Djokovic leads Serbia past U.S. 3-1
• Novak Djokovic cruised past American Sam Querrey in the final two sets to help Serbia clinch the best-of-five-tie 3-1 in its quarterfinal Davis Cup match on Sunday in Boise, Idaho. The top-ranked Djokovic downed No. 20 Querrey 7-5, 6-7 (4-7), 6-1, 6-0 in a contest that lasted 2 hours, 35 minutes.
Serbia held a 2-1 lead over the U.S. entering Sunday after Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac defeated American Bryan twin brothers Bob and Mike 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-1), 5-7, 4-6, 15-13 on Saturday.
• Serena Williams defeated Jelena Jankovic 3-6, 6-0, 6-2 for her second consecutive Family Circle Cup title in Charleston, S.C. Momentum swung for good at the start of the second set, when Williams said Jankovic was serving too quickly, before she was ready. Jankovic disagreed, but the bickering disrupted her concentration and her play. Williams won six consecutive games and 12 of the final 14.
Patriots tight end might have infection
• The New England Patriots say they don’t have any comment on published reports that tight end Rob Gronkowski has an infection in his broken arm that could keep him out into the season. The Boston Herald reported on Sunday that Gronkowski 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. Patriots spokesman Stacey James said the team doesn’t expect to comment.
Drury rallies to win NCAA Division II title
• Alex Hall sank two free throws with 22.8 seconds remaining to help Drury rally from a 17-point deficit to beat Metro State 74-73 and win the Division II national championship in Atlanta. Metro State’s Mitch McCarron and Brandon Jefferson missed shots in the final seconds.
• The FBI is investigating whether a former Rutgers basketball employee tried to extort the university before he made videos that showed former coach Mike Rice shoving and kicking players and berating them with gay slurs. A source told the Associated Press on Sunday that investigators are interested in Eric Murdock, who left his job as the men’s basketball program’s player development director last year and later provided the video to university officials and ESPN. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the inquiry has not been announced.
• The Winter Classic between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings at Michigan Stadium has been reset for Jan. 1 after its cancellation this season because of the NHL lockout.
• Koki Kameda of Japan defended his WBA bantamweight title in Osaka, Japan, with a split decision over Thailand’s Panomroonglek Kaiyanghadaogym. Kameda (30-1) is the only Japanese fighter to win titles in three weight divisions.
• Kenya’s Peter Some won the 37th Paris Marathon, while Ethiopian Boru Feyse Tadese clinched the women’s event in a new record time. Some claimed his first major marathon victory in 2 hours, 5 minutes, 38 seconds, knocking three minutes off his personal best. Tadese beat compatriot Merima Mohammed to win in a record time of 2:21:06. Mohammed was more than two minutes behind the 24-year-old Tadese.
• Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland edged Sep Vanmarcke in a final sprint to win the Paris-Roubaix cobblestone classic for a third time. The RadioShack Leopard rider held off Vanmarcke to win the 158-mile race in 5 hours, 46 minutes, 13 seconds.
— From wire reports