Nadal secures top spot with a win in quarterfinals

Just nine months after returning from a career-threatening knee injury, Rafael Nadal clinched the year-end No. 1 ranking for the third time by beating Stanislas Wawrinka 7-6 (5), 7-6 (6) at the ATP finals on Wednesday in London.

Nadal can’t be overtaken by No. 2 Novak Djokovic. It’s the first time since 2010 that Nadal, who returned from a seven-month injury layoff in February, ends the year as the top-ranked player.

Nadal advanced to the semifinals of the tournament with the win.


LPGA: Golf Canada announced a three-year sponsorship deal with Canadian Pacific railway company after an eight-year run with Canadian National Railway Company. The LPGA Tour tournament will be renamed the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open. The 2014 event is set for Aug. 21-24 at London, Ontario.

The PGA Championship and The Players Championship will share the distinction of having golf’s richest tournament next year by offering $10 million in prize money.


MLS: D.C. United midfielder Chris Pontius and defender Daniel Woolard had offseason surgeries. Pontius had surgery to repair his left hamstring and sciatic nerve. He is expected to be out 6 to 8 weeks. Woolard had surgery on his left big toe. His rehab is expected to take 4 to 6 weeks.

  The Columbus Crew hired former U.S. men’s national team and Major League Soccer player Gregg Berhalter as their seventh head coach.


NEFL: Linebacker and wide receiver Anthony Hicks of the Maine Sabers was named the New England Football League North Division Player of the Year, and was one of six Sabers selected to the NEFL All-Star team.

Quarterback Jeremy Shorey, offensive lineman Jon Benson, wide receiver Chris Libby, safety Lamir Whetstone and cornerback Wes Myers also made the team. The Sabers also received the staff of the year honors.

Phil Warren of the Southern Maine Raging Bulls was named the NEFL North Division Offensive Player of the Year.


FIELD HOCKEY: Ashley Doyle scored two goals to lead Kents Hill to a 3-0 win over host Hebron Academy in the MAISAD title game.

Sophie Boulet made five saves for the shutout.

BOYS’ SOCCER: Stephen Sherbahn scored in the first half, James Ordway added a goal in the second and Berwick Academy held on for a 2-1 win over Concord Academy at Concord, Mass.

– From staff and news services

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