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cibulkova joins semis at wta finals

SINGAPORE — Angelique Kerber helped Dominika Cibulkova reach the semifinals of the WTA Finals on Thursday.

Kerber, who had already advanced from the Red Group, beat American Madison Keys 6-3, 6-3 to finish 3-0 in the round robin and eliminate Keys. Cibulkova beat Simona Halep 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) earlier in the day, giving her a 1-2 record.

Keys and Halep, who had her left knee taped, also finished the group with 1-2 records but finished behind Cibulkova in the standings.

Svetlana Kuznetsova, who is 2-0 in the White Group, has already qualified for the semifinals. The second semifinal spot from that group will be decided today when defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska plays Karolina Pliskova.

more tennis: Top-seeded Andy Murray beat unseeded Gilles Simon 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 to advance to his 13th quarterfinal of the season at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna. Murray takes on unseeded American John Isner for a place in Saturday's semifinals. … Two-time champion Juan Martin del Potro and top-seeded Stan Wawrinka advanced to the Swiss Indoors quarterfinals in Basel. Del Potro, a wild card, beat fifth-seeded David Goffin 7-5, 6-3. Wawrinka beat American qualifier Donald Young 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (3-7), 6-4.

et cetera

Gymnastics: The latest lawsuit accusing a former USA Gymnastics doctor of sexually abusing a member of the U.S. women's team is the first to name renowned husband-and-wife coaches Bela and Martha Karolyi, alleging they turned a blind eye to molestations. The lawsuit does not provide specifics about what the Karolyis were allegedly told about the abuse, just that they knew about it and did nothing to stop it. The Karolyis did not return messages from the Associated Press seeking comment. Martha Karolyi retired as team coordinator after this year's Olympics. The civil suit, filed by the now 24-year-old former gymnast, says Dr. Larry Nassar repeatedly sexually abused her when she was on the national team from 2006-11. The Tampa Bay Times does not generally identify those who say they are victims of sex crimes. Nassar's attorney didn't respond to messages seeking comment. His lawyer previously denied abuse allegations by two other gymnasts in another lawsuit. Nassar hasn't been criminally charged. USA Gymnastics is also named in the suit. It denies wrongdoing.

Soccer: Montreal beat host D.C. United 4-2 in an MLS playoff knockout match and will host the New York Red Bulls on Sunday in the first game of the two-leg Eastern Conference semifinals. … Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was charged with misconduct by the English Football Association for his comments about a referee before a Premier League game against Liverpool. Mourinho questioned whether it would be difficult for referee Anthony Taylor to have a "very good performance" in the Oct. 17 game because the official lives close to Old Trafford, United's home stadium. The match finished 0-0. Mourinho has until Monday to respond to the charge.

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High school scoreboard for Dec. 15

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Saturday’s sports on TV/radio

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Ryan Callahan out at least 3-4 weeks for Lightning

Ryan Callahan out at least 3-4 weeks for Lightning

When Lightning wing Ryan Callahan took a nasty spill into the boards Thursday night, it didn't look good.Turns out, it wasn't. Callahan will be sidelined indefinitely with an upper body injury, evaluated after three to four weeks, per GM Steve Yzerma...
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Rangers hold off Pacific-leading Kings

Rangers hold off Pacific-leading Kings

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