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GLASGOW, Scotland — Argentina reached its first Davis Cup final since 2011 on Sunday when Leonardo Mayer sealed a 3-2 victory over defending champion Britain by beating higher-ranked Dan Evans in the second reverse singles match.

Evans expected to face Juan Martin del Potro, who beat Andy Murray on Friday, but Del Potro, the 2009 U.S. Open champion and this year's Olympic silver medalist, did not want to risk his fragile body after wrist injuries earlier in the year. Evans, ranked 53rd, went down 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to Mayer, ranked 114th.

In its fifth Davis Cup final, Argentina will try win the championship for the first time against Croatia.

Earlier, Murray ensured that the semifinal would go to the deciding match by breezing past Guido Pella 6-3, 6-2, 6-3.

Croatia tops France: Marin Cilic swatted aside Frenchman Richard Gasquet in straight sets to send Croatia into the Davis Cup final for the second time. The 2014 U.S. Open champion won 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 to give host Croatia an unassailable 3-1 lead with one singles match to play in Zadar. Croatia won the Davis Cup 11 years ago.

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Manchester United hits a sour stretch

After opening the English Premiere League season with three straight wins, Manchester United has lost three games in nine days, the latest a 3-1 defeat to Watford that ended United's 30-year unbeaten run against the club north of London.

The miserable sequence started Sept. 10 when United — owned by the Glazer family, which owns the Bucs — lost the first Manchester derby of the season to City. It then had a losing start to the Europa League on Thursday at Feyenoord in the Netherlands.

Five games into the Premier League season, United is six points behind leader Manchester City.

Spain: Real Madrid equaled a record set by rival Barcelona as James Rodriguez and Karim Benzema scored in a 2-0 defeat of visiting Espanyol in the Spanish league. It was the 16th straight league win for Madrid, going back to last season, matching Barcelona in the 2010-11 season. Madrid maintained a three-point lead over Barcelona with its fourth straight league victory this season.

MLS: Landon Donovan scored his first goal since coming out of retirement two minutes after entering as a second-half substitute and the Los Angeles Galaxy tied host Sporting KC 2-2. Donovan, 34, announced his return Thursday, ending a 21-month retirement to at least play the rest of this season.

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College basketball: Former George Washington coach Mike Lonergan believes he was wrongfully fired Saturday in the wake of an independent investigation into allegations he verbally abused players and may seek action against the school, his lawyer said.

Paralympics: Chinese wheelchair racer Zou Lihong beat American Tatyana McFadden in a photo finish in the women's marathon as the Games concluded in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Entering the Games with her sights set on seven gold medals in every wheelchair racing event, McFadden finished with six medals, four gold and two silver.

WNBA: Tamika Catchings scored 16 in her final regular-season game and host Indiana locked up the No. 5 playoff seed with 83-60 victory over Dallas. Indiana hosts the eighth seed, either Phoenix or Seattle, for a single-elimination game in the playoffs' first round.

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Sports in brief 09/18/16 [Last modified: Sunday, September 18, 2016 9:16pm]
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