Federer slides into the semis of ATP Finals
A day after the ATP Finals lost Rafael Nadal to injury, Roger Federer lifted spirits at the O2 Arena by extending his stay to the weekend.
The 19-time Grand Slam champion guaranteed his place in Saturday’s semifinals by defeating Alexander Zverev 7-6 (6), 5-7, 6-1 on Tuesday.
Zverev, who won his opening match against Marin Cilic, will face Jack Sock on Thursday to decide who will join Federer in the final four.
Sock recorded the United States’ first victory at the event in 10 years by defeating Cilic 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (4) in the early match, with the Croat later being eliminated by Federer’s victory.
Sock lost his debut match to Federer, and is 1-1.
ELSEWHERE Hall of Famer Doerr dies
Bobby Doerr, the Hall of Fame second baseman dubbed the “Silent Captain” of the Boston Red Sox by longtime teammate and friend Ted Williams, has died. He was 99.
Mr. Doerr died Monday in Junction City, Ore., the Red Sox said Tuesday in a statement. The Red Sox said Doerr, a nine-time All-Star, had been the oldest living major-league player.
Signed out of the old Pacific Coast League on the same scouting trip that brought Williams to Fenway Park, Mr. Doerr played 14 seasons with the Red Sox and joined his fishing buddy in the Hall of Fame in 1986. Mr. Doerr had a .288 lifetime average and helped the Red Sox reach the 1946 World Series.
“Jungle Jim” Rivera, an outfielder on the 1959 “Go-Go” White Sox pennant-winning team died Monday night in Fort Wayne, Ind. He was 96.
The New York Liberty, one of the WNBA’s original franchises, are for sale. The Liberty have been owned by James Dolan and Madison Square Garden since the league was founded in 1996 and started play the next year.
New York has reached the playoffs in 15 of its 21 seasons but has not won the title.
Vice President Mike Pence’s attendance at last month’s 49ers-Colts game in Indianapolis — which he quickly left after several 49ers knelt during the national anthem — protest cost Indianapolis about $14,000 in police overtime and other costs. The figures were released Tuesday by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.
Two-time defending national champion Stanford dominated the men’s AllPac-12 team as senior forward Foster Langsdorf was named the conference’s Player of the Year for a second consecutive season, senior Tomas Hilliard-Arce was chosen the Defensive Player of the Year and Jeremy Gunn was the Coach of the Year.
Stanford’s Corey Baird, Tanner Beason and Drew Skundrich joined Hilliard-Arce and Langsdorf on the first team. Cal’s Drake Callender and Jose Carerra-Garcia were also named to the first team.