Update on the latest sports
Osaka advances as opponent withdraws
NEW YORK (AP) — Naomi Osaka has advanced to the third round of the U.S. Open after her second-round opponent withdrew for medical reasons. The defending champion was set to play Olga Danilovic of Serbia in the first match of the day in Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Two-time Grand Slam champions Simona Halep (HAL’-ehp) and Garbiñe Muguruza (GAHR’-been moo-gah-ROO’-thuh) also reached the third round to end long absences in Flushing Meadows. They were two of the few players to squeeze in victories early on a rainy afternoon. Play started late and then was suspended briefly on the outer courts.
On the men’s side, No. 2 seed Daniil Medvedev (DAN’-ihl MEHD’-veh-dehv) eased into the third round with a 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 victory over Dominik Koepfer. Fifth-seeded Andrey Rublev also advanced. But 15th-seeded Grigor Dimitrov (GREE’-gohr DIH’-mih-trahv), a semifinalist in the 2019 U.S. Open, retired after losing two tiebreakers and trailing 4-0 in the third set against Alexei Popyrin.
Goldschmidt homers twice, Cardinals win opener over Reds
UNDATED (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt homered twice and the St. Louis Cardinals tightened up the NL wild-card race with a 5-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds in the opener of a doubleheader. The Reds went into the day tied with San Diego for the second NL wild card, 2 1/2 games ahead of St. Louis and Philadelphia.
Reds lefty Wade Miley set season highs, allowing three home runs and 12 hits in four innings for his first loss in 16 starts since May. The opener was the makeup of a game postponed from Tuesday by rain.
Elsewhere around the majors:
— Brendan Rodgers’ two-run double put Colorado ahead during a five-run ninth inning, and the Rockies rallied from an early 5-0 deficit to beat the Texas Rangers 9-5. Rodgers doubled to the gap in left-center off Joe Barlow, the sixth of seven Texas relievers. The Rockies scored three more runs aided by four Rangers infield errors, three by first baseman Nathaniel Lowe. The four errors tied a team record for one inning, and Lowe’s broke a club record for a player in one inning. Jhoulys Chacin, the fifth of six Colorado relievers, pitched two scoreless innings for the win. The Rockies salvaged the finale of a three-game series.
— Philadelphia’s game at Washington scheduled for Wednesday night was postponed because of rain from the remnants of Hurricane Ida. The game, the NL East rivals’ final meeting this year, will be made up Thursday at 1:05 p.m. The Marlins, Met’s game also has been postponed.
Mets acting GM arrested for DUI
UNDATED (AP) — The New York Mets say they are “surprised and deeply disappointed” to learn acting general manager Zack Scott has been arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated. Scott was arrested on a DUI charge around 4:15 a.m. Tuesday in suburban White Plains, New York.
Police found him asleep at the wheel of his SUV at a traffic light and determined he was intoxicated. Police say Scott refused a breathalyzer test.
The 44-year-old Scott was booked and released and is due in court Thursday morning. Scott was hired as the Mets’ assistant general manager last offseason to work under close friend and former colleague Jared Porter, who was later fired for sending sexually explicit text messages and images to a female reporter in 2016.
In other MLB news:
— Minnesota Twins right-hander Kenta Maeda had season-ending Tommy John surgery Wednesday in Dallas. The 33-year-old right-hander was placed on the 10-day IL on Aug. 24 with right forearm tightness. An internal brace was added to the arm. Its a recent development in the Tommy John technique that could help speed the rate of recovery, which is traditionally at least a year. The Twins hope Maeda could return in 9-12 months.
— A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Washington Nationals Vice President Bob Boone has informed the club he’s resigning rather than comply with the organization’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Boone has been with Washington since 2004 and served as VP and senior adviser to general manager Mike Rizzo since 2015. He was a four-time All-Star catcher during his 19-year major league career and also managed the Kansas City Royals and Cincinnati Reds. The Nationals say employees were notified of the policy Aug. 12 and had until Aug. 26 to provide proof of full vaccination or one dose or apply for an exemption.
— Khris Davis was promoted by the Oakland Athletics as a September call-up, bringing his hot bat from Triple-A Las Vegas and hoping to contribute to a fourth straight playoff run for the club that traded him to division opponent Texas nearly seven months ago. The Rangers released him June 13. The A’s brought back their popular designated hitter on a minor league deal Aug. 4.
—Boston infielder Yairo Muñoz has become the latest Red Sox player to test positive for COVID-19 as the virus surge impacting the team remains unrelenting. Eight Boston players and two coaches have either had a positive test or have been identified as close contacts since Friday. Star shortstop Xander Bogaerts (ZAN’-dur BOH’-gahrtz) was pulled in the second inning of Tuesday night’s 8-5 loss to the Rays because of a positive test. The Red Sox began Wednesday with a one-game lead over Oakland for the second AL wild card.
— Jerry Dipoto (dih-POH’-toh) and Scott Servais will get a chance to see whether the Seattle Mariners’ years-long rebuilding will come to fruition. The Mariners promoted Dipoto to president of baseball operations and signed Servais to a multiyear contract extension Wednesday, keeping the pair locked together to oversee the completion of the overhaul that began three years ago. Both deals had been expected and come with the Mariners chasing a playoff spot in the American League. Seattle has the longest postseason drought of any team in the four major North American sports leagues, last reaching the postseason in 2001.
