Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Serbia, Spain reach World Cup knockout rounds
Heavyweights Serbia and Spain advanced to the basketball World Cup quarter-finals with a match to spare and were joined by Poland and Argentina after all four sides won their opening second group stage matches on Friday. Serbia mauled Puerto Rico 90-47 and Spain overpowered Italy 67-60 in Group J, while Poland beat Russia 79-74 and Argentina breezed past Venezuela 87-67 as the quartet stretched their perfect records to four successive wins.
Canada's pride Andreescu delivers on hype at Flushing Meadows
Clobbering her way past her semi-final opponent Belinda Bencic at Flushing Meadows on Thursday, 19-year-old Bianca Andreescu proved she is no longer an underdog. Andreescu's win over Bencic also meant she became the first Canadian woman to make the U.S. Open final, where she faces Serena Williams, who is chasing a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam single title.
Report: Raiders WR Brown issues 'emotional apology' to team
Wide receiver Antonio Brown approached Oakland Raiders general manager Mike Mayock while he was watching practice to initiate the exchange that led to the men being physically separated on Wednesday, ESPN and NFL Network reported Friday. According to ESPN, Brown was flanked by the team's captains on Friday morning when he opened a team meeting with an "emotional apology."
Serena poised for multiple record-breaking U.S. Open final
Twenty years after an improbable run at the age of 17 to her maiden U.S. Open victory, Serena Williams is running out of records to break. Tantalizingly close to tying Margaret Court's record 24 Grand Slam titles, Williams is already tennis' undisputed GOAT (Greatest of All Time) in the eyes of her legions of adoring fans, with an ever-growing, odds-defying career and trophy case.
Semenya eyes 'new journey' after signing for South African club JVW
Double Olympic champion Caster Semenya could trade her running shoes for soccer boots as early as next year after the 28-year-old signed for South African women's club JVW FC. The South African athlete will not be able to defend her 800 meters title at the world championships later this month after the Swiss Federal Tribunal reversed a ruling that temporarily lifted testosterone regulations imposed on her.
Bears, Nagy search for remedy after 'ridiculous' opener
On the optimistic side, Matt Nagy has 10 days to evaluate and implement a fix for an ailing offense after the Chicago Bears put up three points in what the second-year head coach termed a "ridiculous" showing Thursday against the Green Bay Packers. The Packers won the opener 10-3 at Soldier Field.
Sharks re-sign veteran C Thornton to one-year deal
Joe Thornton signed a one-year contract with the San Jose Sharks, returning for a 22nd NHL season. The team announced the signing but didn't reveal contract terms. The Athletic reported the deal is worth $2 million.
Chiefs sign WR Hill to three-year, $54 million extension
The Kansas City Chiefs signed wide receiver Tyreek Hill to a contract extension on Friday, two days before the regular season begins. The Chiefs did not disclose the terms of the deal, however multiple outlets reported that it was a three-year, $54 million extension with $35 million guaranteed.
Wizards rookie Hachimura to miss rest of World Cup
Washington Wizards rookie forward Rui Hachimura will sit out the final two World Cup games for Japan because of fatigue and knee discomfort. "While everyone had hoped for Rui to finish the World Cup with Team Japan, the Wizards and Japan Basketball believe it is best for Rui to not play the final two games and have a short period of rest before he must start NBA training camp with the Wizards, which begins only three weeks from now," the Japanese Basketball Association said in a statement released by the NBA team.
NYCFC shooting for the top spot against Revolution
New York City FC has played the fewest matches among Eastern Conference competitors but could find itself atop the heap after Saturday afternoon's contest against the visiting New England Revolution. NYCFC (14-5-8, 50 points), which already has punched its postseason ticket, is one point behind East-leading Philadelphia with two matches in hand.