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SportShorts for Tuesday, September 4, 2018


Djokovic into quarters again at U.S. Open

Novak Djokovic left the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium for a medical timeout – the second time during the tournament he’s sought help from a doctor because of harsh weather – during what would become an otherwise straightforward 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 victory over 68th-ranked Joao Sousa of Portugal on Monday in the fourth round at Flushing Meadows.

Djokovic reached the quarterfinals for an 11th consecutive appearance in New York as he bids for a third U.S. Open championship and 14th Grand Slam trophy. To add to his résumé, though, he might need to beat Roger Federer, who has won five of his men’s-
record 20 major titles at Flushing Meadows.

Federer’s fourth-round match against 55th-ranked John Millman of Australia ended late Monday night.

The other quarterfinal on the bottom half of the draw will be a rematch of the 2014 U.S. Open final: No. 7 Marin Cilic against No. 21 Kei Nishikori.

On the women’s side, 2017 runner-up Madison Keys of the U.S. and No. 20 Naomi Osaka of Japan are both into the quarterfinals.

Keys overwhelmed No. 29 Dominika Cibulkova 6-1, 6-3 thanks to a 25-7 edge in winners, and now will face No. 30 Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain. Suarez Navarro became the first player to beat five-time major champion Maria Sharapova in a U.S. Open night match, eliminating her 6-4, 6-3.

Sharapova won the 2006 title in New York, but she’s now lost in the fourth round in her past three appearances.


DeChambeau makes it two wins in a row

Bryson DeChambeau has found the right formula for the richest part of the PGA Tour season.

Coming off a four-shot victory last week in New Jersey, the 24-year-old physics major knows as the “Mad Scientist” pulled away with three straight birdies to close out the front nine, and kept his distance the rest of the way to win the Dell Technologies Championship on Monday.

DeChambeau closed with a 4-under 67 for a two-shot victory on the TPC Boston, becoming only the second player in the 12 years of the lucrative FedEx Cup to win the opening two playoff events. Vijay Singh did it in 2008.

DeChambeau, with his third victory this year, was assured of being the No. 1 seed when he gets to the Tour Championship, no matter what happens next week at the third playoff event. And he would appear to be a shoo-in to be one of U.S. captain Jim Furyk’s three Ryder Cup picks to be announced today.


BTN suspends analyst Braylon Edwards

The Big Ten Network has indefinitely suspended college football analyst Braylon Edwards for violating its social media policy after the former Michigan receiver tweeted harsh criticism of the Wolverines and Jim
Harbaugh’s coaching.

BTN would not elaborate on why Edwards was suspended. But on Saturday, when the 14th-ranked Wolverines lost 24-17 at No. 12 Notre Dame, Edwards – the Wolverines’ all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches – posted to his Twitter account that Michigan football was “trash.” He specifically targeted center Cesar Ruiz and quarterback Shea Patterson.

Harbaugh said Monday that “if somebody wants to attack character of anybody on the ball club, come after me – not the youngsters.”

Edwards was an All-American at Michigan in 2004, and is the school’s career leader in catches, yards and touchdown catches.


Newman retires, joins Vikings coaching staff

The Vikings initiated something of a youth movement with the roster moves they made to set their 53-man roster Saturday, bidding farewell to their longest-tenured player while turning their oldest into an assistant coach.

Cornerback Terence Newman, who turns 40 on Tuesday, announced his retirement Saturday afternoon. The 15-year veteran will join the Vikings coaching staff immediately, the team announced, with Newman’s role to be detailed further at a later date. The team also released defensive end Brian Robison, who’d taken pay cuts to stay with the Vikings each of the past two years but had no guaranteed money in his 2018 deal. Robison, who turned 35 in April, leaves the team after 11 seasons.

Newman, who had said 2018 would be his final NFL season, re-signed with the team for the veteran’s minimum salary of $1.015 million on April 30. He had played in the Vikings’ nickel package on early downs during their first three preseason games – much as he’d done last year – but as undrafted free agent Holton Hill continued to push for a roster spot, it seemed possible something would have to give in the Vikings’ crowded defensive backfield.


Cox’s suspension reduced

World champion swimmer Madisyn Cox has been cleared to compete again after her 2-year doping ban was cut to 6 months.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it approved a settlement between Cox and FINA because tests eventually showed a vitamin supplement was contaminated.

The 23-year-old American’s 6-month ban expired Sunday.

Cox won gold at the 2017 world championships in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay, and bronze in 200 individual medley.

She tested positive in February for trimetazidine while training in Austin, Texas, and could not initially prove where it came from.

The FINA doping panel said Cox was “honest, very hardworking and highly credible.” It banned her in July for two years instead of four.

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