Blue Jackets defeat
Canadiens in overtime
• Zach Werenski scored 1:09 into overtime, lifting the Columbus Blue Jackets over the host Montreal Canadiens 2-1 on Tuesday night.
Josh Anderson had a goal 2:29 into the game for Columbus, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 28 saves, allowing only a goal to Paul Byron early in the third period.
Charlie Lindgren, making his fifth consecutive start for Montreal, stopped 23 shots. Werenski beat him with a wrist shot to the roof of the net on his glove side.
Anderson got his team-leading seventh goal after Montreal’s Brandon Davidson tipped Markus Nutivaara’s point shot right to Anderson. He let the puck drop before batting it past Lindgren. Davidson was also at fault seconds earlier when Nutivaara intercepted his failed clearance at the blue line.
The goal came on Columbus’ second shot of the game.
Federer guarantees place in ATP semifinals with win
• A day after the ATP Finals lost Rafael Nadal to injury, Roger Federer lifted spirits at the O2 Arena by extending his stay to the weekend. The 19-time Grand Slam champion guaranteed his place in Saturday’s semifinals by defeating Alexander Zverev 7-6 (6), 5-7, 6-1 on Tuesday.
With Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray also absent due to injuries, the top-ranked Nadal’s withdrawal on Monday left Federer as the only member of men’s tennis’ ‘big-four’ in the tournament.
Zverev, who won his opening match against Marin Cilic, will face American Jack Sock on Thursday to decide who will join Federer in the final four. Sock defeated Cilic in the early match, with Federer’s victory eliminating the Croat.
After an opening set dominated by serve went to a tiebreak, Federer came from 4-0 down and saved a set point to take the lead.
His grip on the match quickly tightened as a distracted Zverev made two double faults to gift a break in the opening game of the second set.
He took advantage of a dip in Federer’s first serve percentage to break back and then repeated the feat to force a deciding set.
Sock’s 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (4) victory was the United States’ first at the event in 10 years.
The No. 8-seed lost his debut match to Federer, but he is now 1-1.
Safety netting fails in death of Frenchman Poisson
• The French Ski Federation says an early investigation into the death of David Poisson suggests the safety netting failed and he hit a tree.
The 35-year-old Poisson died on Monday while training at the Canadian resort of Nakiska, which staged Alpine skiing races of the 1988 Olympics.
The federation said that Poisson lost a ski then fell heavily, and “might have hit a tree after going through the safety netting.”
Poisson, who won the downhill bronze medal at the 2013 world championships, was training for World Cup races in North America.
— From wire reports
Sports news briefs, compiled Nov. 14: Blue Jackets win in overtime