Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Tennis-Under the weather Djokovic staves off Cilic challenge
Novak Djokovic overcame nagging flu and a formidable examination from Marin Cilic, having to come from a set down to forge into the Paris Masters semi-finals with racket-smashing intensity and extend his winning streak to 21 matches on Friday. Djokovic, who will return to world number one next week, faces Roger Federer in Saturday's last four in Bercy after the great Swiss defeated Kei Nishikori comfortably 6-4 6-4 to move a step nearer to winning his 100th career title.
Lightning F Gourde signs five-year, $31 million extension
Tampa Bay Lightning forward Yanni Gourde signed a six-year, $31 million extension with the team on Friday, the club announced. Gourde is signed through the 2024-25 season.
Pitt runs past No. 25 Virginia behind Hall's haul
Senior running back Darrin Hall rushed for 229 yards and three touchdowns to lead visiting Pittsburgh to a 23-13 victory over No. 25 Virginia in ACC play on Friday night at Charlottesville, Va. Hall, who had 19 carries, scored on runs of 41, 2 and 75 yards while topping the 200-yard mark for the second time in his career. The Panthers (5-4, 4-1 ACC) totaled 256 yards on the ground and recorded five sacks while moving into first place in the ACC Coastal Division.
Undrafted rookie sparks Knicks to first road win
Undrafted rookie guard Allonzo Trier scored 23 points and led four bench players in double figures as the New York Knicks earned their first road win of the season with a 118-106 victory over the struggling Dallas Mavericks on Friday night. The Knicks gained confidence and control of the game with a quick, 13-3 start to the third quarter that led to a 33-18 advantage in the period and an 89-77 lead after trailing by three points at halftime.
NFL notebook: Jackson calls Browns' firing premature
Hue Jackson won three times in 40 games as head coach of the Cleveland Browns, but he claims he was fired prematurely Monday when general manager John Dorsey and owner Jimmy Haslam announced that they were moving on from him and offensive coordinator Todd Haley. "The fact that we played four overtime games (this season) says that we were a better football team. In my mind, if we fix the offense -- it's a totally different story," Jackson said in an interview with Cleveland.com on Friday. "So I do believe the move (to fire Jackson) was premature. But I think a part of the problem again went back to the first two years (when the Browns went a combined 1-31)."
Panthers capitalize on power plays, beat Jets
Goalie Roberto Luongo, who hadn't played since the season opener because of a knee injury, returned to action and led the Florida Panthers to a 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Friday in Helsinki, Finland. Luongo made 32 saves as the teams split two games in Finland as part of the NHL's Global Series. This was Florida's first win in regulation this season.
NFL injury notebook: Good news for Chiefs, Rams at WR
After a week of some worry, it appears two of the NFL's most explosive offenses will have their full complement of weapons ready come Sunday. Wide receiver/return specialist Tyreek Hill was a full participant at Kansas City practice on Friday, and the team plans for him to start at Cleveland.
Gymnastics: Biles sets record for world championship gold medals
Olympic champion Simone Biles became the all-time leading world gymnastics championship gold medal winner when the American claimed her third gold at the Doha championships on Friday. Biles's victory in the individual vault gave her 13 career gold medals, surpassing the record of Belarusian Vitaly Scherbo.
NBA notebook: Lakers' Walton reportedly on hot seat
Luke Walton is already coaching for his job. Los Angeles Lakers president Magic Johnson informed Walton of this reality in a meeting Tuesday, ESPN reported. Walton said Friday that closed-door discussions are not for public consumption, but he denied anything has changed this week.
MLB notebook: Kershaw signs three-year deal with Dodgers
The Los Angeles Dodgers and pitcher Clayton Kershaw agreed Friday to terms on a three-year contract extension, meaning Kershaw will not become a free agent. The deal with the left-hander, a seven-time All-Star and a three-time National League Cy Young Award winner, reportedly doesn't have an opt-out clause and will make $93 million plus incentives over the life of the deal, according to multiple reports. The details first were reported by Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports.
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