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LONDON -- Over to you, Andy Murray.Novak Djokovic has got the two group-stage wins he needed to keep alive his hopes of regaining the No. 1 spot this week. He beat Milos Raonic 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5) in Tuesdays Tour Finals evening session to ensure he will be around for the weekend at the O2 Arena.Now all he needs to do is win a fifth consecutive title -- and sixth overall -- here to finish as year-end No. 1, if it comes down to a winner-takes-all shootout with Murray in Sundays final.There are other permutations by which Djokovic, who was overtaken in the rankings by Murray last Monday after 122 weeks, can finish the year on top but he knows his fate is still in his own hands.I have never felt unbeatable and I never will, the Serb told a post-match news conference. I dont feel vulnerable, he added, however, which could be a concern for Murray.Djokovic is perhaps the closest thing you can get to a sure bet against Raonic, having now won 18 of the 19 sets they have played over eight meetings.Raonic had his chances here, though. The Canadian failed to take two break points in the third game of the opening set, and was made to pay when Djokovic edged a tiebreaker after 64 minutes of play at the O2 Arena.After twice breaking the Djokovic serve to level the second set, Raonic then wasted a set point at 6-5 before the Serb came out on top in another tiebreaker to seal the win in two hours, 13 minutes.It was a very close match. Very few points separated us tonight. It really could have gone either way, added Djokovic.I was fortunate to get through the first set tiebreaker. I was down very early in both tiebreaks tonight. But I just managed to stay committed and put pressure on his second serves.But I should have done my job earlier, to be honest. Im not very pleased to drop my serve twice [in the second set] against Milos, especially the second time. I was 4-3, 30-Love, then just four pretty bad unforced errors.Credit to him for really hanging in there, putting pressure, being aggressive, especially from the forehand. But, you know, I think I should have done better there.Gael Monfils was earlier beaten 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 by Dominic Thiem in Tuesdays afternoon session at the O2 Arena.Not my best, was the Frenchmans blunt assessment of his fitness out there, having suffered an apparent knee injury and been sprawled flat out on his back at one point.Thiem went a set up in just 25 minutes here, with Monfils winning just five points on the Austrians serve. The 30-year-old was hobbling around in pain, toiling at the baseline and unable to slide and chase down what the Austrian was throwing at him to full effect.Monfils did race into a 4-0 lead in the second set, however, forcing the decider with Thiem threatening to crumble again like he did after winning the opening set against Djokovic Sunday.But a Monfils double fault gave Thiem match point in what had been a close-fought third set, and a long forehand ended the contest.I give my best, as usual, fighting with everything I had, he added. Thats the only matters when you step on the court.After a second defeat in two matches, it is fair to wonder whether Monfils will play his final round robin match Thursday against Djokovic, with alternate David Goffin waiting in the wings.I will try to recover because obviously Im not good enough to play back-to-back. So hopefully, you know, Ill be much better, said Monfils.With his first Tour Finals victory, Thiem kept his hopes of making the semifinals alive. He next faces Raonic Thursday.Very happy that when Im facing him that theres still something going on, Thiem said in an on-court interview. Potentially I have the chance to reach the semifinals. Just try to get fit again for the last match and go. Huarache Blancas Hombre . The Nashville Predators were glad their captain was still on their side. Weber had a goal and two assists, and Roman Josi scored the shootout winner to lift the Predators to a 4-3 win over the Flyers on Thursday night. Huarache Rojas . The defence is doing its part, too. Drew Brees threw a pair of touchdown passes in the first half and the guys on the other side made sure that was enough, sending the Saints to a 17-13 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night. . The FA rejected Wilsheres appeal that the length of his punishment was "clearly excessive" and said Thursday his suspension begins with immediate effect. He will miss league matches against Chelsea on Monday and West Ham on Dec. Nike Huarache Blancas y Negras . -- The proud fathers huddled near the Dallas Stars dressing room, smiling, laughing and telling stories while wearing replica green sweaters of their sons team. Nike Presto Blancas . After a first half in which he thought "the lid was on the basket," the Toronto Raptors coach watched his squad mount a second half surge to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 98-91.Anderson Silva’s evolution into an all-time great wouldnt have happened without a spell in London, according to the man who brought him to these shores over a decade ago. The Brazilian legend is considered among the elite handful of cage competitors after a majestic run as UFC middleweight champion which resulted in some of the sports