Hatton blames troubles on drugs, alcohol

Former world champion Ricky Hatton has blamed his struggle to cope with retirement for his binge drinking and drug use. Hatton was admitted to a rehabilitation clinic after the News of the World tabloid published a video last weekend appearing to show him snorting cocaine. Hatton's spokesman later confirmed the use of drugs.

"I am currently in the Priory [clinic] dealing with depression due to the fact I have not been able to cope with my retirement from boxing," Hatton said on the paper's website Saturday. "I have been binge drinking heavily . . . But it will be the toughest fight of my life and I am here to win it."

Hatton has not fought since losing to Manny Pacquiao in May 2009.


U.S. wins doubles, takes 2-1 lead

Mardy Fish and John Isner beat Colombia's Robert Farah and Carlos Salamanca, 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3, Saturday to give the United States a 2-1 lead in the Davis Cup World Group playoff.

In today's reverse singles on the outdoor red clay court at Santamaria bull ring, Fish is slated to open against Santiago Giraldo, and Sam Querrey will face Alejandro Falla.

Fish could become the first American to win three times in a tie since Pete Sampras in 1995. Asked if he would be tired, Fish said: "Not at all. This is what we train for. That's why we got here early."

The United States would stay in the World Group by winning the tie. If Colombia wins it would advance to the World Group for the first time.


U.S. routs Senegal

Diana Taurasi had 14 points on 6 of 7 shooting and five assists in 15 minutes of action to help the United States women's national team beat Senegal, 93-51, in Salamanca, Spain, its final exhibition game before the world championship begins next week in the Czech Republic. - AP

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