CHICAGO (AP) – The Green Bay Packers have opened the 100th NFL season by holding the Chicago Bears to 254 total net yards in a 10-3 victory at Soldier Field. Aaron Rodgers was 18 of 30 for 208 yards, including an eight-yard pass to Jimmy Graham in the second quarter for the game’s only touchdown. Former Bears safety Adrian Amos sealed the outcome by picking off an end-zone pass into double coverage with 1:58 remaining, the only turnover of the night.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) – Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown was not with the team four days before the season opener amid reports he could be suspended over a confrontation with general manager Mike Mayock. Mayock said at the beginning of practice yesterday that Brown wasn’t at the Raiders facility and won’t be practicing a day after Brown posted a letter from the GM on social media detailing nearly $54,000 in fines for missing a practice and walkthrough.
NEW YORK (AP) – It will be Serena Williams against No. 15 Bianca Andreescu (an-dree-EHS’-koo) in tomorrow’s U.S. Open women’s final. Williams is one match victory from her seventh U.S. Open title and record-tying 24th Grand Slam championship following a 6-3, 6-1 win over fifth seed Elina Svitolina. Andreescu ousted No. 13 Belinda Bencic of Switzerland, 7-6, 7-5 to become the first player to get this far in her debut in New York since Venus Williams was the runner-up in 1997.
CHICAGO (AP) – The NHL and NHL Players’ Association will meet again today in New York to continue collective bargaining negotiations. Players have until Sept. 15 to decide whether to terminate the current collective bargaining agreement effective a year from now. Owners had the same option and chose not to end it, citing the health of the league and the momentum from a period of labor peace.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Los Angeles Lakers Hall of Fame guard Jerry West has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a White House ceremony. The 81-year-old West noted his humble beginnings growing up in West Virginia and where sports has taken him. He said, “It never ceases to amaze me the places you can go in this world chasing a basketball.”