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Nadal aims to put one of the Big Three in US Open semifinals


NEW YORK (AP) – Rafael Nadal will try to make sure the U.S. Open has one member of the Big Three in the semifinals.


With Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) out of the tournament, Nadal is the only major champion left on the men’s side as he faces No. 20 Diego Schwartzman on Wednesday night.


Nadal, who has won three of his 18 major titles at Flushing Meadows, is playing in his 40th career Grand Slam quarterfinal. He is 7-0 against Schwartzman.


No. 13 Gael Monfils of France and No. 24 Matteo Berrettini meet in the other quarterfinal.


The women’s quarterfinal matchups are No. 13 Belinda Bencic against No. 23 Donna Vekic, and 15th-seeded Bianca Andreescu against No. 25 Elise Mertens. Mertens is the only one of the four who has been beyond this stage of a Grand Slam.




AP source: Cowboys, Elliott have deal, ending long holdout


UNDATED (AP) – A person with knowledge of the deal says the Dallas Cowboys have reached agreement on a $90 million, six-year contract extension that will make Ezekiel Elliott the highest-paid running back in the NFL and end a holdout that lasted the entire preseason.


The breakthrough was finalized Wednesday, the day of the team’s first full workout for the opener at home against the New York Giants. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn’t been announced. Elliott, who has two years remaining on his current deal, will get $50 million guaranteed.


The standoff between Dallas and the two-time NFL rushing champion came with the Cowboys holding high expectations coming off their first playoff win with Elliott and quarterback Dak Prescott. They’ve won two NFC East titles in three seasons together.


Although Prescott and receiver Amari Cooper are seeking long-term contracts in the final year of their rookie deals, getting an agreement with Elliott settles the most important issue as the Cowboys try to get past the divisional round for the first time since winning the last of the franchise’s five Super Bowls during the 1995 season.




Track’s doping watchdog won’t appeal Coleman ruling


MONACO (AP) – The Athletics Integrity Unit says it won’t appeal a decision to clear American sprinter Christian Coleman of a rule violation.
The AIU says it agrees Coleman shouldn’t face a ban for missed tests because of a technicality which led the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to drop its case against him last week.


Coleman is the reigning U.S. champion in the 100 meters and a favorite to win gold at the upcoming world championships.


AIU chairman David Howman says he is following World Anti-Doping Agency guidance about how to date Coleman’s “whereabouts failures.”



Athletes can only be punished for racking up three failures in a 12-month period, and WADA said one should be backdated to fall outside that period.




NBC offers free prediction contest during its NFL game


UNDATED (AP) – NBC Sports will offer a weekly free-to-play prediction game during its “Sunday Night Football” telecasts this season.


The Sunday Night 7 will feature seven questions on the game covering a series of matchups each week. Some of the questions will change but range from the game’s result to which team’s quarterback will pass for more yards and touchdowns? It could also include who scores the first and last touchdown, total touchdowns, total points or length of the longest TD or field goal.


The contest opens with Sunday’s game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots. All predictions must be made before the game with cash prizes awarded each week.


NBC already offers prediction games for the English Premier League, golf and NASCAR through NBCSports.com and its NBC Sports Predictor app.



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