A tested Serena Williams battled through her own mistakes and the tension of her quest for tennis history to reach the US Open fourth round. The 33-year-old American fought back to defeat 101st-ranked compatriot Bethanie Mattek-Sands 3-6, 7-5, 6-0 at Arthur Ashe Stadium and needs only four more triumphs to complete the first calendar Slam since Steffi Graf in 1988. Williams struggled with her serve early and made half her 28 unforced errors in the first set, but found her form late in the second set and dominated from there.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The more-than-yearlong trial of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez neared an end Friday as the imprisoned politician prepared to give his final remarks in a closed courtroom.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jozy Altidore scored a pair of second-half goals in his return to the U.S. national team following an injury filled summer, and the Americans rallied to beat Peru 2-1 in an exhibition Friday night.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Police are still seeking the gunman in a shooting on a Sacramento college campus, but they've arrested one of the injured victims on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.
NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):
Wales can end 57 years of obscurity and heartbreak on Sunday when they play Israel in Cardiff needing a win to qualify for next year's European Championship in France. It was 1958 when Wales last reached a major tournament, ironically beating Israel in a play-off to qualify for that year's World Cup in Sweden, where a side bereft of injured Juventus striker John Charles fell to Pele's Brazil in the quarter-finals. Wales have endured one-sided defeats, agonising near-misses and personal tragedy in the intervening years, but Gareth Bale's thunderous headed winner against Cyprus on Thursday has set the scene for a night of catharsis at the Cardiff City Stadium.
NEW YORK (AP) — Can't count out Serena Williams, no matter how big the deficit, no matter how off-target her strokes, no matter how much the pressure might be mounting as she bids for a calendar-year Grand Slam.
The battle against wildfires sweeping across the drought-stricken western United States, mobilizing 30,000 firefighters, could be the costliest on record with $1.23 billion spent so far, officials say. Last week alone, a record $243 million was spent fighting more than 40 massive wildfires, said Jennifer Jones, spokeswoman for the US Forest Service, most of them in Washington state, which along with Alaska has borne the brunt of the disaster. "Overall, the US Forest Service has spent $1.23 billion," Jones told AFP, adding that the bill could get steeper as fires continue to blaze in some western US states.
BICSKE, Hungary (AP) — After misery, delivery. Hundreds of migrants, exhausted after breaking away from police and marching for hours toward Western Europe, boarded buses provided by Hungary's government as Austria in the early-morning hours said it and Germany would let them in.
TORONTO (AP) — Baltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis has homered twice against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night and has five homers in his last eight at-bats to overtake Seattle's Nelson Cruz for the major league lead.
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