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djokovic off to good start at atp finals

LONDON — Novak Djokovic survived an early setback and then made it look all too easy.

The second-ranked Djokovic, who has a chance to reclaim the No. 1 ranking from Andy Murray next weekend, rallied to beat eighth-seeded Dominic Thiem 6-7 (10-12), 6-0, 6-2 Sunday in his opening match at the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals. "Even though I lost the first set, I thought I didn't do too many things wrong," Djokovic said.

In the other match on the first day of the eight-man event, fourth-seeded Milos Raonic beat sixth-seeded Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-4.

Fed Cup: The Czech Republic won its third straight title when Barbora Strycova and Karolina Pliskova won the decisive doubles match against host France at Strasbourg. The pair beat Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic 7-5, 7-5 for a 3-2 win.

MMA

McGregor stars on record night

Conor McGregor used a brash, brilliant performance to knock out Eddie Alvarez in Round 2 to win the UFC lightweight title in the main event of UFC 205 late Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York. McGregor, also UFC's featherweight champion, became UFC's first two-class champion. He dominated from the opening bell, and the sold-out crowd of 20,427 went wild with each punishing blow.

"Eddie is a warrior, but he shouldn't be in there with me," McGregor said. "I'm at a different level."

UFC was live and legal in New York for the first time since an MMA ban was lifted this year. It stacked the card with three title fights that set a Garden gate record with $17.7 million. The 1999 boxing match between Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield drew $13.5 million.

"Jesus is going to have to fight the devil to break that record," UFC president Dana White said.

ET cetera

Soccer: Cristiano Ronaldo scored one penalty in the first half, missed another in the second and scored again in Portugal's 4-1 win over Latvia in European qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. Portugal is three points behind Group B leader Switzerland, which beat the Faeroe Islands 2-0. Group winners automatically advance. … U.S. goalie Tim Howard did not travel for Tuesday's Cup qualifier at Costa Rica after hurting his right adductor muscle in Friday's loss to Mexico. … The host New York Cosmos won their second straight NASL championship, topping the Indy Eleven 4-2 in a penalty kick shootout after 120 scoreless minutes.

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