LONDON - Two of the favorites struggled on the first day of the Davis Cup quarterfinals Friday, with Germany closing in on a big upset against France and Switzerland only managing to split the singles matches against Kazakhstan. Roger Federer evened host Switzerland's series with Kazakhstan 1-1 by beating Mikhail Kukushkin 6-4, 6-4, 6-2. Stanislas Wawrinka surprisingly lost the opening singles against Andrey Golubev. Peter Gojowczyk, ranked 119th in the world, beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga5-7, 7-6 (7-3), 3-6, 7-6 (10-8), 8-6 to give injury-hit Germany a 2-0 lead over host France.
More tennis: No. 3 seed Sara Errani was upset by 17-year-old Swiss qualifier Belinda Bencic 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, S.C., and joined second-seeded Jelena Jankovic as top players ousted in the quarterfinals. Jankovic lost to Eugenie Bouchard 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 to start the round of eight.
Gator runners win Florida Relays events
Florida's Dedric Duke set a Florida Relays record by winning the men's 200 meters in 19.97 seconds at Percy Beard Track in Gainesville. Florida teammates Sean Obinwa (800 meters) and Arman Hall (400 meters) won events. Florida's Bridgette Owens (100-meter hurdles), Robin Reynolds (400 meters) won women's events, and Kyra Jefferson was second in the 200 meters. Chantell Blundell of the University of Tampa was 16th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Injured Rooney might miss Bayern rematch
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is out of today's Premier League game against host Newcastle with a toe injury, and he is doubtful for the Champions League return leg against Bayern Munich next week. Rooney was injured in Tuesday's 1-1 draw against Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions quarterfinal.
MADRID, MAN U AT MICHIGAN: Real Madrid and Manchester United will play at Michigan Stadium on Aug. 2. The match will be part of the Champions Cup, which includes eight of the world's top clubs. The tournament will be hosted across the U.S. in late July and early August.
FERGUSON JOINS HARVARD: Former Man U manager Alex Ferguson has been hired by Harvard Business School for a long-term position. He will lecture to senior executives as part of a new program linking business, media and sports. Under Ferguson, Man U won 13 Premier League titles, the Champions League twice and five FA Cups.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: The Red River Shootout rivalry game between Oklahoma and Texas will have a brand new name featuring a corporate sponsorship in the official name. This year the Sooners and Longhorns will compete in the AT&T Red River Showdown, Texas AD Steve Patterson released in a statement.
COLLEGE SWIMMING: Longtime Georgia coach Jack Bauerle has been suspended indefinitely after NCAA findings of two major rules violations resulting from his involvement in star Chase Kalisz's academic eligibility. Georgia has 90 days to respond to the NCAA findings.
Horses: Four jockeys were injured in falls at the Aintree (England) Festival, with Mikey Fogarty and Paul Carberry taken to a hospital. Carberry had precautionary X-rays on his pelvis before being discharged. Fogarty fractured two vertebrae.