U.S. leads — John Isner and Sam Querrey each won their matches on Friday to give the United States a 2-0 lead over Brazil in the first round of the Davis Cup in Jacksonville, Fla. Isner earned a straight-set win over Brazil’s Thiago Alves 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-3. Isner’s win came two hours after Querrey earned a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Thomaz Bellucci. The United States is one win away from advancing. Bob and Mike Bryan, the world’s No. 1 ranked doubles team, play today.
NBA union head on leave — NBA players put union chief Billy Hunter on an indefinite leave Friday, two weeks after a report they commissioned questioned Hunter’s leadership and criticized him for bad decisions and questionable business practices. The union is forming an interim executive committee and an advisory committee, the group’s president, Derek Fisher, said in a statement released Friday. An outside attorney is also being hired as players begin moving forward, likely without the man who has guided them since 1996.
Randall wins — Kikkan Randall of the United States won the women’s 1.4-kilometer cross-country World Cup race at the Sochi Olympic course in Russia to claim her fourth victory of the season on Friday. Petter Northug of Norway also won his fourth race this winter, taking the men’s 1.8-kilometer freestyle race.
— From wire reports