TENNIS

Federer, Tsonga advance to ATP World Tour final

Roger Federer reached his 100th career final Saturday by beating David Ferrer 7-5, 6-3 in the semifinals of the ATP World Tour Finals at London.

Federer will seek his 70th title overall and a record sixth at the season-ending event for the world’s top eight players.

“It’s obviously a special occasion for me,” said Federer, who will play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final. Tsonga beat Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, 6-3, 7-5.

“Roger is the best player for the moment indoors,” Tsonga said. “It’s going to be really special here, for my first final here. It’s going to be an amazing atmosphere on court, and I like that. I know it’s the last match (of the year) so I will give it everything.”

GOLF

WORLD CUP: Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell shot an 8-under 64 in better-ball play to give Ireland a two-stroke lead in the World Cup at Hainan, China.

McIlroy and Graeme McDowell, both from Northern Ireland, had a 21-under 195 total. Americans Gary Woodland and Matt Kuchar (63) were tied for second with Germany’s Alex Cejka and Martin Kaymer (61), and South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen (61).

AUSTRALIAN PGA: K.T. Kim of South Korea shot a bogey-free 5-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead over Bubba Watson into the final round at Coolum, Australia.

SOUTH AFRICAN OPEN: Hennie Otto of South Africa shot a 7-under 65 to take a three-stroke lead after the third round at Johannesburg.

SOCCER

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Manchester United was held to a 1-1 draw at home by Newcastle, costing the defending champions in their bid to catch first-place Manchester City.

United is four points behind City, which plays Liverpool today. Third-place Tottenham closed within two points of United with a 3-1 victory at West Bromwich Albion.

BUS CRASH: At least six top-flight soccer players from Togo were killed and another 28 people critically injured after a bus carrying their team plunged into a ravine and caught fire.

SKIING

WORLD CUP: Didier Cuche, 37, won the downhill opener, giving Switzerland a 1-2 finish at Lake Louise, Alberta.

Cuche, who won at Lake Louise two years ago, was timed in 1 minute, 47.28 seconds.

n Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany won a World Cup giant slalom, making up nearly a second on the final run to hold off Elisabeth Goergl of Austria at Aspen, Colo. Julia Mancuso of the U.S. was third.

BOXING

FORMER CONTENDER DIES: Ron Lyle, who fought Muhammad Ali for the heavyweight title in 1975 and later battled George Foreman, died in Denver at age 70.

Lyle died from complications from a sudden stomach ailment.

BASEBALL

MAJOR LEAGUES: The Oakland Athletics hired Chili Davis as hitting coach to complete Manager Bob Melvin’s staff.

Davis was a hitting coach at Triple-A Pawtucket for the Red Sox last season.

HIGH SCHOOLS

GIRLS’ HOCKEY: Caroline Hurd of York (0-0-1) and Alyssa Hulst of Scarborough (1-0-1) had second-period goals in a 1-1 tie at Portland.

Shannon Hicks made 28 saves for the Red Storm. Olivia Drew had 15 saves for York.

Kylie Dalbec and Raechel Allen each had a goal and an assist to lead Portland/Deering to a 3-0 win over Biddeford in an opener at Biddeford Ice Arena. Drew Barry also scored and Rachel Waterhouse made 13 saves for the shutout. Emily Brassley stopped 39 shots for the Tigers.

Jen Machin scored the tying goal with 3:51 left as visiting Brunswick rallied from a 3-1 deficit to tie Lewiston, 3-3. Eliza Brooks and Annie Kelly also scored for the Dragons.

From staff and news services