Sports Digest: Djokovic gets rid of difficulty at Italian Open – Press Herald

18September 2020


Novak Djokovic advanced to the Italian Open quarterfinals for the 14th straight year with a 7-6 (7 ), 6-3 triumph over Filip Krajinovic in Rome.

Djokovic, a four-time Italian Open champ, needed 1 hour, 28 minutes to win the very first set on a day when temperature levels scored to 90 degrees.

In the ladies’s tournament, top-seeded Simona Halep improved to 7-0 in tennis’ reboot with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Dayana Yastremska.


FOOTBALL: Baylor’s season opener against Houston, scheduled less than a week back, was among 2 Bowl Neighborhood video games postponed Friday– the day prior to before they were expected to play.

Florida Atlantic’s opener versus Georgia Southern was held off earlier in the day, following the results of FAU’s COVID-19 screening Thursday. In both cases, the schools included stated they would search for makeup dates.

Baylor said it was not able to meet COVID-19 lineup thresholds set by the Big 12. The school did not offer specifics on the gamers or positions affected by the coronavirus or the number of players who were quarantined due to contact tracing.

GUY’S BASKETBALL: The Maui Invitational is moving to the mainland throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Among the premier preseason competitions on the college basketball schedule, the occasion will be dipped into the Harrah’s Cherokee Center in downtown Asheville, North Carolina.

Dates have yet to be completed. The NCAA announced Wednesday that the college basketball season will start Nov. 25.

This year’s Maui Invitational field consists of Alabama, Davidson, Indiana, North Carolina, Providence, Stanford, Texas and UNLV.


LPGA: Safeguarding champion Hannah Green shot a 6-under 66 to get a share of the lead with Cydney Clanton at the Cambria Portland Classic, which has actually been minimized to 54 holes due to the fact that of bad air quality in Oregon brought on by wildfires.

Green was able to end up in fading light after a 1 1/2-hour lightning hold-up, while numerous other afternoon starters were still on the course when darkness suspended play.

CHAMPIONS TRIP: Jim Furyk birdied four of the last six holes for an 8-under 64 and the first-round lead in the Pure Insurance Champion at Pebble Beach, California.

Trying to sign up with Arnold Palmer and Bruce Fleisher as the only players to win their first 2 starts on the senior tour, Furyk had a one-stroke lead over Ernie Els, Cameron Beckman and Stephen Leaney.


XFINITY: The last regular-season race of the Xfinity Series showed to be a preview of the upcoming playoffs, as title competitors Chase Briscoe and Austin Cindric controlled yet another occasion.

Briscoe passed Cindric with 5 laps remaining at Bristol Motor Speedway, attacking when Cindric lost power steering. Briscoe raced to his series-best seventh triumph of the year, while regular-season champion Cindric slipped to a third-place surface.

Ross Chastain, poised for a likely promo to the Cup Series with Chip Ganassi Racing, followed Briscoe past Cindric in the subsiding laps and ended up second.


CLUB WORLD CUP: The Club World Cup is unlikely to occur in December as scheduled since of the pandemic interruption that postponed the crowning of continental champions, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said.

The seven-club competitors was because of be staged for a second consecutive year by Qatar as part of preparations for the Gulf nation hosting the World Cup in 2022.

GERMANY: The brand-new Bundesliga began with eight-time defending champion Bayern Munich routing Schalke 8-0 in an empty arena.

Serge Gnabry scored a hat technique, and beginner Leroy Sane notched a goal and 2 helps.

MLS: Argentinian player Gonzalo Higuain signed with Inter Miami, a day after the 32-year-old forward ended his agreement with Italian champion Juventus.

Higuain signed as a designated player whose salary biggest is not counted under the league’s salary cap.

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