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U.S. wins Davis Cup doubles, stays alive

By TIMES WIRES
Published September 24, 2006


MOSCOW - For the U.S. Davis Cup team, it's one must-win match down, two to go.

Andy Roddick and Tampa resident James Blake must win their singles matches today against host Russia for the Americans to advance to the final against Argentina.

Bob and Mike Bryan kept U.S. hopes alive with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win over Dmitry Tursunov and Mikhail Youzhny in Saturday's semifinal. The win leaves the Americans trailing 2-1.

The winner faces Argentina, which beat Australia 3-0, in the final in December.

Russia enters today's matches playing at home in Moscow, on a surface that has brought grumbles from Roddick, and with a choice of opponent against him. According to the draw, Roddick is to play Youzhny in the opening match. But Russian coach Shamil Tarpishchev has clay-court specialist Nikolay Davydenko as an option.

Youzhny said he'd be happy to play, but Roddick said Friday that he expects to face Davydenko.

"To be honest, I wouldn't be surprised either way," U.S. captain Patrick McEnroe said. "Andy is very familiar with both players. It's really a matter of Andy just coming out and playing his game, trying to stay composed, relaxed - but intense."

SUNFEAST OPEN: Top-seeded Martina Hingis routed Sania Mirza 6-1, 6-0 to reach the final in Calcutta, India. Hingis plays Olga Poutchkova, who defeated Iroda Tulyaganova.

SLOVENIA OPEN: Tamira Paszek, 15, reached her first WTA final. She faces Marina Elena Camerin for the championship today in Portoroz.

CHINA OPEN: Top-ranked Amelie Mauresmo rallied past Jelena Jankovic to advance to the final in Beijing. Mauresmo plays second-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova.

RETIREMENT: Alex Corretja, 32, of Spain, winner of 17 ATP singles titles and a former No. 2-ranked player, said he is retiring.

BASKETBALL

Australia takes women's title

Penny Taylor scored 28 and Lauren Jackson added 16 to lead Australia past Russia 91-74 for its first gold medal at the World Championship in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The U.S. team, stunned by Russia on Thursday, beat Brazil 99-59 for the bronze medal.

CYCLING

Board: Move on Landis case

A review board has recommended the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency move forward in the disciplinary process against Floyd Landis, accused of doping during his victory in the Tour de France this year. Landis' attorney, Howard Jacobs, said Landis would appeal the positive test and ask for an open hearing by the American Arbitration Association. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has said it would agree to an open hearing, which would probably not take place until early next year.

REVIEW: The UCI world cycling federation announced a complete review of its sport, including a possible shortening of the three-week Tour de France. At the end of a doping-tainted season, UCI president Pat McQuaid said an independent team of academics would lead a yearlong audit of the sport. Riders at the UCI's annual congress backed the measures, saying the public has lost trust in the sport.

SOCCER

Wizards GM stepping down

Curt Johnson will step down as the Kansas City Wizards' general manager at the end of the season because a contract agreement couldn't be reached with the new owners. He will remain as an adviser during the transition to a new general manager.

PREMIER LEAGUE: Chelsea moved into first place with a 2-0 win over Fulham on goals by Frank Lampard. Manchester United missed a chance tie Chelsea in the standings, settling for a 1-1 tie at Reading. Kevin Doyle scored on a 48th-minute penalty, and Cristiano Ronaldo answered in the 73rd minute for United.

ET CETERA

TRACK: World-record holder Liu Xiang edged American Allen Johnson by 0.02 seconds to win the 110-meter hurdles at the Golden Grand Prix in Shanghai, China.

HORSES: Strong Contender rallied in the stretch and charged past favorite Lawyer Ron for a one-length victory in the Super Derby at Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, La. ... King of the Roxy rallied to win the Futurity for 2-year-olds at Belmont Park in New York.