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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.

Hockey

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.

Base­ball

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.

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