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Djokovic goes for Grand Slam vs Medvedev

NEW YORK (AP) — The men’s final at the U.S. Open is underway, with Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) a win away from a fourth Grand Slam title this year and a men’s-record 21st of his career.

If he beats Daniil Medvedev (DAN’-ihl MEHD’-veh-dehv), the top-ranked Djokovic will become the first man to win all four major titles in the same year since Rod Laver in 1969.

This matchup of the tournament’s top two seeds is the second final this year between Djokovic and Medvedev. Djokovic won in straight sets at the Australian Open, then went on to win the French Open and Wimbledon to tie Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal with 20 Grand Slam singles titles.

Djokovic is 3-5 in the U.S. Open final. His nine appearances are the most in the professional era, dating to 1968.

This is Medvedev’s third chance to win his first major title. He has lost only one set in the tournament. Djokovic has dropped the opening set in his last three matches.

In other action Sunday, Sam Stosur and Zhang Shuai won their second Grand Slam women’s doubles title together and denied Coco Gauff and Caty McNally their first with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory. The No. 14 seeds added the U.S. Open title to the Australian Open they won in 2019. Gauff and McNally, seeded 11th, were hoping to join 18-year-old singles champion Emma Raducanu (ra-doo-KA’-noo) as teenage titlists at the U.S. Open.


Murray gets 5 TDs, Jones 5 sacks as Cards rout Titans 38-13

UNDATED (AP) — Kyler Murray scored five touchdowns and linebacker Chandler Jones had a career-high five sacks as the Arizona Cardinals simply dominated the Tennessee Titans 38-13 for a big road win to open the season. Jones tied the franchise record and had three sacks in a first quarter so good LeBron James chimed in on social media for his Defensive Player of the Year candidacy. Jones also forced two fumbles the Cardinals turned into 14 points to back up his demand for a new contract. Murray tormented the defending AFC South champs as Arizona scored the first 17 points.

Elsewhere in the NFL:

— Russell Wilson threw three of his four touchdown passes in the first half and Seattle clamped down in the second half to give the Seahawks a 28-16 season-opening victory at Indianapolis. Wilson had a perfect passer rating in the first half and finished 18 of 23 with 254 yards and four scores, taking his first snaps for new offensive coordinator Shane Waldron. Indianapolis lost its eighth straight opener and its fifth in a row with a different quarterback. Carson Wentz was 25 of 38 with 251 yards and was sacked three times in his Colts debut.

— Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith scored on his first NFL catch, hauling in one of three touchdown passes from Jalen Hurts on a stellar opening day for the Philadelphia Eagles. They made a winner of Nick Sirianni in his coaching debut, routing the hapless Atlanta Falcons 32-6. Hurts threw for 264 yards and rushed for another 62 yards. His TD passes were 18 yards to Smith, 9 yards to Dallas Goedert and 23 yards to Jalen Reagor. It was a miserable debut for new Falcons coach Arthur Smith. Atlanta was held to a pair of field goals in the first half.

— Justin Herbert threw for 337 yards and a touchdown to help the Los Angeles Chargers beat Washington 20-16 in an ugly Week 1 matchup full of turnovers and big penalties. Herbert fumbled into the end zone and threw an interception but connected with Mike Williams for the go-ahead score after Washington’s Antonio Gibson lost a fumble of his own. L.A.‘s Austin Ekeler also ran for a touchdown after being listed as questionable with a hamstring injury. Ryan Fitzpatrick was knocked out of his debut as Washington’s starting quarterback with a right hip injury. Taylor Heinicke (HY’-nih-kee) replaced Fitzpatrick and could be the starter moving forward.

— Sam Darnold threw for 279 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score against his former team as the Carolina Panthers defeated the New York Jets 19-14 to win their first season opener since 2018. Darnold connected on a 57-yard touchdown pass with fellow ex-Jet Robby Anderson. A healthy Christian McCaffrey piled up 187 yards from scrimmage on 30 touches after missing 13 games last season with injuries. Carolina sacked Jets rookie quarterback Zach Wilson six times and intercepted him once. Wilson finished 20 of 37 for 258 yards with two touchdown passes to Corey Davis in his first career start.

— Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers’ new-look offense overcame a slow start, Ulysees Gilbert returned a blocked punt 9 yards for a touchdown and Pittsburgh rallied to a season-opening 23-16 win over the Buffalo Bills. Down 10-0, the Steelers scored on each of their first four possessions of the second half, with Roethlisberger putting Pittsburgh ahead for good by lobbing a 5-yard touchdown pass to Diontae Johnson in the left corner of the end zone. Josh Allen and the Bills produced a dud following an offseason in which many pegged the defending AFC East champs as Super Bowl contenders.

— Tyrod Taylor threw for 291 yards and two touchdowns filling in for Deshaun Watson to lead the Houston Texans to a 37-21 win over Trevor Lawrence and the mistake-prone Jacksonville Jaguars. Taylor took over at quarterback for Houston this season with Watson’s future with the team uncertain after 22 women filed lawsuits alleging sexual assault or harassment after he requested a trade. Lawrence had a bumpy debut for Jacksonville by throwing for 332 yards and three touchdowns but also had three interceptions.

