New-look American team an underdog for first-round Davis Cup match at Serbia

John Isner of the United States will make his Davis Cup debut against Viktor Troicki in the opening first-round match today against Serbia at Belgrade, Serbia.

Sam Querrey plays second-ranked Novak Djokovic in the second singles match. In doubles on Saturday, top-ranked Bob and Mike Bryan will face Nenad Zimonjic and Janko Tipsarevic.

This will be the first time since 2000 that neither Andy Roddick nor James Blake will be on the U.S. team. Serbia will be trying to progress beyond the first round for the first time.

U.S. team captain Patrick McEnroe said the Serbs are the favorites, especially since the match will be played on a slow clay court not preferred by the Americans.

“They have the No. 2 player in the world and three other good players,” McEnroe said. “But each match is winnable for us and it’s going to be close.”


PGA: Nathan Green and Michael Connell each shot bogey-free rounds of 5-under 65 to share the lead after one round of the Honda Classic at Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

They were one shot ahead of Camilo Villegas, Oliver Wilson and Alexandre Rocha, who played his way into a PGA Tour event for the first time since 2003 and is trying to make his first cut.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Rhys Davies and Ignacio Garrido shot 7-under 65s to share a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Malaysian Open at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

LOCAL: Nonesuch River Golf Course in Scarborough will open at noon today with all 18 holes, greens and tees in playable condition. Greens fees will be $25 for 18 holes or $20 for nine holes.


U.S. MEN: Midfielder Stuart Holden will be sidelined for up to six weeks after breaking his right leg in the United States’ 2-1 exhibition loss Wednesday at the Netherlands.

Holden, 22, was hurt on a hard tackle by Nigel de Jong. The U.S. Soccer Federation said Holden has a fractured fibula.


YANKEE STADIUM FIGHT: WBA junior middleweight champion Yuri Foreman will defend his title against former welterweight champion Miguel Cotto on June 5 at Yankee Stadium, promoter Bob Arum said.

Arum promoted the final bout at the old Yankee Stadium when Muhammad Ali fought Norton on Sept. 28, 1976. Arum had approached the club several times over the past three decades about staging another event, but George Steinbrenner and club officials had always been tepid about erecting a ring and seating on the field.

Foreman (28-0), a self-proclaimed Yankees fan, was born in Belarus but now makes his home in New York, while Cotto (34-2) has fought numerous times at Madison Square Garden.


WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn was third in a training run for a downhill race at Crans-Montana, Switzerland.

Vonn was 0.73 seconds behind Elisabeth Goergl of Austria. Switzerland’s Fabienne Suter was second, 0.37 seconds behind.

The women race a super-combined today, followed by a downhill on Saturday and a super-G on Sunday.



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