Sep 4, 2011, 11:57 p.m.

Nadal collapses after win at scorching U.S. Open

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal sent shockwaves through the U.S. Open on Sunday when he collapsed during his post-match news conference because of severe cramping in his leg as the first week of the tournament ended in dramatic fashion. The scorching conditions have been a key factor in the 18 retirements so far at the final major of the season, and for a brief moment it appeared the defending men's champion would join them in an event that has become a survival of the fittest.

American men enjoy success at U.S. Open

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Amid much moaning in U.S. media about the state of the nation's tennis prowess, veteran Andy Roddick, emerging Donald Young and big serving John Isner kept up a strong showing by American men with wins at the U.S. Open Sunday. Roddick, the main flagbearer for American men in recent years and the 2003 U.S. Open champion, beat France's Julien Benneteau, 22-year-old Young followed with a one-sided win over 24th seed Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina and Isner beat compatriot Alex Bogomolov to reach the fourth round.

Tigers maul White Sox 18-2 to sweep series

DETROIT (Reuters) - The Detroit Tigers completed a three-game sweep with a humiliating 18-2 pounding of the Chicago White Sox on Sunday to maintain their 6.5-game lead in the American League Central division. Marching toward their first division title since 1987, the Tigers compiled 24 hits as they stormed to an 18-0 lead before Chicago salvaged two runs in the ninth to avoid the shutout.

Rampaging Rangers hammer Red Sox 11-4

BOSTON (Reuters) - The Texas Rangers capped a three-game series of lopsided results with an 11-4 win over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday. The win cemented the Rangers' (80-61) lead in the American League West but left Boston 1- games behind New York in the AL East.

Championships close with rule debate raging

DAEGU, South Korea (Reuters) - There were tears and glory, a solitary world record and athletics firsts. There was even a Daegu curse. But for most, the story of the 13th world athletics championships will be disqualifications. Drama, of one kind or another, was ever-present against a back drop of velvet mountains draped in mist.

Dazzling Bolt leads Jamaica to world record

DAEGU, South Korea (Reuters) - The world's fastest man Usain Bolt anchored Jamaica to a golden 4x100m relay world record in the final race of the 13th world athletics championships on Sunday. Like so often before, Bolt crossed the line all on his own and once again his performance cast all others into the shade.

Taylor stuns Idowu to win triple jump gold

DAEGU, South Korea (Reuters) - American Christian Taylor stunned defending champion Phillips Idowu with a world leading leap of 17.96 meters to win triple jump gold at the world championships on Sunday. The 21-year-old Taylor powered down the runway on his fourth attempt and landed just shy of the 18 meter mark, leaping out of the sandpit and slapping his chest in delight at becoming the fifth best triple jumper of all time.

Jeter leads U.S. to women's sprint relay gold

DAEGU, South Korea (Reuters) - The United States won the women's 4x100 meters relay title at the world championships on Sunday, Carmelita Jeter bringing the anchor leg home in a time of 41.56. Defending champions Jamaica took second place in 41.70 and Ukraine claimed the bronze medal in 42.51.

Watson clings to lead at Deutsche Bank event

NORTON, Massachusetts (Reuters) - Bubba Watson regained his composure after dropping three shots on the back nine holes to grab a one stroke lead after the third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship on Sunday. The American made a birdie at the penultimate hole for a round of one-under-par 70 after losing his advantage with three bogeys between the 11th and 15th holes.

Buccaneers' Hall of Famer Selmon dies at 56

TAMPA BAY (Reuters) - Lee Roy Selmon, the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers Hall of Fame defensive lineman, died on Sunday two days after suffering a stroke at the age of 56. Widely recognized as the greatest Buccaneers player of all time, Selmon was one of the franchise's pioneer players and a fierce defensive presence.

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