Federer tries for quarters
NEW YORK (AP) — Roger Federer looks to get back to the U.S. Open quarterfinals tonight, after his fourth round loss last year. The 17-time major champion takes on Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in the first meeting between the two.
Women’s quarterfinal play begins today, including a meeting between 10th seed Caroline Wozniacki (KEHR’-oh-lyn wohz-nee-AK’-ee) and No. 13 Sara Errani (ehr-AH’-nee) after Federer’s match tonight.
The top-ranked Bryan brothers try to stay on course for their 100th doubles title when they play in the quarterfinals. Bob and Mike haven’t drop a set as they try for a record 16th Grand Slam tournament title.
Serena and Venus Williams also are in doubles action.
Top hurlers take mound as Dodgers host Nats
UNDATED (AP) — There’s a top-notch pitching match-up on tap in Los Angeles tonight where the Dodgers entertain Washington in a meeting of National League division leaders.
Clayton Kershaw takes a 16-3 mark and 1.73 ERA to the mound for Los Angeles, both are tops in the majors. The Nationals go with 12-5 Doug Fister who is 0-2 with a 3.86 ERA in his last three starts. Kershaw and Fister ranked one-two in winning percentage in the National League among pitchers with at least 15 decisions.
The Pirates and Cardinals continue their key NL Central series in St. Louis tonight. The Cardinals took sole possession of first place in the division for the first time this season last night. St. Louis goes with right-hander Adam Wainwright who’s in search of his 16th win of the season. He’s 1-2 with a 1.61 ERA in four previous starts against Pittsburgh. The Pirates go with lefty Jeff Locke who is 6-3, but 4-0 in his last five starts.
Sliding Milwaukee will try to snap a six-game losing when they take on the Cubs tonight. The Brewers have managed just 13 runs during a skid that has dropped them a game back of St. Louis. Milwaukee is holding onto a 1 1/2 game lead over Atlanta for the last wildcard spot in the National League.
The major league-leading Angels are back in action after having Labor Day off. They open a series in Houston where interim manager Tom Lawless will make his debut for the Astros. He was named to replace the fired Bo Porter yesterday. The Angels are coming off a four-game sweep of division rival Oakland that extended their winning streak to six games and opened a five-game lead over the Athletics in the AL West.
There is a full 15-game major league schedule tonight.
European team is rounded out
VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) — European captain Paul McGinley has picked veterans Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood along with first-timer Stephen Gallacher as his wild-card selections for the Ryder Cup.
That left former No. 1 Luke Donald off the team after he was on the winning side in each of his four Ryder Cup appearances. But he has struggled for form this year after making changes to his swing. McGinley admitted that Donald wasn’t expecting to be left off the team and was disappointed.
Gallacher’s eighth top-10 finish in 2014 made him tough to pass up.
Europe will try to hold onto the Ryder Cup from Sept. 26-28 at Gleneagles, Scotland.
U.S. captain Tom Watson will name his wildcard picks tonight.
Unbeaten Americans play again
BILBAO, Spain (AP) — The U.S. national team continues pool play at the World Cup taking on winless New Zealand. The Americans top their group after wins over Finland and Turkey, although they didn’t take control against the Turks until the fourth quarter.
The Americans haven’t lost since the semifinals of the 2006 world championship and outside of their victories over Spain in the last two Olympic gold-medal games, haven’t been in danger much since then.
Irsay has court hearing
NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay is scheduled to appear in court today for a change-of-plea hearing on drug-related charges he faces from a traffic stop in March.
The 55-year-old Irsay has pleaded not guilty to charges of driving while intoxicated and driving with a Schedule I or II controlled substance in his body.
He was arrested March 16 near his home in the Indianapolis suburb of Carmel after police say he was spotted driving slowly, stopping in the roadway and failing to use a turn signal. Officers said he had trouble reciting the alphabet and failed field sobriety tests. Various prescription drugs were found in his vehicle.