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Isner runs out of steam at U.S. Open

Sun., Sept. 1, 2013, midnight

Tennis: Despite 26 aces and plenty of home-crowd support, 13th-seeded John Isner lost to 22nd-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber in the U.S. Open’s third round for the second consecutive year.

Aside from Isner, the other American man in action Saturday, 20-year-old Jack Sock, was beaten 3-6, 7-6 (1), 6-1, 6-2 by No. 18 Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia.

Kohlschreiber’s 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (5) victory in New York over the highest-ranked American man means the host country has only one man left: 109th-ranked Tim Smyczek, a 25-year-old from Milwaukee who got into the main draw thanks to a wild-card invitation from the U.S. Tennis Association. Smyczek plays 43rd-ranked Marcel Granollers of Spain in the third round today.

There are three American women in the fourth round, as wild-card entry Alison Riske, who is ranked 81st, eliminated Petra Kvitova 6-3, 6-0. No. 1 Serena Williams and No. 15 Sloane Stephens play each other today with a quarterfinal berth on the line.

Later in the night, Roger Federer, the 17-time Grand Slam champion, worked quickly, beating 63rd-ranked Adrian Mannarino of France 6-3, 6-0, 6-2 in 1 hour, 21 minutes.

Next for Federer is 19th-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain, who defeated 179th-ranked qualifier Daniel Evans of Britain 7-6 (6), 6-1, 4-6, 7-5.

Other men reaching the fourth round: No. 4 David Ferrer of Spain, No. 8 Richard Gasquet of France and No. 10 Milos Raonic of Canada.

Garcia surges to top at Deutsche Bank

Golf: On another day of soft conditions and plenty of birdies on the TPC Boston in Norton, Mass., Sergio Garcia had five birdies in seven holes, and then made an 18-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole for a 7-under-par 64 to take the lead at the Deutsche Bank Championship. Garcia holds a one-shot lead over Roberto Castro (65) and Henrik Stenson (63).

Tiger Woods made a 35-foot birdie putt on the last hole for a 67 and was six shots back.

Mediate increase lead: Rocco Mediate played the back nine in 7-under 29 for the second straight day to increase his lead to two strokes in the Champions Tour’s inaugural Shaw Charity Classic in Calgary, Alberta.

Former Pullman resident Kirk Triplett is tied for sixth with a 10-under 132.

Cantlay leads Finals opener: Patrick Cantlay holds a three-stroke lead in the Hotel Fitness Championship in Fort Wayne, Ind., a week aftermissing a chance to wrap up a PGA Tour card.

Fighting a back injury, the 21-year-old Cantlay had two eagles, six birdies and a double bogey in the third round to reach 19-under 197 at Sycamore Hills in the Tour Finals opener.

Spokane native Alex Prugh, who earned his PGA Tour card last week in Omaha, Neb., sits at 7-under 209 and is 11th on the Tour money list.

• Tseng tops Safeway Classic leaderboard: Yani Tseng shot a 9-under 63 to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the Safeway Classic in Portland.

Tseng had 11 birdies and two bogeys to reach 18 under at Columbia Edgewater.

Wendy Ward of Edwall, Wash., shot a 71 for a three-round total 6-under 210.

Harvick holds off Busch in Nationwide

Auto racing: Kevin Harvick raced to his first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory of the year, holding off Kyle Busch on the final lap at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga.

Harvick pulled ahead of Busch on the 60th lap and led 132 of the 195 laps. Busch had won six of the previous Nationwide events this year in which he also won the pole.

Sam Hornish Jr. was third, followed by Kasey Kahne, Kyle Larson, Joey Lagono, Trevor Bayne, Austin Dillon, Regan Smith and Brian Scott.

Allmendinger finds new ride: AJ Allmendinger, returning from a failed drug test in July 2012, will take over the No. 47 car for JTG Daughterty Racing next season.

• Hagan shatters Funny Car records: Funny Car points leader Matt Hagan powered his 8,000-horsepower dragster to a 4.007-second run at 319.22 mph to shatter both ends of the track record in qualifying in the U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway in Clermont, Ind.

Hagan has four event victories this season.

Brittany Force stayed atop the Top Fuel field and Allen Johnson remained in front in Pro Stock.

The final two rounds of qualifying are today, with final eliminations Monday.

• Dixon claims pole for Baltimore road race: Scott Dixon swiped the pole from Will Power on the last lap to take the top spot for the IndyCar Grand Prix of Baltimore.

U.S. falls to Italy for 4th straight loss

Miscellany: The United States women’s volleyball team lost to Italy in five sets at the World Grand Prix tournament in Sapporo, Japan.

The 19-25, 25-22, 23-25, 25-18, 16-14 result was the fourth straight loss for the U.S. in the final round of the world’s top international volleyball tournament. The defending champions have one more match, against Japan today.

• Konig wins Vuelta eighth stage: Czech rider Leopold Konig used a final uphill surge to win the eighth stage of the Spanish Vuelta, while Nicolas Roche over the overall lead.

Konig passed Igor Anton before holding off Daniel Moreno to claim the 104-mile ride from Jerez de la Frontera, Spain ending with a category-one summit finish at Alto de Penas Blancas.

• Portland Thorns win NWSL title: Tobin Heath and Christine Sinclair led the Portland Thorns to the National Women’s Soccer League title in scoring in a 2-0 victory over the Western New York Flash.

Pettis takes UFC lightweight belt: Anthony Pettis claimed the UFC lightweight title in his hometown of Milwaukee Saturday night, beating champion Benson Henderson by armbar submission in the first round at UFC 164.

Pettis (17-2) ended Henderson’s 18-month championship reign in decisive fashion, catching Henderson (18-3) in an armbar while on his back late in the round.

• Alpha wins Whitney Stakes at Saratoga: Alpha held off Flat Out by a head in the $750,000 Whitney Handicap at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

The 4-year-old Alpha ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.28 and paid $17.40, $6.30 and $3.40. He earned $450,000 for Godolphin Stable.

• Boomboom Ballykeel rallies: Boomboom Ballykeel won the $683,000 Metro Pace at Mohawk Racetrack, rallying to beat favorite Western Vintage by 2 1/4 lengths with a winning time of 1:50.4.


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