VIENNA — Andrey Rublev advanced to his fifth final of the season Saturday, setting up a title match against Lorenzo Sonego at the Erste Bank Open.

The fifth-seeded Rublev led 6-4, 4-1 when Kevin Anderson pulled out of their semifinal with a right thigh issue.

Rublev is 4-0 in finals in this shortened season and can become the first player with five tournament wins.

Sonego beat Dan Evans 6-3, 6-4, a day after he upset top-seeded Novak Djokovic 6-2, 6-1 in the quarterfinals.

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Simona Halep, the No. 2 player on the WTA Rankings, revealed on Twitter that she has tested positive for COVID-19. Halep said she feels good but is experiencing mild symptoms.

“I am self-isolating at home and am recovering well from mild symptoms,” she wrote. “I feel good… we will get through this together.”

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IMOLA, Italy — Lewis Hamilton finished ahead of Max Verstappen in the only practice session for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix on Saturday as Formula One returned to the Imola circuit for the first time since 2006.

Hamilton clocked 1 minute, 14.726 seconds on the Enzo and Dino Ferrari track to finish 0.297 ahead of Verstappen’s Red Bull.

Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas was third, 0.492 behind.

In a sign of F1’s progress, Hamilton was more than eight seconds faster than Michael Schumacher’s pole position time for the 2006 San Marino GP at Imola.

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The NBA and its players agreed Friday to extend the deadline for opting out of the Collective Bargaining Agreement by one week until Nov. 6, and talks will continue in the interim regarding the numerous issues that have to be decided before next season begins.

It is the fourth extension of the opt-out deadline since the pandemic started in March. If either the NBA or the National Basketball Players Association chooses to opt out by that date, the CBA would be terminated Dec. 14, “unless the parties agree otherwise,” the NBA said.

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Anderson Silva will be looking to end his illustrious MMA career on a winning note when he takes on middleweight Uriah Hall on Saturday as a +180 underdog on the UFC odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Silva has struggled to find the win column since losing the UFC middleweight crown to Chris Weidman seven years ago at UFC 162, and has announced his intention to retire from combat sports following Saturday night’s matchup at UFC APEX in Las Vegas.

Silva is coming off a crushing first-round TKO loss

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EIBAR, Spain — Cadiz won at Eibar 2-0 to extend its impressive return to the Spanish league on Friday after 14 years in the lower divisions.

Cadiz moved into second place in the standings behind leader Real Sociedad on goal difference. The team from southern Spain is undefeated in five rounds and has won all four of its matches on the road. That includes a 1-0 win at defending champion Real Madrid.

“The league lead? It means we are close to our objective (of avoiding relegation). We can’t think beyond that,” goal-scorer Alvaro Negredo said. “These points are great to

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SOUTHAMPTON, Bermuda — Ryan Armour and Wyndham Clark survived ferocious wind Friday in the Bermuda Championship to share the lead going into a weekend that includes 64-year-old Fred Funk.

Armour could only guess where the 30 mph gusts would blow his golf ball across Port Royal. The 44-year-old from Ohio still managed three early birdies and another on the par-5 17th for a 1-under 70. Clark played in the afternoon and reached 10-under par until a pair of late bogeys for a 68.

They were at 8-under 134, one shot ahead of Kramer Hickok (68).

The big surprise was Funk,

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