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Update November 21, 2017

12 arrested in Thailand in soccer match-fixing investigation

Football Association of Thailand President Somyot Poompanmuang greets members of the media at a press conference in Bangkok, Tuesday, Nov. 21. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Bangkok (AP) — Football Association of Thailand president Somyot Poompanmuang says five players and two match officials from the top-flight national league are among 12 people arrested for alleged match-fixing.

Somyot held a news conference Tuesday with national police chief Chakthip Chaijinda to announce an investigation was underway into the results of a match in July and three matches in September.

Police reported that four players from the Navy club and one from Nakhon Ratchasima were allegedly paid up to 200,000 Thai baht to manipulate results.

The FAT and Royal Thai Police used information from data services company Sportradar as part of the investigation after reports of an unusual number of goals being scored in the late stages of the games.

"Match-fixing has been committed for a long time," Somyot said during the news conference at the Royal Thai Police headquarters. "It's time we eradicate this wrongdoing which is like a bad disease of our body that needs to be cured."

Chakthip said 12 people had been released on bail. Court details were not immediately available.

"I have to give big credit to the Royal Thai Police for their work or otherwise we will see the fall of Thai football if match-fixing is not tackled," Somyot said.

Chakthip said the alleged fixing was coordinated through a network comprising players, two referees, a club official and domestic and international investors.

He said the match and club officials can face up to 10 years in prison and fines if found guilty of match-fixing, and players could face up to five years in jail and fines.

Real Madrid, Besiktas advance in Champions League

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring the sixth goal of his team’s Champions League Group H victory over APOEL Nicosia at the GSP stadium, in Nicosia, Cyprus, on Tuesday, Nov. 21. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Daniella Matar

Nicosia, Cyprus (AP) - Defending champions Real Madrid advanced again to the Champions League knockout stages after beating APOEL 6-0 and Tottenham piled the misery on Borussia Dortmund 2-1 on Tuesday.

Besiktas also progressed, drawing with Porto 1-1 to reach the last 16 for the first time.

Also in Group G, last season's semifinalists, Monaco, crashed out after losing to Leipzig 4-1.

Liverpool looked set to join the list of last 16 teams as they led Sevilla 3-0 at halftime but the Spanish side pulled off a remarkable comeback to draw 3-3.

Napoli beat Shakhtar Donetsk 3-0 and both sides will have to wait until the final matchday to see which one joins Group F winners Manchester City in the next round.

Here is a look at what happened in Tuesday's games.


Guido Pizarro's stoppage-time equalizer for Sevilla means Liverpool will have to wait two more weeks to see if they can return to the knockout stages after an eight-year absence.

Roberto Firmino scored twice for Liverpool and set up Sadio Mane's goal in the first half-hour. But the hosts rallied with a pair by Wissam Ben Yedder in the second half, and Pizarro's late equalizer off a corner kick.

Liverpool can't afford to lose to Spartak Moscow at Anfield next month. Spartak, held by last-place Maribor to 1-1, trail Liverpool by only three points.

Sevilla play their final game at already eliminated Maribor.


Lorenzo Insigne showed again what Italy missed in their World Cup playoff as he scored a stunning goal to help Napoli keep alive their chances of qualifying for the knockout stages.

Insigne ran down the left before cutting inside and curling a shot into the top right corner from 30 yards in the 56th minute.

Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura, who was fired last week, was roundly criticized after using Insigne for just 15 minutes of the two-leg playoff against Sweden — and out of position. Italy lost 1-0 and failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years.

Piotr Zielinski and Dries Mertens netted late as Napoli moved within three points of second-place Shakhtar.

Manchester City secured top spot by beating Feyenoord 1-0, thanks to Raheem Sterling's late winner.

Napoli will qualify for the round of 16, courtesy of a better head-to-head record over Shakhtar, if they win at Feyenoord in the final round and Shakhtar lose to City.


Leipzig capitalized on a comedy of errors in a first-half horror show to send Monaco crashing out of the Champions League.

The visiting German side led 2-0 after just nine minutes, with Monaco's Jemerson at fault in both goals. The Brazilian defender beat his own 'keeper with an own goal and set up Leipzig's second with a feeble pass from the back that Kevin Kampl pounced on to set up Timo Werner.

Monaco captain Radamel Falcao conceded a penalty that Werner converted for 3-0 after 31 minutes.

Falcao made amends with a headed goal in the closing minutes of the half but Naby Keita restored Leipzig's three-goal advantage moments later.

Leipzig and Porto are level on points, with the German side leading on head-to-head. Besiktas travel to Leipzig on Dec. 6, and Porto host Monaco.

Besiktas became the first Turkish team ever to top their group after Talisca's 41st-minute equalizer cancelled out Felipe's opener.



Karim Benzema scored twice in the first half and Cristiano Ronaldo added two goals in the second as Real Madrid thrashed Cypriot team APOEL.

Luka Modric and Nacho Fernandez also scored for the defending champions, who have made it past the group stage for 22 straight seasons.

The result eliminated Borussia Dortmund, who lost to Tottenham 2-1 in Germany.

Harry Kane and Son Heung-min cancelled out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's strike for Dortmund to ensure already-qualified Tottenham wrapped up the group win.

Cook's tour in 2013-14 "irrelevant" for this Ashes series

England's Alastair Cook. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)

John Pye

Brisbane, Australia (AP) — Alastair Cook is the most experienced cricketer contesting this Ashes series, so he can take comfort from the longer view when considering England's chances in Australia.

He's seen all the hype about banter and aggression before, having played 30 of his 147 tests in the Ashes environment.

Cook was captain when England were swept 5-0 on their last Ashes tour Down Under amid the intimidating pace of the now-retired Mitchell Johnson, and the Australians are focusing on the legacy they believe that leaves for the tourists.

But Cook, now "back in the ranks" after standing down as captain, doesn't think memories from that series, or the fact England haven't won a test at the Gabba since 1986, will count for much after the first session of the series in Brisbane.

"England have won four of the last five Ashes series," he said, "so you can look at whatever statistics you want."

The England batting crumbled as Johnson took 37 wickets in five tests, backed up by pacemen Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle. Even Cook struggled, averaging only 24.6 and with a high score of 72.  His overall average in Ashes tests in Australia is 49.53, and he scored four centuries across his previous two tours — including his 235 in the drawn test at Brisbane in 2010.

Joe Root, who became England captain last July and has won five of his seven tests so far, didn't see out the series in 2013-14, missing the last test after averaging just 27.42.

None of that concerns Cook, who points out that there are only a few players still active on either team from that series in 2013-14.

"Mitch (Johnson) bowled outstandingly in that series, one of the best periods of bowling I've ever faced, backed up by Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle — (but) they're no longer playing," Cook said. "So in one sense it's a bit irrelevant. It happened four years ago."

Australia are taking a similar tactical approach, relying on a pace trio comprising Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins supported by offspinner Nathan Lyon.

Cook noted it's a quality attack, but not an extraordinary one.

"They're not suddenly bowling 150 miles per hour," he said. "They've "got (no) magic balls which start way outside the stumps and swing miles. They're very good bowlers with good records. As batters, that is the challenge we've got in the next seven weeks."

Much of the attention on England's lineup has been on the inexperience in the batting department and the absence of allrounder Ben Stokes, who may not take part later in the series depending on the outcome of a police investigation into a nightclub incident he was involved in on Sept. 26 in Bristol, England.

Cook said England have "pretty much accepted" that Stokes won't play a part in the Ashes, countering media speculation that he will still be part of the England side for the later tests.

Cook was encouraged by his 70 in a tour match in Townsville last week, and said he'd been improving in each innings in Australia with his timing and rhythm.

Moeen Ali, who has recovered from injury and is likely to bat at No. 6 or 7, was similarly upbeat about England's prospects this series and wasn't interested in speculating on the return of Stokes or the banter coming from the Australian team.

"There's genuine confidence we can win here," Ali said. "It'll be great to come away with a win and get a good start to the series."

Cook also is advising any teammates who haven't played an Ashes test in Australia not to take any notice of the pre-series hype or the boisterous crowds.

"All the talking stops very quickly and the series becomes a normal series after the first two hours," he said.

Ko endures 1st season without winning on the LPGA Tour

Lydia Ko watches her approach shot on the fifth hole during the second round of the CME Group Tour Championship golf tournament at Tiburón Golf Club, Friday, Nov. 17, in Naples. Fla. (Luke Franke/Naples Daily News via AP)

Doug Ferguson

Naples, Fla. (AP) — Lydia Ko blasted out from in front of the steep edge of a bunker and raised her arms playfully when it dropped for par. She ended the first round of the CME Group Tour Championship one shot out of the lead, and she looked like the Ko of old.

Her comments immediately after the round spoke to what kind of year it was.

"It would be good to finish the season with a top 10. I would be pretty happy with that," Ko said.

Top 10?

This from someone who reached No. 1 in the world at age 17, who won her first LPGA Tour event as a 15-year-old amateur and won every year since then. That streak ended in one of the most surprising developments of the year on the LPGA Tour.

Ko failed to win a single tournament. She finished 13th on the LPGA money list, after earning more than $2 million each of the last three seasons.

She paid a steep price for making so many changes all at once. Ko left coach David Leadbetter for Gary Gilchrist, she sacked her caddie late last year (she once went through seven caddies as a rookie) and she left Callaway for PXG.

"I think she has handled it extremely well," said Judy Rankin, a Hall of Famer and television analyst. "But I can't imagine that she doesn't lay her head on the pillow at night and think: 'What happened? Where did I go? Was that not real?' Part of it is just growing up. Part of it is in golf, and maybe all the way through life, I'm not sure you come to that point where you've grown up just enough to know things can go wrong. And then they begin to."

Ko had three runner-up finishes this year, losing the final-round lead to Lexi Thompson in Indianapolis. She failed to register a top 10 in the traditional majors until tying for third in Evian, the major reduced to 54 holes.

Ko never thought it was that bad.

"Obviously, winning a championship is a huge deal, but sometimes it's overrated when you haven't won," Ko said. "You're still playing well, but just haven't won. I feel like it's been that kind of year. I think everybody has little ups and downs. To me, I think it was important to finish on the higher note, which I feel like that's what happened."

She tied for 16th in Naples and soon was on her way to South Korea for three weeks of fun (mainly concerts) and no golf.

Update November 21, 2017

First test drawn as bad light stops India, saves Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's captain Dinesh Chandimal is bowled out by India's Mohammed Shami during the fifth day of the first test in Kolkata, India, Monday, Nov. 20. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

Kolkata, India (AP) — India's last-day charge for victory against Sri Lanka in the first test was thwarted by bad light on Monday at Eden Gardens.

India made certain of not losing by declaring their second innings nearly 50 overs into the day, just before tea. Declaring at 352-8, India gave Sri Lanka a victory target of 231.

The visitors were expected to comfortably bat out the last session and a bit. But fast bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar (4-8) and Mohammed Shami (2-34) ripped apart the top order.

In the seven overs before tea, Sri Lanka lost two wickets. There were 19.3 more overs after tea, during which Sri Lanka collapsed and lost five more wickets, and were down to bowlers at the batting crease; Dasun Shanaka in his third test, and Rangana Herath.

They were saved by bad light, with more than 20 overs remaining.

Sri Lanka, 22-4 at one stage, finished on 75-7.

Only three Sri Lanka batsmen made it into double figures, with Niroshan Dickwella top-scoring on 27.

That India were playing for the win at the end was a huge turnaround after being bowled out for 172 in their first innings and seeing Sri Lanka take a 122-run first-innings lead.

Earlier on Monday, captain Virat Kohli posted his 18th test century to lead India's fight back.

His unbeaten 104 from 119 ball included 12 boundaries and a pair of sixes.

India resumed on day five at 171-1 aiming to score quickly to set up a result, but Suranga Lakmal (3-93) slowed the progress with three wickets in his morning spell.

Lokesh Rahul (79) added only six runs to his overnight score before he was bowled by Lakmal in the fifth over.

At the other end, Cheteshwar Pujara (22) became the third India player after ML Jaisimha and Ravi Shastri to bat on all five days of a test.

But he added only 11 runs with Kohli for the third wicket before Lakmal struck twice quickly.

Lakmal had Pujara caught at gully as he failed to fend off a short ball, and four balls later trapped Ajinkya Rahane lbw for a duck, a close decision that stayed in the bowler's favor despite a DRS review.

Kohli added 20 runs with Ravichandran Ashwin (7), and 12 with Wriddhiman Saha (5). He reached his half-century off 80 balls.

Kumar contributed 8 in a 40-run stand with Kohli before he was dismissed.

Then, with ball in hand, Kumar almost won it for India.

Former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna dies at 49

In this July 4, 1998 file photo, Jana Novotna, of the Czech Republic, displays the women's singles trophy after her victory over France's Nathalie Tauziat in the final on Wimbledon's Centre Court. (AP Photo/Dave Caulkin)

Karel Janicek

Prague (AP) — Jana Novotna, who won the hearts of the tennis world when she sobbed on the shoulder of a member of the British royal family after a heartbreaking loss in the Wimbledon final, has died at the age of 49.

The WTA announced Novotna's death on Monday, saying she died Sunday in her native Czech Republic following a long battle with cancer.

Novotna died "peacefully, surrounded by her family," the women's tennis body said.

Her family confirmed her death to the Czech Republic's CTK news agency. No details were given.

Martina Navratilova, the tennis great who was also born in what was then Czechoslovakia, tweeted: "The tennis world is so sad about the passing of Jana Novotna. I am gutted and beyond words. Jana was a true friend and an amazing woman."

Novotna won her only Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon in 1998, eventually triumphing after two losses in the final at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in 1993 and 1997. She also lost in the 1991 Australian Open final.

While she finally captured the Grand Slam singles title she longed for in 1998, she won over the Wimbledon crowd five years earlier after wasting a big lead in the decisive set in a tough three-set loss to Steffi Graf.

Unable to hide her disappointment, Novotna cried on the shoulder of Britain's Duchess of Kent at the prize giving ceremony and was gently comforted by the royal, who told her: "I know you will win it one day, don't worry."

Novotna ultimately had her moment five years later when she beat Nathalie Tauziat in straight sets to win Wimbledon. At the time, she was the oldest first-time winner of a Grand Slam singles title at age 29.

There wear tears again from Novotna, this time of joy, and the Duchess of Kent was present again to congratulate her.

"She was a true champion in all senses of the word, and her 1998 triumph will live long in the memory," Wimbledon organizers the All England Club said in tribute to Novotna. "The thoughts of all those at Wimbledon are with her family and friends."

