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Published:Saturday | November 15, 2014 | 12:00 AM

AJ Junior badminton

The three-day 2014 All Jamaica Junior Badminton Championships begins today at the the Constant Spring Golf Club's Rackets Complex.

Action begins at 9 a.m. today. The tournament is sponsored by the Sports Development Foundation of Jamaica. The tournament has attracted the island's best junior players and intense battles will take place in the under-11, under-13, under-15, under-17 and under-19 age groups.

Djokovic on top

LONDON (AP):

It was another easy win for Novak Djokovic, but certainly one that he will remember.

The Serb's celebrations at the O2 Arena after Tomas Berdych sent a final shot wide yesterday spoke volumes. Djokovic raised his arms above his head and gave a roar of joy, a large grin across his face. His comfortable 6-2, 6-2, win over Berdych had just sealed another year-end No. 1

ranking and a semi-finals berth in the ATP Finals.

"Being No. 1 of the world is the pinnacle of the sport," said the 27-year-old Djokovic.

Like Marin Cilic and Stan Wawrinka earlier this week, Berdych was dispatched with minimal fuss, giving Djokovic an unassailable points lead over second-ranked Roger Federer.

Pele 'recovering well'

SAO PAULO (AP):

A Brazilian hospital says Pele is "recovering well" after undergoing surgery to remove kidney stones.

The Albert Einstein hospital said in a statement yesterday that the 74-year-old Pele remains in good condition a day after the procedure in Sao Paulo.

Pele was hospitalised Wednesday evening after cancelling his appearance at an event at the Pele Museum in the coastal city of Santos because of stomach pain.

The hospital did not say when the three-time World Cup winner was expected to be released.

Equatorial Guinea to host 2015 African Cup

JOHANNESBURG:

Equatorial Guinea was chosen yesterday to host the 2015 African Cup of Nations in place of Morocco, taking the continent's top football tournament back to the oil-rich country that has been criticised for having an oppressive and corrupt regime.

The decision by the Confederation of African Football also immediately stirred sporting controversy because Equatorial Guinea's national team was

invited to participate as hosts despite being previously disqualified from the competition for cheating.

Equatorial Guinea is the late replacement for Morocco, which was stripped of hosting rights this week after asking for the tournament to be delayed over Ebola fears.

The country was praised yesterday by the African Union for taking over the hosting duties of the 16-team tournament.

"(Ebola) should not paralyse continental programmes and events," African Union Chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said.