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Thursday's Sports In Brief
September 6, 2013, 4:04 am


NEW YORK (AP) Andy Murray's reign as defending U.S. Open champion ended Thursday in a surprising, frustration-filled 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 quarterfinal loss to ninth-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka.

Third-seeded Murray won his first Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows last year and his second at Wimbledon this July. But he was overmatched from the beginning on a blustery day in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

After making 15 unforced errors against only eight winners in the first set, Murray cracked his racket on the court, then mangled it after walking to the sideline.

This marks the first time since 2010 - when he lost in the third round to Wawrinka - that Murray failed to reach the semifinals at the U.S. Open.

Wawrinka reached his first Grand Slam semifinal. He will face top-seeded Novak Djokovic, who beat 21st-seeded Mikhail Youzhny of Russia 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-0.

The other semifinal is No. 2 Rafael Nadal against No. 8 Richard Gasquet.



DENVER (AP) - Peyton Manning tied an NFL record with seven touchdown passes in a 49-27 victory over the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night.

The Denver Broncos' quarterback becomes the sixth player to throw that many, and the first since Joe Kapp on Sept. 28, 1969.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The first punch thrown at Riley Cooper since it became known he made a racial remark didn't come from an opponent, but a teammate.

Cooper, who left the Philadelphia Eagles for three days in training camp after a video of him using the N-word surfaced on the Internet, found himself in a scuffle with defensive back Cary Williams at practice Thursday. Cooper, a wide receiver, said afterward it had nothing to do with his comment at a Kenny Chesney concert in June. Williams declined to speak to reporters.

HOUSTON (AP) - Safety Ed Reed could play when the Texans open the season at San Diego on Monday night after returning to practice this week as he recovers from hip surgery.

"I don't want to say it can't happen because there's been such good progress," coach Gary Kubiak said. "So we'll see day to day."



BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - In a tight race to land the 2020 Olympics, Tokyo bid leaders focused on the country's clean record in doping, while NBA star Pau Gasol tried to help Madrid on Thursday by saying the games could boost his nation's ailing economy.

Tokyo is hoping to turn the spotlight from the radioactive water leak at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant in northern Japan, while Madrid is looking to fend off concerns related to Spain's high unemployment rate and economic struggles.

The host city will be selected Saturday by the IOC, joined by the third candidate Istanbul. The Turkish city also faces questions about a string of embarrassing doping cases and a civil war in Syria on its border.

Tokyo is considered as the favorite, although the race is viewed as too close to call as IOC members may settle for the bid with the fewest problems.


Geno Auriemma will return to coach the U.S. women's basketball team at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press.

USA Basketball will discuss the move at a news conference Friday in Connecticut. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because the appointment of the Connecticut coach has not been announced.

Auriemma will be the first repeat coach for the U.S. women's Olympic basketball team, which has won a gold medal at the past five games. Mike Krzyzewski decided in May he would return to coach the men a third time.



MILWAUKEE (AP) - A restaurant group is ending its ties with suspended Brewers slugger Ryan Braun.

SURG Restaurant Group said in a statement Thursday it will change the name of the 8-Twelve MVP Bar & Grill in the Milwaukee suburb of Brookfield. "Eight" is Braun's jersey number, while "twelve" refers to the number worn by quarterback Aaron Rodgers with the Green Bay Packers.

Major League Baseball suspended Braun for the rest of the season in July for doping. Braun and Rodgers were friends and business associates, but Rodgers said during training camp he felt duped by Braun's previously strong denial of doping accusations.



The NBA announced Thursday that it will install motion-tracking cameras in every arena this season to provide coaches, players and fans reams of data aimed at pulling back the curtain on what it takes to succeed at basketball's highest level.

The NBA has partnered with STATS on the SportVU cameras, and the relationship has grown from a single arena during the 2009 NBA Finals into a league-wide initiative that will be up and ready for the start of this season. The technology can monitor every move a player makes on the court, gauge how tired he is and can even keep an eye on the job referees are doing.

The project makes the NBA the first professional basketball league in the world, and the first sports league in the United States, to use the technology to analyze player movement.


The Sacramento Kings on Thursday hired Hall of Famer Chris Mullin as an adviser to owner Vivek Ranadive and general manager Pete D'Alessandro.

Mullin had been advising Ranadive in an unofficial capacity since the Silicon Valley software magnate bought the team in May.



PHOENIX (AP) - A 17-year-old national champion boxer died after being found severely beaten in his family's south Phoenix home and police are investigating the case as a homicide.

Authorities say Alexis Urbina died of his injuries Thursday at a hospital.

Phoenix police said the teen was found unconscious and covered in blood in the family's living room about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.



TARRAGONA, Spain (AP) - World champion Philippe Gilbert won the 12th stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Thursday, and Vincenzo Nibali retained the leader's jersey.

Gilbert, a Belgian riding for BMC, caught Edvald Boasson and moved past him in the final yards to cross first ahead of the pack in the 102-mile stage from Maella to Tarragona on the Mediterranean coast.

Gilbert's first stage win of the season comes before he will have a chance to defend his title this month at the world road race championships in Florence, Italy.

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