Fellow Czech and four-time Grand Slam champion Hana Mandlikova, who coached Novotna for her Wimbledon win, said: "It's hard to find words. Jana was a great girl and I'm happy that she won Wimbledon after all. It's so sad when someone so young dies."

During a 14-year professional career, Novotna won 24 singles titles and reached a career-high No. 2 in the singles rankings in 1997. She was a prolific and top-ranked doubles player, collecting 16 slam titles in doubles and mixed doubles.

She won three Olympic medals, silver in the doubles at the 1988 Seoul Games and silver again in the doubles and bronze in the singles in Atlanta in 1996. She also won the Fed Cup with her country in 1988. Novotna was inducted into tennis' Hall of Fame in 2005.

Even after retiring in 1999, Novotna was desperate to stay involved in tennis and became a commentator and coach.

"I'm dependent on tennis," she said in an interview two years ago. "A day without it would be terrible."

Members of the current Czech Fed Cup team said Novotna "supported us in the stands any time she could be there. We'll miss her."

"Jana was an inspiration both on and off court to anyone who had the opportunity to know her," WTA chief executive Steve Simon said. "Her star will always shine brightly in the history of the WTA."

Oladipo, Bogdanovic lead Pacers over Magic 105-97

Indiana Pacers' Myles Turner, left, and Orlando Magic's Terrence Ross (31) go after a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Nov. 20, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Dick Scanlon

Orlando, Fla. (AP) — Victor Oladipo had 29 points, nine rebounds and seven steals to lead the Indiana Pacers to their fourth straight win, 105-97 over the Orlando Magic on Monday night.

Oladipo, who played his first three NBA seasons in Orlando, and Bojan Bogdanovic combined for 40 points in the second half, 14 of them during a 16-3 third-quarter run that put the Pacers in command.

Bogdanovic scored 24 of his 26 points in the second half.

Nikola Vucevic had 25 points and 13 rebounds for the Magic, who lost their fifth straight. Aaron Gordon had 13 points and 12 rebounds.

The Magic finished with 22 turnovers and shot 33 percent in the second half to fall below .500 for the first time this season.

After a dunk by Aaron Gordon late in the first quarter, the Magic were down 23-22 despite making nine of their first 12 shots including four of five 3-pointers.

Two straight Orlando turnovers helped Indiana take a six-point lead before the Magic closed the first half with 11 straight points for a 55-50 advantage.

Oladipo and Bogdanovic scored 22 points in the third quarter. A 3-pointer by Bogdanovic gave Indiana its first double-digit lead with 4:11 left in the game.

A couple of 3-pointers by Evan Fournier and a 12-foot bank by Gordon pulled the Magic to within three in the final minute, but Oladipo set up Bogdanovic for a 3-pointer that put the Pacers up by six with 16.8 seconds left.


Pacers: After making 11 of 23 attempts at Miami on Sunday, Indiana came into the game as the NBA's best 3-point shooting team (.404).

Magic: Rookie Jonathan Isaac missed a fourth straight game with a sprained right ankle. ... The Magic outrebounded the Pacers 50-48 after coming into the game with the NBA's worst rebounding percentage.


Pacers: After a three-day break, the Pacers will play Toronto Friday night in the first of three straight home games.

Magic: Wednesday night's game at Minnesota will open a four-game trip.

Brighton fight back twice, draw 2-2 with Stoke in EPL

Brighton's Pascal Gross (on ground) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game against Stoke City at the AMEX Stadium in Brighton, England, Monday, Nov. 20. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)

Brighton, England (AP) — Brighton fought back twice to draw with Stoke 2-2 at home in the Premier League on Monday, extending their unbeaten run to five matches on their impressive return to England's top flight.

Colombia winger Jose Izquierdo earned the promoted team a point with a 60th-minute goal, scoring at the second attempt after his initial cutback was cleared.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting earned the opening goal, Pascal Gross steered in his third goal of the season to bring Brighton level, and Kurt Zouma put Stoke back in front with a header in first-half injury time.

Brighton stay in ninth place, three points ahead of 15th-place Stoke after 12 games.

West Brom fire Tony Pulis with team in relegation danger


West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis watches the English Premier League match against Chelsea at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, England, Saturday Nov. 18. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)

Steve Douglas

London (AP) - Ahead of what proved to be his last match as West Bromwich Albion manager, Tony Pulis detailed in his program notes all of his achievements during his nearly three years at the English Premier League club.

West Brom had always made a profit during his tenure, he wrote.

The team had a record number of players representing their countries.

He held a strong relationship with his chairman, John Williams — a "good man," according to Pulis — and reminded fans he was nominated for coach of the year last season "for finishing as the top manager per pound per point in the Premier League."

The PR offensive didn't work.

Two days after West Brom were humbled at home by Chelsea 4-0 to extend the team's dreadful run of results to just two wins from their last 21 games, Pulis was fired in the first decisive act by West Brom's new Chinese owner.

"We are in a results business," Williams said, "and over the back end of last season and this season to date, ours have been very disappointing."

Owning a reputation for being a virtual guarantee against relegation couldn't keep Pulis in the job. Not with West Brom having slumped to 17th place in the Premier League, within a point and a place of the relegation zone.

Pulis has never been relegated in 25 years and more than 1,000 league games in soccer management, but he wasn't given a chance to extend that record at The Hawthorns.

The Welshman, known for wearing a baseball cap, tracksuit and trainers for games, turned Stoke into an established Premier League team during his second spell there (2006-13) and was voted as the division's manager of the year in the 2013-14 season, after steering Crystal Palace to safety. He took over Palace midway through that season when the team was in the relegation zone, six points from safety.

At West Brom, Pulis achieved finishes of 13th, 14th and 10th place.

Only 12 of 38 rounds have been played this season, so there was still plenty of time for Pulis to turn things around. Yet there was no sign of West Brom's form improving, and the fans lost patience with Pulis and his pragmatic style of football.

A disgruntled section of the support called for his departure in recent games.

West Brom came under new ownership last year, with Lai Guochuan becoming the majority shareholder. He was at the game against Chelsea.

The club from central England had a net spend of about 30 million pounds ($40 million) last summer and enriched the squad with some trumpeted arrivals like Poland midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak from Paris Saint-Germain, left back Kieran Gibbs from Arsenal, and winger Oliver Burke from Leipzig.

Pulis had better players and a deeper squad at his disposal, but failed to get the most out of them. He clearly missed Darren Fletcher, the club captain and experienced midfielder who surprisingly left in the offseason to join Stoke. Dovetail that with continued criticism of his approach — direct, risk-averse — and it was no surprise there were calls for change.

West Brom have just nine goals in 12 games this season.

Pulis is the fifth manager to lose his job in the Premier League this season, after Frank De Boer (Crystal Palace), Craig Shakespeare (Leicester), Ronald Koeman (Everton) and Slaven Bilic (West Ham).

"Today, it's like this," Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said on Monday. "When I was young, you saw in England they respect the contract of the managers. They never be sacked, it was so, so difficult.

"Now everywhere is the same. We have to accept that, we know that. Everyone knows when we don't have results, managers here can win the Premier League and a month later they will be sacked."

Assistant coach Gary Megson will take temporary charge of the team, whose next match is against Tottenham on Saturday.

Update November 20, 2017

Jutanugarn rallies to win after Thompson misses 2-foot putt

Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand smiles on the eighth hole during the final round of the CME Group Tour Championship at Tiburón Golf Club, Sunday, Nov. 19, n Naples, Fla. (Luke Franke/Naples Daily News via AP)

Naples, Fla. (AP) — Lexi Thompson never had a putt so short that was potentially worth so much.

She had a one-shot lead when she settled over a 2-foot par putt on the final hole Sunday at the CME Group Tour Championship. A victory would be worth $500,000 in prize money and $1 million in a bonus. She would win LPGA player of the year and the Vare Trophy for the lowest scoring average.

She would rise to No. 1 in the world.

She missed.

Moments later, Ariya Jutanugarn capped off her birdie-birdie finish with an 18-foot putt to win the tournament and deny Thompson three of those perks.

"I don't really know what happened there," Thompson said. "It just happens. I guess it's golf. I guess we all go through situations we don't like sometimes."

Thompson has gone through her share of them this year. Unlike the others, this one came with a $1 million consolation.

Jutanugarn birdied four of his last six holes for a 5-under 67 and seized on her good fortune when Thompson missed the short putt to win the CME Group Tour Championship and the $500,000 first prize.

A wild end to the LPGA season sent four players home with a trophy of some variety.

Although she lost the tournament, Thompson still won the CME Race to the Globe and the $1 million bonus, along with the Vare Trophy.

Thompson had to win the tournament to be player of the year. Instead, the points-based LPGA player of the year was a tie between a pair of major champions from South Korea, So Yeon Ryu and LPGA rookie Sung Hyun Park. It was the first time the award was shared since it began in 1966.

Park, the U.S. Women's Open champion, was trying to become the first rookie since Nancy Lopez in 1978 to sweep the major awards. She already had won rookie of the year. She had to settle for a tie for player of the year, and her 75 in the third round damaged her chances of winning the Vare Trophy.

What stood out on another sunny afternoon was the sterling performance of Jutanugarn, who won for the second time this year.

Jutanugarn was at 13 under on the par-5 17th when she hit a hybrid for her second shot into the bunker and blasted out to about 18 feet. Ahead of her on the 18th green, Thompson was at 15 under and lagged a 50-foot birdie attempt beautifully down the slope on the 18th to 2 feet left of the cup.

Jutanugarn made birdie. Thompson missed her par putt, and there was a three-way tie for the lead at 14 under that included Jessica Korda, who was playing with Thompson and had left her 25-foot birdie attempt well short.

Thompson and Korda each closed with a 67.

Jutanugarn hit her approach about 18 feet above the hole and made it for winning birdie. She finished at 15-under 273.

"I had no expectation at all," Jutanugarn said. "I really did not think about the outcome."

Jutanugarn was part of a four-way tie for the lead going into the final round, and the CME Group Tour Championship was up for grabs most of the day until Thompson seemingly seized control with 32 on the front nine, a 10-foot birdie on the 13th and then a superb pitch from left of the 17th green that set up a 3-foot birdie.

Pernilla Lindberg had reason to believe she needed birdie from long range on the 18th to have a chance. She ran that 7 feet by the hole and three-putted for a bogey and a 68. She wound up finishing two shots behind, along with Eun-Hee Ji (67).

Michelle Wie, trying to win for the first time since the U.S. Women's Open in 2014, had a share of the lead until she hit near the edge of a bunker and made double bogey on No. 9, and then dropped two more shots on the back nine. Even with seven birdies, Wie still only managed a 70. She tied for sixth with Park, who closed with a 69. Park was at 13 under through 35 holes and played 1 over the final 37 holes.

Ryu was coping with a shoulder injury and was happy to squeeze in 72 holes. She wound up a part-winner of LPGA player of the year.

Thompson was on the putting green when she heard the cheer for Jutanugarn's final birdie.

It was the second time this year that Thompson appeared to be in control and was stunned to not win. She had a four-shot lead in the final round of the ANA Inspiration when she was penalized four shots — two for incorrectly marking her golf ball on the green in the third round, and two more shots because the infraction wasn't discovered by a viewer until the next day, and so she signed an incorrect scorecard in the third round.

She wound up losing to Ryu in a playoff, though Thompson said this week it made her a stronger person.

"I continue to work hard in my off weeks," she said. "I didn't stop me, and this won't either."

Dimitrov wins ATP Finals, Grand Slam his next target

Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria celebrates and holds up the trophy after winning the men's singles ATP World final at the O2 Arena in London, Sunday, Nov. 19. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Sam Johnston

London (AP) — Grigor Dimitrov's talent took him to the brink of his biggest career win — but he needed more than that to get over the line.

The sixth-seeded Bulgarian claimed the title at the season-ending ATP Finals on Sunday, prevailing on his fifth match point to beat David Goffin 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in the final.

"I felt I had a good mental toughness throughout the whole year," Dimitrov said. "So when my body's allowing me to do this kind of preparation, I feel I already have an advantage over any other player. And right now those are the moments that I rise up to."

It wasn't the Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal matchup many fans had hoped for, but they were left satisfied as the two 26-year-olds delivered the longest final since the tournament returned to a three-set format in 2008.

Dimitrov won in 2 hours, 30 minutes, 15 seconds, adding 11 minutes to the mark set by Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 2011.

That wasn't the only record Dimitrov set. After winning all five of his matches at the O2 Arena, he became the first player to win the elite tournament on debut since 1998, when Alex Corretja of Spain triumphed in Hanover.

"I was a little bit tired," said Dimitrov, who beat Goffin for the loss of just two games when they met on Wednesday. "I had to play a few matches obviously back-to-back against solid opponents. I knew that David is going to try something new. He had to be aggressive in order so he doesn't let me play my game."

Goffin's adjustments paid off early as he broke Dimitrov's first two service games either side of losing his own, before settling down to control the opener.

However, Dimitrov fought his way back. He leveled in the eighth game before breaking once more in the 12th to snatch the set, despite Goffin hitting eight more winners.

Dimitrov's confidence carried into the second set, where he brought up the first break point in the sixth game, only for Goffin to produce a stunning cross-court backhand winner to save it. The momentum back with him, Goffin broke the following game for a 4-3 lead and calmly closed out the set.

Having become the sixth player to beat Nadal and Federer at the same tournament — the latter from a set down in the semifinals — Goffin had every reason to be confident after drawing level. But he wasted four break points in the opening game and they would turn out to be his only chances in the decider.

"I think after this week I'm a better player mentally," said Goffin, who ends the season at a career-high No. 7 ranking. "I proved to myself that I can do it."

Dimitrov was more clinical, striking in the sixth game to take control of the third set. However, the Bulgarian has had problems closing matches out this season — losing three times after holding match points — and had cause for concern when Goffin saved his first three to hold from 0-40 down at 2-5.

Dimitrov served his way to 40-15 but saw another chance drift away, before Goffin finally netted a backhand volley to end the match.

"I was a little bit tired in the third," Goffin said. "It's the only game maybe I didn't serve well. I didn't put a lot of first serves in that game ... He was really solid."

Dimitrov claimed his first Masters title in Cincinnati in August, and having risen to a career-high No. 3-ranking with victory in London, his next target is a Grand Slam.

"I don't want to get too hyped up because I've done well, now I'm No. 3 in the world," Dimitrov said. "Of course, one of my main goals is to win a Grand Slam tournament. This has always been, again, a dream of mine."

Fleetwood wins European Tour's order of merit

Tommy Fleetwood of England follows his ball on the 18th fairway during the final round of the DP World Tour Championship golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov. 19. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Tommy Fleetwood won the Race to Dubai and the right to be called the top golfer in Europe after a tense battle with Justin Rose that was ultimately decided on the final green of the season on Sunday.

