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Rice cut by Ravens, banned by NFL after video release

BALTIMORE (AP) Ray Rice was let go by the Baltimore Ravens on Monday and suspended indefinitely by the NFL after a video was released showing the running back striking his then-fiancee in February.

The grainy video, released by TMZ Sports, shows Rice and Janay Palmer in an elevator at an Atlantic City casino. Each hits the other before Rice knocks Palmer off her feet and into a railing. Months ago, a TMZ video showed Rice dragging Palmer, now his wife, from the elevator at the Revel casino, which closed Sept. 2.

In a higher-quality video shown to The Associated Press by a law enforcement official Monday night, Rice and Palmer can be heard shouting obscenities at each other, and she appears to spit at Rice right before he throws the knockout punch. After she collapses, he drags her out of the elevator and is met by some hotel staff. One of them can be heard saying, "She's drunk, right?" And then, "No cops." Rice didn't respond. The video, which is slightly longer than the TMZ version and included some audio, was shown to the AP on condition of anonymity because the official isn't authorized to release it.

Earlier Monday, the Ravens said they never saw the new video. Hours later, they sent out a one-sentence release:

"The Baltimore Ravens terminated the contract of RB Ray Rice this afternoon."

Coach John Harbaugh said he met with Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, team president Dick Cass and general manager Ozzie Newsome after they saw the video, and they made the decision to let Rice go.

"It's something we saw for the first time today, all of us," Harbaugh said. "It changed things, of course. It made things a little bit different."

The action represented a complete reversal for the team, even though an Atlantic City police summons stated that Rice caused "bodily injury to Janay Palmer, specifically by striking her with his hand, rendering her unconscious."

The Ravens had used words like "respect" and "proud" in referring to Rice following his arrest.

When the NFL announced Rice's two-game suspension for domestic violence on July 24, Newsome said: "We respect the efforts Ray has made to become the best partner and father he can be. That night was not typical of the Ray Rice we know and respect. We believe that he will not let that one night define who he is, and he is determined to make sure something like this never happens again."

In late July, Harbaugh said, "The thing I appreciate about it is how Ray has handled it afterward by acknowledging it was wrong and he'll do everything he can do to make it right. That's what you ask for when someone does a wrong thing. So, I'm proud of him for that."

Asked Monday night if Rice misled him, Harbaugh said he didn't want to get into "all that."

"I don't think of it that way. Everything I said in terms of what I believe, I stand by," he said. "I believe that still, and I'll always believe those things, and (we'll) always stand in support of them as a couple, and that's not going to change."

Rice said in a news conference this summer that his actions that night were "inexcusable." But the Ravens never took action against him until after the second video was released.

The NFL, which has been working hard to promote the game to women, also took action after the explicit video was released. Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that, based on the new video evidence, Rice has been suspended indefinitely.

"We requested from law enforcement any and all information about the incident, including the video from inside the elevator," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Monday morning. "That video was not made available to us and no one in our office has seen it until today."

Goodell indicated as much on Aug. 1 when during the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction weekend.

"When we're going through the process of evaluating the issue and whether there will be discipline, you look at all of the facts that you have available to us," Goodell said. "Law enforcement normally has more ... information, facts, than we have. We'll get as much as we possibly can."

Rice's lawyer, Michael Diamondstein, declined to comment when contacted by The Associated Press.

Rice, 27, stood to make $4 million this year.

"Obviously, any video that depicts an act of violence in that video is disturbing to watch. For our union, we have an unshakable position against any violence, certainly domestic violence included," NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said at the Seahawks' facility in Renton, Washington. "It will be a time for us now to catch up with everything else that has occurred today."

He had been charged with felony aggravated assault in the case, but in May he was accepted into a pretrial intervention program that allowed him to avoid jail time and could lead to the charge being purged from his record.

After Goodell drew criticism not being tough enough on Rice, in a letter to all 32 NFL owners in August saying he "didn't get it right."

First-time offenders now face a six-game suspension.

Rice began his suspension Sunday, when the Ravens opened their season with a 23-16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. He was scheduled to return after Thursday night's game against Pittsburgh.

He leaves the Ravens as the second-leading rusher in franchise history, behind only Jamal Lewis. A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Rice is the team's career leader in total yards from scrimmage (9,214) and is the only player in Ravens history to rush for 1,000 yards in four consecutive seasons.

But those are mere numbers, and his actions in that elevator shed a new light on him.

"I'm not going to go into what he told us or anything or if it matches or if it doesn't," Ravens receiver Torrey Smith said. "That doesn't matter. What matters is what you see. It wasn't a pleasant site at all."

Rice hasn't spoken often to the media since his arrest, but on July 31 he said this is "something I have to live with the rest of my life."

He added: "I know that's not who I am as a man. ... I let so many people down because of 30 seconds of my life that I know I can't take back."

Report: Colts' Mathis tore Achilles while working out

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Robert Mathis likely won't get a chance to defend his NFL sacks title.

Less than two weeks after starting a four-game, league-imposed suspension, the Colts' best pass rusher sustained an Achilles' tendon injury while working out privately in Atlanta.

A person with knowledge of the injury told The Associated Press on Monday that Mathis tore the tendon, which would keep him out the entire season. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not confirmed the diagnosis.

A few hours later, coach Chuck Pagano said he would not speculate on the severity of the injury or how much time Mathis could miss - until team doctors examine Mathis on Tuesday. But it sure didn't sound promising.

"We knew we were going to be without Robert for the first four games, but this is really a devastating blow for Robert and his family and this organization," Pagano said. "This one stings."

The injury occurred while Mathis was away from the team, serving his suspension.

League rules prohibit Mathis from working out at the team complex or communicating with those inside the organization during his absence, so the Colts sent Mathis home with a workout regimen.

On Monday, Mathis contacted head trainer Dave Hammer to inform the team that he had injured the Achilles and had already been seen by one doctor.

Pagano said league rules do allow suspended players to contact their team if they are injured.

Mathis' teammates were then told of the injury during Monday's team meeting and the news hit hard.

"He's a pillar guy," inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman said with uncharacteristic somberness. "He's definitely a leader and I hope he'll be on the sideline coaching when he gets back."

But it's also another odd twist in what had already been a tumultuous season for the Colts' career sacks leader.

