Wake N’ Blog For September 1st: Chinese Table Tennis Champion Deemed Old Enough To Have Girlfriend At…25?
• MLB Roundup. Andy Pettitte retired the first 20 batters he faced before an error by Jerry Hairston (who was playing for Alex Rodriguez) broke up the perfect game, but the Yankees went on to beat the Orioles 5-1. Carlos Lee drove in four runs as the Astros took care of the Cubs 5-2. Carlos Pena hit his AL-leading 38th home run and had four RBI as Detroit pitcher Jarrod Washburn once again struggled as the Rays defeated the Tigers 11-7 to split the four game series. [MLB.com Scoreboard]
• NFL Preseason Football. Brett Favre was effective as he played well into the third quarter, going 13-18 for 142 yards and 1 TD and Adrian Peterson scored on a 75 yard run on the first play from scrimmage as the Vikings beat the host Texans 17-10. [Star Tribune]
• U.S. Open. Roger Federer easily beat Devin Britton 6-1, 6-3, 7-5, Serena Williams destroyed wild card Alexa Glatch 6-4, 6-1, Venus Williams struggled early but still beat Vera Dushevina 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-3 and 2005 champ Kim Clijsters defeated Viktoriya Kutuzova 6-1, 6-1 in her first match in two years. [USOpen.org]
• I’m sure the calluses really helped his grip. China’s number one ping pong player Wang Hao has been allowed to begin dating by officials, which I suppose is pretty freaking awesome for him. Hao has been in trouble in the past for unauthorized liasons with younger women but now he is dating 23-year-old and former national champion Peng Luyang. The best part of the story: Hao was offered counseling after an altercation with a security guard at a karaoke club, where Hao shouted, “I am the famous Wang Hao! I am the world champion! Does it matter if I beat you?” Indeed. [Yahoo!/Reuters]