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Querrey lifts US to victory in Davis Cup

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Querrey lifts US to victory in Davis Cup

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The United States was in trouble when Sam Querrey began his Davis Cup match against Thiago Alves on Sunday.

A few booming serves later, the Americans were headed for the quarterfinals.

Querrey beat Alves 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (3) to give the U.S. a dramatic 3-2 victory over Brazil, stepping up after teammate John Isner lost to Thomaz Bellucci to send the countries to the deciding fifth match.

``I was very happy with the way I battled through (the match),'' Querrey said. ``I fought through the tough points and got breaks in the second, third and fourth sets. I was just happy to get through it.''

Also advancing Sunday to the quarterfinals were: Canada (over Spain), Italy (over Croatia), Kazakhstan (over Austria) and the Czech Republic (over Switzerland). Clinching spots on Saturday were: France (over Israel), Serbia (over Belgium) and Argentina (over Germany).

The U.S. will host Serbia in the next round in Boise, Idaho, from April 5-7. The other three matchups for the quarterfinals are France-Argentina, Canada-Italy and Czech Republic-Kazakhstan.

Canada is in the Davis Cup quarterfinals for the first time. It defeated a five-time champion Spanish team that was missing Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer and Nicolas Almagro because of injuries and fatigue.

No. 15-ranked Milos Raonic beat No. 82 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in the opening reverse singles in Vancouver, British Columbia, to give Canada an insurmountable 3-1 lead.

It was the first time since 2000 that a U.S. team needed to win the fifth match to advance, and the 25-year-old Querrey started fast, breaking Alves in the second game. But Alves, ranked No. 141, responded with breaks of his own in the third and ninth games to take the opening set.

Querrey responded with a consistent array of cross-court winners to control play the rest of the way.

While Isner, the highest-ranked singles player in the tie at No. 16, bemoaned his play, Querrey expressed satisfaction with a straight-set win over Bellucci on Friday and the four-setter against Alves on Sunday.

U.S. team captain Jim Courier had special praise for the 20th-ranked Querrey.

``Sam faced some adversity at the end and played a great tiebreaker to get past not closing it out on serve,'' Courier said. ``Those are learning moments for a player, things you can draw on later on in your career. Today is a good day for Sam and our team in a lot of ways.''

Querrey was especially effective with his serve. He finished with 26 aces, compared to one for Alves, often clocking 120 mph or faster. When Alves was able to return a serve, it often was with little pace, enabling Querrey to eventually hit winners.

``I fight for all the match, all the match,'' the 30-year-old Alves said. ``My ranking is 145, something like this. I play two guys under 20 in the world. I think I play great tennis here.''

Isner got off to a fast start in the first match of the day, then went on to a 2-6, 6-4, 6-7 (7), 6-4, 6-3 loss to the 25th-ranked Bellucci.

The left-handed Brazilian overcame Isner's powerful serve with a strong display of groundstrokes that kept the 6-foot-9 American off balance. He played his best tennis in the second part of the match, breaking Isner in the 10th game of the fourth set and then the eighth game of the fifth set.

A dejected Isner said he needed to improve both his mental frame and his play on the court.

``This hurts a lot. I could have won this match,'' he said. ``I just couldn't quite win the big points. It's almost like I wanted it too badly. Confidence-wise, I'm not even close to where I want to be.

``You can't sugarcoat it with me. My five-set record is atrocious, it's simple as that. It falls on me.''

The United States now has nearly three months to get ready for Serbia, which features the world's No. 1 ranked player in Novak Djokovic. Courier said the U.S. team welcomes the challenge of taking on the talented Serbs.

``We wanted to face Serbia. They're one of the great Davis Cup nations right now,'' Courier said. ``If you want to lift this trophy, you need to beat the best teams and that certainly is one of them. We look forward to the challenge.''

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Capitals vs. Hurricanes preseason Game 4: Time, TV Channel, Live stream, how to watch

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Capitals vs. Hurricanes preseason Game 4: Time, TV Channel, Live stream, how to watch

The preseason continues after the Capitals' loss in Montreal last night. They are hoping to gain some momentum and dominate at tonight's game.

Even without the home advantage, they hope to take home a win as they face the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Hurricanes are one of the four teams the Capitals will face in preseason play, along with the Bruins, Canadiens and Blues.

The Capitals and Hurricanes will meet once again, next Friday at Capital One Arena. But first, it's time to get back on the ice for Game 4 of the seven-game preseason schedule.

 

CAPITALS-HURRICANES PRESEASON GAME 4: HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Capitals vs. Carolina Hurricanes

Where: PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

When: Friday, September, 21, 7:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Capitals-Hurricanes preseason game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Hurricanes preseason on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page.

Radio: Caps Radio 24/7

CAPITALS-HURRICANES PRESEASON TV SCHEDULE:

7:00 PM: Washington Capitals: My Day with the Cup (R)
7:30 PM: NHL Preseason: Capitals @ Carolina Hurricanes 
10:00 PM: Caps Postgame Live (LIVE)

 

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Lobaton’s sacrifice fly lifts Mets past Nationals in 12

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Lobaton’s sacrifice fly lifts Mets past Nationals in 12

Jose Lobaton hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly against his former team in the 12th inning and the New York Mets beat the Washington Nationals 5-4 on Thursday night.

Lobaton, who spent the previous four years in Washington before signing with the Mets in December, lofted a one-out fly ball off Jefry Rodriguez (3-3) with the bases loaded to score Amed Rosario.

Jacob Rhame (1-2) worked two scoreless innings, and Paul Sewald pitched the 12th for his second save.

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was ejected in the 12th for arguing home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn’s called third strike.

Washington starter Max Scherzer pitched seven innings, allowing three runs while striking out 13. He has 290 strikeouts this year, the most for a National since the franchise relocated from Montreal before the 2005 season. Scherzer set the previous mark of 284 in 2016.

However, he never held a lead Thursday. Michael Conforto smashed a two-run homer to left in the third, his 27th of the season. It was also his fourth home run in 23 career at-bats against Scherzer.

Four pitches later, Jay Bruce crushed his ninth home run of the season. It was the sixth time this season New York has hit back-to-back homers.

Washington’s Trea Turner led off the sixth with an infield single. Two batters later, Anthony Rendon golfed Jason Vargas’ changeup to deep left for his 100th career home run to narrow the deficit to 3-2. Vargas allowed two runs and struck out eight over 5 2/3 innings.

Jeff McNeil led off the eighth with a triple and scored two batters later when Bruce punched a single to right past a drawn-in infield. But the Nationals responded with Rendon’s run-scoring groundout and Juan Soto’s RBI double off Robert Gsellman in the bottom half of the inning.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway was ejected in the 10th inning for arguing after Reyburn ruled McNeil had offered on a bunt attempt.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mets: INF Wilmer Flores will miss the rest of the season with soreness in both knees. Callaway said Flores has early onset arthritis in both knees and will receive injections to alleviate the pain. “It’s not like surgery is recommended at this time,” Callaway said. “I think rest and a couple injections is supposed to knock this out pretty good.”

UP NEXT

Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (8-9, 1.78 ERA), who is 5-1 with a 2.76 ERA lifetime at Nationals Park, gets the nod for New York as the four-game series continues.

Nationals: RHP Joe Ross (0-0, 3.60) makes his second start since undergoing Tommy John surgery last year.