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WASHINGTON | 3-time major champ Wawrinka out in 1st round at Washington

WASHINGTON — Three-time major champion Stan Wawrinka made another quick exit at the Citi Open, losing 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3) to Donald Young in the first round of the hard-court tournament Tuesday night. This was Wawrinka’s first match since bowing out of Wimbledon in the second round and he fell to 6-11 this season … Continue reading WASHINGTON | 3-time major champ Wawrinka out in 1st round at Washington

IRVINE, Calif. | Simone Manuel, Michael Andrew win 50 free at US nationals

IRVINE, Calif. — Simone Manuel won the 50-meter freestyle, completing a sprint sweep at the U.S. national championships Sunday night. swimming The Olympic silver medalist in Rio got to the wall first in 24.10 seconds, bettering the U.S. Open record of 24.13 set by Cate Campbell of Australia in May 2008. Manuel’s time also took … Continue reading IRVINE, Calif. | Simone Manuel, Michael Andrew win 50 free at US nationals

IRVINE, Calif. | Ledecky cruises to easy win in 800 free at US Nationals

IRVINE, Calif.  — Katie Ledecky cruised to a nearly 11-second victory in the 800-meter freestyle Wednesday on the opening night of the U.S. national championships. Ledecky was under her own world-record pace through the first 300 meters before dropping off and finishing in 8 minutes, 11.98 seconds on Wednesday night. She failed to crack the … Continue reading IRVINE, Calif. | Ledecky cruises to easy win in 800 free at US Nationals

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. | Johnson takes 4-shot lead into weekend at US Open

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Dustin Johnson handled the worst of the weather and wound up as the sole survivor to par at the U.S. Open, taking a four-shot lead into the weekend at Shinnecock Hills. Johnson dropped only one shot Friday morning in wind and two hours of light rain that made the course play … Continue reading SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. | Johnson takes 4-shot lead into weekend at US Open

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. | Star group of Mickelson, McIlroy, Spieth crash at Shinnecock

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Three holes into his 27th U.S. Open, Phil Mickelson called over a rules official for a question rarely heard. “Is there a rule that allows me to see the ball when I hit it?” he asked. There was no relief for Mickelson. Not on the 12th hole at Shinnecock Hills. Not … Continue reading SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. | Star group of Mickelson, McIlroy, Spieth crash at Shinnecock

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. | Beep Beeeeeep! Traffic greets US Open golfers at Shinnecock

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — The world’s best golfers are crossing their fingers and hoping for luck as they head to Shinnecock Hills for the U.S. Open this week. It’s not the pin placements or green speeds they’re worried about. Not the weather or the depth of the rough, either. It’s the Long Island traffic that … Continue reading SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. | Beep Beeeeeep! Traffic greets US Open golfers at Shinnecock

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. | Is this the week Rickie Fowler breaks through in a major?

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Rickie Fowler knows he can win major championships. He says everyone in golf knows that. So, Rickie, how about this week in the U.S. Open? Majors have not been kind to Fowler, who either gets teased or slammed by them. In April, he came up one shot short of Patrick Reed … Continue reading SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. | Is this the week Rickie Fowler breaks through in a major?

MEMPHIS, Tenn | Dustin Johnson shoots 7-under 63 to grab lead at St. Jude

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Dustin Johnson wants to sharpen his game for the U.S. Open. Moving back to No. 1 in the world would just be a nice bonus because the only way he can do that before Shinnecock Hills is by winning the St. Jude Classic. Johnson knows what he wants. “I just want … Continue reading MEMPHIS, Tenn | Dustin Johnson shoots 7-under 63 to grab lead at St. Jude

Poulter shares lead in Houston, keeps Masters hopes alive

HUMBLE, Texas /March 31, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Ian Poulter has played in the Masters a dozen times, never missing the cut. Beau Hossler has never played a competitive round at Augusta National. Both are in position to become the last man in the Masters field, and neither wants to think about it. The 42-year-old Poulter … Continue reading Poulter shares lead in Houston, keeps Masters hopes alive

