Archive for Monday, August 22, 2011

National briefs: Djokovic quits due to sore shoulder in final

August 22, 2011


Mason, Ohio — Novak Djokovic’s remarkable winning streak ended with a grimace, one that puts a new spin on the U.S. Open.

The world’s top-ranked player was forced to retire in the second set Sunday because of a sore right shoulder, giving Andy Murray the championship at the Western & Southern Open.

It was the Serb’s first bad moment in his 57-2 season. Djokovic had won 16 consecutive matches since his only previous loss of the season in the semifinals against Roger Federer on June 3 at Roland Garros. The winning streak has taken a toll.

Djokovic talked about feeling exhausted in Cincinnati, coming off his record fifth Masters series title in Montreal last week. He said his serving shoulder had bothered him for about the last 10 days, but he’d been able to manage the soreness and keep winning.

On Sunday, he couldn’t go on.


Giants place Wilson on DL

Houston — The San Francisco Giants placed closer Brian Wilson on the 15-day disabled list Sunday due to inflammation in his right elbow and recalled RHP Steve Edlefsen from Triple-A Fresno.

Wilson’s DL stay is retroactive to Tuesday. The closer has not pitched since a blown save at Atlanta on Monday. Wilson started the season on the DL with a left oblique strain.

Report: Angels lock up Weaver

Anaheim, Calif. — The Los Angeles Angels have scheduled a news conference for Tuesday, when the team is expected to announce it has agreed with pitcher Jered Weaver on a five-year contract. first reported that Weaver and the Angels have agreed to a deal worth $85 million. The 28-year-old Weaver leads the American League with a 2.10 ERA and is 14-6 this season.

College Football

LSU players delay meeting

Baton Rouge, La. — Four LSU football players hired a defense attorney and put off a meeting with police about a bar fight that started when a patron honked at a crowd blocking his exit from a parking lot, Baton Rouge police said Sunday.

Quarterback Jordan Jefferson, offensive lineman Chris Davenport, defensive lineman Josh Johns and receiver Jarvis Landry had been asked to give their side of the story at police headquarters today, but attorney Nathan Fisher arranged a postponement, Sgt. Donald Stone confirmed in an email.

Stone did not say if a new date was scheduled.


Nitties wins in Overland Park

Overland Park — Australia’s James Nitties won the Midwest Classic on Sunday for his first Nationwide Tour title, shooting with a 6-under 65 for a five-stroke victory.

Nitties earned $99,000 to jump from 53rd to 12th on the money list with $150,537.

Former Kansas University golfer Chris Thompson shot a 69 on Sunday and finished in 25th place at 14-under par.

Simpson tops at Wyndham

Greensboro, N.C. — Webb Simpson shot a 67 on Sunday to claim his first PGA tour win, a three-stroke victory in the Wyndham Championship.

Couples triumphs in playoff

Harrison, N.Y. — Fred Couples knocked in a 3-foot birdie putt on the third playoff hole Sunday to defeat John Cook and win the Seniors Players Championship for his first major victory on the Champions Tour.

Track and field

KU’s Finley 8th in discus

Shenzhen, China — Kansas University thrower Mason Finley finished his week at the World University Games with an eighth-place finish in the discus throw Sunday night.

Finley, a junior from Salida, Colo., hurled a throw of 59.17 meters (194-2 ft.) on his sixth and final attempt.


Sporting KC downs D.C., 1-0

Kansas City, Kan. — Kei Kamara converted a loose ball into an early goal, and Sporting Kansas City continued its climb through the standings with a 1-0 victory over D.C. United on Sunday night.

Jimmy Nielsen recorded his fourth shutout for Sporting (9-7-9), which won for the third time in four games. Kansas City moved into second place in the Eastern Conference with 36 points after starting the year 1-6-1.


Cops seek Candlestick suspects

San Francisco —Police interviewed witnesses and looked for suspects Sunday after two men were shot and wounded following a San Francisco 49ers-Oakland Raiders preseason game, while the NFL and the mayors of the two cities jointly called for an end to “intimidation” and acts of violence at sporting events. Saturday night’s shooting in the parking lot at Candlestick Park evoked memories of another recent disturbing act of post-game violence — the near-fatal beating this spring of a San Francisco Giants fan outside Dodger Stadium.


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