Defending champion

FRISCO, Texas | US headed to Women’s World Cup with 6-0 win over Jamaica

FRISCO, Texas — Tobin Heath and Alex Morgan each scored twice in the first half and United States earned a spot in the World Cup next summer in France with a 6-0 victory over Jamaica on Sunday in the CONCACAF qualifying tournament. Heath’s first came in the first two minutes of the match and she … Continue reading FRISCO, Texas | US headed to Women’s World Cup with 6-0 win over Jamaica

WASHINGTON | Capitals open Stanley Cup defense with 7-0 rout of Bruins

WASHINGTON — From banner to blowout, the Washington Capitals’ Stanley Cup defense is off to a rousing start. After watching the franchise’s first Cup banner ascend to the rafters, the Alex Ovechkin-led Capitals scored two goals in the first two minutes on the way to a 7-0 thrashing of the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night. … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Capitals open Stanley Cup defense with 7-0 rout of Bruins

NEW YORK | ‘It’s cruel, sometimes, tennis’: Nadal tops Thiem at US Open

NEW YORK — Rafael Nadal began his U.S. Open quarterfinal as poorly as possible, shut out in a set by a 6-0 score for only the fourth time in 282 career Grand Slam matches. On the previous three such occasions, he’d lost. On this one, he managed to come back to win, although it took … Continue reading NEW YORK | ‘It’s cruel, sometimes, tennis’: Nadal tops Thiem at US Open

NEW YORK | Defending champ Stephens knocked out in US Open quarters

NEW YORK — First, there were four break points squandered, along with an early chance for the lead. Next, three more wasted. Pretty soon, Sloane Stephens’ run at a U.S. Open repeat was lost too. The defending champion was eliminated Tuesday, beaten by Anastasija Sevastova 6-2, 6-3 in the quarterfinals. “I didn’t play the big … Continue reading NEW YORK | Defending champ Stephens knocked out in US Open quarters

NEW YORK | The Latest: 2016 runner-up Pliskova into US Open quarters

NEW YORK  — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local): 3:50 p.m. Karolina Pliskova reached the U.S. Open quarterfinals for the third consecutive year, beating No. 18 seed Ashleigh Barty 6-4, 6-4. Pliskova was the runner-up at Flushing Meadows in 2016, when she beat Serena Williams in the semifinals. They could … Continue reading NEW YORK | The Latest: 2016 runner-up Pliskova into US Open quarters

NEW YORK | The Latest: No. 1 Nadal through to US Open quarterfinals

NEW YORK— The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local): 3:40 p.m. Rafael Nadal is back in the U.S. Open quarterfinals after beating Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-4. The defending champion will next face No. 9 seed Dominic Thiem. That will be a rematch of Nadal’s victory in the French … Continue reading NEW YORK | The Latest: No. 1 Nadal through to US Open quarterfinals

DARLINGTON, S.C. | Qualifying for Cup, Xfinity race highlight Darlington

DARLINGTON, S.C. — Qualifying and the Xfinity Series race take center stage at Darlington Raceway. Things will start Saturday with qualifying for the Xfinity event followed by qualifying for Sunday night’s Southern 500. The day concludes with the Xfinity race, which has been won by Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regulars in 13 of the … Continue reading DARLINGTON, S.C. | Qualifying for Cup, Xfinity race highlight Darlington

NEW YORK | Nadal passes test after test, beats much younger foe at Open

NEW YORK — Rafael Nadal’s knee was bothering him. His decade-younger, barrel-chested U.S. Open foe was bashing the ball. The defending champion was two points away from falling into a two-set hole. Then he was two points away from dropping the third set. And then he was one point from losing the fourth set and … Continue reading NEW YORK | Nadal passes test after test, beats much younger foe at Open