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Gauff, Osaka try to set up a showdown at the US Open


NEW YORK (AP) – Defending champion Naomi Osaka and 15-year-old Coco Gauff (gahf) are both on Thursday’s schedule at the U.S. Open.


Gauff and Osaka are in action during a fourth day of play that will be a little busier than usual as tournament officials try to reschedule matches that were postponed by rain Wednesday.


Gauff, who reached the fourth round at Wimbledon, opens the Thursday night session on Louis Armstrong Stadium against Timea Babos. Osaka plays there earlier against Magda Linette. If Osaka and Gauff both win, they will face each other in the third round this weekend.


Others in action Thursday include past U.S. Open champions Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka (vah-VRINK’-ah) and reigning Wimbledon champ Simona Halep (HAL’-ehp) and Caroline Wozniacki, along with some matches that were postponed by rain yesterday.




College football gets going


UNDATED (AP) – The college football season gets started in earnest Thursday night after last week’s warmup, kicking off a full Labor Day weekend schedule.


Defending champion and No. 1 Clemson helps launch the ACC Network with a home game against Georgia Tech. Clemson enters the season with 15 consecutive victories, the longest current streak in the country. The Tigers will also put a 15-game home winning streak and 13-game conference streak on the line.


There are three other games Thursday involving Top 25 teams: No. 12 Texas A&M vs. Texas State, No. 14 Utah at BYU and No. 17 UCF vs.


Florida A&M.




DeGrom tries to stop Mets’ slide


UNDATED (AP) – Jacob deGrom tries to stop the Mets’ five-game skid when he faces Cubs lefty Jon Lester in a series finale between playoff hopefuls at Citi Field.


DeGrom, last year’s NL Cy Young Award winner, has pitched himself right back into contention this season and leads the league with 207 strikeouts. He fanned 13 over seven innings and homered last time out but the Mets lost 2-1 to Atlanta in 14 innings. The right-hander is the first pitcher since at least 1900 to homer and strike out 13 or more in the same game twice in one season.


Elsewhere in the majors Thursday:


– Major league ERA leader Hyun-Jin Ryu (hyoon-jihn YOO) looks to rebound from a rough outing when he pitches for the NL West-leading Dodgers tonight at Arizona. The All-Star lefty gave up a grand slam to Didi Gregorius (DEE’-dee greh-GOHR’-ee-uhs) last Friday and was tagged by the New York Yankees for a career high-tying seven runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings – his shortest outing since June 28. It was Ryu’s second consecutive loss, and his ERA jumped from 1.64 to 2.00.


– Aristides Aquino and Eugenio Suarez are providing lots of long balls for Cincinnati, and they’ll try to power up again tonight at Marlins Park. Aquino tied the National League rookie record for home runs in a month last night with his 13th. The 24-year-old outfielder matched the NL homer mark for rookies in a month set by Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers in June 2017. Suarez hit his 38th home run, connecting in the fourth straight game. The Reds will try for a four-game sweep when they face rookie Robert Dugger, who was hit hard earlier this month in his first start.



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