Arsenal agree £16m fee for Welbeck - Djokovic & Serena win at US Open - Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams win in straight sets to ease to the quarter-finals of the US Open. Gronk promises he will play Sunday; Dolphins ready (Yahoo Sports) - Star tight end Rob Gronkowski stood in front of his Gillette Stadium locker Monday and announced he will be playing in the New England Patriots' opener at Miami this Sunday. Meanwhile, the news hardly caught the Dolphins by surprise. ''I'm super excited,'' said Gronkowski, who didn't play in any of the four preseason games as he completed his recovery from December right knee surgery. Super pumped, super excited and just preparing for the game.'' The pronouncement came as a bit of a surprise in a locker room not known for players ''breaking news.'' ''Yeah, yeah, I'm just getting it out of the way there,'' Gronkowski said. McGinley braced for tough decisions - European captain Paul McGinley says personal feelings will "go out of the window" when he chooses his Ryder Cup team. Man Utd complete £13.8m Blind deal - Manchester United sign versatile Netherlands international Daley Blind from Ajax for £13.8m. Idaho, Florida still working on suspended game (Yahoo Sports) - GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Idaho and Florida still have a lot to work out regarding what happens with their postponed season opener. Serena Williams rolls to US Open quarters (Yahoo Sports) - NEW YORK (AP) -- Serena Williams reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal of the year, defeating Kaia Kenepi 6-3, 6-3 Monday and keeping alive her hopes for a third straight U.S. Open title. Serena into US Open quarter-finals - Defending champion Serena Williams beats Kaia Kanepi to set up a US Open quarter-final meeting with Flavia Pennetta. Gronk promises he will play Sunday (Yahoo Sports) - FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- Star tight end Rob Gronkowski stood in front of his Gillette Stadium locker Monday and announced he will be playing in the New England Patriots' opener at Miami this Sunday. Sinfield retires from England duty -

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Hamels, Phils bullpen pitching no-hitter thru 8 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 1, 2014, 8:03 pm]
Cole Hamels and a pair of Philadelphia Phillies relievers are pitching a combined no-hitter through eight innings against the Atlanta Braves. Hamels was pulled after six innings. He left for a pinch-hitter in the seventh. Reliever Jake Diekman struck out two in the seventh and Ken Giles struck out the side in the eighth.

Mariners put INF-DH Montero on suspended list (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 1, 2014, 7:46 pm]
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The Seattle Mariners have put first baseman-designated hitter Jesus Montero on the suspended list.

Royals activate Hosmer amid series of moves (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 1, 2014, 6:01 pm]
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- First baseman Eric Hosmer was activated from the disabled list and first-round draft pick Brandon Finnegan was promoted from Double-A Northwest Arkansas in a flurry of roster moves by the Royals on Monday.

Dustin Pedroia remains out of Boston lineup (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 1, 2014, 4:59 pm]
Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is out of the lineup for the second straight game because of concussion-like symptoms. Red Sox manager John Farrell said before Monday's game against Tampa Bay that Pedroia is feeling a little better but still experiencing symptoms. Farrell is not optimistic about Pedroia playing in a three-game series with the New York Yankees that begins Tuesday night. Pedroia left Saturday night's 7-0 loss to the Rays in the second inning.

Houston Astros fire manager Bo Porter (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 1, 2014, 4:52 pm]
The Houston Astros have fired manager Bo Porter in his second season with the club. General manager Jeff Luhnow says the decision wasn't based on Houston's record but because ''we need a new direction in our clubhouse.'' The Astros entered Monday in fourth place in the AL West with a 59-79 record, second worst in the league. Bench coach Dave Trembley was also let go and Tom Lawless takes over as interim manager. Lawless worked in Houston's minor league system and was the interim manager at Triple-A Oklahoma City this season when manager Tony DeFrancesco was on medical leave.

Diamondbacks reinstate Hudson, Ross (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 1, 2014, 4:43 pm]
The Arizona Diamondbacks have reinstated Daniel Hudson from the disabled, and the right-hander will likely work in relief in his return from two Tommy John operations. Arizona also reinstated outfielder Cody Ross from the 15-day disabled list with a strained left calf. Hudson has not pitched for Arizona since June 26, 2012, when he tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow against the Braves. Hudson was set to return in June 2013, but had a second Tommy John surgery after re-injuring his elbow.

Indians-Royals game suspended in 10th inning (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 1, 2014, 4:32 am]
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Cleveland's game at Kansas City has been suspended due to rain with the Indians leading 4-2 heading into the bottom of the 10th inning.

Wood whiffs 12 as Gattis, Braves nip Marlins 1-0 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 1, 2014, 12:37 am]
Alex Wood struck out 12 in eight dominant innings and Evan Gattis homered to help the Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 1-0 on Sunday. The Marlins had gone 60 games without getting shut out, the longest active streak in the majors. Craig Kimbrel earned his major league-high 41st save in 45 chances. Kimbrel retired Donovan Solano on a grounder and Giancarlo Stanton on a popup before giving up a single to Casey McGehee.

