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Sep 3, 2014 6:35 PM

Update on the latest in sports:

The Associated Press


US stays unbeaten with rout of Dominicans

BILBAO, Spain (AP) The U.S. national team remains perfect in World Cup play after routing the Dominican Republic 106-71 at the basketball World Cup. The Americans have a 4-0 record in pool play and are in the middle of a stretch of three games in three days. Kenneth Faried (fehr-EED') kept up his hot shooting with 16 points.

Faried made 8 of 11 shots, a 73-percent clip that actually lowered his percentage for the tournament after the Denver forward came into the game hitting 81 percent.

The Americans surpassed 100 points for the second time in the tournament and they were "held" to 98 points in their other two games.

Team USA closes out pool play against Ukraine Thursday.


Serena plays

NEW YORK (AP) Top seed Serena Williams looks to extend her U.S. Open winning streak to 19 matches when she meets Flavia Pennetta tonight in quarterfinal play. The two-time defending champ has dominated Pennetta with a 5-0 career record while losing just one set against the Italian.

Williams has cruised through her first three matches losing just 17 games.

The winner of that match will meet Ekaterina Makarova (ma-kah-ROH'-vuh) who advanced to her first Grand Slam semifinal with a 6-4, 6-2 win over two-time U.S. Open runner-up Victoria Azarenka (ah-zah-REN'-kuh).

In men's play, top seed Novak Djokovic (JOH'-koh-vihch) takes on former champ Andy Murray in the quarters. Djokovic has won 12 of 20 meetings between the two, but two of Murray's victories have come in grand slam finals.

Tenth seed Kei Nishikori will be trying to become the first Japanese player in 81 years to reach a grand slam semifinal when he faces third seed and Australian Open champ Stan Wawrinka (vah-VRINK'-uh).


AP source: Patrick McEnroe to resign

NEW YORK (AP) A person at the U.S. Tennis Association with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that Patrick McEnroe is resigning as the group's general manager of player development.

McEnroe is to announce that he is stepping down at a news conference at the U.S. Open later Wednesday.

He has been in that position in charge of helping the USTA develop young tennis players since April 2008.


Braves end scoreless streak, win

UNDATED (AP) Rookie Christian Bethancourt had three hits including a run scoring single that snapped a 25-inning scoreless streak in Atlanta's 7-4 win over Philadelphia. The Braves had been shutout in two straight games by the Phillies including a combined no-hitter on Monday.

Bethancourt's second inning infield single ended the scoring drought and he added the go-ahead run with a single in the fifth. B.J. Upton hit a two-run homer for the Braves who had been shutout in three of their previous four games.

In other baseball:

Peter Bourjos (BOHR'-jus) singled home the winning run in the ninth inning, giving the St. Louis Cardinals a series sweep and their fifth straight win with a 1-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Pittsburgh closer Mark Melancon, in his second inning of work, got the first two men out before blowing up and falling to 2-4.

The battle for first in the tight AL Central continues on two fronts tonight. Kansas City is clinging to a 1/2 game lead over Detroit heading into today's play. The Royals host Texas. Up and down Jason Vargas gets the start for the Royals. The left-hander has a 1.24 ERA in his 10 wins and a 6.25 ERA in his seven losses.

Detroit continues its series in Cleveland. Justin Verlander takes a 12-11 mark to the mound for Detroit.

The Angels Jered Weaver will try to join the growing list of 16-game winners when he gets the start at Houston. He is 8-1 with a 3.47 ERA since June 21.


Sam on Cowboys practice squad

IRVING, Texas (AP) Michael Sam has been signed to the Dallas Cowboys practice squad. The NFL's first openly gay player landed in Dallas after being released in the Rams final cutdown to the regular season roster 53-player limit four days ago.

The Cowboys are seeking help with their pass rush because of injuries and the offseason release of franchise sacks leader DeMarcus Ware. Sam isn't likely to be on the active roster for Sunday's opener against San Francisco.


Seau family opts out of settlement

NEW YORK (AP) The family of Junior Seau (SAY'-ow) has opted out of a proposed NFL legal settlement with former players over concussion-related injuries. Instead, the family will continue its wrongful death lawsuit against the league. Seau committed suicide in 2012 after spending 20 seasons in the NFL.

Family lawyer Steve Strauss tells The Associated Press the proposed settlement fails to address any value for the claim of Seau's four children, the loss of companionship or loss of his future earnings.

More than 4,500 former players have filed a class action suit against the league, some accusing it of fraud for its handling of concussions.


Rookie wide receiver charged in hotel fight

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) A member of the New York Jets practice squad was arrested this week after being accused of fighting with another man at a New Jersey hotel near the team's practice facility.

The 22-year-old rookie wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (uh-NOON'-wuh) declined comment when questioned Wednesday at practice, saying it was a "pending legal matter." The Jets picked Enunwa in the 6th round of this year's draft out of Nebraska.


NASCAR has new series title sponsor

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Comcast Corp. has signed a 10-year agreement to replace Nationwide Insurance as the title sponsor of NASCAR's second-tier racing series.

The series will be known as the NASCAR Xfinity Series through 2024. The deal matches the longest single agreement around title sponsorship of any NASCAR national series in its history.

Sports Business Daily has valued the package at worth close to $200 million.


Panthers, Ekblad come to terms

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) The Florida Panthers and No. 1 overall draft pick Aaron Ekblad have agreed on a three-year entry-level contract.

Panthers general manager Dale Tallon (TAH'-luhn) announced the deal, eight days before Ekblad will begin competing at Florida's annual camp for prospects. Ekblad was the Ontario Hockey League's top defenseman last season, with 23 goals and 53 points.


US wins

UNDATED (AP) Alejandro Bedoya scored on a rebound in the 39th minute to lift the United States to 1-0 win over the Czech Republic in Prague. Goalkeeper Nick Rimando made several excellent saves in the second half, including a leg stop of Daniel Punil's point-blank shot in the 89th minute, to preserve the shutout.


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