The Latest: Borna Coric reaches 1st Slam QF at US Open

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first_imgThe Latest: Borna Coric reaches 1st Slam QF at US Open No. 27 seed Borna Coric has reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal by beating Jordan Thompson 7-5, 6-1, 6-3 on Sunday night in Louis Armstrong Stadium.This one was much more straightforward than Coric’s previous outing. In the third round Friday, the 23-year-old from Croatia needed to save six match points to come back and beat No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas in the third round.Next for Coric is a matchup with No. 5 Alexander Zverev.___6:05 p.m. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local):8:35 p.m.While Novak Djokovic’s disqualification is grabbing all of the attention on Day 7 of the U.S. Open, there are other matches on the fourth-round schedule. The hard-hitting, 25-year-old Brady knocked off Angelique Kerber 6-1, 6-4 in the opening match Sunday. The 41st-ranked Brady used her dominant forehand to take control in a 22-minute first set.Brady has yet to drop a set and has lost only 19 games in her four matches.For Kerber, it was an abrupt end to a resurgent week. The 2016 U.S. Open champion couldn’t make headway against Brady’s consistently solid serve and groundstrokes.Brady, who is one of four American women still alive in singles, will face either Petra Martic or Yulia Putintseva in her first Grand Slam quarterfinal match.Brady took a medical timeout while leading 3-2 in the second set to get her left leg treated. She returned to the court with her upper leg wrapped and finished it off in an hour and 28 minutes — her longest match of the tournament. Shelby Rogers has become the second American women to advance to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open.The 93rd-ranked Rogers upset sixth-seeded Petra Kvitova 7-6 (5), 3-6, 7-6 (6) for her second berth in a Grand Slam quarterfinal and her first at Flushing Meadows.In the day’s opening match, American Jennifer Brady extended her dominant showing at the U.S. Open and reached the quarterfinals for the first time, knocking off Angelique Kerber 6-1, 6-4. She’ll face Yulia Putintseva in the quarterfinals.___4:20 p.m. Top-seeded Novak Djokovic has been defaulted from his fourth-round match at the U.S. Open after he accidentally hit a line judge with a tennis ball.It was a stunning end to Djokovic’s bid for an 18th Grand Slam title and his 26-0 start to this season.Djokovic had just lost a game to his opponent, Pablo Carreno Busta, to fall behind 6-5 in the first set.As he walked to the sideline for the changeover, Djokovic smacked a ball behind him. The ball hit a female line judge, who dropped to her knees at the back of the court.After a discussion of several minutes with officials on court, Djokovic walked over to shake hands with Carreno Busta, and the default was announced. September 6, 2020 Martic took a medical timeout to get her left foot treated and wrapped before the final game of the match. She finished with 39 unforced errors — 14 more than Putintseva, who will play American Jennifer Brady.Brady also reached her first U.S. Open quarterfinal by beating Angelique Kerber 6-1, 6-4 in the day’s opening match.___2:45 p.m.Alexander Zverev used a dominating serve to beat an injury-slowed opponent and reach the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open for the first time. Associated Press Zverev served 18 aces during a 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 victory over Alexandro Davidovich Fokina, who got his right ankle taped after the opening game of the third set and had trouble moving on court.The fifth-seeded Zverev is the first German to reach the U.S. Open quarterfinals since Tommy Haas in 2007.___12:45 p.m.Jennifer Brady has extended her dominant showing at the U.S. Open and reached the quarterfinals for the first time. ___11:15 a.m.The U.S. Open reaches its midpoint today under a sunny sky with temperatures topping out in the low 80s Fahrenheit (around 28 degrees Celsius).The day begins with Angelique Kerber — a three-time Grand Slam champion who won at Flushing Meadows in 2016 — trying to extend her strong run through the bracket, facing 28th-seeded Jennifer Brady. Fourth-seeded Naomi Osaka plays later.On the men’s side, top-seeded Novak Djokovak is trying to stay unbeaten in 2020 and extend his bid for a fourth U.S. Open title. ___3:05 p.m.Yulia Putintseva threw her racket to the ground after dropping the second set, a moment of frustration that became her turning point.The 35th-ranked player recovered for a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 victory over No. 8 seed Petra Martic and her first berth in a U.S. Open quarterfinal.Putintseva has been the best in the women’s bracket at breaking serve, and she converted four of nine chances. ___More AP tennis: https://apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

