Roger Federer moved closer to adding one of the few trophies he lacks by leading Switzerland to the Davis Cup semifinals on Sunday. Italy and France also swept two singles matches to cap comeback wins.
Federer (above) defeated Kazakhstan's Andrey Golubev 7-6 (7-0), 6-2, 6-3 after teammate Stanislas Wawrinka beat Mikhail Kukushkin as host Switzerland won 3-2 in Geneva.
"We're very relieved and very happy," said Federer, 32, who seeks his first Davis Cup title. "It was a long weekend with a lot of tennis."
Host Italy ousted Britain when Andreas Seppi defeated James Ward in a decider set up when Fabio Fognini stunned two-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 in Naples. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils won as France beat visiting Germany by erasing a 2-0 deficit in Nancy. In September the French face defending champion Czech Republic, a 5-0 winner over host Japan, and Italy faces Switzerland.
Petkovic takes Family Circle
No.40 ranked Andrea Petkovic ended a surprising week at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, S.C., with her first WTA title in three years by defeating Jana Cepelova 7-5, 6-2. Petkovic, 26, was once ranked ninth before injuries slowed her progress and cost her much of the 2012 season. Cepelova, 20, was in her first WTA final.
UCF takes 2 of 3 from USF
Tommy Williams hit two two-run home runs to lead visiting UCF past USF 6-3. The Knights (20-13, 8-1 American Athletic Conference) took two of three in the series. Buddy Putnam had two hits, a run and an RBI for the Bulls (18-14, 5-4).
More baseball: Florida State (26-5, 13-2 ACC), ranked No.1 by Baseball America, swept Notre Dame in a doubleheader, 11-2 and 4-3. ... No.13 Florida (20-12, 7-5 SEC) lost 9-8 at No.22 Kentucky after scoring five runs in the ninth and leaving the possible tying run stranded in the ninth.
Football: Miami QB Ryan Williams, who tore his right ACL in practice Friday, will have surgery this week; the presumptive starter's chances of playing in the fall are unknown. His injury leaves former Countryside QB Gray Crow as the backup for now behind freshman Kevin Olsen.
U.S. women shut out China
Lauren Holiday scored off a ricochet late in the first half and substitute Megan Rapinoe added a goal as the U.S. women defeated China 2-0 in an exhibition in Commerce City, Colo. The Americans held China to one shot and ran their home unbeaten streak to 81 games (71-0-10).
England:Steven Gerrard scored twice from the penalty spot as Liverpool won its ninth straight, 2-1 at West Ham, to take back the lead in the Premier League by two points over Chelsea. ... Norwich, in 17th place, fired manager Chris Hughton and hired former player Neil Adams with five matches left.
MLS:Robbie Keane and Stefan Ishizaki scored late in the first half as the Galaxy defeated city rival Chivas USA 3-0.
Manziel visiting Raiders
Former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel spent Sunday and will spend today visiting the Raiders, espn.com reported. The website said the Texas A&M quarterback flew to Oakland after appearing Saturday at the NCAA Final Four. The Raiders own the No.5 overall pick in next month's draft.
Elsewhere: The Bears agreed to a one-year free agent contract with former Saints center Brian de la Puente. ... Former Cowboys and Ravens defensive lineman Marcus Spears retired. The former LSU standout joins SEC Network as an analyst.
Cycling:Fabian Cancellara won a four-way sprint to the finish to defend his Tour of Flanders title in Brussels.
Rowing: Oxford won its fifth Boat Race in seven years on the River Thames after an early clash of oars damaged university rival Cambridge's hopes. Cambridge leads all-time 81-78-1 in one of the world's oldest sporting events, dating to 1829.