In May, NFL officials announced Mathis would be suspended for the first four regular-season games after violating the league's performance-enhancing substance policy.

Mathis claimed he was taking a fertility drug, Clomid, so he and his wife could have another child. But the drug is on the league's banned list because it can be used as a masking agent for PEDs.

Mathis grudgingly accepted his fate after his appeals were denied.

Critics contended that the substance explained Mathis' sudden statistical surge last season, when at the age of 32 he set a single-season franchise record with 19 1/2 sacks and won his first NFL sacks crown. Mathis argued he was more comfortable playing his new position, outside linebacker, after converting from defensive end in 2012.

And also he was motivated to perform even better after some thought his numbers would drop significantly after longtime friend Dwight Freeney signed with San Diego.

At training camp, the 6-foot-2, 245-pound Mathis was frequently seen playing with his newborn daughter following practice, and even though Pagano acknowledged the Colts needed Mathis to get some work before the suspension, Indianapolis held him out of all four preseason games.

Before departing the team complex Aug. 30, Mathis left an inspirational note in his locker urging players and coaches not to take the game they love for granted. Defensive end Cory Redding explained it was simply "Robert being Robert," a message that resonated throughout the team.

"I don't want to talk about another man's injury issues, medical issues, but, I do know I love Robert," Andrew Luck said. "He doesn't know how much he has meant to me as a rookie, second-year guy, offseason, everything.

"What he's done for this organization, what he will continue to do for this organization I know is going to be special."

So the Colts (0-1) must now figure out how to cope without their best pass rusher.

A year ago, Mathis' teammates combined for 22 1/2 sacks.

On Sunday night at Denver, it was obvious how much Indianapolis missed Mathis.

Indy struggled to consistently pressure Peyton Manning and wound up with only one sack, and Bjoern Werner, Mathis' replacement as the rush linebacker, had three tackles but no quarterback pressures. They host the up-tempo Eagles next Monday night.

"You can't replace a guy like Robert," inside linebacker D'Qwell Jackson said. "But we trust our guys, we trust the guys next to us."

Mathis is the second Indy player to sustain an Achilles tendon injury this season, joining running back Vick Ballard who is already on injured reserve after tearing his left Achilles in late July.

Indy already has 10 players on injured reserve, including offensive lineman Xavier Nixon, who was designated for a possible return later this season.

"It's a tough, tough pill to swallow and they're just absorbing it right now, the shock of it all," Pagano said. "Like Reggie (Wayne), I know he'll get through it with whatever he has to do and he'll be back."

Notes: Wayne had nine catches for 98 yards in his first game back after tearing the ACL in his right knee. ... Freeman (hamstring, thumb) said he felt fine Monday and expected to play next week. ... Luck blamed himself for calling a quarterback sneak on fourth-and-goal, which resulted in a Denver stop. Luck called it "stupid" decision.

NCAA lifts Penn State's postseason ban

Penn State football got out from under the most severe on-field sanctions imposed on it two years ago over the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal, learning Monday that the NCAA will allow it to compete in this year's postseason and that all scholarships will return in 2015.

The surprise announcement, linked to progress the school has made reforming its athletic program, moved the university a step farther away from the fallout from Sandusky, the former assistant coach convicted of sexual abuse of 10 boys, including acts at university facilities.

The scandal badly tarnished what had been one of college sports' most respected programs, led to charges of a criminal cover-up against former university administrators Graham Spanier, Gary Schultz and Tim Curley - whose cases are still pending - and the firing of Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno.

Penn State had been halfway through a four-year postseason ban handed down during the summer of 2012. Some of the 40 scholarships the program was originally docked were restored earlier than expected a year ago.

The university still must pay a $60 million fine, vacate 111 wins that came under Paterno, plus another victory under interim coach Tom Bradley, and the school will remain under monitoring.

The decision by the NCAA's Executive Committee followed a recommendation by former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell, whose second annual report as Penn State's athletics integrity monitor concluded the university was in compliance with a 2012 agreement and consent decree.

"Senator Mitchell's report and recommendations, along with the actions taken by the NCAA today, are a recognition of the hard work of many over the past two years to make Penn State a stronger institution," said Penn State President Eric Barron, who took over in February.

Mitchell said the school had made progress toward implementing a new human resources system, "fostering an ethical culture" and improving security at its sports facilities. His own five-year oversight role, scheduled to continue to 2017, may end earlier as a result of the progress that has been made, he said.

Mitchell said his recommendation was focused on aspects of the penalties that affect student-athletes, many of whom stayed at Penn State despite the ability to transfer without penalty.

"In light of Penn State's responsiveness to its obligations and the many improvements it has instituted, I believe these student-athletes should have the opportunity to play in the postseason should they earn it on the field this year," Mitchell wrote.

His 58-page report said incidents involving the football team this year included only minor infractions.

In State College, junior kinesiology major Daniel Zambanini said seeing the news on television gave him a moment of shock.

"The sanctions kind of held the Sandusky scandal like it was a big black cloud that hung over the university because every year, every time they mentioned Penn State, they mentioned the sanctions," Zambanini said.

He said removal of the postseason ban "just takes that weight off our shoulders and you can kind of just be Penn State once more."

The penalties against Penn State were unprecedented in many ways and, because of that, not well-received by many in college sports. While lack of institutional control was cited, Penn State's missteps had nothing to do with competition and the areas that usually fall under the NCAA's jurisdiction.

"The biggest problem I had was the effect on the student athletes in the program," said former Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe, who worked in NCAA enforcement during the 1980s, including on the SMU football death penalty case. "They (Penn State's players) weren't involved in a program that was cheating against their rivals and now all of sudden they're not able to participate in postseason."

The NCAA cutting the penalties down is also unusual. Beebe and Mike Gilleran, a sports law and ethics professor at Santa Clara University who worked in NCAA enforcement during the 1970s and `80s, said they were concerned the latest move would set another precedent.

"So what happens now when one of your old schools," Gilleran said, referring to Beebe's time in the Big 12, "gets whacked? `OK, we'll take that penalty with the understanding that we will be model citizens and we will expect the treatment that Penn State got."'

Beebe said rolling back the sanctions gives the appearance of the NCAA acknowledging it might have overreached by getting involved with the Sandusky scandal.

