Sep 5, 2014 6:44 PM

Update on the latest in sports:

The Associated Press


Texas skipper resigns

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington has resigned to address an 'off-the-field personal matter'.

The stunning announcement came a day after the Rangers were eliminated from playoff contention, just three years after reaching their second consecutive World Series.

Washington issued a statement in which he said his resignation had nothing to do with the disappointing 53-87 season.

General manager Jon Daniels says the manager had given the team permission to acknowledge that the move "was not drug-related."

During spring training in 2010, it was disclosed that Washington had admitted to using cocaine once the previous year.


DBacks fire general manager

PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks have fired general manager Kevin Towers in the midst of a third straight disappointing season. Towers became Arizona's general manager in 2010 and put together a roster that won 94 games and the NL West the in 2011. Since then they've had back to back .500 seasons and are currently 59-81.

Towers' firing comes four months after the Diamondbacks hired Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa as chief operating officer.


Kornerko out

CLEVELAND (AP) White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko is out indefinitely with a broken bone in his left hand. The 38-year-old Konerko was injured playing first base Tuesday against Minnesota. Manager Robin Ventura said Friday that he expects Konerko to play again this season, but that he will miss Chicago's three-game series against Cleveland. Konerko is set to retire after the season.


Williams, Wozniacki in finals

NEW YORK (AP) Two-time defending champ Serena Williams is back in the US Open women's finals after rolling over Ekaterina Makarova (ma-kah-ROH'-vah) 6-3, 6-1. Williams is trying to become the first woman since Chris Evert in the 1970s to win three straight titles in the tournament.

Williams took command of her 20th straight US Open win by reeling off nine straight points, including a stretch in which she won 22 of 24 points.

Williams will take on Caroline Wozniacki (wohz-nee-AK'-ee) for the title.

The 10th-seed won her semifinal after Peng Shuai (SHWAY) retired because of apparent heat illness. Peng was taken off the court in a wheelchair with a towel draped over her head.


Newton questionable

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Panthers coach Ron Rivera says quarterback Cam Newton is listed as questionable for the season opening game with Tampa Bay. Rivera says Newton threw passes and took all of his reps at practice Friday but that he won't know if Newton will be able to play until Sunday.

Newton, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 draft, has never missed a start in three seasons for the Panthers.


Buffalo's Gilmore uncertain

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills starting cornerback Stephon Gilmore has a nagging groin injury that leaves his status uncertain for the opener at Chicago on Sunday. Gilmore and backup running back Anthony Dixon are listed as questionable on the Bills' injury report .


Linebacker is questionable for opener

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo is questionable for Sunday's game against the Houston Texans. He took part in limited practice this week with a sprained right ankle. Coach Jay Gruden (GROO'-den) says the team will "get a better look" at Orakpo on Saturday and "hopefully he'll be ready."


No Milliner on Sunday

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets' top cornerback will start the season as a spectator. Dee Milliner has been ruled out for the regular-season opener against Oakland on Sunday with a high ankle sprain. That means Antonio Allen, a converted safety, and career backup Darrin Walls will be the Jets' starting cornerbacks for the game at MetLife Stadium.

Milliner injured his left ankle on Aug. 10 during training camp and hasn't practiced since.


Sergio surges to lead

CHERRY HILLS, Colo. (AP) Sergio Garcia's 6-under 64 has given him the clubhouse lead in the second round of the BMW Championship. Garcia is 8-under par for the 36 holes, one shot in front of Ryan Palmer who also posted a 64.

Bubba Watson and Canada's Graham DeLaet are four shots back. Watson shot 66, DeLaet 68.


Beck sets pace

QUEBEC CITY (AP) Chip Beck eagled the par-5 18th hole for a 7-under 65 and a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Champions Tour's Quebec Championship. The 57-year-old Beck is winless on the 50-and-over tour. Duffy Waldorf and Craig Thomas were tied for second.

Brad Faxon, Loren Roberts and P.H. Horgan III followed at 67.

Two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen had a 71 in his first Champions Tour round after he turned 50 last week.


Qualifying in Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Qualifying for the final race of NASCAR's regular season takes place today at Richmond International Speedway. Tomorrow night's race is the last chance for drivers who have not qualified for the Chase to do so. There are 19 drivers fighting for two spots in the 16-car Chase field.


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