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This Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, satellite image released by NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) shows Tropical Storm Dolphin moving northbound toward Japan. The tropical storm developing in the Pacific Ocean, was slowly sweeping toward Japan Tuesday, threatening the main island of Honshu with heavy rainfall and harsh winds. (NASA via AP)

Storm heading northward toward Japan packing winds, downpour

Sep. 21, 2020 8:23 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A tropical storm developing in the Pacific Ocean, was slowly sweeping toward Japan on Tuesday, threatening the main island of Honshu with heavy rainfall and harsh winds. Tropical Storm Dolphin had sustained winds of up to 51 miles per hour as of Tuesday morning. Heavy rainfall have set off...

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2020, file photo, Naomi Osaka, of Japan, wears a protective mask due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, featuring the name

Japan celebrates Osaka; Sponsors cautious about activism

Sep. 14, 2020 4:52 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is celebrating Naomi Osaka's victory at the U.S. Open, especially her array of corporate sponsors. But like much of Japan, they are more muted in backing — or understanding — her campaign against racial injustice in the United States. Unlike the U.S., Japan has relatively...

Naomi Osaka, of Japan, holds up the championship trophy while posing for photographs at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in New York.(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Analysis: Naomi Osaka is poised to lead tennis on, off court

Sep. 13, 2020 3:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Naomi Osaka is at the top of tennis right now, poised to lead the way on the court -- and off it -- for years to come. Still just 22, she already owns three Grand Slam titles after winning the U.S. Open. All were claimed in a span of the past seven major tournaments, thanks primarily to her...

Naomi Osaka, of Japan, holds up the championship trophy after defeating Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, in the women's singles final of the US Open tennis championships, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Naomi Osaka comes back, beats Azarenka for 2nd US Open title

Sep. 12, 2020 9:16 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — After one errant forehand in the first set of the U.S. Open final, Naomi Osaka looked at her coach in the mostly empty Arthur Ashe Stadium stands with palms up, as if to say, “What the heck is happening?” In response to another wayward forehand against Victoria Azarenka...

Naomi Osaka, of Japan, reacts during the women's singles final against Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, during the US Open tennis championships, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

The Latest: De Groot wins US Open women's wheelchair title

Sep. 12, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local): ___ 6:50 p.m. Diede De Groot of the Netherlands won the U.S. Open women’s wheelchair singles title, beating Yui Kamiji of Japan 6-3, 6-3. The No. 1 seed took advantage of an opportunity it appeared she and the other...

Serena Williams, of the United States, reacts during a semifinal match of the US Open tennis championships against Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Short of No. 24 again, Williams loses to Azarenka at US Open

Sep. 11, 2020 1:14 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams already was struggling to keep up in a fast-paced U.S. Open semifinal when she stopped behind the baseline after a third-set point and leaned over. She held that pose for a bit, then clutched at her lower left leg and asked for a trainer. While Williams took a medical...

Dominic Thiem, of Austria, stretches for a return against Alex de Minaur, of Australia, during the quarterfinal round of the US Open tennis championships, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

US Open Glance: Thiem-Medvedev, Zverev-Carreño Busta in SF

Sep. 11, 2020 1:03 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A quick look at the U.S. Open: LOOKAHEAD TO FRIDAY For the first time in 16 years, the men's semifinals at a Grand Slam tournament will be contested without any of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic participating. Instead, the matchups at Flushing Meadows on Friday will feature a...

Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, right, greets Serena Williams, of the United States, after winning their semifinal match of the US Open tennis championships, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

The Latest: Azarenka hopes she, Serena inspire mothers

Sep. 11, 2020 12:16 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local): ___ 12:15 a.m. Victoria Azarenka hopes the performance of mothers like herself and Serena Williams will inspire women to chase their dreams. Azarenka rallied to beat Williams 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 and advance to the U.S. Open final,...

Dominic Thiem, of Austria, returns to Alex de Minaur, of Australia, during the quarterfinal round of the US Open tennis championships, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

The Latest: Thiem advances to U.S. Open semifinals

Sep. 9, 2020 11:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local): 11:05 p.m. Dominic Thiem advanced to the U.S. Open semifinals with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 victory over Alex de Minaur. The second-seeded Thiem is set for a date at Flushing Meadows with Daniil Medvedev. Medvedev is the 2019 U.S. Open...

Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, reacts after winning a point against Karolina Muchova, of the Czech Republic, during the fourth round of the US Open tennis championships, Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

The Latest: Azarenka faces Mertens in US Open quarterfinals

Sep. 7, 2020 10:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times EDT): 10:40 p.m. Victoria Azarenka extended her two-week surge into the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open. Azarenka won her ninth straight match, beating No. 20 Karolina Muchova 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 for her first quarterfinal appearance at...