Weekend Sports In Brief


NEW YORK (AP) After winning a point in the U.S. Open final, and bent on proving a point, Novak Djokovic leaped and roared and threw an uppercut, then glared at some of the thousands of spectators pulling for Roger Federer.

Following another point in that game, Djokovic nodded as he smiled toward the stands. And moments later, Djokovic shook his right arm, bloodied by an early fall, and screamed, ''Yes! Yes!'' to celebrate a missed forehand by Federer.

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Djokovic appeared to be all alone out there in Arthur Ashe Stadium, trying to solve Federer while also dealing with a crowd loudly supporting the 17-time major champion. In the end, Djokovic handled everything in a thrill-a-minute final on a frenetic night, winning 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 to earn his second U.S. Open title, third major championship of the year and 10th Grand Slam trophy in all.

NEW YORK (AP) - After winning her first Grand Slam title at age 33, while seeded 26th, by beating the woman who beat Serena Williams, Flavia Pennetta provided this U.S. Open full of surprises with one last twist.

After meeting her opponent, Roberta Vinci, at the net for a long hug after - both from the southern heel of Italy's boot, they were childhood friends, then doubles partners and roommates as teens - Pennetta let Vinci in on a little secret that would soon be shared with the world.

Pennetta - who beat Vinci 7-6 (4), 6-2 - decided about a month ago she would be retiring after this season, and this would be her last appearance at Flushing Meadows.

Talk about going out on top.


NEW YORK (AP) - It was a rough week for NFL linebackers in Week 1, most notably Baltimore's Terrell Suggs.

The six-time Pro Bowl selection tore his left Achilles in the Ravens' 19-13 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday, coach John Harbaugh announced after the game.

Dallas All-Pro receiver Dez Bryant broke his right foot in the Cowboys' 27-26 comeback victory over the New York Giants in the night game, an injury owner Jerry Jones said would sideline the receiver four to six weeks. Bryant left the game earlier because of dehydration. He had five catches for 48 yards before the injury.

Two-time Pro Bowl selection Luke Kuechly, who just became the league's highest-paid middle linebacker on Thursday, left Carolina's game against Jacksonville in the first half after sustaining a concussion on a fairly basic tackle against Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon. Kuechly will enter the concussion protocol and be re-evaluated later in the week.

Other injuries included two starting quarterbacks - Cleveland's Josh McCown and Oakland's Derek Carr - along with Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, Cardinals running back Andre Ellington, Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson, and Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie and rookie linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin.


NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Moses Malone, a three-time NBA MVP and one of basketball's most ferocious rebounders, died Sunday. He was 60.

Det. Jeffrey Scott confirmed that Malone died in a Norfolk hotel room. He said there was no indication of foul play. Malone's body was discovered when he failed to report to a celebrity golf tournament in which he was scheduled to play.

Malone was part of the 76ers' 1983 NBA championship team, and the club said he will ''forever be remembered as a genuine icon and pillar of the most storied era in the history of Philadelphia 76ers basketball.''

A 6-foot-10 center who made the leap right from high school to the pros, the ''Chairman of the Boards'' is the NBA's career leader in offensive rebounds and led the league in rebounds per game for five straight seasons from 1980-85.

Malone was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001 and attended the induction ceremonies for the year's class this weekend in Springfield, Massachusetts, before returning to his native Virginia.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz homered twice Saturday to become the 27th player in major league history to reach 500 homers.

With an overflow crowd in the right-field stands on their feet and chanting ''Let's go Papi!,'' Ortiz reached the milestone when he lined a shot to right-center on a 2-2 pitch from Matt Moore leading off the fifth. He connected for No. 499 in the first.

Big Papi has 50 multihomer games in a 19-year career. He joined Albert Pujols as the only players to hit both 499 and 500 in the same game.

Ortiz said the fan, who didn't want to be identified, gave him the memento. The Red Sox gave the young man wearing a Baltimore Orioles shirt what Ortiz called a very nice package of items including a Red Sox shirt.


NEW YORK (AP) - Three Southeastern Conference teams fell out of the AP Top 25 and Auburn dropped 12 spots after the league that set a record for most teams in the college football rankings last week had a rough weekend.

Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi State all dropped out after losses Saturday. The Tigers needed overtime to beat Jacksonville State of the FCS and slipped from No. 6 to No. 18.

The SEC was down to seven ranked teams, still the most of any conference.

Ohio State remains No. 1, but the Buckeyes are no longer unanimous. No. 4 Michigan State received two first-place votes from the media panel after beating Oregon 31-28. Alabama remains No. 2. TCU is 3.


EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) - Lydia Ko won the Evian Championship on Sunday to become the youngest major champion in LPGA Tour history.

The South Korean-born New Zealander closed with an 8-under 63 for a six-stroke victory over Lexi Thompson at the final major of the season.

Ko is 18 years, 4 months, 20 days. She broke the record set by American Morgan Pressel at 18 years, 10 months, 9 days in the 2007 Kraft Nabisco Championship.

Ko finished at 16-under 268 for her fourth victory of the year and ninth on the tour. Thompson shot a 70.

LYTHAM ST ANNES, England (AP) - Britain and Ireland won the Walker Cup with its highest-points total, beating the United States 16 1/2-9 1/2 at Royal Lytham and St Annes.

Europe has won seven of the last 14 matches to cut the Americans' series lead to 35-9-1.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - Sweden's Henrik Norlander won the Tour Finals-opening Hotel Fitness Championship to wrap up a PGA Tour card.

Norlander shot a course-record 10-under 62 at Sycamore Hills to beat Michael Thompson (65) and third-round leader D.H. Lee (71) by three strokes. The 28-year-old former Augusta State player finished at 19-under 269 and earned $180,000 after finishing 47th on the Tour's regular-season money list.