U.S. down 2-0 to Spain in davis cup
GIJON, Spain — Even with Spain's Rafael Nadal out injured, the United States on Friday was on the brink of Davis Cup elimination by the claycourt masters.
Sam Querrey and Tampa resident John Isner lost their opening singles matches, giving the defending champions a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five semifinals. David Ferrer beat Querrey 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4, and Nicolas Almagro beat Isner 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.
The United States must win the doubles match today to stay in the series, with brothers Mike and Bob Bryan facing Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez. Reverse singles are Sunday. "We'll be ready for Sunday," said U.S. captain Jim Courier, who grew up in Dade City.
argentina-czech republic: Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro beat Radek Stepanek in the opening match of the other semifinal 6-4, 6-4, 6-2, and Czech Tomas Berdych evened it by topping Juan Monaco 6-1, 4-6, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 in Buenos Aires. Del Potro played though doctors told him not because of an inflamed left wrist.
Play was called off for the day at the Women's British Open because of strong wind that disrupted the second round so badly that organizers declared early scores "null and void."
With wind gusting to 60 mph at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England, players struggled to keep the ball on the tees and greens. Felicity Johnson started with quintuple-bogey 9. Cristie Kerr's ball blew off the 12th tee three times.
The second round was scheduled to restart today. Organizers said the cut would be reduced from 65 and ties to 50 and ties. The final two rounds were set for Sunday.
Champions: Peter Senior shot 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Hawaii Championship at Kapolei. Jay Don Blake and Bill Glasson were tied for second.
Two ex-champs talk drugs, drink
Former world champions Oscar De La Hoya and Julio Cesar Chavez admitted alcohol and drug abuse while training for fights during the latter part of their careers. During the premiere of ESPN Deportes' talk show El Bar, De La Hoya said he drank before at least two title fights, one against Manny Pacquiao and one he wouldn't identify. Chavez declined to mention specific fights before which he drank but said there were several.
Hatton unretires: Former world champ Ricky Hatton came out of retirement, seeking redemption for a 2009 loss to Pacquiao that sent the Brit into retirement and his life to "mush." Hatton, 33, will fight an unnamed opponent Nov. 24.
NBA: Center Dwight Howard won't finish his rehabilitation from back surgery in time for the start of Lakers training camp Oct. 2.
Swimming: Two years after a sexual abuse scandal rocked the sport, USA Swimming has banned 16 people for life as part of a program that stepped up training and led to enhanced background checks for coaches, officials and volunteers.