Djokovic in finals
At Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, top-ranked Novak Djokovic routed David Ferrer 6-0, 6-3 to reach the final of the World Tennis Championship exhibition tournament. Djokovic will face Spain’s Nicolas Almagro in the final. ... Australian media reported that Caroline Wozniacki arrived to play at the Brisbane International with a diamond ring on her left ring finger, sparking speculation that she and boyfriend Rory McIlroy, the world’s No. 1 golfer, had become engaged. ... Rafael Nadal says he will not play the Australian Open because of a stomach virus.
Owners make new offer
The NHL says it has made a new contract offer to the players in an attempt to end the lockout and save the season. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly said that a “comprehensive” proposal was made Thursday, although he would not discuss details. The lockout is in its 104th day. The NHL says it doesn’t want a season of less than 48 games. To make that possible, a deal likely must be reached by mid-January.
From Wire Service Reports