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Sports news briefs — Nov. 8

Compiled from wire reports

tennis

Wawrinka, Nadal advance in London

 Rafael Nadal held off Tomas Berdych 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 to finish the round robin 3-0 and win his group at the ATP World Tour Finals in London, allowing Stanislas Wawrinka to join him in the last four. Wawrinka beat David Ferrer 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-1, but needed Nadal to win to advance.

golf

Woods trails by 1 in the Turkish Open

Tiger Woods shot a 9-under 63 to trim a 6-shot deficit to 1 after the second round of the Turkish Open in Belek, Turkey. Woods had nine birdies in the second round and is in fifth place at 11 under, just a shot behind the leading foursome of Sweden’s Henrik Stenson (68), England’s Ian Poulter (66), Frenchman Victor Dubuisson (65) and South African Justin Walters (66).

Chris Kirk had a chip-in birdie, another birdie from off the green and one long par save to lead the McGladrey Classic in St. Simons Island, Ga. He is a shot ahead of Kevin Chappell (68), Webb Simpson (68), Briny Baird (70) and John Senden (67).

baseball

Pena set to join Reds as backup

• The Cincinnati Reds agreed in principle on a deal with catcher Brayan Pena, who has played for the Braves, Royals and Tigers during his nine-year career. The deal is contingent upon Pena passing a physical. Pena, who turns 32 in January, would become the third catcher on the Reds’ roster.

• The New York Yankees are bringing back their entire coaching staff next season under manager Joe Girardi. New York said it retained Mike Harkey (bullpen), Mick Kelleher (first base), Kevin Long (hitting), Tony Pena (bench), Larry Rothschild (pitching) and Rob Thomson (third base).

college sports

Eastern Michigan fires football coach

• Eastern Michigan fired football coach Ron English on Friday with three games left in a losing season marred by tragedy. The Eagles are 1-8 entering today’s game against Western Michigan. English went 11-46 at the Mid-American Conference school. Stan Parrish will be the head coach for the rest of what has been an extremely trying season for the Eagles.

• Iowa junior guard Josh Oglesby will be out six weeks with a broken right foot. Hawkeyes coach Fran McCaffery says Oglesby, a junior, broke a bone during practice on Wednesday. He had surgery on Friday.

• Minnesota center Maurice Walker was suspended for six games for a violation of university policy. The Gophers did not specify which policies were broken.

— From wire reports




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