NEW YORK -- Andy Murray smashed a racket, screamed, sulked.
Dispatched in straight sets by his Swiss opponent after some sloppy play, Murray reverted to the guy whose Grand Slam runs end in dismay.
But once it was all over, everything was different. Murray no longer must answer the questions of when he'll win a major title.
The defending U.S. Open champ was upset 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 by ninth-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka in the quarterfinals Thursday, then put it all in perspective.
While Murray insisted he had regained his focus just fine after that historic Wimbledon title two months ago, he acknowledged the mental drain of the last, life-changing 13 months. Simply closing out those final points when he became the first British man in 77 years to win their home Grand Slam tournament. The grueling finals against Novak Djokovic at last year's U.S. Open -- a win for his first major title -- and this year's Australian Open, a loss.
They won't be getting a rematch in Saturday's semifinals. The top-ranked Djokovic had a brief blip against 21st-seeded Mikhail Youzhny later Thursday, but he was otherwise in control in a 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-0 victory that set up a semifinal against Wawrinka.
Ansah practicing: Detroit rookie Ziggy Ansah was able to practice Thursday, a sign that his recovery from a concussion may be progressing.
Ansah was the No. 5 pick in this year's draft. He was believed to have hurt his head after colliding with a teammate in practice Aug. 24.
TE Lewis injured: The Jacksonville Jaguars could be without tight end Marcedes Lewis in the season opener against Kansas City.
Lewis missed his second consecutive day of practice Thursday. He re-injured a strained left calf Wednesday. The injury kept him out of the final three preseason games.
Reed could play: Safety Ed Reed could play when the Texans open the season at San Diego on Monday night after returning to practice this week as he recovers from hip surgery.
Reed was taken off the physically unable to perform list on Saturday and returned on a limited basis. He has been recovering from April surgery to repair a partially torn labrum.
Cooper in skirmish: Riley Cooper, who left the Philadelphia Eagles for three days in training camp after a video of him making a racial slur surfaced on the Internet, got into a scuffle with Cary Williams at practice Thursday.
Dallas releases Livings: The Dallas Cowboys have released guard Nate Livings just a year after signing him as a free agent to shore up their offensive line.
Big East rights to CBS: CBS Sports has struck a deal with Fox Sports to acquire to the rights to televise Big East basketball game from the 2013-14 season through 2018-19
In the first year of the deal, CBS will broadcast two games and CBS Sports Network will air 18.
Auriemma to coach USA: Geno Auriemma will return to coach the U.S. women's basketball team at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press.
Kershaw earns award: Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw is being recognized for his work off the field. He's the winner of the 2013 Branch Rickey Award in recognition of his community work.
Nominees announced: Major champions Lindsay Davenport, Mary Pierce and Conchita Martinez are among the International Tennis Hall of Fame nominees for 2014.
The Hall also announced Thursday that coach Nick Bollettieri, wheelchair player Chantal Vandierendonck, executive Jane Brown Grimes and author and broadcaster John Barrett are up for election next year.
Little received cash: Investigators in North Carolina say a Georgia-based sports agent violated sports agent laws by providing more than $20,000 in cash and benefits to former Tar Heels receiver Greg Little in 2010.