Update on the latest sports
Serena, Djokovic, Federer face upstarts in US Open 2nd round
NEW YORK (AP) – Serena Williams’ matchup against 17-year-old American Caty McNally heads a lineup of second-round contests that similarly pit established champions against hungry upstarts.
The eighth-seeded Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam singles champ, will be heavily favored in the nightcap in Arthur Ashe Stadium against McNally, who is ranked No. 121 and got her first victory in a Grand Slam event after receiving a wild card to play singles and doubles with fellow teenage star Coco Gauff.
Defending men’s champ and top seed Novak Djokovic is in the leadoff night match in Ashe, taking on 56th-ranked Juan Ignacio Londero after third-seeded Roger Federer plays 99th-ranked Damir Dzumhur.
Other key matches on Wednesday include Venus Williams against No. 5 Elina Svitolina, and No. 2 Ash Barty taking on 73rd-ranked American Lauren Davis.
Paxton faces his old team
UNDATED (AP) – Yankees lefty James Paxton faces his old team when he starts at Seattle against Mariners youngster Justus Sheffield.
Paxton was dealt from the Mariners to New York last November and Sheffield was the centerpiece of the trade package in return.
Paxton won his fifth consecutive start last Friday against the Dodgers, allowing two earned runs in 6 2/3 innings for the AL East leaders. It will be the second career start for Sheffield, who struggled early and lasted only four innings in his first start last Friday against Toronto.
The AL East-leading Yankees are coming off a 7-0 victory over the Mariners on Tuesday in which Aaron Judge hit his 100th home run. The Yankees slugger reached the milestone in his 371st game. Only Ryan Howard and Yankees teammate Gary Sanchez got to 100 faster – Howard in 325 games and Sanchez in 355.
Elsewhere in the majors Wednesday:
– The NL Central-leading Cardinals have matched a season high with six straight wins heading into a series finale at Milwaukee. Veteran St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina has seven home runs this season, including three in the first two games of this series against the Brewers. Molina has seven career multihomer performances, four of them in Milwaukee. Jack Flaherty starts for St. Louis against Jordan Lyles, who tossed six hitless innings in his last start vs. Arizona.
– Washington closer Sean Doolittle will throw a simulated game and if all goes well could be activated as soon as this weekend. He’s been out with tendinitis in his right knee. Doolittle will work out before Max Scherzer starts the series finale at Nationals Park against Baltimore.
G Cam Ward signs 1-day contract, retires with Hurricanes
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Goalie Goalie Cam Ward has signed a one-day contract with the Carolina Hurricanes and is retiring as a member of the team he helped lead to a Stanley Cup.
General manager Don Waddell announced the signing and retirement Wednesday, calling Ward “a cornerstone for this organization for more than a decade.”
The 35-year-old Ward won the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the 2006 playoffs and holds numerous club records for goalies, including 318 victories, 668 regular-season games played, a .557 winning percentage and 27 shutouts. After becoming a fixture in goal for Carolina from 2005-18, he spent his final NHL season with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Ward called it “an honor and a privilege to wear the Hurricanes jersey for 13 years.”
WOMEN’S HOCKEY TOUR
Top women hockey players announce series of tournaments
UNDATED (AP) – Kendall Coyne Schofield and a majority of the world’s top female hockey players are set to hit the ice in their ongoing push to establish a single, economically viable North American professional league.
The newly formed Professional Women’s Hockey Players’ Association announced Wednesday it will hold a series of tournaments starting in Toronto on Sept. 20-22. Two more events are also scheduled for Hudson, New Hampshire, on Oct. 4-6 and Chicago on Oct. 18-20.
The union also announced its members will play exhibition games against Boston College on Sept. 21 and against the Sharks alumni in San Jose on Sept. 22.
The tournaments are being billed as “The Dream Gap Tour,” which represents the gap girls have in their dreams of one day play professionally.
As Coyne Schofield told The Associated Press, her only options growing up ended at playing college or potentially the Olympics, where the two-time Olympian helped the United States win a gold medal last year.
The union is made up of players who have pledged not to compete professionally in North America this season in a bid to form a league that pays them a livable wage and provides health care.