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Djokovic in good form

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic swept aside Roger Federer, 6-2, 6-1, Friday and will play David Ferrer in the semifinals of the World Tennis Championship exhibition in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The fifth-ranked Ferrer upset second-ranked Rafael Nadal, 6-3, 6-2, in the other semifinal. Nadal, who won the tournament the past two years, was nursing a sore shoulder and never seriously challenged his fellow Spaniard.

Djokovic appeared to have shaken off the rust and showed plenty of the dominant play that helped him win three Grand Slam titles and amass a 70-6 record last season.


Team USA eliminated

Petr Holik scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period and Petr Mrazek made 52 saves to lead the Czech Republic to a 5-2 win over the United States at the world junior hockey championship in Edmonton.

The Detroit Red Wings prospect turned back point-blank shots and goalmouth redirections, stopped a penalty shot and even got a little help from the goalpost in the win.

The U.S. (1-2) was sent to the relegation round later Friday when Finland beat Denmark, 10-1. The U.S. plays Canada today.

The victory also assured Canada (3-0) it would win Pool B and get a bye to the semifinal.

Filippi finished with two goals. Tomas Hertl also scored for the Czech Republic while T.J. Tynan and Bill Arnold scored for the U.S.


Jones back with Yankees

The New York Yankees have agreed to terms with Andruw Jones on a one-year, $2-million deal for 2012, two people familiar with the negotiations confirmed, thereby ensuring that they'll deploy the same outfield mix that worked quite well for them last season.

Once Jones, 34, passes a physical examination, he'll rejoin the Yankees' 40-man roster. His contract also contains $1.4 million in attainable incentives.

From News Staff and wire service reports.