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Cardinals beat Pirates 1-0

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.

Serena Williams beats Pennetta, into U.S. Open semis

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.

Rams confident offense is still in good hands

Quarterback Shaun Hill is set to replace another high-profile starter, stepping in for Sam Bradford with the St. Louis Rams.

UPDATE: Michael Sam to meet with Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday, reports say

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."

Ace Adam Wainwright uses bat to help Cardinals beat Pirates

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.

Speedster Jarrod Dyson dashes home for Royals win

Jarrod Dyson stole second, then third, to get into position for a go-ahead single by Salvador Perez in a 2-1 victory for the Kansas City Royals over the Texas Rangers. The win kept Kansas City atop the American League Central by a half-game over Detroit.

Gale Monfils, full of fire, advances to U.S. Open quarterfinals

Gael Monfils took a step closer Tuesday to his first Grand Slam final at the U.S. Open during a surprisingly matter-of-fact 7-5, 7-6 (6), 7-5 victory in the fourth round over No. 7-seeded Grigor Dimitrov, a man considered one of the sport's up-and-comers.

Tom Watson fills out U.S. Ryder Cup team

U.S. captain Tom Watson went with experience and a gut feeling Tuesday night when he filled out his Ryder Cup team with Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan and Webb Simpson.

Broncos receiver Wes Welker suspended four games by NFL for amphetamines

Wes Welker told the Denver Post in an email that he was "as shocked as everyone at today's news." He noted he's meticulous about what he puts in his body and would "never knowingly take a substance to gain a competitive advantage in any way."

U.S. rolls New Zealand, remains undefeated at Basketball World Cup

Anthony Davis had 21 points and nine rebounds, Kenneth Faried added 15 and 11 boards and the U.S. remained unbeaten at the Basketball World Cup by beating winless New Zealand 98-71 on Tuesday.

James Harden scored 13 points for the Americans, who will play two more games in Bilbao before moving on to Barcelonafor the round of 16.

NFL comes down hard on Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay

The NFL suspended Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay for the first six games of the season and fined him $500,000 for violating its personal conduct policy.

Michael Sam left off Rams' practice squad

NFL opportunities are dwindling for Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted into the league.

Williams, Djokovic roll into US Open quarters

Serena Williams, the world's top female player, is looking to win her third straight Flushing Meadows crown. Novak Djokovic, the No. 1 ranked male, last won it in 2011.

Murray beats Tsonga in 3 long sets at U.S. Open

The eighth-seeded Andy Murray beat No. 9-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5, 7-5, 6-4 in 2 hours, 35 minutes on Monday.

Chiefs sign Alex Smith to extension

Smith, who set playoff passing records for Kansas City last year, will receive $45 million in new guarantees over four years, for a total package of $68 million through the 2018 season.

UPDATE: Royals game suspended in 10th inning

The Indians led 4-2 in the 10th inning when Sunday's game was suspended until Sept. 22.

Royals stop slide with 4-3 victory over Rangers

Yordano Ventura pitched into the seventh inning and three relievers shut the door in a 4-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Monday night.

Holliday, Wong lead Cardinals past Pirates, 5-4

Matt Holliday had the go-ahead RBI single in the seventh inning after Kolten Wong's pinch-hit homer tied the score, leading the Cardinals to a 5-4 win over the Pirates.

Kasey Kahne holds off Matt Kenseth to win Atlanta shootout

Kasey Kahne earned his spot in the Chase by charging past Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin in a two-lap shootout to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday night.

Tony Stewart back on the track, but big issues remain

Stewart's return to racing was cut short Sunday night when his familiar No. 14 car slammed the wall twice on the way to a dismal 41st-place finish.

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