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Kyrgios beats 2021 champ Medvedev, discusses mental state

Nick Kyrgios has eliminated defending U.S. Open champion and No. 1-ranked Daniil Medvedev in the fourth round. Kyrgios beat Medvedev 7-6 (11), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 on Sunday night in Arthur Ashe Stadium. This is the first time Kyrgios has reached the quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows. This extends the recent run of high-level play for Kyrgios, a 27-year-old Australian who reached his first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon in July. Kyrgios was up to some of his usual anctics but he outplayed Medvedev with the help of 21 aces. Next for Kyrgios is a matchup on Tuesday against Karen Khachanov.

Excitement rises as ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ arrives in Venice

The Venice Film Festival is buzzing with anticipation for Olivia Wilde’s “Don’t Worry Darling,” which is having its world premiere Monday night a the Venice International Film Festival. There’s the eagerness for the film itself, a mid-century styled psychological thriller. There’s also the arrival of Harry Styles, whose otherworldly fame and following may make the Timothée Chalamet mania seen on Friday seem downright quaint. But it seems the most breathlessly awaited event is the film’s press conference Monday afternoon. Rumored behind-the-scenes drama in the making of the film has exploded in the past few weeks and many wonder if the press conference will answer lingering questions.

Andy Ruiz beats Ortiz by decision in heavyweight showdown

Andy Ruiz knocked down Luis Ortiz three times on the way to a unanimous-decision victory Sunday night. Ruiz took a big step toward a chance to become a heavyweight world champion again. Ruiz had all of the big moments while grinding out a decision over Ortiz, a two-time world title challenger. Ruiz knocked down Ortiz twice in the second round and again in the seventh, but Ortiz also punched more accurately during long stretches of relative inactivity for both fighters. Former three-division world champion Abner Mares also fought to a majority draw in his return from a four-year ring absence.

Lee You-Mi of 'Squid Game' among creative arts Emmy winners

Lee You-mi of “Squid Game” along with Colman Domingo, Laurie Metcalf and Nathan Lane were best guest actor winners at Sunday’s creative arts Emmy Awards. The honors were announced at the two-part weekend ceremony, which on Saturday had yielded multiple trophies for the special “Adele: One Night Only” and the documentary “The Beatles: Get Back.”  Each won five trophies. “Euphoria,” “Stranger Things” and “The White Lotus” emerged as Sunday’s big winners, also winning a quintet of trophies apiece. The creative arts awards are a precursor to the main Emmy ceremony that will air at 8 p.m. EDT Sept. 12 on NBC. The host is “Saturday Night Live” cast member Kenan Thompson.

Jabeur in NY quarterfinals for 1st time | US Open updates

Ons Jabeur has extended her career-best run at Flushing Meadows by beating Veronika Kudermetova 7-6 (1), 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals. The No. 5-seeded Jabeur was the runner-up at Wimbledon in July and now is into the quarterfinals at a major tournament for the fourth time. Jabeur will face unseeded Ajla Tomljanovic for a semifinal berth. Tomljanovic eliminated 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams in the third round on Friday, then beat Liudmila Samsonova on Sunday.

Activist floats balloons again despite North Korea's warning

An activist said he has again flown huge balloons carrying COVID-19 relief items and an anti-North Korea placard across the tense inter-Korean border, despite the North’s recent warning of a deadly attack over his activities. Park Sang-hak said the 20 balloons launched Sunday carried thousands of masks, Tylenol and Vitamin C tablets. One balloon carried an anti-Kim placard. North Korea is deeply angered by such activism and has made the highly questionable claim that such objects caused the country’s COVID-19 outbreak. Days after Kim Jong Un's sister made threats over the ballooning last month, Park was attacked at a rally. He suffered a broken arm and a suspect was detained. His claim that North Korea ordered the attack couldn't immediately be confirmed.

DeSantis puts his imprint on school board races in Florida

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' effort to place candidates fully aligned with his conservative views on school boards throughout the state is helping him expand his influence. Of the 30 candidates endorsed by DeSantis in the Aug. 23 elections, 19 won, five lost and six are headed to runoffs. The endorsements highlight DeSantis’ expanding sphere of influence as he runs for reelection as governor this year and considers a 2024 presidential bid. It also shows his success in leveraging culture war battles over education, anti-racism policies and COVID-19 restrictions into support from voters.

What to watch in Massachusetts' primary election

Republicans hoping to hold on to the Massachusetts governor’s office are choosing between a Donald Trump-backed candidate and a moderate businessman in Tuesday’s primary election. Former state Rep. Geoff Diehl has Trump’s endorsement, and is going up against businessman a political newcomer, Chris Doughty. The winner will face Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey in the general election. She would be the state’s first openly gay governor if elected. The governor’s office is open this year because popular Republican Gov. Charlie Baker opted against running for a third term.

Biden visiting 2 swing states as midterm crunch time begins

President Joe Biden is beginning his Labor Day celebrations with a trip to one battleground state, Wisconsin, before making his third trip in less than a week to another, Pennsylvania. The White House says Biden will be celebrating “the dignity of American workers.” The unofficial start of fall, Labor Day also traditionally kicks off political crunch time, with campaigns scrambling to excite voters ahead of Election Day on Nov. 8. Biden's trips on Monday will see him return to a theme that was a centerpiece of his 2020 campaign — that labor unions burnished a middle class that built and strengthened modern American society.

