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Williams defeats Stephens

Taking eight of the last nine games, defending champion Serena Williams returned to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open by beating Sloane Stephens 6-4, 6-1 Sunday in a matchup of Americans.

The 15th-seeded Stephens, 20, is among three players to defeat the top-ranked Williams, 31, in a match this year.

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Meanwhile, none of the 15 U.S. men made it past the third round in singles.

No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland was upset by No. 24 Ekaterina Makarova of Russia 6-4, 6-4.

Auto racing

Busch takes NASCAR event

Kyle Busch secured his spot in NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship with his fourth victory this season. He beat Joey Logano by 0.74 seconds in the AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Greg Biffle of Vancouver, Wash., finished 15th and Kasey Kahne of Enumclaw was 36th.

Pagenaud wins in IndyCar

Simon Pagenaud won the IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Baltimore.

Pagenaud surged to the lead after a series of collisions involving several other contenders on the bumpy street course.

College football

Colorado defeats its rival

Connor Wood threw three touchdown passes — two to Paul Richardson — and Colorado of the Pac-12 beat Colorado State of the Mountain West Conference 41-27 in Denver in the opener for both teams.

Richardson had 10 receptions for 208 yards.

No. 9 Louisville romps

Teddy Bridgewater completed his first nine passes and matched a career best with five touchdown throws as ninth-ranked Louisville defeated visiting Ohio 49-7.

Bridgewater, a Heisman Trophy candidate, was 23 of 28 for 355 passing yards.

Georgia celebration is costly

Receiver Malcolm Mitchell of fifth-ranked Georgia will miss the rest of the season after tearing a ligament in his right knee during Saturday’s 38-35 loss at No. 8 Clemson. Mitchell was injured while celebrating with a teammate after Todd Gurley’s 75-yard touchdown run.


Gronkowski puts on pads

Standout tight end Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots practiced in full pads for the first time since having back surgery on June 18.

Cardinals pick up Ta’amu

The Arizona Cardinals were awarded nose tackle Alameda Ta’amu, a former Washington Husky, after he was waived by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

There was plenty of player movement around the league a day after teams had to reduce their rosters to 53 players.

New England waived ex-Seahawk Leon Washington, a running back-kick returner who was signed as a free agent in March.

Meanwhile, Buffalo rookie quarterback EJ Manuel from Florida State returned to practice and Bills officials sounded cautiously optimistic he might be able to start Sunday’s opener against New England.

Buffalo coach Doug Marrone has said ex-Washington State quarterback Jeff Tuel, who was undrafted this year, is being prepared to start if Manuel can’t go.


Real Madrid acquires Bale

Midfielder Gareth Bale’s transfer to Real Madrid of Spain from Tottenham of England has been completed.

Real Madrid is believed to have paid a record transfer fee of about $130 million for the 24-year-old Bale.


• In Major League Soccer matches, host Vancouver and Chivas USA played to a 2-2 draw and visiting Houston got a 1-1 tie with Chicago.

Second-half substitute Tommy Heinemann scored in stoppage time for Vancouver. Adam Moffat scored in the 90th minute for Houston.

Daniel Moreno of the Katusha cycling team won the ninth stage of the Spanish Vuelta and took the overall lead. He is one second ahead of the previous leader, Irishman Nicolas Roche of the SaxoBank-Tinkoff team.

• Nearly two years after a drum major’s hazing death silenced the music at Florida A&M football games, the famed Marching 100 band returned to the field in Orlando for its first game appearance since a seasonlong suspension. FAMU beat Mississippi Valley State 27-10 in the game.

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