Djokovic tops Murray, on to Shanghai final
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic broke Andy Murray five times en route to a 6-1, 6-3 win in the semifinals of the Shanghai Masters on Saturday, one of his most lopsided victories ever over the two-time major winner.
Afterward, Djokovic said he would allow himself to enjoy the victory only for a moment before turning his attention to Sunday’s final against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, a 6-4, 0-6, 7-5 winner over Rafael
Nadal in the other semifinal. Djokovic will be aiming for his ninth title in what already has been one of the most successful seasons of his career. Not only has he won three Grand Slam titles, he has reached the final in every tournament he has played since the Qatar Open in January. . . .
Venus Williams saw her chance of qualifying for the season-ending WTA Finals slip away after losing in straight sets to Jelena Jankovic in the semifinals of the Hong Kong Open.
Williams, seeded third, was defeated, 6-4, 7-5, in a tense encounter that lasted 2 hours 4 minutes.
Williams needed to reach the final to boost her chances of qualifying for the lucrative WTA Finals for the first time since 2009. Jankovic will meet Angelique
Kerber in the final.
According to an ESPN.com report, EJ Manuel is expected to start at quarterback for the Buffalo Bills on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Regular starter Tyrod Taylor has been listed as questionable because of a knee injury, and the Bills have not publicly named a starter. . . .
The New England Patriots placed cornerback Tarell Brown on season-ending injured reserve because of a foot injury.
Brendan Steele did just enough to keep the lead in the Frys.com Open.
As one player after another was piling up birdies on the closing three-hole stretch at Silverado in Napa, Calif. — eagle opportunities on each hole — Steele had to settle for three pars for a 3-under-par 69 and a one-shot lead over
Andrew Loupe and Kevin Na in the PGA Tour season opener.
Sixteen players are separated by only four shots heading into the final round. . . . Defending champion Michael
Allen shot a 3-under 69 for a share of the lead with Scott
McCarron in the Champions Tour’s San Antonio Championship.
McCarron also had a 69 to reach 6-under 138 on TPC San Antonio’s AT&T Canyons Course.
The 56-year-old Allen has seven victories on the 50-andover tour after failing to win on the PGA Tour. . . .
Lydia Ko and Sung Hyun Park rebounded to top the crowded leader board in the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship in Incheon, South Korea.
In position to take the top spot in the world, the second-ranked Ko overcame a double bogey with two late birdies in a 3-under 69. Park bounced back from a second-round 74 with a 67 to
match Ko at 13 under 203.
Arun Basuljevic scored in the 75th minute on an assist from
Alex Muyl, and the Georgetown men’s soccer team beat Big East rival DePaul, 1-0, in Chicago.
The Hoyas extended their unbeaten streak to 10 games. . . .
Alani Johnson scored twice and Candace Cephers also scored to lift the Virginia Tech women’s soccer team to a 3-0 win over Miami in Blacksburg, Va. . . . Loudoun Valley senior Andrew
Hunter won the Third Battle Invitational in Winchester in 14 minutes 20.8 seconds, breaking the Virginia state record for a 5,000-meter cross-country race by eight seconds. Heritage sophomore Weini
Kelati finished in 16:29, the second-fastest girls’ time in the nation this year.