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

Tiger Woods reveals why he failed to win a single Ryder Cup point for Team USA

Woods came into the event as the man of the moment after winning his 80th career title at the Tour Championship last week.

The win in Atlanta capped an impressive return to the spotlight for the 42-year-old and he was given a hero’s welcome at the opening ceremony on Thursday.

But on the course, things went horribly for Woods as he and Patrick Reed lost in the opening foursome session.

The same pairing then lost again in Saturday’s foursome session before Woods then paired up with Bryson DeChambeau in the fourballs but was beaten for the third time.

Then in the singles, Woods lost a crucial match to Jon Rahm which gave Europe the breathing space they needed to reach the coveted 14.5 point mark.

After the event, Woods was in a reflective mood and said playing so many events in the build-up took its toll.

“Yeah, I played seven out of nine weeks because I qualified for Akron and you know, all of those are big events, starting with the Open Championship,” said Woods.

“You’ve got a World Golf Championships, you’ve got another major championship, you’ve got the [FedEx Cup] play-offs and then you have the Ryder Cup on the back side.

“So a lot of big events, and a lot of focus, a lot of energy goes into it.

“I was fortunate enough to have won one and we were all coming here on a high and feeling great about our games, about what we were doing, and excited about playing this week.

“For me, it’s been a lot of golf for a short period of time.

“I’ll have a better understanding of what my training needs to be for next year so that I certainly can endure the entire season, because this year was very much up in the air of how much I would play or if I would play at all.”

Woods, who underwent spinal fusion surgery in April 2017 and only returned to action in November, added: “It’s disappointing because I went 0-4 and that’s four points to the European team.

“And I’m one of the contributing factors to why we lost the cup, and it’s not a lot of fun.

“It’s frustrating because we came here, I thought we were all playing pretty well, and I just didn’t perform at the level that I had been playing, and just got behind early in the matches and never got back.”

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