Czechs makes history at the Davis Cup
The Czech Republic won the Davis Cup for the first time as an independent nation, beating Spain, 3-2, in the final on Sunday in Prague after Radek Stepanek upset Nicolas Almagro in the last reverse singles. The 37th-ranked Stepanek beat his 11th-ranked opponent, 6-4, 7-6 (7-0), 3-6, 6-3, to send the 14,500 fans at the O2 Arena into wild celebration as they blew trumpets and beat their drums. Stepanek dropped to the court in disbelief before teammates Tomas Berdych, Lukas Rosol, Ivo Minar, and captain Jaroslav Navratil jumped on him. The victory means the Czechs completed a rare double just two weeks after the women secured the Fed Cup title in the same arena. No country has won both competitions in the same year since the United States in 1990. The Czechs’ only previous victory came in 1980 as Czechoslovakia, which split in 1993, with a team led by Ivan Lendl. It was sweet revenge for the Czechs after they were swept, 5-0, by Spain in the 2009 final. David Ferrer had kept alive Spain’s hopes of winning a fourth Davis Cup title in five years by beating Berdych, 6-2, 6-3, 7-5, to tie the final, 2-2.
Stenson captures South African Open
Henrik Stenson held on to his three-shot overnight lead to win the European Tour’s South African Open in Johannesburg, finishing with a 1-under-par 71 for a 17-under total of 271 and his first victory since the 2009 Players Championship. George Coetzee, who shot a course-record 63 on Saturday, was second at 14 under. Former top-ranked Martin Kaymer shot a 67 for a share of third at 13 under with Thomas Aiken . . . Miguel Angel Jimenez became the oldest European Tour winner by shooting a 5-under 65 to capture his third Hong Kong Open title. At 48 years 318 days, he surpassed the record set by Des Smyth, who was 48 years, 34 days when he won the 2001 Madeira Islands Open. Jimenez earned his 19th tour win with a 15-under total of 265, one shot ahead of Fredrik Andersson Hed (64) while Marcus Fraser (64) finished third at 12 under. . . Adam Scott shot a 5-under 67 for a total of 17-under 271 to win the Australian Masters in Melbourne. Ian Poulter, who led Scott by one stroke after three rounds, shot a 72 to finish second, four strokes back . . . US Women’s Open champion Na Yeon Choi won the LPGA’s Titleholders in Naples, Fla., with a 2-under 70 final round for a two-stroke victory over So Yeon Ryu (70).
Dynamo, Galaxy in MLS Cup title game
Eddie Johnson and Zach Scott scored to give host Seattle a 2-0 lead, but Robbie Keane converted a penalty kick in the 68th minute that clinched the Los Angeles Galaxy’s 4-2 aggregate victory over the Sounders in the Western Conference finals and a spot in the MLS Cup final. Los Angeles will host Houston Dec. 1 in a rematch of last year’s final won by the Galaxy. Seattle staged a rally trying to come back from a 3-0 deficit after getting overwhelmed in the first leg of the series last week. And they were on the verge after Johnson’s early goal and Scott’s header in the 58th minute pulled them within one on aggregate. The Dynamo advanced by tying D.C. United, 1-1, in Washington for a 4-2 aggregate win in the Eastern Conference final. Boniek Garcia scored for the Dynamo, Branko Boskovic for D.C.
Ewing among College Hall inductees
Patrick Ewing headed a group of 10 inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame, joining Earl Monroe, Phil Ford, Clyde Lovellette, Kenny Sailors, and Willis Reed; coaches Joe B. Hall and Dave Robbins, and contributors Jim Host and Joe Dean Sr. . . . Kevin Glenn threw three touchdown passes as the Calgary Stampeders beat the B.C. Lions, 34-29, in Vancouver in the CFL West final to advance to the Grey Cup against the Argonauts next Sunday in Toronto. Ricky Ray threw for 399 yards in Toronto’s 27-20 win over Montreal in the East final . . . Four-time World Cup skiing champion Lindsey Vonn, who was hospitalized last week with an intestinal illness, resumed her giant slalom training as she went through a series of gates in Vail, Colo. The Miami Marlins agreed to a $1.6 million one-year contract with Juan Pierre, reuniting them with the 35-year-old outfielder who played for them for three seasons and helped the team win the 2003 World Series . . . More than a week since their last set of failed negotiations, the NHL and its locked-out Players Association will return to the bargaining table Monday in New York . . . A bold passing maneuver at the end of a long straightway slipped Lewis Hamilton past Sebastian Vettel, and the McLaren driver went on to win the US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas. The drivers’ championship will be settled next week in the season finale in Sao Paolo, Brazil, after Red Bull’s Vettel finished second and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso third. Vettel, the defending two-time Formula One champion, remains slightly ahead of Ferrari’s Alonso in the drivers’ championship . . . Georges St. Pierre unified the welterweight title in his return to the octagon, unanimously outpointing Carlos Condit in a bloody fight Saturday night at UFC 154 in Montreal. St. Pierre, 31, fought for the first time since April 2011 following reconstructive knee surgery. Condit won the interim title during the Canadian’s absence, beating Nick Diaz in February. In the co-main event, Johny Hendricks knocked out Martin Kampmann in 46 seconds in a battle of welterweight contenders. Also, Francis Carmont defeated Tom Lawlor in a controversial split decision that prompted boos from fans at the Bell Centre.