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Sports briefs: Roger Federer lifts Swiss into Davis Cup semifinals
First Published Apr 06 2014 05:37 pm • Last Updated Apr 08 2014 05:15 pm

Tennis • Roger Federer won the decisive singles match on Sunday in Geneva to give Switzerland a 3-2 win over Kazakhstan in the Davis Cup and a spot in the semifinals for the first time in 11 years. Federer cruised to a 7-6 (0), 6-2, 6-3 victory over 64th-ranked Andrey Golubev.

Italy ousted Britain to reach its first semifinal in 16 years after Fabio Fognini pulled off a surprise 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 victory over two-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray.

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France defeated Germany 3-2 and will next face the Czech Republic, which clinched its victory over Japan on Saturday.

• Andrea Petkovic ended a surprising week at the Family Circle Cup by winning her first WTA tournament in three years, outlasting Jana Cepelova for a 7-5, 6-2 victory in Charleston, S.C.

Coach leaves SUU for Santa Clara

women’s basketball • Southern Utah women’s basketball coach JR Payne accepted a job at Santa Clara on Sunday. Payne guided SUU to a school-record 23 wins last season and a berth in the WNIT. She was the Thunderbirds’ head coach for five years.

U.S. coach fired after win vs. China

soccer • Tom Sermanni has been fired as coach of the U.S. women’s national team. The Americans beat China 2-0 in an exhibition game Sunday in Commerce City, Colo. Hours later, U.S. soccer announced the move in a news release.

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Hamilton wins Bahrain Grand Prix

Auto racing • Lewis Hamilton edged Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg after an intense race-long duel to take victory by just one second at the Bahrain Grand Prix in Sakhir.

Hamilton and Rosberg repeated their one-two finish from last weekend in Malaysia.

Force India’s Sergio Perez was third in his first podium finish since 2012.

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