Today in History: September 5, first Continental Congress

Today in History Today is Monday, Sept. 5, the 248th day of 2022. There are 117 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 5, 1774, the first Continental Congress assembled in Philadelphia. On this date: In…

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A series of stabbings at an Indigenous community and at another town nearby in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan has left 10 people dead and 15 wounded, Canadian police say as they search for two suspects Authorities say one person…

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Stabbings in Canada kill 10, wound 15; suspects at large REGINA, Saskatchewan (AP) — A series of stabbings at an Indigenous community and at another town nearby in Saskatchewan left 10 people dead and 15 wounded, Canadian police said Sunday…

Jones holds off ex-JGR teammate Hamlin to win at Darlington

Erik Jones took the lead when Kyle Busch’s engine blew up, then pulled away from Denny Hamlin after a final restart 20 laps from the end to win the opening NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at Darlington Raceway on Sunday night. Hamlin is seeded sixth in the playoff. He closed in on Jones' bumper but couldn’t make the winning pass. Jones went on to his second career win at Darlington and third NASCAR victory _ over two of his former teammates at Joe Gibbs Racing.  It was also the 200th win by the iconic No. 43 car, made famous by Hall of Famer Richard Petty.

Asian stocks follow Wall Street lower after US jobs report

Asian stock markets are lower after Wall Street declined and China tightened anti-virus controls. Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul retreated. Oil prices rose more than $1 per barrel while the euro edged lower. Wall Street’s benchmark S&P 500 index ended down 1.1% after U.S. government data showed hiring slowed in August. The number of jobs added still was big enough that forecasters said the Federal Reserve might see it as evidence more interest rate hikes are needed to bring down inflation that is at a four-decade high. The government tightened controls on movement in the southern business center of Shenzhen following virus outbreaks.

Memphis police: Man charged with kidnapping missing jogger

Police say a man has been charged with kidnapping in the disappearance of a Tennessee woman who was out jogging last week when she was accosted and forced into an SUV. While Eliza Fletcher has not been found, Memphis police said in an arrest affidavit they have evidence that leads them to believe she was seriously injured in the abduction near the University of Memphis campus. According to the affidavit, U.S. Marshals arrested Cleotha Abston on Saturday after police found his DNA on a pair of sandals found near where Fletcher was last seen. Memphis police said early Sunday morning he was charged with especially aggravated kidnapping and tampering with evidence. Online court records do not show if Abston has a lawyer who can comment on his behalf.

Coco Gauff, 18, reaches US Open quarterfinals for 1st time

Coco Gauff has reached the U.S. Open quarterfinals for the first time by coming back in each set to beat Zhang Shuai of China 7-5, 7-5 in front of a partisan crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium. The 18-year-old Floridian, the runner-up at the French Open in June, trailed 5-4 in the opening set, then 5-3 in the second, which she was a point from losing. But buoyed by spectators who cheered her every point, chanted “Let’s go, Coco!” as the end neared and prompted Zhang to cover her ears with her hands, Gauff improved to 4-0 in Ashe this year. Later on Ashe, Nick Kyrgios eliminated defending men's champion Daniil Medvedev.

Analysis: Will a bigger College Football Playoff be better?

Expanding the College Football Playoff from four to 12 teams will fundamentally change the sport on the field and off — for better or worse. More regular-season games will have playoff implications, but the biggest games will no longer have winner-take-all tension. The new format will break up a conference caste system fortified by the four-team model, but it won’t stop the growing gap between haves and have nots. More teams will play in the championship tournament. But a larger field probably won’t increase the number of teams that have a realistic chance of winning the whole thing. The CFP is getting bigger. Whether it's getting better is a matter of personal preference.

Military reserves, civil defense worry Taiwan as China looms

Chris Chen, a former captain in Taiwan’s military, spent a lot of time waiting during his weeklong training for reservists in June. Waiting for assembly, waiting for lunch, waiting for training. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has underscored the importance of mobilizing civilians when under attack, as Ukraine’s reserve forces helped fend off the invaders. Nearly halfway around the world, it has highlighted Taiwan’s weaknesses on that front, chiefly in two areas: its reserves and civilian defense force. Even before the invasion of Ukraine in March, Taiwan was working on reforming both. The question is whether it will be enough.

Mariners-Guardians game resumes after 4 1/2-hour rain delay

After a rain delay of more than 4 1/2 hours, a couple hundred fans were left at Progressive Field when Sunday’s game between the Seattle Mariners and Cleveland Guardians resumed in the fourth inning. The official delay was 4 hours, 33 minutes and the teams consulted with Major League Baseball throughout the break. With both clubs in playoff contention and not a lot of good travel logistics in the final month of the regular season, the decision was made to wait out the rain. There is no official record for rain delays. In 2013, the Kansas City at St. Louis game was held up for 4:32 before resuming. In 1990, the Texas at Chicago White Sox game never got started and was called after a wait of 7:23.

Citing imminent danger Cloudflare drops hate site Kiwi Farms

Citing “imminent danger,” Cloudflare has dropped the notorious stalking and harassment site Kiwi Farms from its internet security services. For years, members of the site have congregated on what they call a “lighthearted discussion forum” to organize vicious harassment campaigns against transgender people, feminists and others they deem mockable. They gang up on victims and pool their personal details such as addresses and phone numbers in a practice called “doxxing,” spreading vile rumors and targeting workplaces, friends, families and homes. Another favorite tactic has been“swatting” – making false emergency calls to provoke an armed police response at a target’s home.