U.Va.’s Elbaba wins national indoor title
Julia Elbaba of Virginia and Brayden Schnur of North Carolina won singles titles Sunday at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in New York.
The sixth-seeded Elbaba, of Oyster Bay, N.Y., defeated fifth-seeded Maegan Manasse of California 6-2, 7-5 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Schnur beat Vanderbilt’s Gonzales Austin 6-4, 7-6 (7-2).
Southern California’s Roberto Quiroz and Yannick Hanfmann beat Illinois’ Tim Kopinski and Ross Guignon 6-3, 7-5 for the men’s doubles title. On the women’s side, UCLA’s Kyle McPhillips and Catherine Harrison defeated Auburn’s Pleun Burgmanns and Emily Flickinger 6-2, 6-3.
Czech Republic takes Fed Cup
The Czech Republic claimed its third Fed Cup title in four years after Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova overcame Angelique Kerber of Germany in the opening reverse singles match in Prague.
In a matchup of two top-10 players, Kvitova prevailed 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-4 in nearly three hours to give the Czechs a 3-0 lead in the best-of-five series on the indoor hard court at Prague’s O2 Arena.
With Kvitova on the team, the Czechs won their first title as an independent nation following the 1993 split of Czechoslovakia in 2011 in Moscow and retained the trophy in Prague’s O2 Arena the following year. Czechoslovakia won five times, including three straight from 1983 to 1985. It beat Germany in the 1983 final.
Kvitova cruised past Andrea Petkovic 6-2, 6-4 and Lucie Safarova doubled the lead by defeating Kerber 6-4, 6-4.
Germany’s pair of Julia Goerges and Sabine Lisicki defeated Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 6-4, 6-3 in the doubles to make the final score 3-1.
Federer subdues Raonic
Experience prevailed over youth as Roger Federer tamed Milos Raonic 6-1, 7-6 (7-0) in his opening round-robin match at the ATP Finals after Kei Nishikori started his first bid at the season-ending tournament with a win in London.
Raonic, 23, is the youngest player in the field.
Earlier, Nishikori beat home favorite Andy Murray 6-4, 6-4.
Rosberg wins Brazilian Grand Prix
A week after seeing Lewis Hamilton overtake him to win the United States Grand Prix, Nico Rosberg fended off another strong challenge by his Mercedes teammate to secure the victory at the Brazilian GP in Sao Paulo and close on his rival in the Formula One title race.
The German cut his points deficit to 17, but Hamilton will keep the upper hand going into the season-ending race in Abu Dhabi, where the Briton can clinch his second title with another second-place finish. If Rosberg misses out on a podium spot, Hamilton can finish eighth or better and still lift the trophy.
Hamilton has 334 points to 317 for Rosberg.
It was Rosberg’s fifth win of the season and his first since the German GP in July. Hamilton was trying to win his sixth race in a row.
It was the 11th 1-2 finish for Mercedes, one more than the previous record set by McLaren in 1988. The team’s 15th victory of the season also allowed it to match the record held by McLaren and Ferrari.
Kovalev beats Hopkins in title fight
Sergey Kovalev roughed up Bernard Hopkins from the opening bell, sending the aging fighter to the canvas — and possibly into retirement — with the fight he needed to serve as validation that he’s the class of the 175-pound division.
Kovalev used his punishing knockout power to abuse Hopkins, 49, for 12 rounds, winning a unanimous decision early Sunday in Atlantic City, N.J., to stake his claim as the best light heavyweight.
Kovalev has three versions of the 175-pound belt after taking two from Hopkins (55-7-2) in the decisive victory. Kovalev is 26-0-1 with 23 knockouts.
Kovalev received winning scores of 120-107 from two judges and 120-106 from the third. The 31-year-old Russian won the IBF and WBA light heavyweight belts to go with his WBO title.
Ernie Vandeweghe dies at 86
Ernie Vandeweghe, the former New York Knicks player and father of former NBA star Kiki Vandeweghe and pro tennis player CoCo Vandeweghe, has died. He was 86.
The death was confirmed Sunday by the NBA through its NBA history Twitter feed and by granddaughter CoCo Vandeweghe in a Facebook post. The cause and place of death were not given.
Mr. Vandeweghe averaged 9.5 points and 4.6 rebounds in 224 regular-season games for the Knicks from 1949 to 1956. He averaged 19.1 points in in four seasons at Colgate.
Canada tops U.S. for women’s hockey title
Nine months after kick-starting a comeback victory in the gold-medal game at the Sochi Olympics, Brianne Jenner scored the only goal of the shootout, and Canada beat the United States 3-2 to win the final of the Four Nations Cup women’s hockey tournament on Saturday night in Kamloops, British Columbia.
After a 4-on-4 overtime period that included power plays and plenty of chances for both teams, Jenner roofed a backhand in the second round of the shootout before Genevieve Lacasse sealed it with saves on Brianna Decker and Hilary Knight.
This was the first final between these teams since the gold medal game in Sochi in February.