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Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado greets teammates in the dugout after scoring on a sacrifice fly ball by Nelson Cruz in the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado greets teammates in the dugout after scoring on a sacrifice fly ball by Nelson Cruz in the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)


Serena Williams, Federer, Murray advance in Cincy

MASON, Ohio – Top-seeded Serena Williams won an opening match that was as close as it gets, rallying in both tiebreakers to move on at the Western & Southern Open.

Williams needed an hour and 54 minutes to beat Samantha Stosur, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (7), yesterday, showing a little more poise on the toughest points.

Most of the top players advanced, though not without a struggle.

Roger Federer needed two hours to beat Vasek Pospisil, 7-6 (4), 7-5, 6-2. Federer took control in the middle of the third set, breaking the Canadian twice in a row.

Andy Murray had a much easier time, taking little more than an hour to beat Joao Sousa, 6-3, 6-3. John Isner, who reached the finals last year, also advanced.


Fleshner, Bacon win 1-meter championships

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Aaron Fleshner and Sarah Bacon won the 1-meter titles yesterday in the U.S. national diving championships.

Fleshner won the men’s championship with 452.4 points. Bacon captured the women’s title with 287.15 points. Both led throughout the final rounds.

In the men’s division, Michael Hixon was second with 427.05 points and Bryce Klein third at 415.95.

In the women’s division, 2008 Olympian Ariel Rittenhouse was second at 277.85, and Kassidy Cook third with 275.75.


Orioles place 3B Machado on DL with knee injury

BALTIMORE – Orioles third baseman Manny Machado has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right knee ligament.

The injury occurred Monday night in Baltimore’s game against the New York Yankees. Machado took an awkward swing and crumpled in the batter’s box, clutching his knee.

An MRI on Tuesday revealed the sprained ligament, and the Orioles placed the 2013 All-Star on the disabled list before yesterday’s series finale against New York.

Baltimore has purchased the contract of infielder Cord Phelps from Triple-A Norfolk. The team cleared room for Phelps on the 40-man roster by moving catcher Matt Wieters to the 60-day disabled list.


Darvish on DL with inflammation in right elbow

ARLINGTON, Texas – Yu Darvish has been placed on the 15-day disabled list because of inflammation in his right elbow.

The Texas Rangers made the announcement last night, a day before the right-hander’s scheduled start against Tampa Bay.

The move was retroactive to Sunday, a day after he allowed six runs and nine hits over four innings in a loss at Texas. The Rangers said Darvish didn’t have any issues during that game, but felt tightness when throwing on the side Monday.


Swisher to get second opinion on knee

CLEVELAND – Indians designated hitter Nick Swisher will have a second opinion on his sore right knee in Los Angeles.

Swisher was examined by Indians team physician, Dr. Richard Parker, on Monday at the Cleveland Clinic. He will visit Dr. Neal S. ElAttrache, the team physician for the Dodgers. A determination on whether Swisher needs surgery could be made at that time.

Swisher is on the 15-day disabled list for the second time this season because of pain in the knee. He’s batting .208 with eight homers and 42 RBI in 97 games.


Titans add C Vallos, LB Adams, waive two others

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Titans have signed veteran center Steve Vallos and linebacker Kendrick Adams while waiving two others to make room.

The Titans announced the moves yesterday.

Backup center Chris Spencer, who hurt his ankle in the preseason opener, has been on crutches. So the 6-foot-3, 310-pound Vallos gives the Titans help at a position where left guard Andy Levitre was snapping the ball Monday. Vallos has played 59 games in six seasons with Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Cleveland Seattle with 15 last season for Denver.

The 6-5, 250-pound Adams has been on practice squads in Tampa Bay, Detroit, Cincinnati and the Giants. He was in camp last season in Cleveland and was signed out of LSU by Jacksonville.

The Titans waived linebacker David Gilbert and offensive lineman Viondy Merisma.

College football

Sun Devils’ Sarafin tells magazine he’s gay

TEMPE, Ariz. – Arizona State senior offensive lineman Edward Sarafin told a magazine he is gay, making him the first active Division I football player to come out.

Sarafin told Phoenix-based Compete, a magazine for gay sports, that he revealed his sexual orientation to his teammates nonchalantly last spring.

The walk-on lineman, who goes by the nickname Chip, follows the precedent set by St. Louis Rams linebacker Michael Sam, who came out publicly after finishing his career at Missouri.

Arizona Coach Todd Graham and Athletic Director Ray Anderson issued statements of support for Sarafin yesterday.

The 6-foot-6, 320-pound lineman from Gilbert, Ariz., graduated with a degree in Biomedical Engineering last spring and is currently in Arizona State’s master’s program.


MLS suspends D.C. United’s Johnson for two games

NEW YORK – D.C. United forward Eddie Johnson was suspended two games and fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Soccer yesterday for violent conduct toward Real Salt Lake defender Carlos Salcedo.

Johnson kicked the ball at Salcedo’s back while the Salt Lake player was on the ground after a whistle. Johnson received a yellow card during the game.

The MLS Disciplinary Committee also suspended Montreal midfielder Calum Mallace one game and fined him an undisclosed amount for violating its policy on entering field of play and leaving bench and technical area in the Impact’s 2-1 loss at Philadelphia on Saturday night.


Coyotes sign new arena naming-rights deal

GLENDALE, Ariz. – The Arizona Coyotes and Gila River Casinos agreed on a nine-year partnership that will include the first naming-rights deal by a federally recognized tribe with a venue for one of the four major professional sports leagues.

The agreement must be approved by the Glendale City Council during its meeting on Sept. 9. The venue, which had been called Arena, will be known as Gila River Arena if the deal is approved.

The Gila River Indian Community and Gila River Casinos have had a long-time sponsorship relationship with the Coyotes and will add a variety of additional advertising, marketing and merchandising opportunities at the arena.

The Coyotes were purchased from the NHL by IceArizona prior to the 2013-14 season and were renamed the Arizona Coyotes this year.


Harvick crew chief fined $25K for rule violation

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR fined Kevin Harvick’s crew chief $25,000 yesterday for unapproved weight in his No. 4 Chevrolet at the Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International.

The penalty to Rodney Childers was considered a P3 infraction under the scale NASCAR implemented this season. It clearly defines penalties and their punishments on a P1 to P6 scale.

NASCAR also issued a warning to the No. 98 team for improperly handling fuel during the race. Josh Wise drives the No. 98.


Race Team Alliance expands to 18 teams

Nine more organizations have joined the Race Team Alliance to tackle issues facing NASCAR.

The top nine teams had for the first time formed a single entity to collaborate on initiatives that could help them cut costs and communicate with one voice to NASCAR.

The teams added yesterday are: BK Racing, Circle Sport, Front Row, Germain Racing, Go Green/FAS Lane, HScott Motorsports, JTG Racing, Phil Parsons Racing and Tommy Baldwin Racing.

The RTA already includes Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing, Richard Childress Racing, Richard Petty Motor Sports, Roush Fenway Racing, Stewart-Haas Racing and Team Penske.

The RTA now includes 18 teams and 37 full-time entries.

The Race Team Alliance was announced in July, and Michael Waltrip Racing co-owner Rob Kauffman was elected chairman.

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