Sports news briefs — Nov. 8

Compiled from wire reports

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Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a return to David Ferrer of Spain during their singles tennis match at the ATP World Tour Finals in London, Thursday. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

TENNIS

Federer will face
del Potro in London

• Roger Federer beat David Ferrer 6-4, 7-6 (5) in the ATP finals in London, advancing to the semifinals with a group match to spare despite struggling to land his serve and scrambling in long rallies. He is looking for his seventh title at the season-ending event for the top eight players in the world. He is 2-0, with his last group match against Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro on Saturday. Del Potro beat Janko Tipsarevic 6-0, 6-4 in the other Group B match, improving his record to 1-1.

• The U.S. Tennis Association is donating $300,000 worth of supplies such as clothing, bottled water and soap, along with $100,000 in cash, to Superstorm Sandy relief efforts. New York is the U.S. Open’s home.

GOLF

Wi has 1-shot lead
at Disney in Florida

Charlie Wi ended his opening round with back-to-back birdies for an 8-under 64 on the Palm Course at Disney to take a 1-shot lead in the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Wi had a 1-shot lead over Camilo Villegas and Tommy Gainey.

Thomas Bjorn shot a 5-under 66 to take the lead of the Singapore Open after rain halted the first round. The Dane holed 6 birdies for a 1-stroke lead over Simon Khan of England, Chinnarat Phadungsil of Thailand and Pablo Martin of Spain.

BASEBALL

Rockies pick Weiss to be new manager

• Walt Weiss was hired to replace Jim Tracy as manager of the Colorado Rockies. The 1988 American League Rookie of the Year with Oakland, Weiss played shortstop for the Rockies from 1994-97 and was a special assistant from 2002-08. He left to spend more time with his family and last season coached Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colo.

• San Diego Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal, a 2010 first-round draft pick who hit two homers in his first career start last season, was banned for 50 games after testing positive for testosterone. Grandal, 23, a native of Cuba, won’t challenge the ruling.

• Major League Baseball is considering a change to its rule allowing active rosters to expand from 25 to 40 from Sept. 1 through the rest of the regular season. Some teams are reluctant to use the larger limit late in the season because they didn’t want to disrupt minor-league playoffs.

• Free-agent Infielder Maicer Izturis agreed to a $10 million, three-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. Izturis, 32, hit .256 with 17 steals in 19 tries, two homers and 20 RBI this year for the Los Angeles Angels.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Tennessee State
player falls, dies

• Tennessee State freshman defensive back William Wayne Jones III collapsed during practice and was declared dead at a Nashville hospital. Jones, 19, of Smyrna, Tenn., had just caught a ball and was throwing it to defensive backs coach Ed Sanders when he fell without a pulse.

• Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden was in “stable, yet critical” condition after tearing a vein in a collision with a teammate at practice. He had surgery for a tear of the inferior vena cava, which carries blood to the heart.

• Florida A&M coach Joe Taylor, 62, is stepping down instead of retiring at the end of the season. Defensive coordinator Earl Holmes will be the acting coach for Saturday’s game against North Carolina Central.

HOCKEY

NHL resumes talks
with players’ union

• The NHL and the players’ association returned to the bargaining table in New York, the third consecutive day the sides have met in an effort to end the lockout. The work stoppage reached its 54th day.

• Buffalo Sabres center Cody Hodgson is out indefinitely after breaking a bone in his right hand during a game with the team’s American Hockey League affiliate in Rochester, N.Y.

• The NHL is fighting legislation that would make it legal in Canada to bet on the outcome of a game.

— From wire reports


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