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Federer steeled for Djokovic test

TENNIS: Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will steel themselves for a final effort tonight as they compete for the regular season's last prize at the ATP World Tour Finals.

THE top two players in the world are the final men standing at London's O2 Arena after Djokovic defeated Juan Martin Del Potro and Federer saw off US Open champion Andy Murray. Federer has ruled the roost since the tournament moved to London in 2009 and will aim to make it a hat-trick of titles, while Djokovic was the champion in 2008 in Shanghai but has not reached the final since.

Irish stars in Tour battle

GOLF: Five Irishmen are one step away from landing a European Tour card, with the gruelling six-round test of final qualifying now awaiting Niall Kearney, David Higgins, Simon Thornton, Gareth Shaw and Chris Devlin at the PGA Catalunya Resort later this month. They were five of 73 players to qualify from four courses across Spain.

Dubs' winless weekend

BASKETBALL: It was a bad weekend for Dublin clubs in the Nivea For Men's Superleague with no victories recorded. Moycullen pulled off the result of the weekend when causing an upset against the experienced DCU Saints in over-time (88-79).

UCC Demons continued their unbeaten run against Dublin Inter (69-74). UL Eagles added another notch to their belts with victory over Killester (71-89), while Bord Gais Neptune continued their winning streak with a home win over UCD Marian (64-55).

Meredith keeping faith

HOCKEY: New Ireland coach Andrew Meredith has kept pretty much the same squad he inherited from Paul Revington, with just two newcomers in the 18 players named for the Champions Challenge in Argentina at the end of the month.

The new men are UCD's Shane O'Donoghue and Bruce McCandless from Banbridge, replacing Ulster pair Ian Sloan and David Ames.

NFL: Carolina 14 Denver 36, Tampa Bay 34 San Diego 24, Miami 3 Tennessee 37, New England 37 Buffalo 31, Baltimore 55 Oakland 20, Cincinnati 31 NY Giants 13, New Orleans 31 Atlanta 27, Minnesota 34 Detroit 24, Seattle 28 NY Jets 7, Philadelphia 23 Dallas 38, San Francisco 24 St Louis 24 (OT), Chicago 6 Houston 13.