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Hamels, 3 Phils relievers combine to no-hit Braves (Yahoo Sports)

The Philadelphia Phillies celebrate after a combined no-hit 7-0 win over the Atlanta Braves in a baseball game Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, in Atlanta. Cole Hamels, and relief pitchers Ken Giles, Jonathan Papelbon and Jake Diekman combined for the no hitter. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

On Labor Day, Cole Hamels and the Philadelphia bullpen spread the workload on a no-hitter. Hamels and three Phillies relievers combined on the season's fourth no-hitter, blanking the Atlanta Braves 7-0 Monday and giving a last-place team a rare reason to celebrate. It was all the more unusual in that Hamels left the game with his bid intact after six innings. Relievers Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon each pitched a perfect inning to close out the 11th combined no-hitter in big league history.


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Raiders tab rookie Derek Carr as starting QB (Yahoo Sports)

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) passes against the Seattle Seahawks during the first quarter of an NFL preseason football game in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Oakland rookie Derek Carr will start the season opener against the New York Jets, becoming the first Raiders quarterback to start the first game of his rookie season. Coach Dennis Allen announced Monday that Carr would be the starter for the foreseeable future ahead of Matt Schaub, who struggled in the preseason and has been hampered by a sore elbow. ''We've seen signs of Derek Carr's development from the day he stepped on campus here to where he is at right now,'' Allen said. ''It's not an indictment on Matt Schaub at all,'' Allen said.


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Houston Astros fire manager Bo Porter (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this June 10, 2014, file photo, Houston Astros manager Bo Porter watches the action during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix. The Astros have fired manager Bo Porter in his second season with the club. General manager Jeff Luhnow says the decision wasn't based on Houston's record but because

The Houston Astros fired manager Bo Porter on Monday, saying the dismissal had less to do with the team's 59-79 record than the need for ''new direction'' and a ''united message throughout the entire organization.'' Porter was in his second season with the Astros and was succeeded by interim manager Tom Lawless, who worked in Houston's minor league system. Lawless' first game in charge is Tuesday night at home against the first-place Los Angeles Angels. Bench coach Dave Trembley also was let go. Porter joined the Astros after working as a third-base coach for the Washington Nationals.


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Gronk promises he will play Sunday; Dolphins ready (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - This Sept. 4, 2013, file photo shows New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski smiling as he talks to the media at the NFL football team's facility in Foxborough, Mass. Gronkowski stood in front of his Gillette Stadium locker Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, and announced he will be playing in the New Patriots' opener at Miami this Sunday. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

Star tight end Rob Gronkowski stood in front of his Gillette Stadium locker Monday and announced he will be playing in the New England Patriots' opener at Miami this Sunday. Meanwhile, the news hardly caught the Dolphins by surprise. ''I'm super excited,'' said Gronkowski, who didn't play in any of the four preseason games as he completed his recovery from December right knee surgery. Super pumped, super excited and just preparing for the game.'' The pronouncement came as a bit of a surprise in a locker room not known for players ''breaking news.'' ''Yeah, yeah, I'm just getting it out of the way there,'' Gronkowski said.


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Dizzy in heat, Bouchard out of upset-heavy US Open (Yahoo Sports)

Eugenie Bouchard, of Canada, reacts after a shot against Ekaterina Makarova, of Russia, during the fourth round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Bothered by the heat and stifling humidity, Eugenie Bouchard felt dizzy and her vision was blurry. Bouchard tried to carry on, but it was hardly an ideal time to try to win a tennis match. The No. 7-seeded Bouchard became the latest top woman to bow out at this surprise-filled U.S. Open, beaten 7-6 (2), 6-4 Monday by 17th-seeded Ekaterina Makarova of Russia in the fourth round.


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Louisville defeats Miami 31-13 in ACC debut (Yahoo Sports)

Louisville fullback Lamar Atkins (46) runs near Miami's Denzel Perryman (52) in the second half of an NCAA college football game in Louisville, Ky., Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. Louisville won 31-13. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

Bobby Petrino watched his offense come together, and also enjoyed a solid performance for his defense. The opening of the Petrino sequel at Louisville doubled as one successful ACC debut for the Cardinals. Dominique Brown had a 15-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and Gerald Christian scored on a 10-yard TD catch late in the fourth, leading Louisville to a 31-13 victory over Miami on Monday night. Despite the 18-point margin, Louisville showed little of the offensive efficiency expected to be a staple of Petrino's second coaching stint at the school.


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Welker returns to practice following concussion (Yahoo Sports)

Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker and Virgil Green, left rear, watch play from the sideline against the Dallas Cowboys in the second half of a NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 28. 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Wes Welker celebrated Labor Day by practicing for the first time since sustaining a concussion on Aug. 23. Key backups Ronnie Hillman and Kayvon Webster were limited in the early portion of practice four days after falling ill during the Broncos' exhibition finale at Dallas.


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Holliday, Wong lead Cardinals past Pirates, 5-4 (Yahoo Sports)

St. Louis Cardinals' Kolten Wong, right, is congratulated by teammate Pete Kozma after hitting a two-run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Matt Holliday is keeping quiet about his recent hitting surge. St. Louis moved into sole possession of first place in the NL Central for the first time this season with its third straight win. The Cardinals are one game ahead of Milwaukee, which lost to the Chicago Cubs. Pittsburgh dropped three games back.


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Dunn homers in 1st at-bat as A's top Mariners (Yahoo Sports)

Oakland Athletics' Adam Dunn celebrates in the dugout after his two-run home run against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning of a baseball game on Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Adam Dunn is in a pennant race at last, and what an impression he made on his new team as the September stretch run began. Dunn provided instant pop for the struggling Athletics, hitting a towering, two-run homer in his debut at-bat for Oakland to highlight a 6-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Monday in a matchup of playoff contenders. ''We're going to take full advantage.'' Acquired a day earlier in a trade with the Chicago White Sox, the 6-foot-6, 285-pound Dunn immediately became an imposing presence in the middle of Oakland's order. His drive was a welcome sight for a team that just got swept in a four-game series by the AL West-leading Los Angeles Angels and was shut out for 29 straight innings.


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Kirk rallies to win the Deutsche Bank (Yahoo Sports)

Chris Kirk holds up the trophy after winning the Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament in Norton, Mass., Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Chris Kirk made three big putts and captured the biggest win of his career Monday in the Deutsche Bank Championship. He went the last 37 holes at the TPC Boston without a bogey.


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