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September 1, 2014 - 2:57pm
9 min 22 sec 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.

September 1, 2014 - 2:56pm
9 min 22 sec ago

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Alex Smith didn't have much choice when he was traded from San Francisco to Kansas City last year.

He had the final say when it came to staying with the Chiefs, though.

One day after signing a four-year extension that should solidify his future through the 2018 season, Smith expressed relief at being able to focus solely on football — rather than negotiations that had been going on for months, and that were threatening to...

September 1, 2014 - 2:43pm
9 min 22 sec ago

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Veteran kicker Ryan Succop has agreed to a one-year deal with the Tennessee Titans who chose to go with experience rather than an undrafted rookie.

Agent Joel Turner said Monday that Succop is happy with a "very good opportunity in a fine organization."

The Titans had no immediate comment.

The Chiefs released Succop on Saturday, going with an undrafted option at kicker. Succop, 27, hit 81 percent of his...

September 1, 2014 - 2:36pm
9 min 22 sec ago

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Idaho and Florida still have a lot to work out regarding what happens with their postponed season opener.

This much is certain, though: the Gators reinstated three players who were suspended for the game that lasted 10 seconds and might not be rescheduled.

Florida coach Will Muschamp said Monday that receiver Demarcus Robinson and defensive tackles Darious Cummings and Jay-nard Bostwick are back and expected to play Saturday...

September 1, 2014 - 2:01pm
9 min 22 sec ago

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Star tight end Rob Gronkowski stood in front of his Gillette Stadium locker Monday and announced he will be playing in the New England Patriots' opener at Miami this Sunday.

"I'm super excited," said Gronkowski, who didn't play in any of the four preseason games as he completed his recovery from December right knee surgery. "I won't have to see my teammates grind all week - (I'll) go back out there with them, get in the huddle, break the huddle...

September 1, 2014 - 2:00pm
19 min 13 sec ago

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — First baseman Eric Hosmer was activated from the disabled list and first-round draft pick Brandon Finnegan was promoted from Double-A Northwest Arkansas in a flurry of roster moves by the Royals on Monday.

Hosmer, who had been out with a fractured right hand, was 3 for 10 in two rehab games for Triple-A Omaha. Designated hitter Billy Butler had started in his place.

Finnegan had a 1.33 ERA in three minor league appearances....

September 1, 2014 - 1:55pm
19 min 13 sec ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — Receiver Marvin Jones walked through the Bengals' locker room on Monday still wearing that protective white boot on his left foot.

He's one of the few casualties of a favorable training camp.

Jones broke a bone in his foot but will miss only the first few weeks of the season. The defending AFC North champions are ready to start on Sunday in Baltimore at close to full strength.

The Bengals are trying to reach the...

September 1, 2014 - 1:48pm
19 min 13 sec ago

PARIS (AP) — France captain Arnaud Clement picked Julien Benneteau instead of Gilles Simon on Monday in his team to face two-time defending champion Czech Republic in their Davis Cup semifinal this month.

Tenth-ranked Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, No. 14 Richard Gasquet and No. 24 Gael Monfils have also been selected for the best-of-five series, which is to be held at Roland Garros — home of the French Open — from Sept. 12-14.

"Julien didn't play very well at...

September 1, 2014 - 1:41pm
19 min 13 sec ago

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory is doubtful for this week's game against McNeese State because of an injury to his left knee.

Gregory left the Florida Atlantic game after the Cornhuskers' first defensive series Saturday. Coach Bo Pelini said Monday that Gregory had an old basketball injury "flare up," and it caused a clicking sensation in his knee. Gregory, who led the Big Ten in sacks last season, underwent a procedure Sunday to remove scar...

September 1, 2014 - 1:36pm
19 min 13 sec ago

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama still has competition for the starting job at quarterback.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban says both Blake Sims and Jake Coker will play Saturday against Florida Atlantic. He says he hasn't determined how the rotation will work for No. 2 Alabama.

Sims made his first career start against West Virginia and passed for 250 yards while completing 24 of 33 passes. Coker, a Florida State transfer, was in the game to run out...

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