Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Halep ends string of first-round U.S. Open losses
Wimbledon champion Simona Halep snapped a string of early U.S. Open exits with a 6-3 3-6 6-2 victory over American lucky loser Nicole Gibbs on Tuesday to reach the second round. The Romanian fourth seed, who fell at the first hurdle in New York the last two years, looked to be heading for yet another early exit but came out firing after losing the second set to Gibbs.
Felix to compete for USA against Europe in Minsk
Six-times Olympic champion Allyson Felix will continue her comeback after giving birth last year by competing in the 400 metres at next month's USA-Europe meeting in Minsk, USA Track and Field said on Tuesday. Rio Olympic gold medallists Michelle Carter and Brianna McNeal and four-times world champion Brittney Reese also are headed to the Sept. 9-10 dual meeting.
Rublev sends Tsitsipas packing at U.S. Open
Russian Andrey Rublev used a steady stream of power from the baseline to upset eighth-seeded Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4 6-7(5) 7-6(7) 7-5 on Tuesday and reach the second round of the U.S. Open. World number 43 Rublev, who two weeks ago earned the biggest win of his career when he beat Roger Federer in the third round at Cincinnati, attacked Tsitsipas with a barrage of all-in forehands and broke his opponent five times in the match.
Fabulous Fabbiano stuns Thiem in U.S. Open first round
Dominic Thiem’s latest bid for Grand Slam glory came to an abrupt end at the U.S. Open on Tuesday when he fell to unseeded Thomas Fabbiano 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-2 in a shock first-round exit, the biggest upset of the men's competition so far. The fourth-seeded Austrian’s blistering serve yielded 14 aces but it was not enough to overcome the 30-year-old Fabbiano, whose fearsome forehand helped him save nine out of the 10 break points he faced.
Woods undergoes knee surgery, targets October return
Tiger Woods had a knee operation last week but is expected to make a full recovery and hopes to be back competing in October. The former world number one said he had an arthroscopic procedure to "repair minor cartilage damage".
Gronkowski not planning return, partners with CBD company
Former NFL tight end Rob Gronkowski is physically ready to play football again, but he's not sure if the desire will ever return. Gronkowski, in a public appearance to discuss his partnership with CBDMedic, also discussed his retirement from football on Tuesday.
Holder Osaka survives Blinkova test at U.S. Open
Naomi Osaka was given a testing workout by Anna Blinkova as she began the defence of her U.S. Open title on Tuesday but the world number one's power and shot making ultimately proved too much as she prevailed 6-4 6-7(5) 6-2. The unseeded Blinkova raced into a 4-1 lead in the first set and a shock appeared to be in the works but Osaka cut down her errors to win five straight games and take the opener.
Serena, Djokovic headline Day Three action in New York
Serena Williams will resume her quest for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open on Wednesday while holder Novak Djokovic and five-times champion Roger Federer also seek passage to the third round. Eighth-seed Williams, who was dominant in her first-round rout of Maria Sharapova, will cap the Day Three action inside Arthur Ashe Stadium under the lights with her first career meeting against fellow American Catherine McNally.
Els wants Australian fans to be 13th man at Presidents Cup
Ernie Els wants Australian golf fans to make it clear that his Internationals are the home team when they face the United States in the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne in December. Only three Australians -- Adam Scott, Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith -- are among the eight automatic qualifiers on the global side, but captain Els wants the galleries to get on board as the team's 13th man.
Exclusive: French investigators focus on Dentsu partner in sports corruption probe
French authorities investigating corruption in international sports believe a Swiss partner of Japanese advertising giant Dentsu Inc played a "central and essential role" in deals used to embezzle sponsorship money and have asked Switzerland to raid its office and seize evidence, according to a person with knowledge of the probe and documents related to the case reviewed by Reuters. French investigators have not accused Dentsu or its partner, Lucerne-based Athletics Management & Services, of wrongdoing. The companies work together on marketing and media rights for the International Association of Athletics Federations, the Monaco-based governing body for track and field. The IAAF's former president, Lamine Diack, and his son, Papa Massata, have been charged with embezzling from sponsorship and broadcast deals for those rights and other financial crimes in an inquiry that wrapped up in June and is set to go to trial.