Compiled from wire reports
Djokovic makes early exit in Paris
•?Sam Querrey recovered from a humiliating first set to beat second-seeded Novak Djokovic 0-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 in the second round of the Paris Masters on Wednesday in Paris.
It was the first time since the Miami Masters in March 2010 that Djokovic has been eliminated so early in a tournament.
“During the second set I already felt that physically I’m down, and I struggled [in] every game,” Djokovic said. “It’s unfortunate, but on the brighter side, I have a little bit more time to rest because I had really difficult period in the last couple of weeks. Some things happened and a lot of things on my mind.”
The Serb entered the court wearing a Darth Vader mask on Halloween, and continued to put on a show by winning the first set in just 21 minutes.
“It was a little embarrassing,” Querrey said. “But then I got rolling and got more confidence and started serving better and being a little more aggressive.”
Djokovic started to waver under the relentless accuracy of the American’s big serve, and made too many unforced errors the rest of the match. Querrey hit 18 aces and converted his second match point when Djokovic’s return sailed long.
Djokovic had already secured the year-end No. 1 ranking after defending champion Roger Federer pulled out of the tournament to rest for the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London.
•?Caroline Wozniacki defeated Roberta Vinci of Italy 6-3, 6-1 to advance to the semifinals of the Tournament of Champions in Sofia, Bulgaria. Russians Nadia Petrova and Maria Kirilenko earned straight-set victories in their first group matches. The second-seeded Petrova defeated No. 6 Zheng Jie 6-3, 6-3, handing her Chinese opponent a second loss in two days which will likely leave her without a chance of reaching the semifinals. In the other match in the group, the third-seeded Kirilenko beat Tsvetana Pironkova 6-1, 6-4. Pironkova broke for a 2-0 lead in the second set but Kirilenko then won the next four games to take firm control of the match. Petrova and Kirilenko will meet today.
Harden captures $80 million deal
•?James Harden agreed to a five-year, $80 million contract extension with the Houston Rockets. The Rockets acquired the reigning Sixth Man of the Year in a stunning trade with Oklahoma City on Saturday night.
•?Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry signed a $44 million, four-year contract extension that will keep him with the club through the 2016-17 season. Curry missed 40 of 66 games last season and sprained his twice-surgically repaired right ankle again in the preseason.
•?The Memphis Grizzlies exercised the fourth-year option on swingman Quincy Pondexter, keeping him under contract through the 2013-14 season.
•?Center Daniel Orton rejoined the Oklahoma City Thunder, four days after being cut by the team following training camp.
•?Matt Barnes missed the Los Angeles Clippers’ season opener on Wednesday night while serving a one-game suspension issued by the NBA after he pleaded no contest last month to a misdemeanor for resisting, delaying or obstructing a police officer. He was arrested in Manhattan Beach in July on suspicion of threatening a public official, which is a felony. The 32-year-old forward was arrested after an officer who was aware he had an outstanding warrant for a misdemeanor traffic violation approached him on foot.
•?UCLA freshman forward Kyle Anderson was cleared by the NCAA to play basketball this season. Athletic Director Dan Guerrero said the school was told that Anderson can play after the NCAA “found no evidence to substantiate claims of violations in his case.” Anderson was being investigated for potential recruiting violations. Still unresolved is the status of freshman Shabazz Muhammad, a top recruit who is the subject of an NCAA probe involving alleged improper benefits he received in his recruitment from boosters of his AAU team in Las Vegas.
•?Minnesota freshman wing Wally Ellenson has a broken left hand and will miss six to eight weeks.
Crew defender has surgery on ankle
•?Columbus Crew defender Chad Marshall underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his right ankle. The Crew medical staff in Columbus removed a bone that was causing problems. Marshall will begin rehab immediately and is expected to be sidelined for the next six to ten weeks. Marshall started in all 24 matches he appeared in this season. He recently surpassed Mike Clark as the Crew’s career leader in games played (223), starts (220) and total minutes played (19,582).
•?Kauto Star, the steeplechase great who won the Cheltenham Cup twice and the King George VI Chase five times, has run his last race. “The end of an era has finally arrived,” trainer Paul Nicholls said Wednesday in announcing the 12-year-old horse will retire. Kauto Star was pulled up midway through last season’s Gold Cup, and Nicholls and owner Clive Smith had been considering his future.
— From wire reports