It's Day 1
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Open, the last Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year, is underway in New York. Men's defending champion Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL') is among the missing, as he was forced to withdraw because of an injury suffered in practice back in July.
Women's second-seed Simona Halep (HAL'-ehp) had a hard time with 20-year old American Danielle Rose Collins. Halep had to rally from a set down to beat the University of Virginia undergraduate who was making her Grand Slam debut. The Romanian beat the wild card entry 6-7, 6-1, 6-2. Halep, the French Open runner-up, reached a career-high ranking of No. 2 this month. She has never advanced past the fourth round at the U.S. Open.
Women's fourth-seed Agnieszka Radwanska (ahg-nee-ESH'-kuh rahd-VAHN'-skuh) also won her opening match, stopping Canada's Sharon Fichman, 6-1, 6-0.
Venus Williams outlasted a pesky bee, with the help of three attendants, before putting away 43-year-old Kimiko Date (DAH'-tay)-Krumm 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the first round of the U.S. Open. The combined age of the players -- 77 years old -- was believed to be the oldest for opponents in a women's Grand Slam pairing. The 34-year-old Williams is seeded 19th.
On the men's side eighth-seed Andy Murray fought his way through cramps to win his first-round match at the U.S. Open. The former Wimbledon champ beat Robin Haase 6-3, 7-6, 1-6, 7-5 on a steamy day of play. He started cramping in the back of his shoulder early in the third set and then it spread to his forearm.
Nick Kyrgios (KEER'-ee-ohs), a 19-year-old Australian, came back from three code violations — just one outburst away from default — in a 7-5, 7-6 (4), 2-6, 7-6 (1) opening-round win against Mikhail Youzhny.
Vikes name starting QB...Redskins safety suspended 2 games
UNDATED (AP) — Veteran Matt Cassel (KAS'-uhl) has been named starting quarterback by Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer. Cassel was chosen over rookie Teddy Bridgewater.
In three preseason starts, Cassel has completed more than 66 percent of his passes for 367 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
Bridgewater has completed 65 percent of his passes for 266 yards and four touchdowns in the preseason.
In other NFL news:
— Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather has been suspended for the first two games of the regular season for a blow to the head to a receiver. The NFL announced the suspension, saying it was the sixth time Meriweather has violated rules aimed at improving player safety.
— The New York Jets have "indefinitely" suspended cornerback Dimitri Patterson after he left the team for 48 hours without contacting the organization. General manager John Idzik says that Patterson spoke to him and coach Rex Ryan on last night. Idzik would not discuss the reason for the absence.
— Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub missed his second straight day of practice with a sore throwing elbow, a problem that has lingered throughout the preseason. Rookie Derek Carr took first-team snaps.
NFL, FIFA, others in "think tank" on concussions
NEW YORK (AP) — Medical officials from the NFL, FIFA and other sports organizations are banding together to look into better ways to identify, manage and treat concussions.
The "think tank," funded by an educational grant from the NFL, was held yesterday and today at league headquarters in New York. Dozens of scientific and medical personnel, representing contact sports such as football and rugby to noncontact competitions such as equestrian, took part.
Dr. Rich Ellenbogen, chairman of the NFL's head, neck and spine committee, says the various sports organizations "need to look at all variations of what is being done around the world."
Updates from college teams
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher declined to confirm whether or not suspended receiver Jesus "Bobo" Wilson is eligible to play in the season-opener for the No. 1 team in the AP poll against Oklahoma State. Wilson has been suspended since being arrested and charged in the theft of a motor scooter in July. The sophomore pleaded no contest to two misdemeanors.
— Ohio State coach Urban Meyer says quarterback Braxton Miller will have season-ending shoulder surgery tomorrow. Miller tore the labrum in his right shoulder a week ago, and his loss is huge for the fifth-ranked Buckeyes. The Buckeyes open their season Saturday against Navy in Baltimore. J.T. Barrett, a redshirt freshman who has never taken a college snap, will start in Miller's place.
— West Virginia cornerback Ishmael Banks has been suspended three games by the NCAA for an unspecified academic eligibility issue and will not be available to the Mountaineers for the season opener Saturday against No. 2 Alabama. Coach Dana Holgorsen announced the suspension but did not provide details regarding the academic issue. Banks will be eligible to play starting with the Mountaineers' home opener on Sept. 20 against No. 4 Oklahoma.
— Louisville coach Bobby Petrino has announced that senior wide receiver Devante Parker will miss six to eight weeks with a broken left small toe. Parker injured the foot in Friday night's practice, and Petrino says Parker is scheduled to undergo surgery.
Nats look to pad their lead
UNDATED (AP) — The red-hot Washington Nationals can extend their lead over Atlanta in the National League East tonight with a win over the Phillies in Philadelphia. The second-place Braves have the night off. The Nationals currently have an eight-game lead after winning nine of their last 10 games.
National Central leader Milwaukee is on the road tonight for a game with San Diego. The Brewers start the day with a 1 ½ game lead over the Cardinals and five-game spread over Pittsburgh. Tonight the Cards and Pirates are playing in Pittsburgh.
In the NL West the Dodgers remain the team on top, and they have the day off. Second-place San Francisco has a chance to reduce the deficit to four games as the Giants entertain the Rockies.
In the American League the top team in the East is Baltimore, by six games over the Yankees. Tonight the Orioles are home to the Rays while the New Yorkers are at Kansas City, the top team in the AL Central. The Royals can increase their lead over second place Detroit to 2 ½ games with a win as the Tigers have the night off.
The Angels regained first place in the AL West last night, and this evening they face the Marlins in Anaheim while the second place Oakland Athletics are in Houston playing the Astros.
The final two games of the night feature the Red Sox in Toronto and Seattle at home to Texas.
New deal for goalie
OTTAWA (AP) — Goaltender Craig Anderson has signed a $12.6 million, three-year contract extension with the Ottawa Senators. Anderson was acquired from Colorado in 2011 and is now under contract through the 2017-18 season. The 33-year-old had an NHL-best .941 save percentage in the lockout-shortened 2013 season to help Ottawa make the playoffs amid injuries. His percentage dropped to .911 last season.
Woods fires swing coach
PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — Tiger Woods is leaving swing coach Sean Foley after four years and no majors. Woods made the announcement on his website. The former World No. 1 has had back trouble the last year and is taking the next three months to get stronger.
Foley was the third coach Woods hired as a professional. He left Butch Harmon in 2003 and began working with Hank Haney a year later. He parted with Haney in the spring of 2010 when Woods returned from the scandal in his personal life.