National Sports Briefs
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ó Andy Roddick beat Marco Chiudinelli in straight sets to move the United States into a 1-1 tie in its opening-round Davis Cup tie with Switzerland.
James Blake lost to Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka in four sets to put the United States in an early hole in the indoor hard-court match.Roddick answered with a 6-1, 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory.
PHILADELPHIA ó Safety Sean Jones signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday, helping fill the void created by Brian Dawkins’ departure.
A second-round pick by Cleveland in 2004, Jones played five seasons with the Browns. He ranks third among safeties behind Baltimore’s Ed Reed and St. Louis’ Oshiomogho Atogwe with 14 interceptions since 2006.
– HONOLULU ó The Pro Bowl is returning to Hawaii.
The Hawaii Tourism Authority board voted 9-1 on Friday to accept the NFL’s offer to return to the islands.
The board rejected two previous proposals, but under mounting pressure reconsidered its latest refusal to pay the NFL $4 million a year to host the all-star game at Aloha Stadium in 2011 and 2012.
– LAKE FOREST, Ill. ó Running back Kevin Jones agreed to a two-year contract Friday to remain with the Chicago Bears.
– IRVING, Texas ó The Dallas Cowboys signed defensive end Igor Olshansky to a four-year deal Friday.
– CINCINNATI ó The Cincinnati Bengals have released safety Dexter Jackson, an 11-year veteran who missed most of last season with injuries.
CLEARWATER, Fla.ó The family of NFL player Marquis Cooper says they have decided to discontinue their search for the 26-year-old man and two friends still missing in the Gulf of Mexico.
Bruce Cooper said his family is beginning the healing process, and needs time to be together and remember his son. Cooper described his son as a great father and husband.
The football player was aboard a 21-foot fishing boat last Saturday evening when it capsized in rough seas. Only former University of South Florida player Nick Schuyler was found alive.
DORAL, Fla. ó Tiger Woods has entered the CA Championship at Doral next week, resuming his return from knee surgery on a Blue Monster course where he has won three times.
This will be Woods’ first stroke-play event since winning the U.S. Open in a playoff last June.
– PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. ó Y.E. Yang shot a bogey-free round of 5-under 65, moving to 7 under through two rounds of the Honda Classic.
– NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. ó Defending champion Bernhard Langer shot a 6-under 65 to take a one-stroke leadin the Toshiba Classic.
PARIS ó Cycling’s world governing body banned German rider Stefan Schumacher for two years on Friday after he tested positive for a banned drug at the 2008 Tour de France.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. ó Former Detroit Pistons coach Chuck Daly has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
The 78-year-old Daly coached the Pistons to NBA championships in 1989 and 1990. He also was the coach of the 1992 gold medal-winning US Olympic squad dubbed the “Dream Team.” He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1994.