NEW YORK (AP) – Today’s U.S. Open schedule includes women’s quarterfinal action as 10th seed Roberta Vinci takes on Flavia Pennetta before No. 2 Victoria Azarenka battles Daniela Hantuchova (han-too-KOH’-vah). Serena Williams skunked Carla Suarez Navarro 6-love, 6-love yesterday to reach the semifinals against No. 5 Li Na (lee nah), who needed three sets to oust No. 24 Ekaterina Makarova. Azarenka comes off yesterday’s 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win against No. 13 Ana Ivanovic (ee-VAH’-noh-vihch).
NEW YORK (AP) – The U.S. Open men’s quarterfinals are on tap today as second seed Rafael Nadal faces Tommy Robredo after fourth seed David Ferrer (dah-VEED’ feh-REHR’) takes on No. 8 Richard Gasquet (gas-KAY’). Top seed Novak Djokovic (JOH’-koh-vihch), third seed Andy Murray, ninth seed Stanislas Wawrinka (vah-VINK’-ah) and Mikhail Youzhny (YOOZ’-nee) won their fourth-round matches yesterday.
UNDATED (AP) – The Texas Rangers have taken over first place in the American League West by downing the Oakland Athletics 5-1 last night. Pittsburgh beat Milwaukee 4-3 while St. Louis was losing 1-0 to Cincinnati, giving the Pirates a two-game lead over the Cardinals in the National League Central. Boston beat Detroit 2-1 before Tampa Bay thumped the Angels 7-1, allowing the Red Sox to maintain a 5 1/2-game lead over the Rays in the AL East.
UNDATED (AP) – Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing has signed a six-year contract extension reportedly worth more than $55 million. Cushing was in the last year of the deal he signed as a rookie in 2009. The Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2009 had over 110 tackles in 2009 and 2011.
PITTSBURGH (AP) – Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has named Isaac Redman as Pittsburgh’s starting running back for the season opener Sunday against Tennessee. Redman becomes the featured running back despite missing most of preseason with a neck injury.