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Denver Nuggets' Javale McGee reacts to committing a foul against the San Antonio Spurs in the first quarter of a basketball game in Denver on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. San Antonio won 102-94. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)
FILE - In a Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013 file photo, Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) stretches before an NFL game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Foster will undergo back surgery next week and miss the rest of the season. Ben Tate, still recovering from four broken ribs, is expected to start Sunday, Nov. 10 at Arizona. (AP Photo/TUSP, Jay Biggerstaff, File)
Taiwan's Teresa Lu poses with her trophy after she won the Mizuno Classic golf tournament in Shima, Mie prefecture, western Japan Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT
Nuggets’ McGee out
indefinitely with fractured tibia
DENVER – Nuggets starting center JaVale McGee is out indefinitely with a stress fracture in his lower left leg.
Team spokesman Tim Gelt said X-rays revealed the stress fracture in McGee’s left tibia yesterday.
McGee has been chronically bothered by soreness in the tibia, the inner and typically larger of the two bones between the knee and the ankle.
Timofey Mosgov figures to get his first start of the season in McGee’s place when the Nuggets play at Utah tonight. J.J. Hickson also could see his minutes increased in McGee’s absence.
The Nuggets are off to a 1-4 start under new Coach Brian Shaw, who replaced George Karl last summer.
Nadal beats Federer
at ATP World Tour Finals
LONDON – Rafael Nadal ended Roger Federer’s hopes of finishing a disappointing season on a high note, defeating the six-time champion, 7-5, 6-3, yesterday in the semifinals of the ATP World Tour Finals.
It was Nadal’s first win over his old rival on an indoor hard court and his 22nd in 32 matches overall.
Nadal, who will finish the season ranked No. 1, is bidding to win the elite year-end event for the first time. He will face Novak Djokovic, a 6-3, 6-3 winner over Stanislas Wawrinka, in today’s final.
Federer, who has been hampered by a back injury this season, has won only one title over the past 14 months. He played aggressively early but faded after losing the first set, making too many mistakes to threaten the Spaniard.
Kirk survives roller-coaster
finish to win at Sea Island
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – A wild back nine for Chris Kirk ended with a victory in the McGladrey Classic yesterday.
Kirk closed with a 4-under 66 and received plenty of help from Briny Baird. They were tied for the lead playing the 18th hole at Sea Island when Baird topped a 4-iron out of a fairway bunker into the water hazard. Kirk had only to make par for a one-shot win over Baird and Tim Clark.
Baird earlier was poised to go as many as three shots ahead of Kirk on the 15th hole. But he three-putted for par, and Kirk saved par from the hazard with a 20-foot par putt. Kirk caught him with a 15-foot birdie on the 17th.
The win sends Kirk to the Masters for the first time.
Taiwan’s Lu wins Mizuno Classic
SHIMA, Japan – Taiwan’s Teresa Lu won the Mizuno Classic yesterday, birdieing the last two holes and six of the final eight for an 8-under 64 and a two-stroke victory.
The 25-year-old Lu, a regular on the Japan LPGA Tour after giving up her LPGA Tour membership in 2010, finished at 14-under 202 at Kintetsu Kashikojima. She earned $180,000 for her first tour title.
South Korea’s Chella Choi, tied with Lu with two holes to play, had a 66 to finish second.
Japanese players took the next five spots. Mamiko Higa and Yuki Ichinose shot 70 to tie for third at 10 under, Yumiko Yoshida (68) and Shiho Oyama (71) followed at 9 under, and Asako Fujimoto (71) was 8 under.
Stacy Lewis, the 2012 winner, tied for eighth at 7 under after a 70. The American was the top-ranked player in the field at No. 3.
American Brittany Lincicome, a stroke behind second-round leaders Higa, Ichinose and Oyama entering the day, had a 77 to tie for 29th at 2 under.
White and Davis of U.S.
win ice dance at NHK Trophy
TOKYO – Two-time world champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the United States won the ice dance event at the NHK Trophy yesterday.
Davis and White, who had a comfortable nine-point lead after Saturday’s short dance, finished with 186.65 points after the free dance, more than 26 points ahead of Italy’s Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte, who were second. Maia and Alex Shibutani of the United States were third with 157.58 points.
Davis and White, who also won Skate America, turned in a strong performance of their “Scheherazade” free dance that featured innovative lifts and intricate footwork.
Texans RB Foster out for season
HOUSTON – Houston Texans running back Arian Foster will undergo back surgery next week and miss the rest of the season.
Foster didn’t practice all week after injuring his back on Houston’s first series against Indianapolis last Sunday. He also missed most of Houston’s previous game with a hamstring problem.
Interim Coach Wade Phillips said Friday that Foster had visited specialists about the problem. The Pro Bowl player gained 542 yards on 121 carries with one touchdown and had 22 receptions and another score.
Canada’s Hamelin wins
at short track World Cup
TURIN, Italy – Charles Hamelin won the 1,000-meter race and helped Canada capture the relay yesterday in short track World Cup speedskating. He finished the weekend with three gold medals.
Hamelin, who won the 500 on Saturday, edged Victor An of Russia by 0.021 seconds to keep his lead in the World Cup standings. Russia’s Vladimir Grigorev was third.
In the relay, Canada took control six laps from the end to beat Russia and the Netherlands. It moved to the top of the standings, above the United States, which finished fifth.
In the women’s events, World Cup leader Suk-Hee Shim won her third 1,000-meter race this year to lead a 1-2-3 South Korean sweep. South Korea also won its third relay win this season.
U.S. women beat Brazil, 4-1
ORLANDO, Fla. – Sydney Leroux scored twice in the first half and the U.S. women’s soccer team completed its sixth undefeated year with a 4-1 exhibition victory over Brazil yesterday at the Citrus Bowl.
Abby Wambach also scored in the first half, Erika Tymrak added a goal, and goalkeeper Hope Solo made a series of diving saves in the second half.
The U.S. finished the year 13-0-3.
Leroux opened the scoring in the 15th minute, and Wambach scored on a penalty kick in the 17th. Rosana cut it to 2-1 in the 25th, and Leroux added her second in the 36th. Tymrak scored in the 76th.