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Sep 1, 2014 6:53 PM

Update on the latest in sports:

The Associated Press


Hamels, pals throw no-hitter...No. 34 for Stanton

UNDATED (AP) Philadelphia's Cole Hamels combined with three relievers on a no-hitter as the Phillies topped Atlanta 7-0. It was the 12th no-hitter in Phillies history and first combined. It was the fourth no-hitter in the majors this season.

Hamels was pulled from the game after six innings. He struck out seven, walked five, hit a batter and threw 108 pitches. He left for a pinch-hitter in the seventh with the Phillies ahead 2-0.

Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon each threw an inning of relief to complete the gem.

In other major league action:

Giancarlo Stanton hit his 34th home run and the Miami Marlins scored three runs in the eighth inning to beat the New York Mets 9-6.

Matt Holliday had the go-ahead RBI single in the seventh inning after Kolten Wong's pinch-hit homer tied the score, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Wellington Castillo homered and drove in three runs, Luis Valbuena (vahl-BWAY'-noh) also hit a home run and the Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 this afternoon at Wrigley Field. Rookie sensation Jorge Soler had two doubles in his home debut for the Cubs.

Joe Mauer drove in four runs to lead Minnesota over Baltimore 6-4. Mauer tripled in two runs in the sixth inning and added a two-run single in the eighth to put Minnesota ahead for good. Nelson Cruz hit his major league leading 36th homer for the Orioles who lost for only the second time in eight games.

Matt Joyce had an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning to help the Tampa Bay Rays salvage a split of a four-game series by beating the Boston Red Sox 4-3.


Astros fired Porter

HOUSTON (AP) Bo Porter's run as Houston manager is over before he completes his second season. He's been fired with the team mired in fourth place in the five-team AL West. The Astros have the second worst record in the league and are 25 games out of first place. However, general manager Jeff Luhnow says the decision wasn't based on Houston's record but on a need for a new direction in the clubhouse.

Tom Lawless takes over as interim manager through the end of the season. He's been working in the Astros minor league system.

Bench coach Dave Trembley was also let go and Tom Lawless takes over as interim manager.


Serena, Djkovic keep rolling

NEW YORK (AP) Serena Williams accomplished something she hadn't done all year: Make it to a grand slam quarterfinal.

Top-seeded Williams rolled past Estonia's Kaia Kanepi (KY'-ah KAH'-neh-pee) 6-3, 6-3 to start off week 2 at the U.S. Open. Williams improved to 4-0 against Kanepi without dropping a set to her. Williams will next take on Flavia Pennetta, who also scored a straight set win in her fourth round match.

Top-seeded Novak Djokovic reached the quarterfinals for the eighth year in a row and 22nd consecutive Grand Slam tournament overall.

The 2011 champ made only 19 unforced errors in a 6-1, 7-5, 6-4 win over Philipp Kohlschreiber. The last time Djokovic was eliminated before the quarterfinals at a major was a third-round loss at the 2009 French Open.

The eighth-seeded Andy Murray needed 2 hours, 35 minutes to defeat the ninth-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (SAHNG'-guh) 7-5, 7-5, 6-4.


Newton returns to practice

UNDATED (AP) Panthers quarterback Cam Newton haws returned to the practice wearing an oversized flak jacket for protection for his fractured ribs. It was the Newton's first practice since Aug. 22 when he had his ribs stepped on during a preseason game against the New England Patriots.

Coach Ron Rivera said last week Newton would be evaluated over the weekend but expected him to play in Week 1 at Tampa Bay.


Now that he has a new four-year, $68 million contract extension, Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith can focus solely on football. Smith signed the deal Sunday. Both he and the Chiefs wanted the negotiations out of the way before the season started.

Wes Welker celebrated Labor Day by practicing for the first time since sustaining a concussion on Aug. 23. Welker donned his up-sized helmet and ran short routes during the 20-minute viewing period open to the media at the start of practice.

Veteran kicker Ryan Succop (SUHK'-uhp) has agreed to a one-year deal with the Tennessee Titans, two days after being released by Kansas City. Succop hit 81 percent of his field goals over his past five seasons and his career-long is 54 yards. Tennessee opens at Kansas City on Sunday.

Giants middle linebacker Jon Beason practiced for the first time and hopes to play in the season opener. He's been sidelined since suffering a ligament tear and fractured bone in his foot in June.


Kirk takes this one to the bank

NORTON, Mass. (AP) Chris Kirk closed with a 5-under 66 to win the Deutsche (DOY'-cheh) Bank Championship and bolster his case for a Ryder Cup pick. Kirk played the final 36 holes with Rory McIlroy and outplayed the world's No. 1 player.

Billy Horschel had a chance to force a playoff by making a birdie on the par-5 18th. But he chunked his second shot so badly that it barely reached the hazard.

Kirk won for the second time this season.


QB competition continues

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama coach Nick Saban says quarterbacks Blake Sims and Jake Coker will both play Saturday against Florida Atlantic as their competition for the starting job continues. Saban says he hasn't determined how the rotation will work for the No. 2 Crimson Tide.

Sims made his first career start in the win against West Virginia Saturday and passed for 250 yards while completing 24 of 33 passes. Coker was in the game to run out the clock on a 33-23 victory and didn't attempt a pass.


Petrino returns

LOUISVILLE (AP) Bobby Petrino's second stint as Louisville head coach begins tonight when the Cardinals play host to Miami in a rematch of last year's Russell Athletics Bowl. The Hurricanes will be looking to avenge that 31-7 defeat and spoil Louisville's ACC debut.

Louisville hired Petrino from Western Kentucky where he emerged after a scandalous departure as head coach at Arkansas. He went 41-9 with Louisville from 2003-06.

Miami is favored to win the ACC Coastal Division after going 9-4 last season under Al Golden.


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