Doubles victory keeps u.s. alive in davis cup
GIJON, Spain — The Bryan brothers delivered Saturday. That left John Isner to perform the unexpected against defending champion Spain for the United States to possibly reach the Davis Cup final.
Mike and Bob Bryan won their doubles match against Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 6-3, 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 to cut Spain's semifinal lead to 2-1. Today, Isner faces David Ferrer, 15-0 on clay in Cup competition.
The Tampa resident lost to Nicolas Almagro on Friday. "John knows how to separate yesterday from tomorrow," U.S. captain and former Dade City resident Jim Courier said. "He'll be ready."
If Isner wins, Sam Querrey plays Almagro for a spot in the final.
Argentina-Czech Republic: Host Argentina lost the doubles in its Davis Cup semifinal to trail the Czech Republic 2-1, and it also lost Juan Martin Del Potro y. Del Potro beat Radek Stepanek on Friday in singles playing with an inflamed left wrist. A team doctor said the wrist was being immobilized for 10 days. Del Potro was replaced by doubles player Carlos Berlocq, who was to face Tomas Berdych in today's first reverse singles.
COLLEGES: Tyler Blackwood's team-leading fourth goal of the season gave Tampa (4-0-1) a 1-0 win over visiting Eckerd (2-3) in the Sunshine State Conference opener for both men's soccer teams. On the women's side, Tampa (5-2) also won 1-0 against visiting Eckerd (2-2) on Cici Gonzalez's goal in the 47th minute in the SSC opener for both teams.
Triathlon: Sarah Haskins, winner of the past two St. Anthony's Triathlons in St. Petersburg, and Jarrod Shoemaker of Clermont won their second USA Triathlon elite national championships in Buffalo, N.Y.
soccer: Anton Ferdinand's snub of John Terry in the prematch handshake overshadowed Chelsea's 0-0 draw at Queens Park Rangers in the English Premier League. The match came two months after Terry was acquitted of racially abusing Ferdinand in a league game last year. Manchester United routed Wigan 4-0.
Greyhounds: Call Me Ishmael, Ed N Edmundo, Flying Dimarco and Mrl No Access won first-round races in the $50,000 Fall Sprint Stakes at Derby Lane in St. Petersburg. Qualifying resumes Wednesday.
speed skating: Five 2010 Olympic medalists and other current and former members of the U.S. team have accused coach Jae Su Chun of "unchecked" verbal, physical and psychological abuse, and current team members are boycotting the team, their lawyer said. Nineteen athletes filed a grievance against U.S. Speedskating, and 14 signed a complaint with the U.S. Olympic Committee. Both organizations said they are investigating.
Swimming: Akihiro Yamaguchi set a world record in the men's 200-meter breaststroke at the Japanese national meet in Gifu, winning in 2 minutes, 7.01 seconds.
Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times wires