Rose, seemingly in cruise control after 11 holes as he opened up a one-shot lead atop of the leaderboard on 19-under par, then wobbled and made bogeys on the 12th, 14th and 16th holes on the Earth course of Jumeirah Golf Estates.

The 37-year-old No. 6-ranked golfer reached the par-5 18th hole three shots behind clubhouse leader Jon Rahm of Spain (19 under), and needed to make an eagle to move up to second. With Fleetwood in the clubhouse in joint 21st at 11 under, Rose needed to finish in solo fourth place or better to win his second Order of Merit title.

Just short of the green with his second shot, Rose used his putter and came agonizingly close but the ball did not go in. He finished in joint fourth place at 17-under par with three other players, handing the title to Fleetwood.

Spain's Rahm, winner of the Irish Open earlier this year on the European Tour, fired a final-round 67 to finish on 19-under par 269 to win the tournament.

Ireland's Shane Lowry shot the day's best round, a 63, to finish tied second at 270 alongside Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat (67). Masters champion Sergio Garcia (65) and South African duo of Dylan Frittelli (69) and Dean Burmester (68) were the other players tied for fourth with Rose.

Rose made four birdies in his first seven holes, and played his first poor shot on the 12th when his approach found the greenside bunker. He made a bogey there, before finding the water with his second shot on the par-5 14th and missing a two-foot par putt on the 16th.

After two successive rounds of 65, Fleetwood failed to make headway on Sunday, and could only watch the drama unfold in the scoring tent after a two-over par 74 round.

"It's the biggest day of my career for sure. The emotions were difficult on me. I don't trust computers, so even when everything had finished, it was so difficult to get up or down. Then I felt for Justin a lot. He was so gracious when he came in.shows a lot about his character," said Fleetwood after accepting his trophy.

"The achievement of winning a year-long thing is massive and it holds a lot of respect among your peers and the players. It shows sort of the level of consistency and the amount I've improved as a player and as a person."

Rose was disappointed with his finish, but delighted for Fleetwood.

"I just feel I went a bit flat around the turn. I had opportunities around 10 and 11 and didn't take those. I got a little bit out of my routine and a little distracted, had a poor shot on the par-5 and then it was a struggle from there on in. The shots on 13 and 14 were the undoing," he said.

"Tommy, I'm pleased for him. He's battled hard all year and put a good week in South Africa and had a great couple of comeback rounds this week to fight back and deserve it. He's been leading all year and it's good for him to finish it off."

As other players struggled down the stretch, Rahm birdied the 14th and the tough 16th to take the lead for good.

"I was a little anxious before teeing off. I really wanted to win. I really wanted to finish strong," said Rahm, who also won the PGA Tour event in Torrey Pines and is expected to climb up to fourth place in the world rankings on Monday in his first full season as a professional.

West Ham lose 2-0 at Watford in 1st match under Moyes

West Ham United's Mark Noble, left, and Watford's Richarlison battle for the ball during their English Premier League match at Vicarage Road in Watford., Sunday Nov. 19. (John Walton/PA via AP)

Watford, England (AP) — West Ham put in a familiar performance on Sunday despite having hired a new manager.

David Moyes's first game in charge ended in a 2-0 defeat at Watford, keeping his new club in the Premier League relegation zone.

Will Hughes scored his first goal for Watford before setting up Richarlison to end a three-match losing streak for the Hornets.

Watford move back up to eighth. West Ham haven't recorded a league win since September and stay 18th.

West Ham's decision to hire a manager who failed to last a year at his previous three clubs — Manchester United, Real Sociedad and Sunderland, after a long-running stay at Everton — was met with criticism from supporters and Moyes' debut did little to appease them.

Having been clattered by Andy Carroll just six seconds into his Watford debut, Marvin Zeegelaar displayed his toughness to help set up the opening goal.

West Ham could only clear Zeegelaar's cross as far as Andre Gray, whose scuffed shot fell into Hughes's path, allowing the midfielder to swivel and find the bottom corner with his left foot after 11 minutes.

Watford were in control for much of the game at Vicarage Road, but West Ham did have chances to draw level.

Cheikhou Kouyate wasted a clear opening either side of halftime and Heurelho Gomes made a fine triple-save from Marko Arnautovic to preserve the home side's lead.

Watford appeared to take note of the scares and lifted their intensity. Their reward came when Richarlison latched onto Hughes's pass in the 64th. The Brazilian pushed the ball onto his left foot before squeezing his effort past Joe Hart, who should have done better.

Patrick crashes in final NASCAR race as full-time driver

Danica Patrick is shown in this July 16, 2017, file photo. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Mark Long

Homestead, Fla. (AP) — Danica Patrick climbed out of her burning, smoke-filled, wrecked race car and trudged toward pit road.

She pulled off her gloves and helmet in frustration before being taken to the infield care center.

It was a much earlier exit than Patrick wanted in her final NASCAR race as a full-time driver.

"There's still racing in my future," she said. "I still have a thousand miles to go."

Indeed, the "Danica Double" awaits.

But the thought of future endeavors did little to improve another disappointing day.

Patrick finished 37th in her final race with Stewart-Haas Racing. She bowed her head outside the care center before answering questions about her season finale and her future.

"It just seemed like every time things were going better, something would happen — my fault or sometimes not my fault," she said. "This was just another case of that. It was fun for a little while there at the end. It was absolute misery for the first stint."

Patrick started the weekend by announcing she plans to retire from full-time racing, holding an emotional news conference that began with a tearful goodbye.

The season finale prompted more of the same.

"It was a little bit emotional, but I've been working through levels of that," she said. "I was just kind of looking forward to getting in the car finally, actually."

She will be back behind the wheel in February for the Daytona 500, the final race of her NASCAR career. She also will return to IndyCar next May and drive in the Indianapolis 500 for the first time in seven years.

Asked if there's a silver lining in being able to return for the Daytona 500, Patrick paused several seconds before mustering an answer.

"Yeah, sure," she finally said. "Let's hope I don't end up in the medical center."

The 35-year-old Patrick is the only woman to lead laps in both the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500. She ran the Indy 500 from 2005 through 2011. Her highest finish was third in 2009, and she was the first woman to lead laps there when she paced the field for 19 trips around the Brickyard as a rookie.

Patrick was highly marketable early in her career even though wins were rare. She won the pole for the Daytona 500 in 2013, but finished 24th in the standings the last two seasons. She won her only IndyCar race in 2008, in Japan. Patrick never scored a top-five finish in NASCAR and had only seven top 10s in 189 career starts.

Patrick has not revealed which team she will drive for in 2018, but surely a package deal with the same owner and same sponsor for the biggest races in motorsports would make her again racing's most marketable driver.

"I have a higher chance of crashing at Daytona than I do here, so I don't know if I feel like, 'Well, that's my shot,'" she said. "I have one left and then another one after, which is the Indianapolis 500."

Update November 18-19, 2017

Green shows range, leads Warriors past Jazz for 2-0 lead

Matthew Fitzpatrick from England plays a shot on the 2nd hole during the second round of the DP World Tour Championship golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Nov. 17. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Defending champion Matthew Fitzpatrick shot a second straight 5-under-par 67 to secure a one-stroke lead halfway through the European Tour's season-ending Tour Championship on Friday.

At 10 under after two rounds on the Earth course of Jumeirah Golf Estate, Fitzpatrick was edging English compatriot Tyrrell Hatton, whom he beat by one shot to win the title last year.

Hatton moved into contention with a brilliant 9-under 63, a round soured only by a closing bogey on the par-5 18th hole.

In the race to win the Order of Merit, main protagonists Tommy Fleetwood and Justin Rose experienced contrasting emotions to their opening rounds. Fleetwood boosted his chances by rising into a tie for 11th at 6 under after a 65. Rose endured a three-putt bogey on the 18th to finish with a 70, and dropped on the leaderboard so he's just two shots ahead of Fleetwood.

U.S. Masters champion Sergio Garcia, the only other player with a chance to win the Order of Merit, stayed in contention by adding a 69 to his opening 70 to be one shot behind Fleetwood.

Fleetwood needs to equal or better Rose's finishing position to claim the title. If Rose doesn't finish in the top five and Garcia doesn't win, Fleetwood will have done enough.

Fitzpatrick made two bogeys but eagled the 14th, and five birdies contributed to his 67.

He was helped immensely also by the 18th, where Hatton, Rose, and overnight leader Patrick Reed all made bogeys. Fitzpatrick birdied the hole for a second straight day with a 25-foot putt.

"I said to my caddie, we were putting really, really well all week so far," Fitzpatrick said.

"The thing is, you get so many fast putts around here, even uphill into the green, they are still running at 12, 13 even. You've just got to be really sort of careful. Every putt is effectively a two-putt. You've got to control your pace well and limit your mistakes, because it's easy to three-putt out here."

Rose, hoping to win a third straight tournament after triumphs in China and Turkey, was disappointed with his finish despite playing solid golf from tee to green.

"To make six (on 18) just ends the day on the wrong note, but other than that, I played really well on the back nine," Rose said.

"I was aware of the scores and who had done what today. But listen, halfway stage, I'd probably have signed up for that if somebody said on Wednesday you would be in this position after two rounds. It's a position you can build on the weekend."

Fleetwood resurrected his chances of winning the Order of Merit with a 65, eight shots better than his opening round. His only bogey of the day came on the seventh after an errant drive, but that was the only mistake on a solid day that saw him make eight birdies.

Fleetwood spent hours on the putting green after his first round.

"I needed a low one today for (a tournament win and the Order of Merit)," he said. "Luckily, I got a good score."

Sung Hyun Park opens 3-shot lead in LPGA Tour Championship

Sung Hyun Park putts on the 18th green during the second round of the CME Group Tour Championship golf tournament at Tiburon Golf Club, Friday, Nov. 17, in Naples, Fla. (Luke Franke/Naples Daily News via AP)

Doug Ferguson

Naples, Fla. (AP) — Golf felt so easy to Sung Hyun Park that only when she took out her card to catch up on her scores did she realize she had closed out the front nine with five straight birdies at the CME Group Tour Championship.

Park kept right on attacking.

The 24-year-old from South Korea added a 30-foot eagle putt late in her second round and finished with a 7-under 65, giving her a three-shot lead going into the weekend at Tiburon Golf Club.

Nothing seems to bother her, even the chance to cap off an amazing rookie season by sweeping all the big awards on the LPGA Tour.

"To be honest, I don't feel quite as nervous as I thought I would," Park said through an interpreter. "After the first shot, after the first hole, I felt a lot more comfortable. I'm not feeling as nervous as I thought I might be going into today."

Leave that to the players chasing her.

Even with a three-putt bogey on the final hole, Park was at 12-under 132 and was three shots clear of Caroline Masson (66) and Sarah Jane Smith (69).

More importantly, none of the other players in the chase for the $1 million Race to the CME Globe bonus or any other big award was within five shots of Park, who is trying to become the first rookie since Nancy Lopez in 1978 to win LPGA player of the year.

Lexi Thompson, who leads the Race to the CME Globe and the Vare Trophy for lowest adjusted scoring average, shot a 67 and wound up losing ground. She was six shots behind and must stay within 10 shots of Park to win the Vare.

So Yeon Ryu, who leads the points-based award for player of the year, managed a 71 with her sore right shoulder but was 11 shots back.

The other two players who need to win the tournament to collect the $1 million bonus also had their work cut out for them. Brooke Henderson had another 70 and was eight shots behind, while world No. 1 Shanshan Feng shot 73 and was 11 shots behind.

Park was in control, only she didn't see it that way.

"I don't think it's quite that far of a lead," Park said. "Two, three shots of a lead can change at any moment. We will have to see what's in store for this weekend."

Park began her big run with an 18-foot birdie on No. 5, got up-and-down for birdie from just off the green at the par-5 sixth, holed a 25-foot birdie putt on No. 7, and then closed out the front nine with birdie putts from 8 feet and 15 feet.

"I actually didn't know that I was going five birdies in a row," Park said. "Come hole No. 10, I realized that I hadn't been jotting down my scores as diligently, and so I realized it a little bit later on. And it felt great."

That gave her the lead by one shot over Suzann Pettersen, except that Pettersen faded badly on the back nine.

Pettersen dropped four shots in a three-hole stretch by getting out of position off the tee and she shot 39 on the back nine for a 70 to fall five shots behind.

"I feel like I'm playing good," Pettersen said. "Three bad drives on the back nine cost me four shots. That should not be possible on this course, where the fairways are about 100 yards wide."

Park was honored at an awards banquet Thursday night as the LPGA rookie of the year. Now, she has more awards in her sights. A victory would give her the award for player of the year. She would capture the money title, which she leads over Ryu. And depending on how the weekend goes, she might be able to surpass Thompson in the race for the Vare Trophy.

Thompson did well to recover from two bogeys on her opening three holes.

"I hit a few really erratic shots in the beginning. It wasn't a good start to the round," Thompson said. "Just tried to stay positive and find something that could work for the last 14, 15 holes."

Lydia Ko fell six shots behind in her bid to avoid a winless season. She was one shot behind going into the second round but managed only three birdies in her round of 71.

Park, meanwhile, had everything going her way. Even when she pulled her drive on the par-5 14th into a sandy area with a root next to her ball, she picked it clear and sent it through a goal post of trees back to the fairway. Three holes later, she blasted a drive and had only a 7-iron into the green at the par-5 17th, which she hit to 30 feet and made the long putt.

Does anything make her nervous?

"I hate spiders," she said. "But in terms of golf, I always get nervous to this day on the first tee. I can feel my heart pounding."

It's a feeling that doesn't appear to last very long.

Goffin beats Thiem to set up ATP Finals semi with Federer

David Goffin of Belgium plays a return to Dominic Thiem of Austria during their mens singles tennis match at the ATP World Finals at the O2 Arena in London, Friday, Nov. 17. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Sam Johnston

London (AP) — David Goffin is into the last four of the ATP Finals, to go any further he'll have to do something he's never done before: beat Roger Federer.

The No.7-seeded Goffin beat Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-1 at the O2 Arena on Friday to set up a semifinal meeting with Federer.

From 0-3, 0-15 down in the opening set, Goffin won 15 consecutive points to take control of the match, and never looked back.

"I've never found a key to beat Roger," said Goffin, who has lost all of his six meetings with the 19-time Grand-Slam champion. "Honestly, I don't know what to do tomorrow. But I'm going to try something, something different, something that I've never done in the past."

