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  • US OPEN SCENE: Serena sizzles in leopard dress

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams doesn't just play fierce. The five-time champion strode on court for her opening-round U.S. Open match against Taylor Townsend on Tuesday night wearing a black-and-white, leopard-print dress that looked as tough as she plays. After Williams' straight-set victory, ESPN's Pam Shriver gave her review in the post-match TV interview: "By the way, the dress is phenomenal." Williams responded with a growl. It's not the first such fashion statement for Williams, who is seeded No. 1. On her way to the 2002 title, she wore a skin-hugging, all-black "catsuit," and in 2004 she turned heads in a midriff-baring black top with a pleated blue jean skirt. By James Martinez, www.twitter.

  • Lagares, Gee lead Mets to 3-2 win over Braves

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The most comforting sight for New York Mets pitchers is Juan Lagares galloping around the outfield. Lagares hit a two-run homer and ran down one ball after another in center, sending Dillon Gee and the Mets to a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night. Gee stopped the longest losing streak of his career at five games, outpitching Alex Wood in the opener of a three-game series. Lagares, one of the best defensive outfielders in baseball, scurried from gap to gap and finished with seven putouts. "That's Lagares, man," Gee said. "We expect that from him now. Unbelievable center fielder. Makes great plays. ... I'd be hard-pressed to find anybody better. He's unbelievable. He's fun to watch.

  • CiCi Bellis, 15, youngest US Open winner since '96

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — While 15-year-old American CiCi Bellis was in the process of stunning a Grand Slam finalist to become the youngest player to win a U.S. Open match since 1996, her father did his best to conceal his emotions courtside. Like many a teen, CiCi has strict rules for Dad in public — even if his 1,208th-ranked daughter is pulling out a back-and-forth 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 victory Tuesday over 12th-seeded Dominika Cibulkova in the first round at Flushing Meadows. "I'm told I cannot sigh and I cannot move or say anything (because) that distracts her, so I just have to sit there like a Sphinx and just smile and pray," the elder Bellis, Gordon, explained with a deadpan delivery. "She hears me when I sigh. So I can't sigh."

  • Davis homer in 8th lifts Pirates over Cardinals

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ike Davis didn't complain when the Pittsburgh Pirates told him they were going to eat into his playing time by experimenting with Pedro Alvarez at first base. Call it the byproduct of spending four-plus seasons with the New York Mets. "You kind of get immune to stuff after a while," Davis said. "Kind of my career has been starting, not starting, so I'm used to it." Davis is simply happy to be in a pennant race at the moment. He provided a needed jolt in a pinch-hit appearance Tuesday night, connecting for a tiebreaking three-run homer off St. Louis reliever Seth Maness in the eighth inning of a potentially costly 5-2 victory. Pirates star Andrew McCutchen left in the fifth inning because of discomfor

  • Gonzalez's winless slide continues with 4-3 loss

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Gio Gonzalez's winless slide continued. Freddy Galvis and Darin Ruf homered and Carlos Ruiz drove in go-ahead run with an eighth-inning sacrifice fly to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-3 victory over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night. Gonzalez (6-10) gave up three runs on six hits in six innings to extend his winless streak to nine starts. Gonzalez is 0-6 with a 4.35 ERA since winning his last game on July 5. "He made a couple of mistakes that they hit out of the park, but he was competitive and threw his pitches for strikes," Washington manager Matt Williams said. Gonzalez blanked the Phillies through four innings of two-hit ball before giving up two runs in the fourth.

  • Galvis and Ruf homer as Phils beat Nationals 4-3

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Phillies got a big lift from their bench. Freddy Galvis and Darin Ruf homered and Carlos Ruiz drove in go-ahead run with an eighth-inning sacrifice fly to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-3 victory over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night. Ken Giles (3-1) struck out the side in a scoreless eighth to help the Phillies to their fifth win in six games. Asdrubal Cabrera homered for the Nationals, who lost consecutive games for the first time since Aug. 4-5. Cole Hamels took a lead into the eighth before giving up a leadoff homer to Cabrera. The left-hander was lifted for Giles after that batter, finishing with three runs allowed on eight hits with five strikeouts and a walk.

  • Westmoore to use running back by committee

    Trent Shadid | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    After featuring mostly a one-running back offense last season, Westmoore will transition to using a multitude of players at the position in 2014. Coach Adam Gaylor expects to have Terrel Skinner and Mike Hotchkins take over most of the carries, and says standout receivers Stephan Robinson and DeShawn Lookout will also appear in the backfield. […]

  • Cal needs more from its running game

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — California quarterback Jared Goff sent multiple school passing records as a freshman in 2013. He's looking forward to a lighter workload this year. Coming off a season in which their running game ranked 101st nationally, the Golden Bears hope to be more balanced to alleviate pressure on the rest of the offense. "If the run game is what we need to do to win, then that's what I'm all for," Goff said Tuesday as Cal prepared for its season opener at Northwestern this weekend. Cal's defense was largely to blame for the team's 1-11 record in coach Sonny Dykes' first season, but the lack of production on the ground was also at fault. The Bears didn't have a single back run for more than 450 yards.

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners get to see Manny Diaz's defense again

    BY RYAN ABER | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    Former Texas defensive coordinator now in charge of Louisiana Tech’s defense. The Sooners play host to the Bulldogs on Saturday.

