Sports Digest


April 10, 2006

College Football

Terps' E. Williams out 6-8 weeks

Maryland sophomore center Edwin Williams had surgery Thursday to repair a tendon in his left hand that he tore during a scuffle with a teammate, and he will miss six to eight weeks, coach Ralph Friedgen said yesterday. Phil Costa has been filling in for Williams, who injured his finger when he grabbed defensive end Jeremy Navarre's jersey. ... Right tackle Jared Gaither, who is one of the Terps' top returning offensive linemen, hurt his back in the weight room but participated in a scrimmage yesterday. Friedgen said Gaither's magnetic resonance imaging exam came back "very good" and that the injury appears to be muscular. ... Friedgen, who has added offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach to his responsibilities after the surprise resignation of Charlie Taaffe, said he is still searching for a quarterbacks coach. "Now I really don't have a time frame," he said. "I got to hire somebody by fall. I would've liked to have somebody for spring practice, but I have to find the right guy."

Heather A. Dinich


U.S. tops Chile to reach Davis semis

The United States, Argentina and Russia joined Australia in reaching the Davis Cup semifinals while defending champion Croatia was eliminated. Andy Roddick sent the Americans into the next round by beating Fernando Gonzalez of Chile, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-2, in Rancho Mirage, Calif. The Americans won, 3-2, after Paul Capdeville downed James Blake, 6-3, 6-4, in the dead rubber. In the semifinals in September, the United States will play at Russia. The Americans have won the Davis Cup 31 times but not since 1995. Argentina will host Australia, which won its 28th and last championship in 2003. Argentina held on to oust Croatia, 3-2. Russia beat host France, 4-1.

WTA Bausch & Lomb Championships -- Nadia Petrova used a strong serve and steady play to beat Francesca Schiavone for the first time in five meetings and win the Amelia Island, Fla., tournament, 6-4, 6-4. The 23-year-old Russian earned her third tournament title in the past six months and second this year. She also won at Linz in October and at Doha in February.

Horse racing

Capeside Lady wins at Oaklawn Park

Capeside Lady beat Injustice by 3 1/2 lengths in the $100,000 Bayakoa Stakes for fillies and mares at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. Capeside Lady, ridden by Stewart Elliott, ran 1 1/16 miles in 1 minute, 44.1 seconds.

Santa Anita Park -- Arson Squad rallied to beat Da Stoops by 1 3/4 lengths in the $91,180 San Pedro Stakes for 3-year-olds in Arcadia, Calif. Ridden by Alex Solis, Arson Squad ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:15 4/5.


Korir's 2:06:38 first in Rotterdam

Sammy Korir of Kenya overcame a late challenge to win the Rotterdam Marathon in the Netherlands in 2 hours, 6 minutes, 38 seconds. Mindaye Gishu of Ethiopia won the women's race in 2:28:30.

Carlsbad 5000 -- Meseret Defar of Ethiopia broke the women's 5,000-meter road record, winning the race in California in 14:46. She broke the mark of 14:51 set in 2003 by Britain's Paula Radcliffe.

Et cetera

Williams, NFL to meet today

Ricky Williams will meet with NFL officials today seeking to overturn a drug suspension that could cost him the entire 2006 season. If the positive test is upheld, it would be Williams' fourth violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy.

Cycling -- Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland won the Paris-Roubaix race. Defending champion Tom Boonen of Belgium was second.

Swimming -- Ryan Lochte of the United States set a world record in the 200-meter backstroke at the FINA Short Course World Championships in Shanghai, China. Lochte was timed in 1 minute, 49.05 seconds, breaking the mark of 1:50.43.

Golf -- South Korea's Song Hee Kim became the youngest female touring pro to win a professional tournament in the United States, capturing the Futures Tour's Louisiana Classic at 17 years, 10 months, 24 days.

Boxing -- Baltimore's Jessie Nicklow (3-0, one knockout), Willie Williams (1-0, one KO) and Henry Mayes (5-0, four KOs) will compete in separate pro bouts on April 21 at the Pikesville Armory. For more information, call Jake Smith's Baltimore Boxing at 410-375-9175 or 410-675-6900.

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