in brief


Serbia takes 2-0 lead over U.S.
in first-round Davis Cup series

Novak Djokovic struggled past Sam Querrey 6-2, 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-3 for Serbia to take a 2-0 lead against the United States in their first-round Davis Cup series Friday in Belgrade, Serbia.

In the opening singles, Serbia’s Viktor Troicki beat John Isner, who was making his Davis Cup debut, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4.

Second-ranked Djokovic began having problems in the second set, smashing his racket and asking for a medical timeout. Querrey led 4-1 and wasted four set points at 5-4.

Djokovic needed five match points to win, converting with a forehand drive after 3 hours, 21 minutes.

Isner hit 21 aces, but Troicki converted his fourth match point with a crosscourt volley after 3 hours, 36 minutes to win the match.

Today’s doubles match features top-ranked Bob and Mike Bryan against Nenad Zimonjic and Janko Tipsarevic.

It’s the first time since 2000 that neither Andy Roddick nor James Blake was on the U.S. team.

Also: Retired tennis standouts Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova and Lindsay Davenport are joining current women’s player Justine Henin in a second match at a charity exhibition to raise money for Haiti earthquake relief efforts.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will team with retired stars Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi in an already announced men’s match during the “Hit for Haiti” benefit to be played March 12 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif.


Robinson, Roach pitch CSN’s
top-ranked Coyotes to sweep

Joe Robinson and Donn Roach pitched the top-ranked College of Southern Nevada baseball team to a Scenic West Athletic Conference-opening doubleheader sweep of College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, 3-0 and 4-1.

Robinson threw a 72-pitch complete game in the opener, allowing two hits while striking out five. Roach followed with eight innings of stellar pitching in the nightcap, striking out 11 and walking one.

Marvin Campbell led the Coyotes (15-3 overall) at the plate, going 3-for-6 with four RBIs.

Highly touted freshman Bryce Harper had a double in the first game for CSN.

Also: The CSN softball team swept Western Nevada Community College in a Scenic West doubleheader at the Russell Road Recreation Complex, 8-1 and 14-1.

Coyotes pitcher Shelbie Medrano went the distance in the opener, allowing three hits, and was 3-for-4 with two doubles.

In the second game, CSN (13-7, 9-5 SWAC) scored 14 unanswered runs in the first three innings.

Drew Beuerlein had a triple and two doubles, driving in three runs, as the UNLV baseball team routed Columbia 14-5 at Wilson Stadium.

R.J. Arnold homered, doubled and had three RBIs for the Rebels (8-3), who have won seven of their past eight games.

The UNLV softball team split its first two games of the Eller Media Stadium Classic, falling to Portland State 10-9 before notching an 8-0 win in five innings over Weber State.

Jaci Hull homered in each game and totaled five RBIs for the Rebels (10-7). Jessica O’Connor pitched UNLV past Weber State, giving up one hit and one walk in five innings with four strikeouts.

The UNLV men’s tennis team snapped a five-match losing streak, beating Hawaii 6-1 at the Fertitta Tennis Complex.

Mehdi Bouras and Luca Barlocchi paced the Rebels, winning at Nos. 1 and 2 singles and teaming to win at No. 1 doubles.


Wranglers stage third-period
rally, beat Ontario in shootout

Nick Lukacevic scored two third-period goals to help rally the Wranglers to a 7-6 shootout victory over the Ontario Reign in Ontario, Calif.

Las Vegas (25-25-6) trailed 5-2 entering the third period. Lukacevic scored on a penalty shot to pull the Wranglers within 6-5, then on a power play to tie the score.

Adam Miller, Mike Madill, Chris Frank and Mick Lawrence also scored in regulation for the Wranglers, who went 12 rounds in the shootout before prevailing.

The Reign (24-25-8), who are tied with Las Vegas with 56 points for the final National Conference playoff berth with 16 games left in the regular season, scored four power-play goals.

Also: Michael Phelps swam to an easy win in the 400-yard individual medley open event at the Maryland Swimming Championship Meet in Annapolis.

Phelps posted a time of 3 minutes, 39.01 seconds in winning the event, the first of four he plans to compete in during the three-day meet at the U.S. Naval Academy. Phelps, 24, was competing in a field made up mostly of 15- to 17-year-old boys.

Despite the win, the 14-time Olympic gold medalist was well off any sort of internationally competitive time.

The three remaining events for Phelps are the 200 IM and 500 freestyle today and the 200 butterfly Sunday.

Lindsey Vonn and the U.S. Ski Team think she has clinched the World Cup super-combined season title.

The last of this season’s three scheduled super-combined races was canceled in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, because of high wind. The International Ski Federation said it would not be rescheduled because no free days are available.

Vonn, who won two medals at the Vancouver Olympics, leads the super-combined standings. The U.S. Ski Team issued a statement saying she “unofficially clinched” the title and that the federation “indicated that an official determination” will be made next week.

The NCAA denied Oregon State’s appeal for an additional year of eligibility for quarterback Lyle Moevao.

The Beavers asked for a sixth year of eligibility for Moevao, who injured his right shoulder in the 2008 season and required surgery before playing just one down early last season.

He injured his right foot in practice in October and didn’t play again.

Mississippi State forward Renardo Sidney will have to repay $11,800 in improper benefits and sit out the remainder of this basketball season and nine games next season if he wants to play for the Bulldogs, the NCAA announced.

Sidney has been with the team all season but only has been allowed to practice while the university and the NCAA conducted an often contentious investigation. Sidney attorney Don Jackson has maintained the family’s innocence throughout the nearly yearlong investigation.

The university found that Sidney had received improper benefits and preferential treatment while he played for a Los Angeles high school. The university can appeal the penalty, something coach Rick Stansbury says will happen.


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