— Dre Greenlaw returned an interception for a touchdown to help the San Francisco 49ers score 17 points over two-plus minutes late in the first half and they held on for a 41-33 win over the Detroit Lions. San Francisco led 38-10 early in the fourth quarter and allowed Detroit to score 23 points in three-plus minutes to pull within eight points. The Lions turned over the ball on downs at the San Francisco 24 with 12 seconds left.


Lauer takes no-no into 6th; Brewers hit 5 HRs in 11-1 rout

UNDATED (AP) — Eric Lauer no-hit Cleveland into the sixth inning a day after Milwaukee threw a history-making no-no, his teammates belted five homers and the Brewers beat the Indians 11-1. Just hours after Corbin Burnes and Josh Hader combined on the record ninth no-hitter in the majors this season — and Cleveland’s record third time being no-hit this year — Lauer threatened to make it two in a row. Lauer, a native of Northeast Ohio, didn’t give up a hit until Ryan Lavarnway singled to center with one out in the sixth. Lavarnway, the Indians’ backup catcher, lined a 1-2 pitch into center field.

Elsewhere in the majors:

— Robbie Grossman drew a bases-loaded walk in the 11th inning, Jeimer Candelario homered twice, and the Detroit Tigers pulled out an 8-7 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. The walk issued by J.P. Feyereisen brought in Victor Reyes. Candelario’s second homer, a two-run shot, tied the game in the 10th after the Rays took a 7-5 lead in the top of the inning. Kyle Funkhouser pitched a scoreless inning to pick up the win. Yandy Diaz doubled twice and drove in three runs for Tampa Bay. Nelson Cruz also homered for the Rays, his 31st.

— Patrick Corbin working seven strong innings as the Nationals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-2 to avoid a three-game sweep. Corbin allowed two runs on four hits, striking out four with two walks. The veteran left-hander is 3-0 against the Pirates since joining Washington in 2019. Lane Thomas hit a three-run homer in the fourth off Bryse Wilson to put the Nationals in front to stay. Luis Garcia and Alex Avila also homered for Washington. Juan Soto doubled and tripled and is hitting .407 over his last 16 games.

— Ozzie Albies and Freddie Freeman each hit a solo homer off Anthony Bass in the seventh inning, Eddie Rosario went deep off Edward Cabrera in the fourth, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 5-3. The division-leading Braves, going for their fourth consecutive title, padded their lead to 4½ games over Philadelphia. Miami, far back in the division standings and playing the role of spoiler, had won two consecutive series against the Phillies and New York Mets before coming up short against Atlanta. Rosario went deep for the 10th time to give the Braves a 2-1 lead. Cabrera left the game with right big toe soreness.

— Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Teoscar Hernández each hit a grand slam, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. slugged his 44th homer, and the Toronto Blue Jays overpowered the Baltimore Orioles 22-7, finishing two runs shy of the franchise record. Guerrero’s drive tied him with Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani for the major league lead. Jake Lamb also homered during a 10-run third inning for the Blue Jays, who took three of the four in the series. Gurriel set the franchise record with his fourth grand slam of the season and also had a two-run homer in the fifth to drive in seven runs.


Oregon, Iowa enter top 5; Arkansas has 1st ranking since ’16

UNDATED (AP) — Oregon and Iowa are the big movers in The Associated Press college football poll after road wins over top-10 opponents.

The Ducks’ victory over Ohio State earned them a promotion from No. 12 to No. 4. It’s their highest ranking since they finished the 2014 season No. 2 as the national runner-up to Ohio State.

Another impressive defensive performance by Iowa in the Cy-Hawk Trophy game pushed the Hawkeyes from No. 10 to No. 5. Iowa, a 27-17 winner at Iowa State, allowed a total of 23 points while beating two ranked teams in succession for the first time since 1960. The Hawks have their highest ranking since they were No. 3 on Nov. 22, 2015, after a 12-0 start.

Arkansas, coming off a home win over old Southwest Conference rival Texas, was rewarded with its first appearance in the AP Top 25 in five years, coming in at No. 20.

Alabama remained No. 1 in the AP Top 25. Georgia stayed at No. 2. Oklahoma was No. 3 and followed by Oregon, Iowa, Clemson, Texas A&M, Cincinnati, Ohio State and Penn State. Ohio State dropped from No. 3 to No. 9 and Iowa State from No. 9 to No. 14.


Ricciardo wins Italian GP as Verstappen and Hamilton crash

MONZA, Italy (AP) — Daniel Ricciardo (rih-KAHR’-doh) has won the Italian Grand Prix for McLaren’s first win in nearly nine years.

Championship leader Max Verstappen and defending champion Lewis Hamilton both crashed out.

Hamilton had pitted from the lead and returned to the track just in front of Verstappen. The Red Bull driver tried to come up the inside on a turn as the seven-time champion defended his position. As the two made contact, Verstappen’s car catapulted on to the top of the Mercedes as both slid into the gravel. Both drivers were able to walk away from their cars though Hamilton took a long time getting out of his.

Ricciardo’s win was his first since Monaco in 2018. He finished 1.747 seconds ahead of teammate Lando Norris and 4.921 ahead of Valtteri Bottas, who turned in a strong performance after starting from the back of the grid after a penalty for taking a new engine.