• Petra Cetkovska, of the Czech Republic, reacts after taking a game from Caroline Wozniacki, of Denmark, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)Petra Cetkovska, of the Czech Republic, reacts after taking a game from Caroline Wozniacki, of Denmark, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)NEW YORK – Arthur Ashe Stadium was nearly empty by the time fourth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark and Petra Cetkovska of the Czech Republic closed out the final match of day four, a three-hour marathon that lasted more than twice as long as Roger Federer's match before them. 

    Shortly after midnight, No. 149 Cetkovska completed a remarkable upset, defeating fourth-seed and 2014 runner-up Wozniacki, 6-4, 6-7, 7-6.

    When Cetkovska built a 4-2 lead in the second set, the stadium started to clear out. That's when Wozniacki finally seemed to find her game.

    She broke, held, and broke again to go up 5-4, then forced a third set. Those who stuck around were pulling for the comeback – and they nearly got it. Wozniacki had a break-point match-point opportunity at 5-4 in the third, but failed to convert. It was only her second missed break opportunity of the match.

    At 12:05a.m., they went to a deciding tiebreak. And there, as in the first set, Cetkovska was lights out. Wozniacki only managed

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  • NEW YORK – Louis Armstrong Stadium was nearly empty for a second-round women's match on Thursday. That's a good thing – any other match and some fans would likely have been hit when an unexpected drone came flying into the stadium. It crashed into a row of empty seats. 

    The drone flew in from the east side of the stadium as No. 26 Flavia Pennetta defeated Monica Niculescu, 6-1, 6-4. Pennetta said later that she heard it flying around. At first, she thought it might be a bomb.

    "A little bit scary, I have to say," Pennetta told ESPN. "With everything going on in the world ... I thought, 'OK, it's over.' That's how things happen."

    The USTA later issued a press release saying no one was injured and that the New York City Police Department is investigating the incident. The drone broke into pieces when it crashed. The police and security went right over to it, then gave the all-clear to continue

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  • Lleyton Hewitt, of Australia, returns a shot to Bernard Tomic, of Australia, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)Lleyton Hewitt, of Australia, returns a shot to Bernard Tomic, of Australia, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)NEW YORK – Clad in yellow and green, they stood on their seats and belted out a song. “Strolling along, singing a song, walking in a Hewitt wonderland,” they sang, slightly changing the words to the famous tune, in a nod to the veteran on court in front of them. 

    For two sets and 10 games on Thursday, the Grandstand stadium turned into that Hewitt wonderland.

    Lleyton Hewitt rallied from two sets down to force a deciding fifth set against fellow Australian Bernard Tomic. The 2001 champion broke No. 24 Tomic at 4-4, earning the opportunity to serve out the win.  

    These are the kind of matches Hewitt loves most at the U.S. Open, the four- and five-set marathons under the lights. It's where he's thrived in his 15 appearances here. Now 34 years old, Hewitt came to the U.S. Open as a wildcard entry this year. He’d announced that it would be his final U.S. Open. He’ll play the Davis Cup and then retire at the 2016 Australian Open. He’s already started to move on to the next stage of his

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  • If you've been paying any attention at all over the last four years, you know that United States men's national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is the king of head scratchers. The things he says are so often different from the things he does, or the things we see, that it can leave you utterly befuddled and dumbfounded.

    On Thursday, the Washington Post published an interview with Klinsmann ahead of Friday's USA-Peru friendly in the nation's capital that took this ongoing disconnect between his utterances and reality to a new level.

    Let's cherry-pick some of the weirder things he told the Post.

    "It's heating up, and I think that's pretty cool. The players will feel the heat."

    Klinsmann was talking about the pressure on his team, which now has to win a one-game playoff with Mexico to qualify for the 2017 Confederations Cup because it failed to retain its Gold Cup title in July, crashing out in the semifinals.

    Apparently, Klinsmann thinks it's cool that his team has been relegated to a

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  • When it was announced that as of the 2016 edition, the European Championship – or the Euro, in the common vernacular – would be expanded from 16 teams to 24, it was assumed that no major country would ever miss out on qualifying for the thing anymore. With the top two teams in each of the nine groups qualifying automatically and joined by the best third-placed country and the winners of eight playoff entrants, the margin of error seemed to have gotten so big that there was just no way to fail anymore.

    The Netherlands, however, is working hard at making that assumption look silly. The Oranje, which placed third at last summer's World Cup by sometimes playing dazzling soccer, teeters on the brink of elimination before the big tournament has even begun.

