Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Tennis: Venus prevails in opening Cincinnati match
Former world number one Venus Williams moved through the first round of the Cincinnati Masters when she defeated compatriot Lauren Davis in straight sets on Monday. Wild card Williams won 7-5 6-2 on center court as she maintained her streak of never having lost a set to Davis, having beaten her four times.
RSL fires head coach Petke after repeated misconduct
The contract of Real Salt Lake coach Mike Petke was terminated late Sunday, the MLS club announced. Assistant Freddy Juarez has been named the interim head coach for the remainder of the 2019 season.
Francis Jacobs becomes youngest player to sign pro contract
Fourteen-year-old soccer standout Francis Jacobs became the youngest male player in history to sign a professional contract in United States on Monday when he inked a deal with USL Championship side Orange County SC. The native of Laguna Beach, Calif., signed with OCSC on July 26 at 14 years, four months and 29 days old. Previously, Freddy Adu was the youngest player to sign a pro contract at 14 years, five months and 16 days when he signed with D.C. United of the MLS in November 2003.
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.
Soccer: Markgraf named general manager of U.S. women's team
U.S. Soccer on Monday appointed former player Kate Markgraf as general manager of the World Cup-winning women's team where she will lead the search for a new head coach following Jill Ellis' announcement last month that she would step down. Markgraf, who was part of the world title winning team in 1999, said she would not rush the decision on who should helm the squad, which now turns its attention to qualifying for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
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).
Report: Cowboys QB Prescott turns down $30million-per-year offer
Dak Prescott reportedly turned down $30 million a year from the Dallas Cowboys and wants to be the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL. NFL Network's Jane Slater reported Monday that Prescott is "seeking a contract worth $40 million per year."
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).
Murray falls to Gasquet after long singles layoff
Scotsman Andy Murray's long-awaited return to singles play Monday at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati didn't go as well as he or his fans might have expected with a 6-4, 6-4 first-round loss to Frenchman Richard Gasquet. Gasquet ended a five-match losing streak to Murray, who moved cautiously and struggled with his serve during the match after working his way back from a second hip surgery in January. It was Murray's first competitive singles round since Jan. 14.
Osaka regains No. 1 spot in world rankings
Japan's Naomi Osaka regained the WTA world No. 1 ranking Monday following her quarterfinal run at last week's Rogers Cup in Toronto. The reigning U.S. Open and Australian Open champion took the top spot back from Australia's Ashleigh Barty, whose round-of-32 loss in Canada dropped her back to No. 2.