Pennetta, Schiavone carry Italy
to 2-0 Fed Cup lead over U.S.
Flavia Pennetta beat Bethanie Mattek-Sands 7-6 (4), 6-2 to give defending champion Italy a 2-0 lead over the United States in the Fed Cup final in San Diego on Saturday.
The Italians need just one more victory in the best-of-5 competition to secure their second straight Fed Cup final victory against the United States. Italy won 4-0 last year.
After losing five straight games to let Mattek-Sands take a 6-5 lead in the first set, Pennetta fought back from set point to win the 12th game and force a tiebreaker.
French Open champion Francesca Schiavone got Italy off to a fast start with a 6-2, 6-4 victory against 18-year-old CoCo Vandeweghe, who was playing near her hometown of Rancho Santa Fe.
Also: Roger Federer made short work of Andy Roddick this time, winning 6-2, 6-4 in the Swiss Indoors semifinals in Basel, Switzerland, in their first rematch since the epic 2009 Wimbledon final.
Federer broke Roddick’s serve twice in each set and fired 13 aces to the American’s four to win in 69 minutes.
Last time at Wimbledon, Federer broke Roddick once in the 39th attempt to win 16-14 in the fifth set after 4 hours, 16 minutes.
Federer will face defending champion Novak Djokovic in today’s final. Djokovic beat Serbian Davis Cup teammate Viktor Troicki, 7-6 (4), 6-4.
Men’s soccer team can’t hold
lead, falls to New Mexico, 3-2
The UNLV men’s soccer team jumped out to a 2-0 first-half lead but lost to New Mexico 3-2 at Peter Johann Memorial Field in the finale to Mountain Pacific Sports Federation regular-season play.
The Rebels (6-10-2, 3-5-2 MPSF) will be seeded fifth in the league tournament, which starts Thursday at Sacramento State in Sacramento, Calif.
Nick Marshall scored from 5 yards out and Jonny Espinoza scored on a penalty kick for the Rebels.
Also: The UNLV volleyball team lost 3-1 to Wyoming in a Mountain West Conference match in Laramie, Wyo.
Sara Nehf had a match-high 19 kills for the Rebels (8-18, 3-9 MWC), which fell by scores of 19-25, 25-15, 25-23, 25-18.
The UNLV men’s swimming team posted the top time in the nation in two events en route to a 172-122 Mountain West Conference dual meet win over Brigham Young at Buchanan Natatorium.
The Rebels (3-0, 1-0 MWC) posted the nation’s top time of 1 minute, 28.42 seconds in the 200-yard medley relay behind David Seller, David Szele, Cody Roberts and Steven Nelms. Szele also won the 100 breaststroke in 54.94, which ranks him first in the nation.
The women’s team lost to BYU 182-118 despite Jessica Heim’s three victories — in the 500 (4:56.53) and 1,000 freestyle (10:15.38), and the 200 butterfly (2:02.08).
Judah survives knockdown,
beats Matthysse by decision
Zab Judah bounced back from a late knockdown and survived everything Lucas Matthysse could throw at him to win a split decision in Newark, N.J.
Judah (40-6) was ahead on the scorecards until Matthysse (27-1) landed a combination that sent the former undisputed welterweight champion to the canvas in the 10th round. Judah was staggered against the ropes again moments later but survived until the bell.
The relatively unknown Matthysse dominated the final two rounds, too, but could never land the knockout blow he needed after digging a deep early hole.
Judges Joseph Pasquale and Hilton Whitaker scored it 114-113 for Judah, while Waleska Roldan scored it 114-113 for Matthysse.
Also: Former world champion Miki Ando dominated the free skate despite a watered-down routine to win the Cup of China in Beijing.
Ando, who had been in third place after Friday’s short program, opted not to attempt her double axel-triple toe-loop, substituting that with a double-double. It paid off as she finished with 172.21 points, putting her comfortably ahead of fellow Japanese skater Akiko Suzuki, who was second with 162.86.
A Cook County judge declared a mistrial for a man accused of robbing former NBA star Antoine Walker at gunpoint at his Chicago home in 2007.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported that jurors deliberated for seven hours before deciding they couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict for 28-year-old Demorris Hill. Prosecutors say they plan to retry him.
Two men have already been sentenced.
The PBA’s World Series of Bowling concluded at the South Point, with the tour crowning its first Korean and second Finnish champions.
Yung-Jin Gu of South Korea beat countryman Jun-Yung Kim 236-224 to win the Scorpion Championship, and Osku Palermaa of Finland defeated Dan MacLelland of Canada 172-149 to win the Shark Championship.