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    Sung Hyun Park erased a two-shot deficit over the final four holes and birdied the first hole of a playoff with Lizette Salas on Sunday to win the Indy Women in Tech Championship. The two-time major champion from South Korea reclaimed the No. 1 ranking in the world with her third LPGA Tour victory of the season and fifth of her career. Park closed with a 4-under 68 to match Salas at 23-under 265 at Brickyard Crosssing. Salas appeared to be in control until hitting tee shots into the rough on the final two holes. She bogeyed No. 17 to fall into a tie with Park and missed a short birdie putt on No. 18. In the playoff, the American slid a longer birdie putt just left of the hole. Park then knocked her putt on No. 18 right into the center of the cup. Salas has not won on tour since the 2014 Kingsmill Championship. South Korea's Amy Yang was third, a shot back after a 69.
  • Justin Verlander pitched just well enough to earn his 200th career win and the Houston Astros hit five home runs, beating the Oakland Athletics 9-4 Sunday to avoid a sweep and retake sole possession of the AL West lead. The surging A's had won the first two games at the Coliseum to tie shaky Houston atop the division. But Yuli Gurriel hit a three-run homer in the third inning and Evan Gattis, Alex Bergman, Marwin Gonzalez and Martin Maldonado later homered for the defending World Series champions. Maldonado also tripled and doubled. Verlander (12-8), who has not given up more than four runs in any of his 20 career games against the A's, entered the day with a major league-leading 1.74 ERA on the road. Matt Chapman and Khris Davis hit solo homers off Verlander in the first inning, and Davis added his 36th homer, a two-run drive, in the third that made it 4-all. Gattis put the Astros ahead for good in the fourth with his 24th home run. Verlander gave up four runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out six but gave up three home runs and has allowed 25 this season. He became the 114th pitcher with at least 200 career wins. Brad Peacock took over for Verlander in the sixth, with two runners on and one out. He struck out Stephen Piscotty on a full count, walked Marcus Semien and got Mark Canha swinging on a 2-2 pitch. Four Houston relievers shut down the A's on one hit over 3 2/3 innings. The Astros won for the second time in nine game. The Athletics had won 13 of their past 16 games to draw even with Houston. After allowing six runs in three previous August starts combined, Sean Manaea (11-9) gave up six in four-plus innings against the Astros. TRAINER'S ROOM Astros: 2B Jose Altuve (right knee) began a rehab assignment Sunday for Triple-A Fresno at Tacoma, going 1 for 3 with a strikeout and hit by pitch . . . C Brian McCann (right knee) went 0 for 3 and caught six innings on Saturday night for the Grizzlies. UP NEXT Astros: RHP Gerrit Cole (11-5, 2.71) starts for Houston at Seattle on Monday night. Athletics: RHP Mike Fiers (8-6, 3.38) takes the mound against Texas Monday night.
  • Alexander Rossi won Sunday at Pocono Raceway in race marred by a violent wreck that sent IndyCar rookie driver Robert Wickens to the hospital. Wickens was awake and alert when he was airlifted out of the track for medical treatment. IndyCar did not have another update on the Canadian driver's condition at the end of the race. The 29-year-old Wickens was attempting to pass Ryan Hunter-Reay when the two cars slightly touched just six laps into the race. That caused Hunter-Reay's car to careen into the wall and Wickens' car was pulled along for the ride. Once Wickens' car soared over Hunter-Reay's and hit the fence, it spun round and round like a top. The fencing was shredded and Wickens' car reduced to just the tub, which came to a rest on the track along an interior wall. Medical workers calmly attended to Wickens, who was taken to an ambulance before he was transported to the helicopter. The impact of the wreck tore out about 80 feet of fence, damaged a few posts and stopped the race. After a nearly two-hour delay, the race resumed without the spate of aggressive driving — Graham Rahal tangled with Spencer Pigot as the field was brought to green — and ended without further incident. For Rossi, his thoughts were with Wickens. 'It's tough to really celebrate after what happened,' Rossi said. Rossi, the 2016 Indianapolis 500 champion, ended Will Power's bid to win three straight Pocono races. Power made a hard charge down the stretch and finished second. Scott Dixon had his lead trimmed in the championship standings and finished third. Rossi raced to his third victory of the season for Andretti Autosport and second straight. He also won on the streets of Long Beach in April and the Mid-Ohio road course three weeks ago. Sebastien Bourdais, who finished fourth, raised concerns about the quality of the repairs and condition of the fence before he got back in the car. Track President Ben May said: 'It may not be the prettiest job but it's going to be safe.' The crash was a grim reminder how drivers in open-wheel racing put their lives on the line. Hunter-Reay, James Hinchcliffe, Pietro Fittipaldi and Takuma Sato were among the drivers collected in Wickens' crash. Hinchcliffe grasped his wrists as he slowly left his car. He was cleared and released from the medical center and declined to comment to reporters out of respect for Wickens. Hinchcliffe went to the hospital to visit his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports teammate. The two raced each other as youngsters in Toronto and Hinchcliffe, runner-up on ABC's 'Dancing With The Stars' in 2017, helped lure Wickens to IndyCar this season after a successful career in Europe. Hinchcliffe survived his own life-threatening injury when a broken part from his car pierced an artery during a 2015 crash at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Wickens had reeled off five straight top-five finishes and matched a career-best second in the last race at Mid-Ohio. He was sixth in the points race. Fittipaldi had just returned from a lengthy layoff because of two broken legs