Phils' Hamels, 3 relievers no-hit Braves

(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

ATLANTA (AP) 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. He was fine with the decision, too, having already thrown 108 pitches at a hot afternoon at Turner Field.

Astros fire Porter, Lawless takes over

HOUSTON (AP) 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. (MORE)

Pats' Gronkowski says he'll play Week 1

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) 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. (MORE)

7th-seeded Bouchard latest top woman out

NEW YORK (AP) Wilting in high heat and humidity, Eugenie Bouchard became the latest top woman to lose at the U.S. Open, ending her streak of making the semifinals at each Grand Slam tournament this year.

The No. 7-seeded Bouchard, the runner-up at Wimbledon in July, needed a medical timeout and was beaten 7-6 (2), 6-4 Monday by 17th-seeded Ekaterina Makarova of Russia. (MORE)

Welker back at practice after concussion

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Wes Welker celebrated Labor Day by practicing for the first time since sustaining a concussion on Aug. 23.

That meant Peyton Manning had his front-line offense intact as the Denver Broncos began preparations in earnest for their opener against his former team, the Indianapolis Colts, on Sunday night. (MORE)

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