Djokovic forced to retire with injury
Novak Djokovic's winning streak ended with a big grimace. The world's top-ranked player was forced to retire in the second set yesterday because of a sore right shoulder, giving Andy Murray the title at the Western & Southern Open in Mason, Ohio. Djokovic had won 16 straight matches since his only loss of the season, in the French Open semifinals June 3 against Roger Federer at Roland Garros. It was Murray's second title this season.
Fitzgerald: 8-year, $120-million deal
The agreement, with guarantees near $50 million, is by far the biggest in the franchise's history.
Fitzgerald is the franchise's career leader in receptions with 613 and needs 294 yards to surpass Roy Green for career yards receiving. He has topped 1,000 yards receiving in five of his seven NFL seasons, including the last four.
Busch edges Johnson at Michigan
Kyle Busch won his fourth NASCAR Sprint Cup race of the year, outlasting Jimmie Johnson in a green-white-checkered finish at Michigan International Speedway. Busch, the series points leader coming into the race, passed Johnson with about a dozen laps left. It was Busch's first career win at Michigan.
Simpson wins first title
Webb Simpson won the Wyndham Championship for his first PGA Tour title, finishing with a bogey-free 3-under 67 for a three-stroke victory. The Raleigh native and former Wake Forest standout had an 18-under 262 total at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.
Repole's colts sharp in workouts
Mike Repole's 3-year-old colts Stay Thirsty and Uncle Mo turned in sharp workouts Sunday on Saratoga's main track for scheduled starts there Saturday. Stay Thirsty breezed 5 furlongs in 1:01.62 for Javier Castellano, who will ride him in the Grade I, 11/4-mile Travers. Stay Thirsty turned in a career-best performance July 30, winning the Jim Dandy by four lengths. "I think with the way he ran over this track and the way he's going," trainer Todd Pletcher said, "we're happy to be in the position we're in."
Uncle Mo was impressive in his final tuneup for the Grade I, 7-furlong King's Bishop, breezing 5 furlongs under John Velazquez in 59.90 seconds, with a final quarter-mile in a quick: 23.62. It was the sixth breeze for the 2010 2-year-old champion since he recovered from the liver ailment that forced him out of the Triple Crown. "He hasn't run since April and he was sick and all of that,'' Pletcher said, "but since he came here July 11 I don't think anything could have went better than it's gone."