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saka ousted, Nadal advances…Irish top Cardinals…Chiefs ink McCoy…’Canes captain on hiatus

NEW YORK (AP) – Top-ranked and defending champion Naomi Osaka has been eliminated from the U.S. Open in the fourth round with a 7-5, 6-4 loss to No. 13 Belinda Bencic. Osaka struggled with left knee pain before the tournament and was visited by medical personnel in the second set. Donna Vekic reached the quarters with a three-sets victory to earn the right to face Bencic. Elise Mertens won her fourth-round match in straight sets, and American Taylor Townsend was ousted by Bianca Andreescu .

NEW YORK (AP) – Second seed Rafael Nadal has reached the U.S. Open quarterfinals by downing 2014 champion Marin Cilic , 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2. Sixth seed Alexander Zverev doubled-faulted 17 times on his way to a 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3 loss to Diego Schwartzman in the fourth round. Matteo Berrettini overpowered Andrey Rublev, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 to become the first Italian man in the U.S. Open quarterfinals since 1977.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) – Ian Book threw for a touchdown and ran for another, and ninth-ranked Notre Dame earned a 35-17 victory at Louisville. Jahmir Smith had a pair of short rushing touchdowns for Notre Dame, which trailed 14-7 in the first quarter before Tony Jones Jr. ran for an 11-yard TD. Jones carried 15 times for 112 yards to help the Irish outgain the Cardinals, 425-383.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Kansas City Chiefs have announced the signing of two-time All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy, two days after he was released by Buffalo. McCoy was drafted by Philadelphia and spent his first four seasons with the Eagles while playing for former Eagles and current Chiefs head coach Andy Reid. He is also going from a rebuilding franchise in the Bills to a three-time AFC West champion with Super Bowl aspirations.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Carolina Hurricanes captain Justin Williams says he will “step away” from the NHL for the time being. With the start of training camp looming later this month, Williams says this is “the first time in my life that I’ve felt unsure of my aspirations” about hockey and lacks his usual “mental and physical commitment.” The three-time Stanley Cup champion is an unrestricted free agent after his two-year contract with Carolina expired this summer.

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