U.S. edges France 2-1 in Hopman Cup
• The United States rallied past France 2-1 in Perth, Australia, with John Isner and Venus Williams capturing the decisive mixed doubles to win a second consecutive series at the Hopman Cup. France won the opening singles when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga overwhelmed Isner 6-3, 6-2. Williams then tied it after trailing by a set and 4-1 to defeat Mathilde Johansson 3-6, 7-5, 6-4. The Americans won the mixed doubles 6-7 (5), 6-2 10-8 by taking six of the last seven points in the match tiebreaker. The U.S., which defeated South Africa in its opening series, next plays Spain.
• Maria Sharapova withdrew from the Brisbane International in Brisbane, Australia, because of an injured right collarbone that left her unable to serve. She said she didn’t want to aggravate the injury with the Australian Open two weeks away. Also out was 2011 champion Petra Kvitova, who lost 6-4, 7-5 to Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in a season-opening tournament that has proved rough for many of the top players. Serena Williams, however, had no such problems. She carried her relentless winning form into 2013, reaching the quarterfinals with a 6-2, 6-2 victory at night over No. 44-ranked Alize Cornet.
• Top-seeded David Ferrer rallied to defeat German qualifier Dustin Brown 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 in the opening round of the Qatar Open in Doha, Qatar. Three seeded players were upset, including Jeremy Chardy at No. 5. Chardy was beaten by German qualifier Daniel Brands 6-4, 6-4. Earlier, Lukas Rosol beat eighth-seeded Pablo Andujar of Spain, 6-2, 7-6 (2). Lukasz Kubot of Poland topped seventh-seeded Feliciano Lopez of Spain, 6-4, 6-2.
• Top-seeded Li Na opened her Shenzhen Open campaign with a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Mandy Minella of Luxembourg in Shenzen, China.
• Matthias Bachinger of Germany upset 2010 Wimbledon quarterfinalist Yen-Hsun Lu of Taiwan 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 at the Chennai Open in Chennai, India.
Neureuther claims parallel slalom race
• Felix Neureuther of Germany rode the support of the home crowd in Munich to win a World Cup parallel slalom. None of the three Americans — Ted Ligety, Mikaela Shiffrin and Julia Mancuso — made it past the quarterfinals at Olympic Park. Neureuther edged Marcel Hirscher of Austria. Veronika Velez Zuzulova of Slovakia upset overall World Cup leader Tina Maze of Slovenia to win the women’s race.
• Kikkan Randall of the United States and Finn Haagen Krogh of Norway won cross-country races at the Tour de Ski in Val Mustair, Switzerland. Randall finished more than 50 meters ahead of Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg of Norway. In the men’s race, Haagen Krogh was followed by Italy’s Federico Pellegrino and Canada’s Len Valjas at the third stage of the Tour de Ski..
• Anders Jacobsen of Norway edged defending champion Gregor Schlierenzauer of Austria in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, to win on the Four Hills ski jumping tour.
49ers sign Cundiff to push vet Akers
• The San Francisco 49ers signed kicker Billy Cundiff to compete with struggling veteran David Akers. Cundiff was released by the Washington Redskins on Oct. 9 after missing 5 of his 12 field goal attempts.
• Charles Woodson was cleared to play again, and the Green Bay Packers are counting on the defensive back to provide a lift in Saturday night’s playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings.
NHL, union resume meetings in NYC
• The NHL and the union are back at the bargaining table and seem determined to work toward a deal to save the hockey season. The NHL and the union’s main negotiating teams met for 30 minutes before ending talks for the evening. The league made a counter offer to the players’ proposal, and the union will review it. The sides likely will meet again today. On Tuesday, small groups from each side met and conferred by conference calls all afternoon about provisions of a potential collective bargaining agreement. The two negotiating teams began meeting at 9 p.m. and soon after ended their talks for the night. On Monday, the players’ association presented a counterproposal to an offer made by the league late last week. The NHL spent Monday night reviewing the document.
• The Los Angeles Galaxy signed Italian goalie Carlo Cudicini from English Premier League club Tottenham.
— From wire reports