Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Nadal defies inspired Medvedev in five-set epic to win U.S. Open
Rafa Nadal survived a heroic Daniil Medvedev fightback to claim an epic 7-5 6-3 5-7 4-6 6-4 win and a fourth U.S. Open title on Sunday, moving within one Grand Slam crown of matching Roger Federer's record of 20. A routine end to the Flushing Meadows fortnight looked on the cards when Nadal, already two sets up, broke for a 3-2 lead over the tall Russian in the third with the 19th Grand Slam title apparently in the bag.
MLB notebook: Ortiz throws out 1st pitch at Fenway
Red Sox legend David Ortiz, in his first public appearance three months after being shot in the back in the Dominican Republic, threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Monday night's game against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park in Boston. Ortiz came out of the dugout to a standing ovation, then delivered the pitch to former teammate Jason Varitek. "First of all, I want to thank God for giving me a second opportunity in my life to be here with all of you," Ortiz said, addressing the crowd.
Andreescu 'not done yet' after Grand Slam breakthrough
Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu, who upstaged tennis great Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final to win her maiden Grand Slam title, said she was not done yet during a whirlwind media tour on Monday. Since claiming the title in her U.S. Open main draw debut, Andreescu has had a trophy photoshoot atop Rockefeller Center and appeared on several U.S. morning shows in New York to discuss her breakthrough win.
FIFA, U.S. Soccer sued by promoter in anti-trust case
The U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) illegally conspired with football’s governing body FIFA to prevent foreign clubs and leagues from holding competitive matches in the United States, a lawsuit filed by a sports promotions company alleged on Monday. Relevent Sports, LLC, the company that organized the International Champions Cup this summer, claimed FIFA and the USSF worked together to stop it from bringing regular season games to North America from leagues such as Spain’s La Liga.
College football notebook: Swann resigns as USC AD
Lynn Swann resigned as athletic director at Southern California, the university announced Monday after reports began to surface within the Los Angeles media. In a story posted to the USC website, university president Carol Folt said through a statement that Dave Roberts, her special adviser, will handle Swann's duties as the interim AD before a permanent replacement is hired.
Trout day-to-day after minor foot procedure
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout is day-to-day after he underwent a cryoablation procedure to treat a neuroma in his right foot on Monday. Trout, 28, left Friday's game against the Chicago White Sox in the fifth inning, and did not start Saturday or Sunday. He did appear as a pinch hitter Saturday, but was replaced after being intentionally walked.
NFL notebook: Chiefs' Hill won't need surgery
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill could miss several weeks with a sternoclavicular joint injury but surgery is not necessary. The Chiefs ruled out surgery on Sunday night. Hill was taken to Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville for further testing on what the Chiefs described as a "medical issue" because of the posterior nature of the injury.
No. 20 Washington State visits Houston as coaches reunite
Coach Mike Leach makes his return to the Lone Star State when No. 20 Washington State travels to Houston, where protege Dana Holgorsen awaits on the opposite sideline in the Battle of the Cougars on Friday night. Holgorsen played wide receiver under Leach at Iowa Wesleyan and coached on Leach's staff at Texas Tech.
U.S. Soccer chief executive Flynn to step down next week
Longtime U.S. Soccer Chief Executive and Secretary General Dan Flynn, who is credited with turning around the finances of the federation, will step down from his position on Sept. 16, the governing body said on Monday. Flynn, 64, came aboard as U.S. Soccer's chief executive in 2000 when it was struggling financially and went on to overhaul the federation's business framework which ultimately helped grow a substantial reserve for future endeavors.
Another September day game makes Alabama red-hot
When the Alabama Crimson Tide get hot and bothered, they want others to start feeling the heat. Such was the case with the administration Monday after the SEC announced that the Tide are scheduled to play their Sept. 21 football game at home against Southern Mississippi at 11 a.m. local time.