Federer awaits after Goffin completes unusual semi-final cast

LONDON (Reuters) – At the start of the year there would have been long odds on Jack Sock, Grigor Dimitrov and David Goffin all earning enough points to qualify for the ATP Finals, let alone reaching the last four.

Figure skating: Osmond leads after short program at France grand prix

GRENOBLE, France (Reuters) – Canada’s Kaetlyn Osmond on Friday took the lead at the second to last qualifying event for the grand prix final next month with a crowd-pleasing but flawed short program.

Tennis: Time up for Thiem as Goffin reaches semi-finals

LONDON (Reuters) – David Goffin recovered from a slow start to beat Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-4 6-1 on Friday and set up a last-four clash with Roger Federer at the ATP Finals.

Sixers’ Embiid thriving in role as likeable villain

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Philadelphia 76ers forward Joel Embiid has positioned himself as the NBA’s most charming villain: trash-talking, tweeting, and smiling his way to his own brand of entertaining dominance.

With ticket to Olympics, North Korean skating pair are ‘a rough diamond’

WARSAW (Reuters) – When the Canadian coach Bruno Marcotte started working with a pair of Olympics-qualified North Korean figure skaters, he did not expect much warmth from them.

Russia says humiliating to go to Olympics without flag: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko said that it would be unacceptable and humiliating for Russia to take part in the Winter Olympics in South Korea without the national flag and anthem, RIA news agency reported on Friday.

Wiggins to swap pedals for oars at indoor championships

LONDON (Reuters) – Retired cycling champion Bradley Wiggins is to turn his sights on a new sporting challenge when he competes in next month’s British Rowing Indoor Championships in London.