Healthy Isner to play for u.s. in Davis cup
JACKSONVILLE — John Isner will return from injury to play for the United States in this weekend's first-round Davis Cup match against Brazil, captain Jim Courier said Thursday.
Isner, a Tampa resident, sustained a bone bruise in his right knee last month and skipped the Australian Open. "I had a very encouraging week of practice," he said. "I feel like I'm ready to go."
Isner, ranked 13th in the world, faces No. 145 Thiago Alves today, and No. 22 Sam Querrey faces No. 33 Thomaz Bellucci in the best-of-five. Doubles is Saturday with world No. 1 Bob and Mike Bryan taking on Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares. Reverse singles in Sunday.
'Noles pitcher to miss all of '13
Florida State RHP Mike Compton, whose 12 wins in 2012 were the most among freshmen in Division I, will miss 2013 with an right elbow injury that requires ligament replacement (Tommy John) surgery. The starter went 12-2 with a 2.87 ERA, and his wins included one in NCAA region play and one in the World Series.
Beckham to play in France for free
David Beckham signed a five-month deal with France's Paris-Saint Germain and will donate his entire salary to a children's charity. Financial details and which charity will get the money were not disclosed. The English midfielder, 37, most recently finished a six-year stint with Los Angeles of MLS.
England: The governing body didn't add to the ban Chelsea's Eden Hazard received for kicking a ball boy last week. He will serve only the automatic three games for a red card.
MLB: Arizona and 3B Martin Prado agreed to a four-year $40 million deal. Prado, part of last week's deal that sent RF Justin Upton to Atlanta, could have become a free agent after this year. … Former Cubs and Diamondbacks star Mark Grace was sentenced to four months in jail under a work-release program for driving under the influence. Grace, 48, was fired as Arizona's TV analyst after his arrest in August, his second in 15 months.
College football: Kansas State coach Bill Snyder signed a five-year extension. He will make $2.75 million in 2013 with annual increases of $100,000 through 2017. The 73-year-old led the Wildcats to an 11-2 mark and a Big 12 title last season. He's 34-17 in four seasons of his second stint at KSU (170-85-1 in 21 seasons at KSU overall).
NASCAR: Former NFL linebacker Bill Romanowski became a minority owner of Swan Racing, which has David Stremme in the No. 30 Toyota. Romanowski's health supplement company will be the primary sponsor for 10 races this year and be an associate sponsor for the other 26.
Arena Football: The Storm signed OL Alfred McCullough. The 6-2, 330-pounder was part of Alabama's national title team in 2009 and 2011.