"My first blush is I don't know how it could be perceived differently," he said. "`I'd be very curious to dive into (the NCAA's) rationale."

On Friday, the NCAA said in a Pennsylvania state court filing it is willing to let the state government control the $60 million fine Penn State is paying under the consent decree. The NCAA wants the judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by state officials seeking to enforce a 2013 state law that requires the money remain in the state.

If the judge agrees, the NCAA said it also will move to end a federal lawsuit against Gov. Tom Corbett and others that challenges that same law.

Penn State went 15-9 during the first two seasons of the sanctions under coach Bill O'Brien, who was hired to replace Paterno.

Paterno was the winningest coach in major college football history when he was fired not long after Sandusky, his former defensive coordinator, was charged in November 2011. Paterno died in January 2012 and lost his record when the NCAA vacated those 111 victories

O'Brien left for the Houston Texans of the NFL after last season and James Franklin was hired away from Vanderbilt to take his place.

Penn State is 2-0 this season. If the Nittany Lions win the East division, they will be eligible to play in the Big Ten championship game.

Franklin said in a statement the team appreciates the opportunity.

"This team plays for each other. We play for Penn State, our families, the former players, our students, alumni, fans and the community," he said.

Stars crossed for unlikely Open champ Cilic

NEW YORK -- A few of the first words Marin Cilic found to define his U.S. Open victory could also describe the last two weeks and much of the year in tennis.

“The stars crossed,” the Croatian said.

Cilic, a man with fewer Twitter followers than Serena Williams’ coach, won the unlikeliest men’s Grand Slam final matchup in over a decade Monday night.

He swept Kei Nishikori, who ranked eighth in a recent Japanese poll of the nation’s favorite domestic sports stars, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 with power, precision and the resolve of a seasoned champion.

Nobody would have predicted this ultimate showdown before the tournament. Not many would have predicted these two would have advanced from the final four two nights before.

The 10th seed Cilic and 14th seed Nishikori earned their first career Grand Slam finals berths by ousting Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the semifinals Saturday. Federer and Djokovic have combined to make 39 career Grand Slam finals.

Cilic missed last year’s U.S. Open due to a doping ban for taking a banned stimulant. He since improved upon the talent that briefly broke him into the top 10 four years ago. He’s now taking advantage of his height under the tutelage of Croatia’s only other men’s Grand Slam champion, the 2001 Wimbledon winner Goran Ivanisevic.

Nishikori, who had foot surgery one month ago, was forced to hit practice balls while sitting as recently as two weeks before the tournament. He doubted he’d be able to play. Now he’s realizing potential placed on him as the 2008 ATP Newcomer of the Year, when he won his first tour title at 18.

The 6-foot-6 Cilic and the 5-foot-10 Nishikori will always be remembered together for either contesting the forgotten final of this golden era of men’s tennis, or for ushering in a new time for the sport.

They may not be Federer, Djokovic, Rafael Nadal or Andy Murray, but they are younger than the Big Four and talented enough to now be expected to make deep runs again in 2015.

Cilic and Nishikori are joined by three more men -- Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka and Wimbledon semifinalists Grigor Dimitrov and Milos Raonic -- who made this a breakthrough year.

Cilic, after beating Federer on Saturday, predicted the next several Grand Slams would be extremely interesting.

“I feel it's gonna definitely be much bigger competition from next year,” Cilic said in between his cell phone going off in his press conference Monday night. “I feel the guys at the top are gonna pull the other guys, too. I think the game of tennis is definitely going to evolve much more.”

The tour’s power players’ grip over the field has eased.

Federer, ranked as low as eighth in January, is now third after making three of four Grand Slam semifinals. Still, he strives to win his first Grand Slam since 2012 next year. Others will try to push the 33-year-old closer to retirement.

Djokovic wasn’t too far away this season from reasserting the tour dominance he showed in 2011. He was barely beaten by Stan Wawrinka in the Australian Open quarterfinals, as Wawrinka played the tournament of his life to win his first Grand Slam. Djokovic was the second-best man on clay behind Nadal for a third straight year and then won Wimbledon. He strangely faded in this summer hardcourt season, though.

Nadal won a ninth French Open but also lost to Wawrinka in Australia, bowed out early at Wimbledon for a third straight year and missed the U.S. Open due to injury for the second time in three years. Durability remains an issue.

Murray has fallen out of the top 10 for the first time in six years. He hasn’t made a tournament final since winning Wimbledon last year.

“They attract the most, the fans and the TV, and everybody else,” Cilic said of the Big Four. “But sort of one day definitely they gonna go out, and there's gonna be a need for somebody else.”

Cilic likes to call the group he’s now a part of, pushing the Big Four, the “second line.” Their shift may be starting.

“Everything I was working toward and dreaming came true today,” Cilic said. “For all the other players that are working hard, this is a big sign and big hope that if you’re working hard, things are going to pay off.”

Colts' rally falls short in 31-24 loss to Broncos

DENVER (AP) Andrew Luck nearly spoiled the party at Peyton's place.

However, fourth-quarter comeback No. 12 in the career of No. 12 fell just short.

Luck rallied the Indianapolis Colts back into the game - even made the Denver Broncos rely on their revamped defense to make one last stop - in a 31-24 loss in the season opener on Sunday night.

His predecessor in Indy, Peyton Manning, simply built too big of a lead for the Broncos, throwing three touchdown passes to tight end Julius Thomas.

Luck gave it quite a run, though. Trailing by seven points with the ball at the Denver 39, his fourth-down pass was swatted away from Reggie Wayne.

A valiant comeback in Manning's backyard.

"A loss is a loss," said Luck, who finished 35 of 53 for 370 yards, two TDs and two interceptions. "A lot of mistakes were made."

Still, he earned high praise from Rahim Moore, the safety who picked off two of Luck's passes.

"He's at the top of his game," Moore said. "When Manning retires, Andrew Luck, I believe, is going to take over the game. There's nothing he can't do. There's no throw he can't make.

"He has no weaknesses to me."

Entering this game, Luck had 11 winning drives in fourth quarters and overtime, the most through a quarterback's first two seasons since 1970. He looked poised to possibly make something magical happen again.

Down 31-10 with 9:54 remaining, Luck went to work - with the raucous crowd beginning to file out, thinking a win was in the bag.

What transpired left those that stayed in their seats bewildered.

