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Tsitsipas beaten, Medvedev reaches Round of 16

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Open attendees won’t get another chance to boo Stefanos Tsitsipas (SEET’-see-pahs) and his lengthy bathroom breaks until next year.

Carlos Alcaraz upset the third-seeded Tsitsipas 6-3, 4-6, 7-6, 0-6, 7-6 to advance to the fourth round. The 18-year-old from Spain used powerful groundstrokes in an entertaining match to knock off Tsitsipas.

Tsitsipas faced an unfriendly crowd again in large part because of his lengthy breaks in the bathroom.

In Friday’s other tennis action:

— Men’s second seed Daniil Medvedev has continued an easy first week at the U.S. Open by routing Pablo Andujar 6-0, 6-4, 6-3. The 2019 runner-up at Flushing Meadows has lost only 22 games in his three matches. He is 16-4 at the U.S. Open, his best winning percentage in a major.

— No. 11 Diego Schwartzman knocked out Alex Molcan in four sets. Daniel Evans needed five sets to dispatch Alexei Popyrin.

— Fifth seed Elina Svitolina (svih-toh-LEE’-nuh) got into the fourth round with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Daria Kasatkina, 6-4, 6-2.

— French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova (kreh-chih-KOH’-vh) is into the fourth round of her U.S. Open debut. The eighth-seeded Czech beat Kamilla Rakhimova 6-4, 6-2 and will face Garbiñe Muguruza (gahr-BEEN’-yah moo-gah-ROO’-thah).

— Muguruza has matched her best in the tournament after knocking out three-time finalist Victoria Azarenka, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2. Muguruza is seeking her first major hardcourt title, having won Wimbledon and the French Open.

— No. 12 Simona Halep (HA’-lehp) fought through a marathon first-set tiebreaker and eventually beat Elena Rybakina, 7-6, 4-6, 6-3. Halep is in the fourth round for the first time in five years.

— Angelique Kerber won a matchup of previous U.S Open champions by defeating Sloane Stephens, 5-7, 6-2, 6-3. Kerber beat Stephens for only the second time in seven career matchups.


Big 12 eyes expansion after losses of Sooners, Longhorns

UNDATED (AP) — The Big 12 Conference may not be dead in the water after all.

The conference is moving quickly on an expansion plan that could have the conference at 12 schools after Texas and Oklahoma leave, with BYU, Central Florida, Cincinnati and Houston as the “most intriguing” candidates.

Three people familiar with the Big 12′s talks said Friday the eight schools being left behind by the Longhorns and Sooners are working to rebuild by adding four new members.

One person said invitations to new members could go out as soon as next week.


Cubs beat Bucs amid COVID-19 outbreak among Northsiders

UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Cubs won their fourth in a row this afternoon as they played without manager David Ross and president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer.

Ross and Hoyer missed the Cubs’ 6-5 win over the Pirates after they tested positive for COVID-19. A spokesman for the team said Ross and Hoyer are feeling fine and quarantining. Both are vaccinated.

Bench coach Andy Green ran the team while Michael Hermosillo homered and drove in three runs. Frank Schwindel also connected, and Ian Happ had three more hits on a wet afternoon at Wrigley Field.

Anthony Alford hit two long home runs for the Pirates after the Cubs built a 5-0 lead.


Torres activated by Yankees

UNDATED (AP) — Yankees infielder Gleyber (GLAY’-bur) Torres has been activated from the injured list by the after missing almost a month with a sprained left thumb. Torres is batting .253 with six homers and 42 RBIs in 99 games.

He appeared to be heating up when he was injured while stealing second base against the Seattle Mariners on Aug. 9. The 24-year-old shortstop hit .393 with five RBIs and four doubles in 28 at-bats in eight August games, a span in which the Yankees went 6-2.

Also around the majors:

— The Red Sox have placed outfielder Jarren Duran on the COVID-19-related injured list, bringing the team’s total to nine players added to the list in a span of a week. The club’s COVID list has been growing since Boston placed infielders Kiké (KEE’-kay) Hernández and Christian Arroyo on it Aug. 27.


Aldridge back with Nets

NEW YORK (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge has rejoined the Brooklyn Nets, five months after having to retire because of an irregular heartbeat.

Aldridge retired in April after experiencing an irregular heartbeat in the last of the five games he played for the Nets.

The 36-year-old Aldridge is a seven-time All-Star who has averaged 19.4 points in a career that began when he was the No. 2 pick in the 2006 draft. He played for Portland and San Antonio before originally signing in Brooklyn in March.


Cantlay leads through 36

ATLANTA (AP) — Patrick Cantlay is the leader at the midway mark of the PGA’s Tour Championship.

Cantlay birdied his last two holes for a bogey-free 66 to keep one shot ahead of Jon Rahm, who fired a 65 for the second straight day. Cantlay started the Tour Championship at 10-under par because he was the No. 1 seed in the FedEx Cup. Rahm began four shots back.

Bryson DeChambeau is a distant third at 11 under, six behind Cantlay.


Steelers get DB help

UNDATED (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers have bolstered their secondary depth by acquiring cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon from Seattle for a fifth-round pick in the 2023 draft.

Witherspoon spent the first four seasons of his career in San Francisco after being taken in the third round of the 2017 draft. He signed a one-year deal with Seattle in May.

Pittsburgh lost valuable slot cornerback Mike Hilton in free agency and cut veteran Steve Nelson in a salary-cap move while re-signing Cam Sutton.

Checking out other NFL news:

— Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder has been placed on the COVID-19 list, making his status for the opening game uncertain. It is uncertain whether Crowder is vaccinated, or when he tested positive

— The Jaguars have signed tight end Jacob Hollister, three days after Buffalo surprisingly released the fifth-year pro. Hollister has 74 receptions for 652 yards and six touchdowns in four NFL seasons with New England and Seattle.

— Former NFL receiver and three-time Super Bowl champion David Patten Jr. died in a motorcycle accident in South Carolina on Thursday. Patten played 12 seasons in the NFL after signing as an undrafted free agent with the Giants in 1997. He caught Tom Brady’s first postseason touchdown pass to help the Patriots win their first title.


NHL players to compete in Beijing Games

UNDATED (AP) — NHL players are going back to the Olympics after the league worked out an agreement to participate in the 2022 Games in Beijing.

The deal reached with the International Olympic Committee and International Ice Hockey Federation allows the league or players are able to withdraw if coronavirus circumstances change for the worse or there’s an outbreak during the season.

The NHL didn’t allow its players to participate in the 2018 Winter Games.

In other NHL news:

— A person with knowledge of the new rules tells The Associated Press that teams will be able to suspend unvaccinated players without pay if they cannot participate in hockey activities as part of the protocols. Fully vaccinated players will have any COVID-19 positives treated as hockey injuries and still be paid. Coaches and other team staff who closely interact with players are required to be fully vaccinated.

— Senators forward Drake Batherson has agreed to a six-year, $29.85 million contract. The 23-year-old Batherson had 17 goals and 34 points in 56 games last season.

— The Red Wings have signed Filip Hronek (ROH’-nehk) to a three-year, $13.2 million package. Hronek has 16 goals and 80 points through his first 167 regular-season NHL games, with 23 points coming last season.