BC-AP Sports Digest

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 30, 2014 at 2:37 am •  Published: August 30, 2014

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HAMPTON, Ga. — Tony Stewart was back in his comfort zone, behind the wheel of a race car. He's still got a shot at another Sprint Cup championship. Yet, plenty of questions remain. Will he face criminal charges for running over a fellow driver at a sprint-car race in upstate New York? Will the brash racer they call "Smoke" regain the edge that made him a NASCAR superstar, even after conceding he'll be affected the rest of his life by the death of Kevin Ward Jr.? By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 900 words by 4 a.m.


— HAMPTON, Ga. — CAR--NASCAR-Atlanta-Qualifying. By Charles Odum. SENT: 478 words.


NEW YORK — A day before facing Venus Williams at the U.S. Open, Italy's Sara Errani came across a video on Twitter that showed former players and coaches Brad Gilbert and Darren Cahill, picking Williams to win, with Gilbert predicting she'd win only four games. So much for that. In a riveting third-round match, the 19th-seeded Williams, a two-time U.S. Open champion, came within two points of victory four times before losing to Errani 6-0, 0-6, 7-6 (5). Second-seeded Simona Halep and No. 6 Angelique Kerber also lost. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 871 words.



NORTON, Mass. — Ryan Palmer would not have guessed this would be his lowest round of the year, at least not the way it started. He pulled his tee shot left into a hazard. After a penalty drop, he went just over the green some 40 feet from the flag, and still had 4 feet left just to make bogey. But he made the putt — and then he made a bunch more. When his round ended with an 18-foot birdie putt, Palmer had an 8-under 63 and a two-shot lead over Keegan Bradley after the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship. By Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 850 words by 4 a.m.


LOS ANGELES — When asked how much money she wanted to sell the Los Angeles Clippers, the wife of disgraced team owner Donald Sterling handed a piece of paper to her lawyer with two numbers: $1.5 to $2. What wasn't written was understood — she meant billions, shocking figures for a franchise that until recently was a perpetual loser. But Shelly Sterling soon brokered a deal to part with the team for a record $2 billion, selling it to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, a buyer whose name she did not know at first. By Special Correspondent Linda Deutsch. SENT: 923 words.


SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Francisco 49ers have been preparing for months to play on without Aldon Smith over an extended period. Now they know the exact timeframe: He is suspended for more than half the season. The star linebacker received his nine-game penalty from the league Friday stemming from a series of off-field legal issues. A statement from the NFL said Smith had violated the NFL's substance abuse and personal conduct policies. Smith won't be eligible to return until Nov. 10, the day after the 49ers' game against the New Orleans Saints. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 648 words.


PORTLAND, Ore. — I.K. Kim increased her lead to three strokes Friday in the LPGA Tour's Portland Classic, shooting a 5-under 67 to reach 12 under. The South Korean player had seven birdies and two bogeys in her morning round in cloudy, calm conditions at Columbia Edgewater. Spain's Carlota Ciganda and South Korea's Mi Jung Hur shot 65 to join Laura Diaz at 9 under. Diaz had a 68. By Nick Daschel. SENT: 688 words.



NEW YORK — John Isner is not the sort to study a lot of video of past matches in order to prepare for an upcoming opponent. If he wanted to, he'd have plenty of material to prepare for facing 22nd-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany in the third round of the U.S. Open. This is, after all, the third consecutive year that Isner will meet Kohlschreiber in the third round at Flushing Meadows. Other matches on Day 6 include: Sam Querrey taking on top-seeded Novak Djokovic, Serena Willians facing 52nd-ranked fellow American Varvara Lepchenko. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 530 words.


— NEW YORK — TEN--US Open-Sharapova. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 546 words.

— NEW YORK — TEN--US Open-Gulbis Out. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 346 words.

— NEW YORK — TEN--US Open-Federer. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 460 words.

— NEW YORK — TEN--US Open-Long Wait. By Rachel Cohen. SENT: 693 words.



TORONTO — Injured Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka is being sent back to New York because of general soreness in his right arm, a setback in his bid to rejoin the rotation this season. Tanaka threw 49 pitches in a simulated game Thursday and did not report any unusual pain. On Friday, however, he said his whole arm felt sore. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said it would be "maybe a week" until Tanaka throws his next bullpen session. Until then, he'll work out at Yankee Stadium every day, and play light catch. SENT: 364 words.

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