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POSTED October 15, 2012 12:53 a.m.

FOOTBALL

• FOOTBALL FAN STABBED IN CANDLESTICK PARK ATTACK: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A man was seriously wounded after being stabbed near Candlestick Park as he was going to watch the San Francisco 49ers’ home game.

Police Sgt. Michael Andraychak said two men suspected of attacking the 27-year-old Elk Grove man Sunday were arrested a short distance away.

Andraychak said the victim was with five friends when the suspects approached them on the southwest side of the stadium. He said they got into an argument and one of the suspects pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim in the torso.

He was rushed to the hospital, and Andraychak said he was expected to survive.

Andraychak said the victim and his attackers were all 49ers fans.

Police identified the suspects as a 30-year old San Francisco man and a 22-year-old Daly City man.

TENNIS

• DJOKOVIC RALLIES TO BEAT MURRAY IN SHANGHAI FINAL: SHANGHAI (AP) — Novak Djokovic saved five match points in the second set before outlasting two-time defending champion Andy Murray 5-7, 7-6 (11), 6-3 on Sunday in the Shanghai Masters final.

In another entertaining matchup between the two U.S. Open finalists, Djokovic seemed headed for defeat when Murray was serving for the match at 5-4 in the second set.

But the second-ranked Serb saved one match point in that game before breaking back for 5-5. He then saved four more in a tense tiebreaker and carried his momentum into the deciding set, breaking the Briton twice to earn his fifth title of the year.



• AZARENKA BEATS GOERGES TO WIN GENERALI LADIES: LINZ, Austria (AP) — Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka won her sixth WTA title of the season Sunday by beating Julia Goerges 6-3, 6-4 at the Generali Ladies.

Azarenka has won 13 straight matches without dropping a set since losing the U.S. Open final last month. She pulled out before her quarterfinal at Tokyo two weeks ago due to dizziness, then won in Beijing last week to begin her streak.

Azarenka broke the fifth-seeded Goerges in the opening game and again at 5-3 to take the first set. That still made the German the first opponent to win more than two games in one set against the Belarusian at this tournament.

COLLEGE

• CROSS COUNTRY RUNNER WINS NCAA’S WOMAN OF THE YEAR: INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Cross country runner Elizabeth Phillips has won the NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

Phillips is a seven-time All-American from Washington University in St. Louis who led the Division III school to the national championship last year. The biomedical engineering major graduated with a 4.0 GPA and was the valedictorian in the school of engineering.

She was chosen from a group of nine finalists Sunday night in Indianapolis.

The award is given to a student-athlete who distinguishes herself through academic achievement, excellence in athletics, community service and leadership.

Last year’s winner was Stevens Tech swimmer Laura Barito.

SOCCER

• DONOVAN RULED OUT OF WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS: MIAMI (AP) — Landon Donovan will not play for the U.S. national team in a pair of upcoming World Cup qualifying matches because of an injured left knee, adding to what will be a pressure-filled few days for the Americans.

U.S. Soccer said Tuesday that Donovan — who has more goals, assists and starts than any player in program history — will likely not be replaced on what was a 24-man roster for the upcoming qualifiers, first on Friday on the road against Antigua and Barbuda, then in Kansas City on Oct. 16 against Guatemala.

Donovan was injured while playing Saturday for the Los Angeles Galaxy. He was selected by U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann for these qualifiers anyway, and the team’s athletic trainers wanted him to be evaluated one more time before he started training.

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