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Osaka, Nadal, Gauff headline packed second day at US Open


NEW YORK (AP) – Tennis’ future takes center stage on the second day of the U.S. Open.


The focus will be on youngsters seeking to wrest major titles from the game’s Big Three, the return of defending champion Naomi Osaka and the first main-draw appearance at Flushing Meadows for 15-year-old American Coco Gauff.


Top-ranked Osaka faces Anna Blinkova in the opening match at Arthur Ashe Stadium, where she beat Serena Williams last year for her first Grand Slam title. Gauff, who received a wild card into the tournament after reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon, plays Anastasia Potapova of Russia.


Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich), Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have combined to take 11 Grand Slam titles in a row, so the speculation is who can succeed them. Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Nick Kyrgios all will make their case Tuesday.


Nadal will be there too, with a night match against Australian John Millman, who stunned Federer last year in New York.




Morton and Verlander square off in Houston


UNDATED (AP) – Former teammates and 2019 All-Stars square off in a prime pitching matchup when Charlie Morton and the Rays face Justin Verlander in Houston.


With the Rays locked in a close wild-card race and the Astros leading the AL West, it’s a potential October preview.


Verlander, first in the majors with 239 strikeouts, fanned 11 last time out and went the distance on a two-hitter in a 2-1 loss to Detroit. He has seven straight double-digit strikeout games. Morton spent the past two years with the Astros and helped them win the 2017 World Series.


Elsewhere in the majors Tuesday:


– Kyle Schwarber and the Cubs visit the Mets in the opener of a pivotal three-game series at Citi Field. New York trails Chicago by two games for the second NL wild card. Both teams were off yesterday after getting swept at home last weekend – the Mets by Atlanta, the Cubs by Washington. Yu Darvish is scheduled to pitch for the Cubs against Marcus Stroman, who exited his previous start with left hamstring tightness. Chicago hopes to have Anthony Rizzo back in the lineup. The first baseman left Saturday’s game with tightness in his back and sat out Sunday.


– Yusei Kikuchi (YOO’-say kih-KOO’-chee) and Masahiro Tanaka (mah-sah-HEE’-roh tah-NAH’-kah) face each other for the first time in the majors when the Seattle Mariners host the AL East-leading New York Yankees. The 28-year-old Kikuchi is 5-8 with a 5.19 ERA in his first big league season, but he threw a two-hitter against Toronto in his last start on Aug. 18. The 30-year-old Tanaka has won two of his past three decisions but dropped his last outing against Oakland.


– All-Star right-hander Lucas Giolito (jee-oh-LEE’-toh) faces AL Central-leading Minnesota again when the Chicago White Sox host the Twins in the opener of a three-game series. Giolito struck out 12 while tossing a three-hitter in a 4-0 victory at Minnesota last Wednesday. He is 3-1 with a 2.33 ERA in four August starts, striking out 44 batters in 27 innings. Michael Pineda seeks his third straight win for the Twins.




Lions sign QB Luis Perez as backup option, cut David Fales


ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) – The Detroit Lions have signed quarterback Luis Perez and cut quarterback David Fales, giving them another option behind Matthew Stafford.


Detroit made the move Tuesday, two days before playing its final preseason game at Cleveland.


Perez is a former Texas A&M-Commerce standout, who was on the Los Angeles Rams’ practice squad for part of last season as an undrafted rookie and was with the Philadelphia Eagles during the offseason. He played for the Birmingham Iron of the now-defunct Alliance of American Football.


Detroit signed Tom Savage to likely be its No. 2 quarterback, but his preseason was impacted by a concussion. The Lions also have quarterback Josh Johnson on the roster. Johnson has started eight NFL games, including three last year with Washington.




Ex-NFL player charged with illegally possessing firearms


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – A former defensive tackle for the Kansas City Chiefs, Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks has been charged with illegally possessing firearms.


The U.S. attorney’s office said Monday in announcing the charges against 40-year-old Saousoalii Siavii Jr. that he was twice stunned with a Taser after he resisted arrest when he was taken into custody in August.


The confrontation began after Siavii was spotted exiting a vehicle reported stolen. Prosecutors say he fought off officers in the Kansas City suburb of Independence before being restrained. Siavii was in possession of a gun, ammunition, methamphetamine and marijuana.


The criminal complaint says he’s been arrested twice before while in possession of illegal drugs and loaded firearms.


The federal public defender representing Siavii didn’t immediately return an email message from The Associated Press.



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