Second seed eases into quarterfinals
Nadia Petrova defeated Kveta Peschke, of the Czech Republic, 6-3, 6-1 to reach the quarterfinals of the Fortis Championships in Luxembourg.
Second-seed Petrova will face Germany's Anna-Lena Groenefeld, who beat Anna Smashnova, of Israel, 6-1, 6-2.
Third-seeded Patty Schnyder lost 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-4 to Roberta Vinci, of Italy. Vinci will play Russian Dinara Safina, who reached the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Slovakia's Jarmila Gajdosova.
Defending champion Kim Clijsters advanced to the quarterfinals in Wednesday's 6-3, 6-0 win over Klara Koukalova, of the Czech Republic.
Clijsters is 23-1 in Luxembourg.
- The United States will play host to Romania in the first round of the 2006 Davis Cup, while Thursday's draw also set up another showdown between Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt.
The U.S. team will get to pick the site and surface for its Feb. 10-12 World Group series.
The Americans have lost in the first round two of the past three years. Their last Davis Cup championship came in 1995, the country's longest drought since the 1930s.
Top-ranked Federer and Switzerland will be at home against former No. 1 Hewitt and Australia in February. Federer has won his last nine matches against Hewitt, including the semifinals at the last two majors, the U.S. Open and Wimbledon.
Federer has won six Grand Slam titles, Hewitt two.
Louisiana State AD apologizes to Vols
Louisiana State University athletic director Skip Bertman has apologized to the Tennessee athletic director for the rowdy behavior of some Louisiana State fans who pelted a Tennessee bus with beer bottles after the Volunteers' Monday night victory over the Tigers.
Officials from both schools and Louisiana State Police said people threw the bottles at the last of Tennessee's four buses after the convoy came to a stop near the stadium, resulting in three cracked windows. Some fans also rocked the buses, according to Louisiana State Police.
In his letter, Bertman congratulated Hamilton on Tennessee's come from behind 30-27 victory in overtime. He then went on to apologize to Hamilton, the school president and all Tennessee fans for the incident outside the stadium.
Team from Georgia wins women's title
Laura Coble led the Georgia team to a two-shot victory in the Women's USGA State Championship in Bluffton, S.C.
Coble, of Augusta, shot 68-72-74-214 at Berkeley Hall's North Course.
Coble's teammates were Kyu Ri Ban (71-74-78), of Duluth, and Jean Reynolds (71-77-75), of Newnan, who both shot 223.
The Georgia team shot 434 for the three days to Alabama's 436. Each team counted the low two scores each day, with Georgia shooting 139-146-149 and Alabama 143-149-144.
In the men's tournament, former Augusta State University golfer Emmett Turner led South Carolina to a tie for fourth place.
Turner led his team with 76-68-67-212, followed by former South Carolina golfer Alex Hamilton, of Aiken, at 75-66-78-219. Todd White of Moore shot 74-71-79-224.
South Carolina finished with 429, seven shots behind the winner, Texas.
Paine College runs its record to 18-0
Unbeaten Paine College swept Fort Valley State behind Kisha Lucette and Akia Stanton.
The Lady Lions (18-0, 3-0 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) beat the visitors 30-18, 30-22 and 30-24.
Lucette had 14 kills and four assists while Stanton had 18 kills and one ace.
Stephanie Reed had 25 assists and Ala'Torya Cranford had 19 and two aces.
Fort Valley State is now 3-9 and 0-3.
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