FIGURE SKATING

Yarmouth skater, partner capture sectional pairs

Franz-Peter Jerosch of Yarmouth and his partner won the novice pairs competition at the Eastern sectional figure skating championships in Boxborough, Massachusetts.

Jerosch, 16, of the North Atlantic Figure Skating Club and Jade Hom of Southborough, Massachusetts, earned a combined score of 113.81 points from victorious performances in short program and free skate to outdistance runners-up from Florida by nine points overall. The competition included five pairs.

The victory qualified Jerosch and Hom for the U.S. figure skating championships Jan. 1-2 in San Jose, California.

Last winter, Jerosch and his former partner, Jade Esposito, won silver medals in intermediate pairs – one level below novice – at the national championships in Independence, Missouri.

GRAND PRIX: World champion Evgenia Medvedeva may miss the final next month because of a broken foot.

TENNIS

NEW SEEDINGS: Grand Slam tournaments plan to return to seeding only 16 players instead of 32 as of 2019, and now will give a player who is a late withdrawal because of an injury 50 percent of the first-round prize money.

The four Grand Slam tournaments – the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open – doubled the number of seeded players to 32 in June 2001. That decision was made partly in response to complaints from clay-court specialists that they wanted more draw protection at Wimbledon, the only major tournament played on grass.

SOCCER

MLS: Toronto FC and the Columbus Crew played to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of the Eastern Conference final at Columbus, Ohio.

The second of two legs of the aggregate-goals series is Nov. 29 at Toronto.

WORLD CUP: Ange Postecoglou quit as Australia coach a week after the Socceroos secured a spot at next year’s World Cup with an intercontinental victory against Honduras.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Defending champion Real Madrid advanced again to the knockout stages after beating APOEL of Cyprus 6-0. Besiktas of Turkey also progressed, drawing with Porto of Portugal 1-1 to reach the last 16 for the first time.

THAILAND: Five players and two match officials from the top-flight national league were among 12 people arrested for alleged match-fixing, according to the nation’s federation.

RUGBY

RETIREMENT PLANNED: Hooker Stephen Moore said he’ll retire from playing rugby after Australia’s final match of the season Saturday against Scotland.

Rugby Australia says in a statement that Moore originally planned to play one last season with the Queensland Reds in Super Rugby, but will retire after the Scotland match.

HOCKEY

BAN SLASHED: The International Ice Hockey Federation cut a doping ban given to Russian forward Danis Zaripov from two years to six months.

He’s eligible to play again Thursday.

– Staff and news reports