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Serena wins the first set 6-3 against Kovinic | US Open Updates

NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams is halfway to starting her US Open with a win after winning the first set 6-3 over Danka Kovinic. Williams won the first two games, gave up the next three, then regained her grip before wrapping up in 55 minutes. Williams said she was preparing to end her tennis career, but a victory would send her into a second-round match against No. 2 seed Anett Kontaveit of Estonia.

Serena Williams takes center stage at US Open as end nears

NEW YORK (AP) — Fans came a long way at the US Open for Serena Williams. They can’t wait to see her play or if they’re not lucky enough to hold the right ticket, hope for an autograph, a peek at her practice or just the chance to breathe the same Flushing Meadows air as her. . With thousands of people lining up to enter the tournament grounds hours before his game on Monday night, no one could be sure how many more opportunities there would be for all of this. Williams is a 23-time Grand Slam champion who turns 41 next month and has said she is ready to move on.

AP source: 49ers rework deal to keep Garoppolo as replacement

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Jimmy Garoppolo remains in San Francisco after accepting a reduced contract to be Trey Lance’s backup on the 49ers. A person familiar with the deal said on condition of anonymity that the parties are finalizing an agreement to cut Garoppolo’s base salary by $24.2 million for 2022. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the The deal had not been announced. ESPN reported that Garoppolo will receive a fully guaranteed base salary of $6.5 million, $500,000 in roster bonuses and the opportunity to earn nearly $9 million more in game time bonuses.

Dodgers All-Star pitcher Gonsolin with forearm injury

MIAMI (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers put All-Star pitcher Tony Gonsolin on the disabled list with a sprained right forearm, making the move as a precaution hours before his scheduled departure to Miami. Pitcher more than ever in his career, Gonsolin is tied for the league lead with 16 wins. His injury is the latest in a rotation that has helped the Dodgers post a league-leading record. Gonsolin leads the NL with a 2.10 ERA and is tied with Houston’s Justin Verlander and Atlanta’s Kyle Wright for the most major major wins. With injuries to three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler, Gonsolin’s workload has increased this year. Gonsolin doesn’t expect to miss beyond two starts in IL stint

Commanders’ Robinson says he had surgery after shooting

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Washington Commanders rookie running back Brian Robinson Jr. says he underwent surgery a day after he was shot in what the team called an attempted robbery or hijacking. car. Robinson posted on social media from a hospital saying the operation went well. Coach Ron Rivera says doctors have been positive, but added there is no timetable for Robinson’s return to the football field. A District of Columbia police report said Robinson was shot in one of his legs by two suspects on Sunday. A contingent including Rivera, owners Dan and Tanya Snyder, team president Jason Wright, assistant Randy Jordan and the players visited Robinson at a Washington hospital following the incident.

Serena’s Farewell: Stories from Preparing for the US Open

The talk of tennis – and beyond – for the better part of the past three weeks has focused on Serena Williams and her announcement that she plans to quit playing professional tennis. All of this leads to the US Open. The final Grand Slam tournament of the year begins on Monday, with Williams playing their first-round match at Arthur Ashe Stadium overnight. The Associated Press has chronicled her preparation for departure in words and photos since revealing earlier this month that she is preparing to “evolve” away from her career as a professional athlete.

Medvedev, US Open champion, Murray victory; Ukrainian stuns Halep

NEW YORK (AP) — Daniil Medvedev had an easy start to his US Open title defense, beating Stefan Kozlov 6-2, 6-4, 6-0. Simona Halep had another early outing, this time in a memorable first tour-level victory for Ukraine’s Daria Snigur, who upset the No. 7 seed 6-2, 0-6, 6-4. Top-seeded Medvedev looked as strong as he did when he beat Novak Djokovic in last year’s final for his first major title. Andy Murray was another early winner, 10 years after winning the first of his three Grand Slam titles at Flushing Meadows. He beat Argentinian Francisco Cerundolo, number 24, 7-5, 6-3, 6-3.

Ukrainian Snigur’s first win on tour comes as a surprise at US Open

NEW YORK (AP) — Daria Snigur of Ukraine pulled off the first big upset of the US Open, knocking out No. 7 seed Simona Halep 6-2, 0-6, 6-4. The 20-year-old was making her first Grand Slam main draw appearance after advancing through the qualifying rounds last week, when she also took part in a charity event to raise money for her country during its war against the invasion of Russia. After his victory, Snigur raised his arms in celebration, then lowered them to wrap his hands around the Ukrainian flag ribbon on his chest.

MLB Players Association attempts to unionize minor leaguers

NEW YORK (AP) — The Major League Baseball Players Association is trying to organize minor leaguers, overturning decades of opposition. The players’ association says it is circulating union permission cards among players with minor league contracts to form a separate bargaining unit from the big leaguers. While the average major league salary is over $4 million, players on minor league contracts earn as little as $400 a week during the six-month season. The signed cards of 30% of the estimated 5,000 to 6,500 minor leaguers would allow the union to file a petition with the National Labor Relations Board asking for a licensing election.

McIlroy champion of the “Super Bowl” in a year without winning a major

ATLANTA (AP) — Rory McIlroy jokingly called himself a “Super Bowl champion” by winning the FedEx Cup. It was more about trolling LIV Golf and less about measuring his season. McIlroy is the FedEx Cup champion for the third time. He is also quick to point out that the MVP award goes to Scottie Scheffler, who had the best season in golf. McIlroy was not too far behind. He had three wins. He had three chances in the majors. It’s a reminder that winning takes a bit of luck and it starts with getting into the mix.

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