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September 2, 2014 - 4:01am
22 min 4 sec ago
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Baseball Expanded Standings
All Times EDT
By The Associated Press
East Division
September 2, 2014 - 3:42am
22 min 4 sec ago

NORTON, Mass. (AP) — Chris Kirk figured the Ryder Cup was out of his hands when he failed to earn one of the nine automatic spots. He already has plans to be at the Tennessee-Georgia football game during the matches in Scotland. He doesn't see any need to call U.S. captain Tom Watson and lobby for a pick.

"It's not like there's anything that I can do to sway it one way or another," Kirk said Monday after his victory in the Deutsche Bank Championship. "I can't say, 'Hey,...

September 2, 2014 - 3:39am
22 min 4 sec ago

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The places and ways to escape were simpler not that long ago.

When Richard Sherman could go unrecognized in public. When his dreadlocks might bring a curious glance and be forgotten just as quickly. When he was still mostly overlooked, the same way he ended up being bypassed in the NFL draft until the fifth round.

"It's difficult at times. It's more frustrating at times," the star cornerback says about that anonymity being gone...

September 2, 2014 - 3:38am
22 min 4 sec ago

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros are looking toward the future, and they decided there is no time like the present to get going on that.

Entering the final month of a dismal season, the Astros fired manager Bo Porter on Monday, saying the dismissal had less to do with the team's 59-79 record than the need for "new direction" and a "united message throughout the entire organization."

This season can't be saved, but there was no point in wasting any...

September 2, 2014 - 3:38am
22 min 3 sec ago

ATLANTA (AP) — The biggest number for Cole Hamels after six innings wasn't the zero in the hits allowed column but the 108 pitches thrown by the Philadelphia Phillies' starter.

That was enough, even though it meant giving up a chance at reaching one of baseball's most special personal milestones.

No worries. The boys in the bullpen gave the entire pitching staff something to celebrate as a team.

Hamels and three Phillies...

September 2, 2014 - 3:37am
22 min 3 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — In a sport known for its genteel traditions, tennis has one increasingly common ritual that stands apart for its ickiness — the passing of the sweat-soaked towel. 

It happens dozens of times in a long match and is in full glory on the courts at Flushing Meadows: Players call for a towel to be brought to them in the middle of a game, and they quickly wipe the sweat from their faces, sometimes even their necks, arms and legs.

And then,...

September 2, 2014 - 2:53am
52 min 4 sec ago

Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide



Novak Djokovic reaches quarterfinals at U.S. Open — the 22nd straight time he's made it to the last eight of a Grand Slam tournament.



September 2, 2014 - 2:37am
22 min 3 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Japan's Kei Nishikori rallied for a five-set victory over fifth-seeded Milos Raonic to reach his first U.S. Open quarterfinal.

The 10th-seeded Nishikori won 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-4 in a match that ended at 2:26 a.m. Tuesday, tying the latest finish in tournament history.

Raonic couldn't get anything going against Nishikori's serve in the final two sets, unable to force a single break point. And Nishikori earned the two breaks...

September 2, 2014 - 2:28am
1 hour 21 min ago
At The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
New York
Purse: $38.3 million (Grand Slam)
Surface: Hard-Outdoor
Fourth Round

Novak Djokovic (1), Serbia, def. Philipp Kohlschreiber (22), Germany, 6-1, 7-5, 6-4.

Andy Murray (8), Britain, def. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (9),...

September 2, 2014 - 1:33am
1 hour 21 min ago

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — For many Philadelphia tourists, the Rocky statue is a must-see — even if it is a movie prop depicting a fictional boxer.

Could a sculpture of real-life heavyweight champion Joe Frazier draw as many admirers?

Artist Stephen Layne is finishing up a 9-foot-tall clay version of "Smokin' Joe," which captures Philly's hometown hero in mid-punch. Frazier beat Muhammad Ali for the title in 1971.

The effort to...

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