Luck hit Dwayne Allen for a 41-yard TD pass. Moments later, he connected with Hakeem Nicks for a 9-yard score.

Just like that, a rout turned into a nail-biter that went down to the wire. The crowd exhaled only after Manning took a final knee.

The Broncos insisted they didn't let their guard down, especially not after watching video of Luck leading the Colts back from a big deficit in a playoff win last season against the Kansas City Chiefs.

"Playing against a great guy like Andrew Luck, and just the way he plays, you can't give up on him," said DeMarcus Ware, who finished with 1 1/2 sacks. "He's going to score points like he did. Got to put the clasp back on, be able to stop him.

"You're going to see that team probably later on in the season. They're good. They're a really good team."

Manning couldn't be stopped early, hooking up with Thomas for scoring strikes of 3, 35 and 5 yards - all in the second quarter. The Broncos led 24-0 with 1:57 left before halftime.

In the end, it was up to the Denver defense, which the team committed more than $100 million to bring in thumpers such as Ware, cornerback Aqib Talib and strong safety T.J. Ward.

"Thank goodness our defense came up with some big stops," Manning said.

By beating his former team, Manning joined Brett Favre as the only QBs to earn a win over each of the current 32 NFL franchises.

"It means you have to be old," Manning said. "I don't think I'll have that one up on my mantle or anything like that."

This game featured so many missed opportunities for the Colts:

- Griff Whalen took a 92-yard punt return for a score early in the fourth quarter. The call was challenged and overturned when officials ruled his knee had touched down. Instead of six points, the Colts had the ball back at their 10 yard line.

- Luck was kept out of the end zone on a fourth-and-goal call in the third quarter.

- Indianapolis settled for a field goal after having a first down inside the 5-yard line.

"We had a ton (of missed opportunities)," Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. "You can't let those opportunities slip away."

NOTES: Colts LBs Cam Johnson (triceps) and Jerrell Freeman (hamstring) left the game. They will undergo MRI exams, Pagano said. ... WR Reggie Wayne had a 22-yard catch on the first play of the game. He has a reception in 191 regular-season games, moving him past Marvin Harrison for most in Colts history. ... The Colts were without starting center Khaled Holmes and backup tackle Joe Reitz, both because of ankle injuries. Luck was under constant pressure and was sacked three times. ... The Colts had won six straight over Denver, including Manning's homecoming game last October at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Serena adds to legacy with 18th Slam

NEW YORK -- Serena Williams has heard her name discussed among the greatest of all time.

“Obviously,” she said, “but I don't think about it.”

The chatter will grow after perhaps Williams’ greatest Grand Slam performance ever at the U.S. Open over the last two weeks.

She capped it by dominating longtime friend and former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3 in a 75-minute final to win her 18th Grand Slam title on Sunday. She said minutes before the match she would “try to just hang in there,” but, minutes into it, clearly had a grip on the proceedings despite a shaky serve.

“When Serena is on her game,” said Wozniacki, who hit one groundstroke winner all match, “there’s not much we can do.”

Let’s get the accomplishments out of the way.

Williams matched Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova for second all time with 18 Grand Slam titles in the Open era. Steffi Graf won 22.

“I am thinking about 19, which I'm kind of disappointed,” Williams said, lamenting looking ahead rather than cherishing the moment a couple hours after lifting the trophy. “But not 22 [yet]. I'm taking it one at a time.”

She won her sixth U.S. Open, also matching Evert for the most all time in the Open era. She won her third straight U.S. Open, becoming the first woman to do so since Evert won four from 1975-78.

“I think she's just born for tennis,” said Russian Ekaterina Makarova, after taking just four games off Williams in the semifinals. “Kind of [like Roger] Federer.”

Williams now owns one more Grand Slam title than Federer, the men’s all-time leader.

Williams and Federer, born seven weeks apart in 1981, have been the pre-eminent tennis players this century but dominated over different stretches. Williams won six Grand Slam titles before Federer won his first, then Federer matched Williams at seven apiece with his win at the 2006 Australian Open and began opening up a gap.

Therefore, Williams now has more Grand Slam titles than Federer for the first time in 3,145 days.

In female greatest of all time talk, the biggest chip in Williams’ favor is simply an ability to beat the best. Williams is 18-4 in Grand Slam finals, with two of the four losses coming to her sister. (Navratilova was 18-14, Evert 18-16 and Graf 22-9.)

When she’s lost in Grand Slams, it usually came in fluke fashion rather than a defeat to a more talented player. Her recent vanquishers at Slams included Alize Cornet, Garbiñe Muguruza and Virginie Razzano.

Williams hasn’t lost to a top-10 player at a Slam in three years and a top-five player in six. She’s 30-5 all time against chief rivals Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka.

Outside tennis, the greatest female athlete list may lead with Jackie Joyner-Kersee, who won six Olympic medals, including back-to-back golds in the heptathlon in 1988 and 1992. If the decathlon decides the world’s greatest male athlete, the heptathlon is certainly the female equivalent.

And Joyner-Kersee won her golds over the suspicious East Germans and Soviets of that era.

Babe Didrikson Zaharias was deemed the greatest female athlete of the 20th century by ESPN. She was incredible in track and field in her 20s and golf in her 30s and 40s, but consider the depth of talent in those sports in the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s.

Abby Wambach, Mia Hamm and Lisa Leslie merit mentions, too, but had little competition in team sports where their measuring sticks were primarily international tournaments.

Williams, like most athletes, hasn’t been one to argue for her place in history.

“I don't think about it so much because I'm still playing,” she said. “I think once you do you become a little satisfied ... I don't want to become that. I want to continue to rise.”

Williams does admit to nervousness when milestones are at stake. It took her three attempts to get from Grand Slam No. 17 to No. 18. She lost before the quarterfinals in this year’s previous three Slams.

“It was definitely on my shoulders,” said Williams, wearing a gold bracelet on her left wrist with the No. 18 on it, gifted to her after the match. “It was definitely like, oh, get there, get there, get there. Now I've gotten there, so now it's a little bit of a relief.”

Graf is the easiest elite female athlete for comparison, dominating tennis the decade before Williams.

Graf won her 18th Grand Slam at age 26, almost seven years younger than Williams. But Williams, the oldest U.S. Open women’s champion in the Open era, has won five of the last 10 Slams.

