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Bryans give U.S. first Davis Cup title since 1995

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The United States won its first Davis Cup title since 1995 behind a convincing doubles victory Saturday by brothers Bob and Mike Bryan.

The Bryans cruised to a 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-2 victory over Russia's Nikolay Davydenko and Igor Andreev on the indoor hard court at Portland's Memorial Coliseum as the U.S. won the first three matches in the best-of-five final.

The once-dominant United States had not won the Davis Cup in 12 years, the longest span without an American victory. Pete Sampras last led the team to victory over Russia on clay in Moscow.

The United States now has 32 titles in the international team competition, dating to 1900.

Andy Roddick and James Blake got the U.S. off to a fast start Friday, winning the first two singles matches. The U.S. had not taken the first three matches of a Davis Cup final since 1990 against Australia.

With Roddick and Blake looking on, both doubles teams held serve through the first set, forcing the tiebreaker. When the United States took a 5-3 lead, Andreev slammed his racket to the court.

• PRO FOOTBALL -- Four suspects were charged in the shooting death of Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor, with two of their lawyers confirming some have confessed.

Charles Wardlow, Eric Rivera and Venjah Hunte were denied bond during a brief court appearance via videoconference in Fort Myers. The fourth suspect, Jason Mitchell, was charged Saturday afternoon and had not made a court appearance.

All four are charged with unpremeditated murder in Taylor's death, a killing police said was unplanned and arose out of a burglary at the player's home. They're also charged with armed burglary and home invasion with a firearm or another deadly weapon.

• PRO BASEBALL -- The Yankees have added Phil Hughes, the most highly rated of their top young starting pitchers, to the package they are offering the Minnesota Twins in exchange for two-time AL Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana.

New York also is offering to send the Twins center fielder Melky Cabrera and a third player, who would be a midlevel prospect, according to a baseball official who spoke Saturday on condition of anonymity because the talks are ongoing. New York won't include Joba Chamberlain and doesn't plan to include both Hughes and Ian Kennedy.

• On a deadline day that has lost much of its importance, major league teams had to decide by midnight Saturday whether to offer salary arbitration to their former players who became free agents.

Before last year, the deadline day was Dec. 7 and players not offered arbitration couldn't re-sign with their former teams until May 1. But under baseball's new labor contract, agreed to during last year's World Series, free agents can return to their former teams at any time.

The Yankees offered arbitration to pitchers Andy Pettitte and Luis Vizcaino. They also offered it to third baseman Alex Rodriguez and closer Mariano Rivera, who have agreed to contracts but have not finalized their deals. New York didn't offer arbitration to Roger Clemens, who may retire.

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