Saturday, December 16, 2017
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Tennis: Paris masters

In final, murray to replace djokovic at no. 1

PARIS — After a seven-year wait, reaching the summit of men's tennis was anticlimactic for Andy Murray. Without playing a point, he secured the world No. 1 ranking when he advanced to the Paris Masters final after Milos Raonic withdrew from their semifinal Saturday with a torn right quadriceps suffered in his quarterfinal.

"The way that it happened was quite strange," Murray said. "I had always imagined, obviously, doing it on the court. Like (Friday) night, before I went to bed, I was imagining doing it, kind of thinking about it happening on the court after a match."

Murray will supplant Novak Djokovic and rise to No. 1 officially when the ATP rankings are updated Monday. Following Djokovic's loss in the quarterfinals Friday, Murray needed only to make the final to take the top spot. In the final, Murray faces American John Isner, who hit 18 aces to defeat Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-3.

Murray, 29, will become the first Briton to hold the top spot since the rankings began in 1973 and the oldest first-time No. 1 since John Newcombe at 30 in 1974.

Soccer

Chelsea's now atop EPL

Sixteen goals scored without reply. Five straight wins. And now the top of the English Premier League. Chelsea, hovering above the relegation zone in the closing weeks of last season under Jose Mourinho, is transformed under Antonio Conte. Eden Hazard scored twice in a 5-0 demolition of visiting Everton that demonstrated the attacking might that is capable of propelling Chelsea to the title. Manchester City headed into its home game against Middlesbrough in the top spot but drew 1-1 to leave Pep Guardiola's side with one win in five games.

Germany: Julian Nagelsmann, at 29 the youngest Bundesliga coach, led Hoffenheim to a 1-1 draw at Bayern Munich, maintaining a club-record unbeaten run (5-0-5) and staying within four points of the league leader.

College: The Florida State women face North Carolina for the ACC tournament title at noon today in Charleston, S.C. (ESPNU). The Florida women face Arkansas for the SEC title at 4 in Orange Beach, Ala. (ESPNU).

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Baseball: Yoenis Cespedes has opted out of the remaining two years of his contract with the Mets to become a free agent again, reports said. Cespedes made a surprise return to the Mets when he agreed in January to a $75 million, three-year contract that allowed him to opt out after one season and $27.5 million.

Rugby: Ireland beat New Zealand's All Blacks for the first time in 29 matches over 111 years, 40-29 in Chicago. The win also ended the All Blacks' record run of 18 straight test wins.

Running: All eyes will be on defending champion Stanley Biwott and Mary Keitany, both of Kenya, when the 40th New York City Marathon is run today (9 a.m., ESPN2). Keitany won the women's title in 2014. American Gwen Jorgensen, winner of the triathlon gold medal at August's Olympics, will run her first marathon, as will Molly Huddle, who set a U.S. record while finishing sixth in the Olympic 10,000 meters.

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