PARIS (AP) Andy Murray capped off his autumn comeback with a spot in the ATP Finals by reaching the quarterfinals of the Paris Masters in impressive fashion on Thursday.
After missing last year's season-ending tournament following surgery on his back, the eight-seeded Scot pushed hard to qualify for the indoor event for the seventh straight year, winning three titles over the past five weeks.
His clinical 6-3, 6-3 win over No. 9 seed Grigor Dimitrov at the Palais Omnisports guaranteed him a berth at the O2 Arena from Nov. 9-16.
LONDON (AP) English and Spanish cup competitions could be completed in June 2022, after a World Cup in Qatar, under proposals being presented to FIFA next week by leading European clubs.
The European Club Association is proposing an April-May timeframe for the World Cup, arguing it would be less disruptive to the season than FIFA President Sepp Blatter's favored November-December solution for avoiding playing in the fiercest summer heat in Qatar. (MORE)
BATH, England (AP) Code-hopping rugby star Sam Burgess will be tested in different positions by Bath as he looks to find his best role in union in time to secure a place in England's 2015 World Cup squad.
The 25-year-old Burgess was presented as a Bath player on Thursday, less than a month after ending his rugby league career by guiding the South Sydney Rabbitohs to victory in the NRL grand final. (MORE)
SHANGHAI (AP) France's Alexander Levy had five straight birdies in the middle of his round and finished with a 7-under 65 to take the lead in the BMW Masters on Thursday.
Levy began the birdie run on the par-4 ninth on Lake Malaren's Masters Course. He won the Volvo China Open in Shenzhen in April for his first European Tour title and took the rain-shortened Portugal Masters this month, becoming the first Frenchman to win two events in a single season on the European Tour. (MORE)
MANCHESTER, England (AP) Manchester City's defense of the League Cup was ended by a 2-0 home loss to Newcastle in the last 16 on Wednesday, with an injury to playmaker David Silva completing a miserable night for the out-of-form English champions.
Tottenham and Southampton also won to reach the quarterfinals, where Chelsea and Liverpool - the biggest teams left in the competition - face away matches at second-tier opponents Derby and Bournemouth, respectively. (MORE)
MILAN (AP) A stoppage-time goal saw Juventus fall to its first league defeat since March as it lost 1-0 at Genoa on Wednesday, allowing Roma to move level at the top of Serie A with a 2-0 win over Cesena.
Luca Antonini netted the winner for Genoa, four minutes into added time. Home goalkeeper Mattia Perin had been in great form to deny a formidable Juventus attack that hit the woodwork twice. (MORE)