The victory took Goffin to 2-1 in the round-robin stage of the elite season-ending tournament after a win over Rafael Nadal and defeat to Grigor Dimitrov, who will meet Jack Sock in Saturday's other semifinal.

Dimitrov defeated Pablo Carreno Busta 6-1, 6-1 in the late match to become the first player to win all three round-robin matches on debut since Andy Murray in 2008.

Unlike during his 74-minute thrashing by Dimitrov on Wednesday, Goffin was able to recover from a slow start.

Thiem produced some blistering groundstrokes to break in the second game of the match and held for a 3-0 lead, but from there his game disintegrated.

"Well, I had a very, very good start obviously," Thiem said. "Again, some very bad mistakes. I let him back into the game. Somehow after the 3-0, I lost it until the end."

When Thiem finally ended his opponent's run of five straight games, Goffin kept his composure to serve out the set. Thiem then received treatment on his left knee, but it didn't seem to help.

He was broken again in the third game of the second set and then twice more as Goffin cruised to victory.

Goffin was far from faultless himself, with both players' unforced error totals doubling their winner counts.

However, in the major moments Goffin was able to keep his game under control, taking five of his seven break point opportunities. Thiem was wasteful, completing just one of his six.

"As soon as I came back at 3-3 with a good service game, I knew that he was struggling a little bit with his groundstrokes," Goffin said. "He was hitting too hard maybe a little bit. He lost his timing in his backhands. He started to think about how to hit the ball."

Goffin is making his full debut at the event, having stepped in as an alternate for one match last year.

Reaching the semifinals in London is the latest step in a groundbreaking season for the Belgian. He broke into the top 10 for the first time in February and reached a career high No. 8-ranking earlier in November.

Lowry and DeRozan each score 22, Raptors beat Knicks 107-84

Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) dunks the ball as New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) looks on during first-half NBA basketball game action in Toronto, Friday, Nov. 17. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

Ian Harrison

Toronto (AP) — Kyle Lowry matched his season high with 22 points and added 10 assists, DeMar DeRozan also scored 22 and the short-handed Toronto Raptors beat New York 107-84 on Friday night, their eighth consecutive victory over the Knicks.

Toronto played without two injured starters in forward Serge Ibaka (swollen left knee) and guard Norman Powell (right hip). Reserve guard Delon Wright (dislocated right shoulder) also was unavailable.

C.J. Miles scored 14 points for Toronto. Pressed into the starting lineup, second-year forward Pascal Siakam scored 13 points and rookie forward OG Anunoby had 11.

Lowry finished with eight rebounds as Toronto won its third straight and improved to 5-1 at home.

Tim Hardaway Jr. and Kristaps Porzingis each scored 13 points and Enes Kanter had 12 for the Knicks, who fell behind by double-digits in a poor-shooting first half and couldn't recover.

Porzingis shot 3 for 13 while Hardaway Jr. finished 5 for 11. The Knicks went 30 for 92 overall.

New York hasn't beaten Toronto since a 111-109 win north of the border on Nov. 10, 2015, a game in which the Knicks benefitted from a missed out of bounds call on Carmelo Anthony late in the fourth quarter.

Jarrett Jack made all three of his shots in the first but the rest of the Knicks endured a difficult quarter, making just three of 23 attempts. Porzingis went 0 for 6 in the opening quarter and Hardaway missed a dunk. Lowry and Anunoby each scored seven points for the Raptors, who led 30-18 after one.

Lowry had nine points and three assists in the second as Toronto led 54-36 at halftime.

New York made five of seven 3-point attempts in the third but DeRozan scored 12 points for Toronto as the Raptors took a 78-64 edge into the fourth.

Andy Murray, coach Ivan Lendl end 2nd stint together

In this Jan. 26, 2012 file photo, Britain's Andy Murray, right, is watched by his coach Ivan Lendl as he trains in Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Howard Fendrich

London (AP) - Andy Murray and Ivan Lendl are calling it quits for a second time, ending a partnership that produced three Grand Slam titles and two Olympic gold medals.

Murray announced Friday on his website that he and Lendl "have mutually agreed to end their coaching relationship."

All of Murray's greatest triumphs as a tennis player have come with Lendl guiding him as his coach. That includes, most famously, the Scotsman's 2013 title at Wimbledon, which made him the first British man in 77 years to win the singles championship at the All England Club.

Before that, Lendl helped Murray win the 2012 U.S. Open and the gold medal at the London Olympics earlier that year. Then they split in 2014, before reuniting last year, about a month before Murray won his second Wimbledon trophy.

Murray also reached No. 1 in the ATP rankings while working with Lendl, getting to that spot for the first time in November 2016.

"I'm thankful to Ivan for all his help and guidance over the years," Murray said in the statement on his site.  "We've had great success and learned a lot as a team."

Lendl, who won eight major titles from 1984 to 1990, and Murray were at the forefront of a trend of players hiring former stars of the sport as coaches.

Murray yielded the No. 1 ranking to Rafael Nadal this August, shortly before saying he would miss the rest of the 2017 season because of a hip injury.

It turned out his last match of the year came on July 12 at Wimbledon, where his title defense ended with a five-set quarterfinal loss to Sam Querrey.

Murray intends to be ready for the start of next season in January, when the Australian Open is played, saying Friday:  "My focus now is on getting ready for Australia with the team I have in place and getting back to competing."

He plans to enter a tournament in Brisbane, Australia, to prepare for the year's first Grand Slam tournament. Before that, he will train in Miami, as usual.

Lendl will continue to work with the U.S. Tennis Association's player development program.

"I wish Andy well going forward," Lendl said.  "We had a great run and a lot of fun."

Update November 17, 2017

Rose has early advantage over Fleetwood in Dubai; Reed leads

England's Justin Rose follows his ball on the 18th hole during the first round of the DP World Tour Championship golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Nov. 16. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Justin Rose made the best start of the three players looking to become Europe's top player for 2017 at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai with a 6-under 66 Thursday.

An eagle from the greenside bunker on the 14th hole and a stunning approach shot to two feet for birdie on the 18th handed the Englishman the early initiative in his attempt to win the European Tour's Race to Dubai crown.

The other two players in contention for the crown - Tommy Fleetwood and reigning Masters champion Sergio Garcia - opened with rounds of 73 and 70, respectively.

Patrick Reed of the United States was the first-round leader after shooting 7-under 65.

Fleetwood had a lead of 256,737 points going into the final event of the season and needs to equal or better Rose's finishing position to claim the title. If Rose doesn't finish in the top five and Garcia doesn't win, Fleetwood will have done enough.

Sixth-ranked Rose is chasing his third straight tournament success after wins in China and Turkey.

"Really happy with that as a start," the Olympic champion said Thursday at Jumeirah Golf Estates. "I kind of wanted to come out today with good intent and sort of get myself moving forward quickly."

Fleetwood started poorly, making a double bogey on the first and then missing a short birdie putt on the second before another bogey on the third.

But the Englishman was hopeful of getting his act together over the next three rounds.

"As of right now, it is kind of out of my hands a little bit after that start, but you never know what can happen," Fleetwood said. "Three days to go, that's the luxury of four rounds of golf. I've got three more to go, and let's see what happens."

Reed, who is yet to win a tournament this year, started with birdies on his first two holes, and then added five more on his back nine despite suffering from back pain while warming up in the morning.

"I woke up this morning, had this really awful pain in my back, close to my shoulder. The warm-up wasn't how I wanted," Reed said. "Any time you can start birdie-birdie, it gets you started and I was able to right the ship and make some putts and hit some good shots."

Australia's Scott Hend (66) shares second place with Rose, while defending champion Matthew Fitzpatrick of England started with a 5-under 67.

Sweden's Henrik Stenson — the reigning Race to Dubai champion — is out with a rib injury.

Sock advances with Federer to semifinals at ATP Finals

Jack Sock of the United States plays a return to Alexander Zverev of Germany during their men's singles tennis match at the ATP World Finals at the O2 Arena in London, Thursday, Nov. 16. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Chris Lehourites

London (AP) — In his ATP Finals debut, Jack Sock joined Roger Federer in the semifinals.

Sock, the first American to reach the final weekend at the season-ending tournament since Andy Roddick in 2007, beat Alexander Zverev 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 to advance from his round-robin group on Thursday.

"I didn't expect to be in London in the first place," said Sock, who qualified only this month after winning the Paris Masters. "Paris was a big step for me. Now to put myself in the position to play on the weekend is another big step forward, another confidence-booster."

Sock again played an entertaining match at the O2 Arena, complete with another 'tweener and even a point penalty for smashing a ball into the crowd.

But it was a pair of errors from Zverev in the final game that gave Sock the match. Trailing 5-4 and at 30-all, Zverev double-faulted for the eighth time to hand Sock a match point. The 20-year-old German then put a forehand wide to end it.

"Yeah, I choked," Zverev said. "It's quite easy. Won the second set 6-1. I was 1-0 with a break. He got a point penalty. I was down 1-4 within 10 minutes where I didn't put many balls in the court."

Sock finished the group stage with a 2-1 record and will next face Grigor Dimitrov in the semifinals on Saturday. His only loss came against Federer in his opening match.

Federer ended up 3-0 and won the group. He will face Dominic Thiem or David Goffin on Saturday.

In a rematch of the Wimbledon final against Marin Cilic earlier, Federer came out on top again. The second-ranked Swiss lost the first set but still won 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-1.

"It wasn't easy," Federer said. "I mean, look, it's a fast court. It's indoors. We've seen it now: When you miss a few too many opportunities you can really pay the price at this tournament."

The outcome didn't really matter, though. Federer had already advanced while Cilic had already been eliminated.

Federer, who beat Cilic in straight sets in the Wimbledon final in July, had four break points in the first set on Thursday, but he couldn't convert any of them. Cilic closed it out in a tiebreaker.

Federer had another break point early in the second set, but he again failed to convert. But his sixth attempt was different, and winning it gave Federer the second set.

In the third set, Federer broke early and jumped out to 3-0, and then broke again to lead 5-1.

"In the beginning I was slightly overaggressive in the first set on some crucial points rather than maybe being patient," Federer said. "I was able to turn that around late in the second set. Then just had a much better feeling in the third set."

Cilic is ranked No. 5 in the world — achieving a goal he set for himself at the end of last season.

At the ATP Finals, however, the Croat has won only once in nine matches over three appearances at the round-robin tournament.

"Overall, I felt that my level has come to a new level," the 2014 U.S. Open champion said of his 2017 season. "So hopefully even more next year, I can aim a little bit higher. Hopefully I'm going to be in a position to challenge the top guys and to be in contention for Grand Slams."

Federer, the 19-time Grand Slam champion who won his record eighth Wimbledon title, is looking to extend another record for titles at the ATP Finals. The 36-year-old Swiss has won it six times — twice in Houston, twice in Shanghai and twice in London.

Federer has reached the semifinals at the ATP Finals 14 times and has finished the round-robin stage unbeaten 10 times.

Regardless of the outcome in London, Federer will finish the year ranked No. 2 — behind Rafael Nadal.

"I'm so happy that I was able to reach this level of play and still be able to play also at the end of the year," said Federer, who also won the Australian Open this season. "I have no regrets because I totally over-exceeded my expectations. Just happy I'm injury-free and healthy right now, enjoying myself still."

India end rain-hit 1st day on 17-3 in 1st test vs Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's Suranga Lakmal, center without cap, celebrates with teammates the dismissal of India's Lokesh Rahul during the first day of their first test cricket match in Kolkata, India, Thursday, Nov. 16. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

Chetan Naurla

Kolkata, India (AP) — India struggled with rain, bad light and Sri Lanka's bowlers as they went to stumps at 17-3 Thursday on Day 1 of the first test.

Only 11.5 overs were bowled in Kolkata in just 60 minutes of play overall.

Suranga Lakmal (0-3) bowled an exceptional six-over spell — all maidens — and used the new ball brilliantly during the 43-minute session before bad light forced an early tea.

The pacer took all three wickets as India's top-order collapsed on a green, moisture-laden pitch after Sri Lanka won the toss.

Cheteshwar Pujara (8 not out) and Ajinkya Rahane (0 not out) were the unbeaten batsmen at the close of play. Lahiru Gamage has 0-16.

India's batting coach played down the dismissals.

"It was a difficult pitch to bat on," Sanjay Bangar said. "In these conditions, there is an additional element of patience required. But there were too many interruptions and our batsmen didn't get one continued passage of play. We cannot find fault with their dismissals on a wicket like this."

After an early tea was taken, India tried to rebuild their innings from 17-2. But Lakmal trapped Virat Kohli (0) lbw on the eighth ball after the interval. The batsman was ruled out despite DRS review.

Earlier, Lokesh Rahul (0) was caught behind off the very first ball, becoming the sixth Indian batsman to be dismissed off the first ball of a test. Shikhar Dhawan (8) played on and was bowled off Lakmal in the 7th over.

There was only 17 minutes' play in the final session. The umpires waited for light to improve, before calling off play more than an hour before the scheduled time.

Play had been reduced to 55 overs after rain prevented play in the morning session. The weather finally relented to allow the toss to take place four hours behind schedule. Another small interruption then reduced it to 52 overs.

"We don't know what a good first inning's score on this pitch could be," said Rumesh Ratnayake, Sri Lanka's bowling coach. "For Sri Lanka it could be 200, but for India, it could be 250. It depends on different perspectives. On this pitch, you need to bowl a specific line and length and we did that."

Wilder calls out Joshua again for big heavyweight fight

Deontay Wilder. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)

Tim Dahlberg

New York (AP) - Deontay Wilder can't wait to get Anthony Joshua into the ring.

He's just not sure when it's going to happen.

"I just want to prove who is the best, that's all I want to do," Wilder said Thursday. "I want people to see a great fight and witness the two best heavyweights compete with each other one night in the ring."

Wilder, who is coming off an impressive first-round knockout of Bermane Stiverne, said his representatives have been in contact with Joshua's camp, and the sides are exploring ways to stage the heavyweight unification fight.

It could happen sometime next year, Wilder said, if Joshua's handlers aren't too protective of the British fighter.

"I think they're hesitant for a reason," Wilder said in a phone call with The Associated Press. "They've got a great thing going. He can fight literally a guy who doesn't even have a name and can make millions and millions of dollars off him. Why would they risk taking a chance with the most dangerous heavyweight in the division?"

There are other obstacles to the fight, as well, including whether to hold it in England or in the U.S. and on what pay-per-view network. Joshua's camp has indicated their fighter would have to get more money than Joshua, too, because he has proven his ability to sell huge amounts of tickets in England.

There's also the feeling that both fighters should fight once more — perhaps on the same night — to build up more anticipation for the bout.

