Thursday sports news…

Thursday NFL game is Tampa Bay (rebounding from last weekend’s late failed attempt at comeback win) vs. Minnesota.  Not really must see I don’t think but anyhow, that what NFL offers tonight.

College Football offers ACC match up with 18 Clemson visiting Wake Forest.  Wake is having a disappointing year.  Jim Groh does more with less than most but I expect Clemson and their high powered offense ( and not so good defense) to be too much for Wake tonight.

World Series game 2: 8:00 pm EST Detroit in San Francisco.  How about those Giants!!  Will see what happens tonight.  They will inevitably go to Detroit to play ball before this series is over.

Tennis updates:  WTA Year End final results from Turkey:

Kerber loses to Li Na 4-6, 3-6; Serena defeats Azarenka 6-4, 6-4 and Sam Stosur falls to Errani in three sets, 3-6, 6-2, 0-6  Somewhat disappointing performance for Azarenka but then again, when on, Serena is undoubtedly the best women’s tennis player in the world, rankings irrelevant.  Azarenka will get a match against Li Na to try and win and secure her number 1 ranking for this year.  Sharapova will also be in action tomorrow.

Mr. Federer was not in action today at Swiss Indoors.  He will play tomorrow.  The only possible stumbling block to him repeating as champion of this event would have to be Del Potro, barring any unforeseen and unexplainable poor play.  Stay tuned..

In other Tennis news, Rafael Nadal has announced his official withdrawal from the Year End Final in London.  This comes as no surprise as he was not expected to compete due to his continuing efforts to rehab his  injured left knee.  He has not competed since his surprising early exit from Wimbledon 2012!

Juan Carlos Ferrero has announced he is retiring at the end of this year.  He is quoted as saying playing Roger Federer made him feel “inadequate”.  I am sure he is not alone in feeling that way!!

NBA news: Commissioner David Stern has announced he will retire in February 2014 after 30 years serving in that capacity.  He will be replaced by Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver.

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