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What to watch Monday at US Open: Djokovic, Nadal left wrists
NEW YORK (AP) -- All eyes will be on a very important pair of left wrists during Day 1 of the U.S. Open - those belonging to Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal....

Kaepernick will sit through anthem until there's change
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- Defiant, and determined to be a conduit for U.S. change, Colin Kaepernick plans to sit through the national anthem for as long as he feels is appropriate and until he sees significant progress in America - specifically when it comes to race relations....

Pick Six: Blanding, Harris, Likely star for struggling teams
Nick Saban likes to tell all his four- and five-star recruits that if Alabama succeeds, all the individual accolades they crave will come with it....

Gabby Douglas hospitalized, misses MTV Video Music Awards
NEW YORK (AP) -- Olympic gymnastics star Gabby Douglas was hospitalized Sunday night, forcing her to miss a scheduled appearance with her U.S. teammates at the MTV Video Music Awards....

Four of the Final Five from Rio get hugs from Beyonce
NEW YORK (AP) -- Four of the Final Five gymnastics greats from the Rio Olympics wished ailing teammate Gabby Douglas well and got hugs from best female video winner Beyonce on Sunday night at the MTV Video Music Awards....

"Worn out" Ortiz still producing in last year with Red Sox
BOSTON (AP) -- In what's become a regular scene, David Ortiz stepped into the dugout, preparing for batting practice, when a team staff member asked if he was ready....

Reed gets off the bubble and into victory mode
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- Patrick Reed occupied the eighth and final spot in the Ryder Cup standings going into the final qualifying event, which brought him the attention no one wants. He was the guy on the bubble, and most of the chatter was negative....

LEADING OFF: Jays roll into Baltimore; Porcello seeks 18th W
A look at what's happening all around the majors today:...

Russian athletes visit air base in Syria used to strike IS
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian athletes including the women's pole vault world record holder, Yelena Isinbayeva, have visited an air base in Syria that Russia uses to target Islamic State fighters....

Mondesi's triple keys big inning, Royals beat Red Sox 10-4
BOSTON (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals keep finding different sources for timely hits during a red-hot August....

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