Sports News in Brief
Fed-Ex in last 4
LONDON - Roger Federer clinched a place in the semi-finals of the ATP Tour Finals yesterday as the defending champion ground out a 6-4 7-6 (7-5) win over Spain's David Ferrer at London's O2 Arena. Federer required a straight sets win over the fourth seed to seal his spot in the last four with one Group B match to spare and he reached that goal despite a scrappy performance that included 39 unforced errors.
PARIS - A group of France under-21 players picked up lengthy international bans yesterday as punishment for breaking a night-time curfew between two key European championship qualifiers last month. The guilty five are Rennes duo Yann Mvila and Chris Mavinga, Wissam Ben Yedder of Toulouse, Real Sociedad's Antoine Griezmann and Mbaye Niang of AC Milan.
JOHANNESBURG - John Mitchell will meet with management at South Africa's Lions rugby team today in a bid to return as coach of the relegated Super Rugby outfit after his representatives said he had been cleared of misconduct. Mitchell's Australia-based agents, Fordham Management, said yesterday the uncompromising former New Zealand coach wanted to return to work with the Lions as soon as possible.
SINGAPORE - Denmark's Thomas Bjorn held a one-shot clubhouse lead in the $6 million Barclays Singapore Open yesterday as a thunderstorm halted play with half the field yet to complete the first round. World No.1 Rory McIlroy, level-par through eight holes, was among 78 players affected by the overnight suspension — which came after officials said they'd like to change the event's dates because of its notorious weather delays.
GUADALAJARA, Mexico - Michelle Wie had six birdies in a six-under 66 yesterday to seize a share of the first round lead in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational alongside Candie Kung and Angela Stanford. Wie, whose 2009 triumph was the first of her two LPGA tour victories to date, opened with back-to-back birdies at Guadalajara Country Club, and strung together four successive birdies from the 10th through the 13th.