tennis: wta finals
cibulkova upsets kerber for title
SINGAPORE — Dominka Cibulkova played unflappable tennis to upset top-ranked Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-4 to win the WTA Finals title Sunday.
The seventh-seeded Cibulkova, making her debut at the season-ending, eight-player event, picked the right match to win against Kerber during the week. The two met in the first match of the round-robin stage with Kerber prevailing.
"Coming here for the first time and winning the biggest title of my life, I have no words," said Cibulkova, who ends the year ranked No. 5.
Kerber finishes with the most match wins of the season with a 63-18 record. She won her first two Grand Slam titles at the Australian Open and U.S. Open, was a finalist at Wimbledon, and captured the Olympic silver medal, which ensured she took over the No. 1 ranking last month.
More tennis: Top seed Andy Murray closed in on the No. 1 ranking by winning his third straight title, beating sixth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) in the Erste Bank Open final at Vienna. Murray can overtake Novak Djokovic at No. 1 this week if he wins the Paris Masters and Djokovic misses the final. … Fourth seed Marin Cilic beat third seed Kei Nishikori 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) in the Swiss Indoors final in Basel.
Rowdies lose finale
The Rowdies ended their season with a 3-2 loss to host Jacksonville. Tampa Bay (9-11-12) led 2-0 after 20 minutes after goals by Martin Vingaard and Keith Savage, and 2-1 in the 80th minute, but goals in the 82nd and 83rd minutes gave Jacksonville the win. Tampa Bay's top three offensive players — Joe Cole (family issue), Georgi Hristov (suspension) and Eric Avila (broken leg) — were unavailable, as was right back Darnell King (suspension). Goalkeeper Chris Glodack made his pro debut.
England: Host Chelsea won its fourth straight, 2-0 over Southampton, to stay one point behind Premier League leaders Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool.
MLS: Matteo Mancosu scored and host Montreal beat the New York Red Bulls 1-0 in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal. The two-game, aggregate-goals series concludes Sunday. … Host Toronto beat New York City FC 2-0 in Game 1 of the East semi. Game 2 is Sunday. … Giovani dos Santos scored and host Los Angeles beat Colorado 1-0 in Game 1 of the West semi. Game 2 is Sunday.