Thursday Sports Minute: US Open, Baseball, NFL, Etc.

By Jim McCoy Thu 28th August Sports
NEW YORK (AP) - Top seeded Serena Williams has easily advanced to the third round of the U.S. Open with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Vania King. Eighth-seeded Ana Ivanovic (, who had been having her best season since winning the French Open in 2008, lost to Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 6-4 in the second round. DETROIT (AP) - New York Yankees star Masahiro Tanaka threw 49 pitches in a simulated game today and did not report any unusual pain as he recovers from a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament. The Japanese right-hander is 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA in his first season in the majors, but he hasn't pitched since July 8. LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California coach Steve Sarkisian says he shares blame with the athletic department for publicizing cornerback Josh Shaw's bogus story about injuring his ankles while saving his nephew from drowning. Sarkisian also said that the suspended Shaw could "potentially" return to the Trojans at some point this season. NEW YORK (AP) - Dimitri Patterson disputes the New York Jets' version of his mysterious absence. The suspended cornerback said in a statement to ESPN today that the Jets' claims that he went missing for 48 hours without notifying the team are "completely false." Patterson was suspended Tuesday for the rest of the preseason after he left the team, according to the Jets, and went missing last Friday night before the preseason game against the Giants without speaking to anyone in the organization. CLEVELAND (AP) - A person familiar with Josh Gordon's situation says the suspended wide receiver wants to play in the Canadian Football League, but is prohibited from doing so. Under CFL rules, a player suspended by the NFL and under contract is not eligible to play in Canada. But if the Cleveland Browns released Gordon, he would be able to play elsewhere.

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