Djokovic slams Nadal
At Beijing, Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday to win the China Open for the fourth time. The victory was something of a consolation for Djokovic after Nadal was assured of replacing him atop the rankings by reaching the final in Beijing. On the women’s side, top-seeded Serena Williams pasted No. 8 Jelena Jankovic 6-2, 6-2, to win her 10th WTA title of the season. ... At Tokyo, top-seeded Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina beat Milos Raonic of Canada, 7-6 (5), 7-5 to win the Japan Open.
Dempsey, Bradley out of lineup
The United States will be missing Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley for its World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica and Panama. Dempsey (Furman) has not played since Sept. 13 because of a strained right hamstring, and Bradley has been sidelined since spraining his left ankle during pregame warmups at Costa Rica on Sept. 6. The U.S. (5-2-1) has clinched its seventh straight World Cup berth. ... Landon Donovan tied Jeff Cunningham’s MLS career goals record with two for the Los Angeles Galaxy. Donovan passed Jaime Moreno (133) and tied Cunningham (134), who played for five MLS teams in 14 seasons.
Kltischko beats Povetkin
At Moscow, Wladimir Klitschko (61-3) retained his WBA and IBF heavyweight titles, unanimously outpointing previously undefeated Alexander Povetkin (26-1).
Gamecocks lose in closing seconds
At Knoxville, the No. 17 USC women’s team (11-1-1, 4-1-0 SEC) edged Tennessee (7-4-2, 2-2-1), 1-0 in overtime. Raina Johnson scored her fifth goal of the season 2:21 into the overtime, assisted by Elizabeth Sinclair. Gamecocks keeper S abrina D’Angelo posted two saves while recording the clean sheet. ... Tulsa junior forward Akeil Barrett scored with three seconds left in the first sudden-death overtime period as the No. 23 Hurricanes (6-3-1, 1-1-0 Conference USC) edged the South Carolina (4-5-2, 1-1-0) men’s team, 2-1. USC defender Mahamoudou Kaba scored in the 55th minute. ... At Charlottesville, Va., the No. 1 Virginia (12-0, 6-0 ACC) women’s team stomped Clemson (6-4-3, 3-3-1), 3-0. Morgan Brian, Danielle Colaprico and Makenzy Doniak scored for Virginia.
USC stops Aggies
South Carolina (10-6, 2-2 SEC) beat Texas A&M (9-5, 1-2), 3-1 on Sunday. Set scores were 25-23, 25-20, 20-25, 25-23. It was the Gamecocks first win over Texas A&M in five tries. Senior outside hitter Juliette Thevenin had 23 kills and 11 digs. Middle blocker Darian Dozier had 18 kills, and Sarah Blomgren had 10 kills.
From Staff and Wire Reports