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murray, nadal roll in paris masters

PARIS — Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal advanced to the third round of the Paris Masters on Wednesday, each winning in straight sets.

The second-seeded Murray beat 18-year-old Borna Coric 6-1, 6-2, and the seventh-seeded Nadal beat qualifier Lukas Rosol 6-2, 6-2.

Murray won 84 percent of his first-serve points and broke Coric twice in each set. Coric, regarded as a rising star, beat Murray 6-1, 6-3 in the Dubai Championships in February.

"I lost to him quickly last time, and (Wednesday) it was very different," Murray said. "I hit the ball well, and I was able to defend, too."

Murray next plays 16th-seeded David Goffin.

Nadal broke Rosol in the second game and held for 3-0 after saving a break point, the only one he faced.

Nadal next plays either 11th-seeded Kevin Anderson or Dominic Thiem.


Bayern Munich routs Arsenal

Thomas Mueller scored two goals as host Bayern Munich hammered Arsenal 5-1 to close in on a place in the knockout stage of the European Champions League. Bayern lost to Arsenal 2-0 in London but dominated the rematch throughout. Bayern leads Group F with nine points.

MORE champions league: Neymar scored twice and Luis Suarez added a goal as host Barcelona eased to a 3-0 win over BATE Borisov and moved closer to qualifying for the knockout stage. Since Lionel Messi tore a left knee ligament on Sept. 26, Neymar and Suarez have combined for 17 of Barcelona's 20 goals. … Substitute Felipe Pardo kept host Olympiakos on track for a place in the knockout stage, scoring twice in the second half for a 2-1 win over Dinamo Zagreb.

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WNBA: League president Laurel J. Richie is stepping down to pursue other opportunities that include being an advocate for girls and young women. Richie assumed her role with the league in May 2011, becoming the first African-American to lead a major sports league. Six weeks ago NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he thought the league, which just finished its 19th season, "would have broken through by now" and that it is "not where we hoped it would be." Wednesday, Silver said he was sorry that Richie was leaving: "Obviously I made comments not so long ago about my disappointment. It was not about Laurel in any way.''

boxing: Russia's Denis Lebedev (28-2) retained his WBA cruiserweight title with a win by stoppage in the eighth round over Nigerian Lateef Kayode (21-1, two no-contests) in Kazan, Russia. Also, Russia's Eduard Troyanovsky (23-0) won the IBF light welterweight title on a technical knockout of champion Cesar Rene Cuenca of Argentina (48-1, two no-contests).

golf: Phil Mickelson and swing coach Butch Harmon are parting ways after eight years. "At the moment I need to hear new ideas from a different perspective," said Mickelson, who is winless since his victory in the 2013 British Open, with five top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour. He has fallen to 25th in the world ranking.

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Sports in brief 11/04/15 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 4, 2015 9:47pm]
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