Tuesday, June 19, 2018
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TENNIS

DJOKOVIC adjusts to new court

PARIS — No wonder Novak Djokovic looked awkward in the early rallies of his opening match at the Paris Masters.

The top-ranked Serb, a two-time defending champion in Paris, was playing his first indoor match in a year — and on a revamped court at a refurbished venue.

That did not prevent him from advancing to the third round in straight sets, extending his winning streak to 18 matches with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Thomaz Bellucci on Tuesday.

"It was a good test," said Djokovic, who is bidding to become the first player to win six Masters 1000 titles in one season this week. "With new facilities, of course, and new color (blue) of the court, it took a little bit of time to really get used to it and adjust."

French Open champion Stan Wawrinka and David Ferrer also advanced.

WTA ELITE TROPHY: Venus Williams opened with a 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 win over Madison Keys in Zhuhai, China.

OBITUARY: Mike Davies, a former British Davis Cup player and Wimbledon doubles finalist, died Monday in London from an undisclosed illness. He was 79.

SOCCER

Another FIFA official in court

A Brazilian FIFA official who was a key organizer of the 2014 World Cup in his home country pleaded not guilty to U.S. charges stemming from a sprawling bribery case that has scandalized the soccer world. Jose Maria Marin, 83, appeared in federal court in Brooklyn.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Nacho Fernandez scored two minutes after entering to help host Real Madrid beat Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 and advance to the knockout stage. Raheem Sterling scored his first league goal to help Manchester City seal its place in the round of 16 with a 3-1 win at Sevilla. And Wayne Rooney ended host Manchester United's 404-minute goal drought, clinching a 1-0 victory over CSKA Moscow that put the team atop its group.

MLS: Toronto FC's Sebastian Giovinco, Columbus Crew's Kei Kamara and Sporting Kansas City's Benny Feilhaber were named finalists for the MVP award, which will be handed out Dec. 2.

ET CETERA

JURISPRUDENCE: A man was arrested in Minsk, Belarus, on suspicion of murder in the disappearance of former Olympic sprinter Yulia Balykina, 31, of Belarus. Investigators identified the suspect as Dmitry V. and said he was Balykina's former boyfriend.

RUNNER FOUND: A recovering heroin addict from Italy last seen crossing the finish line at Sunday's New York City Marathon was found aboard a subway train, police said. Gianclaudio Marengo, 30, was spotted by an off-duty police officer and taken to a hospital to be treated for dehydration.

HORSES: Triple Crown winner American Pharoah's last race drew the highest television rating in two decades for the Breeders' Cup telecast. Saturday's coverage on NBC averaged a 2.6 rating and 6 share.

WINTER SPORTS: Four-time overall World Cup champion Lindsey Vonn declared herself fully healed from a broken left ankle and ready for this month's giant slalom race in Aspen, Colo.

Times wires

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