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Sports news briefs — Oct. 10


Djokovic survives
scare, wins match

• Novak Djokovic overcame a scare when he landed awkwardly on his right foot and recovered to beat Spain’s Marcel Granollers 6-2, 6-0 in the Shanghai Masters.

In their second-round matches. Roger Federer rebounded from an early break to defeat Andreas Seppi 6-4, 6-3.Rafael Nadal, who reclaimed the No. 1 ranking this week, beat Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 6-2.

• Samantha Stosur beat Belinda Bencic 6-4, 6-2 at the Japan Open in Osaka and became the highest seed after Wimbledon runner-up Sabine Lisicki withdrew.No. 2-seeded Lisicki hurt her left hip, and pulled out from her second-round match with Polana Hercog, who advanced to a quarterfinal with local wild card Kurumi Nara.


NASCAR star held
in domestic assault

•  NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Travis Kvapil is free on a $1,000 bond after being charged with assault and false imprisonment. Kvapil, 37, was arrested in connection with a domestic dispute involving his wife, Jennifer, at their home in Mooresville, N.C.

• Alex Tagliani will replace three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti in the Oct. 19 season-ending IndyCar race at Fontana, Calif. Franchitti is hospitalized with two fractured vertebrae, a broken ankle and a concussion from a crash Sunday.


Heart patient wins
PGA courage award

• Two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton won the inaugural PGA Tour Courage Award, which is presented to players who have overcome extra­ordinary adversity. The award includes a $25,000 donation to the charity of the winner’s choice.

• Michael McCoy, 50, of West Des Moines, Iowa, and Bill Williamson, 36, of Cincinnati, each won two matches in Birmingham, Ala., to advance to the U.S. Mid-Amateur final.


Racial joke aimed
at world champion

• USA Gymnastics officials are asking Italian gymnastics officials to explain racially charged comments aimed at world champion Simone Biles. Italy’s Carlotta Ferlito apologized on Twitter for comments she made at the world championships in Belgium. After fellow Italian Vanessa Ferrari and Ferlito finished fourth and fifth on balance beam — just behind Biles — Ferlito said with a laugh, “I told Vane that next time we’ll have our skin black also so we can win, too.”

• U.S. soccer star Abby Wambach married teammate and longtime partner Sarah Huffman on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. They play for the Western New York Flash in the National Women’s Soccer League.

• Notre Dame, Stanford, Louisville and Nebraska will host the NCAA Tournament women’s basketball regionals this season. The women’s basketball committee decided over the summer to allow schools to host the regionals for the first time in nearly a decade.

• Xavier women’s basketball coach Amy Waugh resigned as she was getting ready to start her third season. The Musketeers went 21-36 during Waugh’s two seasons.

— Associated Press


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