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Nadal tops Djokovic, Roddick
falls to Berdych in ATP Finals

Rafael Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-2 at the ATP World Tour Finals on Wednesday, his Serbian opponent bothered by a problem with his contact lenses that forced him to leave the court.

There were also visual issues in the earlier Group A match. Andy Roddick was angered by flashing lights behind the baseline during his racket-busting 7-5, 6-3 loss to Tomas Berdych that left him with an 0-2 record at this season-ending tournament.

Djokovic, who lost to the top-ranked Nadal in this year’s U.S. Open final, called for a timeout early in the eighth game. After Nadal (2-0) held at love to make the score 4-4, Djokovic left the court to tend to the problem, but it seemed to persist when he returned.

All four players from the group are still in contention for the semifinals. The same is true in Group B, which features Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Robin Soderling and David Ferrer.


76ers forward Brand suspended
for flagrant foul vs. Wizards

Philadelphia 76ers forward Elton Brand was suspended without pay for one game for committing a flagrant foul against Washington Wizards center JaVell McGee on Tuesday.

Brand was ejected with 3:32 left in regulation for a deliberate two-handed knockdown shove on McGee after a dunk in a 116-114 overtime loss to the Wizards. Brand missed Wednesday’s game against the Toronto Raptors.

Also: The Oklahoma City Thunder said they will send first-round draft choice Cole Aldrich to the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League.

The New Orleans Hornets picked the 6-foot-11-inch former Kansas star 11th overall in the NBA Draft in June before trading him to the Thunder.

Drey Mingo, the second-leading scorer for the Purdue women’s basketball team, was hospitalized in critical but stable condition with bacterial meningitis, and her team canceled a holiday tournament trip to Mexico.

Mingo was hospitalized Tuesday night with the ailment, an inflammation of the coverings around the brain and spine that can be fatal. Purdue officials said she was at an undisclosed hospital in West Lafayette, Ind., and has a long way to go to recover.


Ouzas’ shutout lifts Wranglers
to victory against Stockton

Goalie Michael Ouzas stopped 42 shots to carry the Wranglers to a 1-0 victory over the Stockton Thunder in an ECHL hockey game in Stockton, Calif.

Forward Ned Lukacevic provided all the offense Ouzas needed, scoring a power-play goal at 6:14 of the first period. It was Lukacevic’s seventh goal of the season.

Las Vegas, which next heads to Ontario, Calif., for a two-game series Friday and Saturday, was outshot 42-13.

Also: Vladimir Guerrero won the Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter Award after helping the Texas Rangers earn their first trip to the World Series.

Guerrero beat out Boston’s David Oritz and Minnesota’s Jim Thome. The nine-time All-Star hit .306 with 25 home runs, 106 RBIs and 73 runs in 129 games at DH. Guerrero struck out only 56 times in 523 at-bats. Overall, Guerrero hit .300 with 30 homers, 115 RBIs and 83 runs in 152 games.

The Pittsburgh Pirates traded left-hander Zach Duke to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a player to be named. After designating Duke for assignment Friday, the Pirates had 10 days to trade or release him. Duke was 8-15 with a 5.72 ERA in 29 starts last season.

Former NFL star and Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker sustained an injury Monday while training for his second professional mixed martial arts fight and has been pulled from the bout, scheduled for Dec. 4 in St. Louis.

Walker, who was to face Scott Carson on a Strikeforce card on Showtime, was cut under the eye by a knee from training partner Daniel Cormier and required several stitches.

UNLV sophomore Cody Roberts was named Mountain West Conference co-men’s swimmer of the week. Roberts won the 100-yard butterfly at the Arena Invitational in Long Beach, Calif., with a meet-record time of 47.47 seconds. He also swam on two winning relay teams.

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