Giants power past Brewers 15-5 for 3-game sweep (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 31, 2014, 11:40 pm]
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Pablo Sandoval hit a two-run homer among his three RBIs and finished a double shy of the cycle, powering the San Francisco Giants past the Milwaukee Brewers 15-5 on Sunday to match a season high with their sixth straight win.

Ackley homers, 4 RBIs sent Mariners over Nationals (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 31, 2014, 11:30 pm]
SEATTLE (AP) -- Dustin Ackley homered and drove in four runs and the Seattle Mariners averted a three-game sweep, overcoming a pair of home runs by Bryce Harper to beat the Washington Nationals 5-3 Sunday.

Angels trounce A's 8-1 to complete 4-game sweep (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 31, 2014, 10:49 pm]
Mike Trout hit his career-high 31st homer and drove in three runs, Matt Shoemaker pitched seven shutout innings of five-hit ball, and the Los Angeles Angels completed a masterful four-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics with an 8-1 victory Sunday. The Angels won their sixth in row and own the best record in the majors at 83-53. Chris Iannetta homered and had three hits for Los Angeles, which has won 15 of 19. Scott Kazmir (14-7) got just four outs for Oakland, which scored its first run since Thursday on Josh Reddick's RBI single off Mike Morin in the eighth.

Cardinals overcome 5-run deficit to beat Cubs 9-6 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 31, 2014, 10:15 pm]
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Matt Holliday hit his third home run in two games and broke an eighth-inning tie with a two-run single, rallying the St. Louis Cardinals past the Chicago Cubs 9-6 on Sunday.

Dominguez, Altuve team up, lead Astros over Texas (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 31, 2014, 10:02 pm]
HOUSTON (AP) -- Matt Dominguez hit a tying homer and Jose Altuve's fourth hit drove in the go-ahead run as the Houston Astros rallied in the eighth inning to beat the Texas Rangers 3-2 on Sunday.

Quintana earns win, White Sox beat Tigers 6-2 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 31, 2014, 9:37 pm]
Jose Quintana allowed two runs over seven innings to earn his first win in more than a month, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 6-2 after trading Adam Dunn on Sunday afternoon. The White Sox sent Dunn to Oakland before the game, ending a disappointing four-year run in Chicago for the veteran slugger. Then, they took advantage of a season-high four errors by the Tigers to salvage a four-game split. Adam Eaton doubled twice and scored two runs.

Hardy hits grand slam, Orioles beat Twins 12-8 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 31, 2014, 9:33 pm]
BALTIMORE (AP) -- J.J. Hardy hit his fourth career grand slam during a seven-run sixth inning, Nelson Cruz connected for his major league-leading 35th home run and Ryan Flaherty also homered, leading the Baltimore Orioles over the Minnesota Twins 12-8 on Sunday.

Buchholz throws 3-hitter, Red Sox beat Rays 3-0 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 31, 2014, 9:23 pm]
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Clay Buchholz threw a three-hitter to stop his string of seven starts without a win, leading the Boston Red Sox over the Tampa Bay Rays 3-0 on Sunday.

Heisey hits 2 HRs, leads Cueto, Reds over Pirates (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 31, 2014, 9:10 pm]
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Chris Heisey hit two home runs, including a tiebreaking shot in the ninth inning, and Johnny Cueto overcame an early jolt to earn his 16th win as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 Sunday.

Recker hits 3-run HR, Mets hold off Phillies 6-5 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 31, 2014, 9:08 pm]
Anthony Recker snapped a sixth-inning tie with a three-run homer in a rare start, and the New York Mets held off the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5 Sunday to avoid dropping into last place. Wilmer Flores had three hits and made two sparkling defensive plays at shortstop in the final two innings to help New York hang on. By taking two of three in the series, the Mets kept Philadelphia in the NL East cellar. Dillon Gee (6-6) pitched effectively into the seventh inning, and New York finished 13-6 against the Phillies this season.

Dunn dealt to A's, could be his last shot playoffs (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 31, 2014, 8:33 pm]
One more shot at the playoffs for Adam Dunn before he says he's probably done. The slugger with 460 career home runs but zero at-bats in the postseason was traded by the Chicago White Sox to Oakland on Sunday, possibly giving the contending A's the power boost they need for the stretch. The White Sox also sent cash to Oakland while acquiring minor league pitcher Nolan Sanburn.

Bautista homers again, Jays rally past Yankees 4-3 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 31, 2014, 8:12 pm]
Jose Bautista homered for the fifth straight game and the Toronto Blue Jays erased a three-run deficit to beat the New York Yankees 4-3 Sunday. Derek Jeter had a chance to tie it for the Yankees in the ninth inning. Brett Gardner finished a single shy of the cycle, but New York lost its second straight. Edwin Encarnacion and Melky Cabrera also homered for Toronto, and J.A. Happ won for the first time in seven starts.



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