With respective wins at Paris Masters, young stars qualify for World Tour Finals
Milos Raonic perfectly timed his maiden win over Roger Federer. The seventh-seeded Raonic, who had never beaten the 17-Grand Slam champion in six previous meetings, hit 21 aces and lost only 15 points on his serve to complete a 7-6 (5), 7-5 win to reach the semifinals of the Paris Masters on Friday. It was a must-win match for the big-serving Canadian, who kept alive his chances of qualifying for the ATP Finals after finding his best tennis at the right time, before Kei Nishikori sent him to the year-end tournament in London with a hard-fought win over David Ferrer in the final quarterfinal. The Wimbledon semifinalist brutally ended Federer’s 14-match winning streak as the Swiss took a hit in his bid to overtake the top-ranked Novak Djokovic in the race for the year-end No. 1 spot.
UCLA sophomore Jennifer Brady has been winning with regularity on the USTA Pro Circuit this fall after deciding not to attend sc…
Lewis Hamilton narrowly edges Mercedes team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg to fastest time in second practice at the US Grand Prix.
Kentucky ranked No. 1 in preseason AP poll
Younus Khan records his fifth Test double century as Pakistan dominate the second and final match against Australia.
The story seems to be the same every season at Kentucky: Lose star players to the NBA, replace them with another group of one-and-doners, compete for a national championship. The Wildcats changed the script this season: This year, the fabulous freshmen will be surrounded by other former McDonald’s All-Americans who played for the NCAA title just seven months ago – a team so deep and talented that coach John Calipari is considering a platoon system. Kentucky was the runaway No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason Top 25 released Friday, becoming the fourth program to earn the honor in consecutive seasons. ”At the end of the day, you’ve got to play the games and figure it out.” Kentucky earned 52 first-place votes from the 65-member panel in landing its fourth preseason No. 1.
Shortly after showering, and maybe rinsing off a forgettable performance, LeBron James smiled and laughed as he dressed for a flight to Chicago. It may take Cleveland a little longer. This championship-deprived city, which had waited months to celebrate James’ return from Miami with a rip-roaring party, was in a state of shock following Cleveland’s 95-90 loss to the New York Knicks on Thursday night. Following an emotional pregame, which included him reprising the signature ”chalk toss” routine he made famous during his first stint with the Cavs, James could hardly do anything right.
Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium is among the longest hitters in golf. Colsaerts overpowered the par 5s at rain-softened Lake Malaren for the second straight day on his way to an 8-under 64, giving him a one-shot lead over Alexander Levy of France going into the weekend of the BMW Masters. ”I kept on hitting good drives, which for me here is a big bonus because it’s pretty soft,” Colsaerts said. He beat Colsaerts, who had opened with a European Tour record-tying 60.
Lee Westwood posts a hole-in-one in a second round 65 to move into third, three shots behind Billy Hurley III, in Kuala Lumpur.