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djokovic keeps calm, hangs on to win in china

SHANGHAI — No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic was sluggish and error-prone early in his quarterfinal match against qualifier Mischa Zverev at the Shanghai Masters on Friday, but he maintained his composure and fought back to win 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3. In the semis, Djokovic plays 15th seed Roberto Bautista Agut, who beat No. 9 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 6-4. No. 2 Andy Murray beat No. 11 David Goffin 6-2, 6-2 and plays unseeded Gilles Simon, who beat unseeded American Jack Sock 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)

hong kong open: Top-ranked Angelique Kerber was upset by eighth seed Daria Gavrilova 6-3, 6-1 in the quarterfinals. Fifth seed Caroline Wozniacki got a 6-3, 7-5 win over unseeded Wang Qiang. Seventh seed Jelena Jankovic defeated unseeded Alize Cornet 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.

More tennis: French Open champion Garbine Muguruza, the top seed, sprained her left ankle and pulled out of her quarterfinal against unseeded Viktorija Golubic at the Generali Ladies in Linz, Austria. Due to other results, Muguruza, ranked sixth, still became the sixth player to clinch a berth at the WTA Finals, leaving two spots open for the season-ending tournament. Golubic will play third-seeded American Madison Keys, who beat qualifier Oceane Dodin 6-3, 6-3.


Kenseth takes pole

Matt Kenseth joined Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards in a Joe Gibbs Racing sweep of the top three spots in qualifying for the Sprint Cup Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City.

Kenseth turned a lap of 192.089 mph to start on the pole Sunday for the second race in the round of 12 of the Chase for the Championship, beating Busch by a thousandth of a second.

Martin Truex made it four Chase contenders leading the field as most of the Chase contenders were in the mix in the final round of qualifying. (Lineup, 2C)

et cetera

NBA: Free agent guard J.R. Smith said he agreed to a contract offer to return to the Cavaliers. He will sign a four-year, $57 million deal, ESPN reported. … All-Star Pelicans forward/center Anthony Davis is expected to return to basketball activities in 10-14 days after spraining his right ankle in an exhibition game against the Rockets in China on Wednesday, the team said.

Soccer: The Rowdies came back from a 2-0 deficit on goals by Georgi Hristov and Juan Guerra to tie host Miami 2-2 and create a three-way tie for the fourth and final NASL playoff spot. With 38 points, the Rowdies (9-9-11) are tied with Minnesota and Rayo OKC with three games left in the season.

WNBA: Los Angeles forward and league MVP Nneka Ogwumike topped the All-WNBA first team, voted on by a media panel. She was joined by New York center Tina Charles, Minnesota guard Maya Moore, Seattle guard Sue Bird and Chicago forward Elena Delle Donne. … Get the result of the late Games 3 of the Finals between Los Angeles and Minnesota at The best-of-five series was tied at 1.

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