Monday, June 18, 2018
Sports

Djokovic routs Nadal to win ATP World Tour Finals

TENNIS

DJOKOVIC ROLLS OVER NADAL AT ATP

LONDON — Novak Djokovic remains the man to beat on indoor courts.

The defending champion made quick work of top-ranked Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-4 to win the ATP World Tour Finals on Monday, extending his winning streak to 22 matches and claiming the season-ending title for the third time.

Djokovic, who has not lost a match since his defeat to Nadal in the U.S. Open final, returned superbly from the start to move his Spanish rival around the court and prevent him from dictating the points.

Nadal hit only nine winners and was broken three times.

DAVIS CUP: Vladimir Safarik took over as captain of the Czech Republic's team for this week's final against Serbia after Jaroslav Navratil was hospitalized with a blood clot.

PLAYER BANNED: Spanish player Nuria Llagostera Vives was suspended for two years on Monday after testing positive for methamphetamine last summer at a California tournament.

SOCCER

Messi likely out for rest of season

Lionel Messi probably won't play again until 2014. Barcelona said the four-time world player of the year has another leg injury — his third of the season — and this time needs six to eight weeks to recover. That would rule Messi out until about Christmas, when the Spanish league takes its annual winter break. The Argentina forward sustained a left hamstring tear Sunday in Barcelona's 4-1 victory at Real Betis.

ALSO HURT: Brazilian-born Diego Costa pulled out of two friendlies with a muscle injury in his right leg, and the Atletico Madrid striker will have to wait a little longer before playing his first game for Spain.

COACH FIRED: Defending Brazilian champion Fluminense fired coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo with five rounds left in the Brazilian league and the team in the relegation zone. Fluminense hasn't won in nine matches and is in 18th place in the 20-team standings.

MLS: Seattle Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer said the club is not ready to make a decision on the future of coach Sigi Schmid after some high-profile moves failed to yield anything beyond another early playoff exit.

ET CETERA

AUTOS: Former action sports star Travis Pastrana said he's leaving NASCAR after this weekend's season finale Nationwide Series race at Homestead, citing a lack of sponsorship, a desire to spend time with his wife and new daughter and frustration over his struggles.

OLYMPICS: Stockholm entered the race for the 2022 Winter Games, submitting a bid that includes plans to host Alpine skiing events more than 400 miles away in the northern Swedish ski resort of Are.

Times wires

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