Spring game is preview of fall season

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first_imgAnother spring session is in the books for the Trojan football team, and now the wait begins for fall practice and the opener against the Alabama Crimson Tide. Spring practice is great for showcasing potentially new dynamic players as well as offering a glimpse of what the season ahead brings. This year, Clay Helton’s first as head coach, was no different.While most of the focus surrounded the quarterback battle between redshirt junior Max Browne and redshirt freshman Sam Darnold, there were points of interest all across the Trojan roster. In addition, fans and players got their first taste of the newly assembled coaching staff. The group of coaches offers an interesting blend of holdovers from the current staff, returning coaches on their second tour of USC and Helton connections.Coaching is such an important component of player development at the collegiate level, and it seems that this group knows what they are doing. While it is still early, and the sample size is only 15 practices, the quotes and practice assessments coming from both coaches and players seem to be markedly improved in terms of discipline and organization from years past.In particular, both sides of the line appear to be in good hands. The offensive line, which returns the bulk of their depth chart, is led by new coach Neil Callaway. Callaway has more than 30 years of experience in coaching, and brings sage wisdom and a low key approach that has the line looking in sync and developing at a rapid pace. So far, Callaway has impressed with his role during the spring and could be the best line coach the Trojans have had since Tim Drevno during the 2014 season.An offensive line that is strong and mobile as well as disciplined will be a key to the Trojans’ success regardless of who is under center. On the defensive side, the front four will set the tone for a back seven that returns a wealth of talent.Unfortunately, the front four is relatively thin at this stage. Redshirt junior defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow Jr., who was expected to be an anchor on the line this year, was lost for the season during the spring. The Trojans suffered another scare yesterday as sophomore defensive tackle Noah Jefferson left practice with what Helton said is hopefully a minor injury. Any more losses on an already beleaguered front four will make first-year coach Kenenchi Udeze’s job even harder.Udeze who was a star at USC and part of the Wild Bunch 2 line that featured fellow NFL stalwarts Mike Patterson and Sean Cody in addition to Omar Nazel, moves into a position coaching role with great promise and fanfare. What he may lack in years of coaching, Udeze more than makes up for with enthusiasm, passion and firsthand knowledge and experience of what it takes to be great at both the collegiate and professional level.One of Udeze’s strengths in the spring and hopefully going forward will be the development of some of USC’s younger athletes on the line who have demonstrated tremendous potential and just to need refine their technique to elevate their game.Building up strong lines on both sides of the ball will allow Helton to implement his desired game plan, and win with a punishing and high octane attack. One spring session won’t build the final product, as that will take some serious time, but the Trojans made some serious strides in their first 15 sessions.The team is stacked at the receiver and running back positions and has many young and talented defensive backs and linebackers. With a renewed emphasis on spreading the ball around next season, the Trojans could have some other position players join junior wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, junior defensive back and wide receiver Adoree’ Jackson and sophomore tailback Ronald Jones II on the national radar. If they can stay healthy athletes like redshirt junior wide receiver Steven Mitchell Jr., senior wide receiver Darreus Rogers, redshirt sophomore wide receiver Ajene Harris and sophomore tailback Dominic Davis all could have expanded roles in the offense.Ultimately, regardless of who is under center in the first game, if the Trojans can further develop their offensive line and make sure either Darnold and Browne has enough time to spread the ball around to the immense talent surrounding them, the Trojans could be in great shape next season.Spring session is over and the early results on offense look promising. Now, the fall will be about making sure the defense can stay healthy and match the offenses’ progress so Helton’s debut season as head coach will be a successful one.Jake Davidson is a junior majoring in accounting. His column, “Davidson’s Direction,” runs Mondays.last_img read more