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Rain delays U.S. Open final

September 13, 2010

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— First, the U.S. Open lost its longed-for final — Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal, meeting for the first time in New York — when third-seeded Novak Djokovic ousted the Swiss great in a five-set thriller Saturday afternoon.

Then came Sunday’s rain, which for a third consecutive year washed out the men’s final and postponed it to the TV-ratings wasteland of Monday afternoon.

Nos. 1, 2 pull away in college Top 25

New York — The combination of impressive victories by Alabama and Ohio State and a stunning loss by Virginia Tech led to Boise State losing all but one of its first-place votes in the AP Top 25.

The Broncos were still No. 3, behind the top-ranked Tide and No. 2 Buckeyes in the poll released Sunday, but the gap has widened.

Alabama received 52 first-place votes and 1,466 points. Ohio State had five first-place votes and 1,410 points and Boise State received one and 1,306.

In the AP poll, Georgia Tech fell out of the poll. No. 15 a week ago, the Yellow Jackets fell to Kansas University, 28-25, on Saturday. Poll on page 4B.

Johnson wins BMW

Lemont, Ill. — Dustin Johnson was flawless on the back nine at Cog Hill and made up a three-shot deficit at the BMW championship against Paul Casey to win for the second time this year. The 26-year-old American closed with a 2-under 69 for a one-shot victory.

One player he won’t have to beat at East Lake is Tiger Woods. The world’s No. 1 player sputtered at the start and shot 70 to tie for 15th, not nearly enough to move into the top 30 in the standings and advance to the FedEx Cup finale.

Tseng overtakes Wie

Rogers, Ark. — Yani Tseng made four birdies in a crucial five-hole stretch on the back nine en route to a 6-under 65 on Sunday at the Northwest Arkansas Championship that gave her a third LPGA Tour victory of the year.

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