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Sports news briefs — Oct. 6

Compiled from wire reports

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TENNIS

Djokovic tops Nadal in China Open final

• Having lost his top ranking to Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic showed he can still compete with the Spaniard one-on-one. A day after Nadal made sure of wresting the No. 1 ranking away from Djokovic, the Serb gained some consolation by beating his big rival 6-3, 6-4 victory Sunday to claim his fourth China Open title in five years. In the women’s final, top-ranked American Serena Williams maintained her dominant form, beating Jelena Jankovic of Serbia 6-2, 6-2.

NBA

Mayweather talks at Miami practice

• Boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. was a guest at Miami Heat practice Sunday. Mayweather is a regular courtside visitor to Heat games, but the team’s practice court is typically off-limits to visitors. An exception was made on Sunday, and Mayweather even addressed the two-time defending champions. Heat guard Dwyane Wade says Mayweather’s speech was “from one champion to another.” Reigning NBA MVP LeBron James says the Heat are trying to defend two titles, and Mayweather knows as much about defending titles as anyone. James says having Mayweather at practice “will be something that you can talk about years from now.” Mayweather was seated with the Heat brain trust, including managing general partner Micky Arison and team president Pat Riley.

College Football

Miami fires coach after winless start

• Miami (OH) fired coach Don Treadwell on Sunday, a day after the RedHawks fell to 0-5 with a 21-9 loss at home to Central Michigan. The school didn’t immediately appoint an interim coach. Offensive coordinator John Klacik was also fired. Treadwell went 8-21 at his alma mater. He decided to go to a run-based offense this season, and it didn’t work out at all, setting up repeated blowouts. The RedHawks have lost to Marshall 52-14, to Kentucky 41-7, to Cincinnati 14-0 and to Illinois 50-14. The RedHawks play at Massachusetts on Saturday. 

• Minnesota coach Jerry Kill has a well-timed bye week to recover from his latest seizure. Team spokesman Paul Rovnak said Kill stayed at home on Sunday to rest. He had an episode the day before that kept him from traveling to the game at Michigan. The Gophers don’t play again until Oct. 19, so this is a low-key week. Assistant coaches held a brief meeting with players before leaving the facility. Kill has said he’d leave the job if his epilepsy interfered too much with his performance or the success of the program. This was his second game-day seizure this season and the fifth in three years at Minnesota. His bosses and his assistants have repeatedly said they can handle Kill’s absences and that his condition is not a problem.

• Oklahoma linebacker Corey Nelson will likely miss the rest of the season because of a partially torn muscle in his chest. Sooners coach Bob Stoops said in a statement Sunday that Nelson is scheduled to have surgery Tuesday for the torn pectoral. Nelson was hurt Saturday against TCU. He is second on the team in tackles with 27. The senior team captain also had an interception return for a touchdown and a sack for a defense that ranks ninth in the country in yards allowed per game. No. 12 Oklahoma (5-0, 2-0) plays rival Texas on Saturday.

Soccer

Dempsey, Bradley to miss qualifiers

• The United States will be missing Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley for its World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica and Panama. Dempsey has not played since Sept. 13 because of a strained right hamstring, and Bradley has been sidelined since spraining his left ankle during pregame warmups at Costa Rica on Sept. 6. The U.S. (5-2-1), which already has clinched its seventh straight World Cup berth, selected only 20 players for Friday night’s game against Jamaica at Kansas City, Kan., and the match four days later at Panama, which concludes qualifying.

Hockey

Wild center to miss weeks with injury

• Minnesota Wild center Charlie Coyle will miss three to four weeks with a sprained knee. The Wild announced the timetable for Coyle’s recovery on Sunday night. The second-year player was hurt Saturday night in the team’s overtime loss to Anaheim. Left wing Jason Zucker was recalled from Iowa of the AHL to take Coyle’s place. Zucker played in 20 games last season. Both Coyle and Zucker are 21, part of the Wild’s promising young core. Coyle was centering the second line, between Dany Heatley and Nino Niederreiter. The Wild lost their first two games. They play at Nashville on Tuesday night before hosting Winnipeg on Thursday night.

— From wire reports


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