In his ATP Finals debut, Jack Sock has joined Roger Federer in the semifinals in London. The eighth-seeded Sock became the first American to reach the final weekend at the season-ending tournament since Andy Roddick in 2007, downing Alexander Zverev, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4, to advance from his round-robin group on Thursday. Trailing 5-4 in the final game, Zverev double-faulted for the seventh time to hand Sock a match point and then put a forehand wide to end it. Sock will face Grigor Dimitrov in Saturday’s semifinals. Second-ranked Federer knocked off Marin Cilic, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-1, to win his group. He will face Dominic Thiem or David Goffin. Federer, the 19-time Grand Slam champion, is looking to extend his record for titles at the ATP Finals. The 36-year-old has won it six times — twice in Houston, twice in Shanghai, and twice in London. Regardless of the outcome in London, Federer will finish the year ranked No. 2 — behind Rafael Nadal . . . Authorities say burglars hit Venus Williams's Florida home, stealing $400,000 worth of goods while she was at the US Open. Palm Beach Gardens police released a report about the burglary, which happened between Sept. 1 and 5, but did not release details of what was stolen . . . France's former minister for health and sport, Roselyne Bachelot, was ordered to pay Nadal $11,800 in damages for saying on French TV in March 2016 that Nadal's seven-month injury layoff in 2012 was "probably due to a positive doping test." Nadal said he will donate the money to a non-governmental organization or a foundation in France.
Report: Blue Jackets extend Atkinson
The Athletic reported that the Blue Jackets and right wing Cam Atkinson have agreed to terms on a seven-year, $40.25 million extension. The Boston College product, who led Columbus in scoring last season with 35 goals and 27 assists for 62 points, would have been a free agent on July 1. He has four goals and two assists in 15 games this year . . . According to reports, the league suspended Detroit Red Wings right wing Luke Witkowski 10 games for returning to the ice to take part in a brawl with the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night after he had been escorted off by an official . . . Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta said he is interested in bringing an NHL team to Houston. He recently met with league officials. Former Rockets owner Leslie Alexander was considered a roadblock to the NHL in Houston. Houston was home to the World Hockey Association’s Aeros from 1972-78.
UMass soccer falls in NCAA first round
Karl Brown and Jared Stroud scored to lead visiting Colgate past No. 24-ranked UMass, 2-0, in the first round of the NCAA Division 1 men’s soccer tournament at Rudd Field. The Minutemen (15-4-3) were the Atlantic-10 regular season and postseason champions but could not break through against the Raiders (11-10-1), despite outshooting their opponent, 8-2, in the second half . . . In men’s basketball, Patrick Benzan scored 18 points, including three key free throws late to help Holy Cross (2-0) hold off Harvard (2-1) for a 73-69 victory in Worcester. The Crusaders led 67-60 with three minutes to play before Bryce Aiken scored five points and Danilo Djuricic split two free throws to pull the Crimson to 68-66 with 23 seconds left . . . Freshman Milan Bolden-Morris hit four three-pointers en route to a team-high 16 points as Boston College (2-1) held on for a 55-52 women’s basketball victory over Fordham (1-1) at Conte Forum. Martina Mosetti finished with 11 points and five rebounds . . . Kansas men’s basketball forward Billy Preston will be on the bench at least until the school’s investigation into an on-campus incident with a vehicle is completed. Preston was held out of Tuesday’s win over Kentucky after the university’s compliance department sought to get a ‘‘clearer financial picture’’ after a single-car incident involving him Saturday. No police report was filed. The No. 4 Jayhawks host South Dakota State on Friday.
MLS upholds Altidore’s one-game ban
Toronto forward Jozy Altidore's one-game suspension was upheld by an independent Major League Soccer panel so he will miss the first leg of the Eastern Conference final at Columbus on Tuesday. Altidore and Sacha Kljestan of the New York Red Bulls were ejected for violent conduct during halftime of their Nov. 5 playoff game. Kljestan will serve his penalty at the start of the 2018 regular season . . . Tim Melia became the third Sporting Kansas City goalie to be named Major League Soccer's Goalkeeper of the Year, joining Tony Meola and Jimmy Nielsen. Melia, in his third season with Kansas City, led MLS with a 0.78 goals-against average and a 78.4 save percentage and had a career-high 12 wins, 10 shutouts, 91 saves, and 31 starts . . . Salt Lake City will have an expansion NWSL team in 2018. NWSL managing director of operations Amanda Duffy said the league would remain at 10 teams, which suggests another team will fold or move, but no announcement about the other team in the equation was made. Real Salt Lake joins the Portland Timbers (Thorns), Orlando City (Pride), and Houston Dynamo (Dash) as the fourth MLS franchise to include a women’s pro club.
CONCACAF will replace exhibition games
CONCACAF, soccer's governing body in North and Central America and the Caribbean, is following the example of its European counterpart and establishing a League of Nations competition to replace many exhibition games. CONCACAF says the event will launch with four dates starting in September 2018 and all 41 of its members will participate. Nations will be drawn into three leagues based on level of strength, and the leagues will have promotion and relegation. The competition will be used as qualifying for the CONCACAF Gold Cup and to determine seeding in World Cup qualifying . . . Alejandro Burzaco, a former marketing executive from Argentina, testified in New York that he arranged to pay 30 soccer officials about $160 million in bribes since the early 2000s. He offered the details at the trial of three South American soccer officials — Juan Angel Napout of Paraguay, Manuel Burga of Peru, and Jose Maria Marin of Brazil — who have pleaded not guilty to charges they enriched themselves in an international conspiracy involving tens of millions of bribes and spanning more than two decades
WADA says it will not reinstate Russia
Russia’s hopes to compete in next year’s Winter Olympics in South Korea took a hit when the World Anti-Doping Agency refused to reinstate the country's suspended program. WADA says main requirements for the Russian Anti-Doping Agency's reinstatement had still not been fulfilled, including Russia publicly accepting results of an investigation that detailed state-sponsored doping, and the country allowing access to urine samples collected during the time of the cheating. Craig Reedie, WADA’s chairman and a member of the International Olympic Committee that will ultimately decide Russia’s Olympic fate, would not speculate on what impact Thursday’s decision might have on the IOC. The IOC’s executive board is due to meet Dec. 5-7. WADA’s ruling could also mean Russia misses a second Paralympics after being excluded from last year’s Rio Games . . . Fernando "Ferdie" Pacheco, "The Fight Doctor" who served as Muhammad Ali's ringside physician, has died. He was 89. Pacheco's daughter, Tina Louise Pacheco, told The Associated Press that he died Thursday morning at his Miami home after a prolonged illness. Pacheco worked as Ali’s cornerman from 1962-1977, which included three successful title bouts, before going on to become a television boxing analyst.