Friday, January 19, 2018

Sports in Brief


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


Lowry, DeRozan help Raptors end Spurs jinx

TORONTO — Kyle Lowry scored nine of his 24 in the fourth quarter, DeMar DeRozan added 21 and the Raptors beat the Spurs 86-83 Friday to snap a four-game losing streak against San Antonio. Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 11 rebounds as Toronto imp...
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Quarterback or bust for Quinton Flowers in the NFL?

Quarterback or bust for Quinton Flowers in the NFL?

ST. PETERSBURG — Reps have been priceless for Quinton Flowers this week, each to be maximized and handled with care.Yet he couldn't avoid handling some clumsily.On the opening day of practice at Shorecrest Prep for today's East-West Shrine Game...
Updated: 14 minutes ago
Time for Lightning leaders to snap team out of funk

Time for Lightning leaders to snap team out of funk

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Steven Stamkos sat at his stall in a near-empty Lightning dressing room Thursday and did what captains often do:He shouldered some blame for the Lightning's listless 4-1 loss to Vegas."As a leader, I've got to be a lot better,...
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Record 119 early draft entries

Quarterbacks Sam Darnold of USC, Lamar Jackson of Louisville and Josh Rosen of UCLA are among the record 106 underclassmen given special entry to the NFL draft, making it four of the last five seasons in which at least 95 players have declared early....
Updated: 24 minutes ago
Pieters leads Abu Dhabi, but DJ, Rory nearby

Pieters leads Abu Dhabi, but DJ, Rory nearby

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Thomas Pieters holed a bunker shot for a closing birdie and shot a second-round 65 Friday to take a one-stroke lead at the Abu Dhabi Championship as top-ranked Dustin Johnson moved into contention, while Rory McIlro...
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Taking long way to Blackhawks’ net

CHICAGO — For Jeff Glass, there have been so many stops during his existence as a hockey vagabond, so many different jerseys he has worn, so many teams he has tended goal for — from Binghamton, N.Y., to Belarus and plenty of other outposts in between...
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Starstruck Kyrgios stays cool on court

Starstruck Kyrgios stays cool on court

MELBOURNE, Australia — With Will Smith in the crowd and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga across the net, Nick Kyrgios was in his element as the main attraction for a night at the Australian Open. Time to put on a show. One of his favorite actors — Smith was making...
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Sports in Brief

BaseballTebow gets another crack at making mets Tim Tebow has been invited by the Mets to spring training for a second straight season.The 30-year-old will begin his second year of attempting to reach the big leagues when spring training opens in Por...
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Will Brady play in title game? ‘We’ll see,’ he says

Will Brady play in title game? ‘We’ll see,’ he says

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady played it coy Friday about his status for the AFC Championship Game after suffering a right (throwing) hand injury this week. The Patriots quarterback said a bit contentiously only "We’ll see" when asked whether he would...
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Captain’s Corner: What to expect from fish coming out of the cold spell

Extreme cold has brought backcountry water temperatures down. As in years past, extreme dips have shocked many fish, especially snook, which take the biggest hit and become extremely lethargic and often near death. Luckily the cold won’t be long, and...
Updated: 4 hours ago