Djokovic defeats Federer for ATP title
• Even when Roger Federer had the lead, Novak Djokovic had the answers.
The top-ranked Serb recovered from early breaks in both sets and beat Federer 7-6 (6), 7-5 Monday in the championship match at the ATP finals in London.
Federer finished the match with 30 winners, 11 more than Djokovic. But he also had 42 unforced errors — many of them coming from his often dominant forehand — while Djokovic had only 28.
It was Djokovic’s second victory at the year-end tournament for the top eight players in the world. He also won in 2008, when the tournament was in Shanghai.
McIlroy captures another money title
• After capturing his second major and finishing the year at No. 1, Rory McIlroy had just one goal left — winning the money titles on both sides of the Atlantic.
His third-place finish at the Singapore Open on Sunday guarantees he’ll reach that milestone.
McIlroy has $4.7 million in winnings on the European Tour, giving him a $1.33 million edge over Sweden’s Peter Hanson.
McIlroy had already wrapped up the PGA Tour money title with more than $8 million. He becomes the second golfer in history to win both titles in the same season, matching Luke Donald’s feat from last year.
• Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods were among five players nominated for the PGA Tour player of the year. Players have until the end of the month to vote on the awards. Also on the ballot are FedEx Cup champion Brandt Snedeker, Masters champion Bubba Watson and Jason Dufner.
Armstrong cuts ties with Livestrong
• Lance Armstrong cut formal ties with his cancer-fighting charity to avoid further damage brought by doping charges and being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.
Armstrong resigned from the board of directors for Livestrong on Nov. 4. He had resigned Oct. 17 as chairman from the charity he founded but had kept a seat on the board.
• The opening weekend of the 2012-13 college basketball season did little to change the Associated Press’ Top 25. Led by Indiana and Louisville, the first seven teams in the initial regular-season poll were the same as the preseason Top 25. The Hoosiers (1-0) were again a solid No. 1, receiving 46 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel. Louisville (1-0) was No. 1 on 18 ballots. Kentucky (1-0), which received one first-place vote, was third, followed by Ohio State, Michigan, North Carolina State and Kansas. Syracuse and Duke swapped places at eighth and ninth and Florida again rounded out the top 10.
• The Hockey Hall of Fame is welcoming four new members. Mats Sundin, Joe Sakic, Pavel Bure and Adam Oates are being inducted in the player category. The former star NHL forwards were presented with their Hall of Fame member rings at a news conference Monday morning. A formal induction ceremony was held in the evening.
— From wire reports