Fill-in for Roddick loses at Davis Cup

In Portland, Ore., Igor Andreev gave Russia its first victory in the Davis Cup final by defeating Bob Bryan 6-3, 7-6 (4), a day after the United States clinched the title for the first time in 12 years.

The match on the hard court at Memorial Coliseum was supposed to be between sixth-ranked Andy Roddick and Mikail Youzhny , but the captains for Russia and the United States each made substitutions.

Bryan and his brother Mike defeated the Russian duo of Andreev and Nikolay Davydenko 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-2 on Saturday to give the Americans an insurmountable 3-0 advantage in the Davis Cup final.

Major League Baseball

Astros finalize deal with speedy Matsui

Second baseman Kaz Matsui finalized a $16.5 million, three-year contract with the Houston Astros, a little more than a month after helping the Rockies to their first World Series appearance.

The 32-year-old switch-hitter batted .288 with four homers and 37 RBI for the Colorado, stealing 32 bases and scoring 84 runs -- his best totals in the majors.

Houston swiped only 65 bases this year, the third-lowest in the NL.

- Sammy Sosa wasn't offered salary arbitration by the Texas Rangers, who still may be interested in bringing back the slugger.

Sosa, 39, hit .252 with a team-high 21 home runs and 92 RBI in 114 games for Texas after a year out of baseball.

He became a part-time player after joining the 600-homer club, starting only 19 of the last 56 games while the Rangers evaluated younger players.

Figure Skating

Skater gives Japan win at NHK Trophy

In Sendai, Japan, Daisuke Takahashi did what countrywoman Miki Ando couldn't, winning the NHK Trophy to close out the Grand Prix series.

Takahashi, who also won Skate America this season, showed that Japanese men's skating is almost as strong as the nation's women's contingent. But world champion Ando faded to fourth here when she fell three times in the free skate, and did not qualify for the Grand Prix finals in Turin, Italy, in two weeks.

He will join American stars Evan Lysacek and Johnny Weir and 16-year-old Canadian Patrick Chan in Turin. The final brings together the top six scorers of the four disciplines from the six regular season events.

Winter Sports

South Korea denied sweep at World Cup

In Turin, Italy, Francois-Louis Tremblay of Canada won the 500 meters in the short track speedskating World Cup to prevent South Korea from sweeping the men's events.

Ahn Hyun-soo of South Korea won the 1,500 in 2:19.458, and South Korea also took the 5,000 relay. South Koreans also won both of Saturday's finals.

- In Beaver Creek, Colo., Daniel Albrecht of Switzerland won a World Cup giant slalom with a combined time of 2 minutes, 24.30 for his second victory in four days.

- In Lake Louise, Alberta, Martina Schild of Switzerland won the opening women's super-G of the World Cup season with a time of 1 minute, 16.21 seconds.

- In Kolomna, Russia, Havard Bokko of Norway won his first career World Cup speedskating event, edging Tom Prinsen of the Netherlands by 9.58 seconds in the 10,000-meter race.


Five North Augusta fighters win bouts

In North Augusta, five North Augusta Police Athletic League boxers won Silver Gloves titles at the Boxing Championships in the North Augusta PAL Gym on Saturday night.

Adilene Elvira , Eugene Trey Hill , Nijee King , Daniel Elvira and V.L. Bush will advance to the regional competition in Augusta in January.

Kenneth Adams lost his debut match against Francisco Acosta of the Hurricane Boxing Club by retirement in the first round.



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