France still alive in Davis Cup with dou­bles win

The Sun Herald (Sunday) - - Sports - — WIRE SER­VICES

Ni­co­las Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Her­bert kept French hopes alive in the Davis Cup fi­nal with a 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (3) win over Croa­tia’s Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavic in the dou­bles on Satur­day.

Croa­tia leads France 2-1 as it chases its first Davis Cup ti­tle since 2005.

Marin Cilic is set to face Jeremy Chardy, then Borna Coric plays Jo-Wil­fried Tsonga if needed, al­though cap­tains can change their line­ups.

No team has over­turned a 2-0 deficit in a fi­nal since Aus­tralia beat the United States in 1939.

Franz wins Lake Louise down­hill: Max Franz of Aus­tria was the first racer on the course and his blis­ter­ing time held up in the sea­son-open­ing World Cup down­hill in Al­berta, Canada.

Franz fin­ished in 1 minute, 46.18 sec­onds to hold off Christof In­ner­hofer of Italy by 0.28 sec­onds. Italy’s Do­minik Paris was third, 0.54 sec­onds back. Amer­i­can Steven Ny­man was 11th, a spot ahead of team­mate Bryce Ben­nett.

Fed­er­ica Brignone of Italy won a gi­ant slalom for her ninth ca­reer World Cup vic­tory, with Mikaela Shiffrin tak­ing fourth as the Amer­i­can com­peted be­fore a home crowd in Killing­ton, Vt. Brignone mas­tered the Killing­ton course in a com­bined time of 1 minute, 51.33 sec­onds to beat first-run leader Ragn­hild Mow­inckel of Nor­way by 0.49 sec­onds.

AChen, Ki­hira win to reach GP Fi­nal: World cham­pion Nathan Chen won the last round of fig­ure skat­ing’s Grand Prix se­ries and se­cured a spot in next month’s fi­nal with a pul­sat­ing free skate at the In­ter­na­tionaux de France on Satur­day in Greno­ble, France.

The Amer­i­can skater out­classed the field in scor­ing 184.64 for an event-win­ning to­tal of 271.58. The vic­tory en­sured him a spot in the Dec. 6-9 fi­nal in Van­cou­ver, Canada.

On the women’s side, 16-year-old Rika Ki­hira was a con­vinc­ing win­ner, with a free skate packed with triple jumps and grace.

In pairs, Vanessa James and Mor­gan Cipres of France won the free skate for over­all vic­tory, se­cur­ing their ticket for the fi­nal. Tarah Kayne and Danny O'Shea of the United States were sec­ond.

In ice dance, the French pair of Gabriella Pa­padakis and Guil­laume Cize­ron was un­touch­able, win­ning the free dance af­ter win­ning the rhythm dance on

Ger­many’s Geisen­berger opens with win: Natalie Geisen­berger’s quest for a sev­enth straight World Cup women’s over­all cham­pi­onship is off to an ex­cel­lent start. The twotime de­fend­ing Olympic luge cham­pion led a Ger­man sweep of the top three spots in the World Cup open­ing race Satur­day in Inns­bruck, Aus­tria.

Ron­aldo leads Ju­ven­tus to win: Noth­ing seems to mo­ti­vate Cris­tiano Ron­aldo more than the sug­ges­tion that other play­ers are bet­ter than him. That was ev­i­dent when Ron­aldo skipped the UEFA player of the year award cer­e­mony in Au­gust when he learned that for­mer Real Madrid team­mate Luka Mo­dric gained the honor.

Now, amid re­ports that he’s been left off the podium for the Bal­lon d’Or prize to be pre­sented next month, team­mates say Ron­aldo trained harder than ever this week.

The train­ing paid off, as Ron­aldo scored the open­ing goal and helped set up the sec­ond as Ju­ven­tus ex­tended its un­beaten start in Serie A by beat­ing pro­moted Spal 2-0 on Satur­day.

Man­ches­ter United stut­tered to 0-0 at home against strug­gling Crys­tal Palace in the English Pre­mier League.

Tot­ten­ham in­flicted Chelsea’s first loss in the English Pre­mier League with a ram­pant per­for­mance in a 3-1 win at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium in Lon­don.

Roberto Firmino ended his English Pre­mier League goal drought and Mo­hamed Salah also scored as 10-man Liver­pool main­tained its un­beaten start by win­ning at Wat­ford 3-0.

Bay­ern Mu­nich’s trou­bled Bun­desliga sea­son went from bad to worse af­ter a late col­lapse saw it draw 3-3 with For­tuna Dues­sel­dorf, whose for­ward Dodi Luke­bakio scored a hat trick. The reign­ing Ger­man cham­pion dropped nine points be­hind league leader Borus­sia Dort­mund, which beat Mainz 2-1.

Even with­out stars Ney­mar and Kylian Mbappe, Paris Saint-Ger­main keeps on win­ning in the French league. PSG ex­tended its win­ning streak to 14 matches af­ter beat­ing Toulouse 1-0. Ney­mar and Mbappe re­cu­per­at­ing from in­juries.

The Copa Lib­er­ta­dores fi­nal was post­poned to Sun­day af­ter Boca Ju­niors play­ers were in­jured when their bus was at­tacked by River Plate fans. CON­MEBOL Pres­i­dent Ale­jan­dro Dominguez an­nounced the de­ci­sion on Satur­day, only 10 min­utes be­fore the fi­nal was sup­posed to start.

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