NEW YORK (AP) – Top seed Serena Williams has earned her 17th Grand Slam singles title and fifth at the U.S. Open by dominating the third set of a 7-5, 6-7, 6-1 win over second seed Victoria Azarenka. Williams blew a 4-1 lead in the second set before taking the last five games of the match. Top seed Novak Djokovic (JOH’-koh-vihch) battles No. 2 Rafael Nadal (nah-DAHL’) in today’s men’s final.
UNDATED (AP) – Head coaches Andy Reid and Marc Trestman earned season-opening victories with their new teams. Reid looked on as Alex Smith tossed a pair of early TD passes in Kansas City’s 28-2 dismantling of Jacksonville, ruining Gus Bradley’s NFL head coaching debut. Jay Cutler passed to Brandon Marshall for the go-ahead 19-yard touchdown with 7:58 left as Trestman’s Chicago Bears rallied to beat Cincinnati 24-21.
ST. LOUIS (AP) – Michael Wacha (WAH’-kah) hit a two-run single and pitched seven shutout innings as the St. Louis Cardinals hammered the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-2. Matt Carpenter and Jon Jay each had two hits, scored twice and drove in a run for the Redbirds, who outscored the Bucs 26-10 in sweeping the series and moving 1 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Pirates in the National League Central.
UNDATED (AP) – The Oakland Athletics continue to hold a 1 1/2-game lead over Texas in the American League West after both won yesterday. Bartolo Colon (bahr-TOh’-loh koh-LOHN’) won for the first time in more than a month, allowing a run and five hits in six innings of the Athletics’ 7-2 win against Houston. Alex Rios hit a first-inning homer and doubled home the go-ahead run in the seventh as the Rangers downed the Angels 4-3.
NEW YORK (AP) – Alabama remains the top team in the latest Associated Press college football poll as the Crimson Tide prepare for this Saturday’s game against No. 7 Texas A&M. Oregon remains No. 2, Clemson jumped one spot to third, Ohio State slipped to fourth and Stanford held at No. 5. Texas and Southern California have dropped out of the poll after ugly losses.