Japan’s Nishikori ends Tsonga’s run
•?Kei Nishikori of Japan put an end to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s bid for a World Tour Finals spot by defeating the Frenchman 1-6, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (7) on Tuesday in the second round of the Paris Masters in Paris. In other second-round matches, Richard Gasquet of France outlasted Fernando Verdasco of Spain 7-5, 6-7 (6), 6-3 to stay in contention for the tournament in London. Last year’s runner-up Jerzy Janowicz of Poland beat Colombian qualifier Santiago Giraldo 7-6 (3), 6-3, and Novak Djokovic of Serbia ousted French qualifier Pierre-Hugues Herbert 7-6 (3), 6-3.
Flames’ Giordano ?to miss 6-8 weeks
•?Flames defenseman Mark Giordano will be miss six to eight weeks due to a broken ankle. Giordano had a strong start to the season, recording two goals and seven assists in eight games for Calgary (5-4-2). He hasn’t played since Oct. 21 and the team had been vague about the injury. The Flames also say winger Lee Stempniak is week-to-week with a broken foot while defenseman Chris Breen is day to day with an abdominal strain.
• Pittsburgh Penguins forward Chuck Kobasew is out for at least three weeks with a lower body injury. Coach Dan Bylsma says Kobasew was hurt in the first period of Monday’s 3-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Kobasew, who signed with Pittsburgh as a free agent in the offseason, has two goals in 12 games for the Penguins. Kobasew’s injury came one game after the Penguins lost defenseman Rob Scuderi with an ankle injury that will require surgery.
• The Chicago Blackhawks will visit President Barack Obama at the White House on Monday to celebrate their second Stanley Cup title in four seasons. The Blackhawks will begin the day with a visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to spend time with wounded soldiers and thank them for their service. The Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins in six games in June to secure their fifth NHL title in franchise history.
Vols quarterback Worley has surgery
•?Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley is out indefinitely after undergoing surgery on his right thumb. Volunteers coach Butch Jones announced the severity of Worley’s injury after Tuesday’s practice and said he believes Worley has a torn ligament. Jones said Worley’s return “could be [in] two weeks, it could be three weeks, it could be four weeks.” Knoxville radio station WNML had reported earlier Tuesday that Worley would miss about four weeks. Worley’s injury means freshman Joshua Dobbs will make his first career start Saturday when Tennessee (4-4, 1-3 SEC) plays at No. 10 Missouri (7-1, 3-1).
• Suspended Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson says he was suspended from the university for the fall semester for using “poor judgment on a test.” Golson had previously said he was suspended for using poor academic judgment, but in an interview with Sports Illustrated he specified that it came during a test. Asked directly if he cheated on a test, Golson said: “Yeeeeeeeaaaahhh, something like that.” He finished by saying he was going to leave it at poor judgment. He said what he did was considered a violation of the university’s honor code. Football team spokesman Michael Bertsch, said he couldn’t comment because of privacy laws. Golson did not return a telephone message left Tuesday by the Associated Press or respond to a text message.
Cuban prospect signs with Chicago
•?Cuban slugger Jose Abreu couldn’t pass up the chance to play alongside his countrymen on the Chicago White Sox. Abreu officially finalized a six-year, $68-million deal with the White Sox on Tuesday, about a week-and-a-half after the sides reached an agreement on the largest contract in franchise history. He is the organization’s 17th Cuban player and the third currently on the roster, joining shortstop Alexei Ramirez and outfielder Dayan Viciedo. Abreu’s agent said as many as eight teams were seriously involved before the list was narrowed to five finalists. All five final offers were at least $60 million.
Past star Beckham to start Miami team
•?With his playing career over, former England captain David Beckham has decided his next move: starting a Major League Soccer team in Miami. Since leaving the Los Angeles Galaxy in December, and retiring from the game after a subsequent five-month stint at Paris Saint-Germain, Beckham has been mulling over the location for his MLS franchise. Beckham has now made up his mind and he will pay a discounted rate of $25 million to start an MLS expansion team in Miami, a person with knowledge of the situation told the Associated Press on Tuesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because plans for the team aren’t being publicly discussed yet. The option of becoming a team owner was included in the MLS contract Beckham signed when joining the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007.
—From wire reports