Matt Adams and Oscar Taveras homered, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-3 on Saturday night to open a four-game lead in the NL Central.
Duffy became the first starting pitcher in the Royals' 46-season history to leave a game without completing at least one batter. The last Royals starter to exit without recording an out had been Rick Reed on July 22, 1992.
Scooter Gennett drove in three runs and Fiers pitched into the seventh inning to lead Milwaukee past St. Louis 6-2 Friday night, snapping the Brewers' nine-game losing streak and trimming the Cardinals' lead in the NL Central to three games.
Instead of Novak Djokovic vs. Roger Federer for the U.S. Open title, first-time Grand Slam finalists Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic will vie for the championship after a pair of semifinal surprises Saturday
Shields took a two-hitter into the ninth inning and Nori Aoki lined a run-scoring single in the third following Chase Headley's two-base error, leading the Royals over the New York Yankees 1-0.
The Rams will open their season by hosting the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. The game represents a comeback of sorts for the 55-year-old Williams. Williams was suspended indefinitely by commissioner Roger Goodell in March 2012 as part of the New Orleans Saints' "Bountygate" scandal after the 2011 season.
Marshawn Lynch rushed for 110 yards and a pair of touchdowns, Percy Harvin had 100 combined yards rushing and receiving, and the Seahawks stymied Aaron Rodgers' up-tempo offense in a 36-16 win over the Green Bay Packers to kick off the regular season.
Frustrated by Gael Monfils' unpredictable style, flummoxed by the swirling wind, and missing shots he normally makes, Roger Federer twice was a single point from losing while down 5-4 in the fourth set. But he got out of that hole, starting a five-game run that put the match in his control for the first time all evening.
The Cardinals held off the slumping Milwaukee Brewers 3-2 Thursday night for their sixth straight win.
After suffering a season-ending torn left anterior cruciate ligament for the second time in nine months, St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford said Thursday he will be back.
The Americans got 17 points from James Harden and 14 from Stephen Curry in a 95-71 victory Thursday at the Basketball World Cup.
Vargas pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning, Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer and the Kansas City Royals held on for a 4-1 victory that finished off a three-game sweep.
The Dallas Cowboys announced at a press conference Wednesday morning the addition of Michael Sam to the team's 10-man practice squad.
They starred in college, went through the entire draft without anybody willing to take a shot on them, and then managed to scratch and claw their way into the NFL anyway. They're undrafted free agents. The unwanted who managed to become indispensable.
St. Louis moved into sole possession of the NL Central lead for the first time Monday and extended its lead to 2 1/2 games with a three-game sweep that dropped the Pirates five games back.
Quickly turning things around and taking complete control, Williams stretched her Flushing Meadows winning streak to 19 matches by eventually overpowering 11th-seeded Flavia Pennetta of Italy 6-3, 6-2 on Wednesday night.
Quarterback Shaun Hill is set to replace another high-profile starter, stepping in for Sam Bradford with the St. Louis Rams.
ESPN and NFL Network reported former Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam is headed to the Dallas Cowboys, but a team spokeswoman said they "don't know anything about that."
Adam Wainwright matched his career best with three RBIs, an unexpected boost that helped carry the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.