TENNIS

Wozniacki reaches third

round in Wuhan Open

Second-ranked Caroline Wozniacki reached the third round of a tournament for the first time since June at the Wuhan Open in China, while No. 1 Simona Halep lost in straight sets.

Wozniacki defeated Swedish qualifier Rebecca Peterson 6-4, 6-1, making just nine unforced errors to Peterson's 36. In the evening session, 2016 runner-up Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia ousted Halep 6-0, 7-5, and Czech qualifier Katerina Siniakova upset defending champion Caroline Garcia 3-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4). Halep said before the tournament that she was struggling with a back problem.

Wozniacki next faces Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig from Puerto Rico.

 

Murray advances to second

round of Shenzhen Open

Andy Murray advanced to the second round of the Shenzhen Open when Chinese wild-card entry Zhang Zhizhen had to retire in the third set. Zhang took advantage of Murray's inconsistent serve to win the second set but started limping in the third and retired when trailing 6-3, 6-7 (3), 4-2.

Murray faced 10 break points in the match, saving eight of them. It was his first match since losing in the second round of the U.S. Open last month.

 

HOCKEY

Penguins admit they

were tired last season

Sidney Crosby can admit it now: The Pittsburgh Penguins were tired last season, a natural byproduct of becoming the first franchise in two decades to win consecutive Stanley Cups.

And though the Penguins came as close as any team in the last 35 years to capture three straight titles -- they recovered from a blah start to reach the Eastern Conference semifinals before falling to Washington -- that special gear they relied on so heavily during their run of dominance never materialized.

"Just for whatever reason, shorter summer, mentally not having that desperation level, as a group we were lacking that," Crosby said.

Crosby isn't making excuses so much as stating a simple fact. The Penguins played 213 regular season and playoff games from October 2015 to June 2017. A heavy workload to be sure but also a small price to pay to have your name written on hockey's most prized possession.

 

FORMULA ONE

Giovinazzi to join

Raikkonen on Sauber

The Sauber Formula One team says Antonio Giovinazzi will join former champion Kimi Raikkonen as its drivers for 2019.

Giovinazzi is replacing the 20-year-old Charles Leclerc, who will join Ferrari next season.

Leclerc's move to the storied Italian team opened the way for Raikkonen to return to Switzerland-based Sauber where the 2007 champion's F1 career began in 2001.

Sauber team principal Frederic Vasseur says Giovinazzi "has proven to have great potential."

Giovinazzi, who will turn 25 before next season, raced twice for Sauber in 2017 when Pascal Wehrlein was injured.

Sauber says current driver Marcus Ericsson will become the backup next season.

The team is ninth of 10 in the constructor standings this season.

 

ABJ/Ohio.com wires