Andy Roddick can clinch the best-of-5 semifinal when he opens today’s reverse singles against Thomas Johansson. That match is followed by James Blake vs. Joachim Johansson. The U.S.-Sweden winner will play Russia or Germany in the November final. Germany leads its series, 2-1. The Americans have won the most Davis Cup titles (31), but the last championship came in 1995. ETC.: Lindsay Davenport lost to Jelena Jankovic, 6-3, 7-5, in the semifinals of the China Open in Beijing, ending her bid for a second straight title after nearly a year off to have a child. The third-ranked Jankovic will play the final against Agnes Szavay, who cruised past Peng Shuai, 6-1, 6-2. Jankovic improved to 1-4 against Davenport, avenging her loss to the American at the Bali Open last week. … Top-seeded Tatiana Golovin and Katarina Srebotnik advanced to the final of the Slovenia Open in Portoroz. Golovin beat eighth-seeded Vera Dushevina 7-6 (5), 6-2 in the semifinals, and the fourth-seeded Srebotnik defeated Gisela Dulko 6-2, 6-3. … Fourth-seeded Russian Maria Kirilenko defeated second-seeded Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, to gain the Sunfeast Open final in Calcutta, India. Beating Hantuchova for the first time in four tries, Kirilenko set up today’s title match against first-time finalist Mariya Koryttseva of Ukraine, a 7-6 (3), 6-3 winner over Anne Keothavong of Britain. … Roger Federer lost at doubles with Swiss teammate Yves Allegro, giving the Czech Republic a 2-1 lead in its Davis Cup playoff in Prague. The winner is in next year’s World Group. The loser drops to a regional zone. Basketball Forward Michael Ruffin signed with the Milwaukee Bucks after playing the last three seasons with the Washington Wizards. From news services The United States pulled within one victory of the Davis Cup final Saturday in Goteborg, Sweden. Twins Bob and Mike Bryan defeated Simon Aspelin and Jonas Bjorkman, 7-6 (11), 6-2, 6-3, giving the Americans a 2-1 lead over Sweden. “They’re the best doubles team in the world and showed it today,” said Sweden captain Mats Wilander, once ranked No.1. “They played fantastic tennis.” Ruffin, a 30-year-old free agent, is a seven-year veteran. ETC.: Dallas signed Devin Harris to the five-year agreement they reached earlier this month. The extension is worth about $42 million and locks up the speedy point guard through the 2012-13 season. College sports Ohio State gave men’s basketball coach Thad Matta a raise of almost $500,000, boosting his salary to just under $2.5 million a year, and added a year to his contract to extend it through the 2016 season. Track and field Asafa Powell ran the third fastest 100 meters of the year, and it came after two false starts by the competition. The Jamaican won in 9.83 seconds at the season-ending World Athletics Final in Stuttgart, Germany despite a strong headwind, coming within 0.09 seconds of his world record. Without world champion Tyson Gay in the field, Powell stayed calm as false starts frazzled the opposition. Jaysuma Saidy Ndure of Norway was second behind Powell in 10.06. The U.S. shot putters staged a repeat of the world championships, with Reese Hoffa throwing 68 feet, 10 inches to beat teammate Adam Nelson. In the triple jump, American Walter Davis improved on his bronze in Osaka, winning with 56 feet, 11 inches, edging teammate Aarik Wilson. Marek Plawgo of Poland held on to defeat American world champion Kerron Clement for the win as both were timed in 48.35. James Carter of the U.S. finished .01 seconds back. Rugby South Africa survived a scare to become the first team to reach the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals in Paris, and defending champion England stayed alive thanks to the return of Jonny Wilkinson. The Springboks had to call their top stars off the bench in Lens, France to subdue underdog Tonga, 30-25, for their third victory in a row in Group A. England beat Samoa, 44-22, in Nantes with Wilkinson kicking for 24 points and setting up three of the four tries. In Marseille, Argentina thrashed Namibia, 63-3, to become the favorite in Group D. Cycling Denis Menchov of Russia moved closer to his second Spanish Vuelta title in three years and Samuel Sanchez of Spain won the penultimate stage in Villalba. Menchov finished second, 12 seconds behind Sanchez, who completed the 15.5-mile time trial around Villalba in 22 minutes, 11 seconds to earn his second straight stage win. Horse racing Fairplex Park in Pomona is Martin Pedroza’s personal playground and everybody should know it by now. Just to prove the point, Pedroza won the $100,000 Pomona Derby, guiding 2-1 favorite Frank The Barber to a length over Big Bad Leroybrown on a sloppy track in 1:53.07. It was the fourth consecutive year Pedroza has won the Pomona Derby. He also won the race in 1994 and 1986. ETC.: Brass Hat held off favored Fairbanks by three-quarters of a length to win the $500,000 Massachusetts Handicap at Suffolk Downs in Boston. … Any Given Saturday continued on the road to the Breeders’ Cup Classic with a victory Saturday in the $154,200 Brooklyn Handicap at Belmont Park. … Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense and Derby runner-up Hard Spun will meet again Saturday in the $350,000 Kentucky Cup at Turfway Park. Weightlifting Belarusian Andrei Rybakou eclipsed his own world record by lifting 412 pounds to win gold in the men’s 187-pound snatch at the World Weightlifting Championships in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Rybakou increased the weight until he broke his previous record of 410 pounds set at last year’s championships. Distance running Julius Maritim won the Sydney Marathon in Australia for the third year in a row to lead a Kenyan sweep in the men’s division, while Japan’s Naoko Tsuchiya took the women’s title. Maritim finished more than six minutes ahead of the field in an event-record time of 2:14:38. Tsuchiya won the women’s race in 2:43:10. Baseball Panamanian designated hitter Julio Zuleta of the Chiba Lotte Marines hit for the cycle in Chandai, becoming the 61st player in Japanese pro baseball to hit a single, double, triple and homer in the same game. Quotable Sally Edwards, a member of the Triathlon Hall of Fame, who has finished last 115 times in the Danskin Women’s Triathlon series so she can make sure every woman finishes: “It’s been the most valuable work that I’ve done. Helping hundreds of thousands of women cross that finish line is the most important thing I could have done in my life.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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Olympic athlete Brendan Boyce’s mother has revealed she never thought he would fulfill his dream – after he was diagnosed with a cancer aged just 5.Margaret Boyce revealed her horror when she found a tumour on her son’s back when he was just a child.Brendan, from Milford, was rushed to hospital and had the cancerous lump removed from his spine. Two months later he was given the all-clear and never looked back.Mum Margaret told Highland Radio she found it hard to believe her son was competing in the 50k walk around the streets of London last weekend.“I was just thinking back how far he’d come and I was very proud of him,” she said.Brendan said he never dwelled on his life-saving operation as a young boy. “I didn’t know too much about it. I don’t dwell on that at all. It happens to a lot of people and you just get on with it,” he said.Brendan smashed his own personal best time by two minutes to finish in 29th place and will now concentrate on the next Olympic Games in 2016 in Brazil.“My plan is to improve and by time Rio comes around I should be more competitive at the front of the field,” he said. OLYMPIC STAR BRENDAN OVERCAME CANCER SCARE REVEALS MOTHER was last modified: August 14th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Brendan Boycecancertumour