Friday, September 4, 2015
Professional Sports
Mercedes dominates opening Italian GP practice; Vettel spins

Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg dominated the opening practice session for the Italian Grand Prix on Friday, while Sebastian Vettel spun out at low speed after setting the third-fastest time in his Ferrari.

Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz Jr. also spun out, more seriously, and slid off the track and had to abandon his car.

Players hoping "Deflategate" can usher in change

Tom Brady is free and Ramon Foster can't help but laugh. Sorry, the irony is just a little too delicious.

The Pittsburgh Steelers' guard remembers joining the rest of his teammates in declining to ratify the new collective bargaining agreement between the owners and the NFL Players Association in the summer of 2011 because of concerns it gave Commissioner Roger Goodell too much authority.

Lawn tennis club in Pontiac, hosts national tourney

The Wessen Tennis Club, like the land of Oz, is awash in emerald green. With 24 grass courts, meticulously groomed and framed by plantings of white petunias, a glittering Olympic pool and elegantly casual clubhouse, the place is also a fantasy land, plunked improbably a few blocks from downtown Pontiac.

Three years ago, the 10-acre site was the glass-and-trash strewn, forsaken Hayes Jones Community Center, named for an Olympic sprinter and slated for demolition. Even so, Pontiac residents didn't initially welcome a bid to turn abandoned city-owned land into a private club. But William E. Massie, Cranbrook's architect in residence, would not shake the vision in his head, according to The Detroit News ( http://bit.ly/1Q8l3cD ).

US Open Lookahead: Venus Williams could use tips from Serena

Venus Williams' opponent in the third round of the U.S. Open on Friday is 18-year-old Belinda Bencic of Switzerland, who just so happens to be the last player to beat Serena Williams.

And Venus, of course, was well aware of that.

Seager's debut spoiled by Dodgers' collapse vs. Padres

Corey Seager made the most of his major league debut, though it came in a loss.

Seager had two hits, two RBIs, and scored twice in his major league debut but the Los Angeles Dodgers fell 10-7 to the San Diego Padres in the opener of a four-game series on Thursday night.

No. 1 up for grabs at 2nd playoff event in Boston

The second FedEx Cup playoff event is all about the Big Three.

And the battle for No. 1.

Delle Donne wins Dawn Staley Award again

Elena Delle Donne broke out into a huge grin when she talked about winning the Dawn Staley Leadership Award again.

The Chicago Sky star was honored by the league Thursday with the award for the second straight season which recognizes a player whose outreach inspires the community and reflects the former WNBA star's leadership, spirit, charitable efforts and love for the game.

Padres rally for 10-7 win over Dodgers

Jedd Gyorko and Yangervis Solarte powered a late rally against a red-hot opponent.

Gyorko hit a two-run homer and Solarte had four hits to lead the San Diego Padres to a 10-7 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series.

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