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Djokovic follows same pattern

tennis: Top-ranked Novak Djokovic produced another scintillating performance to beat Swiss Stan Wawrinka at the ATP World Tour Finals in London last night.

The world number one recovered from losing the first two games to win 12 of the next 13 in a 6-3 6-0 win.

The Serbian has not lost at the O2 Arena since 2011 and is now unbeaten in 29 matches indoors.

Djokovic remains top of Group A with his final round-robin match against Tomas Berdych to come.

The 29-year-old Czech crashed 6-1 6-1 to Wawrinka on Monday but he rebounded to win his second group match yesterday, outclassing Marin Cilic 6-3 6-1.

So what transformed the world number seven from a pussycat to a tiger in the space of two days?

"I think that's the beauty of this event," he said after keeping alive his hopes of claiming a semi-final spot with a top-two finish in Group A.

"One day you can be swept out from the court like I was and in two days' time you can come up and play different tennis."

No big names for big money event

golf: The OHL Classic offers a total prize fund of 6.1million US dollars, with almost 1.1million of it to the winner, but none of the world's top 50 players will be battling it out in Playa del Carmen this week.

Former US Open and Masters champion Angel Cabrera is the top ranked player in the field at 60th, while five players who have the joint lowest ranking possible of 1,547th are competing at El Camaleon.

Defending champion Harris English is currently 66th in the world after struggling to rediscover the form which brought him a second PGA Tour title in the space of five months.

Russia coach ban over racist remarks

soccer: A Russian coach who said he would not sign "dark-skinned players" received a five-game ban yesterday for racial discrimination.

The punishment is the strongest sanction for racism handed out to a player or coach by the Russian Football Union.

Igor Gamula told Russian journalists last month that FC Rostov had "enough dark-skinned players" and "we've got six of the things" when asked in post-match news conference about rumors the club would sign a Cameroon defender. He also made what he called a "joke" about the Ebola virus.


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