France still alive in Davis Cup with doubles win
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.