suffered in Europe. Fittipaldi later tweeted : 'Thank god I am fine and walking away from that accident. Praying for you @robertwickens, I hope you're ok.' It was a chilling moment again at Pocono. Justin Wilson died from a head injury in 2015 when a piece of debris from a crashed car bounced off the track and hit his helmet. Other items of note at Pocono: DOUBLE DUTY Tony Kanaan, the 2013 Indianapolis 500 champion, called the race from the broadcast booth after he was forced out because of an electrical issue in his car. SMOKE OUT Team owner Roger Penske said it would be tough to field a fifth car for driver Tony Stewart in next year's Indianapolis 500. Stewart, a three-time NASCAR champion and Indiana native, said last week he'd like another crack at the Indy 500 as long as he could drive a competitive car. Penske, who has 17 Indianapolis 500 victories, has long wanted to run a car at the Brickyard with Stewart. 'Who knows what will take place over the next few years. It would be super to have him in one of our cars,' Penske said. 'But he knows running a race team, it's not easy just to put out a car. If we put a car out for Stewart, it's got to be the best in the field.' UP NEXT IndyCar heads to Gateway Motorsports Park, just east of St. Louis, where Josef Newgarden is the defending race winner. The series return to the track last year after a 14-year break to a packed house and rave reviews for the racing from the drivers. ___ More AP Auto Racing: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-AutoRacing and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • In a lopsided win, this was not the kind of big hit the New York Yankees hoped to see. Didi Gregorius hurt his left heel in a collision at first base during a 10-2 romp over Toronto on Sunday, an injury that could sideline the star shortstop for a while. 'It's something that we'll monitor over the next 24 hours, could potentially be a DL thing,' said manager Aaron Boone, who Gregorius had a 'pretty bad bruise.' The Yankees, with the second-best record in the majors behind AL East-leading Boston, already have sluggers Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez on the disabled list. Gregorius is batting .270 with 22 home runs and 74 RBIs, and has 48 extra-base hits this season. Boone said rookie second baseman Gleyber Torres could fill in at short if Gregorius is out for an extended time. Gregorius, who was hitting cleanup, was hurt while beating out an infield hit in a six-run first, an inning capped by Greg Bird's grand slam. Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis fielded Gregorius' grounder and made an off-balance throw that first baseman Kendrys Morales fielded on one hop. Morales was in the baseline and Gregorius tumbled over him. Gregorius remained in the game for the moment, but was lifted prior to the start of the top of the third. J.A. Happ stayed unbeaten with New York by topping his former Toronto teammates and Greg Bird hit a grand slam during a six-run first inning. Happ (14-6) faced the Blue Jays for the first time since they traded him to the Yankees on July 26. The 35-year-old lefty has won all four of his starts for New York. 'It was strange, I think I can admit that,' Happ said. 'I think I probably prefer not knowing the opposition the way that I know those guys.' Happ allowed two runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings, striking out eight. Randal Grichuk hit a solo homer in the first. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons joked that his former pitcher had no idea about his club's offensive approach there. 'I guess Happ hadn't been paying attention while he was here because we swing 3-0 a lot and Grich got him,' he said. Rookie Miguel Andujar drove in two runs and backup infielder Ronald Torreyes, who replaced Gregorius, added three hits as the Yankees finished off a three-game sweep. The Yankees' first six batters each reached base against Ryan Borucki (2-3). Aaron Hicks and Giancarlo Stanton walked and Andujar hit a tying single. Gregorius followed with his hit and Torres reached on an infield single, setting up Bird's slam into the right field stands. Borucki got the next two batters out before he was replaced. Happ allowed a leadoff homer to Morales in the sixth. The Yankees scored four more runs in the sixth, with Gibbons getting ejected for arguing a call at first base. HOMECOMING The Yankees start a series Monday night at Miami, where Stanton played his first eight years in the majors. Stanton led the majors with 59 home runs last season and was the NL MVP. This will be his first game at Marlins Park since being traded to the Yankees in December. And by the way, he is just one home run shy of his 300th. 'It's going to be weird for sure walking in, going to the visitors' side,' Stanton said. 'But I am looking forward to it. It's a big part of my life, my time down there. It will be a cool experience.' TRAINER'S ROOM Blue Jays: RHP Marcus Stroman (right middle finger blister) was put on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to Aug. 16. ... LHP Thomas Pannone was called up from Triple-A Buffalo. He is scheduled to start Wednesday against Baltimore, but pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief. ... Purchased the contract of RHP Justin Shafer from Buffalo. He pitched one scoreless inning in his big league debut. ... LHP Luis Santos was optioned to Buffalo. ... RHP Aaron Sanchez was moved to the 60-day disabled list. Yankees: C Austin Romine, who took a hard foul tip to his mask on Saturday, was held out of the game. He said he did not have a concussion. . After the game, Judge said he participated in some baseball activities earlier in the day. He is still experiencing pain in his right fractured wrist. UP NEXT Blue Jays: RHP Marco Estrada (6-9, 4.87 ERA) will be on the mound Monday night to start the first game of three at home against Baltimore. Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (9-4, 4.03) starts the opener a two-game set at Miami. Tanaka lost his last start against Tampa Bay on Thursday, giving up two runs in six innings while striking out six.
