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EX-USF COACH FERNANDEZ JOINS HALL OF FAME

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NEWPORT, R.I. - Gigi Fernandez, a 2003 USF graduate and the Bulls' tennis coach from 2003-05, was among seven inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame on Saturday.

The Lake Mary resident, 46, is the first Puerto Rican to be enshrined.

The other inductees: doubles partners Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde, known as the Woodies; Natasha Zvereva, Fernandez's doubles partner; Brad Parks, the pioneer of wheelchair tennis; and Owen Davidson and Derek Hardwick, enshrined posthumously.

Fernandez and Zvereva won 14 Grand Slam titles together.

"She was fire and I was ice," Zvereva told the crowd.

fish in final: Fifth seed and Tampa resident Mardy Fish reached the Hall of Fame Championships final by beating Richard Bloomfield 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 in Newport, R.I. He faces No. 4 seed Olivier Rochus, who beat Brian Dabul 6-3, 6-2.

davis cup: Spain's bid for three successive Davis Cup titles ended against a team it hadn't lost to in 87 years. France took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the quarterfinal when Michael Llodra and Julien Benneteau beat Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano Lopez 6-1, 6-2, 6-7 (6-8), 7-6 (7-5). The Czech Republic clinched a win over Chile by going up 3-0, Serbia regained the lead against Croatia 2-1, and Argentina took a 2-1 lead over Russia.

BUDAPEST grand prix: Agnes Szavaydefends her title against Patty Schnyder in today's final. Szavay beat Alexandra Dulgheru 6-1, 5-7, 7-5, and Schnyder defeated Zuzana Ondraskova 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

et cetera

colleges: UCF scheduled a two-game football series against South Carolina, at home Sept. 28, 2013, and on the road Sept. 26, 2015. The Gamecocks want recruiting exposure in Florida, and a South Carolina spokesman said UCF was interested in seeing former Gator coach Steve Spurrier return to the state. ...Georgia tailback Dontavius Jackson and split end Tavarres King were jailed early Saturday on alcohol-related charges. ... Southern Mississippi receivers DeAndre Brown and Johdrick Morris and linebacker Martez Smith were charged with disorderly conduct after police said they refused to leave when an officer tried to disperse a crowd at a pool party in Hattiesburg.

tracK:Tyson Gay of the United States edged Asafa Powell in the 100 meters at the British Grand Prix in Gateshead, England. Gay (9.94) was 0.02 faster in the Diamond League meet. ... Olympic gold medalist and four-time world champion hurdler Allen Johnson, 39, announced his retirement. Doug Logan, CEO of USA Track and Field, said Johnson "embodies all the qualities you could ask for from a champion."

nfl: Redskins guard Mike Williams confirmed he will miss the season because of blood clots near his heart. Williams, 30, was a first-round pick of the Bills in 2002 out of Texas.

horses:Gio Ponti, last year's dual Eclipse Award winner as top older horse and grass champion, snapped a five-race losing streak with a win in the $600,000 Man o' War Stakes at Belmont Park. Ramon Dominguez was aboard as Gio Ponti beat 53-1Mission Approved by a neck, covering 13/8 miles in 2:16.20. ... Awesome Gem upset Rail Trip to win the $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup by a half-length at Hollywood Park. Awesome Gem covered 1-1/4 miles in 2:03.31 under David Flores. ... Trappe Shot beat Nacho Friend by 2-1/2 lengths to win the $175,000 Long Branch Stakes at Monmouth Park. The 3-year-old, ridden by Alan Garcia, covered 11/16 miles in 1:43.25.

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