Sports Scene, September 3-8

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History served by Serena Williams, Bryan brothers at U.S. Open 

Serena Williams defeated Caroline Wozniacki, 6-3, 6-3, to capture her third consecutive and sixth overall U.S. Open title in Flushing, New York. The win marked Williams’ 18th Grand Slam singles title, tying for the third-most in history. Meanwhile, brothers Bob and Mike Bryan defeated Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez, 6-3, 6-4, to win their 100th tournament title and a record-tying fifth U.S. Open doubles championship.

Brady Ellison became the first archer in history to win the WAF World Cup Final three times, earning a 6-5 shoot-off victory over Brazil’s Marcus D’Almeida in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The U.S. women earned the silver medal at the WBSC Women’s World Cup in Miyazaki, Japan, finishing the tournament with a 4-2 record after a 3-0 loss to Japan in the final.
Eleven Americans notched top-10 finishes – highlighted by Alise Post’s silver medal in women’s supercross – at the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Santiago del Estero, Argentina.

Highlighted by Lea Davison’s cross-country bronze medal, three U.S. cyclists finished in the top-five at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Hafjell, Norway.

Highlighted by Beezie Madden’s individual bronze medal, the U.S. show jumping team also clinched the team bronze medal at the FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France. The U.S. dressage team finished fourth, with Laura Graves and Steffen Peters also posting top-10 individual finishes. Meanwhile, three Americans finished in the top 10 for Para-dressage, including Rebecca Hart’s seventh-place finish aboard Schroeters Romani.
Dartanyon Crockett captured the men’s -90 kg. gold medal after defeating Russia’s Malik Kurbanov at the IBSA Judo World Championships in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Modern Pentathlon
Margaux Isaksen finished eighth with 1,365 points at the UIPM Modern Pentathlon World Championships in Warsaw, Poland.
Track and Field
Team USA collected four gold medals – highlighted by Justin Gatlin winning the men’s 100- and 200-meter titles – at the IAAF Diamond League Finale in Brussels, Belgium. Olympian Evan Jager finished third in the men’s 3,000 steeplechase, breaking his own American record in 8:04.71.
The U.S. earned five top-10 finishes at the PATCO Triathlon Pan American Cup in Monterrey, Mexico, with Kaleb VanOrt securing the men’s silver medal in 1:47.51.
Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross remain undefeated on the 2014 AVP Tour after winning the 2014 DO AC Pro Beach Volleyball Invitational in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Meanwhile, Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson became the first men’s pair to win consecutive AVP titles this season.
Tervel Dlagnev earned the men’s 125 kg. bronze medal at the FILA World Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, which continues through Sept. 14.
Spotlight On
USA Swimming announced its 2014-15 national team roster, headlined by world record-holders Missy Franklin, Katie Ledecky, Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps, among others. The top-six athletes in each Olympic event were named to the roster based on their times from the combined results of the 2014 Phillips 66 National Championships and the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships.
Also this week
Stephen Curry’s 20 points led the U.S. to a 86-63 win over Mexico as Team USAadvanced to the 2014 FIBA World Cup quarterfinals in Barcelona, Spain…The U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team defeated the Czech Republic, 1-0, in Prague…John Murphy and Coryn Rivera clinched the men’s and women’s titles at the 2014 Professional Criterium National Championships in High Point, North Carolina…The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team finished pool play with a 3-2 record to advance to the second round of the FIVB World Championship in Krakow, Poland…Taylor Abbott won the men’s 5-kilometer title at theFINA Junior Open Water World Championships in Lake of Balaton, Hungary…Seven U.S. squash athletes advanced to the round of 16 at the 2014 Pan American Olympic Festival in Toluca, Mexico.

Around the USOC

The USOC joined the Paralympic Movement in celebrating the two-year countdown to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games on Sept. 7, sharing thoughts from some of its top 2016 Paralympic hopefuls and distributing storylines and qualification procedures. Rio-related content is available, and help raise awareness of Paralympics by using #2yearstogo on the U.S. Paralympics Facebook andTwitter accounts.

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