It’s very arguable Williams just played the greatest Grand Slam out of the 57 in her career. She won all 14 sets here and never dropped more than three games in a set. A first for her.

So it’s very possible, perhaps probable, that an aged Williams will catch and pass Graf. Like her place in history, Williams doesn’t have much to say about retirement, either.

“Hopefully that will be a long time from now,” she said.

Kaepernick, 49ers top rusty Romo, Cowboys 28-17

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Colin Kaepernick threw two touchdown passes to Vernon Davis, one right after the first of three interceptions by Tony Romo, and the San Francisco 49ers opened the season with a 28-17 win over the sloppy Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

The 49ers (1-0) also got a 35-yard fumble return on the second play of the game when Chris Culliver picked up a loose ball stripped from DeMarco Murray. They led 21-3 after the first quarter despite running just four offensive plays.

Coming off a spotty preseason for his offense, Kaepernick was efficient if not prolific, going 16 of 23 for 201 yards without an interception.

Romo was playing his first meaningful game for the Cowboys (0-1) since back surgery in December.

Captain cool as always, Jeter honored by Yankees

NEW YORK (AP) Standing on the field with a microphone, the end of his baseball career likely three weeks away, Derek Jeter remained as cool and collected as his play at shortstop over the past two decades.

The New York Yankees honored their retiring captain Sunday with a 45-minute pregame ceremony that included surprise appearances by NBA great Michael Jordan and baseball ironman Cal Ripken Jr.

Reserved as always and with no hints of tears, Jeter thanked people a dozen times as he spoke to a capacity crowd of 48,110 at Yankee Stadium for about 3 minutes before a 2-0 loss to Kansas City further damaged New York's slim playoff chances.

"It's kind of hard to believe that 20 seasons has gone by so quickly," the 40-year-old Jeter said following a 1 1/2-minute ovation. "You guys have all watched me grow up over the last 20 years. I've watched you, too. Some of you guys getting old, too. But I want to thank you for helping me feel like a kid for the last 20 years."

A 14-time All-Star who is sixth on the career hits list, Jeter sparked a Yankees renaissance that began with a World Series title in 1996 as he won the AL Rookie of the Year award. He led the team to three consecutive championships from 1998-2000, was named captain in 2003 and then won a fifth Series in 2009 that raised the team's record total to 27.

He missed most of 2013 after breaking his ankle during the playoffs the previous October, made his retirement announcement just before spring training in February and has followed with a respectable but unspectacular final season, his speed, range and power diminished but a starting shortstop until the end. He beat out a grounder to the shortstop hole for an infield single in the first inning and ended the day batting .260 with three homers and 40 RBIs.

Jeter produced a series of indelible moments: his homer and over-the-shoulder catch on his first opening day in 1996, backhanded flip to the plate against Oakland in the 2001 playoffs and Mr. November home run just after midnight a few weeks later that won World Series Game 4. There was a face-first dive into the seats for a popup against Boston in 2004, the farewell speech at old Yankee Stadium in 2008 and the home run for his 3,000th hit in 2011.

But a player known as a winner could go out without a coda: The Yankees may miss the playoffs for just the third time since he first came up to the major leagues in 1995.

"In my opinion, I've had the greatest job in the world. I got a chance to be the shortstop for the New York Yankees, and there's only one of those," he said. "I always felt as though it was my job - was to try to provide joy and entertainment for you guys. But it can't compare to what you brought me."

Yankees teammates, at the suggestion of Chase Headley, stayed in the dugout and allowed Jeter to run to his position alone before "The Star-Spangled Banner" was played on a crisp, sunny afternoon.

While calling it "a day that I'll remember forever," Jeter felt "very strange" and "odd" to take in a tribute with 21 games remaining.

"I had to guard against being emotional," he said. `I think my hand was shaking a little bit."

Jeter embraced Jordan, describing him "like an older brother that I never had."

Jordan, who played with Jeter in the 1994 Arizona Fall League, praised his pal for surviving New York, where the former basketball star opined "one little hiccup can fry your personality, your persona."

"He's maintained doing things the right way, in this time and era that few people take the time to say `what if' before they make a decision," Jordan said. "He's made the right decision each and every time."

Ripken also lauded Jeter's celebrated composure.

"He's loved and respected across the league and for good reason," the retired Baltimore Orioles star said. "He plays the game the right way and handles himself beautifully. And off the field, he's a true professional."

There were markings of Jeter's retirement throughout the ballpark. Instead of team flags showing the standings, a No. 2 logo was flapping above each flagpole. The logo was painted in foul territory on each side, affixed to the left shoulder of each Yankees uniform and also on every cap. When players arrived in the clubhouse, each padded navy chair had a wine bottle with the logo in silver along with the date.

A 30-by-30 banner of Jeter was unveiled in the stadium's Great Hall. Video messages from athletes and celebrities and even astronauts in space were shown throughout the day, which was proclaimed "Derek Jeter Day" by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The Yankees didn't retire Jeter's No. 2 or unveil a plaque in Monument Park, no doubt setting up a Derek Jeter Day 2 at some future time. New York took a similar approach a half-century ago, holding a Mickey Mantle Day in September 1965 before his 2,000th game, then retiring his No. 7 in June 1969 with another ceremony after his playing days.

New York retired former manager Joe Torre's No. 6 last month, leaving Jeter as the last of the Yankees' single digits. Torre was among the Hall of Famers on hand, joined by Reggie Jackson, Dave Winfield and Ripken - who blazed a path for the type of modern, offensive shortstop that Jeter became.

There were 34 white chairs lined up across the infield for the invited guests, which also included Jeter's family, his foundation's "Jeter's Leaders" and former teammates Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera, Bernie Williams, Paul O'Neill, Tino Martinez, David Cone, Hideki Matsui, Tim Raines and Gerald Williams.

Fellow Core Four member Andy Pettitte was absent because of a family obligation.

The ceremony was more modest than the send-off the Yankees gave Rivera last September, when they retired his No. 42 - already retired for all major league teams in honor of Jackie Robinson but grandfathered for the great reliever. Jeter was given five gifts from the team: a message machine, framed patches from All-Star appearances, a 10-day trip to Tuscany, an inscribed crystal with a "2" logo and a check for Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation in the amount of $222,222.22.

