Thursday, December 5, 2013
Djokovic loses in quarterfinals, must wait in effort to set record for Masters victories
Novak Djokovic's bid to become the first player to win all nine Masters events has been put on hold for at least another year.
Top-ranked American John Isner upset Djokovic 7-6 (5), 3-6, 7-5 in the quarterfinals of the Western & Southern Open at Mason, Ohio, on Friday.
The world's top-ranked player has never won Cincinnati, losing in the finals four times.
No. 2 Andy Murray also lost, beaten in two sets by Tomas Berdych. Berdych will play Nadal in the semifinals, while Isner takes on Juan Martin del Potro.
Rafael Nadal reached the semifinals by rallying for a vintage win over rival Roger Federer.
• In the women's draw, Serena Williams needed only 64 minutes to beat Simona Halep 6-0, 6-4. She'll play Li Na, who advanced to the semifinals automatically when No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska withdrew to attend her grandfather's funeral.
JURISPRUDENCE: A Dec. 17 trial date has been set in Palm Beach County for former tennis star Jennifer Capriati in a stalking and battery case involving her ex-boyfriend.
Capriati, 37, is accused of punching Ivan Brannan while he worked out at a gym on Valentine's Day.
LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES: Grant Holman threw a no-hitter to lead Chula Vista, Calif., past Grosse Pointe, Mich., 3-0 at South Williamsport, Pa.
The 6-foot-4, 166-pound Holman struck out 13 in seven innings, throwing the first extra-inning no-hitter in the LLWS since 1979.
Patrick Archer had a two-run single in the top of the seventh for the California team.
Grosse Pointe's Chad Lorkowski, who is 6-3 and 219 pounds, threw one-hit ball through six innings and had 12 strikeouts, but exhausted his 85-pitch allotment.
• Kazuki Ishida hit a two-run homer and Kyousuke Kobayashi drove in a pair of runs with a double to lead Tokyo into the second round of the Little League World Series with a 7-3 win over Brno, Czech Republic.
PGA: Tour rookie Patrick Reed shot a 6-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead in the second round of the Wyndham Championship at Greensboro, N.C.
John Huh had the best round of the day, a 62, to move to 10 under. John Deere winner and PGA Tour rookie Jordan Spieth was 9 under after a 66.
CHAMPIONS TOUR: Kenny Perry shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Dick's Sporting Goods Open at Endicott, N.Y. He leads brothers Brad and Bart Bryant and Joel Edwards.
SOLHEIM CUP: Azahara Munoz and Karine Icher knocked off Cristie Kerr and Paula Creamer to help Europe take a 3-1 lead after the opening session at Parker, Colo.
NHL: Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux had surgery on his right index finger after getting injured by a shattered golf club on a course in Ottawa. He is expected to make a full recovery in five to six weeks.
-- From news services