Nadal finishes career Grand Slam
NEW YORK (AP) - Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL') has played
his way into the tennis record book.
The top-seed Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak
JOH'-kuh-vich) 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 to win the rain-delayed men's
final at the U.S. Open. In the process, the 24-year-old Nadal
became the seventh player to win all four tennis majors, a career
It's Nadal's third consecutive major championship and ninth
overall. He's on a 21-match winning streak in Grand Slam events,
having won the French Open in June and Wimbledon in July.
This match was postponed from Sunday to Monday and play was
interrupted for nearly two hours during the second set. But that
hardly bothered the No. 1-ranked Spaniard, who called winning the
career Grand Slam "unbelievable."
In the women's double final, Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova
defeated Liezel Huber and Nadia Petrova (NAH'-dee-uh peh-TROH'-vah)
2-6, 6-4, 7-6 in a match suspended by rain on Sunday. It was the
second consecutive major title for King and Shvedova, who won
Wimbledon in July.
Ravens nip Jets 10-9...Chargers going without Merriman
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - The Baltimore Ravens spoiled the
New York Jets' opener in their new Meadowlands stadium with a 10-9
Wide receiver Anquan Boldin, Baltimore's key offseason
acquisition, toyed with New York's vaunted secondary with seven
catches for 110 yards. Tight end Todd Heap caught six Joe Flacco
passes for 72 yards.
The Ravens' defense held the Jets to only 176 yards total
offense and nearly blanking the Jets on third downs; New York was 1
for 11 in that department.
Willis McGahee (muh-GAY'-hee) scored the game's only touchdown
on a 1-yard run just before halftime. The rest of the scoring for
both teams was on field goals.
The Jets self-destructed with 14 penalties for 125 yards.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The AFC West champion San Diego Chargers
are tied 7-7 against the improving Kansas City Chiefs entering the
second quarter from Arrowhead Stadium in the second game tonight.
Linebacker Shawne Merriman was on San Diego's inactive list for
NFL-WEEK 1 INJURIES
Harvin's migraine mystery solved...Week 1 injuries take their
UNDATED (AP) - Minnesota Vikings wideout Percy Harvin says
doctors have helped solve his migraine headache problem.
Harvin says he was recently diagnosed with sleep apnea, which
causes a person to temporarily stop breathing while they're asleep.
Doctor believe the apnea contributed to his migraine attacks.
Harvin says he's been given a special breathing machine and hasn't
had a migraine since he collapsed on the practice field last month.
Meanwhile, it was a brutal opening Sunday for several NFL
players, with concussions mixed in among some season-ending
- In Carolina, the Panthers say quarterback Matt Moore is
"feeling way better" after getting knocked out of the Giants game
with a concussion. Coach John Fox says Moore will play this Sunday
against Tampa Bay if healthy, even after throwing four end zone
interceptions and losing a fumble.
- The Eagles aren't ruling out quarterback Kevin Kolb (kahb)
after his own concussion, but says he and linebacker Stewart
Bradley will have to pass an evaluation process before playing at
Philadelphia will definitely be without Pro Bowl fullback
Leonard Weaver and center Jamaal Jackson, whose seasons are over
after Week 1 injuries.
- Green Bay has lost defensive lineman Justin Harrell for the
season with a knee injury. The Packers also say running back Ryan
Grant will miss at least this weekend's game against Buffalo with a
"significant" ankle injury.
- Detroit says quarterback Matthew Stafford won't need surgery
on his throwing shoulder. Stafford had to leave yesterday's loss in
Chicago after hurting his right shoulder on a Julius Peppers
blindside sack. The Lions say he's very sore and there's no
timetable for his return.
- Buffalo Bills linebacker Paul Posluszny (pahs-LUHS'-nee) will
miss about three weeks after the starter hurt his right knee in a
season-opening loss to Miami. Providing the update after practice
today, coach Chan Gailey didn't disclose any details of the injury,
except to say tests revealed it wasn't as severe as first feared.
- Rams linebacker Chris Chamberlain will be sidelined six to
eight weeks with turf toe on his left foot, an injury that left him
wearing a cast.
League to monitor concussions...AFL-CIO takes stand against
NEW YORK (AP) - The co-chairman of the NFL's Brain, Head and
Neck Medical Committee doesn't see four concussions sustained by
players in the first weekend of the regular season as a trend. But
Dr. Hunt Batjer says the rate of concussions is something the
league and its medical staff will closely monitor throughout the
Batjer noted that "if this pace continues, it's either better
reporting of the symptoms, or it is something else systemic."