  • The Dallas Cowboys received the good news they expected after a preseason knee injury to Zack Martin, the highest-paid guard in the NFL. Two people with knowledge of the diagnosis said Sunday that Martin has no structural damage in his hyperextended left knee and should be ready for the opener. Martin was injured in the second quarter of the Cowboys' 21-13 exhibition loss to Cincinnati on Saturday night. The people told The Associated Press that an MRI confirmed the Cowboys' belief that the injury wasn't serious. They spoke on condition of anonymity because there was no official update on Martin's status. The Cowboys open the season Sept. 9 at Carolina. Martin signed a six-year, $84 million extension with $40 million guaranteed during the offseason. The 27-year-old has made the Pro Bowl all four seasons in Dallas and started all 67 games, including three playoff games. The former Notre Dame standout was injured when he moved into the open field and bent down to block Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick on a run by Rod Smith. With Martin in the medical tent, the Cowboys finished their only touchdown drive with Dak Prescott's scrambling 6-yard throw to Terrance Williams 'I was scared,' Prescott said after the game. 'I was just trying to get that touchdown and go check on him.' Martin was a first-round draft pick in 2014 and became the club's first rookie All-Pro selection in 35 years while helping the Cowboys win the NFC East and just their second playoff since the last of the franchise's five Super Bowls during the 1995 season. The Cowboys had another injury scare with the offensive line earlier in training camp when center Travis Frederick saw a specialist in Los Angeles after a series of stingers. Frederick said he was cleared by doctors, although he likely will join Martin on the sideline for the rest of the preseason. While Martin was getting evaluated, Frederick and fellow offensive linemen La'el Collins and Tyron Smith waited just outside the medical tent along with 2016 NFL rushing leader Ezekiel Elliott. 'It was hard in that moment to think of all the possibilities of what could be going on right then with such a great player and such a great guy who's put in so much work to make sure his game is exactly where it is,' Prescott said. 'To see that wasn't good and it wasn't fun.' Smith, another first-round pick and a five-time Pro Bowl selection, has been battling back issues in recent seasons. Smith, Frederick and Martin have all made the Pro Bowl each of the past four seasons. ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
  • The NFL tapped Titans coach Mike Vrabel to narrate a video detailing the new rule on lowering the head to initiate contact, hoping the man who played 14 years as a linebacker in the league could more easily explain how players should adapt. Now Vrabel's own Titans (0-2) find themselves tied with defending champion Philadelphia for the most lowering-the-head penalties through two preseason games with five apiece. Tennessee was flagged three times for the new rule in an opening loss in Green Bay , and the Titans added two more in Saturday night's 30-14 loss to Tampa Bay . Getting it right matters because any player initiating contact with his helmet could be ejected after an in-game video review decided in New York. So far this preseason, blame either the player making contact, the speed of the game or everyone still getting used to the new rule. 'Pretty much all those are going to fall into one of those categories,' Vrabel said Sunday. Titans safety Kenny Vaccaro drew one penalty for running across the field to tackle Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans at the end of a 38-yard reception on the sideline. Wide receiver Nick Williams was flagged late in the third quarter while on punt coverage, costing the Titans 15 yards. Vrabel said Vaccaro has to do a better job avoiding contact with the crown of his helmet while trying to break up the pass. The coach wasn't sure if Williams made contact, but noted the receiver's head was in the linear position the NFL is trying to eliminate from the game. The Titans will turn those plays into the league for an explanation. The coach said he already showed his team an eight-minute video from the NFL of penalties in the first week of the preseason. 'We'll keep doing that and we'll keep coaching it and we'll keep stressing it, and hopefully it doesn't, one, lead to injuries, or two, cost us yards,' Vrabel said. Even though the rule is new, six NFL teams that have played two preseason games have not been flagged even once for lowering the head to initiate contact. Indianapolis, who plays Baltimore on Monday night, was not flagged in its preseason opener. Behind the Titans and Eagles, five teams have been penalized under the rule three times apiece: Arizona, Atlanta, Carolina, the Rams and San Francisco. Chicago has three such penalties through three exhibitions. The Titans have been penalized 25 times for 258 yards through two games. Asked if officials might be a bit overzealous enforcing the rule during the preseason before hopefully scaling back in the regular season, Vrabel said he wasn't really sure. 'I try to do my job. They ask me to provide a video, a voiceover video , on what I thought was the right way to play outside linebacker or inside linebacker taking these blocks on, tackling. I thought I tried to go through and provide examples of what was good and what was probably needed to be fixed and changed in some of the style of play,' Vrabel said. 'But they don't tell me, 'Hey, coach, this is going to get scaled back in the regular season.' I think these guys are doing what their boss, and the league, is just telling them to do. So if they see that position and they see contact, they're calling it.' That leaves Vrabel and his assistants coaching the Titans better to adjust how they play. ___ Follow Teresa M. Walker at www.twitter.com/teresamwalker ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
