By The Associated Press
2013-08-27 03:42 PM
Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide
--DAY ONE JUST LIKE DOMINANT OLD TIMES FOR WILLIAMS SISTERS AT US OPEN
There was a turn-back-the-clock feel to Day 1 at the 2013 U.S. Open, when both Venus and Serena Williams were about as good as can be, dropping a combined four games in Arthur Ashe Stadium. Venus, now ranked 60th, beat 12th-seeded Kirsten Flipkens 6-1, 6-2 in the afternoon, and then Serena reduced 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone to seeking comfort from a ball boy's hug during a 6-0, 6-1 runaway under the lights at night.
--HEARINGS BEGIN IN AMERICA'S CUP SCANDAL
An international jury has begun hearings into what could be one of the biggest scandals in the 162-year history of the America's Cup. The panel, meeting in San Francisco, is investigating defending champion Oracle Team USA for illegally modifying two of three prototype boats it sailed in four warmup regattas last year and earlier this year.
--ROONEY'S PRESENCE FAILS TO GALVANIZE MAN UNITED IN 0-0 DRAW WITH CHELSEA IN EPL
Wayne Rooney's headline-grabbing presence couldn't inspire Manchester United to victory over Chelsea as the title rivals played out a 0-0 draw in the Premier League's first blockbuster match of the season.
--NADAL BEATS HARRISON IN STRAIGHT SETS AT US OPEN
Nobody is handling the switch from clay to hard courts better than Rafael Nadal. Nadal improved to 16-0 this year on the hard surface, defeating American Ryan Harrison 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 in the first round of the U.S. Open.
--GATLIN BEATS ASHMEADE TO WIN 100 AT GUGL GAME
American sprinter Justin Gatlin overcame the rain and a challenge by Jamaica's Nickel Ashmeade to win the 100 meters at the Gugl Games.