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Sunday, 10 February 2013 05:21

Vinci rallies Italy past US in Fed Cup

RIMINI, Italy, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Roberta Vinci's singles victory rallied Italy and her doubles win with Sara Errani Sunday lifted her country to a 3-2 Fed Cup decision over the United States.

Trailing 2-1 in the quarterfinal round entering Sunday's action, Italy kept its hopes alive when Vinci posted a 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 decision over Jamie Hampton to force a fifth and deciding doubles rubber.

Then, with the match on the line, the Italians dropped their scheduled doubles duo of Nastassja Burnett and Karin Knapp and replaced them with Vinci and Errani -- a tandem that won last month's Australian Open title.

The move paid dividends when they breezed past the American team of Varvara Lepchenko and Liezel Huber 6-2, 6-2 to clinch the weekend series.

The victory moved Italy into April's Fed Cup semifinals against the defending champion Czech Republic, which moved on with a with a 4-0 triumph over Australia earlier Sunday.
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Sunday, 10 February 2013 05:55

Southerland regains Syracuse eligibility

SYRACUSE, N.Y., Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Syracuse forward James Southerland, sidelined since last month with eligibility issues, was approved Sunday to return to action, the school said.

Southerland was cleared in time to play for ninth-ranked Syracuse in its Sunday contest against St. John's.

When declared ineligible Jan. 12, he was the Orange's second-leading scorer at 13.6 points over 16 games.

No explanation was given for Southerland's absence, although several reports indicated it was over academics.

"I won the appeal and I'll see you guys at 3 at the Carrier Dome," Southerland wrote on his Twitter account. "James is Baaaccckkk BABYYY!!!!"
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