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    by Published on 11-03-2013 02:52 PM  Number of Views: 400 

    Novak Djokovic beat defending champion David Ferrer 7-5, 7-5 Sunday to win the Paris Masters for his 17th straight match victory and sixth title of the season.

    The second-seeded Serb still has a slim chance to finish the season ranked ahead of No. 1 Rafael Nadal. Djokovic improved to 11-5 against Ferrer, who was looking to become the first player to win back-to-back Paris Masters titles.

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    by Published on 11-03-2013 12:40 PM  Number of Views: 460 

    John Force won his record 16th Funny Car season title Sunday, beating daughter Courtney Force in the final round in the NHRA Toyota Nationals.

    The 64-year-old Force has won three straight events and four overall this season to push his record career total to 138.

    "I read an article this morning about being humble, but right now I'd like to scream and shout," Force said. "If there is anything I've ever done right in my life, it's been a team effort."

    He won the final with a 4.062-second run at 310.63 mph.

    "We've won the championship and we're glad to have done so, man we're having fun. ... I don't want to end my career at 16. I want to end it at 17 at least."

    Force beat Gary Densham, Del Worsham and Alexis DeJoria to reach the final round.

    "I'd like to scream and say, `Gee, it was me,' but the truth is (crew chief) Jimmy Prock and the team he's got around him is unbelievable," Force said. "It's a team effort and that's what I'm really proud of, holding together when it looked like we were falling apart."

    Matt Smith also won at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to wrap up his second Pro Stock Motorcycle season title. Antron Brown won the Top Fuel event, and Shane Gray topped the Pro Stock field.

    The season-ending Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals Nov. 7-10 in Pomona, Calif.

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    by Published on 11-03-2013 12:37 PM  Number of Views: 401 

    World champion Sebastian Vettel won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in dominant fashion Sunday to clinch a seventh straight victory and 11th of the season.

    Although the German had already clinched his fourth consecutive world title at the Indian GP last weekend, he pledged there would be no let up. Starting from second on the grid, Vettel overtook his Red Bull teammate Mark Webber on the first turn and was untroubled after that.

    "Obviously, winning is very special," Vettel said. "Seven races in a row -- every single one is tough."

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    by Published on 11-03-2013 12:32 PM  Number of Views: 451 

    Ty Dillon led 130 of the 147 laps for a dominating milestone victory at Texas, while Matt Crafton moved closer to a NASCAR Truck Series season championship with another top-10 finish.

    Dillon drove the No. 3 Chevrolet to its 100th NASCAR victory across the sanctioning body's three main series, including the late Dale Earnhardt in Cup races. Dillon was greeted in Victory Lane on Friday night by Richard Childress, his grandfather and truck owner.

    "It's great. To have my grandson to win the 100th race with the No. 3, with Dale Earnhardt, and Austin and Ty, all they've done, it's very, very special," Childress said. "It'll be a night I remember for a long time. ... I know Dale Earnhardt is smiling down tonight."

    Childress had used the No. 3 regularly in the truck series. But after Earnhardt's death in a crash at the end of the 2001 Daytona 500, Childress didn't bring back the No. 3 full-time in a car again until Austin Dillon moved up from trucks to the Nationwide Series last year.

    Crafton finished 10th and has a 46-point lead over defending series champion James Buescher with two races left. Crafton only has to finish 18th or better in the last two races to win the season title.

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    by Published on 11-03-2013 12:29 PM  Number of Views: 398 

    Brad Keselowski raced to his sixth Nationwide victory in his last eight starts, leading 106 of 200 laps at Texas to give Roger Penske's No. 22 car the lead in the owners' standings.

    For the drivers' title, Sam Hornish Jr. overcame being a lap down early in the race to finish third and cut his deficit behind Austin Dillon from eight points to six with two races left in the season. Dillon finished fifth.

    "We did what we could do. We took care of ourselves," Hornish said. "We came back when it didn't look like we would gain points for quite a bit of the race. ... If we can take one or two off the following weekend that puts the pressure on him. He doesn't just have to finish within a couple spots of us then, he will have to beat us."

    With the win in the No. 22 Ford, Keselowski put Penske back in the lead in the owners' standings, 26 points ahead of Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 54 Toyota. Keselowski finished nearly a second ahead of Denny Hamlin.

