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Angels surge into September as baseball's best

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, September 1, 2014 - 06:18 PM

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Although Mike Trout has accomplished an extraordinary amount in his short major league career with the Los Angeles Angels, he claims none of those individual feats means much to him.

He's more interested in experiencing the thrill of a pennant race, and he's about to get it.

Trout and the Angels are surging into September with the best record in baseball at 83-53, culminating in a triumphant four-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics last weekend.


Orton provides backup QB spot a boost

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, September 1, 2014 - 06:10 PM

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Kyle Orton's practice debut has brightened Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone's outlook regarding his team's backup quarterback position behind starter EJ Manuel.

In the matter of a week, Marrone has gone from being concerned to expressing confidence after Orton practiced Monday, two days after signing a one-year contract.

Marrone noted that Orton is a nine-year veteran who has experience as both a starter and a backup.


Spain, Greece move to 3-0, Senegal upsets Croatia

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, September 1, 2014 - 06:09 PM

Spain beat Brazil in a battle of unbeatens to take the lead in Group A, while Greece also improved to 3-0 in a Group B that Senegal shook up with the big upset Monday at the Basketball World Cup.

The U.S. was off, a night after rallying from a halftime deficit to beat Turkey.


Kirk rallies to win the Deutsche Bank

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, September 1, 2014 - 05:58 PM

NORTON, Mass. (AP) — Chris Kirk closed with a 5-under 66 on Monday to win the Deutsche Bank Championship and bolster his case for a Ryder Cup pick.

Kirk played the final 36 holes with Rory McIlroy and outplayed the world's No. 1 player. Of far greater importance was winning this FedEx Cup playoff event, and he got it done with a bogey-free final round.

Billy Horschel had a chance to force a playoff by making a birdie on the par-5 18th. But he chunked his second shot so badly that it barely reached the hazard.


Giants top Rockies in resumption of May suspension

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, September 1, 2014 - 05:40 PM

DENVER (AP) — Andrew Susac wasn't even with the San Francisco Giants when their game against the Colorado Rockies was suspended three months ago.

When it resumed Monday, the backup catcher helped them finish it off in style.

Hunter Pence hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth and, more than three months after he homered in the early innings, led the Giants over the Rockies 4-2 in a game resumed after being suspended on May 22 because of rain.


Holliday, Wong lead Cardinals past Pirates, 5-4

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, September 1, 2014 - 05:40 PM

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Holliday had the go-ahead RBI single in the seventh inning after Kolten Wong's pinch-hit homer tied the score, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday.

St. Louis moved into sole possession of first place in the NL Central for the first time this season with its third straight win in a row. The Cardinals are one game ahead of Milwaukee, which lost to the Chicago Cubs. Pittsburgh is three games back.


Bills WR Watkins practices after hurting ribs

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, September 1, 2014 - 05:39 PM

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills rookie receiver Sammy Watkins is still experiencing soreness after returning to practice for the first time since aggravating a rib injury last week.

The first-round draft pick practiced fully Monday, and says he is preparing to play Sunday, when Buffalo opens the season at Chicago.

Watkins declined to reveal the nature of the injury except to say follow-up tests showed it is something more than bruised ribs.


Murray beats Tsonga in 3 long sets at US Open

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, September 1, 2014 - 05:38 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Andy Murray pulled out the sort of tough win he had been missing this year, beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in three long sets in the fourth round of the U.S. Open.

The eighth-seeded Murray needed 2 hours, 35 minutes to defeat the ninth-seeded Frenchman 7-5, 7-5, 6-4 on a hot, humid Monday afternoon.

Tsonga had three break points to go up 3-0 in the final set, but Murray fought them off to swing the momentum. He promptly broke in the next game to get the set back on serve, and then closed out the match with another break.


Murray beats Tsonga in 3 long sets at US Open

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, September 1, 2014 - 05:38 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Andy Murray pulled out the sort of tough win he had been missing this year, beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in three long sets in the fourth round of the U.S. Open.

The eighth-seeded Murray needed 2 hours, 35 minutes to defeat the ninth-seeded Frenchman 7-5, 7-5, 6-4 on a hot, humid Monday afternoon.

Tsonga had three break points to go up 3-0 in the final set, but Murray fought them off to swing the momentum. He promptly broke in the next game to get the set back on serve, and then closed out the match with another break.


Murray beats Tsonga in 3 long sets at US Open

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, September 1, 2014 - 05:37 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Andy Murray pulled out the sort of tough win he had been missing this year, beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in three long sets in the fourth round of the U.S. Open.

The eighth-seeded Murray needed 2 hours, 35 minutes to defeat the ninth-seeded Frenchman 7-5, 7-5, 6-4 on a hot, humid Monday afternoon.

Tsonga had three break points to go up 3-0 in the final set, but Murray fought them off to swing the momentum. He promptly broke in the next game to get the set back on serve, and then closed out the match with another break.


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