Halep again beats Keys, advances at Wuhan Open

Fourth-seeded Simona Halep of Romania advanced to the semifinals of the Wuhan Open with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Madison Keys of the United States at Wuhan, China, on Thursday.

With the win, Halep improved to 4-1 against Keys and qualified for her third straight appearance at the WTA Finals in Singapore.

Halep beat the eighth-seeded American with powerful groundstrokes to set up a semifinal match against Petra Kvitova, who beat Johanna Konta 6-3, 6-4.

Also, Svetlana Kuznetsova came from match point down to defeat Agnieszka Radwanska 1-6, 7-6 (9), 6-4.


NHL: Montreal Canadiens forward Andrew Shaw was suspended for three preseason games for boarding Washington Capitals prospect Connor Hobbs.

Shaw hit Hobbs into the glass from behind on Tuesday during his first preseason game with the Canadiens and was given a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct.

As a result of not being suspended for any regular-season games, Shaw will not lose any pay as part of the suspension.

The former Chicago Blackhawks agitator had been suspended once during his NHL career before this incident.


WNBA: Seattle’s Breanna Stewart was named the WNBA rookie of the year.

The league announced Thursday that Stewart received 38 of the 39 votes from a national media panel.

San Antonio’s Moriah Jefferson got the other vote.

“It’s a tremendous honor to be able to come into the league and make a big impact like I did in my rookie season,” Stewart said. “It’s all you can ask for.”

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft out of Connecticut, Stewart averaged 18.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks, becoming the sixth player in league history to reach those averages in the same season. She helped the Seattle Storm advance to the playoffs for the first time since 2013.


LPGA: Ariya Jutanugarn birdied the final four holes for an 8-under 65 and a one-stroke lead over Brooke Henderson in the Reignwood LPGA Classic at Beijing.

In position to take the lead from idle Lydia Ko in the player of the year standings by finishing ninth or better, Jutanugarn had 10 birdies and two bogeys in the first event of the six-tournament Asian Swing.

The 20-year-old Thai player is now No. 2 in the world and leads the LPGA Tour with five victories, winning the Women’s British Open in July for her first major title.


CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Scotland’s Celtic was fined $11,200 by UEFA after fans displayed dozens of Palestinian flags at a Champions League game against a team from Israel.

UEFA says its disciplinary committee judged the Scottish champion guilty of a charge of displaying “illicit banners.”

Political banners and statements are prohibited in stadiums at UEFA-organized matches.

 Legia Warsaw must play Real Madrid in an empty stadium as punishment for fan violence and racist behavior at a Champions League match in Poland two weeks ago.

A UEFA disciplinary panel ordered the sanction to apply when Madrid visits the Polish Army Stadium on Nov. 2.

Legia was also fined $90,000.

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