U.S. doubles win keeps Davis Cup hopes alive
The United States won a doubles match in five sets against Spain yesterday to maintain its chance of reaching the Davis Cup finals against either Argentina or Russia. Mike Bryan and Mardy Fish beat Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano Lopez, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, on clay in Madrid to cut the Spaniards' match lead to 2-1 and ensure that the semifinal result depends on today's reverse singles. Bryan usually plays with his twin brother, Bob. But Bob pulled out with a shoulder injury and Fish was a late replacement. The first of the reverse singles is Rafael Nadal against Andy Roddick, and, if the big-serving American beats the world's best player to tie the score, it goes down to David Ferrer of Spain against Sam Querrey.
More Davis Cup:: Russia also won a five-set doubles match to stay alive in the other semifinal. Igor Kunitsyn and Dmitry Tursunov beat David Nalbandian and Guillermo Canas, 6-2, 6-1, 6-7 (9), 3-6, 8-6, in Buenos Aires to prevent Argentina from taking a 3-0 lead. Nalbandian plays Nikolay Davydenko today, and Argentine Juan Martin del Potro faces Igor Andreev.
WTA Pan Pacific Open:: Russians Svetlana Kuznetsova and Dinara Safina cruised into the final in Tokyo with straight-set victories. Seventh-ranked Kuznetsova defeated Slovenia's Katarina Srebotnik, 7-6 (5), 6-2, and No. 5 Safina routed compatriot Nadia Petrova, 6-1, 6-0.
J. Saunders in hospital because of kidney stone
The Los Angeles Angels said 16-game winner Joe Saunders was hospitalized with a kidney stone late Friday night. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Saunders was expected to pass it before last night. The left-hander is still scheduled to start Tuesday night at Seattle. He is expected to be ready for the playoffs.
Dodgers:: Los Angeles activated Jeff Kent from the 15-day disabled list - less than three weeks after the second baseman had arthroscopic surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee. He'll be available to only pinch hit.
Cubs:: Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder has released a song for the team at the request of Cubs great Ernie Banks. It's called "All the Way." The lyrics pay homage to a team that hasn't won a World Series for 100 years. "Someday we'll go all the way," the refrain goes. "Yeah, someday we'll go all the way."
Nationals:: Washington's Triple-A affiliate next season will be in Syracuse, N.Y. The past two seasons, the affiliate was in Columbus, Ohio, but the Clippers decided to align with the Indians for 2009.
Engineer Hallam to join Waltrip Racing
Steve Hallam is leaving McLaren Racing in Formula One and making the move to NASCAR, where he will join Michael Waltrip Racing as director of race engineering for the second-year Toyota team. Hallam will quit his job as head of race operations for McLaren at the end of the F1 season and join Waltrip's team this winter. The decorated engineer has won five world championships in a 27-year career in Formula One.
More NASCAR:: Speculation is mounting that Sprint Cup driver Paul Menard has decided to leave Dale Earnhardt Inc. and move to Yates Racing next season, according to The Charlotte Observer. Max Siegel, DEI's president of global operations, and Yates team owner Doug Yates denied that a deal was done.
Wonder Mon takes Deputed Testamony
Wonder Mon rallied to win the $50,000 Deputed Testamony Stakes for 3-year-old Maryland-breds at Laurel Park. He won by 61/4 lengths in 1 minute, 37.32 seconds for the mile distance. Casanova Jack finished second, and Malibu Kid was third. Wonder Mon paid $8.40.
More horse racing:: My Pal Charlie burst through an opening and cruised down the stretch to upend 6-5 favorite Macho Again and win Super Derby 29 at Louisiana Downs in Bossier City. My Pal Charlie ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.36 to win the $500,000 Grade II stakes race. My Pal Charlie paid $15 to win, $5.80 to place and $3.60 to show. Macho Again finished second and paid $2.80 to place and $2.20 to show. Forest Command returned $2.80.
NFL:: Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Deshea Townsend will sit out a second straight game today at Philadelphia because of a heel injury. Bryant McFadden will replace Townsend.
PRO BASKETBALL:: Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade told Newsday that the New York Knicks are a possible destination for him when he becomes eligible for free agency in summer 2010. ... Asjha Jones scored 16 points and the host Connecticut Sun forced a decisive Game 3 against the New York Liberty with a 73-70 victory in the WNBA playoffs. Also, Crystal Kelly had 19 points to lead the visiting Sacramento Monarchs over the San Antonio Silver Stars, 84-67, sending the series to Game 3.
Golf:: Penalized two strokes for moving impediments in a hazard, Will MacKenzie lost three shots on No. 18 to give the PGA Viking Classic lead to Mark Turnesa in Madison, Miss. Turnesa shot a 6-under-par 66 for a 17-under 199 total after three rounds. MacKenzie and Brain Gay had 67s and are two shots back.