"They want a warmup fight," Wilder said. "Joshua's last performance was OK, but it wasn't his best. They want to redeem that and they want to make at least one more good payday before fighting me."

Joshua fought last month, stopping Carlos Takam in the 10th round of a sloppy fight in Wales. A week later, Wilder destroyed Stiverne in Brooklyn to keep his share of the heavyweight crown.

Stiverne, who lost his title to Joshua in their first fight, was criticized for being out of shape and didn't land a punch. But Wilder showed his brute power in stopping him in the first round.

"It was a devastating knockout," Wilder said. "Being able to put on a spectacular performance like I did put the icing on the cake."

Joshua is massively popular in England — his fight earlier this year with Wladimir Klitschko drew 90,000 to Wembley Stadium — but not as well known in the U.S. Wilder also is trying to grow his fan base outside his home state of Alabama and there have been questions about the quality of his opponents.

But both fighters are undefeated with impressive knockout records. When they do meet it could be the biggest heavyweight fight since the days Mike Tyson was destroying everyone in front of him.

"The heavyweight division was once in a dark place but now it is coming into the light," Wilder said. "It's exciting and I can't wait to make it even more exciting."

Update November 16, 2017

Jedinak stars as Australia qualify for 2018 World Cup

Australia's Mile Jedinak scores from the penalty spot against Honduras during their FIFA World Cup playoff deciding match in Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, Nov. 15. (AP Photo/Daniel Munoz)

John Pye

Sydney (AP) — Mile Jedinak stepped up when it counted most, propelling Australia into next year's World Cup with a hat trick Wednesday in a 3-1 victory over Honduras that secured the next-to-last spot in Russia.

The Australian captain was in doubt for the intercontinental playoff series with a groin injury that had forced him to miss the end of the Asian qualifying campaign, when the Socceroos narrowly missed out on direct entry.

But Jedinak played a full game in the 0-0 draw in San Pedro Sula last Friday and, aided by the state-of-the-art rehabilitation program on Australia's charter flight home, took the free kick that broke the scoring drought in the 54th minute at Sydney's Olympic stadium.

His free kick curled to the left of the wall and deflected sharply in off defender Henry Figueroa, bringing the parochial 77,060-strong crowd at Sydney's Olympic stadium to life.

He converted from the spot in the 72nd after referee Nestor Pitana penalized Bryan Acosta for a hand ball and again calmly slotted home another penalty in the 85th after Robbie Kruse was dragged down in the area. After 22 games and 27 months, the win ensured Asian Cup champions Australia qualified for their fourth consecutive World Cup.

"It wouldn't have mattered who scored. I'm happy to chip in," Jedinak said. "We got the job done and that's all that matters — it's going to be a big 2018."

Honduras scored a consolation goal deep in injury time in a scramble in front of goal with Alberth Elis and Maynor Figueroa both taking swipes at the ball from close range.

The result meant Asia got a full quota of five teams into the World Cup in Russia, with 31 of the 32 places decided. Peru were hosting New Zealand to determine the last qualifier later Wednesday.

Under-fire coach Ange Postecoglou said he was delighted for his Australian team, and declined to comment on his future amid speculation that he may not stay on to take them to the World Cup.

"They got what they deserved — it wasn't by luck or by chance," said Postecoglou, who took on the Australian job just before the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. "They believed in something that we started, and right to the end they displayed the kind of resilience and belief that has made me proud all the way along. They did it their way, and got great rewards for it."

France to host 2023 Rugby World Cup, stunning South Africa

Former English rugby international and World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont via a TV screen, announces the winning candidate country France to hold the Rugby World Cup in 2023, at a hotel in London, Wednesday, Nov. 15. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Rob Harris

London (AP) — France will host the Rugby World Cup in 2023, a year before the Olympic Games in Paris, after surprisingly beating South Africa and Ireland in a vote on Wednesday.

The World Rugby Council disregarded the recommendation of an evaluation report to hand the tenth edition of its showpiece tournament to South Africa.

A secret vote by member nations instead saw France, which hosted the 2007 World Cup, beat South Africa 24-15 in a second round.

"Just because it went to France doesn't mean there's (any) humiliation whatsoever," said World Rugby president Bill Beaumont, who recommended a South African victory. "If you look there wasn't a great deal between France and South Africa in the evaluation report. It was very close."

It means France will host four prestigious sporting events within six years, with golf's Ryder Cup in Paris next year and soccer's Women's World Cup across France in 2019.

The French sports ministry said the decision to award it the Rugby World Cup so close to the Olympics and Paralympics in Paris in 2024 "demonstrates the excellence of the French know-how in organizing major sporting events."

The Rugby World Cup final is set to be played at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, just outside Paris. Eight other cities that will host matches: Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Nice, Saint-Etienne and Toulouse.

French Rugby Union President Bernard Laporte joined his team for an impromptu singing of the national anthem, "La Marseillaise," around a piano in London.

"There's a lot of joy and a lot of pride for French rugby," Laporte said. "We held on. We weren't sure of winning but we were sure of our strengths and the quality of our dossier."

But there were tears across South Africa, which staged the Rugby World Cup in 1995 but has failed with four successive bids to land the tournament again.

Fans gathered in the capital Pretoria expecting to celebrate victory in the vote. Instead, some of the crowd, dressed in the colors of the South African flag, wept while watching the announcement on screens.

"Why has it gone against the recommendation when most of the unions said they would vote with the recommendation?" Joel Stransky, who kicked the dropped goal that won the 1995 final for South Africa against New Zealand, said on SuperSport television. "What is the point of having an independent auditor if you're not even going to take heed of their recommendation?"

Dimitrov reaches semifinals at ATP Finals, beats Goffin

Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria celebrates after winning his singles tennis match against David Goffin of Belgium at the ATP World Finals at the O2 Arena in London, Wednesday, Nov. 15. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Chris Lehourites

London (AP) — The coaching seemed to have helped, whether Grigor Dimitrov heard it or not.

The sixth-seeded Bulgarian made his way into the semifinals at the ATP Finals on Wednesday by beating David Goffin 6-0, 6-2, but he was given a violation for coaching during the second set.

A linesman informed the chair umpire of the infraction during the fifth game of the final set, and Dimitrov reacted by saying he didn't hear anything.

He probably didn't need any extra advice anyway, not after the way he was playing, and the way Goffin was, too.

"Yeah, that was very weird, to be honest," Dimitrov said of the violation. "I have no idea why. But it's fine. ... I mean, when you're so zoomed into the match, I don't even pay attention to all that."

Dimitrov ended up winning 34 of the 47 points he served and won 32 of the 57 points served by Goffin.

In the first set, Dimitrov lost only two points on his serve and twice broke Goffin without even going to deuce. Goffin finally managed to hold serve in the second set, but Dimitrov still was able to break the Belgian's serve two more times.

"I was just following my game. Just simple as that," Dimitrov said. "I was using every opportunity. I took care of all of the balls that I had to."

And he gave Goffin few chances to make a comeback.

"He came to the net from the beginning, from the first point," Goffin said. "It was not easy for me to lose my serve from the start. It was tough for my confidence after that when it was 0-4."

The win gives Dimitrov a 2-0 record and ensures he will play on the weekend in his debut at the season-ending tournament. Roger Federer has also already qualified for the semifinals.

In Wednesday's late match, Dominic Thiem defeated Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.

Thiem is now 1-1 and will next face Goffin, who is also 1-1, on Friday for a spot in the semifinals.

Carreno Busta was playing in the place of Rafael Nadal, who withdrew after his opening loss because of a right knee injury. He will next play Dimitrov on Friday.

Goffin beat Nadal in his opening match, calling it the best win of his career. But regardless of what happens against Thiem on Friday, Goffin still has more tennis this year with Belgium playing France in the Davis Cup final at the end of the month.

"This event is really important. It's one of the biggest events of the year. I'm going to focus on the next match. If there is another one, I will be focused on the next one. Then we will see," Goffin said. "The Davis Cup, I'm not thinking about the Davis Cup for the moment. I know it's just after this event. We will see. I'm just focused on this event first, then we see after."

Italy coach fired as FA chief resists calls to step down

Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura gestures during the World Cup qualifying play-off second leg match between Italy and Sweden at the Milan San Siro stadium, Italy. Monday, Nov. 13. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Andrew Dampf

Rome (AP) — Two days after Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup, the head of the country's football federation fired national coach Gian Piero Ventura — while ignoring angry calls to quit his own job.

Ventura left in disgrace Wednesday, widely criticized for his tactical decisions that left Italy out of football's biggest competition for the first time in six decades.

"I spoke with Ventura today and told him that his services are no longer needed," federation president Carlo Tavecchio said in a brief statement to reporters, adding that he would propose a series of reforms to improve the country's most popular sport.

Four-time champions Italy lost a playoff to Sweden, 1-0 on aggregate, on Monday.

Ventura's contract was recently extended to 2020 but the deal included a stipulation that it could be voided in case of a failed qualification.

Carlo Ancelotti, who was fired by Bayern Munich in September, was being mentioned by Italian media as a likely replacement but no new coach was immediately named.

"We also thought about some important coaches and we'll try to possibly sign one of them," Tavecchio said.

Damiano Tommasi, president of the Italian players association, abandoned a summit called to assess the failed qualification once he understood that Tavecchio would not step down.

"We believe we've got to start the rebuilding process with elections," Tommasi said. "It doesn't seem like there's any desire to restart from zero.

"The problems of Italian football can't be resolved with just the firing of the national team coach," added Tommasi, who played for Italy and helped Roma win the 2001 Serie A title. "Otherwise we'll continue to re-mix the same minestrone that has caused indigestion for so many of us."

Tavecchio said he called a board meeting for Monday to present his reforms, adding that they will affect the domestic leagues.

Ventura was hired last year when Antonio Conte left the national team to coach Chelsea after the European Championship.

The 69-year-old Ventura was a journeyman coach who had never managed a major club.

He previously coached Udinese, Cagliari, Napoli, Messina, Hellas Verona, Pisa, Bari and Torino.

Ventura's attachment to two forwards he coached at Torino, Ciro Immobile and Andrea Belotti, and his refusal to try a three-striker formation, led him to continually leave Napoli winger Lorenzo Insigne on the bench.

Considered Italy's most talented player of the moment, Insigne was inexplicably asked to come on for Marco Verratti in a central midfield position late in the opening leg against Sweden.

Ventura leaves with a record of nine wins, four draws and three losses.

Ancelotti, who coached Juventus and AC Milan before going abroad to win titles with Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern, has the big-club resume that Ventura lacked. But it remains to be seen if he'll be willing to coach the national team, or if he still prefers the daily activities of a club.

Other options include installing a caretaker and luring back Conte, or perhaps Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri or Zenit St. Petersburg's Roberto Mancini once the club season ends.

"Ancelotti is definitely a great coach and a great person. He would be a great choice," said Italian coaches association president Renzo Ulivieri, who participated in the summit. "But other considerations need to be made. We need to talk with him and look around. It's early to talk about coaches."

Tavecchio's status was also brought into question by Italian Olympic Committee president Giovanni Malago on Tuesday.

"It's up to the boss to take responsibility but if I were him I would resign," Malago, who oversees all sports in the country, said Tuesday.

There is a precedent since both Giancarlo Abete, the previous federation president, and coach Cesare Prandelli each resigned immediately after Italy was eliminated in the first round of the 2014 World Cup.

Tavecchio was first voted to succeed Abete in 2014 despite a racist comment during his election campaign.

UEFA banned Tavecchio for six months after he made a reference to bananas when discussing the presence of foreign players in Italy.

Tavecchio was re-elected to another four-year term in March.

Update November 15, 2017

Denmark qualify for World Cup with 5-1 rout of Ireland

Denmark's Christian Eriksen celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the World Cup qualifying play off second leg match against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, Tuesday, Nov. 14. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Nathaniel Cope

Dublin (AP) — Christian Eriksen scored a superb hat trick as Denmark qualified for next year's World Cup with an emphatic 5-1 victory over Ireland in their playoff on Tuesday.

With last week's first leg having finished 0-0, Ireland made an ideal start to the return match by taking the lead in the sixth minute through defender Shane Duffy.

But Denmark's players gradually took control in midfield and were rewarded when Andreas Christensen's effort went into the net off Ireland's Cyrus Christie in the 29th minute.

Eriksen then stole the show, putting the visitors ahead in the 32nd minute, and scoring two more after the break.

Nicklas Bendtner turned a deserved victory into a rout when he converted a penalty in the 90th minute.

Next year's tournament in Russia will be Denmark's fifth World Cup appearance and first since 2010.

Denmark coach Age Hareide paid tribute to Eriksen, who has been on fine form this season for Tottenham in the Premier League and the Champions League.

Asked Eriksen's world ranking as a player, Hareide said: "Absolutely in the top 10. It is difficult to rank, but we saw him against Real Madrid. He is probably one of the best players in his position in Europe at the moment.

"All the teams that succeed and go to a World Cup have star players, and players that can make the difference and Christian showed that today."

Yet a raucous home crowd in Dublin had been treated to the perfect start when Robbie Brady's free kick from just beyond the halfway line was flicked on by Denmark's Nicolai Jorgensen. The ball rose into the path of center back Duffy, who headed home.

Denmark midfielder Thomas Delaney had said after the first leg that breaching the Ireland defence was like "opening a can of baked beans with your bare hands - it takes time".

This time, their perseverance eventually paid off in the 29th minute.

Pione Sisto went past Harry Arter after a short corner and pulled the ball back for Christensen, whose touch just managed to send the ball over the line despite Christie's efforts to try and divert it away.

Three minutes later, Yussef Poulsen showed good tenacity to steal possession off Stephen Ward, before exchanging passes with Jorgensen. The ball was worked to the left, where Eriksen struck a first-time shot into the net via the crossbar - giving Ireland keeper Darren Randolph no chance.

Ireland manager Martin O'Neill made two changes at the break as his team tried to chase the game. It made for an open contest, but it played into Denmark's hands.

The contest was over in the 63rd minute when Sisto picked out Eriksen. The Tottenham forward was given too much time on the edge of the area and fired the ball home - with Ciaran Clark and Duffy unable to reach him.

It was a match to forget for Ward, who failed to control a cross and allowed Eriksen to race onto the loose ball and rifle it into the top corner in the 74th minute.

The hat trick brought Eriksen's total in this World Cup qualifying campaign to 11.

A bad night for Ireland was compounded when James McClean gave away a penalty for a foul on Bendtner, with the former Arsenal striker scoring from the spot.

"We were well beaten," O'Neill said. "We fought tooth and nail to try and get into this position. This was a playoff to take us to the World Cup, I have to commend the players for getting this far."

