Stephens ral­lies to reach fi­nal against Svi­tolina

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Sloane Stephens over­came a ter­ri­ble start against Karolina Pliskova to win 0-6, 6-4, 6-1 at the WTA Fi­nals on Satur­day in Sin­ga­pore, set­ting up a cham­pi­onship match against Elina Svi­tolina.

“I came out here a lit­tle bit ner­vous and I wasn’t quite feel­ing the ball,” said the fifth-seeded Stephens, who is mak­ing her de­but at the tour­na­ment this year. “I just tried to stay in it. I was very proud of my ef­fort to­day.”

Both Svi­tolina and Stephens posted 3-0 roundrobin records be­fore win­ning their semi­fi­nals. Svi­tolina be­came the Ukra­nian woman to reach the sea­son-end­ing fi­nal af­ter beat­ing Kiki Bertens 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-4.

Roger Fed­erer ad­vanced to the 14th Swiss In­doors fi­nal of his ca­reer by beat­ing sev­enth-seeded Daniil Medvedev 6-1, 6-4. Seek­ing a ninth ti­tle at his home­town event, and a 99th over­all, Fed­erer will play 93th-ranked Mar­ius Copil on Sun­day.

Kei Nishikori will try

AAto end his long los­ing streak in ATP fi­nals and Kevin An­der­son will go for his sec­ond ti­tle of the year at the Erste Bank Open on Sun­day in Vi­enna. The fifth-seeded Nishikori reached his third fi­nal of 2018 af­ter beat­ing Mikhail Kukushkin of Kaza­khstan 6-4, 6-3 in the semi­fi­nals.

Texas’ Roach sus­pended: Texas se­nior guard Ker­win Roach II was sus­pended for the Longhorns’ sea­son opener against East­ern Illi­nois for an undis­closed vi­o­la­tion of team rules that hap­pened last sea­son.

Iona se­nior for­ward Roland Grif­fin was kicked off the team af­ter an al­ter­ca­tion with an as­sis­tant coach. Grif­fin told Sta­dium he punched as­sis­tant coach Garfield Johns mul­ti­ple times in self-de­fense Mon­day af­ter a ver­bal ar­gu­ment in the locker room.

For­mer Ken­tucky com­mit­ment DJ Jef­fries is stay­ing close to home to play for his for­mer coach. Jef­fries – a 6-foot-7 small for­ward from Olive Branch, Miss. – an­nounced he is now com­mit­ted to Mem­phis, where he will play for for­mer NBA star and new Tigers head coach Penny Har­d­away,

AAwho was pre­vi­ously Jef­fries’ coach on the Nike cir­cuit.

Uno wins Skate Canada: Olympic sil­ver medal­ist Shoma Uno of Ja­pan won Skate Canada In­ter­na­tional in Que­bec, ral­ly­ing in the free skate to edge Canada’s Kee­gan Mess­ing.

Uno fin­ished with a to­tal of 277.25 points. Mess­ing, the leader Fri­day af­ter the short pro­gram, was sec­ond at 265.17. South Korea’s Cha JunHwan of South Korea took bronze with 254.77.

Biles fights through kid­ney stone at worlds: A bout with a kid­ney stone did lit­tle to slow down Si­mone Biles. The reign­ing Olympic cham­pion eas­ily posted the top all-around score of 60.965 dur­ing the early por­tions of qual­i­fy­ing at the 2018 world cham­pi­onships in Doha, Qatar, eas­ily clear­ing the field and leav­ing lit­tle doubt that she re­mains atop the sport. Biles spent a por­tion of Fri­day night in the emer­gency room. The Amer­i­cans, fea­tur­ing three first­time com­peti­tors at the world cham­pi­onship level, rolled be­hind their star.

2:30 p.m.:

9 p.m.:

10:30 a.m.:

Noon:

12:55 p.m.: The team score of 174.429 was more than 12 points clear of sec­ond-place Ja­pan, an ab­surd mar­gin for a pow­er­house pro­gram that shows no signs of slow­ing down.

Wor­ley wins: Tessa Wor­ley mas­tered tough con­di­tions to win the sea­sonopen­ing women’s World Cup gi­ant slalom in Aus­tria. Trail­ing leader Feder- ica Brignone by four tenths of a sec­ond af­ter the first run, Wor­ley posted the fastest time in the fi­nal run and beat the Ital­ian by 0.35 for her 13th ca­reer win, and first at the Aus­trian re­sort. Olympic GS cham­pion Mikaela Shiffrin fin­ished 0.94 be­hind in third.

Chop­per crashes out­side sta­dium: A he­li­copter be­long­ing to Le­ices­ter City’s owner crashed in flames in a carpark next to the soc­cer club’s sta­dium shortly af­ter it took off from the field fol­low­ing a Premier League game.

The cen­tral Eng­land team said it was as­sist­ing au­thor­i­ties with “a ma­jor in­ci­dent” at the sta­dium but there were no de­tails about who was on board or their con­di­tion.

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