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Sports News Summary: Defending champion Zverev beat Tsitsipas to return to final

First-round leader Chase Elliott was third fastest in the final session at 125.421 mph, just .003 seconds slower than Busch.

Reuters 05 Aug 2018, 04:57 AM

Tennis: Defending champion Zverev beat Tsitsipas to return to the final

Champion Alexander Zverev cruised into the final of the Citi Open with a 6-2 6-4 victory over Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas in Washington on Saturday. World number three Zverev needed 87 minutes to win his 40th match of the year.

Golf: Putnam storms into lead at Barracuda Championship

Andrew Putnam stayed aggressive for a second straight day to surge to the top of the leaderboard at the Barracuda Championship in Reno on Saturday. Putnam finished with back-to-back birdies to seize control with a total of 38 points in the modified Stableford event.

Tennis: Defending champion Zverev beat Tsitsipas to return to the final

NBA legend Michael Jordan and U.S. athletes rallied to LeBron James' defense on Saturday after U.S. President Donald Trump questioned the star player's intelligence in a tweet. "I support LJ. He’s doing an amazing job for his community,” Jordan, now the owner of the National Basketball Association's Charlotte Hornets, told NBC News through a spokesperson.

Hamlin edges teammate Kyle Busch for the first pole of the season

Denny Hamlin blitzed the Watkins Glen road course with the fastest lap of the day on Saturday to win the provisional pole for Sunday's Go Bowling at the Glen (3 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), pending post-qualifying inspection on Sunday morning. Hamlin covered the 2.45-mile distance in 70.260 seconds (125.534 mph), edging Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch (125.427 mph) by .060 seconds. First-round leader Chase Elliott was third fastest in the final session at 125.421 mph, just .003 seconds slower than Busch.

Owens does Hall of Fame induction ceremony his way

Terrell Owens was initially wearing a black suit jacket adorned with logos of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But during his personal induction ceremony, there was a wardrobe change.

MLB notebook: Cubs' Darvish 'optimistic' after the 50-pitch workout

Chicago Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish told reporters he's feeling "very optimistic" after throwing 50 pitches during a Saturday workout. "All my pitches, velocity-wise, were up there at their highest and then I was able to follow through with my arm," Darvish said through his interpreter.

Tennis: Petkovic reaches semis at rain-delayed Citi Open

Unseeded German Andrea Petkovic reached the Citi Open semi-finals for the second consecutive year, beating sixth seed Belinda Bencic 6-3 2-6 7-6(8) on Friday. The 2013 runner-up rallied from a set down to defeat second seed Sloane Stephens on Thursday and continued her momentum at the Washington DC event.

College football notebook: Hurts not happy about 'Bama QB noise

Speaking to reporters for the first time since he was benched at halftime of the College Football Playoff title game against Georgia in January, Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts voiced his frustrations with the way the Tide's quarterback situation has been handled this offseason. "When I look at the things that are being said -- and I'm not looking for it, it comes to me -- when I see that those things are being said, that's silly because, 'He said this, he said that maybe Coach Saban said this,'" Hurts said at practice Saturday. "Whoever said whatever, what did Jalen say? Not a thing."

NFL notebook: Urlacher reflective, Kramer entertaining at HOF enshrinement

The 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame class was inducted in Canton, Ohio, on Saturday night, including former players Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Ray Lewis, Randy Moss and Brian Urlacher, along with front-office executive Bobby Beathard. Longtime Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher was the first of four men enshrined to approach tears. The eight-time Pro Bowler and four-time All-Pro showed deep emotion while reflecting on his late mother, calling her the hardest-working person he's ever known.

Golf: Crucial eagle gives Fiji title to India's Bhullar

India's Gaganjeet Bhullar chipped in from off the green to record an eagle on the 17th hole to propel himself to a one-shot victory in the Fiji International over Australia's Anthony Quayle at the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course on Sunday. The 30-year-old's eagle gave him the lead over the Queenslander, who shot an impressive nine-under 63 while playing with South African great Ernie Els.

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