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In brief: Venus Williams exits, but sister Serena moves on at U.S. Open

Serena Williams advanced to the U.S. Open quarterfinals. Her sister did not. (Adam Hunger / Associated Press)
Serena Williams advanced to the U.S. Open quarterfinals. Her sister did not. (Adam Hunger / Associated Press)

Tennis: Venus Williams went from down and out to a point from victory, then back again. In the end, she couldn’t quite get past a woman a dozen years younger and never before at this stage of a Grand Slam tournament.

Williams failed to convert a match point and lost 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3) to 10th-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in the fourth round of the U.S. Open on Monday in New York, despite vociferous support from the crowd.

At 36, Williams would have been the oldest woman to reach the quarterfinals at any major since Martina Navratilova was 37 at Wimbledon in 1994.

Williams made it that far at Flushing Meadows a year ago, before losing to her younger sister Serena. This time, they had been on course for a showdown in the semifinals; Serena followed Venus and beat Yaroslava Shvedova 6-2, 6-3 in the fourth round for her 308th Grand Slam match victory, breaking a tie with Roger Federer for most in the Open era, which dates to 1968.

In men’s action, 2009 champion Juan Martin del Potro became the lowest-ranked man – 142nd – in the U.S. Open quarterfinals in 25 years, advancing when No. 8 seed Dominic Thiem quit in the second set with an injured right knee.

McIlroy rallies to win Deutsche Bank

Golf: Rory McIlroy rallied from six shots behind and closed with a 6-under-par 65 for a two-shot victory in the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Massachusetts, the 20th victory of his career worldwide and his first this year on the PGA Tour.

McIlroy closed out the front nine with three straight birdies to take the lead from Paul Casey for the first time. He regained the lead with a 20-foot birdie putt on No. 12, and added a birdie on the par-5 18th.

Casey, who started the final round with a three-shot lead in his bid for his first win since 2009, closed with a 73.

McIlroy, who finished at 15-under 269, moves back to No. 3 in the world.

No. 4 Seminoles rally to beat No. 11 Rebels

College football: Redshirt freshman quarterback Deondre Francois completed 33 of 52 passes for 419 yards and two touchdowns in leading No. 4 Florida State to a 45-34 win over No. 11 Mississippi in Orlando, Florida.

The Seminoles trailed 28-6 before rallying against the Rebels to open the season.

Navy loses QB for season: Navy’s starting QB Tago Smith will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Schumacher grabs 82nd career victory

Miscellany: Tony Schumacher got his 82nd career victory in Top Fuel at the U.S. Nationals in Brownsburg, Indiana.

Schumacher raced his dragster to a 3.806-second pass at 317.64 mph to beat Steve Torrence’s 3.803 at 325.06 in the final round.

Quintana retains lead: Nairo Quintana of Colombia comfortably held on to his Spanish Vuelta lead over Chris Froome as Jean-Pierre Drucker of Luxembourg sprinted to win a flat stage in Peniscola, Spain.

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