New York is five years removed from its last title and hasn't won a postseason game since the night Jeter collapsed on the field with a broken ankle.

"Is it sad he's retiring? Yes, because it's the end of an era," O'Neill said.

Jeter hopes to be back in baseball, but not as a coach, manager or broadcaster.

"He says that he wants to own a team one day," Rivera explained. "I trust him, and I believe him, and he will. One day he will own a baseball team."

NOTES: The Royals won on a pair of unearned runs. A throwing error by pitcher Shane Greene (4-3) allowed Josh Willingham to score in the second, and Eric Hosmer hit an RBI single in the third that drove in Alex Gordon, who reached when right fielder Carlos Beltran dropped his easy fly ball. Yordano Ventura (12-3) and three relievers combined on a four-hitter, leaving the Yankees 4 1/2 games out for the second AL wild card.

Dolphins dominate 2nd half, top Patriots 33-20

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Knowshon Moreno rushed for 134 yards and a touchdown, Ryan Tannehill threw for two scores and the Miami Dolphins overpowered New England after halftime on the way to a 33-20 win over the Patriots on Sunday.

The Dolphins outscored New England 23-0 in the second half.

Tannehill had touchdown throws to Lamar Miller and Mike Wallace as Miami debuted a faster-paced offense. The Dolphins' defense recorded four sacks - all in the second half - and recovered two fumbles.

Tom Brady threw a scoring pass to Rob Gronkowski, and Shane Vereen had a rushing touchdown for New England.

It was New England's first loss in an opener since 2003, and marks the first time the Patriots will not be at least tied for the AFC East lead since Week 3 of 2012.

Owner to sell Hawks after racially charged email

ATLANTA (AP) Less than one month after the Clippers' sale ended Donald Sterling's ugly downfall, another NBA team is on the market following a racially charged disclosure from its owner.

Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson said Sunday he is selling his controlling interest in the team, thanks in part to an inflammatory email he wrote two years ago.

Levenson said he wrote the email in an attempt "to bridge Atlanta's racial sports divide." Instead, he offered his divisive comments, including his theory that Hawks black fans kept white fans away.

Levenson said he regrets the email sent to the team's co-owners and general manager Danny Ferry in 2012 as "inappropriate and offensive." In a statement released by the team, Levenson said he sent the email due to his concerns about low attendance and a need to attract suburban whites.

He says he later realized the email made it seem white fans were more important. He voluntarily reported the email to the NBA.

"I have said repeatedly that the NBA should have zero tolerance for racism, and I strongly believe that to be true," Levenson said in the statement. "That is why I voluntarily reported my inappropriate email to the NBA.

"After much long and difficult contemplation, I have decided that it is in the best interests of the team, the Atlanta community, and the NBA to sell my controlling interest in the Hawks franchise."

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Sunday the league will work with the Hawks' ownership group and CEO Steve Koonin, who now will oversee all team operations.

Silver said the league's independent investigation "regarding the circumstances of Mr. Levenson's comments" in the email was ongoing when he was told Saturday night of Levenson's plan to sell his share of the team.

Silver said he supported Levenson's decision.

"As Mr. Levenson acknowledged, the views he expressed are entirely unacceptable and are in stark contrast to the core principles of the National Basketball Association," Silver said. "He shared with me how truly remorseful he is for using those hurtful words and how apologetic he is to the entire NBA family - fans, players, team employees, business partners and fellow team owners - for having diverted attention away from our game.

"I commend Mr. Levenson for self-reporting to the league office, for being fully cooperative with the league and its independent investigator, and for putting the best interests of the Hawks, the Atlanta community, and the NBA first."

Sterling was forced to sell the Los Angeles Clippers after a recording surfaced in April of the owner scolding his girlfriend for bringing black men to Clippers games. Steve Ballmer officially became the team's new owner on Aug. 12.

In the email sent in August 2012, Levenson said "southern whites" were uncomfortable at games.

"My theory is that the black crowd scared away the whites and there are simply not enough affluent black fans to build a significant season ticket base," Levenson said in the email released Sunday by the Hawks.

"Please don't get me wrong. There was nothing threatening going on in the arena back then. I never felt uncomfortable, but I think southern whites simply were not comfortable being in an arena or at a bar where they were in the minority."

Levenson said Hawks crowds were 70 percent black, the team's cheerleaders were black and hip-hop music was played.

"Then I start looking around at other arenas," Levenson said. "It is completely different."

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Atlanta's population was 54 percent black and 38.4-percent white in 2010. For metro Atlanta, the ratio is 55.4 percent white and 32.4 percent black.

Levenson said he often heard fans say the area around Philips Arena in downtown Atlanta is dangerous.

"This was just racist garbage," Levenson said. "When I hear some people saying the arena is in the wrong place I think it is code for there are too many blacks at the games."

Though he said he disagreed with the conclusion, he said he told team executives to add white cheerleaders and music "familiar to a 40-year-old white guy."

Added Levenson in the email: "I have even (complained) that the kiss cam is too black."

Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed said the comments in Levenson's email were "reprehensible and offensive."

"The statements do not represent the city of Atlanta's history of diversity and inclusion, and we will be clear and deliberate in denouncing and repudiating them," Reed said. "I applaud the NBA's efforts to enforce a no-tolerance policy of discrimination. As a city, we will continue to stand behind the Atlanta Hawks organization as they work to find new ownership that reflects the values and ideals of a city that is too busy to hate."

The Rev. Al Sharpton released a statement encouraging Silver "to continue vetting all owners."

"The announcement by Bruce Levenson is welcomed and appropriate by those of us in the civil rights community, that raised the issue of Donald Sterling's need to be removed, and that other owners must be held accountable," Sharpton said.

Though the NBA investigation of the email was ongoing, Levenson apparently concluded he couldn't continue in his ownership role.

"If you're angry about what I wrote, you should be," Levenson said in Sunday's statement. "I'm angry at myself, too. It was inflammatory nonsense. We all may have subtle biases and preconceptions when it comes to race, but my role as a leader is to challenge them, not to validate or accommodate those who might hold them."

This is not Levenson's first effort to sell the team. In 2011, the Hawks' ownership group, headed by Levenson and Michael Gearon Jr., made an unsuccessful attempt to sell to California developer and pizza chain owner Alex Meruelo.