Meanwhile, Hareide can look forward to the tournament in Russia with optimism.

"We have played since October 2016 with no defeats and I think that the team gets stronger and stronger," he said. "We are looking forward to the World Cup... I think it will be an interesting and fascinating time to go there and take this team".

Neymar looks to learn from Brazil's difficulties vs England

Brazil's Neymar takes the ball forward watched by England's Joe Gomez, left, and Eric Dier during the international friendly soccer match between England and Brazil at Wembley stadium in London, Tuesday, Nov. 14. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Rob Harris

London (AP) — Maybe Neymar is saving himself for the World Cup.

For now, since becoming soccer's most expensive player, finding the net is proving challenging for Neymar in a Brazil jersey. Even when coming up against an inexperienced defender in Joe Gomez who was making his first England start.

A 0-0 draw against England at Wembley Stadium left Neymar with only one goal in six games for the five-time world champions.

Not that the forward, who cost Paris Saint-Germain 222 million euros ($260 million in August), was too dispirited. Instead, he hopes the challenge posed by a resilient England serves Brazil well as they prepares for the World Cup.

"We faced difficulties, but that is good for us," Neymar said. "Most of our games will be like today. It was a match of overlapping, quick passes, moving around."

But with little created to trouble Joe Hart in the England goal. The hosts, too, were sterile going forward with striker Harry Kane sidelined through injury.

"I like the way we played. We did not give them any chances," Neymar said.  "It was a match with high ball possession and we knew we were playing a team that would be more defensive than the others."

In his first European test as Brazil coach, Tite was surprised at the English defensive discipline and mental strength.

"They were like ice," Tite said. "They were really cold and never lost their minds."

England had also stayed cool on Friday against another of the world's leading teams when Germany were held to a scoreless draw in north London.

"They won't face a more difficult test than in the last two matches," England coach Gareth Southgate said. "I'm probably more proud tonight because we played the best team in the world with a full team out. We've come out with a really creditable result."

In a friendly of few chances in front of 84,595 fans, the closest England and Brazil came to breaking the deadlock came in the final 15 minutes.

A long-range strike from Fernandinho shaved the post and Neymar fed Paulinho, who was denied at the near post by England goalkeeper Joe Hart.

"We were playing the best team in the world at the moment. I thought they were brilliant," Hart said. "They made it really hard for us and we had to adapt on the pitch ... the defensive backline were absolutely phenomenal."

Dominic Solanke could have won it for England on his international debut in the closing minutes, but he failed to control Ashley Young's cross, enabling goalkeeper Ramses Becker to gather the ball.

"Tonight we looked anxious with the ball," Southgate said, "and I think that is a consequence of the threat from Brazil."

Brazil, though, have only conceded 5 goals in their last 17 games and scored 38 times. Neymar's only goal in the games since September came in a 3-1 victory over Japan on Friday before traveling to London.

"Against Japan we tested ourselves against a more mobile and skilled team, against England we tested ourselves against a team of strong and tall players, very solid," said Tite, who was hired in June 2016. "This will help in preparations."

England and Brazil will be traveling to the World Cup next year trying to erase painful memories of the 2014 tournament. For Brazil, there was the humiliating 7-1 exit to Germany in the semifinals on home soil. England didn't even make it out of the group stage.

But at least both sides have qualified for Russia next year, unlike four-time champions Italy.

"History and T-shirts are not enough to take you to a World Cup," Tite said of Italy's failure to advance from the playoffs on Monday.

Federer through to ATP Finals semis after win over Zverev

Roger Federer returns a ball to Alexander Zverev during their match on day three of the ATP Finals at the O2 Arena in London, Tuesday Nov. 14. (John Walton/PA via AP)

Sam Johnston

 London (AP) — 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.

"It was nice to be able to show maybe that quality of mine, that I can dig out these matches, these points time and time again, stay mentally tough," Federer said. "In the third I started to play better. It was a tough match from the beginning till the end."

Zverev, who won his opening match against Marin Cilic, will face 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.

"It was a very positive match," Zverev said. "Obviously he won it. He's in the semifinals. But even for me, I played the better match of the two today. I think I still have great chances of qualifying, playing Jack Sock next. I think if I continue having this level, I don't know, maybe you'll see me on the weekend still."

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.

However, the 20-year-old regained his poise and took advantage of a dip in Federer's first serve percentage to break back and then repeated the feat to force a deciding set.

From there on it was all Federer. The six-time champion, who is 16-years older than his opponent, showed his big-match experience as he regrouped to break in the third game, before doing so twice more to seal the victory.

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, who seized qualification by winning the final Masters event of the season in Paris, lost his debut match to Federer, but he is now 1-1.

While others might have been surprised at Sock becoming the first American to win at the elite season-ending event since Andy Roddick in 2007, the man himself wasn't.

"I wouldn't be out here playing, competing if I didn't think I could give myself a chance to win tournaments, to be here," Sock said.

"I'm not the type of guy that will just enter a draw and be happy to make the third round or the quarters or whatever. I'm here to win matches. I think if I do the right things and I play the right tennis, I can give myself a chance to play on the weekend of any tournament."

Cilic has now won only one of his eight matches overall at the season-ending tournament.

"Definitely not a great record, but I felt that I played even well last year," Cilic said. "In those three matches that I played, I had good chances at least to win. These two also. So just, you know, couple points away from closing those matches. A little bit unfortunate with that."

New Zealand win 28-23 to continue stranglehold over France

New Zealand''s Patrick Tuipulotu, left, runs with the ball against France's Jonathan Danty, right, during a rugby union international match in Decines, near Lyon, central France, Tuesday, Nov. 14. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

Lyon, France (AP) — New Zealand continued their stranglehold over France with a hard-fought 28-23 away win on Tuesday.

Although the match did not hold test match status, it was effectively a 12th straight success over the French and followed Saturday's 38-18 test win. France have not beaten the All Blacks since an away win in 2009 and not at home since 2000.

"You're always disappointed when you lose like this. New Zealand were a level above us technically," France coach Guy Noves said. "I'm happy with what he showed tonight. All the lads are spent. We knew it would be a very hard game."

Flanker Liam Squire and uncapped right winger Matt Duffie scored tries as the All Blacks twice led in the first half.

But right winger Gabriel Lacroix, one of six uncapped players in the France side, scored two of his own as Les Bleus led 15-14 at halftime.

"We all fought for each other out there," Lacroix said. "We have mixed feelings. We didn't win, but it was an encouraging performance."

New Zealand stepped it up after the break, with Patrick Tuipulotu and center Ngani Laumape showing great strength on their tries.

With a little more than 10 minutes left, the home side were given a lifeline when New Zealand center Jack Goodhue was sinbinned for a cynical tackle off the ball as France attacked near the line.

France made the extra man count as flanker Sekou Macalou made a brilliant run down the left and, after he was just tackled just near the line, center Henry Chavancy picked up the loose ball and touched down.

Plisson missed the conversion, leaving New Zealand five points ahead with six minutes to go.

Coach Steve Hansen's side held out in the closing moments.

"There were periods where the French got momentum and they defended their hearts out," Hansen said. "All in all mission accomplished."

Since winning the Rugby World Cup two years ago, New Zealand have lost only three tests and drawn one.

Hansen's team also featured new players and a captain — No. 8 Luke Whitelock — with only one test cap.

Still, France did have experience with flyhalf Francois Trinh-Duc (61 caps) and lock Yoann Maestri (59).

Update November 14, 2017

Italy lose World Cup playoff to Sweden

Italian players react to their team's elimination in the World Cup qualifying play-off second leg match against Sweden at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Monday, Nov. 13. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Daniella Matar

Milan (AP) — Players from both teams slumped to the ground, the Swedes in exhausted ecstasy, the Italians in losers' agony.

On a starry night in Milan, four-time champions Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in six decades. Sweden advanced for the first time since 2006.

Despite three quarters of the ball possession, Italy were stymied by a goalless draw in the second leg of their playoff on Monday and Sweden prevailed 1-0 on aggregate.

"It's a black moment for our game," Italy midfielder Daniele De Rossi said. "Unfortunately there will be a lot of time to analyze it. The only thing I can say is that we showed few ideas and not much in the way of tactics."

The Sweden players ran over to celebrate with the traveling fans, a sea of joyful yellow at San Siro. The Italians looked on in shock and disbelief or put their head in their hands as though it were too painful to watch.

Many of them were in tears, especially captain and goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who played what he said was his last international after 20 years between the posts for the Azzurri.

"We all need to look within and find a way to bounce back," defender Giorgio Chiellini said. "We need to get back to the level we deserve to be at."

Italy had failed to qualify for the World Cup just once before, reaching 14 straight since falling short in 1958. The Azzurri did not enter the first World Cup in 1930.

The last major competitions Italy failed to qualify for were the 1984 and 1992 European Championships.

It could have been worse for Italy, as Sweden were denied what looked like two clear-cut penalties for handballs, first by Matteo Darmian and then Andrea Barzagli.

Italy had a penalty appeal of their own waved off by Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz when Marco Parolo was tripped from behind by Ludwig Augsustinsson.

But the Azzurri struggled to carve out clear chances, and only one of their six shots on target really tested goalkeeper Robin Olsen.

It would be easy to lay the blame squarely on Gian Piero Ventura. The Italian coach will naturally take the lion's share, but the Azzurri's problems run much deeper.

"I want to apologize to the Italian people for the result," Ventura said. "Not for the commitment, and the desire and everything else but for the result."

The rot started long before Ventura took charge.

After winning the World Cup in 2006 for a fourth time, Italy went out at the group stage of the next two editions. They fared somewhat better at the European Championships, reaching the final in 2012 and quarterfinal elimination in 2008 and 2016.

However, Antonio Conte's Italy side overachieved in France last year, when they surprisingly beat Spain in the round of 16 before losing on penalties to world champions Germany.

For a long time, Italy have lacked a creative force, successors to Andrea Pirlo and Francesco Totti of the 2006 side who could change a match with one moment of magic.

Mario Balotelli was the star of Euro 2012 but fell out of favor after Italy's woeful showing at the last World Cup.

Italy will now have to go forward without several of their most experienced players. De Rossi also announced he was retiring after the playoff, as did defender Andrea Barzagli.

Remarkably, the 0-0 result was the sixth straight in the playoffs, since Sweden's ultimately decisive goal at home against Italy on Friday.

Nadal withdraws from ATP Finals after loss to Goffin

Rafael Nadal of Spain returns to David Goffin of Belgium during their singles tennis match at the ATP World Finals at the O2 Arena in London, Monday, Nov. 13. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Sam Johnston

London (AP) — Rafael Nadal will have to wait another year to win the ATP Finals.

The world No. 1 withdrew from the elite, season-ending tournament after losing his opening match to David Goffin 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-4 on Monday at the O2 Arena.

Nadal pulled out of the Paris Masters at the quarterfinal stage 10 days ago and admitted ahead of the ATP Finals on the indoor hard-court he struggles on, that his knees, which have caused him trouble throughout his career, were still "not perfect."

Despite having qualified 13 consecutive times for the ATP Finals, only eight of which he's been fit enough to compete in, Nadal has never won the event. Spain will still be represented, as Nadal will be replaced by U.S. Open semifinalist Pablo Carreno Busta.

"My season is finished," Nadal said. "Yeah, I had the commitment with the event, with the city, with myself. I tried hard. I did the thing that I had to do to try to be ready to play. I tried, but seriously was miracle to be very close in the score during the match."

After two breaks of serve each, Goffin claimed an ugly opening set via a tiebreak and was on the verge of victory in the second, but Nadal's fighting spirit saved four match points to force another tiebreaker and draw level.

However, the third set proved a step too far for the 16-time Grand Slam champion, who began to struggle with his movement and was in visible pain. Goffin secured a double break to be 4-1, but Nadal rallied once more. He could retrieve only one of the breaks.

"It was tough even if he was not moving 100 percent," Goffin said. "He was hitting the ball really hard. It's never easy to finish a match, to finish a set against him. Even if I lost four match points in the second, I had no regret. I kept going in the third."

Nadal ominously waved goodbye as he left the court, bringing to an end another auspicious season. He won his 10th French Open in June, added a third U.S. Open in September and, at 31, became the oldest man to end the year atop of the rankings.

With the Australian Open still over two months away, Nadal was confident playing in London wouldn't have done any lasting damage.

"The good thing is (this injury is) nothing new," Nadal said. "Everybody of my team, we have the right experience on this thing. We hope to manage it well, to have the right rest, the right work, and try to be ready for the beginning of the next season."

Nadal's exit simplifies Federer's path to a seventh ATP Finals title. The winner of 2017's other two Grand Slams returns to action against Alexander Zverev on Tuesday after defeating Jack Sock on Sunday.

Making his debut at the ATP Finals earlier, Grigor Dimitrov withstood a comeback attempt from Dominic Thiem and held on for a 6-3, 5-7, 7-5 victory.

The sixth-ranked Dimitrov maintained his focus despite being narrowly denied a chance to serve out the match in the second set, and then being broken at his first chance in the third.

"Every year you learn more about yourself, about the game, about the players," Dimitrov said. "I've done also a lot of work on and off the court. It's finally starting to kind of, like, come together."

French downhill skier David Poisson dies in training crash

French downhill skier David Poisson is shown in this Dec. 29, 2015 file photo. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

Samuel Petrequin

Paris (AP) — French downhill skier David Poisson, a former medalist at the world championships, died on Monday following a training crash in Canada. He was 35.

The French Ski Federation said Poisson, who won the downhill bronze medal at the 2013 worlds, was training in the Canadian resort of Nakiska for World Cup races in North America. The federation did not elaborate.

French sports minister Laura Flessel expressed her "sadness" and said she will look carefully into the circumstances of the crash.

Poisson, a bulky racer with a broad smile nicknamed "Caillou" ("small stone"), was a popular figure on the World Cup circuit.

He secured his only World Cup podium in 2015 when he came third in the Santa Caterina downhill in Italy, and was fourth in the prestigious Kitzbuehel downhill in 2013. He also competed in the last Winter Olympics, and hoped to qualify for the Pyeongchang Games.

The International Ski Federation expressed its condolences to Poisson's family and friends in a statement, praising "a respected and accomplished athlete on the World Cup tour ever since his debut in 2004."

American ski racer Steven Nyman tweeted: "My heart goes out to David Poisson's family, friends and teammates. He was a good man, a beast and a friend. I will miss him. The whole World Cup Tour will miss him."

Poisson's death came 16 years after super-G world champion Regine Cavagnoud, a prominent French skier, died in Austria from brain injuries following a collision in training.

