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Venus Williams, Raducanu and Osaka face off in US Open 1st round
NEW YORK (AP) — Former US Open champions Venus Williams, Naomi Osaka and Emma Raducanu all lost in straight sets in the first round of the US Open. Williams, who has won two of her seven major titles in New York, was beaten by Alison Van Uytvanck in straight sets on Tuesday. Their match came a day after Serena Williams won her first-round match at a much fuller and noisier Arthur Ashe Stadium. Venus, who turned 42 in June, has made no statement about his future in tennis, unlike his younger brother. Osaka is also a two-time US Open title winner and was beaten by Danielle Collins. Raducanu became the third defending champion at Flushing Meadows to retire in the first round, eliminated by Alizé Cornet.
Analysis: Can Serena Williams continue at the US Open?
NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams can now say she won a U.S. Open match as a teenager, in her 20s, 30s and 40s. She also won a championship at Flushing Meadows as a teenager, between the ages of 20 and 30. So what about in your forties? It might be a little too much to expect this kind of script-worthy run over the next two weeks in what Williams has hinted will be his last tournament of a career with six trophies from the US Open and 23 Grand Slam titles in total. Williams, who turns 41 next month. heads into the second round on Wednesday night against the No. 2 seed in the women’s competition, Anett Kontaveit.
Raiders’ Leatherwood, Browns’ Rosen among wave of NFL cuts
The Las Vegas Raiders have waived offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood. He is the third of the club’s three first-round picks in 2020-21 to be dumped before the end of his second season. NFL teams had a deadline Tuesday to narrow rosters to 53 players for the regular season. Many moves were procedural steps before these players returned. Cleveland released quarterback Josh Rosen. He was an extra arm as the Browns navigated the situation with Deshaun Watson. Rosen was working to be Jacoby Brissett’s replacement during Watson’s 11-game suspension.
Judge reaches 51st HR as Yankees slip, outpacing Angels 7-4
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Aaron Judge hit a three-pointer for his 51st homer of the season, and the New York Yankees ended their three-game losing streak with a 7-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. Judge connected for the second straight night at Angel Stadium, driving a high fastball from Mike Mayers deep into the right field stands. An Orange County crowd filled with Yankees fans gave another loud standing ovation to the California-born slugger who was trying to chase Roger Maris AL’s home run record of 61 in 1961.
“Arms race”: NIL compensation is now a powerful recruiting weapon
The NCAA instituted a policy last summer allowing athletes to benefit from their name, image and likeness. The idea was that it would give established players a chance to cash in on their fame but would not be used as a recruiting weapon. That’s not how it works. The NCAA stresses that the rules remain in effect to avoid pay-at-play situations or inappropriate inducements. But there’s nothing stopping colleges from reporting to recruits how much their on-campus athletes have earned through NIL compensation deals. It has now become common.
EXPLAINER: Name, image and college license, HS sports
School is back in session across the United States. That means new manuals, new clothes, and maybe new name, image, and license agreements. College athletes and some high school athletes can earn money by doing things like social media posts, in-person appearances, and hosting sports camps. College students are becoming more and more familiar with the so-called NIL remuneration. It remains relatively new at the secondary level.
Timmy Trumpet muted in Mets loss, back Wednesday for Díaz
NEW YORK (AP) — Timmy Trumpet was set to take part in what was the New York Mets’ most remarkable season. The Australian-born musician was at Citi Field with trumpet in hand on Tuesday night, ready if necessary to jump on the diamond and scream his song “Narco” live if Mets closer Edwin Díaz came out of the bullpen . But Díaz never entered the game as the Dodgers won 4-3. Instead, Mets fans had to content themselves with chanting as Trumpet played a quieter version of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” just outside the Los Angeles dugout during the seventh inning. Minutes after attending his first major league game, Trumpet tweeted that he would return Wednesday night, hoping to perform Díaz’s hugely popular entrance song in person again.
QB Deshaun Watson leaves Browns as NFL suspension begins
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Cleveland Browns starting quarterback Deshaun Watson has begun serving his NFL suspension for alleged sexual misconduct, a punishment that will keep Watson off the team until Oct. 10. Watson was placed on reserve/suspended by the pre-practice commissioners list as the Browns finalized their initial roster of 53 players. The 26-year-old has been accused of sexual misconduct and harassment by two dozen women at massage therapy sessions in Texas. Watson will miss 11 games, pay a $5 million fine and must undergo mandatory treatment and counseling before he can be reinstated. Watson is not allowed to have contact with team personnel during his suspension.
Mayfield comments add spark to Browns-Panthers Week 1 game
CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Carolina Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield sparked what was already expected to be an emotionally charged Week 1 game against his former team, the Cleveland Browns. According to Bills reporter Cynthia Frelund, Mayfield had some choice words for the Browns after the Panthers’ 21-0 win over Buffalo on Friday night. “I’ll (swear) them,” Mayfield said of the Browns, according to what Frelund said on a podcast.
Four-time Slam champion Osaka loses to American Collins at US Open
NEW YORK (AP) — Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka lost in the first round of a second straight major tournament. She fell in straight sets to Danielle Collins in a decisive match at the US Open. Collins reached her first Grand Slam final at the Australian Open in January and showed the same kind of hard-court form in her victory over former No. 1 Osaka which ended after midnight. Going into this game, Osaka held a 3-0 career advantage against Collins. Osaka won the US Open in 2018 and 2020, and the Australian Open in 2019 and 2021. But this season she lost in the third round in Australia, first round at Roland Garros, and then missed Wimbledon.
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