    Keselowski has 26 career Nationwide wins.

    The No. 22 car has been to Victory Lane 12 times this season, with wins also by Joey Logano (three), AJ Allmendinger (two) and Ryan Blaney (one). The single-season Nationwide record is 13 wins by the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in 2010.

    Keselowski wrecked at Kansas the last time he drove the Nationwide car.

    "I had to redeem myself," he said. "When you win, it's almost more of a relief that you didn't screw it up. It's obviously a lot of fun."

    Last season, Keselowski gave Penske his first Sprint Cup title. Penske still hasn't won a Nationwide championship.

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    by Published on 11-03-2013 12:19 PM  Number of Views: 422 

    WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (28-0, 25 KO’s) gave Curtis Stevens (25-4, 18 KO’s) a methodical beating on Saturday night in stopping him in an 8th round stoppage at Madison Square Garden, in New York, New York.

    The fight was halted by Stevens’ corner after he’d taken an enormous amount of punishment in the 8th round. It was all one-way punishment with Stevens taking huge head and body shots while against the ropes for the entire round.

    Golovkin knocked Stevens down with a hard left hook in the 2nd round. Stevens barely made it out of the round, as he was badly hurt when he got up at the count of 7. Golovkin stalked a timid looking Stevens in rounds 3 through 6 in punishing him with head and body shots.

    The fight became really one-sided in the 7th, as Golovkin pounded Stevens with big shots for the entire round. Stevens was perched against the ropes for the entire round and took some scary head shots. Stevens would attempt to land an occasional shot, but Golovkin did a good job of avoiding most of his punches. The ones that did leak through didn’t bother Golovkin at all.

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    by Published on 11-02-2013 03:34 PM  Number of Views: 410 

    Denver Broncos coach John Fox was hospitalized Saturday after feeling light-headed while playing golf.

    The Broncos released a statement confirming that the 58-year-old Fox was taken to a hospital in the Charlotte area.

    "Denver Broncos Head Coach John Fox was taken to a Charlotte-area hospital after feeling light-headed while playing golf on Saturday," the Broncos' statement said. "He is being held at the hospital for testing and further observation. Our medical staff is currently in contact with Coach Fox, his family and the doctors who are treating him.

    "Additional information will be provided as it becomes available."

    Sources initially told ESPN that Fox had experienced symptoms similar to a heart attack.

    But Broncos executive director of media relations Patrick Smyth tweeted that Fox did not suffer a heart attack.

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    by Published on 11-01-2013 11:39 AM  Number of Views: 406 

    Saying he's lost his desire to play, Allen Iverson formally announced his retirement from basketball Wednesday.

    Iverson last played in the NBA in the 2009-10 season, when he played three games with the Memphis Grizzlies and 25 with the Philadelphia 76ers -- he spent the first 10 years of his 14-year career with the Sixers -- before leaving both teams. He last played professionally in Turkey during the 2010-11 season but left halfway through the first season of a two-year contract. Iverson was offered a contract to play in the NBA Development League with the Texas Legends last year but ultimately declined it.

    "I gave everything I had to basketball," Iverson said at the Wells Fargo Center. "The passion is still there but the desire to play is not. It was a great ride."

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    by Published on 11-01-2013 09:48 AM  Number of Views: 430 

    This is how Dwight Howard plays when he's healthy.

    Howard had 17 points and a career-high-tying 26 rebounds in his Houston debut, James Harden added 21 points and the Rockets cruised to a 96-83 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night.

    Howard spurned the Lakers to sign an $88 million deal with Houston, joining Harden and a team that made the playoffs last season for the first time since 2009.

    He said he rushed back too quickly from offseason back surgery last year and never felt quite right in his one disappointing season with Los Angeles. He believes he's returned to form since arriving in Houston and on Wednesday night he showed it.

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    by Published on 11-01-2013 09:25 AM  Number of Views: 426 
    1. Boston Red Sox

    The old ballpark was packed for a celebration nearly a century in the making.

    Players danced around the infield with their families.

    Fans remained in the stands, savoring a long-awaited moment generations of New Englanders had never been able to witness in person.

    Turmoil to triumph. Worst to first. A clincher at Fenway Park.

