.


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — North Carolina is investigating a report of an alleged hazing altercation that left a walk-on receiver with a possible concussion. A statement announcing the investigation was released by the school in response to a Yahoo Sports report that stated the alleged hazing involved several players and resulted in redshirt freshman Jackson Boyer being injured. Yahoo Sports reported the incident occurred in Boyer's room at the hotel where the team stayed for preseason camp. SENT: 200 words.



NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Ravens running back Ray Rice is sitting out two games for domestic violence. A positive marijuana test, meanwhile, means Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will miss a full year. Critics of the NFL's arbitrary policy toward domestic violence point to the contrast between the punishments and say it's time for the league to crack down on players who hurt women. League officials may soon take action. A person familiar with the NFL's plans says the league is looking into increasing punishments for players involved in domestic violence. By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 886 words by 4 a.m.


NEW YORK — The Associated Press will recognize the NFL's top assistant coach with a new award beginning this season. The Assistant Coach of the Year award will be the AP's eighth NFL honor, joining MVP, Coach of the Year, Comeback Player of the Year, Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, and Offensive and Defensive Rookies of the Year. A nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league vote on the awards, and the winners will be announced the night before the Super Bowl. By Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 a.m.


— KANSAS CITY, Mo. — FBN--Chiefs' Starters. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 730 words by 4 a.m.

— CHARLOTTE, N.C. — FBN--Panthers-Webb. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 560 words by 4 a.m.

— ALLEN PARK, Mich. — FBN--Lions-Receivers. UPCOMING: 560 words by 4 a.m.

— TAMPA, Fla. — FBN--Patriots-Buccaneers Trade. By Fred Goodall. SENT: 622 words.

— IRVING, Texas — FBN--Cowboys-Spencer. By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 467 words.

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