Votto goes wild in argument, Pirates beat Reds on Kang slam

CINCINNATI (AP) — Reds star Joey Votto went ballistic after a called strike and got ejected, with teammates and even an umpire needing to hold him back Wednesday night in Cincinnati’s 5-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Jung Ho Kang hit Pittsburgh’s first grand...

US Open Lookahead: Serena’s Grand Slam bid resumes vs. Vinci

NEW YORK (AP) — Let everyone else go ahead and assume Serena Williams will beat Roberta Vinci of Italy in the U.S. Open semifinals. Williams, at least publicly, is not taking anything for granted as she closes in on tennis’ first Grand Slam in more than a...

Replacements eager to fill in for depleted Steelers

The All-Pro running back is suspended until after the fall equinox. The burgeoning — and also suspended — star wide receiver can’t clock back in until the first week of October. The all-everything center won’t come off injured reserve until November at the...

Cespedes, Mets rally past Nationals again for 3-game sweep

WASHINGTON (AP) — Yoenis Cespedes hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning moments after pinch-hitter Kelly Johnson connected for a tying shot, and the New York Mets rallied past the Washington Nationals 5-3 Wednesday night for a pivotal three-game sweep. Jacob deGrom...

Federer, Wawrinka set up all-Swiss semifinal at US Open

NEW YORK (AP) — Roger Federer is back in the semifinals of the U.S. Open for the 10th time. To get back to his first final at Flushing Meadows in six years, he’ll have to beat someone he knows quite well: Swiss Olympic and Davis Cup teammate Stan Wawrinka. The No....

The Latest on US Open: Federer tops Gasquet for 38th Slam SF

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local): 8:55 p.m. Roger Federer has moved into his 38th Grand Slam semifinal — and he hasn’t dropped a set in this U.S. Open so far. Federer had no trouble beating 12th-seeded Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-3, 6-1...

Patriots get to play football instead of talk about them

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots’ fourth Super Bowl banner will be unveiled at Gillette Stadium on Thursday night. The fans will have their first chance to shower quarterback Tom Brady with adulation since a federal judge vacated the four-game...

Halep, Pennetta win in 3 sets in US Open quarterfinals

NEW YORK (AP) — Simona Halep appreciated the help from the heavens in her U.S. Open quarterfinal. Worn down after dropping the second set to Victoria Azarenka, the second-seeded Romanian got to rest up for nearly an hour-and-a-half when the sky opened up. “Thanks,...

Away from Olympics, sewage blights vast swaths of Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rivulets of waste crisscross the labyrinth of alleyways that serve as 5-year-old Kaike de Oliveira Benjamin’s playground, forming dark, fetid puddles and gurgling streams of refuse and trash. It’s little better inside the tiny, one-room...

Cespedes, Mets rally past Nationals again for 3-game sweep

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three scintillating comebacks and a pivotal sweep in Washington. Yoenis Cespedes and the surprising New York Mets are in firm control of the NL East. Cespedes hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning moments after pinch-hitter Kelly Johnson connected for...