    David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox, baseball's bearded wonders, capped their remarkable turnaround by beating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 in Game 6 on Wednesday night to win their third World Series championship in 10 seasons.

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    by Published on 10-27-2013 05:42 PM  Number of Views: 417 

    Jeff Gordon earned his first win of the season Sunday, using a late pass of Matt Kenseth at Martinsville to snap a 32-race losing streak.

    Jeff Gordon pulled into the championship picture Sunday with a win at Martinsville Speedway, his first of the season.

    It was Gordon's eighth career win at Martinsville, but first since he swept the two races at the track in 2005. He's tied with Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson for Martinsville victories, but both trail Richard Petty (15) and Darrell Waltrip (11) on the career list.

    Most important, though, is that the victory moved Gordon from fifth to third in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

    Matt Kenseth and Johnson left Martinsville tied atop the standings with three races remaining, and Gordon sits 27 points behind the leaders. Kevin Harvick is 28 points out, while Kyle Busch is 36 points behind.

    Kenseth led a race-high 202 laps and was out front on the final restart with 77 laps remaining and Gordon lurking in third. Gordon stalked him for more than 50 laps, thinking to himself, "What would Jimmie Johnson do, or better yet, what would Richard Petty do?" before finally making the pass for the lead with 21 laps remaining.

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    by Published on 10-27-2013 05:38 PM  Number of Views: 558 

    Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano called it the perfect win, even though his final hole Sunday to win the BMW Masters was anything but perfect.

    Fernandez-Castano chipped in from across the green for birdie on the tough 17th hole at Lake Malaren to build a three-shot lead. Then, he let memories of Jean Van de Velde's collapse creep into his head, and only when the 33-year-old Spaniard holed a 2-foot putt for double bogey did he exhale.

    "I made it a little more complicated," Fernandez-Castano said.

    He still closed with a 4-under 68 for a one-shot win over Francesco Molinari (64) and Thongchai Jaidee (66). Luke Guthrie, the 23-year-old American playing in Asia for the first time, didn't make a birdie until the 13th hole and closed with a 71 to finish alone in fourth, two shots behind.

    Fernandez-Castano gave Spain its first European Tour win this year, extending the streak to 20 years of at least one Spanish victory.

    But this was more for him than country.

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    by Published on 10-27-2013 05:34 PM  Number of Views: 405 

    Suzann Pettersen successfully defended her title in the LPGA Taiwan Championship on Sunday for her fourth tour victory of the year and third in her last five starts.

    The Norwegian star closed with a 3-under 69 for a five-stroke victory over Solheim Cup teammate Azahara Munoz. Pettersen finished at 9-under 279 and earned $300,000 for her 14th LPGA Tour title. She has five LPGA Tour victories in Asia and won a Ladies European Tour event in China this year.

    "It feels great to come here and defend my title and play as well as I did," Pettersen said. "It was very tough out there. Since the very first shot on Thursday, the conditions gave us a very big challenge. Today, Azahara gave me an even bigger challenge. She played really good on the front nine well. She played really good all around. I think I can almost thank her for keep pressing and keep pushing me because I just had to keep staying aggressive and try to make birdies."

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    by Published on 10-27-2013 05:31 PM  Number of Views: 444 

    Kenny Perry made an 8-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff with Bernhard Langer on Sunday to win the Champions Tour's AT&T Championship.

    Perry and Langer each shot 5-under 67 to finish at 13-under 203 on TPC San Antonio's AT&T Canyons Course. Perry saved par on the final hole of regulation with a 20-foot par putt.

    Perry extended his lead in the Charles Schwab Cup from 494 to 612 points entering the season-ending Schwab Cup Championship next week in San Francisco. The top 30 on the money list qualified for the finale, though Perry and Langer are the only players with a shot at the $1 million annuity for the points title.

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    by Published on 10-27-2013 05:26 PM  Number of Views: 416 

    Lee Chang-woo of South Korea won the Asia-Pacific Amateur by three shots Sunday to earn a trip to the Masters in April.

    Lee was worried that he would think more about going to Augusta National than his golf at Nanshan International.

    That was never a problem. He stretched his lead to as many as six shots on the back nine. Even with a double bogey on the last hole, he finished with a 1-under 70 to win by three over Shohei Hasegawa of Japan.

