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Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal on schedule as US Open begins


NEW YORK (AP) – A long list of returns highlights Day 1 at the U.S. Open as the year’s last Grand Slam tennis tournament gets started.


The Monday schedule includes Serena Williams, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka (vah-VRINK’-ah) – all past champions at Flushing Meadows who missed last year’s U.S. Open.


In addition, defending champions Rafael Nadal and Sloane Stephens are slated to play.


For the first time since Wimbledon in 2017, a tournament will have the entire men’s Big Four in the field: Nadal, Murray, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich).


Williams will face Magda Linette in Arthur Ashe Stadium to start the night session, followed by Nadal against David Ferrer in a rematch of the 2013 French Open final.


No. 1-ranked Simona Halep takes on Kaia Kanepi in the first match ever played in the reconstructed Louis Armstrong Stadium, which now features a retractable roof.




Morales goes for a record in Baltimore


UNDATED (AP) – Kendrys (KEN’-drees) Morales will try to extend his home run streak when the Blue Jays open a three-game series in Baltimore tonight.


Morales has homered in seven straight games for Toronto, one short of the major league record held by Dale Long, Don Mattingly and Ken Griffey Jr.


Morales is one of seven players in big league history with a streak this long. The Cuban slugger has six home runs in 116 career at-bats at Camden Yards. He has 21 homers this season and is batting .500 with eight home runs and 15 RBIs during a 10-game hitting streak.


Rookie David Hess pitches for the Orioles and Sam Gaviglio starts for Toronto.


Elsewhere in the majors:


– Masahiro Tanaka takes the mound tonight when the banged-up Yankees host the White Sox. Carlos Rodon (roh-DAHN’) starts for Chicago, which has won nine of 12. The banged-up Yankees suddenly find themselves back within striking distance of first-place Boston in the AL East. They’ve won eight of nine to move within six games of the Red Sox.


– Stephen Strasburg pitches for the Nationals tonight as Washington begins a three-game series in Philadelphia. Strasburg came off the disabled list last week after missing more than a month with a neck problem and gave up five runs in four innings vs. Philadelphia. His velocity dipped in his last inning. Zach Eflin starts for the Phillies.


– Oakland plays at Houston in the opener of a three-game series between the top two teams in the AL West. Gerrit Cole pitches for the World Series champion Astros, who have won five straight and lead the division by 1 1/2 games. Cole is 2-0 with a 2.92 ERA in four starts against the A’s this season. Athletics lefty Brett Anderson is 3-1 with a 2.11 ERA in eight starts since coming off the disabled list, and opponents are batting just .218 since his return. Houston expects to have All-Star outfielder George Springer back in the lineup.


– Three years ago, Daniel Murphy powered the Mets into the World Series by going 9 for 17 with four home runs to win NLCS MVP honors in a four-game sweep of the Cubs. Now, he’ll face his former team for the first time as a member of the Cubs when they host Noah Syndergaard and the Mets at Wrigley Field. Murphy has tormented New York since leaving town as a free agent, batting .390 with 11 homers, 43 RBIs and a whopping 1.162 OPS in 44 games against the Mets for the Washington Nationals, who traded him to Chicago last week. Jon Lester starts for the Cubs.


– Rockies right-hander Jon Gray faces Mike Trout and the Angels with his club a game back of Arizona for the NL West lead. Gray hasn’t lost a start since June 12, a span of 10 outings. He’s allowed four earned runs or fewer in his past seven starts – no small feat, with four of those games at Coors Field – and Colorado has won each of his past nine outings. The Angels have dropped six straight, including a three-game sweep by Houston over the weekend.




Francois named No. 19 Florida State’s starting QB


UNDATED (AP) – Deondre Francois has been named Florida State’s starting quarterback. The junior beat out James Blackman and Bailey Hockman for the opportunity to start for the No. 19 Seminoles in the season opener against No. 20 Virginia Tech on Sept. 3.


Francois threw for 3,350 yards, 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 2016 when he was named the Atlantic Coast Conference’s rookie of the year. He suffered a season-ending knee injury last year in the Seminoles’ opener against Alabama.


Blackman stepped in to start after Francois’ surgery. As a true freshman, Blackman threw for 2,230 yards, 19 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.


Hockman took a redshirt in 2017, his first year on campus, and often ran the Seminoles’ scout team.


In other college football news:


– Veteran Kelly Bryant is Clemson’s starting quarterback, holding off promising freshman Trevor Lawrence. The second-ranked Tigers open the season Saturday at home against Furman. The team released its first depth chart Monday with Bryant on top in the closely watched competition. Bryant started last season and led Clemson to a 12-2 record and a third straight Atlantic Coast Conference championship and College Football Playoff appearance. But a 24-6 loss to eventual national champion Alabama in the semifinals where Clemson’s offense was ineffective led some Tiger fans to look to the 6-foot-6 Lawrence to take over.




World champs bronze medalist Bett suspended for EPO


MONACO (AP) – The 800 meters world championships bronze medalist Kipyegon Bett of Kenya has tested positive for the blood-booster EPO having already been suspended and charged with evading a doping test.


The failed test was announced Sunday by the Athletics Integrity Unit, which handles doping cases for the IAAF.


The 20-year-old Bett, the world junior champion in 2016, was suspended two weeks ago for “refusing or failing to submit” to a doping test. He faces a four-year ban.


Bett is the fourth Kenyan to face doping charges since the start of the year.



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