ESPN.com's D'Arcy Maine noted American tennis player Reilly Opelka was fined $10,000 for "carrying an unapproved bag onto the court" last Thursday for his second-round match at the U.S. Open. Opelka walked out with a "pink tote bag with the name of an art gallery in Belgium written on it, in addition to his racket bag" ahead of his straight-set victory over Lorenzo Musetti. The logo of the gallery "exceeded the acceptable measurements stated in the rulebook." Opelka joked about the fine on Twitter on Friday, writing, "US Open ticket sales must be strugglin this year." Maine noted it is the "largest fine of the tournament" (ESPN.com, 9/4).
BLUE NOTES: ESPN.com's Chris Low noted the official Twitter account of UCLA football "updated its header to include a blue shirt that reads: 'SISSY BLUE,' with a scripted U and Jordan Brand Nike symbol." The Bruins, following their upset home football win over LSU, are "clearly throwing shade" at coach Ed Orgeron, who was "caught on camera exchanging trash talk with a fan as Orgeron walked into a tunnel at the Rose Bowl" (ESPN.com, 9/6). SEC Network’s Paul Finebaum referred to the incident as “Sissy Blue-gate” (“The Paul Finebaum Show,” SEC Network, 9/6).