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In Brief | Nation and World Oct. 8

Rockies manager Jim Tracy resigns after 98 losses

DENVER — Colorado Rockies manager Jim Tracy resigned Sunday, stepping down after the team set a franchise record for losses.

The Rockies said a search for Tracy’s replacement would begin immediately. Colorado finished last in the NL West this year while going 64-98.

Tracy was promoted from bench coach to manager in May 2009. He was voted the NL Manager of the Year that season after guiding Colorado into the playoffs. The Rockies went 294-308 under Tracy.

Nishikori beats Raonic to win Japan Open

TOKYO — Eighth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan beat Milos Raonic of Canada 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-0 on Sunday to win the Japan Open.

Azarenka, Djokovic win titles at China Open

BEIJING — Top-seeded Novak Djokovic extended his perfect record at the China Open when he defeated third-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France 7-6 (4), 6-2 in the final Sunday.

On the women’s side, top-seeded Victoria Azarenka won her fifth title of the year by dominating second-seeded Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-1.

Verdasco, Kohlschreiber win in Shanghai

SHANGHAI — Fernando Verdasco and Philipp Kohlschreiber reached the second round of the Shanghai Masters with straight-sets victories Sunday.

Verdasco beat Go Soeda 6-2, 6-4. Kohlschreiber used a dominant serve to win 6-4, 6-4 against Ryan Harrison.

By wire sources