Querrey lifts U.S. to victory in Davis Cup — Sam Querrey beat Thiago Alves 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (3) on Sunday in Jacksonville, Fla., to give the United States a dramatic 3-2 victory over Brazil and a spot in the Davis Cup quarterfinals. The U.S. will host Serbia in the next round in Boise, Idaho, April 5-7. Querrey stepped up after teammate John Isner lost 2-6, 6-4, 6-7 (7), 6-4, 6-3 to Thomaz Bellucci earlier Sunday, forcing a deciding fifth match. It was the first time since 2000 that a U.S. team needed to win the fifth match to advance.
Barthel upsets Errani to win Open GDF Suez final — Unseeded Mona Barthel of Germany won her second career title Sunday in Paris, upsetting top-seeded Sara Errani of Italy 7-5, 7-6 (4) in the Open GDF Suez final. The seventh-ranked Errani was a heavy favorite as she chased her seventh career title and first this year, but the 45th-ranked Barthel stayed on a roll after beating fifth-seeded Roberta Vinci and No. 3-seeded Marion Bartoli on her way to the final.
Kirilenko beats Lisicki to win Pattaya Open — Second-seeded Maria Kirilenko of Russia won the Pattaya Open on Sunday in Pattaya, Thailand, by coming from a set down to beat Sabine Lisicki. Kirilenko dominated a third-set tiebreaker to defeat the fifth-seeded German 5-7, 6-1, 7-6 (1). It was the 15th-ranked Kirilenko’s sixth WTA title — and her first since 2008.
Women’s baseball star dies — Lavonne “Pepper" Paire-Davis, a star of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League in the 1940s and an inspiration for the movie “A League of Their Own," has died. She was 88. Her son William Davis tells The Associated Press that Paire-Davis died of natural causes in Los Angeles on Saturday. Paire-Davis was a model for the character played by Geena Davis and served as a consultant on the 1992 film.
Russian men, Finnish women win XC World Cup — Dmitry Japarov teamed with Maxim Vylegzhanin to win the men’s team sprint for Russia at a cross-country skiing World Cup event Sunday in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. The team dominated the 6-by-1.8-kilometer classic-style race from the start and finished in 24 minutes, 12.38 seconds. The Swedish duo of Teodor Petersen and Emil Joensson was second, 18.44 seconds behind. In the women’s race, the Finnish pair of Mona-Lisa Malvalehto and Anne Kylloenen won the 6-by-1.25-kilometer classic-style race in 17:06.9. The Russian team of Julia Ivanova and Natalia Matveeva edged Perianne Jones and Daria Gaizova of Canada by .06 seconds to take second.
Austria’s Schlierenzauer wins ski jumping event— Gregor Schlierenzauer made history Sunday by setting the record for most career World Cup ski jumping victories in Harrachov, Czech Republic. The 23-year-old Austrian took the lead after the first jump of 193.5 meters and cleared 211.0 meters in the second for a combined 421.7 points for his 47th World Cup victory.
— From wire reports