Sep 5, 2011, 10:49 p.m.

Wozniacki, Williams and Djokovic reach quarters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Caroline Wozniacki won a late-night thriller against former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova at the U.S. Open on Monday to stay on course for a heavyweight showdown with Serena Williams. The world number one Wozniacki clawed her way back from the brink of defeat to win 6-7 7-5 6-1 and advance to the quarter-finals after a three-hour clash that ended shortly before midnight.

Lee silences Braves to keep Phillies on track

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Cliff Lee proved dominant again as he steamrolled through the Atlanta Braves' lineup to give Philadelphia a 9-0 shutout victory and win his seventh consecutive start on Monday. The left-hander did not walk a batter and struck out six to continue his masterful stretch for the Major League-leading Phillies (89-48). who are closing in on a fifth straight division title.

Boston's Beckett leaves game with ankle problem

TORONTO (Reuters) - The struggling Boston Red Sox's latest defeat was made all the more painful after ace pitcher Josh Beckett was forced to abandon the mound early in the game with a right ankle injury on Monday. Beckett felt discomfort in the ankle during the fourth inning of a then scoreless contest against the Toronto Blue Jays and was promptly removed.

White Sox Stewart just misses perfect game in win

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (Reuters) - Rookie pitcher Zach Stewart flirted with a rare perfect game before settling for a one-hit victory in the Chicago White Sox's 4-0 triumph over Minnesota on Monday. The 24-year-old Stewart, making just his eighth career start, took a perfect game into the eighth inning, where Twins third baseman Danny Valencia hit a lead-off double to ruin the streak of perfection.

Redskins' Grossman beats Beck for starting QB spot

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Washington Redskins named Rex Grossman as their starting quarterback to begin the regular season, ending an off-season competition for the coveted position on Monday. Grossman and contender John Beck had competed through training camp and pre-season games with coach Mike Shanahan remaining tight-lipped about which player had the edge.

Money matters resolved, race to Super Bowl begins

MIAMI (Reuters) - With the bitter wrangling over money now resolved and the charade of pre-season games over, the NFL finally gets down to real business this week when the race to the Super Bowl begins. The 2011 season starts in spectacular style on Thursday at Lambeau Field where the Green Bay Packers host the New Orleans Saints in a battle of the past two Super Bowl champions.

Nadal's fitness under microscope at U.S. Open

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The forecast of heavy rain at the U.S. Open for Tuesday may come as a welcome relief to Rafa Nadal after his health scare at the last grand slam of the year. The defending champion collapsed during his post-match news conference on Sunday because of severe cramping in his right leg after he had beaten David Nalbandian on a hot and humid afternoon at Flushing Meadows.

Els withstands playoff pressure to move on in FedExCup

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