Sports, August 21st

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Game 2 in the key National League West three-game series between the Dodgers and Giants is being played tonight in L.A. The Giants won last night’s game, 2-1, to pass the Dodgers in the standings and take over first place.

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Atlanta Braves are looking to gain some ground on first-place Washington in the National League East tonight. The Nationals beat the Braves last night in 13 innings, 5-4, to take a six-game lead in the standings. On the mound this evening will be 14-game winner Stephen Strasburg for the Nats against 11-game winner Paul Maholm.

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) – Veteran NFL running back Clinton Portis is calling it quits. It has been nearly two years since he played in a game with Washington and the club has announced that Portis and team owner Dan Snyder will hold a news conference Thursday. Portis played seven seasons for the Redskins and set a franchises record with 1,516 yards rushing in 2005.

NEW YORK (AP) – Roger Federer will be the top-seed for the men when play in the U.S. Open starts. Defending champ Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) is seeded second and Olympic gold medalist Andy Murray third. The highest seeded American is John Isner (IHZ’-nur), at No. 9.

VERSAILLES, Ky. (AP) – It’s the end of the line as far as competitive racing is concerned for Bodemeister (BOH’-dee-my-stur). The colt, which finished second in both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness this year, has been retired to stud after an injury to his left shoulder was found. He retires with earnings of $1,304,800.