ROME — Denis Shapovalov needed fewer than 90 minutes to reach the second round of the Italian Open, while fellow Canadian Milos Raonic had to wait on Mother Nature before earning his chance to advance on Tuesday.

The No. 12-seeded Shapovalov, from Richmond Hill, Ont., beat world No. 37 Guido Pella of Argentina 6-2, 6-3 at the ATP Masters 1000 clay-court event. Later, No. 13-seeded Raonic defeated France’s Adrian Mannarino 7-6 (3), 6-2 following a rain delay.

Shapovalov won 85 per cent of points when he got his first serve in (22 of 26), well above Pella’s 62 per-cent clip

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DENVER — New kicker Stephen Gostkowski avoided a disastrous debut with the Tennessee Titans and just in time.

The Titans escaped Denver with a 16-14 victory Monday night on Gostkowski’s 25-yard field goal with 17 seconds left after he’d missed four kicks, one in each quarter.

Titans coach Mike Vrabel said he had no qualms about sending Gostkowski out for the game-winner.

“Nope. and they did, obviously, because they weren’t using their timeouts and they were banking on him missing,” Vrabel said. “And we all got to do our job. And again, it’s not on just one player. We’ll get

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After a spending spree of $250 million on some of Europe’s most exciting stars, Chelsea was indebted to a wonder strike from one of its homegrown players during a win in its opening English Premier League game.

Reece James, a 20-year-old defender who has been at Chelsea since the age of 6, looks to be a player capable of staying in the team however much money the club spends in the coming seasons.

One of a slew of highly rated right backs to come through in England in recent years, James showed he has class at both ends of the

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MAMARONECK, N.Y. — Sam Horsfield became the second player in two days to test positive for the coronavirus without any symptoms, knocking him out of the U.S. Open on Monday after he had travelled from England.

Horsfield, who won twice during the European Tour’s “U.K. Swing” to earn one of 10 spots in the U.S. Open, tested negative in a pre-arrival test taken last week.

Upon arrival in New York, his nasal swab test was asymptomatic positive.

Scottie Scheffler, the leading candidate as PGA Tour rookie of the year who tied for fourth in the PGA Championship last month, withdrew

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PARIS — Andy Murray received a wild card into the French Open on Monday.

The former No. 1 was the only non-Frenchman of eight players to be given a free pass into the main draw of the clay grand slam which starts in 13 days.

Murray was also awarded a wild card into the U.S. Open, after his struggles with pelvic and shin injuries dropped his ranking to 129th. He went two rounds in New York, and improved to 110th, but still too low for the French Open when it published its main draw entry list.

Murray’s best French Open

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