Del Potro, swiss heir advance
LONDON — Juan Martin del Potro got past Richard Gasquet to win his opening round-robin match at the ATP World Tour Finals on Monday.
Del Potro beat Gasquet 6-7 (7-4), 6-3, 7-5 to secure crucial points in a tough Group B that also includes Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, who face off today.
Stanislas Wawrinka, Switzerland's No. 2 after Federer, defeated Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-7 (7-0), 6-3 in Group A in his maiden appearance at the season-ending tournament. Wawrinka is the only first-time qualifier.
Team ripped for letting injured player play on
A day after goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was briefly knocked unconscious but continued to play, Tottenham defended its decision despite criticism from FIFA and the soccer players' union. Lloris was knocked out Sunday when his head smashed into a knee of Everton forward Romelu Lukaku during a Premier League match. "The player should have been substituted," FIFA chief medical officer Professor Jiri Dvorak said. "The fact the other player needed ice on his knee means it's obvious the blow was extensive."
SECURITY FEARS: Ghana sports minister Elvis Afriyie Ankrah requested an urgent meeting with FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke over security plans for the World Cup qualifier against Egypt in Cairo, repeating his country's fears for the safety of traveling players and officials.
SERIE A: Strugglers Bologna and Chievo Verona played out a 0-0 draw in Serie A in Bologna, Italy.
LATE SUNDAY: Sean Franklin hit a 27-yarder into the net two minutes into the second half as the host Los Angeles Galaxy beat Real Salt Lake 1-0 in an MLS Western Conference semifinal.
Outages cause delays in training for Games
Power failures are hampering luge training for U.S. and international teams at the Sochi track, where sliders are preparing for the Winter Olympics. American lugers were in the middle of a session when power was lost.
TV COVERAGE: CNBC, MSNBC and USA will offer 124 hours of coverage. NBC Sports said the cable networks will have their specialties. CNBC will show the Olympics primarily during the 5-8 p.m. break between the markets closing and prime time.