Canucks lose to league leaders
Rookie goaltender Frederik Andersen won his sixth straight game to start his NHL career, making 35 saves in place of ailing Jonas Hiller, and the league-leading Anaheim Ducks extended their winning streak to five with a 3-1 victory over the visiting Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night.
Anaheim (15-3-1) is 8-0 at home. Corey Perry had a goal and an assist.
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Vancouver’s Tom Sestito scored his first goal of the season.
It was a rough weekend in Southern California for the Canucks (11-7-2), who lost to the Los Angeles Kings 5-1 on Saturday night.
Djokovic, Nadal advance to final
Defending champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia set up an enticing final against top-ranked Rafael Nadal with a 6-3, 6-3 victory Sunday over Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland at the ATP World Tour Finals in London.
Spaniard Nadal defeated six-time champion Roger Federer of Switzerland 7-5, 6-3 in the other semifinal.
Unbeaten in his round-robin matches this week, the second-seeded Djokovic extended his winning streak to 21 matches since losing the U.S. Open final to Nadal. The two will play for the title Monday.
Nadal has a 22-16 record against Djokovic.
After losing a set in each of his three previous matches, Djokovic raised his game by making a mere 14 unforced errors and breaking Wawrinka four times.
“The performance was definitely by far the best I’ve had in the tournament,” said Djokovic, who is bidding for a third title at the eight-player event and has been the dominant player of the indoor season.
Since returning in February from a seven-month layoff caused by a knee injury, Nadal is 75-6 and has won 10 tournaments — including the French Open and U.S. Open.
Federer sometimes looked like a shadow of his old self, hitting 32 unforced errors and some poor volleys.
“I struggled to stay consistent enough throughout the match, and that’s why he (Nadal) deserved to win,” Federer said.
GMs, owners to meet in Florida
Team general managers and owners gather Monday in Orlando, Fla., for three days of meetings that often spark discussions leading to trades weeks or months later.
There is speculation Tampa Bay pitcher David Price, who can become a free agent in a year, will be dealt at some point in the offseason.
Agents will be on hand to talk up their clients.
“There is not any time to breathe. You have move very quickly,” Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said.
Second baseman Robinson Cano, outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, outfielder Shin-Soo Choo and catcher Brian McCann are among the players seeking to cash in from a free-agent class that seems to be lacking in ace starting pitchers.
U.S. ice dancers win in Japan
Two-time world champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the United States won the ice-dance event at the NHK Trophy in Tokyo.
Davis and White, who had a comfortable nine-point lead after the short dance, finished with 186.65 points after the free dance, more than 26 points ahead over Italy’s Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte, who were second.
Davis and White, who also won Skate America, have secured a berth in next month’s Grand Prix final in Fukuoka, Japan. They have a record four consecutive victories at that competition.
After the NHK Trophy victory, Davis said, “Charlie and I were very pleased with our skate today. We’re feeling the growth since Skate America. We’ve been working very hard all season, including in between the two competitions.
“We are really excited about the direction our free dance is taking.”
• Shared Belief romped to a record 7¾-length victory over 9-10 favorite Kobe’s Back in the Grade III Hollywood Prevue Stakes for 2-year-old horses at Betfair Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif.
Shared Belief, trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer and ridden by Corey Nakatani, ran 7 furlongs in 1 minute, 22.17 seconds. The gelding paid $5 to win in the $100,000 race.
Shared Belief’s owners include George Todaro of Seattle, Hollendorfer and sports talk-show host Jim Rome.
• Marc Granet and Scott Begovich won the Superboat Unlimited title in the Key West World Championship offshore powerboat races in Florida. The championship had 44 registered boats competing in eight classes.
• Shinsuke Yamanaka of Japan knocked out Alberto Guevara of Mexico in the ninth round to successfully defend his WBC bantamweight crown in Tokyo.
Yamanaka improved to 20-0-2. Guevara has an 18-2 record.
• Voters in Germany rejected plans for Munich to bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics — an embarrassing setback for German Thomas Bach, recently elected International Olympic Committee president.
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