The United States beat the Czech Republic, 2-1, at the World Team Tennis Cup in Dusseldorf, Germany, yesterday, despite having to use another doubles team because of an undisclosed injury to top-ranked
The Bryan brothers were replaced by
, who rallied past
, 0-6, 7-5, 10-8.
also withdrew after the shoulder injury that forced his retirement in the Rome Masters semifinals flared again following several days of practice. The sixth-ranked American will miss the French Open but expects to play at Wimbledon.
Saying tennis is "potentially at a crossroads," an independent review panel found 45 matches that merit further investigation because of irregular betting patterns and offered a host of recommendations to the sport's leaders for combating corruption.
The panel's 66-page report, prompted in part by suspicions surrounding a match last year involving fourth-ranked
, was released yesterday by the International Tennis Federation, the ATP, the WTA Tour, and the four Grand Slams.
The 45 unidentified matches, from the last five years, were among 73 examined by the panel, which warned of "inside information."
The review was prompted by a series of events connected to gambling in tennis.
Most prominent, an online betting site, in an unprecedented move, voided all bets on a match involving Davydenko last year because of suspicious gambling patterns.
Australian Open runner-up
of France defeated
of Spain, 6-4, 7-6 (10), in the first round of the Grand Prix Hassan II tournament in Casablanca, Morocco, a clay-court tune-up for the French Open.
of New York became Rutgers' fourth oral commitment for the Class of 2009, according to Scout.com.
The 6-foot-3, 238-pound Civil, from Sheepshead Bay High, also had offers from Georgia Tech, Clemson, Connecticut and Syracuse.
, Iowa's leading scorer from last season, announced he will transfer to Southern Illinois. . . . IUPUI coach
and his players are going to Nigeria in July to deliver some of the nearly 200,000 pairs of shoes that were donated after he went barefoot during a basketball game to help poor children. . . . Florida State receiver
will have to sit out the first two games of the 2008 season after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor charges. . . . Suspended Clemson linebacker
will not return for the 2008 season, coach
Canadian wheelchair racer
, a six-time world champion, was cleared by the highest tribunal of sports after testing positive for cocaine, his lawyer said.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled unanimously from Geneva, Switzerland, according to lawyer
, who said the three-judge panel concluded there was no prohibited substance in Adams' system at the time of the competition or at the time he was drug-tested.
Adams was suspended for two years for his failed drug test at the 2006 Canadian wheelchair marathon championships in Ottawa.
Olympic 10,000-meter champion
, 24, of China, has a thigh injury that will prevent her from competing in the Beijing Games.
A photographer got a little too close to the action at the Utah state high school track championships and was speared through the leg by a javelin.
of the Standard-Examiner of Provo was spared serious injury Saturday, and even managed to snap a photo of his speared leg while others tended to him. McGeeney is a 33-year-old who saw action in Afghanistan as a Marine.
The Soul waived defensive end
. . . .