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Djokovic rolls, then falls apart

PARIS — Sam Querrey rallied to beat Novak Djokovic 0-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 in the second round of the Paris Masters on Wednesday. It was the first time since the Miami Masters in March 2010 that Djokovic was eliminated so early.

"During the second set, I already felt that physically I'm down," he said. "I had a really difficult period in the last couple of weeks. Some things happened, and a lot of things are on my mind."

Querrey lost the first set in just 21 minutes.

"It was a little embarrassing," he said. "But then I got rolling and got more confidence … and a little more aggressive."

Tournament of Champions: Caroline Wozniacki beat Roberta Vinci 6-3, 6-1 to earn a spot in the semifinals in Sofia, Bulgaria. The other berths in the round-robin event haven't been determined.


New York marathon will go on, mayor says

The New York marathon will happen Sunday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said during a briefing on Hurricane Sandy. "There's an awful lot of small businesses that depend on these people," he said. "I think for those who were lost, you've got to believe they would want us to have an economy and have a city go on for those that they left behind." Organizers were still assessing the damage along the route and all logistics, including transporting runners to the start line on Staten Island.


NASCAR parks historic driver for Texas race

NASCAR won't let Nur Ali, the first driver of Pakistani descent to compete at the national level, run in Saturday's Nationwide race at 1½-mile Texas Motor Speedway. The native of Fort Worth, Texas, crashed in his debut, the Oct. 20 Nationwide event at Kansas Speedway. NASCAR wants him to get more experience on smaller tracks before racing on another 1½-mile track. He hopes to race in the Nov. 10 Nationwide race at Phoenix, a 1-mile track.

Et cetera

Greyhounds: Flying Observer, Lily Rose, Intentionally and Switzler Hubble won second-round qualifying races for the Fall Juvenile Stakes at St. Petersburg's Derby Lane. Round 3 is Saturday.

Soccer: Daniel Sturridge and Ramires scored in extra time as host Chelsea beat Manchester United 5-4 to reach the League Cup quarters. … Visiting Houston beat Chicago 2-1 in the MLS playoffs. It next faces Kansas City.

Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times wires

Sports in Brief 10/31/12 [Last modified: Thursday, November 1, 2012 12:08am]
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