Saints opener vs. Packers moved to Jacksonville after Ida
UNDATED (AP) — The New Orleans Saints will play their season opener in Jacksonville, Florida, after being displaced by Hurricane Ida. Instead of playing in the Superdome for the Sept. 12 opener against the Green Bay Packers, the Saints will host the game at the home of the Jaguars.
The Superdome appears to have been spared significant damage from the powerful Category 4 hurricane. But there are logistical challenges with staffing an NFL game there because of the widespread damage in the New Orleans area.
In other NFL news:
— The Minnesota Vikings are bracing for a season-long absence for on-the-rise tight end Irv Smith Jr., after knee surgery for a torn meniscus. Smith had the procedure done by team physician Dr. Christopher Larson. He was injured last week. Smith was in line for a breakout year, his third in the NFL. He had 365 yards and five touchdowns in 13 games last season. Smith had a full repair of the meniscus. That usually means a minimum four-month recovery. The Vikings acquired tight end Chris Herndon in a trade with the New York Jets to help reinforce the position.
— Josh Andrews, who was the favorite to open the season as the Atlanta Falcons’ starting left guard, has been placed on injured reserve after suffering a broken hand in practice. Andrews’ injury was a setback to plans for Atlanta’s opening game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Andrews started four games for the New York Jets last season.
— The New York Jets have released cornerback Bless Austin, moving on from a projected starter in their young secondary. The 25-year-old Austin was entering his third season with the Jets and was expected to start opposite Bryce Hall. In other moves, the Jets claimed linebacker Quincy Williams, brother of New York defensive lineman Quinnen Williams, off waivers from Jacksonville and defensive end Tim Ward from Kansas City. The Jets are also signing safety Sheldrick Redwine, a fourth-round pick of Cleveland in 2019.
— With linebacker Jacob Phillips going on injured reserve, the Browns signed defensive end Joe Jackson, who was waived earlier this week. Cleveland made the moves following practice on Wednesday, shortly after coach Kevin Stefanski said Phillips had undergone surgery on a torn biceps. Jackson will be the team’s No. 4 end behind Myles Garrett, Jadeveon Clowney and Takk McKinley. Phillips got hurt during Cleveland’s recent joint practice with the New York Giants. Stefanski said the third-round pick in 2020 has been rehabbing at the team’s facility.
— Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores has publicly expressed his support for quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (TOO’-ah tuhng-ah-vy-LOH’-ah). That may or may not tamp down speculation about the team’s interest in Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson. Flores says Tagovailoa will be the Week 1 starter against the New England Patriots on Sept. 12. The Dolphins have declined to confirm or deny reports they have engaged in trade talks to acquire Watson, who has been accused of sexual assault and harassment in lawsuits filed by 22 women. He has denied the allegations.
— The Carolina Panthers have released former Seahawks wide receiver David Moore and claimed guard Michael Jordan from the Cincinnati Bengals off waivers. Moore signed a two-year contract with Carolina in March that included a $1.25 million signing bonus, which will count as dead money under the salary cap. Last week the Panthers traded linebacker Denzel Perryman and a seventh-round draft pick to the Las Vegas Raiders for a sixth-round draft pick just months after giving Perryman a two-year deal that included nearly $3 million in guaranteed money.
— Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt is dealing with a knee injury, leaving his status for the season opener against Buffalo uncertain. Defensive coordinator Keith Butler did not get into specifics about the nature of the injury when asked Wednesday but did confirm it’s one of the reasons why Tuitt did not practice with the team at all during training camp.
Islanders sign Sorokin, Beauvillier, Palmieri and Cizikas
UNDATED (AP) — The New York Islanders finalized most of their offseason work in one day by signing four players to multiyear contracts.
Goaltender Ilya Sorokin (sah-ROH’-kihn) got a three-year deal for $12 million, homegrown forward Anthony Beauvillier (boh-VIH’-lee-ay) got three years and $12.45 million, deadline pickup Kyle Palmieri got $20 million over four years and fourth-line mainstay Casey Cizikas (sih-ZEE’-kuhs) got six years for $15 million.
Veteran general manager Lou Lamoriello had been conspicuously quiet for much of the summer aside from signing defenseman Adam Pelech (PEH’-lehk) to a $46 million, eight-year contract in early August.
The NHL season begins Oct. 12. The Islanders will open on a 13-game trip while their new arena is completed.
Elsewhere in th eNHL:
— The St. Louis Blues agreed to terms with top defenseman Colton Parayko on an eight-year contract extension worth $52 million. The deal runs from the 2022-23 season through 2029-30 and carries an annual salary cap hit of $6.5 million. Parayko was set to be a free agent next summer. He helped the Blues win the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history in 2019. The 28-year-old skated 21 minutes a night for St. Louis during an injury-plagued 2021 season. He has 171 points in 418 regular-season NHL games and 27 more in the playoffs.