US trails 2-0 after opening day
SAN DIEGO (AP) — James Ward won 10 of the last 11 games to take a stunning five-set victory against Sam Querrey and give Britain a 2-0 lead against the United States in the first round of the Davis Cup at Petco Park.
Ward posted a 1-6, 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory over Querrey. Ward's victory in 3 hours, 11 minutes, followed Wimbledon champion Andy Murray's easy straight-set victory against Donald Young on the temporary red clay court in left field at the home of the San Diego Padres.
Britain can clinch the match on Saturday if it wins the doubles match. Murray and Colin Fleming are scheduled to face Bob and Mike Bryan.
Lefty makes cut, eight back of co-leaders
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Phil Mickelson has made it to the weekend in the Phoenix Open, a week after withdrawing at Torrey Pines because of back pain.
The defending champion shot a 4-under 67 at cool and breezy TPC Scottsdale, leaving him eight strokes behind leaders Bubba Watson and Matt Jones.
Watson and Jones were 12 under. Watson followed his opening 64 with a 66, and Jones had his second straight 65 — both in calmer conditions in the morning.
The 43-year-old Mickelson felt soreness in his back two weeks ago in Abu Dhabi, and pulled out of his hometown event at Torrey Pines after making the 36-hole cut. He treatment and is back in the swing.
NEW YORK (AP) — The two Super Bowl head coaches seemed relaxed and confident in their final media availability before Sunday's kickoff. Denver's John Fox and Pete Carroll off Seattle seemed to enjoy themselves, even joking with each other and the audience.
The Broncos worked out for 90 minutes at the New York Jets indoor facility and Fox pronounced them ready to go. Before that Fox had the team go through a 30 minute walk through outdoors to get them used to the conditions they'll likely face Sunday.
Carroll thought his team's final 77-minute workout at the Giants practice facility went well. He had all the doors open to simulate the mid-30s temperatures expected for the game.
Goodell defends Redskins
NEW YORK (AP) — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') defended the Washington's use of the nickname Redskins at his annual state of the game news conference.
Goodell says the Redskins nickname has been "presented in a way that honors Native Americans." He added that from his talks with Native American leaders over the past year, many of them, as well as the vast majority of Americans in general support the franchise keeping the nickname.
Among other the items he discussed is a change in the replay setup to include some reviews at league headquarters, not just on the field.
Goodell also indicated the possible addition to two teams to the playoff format will continue to get serious consideration.
SUPER BOWL-SUSPICIOUS POWDER
FBI involved in investigation
CARLSTADT, N.J. (AP) — A suspicious white powder sent to several hotels in the Super Bowl area of New Jersey is apparently harmless. The FBI says further testing will take place. White powder also was found in a letter sent to former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's business in New York City, where police said preliminary tests showed it posed no threat.
Super commute could be a super pain
SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) — Getting to the Super Bowl for those fans using public transportation might be arduous. The Transportation Security Administration says it will be screening all bags for explosives at the Secaucus Junction train station before passengers are permitted on the one rail line serving MetLife Stadium. The agency said officers also will be using radiological detection devices.
The Secaucus station is a major commuter transfer station fed by 10 rail lines. Travelers will need to have a Super Bowl ticket as well as a rail ticket to take NJ Transit's 6.8-mile Meadowlands rail line to the stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Officials estimate that 12,000 to 15,000 passengers will ride trains between the station and the stadium.
Cold but dry
NEW YORK (AP) — It looks like they'll have cold, but dry conditions for Sunday's Super Bowl 48 at MetLife Stadium.
According to the National Weather Service, Sunday's high temperature at kickoff is expected to be 38 degrees -- which would make it the coldest of the 48 Super Bowls. With the opening kickoff scheduled for about 6:30 p.m., the mercury could drop into the 20s by the time the game ends. There is little chance of snow or rain.
Will the Rams move back to L.A.?
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A company tied to the owner of the St. Louis Rams has purchased a prime piece of land in Los Angeles amid speculation the NFL franchise is considering a return to the city it left for the Midwest nearly two decades ago. Team officials confirmed in a written statement the recent purchase of a 60-acre site near the Forum indoor arena in Inglewood, Calif.
The statement goes on to say no decision has been made and "we will look at all our options" with the land.
The Rams can break their 30-year lease in St. Louis after the 2014 season under a deal that requires the dome remain among the top quarter of the 32 NFL stadiums.
Young ends career
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Michael Young is retiring after 13 years in the major leagues, all but one of them with the Texas Rangers.
The seven-time All-Star is the Rangers' career leader with 2,230 hits. The 37-year-old Young finished as a career .300 hitter.
Texas traded Young to the Phillies last winter.
Team USA has a captain
UNDATED (AP) — Minnesota's Zach Parise (puh-REE'-see) will be the captain of the U.S. men's hockey team at the Sochi (SOH'-chee) Olympics. U.S. general manager David Poile (poyl) says Minnesota defenseman Ryan Suter (SOO'-tur) and center Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings will be the alternate captains.
The 29-year-old Parise was an alternate captain at the Vancouver Olympics four years ago, scoring the goal that sent the gold-medal game into overtime.
Obama says Olympics will be safe
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he believes the Winter Olympics in Sochi (SOH'-chee), Russia, will be safe and is not discouraging Americans from attending. Obama also told CNN that there are "always some risks" involved with large international gatherings like the Olympics.
Just to make sure, U.S. officials say the first of two American warships heading into the Black Sea in advance of the Olympic Games has sailed from Italy. In another sign of U.S. efforts to protect Americans at the Winter Games, the FBI says at least two dozen agents are going to Sochi.
Islamic militants have threatened to derail the Winter Games, which run from Feb. 7-23.