RUSTY NADAL BOWS OUT EARLY IN OHIO
Rafael Nadal showed the rust from his long layoff with a wrist injury, losing in straight sets Thursday to Croatia's Borna Coric at the Western & Southern Open in Mason, Ohio. The 30-year-old Spaniard was sluggish and well off the mark with his shots as Coric grabbed control and won 6-1, 6-3. The 19-year-old reached the quarterfinals of a Masters tournament for the first time. The upset left only one member of the Big Four still in the running. Defending champion Roger Federer and top-ranked Novak Djokovic skipped the tournament because of injuries. Andy Murray is playing but feeling the effects of a grueling week in Rio de Janeiro where he won the gold medal Sunday. Nadal missed two months because of an injured left wrist and returned to the courts in Rio, where he lost in the semifinals. The lack of matches showed in Ohio: Nadal double faulted five times and had 27 unforced errors.
MORE TENNIS: Karolina Pliskova became the first woman to reach the quarterfinals at the Western & Southern Open in Mason, Ohio, defeating Misaki Doi 7-5, 6-3. Second-seeded Angelique Kerber also moved into the quarterfinals. She will end Serena Williams' streak of 183 consecutive weeks at No. 1 if she wins the tourney.
SOCCER: Manchester United's world-record signing Paul Pogba is set to make his season debut at home today against Southampton in the English Premier League, according to manager Jose Mourinho. Pogba, who left Man U at age 19 for Juventus four years ago and was re-signed for $116 million, has been training for 11 days. "Yes, he's ready to play," Mourinho said. "Ninety minutes? I don't believe. Super performance? I don't believe."
AUTOS: NASCAR truck series points leader William Bryon has signed a multiyear driver agreement with Hendrick Motorsports and will drive for Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s JR Motorsports team in the Xfinity series next season.