djokovic faces murray in paris masters final
PARIS — Novak Djokovic extended his winning streak to 21 matches and stayed on course for a third straight Paris Masters title after beating Stan Wawrinka 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 in the semifinals Saturday.
Djokovic, the top seed, bids for his 10th title of the season against No. 2 Andy Murray in the final today.
Murray beat eighth seed David Ferrer 6-4, 6-3 to reach his first final at the Paris indoor arena. He is chasing his fifth title of the season. His last was in August, when he beat Djokovic in the Rogers Cup final in Montreal.
"It's always very physical, also very psychologically demanding (against Murray)," Djokovic said. "We push each other to the limit, and I don't expect anything less."
Djokovic defeated Wawrinka, seeded fourth, for the second time since losing to him in the French Open final in May.
More tennis: Top-seeded Venus Williams overpowered fourth-seeded Roberta Vinci 6-2, 6-2 to advance to the final of the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuai, China. Williams today faces third-seeded Karolina Pliskova, who beat eighth-seeded Elina Svitolina 6-3, 6-1. If Williams wins the title, she will return to the top 10 for the first time in more than four years. The tournament brings together 11 of the top players who did not qualify for last week's WTA Finals.
More woe for defending champ Chelsea
Defending champion Chelsea, without banned manager Jose Mourinho, lost its third straight match, 1-0 at Stoke in the English Premier League. Chelsea's seventh loss in its 12 matches left it 16th in the standings, just three points above the relegation zone. Mourinho missed the game after receiving a stadium ban for his behavior toward match officials in a 2-1 defeat at West Ham in October.
Manchester United ended its Premier League scoring drought with a 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion, and Leicester striker Jamie Vardy scored for the ninth straight league match in a 2-1 victory against Watford.
alpine skiing: Lindsey Vonn needed stitches in a thumb after trying to break up a fight between her dogs over a Frisbee, she said on her Instagram account. The four-time overall World Cup champion told the Associated Press she would be fine for a World Cup giant slalom in Aspen, Colo., at the end of the month.
college soccer: Third-ranked Florida State, the defending women's national champion, faces top-ranked Virginia in the ACC tournament title game at noon today in Cary, N.C. (ESPNU). Virginia is seeded No. 1, FSU No. 2. … Top-seeded and fifth-ranked Florida faces sixth-seeded Texas A&M in the SEC women's championship game at 2 today in Orange Beach, Ala. (ESPNU). … Second-seeded USF faces fourth-seeded Cincinnati in the American Athletic Conference women's final at 2 today in Dallas (tape delay 6, ESPNU). … Top-seeded Barry plays third-seeded Tampa in the Sunshine State women's final at 1 today in Melbourne.
track and field: Sebastian Coe, president of the sport's governing body, called "abhorrent" allegations that predecessor Lamine Diack received more than $1.09 million to cover up doping violations. It was the two-time Olympic 1,500-meter champion's first response to the allegations. Coe, elected in August, commented in a statement after French authorities last week placed Diack under investigation on suspicion of corruption and money laundering. Diack is accused of receiving bribes in 2011 to cover up positive doping tests of Russians.
Times staff, wires