American Stephens beats Ostapenko for Miami Open title

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla./March 31, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens won her hometown tournament, beating Jelena Ostapenko 7-6 (5), 6-1 in Saturday’s final at the Miami Open. Stephens, a South Florida native who lives in Fort Lauderdale, won the last women’s final on Key Biscayne. The tournament will move next year to the … Continue reading American Stephens beats Ostapenko for Miami Open title

Comeback kid: Stephens rallies for spot in Miami Open final

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla/March 29, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Sloane Stephens has a simple approach to her game these days. “Keep fighting,” she said. That was Stephens’ mantra when her U.S. Open championship last year was followed by eight consecutive losses, a staggering, frustrating and almost inexplicable freefall. And those words kept popping into her head Thursday, … Continue reading Comeback kid: Stephens rallies for spot in Miami Open final

Osaka beats Kasatkina 6-3, 6-2 to win Indian Wells title

INDIAN WELLS, Calif./March 18, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Naomi Osaka was dazed and confused. Her backhand ticked the baseline on match point, and she paused, unsure whether it was good or not. It was, and still there no was big celebration. Two hours later, she was equally low-key. “I don’t really know what’s going on right … Continue reading Osaka beats Kasatkina 6-3, 6-2 to win Indian Wells title

US Open abandons 18 playoff, last of golf’s majors to do so

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. /February 26, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —The U.S. Open is changing to a two-hole aggregate playoff, the last of the four majors to do away with an 18-hole playoff. The change is takes effect immediately and would be used at Shinnecock Hills on Long Island in June if there is a tie after … Continue reading US Open abandons 18 playoff, last of golf’s majors to do so

Tennis star Bouchard testifies about slip, fall at US Open

NEW YORK /February 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —Tennis star Eugenie Bouchard has taken the witness stand at a New York City trial to accuse the United States Tennis Association of negligence that led to her slipping on a locker room floor and hurting her head. Bouchard testified Wednesday a wet floor caused her to slip and … Continue reading Tennis star Bouchard testifies about slip, fall at US Open

Bubba Watson wins at Riviera for the 3rd time

LOS ANGELES /February 19, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Bubba Watson ended two years without winning with his third victory at Riviera. Watson seized control Sunday with two par putts as everyone around him was dropping shots, then pulling ahead by holing a bunker shot on the par-3 14th hole. He closed with a 2-under 69 for … Continue reading Bubba Watson wins at Riviera for the 3rd time

Woods back at Riviera, a course that never treated him well

LOS ANGELES/February 15, 2018(AP)(STL.News) — Even when Tiger Woods hardly ever lost, he never could win at Riviera. Woods resumes his comeback from a fourth back surgery at the Genesis Open, marking his return to the course where he made his PGA Tour debut as a 16-year-old amateur, and the course where he walked away … Continue reading Woods back at Riviera, a course that never treated him well

Tony Romo to play PGA Tour event in Dominican Republic

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif/February 07, 2018(AP)(STL.News) — Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is making his PGA Tour debut next month in the Dominican Republic — playing, not broadcasting. Romo, now the lead NFL analyst for CBS Sports, has received a sponsor exemption to play in the inaugural Puntacana Resort & Club Championship on March 22-25. … Continue reading Tony Romo to play PGA Tour event in Dominican Republic

Nadal, seeking 16th major title, meets Anderson at US Open

NEW YORK/September 7, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Rafael Nadal will play for his 16th Grand Slam title and third at the U.S. Open when he faces No. 28 seed Kevin Anderson in the final. Nadal is second to Roger Federer in men’s major titles, while Anderson will be playing in his first Grand Slam final on … Continue reading Nadal, seeking 16th major title, meets Anderson at US Open

Stephens tops Keys in US Open final for 1st Grand Slam title

NEW YORK/September 9, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Sloane Stephens never looked shaken by the setting or the stakes in her first Grand Slam final. Her opponent, Madison Keys, most definitely did. Stephens easily beat her close friend Keys 6-3, 6-0 to win the U.S. Open on Saturday, capping a remarkably rapid rise after sitting out 11 months because … Continue reading Stephens tops Keys in US Open final for 1st Grand Slam title

