Raonic chases top three spot after win over Thiem
Less than two weeks after pulling out of the Paris Masters semi-finals with a thigh injury, Milos Raonic reached the last four at the ATP World Tour Finals and is close to breaking into the top three of the rankings. His 7-6 (5) 6-3 victory over Austrian Dominic Thiem on Thursday left him second in the Ivan Lendl Group behind Novak Djokovic who won all his three matches.
Prickly Djokovic thrashes Goffin, picks row with umpire
Defending champion Novak Djokovic trounced stand-in David Goffin 6-1 6-2 for a clean sweep of his group at the ATP World Tour Finals on Thursday but still looked far from happy as he picked a row with the chair umpire. Belgium’s Goffin pocketed $179,000 for his brief appearance, courtesy of an injury that forced Gael Monfils to withdraw on Wednesday, earning almost $60,000 for each game he won in a no-contest lasting 69 minutes.
Ten more Beijing medalists disqualified after re-testing
Ten more athletes, mostly weightlifters and wrestlers, have been stripped of the medals they won at the 2008 Beijing Olympics after failing doping tests in re-testing of samples, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Thursday. They were among a total of 16 athletes named in the latest batch of disqualifications from the Games.
Conflict of interest for NFL doctors to report to teams: Harvard study
The doctors who patrol the sidelines of NFL games to assess whether injured players can safely return to the field should report to the league and players’ union rather than individual teams, said a Harvard University study released on Thursday. That was one of the recommendations in a 500-page report by Harvard researchers who have worked with the National Football League Players Association union over the past two years to study the heavy physical toll that the sport takes on athletes.
Cink lifted by wife’s cancer battle; fires career-low 62
Stewart Cink drew inspiration from his wife’s cancer battle to fire a career-low eight-under-par 62 on Thursday on an ideal day for scoring in the first round of the RSM Classic in St. Simons, Georgia. Cink, the 2009 British Open champion, and fellow American Jonathan Byrd shared second place behind Canadian rookie Mackenzie Hughes, who enjoyed another highlight day in his breakthrough year with a flawless 61 at the Sea Island Resort.
FIFA takes action against England, Scotland over poppies
FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against England and Scotland after they wore poppies on black armbands in last week’s World Cup qualifier. Both countries chose to defy FIFA by wearing poppies in Friday’s Group F match to commemorate the armistice that ended World War One.
Lightning’s Stamkos may miss 4-6 months after knee surgery
Tampa Bay Lighting captain Steven Stamkos will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus, according to multiple reports. TSN Canada’s Bob McKenzie reported Stamkos traveled to Vail, Colo. to have the procedure performed. The report was also confirmed by the Tampa Bay Times.
Djokovic says restructuring Davis Cup is ‘no brainer’
Novak Djokovic says changing the format of the Davis Cup is a “no brainer” and has repeated his plea to the International Tennis Federation to make structural changes to the team event. “This format is not working for the top players… because it’s just completely at the wrong time in the schedule,” world number two Djokovic told reporters at the ATP World Tour Finals on Thursday.
Sizzling Sydney charge fails to please Scott
A seven-under-par 65 on the second day of your national open would be a dream round for most players but the disgruntled look on Adam Scott’s face at Royal Sydney on Friday told the story of a man with his own standards. In a sizzling back-nine charge, the world number seven picked up six shots with an eagle and four birdies to soar up the Australian Open leaderboard and move back into contention for the Stonehaven Cup.
Cubs slugger Bryant, Angels’ Trout win MVP awards
Kris Bryant of the World Series champion Chicago Cubs capped off a dream season by winning the National League MVP award, while Mike Trout backed up his case as baseball’s best by claiming AL honors for a second time. The versatile, power-hitting Bryant, 24, was still in the afterglow of joining with his teammates to end the Cubs’ 108-year wait for a World Series triumph with their seven-game victory over the Cleveland Indians.