The group acquired the Hawks and the NHL Thrashers from Time Warner in 2004. The Thrashers were sold and moved to Winnipeg in 2011.

Stewart comes up short and misses Chase

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) In his last chance to make NASCAR's playoff, Tony Stewart never had one.

Stewart started 19th Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway in the race that finalized the field for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, climbed as high as 10th inside the final 100 laps and then fell back when his crew missed a lug nut on his final pit stop.

"That's all I had, bud," Stewart radioed after his 15th-place finish.

"Pretty impressive to drive all the way up those guys," replied crew chief Chad Johnston. "We had a better car than that, but far cry from where we started the weekend."

Stewart struggled through most of Friday's two practice sessions before qualifying 19th, his best starting position at Richmond in four years.

This is the third time in the 11 years of the Chase format that Stewart has failed to qualify. The three-time champion missed the Chase last season when a broken leg sidelined him for the final 15 races of the year.

He just returned last week after a three-week absence following the Aug. 9 death of Kevin Ward Jr. Stewart's sprint car struck and killed Ward at a dirt track in New York, and Stewart spent three weeks in seclusion following Ward's death.

Stewart was granted a waiver by NASCAR last week that would have allowed him to participate in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship should he qualify by winning one of the last two races, but that was his only chance to do it.

He could have earned the spot last week in his return, but was involved in an early accident and finished 41st.

That left him with only one more chance, and he came up well short at RIR, where he has won three times.

Stewart did not wish to speak with reporters after climbing from his car, team PR representative Mike Arning said. The driver spoke with his crew briefly and then disappeared inside his hauler.

With 10 races remaining, Stewart is winless for the first season of his career.

Greg Zipadelli, Stewart's long-time crew chief and now the vice president of competition for Stewart-Haas Racing, said Friday the team planned to assess its position after Saturday night's and then assess the rest of the season. Stewart's is co-owner of four race teams, and drivers Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick qualified for the playoffs. Danica Patrick did not.


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Brewer's 2 TD passes lift Hokies over OSU, 35-21

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Michael Brewer passed for two touchdowns and Virginia Tech's defense stood tough at the end and the Hokies stunned No. 8 Ohio State 35-21 on Saturday night.

Keyshoen Jarrett had two interceptions and Donovan Riley returned another 63 yards for a TD in the final minute as a record crowd of 107,517 at enlarged Ohio Stadium watched.

Brewer led the Hokies (2-0) to a 21-7 lead at the half. After his fumble led to the Buckeyes (1-1) pulling even on Ezekiel Elliott's 15-yard run early in the fourth quarter, he led a 65-yard march capped by his 10-yard scoring pass to Bucky Hodges with 8:44 left.

The defense then stymied Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett, the freshman taking over for injured three-year starter Braxton Miller.

Notre Dame says goodbye to Michigan with shutout

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Everett Golson threw three touchdown passes and No. 16 Notre Dame said so long to Michigan on Saturday night with a 31-0 victory, the Fighting Irish's most dominant performance in the historic rivalry that's now about to take a hiatus.

Game No. 42 between in a rivalry that has been off-and-on for more than 100 years is the last scheduled. Notre Dame broke off the series a couple years ago to make room on its schedule to accommodate its new arrangement with the Atlantic Coast Conference. Michigan didn't take it well.

But with a chance to take a parting shot at the Irish, the Wolverines got hit with a haymaker and were handed their most lopsided loss in the series. And they were shut out for the first time since 1984, snapping an NCAA record streak of 376 games.

Golson was 23 for 34 for 226 yards.

Keselowski routs Richmond field to grab top seed

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Brad Keselowski routed the field Saturday night for his fourth win of the season, a victory that gives him the top seed in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

Keselowski led all but 17 of the 400 laps at Richmond International Raceway, where the last race of the regular season never shaped up to be the thriller NASCAR hoped. A new win-and-in format this year could have created a dramatic final push for a driver to make the Chase, but nobody had anything for Keselowski.

There were two spots up for grab in the 16-driver Chase field, but Ryan Newman and Greg Biffle pretty much entered the race in control of their own fate. Newman never left anything to chance with a strong ninth-place finish, and Biffle slid into the final spot with a 19-place finish.

Jeff Gordon finished second and Clint Bowyer, who needed to win to ensure his Chase berth, was third.

Nishikori stuns Djokovic in US Open semifinals

NEW YORK (AP) Japan's Kei Nishikori became the first man from Asia to reach a Grand Slam final, stunning top-ranked Novak Djokovic in four sets at the U.S. Open.

Nishikori won 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3 in stifling heat Saturday afternoon. He had played five-set marathons in his last two matches totaling more than 8 1/2 hours, yet he looked far fresher than a player known as one of the fittest on tour.

Under coach Michael Chang, the 1989 French Open champ, Nishikori has sharpened his mental game to pull out victories like these.

The midday sun beat down on Arthur Ashe Stadium and a thermometer on court showed the temperature nearing 100 degrees (37 Celsius), not counting the humidity of close to 70 percent.

Harbaugh: McDonald will play against Cowboys

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said defensive end Ray McDonald, who was arrested in a domestic violence case last week, will play against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

"As it stands now, yes he will play," Harbaugh said Friday. "There are two principles woven together here. I feel the way the facts are, what's known, he has the liberty to play the game."

McDonald has been late for practice at least twice this week taking care of personal business, but Harbaugh said the seven-year veteran has been fine in practice.

McDonald has missed four games since 2008 with injuries. As a rookie, he was limited and appeared in nine games. The 49ers are 4-7 when he's out of the lineup.

Offensive tackle Jonathan Martin also will play against Dallas.

Martin, a two-year starter with the Miami Dolphins the past two years, will assume the right tackle position while Anthony Davis deals with a hamstring issue.

"It's an opportunity to go out and play a good game," said Martin, who had a tumultuous departure from the Dolphins last October amid a bullying scandal as well as mononucleosis before training camp to get to this point. "Anthony is the starter but I am going to play my best. I'm glad to get going."

Martin, who has played at several spots along the line, played for both Harbaugh and 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman while at Stanford.

"I want to make myself as well-rounded as possible and to be ready when called upon," Martin said. "I've been preparing like a starter, even knowing I wasn't going to start, just to be ready. A lot of stuff happens in football. Someone could break a shoelace and need to come off for one play."

