Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Sharapova win sets up Barty battle in Cincinnati
Maria Sharapova overpowered Alison Riske 6-3 7-6(4) at the Cincinnati Masters on Monday to set up a tantalising second-round battle with world number two Ash Barty, who defeated the Russian at this year's Australian Open. Sharapova struggled at times with her accuracy but unleashed some massive serves and played stout defence at key moments on her return to the tournament after a five year absence.
Ex-NBA journeyman Telfair sentenced for gun possession
Sebastian Telfair, a former NBA point guard whose playing career ended in China in 2014, received a 3 1/2-year prison sentence for illegal gun possession, Brooklyn, N.Y., district attorney Eric Gonzalez announced Monday. Telfair, a former first-round draft pick who played 10 seasons in the NBA, was arrested in January 2017 and convicted in April 2019 of one count of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Firearms and marijuana were recovered by police from Telfair's vehicle during a traffic stop.
MLB notebook: 2020 schedule released
All 30 teams are set to open the 2020 season on March 26, according to the regular-season schedule released Monday by Major League Baseball. It could become the first time that every team plays on Opening Day since 1968. A full slate was on tap in 2018, but two games were postponed due to weather.
WR Matthews retires after seven seasons
Two days after being released by the New Orleans Saints, wide receiver Rishard Matthews announced his retirement from the NFL on Instagram on Monday. Matthews, 29, appeared in 87 games over parts of seven seasons with the Miami Dolphins (2012-15), Tennessee Titans (2016-18) and New York Jets (2018). He signed with the Saints in June.
NFL notebook: Raiders' Brown loses grievance but will rejoin team
Oakland Raiders receiver Antonio Brown lost his helmet grievance against the NFL but plans to return to the team. Brown sought to wear his old helmet, which is no longer certified by the National Operating Committee for Standards and Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE).
Raiders WR Brown loses helmet grievance
Oakland Raiders receiver Antonio Brown lost his helmet grievance against the NFL, but plans to return to the team. Brown sought to wear his old helmet, which is no longer certified by the National Operating Committee for Standards and Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE).
Redskins rebuffing Williams trade suitors
The Washington Redskins have told inquiring teams that disgruntled left tackle Trent Williams won't be traded, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Monday evening. Per the report, Washington "hasn't flinched," rebuffing teams that have repeatedly called about Williams' availability amid his training camp holdout. ESPN's Jenna Laine reported separately that the Miami Dolphins are one team that has reached out.
Murray won't play U.S. Open singles after loss on return
Andy Murray announced on Monday he would not play singles at the U.S. Open after losing in his long-awaited return from hip surgery at the Cincinnati Masters. The Scot lost 6-4 6-4 to Richard Gasquet in his first singles match since January before saying he had turned down a wild card into the men's draw at the year's final Grand Slam.
MLB roundup: Yankees blast seven HRs in DH sweep of Orioles
Gleyber Torres hit two more homers off the Baltimore Orioles, and the New York Yankees recorded an 11-8 victory to complete a sweep of a day-night doubleheader Monday at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees won their 14th straight meeting with the Orioles and lead the season series 15-2. With three homers in Game 2, they have 59 against Baltimore this season, extending the major league record for homers against an opponent in a season.
Yankees hit four homers to beat Orioles in Game 1
Didi Gregorius and Gleyber Torres hit early homers as the New York Yankees went deep two more times against the Baltimore Orioles in an 8-5 victory Monday afternoon in the opener of a day-night doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. Gio Urshela and Cameron Maybin hit solo homers as the Yankees won for the 11th time in 13 games by hitting all four homers off Baltimore starter Gabriel Ynoa (1-7).