  • Josh McCown is still No. 1 on the New York Jets' quarterback depth chart. At this point, though, he might as well be No. 100. With each practice, it appears increasingly likely that rookie Sam Darnold will be the starter when the regular season kicks off in three weeks. Not that McCown has done anything on the field to hurt his chances of retaining the job. It's simply a matter of circumstances. McCown is 39 and been there, done that. Darnold is 21, was the third overall pick in the draft, has immense talent and is considered the future of the franchise — and that future could be now. He has shined in his last several practices and will likely start Friday night against the Giants in the team's third preseason game. 'Like I said the whole time, obviously, we traded up to (No.) 3 to draft a quarterback to get Sam because there's a plan in place,' McCown said. 'So we understand that.' That 'plan' has been to give Darnold and Teddy Bridgewater the bulk of the work in the preseason and see how they perform. So far, so good — and that means McCown could slide down the depth chart very soon. Coach Todd Bowles hasn't announced a regular-season starter yet, and says he might not do so until after the fourth preseason game. From all indications, it's trending in Darnold's direction. But McCown isn't necessarily reading into the fact Darnold is getting the bulk of the first-team snaps and that is causing the perception that the rookie will be the starter. 'No, I mean, obviously, he's younger,' McCown said. 'I was taking these kind of reps when he was 4 years old.' Actually, Darnold was 5 when McCown was in his first NFL training camp with Arizona in 2002. But, point made. 'He needs the work and it's good for him,' the veteran said. 'Every rep is a great rep for all of us, there's no doubt about it.' Sure, he wants to start, but McCown is a realist. He knows his days as an NFL player, let alone starting quarterback, are dwindling. 'My goal for this is for the quarterback room to play well,' said McCown, who signed a $10 million deal in the offseason to return to New York. 'And if that's me playing out there, I want to play the best football that I can play. If that's Sam or that's Teddy, whoever that is, that's the ultimate goal.' Last summer, McCown also saw limited action in the preseason as the Jets tried to give Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty the opportunity to seize the starting gig. Neither could and McCown was the clear starter. Darnold and Bridgewater have provided a different type of competition, a three-man race that is quickly becoming a two-man show — with McCown in the background. 'It's fun to be out there playing and there's no substitute for that,' McCown said. 'That's why we do it. At the same time, when you look at things from that prospective, if you can help be a part of finding that guy that can be that guy for this franchise for a long time, that means something to me, that's competitive to me. That's what we get up for work to do, that's what makes it fun. 'I don't feel like the forgotten guy because we're busy every day working, and working on those things. That's all that matters.' McCown has been in just about every situation imaginable throughout his professional career, which is entering its 17th year. He has been a third-round pick, an up-and-coming passer, a backup, a starter and a place-holder in his stops with 10 teams. He spent one year out of the NFL and played in the United Football League. McCown has also spent time as a volunteer coach for a high school team in North Carolina. He has graciously handled the many ups and downs during his career. Those experiences help McCown balance his competitive nature and the willingness to help those trying to take his job. 'I think for me, it's just a personal thing,' McCown said. 'At the end of the day, you go to work and you work as hard as you can and you help as many people as you can. And when you lay down and you can have peace in your heart at night, and you know that I did all I could that day, and then you sleep good. That's what I learned growing up and that's all I know.' McCown takes nothing for granted and that's something he has stressed to the young players in camp, and not just the quarterbacks. He's the closest example of a player-coach you could find in the NFL, a mentor who seems destined to be in charge of a team someday. McCown's days of leading from the huddle might be about over, though. And, he's OK with whatever happens next. 'At this point in my career, I don't know how many more years of this will happen, so you treasure every moment,' he said. 'I think when you keep those things in perspective, there are days — nobody is perfect — there are days when you want to take every rep and you like back and you go, 'Man, I wish I was just starting out again,' but (you put it) all in perspective. It's been fun and I enjoy being a part of this group. Todd sets a great tone and tempo every day for us and it is just an honor to be a part of it. 'So that is really what keeps me going and what allows me to come and enjoy it and not get caught up in anything else.' ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
  • Jose Urena's previous start ended after one very heated pitch. On Sunday, he went the distance. Urena made the most of his borrowed time, pitching a two-hitter for his first complete game in the majors and leading the Miami Marlins over the Washington Nationals 12-1 on Sunday. Urena (4-12) was suspended for six games by Major League Baseball after hitting Atlanta rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. on Wednesday. Urena was ejected from that start after throwing one fastball and appealed the penalty, keeping him eligible to play. 'I know what I did, and I know what kind of person I am and what kind of teammate,' Urena said. 'Just tried to execute my plan and go out there and have fun and show what I can do.' Urena, tied for the NL lead in hit batters, didn't plunk anyone on the Nationals, nor did he alter his approach. He struck out four, walked two and retired the last 16 batters. It was his first complete game in 74 big league starts. 