    The winner of the Asia-Pacific gets an invitation to the Masters and is exempt until the final qualifying stage for the British Open. Hasegawa also gets into final qualifying for the British Open.

    Defending champion Guan Tianlang shot 73 and finished eight shots behind.

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    by Published on 10-27-2013 05:21 PM  Number of Views: 413 

    Mikhail Youzhny claimed his 10th career title by beating top-seeded David Ferrer 6-3, 7-5 Sunday to win the Valencia Open.

    The 31-year-old Russian dominated the No. 3-ranked Ferrer throughout, breaking the defending champion and local favorite four times on the indoor hard court.

    Youzhny used well-placed ground strokes early on, breaking twice to take the first set. Ferrer appeared to have recovered with a break in the second, but Youzhny broke back and the Spaniard then started to berate himself after each miss.

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    by Published on 10-27-2013 05:21 PM  Number of Views: 400 

    Juan Martin del Potro denied Roger Federer his hometown Swiss Indoors title for the second year in a row, winning in three sets.

    Roger Federer is playing better tennis these days -- just not quite good enough to win titles.

    Juan Martin del Potro denied Federer his hometown Swiss Indoors title for the second straight year, winning the final 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-4 on Sunday.

    Federer reached his first final in more than four months and showed no sign of the back problems that hampered him during the most difficult season of his career.

    "I am a winner, I don't take much confidence from losing matches," Federer said. "I am happy about the level of my play, it's getting better, but it's not in losing where I get much confidence."

    Federer had hoped that the raucous crowd support in Basel -- where he is a five-time champion -- could help revive his form. He's won just one title in the past 14 months.

    Del Potro beat the player he described as "a big inspiration" for the third straight time, including the 2012 Basel final.

    "I think Roger is playing well," the fifth-ranked Argentine said. "For me, he has the perfect game. He played much better when he has the chance to play the top guys."

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    by Published on 10-27-2013 05:13 PM  Number of Views: 422 

    The way the season has gone for Serena Williams, there was only one fitting way for it to end.

    Williams capped a career year in style Sunday, earning her 11th title by coming from behind to beat Li Na 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 for her second straight WTA Championships crown.

    Williams became the eighth woman to win 11 or more titles in a year and the first since Martina Hingis had 12 in 1997. The American also is the first to repeat as champion at the season-ending WTA Championships since Justine Henin in 2007.

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    by Published on 10-27-2013 09:31 AM  Number of Views: 442 

    Carlos Beltran of the St. Louis Cardinals is this year's recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award.

    Beltran was seated next to Clemente's widow, Vera, when he was honored Saturday, about an hour prior to Game 3 of the World Series against the Boston Red Sox. Members of Clemente's family also attended the news conference.

    "I must say this year's recipient truly exemplifies Roberto's philosophy," Vera Clemente said. "Carlos Beltran, you are the pride of all Puerto Ricans."

    Beltran has contributed more than $4 million to his Carlos Beltran Academy in Puerto Rico and has hosted fundraising efforts throughout the year.

    "A leader by example on the field, Carlos has demonstrated his leadership off the field as well," Selig said. "The academy has made a real difference in the lives of young men in Puerto Rico."

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    by Published on 10-27-2013 09:02 AM  Number of Views: 387 

    Darrell Wallace Jr. became the second black driver to win on NASCAR's national level and first in a half-century, taking the Truck Series race Saturday at Martinsville Speedway.

    Wendell Scott won in Jacksonville, Fla., in December 1963 in what is now known as the Sprint Cup Series, the highest of NASCAR's three national levels.

    "This means everything," the 20-year-old Wallace said. "This is an emotional win for me, especially doing it in Wendell Scott's backyard. I love coming here to Martinsville; it's always good to me. It finally paid off. I think it's my third trip here. I love coming here. The fans are great here."

    Wallace, driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports, beat Jeb Burton into Turn 1 off a restart with five laps to go.

    "We congratulate Darrell Wallace Jr. on his first national series victory, one that will be remembered as a remarkable moment in our sport's history," Brian France, NASCAR's chairman and CEO, said in a statement. "Darrell's success, following fellow NASCAR Drive for Diversity graduate Kyle Larson's win earlier this season, is indicative of a youth and multicultural movement that bodes well for NASCAR's future growth."

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