Sports Briefs: Nov. 19

November 19, 2012 

Tennis

Czech Republic takes Davis Cup

The Czech Republic won the Davis Cup for the first time as an independent nation Sunday, beating Spain 3-2 in the final after Radek Stepanek upset Nicolas Almagro in the last reverse singles.

The 37th-ranked Stepanek beat his 11th-ranked opponent 6-4, 7-6 (0), 3-6, 6-3, converting his second match point to send the 14,500 fans at the O2 Arena into wild celebration as they blew trumpets and beat their drums.

Stepanek dropped to the court in disbelief before teammates Tomas Berdych, Lukas Rosol, Ivo Minar and captain Jaroslav Navratil jumped on him.

"Davis Cup champions! That's amazing," Stepanek said. "We made history today and I hope the entire nation will be celebrating with us."

The victory means the Czechs completed a rare double just two weeks after the women secured the Fed Cup title in the same arena. No country has won both competitions in the same year since the United States in 1990.


NBA

Durant earns first triple-double

Kevin Durant notched his first career triple-double with 25 points, 13 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists, and host Oklahoma City beat Golden State on Sunday night.

The three-time NBA scoring champion has had growing pains this season as he has tried to improve his floor game, with a bump in his assist number coinciding with an increase in his turnovers, too. He came in averaging four turnovers per game, the fourth-worst in the league.

He turned it over just twice in this one and pumped his right fist after he set up Kevin Martin's three-pointer with 4:57 to play for his 10th assist. The play also helped the Thunder hold on after Golden State cut a 21-point deficit to seven in the fourth quarter.

Pistons 103, Celtics 83: Greg Monroe had 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead Detroit to its first home win of the season, over Boston. The Pistons (2-9) had blown double-digit leads in each of their first three home games, but were never seriously threatened by Boston down the stretch. The Celtics, playing their fourth game in five nights, hit only four three-pointers and trailed by as many as 22 points.

Nets 99, Kings 90: Reserve forward Andre Blatche scored 22 points to lead Brooklyn over struggling host Sacramento. The Nets (6-2) matched the team's best start with since the 2002-03 with their fifth straight win.

76ers 86, Cavaliers 79: Evan Turner had 19 points and nine assists to lead host Philadelphia over reeling Cleveland. Spencer Hawes and Jrue Holiday each added 14 points for the Sixers, who've won two straight and five of seven.

Raptors 97, Magic 86: DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points, Amir Johnson had 14 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter and Toronto beat slumping Orlando at home. Andrea Bargnani had 17 points, Linas Kleiza scored 10 of his 12 points in the fourth and Jose Calderon had a season-high 18 assists for the Raptors, who had lost six of their previous seven home meetings with Orlando.

Knicks 88, Pacers 76: Carmelo Anthony had 26 points and nine rebounds, and New York bounced back from its first loss of the season, beating visiting Indiana. JR Smith added 13 points and Raymond Felton had 11 for the Knicks in their only home game in a span of seven games.


Golf

Jimenez sets new age record with win

Miguel Angel Jimenez became the oldest European Tour winner on Sunday by shooting a 5-under 65 to capture his third Hong Kong Open title. At 48 years and 318 days, the Spaniard surpassed the previous record set by Ireland's Des Smyth, who was 48 years and 34 days when he won the 2001 Madeira Islands Open.

Henrik Stenson held on to his three-shot overnight lead to win the European Tour's South African Open on Sunday and end a three-year wait for a tournament title. The Swede finished with a 1-under 71 for a 17-under total of 271 and his first victory since the 2009 Players Championship. It was also Stenson's first win on the European Tour in five years.

Adam Scott shot a 5-under 67 on Sunday to win the Australian Masters for his first victory of the year. Scott had five birdies on the front nine and another on No. 18. He trailed Ian Poulter by one after three rounds.

 U.S. Women's Open champion Na Yeon Choi won the Titleholders on Sunday to make a great season even better. Choi finally pulled away from So Yeon Ryu with a wedge that had to hit a tiny spot on a green she couldn't see. It settled about 3 feet away for birdie, and a par on the last hole gave her a 2-under 70 and a two-shot win. The 25-year-old from South Korea won for the second time this year, and the $500,000 first-place check pushed her season earnings to a career-best $1.9 million.


Baseball

Pete Rose ban document unsold

Pete Rose's copy of the 1990 agreement in which he accepted a lifetime ban from baseball failed to sell at auction because no bid met the minimum.

Goldin Auctions said Sunday the highest bid was $236,000, a price that would have been raised to $258,600 including the auctioneer's 10 percent fee.

Bidding began Oct. 16 and ran through Saturday.

Ken Goldin says in an email to The Associated Press that "I am working on selling it privately for the consignor." The seller has not been identified, but Goldin says it is not Rose.


Soccer

Dynamo advance to MLS finals

The Houston Dynamo advanced to their second straight MLS Cup final and fourth in seven years, tying D.C. United 1-1 Sunday for a 4-2 aggregate win in the Eastern Conference final. Boniek Garcia scored in the 33rd minute for the Dynamo, which will play at the Los Angeles Galaxy or Seattle Sounders in the final on Dec. 1.


The last word

The New York Knicks' Jason Kidd resorted to wearing a headband after cutting his head — a headband that had its own Twitter account by the end of the game. His teammates weren't a fan of Kidd's new style. Said Carmelo Anthony:

"Not a good look. Today he had to do what he had to do, but we're not going to allow that."

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