NEW YORK (AP) -- No. 2-ranked Rafael Nadal won his 13th Grand Slam title by edging No. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in a riveting U.S. Open final filled with lengthy points and fantastic shotmaking.
Nadal's victory Monday gave him a second championship at Flushing Meadows, and came a year after he missed the tournament with a knee injury.
This was their 37th head-to-head match, the most between two men in the Open era, and their third U.S. Open final in four years. Nadal beat Djokovic for the 2010 title, and Djokovic won their rematch in 2011.
Nadal improved to 60-3 with nine titles this season. His total of 13 major trophies ranks third in the history of men's tennis, behind only Roger Federer's 17 and Pete Sampras' 14.
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) - While Clint Bowyer's spin got all the attention at Richmond, a few questions from a puzzled Brian Vickers and the promise of a post-race kiss led to one hefty punishment from NASCAR.
Ryan Newman replaced Martin Truex Jr. in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship on Monday night when NASCAR penalized Michael Waltrip Racing for manipulating the outcome of last weekend's race.
MWR was fined $300,000, and general manager Ty Norris received an indefinite suspension. Truex, Bowyer and Vickers were docked 50 points apiece - but Bowyer's deduction does not affect his position in the Chase, which begins Sunday at Chicago.
''We penalize to ask for it to not happen again,'' NASCAR President Mike Helton said. ''It's a message from the league or the sanctioning body saying 'You can't do this.'''
DETROIT (AP) - Ndamukong Suh might've gotten himself in trouble with another nasty play on the field.
Suh's illegal low block in Detroit's game on Sunday against Minnesota will be reviewed for potential discipline, NFL spokesman Randall Liu confirmed Monday in an email to The Associated Press.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - The Giants are denying an allegation from Dallas owner Jerry Jones that they faked injuries during a long touchdown drive by the Cowboys in New York's season-opening loss.
Jones said after Dallas' 36-31 victory Sunday night that ''it was so obvious it was funny'' when linebacker Dan Connor and defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins went out on consecutive plays in the second quarter, stopping the clock each time.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Jim Harbaugh offered a parting shot at Packers linebacker Clay Matthews: Slapping is not the tough-guy way.
Harbaugh says Matthews threw one punch and slapped 49ers left tackle Joe Staley when they tussled following Matthews' late hit on quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the second quarter of San Francisco's 34-28 season-opening win against Green Bay on Sunday.
Harbaugh said to Matthews, ''If you're going to go to the face, come with some knuckles, not an open slap.''
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - With two big votes out of the way, the IOC awaits another critical decision: electing a new president to lead the Olympic body into the next decade.
Thomas Bach of Germany goes into Tuesday's International Olympic Committee vote as the strong favorite among the field of six candidates vying for the most powerful job in world sports.
Bach, a 59-year-old lawyer and IOC vice president who heads Germany's national Olympic body, has long been considered the front-runner to succeed Jacques Rogge, the 71-year-old Belgian who is stepping down after 12 years in office.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - The IOC wants Lance Armstrong to return his Olympic medal.
IOC Vice President Thomas Bach says Armstrong and the U.S. Olympic Committee have been asked to give back the cycling bronze medal the American won at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
He reached on an infield single in the seventh inning to finish 4 for 4.
It was his first three-homer game.
Cabrera began complaining to home plate umpire Brian Gorman that he felt he was struck in the right leg by a pitch from White Sox starter Chris Sale.
After fouling off the next pitch, Cabrera continued complaining and was ejected by Gorman.
Leyland came to his player's aid and was also ejected after less than a minute of arguing with Gorman.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Oracle Team USA's heart-stopping victory in Race 4 of the America's Cup may have saved the event as well as the syndicate's chances to retain the oldest trophy in international sports.
Skipper Jimmy Spithill aggressively sailed Oracle's 72-foot catamaran to an 8-second victory against Emirates Team New Zealand in the fog, wind and salt spray on San Francisco Bay on Sunday.
Oracle Team USA, owned by software billionaire Larry Ellison of Oracle Corp., hopes the victory helps swing the momentum and allows it to learn a thing or two about what it's going to take to defeat a strong Kiwi team.
NEW YORK (AP) - Dennis Rodman is going back to North Korea, and plans to bring a team of former NBA players with him.
Days after returning from his second trip to visit Kim Jong Un - in which he said he became the first foreigner to hold the leader's newborn daughter - Rodman announced plans Monday to stage two exhibition games in North Korea in January.
The first will be Jan. 8 - Kim's birthday - with another to follow two days later.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Billionaire Chris Hansen must pay $50,000 for his role in a secretive effort to funnel money to a group trying to thwart Sacramento's efforts to build a new downtown arena, the California Fair Political Practices Commission said Monday.
The FPPC found that, just days after the NBA rejected Hansen's $625 million bid to buy the Sacramento Kings and move them to Seattle, he gave $100,000 to a group leading an effort to thwart Sacramento's efforts to keep the team.
The International Cycling Union is being pressured to allow sport's highest court to decide contentious issues surrounding its upcoming presidential election.
Mike Plant, the U.S. delegate on the UCI board, wrote a letter Sunday to President Pat McQuaid, UCI director general Christophe Hubschmid and its management committee asking that they let the Court of Arbitration for Sport decide whether McQuaid can stand for re-election on Sept. 27.
McQuaid claims he has valid nominations from governing bodies in Thailand and Morocco, where he is a member, even though his home Irish and Swiss federations withdrew their support.
Plant's letter was written in response to the UCI's executive board unanimously voting Friday to reject an American-led request to allow to CAS decide whether McQuaid's nominations are valid.
ARAMON FORMIGAL, Spain (AP) - Warren Barguil of France won the mountainous 16th stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Monday, timing his final sprint up the steep Aramon Formigal peak. Vincenzo Nibali of Italy fended off rivals to keep the overall lead.
Barguil, a 21-year-old rider for Argos-Shimano, finished in 3 hours, 43 minutes, 31 seconds. He was just ahead of Rigoberto Uran of Colombia, who finished in the same time.
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