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U.S. trails in davis cup

BOISE, Idaho — The United States trailed Serbia 2-1 in a Davis Cup quarterfinal after the top-ranked doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan lost to Serbia's Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-1), 5-7, 4-6, 15-13 on Saturday.

The match lasted 4 hours, 23 minutes.

The Bryans have a 20-4 Davis Cup record and have lost their past two Cup matches in five sets this year, the only times they've played five-set matches in Cup action.

"We have to tip our hats to those guys," Bob Bryan said. "Obviously, I thought they played well all day, 36 aces, and they didn't give us much opportunity, especially in the fifth (set)."

"I just can't believe it happened," Bozoljac said.

Today's reverse singles matches start with world No. 1 Novak Djokovic playing 20th-ranked Sam Querrey. The final match will be 44th-ranked Viktor Troicki of Serbia against 23rd-ranked Tampa resident John Isner.

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Serena romps over Venus in semifinal

Serena Williams had just dominated her opponent and advanced to her fourth final of the year, the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, S.C.

Her excitement, though, was over the weeklong play of sister Venus Williams. "She's had a great week," Serena said

So has Serena, who won her 14th straight match in the tournament with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Venus, the most one-sided result in the sisters' long rivalry.

Serena goes for her second straight tournament title and third overall today against Jelena Jankovic, a three-set winner over Stefanie Voegele.

Serena has won five straight in the sister series and leads 14-10.

"Obviously, Serena is playing extremely well," Venus says, "and it's great to see her at No. 1 and just fulfilling every dream."

ET cetera

Colleges: Top-ranked Florida women's gymnastics totaled the nation's second-highest score of the year, 198.40 points, to win its NCAA region competition at Gainesville and advance to the NCAA championships April 19-21 in Los Angeles. … Miami ended a four-game baseball losing streak to Florida State, shutting out the Seminoles 6-0 in Coral Gables. Junior Bryan Radziewski (4-1) allowed four hits in seven innings and lowered his ERA to 0.78 for the Hurricanes (21-13, 6-8 ACC). DJ Stewart was the only player with multiple hits for FSU (26-5, 9-5), going 2-for-3 with two singles. … USF's Sara Nevins (Pinellas Park High) tossed her first no-hitter of the season and Monica Santos hit a three-run homer in a 10-0 win at Pittsburgh. In Game 2, Kourtney Salvarola hit her Big East-leading 12th homer in a 7-1 win for the Bulls (31-11, 9-1 Big East).

Horses: Auroras Encore, a 66-1 long shot, won England's Grand National Steeplechase by nine lengths. None of the 40 horses in the world's most famous jumping race were hurt; 17 finished the 41/2-mile course. Four horses died in the past two editions of the event.

GREYHOUNDS: Undefeated Se's Home Owner of Red Oak Racing kennel won the $80,000 Distance Classic at Derby Lane in St. Petersburg. Lk's Sniper was second and Kiowa Jordan Doc third.

Lance Armstrong: Armstrong asked a Dallas court to dismiss a lawsuit by a Dallas promotions company seeking repayment of more than $12 million in bonuses paid to him for winning cycling's Tour de France. SCA Promotions is suing Armstrong and his manager, Bill Stapleton, claiming Armstrong committed fraud by using performance-enhancing drugs to win seven Tours.

Times staff, wires

Sports in brief 04/06/13 [Last modified: Sunday, April 7, 2013 1:08am]

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