Djokovic to sit out rest of 2017...Rays to have 500th consecutive start by a pitcher under 30...Phelps defends race against simulated shark

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UNDATED (AP) — Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) is going to miss the rest of this season because of an injured right elbow. That means he will pull out of the U.S. Open and end his streak of participating in 51 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments. The two-time U.S. Open champion announced his decision today. Until now, Djokovic has never missed a major tournament since he entered his first, the 2005 Australian Open.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays will have their 500th consecutive start by a pitcher under 30 years old, the major leagues' longest current run, when 29-year-old Alex Cobb faces the Baltimore Orioles this afternoon. Catcher Wilson Ramos is expected to be behind the plate for the game, two days after being cut on the head by a piece of Ruben Tejada's broken bat. The cut required seven staples.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish makes his final scheduled start before Monday's non-waiver trade deadline with growing speculation that the potential free agent could be dealt to another team. Darvish faces Miami and Ichiro Suzuki, another standout player from Japan. His only career shutout — and only nine-inning complete game — came the only time he previously faced the Marlins, three years ago.

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The United States has set a world record in the preliminaries of the 4x100 mixed medley relay at the world championships in Hungary. The team of Ryan Murphy, Kevin Cordes, Kelsi Worrell and Mallory Comerford produced a time of 3 minutes, 40.28 seconds, breaking the mark of 3:41.71 set by Britain at the 2015 worlds. The mixed medley relay was added to the world championships two years ago and will become part of the Olympic program at the 2020 Tokyo Games.

UNDATED (AP) — Michael Phelps is responding to TV viewers who were disappointed with his race against a simulated great white shark for a Discovery Channel special. The Olympic champion was bested by two seconds Sunday night when he raced a computer-simulated shark in "Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White." In a Facebook Live video, Phelps said he made it clear before the show aired that he wouldn't be racing a real shark. He said a shark doesn't swim in a straight line and suggested a side-by-side race would be impossible.

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