"There is no word for that," former French downhiller Luc Alphand told L'Equipe newspaper. "Eliminating risk entirely in downhill is impossible."

Future of Brazilian GP at Interlagos in doubt

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, of Germany, celebrates after winning the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 12. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Mauricio Savarese

Sao Paulo (AP) — The long-term future of the Brazilian Grand Prix is up in the air.

The Interlagos track, which hosted its first Formula One race in 1972, is due to be sold next year. Although F1 has a contract through 2020, no one seems to know what will happen after that.

"The contract will be respected because it is an obligation of whoever buys the track," said Sao Paulo Mayor Joao Doria, refusing to divulge who the buyers are. "We hope that afterward we are able to extend for another 10 years."

Doria said the sale of Interlagos, which sits on an area of almost one million square meters, is "irreversible" and should happen in early 2018. The track is expected to be preserved after the sale, while apartment buildings will be added to the complex.

Sao Paulo city councilors, however, have argued that the real estate could be more profitable after privatization, and that could mean the end for a track that was inaugurated in 1940.

As the potential new owners are unknown, they can't be asked what they think about the mayor's project for post-privatization.

Some estimate the sale of the Interlagos track, which many consider a burden to taxpayers because it hasn't been profitable in years, could raise up to $600 million.

Brazilian GP organizer Tamas Rohonyi said other venues could replace Interlagos in case the new owners fail to extend the contract with F1, but he did not provide details.

"What I am sure of is that without F1, Interlagos would be dead," Rohonyi said. "And we just don't know who will be at the table to discuss that."

Rohonyi said he thinks the unknown new owners will want to keep F1 at Interlagos, while Formula One boss Chase Carey said "there is a great future for Brazil in F1."

The Brazilian GP has struggled with low TV ratings at home and dwindling sponsorship. Next season, there will be no local driver on the grid for the first time since 1969, which could make Brazilians even less interested.

But tickets sales were brisk again this year, despite little being at stake since Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton had already won the title.

Another issue at Interlagos is security, something that made headlines this year after members of the Mercedes team said they were mugged at gunpoint as they left track.

Doria said privatization will make the track safer and organizers more accountable.

The mayor's confidence did not stop British team McLaren and tire supplier Pirelli from cancelling a test at Interlagos this week due to security concerns.

After the race on Sunday, staff from Pirelli were targeted, but escaped unharmed.

"Following a robbery attempt, neutralized by Pirelli security, on a Pirelli member at the Interlagos circuit last Sunday - after a weekend where similar episodes occurred with other teams - it has been decided to cancel the tire test planned on Tuesday and Wednesday," the Italian company said in a statement on Monday.


UN urges countries to stop conflicts during winter Olympics

South Korea's 2010 Olympic gold medalist figure skater Yuna Kim, right, speaks during a press conference, Monday Nov. 13, 2017 at U.N. headquarters in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Edith M. Lederer

United Nations (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly approved a resolution by acclamation Monday urging all countries to stop hostilities and observe a truce during the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea — a message especially aimed at North Korea.

The resolution, adopted with a bang of the gavel by Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak to loud applause, urges U.N. member states to observe the truce from seven days before the games begin on Feb. 9 until seven days after the Paralympic Winter Games end on March 18.

Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, told the 193-member world body that with the resolution the General Assembly is "creating the conditions for all athletes to compete in peace."

"Only the U.N. member states can guarantee the athletes the safe passage to the Olympic Games," he said. "They make it possible for all the Olympic athletes to realize their dream of a lifetime."

Lee Hee Beom, president of the South Korean organizing committee, said the resolution signifies the General Assembly's "strong wish that Pyeongchang will provide the window of opportunity to foster an environment conducive to building and sustaining peace on the Korean peninsula, and in northeast Asia."

He recalled the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, where delegations from both Koreas walked into the opening ceremony "marching together, hand in hand under the same flag." It simply said "Korea."

"We hope our joint action today will lead to a chain reaction for the promotion of peace within the region and beyond," Lee added. "Together we are more powerful than any of us working alone."

South Korean Olympic gold medalist Yuna Kim, who is a goodwill ambassador for the Winter Games, expressed hope that the competition "will spread the message of peace through one of the few languages that has the power to unite people around the world — the graceful and universal language of sport."

"Indeed, Pyeongchang represents perhaps the most sincere efforts to cross frozen borders between South and North Korea and foster a peaceful environment," she said.

The resolution recalls the ancient Greek tradition of "ekecheiria," which called for a cessation of hostilities to encourage a peaceful environment, ensure safe passage and participation of athletes in the ancient Olympics.

The General Assembly revived the tradition in 1993 and has adopted resolutions before all Olympics since then, but member states involved in conflicts have often ignored the call for a truce.

The Pyeongchang games "will give us hope in our troubled times for a better future," Bach said. "The Olympic Games demonstrate that our values of a shared humanity are stronger than all the forces that want to divide us."

Update November 13, 2017

Vettel wins Brazilian GP; Hamilton 4th after starting last

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, of Germany, leads the race ahead of Mercedes Valtteri Bottas, of Finland, at the start of the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 12. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Stephen Wade

Sao Paulo (AP) — It was all about who got the best start at Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel had it, starting from the second spot on the grid. Pole sitter Valtteri Bottas didn't, and it probably cost the Mercedes driver the race.

Vettel overtook Bottas on the first turn and essentially held the lead the entire way for his 47th career victory, his fifth this season, and his third in Brazil.

The victory solidified Vettel's hold on second place in the season standings after Lewis Hamilton clinched the title two weeks ago in Mexico City.

"I thought I had a pretty good launch," said Vettel, who slipped by Bottas on the first turn — a left-hander heading down a slight grade at the rolling Interelagos circuit.

"I knew I had to go for it. There was a little bit of a gap and it turned out to be very important."

Hamilton started last after crashing in qualifying on the first lap, but managed to push his way into contention, staying out longer before pitting while the other leaders changed tires earlier because they were running on softer compounds.

Bottas finished second with Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari taking third. Hamilton was fourth, just 5.4 seconds behind Vettel.

Hamilton closed relentlessly, and Vettel was asked if he was ever worried about the Englishman passing him.

"Not really," he replied. "I didn't think he was a threat."

Hamilton said he expected to finish fifth, at best.

"This was the first time I pushed the engine like that," he said. "It was more than I looked for. I was very happy with the day. Yesterday was horrible."

Vettel has 302 points with the final race in two weeks in Abu Dhabi. Third-place Bottas has 280. Even if Bottas wins in Abu Dhabi, Vettel can take second place in the season rankings by finishing in eighth place or higher.

"He's got quite a lead now, so it will take a miracle in Abu Dhabi," Bottas said. "I was very disappointed in the race start. After that, I was trying to catch up on Sebastian but it didn't lead to anything more."

The victory was a long time coming for Vettel, a four-time champion — like Hamilton — who had not won since the Hungarian Grand Prix in July.

Vettel won three of the first six races this season and then faded as Hamilton surged.

Calling it a "great relief," Vettel said "it's been a tough day, a tough race. There was no room for mistakes."

Brazilian Felipe Massa finished seventh in his final race in Brazil. He will bow out of Formula One in two weeks and is expected to race next season in the electric-powered Formula E series.

He won 11 races in his career and came within a point of taking the season title in 2008, which was won by Hamilton. A year ago he said he was retiring, only to come back with Williams. It won't happen again, he said, addressing the sellout crowd at the Interlagos track.

Massa's departure means F1 will be without a Brazilian driver for the first time since 1969.

"I am going to miss you a lot," he told fans. "The thrill I felt today was immense, just like last year. I will never forget today."

Saints win seventh in a row, rout Bills 47-10

Atlanta Falcons defensive end Adrian Clayborn (99) sacks Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 12, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Santa Clara, Calif. (AP) — C.J. Beathard threw for 288 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a third score to lead the San Francisco 49ers to their first win of the season, 31-21 over the New York Giants on Sunday.

Beathard connected on an 83-yard TD to Marquise Goodwin and a 47-yarder to Garrett Celek in the second quarter as the 49ers (1-9) took advantage of another listless effort by the Giants (1-8) to win for the first time under coach Kyle Shanahan.

Beathard's time as starting quarterback in San Francisco figures to be numbered after the team acquired Jimmy Garoppolo two weeks ago in trade from New England. Garoppolo has been learning the offense and could take over when the team returns from the bye in two weeks.

While the Niners could be making a quarterback change soon, this performance will only heighten the questions about whether the Giants will need to change coaches. Ben McAdoo has been under fire after a report this past week from ESPN that quoted an anonymous player as saying the players have given up on the season and don't view McAdoo as a leader.

The Giants have not fired a coach during the season since 1976 when Bill Arnsparger was let go after a 0-7 start and replaced by John McVay.


ATLANTA (AP) — Adrian Clayborn set an Atlanta record with six sacks, Matt Ryan threw a pair of short touchdown passes and the Falcons romped to victory over Dallas.

The Cowboys looked anemic offensively in their first game without suspended running back Ezekiel Elliott.

Ryan hooked up with Justin Hardy on a 3-yard pass for Atlanta's first offensive touchdown in the third quarter this season. Early in the fourth, Ryan put the game away for the Falcons (5-4) by tossing one to Austin Hooper for a 1-yard score.

While the Cowboys (5-4) sure missed Elliott, who finally began serving a six-game suspension for allegations of domestic abuse after three legal reprieves, they really noticed the absence of left tackle Tyron Smith. He sat out the game with back and groin injuries, leaving third-year player Chaz Green to protect Dak Prescott's blind side.

It didn't go well for Dallas. Beating Green time after time, Clayborn forced two fumbles, recovered one of them and surpassed the team record of five sacks, held by Chuck Smith and Hall of Famer Claude Humphrey.

Even more impressively, Clayborn's performance matched the second-most sacks in NFL history.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Robert Woods caught two of Jared Goff's three touchdown passes during a dominant third quarter, and surging Los Angeles returned after a month away from home for their fourth straight victory, 33-7 over depleted Houston.

After struggling to a 9-7 lead during a quiet first half for the NFL's highest-scoring team, the Rams (7-2) ran away with a series of big throws by Goff, who passed for a career-high 355 yards.

Woods caught a 94-yard TD pass to break it open before Sammy Watkins and Woods made TD catches 19 seconds apart late in the third quarter. The Rams defense shut out Houston in the second half and won at the Coliseum for just the third time in 11 games since returning to Los Angeles last season.

Woods finished with eight catches for 171 yards, making the longest catch of his NFL career before following it up with a 12-yard TD.

Bruce Ellington caught a 26-yard TD pass for the Texans (3-6), who have lost three straight and four of five.

Tom Savage passed for 221 yards with two interceptions for Houston, which lost its second straight since losing rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson for the season with a knee injury.


ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Mark Ingram scored a career-best three touchdowns and New Orleans won its seventh straight game by plowing through a porous Buffalo defense.

Alvin Kamara also had a 3-yard touchdown rushing as the Saints blew the game open by scoring five times on their first six possessions, not including a one-play series to close the first half. Ingram finished with 131 yards rushing. He scored twice from 3 yards and again on a 1-yard plunge.

The Saints finished with 298 yards rushing and 32 first downs.

Their defense was just as dominating in limiting Buffalo to 198 yards and 10 first downs. And five of those first downs came on Buffalo's meaningless final drive that ended with backup quarterback Nathan Peterman hitting Nick O'Leary on a 7-yard touchdown pass.

New Orleans set a franchise record by scoring six touchdowns rushing, and it marked the most allowed by Buffalo in team history.

Even Saints quarterback Drew Brees got involved in the run of rushing touchdowns by scrambling in from 6 yards in the final minute of the third quarter. Trey Edmunds capped the scoring with a 41-yard touchdown run.

The Saints never punted, the only thing to stop them was tight end Josh Hill losing a fumble at the Buffalo 9 in the first quarter.

The Saints (7-2) haven't lost since dropping their first two games and matched their longest winning streak since closing the 2011 season 8-0. New Orleans has already matched its win total from each of the past three seasons.

The Bills (5-4) simply unraveled in losing their second straight and dropping to 4-1 at home.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger's 32-yard completion to Antonio Brown with 35 seconds left set up a 33-yard field goal from Chris Boswell as time expired.

The Steelers (7-2) have won four straight overall and five in a row in the series.

But it sure wasn't easy as the Colts (3-7) held Roethlisberger, Brown and Le'Veon Bell in check. Pittsburgh needed two second-half TD passes from Roethlisberger to fight its way out of a 17-3 third-quarter deficit. And Roethlisberger reverted to his traditional form on the Steelers' final possession.

The two -time Super Bowl champion methodically marched the Steelers 70 yards in the final 3 minutes, 10 seconds to give Pittsburgh its only lead.

Roethlisberger was 19 of 31 for 236 yards with one interception. Bell had 26 carries for 80 yards and Brown, the league's leading receiver, caught three passes for 47 yards.


LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Case Keenum threw touchdowns to four different receivers to build a big lead, and the NFC North-leading Vikings won their fifth in a row.

With Teddy Bridgewater active for the first time since January 2016 after a devastating knee injury, Keenum was 21 of 29 for 304 yards and TD passes to Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, David Morgan and Jarius Wright. He was picked off on consecutive throws by D.J. Swearinger. Thielen had eight catches for a season-high 166 yards.

Latavius Murray also ran for a score as five players got into the end zone for Minnesota (7-2), which was 8 of 12 on third downs. The Vikings won their first game out of the bye week for the second time in eight seasons as they try to avoid a repeat of the swoon that cost them a playoff spot last season.

Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins had three TDs — two rushing and one passing — and was 26 of 45 for 327 yards with an interception. The Redskins (4-5) failed to build off an upset victory at Seattle and now find themselves on an uphill climb in the wild-card race.


CHICAGO (AP) — Brett Hundley threw for 212 yards and a touchdown, Nick Perry had three sacks and the Packers  snapped a three-game losing streak.

Hundley, starting his third game for an injured Aaron Rodgers, threw a 17-yard touchdown to Davante Adams to make it 23-13 with 5:29 to play, and the Packers (5-4) hung on to beat the Bears (3-6) for the eighth time in nine games.

It was the first victory for a Packers QB not named Rodgers or Brett Favre since 1989.

Chicago's Mitchell Trubisky threw for a career-high 297 yards. The rookie hit Josh Bellamy for a 46-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, but the Bears dropped their second in a row after winning back-to-back games.

The win was Green Bay's first since a narrow victory at Dallas on Oct. 8. A week later, Rodgers got driven to the turf by the Vikings' Anthony Barr in a loss at Minnesota week and the Packers haven't been the same since then.

