An MRI confirmed that Nets point guard Deron Williams has bone spurs in his left ankle. Williams faces offseason surgery but plans to play through the injury, which caused inflammation in the ankle during training camp . . . New Orleans guard Eric Gordon says his right knee injury is legitimate and he looks forward to playing for the Hornets. Gordon said that he had a setback after trying out for the US Olympic team, disputing speculation he’s showing his displeasure over the Hornets matching a four-year, $58 million offer from the Suns . . . Bobcats owner Michael Jordan said despite watching his club ‘‘hit rock bottom’’ during the most miserable season in NBA history that he’s ‘‘in it for the long haul’’ when it comes to seeing his struggling franchise transformed into a consistent winner. Charlotte finished last season 7-59 and with the worst winning percentage (.106) in league history.
Murray stunned by qualifier in Paris
Qualifier Jerzy Janowicz, who is ranked 69th, rallied to topple third-seeded Andy Murray in the third round of the Paris Masters, dropping the US Open and Olympic champion, 5-7, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2. Murray had not lost to a player ranked so low since Guillermo Garcia-Lopez — then ranked 92d — beat him in the second round at the BNP Paribas Open in March . . . Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Janko Tipsarevic secured the last two spots in the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals after reaching the quarterfinals of the Paris Masters. Tsonga beat Nicolas Almagro, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-3), and Tipsarevic defeated Juan Monaco, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. The pair will join Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Murray, David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych, and Juan Martin del Potro in London next week . . . Already qualified for the semifinals, Caroline Wozniacki beat Daniela Hantuchova, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, at the WTA’s season-ending Tournament of Champions in Sofia, Bulgaria. Roberta Vinci defeated Hsieh Su-Wei, 6-1, 6-2, and also advances to the semifinals. In the other group, Nadia Petrova beat Maria Kirilenko, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3. Kirilenko later pulled out with an upper respiratory illness, meaning Petrova and Tsvetana Pironkova advance to the semis.
Woods skips China because of fatigue
Tiger Woods said he decided not to play the HSBC Champions this week in Shenzhen, China, because he was too tired to prepare properly. Woods will have played 24 tournaments this year, his most since 2005, which includes an unofficial event in Turkey and the Ryder Cup. He also confirmed he will not play January’s Tournament of Champions in Hawaii, giving him six full weeks off after his World Challenge. Woods will end his 2012 season at his World Challenge in California in the last week of November . . . Louis Oosthuizen and Adam Scott each shot 7-under 65 to share a one-shot lead after the opening round of the HSBC Champions in Shenzhen, China. Oosthuizen birdied all five par 5s, while Scott had four birdies and an eagle. Phil Mickelson was one shot back, along with Bubba Watson, Peter Hanson and Shane Lowry . . . Jay Don Blake birdied three of the final four holes for a 6-under 64 and a one-stroke lead over Gary Hallberg after the first round of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Scottsdale, Ariz. . . . One week after turning 14, Guan Tianlang had a 6-under 66 to build a two-shot lead after the opening round of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in Bangkok . . . Ryan Vermeer shot a 6-under 66 to lead Bobby Pancratz by two strokes after the first round of the PGA Assistant Championship in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Donovan uncertain about World Cup
Landon Donovan said he isn’t sure he wants to play at the 2014 World Cup, a stance that prompted national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann to say he intends to speak with the American soccer star. A veteran of three World Cups, Donovan has been sidelined by a string of injuries this year and has appeared in just eight of 20 national team games since Klinsmann became coach . . . Mike Magee scored the tying goal in the 69th minute and Donovan converted a penalty kick four minutes later, leading the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps in a MLS playoff game in Carson, Calif. . . . Serbia’s state prosecutors have handed over the case of England under-21 soccer defenders Steven Caulker and Tom Lees, and assistant coach Steve Wingley, to the English judiciary for their role in a brawl marred by racial abuse. The trio were officially charged with violence following the under-21 match between Serbia and England on Oct. 16 amid accusations of racist abuse of England defender Danny Rose. Four Serbian players and an assistant coach were also charged and face trial in Serbia . . . The only thing Danica Patrick said she would change about bumping Landon Cassill in her last race is the execution. After Cassill slammed into her car early in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kansas two weeks ago, Patrick decided to nudge him back. Both drivers spun out, with Patrick wrecking her car, and Cassil managing to save his . . . Evander Holyfield filed a suit in Los Angeles to stop the Nov. 30 auction of some of his boxing memorabilia, including an Olympic bronze medal and gloves he wore to fight Mike Tyson.