Tuesday, January 23, 2018
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Murray wins 8th title of year

PARIS — Having the best season of his career, Andy Murray cemented his rise to No. 1 in the world rankings by beating John Isner 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4 Sunday to win the Paris Masters. It was his eighth title this year. Murray replaces Novak Djokovic at the top of the rankings today. "It might only be for one week, so I might as well try and enjoy it," Murray said. "Because I could lose it at the (ATP) Tour Finals and never be there again." The season-ending Finals is next week in London.

ET cetera

BASEBALL: The Rockies were set to name Bud Black as their manager, replacing Walt Weiss, who resigned.

Boxing: With retired foe Floyd Mayweather watching ringside, Manny Pacquiao won a lopsided decision over Jessie Vargas that gave him a piece of the welterweight title again late Saturday in Las Vegas. Pacquiao, 37, won on all three scorecards, 118-109, 118-109, 114-113. "Not bad," Mayweather, 39, said, giving him thumbs-up.

Soccer: Host Liverpool beat Watford 6-1 to move into first in the English Premier League. Manchester United ended a four-match winless run with a 3-1 victory at Swansea; it is in sixth. … With Cristiano Ronaldo — set to extend his Real Madrid contract until 2021 — playing below expectations again, Gareth Bale scored twice in a 3-0 win against visiting Leganes that secured the Spanish league lead. Lionel Messi scored his 500th goal for host Barcelona in a 2-1 win against Sevilla. … Sebastian Giovinco had the fourth hat trick in MLS playoff history and Toronto routed host New York City FC 5-0 to reach the Eastern Conference final with a 7-0 total-goals victory in the two-game series. It faces Montreal, which beat the host New York Red Bulls 2-1 to sweep their semi. In the West, host Colorado beat Los Angeles 3-1 on penalties to make the final.

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