U.S. leads France in Davis Cup
Bob and Mike Bryan defeated Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (4) Saturday to give the United States a 2-1 lead over France in their Davis Cup quarterfinal.
The Bryans, the top-ranked doubles pairing, have not lost a Davis Cup match since 2008. They were rarely troubled against a French pair that struggled to find any rhythm on the clay at the Monte Carlo Country Club.
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The French pair lost their serve at the start of the first and second set.
The pressure in now on sixth-ranked Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to win against American John Isner on Sunday. Gilles Simon will face teenager Ryan Harrison in the last singles match.
Protester delays historic English race
The Boat Race, one of England's most historic sporting events, was brought to a standstill on Saturday when a protester jumped into the River Thames and narrowly avoided being struck by the oars of the Oxford and Cambridge crews.
Race umpire John Garrett halted the race around 2½ miles into the 4¼-mile course in front of thousands of shocked spectators along the river banks in southwest London, before the swimmer — who was wearing a wetsuit — was collected by a police boat and arrested on suspicion of a public order offense.
The protester, Trenton Oldfield, claimed responsibility for the stunt on a blog entitled Elitism Leads To Tyranny, calling it was an act of civil disobedience.
After the race was restarted 31 minutes later halfway along the course, Oxford's German rower Dr. Hanno Wienhausen lost half of his oar after the crews clashed — allowing Cambridge to cruise to victory against seven oarsmen. A margin of victory wasn't given by officials.
Raiders sign Tollefson
The Oakland Raiders have signed defensive end Dave Tollefson, the latest New York Giants free agent to land in the Bay Area this off-season.
The Raiders announced Tollefson's signing Saturday. The 29-year-old had a career-high five sacks last season while playing in a reserve role for the Super Bowl champion Giants.
Former NFL star Warren Sapp has filed for bankruptcy in South Florida. Court filings show Sapp filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Fort Lauderdale on March 30. The documents show he owes more than $6.7 million to creditors and back child support and alimony. Sapp's $6.45 million in assets includes more than 200 pairs of Jordan sneakers. He also reported losing his 2002 Super Bowl ring with the Bucs and his 1991 national championship ring from the University of Miami.
Georgia's secondary takes another hit
Georgia's depleted secondary has taken another hit with strong safety Shawn Williams injuring his knee during a scrimmage.
Coach Mark Richt said after the team's scrimmage Saturday that Williams likely won't need surgery.
Off-season arrests resulted in a two-game suspension for cornerback Sanders Commings (domestic dispute) and at least a one-game suspension for Branden Smith (marijuana).
All-America free safety Bacarri Rambo could face a marijuana-related suspension, too. Rambo's high school coach told The Associated Press last week the player will be suspended for the first four games of the season after meeting with Georgia Athletics Director Greg McGarity.
Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long says he is working on the review of Bobby Petrino's conduct throughout the weekend and will likely work on Easter Sunday.
Long, met as he was walking out of the Broyles Athletic Center on Saturday morning, tells The Associated Press that Petrino's review process is "ongoing." He didn't offer a timetable for the conclusion of the review.
Petrino was put on paid leave Thursday after a police report revealed he was riding with a 25-year-old female employee during a motorcycle accident last weekend. The 51-year-old coach initially said he was alone during the accident before admitting to Long on Thursday that he wasn't.
Petrino also acknowledged a "previous inappropriate relationship."
Eight Hawks in double digits for win
Joe Johnson scored 18 points on 8-for-10 shooting, and eight Atlanta players scored in double digits in the Hawks' 116-96 victory over Charlotte. Zaza Pachulia had 12 points and 16 rebounds, while Jannero Pargo had 15 points and nine assists for the Hawks. Ivan Johnson added 17 points. Corey Higgins, the son of Charlotte president of basketball operations Rod Higgins, scored a career-high 22 points for the Bobcats, who've lost 11 straight.
Paul Pierce scored 24 points to help Boston beat the Indiana Pacers 86-72. Ray Allen added 19 points, Kevin Garnett scored 15 and Rajon Rondo had 12 assists for the Celtics. Boston snapped a two-game skid and remained ahead of Philadelphia at the top of the Atlantic Division.
Jason Smith had a career-high 26 points and 10 rebounds, leading New Orleans to a 99-90 victory over struggling Minnesota. Kevin Love had 29 points and 12 rebounds for Minnesota, which lost its fifth in a row and 13th in its last 17. Michael Beasley, who was questionable with a toe injury, added 20 points.
Riley pitches first shutout of season
Led at the plate and the mound by senior Rachel Riley, the UK softball team notched a 7-0 win over visiting South Carolina to even the series with the Gamecocks. Riley homered and tossed her first shutout victory of the season with five strikeouts. The rubber match is Sunday at 1 p.m.
In track and field, junior sprinter Ben Mason took first place in the 400-meter dash and a second in the 200 in the Bellarmine Invitational at Louisville. Mason ran a season-best time of 48.52 in the 400, following it up with a 21.39 in the 200. Bradley Szypka had a strong showing in the men's shot put at the Florida Relays. The freshman threw a career-best 54 feet, 6.5 inches to finish third.
The men's golf team enters Sunday's final round of the Gary Koch Invitational at Old Memorial Golf Club in 15th. As a team, the Wildcats, who are co-hosting the tournament along with Auburn, are 34-over par. Junior Joseph Barr leads UK at 5-over par.
The women's golf team wrapped up the second round of the Bryan National Collegiate in 14th place. UK is at 37-over for the weekend. Sophomore Liz Breed led Kentucky in the second round with an even-par 72.
The gymnastics team finished fifth of six teams with a team score of 194.750 at the NCAA Regional in Champaign, Ill. Oklahoma won the regional with a score of 197.025, while Stanford finished second with a 196.675.
The last word
Serena Williams needed less than an hour to dispatch second-seeded Samantha Stosur and advance to the Family Circle Cup finals. Williams did a full-blown 360-degree pirouette after a winning forehand as she moved ahead 2-0 in the second set.
"I didn't mean to spin. I was on clay and I kept spinning and I was like, 'God, this is so embarrassing right now. I hope nobody remembers this.'"