- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015


NEW YORK (AP) - Even Roger Federer is wowed by how well he’s playing at 34 - and the ease with which he’s winning at this U.S. Open.

Federer is into his 10th semifinal at Flushing Meadows, and record 38th at all major tournaments. To get back to his first final in New York since 2009, he’ll have to beat someone he knows quite well: Swiss Olympic and Davis Cup teammate Stan Wawrinka.

The second-seeded Federer never faced a break point, compiled a remarkable 50-8 advantage in winners, and needed less than 1 1/2 hours to dismiss 12th-seeded Richard Gasquet of France 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 in Arthur Ashe Stadium. Not only has Federer won all 15 sets he’s played, he has only dropped 44 games. He has won 67 of his 69 service games.

The fifth-seeded Wawrinka eliminated 15th-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa 6-4, 6-4, 6-0.

In the women’s draw, No. Simona Halep and No. 6 Flavia Pennetta advanced to the semifinals.

NEW YORK (AP) - Internal affairs detectives are investigating claims by former tennis professional James Blake that he was thrown to the ground and then handcuffed while mistakenly being arrested Wednesday at a hotel, police said.

Blake, who’s biracial, told the Daily News he wasn’t sure if he was arrested because of his race but said the officer who put him in handcuffs inappropriately used force.

One officer was placed on modified assignment after investigators reviewed surveillance footage, the New York Police Department said in a statement early Thursday. It said a probe of the incident was ongoing.

A cooperating witness misidentified Blake to detectives investigating fraudulently purchased cellphones as one of two people he recognized as being involved with the scheme, NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis said.

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, speaking on the NY1 cable television news station, said Blake “has a right to be upset.” Bratton vowed to aggressively address Blake’s allegations.


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is not ready to play for the New York Giants.

Coach Tom Coughlin announced the decision after the team examined the right hand that Pierre-Paul injured in a fireworks accident on the July Fourth holiday.

While saying Pierre-Paul was in good shape and in an outstanding frame of mind after reporting Monday, Coughlin said the team did not feel he was ready to come back. Coughlin says there is no timetable for his return.


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Bob Melvin knows new contracts are rare in losing seasons, so he is cherishing Oakland’s commitment to him as a long-term leader of the organization.

The Athletics’ manager received a two-year contract extension that takes him through the 2018 season.

General manager Billy Beane made the announcement with the A’s sitting as the worst team in the American League this year following three straight playoff seasons.

Oakland is in rebuilding mode once again and traded away a trio of All-Stars last offseason, losing third baseman Josh Donaldson, catcher Derek Norris and outfielder Brandon Moss.

NEW YORK (AP) - A con man forged the signature of New York Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon as part of a scheme that managed to cheat an investor out of more than $3 million - even though he incorrectly spelled Wilpon’s first name, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Paperwork from Michael Conway had Wilpon’s first name as “Jeffery” on forged Mets letterhead that purported to authorize a $1 million contract for leased office equipment, prosecutors said.

Conway, 39, of Verona, New Jersey, was released on $1 million bond after appearing in federal court in Brooklyn on wire fraud and identity theft charges. There was no immediate response to a telephone message seeking comment from his attorney.


TORONTO (AP) - The World Cup of Hockey is coming back, and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman insists that doesn’t necessarily mean the league will skip the 2018 Olympics.

While Bettman didn’t sound enthused about the idea of the league’s players going to Pyeongchang, South Korea, he acknowledged being intrigued by the prospects of taking the sport to the other side of the world for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

International Ice Hockey Federation President Rene Fasel said hockey’s best shot to grow is in Asia after establishing roots in North America and Europe. Fasel said he is working on a date to begin Olympic-related discussions with Bettman and NHL Players’ Association Executive Director Don Fehr.

Bettman, Fehr and several players attended a news conference Wednesday to promote the World Cup of Hockey, which hasn’t been held since 2004. The eight-team, two-week tournament event will be held in Toronto, where the host Canadians will likely be a strong favorite against a field that includes the United States, Russia, Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic.


LAS VEGAS (AP) - Japan’s Saori Yoshida won her 16th world or Olympic freestyle title at the world wrestling championships.

The most decorated athlete in wrestling history, the 32-year-old Yoshida won her 13th title at worlds - to go with three Olympic golds in as many tries - by beating Sweden’s Sofia Mattsson 2-1 at 53 kilograms (116.5 pounds).

Yoshida rallied after trailing 1-0 after the first period. She has only lost twice in international events, but that didn’t stop her from breaking down after yet another world crown.

Yoshida’s 22-year-old teammate, Erin Tosaka, won her third consecutive world title at 48 kilogram (105.5 pounds), Ukraine’s Zhan Beleniuk won the 85-kilogram (187-pound) Greco-Roman title, and Natalia Vorobeva pinned Feng Zhou of China to win the 69-kilogram (152-pound) crown.


ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) - The governing body for Texas high school sports questioned whether the coaches of two football players accused of intentionally ramming a referee should have done more to calm emotions in a tense game.

The University Interscholastic League’s executive committee heard from local officials on their investigation into the incident involving San Antonio Jay High School. The organization is investigating several allegations, including that the hit was prompted by something an assistant coach said and was preceded by racial slurs from the targeted umpire.

The incident was caught on video and sparked national attention and reaction. Marble Falls beat Jay in Friday’s game, 15-9.

Two Jay High School players, who have not been identified, and assistant coach Mack Breed have been suspended by the Northside Independent School District pending the investigation.

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