Sports log: Islanders land Vanek for Moulson, picks


The Islanders acquired forward Thomas Vanek from the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday night for forward Matt Moulson, a first-round pick in 2014, and a second-round pick in 2015. The 29-year-old Vanek, a former University of Minnesota star from Austria, had four goals and nine assists in 13 games this season for Buffalo. In nine seasons with Buffalo, he had 254 goals and 243 assists in 598 games. He’s in the last year of his contract. Moulson, also 29 and in the last year of his contract, had six goals and three assists in 11 games this season. He has 124 goals and 109 assists in 333 games in seven seasons with the Kings and Islanders. Along with trading its top offensive weapon, Buffalo welcomes Lindy Ruff back on Monday night, when Ruff’s Stars face the Sabres. Ruff coached the Sabres for 16 years, compiling a 571-432-162 record. He is second on the NHL list for wins with one team, behind only the Islanders’ Al Arbour (740). Ruff was also drafted by the Sabres in 1979 and was named their captain in 1986 . . . The New Hampshire women’s hockey team (5-2-1) rolled to a 3-1 victory over host Penn State (2-5-1) behind two goals from Jess Ryan.


Williams caps big year with WTA title

Serena Williams capped a career year in style Sunday in Istanbul, earning her 11th title by coming from behind to beat Li Na, 2-6, 6-3, 6-0, for her second straight WTA Championships crown. Williams became the eighth woman to win 11 or more titles in a year and the first since Martina Hingis had 12 in 1997. The American also is the first to repeat as champion at the season-ending WTA Championships since Justine Henin in 2007. Williams won the event for the fourth time, having also captured the elite tournament for the top eight players in 2001, 2009, and 2012. Williams has won 78 of 82 matches this year and will finish the year as the top-ranked player for the third time in her career, after 2002 and 2009. Her winning percentage of .951 is the best on the tour since 1990 . . . Juan Martin del Potro denied Roger Federer his hometown Swiss Indoors title for the second straight year, winning the final 7-6 (7-3), 2-6, 6-4 in Basel. Serving for the match, del Potro hit an ace to set up three match points, and converted the second with strong ground strokes to move Federer, who reached his first final in more than four months, around the court . . . Mikhail Youzhny claimed his 10th career title by beating top-seeded David Ferrer, 6-3, 7-5, to win the Valencia Open in Spain. Youzhny dominated Ferrer throughout, breaking the defending champion and local favorite four times on the indoor hard court.


Vettel earns fourth straight F1 crown

Sebastian Vettel won the Indian Grand Prix in Greater Noida from the pole. With the win, the 26-year-old Red Bull driver became the third driver to win four consecutive F1 championships, joining Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher. Vettel is also the youngest four-time world champion by eight years. Vettel has won 10 races this season, including the last six. This time, he finished almost 30 seconds ahead of Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg . . . Brian Vickers said he'll be on blood thinners for only three months after doctors found a blood clot in his right calf Oct. 14 and will be able to resume his seat in the No. 55 Toyota with Michael Waltrip Racing in time for next season’s Daytona 500 . . . Kevin Harvick apologized before Sunday’s NASCAR race at Martinsville Speedway for comments about team owner Richard Childress’s grandsons. Harvick lashed out at Ty Dillon and older brother, Austin, following Saturday’s truck series race, saying that “they've got no respect for what they do in this sport and they've had everything fed to them with a spoon.’’ Contact with Ty Dillon with 12 laps remaining knocked Harvick out of the race while Harvick was running second . . . John Force won his record 16th Funny Car title, beating daughter Courtney Force in the final round in the NHRA Toyota Nationals in Las Vegas. Force has won three straight events to push his record career total to 138.


Ligety dominates giant slalom opener


Ted Ligety dominated again, Bode Miller returned from 20 months off with a solid performance, and the US men’s ski team made a strong showing in opening the Olympic season. Ligety won the season-opening World Cup giant slalom in Soelden, Austria, for the third consecutive year. Miller, who had microfracture surgery on his left knee in 2012, finished 19th despite starting outside the top 30. Ligety finished 0.79 seconds ahead of Alexis Pinturault . . . The Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum inducted five members into its hall of fame. Ross Powers, C.B. Vaughan Jr., and Sverre Caldwell, as well as the late Emo Henrich and the late Fred Pabst Jr., were inducted Saturday in a ceremony at Stratton Mountain Club . . . Steven Holcomb will drive USA-1, Nick Cunningham will be at the controls of USA-2, and Cory Butner will pilot USA-3 this season for the US bobsled team during the upcoming World Cup campaign . . . Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd, Christen Press, and Heather O'Reilly scored to help the US women’s soccer team beat New Zealand, 4-1, in an exhibition game in San Francisco . . . The national body Cricket South Africa said former first-class cricketer Darryn Randall died Sunday at a hospital in Alice after being hit in the head by the ball while batting. He was 32. It was not clear if he was wearing a helmet . . . Vincent Kipruto led a Kenyan sweep of the top five runners at the wet and windy Frankfurt Marathon in Germany. Caroline Kilel added to Kenya’s success by winning the women’s race. Kipruto edged Mark Kiptoo by a second to finish in 2 hours, 6 minutes, 16 seconds. Kilel finished in 2:22:35 . . . Joshua Tree successfully defended his title in the $1 million Pattison Canadian International in Toronto to become the first three-time winner in the event’s history.