Tennis: All that success finally caught up to Novak Djokovic.
A weary Djokovic finished his spectacular season Friday by losing more matches in three days than he did in the first seven months of the year, earning the top-ranked Serb an early exit in the ATP World Tour Finals in London.
After winning three Grand Slam titles and seizing the No. 1 ranking from Rafael Nadal before having the last few months derailed by injuries, Djokovic had run out of energy coming into the season-ending tournament.
“What is missing … is that freshness,” Djokovic said after losing 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 to fellow Serb Janko Tipsarevic in their final group match. “The will to win, just being on the court, giving 100 percent. I’m not able to do that now because I just have very little left.”
In today’s semifinals, David Ferrer will face Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych takes on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
NBA, players work to save Christmas
Labor: NBA owners and players resumed talks aimed at ending the 148-day lockout in time to save the league’s Christmas Day schedule.
That deadline has created a sense of urgency because the Dec. 25 schedule is traditionally a showcase for the league. This season’s three-game slate was to include Miami at Dallas in an NBA finals rematch, plus MVP Derrick Rose leading Chicago into Los Angeles to face Kobe Bryant and the Lakers.
After a secret meeting earlier this week, the sides returned to the table for more than 11 hours of discussions. Commissioner David Stern has said the league needs about 30 days from an agreement to when games could be played.
Red Wings snap Bruins’ win streak
NHL: Pavel Datsyuk and Todd Bertuzzi scored in the shootout to lift the visiting Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 win over Boston, snapping the Bruins’ 10-game win streak.
Datsyuk and Valtteri Filppula scored in regulation to help the Red Wings win their fourth straight and eighth in 10 games.
In other games …
• Petr Sykora scored and Johan Hedberg made 23 saves to earn his second shutout of the season and the 19th of his NHL career, leading New Jersey over the Islanders 1-0 in Uniondale, N.Y.
• Claude Giroux had two goals and backup Sergei Bobrovsky made 23 saves for the Flyers in a 3-1 victory over Montreal at Philadelphia. Giroux has 29 points (13 goals, 16 assists) on the season, second in the league behind Toronto’s Phil Kessel.
• Patrick Sharp scored the tying and go-ahead goals in a 2:01 span early in the third period to complete his second career hat trick, and Chicago rallied for a 6-5 victory over the Ducks at Anaheim, Calif.
• Ruslan Fedotenko scored twice and Ryan Callahan had three assists as the Rangers set their season high for goals in a 6-3 win over the Capitals at Washington.
• Steven Stamkos scored a power-play goal 2:29 into overtime, lifting Tampa Bay past Florida 2-1 at Sunrise, Fla.
• Joffrey Lupul was the lone scorer in the shootout, connecting in the third round to give Toronto a 4-3 victory over the Stars at Dallas.
• Cory Schneider got his second shutout in a row, needing just 21 saves as Vancouver defeated Phoenix 5-0 at Glendale, Ariz.
Young Jordan sparks upset of UConn
Men’s basketball: Michael Jordan, the son of the Hall of Famer, made two big free throws to give Central Florida the lead with 3:11 left and the Knights went on to upset No. 4 Connecticut 68-63 in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis at Paradise Island, Bahamas.
Jordan and Keith Clanton each scored 20 points for the Knights, who trailed by 17 early in the second half.
Jeremy Lamb had 15 points for the defending national champion Huskies.
In other games …
• Kris Joseph had 18 points and eight rebounds and No. 5 Syracuse closed the game on a 15-3 run to defeat Stanford 69-63 and win the NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden.
• Louisville’s Kyle Kuric scored 16 points and Gorgui Dieng grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds to give Rick Pitino his 250th victory as the Cardinals’ coach, a 59-54 decision over visiting Ohio.
• Brandyn Curry had six points, five assists and five steals to help Harvard upset No. 22 Florida State 46-41 at Paradise Island, Bahamas. Oliver McNally and Wesley Saunders had seven points apiece for Harvard, which will face Central Florida in the Battle 4 Atlantis championship game today.
• Oscar Bellfield scored 14 points to lead UNLV over USC 66-55 in a semifinal of the Las Vegas Invitational. UNLV will play No. 1 North Carolina in the championship game. The Tar Heels defeated South Carolina 87-62.
• Abromaitis finished for season: Notre Dame star Tim Abromaitis is out for the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during practice Friday morning. The 6-foot-8 fifth-year senior is expected to have surgery in the next two weeks.
Connecticut extends home win streak
Women’s basketball: Brianna Banks scored 17 points and No. 2 Connecticut extended its NCAA-record home winning streak to 87 games with a 74-28 win over Fairleigh Dickinson at the World Vision Classic in Storrs, Conn.
Kaleena Masqueda-Lewis added 11 points and nine rebounds for the Huskies (4-0), who jumped out to a 44-5 halftime lead and went on to the rout.
UConn has now won 160 consecutive games against teams outside of the Top 25, and 253 straight against the unranked at home.
• Also: Brittany Rayburn scored 16 points and No. 15 Purdue outlasted Kansas State 46-42 in overtime at the Cancun Challenge.
Asada leads Rostelecom Cup
Figure skating: Mao Asada skated a clean short program at the Rostelecom Cup in Moscow to lead Alena Leonova of Russia by less than half a point in the last of the season’s six Grand Prix competitions.
Both Asada, a two-time world champion from Japan, and Leonova are coming back from mediocre seasons last year.
Jeremy Abbott of the United States led after the men’s short program, followed by Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan. American world champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White led the ice dancing after the short dance, followed by Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Canada, and Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev of Russia.
In pairs, world champions Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany took the lead, ahead of Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov of Russia.