Alex Boone, who recently had his contract reworked after sitting out most of the preseason, appears to be ready to play.

"We're not going to go into what exactly is going to take place," said Harbaugh, who indicated a roster move might be in the works for Saturday regarding Boone.

Martin lost 15 pounds during his bout with mono and said he has worked himself back into playing condition. He said the Cowboys present challenges along the defensive front.

"They have a lot of great players," Martin said. "I have to be ready for what they will bring."


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Melky Cabrera suffers season-ending broken finger

BOSTON (AP) Melky Cabrera will undergo season-ending surgery next week after fracturing his right pinkie finger Friday night.

The Toronto Blue Jays' left fielder appeared to be injured when he went back into first base in the third inning in an unsuccessful attempt to avoid being picked off by Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez.

Cabrera remained in the game until he led off the sixth. After fouling a pitch off himself, he was checked by training staff and left the game. Anthony Gose singled and scored on a homer by Jose Bautista that gave Toronto a 4-3 lead.

Cabrera got a single in his only official at-bat and scored a run. He ends his season with a .301 batting average, 16 homers and 73 RBIs.

Dodgers RHP Josh Beckett won't return this season

LOS ANGELES (AP) Josh Beckett won't return to the mound for the Los Angeles Dodgers this season, and the injured pitcher is mulling retirement.

He went on the disabled list for the third time Aug. 4 with a left hip impingement after being on the DL in July for the same injury. The 34-year-old right-hander was 6-6 with a 2.88 ERA in 20 starts, including a no-hitter May 25 in Philadelphia.

Beckett's first time on the DL was in March, when he had a bruised right thumb.

He doesn't think he can continue his career without having surgery, and he won't make that decision until the offseason. He also plans to discuss with his wife whether he wants to attempt another comeback next year.

"They're tough decisions, but they are definitely things I'm going to have to think about in the offseason that I've never had to think about," Beckett said.

If he decides not to pitch next year, Beckett said he would likely have surgery in May, giving him the summer to rehab in Texas, where he makes his offseason home.

"One of the reasons I didn't opt to just have the surgery now is that I'm not sure I want to play going forward," he said. "I would have been out for the year one way or another, so why not give it a shot? Also, coming back from the surgery that I just came back from, it just seems it would have been 12 months in physical therapy. I wasn't ready to just go back into just doing rehab."

Beckett was limited to eight starts last season. He had a rib removed in July 2013 during a surgery to alleviate a nerve condition that was affecting his right arm. Neck problems and numbness in his right hand have troubled Beckett for the past few years. It got to the point where he learned how to drive with only his left hand.

Beckett said he'd reached a plateau in his latest rehab and he wasn't getting any better. He would play catch at 50 feet and then be sore the next day.

"I've talked to other teammates who have been through injuries toward the end (of their careers)," he said. "I think most of them leaned toward it helped them make the decision and be at peace with that."

Preparing for each start had become a grind, with Beckett needing to put in four hours' worth of work in order to pitch for two hours in a game.

"That was weighing heavy on me, even when I was pitching good," he said. "The pitching part is not the part that bothers you. I probably felt the best on the days I pitched. It's the in-between days leading up to my start. It's very draining to have to do so many things even before you go to start to warm up."

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly credited Beckett for stabilizing the team early in the season when ace Clayton Kershaw and left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu were on the disabled list.

"You forget how good he was pitching earlier in the year," Mattingly said. "Those starts he was giving us early kind of kept us afloat. To see him physically breaking down, I hate to see it happen. He's had a great career to this point. It's unfortunate he wasn't able to finish the year out."

Padres' Cabrera arrested for investigation of DUI

SAN DIEGO (AP) San Diego Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera, who cried while apologizing last year for taking a banned substance that led to a 50-game suspension, was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence of marijuana, the California Highway Patrol said Friday.

Cabrera was arrested early Wednesday after the CHP dispatch center was notified of a possible DUI driver by the U.S. Border Patrol at a checkpoint in Dulzura, some 25 miles southeast of downtown San Diego. The CHP said Cabrera was determined to be under the influence of marijuana.

After being taken to the CHP El Cajon Area Office, he was not showing signs of still being under the influence of marijuana and was cited and released to the custody of his mother-in-law, the CHP said.

"Mr. Cabrera was cooperative with the CHP Officers. Charges against Mr. Cabrera for DUI will be requested," a press release said.

Cabrera is on the disabled list for the second time this season with a hamstring injury. He did not make the trip to Colorado for this weekend's series but is expected to join the club for a series at the Los Angeles Dodgers starting Monday, when he is to be re-evaluated. Cabrera was hitting .232 with three homers, 20 RBIs and 18 stolen bases.

His agent, Scott Boras, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Cabrera was suspended for the final 50 games of the 2013 season for his relationship with the Biogenesis of America scandal. Cabrera, who was San Diego's only All-Star in 2013, was leading the NL with 37 stolen bases when his suspension began.

During a news conference on Aug. 5, 2013, he struggled to control his emotions after admitting he took a banned substance.

"My situation I have right now ... I'm very sorry with all my fans in San Diego with this situation," he said. "I'm very sorry with my organization. I'm very sorry with all my teammates, and I'm very sorry about this situation I have right now. It's a tough situation for me. It's a tough situation for the organization, and I'm making all my responsibility is just me."

The suspension cost Cabrera $348,361 of his $1,275,000 salary.

He's making $2.45 million this year.

The Padres said in a statement that they were aware of Cabrera's arrest and were in touch with MLB.

Wozniacki wins US Open semi when Peng retires

NEW YORK (AP) Caroline Wozniacki won her U.S. Open semifinal when Peng Shuai retired because of apparent heat illness.

Wozniacki was up a set and a break Friday on an extremely humid afternoon when Peng stumbled to the wall behind the baseline with what seemed to be severe cramping in her legs.

She was helped off the court and after a 10-minute delay returned to try to keep playing.

Six points later, Peng collapsed to her knees. Wozniacki walked to the other side of the court to pat her on the back before the decision was made that Peng couldn't continue.

Wozniacki watched through tears as Peng was taken off in a wheelchair.

This is Wozniacki's first major final since the 2009 U.S. Open, when she lost to Kim Clijsters.