    New manager Danny Blind, whose appointment as Guus Hiddink's successor was accelerated by a year after the old master manager stumbled to a 3-2-1 record in qualifying, faced a must-win game of sorts against Iceland on Thursday. That is, if

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  • Not even Rory McIlroy can stop that Omega watch ad from blaring The Script's "Hall of Fame" during seemingly every commercial break during golf. 

    So he does the next best thing.

    "(I) turn it off. I've seen it too many times," McIlroy said of the spot starring him on Thursday at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

    The ad in question features McIlroy hitting a golf ball and flexing his golf muscle in Dubai. While McIlroy is doing this, the refrain of The Script's "Hall of Fame" plays. It's been on all the time for the last two years. In fact, Omega, which sponsors the PGA of America, loved the ad so much that they decided not to shoot a new 2015 ad. 

    McIlroy believes a new ad is coming someday, but that this one could be salvaged.

    "I'm sure I will (shoot a new ad)," McIlroy said. "I'm not sure when. But I think that one went quite well for them, that's why we didn't have to shoot another one this year. If they could just change the music that would help."


    Ryan Ballengee is a Yahoo Sports

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  • Tiger Woods texts with Jason Day pretty often, and the messages usually divulge some golf wisdom that only a guy who has won 79 times on the PGA Tour can offer. 

    Day appreciates the gesture and the mentoring, but he said Thursday that he doesn't always pick up what Woods is putting down.

    “His text messages, I have to digest them a little bit more, because he is very smart,” said Day. “He has to kind of dumb it down to my level, man. [He’s] saying these words, I've got to try to think them through."

    These aren't "If a tree falls in the woods ..." kind of messages, but Woods, who thinks about the game perhaps more than any of its greatest champions, has a lot to offer on the psychology of winning. Day, who won The Barclays by six last week for his third PGA Tour win in four starts, is soaking it up as best he can.

    "It’s been really cool," said Day, who has played a number of practice rounds with Woods this year. "Who wouldn’t want that mentorship from a player like that, especially on

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  • The NBA offseason has brought many changes to rosters, coaching staffs, and the list of championship contenders. As we draw closer to opening night, it's time to move our focus from the potential impact of each offseason event and onto the broader issues that figure to define this season. The BDL 25 takes stock of, uh, 25 key storylines to get you up to speed on where the most fascinating teams, players, and people stand on the brink of 2015-16.

    Most seasons, we assume the Kings won’t make it to November before counting their Ping Pong balls, so wondering if they’ll last until January means progress. Last year, they nearly made it to December before DeMarcus Cousins contracted viral meningitis, Mike Malone was fired and they began their annual tailspin.

    But they’re still the Kings, right?

    Coach du Jour George Karl reportedly pushed for the team to trade Cousins, arguably the league’s most talented center and a Second Team All-NBA selection this past season. New GM Vlade Divac traded

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  • Golf is said to have a way of revealing character. If that's the case, then what does golf reveal about Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump?

    According to a Washington Post article, it's that he's a pleasant, fun guy who just happens to cheat at golf.

    The piece examines the stories of several of Trump's playing partners, including two fellow media members, suggesting Trump cheats at golf, having cronies drop golf balls closer to the hole or onto greens so he can have better chances to score.

    “Ahh, the guys I play with cheat all the time,” former Sports Illustrated managing editor Mark Mulvoy recalls Trump replying. “I have to cheat just to keep up with them.”

    Former Sports Illustrated writer Rick Reilly, who has also caddied for Trump for a book, said The Donald repeatedly hit two balls off the tee, sometimes taking the score of the second, better ball compared to the first. 

    “When it comes to cheating, he’s an 11 on a scale of one to 10,” Reilly said.

    Reilly said Trump

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  • NEW YORK – It's incredibly hot in New York, 93-degrees Fahrenheit with 38 percent humidity. With little shade guarding the courts, it feels more like 100 degrees. Players have been cramping all week, but Jack Sock became the worst victim on Thursday. 

    The 28th seed had to be carried off the court after retiring midway through the fourth set.

    Sock, 22, won the first two sets, 6-4, 6-4. By the third set he started to cramp, allowing Belgium's Ruben Bemelmans to take one back. He received medical treatment between sets. Then, trailing 1-2 in the fourth, Sock had to call it quits. He froze after a serve, his leg completely locked up. 

    Sock sat down with the help of a trainer. He barely lifted his arm to shake Bemelman's hand when the Belgian walked over to Sock's end of the court. 

    The USTA later released a statement saying that Sock suffered from heat illness complicated by cramping.

    "Playing in the US

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