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United States clinch Davis Cup

The United States captured the Davis Cup on Saturday, dethroning defending champions Russia to end a 12-year drought in the international tennis competition. A doubles victory by Bob and Mike Bryan gave the Americans an unbeatable 3-0 lead over Russia in the best-of-five match World Group final.

Roddick, Blake give US lead in Davis Cup

Andy Roddick and James Blake gave the United States a formidable 2-0 lead over defending champions Russia on Friday, putting the Americans one point away from their first Davis Cup crown in 12 years. Roddick was untouchable on his serve in beating Dmitry Tursunov 6-4, 6-4, 6-2, while Blake turned in a gutsy performance.

Cabrera clinches US Open

Angel Cabrera edged superstar Tiger Woods and former champ Jim Furyk to win the 107th US Open golf championship, becoming the first Argentinian to lift the coveted trophy. He joined Roberto di Vicenzo, winner of the 1967 British Open at Hoylake, as the only Argentinians to win one of golf's four Major titles.

Woods poised for another stellar year

Amid all the changes in store for the US PGA Tour in 2007, expect one thing to stay the same: Tiger Woods will again reign supreme. The season starting with the Mercedes-Benz Championships at Kapalua, Hawaii, on Thursday is being touted by US tour officials as a ''new era'' in golf.

Two decades on, fallen star Tyson is down for the count

Twenty years after Mike Tyson battered Trevor Berbick to become the youngest heavyweight world champion in history, the ''Baddest Man on the Planet'' is aging as badly as any boxing cautionary tale. Tyson was 20 years old on November 22 1986 when he pummelled Berbick into submission in two rounds, seizing the World Boxing Council crown.

Sharapova wins grudge match against Safina

Top-seeded Russian Maria Sharapova avenged a French Open fourth-round defeat with a straight-set win over compatriot Dinara Safina on Friday to reach the semifinals of this 600 000-dollar WTA tournament. Sharapova, seeking to keep the momentum going after her WTA triumph in San Diego last week, defeated the fifth-seeded Safina 6-2, 6-4.

Mickelson shares US Open lead with newcomer Ferrie

Phil Mickelson, bidding for his third straight major title, fired a one-under 69 on Saturday to seize a share of the third-round US Open lead along with England's Kenneth Ferrie. The 27-year-old Ferrie, a two-time winner on the European tour, is playing in his first US Open and just his fourth major championship.

Monty seizes lead as US Open scores soar

Colin Montgomerie was the only player to pass golf's toughest test in the red colours on Thursday, as his one-under 69 gave him the first-round lead in the 2006 US Open. Montgomerie's was the only under-par effort on a day when a wind-blown Winged Foot humbled a host of top players, including Tiger Woods.

Woods poised for emotional return at US Open

Tiger Woods admits he will be taking a step into the unknown at next week's US Open as he returns to competition for the first time since the death of his father. Woods's father Earl died on May 3 after a long battle with cancer and the American hasn't played since the Masters in April.

On-form Federer speeds into semifinals

Roger Federer didn't give Ivan Ljubicic a look in on Thursday as he sped past the Croatian Davis Cup hero and into the semifinals of the Indian Wells Masters Series. Ljubicic had stretched the Swiss world number one to three sets in three of their five encounters last year, but Federer quickly sucked any suspense out of this one, needing just 66 minutes to post a 6-2, 6-3 victory.

Agassi baffled by another early exit

A baffled Andre Agassi was bundled out of the ,27-million Pacific Life Open 7-5, 6-2 on Monday by Germany's Tommy Haas. Despite his status as the Masters Series event's eighth seed, Agassi clearly had his work cut out for him against Haas, who has already won titles this year in Delray Beach and Memphis.

Pierce, Mauresmo set up all-French showdown

Mary Pierce beat world number one Lindsay Davenport, and Amelie Mauresmo ousted defending champion Maria Sharapova on Saturday to set up an all-French final at the WTA Tour Championships. Their semifinal victories insured the elite season-ending event will have a French champion for the first time.

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