'If you make a mistake you've got to pay,' Urena said of Washington's lineup. 'We tried to move their feet, make them uncomfortable at the plate. Try to attack the inside.' Right-hander Pablo Lopez was originally slated to start Sunday's game, but manager Don Mattingly opted to push him back to Tuesday and insert Urena. The 26-year-old right-hander's next start would normally be scheduled for next weekend at home against the Braves. Urena could decide to drop the appeal, serve the suspension and miss that series — after the game, he said he'll maintain the appeal. Starlin Castro got a career-high five hits and scored three times. JT Riddle and J.T. Realmuto each homered and drove in three runs for Miami, with Riddle connecting for the second straight game. Isaac Galloway had three hits, including his first career homer. It was the Marlins' first series win in Washington since 2014. Trying to keep pace with the Braves and Phillies in the NL East, the third-place Nationals have now lost four of their last five against the last-place Marlins. The Nationals host the Phillies for three games beginning Tuesday night. Gio Gonzalez (7-10) allowed eight runs on 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings. Over his last 13 starts, Gonzalez is 1-8 with 7.07 ERA. 'I think it was in all honesty an ugly game. And everybody saw it,' manager Dave Martinez said. 'Gio couldn't keep us in the game and it got ugly.' Leading 3-1, the Marlins broke it open with a five-run fifth. After Riddle's sacrifice fly, the Marlins loaded the bases and Rafael Ortega hit a bases-loaded, two-run double off the glove of a diving first baseman Matt Adams to end Gonzalez's afternoon. Realmuto greeted reliever Greg Holland with a two-run single, making it 8-1. RUNAROUND After a pair of third-inning walks, Castro blooped an RBI single in front of charging center fielder Bryce Harper. Austin Dean then lined a two-run double over the head of Harper, who appeared to misread it off the bat. Later, Harper rushed in and dropped Brian Anderson's flyball for an error in the seventh. TRAINER'S ROOM Marlins: INF/OF Garrett Cooper (right wrist sprain) went 0 for 3 in a rehab game with Single-A Jupiter on Sunday. He played six innings at first base. Nationals: Martinez said RHP Stephen Strasburg (cervical nerve impingement), who threw a bullpen session Saturday, will come off the DL and start Wednesday vs. the Phillies. 'He feels good,' Martinez said. 'He says he's ready.' ... Martinez is hopeful that reliever Kelvin Herrera (right rotator cuff impingement) will return for the Phillies series. ... RHP Sean Doolittle (left toe inflammation) threw a bullpen session Saturday. UP NEXT Marlins: Lopez (2-3, 4.79) starts when the Marlins host the Yankees in the first of two games on Tuesday night. It will be his first start against the Yankees. Nationals: RHP Tanner Roark (8-12, 4.13) opposes the visiting Phillies on Tuesday night. He's 0-3 with a 5.40 ERA against the Phillies this season, but 5-0 with a 1.77 ERA overall since the All-Star break.
  • Novak Djokovic gave his racket to a fan and tossed his sweatbands into the stands. No need for mementos from this victory. The long-awaited Rookwood pottery trophy would be plenty. Djokovic finally mastered the one tournament that's eluded him, beating nemesis Roger Federer 6-4, 6-4 on Sunday for his first Western & Southern Open championship. He got the better of a nostalgic rematch — they hadn't played in two years because of injuries — and broke through in a tournament that Federer has won seven times, never losing a title match. 'Thank you for letting me win once in Cincinnati,' he told Federer as they stood on court for the trophy presentation. After reaching the final five times and losing every time — three to Federer — Djokovic jumped and punched the air in celebration of his breakthrough. He's the first to claim all nine ATP Masters 1000 events since the series started in 1990, something that had become his quest after so many close calls. 'That's what the headline should be about — this is such an amazing accomplishment,' Federer said. 'He's the first to do it. I think it's very difficult to win Masters 1000s. These performances don't come easy.' Djokovic leads their all-time series 24-22, doing better in the biggest matches. He's 3-1 against Federer in Grand Slam finals and 12-6 overall in championship matches, including wins at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 2015. Djokovic completed a long comeback from elbow problems by winning his fourth Wimbledon title last month, then set out to get his hard-court game in order for the U.S. Open. He got better as the rainy week went on in Cincinnati, playing his best at the end. 'This seems to be a bit unreal, to be honest, to be back at this level,' he said. Federer's serve had been untouchable all week — held for 46 consecutive games. Djokovic broke that streak to go up 4-3 in the opening set, prompting Federer to mutter angrily. Djokovic served out the set, and then traded breaks with Federer early in the second set. Federer's game was off — 28 unforced errors — and Djokovic took full advantage. He broke him again to go up 4-3 and served it out. In the women's bracket, top-ranked Simona Halep let a match point slip away during the second-set tiebreaker, and Kiki Bertens rallied for a 2-6, 7-6 (6), 6-2 victory in her first hard-court final. Bertens served a 109 mph ace , flipped her racket away, fell to her knees and raised both arms. Moments later, she covered her face for a joyous cry, wiping the tears away with her sweat-soaked blue wristband. One point away from another loss, she had pulled off her biggest win, one that left her as stunned as everyone else. 