Hundley completed 18 of 25 passes to help the Packers win their eighth straight at Soldier Field counting the playoffs.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Marcus Mariota tossed a 7-yard touchdown pass to DeMarco Murray with 36 seconds left , and the Titans rallied for their fourth consecutive victory.

It's the longest winning streak for the Titans (6-3) since takin five straight in 2009, and it's their best start to a season since 2008 when the Titans last reached the playoffs as the AFC's No. 1 seed.

Murray ran for two touchdowns, and Mariota finished with 264 yards passing.

The Bengals (3-6) lost for the third time in four games despite sacking Mariota four times. They started with three defensive starters scratched and lost a fourth when linebacker Vontaze Burfict was ejected in the second quarter after pushing the arm of an official.

Cincinnati took its only lead at 20-17 on a 70-yard TD pass from Andy Dalton to A.J. Green with 5:03 left, but the Bengals couldn't stop the Titans, who drove 73 yards for the winning TD.


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Josh Lambo kicked a 30-yard field goal with 3:12 remaining in overtime, lifting the Jaguars in a wild game.

Lambo's kick got tipped at the line of scrimmage and still cleared the crossbar. The former soccer player and one-time Charger ran the other way and slid on both knees near midfield before getting mobbed by teammates.

It gave Jacksonville its first three-game winning streak since 2013.

The game ended up in overtime after a wacky final two minutes of regulation that included a fumble, two interceptions, a taunting penalty and a costly flag for roughing the passer. At times, it looked as if neither team wanted to win.

After all the chaos, Lambo drilled a 34-yard field goal to send it to the extra period.

After Jacksonville punted, A.J. Bouye intercepted a pass from Philip Rivers on third down and returned it to the 2-yard line. But a taunting call on cornerback Aaron Colvin pushed the Jaguars (6-3) back 15 yards. Lambo hit the winner a few plays later.

The Chargers are 3-6.


ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Matthew Stafford lofted a 29-yard, tiebreaking touchdown to Eric Ebron early in the fourth quarter and the Lions went on to beat the winless Browns.

The Lions (5-4) rallied from first- and second-half deficits to earn consecutive victories for the first time since winning the first two games this season. The Browns, who fell to 0-9 on the season, led 10-0 early in the game for their first double-digit lead of the season, and were up 24-17 in the third after Deshone Kizer led two consecutive touchdown drives.

Detroit is the only franchise to have a 0-16 season in 2008.

Cleveland's chances to finally win this season were hurt when Kizer took a shot to the ribs by blitzing defensive back Quandre Diggs late in the third period.

The rookie quarterback, who came back to play late in the fourth, had perhaps his best game. He completed 21 of 37 passes for 232 yards with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Britt in the first quarter. Kizer ran seven times for 57 yards, including a go-ahead, 1-yard sneak with 6:01 left in the third.


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Ryan Fitzpatrick led two long scoring drives and Tampa Bay limited the Jets to less than 200 yards of offense until late in the fourth quarter to snap a five-game losing streak.

With Fitzpatrick filling in for injured quarterback Jameis Winston, the Buccaneers (3-6) used three field goals to build a 9-3 lead. Charles Sims put the game out of reach with a 6-yard touchdown reception with just over six minutes remaining.

Fitzpatrick, facing the team he played for the past two seasons, completed 17 of 34 passes for 187 yards and was intercepted once.

The 34-year-old Fitzpatrick, one of just four players in NFL history to throw TD passes for seven different teams, led a seven-minute drive that produced a field goal in the first quarter. He finished a 15-play, 81-yard march, also lasting more than seven minutes, with his TD pass to Sims to make it 15-3.

Josh McCown, also facing one of his former teams, was 23 of 39 for 263 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Robby Anderson caught a 38-yard TD pass in the final minute for the Jets (4-6), scoring for the fourth straight game to give New York one last chance.

Rodriguez key at both ends as Switzerland reach World Cup

Switzerland's defender Ricardo Rodriguez, center right, clears the ball on the line goal during the World Cup play-offs second leg match against Northern Ireland at the St. Jakob-Park stadium in Basel, Switzerland, Sunday, Nov. 12. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)

Graham Dunbar

Basel, Switzerland (AP) — Switzerland are going to the World Cup after left-back Ricardo Rodriguez denied Northern Ireland hope in both games of their playoff at either end of the field.

In each leg of Switzerland's 1-0 aggregate win, the key incident involved one of Northern Ireland's Evans brothers.

Switzerland needed only a draw Sunday to advance to Russia, and a tense 0-0 result in rain-soaked Basel was preserved by Rodriguez's goal-line clearance in stoppage time from Jonny Evans' header.

"In the right moment he was in the right place," Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic said of the AC Milan defender.

It meant Switzerland's disputed penalty for handball in the first-leg victory in Belfast made all the difference.

Rodriguez scored that spot kick on Thursday, when Corey Evans was whistled harshly for an incident that few agreed with.

Northern Ireland coach Michael O'Neill said his team's exit after a spirited second-half Sunday was "a devastating moment."

"It was decided by a really poor decision and a penalty that should never have been," O'Neill said, 25 minutes after the final whistle. "We should still be playing extra time now."

"It was a privilege to be their coach and manager tonight," said O'Neill, who shared tearful embraces with players at the final whistle.

Northern Ireland came to Basel with aggression in their play that had been strangely lacking in the home leg.

Still, Switzerland dominated much of the first half and should have sealed their place at a fourth straight World Cup much earlier.

Center forward Haris Seferovic was most at fault, failing to hit the target with two first-half headed chances and a late shot lofted high over the goal.

Though Petkovic declined to criticize the Benfica forward, who was booed by some fans when substituted, the coach acknowledged a regular weakness of his 11th-ranked team.

"We have to be more clinical in front of goal," Petkovic said through a translator. "We had to suffer to the end, especially with this chance Northern Ireland had."

In the first of four stoppage-time minutes, Evans rose at the far post to meet a cross that goalkeeper Yann Sommer misjudged to leave himself stranded.

Rodriguez moved across the goalmouth toward the post and hooked the ball clear as he fell backward into the goal.

With their spot in Russia secured, the Swiss enter the pot of second-seeded teams for the World Cup draw on Dec. 1 in Moscow.

Now the challenge for arguably their most talented team in decades is to go beyond the last 16 at a major tournament.

In the past five years, the Swiss impressed in qualifying but failed to beat the best teams they faced — France twice, Argentina and Poland — at the 2014 World Cup and 2016 European Championship.

"We don't really set limits for us. It could be even to the final," said Petkovic, who should have his best players at their peak in Russia.

At 26, Xherdan Shaqiri is heading to his third World Cup, while Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka and Rodriguez are both 25 and have matured as standouts from the 2009 Under-17 World Cup-winning team.

All three now have at least 50 international appearances. None had been born the last time Northern Ireland played at a World Cup, in 1986.

Croatia qualify for World Cup after 0-0 draw with Greece

Croatia's players celebrate their team's qualification to the World Cup after the qualifying play-off second leg match against Greece at Georgios Karaiskakis stadium, in Piraeus port, near Athens, Sunday Nov. 12. The match ended 0-0.(AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Demetris Nellas

Athens, Greece (AP) — Croatia qualified for the 2018 World Cup finals after a 0-0 draw in the second leg of the playoffs against Greece on Sunday.

With a considerable advantage from Thursday's 4-1 victory in Zagreb, Croatia easily held off the Greek hosts as they pressed for an upset.

Croatia came closest to scoring in the 42nd minute when Ivan Perisic's powerful shot ricocheted off Greece's left post, with goalkeeper Orestis Karezis well beaten.

Greece came closest to scoring in the 87th when Panagiotis Tachtsidis's shot from inside the area was deflected by goalkeeper Danijel Subasic's legs.

Greece also had two shots go just wide - one by Sokratis Papastathopoulos in the first half and another by Costas Mitroglou in the second - but otherwise did not threaten.

Croatia coach Zlatko Lakic, who took over the team on Oct. 7, downplayed his own role in qualification.

"We have many quality players. I did not have to make much of an effort," Lakic said. "I should remind you there was a coach before me and what is happening now is the result of a joint effort."

Lakic replaced Ante Cacic, who was fired the day after a home draw against Finland and two days before the last group-stage qualifier at Ukraine, which Croatia won in Lakic's debut.

Greece coach Michael Skibbe said the first leg had done the damage.

"We had 12 good games (at the qualifiers) ... on this level of football, it is not allowed to make mistakes like these," said Skibbe, referring to Greece's poor performance in Croatia. Skibbe said Greece had been unlucky to miss defender Costas Manolas through suspension, and others through injury.

It is the third time that Croatia have qualified for the World Cup finals through playoffs after also advancing this way to the 1998 and 2014 tournaments. Croatia have never lost in the playoffs, including two qualifications for the European Championship.

United States beats Belarus to win its 18th Fed Cup title

United States' team members celebrate after winning the Fed Cup final match against Belarus in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Nov.12. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Sandra Harwitt

Minsk, Belarus (AP) — A 17-year championship drought came to an end Sunday for the United States when it beat Belarus 3-2 to take its 18th Fed Cup title.

CoCo Vandeweghe and Shelby Rogers defeated Aryna Sabalenka and Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-3, 7-6 (3) in the deciding doubles of the 2017 final. It was the first Fed Cup title for the U.S. since 2000.

"It feels perfectly believable and unbelievable," Vandeweghe said. "I'm ready for a vacation."

The Belarus pair led 5-2 in the second set and served to level at one-set apiece in the eighth, 10th and 12th games. The Americans dominated the tiebreaker, winning five of the last six points.

Sasnovich had kept Belarus alive after beating U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens 4-6, 6-1, 8-6 to leave the final level at 2-2 on the indoor hard-court Chizhovka Arena.

Vandeweghe earlier beat Sabalenka 7-6 (5), 6-1 to give the U.S. a 2-1 lead.

Kathy Rinaldi, in her inaugural season in charge of the Americans, became the first female captain in the tournament to lead a Fed Cup team to victory since Billie Jean King for the U.S. in 2000.

"It's been an incredible ride thanks to these ladies," Rinaldi said. "We're family and we've had each other's backs. This was a very tough match."

The U.S. holds the most Fed Cup titles in the international team competition. This was its fourth Fed Cup final since last winning in 2000. It lost the 2003, 2009 and 2010 finals.

Belarus was making its first appearance in a Fed Cup final.

"We are really satisfied we gained this result," Belarus captain Eduard Dubrou said. "Today's match has showed we have a good team because last time we faced the team of USA it was 5-love and today we were really close to a good result for us."

Vandeweghe proved the difference between the two teams. She has won all eight Fed Cup matches she's played this season — six singles and two doubles. Vandeweghe is the first player to win eight matches since the current eight-team World Group format was introduced in 2005.

"I had a great time out there," Vandeweghe said. "I really relished in that moment of having the crowd against me and firing myself up and believing in myself."

The 25-year-old Vandeweghe is also the first player to win the maximum six Fed Cup singles in a year since Petra Kvitova for the Czech Republic in 2011.

Stephens has lost six matches since winning the U.S. Open in September. She lost both singles matches here in Minsk, including to Sabalenka on Saturday.

Stephens served for the match against Sasnovich at 5-3 in the third set, but was unable to clinch the title for the United States. It took Sasnovich two attempts, at 6-5 and 7-6 in the third set, to serve out the match.

Sabalenka had an opportunity to take an early lead against Vandeweghe when leading 5-4 but failed to take advantage of a set point on Vandeweghe's serve in the 10th game.

Sabalenka led 4-1 in the tiebreaker but surrendered her lead to a more measured Vandeweghe, who clinched the first set when the Belarussian blasted a forehand wide while going for a winner.

Vandeweghe then jumped out to a 5-0 lead before Sabalenka won her only game of the second set.

"I know she was going to keep swinging," Vandeweghe said. "I know what I had to do and knew what I expected she would do. I just kept the pressure on."

Roger Federer wins opening match at ATP Finals

Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates after beating Jack Sock of the United States in their singles tennis match at the ATP World Finals at the O2 Arena in London, Sunday, Nov. 12. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Chris Lehourites

London (AP) — One break of serve, and a mini-break, was all Roger Federer needed to win his opening match at the season-ending ATP Finals on Sunday.

The 19-time Grand Slam champion broke Jack Sock at the start of his 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory at the O2 Arena. Both then held serve the rest of the way, with Federer losing only three points on his serve in the second set.

"Sure, I had a tactical plan with my team," Federer said. "But very often in a first match like this, it gets thrown overboard because at the end you're just happy to be serving well. Focus on that first, and then on the return game sort of try your best, try to keep the ball in play, and go from there."

The 36-year-old Federer, who is ranked No. 2 in the world and won the Australian Open and Wimbledon this season, is the oldest player ever to qualify for the season-ending tournament, which started in 1970.

In the late match, Alexander Zverev beat Wimbledon runner-up Marin Cilic 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.

Federer broke Sock, who was making his debut at the tournament, in the very first game, hitting a backhand winner to take the 1-0 lead.

"I missed one first serve in the first game," Sock said. "I had my chances. He put me in some awkward positions on some of those forehands."

That was the only break point for either player in the first set. But Federer had plenty more in the second set - five, to be exact. He just couldn't convert them.

In the tiebreaker, Federer went ahead 3-2 with a mini-break, but Sock got it back. After another to make it 5-4, however, it was nearly over. Federer won the final two points on his serve to go to 1-0 in the round robin.

Sock had his moments, though, including a tweener in the second set when he was leading 40-15. Federer got to it and hit a backhand winner.

"When he hit it, it wasn't very clean. I figured it was going to go out. It landed just inside both lines," said Sock, who still won the game. "But, I don't know. It's Roger, I guess. He can do no wrong. Everything goes in."

Another light-hearted moment came when Sock hit a shot that should have set up an easy winner for Federer. Instead of taking a defensive stance, Sock turned his back to Federer as if to protect himself from a shot to body.

Federer, surprisingly, put his easy chance into the net.

"It was a big distraction, I'll tell you that," Federer joked about Sock's backside, "because it was very big. That's what I should have aimed for."

Federer has won a record six titles at the ATP Finals, including two in Houston, two in Shanghai and two in London. His last one came in 2011.

In 2017, he has won a tour-best seven titles, the most he has won since taking eight in 2007.

Sock is one of four players to qualify for the tournament for the first time. Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov and David Goffin also qualified, though Goffin played in the tournament last year as an alternate after Gael Monfils withdrew.

After the Federer match, Rafael Nadal was given his trophy for finishing the year as the No. 1 player in the rankings.

The Spaniard will play his first match at the tournament for the top eight players in the world on Monday against Goffin. In the early match, Dimitrov will face Dominic Thiem.



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