Roddick, Fish lose in Davis Cup quarters
David Ferrer dispatched Andy Roddick in straight sets 7-6 (11-9), 7-5, 6-3 in Austin, Texas, giving Spain a 2-0 lead over the United States after the first two singles matches of their Davis Cup quarterfinal.
The Americans were counting on Roddick to rally the United States after Spain's Feliciano Lopez upset Mardy Fish of Tampa in the opening match 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (7-5), 8-6.
Roddick started fast in the first and second sets before losing both. He meekly surrendered the third, double-faulting on the final two points and drawing a groan from the red white and blue, flag-waving crowd.
"I think I tried to win the entire match in the third set," said Roddick, who is 33-12 in his Davis Cup career. "Any Davis Cup loss is tough because it's not just your loss."
Hall of Fame Championships: Sixth-seeded Olivier Rochus is back in the semifinals on the grasscourts in Newport, R.I. He gained his third straight semifinal, beating Matthew Ebden 7-6 (7-5), 7-6. Rochus faces qualifier Michael Yani, who edged Denis Kudla 6-3, 6-7 (7-5), 7-5. No. 1 seed John Isner of Tampa faces eighth-seeded Tobias Kamke in today's other semifinal.
Swedish Open: Polona Hercog defeated Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 in the semifinals in Bastad. The win puts Hercog in the final against Johanna Larsson, who beat Sofia Arvidsson 6-3, 6-1.
IOC bans needles at 2012 Games
The International Olympic Committee will enforce a "no needle" policy for the 2012 Summer Games that bars athletes from possessing syringes and other medical equipment that could be used for doping.
IOC medical commission chairman Arne Ljungqvist said needles will be prohibited from living areas, locker rooms, and training and competition sites in London without medical clearance.
Basketball: Dmitry Kulagin had 21 points, including five of Russia's 12 3-pointers, in a 79-74 quarterfinal victory over the United States, knocking the defending champion out of the under-19 world championship in Riga, Latvia. Jeremy Lamb of Connecticut had 21 points for the United States (5-2), which faces Poland (5-2) today in a consolation semifinal.
Track and field: World-record holder Usain Bolt cruised to victory over European champion Christophe Lemaitre in the 200 meters at a meet in Saint-Denis, France. The Jamaican sprinter clocked 20.03 seconds. Lemaitre finished in 20.21.
WNBA: Cappie Pondexter had 20 points, nine rebounds and seven assists and visiting New York beat San Antonio for the second straight game, 76-73. … Diana Taurasi scored 17, Penny Taylor added 16 and Phoenix held off host Tulsa 86-78.
Damian Cristodero, Times staff writer; Times wires
date set for lightning, purcell arbitration hearing; sides hopeful
The arbitration hearing for the Lightning and right wing Teddy Purcell is July 20 in Toronto. Both sides have said they expect to reach a contract deal before the hearing takes place.
Purcell, 25, who made $750,000 in 2010-11, had a breakout season with career highs of 17 goals, 34 assists and 51 points in 81 games. He also had five goals and 17 points in 18 playoff games.
FLEMING UPDATE: Assistant Lightning coach Wayne Fleming still is in a California hospital getting chemotherapy and radiation treatments, said general manager Steve Yzerman, who added that Fleming also is rehabbing to "improve his motor skills" after April brain cancer surgery.
Yzerman has said Fleming's job is waiting for him.
"All things considered," Yzerman said, "he's doing well."
Avalanche: The team signed goalie Cedrick Desjardins, who was with the Lightning's AHL Norfolk affiliate last season and at one time was to be the Lightning's backup in 2011-12. Desjardins sustained a shoulder injury in January that must have concerned the Lightning.