Murray outlasts Nadal to win Capitala title
In a strong statement leading to the Australian Open, Andy Murray has beaten Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on consecutive days.
The Scotsman defeated the top-ranked Nadal 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 Saturday to capture the Capitala World Tennis Championship exhibition and $250,000 winner-take-all prize in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. A day earlier in the semifinals, Murray topped the No. 2-ranked Federer, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (6).
The tournament, not part of the ATP Tour, included six of the world’s top 10 players.
Murray, who put on more muscle during the offseason, is ranked No. 4 but has yet to win a Grand Slam. He has a chance to change that at the Australian Open, which will start Jan. 19.
Also: Alize Cornet overcame fatigue, and French teammate Gilles Simon overcame some rustiness to beat Taiwan at the Hopman Cup, an Australian Open tuneup in Perth, Australia.
Cornet beat Hsieh Su-wei 6-4, 6-4, and Simon, who moved from 29th to No. 7 in the world last year, defeated Lu Yen-hsun, 6-3, 7-6 (8). The two then combined to beat Hsieh and Lu 6-4, 7-6 (9) in mixed doubles to complete France’s 3-0 win.
The defending champion United States, represented by Meghann Shaughnessy and James Blake, will meet Slovakia on Monday.
Tennessee women win with school-record rally
Pat Summitt has been in all sorts of crazy games in her Hall of Fame career. She couldn’t remember one quite like this.
Her eighth-ranked Volunteers, led by Shekinna Stricklen’s 16 points and 11 rebounds, pulled off the biggest comeback in school history by rallying from a 20-point halftime deficit to stun No. 15 Rutgers 55-51 in Piscataway, N.J.
“Never in my 35 years of coaching have I seen a game like that,” said Summitt, who earned the 994th win of her career. “I’ve been in a lot of games, I’ve been behind a lot in my career. This one stands out as one of the most special.”
Trailing 33-13 at the half, Summitt ripped into her inexperienced team, telling them it would be a long plane ride home for the Lady Vols if they didn’t start playing better.
The Lady Vols, who had never trailed by 20 points at halftime before, responded, scoring the first 11 points of the second half.
Ducks forward Perry hit with suspension
Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry was suspended for four games by the NHL for elbowing Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux during the third period Friday.
Under terms of the collective bargaining agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Perry will lose $114,516.
Perry has 10 goals and 24 assists in 39 games this season.
Also: Jordan Eberle and John Tavares scored in a shootout, and Canada beat Russia 6-5 in Ottawa to advance to the world junior hockey championship final for the eighth straight season.
Canada will face Sweden — a 5-3 winner over Slovakia in the other semifinal — on Monday. Last year in the Czech Republic, Canada beat Sweden 3-2 in overtime for its fourth straight title.
Sam McQuagg, the 1965 NASCAR Rookie of the Year, died in Columbus, Ga., at age 73, son Sam McQuagg Jr. told The Associated Press.
Preliminary medical reports show McQuagg died from cancer.
In 1966, McQuagg claimed his only NASCAR victory, in the Firecracker 400 at Daytona International Speedway.
Toshiaki Nishioka of Japan beat Genaro Garcia of Mexico on a technical knockout in the 12th round to retain his WBC super bantamweight interim champion title in Yokohama, Japan.