'I cannot find words for this moment,' she said. The Dutch clay-court specialist ended Halep's streak of nine straight wins, including the title at Montreal a week earlier. She'd never beaten a top-ranked player, but wore down Halep at the end of her two draining weeks. During the week in Cincinnati, Halep had one match suspended overnight by rain and wound up playing twice in one day to reach the semifinals. She controlled the first set on Sunday and had a chance to close it out, leading 6-5 in the tiebreaker. When that slipped away, she never recovered, playing her worst in the final set — 13 unforced errors that gave Bertens a chance to pull away. 'I had a match (point), so I was there,' Halep said. 'I didn't take my chance. In the third set , I was empty and I couldn't fight anymore.' Halep will be ranked No. 1 through the U.S. Open. She fell to 0-3 in Cincinnati finals, finishing as the runner-up in 2015 and each of the last two years. 'I need a little bit of rest because I'm exhausted,' Halep said. 'But I also take the positive from these two weeks. It's a great confidence (boost).' Bertens has worked on her hard-court game and her confidence on the surface. In three previous appearances in Cincinnati, she won a total of one match. She became the first unseeded player to win in Cincinnati since Vera Zvonareva in 2006. ___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • IndyCar driver Robert Wickens has been admitted to a hospital in nearby Allentown with what the series called 'orthopedic injuries' sustained in a violent wreck early in the race Sunday. IndyCar said Wickens was awake and alert as he was airlifted from the track to the hospital and he was still being evaluated Sunday night. The 29-year-old Canadian driver was attempting to pass Ryan Hunter-Reay when the two cars slightly touched. That caused Hunter-Reay's car to careen into the wall and Wickens' car was pulled along for the ride. Once Wickens' car soared over Hunter-Reay's and hit the fence, it spun round and round like a top. The fencing was shredded and Wickens' car was reduced to just the tub, which came to a rest on the track along an interior wall. Medical workers calmly attended to Wickens, who was taken to an ambulance before he was transported to the helicopter. The impact of the wreck tore out a large section of fencing that needed almost two hours to repair. Alexander Rossi won the race and said it was 'tough to celebrate' with Wickens in the hospital. In 2015 at Pocono, Justin Wilson died from a head injury when a piece of debris from a crashed car bounced off the track and hit his helmet. Hunter-Reay, James Hinchcliffe, Pietro Fittipaldi and Takuma Sato were among the drivers collected in Sunday's wreck. Hinchcliff seemed to be in pain, grabbing his wrists as he slowly left his car. Hinchcliff was cleared and released from the medical center. He declined to comment to reporters out of respect for Wickens. 'That's the worst thing you can see. He's hurt. He's awake and alert and at least he's alive,' driver Sebastien Bourdais said. The race was delayed nearly two hours and only eight laps in the 500-mile race had been completed because of Wickens' crash and another accident right before green. Graham Rahal got into the back of Spencer Pigot before the race even got to green. Pigot spun and hit the wall. 'We can only hope one thing, that Robbie, Hinch and everyone involved is ok,' Rahal tweeted during the delay. 'These are the dangers we face, but we always hate to see it. The start can be debated for years, but doesn't matter right now, focus on the well-being of our friends and competitors.' Pocono Raceway president Ben May said about 80 feet of fence and a few posts were damaged in the wreck. Bourdais raised concerns about the quality of the repairs and condition of the fence before he got back in the car. 'It may not be the prettiest job but it's going to be safe,' May said. Bourdais said the repairs were 'pretty lousy.' Hinchcliffe is a team teammate of Wickens on the all-Canadian team. The two raced each other as youngsters in Toronto and Hinchcliffe, runner-up on ABC's 'Dancing With The Stars' in 2017, helped lure Wickens to IndyCar this season after a successful career in Europe. The crash was a grim reminder how drivers in open-wheel racing put their lives on the line. Hinchcliffe survived his own life-threatening injury when a broken part from his car pierced an artery during a 2015 crash at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Hinchcliffe would have bled to death if not for the medical team holding the artery together as it raced him from the track directly to a hospital. A year earlier, Hinchcliffe suffered a concussion when he was hit in the helmet by a piece of debris on the road course at Indianapolis. Wickens had reeled off five straight top-five finishes and matched a career-best second in the last race at Mid-Ohio. Fittipaldi had just returned from a lengthy layoff because of two broken legs suffered in Europe. Team owner Dale Coyne said Fittipaldi had a sore ankle and did not believe it was broken again. ___ AP Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer in Charlotte, North Carolina, contributed to this report. ___ More AP auto racing: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-AutoRacing and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

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  • ATLANTA (AP) - Josef Martinez scored his 27th goal to tie the MLS season record and help Atlanta United beat the Columbus Crew 3-1 on Sunday. Julian Gressel set up Martinez's scoring opportunity with a steal in the Crew's half of the field. He passed it up to Martinez, who broke down a pair of defenders before finishing with his left foot from the top of the penalty area in the 31st minute. With nine games left in the regular season, Martinez matched Roy Lassiter (1996), Chris Wondolowski (2012) and Bradley Wright-Phillips (2014) for the season record. Hector Villalba scored in the 76th minute to give Atlanta (15-4-6) a 2-1 lead, driving in from midfield and cutting a left-footed shot back into the right corner. Martinez laid it off to Miguel Almiron, who finished from the top of the penalty arc to cap the scoring in the 82nd minute. Gyasi Zardes tied it at 1 with a one-hopper from 25 yards out in the 50th minute for the Crew (11-8-6).
