Sports News Summary: Djokovic headed for bright finish and more
Stewart scores 25 as Storm take 2-0 Finals lead
League MVP Breanna Stewart scored 25 points and keyed a fourth-quarter run as the host Seattle Storm took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five WNBA Finals with a 75-73 victory against the Washington Mystics on Sunday afternoon. Jewell Loyd scored 12 of her 13 points in the second half for top-seeded Seattle, which improved to 5-0 at home in the playoffs. Natasha Howard added eight points and a game-high 13 rebounds.
Djokovic headed for the bright finish with U.S. Open win
For Novak Djokovic, a season that got off to a gloomy start is heading for a brilliant finish after he dismissed Juan Martin Del Potro 6-3 7-6(4) 6-3 to win the U.S. Open on Sunday and earn back-to-back Grand Slam titles. Working his way back from elbow surgery he underwent following the Australian Open, Djokovic did not expect to feature in the Grand Slam picture this season.
Barty, Vandeweghe denied the chance to celebrate the title
A golden moment for Australian Ashleigh Barty and American CoCo Vandeweghe was tinged with disappointment when tournament officials did not let them speak to the crowd after winning the U.S. Open women's doubles final on Sunday. The pair said they were hustled off court after receiving their trophy for defeating Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic 3-6 7-6(2) 7-6(8) and were not offered the customary moment to thank their coaches and families.
Jays OF Grichuk sustains a concussion in a collision
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Randal Grichuk was placed in Major League Baseball's concussion protocol after a dangerous collision during Sunday's game against the Cleveland Indians in which he slid into a metal stool while trying to make a catch. Grichuk had a bloody nose and a swollen left eye socket when he left the field. He was chasing a foul ball down the right-field line in the fourth inning and trying to make a sliding catch when he slammed into the stool being held by a security guard.
Kaepernick thanks first players to kneel during the national anthem
Colin Kaepernick used social media to thank the first two players who knelt during the playing of the United States national anthem on the opening Sunday of the National Football League season. Miami Dolphins wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson were the only players reported to kneel before the eight early games kicked off.
MLB roundup: Red Sox stop Astros' streak on walk-off hit
Mitch Moreland hit a walk-off single with two outs in the ninth inning, and the Boston Red Sox averted a series sweep with a 6-5 victory over the Houston Astros on Sunday at Fenway Park. Moreland finished 2-for-2 after entering as a pinch hitter. His single to left field scored pinch runner Tzu-Wei Lin and came against right-hander Hector Rondon (2-3). Lin was in scoring position thanks to Xander Bogaerts, who capped a 4-for-4 night with a single that placed a runner in scoring position against Rondon.
USTA to review policies after U.S. Open umpire controversies
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) said on Sunday it would undertake a review of its communication policies after a string of umpiring controversies at the U.S. Open. Swedish umpire Mohamed Lahyani was reprimanded by U.S. Open organizers for going "beyond protocol" when he climbed down from his chair to give Nick Kyrgios a mid-match pep talk during his second-round match against Pierre-Hugues Herbert.
Williams' U.S. Open treatment divides tennis world
Serena Williams' behavior in Saturday's U.S. Open final divided the tennis world after she called the chair umpire a "liar" and a "thief" and said he treated her differently than male players during her loss to Naomi Osaka. Williams, who was seeking a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam singles title on Saturday, was handed a warning for a coaching violation before being deducted a point for smashing her racquet.
NFL roundup: Rodgers returns to lead Pack comeback
Green Bay overcame a franchise-record, 17-point fourth-quarter deficit after quarterback Aaron Rodgers revived the offense and guided his team to a 24-23 comeback win over visiting Chicago in both teams' season opener. Rodgers, who briefly left the game due to a left knee injury, finished 20 of 30 for 286 yards (273 in the second half) and three touchdowns (all in the fourth quarter) with no interceptions. Trailing 20-0 early in the second half, the Packers pumped the life back into Lambeau Field on a 75-yard touchdown from Rodgers to Randall Cobb with 2:13 left to complete the rally.
Trump jabs at NFL ahead of first Sunday games
President Donald Trump mocked the NFL for declining ratings on Sunday, placing the blame again on players taking a knee during the national anthem. Trump claimed that viewership was down 13 percent for Thursday's season-opener between the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles; entertainment industry publication Variety put the drop at 8 percent. He also suggested ratings would continue to decline unless all players "stood proudly for our Flag and Anthem" and that the display was all shown on the broadcast.