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ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, AUG. 29-30 - FILE -  At left, in a July 11, 2015, file photo, Serena Williams reacts as she holds the trophy after winning the women's singles final against Garbine Muguruza of Spain, at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, At right, in a Sept. 7, 2014, file photo, Serena Williams holds up the championship trophy after defeating Caroline Wozniacki, of Denmark, during the final of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. To Serena Williams, winning all four of tennis' most prestigious tournaments in the same season become "a distant dream, fable, kind of thing" _ and yet here she is, entering the U.S. Open on the brink of tennis' first Grand Slam in 27 years. (AP Photo/File)

Serena Williams eyes first Grand Slam since 1988

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Ask Serena Williams what could prevent her from completing tennis’ first true Grand Slam in more than a quarter-century at the U.S. Open, and the response will not include the name of a single possible opponent. “Well,” she began when that question was posed, “I’m always one of my biggest competitors. I can always stop myself. So that’s why I …

Sharapova pulls out of U.S. Open with leg injury

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Maria Sharapova is pulling out of the U.S. Open on the eve of the tournament because of a leg injury, the U.S. Tennis Association announced. …

Ortiz passes Gehrig on HR chart, but Red Sox lose 5-4 to Mets

Sunday, August 30, 2015

NEW YORK – David Ortiz got a good, close-up look at the New York Mets’ young rotation this weekend and was impressed. The Boston slugger …

Encarnacion hits three homers, nine RBI as Blue Jays rout Tigers

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Edwin Encarnacion hit three home runs and tied a Toronto record with nine RBI as the AL East-leading Blue Jays routed the Detroit Tigers, 15-1, Saturday. Encarnacion extended his hitting streak to 24 games, the longest in the …

Fagundez youngest to 25 goals, Revolution beat Union, 1-0

Saturday, August 29, 2015

CHESTER, Pa. – Diego Fagundez became the youngest player to score 25 career MLS goals as the New England Revolution beat the Philadelphia Union, 1-0, on Saturday for their third straight victory. Fagundez, who is 20 years, 6 months, 15 days old, signed with the Revolution on Nov. …

Fisher Cats falter after fast start, fall to Mets, 6-3

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Dwight Smith Jr. doubled and Melky Mesa followed with a home run to give New Hampshire a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but Binghamton responded with three runs of its own in the home half of the inning and led the rest of the …

Fan dies after fall from upper deck at Atlanta Braves game

Saturday, August 29, 2015

ATLANTA – A fan died after falling from the upper deck into the lower-level stands at Turner Field on Saturday night during a game between the Atlanta Braves and the New York Yankees. Lt. Charles Hampton of the …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Golf Watson leads, Spieth misses cut at Barclays EDISON, N.J. – Jordan Spieth lost out on a chance to play the weekend at The Barclays. He also lost his No. 1 ranking. Bubba Watson overcame a rare warning …

No way he’d quit: Kidney disease can’t stop U.S. hurdler

Saturday, August 29, 2015

BEIJING – When the doctors hooked Aries Merritt onto the dialysis machine two years ago, they told him his running days were over. The doctors were focused on his kidneys. They never looked at his heart. The American …

Woman hit by foul ball behind home plate sues Red Sox owner

Saturday, August 29, 2015

BOSTON – A fan struck by a foul ball that went behind home plate last year during a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park sued the team’s principal owner. Brookline, Mass., resident Stephanie Taubin said in her lawsuit filed Wednesday against John Henry that she was above …

Boston RHP Buchholz done for year; health key to 2016 option

Saturday, August 29, 2015

NEW YORK – Boston pitcher Clay Buchholz is done for the season because of a strained flexor muscle in his right elbow, and his health is the key to whether the Red Sox pick up the option on his 2016 contract. The 31-year-old Buchholz hasn’t pitched since the …

Arbour, who coached Isles to four Cup titles, dies at 82

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Al Arbour, the bespectacled gentleman of a coach who molded a young and talented New York Islanders franchise into an NHL dynasty that won four straight Stanley Cups in the early 1980s, died at the age of 82. …

Fisher Cats fall to Mets in extra innings, 1-0

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Taylor Cole and Gregory Infante combined for nine innings of shutout ball, scattering just four hits with six walks and eight strikeouts, but John Anderson gave up the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning as the New Hampshire Fisher Cats lost to the Binghamton Mets, …