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Little Nate, late fill-in for Rondo,

leads surging Celtics past Nets

Nate Robinson scored 21 points starting in place of an injured Rajon Rondo and led the visiting Celtics to their seventh straight win, 100-75, over the Nets yesterday. Robinson scored eight points in the first four minutes in place of Rondo, who was a last-minute scratch because of hamstring and foot injuries. The Nets lost their fourth straight.

TENNISSerbia rallies past France to win

its first Davis Cup championship

Host Serbia celebrated its first Davis Cup title when Viktor Troicki beat Michael Llodra, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3, to complete a 3-2 comeback win over France in Belgrade. Troicki, who replaced Janko Tipsarevic for the final singles match, dropped to the court in jubilation. The Serbians then kept their promise to have their heads shaved on court.

Novak Djokovic tied the best-of-five series for the unseeded Serbs by beating Gael Monfils, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4. "This is like winning the World Cup for us," Djokovic said.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALLUConn women's streak hits 86

Maya Moore had 17 points to become the school's career scoring leader, and No. 1 UConn (8-0) beat visiting Sacred Heart, 86-32, for its 86th straight win. Moore's 2,355 points broke Tina Charles' record of 2,346. Freshman Bria Hartley of North Babylon had 11 points . . . Jantel Lavender (32 points) and former Commack star Samantha Prahalis (15 points, career-high 15 assists) led No. 6 Ohio State (7-0) past visiting No. 11 Oklahoma, 95-84. Freshman Aaryn Ellenberg's 34 points led Oklahoma (7-1).

Hofstra defeats Fairfield

Candace Bond, Nicole Capurso and Kate Loper each had 13 points and host Hofstra (4-1) defeated Fairfield, 89-73 . . . Kirsten Jeter had 16 points as host Stony Brook (3-4) lost, 71-67, to Iona . . . Ifeanyi Ofili (23 points) and Jessica Little (20) led host Briarcliffe (4-3) in a 77-63 win over Albertus Magnus.


Baffert earns 2,000th win

Free Pourin gave trainer Bob Baffert his 2,000th win Sunday's at Hollywood Park.- AP


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