Naomi Osaka reverses course, will play in tournament semifinals

Naomi Osaka will play in the Western & Southern Open semifinals in New York, after all.After saying Wednes

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Naomi Osaka will play in the Western & Southern Open semifinals in New York, after all.

After saying Wednesday that she would withdraw from the hard-court event to protest the “continued genocide of Black people at the hand of the police“ — prompting the tournament to call off all of Thursday’s matches — the two-time Grand Slam champion and former top-ranked player changed course.

Her agent confirmed Thursday that Osaka will face Elise Mertens on Friday in the semifinals. The finals were shifted from Friday to Saturday.

“As you know, I pulled out of the tournament yesterday in support of racial injustice and continued police violence. I was (and am) ready and prepared to concede the match to my opponent,” said Osaka, whose father is from Haiti. “However, after my announcement and lengthy consultation with the WTA and USTA, I have agreed at their request to play on Friday. They offered to postpone all matches until Friday and in my mind that brings more attention to the movement. I want to thank the WTA and the tournament for their support.”

• The U.S. Open, which will begin Monday in New York, announced its draws, with Novak Djokovic and Karolina Pliskova snaring the No. 1 seeds.

Rounding out the men’s top four are Dominic Thiem, Daniil Medvedev and Stefano Tsitsipas. Seeds Nos. 2-4 on the women’s side are Sofia Kenin, Serena Williams and Osaka.


Longtime Arizona coach Olson dies

Lute Olson, the Hall of Fame coach who turned Arizona into a college basketball powerhouse, died Thursday, his family said. He was 85.

Olson spent 24 seasons at Arizona, transforming a program that had been to the NCAA Tournament just three times in 79 years before he was hired in 1983. He won a school-record 589 games at Arizona, 11 Pac-10 titles and was named the conference coach of the year seven times.

“He was a great and honorable man,” tweeted KNBR host Tom Tolbert, who played for Olson at Arizona. “He built an incredible program and helped mold some pretty incredible men.”

Arizona won a national championship under Olson in 1997 with a team led by Mike Bibby, Jason Terry and Miles Simon. Olson’s Arizona teams reached the Final Four four times and lost the 2001 national title game to Duke.

Golf: Hideki Matsuyama made a 65-foot birdie putt on his final hole to cap a round of 3-under-par 67 for a one-shot lead in the PGA Tour’s BMW Championship in Olympia Fields, Ill. Tyler Duncan made an 8-foot par putt on his last hole for a 68 and Mackenzie Hughes was another shot behind.

• Justin Waters shot 8-under 64 for a three-shot clubhouse lead in the European Tour’s UK Championship in Sutton Coldfield, England. After a rain delay, play was stopped because of darkness with 59 players having not completed their round.

College football: A group of Nebraska players filed a lawsuit, hoping a jury will force the Big Ten to reinstate a fall season.

The Big Ten said the lawsuit “has no merit and we will defend the decision to protect all student-athletes as we navigate through this global pandemic.”
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