NEW YORK (AP) American teen CiCi Bellis became the youngest player to win a U.S. Open match since 1996 – almost three years before she was born – when she stunned Australian Open runner-up Dominika Cibulkova.
The 15-year-old Bellis rallied from down a break in the third set for a 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 first-round victory over the 12th-seeded Cibulkova. With an overflow crowd at a cozy side court roaring, she broke Cibulkova’s serve to clinch the match.
Her victory was part of a 9-4 showing by American women on the day, including 8-0 against unseeded opponents. In an all-American match at night, another teen, Taylor Townsend, lost quickly to two-time defending champion Serena Williams 6-3, 6-1.
Earlier, Roger Federer beat Marinko Matosevic 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (4) with Michael Jordan sitting in Federer’s guest box in Arthur Ashe Stadium.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner wanted to waste a two-strike curveball in front of Rockies cleanup hitter Justin Morneau. He left the ball up just enough for Morneau to get a piece of it – the only mistake on an otherwise memorable night for the San Francisco left-hander.
Bumgarner took a perfect game into the eighth inning before giving up the leadoff double and finished with a one-hitter in the Giants’ 3-0 victory over the Rockies. Bumgarner matched his career high of 13 strikeouts and walked none.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Southern California coach Steve Sarkisian says the school is investigating defensive back Josh Shaw’s claim that he injured both of his ankles jumping off a balcony to save his nephew from drowning.
Sarkisian said USC has received several calls contradicting Shaw’s story about the circumstances leading to his two high ankle sprains. Shaw’s story was told in a detailed post on the Trojans’ website Monday hailing the team captain’s heroism, but Sarkisian acknowledged USC isn’t exactly sure what happened.
Lt. Andy Neiman of the Los Angeles Police Department also said that a man named Joshua Shaw was mentioned – but not as a suspect – in a report involving a Saturday night break-in at a downtown apartment building.
Sarkisian said he had ”no history to not believe Josh and his story,” but acknowledged the situation was increasingly murky. The first-year USC coach declined to discuss the discrepancies in detail, or the identity of the callers who contradicted the story.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina is investigating a report of an alleged hazing altercation that left a walk-on receiver with a possible concussion.
The investigation was announced in a statement that was released in response to a Yahoo Sports report which stated that the alleged hazing involved several players and resulted in redshirt freshman Jackson Boyer being injured. Yahoo Sports reported the incident occurred in Boyer’s room at the hotel where the team stayed for preseason camp.
The school did not identify any players it is investigating and did not confirm it was a hazing incident. Team spokesman Kevin Best Best declined to reveal specifics of the incident in an email to The Associated Press, though he said Boyer has been practicing with the team.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers upgraded their struggling offensive line, trading for six-time Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins instead of offering a contract to free agent Richie Incognito.
That doesn’t mean, however, that the Bucs have closed the door on the prospect of giving one of the players at the center of the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal a chance to resume his career.
After acquiring Mankins from New England in exchange for second-year tight end Tim Wright and an undisclosed draft pick, coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht said Incognito remains an ”option” if they decide to make more changes to an overhauled line that will begin the regular season with four new starters.
LAS PALMAS, Canary Islands (AP) – Anthony Davis scored 18 points and teamed with forward Kenneth Faried to dominate the inside, leading the U.S. national team to a 101-71 victory over Slovenia in its final exhibition game before the FIBA World Cup of Basketball.
Faried finished with 14 points for the Americans, who next head to Bilbao, Spain for their tournament opener Saturday against Finland. The defending world champions will also face Turkey, New Zealand, the Dominican Republic and Ukraine in pool play.
The Americans weren’t particularly impressive throughout the last of their four warmup games, their first since picking their final 12-man roster on Saturday. But they were aggressive, with Davis and Faried wearing out the Slovenians.
Kyrie Irving added 13 points while starting at point guard for the Americans ahead of Derrick Rose, and they played together at times. Rose had three points.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The NCAA’s massive overhaul is hitting the organization’s Indianapolis headquarters.
Chief operating officer Jim Isch announced he would retire early next year, a move that is prompting NCAA President Mark Emmert to reorganize his top staff. He will create a new executive vice president position to oversee regulatory matters and will delegate most of Isch’s other responsibilities to others already working at college sports’ largest governing body. Those changes will take effect Oct. 1.
Isch, who joined the NCAA in 1998, will continue to assist Emmert in an advisory capacity until he leaves at a yet to be determined date.
ATLANTA (AP) – Elena Delle Donne scored 17 of her 34 points in the fourth quarter, including the winning jumper with 8.4 seconds left, as the Chicago Sky rallied from 20 points down to beat the Atlanta Dream and advance to the Eastern Conference finals.
Tamera Young scored 16 points and Sylvia Fowles added 13 points and 15 rebounds as the Sky won a playoff series for the first time in franchise history. Chicago was swept by Indiana in the first round last year in the Sky’s first postseason appearance.
The road team won each game in this best-of-three series, with Chicago taking the opener 80-77 last Friday, and Atlanta winning 92-83 in Game 2 on Sunday.
The Sky will visit the Fever for the opener of the East finals on Saturday.