In other news:
- NFL players have a new teammate in their labor fight - the
AFL-CIO. One of the nation's largest unions says it had sent all of
the league's owners a letter warning that a lockout in one of
America's "few thriving" industries could cost thousands of
Americans their jobs and cities more than $140 million in revenue.
Rays take over AL East lead...Torrid Phils regain top spot
UNDATED (AP) - Reid Brignac (BRIHN'-yak) led off the 11th inning
with a home run to give the Tampa Bay Rays a 1-0 lead over the New
York Yankees, who are on their first four-game losing streak of the
season. The Rays have taken a half-game lead over the Yanks in the
AL East race.
It was Brignac's seventh homer of the season and ended a tense
scoreless duel. Yankee starter CC Sabathia pitched two-hit ball for
eight innings but was not involved in the decision as he was trying
for his 20th victory.
This is the first of seven games between the Rays and Yankees
over the next 11 days.
In the rest of the AL:
- Luke Scott singled in the winning run in the 11th inning, and
the Baltimore Orioles ended a 12-game losing streak against the
Toronto Blue Jays, 4-3.
- Bobby Cramer, a former substitute teacher who started this
season in the Mexican League, won his big league debut by pitching
the Oakland Athletics over the Kansas City Royals 3-1.
In the NL:
The Philadelphia Phillies continued their September surge by
swatting four home runs in their 11-4 rout of Florida. The Phils
are 10-and-3 in September and retained their one-game lead over
Atlanta in the NL East. Carlos Ruiz homered and matched a
career-high with four RBIs. Jayson Werth, Chase Utley and Greg
Dobbs also homered for the Phillies.
- The New York Mets blanked Pittsburgh 1-0 in 10 innings.
In the rest of the NL:
- Atlanta kept pace by handing the Washington Nationals their
sixth straight loss, 4-0. Derek Lowe fanned a career-high 12 in
eight innings. Lowe and Billy Wagner combined on a six-hit shutout.
- Jay Bruce returned from a two-week layoff and homered in each
of his first two at-bats and the Cincinnati Reds homered five times
in their 7-2 victory over Arizona. That assures the Reds' first
winning season since 2000.
Reds pull off deal with Royals...Rollins back on Tuesday
UNDATED (AP) - The Cincinnati Reds have picked up utilityman
Willie Bloomquist for the stretch run. The National League Central
leaders will send the Kansas City Royals either a player to be
named or cash.
He's hit .265 with three home runs and 17 RBIs this season.
In other big league news:
- The San Diego Padres activated outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. from
the 15-day disabled list, but he'll be limited to being a
late-inning defensive replacement for now. Gwynn missed 23 games
with a broken bone in his right hand.
- Jimmy Rollins has a strained right hamstring and could be back
with the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday. Rollins had an MRI exam in
Philadelphia today, which ruled out all major problems. Rollins has
been on the disabled list twice already this season, missing more
than two months with a strained right calf.
- Marlins ace Josh Johnson calls it "the smart thing to do."
Florida has shut down the righty for the rest of the year with back
issues. Johnson won 10 games by the end of July but has only gotten
one more since then.
Manager says Iverson may play in China...Cavs add to front
UNDATED (AP) - Nobody in the NBA wants him right now, so Allen
Iverson's manager says the former MVP may play in China next year.
Gary Moore says there is "legitimate interest" between Iverson
and a Chinese team he didn't name.
In another NBA note, a person familiar with the hiring says the
Cleveland Cavaliers have added former Phoenix executive David
Griffin as their vice president of basketball operations.
Devils fined $3 million
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The NHL has harshly penalized the New Jersey
Devils for signing Ilya Kovalchuk (EEL'-yah KOH'-vul-chook) to a
contract that circumvented the league's salary cap.
Commissioner Gary Bettman has fined the Devils $3 million and
taken away two draft picks, including a first rounder of the
Devils' choice sometime in the next four years. The Devils denied
TRACK AND FIELD
U.S. CEO dismissed
UNDATED (AP) - Doug Logan spent two years telling other leaders
on the U.S. track scene things they didn't want to hear and today
they fired him. Logan was dismissed as CEO of USA Track and Field
with the London Olympics just two years away.
Unswayed last weekend by Logan's 45-minute defense of his
performance, the USA Track and Field board of directors voted to
oust the outspoken, unconventional leader who proposed many
uncomfortable changes after America's disappointing performance at
the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
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