Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Thiem beats Ramos-Vinolas to win first title on home soil in Kitzbuehel
Austria's world number four Dominic Thiem beat Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-6(0) 6-1 on Saturday to win the Kitzbuehel Open, his 14th ATP singles title and his first on home soil. The 25-year-old top seed wrapped up the match in 98 minutes to clinch his third title of the year after wins in Indian Wells and Barcelona. Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are the only other players to win three titles this year.
Bogey-free An leads by one shot going into final day at Wyndham
An Byeong-hun stayed ahead in his quest for a breakthrough PGA Tour victory on Saturday, remaining bogey-free for the tournament with a four-under-par 66 in the third round at the Wyndham Championship. The South Korean, joint leader in the first round and alone in front overnight, will start the final round on 17-under, one stroke ahead of Americans Webb Simpson (65) and Brice Garnett (66) at Sedgefield Country Club.
Japan's Shibuno storms into two-shot lead at Women's British Open
Japan's Hinako Shibuno will take a two-shot lead heading into the final round of the Women's British Open in Milton Keynes after carding a five-under 67 to move to 14 under on Saturday. The 20-year-old, competing in her first-ever LPGA major, birdied seven holes to leapfrog overnight leader Ashleigh Buhai, who bogeyed three of the back-nine holes to finish the third round with a par score and drop to second place.
Report: Lakers, Clippers to clash on Opening Day
NBA fans reportedly will see the first showdown for Los Angeles supremacy on Oct. 22 when LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Lakers meet Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and the Clippers. Shams Charania of The Athletic reported the opening date on Saturday, adding the Toronto Raptors will begin defense of their NBA title that day against the new-look New Orleans Pelicans and No. 1 draft pick Zion Williamson.
Falcons QB Benkert has 'major' toe injury
The toe injury suffered by Atlanta Falcons quarterback Kurt Benkert in Thursday's Hall of Fame Game could cost him the backup role. Pushing veteran Matt Schaub for the No. 2 spot behind Matt Ryan, Benkert boosted his cause in the preseason opener by completing 19 of 34 passes for 185 yards and a touchdown against the Denver Broncos in Canton, Ohio.
Felix says female athletes are united for change
Female athletes from across all sports are drawing inspiration from one another as they fight for equal treatment, Olympic sprint champion Allyson Felix told Reuters this week. Felix said the brave steps taken by U.S. gymnasts, who spoke out against a serial sexual abuser, and the U.S. women's soccer team, who have sued their federation for equal pay, have helped give athletes like herself the courage to speak up.
Report: Raiders WR Brown to visit foot specialist
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown plans to visit a foot specialist, The Athletic reported Saturday. Brown was briefly on the non-football injury list when training camp opened but was cleared to practice on July 28. He has yet to be a full participant, however. The specific nature of the injury has not been revealed.
Game in disarray, Spieth misses 54-hole cut at Wyndham
Barely a year after being ranked a lofty third in the world, Jordan Spieth made an ignominious early departure from the Wyndham Championship on Saturday, a pale shadow of his former self, his game and confidence in tatters. Spieth has been battling an inconsistent swing most of the year, with a tendency to hit a couple of awful and costly shots each round, and nothing he did at Sedgefield this week suggests he is any closer to solving the problem.
Saban denies offering job to ex-OSU assistant Smith
Alabama coach Nick Saban denied offering a job to former Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith, who was fired in July 2018 amid allegations of domestic violence. In text messages released Friday by Ohio State related to Smith's firing, the former wide receivers coach wrote to then-head coach Urban Meyer in January 2018 to say that Alabama had offered him a chance to join Saban's staff.
Giorgi ends teenager McNally's run in DC semi-finals
Italy's Camila Giorgi ended American teenager Caty McNally's surprising run with a 7-6(5) 6-2 victory in the semi-finals of the Citi Open in Washington on Saturday. The big-hitting Giorgi, on the comeback trail after wrist and ankle injuries, prevailed in an opening tie break, then dominated the 17-year-old in the second set, winning five games in a row.