Monday, July 13, 2009

Davis Cup: U.S. Ousted

The United States was eliminated by Croatia in the Davis Cup quarterfinals yesterday when Marin Cilic beat James Blake to clinch the victory.

Cilic won, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, on indoor clay in Porec, Croatia, to give the nation its first semifinal berth since winning the competition in 2005. Croatia won 3-2 after American doubles specialist Bob Bryan beat Roko Karanusic, 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), in the final match.

"I think I played a perfect match against Blake," the 20-year-old Cilic said. "This is one of the most important victories in my career."

The Americans, 32-time champions, have lost all three meetings against Croatia in the Davis Cup, including defeats in 2003 and 2005.. . . .

In Newport, R.I., Rajeev Ram beat third-seeded Sam Querrey, 6-7 (7-3), 7-5, 6-3, in the Hall of Fame championships for his first ATP title.


Stricker Triumphs

Steve Stricker followed one of his best performances with 36 solid holes to win the PGA Tour's John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill., by three strokes.

Stricker, who tied the course record Saturday, fired a 7-under-par 64 in the fourth round after starting the day with a third-round 68 to finish at 264 for the tournament.

Local favorite Zach Johnson, Brandt Snedeker and Brett Quigley all tied for second at 17 under. . . .

Steve Marino (W.T. Woodson/University of Virginia) will play in his first British Open this week. He was added to the field when Japan's Shingo Katayama withdrew last night with a back injury. . . .

Bernhard Langer chipped in for eagle on the 18th hole to win the 3M Championship in Blaine, Minn., his second straight win on the Champions Tour. His 7-under 65 gave him a 16-under 200 for the tournament, one shot better than Andy Bean. . . .

Germany's Martin Kaymer won the Scottish Open, closing with a 2-under 69 in the rain and sunshine at Loch Lomond for his second straight European PGA Tour victory.


Gatti's Wife Detained

Brazilian authorities say they have detained the wife of former champion Arturo Gatti as a suspect following his death at a posh seaside resort in Brazil.

Police say 23-year-old Amanda Rodrigues was taken into custody yesterday because of contradictions when she was interrogated. Gatti's body was found early Saturday in a hotel room at the Porto de Galinhas resort in northeastern Brazil.

A spokeswoman for the Pernambuco state civil police says Gatti was apparently strangled with the strap of a purse, which was found with blood stains at the scene. Milena Saraiva told the Associated Press that the Canadian also had a head injury.

Saraiva said authorities were preparing to present a formal accusation against Rodrigues.


Franchitti Wins

Dario Franchitti won the Honda Indy on the street course in Toronto, easily holding off Penske drivers Ryan Briscoe and Will Power on a late restart for his third win of the season. Franchitti won for the third time this season and regained the series points lead over teammate Scott Dixon. . . .

Australia's Mark Webber won his first Formula One race after overcoming a penalty to take the German Grand Prix in Nuerburgring. Webber beat teammate Sebastian Vettel by 9.2 seconds. . . .

In Glendale, Ariz., Blas Perez scored his third goal of the CONCACAF Gold Cup to help send Panama to the quarterfinals with a 4-0 win over Nicaragua.

Later in Glendale, Gerardo Torrado and Miguel Sabah each scored, and Mexico beat Guadeloupe, 2-0, to win Group C. . . .

Charde Houston scored a career-high 26 points to lead the visiting Minnesota Lynx to a 83-76 victory over the San Antonio Silver Stars in WNBA action. . . . Candice Dupree scored a game-high 28 points to lead the Chicago Sky, 86-81, over the Storm in Seattle.

-- From News Services

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