Nadal-del Potro, Carreno Busta-Anderson in US Open semis

NEW YORK/September 8, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro will meet in one U.S. Open men’s semifinal. Pablo Carreno Busta and Kevin Anderson will play in the other. The matches Friday offer quite a contrast in experience and name recognition. Neither Carreno Busta nor Anderson has played in a semifinal at … Continue reading Nadal-del Potro, Carreno Busta-Anderson in US Open semis

4 Americans in US Open women’s semis for 1st time since 1981

NEW YORK/September 7, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Stephens, Williams, Keys, Vandeweghe: All four women’s semifinalists at the U.S. Open are Americans. It’s the first time that’s happened at Flushing Meadows since 1981. It hasn’t happened at any Grand Slam tournament since Wimbledon in 1985. No. 9-seeded Venus will play unseeded Stephens in the first semifinal Thursday … Continue reading 4 Americans in US Open women’s semis for 1st time since 1981

Nadal easily into US Open semifinal; can Federer join him?

NEW YORK/September 6, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Rafael Nadal was honest as can be before the U.S. Open when asked whether he hoped to face Roger Federer in the semifinals at the only Grand Slam tournament where they’ve never met. The answer, the No. 1-seeded Nadal said, was no — because he’d rather go up against … Continue reading Nadal easily into US Open semifinal; can Federer join him?

Federer, Nadal, del Potro eye spots in US Open quarterfinals

NEW YORK/September 4, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — U.S. Open: Former champions Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro try to reach the U.S. Open quarterfinals, while top-seeded Karolina Pliskova and No. 4 Elina Svitolina face American opponents in women’s fourth-round matches. Federer brings an 11-0 record against No. 33 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber into their … Continue reading Federer, Nadal, del Potro eye spots in US Open quarterfinals

Sharapova’s US Open run ends with 3-set loss in 4th round

NEW YORK/September 3, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — U.S. Open tennis:  Maybe this was just one three-setter too many for Maria Sharapova. Sharapova tried a bit of everything, even resorting to switching over her racket to hit a few lefty shots. Still, the five-time major champion could not quite keep her Grand Slam comeback from a doping … Continue reading Sharapova’s US Open run ends with 3-set loss in 4th round

Federer edges Youzhny in 5 sets at US Open; Nadal needs 4

NEW YORK/September 1, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — A bad back prevented Roger Federer from getting ready for the U.S. Open the way he prefers to prepare for a Grand Slam tournament. And it’s showed so far. Federer blamed a lack of proper practice after making an uncharacteristic 68 unforced errors and being forced to go five … Continue reading Federer edges Youzhny in 5 sets at US Open; Nadal needs 4

Defending women’s champ Kerber out in 1st round at US Open

NEW YORK/August 29, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Angelique Kerber left the U.S. Open last year on top of women’s tennis, with a second Grand Slam title and the No. 1 ranking. She leaves this year after one match, unsure of exactly what went wrong during a season-long slump. The sixth-seeded German was beaten by Naomi Osaka … Continue reading Defending women’s champ Kerber out in 1st round at US Open

Williams wins at US Open to stay in No. 1 hunt; Konta out

NEW YORK/August 28, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — U.S. Open tennis: Venus Williams stayed in the crowded hunt for the No. 1 ranking — even though she had no idea that she has a shot at that spot. Johanna Konta, a Wimbledon semifinalist just last month, dropped out of that chase with a first-round exit as the … Continue reading Williams wins at US Open to stay in No. 1 hunt; Konta out

Lochte finishes fifth in 100-meter backstroke

EAST MEADOW, N.Y. /August 6, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Ryan Lochte had questions. He needed answers. After a fifth place finish in the men’s 100 meter backstroke final with a time of 55.16 seconds Saturday at the U.S. Open, the Olympian believes knows where he stands. “It’s a good starting point,” Lochte said following his first … Continue reading Lochte finishes fifth in 100-meter backstroke