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September 7, 2021
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Teens Fernandez, Alcaraz seek semi spots
NEW YORK (AP) – Two teenagers can earn semifinal spots at the U.S. Open, as both Leylah Fernandez and Carlos Alcaraz are in action.
Fernandez, a day after turning 19, plays number-five seed Elina Svitolina (svih-toh-LEE’-nah). The Canadian has defeated Grand Slam champions Naomi Osaka and Angelique Kerber in her last two matches.
The 18-year-old Alcaraz plays the final match of the day at Arthur Ashe Stadium against No. 12 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime, who is 21. It’s the youngest matchup this late in a major since 20-year-old Rafael Nadal beat Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich), 19, in the quarterfinals of the 2006 French Open.
Another spot can be filled by a qualifier, if Botic Van de Zandschulp of the Netherlands upsets No. 2 seed Daniil Medvedev (DAN’-ihl MEHD’-veh-dehv).
The other quarterfinal matchup pits French Open champion and No. 8 seed Barbora Krejcikova against No. 2 seed Aryna Sabalenka.


Phillies hope to continue success against Brewers
MILWAUKEE (AP) – Bryce Harper and the Phillies look to beat the NL Central-leading Brewers for the sixth straight time this season when Aaron Nola pitches against Eric Lauer in Milwaukee. Nola is 4-0 with a 2.75 ERA in seven career starts versus the Brewers, including a 6-5 victory on May 4 when he struck out 10 in Philadelphia.
Harper hit one of Philadelphia’s six homers Monday during a 12-0 romp in the series opener. He is batting .383 with five home runs and 14 RBIs in his last 12 games.
Milwaukee has an 11-game cushion in its division, but the Phillies are chasing a playoff spot. They’ve won eight of 10 to close within 1 1/2 games of first-place Atlanta in the NL East and two games of San Diego for the second NL wild card.


Among the other games on the schedule:
– In a matchup of wild-card contenders, Yankees ace Gerrit Cole starts the second game of a four-game seies at home against Toronto. Cole fanned 15 in seven innings against the Angels in his last outing – he’s two behind Philadelphia’s Zack Wheeler for most strikeouts in the majors.


– Aaron Civale returns to the mound when the Cleveland Indians host Minnesota. The 26-year-old Civale was in the middle of a breakout season when he sprained the middle finger on his right hand during a start at the Chicago Cubs on June 21. The right-hander made three minor league rehab starts, going 1-0 with a 0.79 ERA. John Gant pitches for the Twins.


– The Rays and the Red Sox meet again at Fenway. Rays rookie Wander Franco keeps putting up impressive numbers and has reached base safely in 36 straight games. That’s the longest active streak in the majors.


– Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw, who’s been sidelined with elbow inflammation, is scheduled to pitch three innings in a rehab outing for Triple-A Oklahoma City. If all goes well, the team expects the three-time Cy Young Award winner will be ready to return for his next start.


NWHL rebrands to Premier Hockey Federation entering 7th year
UNDATED (AP) – The National Women’s Hockey League is changing its name to the Premier Hockey Federation.
North America’s first women’s professional hockey league to pay players a salary made the switch as part of a rebranding to reflect sweeping changes made to its management structure. That’s coupled with an influx of private ownership entering its seventh season. The decision to change names also provides the six-team federation an opportunity to make a social statement by removing gender from its title.
The rebrand follows a series of changes made over the past year in the federation’s bid to achieve financial stability. The federation is now run by a board of governors and recently completed the sale of its franchises to private owners.