Compiled from wire reports
Tipsarevic dumps Murray in opener
•?Andy Murray’s 2013 season got off to a shaky start with a 6-3, 6-4 loss to Janko Tipsarevic in the opening match of the World Tennis Championship exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Two early breaks in each set helped Tipsarevic dispatch the third-ranked Murray. The Serb next faces Nicolas Almagro, a late replacement for Rafael Nadal who pulled out of the event with a stomach bug.
“It’s not every day that you get to play a Grand Slam champion and an Olympic gold medalist,” said Tipsarevic, who is ranked No. 9. “I know it’s an early season tournament but I can tell you that the six of us take this very seriously.
“I knew I could beat Andy as I have beaten him before. He’s a totally different animal now as he won a Grand Slam and Olympic gold, so beating him here has given me confidence.”
In Thursday’s other match, fifth-ranked David Ferrer defeated sixth-ranked Tomas Berdych 6-2, 6-4 to set up a semifinal against top-ranked Novak Djokovic, who won the tournament last year. Ferrer easily won the first set after jumping to a 5-0 lead. He broke serve early in the second.
Matsui announces that he is retiring
•?Free-agent slugger Hideki Matsui has retired from professional baseball, saying he is no longer able to perform at the level that earned him a World Series MVP with the New York Yankees. Nicknamed Godzilla, the 38-year-old Matsui batted .282 with 175 homers and 760 RBI for the Yankees, Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays.
• Hall of Fame baseball catcher Carlton Fisk pleaded guilty in Joliet, Ill., to a misdemeanor drunken-driving charge, two months after police found him asleep in his pickup truck in a suburban Chicago cornfield. Fisk, 64, was sentenced to one year of court supervision. Fisk also must pay $1,250 in court costs.
•?John Maine is hoping to return to the majors with the Miami Marlins. He signed a minor-league contract with Miami and will compete for the fifth spot in its rotation. The 31-year-old right-hander had a record of 41-36 with an ERA of 4.35 from 2004 to 2010 with the Orioles and Mets. His best season was in 2007, when he went 15-10 with the Mets.
Wild Oats XI breaks own record in race
•?Wild Oats XI won line honors in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race for the sixth time, breaking its own record time. The super maxi skippered by Mark Richards crossed the finish line at Constitution Dock in Hobart at 7:23 a.m. today.
•?Nearly a month after leaving the Los Angeles Galaxy, soccer superstar David Beckham is considering “a number of serious proposals” but is in no rush to find a new team.
— From wire reports