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Sock beats Zverev to advance to semis

In his ATP Finals debut, Jack Sock joined Roger Federer in the semi-finals. Sock, the first American to reach the final weekend at the tournament since Andy Roddick in 2007, on Thursday beat Alexander Zverev 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 to advance from his round-robin group. “I didn’t expectFULL STORY

Flawless Chien, Smith share lead in Florida

Taiwan’s Chien Pei-yun and Australia’s Sarah Jane Smith, each seeking a first LPGA title, on Thursday both fired bogey-free six-under-par 66s to share the lead after the opening round of the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship. The showdown at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Florida, featuresFULL STORY

Steelers crush Titans 40-17

Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau schemes to make opposing offenses “one-dimensional”: it was his mantra through 16 seasons as a Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coach. So the Steelers did him a favor upon his return to Heinz Field on Thursday. They made themselves one-dimensional from theFULL STORY

Holmes scores five tries as Kangaroos steamroller Samoa

Valentine Holmes yesterday scored a record five tries as Australia continued their imperious Rugby League World Cup title defense with a 46-0 thrashing of Samoa in the quarter-final. Five-eighth Michael Morgan also grabbed a first-half brace as the Kangaroos, winners of 10 of the 14 versionsFULL STORY

Snedeker returns as Kirk takes lead at RSM Classic

Former champion Chris Kirk on Thursday took the first-round lead at the RSM Classic in coastal Georgia, as two-time American Ryder Cup member Brandt Snedeker made a solid comeback after a long injury absence. Kirk wielded a hot putter to run off seven birdies before cappingFULL STORY

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CRICKET Pujara leads India to 74-5 Cheteshwar Pujara yesterday stood firm against a relentless Sri Lanka pace attack as India stumbled to 74-5 before rain cut short the second day of the first Test. Fast bowler Dasun Shanaka struck twice on a cloudy morning session at EdenFULL STORY

NZ ‘gutted’ as World Cup dream ends2017-11-17

New Zealand soccer fans yesterday lamented the end of their FIFA World Cup dream after a 2-0 defeat to Peru, but said the unfancied All Whites’ gritty display had done the nation proud. New Zealand, ranked No. 122 in the world, went into the two-legged qualifierFULL STORY

Dimitrov defeats Goffin to advance to London semis2017-11-17

The coaching seemed to have helped, whether Grigor Dimitrov heard it or not. The sixth-seeded Bulgarian on Wednesday made his way into the semi-finals of the ATP Finals by beating David Goffin 6-0, 6-2, but he was given a violation for coaching during the second set. AFULL STORY

WADA refuses to lift Russia’s suspension2017-11-17

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) yesterday maintained its suspension of Russia, raising the specter of a possible ban from February’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. WADA’s foundation board met in Seoul, where it came to the decision after its compliance review committee recommended that theFULL STORY

South Africa stunned after France picked as 2023 host2017-11-17

France is to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023, a year before the Olympic Games in Paris, after surprisingly beating South Africa and Ireland in a vote on Wednesday. The World Rugby Council disregarded the recommendation of an evaluation report to hand the 10th editionFULL STORY

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