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Sports news briefs — Sept. 21

Compiled from wire reports

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sailing

Shifting winds delay America’s Cup race

• Race 14 of the America’s Cup was postponed Saturday because of shifting wind, further delaying Emirates Team New Zealand’s chance to claim the oldest trophy in international sports.

With the Kiwis sitting on match point against defender Oracle Team USA, regatta director Iain Murray didn’t want to send the high-performance catamarans into skewed conditions. Organizers will try again today.

football

Giants lose Webster for today’s game

• New York Giants cornerback Corey Webster will not play in today’s game against the Carolina Panthers. The Giants on Saturday downgraded Webster from doubtful to out because of a hip injury. He will not make the trip to Charlotte, N.C. Veteran Aaron Ross is expected to play for Webster, who had started the last 34 games. He did not play a down on defense in the Giants’ 41-23 loss to the Broncos last Sunday.

• Houston Texans All-Pro left tackle Duane Brown will miss today’s game against the Baltimore Ravens with a toe injury.

• The Jacksonville Jaguars signed receiver Jeremy Ebert off the practice squad and waived guard Jacques McClendon.

• The Cincinnati Bengals shored up their cornerback position by promoting Chris Lewis-Harris from their practice squad. They waived safety Jeromy Miles .

• Three-time Pro Bowl linebacker John Reger, who starred for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins in the 1950s and 60s, died Thursday in Tampa. He was 82.

• North Carolina junior tight end Jack Tabb was suspended for two games for an undisclosed violation of team rules. Tabb missed Saturday’s game at Georgia Tech and will miss next week’s home game against East Carolina.

tennis

Tsonga, Simon are in all-French final

• Top-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will aim for his third straight Open de Moselle title when he plays Gilles Simon in an all-French final today in Metz, France, with both players chasing their 11th career title. Tsonga rallied past eighth-seeded Florian Mayer of Germany 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the semifinals Saturday. Second-seeded Simon defeated Nicolas Mahut 6-3, 7-6 (2) to stay on course for his first title of the year.

• Sixth-seeded Ernests Gulbis advanced to today’s final of the St. Petersburg Open in St. Petersburg, Russia, by beating Michal Przysiezny of Poland 6-3, 6-3. He will face Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain, who beat Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-1, 6-1 in the second semifinal.

other SPORTS

Vettel claims pole for Singapore GP

• Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel won the pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix despite skipping the last section of qualifying. Vettel, who has a huge lead in the drivers’ points race, gambled on the last flying lap under the lights at Marina Bay to save a set of super soft tires for this morning’s race. Nico Rosberg finished a tenth of a second behind in second place.

• Liverpool’s unbeaten start to the Premier League season ended with a 1-0 loss at home to Southampton. Everton won 3-2 at West Ham to remain the league’s only unbeaten club. Dejan Lovren scored on a header to win it for Southampton. Everton rallied in the second half against West Ham, with Leighton Baines scoring twice before Romelu Lukaku headed in the decisive goal.

• Nationals Park, RFK Stadium and FedEx Field are the candidates to host the Winter Classic when the NHL’s annual New Year’s Day outdoor game comes to the nation’s capital in 2015.

— From wire reports


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