Sports Digest: Alexander Zverev withdraws from U.S. Open


Alexander Zverev has withdrawn from the U.S. Open as he continues to recover from surgery on his right ankle. Michael Euler/Associated Press

TENNIS

Alexander Zverev, the 2020 U.S. Open runner-up, will miss the tournament this year while recovering from surgery on his right ankle.

Zverev tore ligaments in the ankle during his semifinal match against Rafael Nadal at the French Open in June, and the No. 2-ranked player withdrew from the U.S. Open on Monday.

The 25-year-old German was on the verge of his first Grand Slam title two years ago in Flushing Meadows before Dominic Thiem rallied to beat him in a fifth-set tiebreaker. It was the first time a man overcame a 2-0 deficit in the final of the event since Pancho Gonzalez did it against Ted Schroeder in 1949.

Zverev won the Olympic gold medal in Tokyo last year and then returned to the U.S. Open semifinals, losing to Novak Djokovic in five sets.

American Stefan Kozlov moved into the main draw for the tournament. Main draw play begins next Monday.

SOCCER

WOMEN’S EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP: England’s record scorer Ellen White announced her retirement from soccer Monday after saying her “dreams came true” when the Lionesses won the Women’s European Championship last month.

White scored 52 goals in 113 appearances for England’s national team.

The 33-year-old Manchester City striker said England’s Euro 2022 triumph made it the ideal time to retire.

PREMIER LEAGUE: Manchester United completed the signing of Casemiro for a reported $60 million on Monday, hours after the Brazil international made an emotional departure from Real Madrid after nine years at the Spanish club.

The 30-year-old Casemiro has signed a contract until 2026, with the option of a further year.

He was presented to United’s fans on the field at Old Trafford ahead of the Premier League game against Liverpool.

• Chelsea Manager Thomas Tuchel was charged by the English Football Association after saying he would prefer that a certain referee did not officiate games involving the team.

After a feisty 2-2 draw with Tottenham on Aug. 14, Tuchel said “maybe it would be better” if Anthony Taylor did not referee Chelsea games again.

The FA has concluded an investigation into Tuchel’s comments by charging him with improper conduct through either implying bias, questioning a referee’s integrity or bringing the game into disrepute.

He has until Thursday to respond.

HOCKEY

NHL: The New York Islanders signed defensemen Noah Dobson and Alexander Romanov to three-year contracts.

The Islanders also announced the signing of forward Kieffer Bellows to a one-year deal. All three were restricted free agents.

Dobson led Islanders’ defensemen in goals (13), assists (38) and points (51) last season during his third NHL campaign. The 22-year-old, who was a first-round pick in 2018, also led the team with 22 power-play points and with an average time on ice of 21 minutes, 28 seconds.

In 160 career NHL games, Dobson has 17 goals and 55 assists. He’s added seven assists in 20 career playoff games.

Romanov had three goals and 10 assists in 79 games last season with the Montreal Canadiens. The Moscow native averaged more than 20 minutes of ice time during his second NHL campaign.

COLLEGES

FOOTBALL: Alabama stars Bryce Young and Will Anderson Jr. are among four players from the top-ranked Crimson Tide selected to The Associated Press preseason All-America team.

Joining Young, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, and Anderson, the star pass rusher, were Alabama defensive backs Jordan Battle and Eli Ricks as first-team selections.

Ohio State was second behind Alabama, just like in the AP Top 25, with three first-team selections and five players overall.

 


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