djokovic at his peak against murray
PARIS — Novak Djokovic's relentless desire for perfection is pushing him to a consistently brilliant level, one that proved far too high for Andy Murray on Sunday.
Djokovic, ranked No. 1 in the world, made light work of Murray in the Paris Masters final, beating the second seed 6-2, 6-4 for his 10th title of a year that includes three Grand Slam wins.
Djokovic played in his 14th straight tournament final and extended his winning streak to 22 straight matches. He did wonder how much further he could go. "I think in terms of physical and mental ability, I have reached my peak," he said.
WTA Elite Trophy: Top-seeded Venus Williams beat third-seeded Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 7-6 (8-6) in the final at Zhuhai, China. With her third win of the year, Williams returns to the top 10 for the first time in more than four years. The tournament brought together 11 of the top players who did not qualify for last week's WTA Finals in Singapore.
track and field
Doping report expected to stun
A World Anti-Doping Agency panel will deliver its findings today into allegations of extortion and coverups involving Russian doping.
Lamine Diack, a former president of track and field's governing body, was put under criminal investigation last week on suspicion of corruption and money laundering. The charges were brought by French prosecutors acting on evidence provided by the anti-doping agency panel.
The panel was formed after German broadcaster ARD aired a documentary — Top Secret Doping: How Russia Makes Its Winners? — in December. It alleged systematic doping across track and field, and other Olympic sports. It implicated officials in Russia's track and field federation, its anti-doping agency and the World Anti-Doping Agency-accredited lab in Moscow in bribery to hush positive tests, falsify tests and supply banned drugs.
soccer: English Premier League pacesetters Manchester City and Arsenal both drew, City 0-0 with host Aston Villa and host Arsenal 1-1 with Tottenham. … Real Madrid lost the Spanish league lead and its first game of the season, 3-2 to host Sevilla, falling to 7-1-3. Barcelona took over the top spot with a 3-0 win at home over Villarreal. … The host New York Red Bulls beat D.C. United 1-0 to advance to MLS's Eastern Conference final. The Red Bulls advanced on aggregate goals 2-0. They face Columbus, which beat visiting Montreal 3-1 to win on 4-3 aggregate.