TENNIS

US Open champ Osaka

reaches Pan Pacific final

 Naomi Osaka relied on a dominant serve to reach the final of the Pan Pacific Open on Saturday with a comfortable 6-2, 6-3 win over Camila Giorgi.

The U.S. Open champion, who upset Serena Williams in the final in New York, overpowered her unseeded opponent and will face fourth-seeded Karolina Pliskova in Sunday’s final in Tokyo.

Third-seeded Osaka fired nine aces and dropped just eight points in eight service games.
 

FOOTBALL

Steelers' DeCastro still out

with broken right hand

The Pittsburgh Steelers will be without All-Pro guard David DeCastro for a second straight week when they visit Tampa Bay on Monday night.

DeCastro is still recovering from a fractured right hand suffered during Pittsburgh’s Week 1 tie against Cleveland. B.J. Finney will start in Decastro’s place.

The Steelers expect veteran cornerback Joe Haden to return after missing last week’s loss to Kansas City with a hamstring problem

Texas school leader

quits over online post

A white Texas school superintendent who posted online that “You can’t count on a black quarterback” in reference to Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has resigned. In a letter Saturday to the Onalaska Independent School District board, Lynn Redden said his comment posted earlier in the week on the Houston Chronicle’s Facebook page was “wrong and inappropriate.”

He also apologized to Watson, who is black, and points out that Watson could have criticized him for his comment but instead “chose peace and positivity.”

 

OTHER SPORTS

Joshua stops Povetkin

in 7th round, keeps title

With blood streaming out of his broken nose, Anthony Joshua was in deep trouble in front of 80,000 stunned spectators at Wembley Stadium in London.

Alexander Povetkin, a 39-year-old Russian with supposedly his best days behind him, was dominating heavyweight boxing’s superstar with his powerful inside work and punching power.

But Joshua came through and slowly picked off a tiring Povetkin, delivering a brutal finish in the seventh round to retain his WBA, IBF, and WBO belt on Saturday.

Devils sign forward

Wood for four years

The New Jersey Devils have signed forward Miles Wood to a four-year, $11 million contract.

will earn $2.5 million annually in the first three years of the contract and $3.5 million in 2021-22.

Wood, who scored a career-high 19 goals last season, will join the team for practice on Sunday.

— ABJ/Ohio.com wires