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Harkleroad Seals Fed Cup Win for U.S.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Fed Cup rookie Ashley Harkleroad, 22, rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the second set to beat Germany's Sabine Lisicki, 6-4, 7-5, in San Diego yesterday to clinch the tie and send the United States into a World Group road semifinal against defending champion Russia in April.

Earlier, Lindsay Davenport improved to 32-3 in Fed Cup play with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Julia Goerges.

The United States finished 4-1 against Germany after Davenport and Lisa Raymond won the doubles, 6-2, 6-0, over Tatjana Malek and Anna-Lena Groenefeld.

Despite contributing two singles victories, Harkleroad might not make the cut for the semifinal if team captain Zina Garrison can get either Venus or Serena Williams-- or both -- to commit. The Americans haven't won the Fed Cup since 2000.

¿ SOCCER: The United States will play its first home qualifier for the 2010 World Cup at Carson, Calif., on June 15 against Barbados or Dominica. The United States is seeking its sixth straight World Cup appearance.

¿ BASEBALL: Outfielder Curtis Granderson and Detroit agreed to a five-year contract that includes a club option for 2013.

Granderson had a breakout season last year, hitting .302 with 23 homers and 74 RBI along with 38 doubles, 23 triples and 26 stolen bases. He led the majors in triples with the highest total since Ty Cobb had 24 in 1917. . . .

Outfielder Juan Gonzalez is trying a comeback with St. Louis. A two-time AL most valuable player, he will be one of 26 non-roster players invited to spring training.

Gonzalez, 38, last played regularly in 2003 with Texas. He had one at-bat with Cleveland in 2005 before injuring his hamstring. Gonzalez has 434 career homers.


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