Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Barty beats Sharapova, Halep survives scare in Cincinnati
Top seeded Ash Barty overcame a slow start to defeat Maria Sharapova 6-4 6-1, while Simona Halep battled past Ekaterina Alexandrova 3-6 7-5 6-4 in the second round of the Cincinnati Masters on Wednesday. French Open champion Barty double faulted to give Sharapova a 2-1 lead in the first set and it looked like an upset could be brewing in the showdown between the two former world number ones.
MLB roundup: Sale makes strikeout history in Boston's win
Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a tiebreaking home run in the top of the 10th inning as the visiting Boston Red Sox overcame blowing a five-run lead to beat the Cleveland Indians 7-6 Tuesday night. After the Indians tied the score on Francisco Lindor's RBI double in the bottom of the ninth, Bradley's one-out homer off Nick Wittgren (4-1) in the 10th restored the Red Sox's lead.
Unseeded Struff knocks out Tsitsipas in Cincinnati
Unseeded German Jan-Lennard Struff resisted a Stefanos Tsitsipas fightback while Serbian teenager Miomir Kecmanovic beat fifth-seed Alexander Zverev as two of the bigger upsets on Wednesday at the Cincinnati Masters. Struff, who has yet to win an ATP singles title in his decade-long career, was on top for most of the match against the 21-year old Greek.
Kipchoge likens sub-two hour marathon attempt to moon landing
Kenyan world record holder Eliud Kipchoge says running a marathon in under two hours would be comparable in the annals of human achievement to standing on the moon or scaling Everest for the first time. The 2016 Olympic marathon gold medalist, speaking to reporters from his home training camp in Kaptagat on Wednesday, was sure he too could enter uncharted territory in Vienna on Oct. 12.
Alibaba's Tsai nears deal to buy rest of NBA's Brooklyn Nets: source
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd co-founder Joseph Tsai is nearing a deal to buy the 51% stake he does not already own in the U.S. basketball team Brooklyn Nets, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters. The deal would value the NBA team at $2.35 billion, the source said.
Browns QB Mayfield: 'People want to see us lose'
Quarterback Baker Mayfield doesn't care if other clubs think the Cleveland Browns are being overhyped. Mayfield insists that the Browns are worried about their locker room, not the noise coming from others.
Olympic triathlon test event in Tokyo shortened over extreme heat fears
The running segment of the Elite Womens Triathlon Olympic qualifier, held across the same course which will stage the event during the 2020 Tokyo Games, has been halved by organizers to five kilometers due to fears over extreme heat. The race, which doubles as an Olympic test event, will start as scheduled at 7.30 am local time on Thursday but the running segment will be contested over only 5km as officials believe the conditions at the end will fall within "extreme levels”, the International Triathlon Union (ITU) said.
Soccer player Sala and pilot likely exposed to carbon monoxide before fatal crash: report
Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala's blood showed high levels of carbon monoxide, air accident investigators said on Wednesday, and it was likely the pilot of the plane flying him to Britain had also been exposed before their fatal crash. Sala, 28, was flying from his previous club Nantes in western France to Wales to join Cardiff City when the Piper Malibu aircraft disappeared over the English Channel in January.
Czech Republic handed 2020 Fed Cup wildcard
Eleven-times champions Czech Republic have been handed a wildcard for next April's revamped Fed Cup finals in Budapest, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced on Wednesday. The top ranked Czechs join 2019 finalists Australia and France along with hosts Hungary in securing their places for the April 14-19 claycourt finals.
Semenya says she never felt supported by other women
Double Olympic champion Caster Semenya, who has been locked in a battle over her testosterone levels with athletics authorities, said on Wednesday that she has not felt supported by other women in sport. The South African athlete will not be able to defend her 800-metres title at the world championships in September after the Swiss Federal Tribunal reversed a ruling that temporarily lifted testosterone regulations imposed on her.