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

David Pearson, a three-time top-level NASCAR champion whose rivalry with Richard Petty was pivotal in the category’s rise, has died at the age of 83. Pearson competed in 574 races in what is now the Cup Series between 1960 and 1986, and won 105 of them – race win statistics second only to Petty in NASCAR records. He claimed three championship titles in 1966, ’68 and ’69, but achieved his success despite never contesting a full season and would surely have won more crowns had he done so. The rookie of the year in 1960, his first victory came in

Mariners deny fired exec’s claims of racism against Latinos

The Seattle Mariners are denying claims made by the club’s recently fired training and conditioning director, who said team management had disparaged Latino players. The Mariners issued a statement on Monday following the social media postings from Lorena Martin in which she claimed general manager Jerry Dipoto, manager Scott Servais and director of player development Andy McKay had called Latino players “lazy, dumb and stupid, especially the Dominicans.” Martin, whose title with the team was director of high performance, posted her message on Instagram and Twitter . The Mariners organization has issues.<br> The things I’ve witnessed first hand have left

Angels’ Ohtani overwhelming pick for AL Rookie of the Year award

Two-way star Shohei Ohtani was a singular sensation in voting for AL Rookie of the Year. A standout on the mound and at the plate for the Los Angeles Angels, Ohtani was an overwhelming pick for American League Rookie of the Year after becoming the first player since Babe Ruth a century ago with 10 homers and four pitching wins in the same season. Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. was a runaway pick for the NL honour over Washington outfielder Juan Soto in a contest between 20-year-olds. A 24-year-old right-hander who joined the Angels last winter after five seasons

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

Justin Rose TAUNTS Tiger Woods after FedEx Cup win – ‘Tiger’s got enough money’

Justin Rose is $10m the richer after clinching the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup on Sunday night, which would cover the champagne bill even if Ian Woosnam was still captain.

If he was also the villain in denying Tiger Woods a lucrative double by one shot over the course of the play-offs then he was unapologetic afterwards.

“Tiger’s got enough money,” he said after congratulating the Renaissance Man on his comeback win at East Lake.

For Rose the jackpot triggered courtesy of the top-five finish he needed in the final event of the season States-side marked another notch on the career bedpost a week after moving to world No1.

It was a shortlived view from the summit with Dustin Johnson reclaiming the position yesterday, but nevertheless the achievements keep coming thick and fast for the US Open champion who also claimed gold at the Rio Olympics.

“I think as a kid I would have said being a major champion was the most important to me,” said the 38-year-old Englishman.

“The Olympic gold medal has become as important to me just based upon people’s reaction to it and how special it’s felt.

“Reaching world No1 in recent weeks has become a third string to my bow and now FedExCup champion would be right there with everything I have achieved.

“I wasn’t able to win the tournament this week, but I was able to win the season and this opportunity only presents itself if you play very, very good golf for a long period of time so I’m proud to have taken my chance this year.

“I have a four-string guitar. I’m now a bass player. Hopefully, I can add a few more strings. It would be nice to end up with a harp.”

Rose could justifiably claim five strings having won the European Tour Order of Merit back in 2007.

It has been the past five years though that have seen the final blooming of a stellar amateur talent who initially lost his way after turning pro. On reflection he believes those struggles have been the making of him.

“The game came easy to me as a kid and although I worked hard, winning was easy, golf was easy,” he said.

“Then I turned pro and I missed 21 cuts. That has kept me honest in the sense of that’s kept me working hard and kept me never taking it for granted. That’s maybe where it has come from.

“I’ve had my fair share of challenges along the way. I had a pretty bad back injury in 2016 that was not that well-documented, and I worked really hard through that and managed to win the gold even though I was really quite unfit during Rio.

“Those are moments that you have to ask yourself how much you do want it because of the amount of time and diligence and sacrifice you need constantly.

“It’s not just turn up and play, it’s about doing 50 things every day just to be able to play your best.

“It was a recommitment to my fitness and it was a recommitment to my short game and my putting that has got me to this point.

“As you get older, you have to be a lot more diligent but the fire is still there. That’s what keeps me doing it. I love waking up and trying to improve. It’s certainly not a chore.”


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