most iconic knockouts - made possible after he perfected his craft in Dave ODonnells Cage Rage.Silva (33-6-1) will next fight Englands premier UFC representative Michael Bisping (27-7) in London, returning to the city where his flamboyant but vicious style was developed. We brought Anderson over to lose to Lee Murray but, when he didnt, we realised we had a star in the making. Promoter Dave ODonnell ODonnell signed the up-and-coming Silva to his domestic promotion in 2004 as cannon fodder for English fighters but soon accepted the brilliant Brazilian import would outgrow them.We brought Anderson over to lose [a Cage Rage title fight] to Lee Murray but, when he didnt, we realised we had a star in the making, ODonnell exclusively told Sky Sports. He had knockout after knockout in London, then the UFC rightly snapped him up. Silva was beginning to demonstrate the ferocity that made him the UFCs best ever middleweight Anderson Silva: The stats Age: 40 Birthplace: Curitiba, Brazil Height/Reach: 62 / 77 Nickname: The Spider We signed Anderson the same way we brought all the biggest names over - we waited for the right moment, when theyd had a loss and needed rebuilding. With Murray being a rising star over here, it was something Anderson could get his teeth into.Twelve years ago, the 29-year-old prospect Silva boasted a 13-2 record earned in his homeland and Japan. He had been beaten just a year prior to touching down for the first of four fights at Wembleys Conference Centre that have since become the stuff of legend.But Silva annihilated Cage Rage favourite Murray to shock the home crowd, crippling his legs en route to a unanimous decision. It quickly dawned on promoter ODonnell that the quiet boy from the streets of Curitiba had something. Silva won all four fights in England but upcoming opponent Michael Bisping is also undefeated in his home country When he first came over to fight Murray he was booed, but by the end of the fight he was respected and nobody could wait for him to come back, said ODonnell. Lee wanted to fight the worlds best and we thought Anderson would be a test.A lot of Brazilians back in those days would just go to the ground but Anderson was different, always coming up with new tricks, he was the Bruce Lee of MMA.Yet his development wasnt yet completed - after torching the best that London had to offer, Silva surprisingly lost a fight in Japan by submission. Back to the drawing board. I brought [Silva] to a gym to do a seminar a few days before he knocked out Tony Fryklund with a reverse elbow.dddddddddddd He practiced that move in the seminar and we all thought whats he doing? Promoter Dave ODonnell Sensing his opportunity, ODonnell tempted Silva back to The Big Smoke, having lined up stern American opposition. Jorge Rivera and Curtis Stout were promptly knocked out but, when Silva travelled to Hawaii for his next fight, he lost via disqualification. His silky skills were obvious but he just needed one spark to truly ignite his rise, and it would come with a never-repeated stoppage win on his next return to London.I brought him to a gym to do a seminar a few days before he knocked out Tony Fryklund with a reverse elbow, ODonnell recalled. He practiced that move in the seminar and we all thought whats he doing? That was on the Thursday, he went and did it on Saturday. He never played safe.The technique in question had never been seen, and since 2006 hasnt been repeated in top-level MMA. Silva, from a southpaw stance, connected with an elbow strike thrown like a boxers lead-hand uppercut. His opponent crashed downwards, the crowd were eerily silent as they digested what had happened, and one of the UFCs future icons was born. Silva went on to bamboozle Forrest Griffin in the UFC Anderson Silva: The records 33-6-1 (20 KOs, 6 submissions) Most UFC title defenses (10) Most finishes in the UFC (14) Longest win streak in UFC history (16) Longest UFC title reign (2457 days) Highest significant strike accuracy in UFC (67.8%) He was quickly poached by the riches of the Las Vegas-based organisation, as ODonnell expected. Such a magnificent knockout signalled a step forwards in the growth of MMA that, a decade ago, was dominated by rough-and-tumble brawlers. Two months later, Silva needed 49 seconds to win his Vegas debut.He twice stopped middleweight champion Rich Franklin and built the best winning streak in UFC history spanning 16 fights, 10 of which were for the world title. His limited grasp of English, increasingly unique offence and respectful demeanour was a throwback to The Karate Kid movie. Silva last fought in January 2015 but his win over Nick Diaz was overturned into a no contest From the beginning he was humble, ODonnell noted. He was an animal in the cage but a nice bloke outside it. Some guys just have an aura - when he walked into a room you said theres something special about him.Two defeats to Chris Weidman, including a gruesome broken leg, plus a failed drugs test have dampened the past three years but Silva is aiming for revitalisation in his spiritual home of London once again. Bisping: No Silva service Michael Bisping had plenty to say about Anderson... Also See: Bisping: No Silva service Bispings ups and downs UFC More sports Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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