NEW YORK (AP) – Women’s top seed and defending championship Naomi Osaka struggled in her first-round match at the U.S. Open before pulling out a 6-4, 6-7, 6-2 triumph over Anna Blinkova. Coco Gauff was among the first-round winners on the women’s side, while Rafael Nadaladvanced in the men’s bracket. Men’s sixth seed Alexander Zverev needed five sets to reach the second round, but fourth seed Dominic Thiem, eighth seed Stefanos Tsisipas and No. 10 Roberto Bautista-Agut were knocked out.
DETROIT (AP) – The Cleveland Indians have hope that third baseman Jose Ramirez can return to the team for the playoffs if they get that far. Ramirez had surgery Monday in New York on the broken hamate bone in his right hand, an injury suffered during a hard swing during a weekend game. The team said the two-time All-Star could return in five to seven weeks, which would be the beginning of October.
NEW YORK (AP) – Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner has received a one-game suspension for making contact with plate umpire Rob Drake during Monday’s loss to San Diego. Turner said after the game that Drake instigated the contact which occurred after he struck out to end the Padres’ 4-3 victory. MLB says Turner is appealing the discipline and will be allowed to play until the process is complete.
NEW YORK (AP) – Seattle Mariners outfielder Keon Broxton has been given a two-game suspension from Major League Baseball for throwing equipment that hit an umpire. Broxton became irate after striking out looking during Monday’s loss to the New York Yankees. MLB says Broxton is appealing the punishment, meaning he is allowed to play until the process is complete.
UNDATED (AP) – Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he has no doubt that Cam Newton will play in the team’s regular season opener against the Los Angeles Rams. Rivera says the 30-year-old quarterback has made “good strides” after suffering a mid-foot sprain in last Thursday night’s preseason game against at New England. Rivera expects Newton will return to practice when the Panthers begin preparations for the Sept. 8 opener.