Isner's Errors end U.S. Davis cup run in semi
GIJON, Spain — Tampa resident John Isner made 70 unforced errors in a 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 loss to Spain's David Ferrer as the five-time Davis Cup champs took an insurmountable 3-1 semifinal lead Sunday over the United States and earned a shot at a fourth title in five years.
Spain, which played without injured Rafael Nadal, will face the host Czech Republic in the final in November.
The fifth-ranked Ferrer rallied to stay unbeaten on clay in the competition with his 16th straight win.
"Spain is the high water mark in the Davis Cup in the last 15 years," U.S. captain Jim Courier said. "They have great individual players, great depth and great passion for Davis Cup."
Spain stretched its record home winning streak to 24 and hasn't lost on clay for 26 series.
"The Spanish team was just too good," Isner said. "They won the important points."
CZechs in final: Tomas Berdych defeated Argentina's Carlos Berlocq 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 to put the Czech Republic into the Davis Cup final. Berlocq filled in for Juan Martin del Potro, who missed the match with a wrist injury.
More tennis: Thousands lined the streets of Dunblane, Scotland, to give Andy Murray a rousing welcome to his hometown as he celebrated his Olympic and U.S. Open victories. Britain's first men's Grand Slam winner in 76 years arrived on an open-top bus then walked the streets signing autographs.
Rowdies coast past Edmonton
Playoff-bound Tampa Bay got a goal and assist each from forward Daniel Antoniuk and midfielder Luke Mulholland in a 3-0 victory over host Edmonton on Sunday. Forward Mike Ambersley also scored for the Rowdies (12-7-7), whose 43 points are second in the NASL standings. Tampa Bay plays its final regular-season home match at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday against Carolina.
Boxing: Mexico's Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KOs) stopped Josesito Lopez in the fifth round Saturday to defend his WBC 154-pound belt. When asked whether he was ready to face Floyd Mayweather Jr., the 22-year-old Alvarez, who is working on his English, said: "I was born ready."
Speed skating: U.S. coach Jae Su Chun denied claims of verbal, physical and psychological abuse brought by 19 current and former members of the national team. The U.S. Olympic Committee put the coach on administrative leave while it investigates accusations that Chun threw bottles and chairs and told female skaters they were "fat."