  • ATLANTA (AP) - DJ LeMahieu and the Colorado Rockies are quite comfortable on the road. Even against baseball's best teams. LeMahieu homered, German Marquez pitched seven solid innings and the Rockies closed out their first four-game sweep in Atlanta with a 4-2 victory over the Braves on Sunday. Colorado improved to 30-16 since June 26, and each of those 46 games came against teams with winning records at the time. The Rockies are 8-2 in their last 10 games against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston and Atlanta, facing the Astros and Braves on the road. 'Yeah, it's tough teams but we're definitely not nervous or scared to play anyone with our team,' LeMahieu said. 'We all know we have a really good team here. It makes it easy to show up at the park.' LeMahieu put Colorado in front with his third-inning drive to left field . He has hit nine of his 11 homers on the road, including a tiebreaking solo shot in the 10th inning of Saturday night's 5-3 win. 'No explanation,' LeMahieu said when asked about his road success. 'Just kind of random, I guess.' Rockies manager Bud Black said his team, battling Arizona for the NL West lead, is playing 'good, all-around clean baseball,' but still can hit better. Atlanta's four straight losses, tied for its longest streak of the season, followed a five-game winning streak. 'In this business, every time you think you have something figured out, you get kicked right in the teeth,' Braves manager Brian Snitker said. Marquez (11-9) won his fourth straight road decision. He allowed two runs and five hits, struck out five and walked one. 'Hopefully we can keep this rolling all the way to the World Series,' Marquez said through a translator. Marquez allowed a run in the first when Freddie Freeman doubled and scored on Johan Camargo's single. He then threw four straight scoreless innings before Camargo's single in the sixth drove in Freeman again. Trevor Story led off the second with a tying homer off Atlanta's Anibal Sanchez (6-4) into the Colorado bullpen behind the left-field wall. Following LeMahieu's homer in the third, David Dahl doubled and scored on Nolan Arenado's single. Sanchez struck out eight in 6 2/3 innings. He was charged with three runs and five hits. Wade Davis gave up a one-out single to Inciarte but had three strikeouts in the ninth for his NL-leading 35th save. Colorado's only previous sweep in Atlanta was a three-game series from Sept. 12-14, 1997. TRAINER'S ROOM Rockies: LHP Mike Dunn (left shoulder inflammation) will begin a rehab assignment on Tuesday with Triple-A Albuquerque. He has been out since July 7. 'It's going to be a lengthy rehab assignment,' Black said, adding Dunn will need 'multiple outings.' Braves: LHP Sam Freeman (left shoulder inflammation) was activated off the 10-day disabled list. LHP Kolby Allard was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett. STREAKS END Braves rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. was 0 for 4, ending his 11-game hitting streak. His team-record streak of reaching safely in nine consecutive plate appearances leading off a game also ended with his fly ball to center in the first. WEST WOES The Braves fell to 9-18 against the NL West this season. They are 40-19 against NL East teams. ROAD KINGS The Rockies improved to 37-29 away from Coors Field. They have won their last four series in Atlanta; the Braves won two of three in Colorado from April 6-8. UP NEXT Rockies: LHP Tyler Anderson (6-5, 4.39 ERA) tries to bounce from a rough outing at Houston when he gets the ball in the opener of a three-game series against visiting San Diego on Tuesday night. The Rockies are 16-5 at home since July 2. Braves: RHP Kevin Gausman (7-9, 4.22 ERA) starts when Atlanta opens a seven-game road trip at Pittsburgh on Monday night. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • ATHENS — An injury was the lead story coming out of Georgia’s second scrimmage, and the rest of the attention went to Kirby Smart’s displeasure with his quarterbacks. Meanwhile, questions persist about an unproven Bulldogs’ defense that’s trying to replace seven departed starters, including SEC Defensive Player of the Year Roquan Smith. It’s fair to say the most legitimate area of concern is the interior defensive line and the inside linebacker positions, particularly against the run. Smart and defensive coordinator Mel Tucker identified both of those areas this fall, most recently after the first scrimmage on Aug 11. The head coach still doesn’t sound convinced Georgia is adequate in that area. “I don’t know if we tested it enough, you know what I mean? The intent of today was ….   we wanted to throw the ball, get some timing,” Smart said, asked Saturday if the front seven had shown improvement. “Less what I call 11-on-11 car pile ups, you know what I mean. Less bodies on bodies because we did that last scrimmage. I don’t know if we made our run goal or not. I’ll have to wait and see the numbers but we didn’t run it a whole bunch.” Elijah Holyfield ran wild on the Georgia defense a week ago, and Brian Herrien was featured cutting through the defense in a video released by the team this week. RELATED: Watch Georgia junior tailback shred Bulldogs’ first-team defense Smart didn’t sound settled on any starters up front, talking about committees on the defensive line and at linebacker. “We do defensive line by committee so if you’re asking me who’s on the committee, there’s like eight guys on the committee,” Smart said, declining to single out any defensive linemen for praise. “There’s a bubble there on D-line where we’ll probably travel eight, nine, 10 depending on special teams and there’s some guys right on that threshold.” Asked about inside linebacker, Smart again provided the “committee” answer. “It’s by committee,” Smart said. “They make mistakes, but Quay Walker and Channing Tindall are fighting tooth and nail. “Juwan Taylor has had a good camp, so between Monty [Rice], Natrez [Patrick] and Tae [Crowder].” Smart said Patrick and Jaden Hunter have battled injuries in fall camp, but both took part in the second scrimmage. Georgia Scrimmage Two coverage • Kirby Smart displeased with Georgia QBs Jake Fromm, Justin Fields • 3 takeaways from Georgia football RB Zamir White injury • UGA underclassmen shine in