AP Top 25: Georgia moves up to No. 2, passing Ohio State
Georgia moved up to No. 2 in the first Associated Press college football poll of the regular season. The Bulldogs passed Ohio State after the defending national champions dominated their opener. Alabama remained No. 1 in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank, receiving 44 of 63 first-place votes. The Bulldogs narrowed the gap on the Crimson Tide after beating Oregon 49-3. Georgia received 17 first-place votes. Ohio State slipped to No. 3 and received two first-place votes. Michigan moved up four spots to No. 4. Clemson dropped one place to No. 5. Florida debuted at No. 12 after its thrilling victory at home against Utah. The Utes slipped six spots to No. 13 after the loss. Oregon’s loss to Georgia sent the Ducks all the way out of the rankings.
Tiafoe ends Nadal’s 22-match Slam streak in US Open 4th Rd
NEW YORK (AP) — Frances Tiafoe has ended Rafael Nadal’s 22-match winning streak at Grand Slam tournaments by beating the 22-time major champion 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the U.S. Open’s fourth round. Tiafoe is a 24-year-old from Maryland who is seeded 22nd at Flushing Meadows and reached the second major quarterfinal of his career. He is the youngest American man to get that far at the U.S. Open since Andy Roddick in 2006. This surprise came a day after Nick Kyrgios eliminated No. 1 seed and defending champion Daniil Medvedev. That makes this the first U.S. Open without either of the top two seeded men reaching the quarterfinals since 2000.
No 4 Clemson overcomes sluggish start, beats Ga Tech 41-10
ATLANTA (AP) — DJ Uiagalelei threw for one touchdown and ran for another, overcoming a sluggish start in the season opener to lead No. 4 Clemson to a 41-10 victory over Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets kept it closer than expected much of the way. But they couldn’t overcome two blocked punts, both of which led to short TD runs by Will Shipley. Uiagalelei pulled off the play of the game, avoiding a sack to flip a lateral to Shipley for a first down. Uiagalelei capped the drive with a 9-yard TD run that finally finished off the Yellow Jackets.
Analysis: Broncos, Wilson may pay for whitewashing preseason
DENVER (AP) — Russell Wilson will take his first snap in a game for the Broncos when Denver opens the regular season Monday night in their quarterback’s Seattle homecoming. New Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett is the latest NFL head coach to downplay the preseason. Hackett kept Wilson and most of his other starters on the sideline for the entire preseason. The Packers did that last year and the Rams have been doing it for years. The Broncos acknowledge this could mean they get off to a slow start, but they insist the strategy will pay off later in the season.
Column: Mickelson wins part of the battle, loses the war
Some big changes coming to the PGA Tour are what Phil Mickelson was pushing nearly 20 years ago. So maybe Mickelson should feel vindicated. But even if won the battle, he might end up losing the war, according to AP Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. Mickelson’s actions are a lot like his style of golf. His imagination is only as good as his ability to pull off the shot. His image has taken a beating for his heavy involvement in Saudi-funded LIV Golf. And now that the tour is moving toward the elite playing against each other more often, Mickelson is no longer welcome on the PGA Tour.
MLB asked to voluntarily accept minor league union
NEW YORK (AP) — The Major League Baseball Players Association is asking MLB management to voluntarily accept the union as the bargaining agent for minor leaguers. The union’s deputy executive director sent a letter to MLB claiming a majority of minor leaguers signed authorization cards. The MLBPA launched the minor league unionization drive on Aug. 28. Players with minor league contracts earn as little as $400 weekly during the six-month season. They would become their own bargaining unit within the MLBPA.
Berrettini-Ruud on court; Coco Gauff later | US Open updates
Matteo Berrettini and Casper Ruud are in action in the first men’s quarterfinal at the U.S. Open. Both men have been the runner-up at another Grand Slam tournament: No. 5 seed Ruud at the French Open this year and No. 13 seed Berrettini at Wimbledon last year. It’s raining, so they are playing under a closed roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium. With showers in the forecast all day, the U.S. Open called off all junior matches that were scheduled for Tuesday. The Berrettini-Ruud winner will face Nick Kyrgios or Karen Khachanov in the semifinals. Kyrgios vs. Khachanov will be the last singles match, after Coco Gauff against Caroline Garcia in the night session.
QB won: Steelers newcomer Mitch Trubisky is Week 1 starter
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mitch Trubisky will be the starter on Sunday when Pittsburgh begins the post-Ben Roethlisberger era in Cincinnati. Coach Mike Tomlin placed Trubisky’s name atop the depth chart on Monday afternoon, just hours after Trubisky’s teammates selected him as one of Pittsburgh’s five co-captains for the 2022 season. Trubisky signed a two-year deal with the Steelers in free agency over the spring and played well during the preseason despite strong competition from rookie Kenny Pickett and veteran Mason Rudolph. The Steelers also selected defensive end Cam Heyward, linebacker T.J. Watt, running back Najee Harris and special teams ace Miles Killebrew as co-captains.
Jets’ Wilson works out, still ‘possible’ to start vs. Ravens
NEW YORK (AP) — Zach Wilson worked out on the field Monday and it remains possible the New York Jets quarterback could return from a knee injury in time to start the season opener. Coach Robert Saleh said during a Zoom call that Wilson did some throwing while testing out his right knee, which was injured in the preseason opener at Philadelphia on Aug. 12. Wilson suffered a bone bruise and torn meniscus, which was repaired via arthroscopic surgery. Saleh added the Jets will evaluate Wilson over the next two days and make a decision Wednesday on whether he or Joe Flacco will be under center Sunday against Baltimore.
Von Miller settles in with Bills after leaving LA Rams
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Von Miller will always carry fond memories of his brief and successful stint with the Los Angeles Rams, where he won his second Super Bowl last season. The NFL’s active sacks leader has put that in the past in having settled in with the Buffalo Bills. Whatever initial doubts Miller had about his decision to leave behind the bright lights of Los Angeles for Buffalo, he’s put firmly behind since signing a six-year contract with the Bills in March. Miller’s past will meet his present on Thursday, when the Bills travel to play the Rams in the NFL’s season-opening game.