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Sports in brief: Roddick, Isner advance at Paris Masters


roddick, isner (20 aces) move on at paris masters

PARIS — Andy Roddick and John Isner advanced Tuesday at the Paris Masters.

Roddick defeated Julien Benneteau 6-4, 6-4, making 12 unforced errors compared with 25 for his opponent. Isner relied on his strong serve to edge Stanislas Wawrinka 6-7 (7-3), 7-5, 7-6 (7-5). He had 20 aces, including on match point.

"I've been in that situation, a bunch of tight matches, where although I'm maybe a little tired, I'm still able to hit my biggest serve," Isner said. "That's what I did."

Isner is ranked 25th and hopes to get into the top 10.

"It's something I definitely think I can do," Isner said. "It won't happen this year, but it's going to be one of my goals in 2012."

Juan Monaco cruised past Donald Young 6-4, 6-2, and Richard Gasquet defeated Kevin Anderson 6-4, 7-6 (7-4).

Also, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Feliciano Lopez, Ivan Dodig, Sergiy Stakhovsky and Jeremy Chardy won their first-round matches.


Boxer out of coma after accident

A young boxer who nearly made the 2012 Olympic team has awakened from a coma after he was critically injured in an accident on a Bronx highway. The Daily News reports that Pedro Luis Sosa, 19, has begun opening his eyes and trying to move his limbs.

Family members tell the News that Sosa doesn't know his sister Jennifer was killed in the Oct. 30 crash that nearly killed him, too.

The siblings had stopped after getting into a traffic accident on the Cross Bronx Expressway. They got out of their vehicle to inspect the damage when they were hit by another car.

Mayweather gets community service: Floyd Mayweather Jr. must perform 40 hours of community service after he angered a federal judge in South Carolina who learned Mayweather was in a nightclub on the day he was supposed to give a deposition, not resting from injuries sustained in a fight. Mayweather, along with his production company and World Wrestling Entertainment Inc., is being sued by Anthony Dash, who accused the boxer of stealing a beat he created in 2005 for a song Mayweather used at wrestling events in 2008 and '09.

et cetera

Basketball: The American Basketball Association will introduce the Tampa Bay Rain franchise Nov. 17. The details about the expansion team will be announced at the introduction ceremony at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa.

Golf: Kenny Perry made nine birdies and led the Champions Tour to the title at the Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge in Henderson, Nev. The team of Perry, Jay Haas and Mark Calcavecchia was a combined 15 under in the two-player, best-ball format. The group shot 8 under over the final nine holes to overtake the PGA Tour team of Boo Weekley, Gary Woodland and Jonathan Byrd.

Track and field: Sprinter Carmelita Jeter and high jumper Jesse Williams captured the Jesse Owens Award as the outstanding U.S. track and field athletes of the year.

Horses: Royal Delta, winner of the $2 million Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic on Friday, sold for $8.5 million.

Times wires

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