otherwise sloppy Scrimmage Two • Georgia football injury report: Zamir White knee, others sidelined • Reporters aren’t the enemy of Georgia football coach Kirby Smart • Fired-up Kirby Smart goes after reporters • Internet reacts to Zamir White knee injury  • Several players back in action for Scrimmage Two Mike Griffith & Chip Towers discuss Scrimmage 2   Georgia Scrimmage One coverage 3 Georgia football players who need a strong first scrimmage Senior linebacker out of doghouse, leading scrimmage drill work Georgia coach weighs in on quarterbacks’ scrimmage performance Kirby Smart declares hard-hitting scrimmage a tie No free pass for dynamic incoming WR transfer Demetris Robertson WATCH: Elijah Holyfield rips through first-team defense in scrimmage Heart of Georgia football defense tested, Kirby Smart analyzes 3 key players Georgia football injury report: key senior sidelined with knee injury Kirby Smart identifies soft spot on defense after scrimmage Mike Griffith & Chip Towers open practice observations   The post Georgia football defense: Kirby Smart indicates unsettled front seven ‘committee’ appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — Georgia football is under the microscope after one of its most heralded recruits, freshman running back Zamir White, suffered a torn ACL in his left knee on Saturday. The attention has to do with White’s celebrated status as the No. 1-ranked tailback in the 2018 class, and the fact he was practicing with a knee brace eight months after undergoing surgery. RELATED: Watch Kirby Smart get fired up at press conference Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart, a former two-time All-SEC safety at Georgia, explained what led to White’s injury in Saturday’s scrimmage at Sanford Stadium. “ He was covering a punt, and it was a non-contact injury,” Smart said. “There was nobody really around. He and Mark Webb were kind of holding each other up.” It’s not hard to envision: The   players’ arms locked up, White trying to shed a block, Webb carrying out his assignment to hold him up, White tries to use lower body strength to cut, perhaps break loose, and when planting the torque from the upper-body lock up leads to a torn ligament. That’s very unfortunate, but that’s part of football. Sometimes no amount of conditioning can prevent such injuries as ligament damage. Here are three takeaways from what became a controversial injury 1. The injury is not controversial White had been cleared for full contact meaning Georgia’s medical staff had determined the right knee that was operated on last November had been rehabilitated satisfactorily. White was wearing a knee brace as a precaution, and also to help the young back regain confidence in the surgically repaired knee. Saturday’s injury was to White’s previously healthy left knee. Further, as Smart pointed out, it has become common for high-profile players to be a part of special teams’ units. RELATED: A look at Georgia football two-back set circumstances Special teams is often a separator in winning and losing a football game, in terms of execution as well as missed penalties. 2. White was fighting to make the travel squad White was indeed a 5-star prospect worthy of his acclaim. But in the Aug. 4 open practice, it was clear that his time away from football had taken a toll. White did not appear as explosive, quick or powerful as in his high school film footage. Further, in talking to Georgia defensive players, White was not the first, second, third or sometimes fourth back mentioned when asked who had impressed. RELATED: Monty Rice raves about Little [James] Cook Georgia’s backfield is deep and talented, and D’Andre Swift, Elijah Holyfield, Brian Herrien and James Cook all looked better. Smart points out only 70 players can travel to road games. A player’s ability to make the travel team is often determined by his ability to contribute on special teams. White was likely trying to “make the bus” as Smart likes to say, and the Georgia coaches were giving him an opportunity by placing him on a special teams unit. 3. Business as usual moving forward White’s injury, while unfortunate, will not send oddsmakers in Las Vegas scrambling to adjust the Georgia football betting line for point spreads or season win total. The top three spots on the Bulldogs’ depth chart at tailback does not change. Further, Smart will not change how he coaches, and the competition at Georgia for a spot on the bus will not decrease. The number of healthy 5-star players on the Bulldogs roster is down from 21 to 20. But Smart means it when he says the stars a player received in recruiting mean nothing in the meeting rooms or on the depth chart. RELATED: Georgia 5-star receivers getting outplayed in practice To make the 70-man travel squad, a player is going to have to find a way to contribute to the team, and special teams will continue to be an available avenue. Further, White’s case serves as evidence that even the No. 1-ranked tailback prospect in the 2018 signing class has to compete for playing time on a championship caliber team. Georgia Scrimmage Two coverage • Kirby Smart displeased with Jake Fromm, Justin Fields • UGA underclassmen shine in otherwise sloppy Scrimmage Two • Georgia football injury report: Zamir White knee, others sidelined • Reporters aren’t the enemy of Georgia football coach Kirby Smart • Fired-up Kirby Smart goes after reporters • Internet reacts to Zamir White knee injury  • Several players back in action for Scrimmage Two Mike Griffith & Chip Towers discuss Scrimmage 2 X Georgia Scrimmage One coverage 3 Georgia football players who need a strong first scrimmage Senior linebacker out of doghouse, leading scrimmage drill work Georgia coach weighs in on quarterbacks’ scrimmage performance Kirby Smart declares hard-hitting scrimmage a tie No free pass for dynamic incoming WR transfer Demetris Robertson WATCH: Elijah Holyfield rips through first-team defense in scrimmage Heart of Georgia football defense tested, Kirby Smart analyzes 3 key players Georgia football injury report: key senior sidelined with knee injury Kirby Smart identifies soft spot on defense after scrimmage Mike Griffith & Chip Towers open practice observations The post 3 takeaways from Georgia football RB Zamir White knee injury appeared first on DawgNation.