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Aug 18, 2014 10:46 AM

Update on the latest in sports:

The Associated Press


Nadal withdraws from U.S. Open

UNDATED (AP) Defending champion Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL') has withdrawn from the upcoming U.S. Open because of an injured right wrist. The final Grand Slam event of the year starts next week in New York.

The 27-year-old Spaniard was hurt July 29 while practicing. The next day, Nadal said he had been told by doctors to wear a cast on his wrist for two to three weeks, but he hoped to be able to return in time for the Open.

This marks the second time in three years that Nadal has had to skip the tournament. He did not enter the U.S. Open in 2012, part of an extended absence because of a problem with his left knee.

This is only the fourth time in the Open era, which began in 1968, that the reigning U.S. Open men's champion is not in the field.


Matinee game in New York

UNDATED (AP) The Mets and Cubs are engaging in an afternoon game today. The contest is in New York and sends two losing teams to the field. The Mets are 59-66, 11 games back of the Nationals in the National League East, while the Cubs are 53-70, 16 games behind first-place Milwaukee in the National Central.

The hottest team in baseball is back in action tonight as the Royals face the Twins in Minneapolis. Kansas City has won 20 of its last 25 games to take over first place in the American League Central, and tonight the Royals end a series against the Twins. Despite all their success of late, the Royals have lost two of the first three games of the four-game set with the Twins.

Washington starts a home-series with the Diamondbacks tonight, while the Braves, who trail the Nats by six games in the NL East, are in Pittsburgh to face the Pirates.

The surging Los Angeles Angels, who are now in first place in the AL West by a percentage point over slumping Oakland, are on the road tonight. The Anaheim-based team is in Boston to face the defending world champion Red Sox.

After losing two of three in Cleveland, the AL East leading Orioles kick off a series in Chicago with the White Sox, while Seattle is in Philadelphia and St. Louis, the team breathing down Milwaukee's neck in the NL Central, is home to the Reds.


Lone exhibition game features Johnny Football

WASHINGTON (AP) There's just one NFL exhibition game tonight and it features the much-publicized quarterback battle of the Browns. Cleveland is playing at Washington with the status of No. 1 on the quarterback depth chart still uncertain.

Brian Hoyer will start the game with the first-string with Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL') watching from the sideline. Then the former Heisman Trophy winner will replace Hoyer with the first teamers so the coaching staff can get a look at him.

Mike Pettine (PET'-ihn), the Browns coach, has said he would like to name a regular season starter by tomorrow.


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