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Follow live: Nadal up two sets under Open roof

Rain forced the new retractable roof at Flushing Meadows to be closed for the first time, and Rafael Nadal is now trying to close out Andreas Seppi in the second round (live on ESPN2/ESPN app/WatchESPN). Nadal won the second set 7-5 after blanking Seppi in the first set.

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Sevastova emotional after upset win
Tennis 

Anastasija Sevastova is thrilled to advance to the third round of the US Open for the first time after an upset win over No. 3 seed Garbine Muguruza.

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Tennis 

Fan runs on court to get selfie

After Kateryna Bondarenko won her second-round match at the US Open, a fan jumped on the court to take a picture with her. Security escorted the fan out shortly thereafter.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

After a couple of rough outings Cubs starter Jason Hammel rebounded with a nice effort on Wednesday holding the Pirates to one run over six innings. His biggest moment came in striking out Andrew McCutchen with the bases loaded in the fifth inning to end a threat. Hammel is in a dogfight to start a playoff game though there's plenty of time left before decisions have to be made. Joe Maddon said as much before the game.

ESPN Stats and Information  

The Cubs benched Jason Heyward during their series at Colorado (August 19-21) to give him a break. Since then, he has hit .333 with a .851 OPS in 9 games, including 2-of-3 with a walk tonight. He had a .617 OPS through play on August 18, 4th lowest in MLB.

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Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

The roof looks pretty awesome, but since it closed, Rafael Nadal has not played great. He's on serve with Andreas Seppi late in the second set.

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Redskins RB races 60 yards for TD
NFL 

Mack Brown, who's playing for a spot on the Redskins roster, escapes the Buccaneers' defense and rushes 60 yards before diving into the end zone for the touchdown in the second quarter of Washington's 20-13 win.

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Russell's spectacular grab keeps Cubs ahead
MLB 

With the bases loaded in the seventh, Addison Russell raced into the outfield for a diving catch to end the inning and keep the Cubs ahead of the Pirates.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Thanks to a three-run homer from old friend Kirk Nieuwenhuis, the Brewers beat the Cardinals 3-1 on Wednesday. That allowed the Mets to move within 1.5 games of the Cardinals for the NL's second wild-card spot. In recent days the Mets have leapfrogged the Marlins and Pirates. So there are no longer any teams between the Mets and the current wild-card-spot occupants.

Sereita Cobbs ESPN.com 

And the roof is closed. This was the first time I have ever heard fans cheer rain at US Open!

Tennis 

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals got shut down by Matt Garza and Milwaukee's suspect bullpen in a 3-1 loss at Miller Park Wednesday night. Rookie pitcher Luke Weaver was masterful, striking out 10 batters, but he had one bad inning, yielding a three-run home run to Kirk Nieuwenhuis in the third inning. The Cardinals lead the New York Mets by 1 1/2 games for the second wild card spot.

Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

Total time to close the roof? About 6 minutes, 40 seconds.

Tennis 

Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

The crowd is in a frenzy -- and not because of the action on the court. The roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium is closing for the very first time.

Tennis 

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Wilmer Flores, who delivered a two-run homer Wednesday, reacts to the postgame news that Neil Walker will opt for season-ending surgery to repair a herniated disk.

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Daniel Bryan would wrestle again if given the chance
WWE 

SmackDown Live general manager explains what his life has been like since retiring due to medical concerns and how challenging it's been not wrestling.

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Mets rally to stay alive in wild-card race
MLB 

Kelly Johnson broke an eighth inning tie with a bases-clearing double to give the Mets a 5-2 victory over the Marlins.

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

The Orioles fell to the Blue Jays 5-3 in the deciding game of their AL East showdown. The loss drops Baltimore four back of Toronto in the division, and puts them into a tie with Detroit for the second AL wild card spot. Total attendance for the series at Camden Yards was 45,791.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Joey Votto went 1-for-4 against Ricky Nolasco on Wednesday to fall just short of becoming the first Reds player since 1900 to hit .400 in consecutive months of the same season. After hitting .413 in July, Votto batted .394 in August. Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers was the last MLB player to achieve the feat. He hit .454 in June and .418 of July 2010 en route to winning the American League MVP award.

Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

Rafael Nadal just bageled Andreas Seppi in the first set of their US Open clash. But the bigger news is there is a little rain in the air. Will we finally see the much-publicized $100 million dollar roof close? Tournament referee Brian Earley is watching closely.

Tennis 

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Neil Walker will opt for surgery, Terry Collins said. He will address the media Thursday. His season is over. Collins said the outcome is unexpected.

Jayson Werth launches tape-measure shot
MLB 

The Nationals left fielder crushed his 20th homer of the season 453 feet to center field against the Phillies.

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ESPN Stats and Information  

Ricky Nolasco needed just 94 pitches for his shutout Wednesday. A shutout with fewer than 100 pitches thrown is known as a "Maddux", named after Greg Maddux, who was known for the feat. Nolasco's start is the third Maddux this season. The other two belong to Kendall Graveman and Jered Weaver.

MLB 

Ricky Nolasco shut down Reds
MLB 

The Angels starter tossed a shutout and struck out seven batters in a 3-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

With his save on Wednesday against the Marlins, Jeurys Familia has set a franchise record for saves in a single season. He now has 44, one ahead of his total last year as well as Armando Benitez in 2001.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs rookie kicker Roberto Aguayo just made a 50-yard field goal, his longest of the preseason. Slick ball and all. Redskins leading 13-3.

Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

A potentially hazardous moment on Court 13, when a fan jumped onto the court to take a selfie with Kateryna Bondarenko. The fan was escorted from the grounds by security.

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