Novak Djokovic, the world's top-ranked player, sounded pessimistic about his right-ankle injury after lifting Serbia to an insurmountable...

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Djokovic suffers ankle injury

as Serbia beats U.S. in Davis Cup

Novak Djokovic, the world’s top-ranked player, sounded pessimistic about his right-ankle injury after lifting Serbia to an insurmountable 3-1 lead over the United States in a best-of-five Davis Cup quarterfinal in Boise, Idaho.

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Djokovic beat Sam Querrey 7-5, 6-7 (4-7), 6-1, 6-0 despite twisting his ankle in the third game of the match at Taco Bell Arena.

About an hour after the match, Djokovic said the ankle is “swollen and when it’s swollen it’s definitely not a good first sign.” He questioned whether he would be ready to play in the Monte Carlo Masters, which he considers his home event, when it starts April 14.

Serbia joins Canada, Argentina and the Czech Republic in the semifinal round.

Williams beats Jankovic in final

American Serena Williams defeated Jelena Jankovic of Serbia 3-6, 6-0, 6-2 for her second consecutive Family Circle Cup title in Charleston, S.C.

Williams, ranked No. 1 in the world, has won 15 matches in a row.

There was a momentum switch early in the second set. Williams said the 18th-ranked Jankovic was serving too quickly, before she was ready.

Jankovic disagreed, but the bickering seemingly disrupted her concentration and her play. She lost 12 of the final 14 games.

During a changeover, Jankovic asked chair umpire Kader Nouni how long she needed to wait before serving. Williams heard the question and said, “Until I’m ready.”

Any hard feelings didn’t seem to last.

Jankovic met Williams with a smile at the net.


Report: Patriots’ Gronkowski

has infection in his broken arm

New England Patriots officials declined to comment on published reports tight end Rob Gronkowski has an infection in his broken arm that could sideline him into the season.

The Boston Herald reported the two-time Pro Bowl performer has an infection in the area where a metal plate was installed to repair his left forearm. Doctors will have to wait for the infection to go away to replace the plate, and Gronkowski would need 10 weeks after that to recover, the paper said.

Revis likely to attend workouts

Cornerback Darrelle Revis needs to participate in the New York Jets’ voluntary workouts beginning next week in order to collect $3 million in bonuses he is scheduled to earn, according to a clause in his contract.

Revis, a three-time All-Pro who is the subject of trade rumors, has been rehabilitating his surgically repaired left knee in Arizona, but is expected to report to the Jets’ facility in Florham Park, N.J., next Monday.

ESPN New York reported Revis, 27, would prefer to stay in Arizona to continue his rehab.


Plan for 2014 Winter Classic

in Michigan sounds familiar

The Winter Classic outdoor game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor has been reset for Jan. 1 after its cancellation this season because of the league lockout.

NHL officials said a world-record crowd for a hockey game could attend, surpassing the 104,173 that attended a college game between Michigan and Michigan State at Michigan Stadium in 2010.

“We are delighted to offer our fans a spectacle at which the energy will be unmatched and the demand for tickets will be unprecedented,” commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times reported the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks would like to play an outdoor regular-season game Jan. 25 at Dodger Stadium, using the league’s portable rink and ice-refrigeration systems.


Maicon Santos scored twice to lead the host Chicago Fire to a 3-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls in a Major League Soccer match.

• Paolo Di Canio, whose past fascist allegiances have become a flash point in English soccer, lost his first match as Sunderland’s manager — a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea, which moved into third place in the Premier League.

Branislav Ivanovic netted the winner after both sides scored an own goal.

Di Canio’s appointment to succeed the fired Martin O’Neill prompted protests because of a 2005 interview in which he described himself as a “fascist, not a racist.”

Last week, the Italian said he was not a supporter of fascism and was “not political.”

Peter Some of Kenya won the 37th Paris Marathon and Boru Feyse Tadese of Ethiopia clinched the women’s event in record time.

Some claimed his first major marathon victory in 2 hours, 5 minutes, 38 seconds for 26.2 miles.

Tadese took the women’s race in 2:21:06, beating compatriot Merima Mohammed by 2:08.

• RadioShack Leopard cyclist Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland won the Paris-Roubaix race for a third time, covering 158 miles in 5 hours, 45 minutes, 33 seconds.

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