Tennis: Even Rafael Nadal felt compelled to applaud when his second-round opponent at the U.S. Open hit a spectacular, full-sprint winner and was left doing the splits at the net.
The shot put Denis Istomin within two points of tying the match at a set apiece. He couldn’t manage to close the deal, though – a recurring theme for Nadal’s game-but-outclassed foil in the No. 1-seeded Spaniard’s 6-2, 7-6 (5), 7-5 victory Friday night.
Next up for Nadal is a third-round match against former top-10 player Gilles Simon of France, who eliminated 29th-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany 4-6, 6-3, 1-6, 6-1, 6-3.
No. 18 John Isner, the highest seeded American man left in the tournament, reached the third round by beating Marco Chiudinelli of Switzerland 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4.
Isner was joined in the third round by No. 20 Sam Querrey, a 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 winner against Marcel Granollers of Spain. Of 15 U.S. men originally in the draw, four are left: Isner, Querrey, No. 19 Mardy Fish and wild card James Blake. Fish and Blake play third-round matches today.
No. 4 Andy Murray beat Jamaica’s Dustin Brown 7-5, 6-3, 6-0, and other seeded winners included No. 8 Fernando Verdasco, No. 10 David Ferrer, No. 23 Feliciano Lopez and No. 31 David Nalbandian.
Venus Williams easily got past 185th-ranked qualifier Mandy Minella of Luxembourg 6-2, 6-1. Next for Williams is No. 16 Shahar Peer, who beat No. 19 Flavia Pennetta 6-4, 6-4.
There were no upsets in women’s third-round play, other than, perhaps, the fact that Kim Clijsters lost the first three games of her match before coming back to defeat No. 27 Petra Kvitova 6-3, 6-0.
French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, French Open runner-up Sam Stosur, two-time major finalist Elena Dementieva, and former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic all won, all in straight sets.
Johnson, Day share Deutsche Bank lead
Golf: Zach Johnson strengthened his Ryder Cup case by rolling in putts from everywhere in easy scoring conditions ahead of Hurricane Earl, giving him an 8-under-par 63 and a share of the lead with Jason Day at the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Mass.
Tiger Woods had two bogeys in four holes when the first patch of rain arrived, and it didn’t get much better. He had two more bogeys and was in last place until he fought back for a 72, leaving him three shots below the projected cut.
Scoring was so ideal that Johnson and Day had 63s and still only had a one-shot lead – over eight players. That group included Ryder Cup hopeful Ryan Palmer, Rory McIlroy and Geoff Ogilvy, who had the best score of anyone in the afternoon.
Alex Prugh (Ferris High) is tied for 44th at 3-under 68.
• Calcavecchia leads at Pebble Beach: Mark Calcavecchia shot an 8-under 64 at Del Monte to take a two-stroke lead over Tom Pernice Jr. in the Champions Tour’s First Tee Open in Pebble Beach, Calif. Seven players were tied four third place after firing 67s.
Source: UNC’s Austin subpoenaed
College football: Investigators from the North Carolina Secretary of State’s office have subpoenaed Tar Heels defensive tackle Marvin Austin, a person familiar with the situation said.
Austin is one of 13 players who did not travel with the 18th-ranked Tar Heels to Atlanta for today’s opener against No. 21 LSU because of an NCAA probe.
Secretary of State Elaine Marshall’s office is reviewing whether North Carolina’s sports agents laws have been broken in the wake of the NCAA investigation into the school’s football program.
• Temple tops Villanova: Brandon McManus kicked a 43-yard field goal with 8 seconds left to lift Temple to a 31-24 win over defending FCS national champion Villanova in Philadelphia.
Justin Gildea scored on a 26-yard fumble return on the last play of the game for the Owls. There was a penalty on the play and it took nearly 15 minutes for officials to sort out if the score would stand.
Bodine ends Busch’s four-race streak
Auto racing: Todd Bodine overcame a midrace spin to win the NASCAR Trucks Series race in Sparta, Ky., ending Kyle Busch’s four-race winning streak. The series points leader picked up his fourth win of the season.
• Carpenter captures Kentucky pole: Ed Carpenter posted a lap of 217.933 mph to capture the first pole of his IndyCar career for today’s Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky.
Series points leader Will Power will start second at the 1.5-mile oval.
Gatlin wins 100M
Miscellany: Justin Gatlin clocked 10.15 seconds to win the 100 meters at a meet in Padua, Italy, in the last race on his return from a four-year doping ban before he goes back to the United States to prepare for the indoor track season.
The time was slightly off the 10.09 he recorded in Rovereto on Tuesday, when he finished behind Jamaican winner Johan Blake. This time, the 2004 Olympic champion soundly beat runner-up Michael Frater of Jamaica (10.27).
• Quality Road favorite in Woodward: Quality Road is the favorite to win the $750,000 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga Race Course today in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Quality Road suffered his first defeat of the season by Blame in the Whitney Handicap this summer at Saratoga. Quality Road is a 1-4 morning line favorite. John Velazquez will be aboard.
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