SPORTS IN BRIEF
FEDERER WINS HOPMAN CUP WITH SWITZERLAND FOR 3RD TIME
Roger Federer won the Hopman Cup for a record third time after defending champion Switzerland beat Germany 2-1 on Saturday in Perth, Australia.
Switzerland took its fourth Hopman Cup title overall when Federer and Belinda Bencic beat Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber 4-0, 1-4, 4-3 (4) in the Fast4 format in the mixed doubles decider.
In the men’s singles, Federer defeated fourthranked Zverev 6-4, 6-2. Kerber leveled with a 6-4, 7-6 (6) win over Bencic.
U.S. Open champion ● Naomi Osaka of Japan missed a chance to reach the Brisbane (Australia) International final and move up to the No. 3 ranking with a 6-2, 6-4 loss to Leisa Tsurenko. Tsurenko is 4-0 in finals, and is hoping to extend that streak when she takes on No. 5-seeded Karolina Pliskova, who beat Donna Vekic 6-3, 6-4.
After Osaka’s loss, Japanese flags were still waving in the crowd when No. 2-seeded Kei Nishikori defeated Jeremy Chardy 6-2, 6-2 in 66 minutes. He’ll play fourth-seeded Daniil Medvedev, a 7-6 (6), 6-2 winner over JoWilfried Tsonga, in Sunday’s final, where he’s hoping to claim his first title since Memphis in 2016.
Finland wins world junior hockey title, beating US: Kaapo Kakko scored with 1:26 left to give Finland its fifth world junior hockey title, 3-2 over the United States on Saturday night at Vancouver, British Columbia.
Kakko broke a tie after the United States rallied on goals by Alexander Chmelevski and Josh Norris in a 1:46 span midway through the third.
Yankees sign Britton: A person familiar with the negotiations told The AP that reliever Zach Britton and the Yankees agreed to a $39 million, three-year contract. The agreement is subject to a successful physical. Britton, a 31year-old left-hander, was acquired by the Yankees from Baltimore on July 24 and served as a setup man along with Dellin Betances for Aroldis Chapman.