Sports shorts: Querrey's clutch win lifts US over Brazil in Davis Cup

2013-02-04T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: Querrey's clutch win lifts US over Brazil in Davis CupStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - 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 in 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 fought through the tough points and got breaks in the second, third and fourth sets," Querrey said. "I was just happy to get through it."

Canada is in the Davis Cup quarterfinals for the first time. It defeated a five-time champion Spanish team missing Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer and Nicolas Almagro because of injuries and fatigue. The U.S. will host Serbia in the next round in Boise, Idaho, April 5-7. The other three matchups are France-Argentina, Canada-Italy and Czech Republic-Kazakhstan.

• Sloane Stephens will miss the U.S. Fed Cup team's first-round matches against Italy Feb. 9-10 with a strained abdominal muscle. Melanie Oudin replaces Stephens.

UA softball

Hit in face, pitcher Bowling OK

UA freshman pitcher Nancy Bowling is expected to return to practice Tuesday after being hit in the face with a line drive during an intrasquad scrimmage Saturday.

Bowling was taken to University of Arizona Medical Center on Saturday and released the same day. Doctors found neither a concussion nor broken bones. She was hit by a line drive struck by teammate Courtney Rodriguez. The UA opens the season Friday in the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe.

MISCELLANEOUS

Nigeria, Burkina Faso advance

RUSTENBURG, South Africa - Nigeria was left as the soccer team to beat at the African Cup of Nations after reaching the semifinals by stunning Didier Drogba's Ivory Coast 2-1 on Sunday.

Just like Drogba, Emmanuel Adebayor also won't have a chance to win the tournament for the first time as Togo's run ended with a 1-0 loss to Burkina Faso in extra time in Nelspruit. Nigeria will face Mali on Wednesday in Durban, followed by the Burkina Faso-Ghana match in Nelspruit.

• Paul Gascoigne's agent says the former England midfielder, 45, requires urgent medical help. The 1990 World Cup star, nicknamed "Gazza," has been plagued by alcohol and mental-health problems since quitting the game in 2005.

• Texas regents Sunday discussed but took no action regarding recently disclosed cases of coaches' inappropriate relationships with students, including offensive coordinator Major Applewhite's conduct with a student in the 2009 Fiesta Bowl.

• In the Czech Republic, Austrian Gregor Schlierenzauer, 23, made history Sunday by setting the record for most career World Cup ski jumping victories (47), passing retired Finnish jumper Matti Nykanen.

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