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Andy Murray clinches ATP finals berth

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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.

Bianchi remains in critical condition

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The family of injured Formula One driver Jules Bianchi said Thursday he is still in critical condition but stable one month after his crash at the Japanese Grand Prix.

The French driver sustained a severe head injury when his car hit a mobile crane that was inside the trackside barriers to collect another car. He remains in a hospital in Japan. (MORE)

Seven game racism ban for Celtic's Tonev

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) Celtic winger Aleksandar Tonev was banned for seven games on Thursday for using racist language toward an opponent during a Scottish league match.

Celtic said Tonev will appeal against the ban. (MORE)

Euro clubs want 2022 World Cup moved

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)

Burgess to try out different positions

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)

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