Update on the latest sports
Medvedev sweeps his way back to US Open final
NEW YORK (AP) — One half of the U.S. Open men’s final is set, with the other half to be determined tonight.
Daniil Medvedev has advanced for the second time in three years. The second-seeded Medvedev surged out of a tight spot and beat a mistake-prone Auger-Aliassime, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2. Medvedev fought off two set points in the second and reached a Grand Slam final for the third time.
Auger-Aliassime had just 17 winners and 39 unforced errors, including 10 double-faults. Medvedev had a cleaner match with 37 winners and 25 unforced errors.
Medvedev will face the winner of tonight’s match between top-ranked Novak Djokovic (JOH’-koh-vihch) and No. 4 Alexander Zverev.
Zverev won the first set against Djokovic, who will have to come from behind for a fourth straight match at the U.S. Open. Zverev took the lead when Djokovic double-faulted in the ninth game, then served it out to win the set 6-4.
Djokovic lost the first set against Kei Nishikori, American Jenson Brooksby and Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini. He won the next three sets each time.
Djokovic is trying to become the first man to win all four Grand Slam tournaments since Rod Laver in 1969. He is 26-0 in major tournament matches this year.
Bauer won’t pitch again this season, leave extended by MLB
UNDATED (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer will miss the rest of the season after his administrative leave was extended by Major League Baseball and the union through the World Series.
Bauer was first placed on seven days’ paid leave July 2 under the MLB and players’ union’s joint domestic violence and sexual assault policy following allegations by a Southern California woman.
Bauer has not pitched since June 29 and was running out of time to get back in shape to return to the mound while games remained.
Also around the majors:
— Major League Baseball has suspended Washington Nationals starting pitcher Sean Nolin five games and fined him for intentionally hitting Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman on Wednesday. Nolin is appealing the suspension and can continue to play until there is a final resolution. The league also suspended Nationals manager Dave Martinez for Friday’s game against Pittsburgh and fined him an undisclosed amount.
— Red Sox ace Chris Sale has tested positive for COVID-19, preventing the seven-time All-Star from starting Sunday against the White Sox. The 32-year-old Sale missed all of last season recovering from Tommy John surgery. Since returning Aug. 14, he is 3-0 with a 2.52 ERA to help the Red Sox take a one-game lead over the Yankees for the first AL wild card.
— The White Sox have activated All-Star right-hander Lance Lynn from the 10-day injured list after he missed time with right knee inflammation. The 34-year-old Lynn is slated to start Sunday against the Red Sox.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-BIG 12 EXPANSION
Big 12 welcomes BYU, UCF, Cincinnati and Houston
UNDATED (AP) — With Oklahoma and Texas on the way out, the Big 12 announced Friday that it has invited BYU, UCF, Cincinnati and Houston to join the Power Five conference and said it has not ruled out further expansion in the future.
The four new schools would join the Big 12 in July 2024 at the latest, though BYU says it will enter the league in the Fall of 2023. The defections also leave the All-American Conference scrambling for new members following the losses of UCF, Cincinnati and Houston.
The eight continuing members of the Big 12 unanimously approved applications from the four schools that sought membership after the league learned the Sooners and Longhorns will leave for the Southeastern Conference no later than July 2025.
Formal approval of the invitations was pending on some campuses, but the expansion is all but done.
Ravens’ Edwards, Peters headed to IR
UNDATED (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens are putting running back Gus Edwards and cornerback Marcus Peters on injured reserve with knee injuries.
Coach John Harbaugh described the injuries as season-ending, non-contact ligament tears from practice.
Baltimore’s backfield has been hit hard by injuries during the preseason. Running back J.K. Dobbins is out for the season with a knee injury, and Justice Hill is on IR as well. The Ravens have signed Latavius Murray, Devonta Freeman and Le’Veon (LEH’-vee-ahn) Bell this week.
In other NFL news:
—The NFL has suspended Dallas Cowboys right tackle La’el Collins for five games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Collins missed all of 2020 because of a hip issue that required surgery. He won’t be eligible until Week 8 against Minnesota, after Dallas’ open week.
— The status of Cleveland wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. for Sunday’s opener at Kansas City remains up in the air, but defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney is good to go. Beckham has mounted a quicker-than-projected comeback from knee surgery and was limited in practice Friday.
— Chiefs All-Pro safety Tyrann Mathieu (TY’-ran MATH’-yoo) remains in the COVID-19 protocol. It’s uncertain whether he will be cleared in time for their season opener against the Browns. Mathieu tested positive Sept. 1, giving the Chiefs plenty of time to work other players into the mix.
— Jets receiver Jamison Crowder will miss the season opener at Carolina on Sunday while he continues to recover from COVID-19. Crowder was placed on the COVID-19 list last Friday after testing positive for the coronavirus.
— Indications are Saquon (SAY’-kwahn) Barkley is going to play for the Giants in the season opener against the Broncos on Sunday, roughly a year after tearing his right ACL. Coach Joe Judge said the 2018 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year had a good week of practice, terming the workouts encouraging and promising.
— The Bills have ruled out starting defensive tackle Star Lotulelei (loh-too-LAY’-lee) from Sunday’s season opener against the Steelers because of a calf injury. Coach Sean McDermott said Lotulelei was hurt during Buffalo’s preseason-ending win against Green Bay two weeks ago. Receiver Emmanuel Sanders is listed as questionable because of a foot injury.
— Washington is putting Curtis Samuel on short-term injured reserve because of a lingering groin injury. The move means the wide receiver will miss at least the first three games of the season.
— Former Patriots quarterback Cam Newton says he was caught by surprise by his release. He added on social media that he believes his weeklong absence near the end of training camp due to a mishap related to COVID-19 testing protocols contributed to coach Bill Belichick’s decision. Newton says he doesn’t plan to retire from football and believes rookie Mac Jones will have success as Patriots quarterback.
Raptors approved to play games in Toronto
TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Raptors say they have gotten approval from the Canadian government to play games at their home arena this season.
Toronto played last season in Tampa, Florida, because of travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It’s not clear whether the team will be allowed to have full attendance at Scotiabank Arena. Fans who attend games will be required to show proof of vaccination.
Flames sign defensemen Gudbranson, Stone to 1-year deals
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — The Calgary Flames have signed defensemen Erik Gudbranson and Michael Stone to one-year deals.
Gudbranson has 77 points and 640 penalty minutes in 563 games over 10 NHL seasons. The 31-year-old Stone spent the past five years with the Flames and had four points in 21 appearances last season.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS-ASCENSION CHARITY CLASSIC
Three-way tie in St. Louis
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Paul Goydos, Doug Barron and Marco Dawson each shot 5-under 66 to share the first-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions’ inaugural Ascension Charity Classic.
Jim Furyk, Vijay Singh, Wes Short Jr., Steve Flesch and Cliff Kresge are a stroke back on Norwood Hills’ West Course.
Pele still in ICU
SAO PAULO (AP) — Retired Brazilian soccer star Pelé remained in intensive care on Friday as he recovers from surgery to remove a tumor on the right side of his colon.
Hospital Albert Einstein in Sao Paulo said in a statement that 80-year-old Edson Arantes do Nascimento was recovering “in a satisfactory manner,” though still in intensive care.
The hospital also said Pelé is “awake, actively talking and keeing his vital signs in normality.”