Federer wins to keep alive ATP Finals hopes

Roger Federer is chasing a 100th career title at the ATP Finals Roger Federer recovered from his first-match nightmare to keep alive his hopes at the ATP Finals with a comfortable victory over Dominic Thiem. Switzerland’s Federer, knowing defeat would mean he would not advance from his group, beat the Austrian 6-2 6-3. The six-time champion had slumped to a shock defeat by Kei Nishikori on Sunday but he cut down on his errors to win. Next up for Federer on Thursday is Kevin Anderson, who beat Nishikori 6-0 6-1 earlier in the day. Federer rediscovers positive mindset Just before

ATP Finals: Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares reach semi-finals in doubles

Jamie Murray (left) and Bruno Soares have won two Grand Slams titles together ATP Finals Venue: O2 Arena, London Dates: 11-18 November Coverage: Follow live coverage across BBC TV, radio, the BBC Sport website & mobile app. Live text commentary available on selected matches. Britain’s Jamie Murray reached the doubles semi-finals of the ATP Finals in London for a third successive year. The Scot and Brazilian partner Bruno Soares beat Colombia’s Juan-Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 6-4 6-3. Breaks in the 10th game of the first set and fourth game of the second proved decisive as the fourth seeds sealed

ATP Finals: ‘Kei Nishikori had no chance against Kevin Anderson’

BBC Sport commentator Andrew Castle says he “felt sorry” for Kei Nishikori after he was thrashed 6-0 6-1 by Kevin Anderson in their ATP Tour Finals match in London, while former British number one Tim Henman says “it was an absolute clinic”. WATCH MORE: BBC Sport

Japan secures at least split in 6-game series vs. MLB All-Stars

Ryosuke Kikuchi drove in the go-ahead run on a squeeze bunt as Japan rallied with four runs in the top of the ninth inning to beat the MLB All-Stars 5-3 and take a 3-1 lead in their six-game exhibition series on Tuesday. The ninth-inning comeback in Hiroshima started when Kirby Yates walked leadoff batter Kazuki Tanaka, who stole second and scored on Seiji Uebayashi’s single to centre to cut the MLB lead to 3-2. Japan tied the game on Kosuke Tanaka’s single to centre that scored Uebayashi from second. John Brebbia replaced Yates, and Japan took the lead on Kikuchi’s

ATP Finals: Kevin Anderson thrashes Kei Nishikori for second win

Kevin Anderson is taking part in the ATP Finals for the first time ATP Finals Venue: O2 Arena, London Dates: 11-18 November Coverage: Follow live coverage across BBC TV, radio, the BBC Sport website & mobile app. Live text commentary available on selected matches. Kevin Anderson is in a strong position to qualify for the semi-finals after beating Japan’s Kei Nishikori 6-0 6-1 to claim his second ATP Finals win. The South African, 32, comfortably won the first set to love in just 32 minutes at the O2 Arena in London. Anderson, ranked six in the world. broke again early

Kevin Harvick tried to find ‘safe spot’ in NASCAR Phoenix chaos

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NASCAR legend David Pearson dies at age of 83

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Mariners deny fired exec’s claims of racism against Latinos

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Dominant Djokovic beats Isner in ATP Finals opener

Novak Djokovic is chasing first ATP Finals title since 2015 ATP Finals Venue: O2 Arena, London Dates: 11-18 November Coverage: Follow live coverage across BBC TV, radio, the BBC Sport website & mobile app. Live text commentary available on selected matches. World number one Novak Djokovic underlined why he is favourite to win the ATP Finals with a commanding win over John Isner in their group opener. The Serb, 31, was in devastating form as he easily dealt with the big serves of American Isner in a 6-4 6-3 victory. World number 10 Isner, making his debut at the season-ending

Ian Poulter wears POSTMAN fancy dress outfit on as Europe celebrate Ryder Cup glory

Poulter lived up to his ‘Postman’ tag by winning a ding-dong battle with world No.1 Dustin Johnson.

Johnson holed some monstrous putts but nothing fazes Poulter, who birdied three of the last five holes to see off Johnson and leave Europe on the brink of glory.

Bjorn’s men dominated the singles matches to spank the Yanks and spark incredible scenes at Le Golf National near Paris.

Tommy Fleetwood might have lost his game to Tony Finau, but he was carried off the course on the arms and shoulders of fans.

Fleetwood won his first four games in the first two days and is now the new golden boy of European golf.

It was just a shame there wasn’t a winning putt, because the win was confirmed when Phil Mickelson hit his tee shot into the water on the 16th to concede the match and Jim Furyk’s men were beaten.

Europe’s veterans and wildcards were the heroes of the hour.

Paul Casey battled right to the end to earn a half point from his duel with Brooks Koepka that was crucial considering Rory McIlory, Justin Rose and Tommy Fleetwood had all lost.

The US were on a charge and sensed a comeback of epic proportions, just like at Brookline in 1999.

But as the nerves started jangling up stepped those who have been there, seen it and done it all before.

Elsewhere, rookie Thorbjorn Olesen had dismantled Jordan Spieth 5&4 while Jon Rahm took the huge scalp of Tiger Woods 2UP thanks to a stunning birdie on the 17th hole.

But it was the insurance of having Francesco Molinari, Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson in total command of their games that left the final result in no doubt.

Molinari, who won the Open Championship in July, thrashed Phil Mickelson then jumped into the crowd to celebrate.

The Italian stallion became the first European player to win five points from five in the history of the Ryder Cup.

Garcia, meanwhile, who was criticised for getting picked following a woeful season, was also outstanding to fully justify Bjorn’s decision to take him to France.

Rahm described beating Woods as the best moment of his life and he said: “I played really good all day but didn’t make any putts so it was only fitting to hit that shot (on 17) and then make that putt.

“There were so many things going through my mind. My grandpa, my biggest fan, passed away at the PGA and to beat Tiger – one of, if not the, all-time greatest player – I was so aware of it. It is the best feeling of my life.

“If you break it down all the pressure was on Tiger. I was one up and he missed the fairway. I had a similar shot to the first and I stiffed it to four feet.

“It was a really good redemption feeling after the missed putt on 16. Everything happens for a reason I’d rather win like that than with a par.”

Molinari said: “This means so much. It’s hard not to get emotional. It means more than winning a Major. It’s been an incredible week because they had the strongest team every but we were so good.”

The US arrived in France as hot favourites but were outplayed ever since charging into a 3-1 lead from the opening session of fourballs.

Woods and Mickelson were picked as wildcards but failed to win a single point between them.

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