  • Royal box: His Airness now a member of Club Fed

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — His Airness is now a member of Club Fed. Michael Jordan was a special guest in Roger Federer's courtside box at the U.S. Open on Tuesday night, the rare spectacle of an all-time great in one sport cheering on an all-time great from another. "I know nothing about tennis," Jordan said in an interview with ESPN, adding that he was nevertheless fascinated by how smooth Federer looked on court. "He's a good athlete. I know he played basketball a bit." Jordan, seated in the same row with Vogue editor and longtime Federer friend Anna Wintour, clapped wildly when Federer ran down a drop shot for a winner in his 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (4) first-round victory over Marinko Matosevic.

  • Sarkisian: USC looking into Shaw's heroic story

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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. "We're looking at it," Sarkisian said after practice Tuesday morning. "Josh is adamant with what occurred, and we'll continue to vet some of the other stories that have come across our desk or across our ph

  • High school notebook: Clinton's Marquiz Simpkins to attend OU opener

    BY ED GODFREY, TRENT SHADID, JACOB UNRUH, AND SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    Clinton running back Marquiz Simpkins’ recruiting appears to be picking up. He tweeted Tuesday that he will accept an invitation to attend Oklahoma’s season opener on Saturday against Louisiana Tech. Simpkins also indicated in the tweet that the trip will serve as one of his official visits. Last season, he rushed for 1,399 yards and 14 touchdowns while battling various injuries. As a sophomore, he broke out with more than 2,000 yards and 29 TDs while leading Clinton to the Class 4A title. Simpkins currently has scholarship offers from South Dakota and Tulsa. WESTMOORE TO USE RUNNING BACK BY COMMITTEE After featuring mostly a one-running back offense last season, Westmoore will transition to using a

  • Donovan to play final match for US team in Oct.

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Landon Donovan says he will make his final appearance for the U.S. national team Oct. 10 in a friendly against Ecuador. Donovan announced the plan Tuesday. Donovan is the top scorer in U.S. history with 57 goals and 58 assists in 156 appearances, but he wasn't chosen for his fourth World Cup roster earlier this summer by coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Earlier this month, the 32-year-old Donovan announced he will retire from the LA Galaxy after the season. The five-time MLS champion is the North American league's career goals leader. The U.S. team will face Ecuador at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. Klinsmann expressed excitement about Donovan's final appearance in a post on h

  • With MJ on his side, Federer wins US Open opener

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Growing up as a basketball fan, Roger Federer had a poster of Michael Jordan hanging on his bedroom wall. On Tuesday night, Federer won a first-round match at the U.S. Open with Jordan sitting in his courtside guest box. Playing in his record 60th consecutive Grand Slam tournament, and seeking to add to his mark of 17 major titles, Federer delighted his childhood idol with a back-to-the-net, between-the-legs shot during a 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory over 76th-ranked Marinko Matosevic of Australia. The second-seeded Federer will face another Australian, big-serving Sam Groth, in the second round.

  • Lane Taylor waiting for his chance in Green Bay

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    Undrafted out of Oklahoma State, guard is now one of the Packers’ top backups.

  • High school football: Blanchard has some holes to fill

    By Trent Shadid, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    BLANCHARD — For the first time in two years, preseason uncertainty surrounds the Blanchard football program. The good news is the Lions answered all the questions in 2012 by winning the Class 3A state championship, their first title since 1979. It’s yet to be seen if Blanchard is capable of producing a similar run in 2014, as the Lions are replacing 3,000-yard running back Braden Stringer and productive starting quarterback Blake Owen from last season’s 3A runner-up team. Seniors Brandon Montano and Hayden Hamlin and sophomore Holden Mayfield are all expected to see time at running back, while senior Kanon Kirchner becomes the new quarterback. “Those other guys are ready to step in and get their shot,”

  • Most OKC RedHawks focused on playoffs, not September call to the majors

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    The odd part of Triple-A baseball is, just when the season is ending, it’s sometimes the opportunity of a lifetime for some players who live out their dream and play in the big leagues. Because major league teams can expand beyond the normal 25-man roster on Sept. 1 several players are called up. A few are handed late-season auditions to try to experience the big leagues so they can concentrate on areas that need work during the offseason. The Oklahoma City RedHawks, though, are in a unique situation. Heading into Tuesday night’s game at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, Oklahoma City was tied for first in the Pacific Coast League’s American Northern Division with Omaha with six games left in the regular season.

  • Oklahoma State football: Candidates for eight freshmen Mike Gundy says will play against Florida State

    By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    The Oklahoma State coach has said twice in the past week that at least eight true freshmen will play in the season opener on Saturday. But Gundy hasn't identified those players. Here's a closer look at eight new faces who have the potential to fill those roles.

  • Pirates OF McCutchen leaves with rib discomfort

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Center fielder Andrew McCutchen has left Pittsburgh's game with the St. Louis Cardinals with left rib discomfort. McCutchen departed after flying out to right in the bottom of the fifth inning on Tuesday night. The reigning National League MVP spent 15 days on the disabled list with fractured rib cartilage earlier this month and appeared to aggravate the injury in the third inning when he collided with the wall while tracking down a fly ball by Matt Carpenter. McCutchen slammed into the green padding and bent over for several seconds before gingerly making his way to the dugout. He remained in the game for two more plate appearances but grimaced in pain after flying out in the fifth.

  • UNC probing report of alleged hazing incident

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina is investigating a report of an alleged hazing altercation that left a walk-on receiver with a possible concussion. "We are aware of an incident involving members of the UNC football team that took place earlier this month," team spokesman Kevin Best said in a statement Tuesday. "We take this allegation seriously and the university is conducting a thorough review." The statement was released in response to a Yahoo Sports report which stated that 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. Boyer is from C