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Serbia's Novak Djokovic returns the ball to Kazakhstan's Alexander Bublik during a Davis Cup quarter final match between Serbia and Kazakhstan at the Madrid Arena stadium in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez) **FILE**

Djokovic wins twice to lead Serbia to Davis Cup semifinals

- Associated Press

Novak Djokovic fed off the energetic crowd from the start on Wednesday, leading Serbia into the semifinals with a 2-1 come-from-behind win over Kazakhstan at the Madrid Arena. The top-ranked Djokovic kept Serbia alive in the quarterfinal by defeating Alexander Bublik in straight sets in his singles match, then teamed up with Nikola Cacic in the deciding doubles for a 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 win over Andrey Golubev and Aleksandr Nedovyesov.

Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai reacts during a tennis match in Beijing, China on Oct. 6, 2009. When Peng disappeared from public view this month after accusing a senior Chinese politician of sexual assault, it caused an international uproar. But back in China, Peng is just one of several people, activists and accusers alike, who have been hustled out of view, charged with crimes or trolled and silenced online for speaking out about the harassment, violence and discrimination women face every day. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

WTA suspends China events over concerns for Peng’s safety

- Associated Press

In the strongest public stand against China taken by a sports body, the head of the women’s professional tennis tour announced Wednesday that all WTA tournaments there would be suspended because of concerns about the safety of Peng Shuai, a Grand Slam doubles champion who accused a former government official of sexual assault.

Seattle Mariners gather as the MLB logo is shown during a review of an attempted catch by right fielder Mitch Haniger of a ball hit by Tampa Bay Rays' Ji-Man Choi that was originally called an out during the ninth inning of a baseball game Friday, June 18, 2021, in Seattle. The call was overturned. The Mariners won 5-1. The clock ticked down toward the expiration of Major League Baseball’s collective bargaining agreement at 11:59 p.m. EST Wednesday night, Dec. 1, 2021, and what was likely to be a management lockout ending the sport’s labor peace at over 26 1/2 years. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) **FILE**

Teams spend $1 billion on day MLB, union are likely head to lockout

- Associated Press

Major league teams committed to over $1 billion in salaries in one day for the first time Wednesday, hours before the league was expected to lock out the players following the 11:59 p.m. expiration of the collective bargaining agreement.

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Then-Chicago Cubs' Javier Baez sports an MLB logo tattoo and logos on his hat and jersey as he waits to take batting practice. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

MLB heads to first lockout since 1995 as labor deal expires

- Associated Press

Major League Baseball's collective bargaining agreement expired Wednesday night, plunging the sport toward a management lockout that will end labor peace after 9,740 days over 26 1/2 years.

United States' River Radamus reacts after crossing the finish line during an alpine ski, men's World Cup giant slalom, in Soelden, Austria, Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021. Radamus' leopard hair-style for the Soelden race was inspired by past U.S. Ski Team member Chad Fleischer. (AP Photo/Marco Trovati, File) **FILE**

Ski racer River Radamus feeling at home at Beaver Creek

- Associated Press

The racer named River for a reason -- to stand out -- is brimming with confidence heading into Beaver Creek, which will hold super-G events on Thursday and Friday, along with downhill events Saturday and Sunday (the second downhill is a replacement for a race scrubbed last weekend in Lake Louise).