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    October 28, 2018 7:05 PM PDT

    GENEVA -- Roger Federer eased to victory over Mikhail Kukushkin on Friday, bringing Switzerland level at 1-1 with Kazakhstan in the Davis Cup quarterfinals. Travis Hamonic Jersey . Federers 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 win in less than two hours restored order for the 15,000 Swiss fans who saw Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka surprisingly lose the opening singles match. "I was very satisfied with my performance," Federer said. "It doesnt change in terms of being 1-0 up or down -- I have to make sure I played my match." Wawrinka, ranked No. 3 after his first Grand Slam title, was beaten 7-6 (5), 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (5) by 64th-ranked Andrey Golubev. Federer and Wawrinka, doubles champions at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, are scheduled to team up Saturday against Kazakh doubles pair Aleksandr Nedovyesov and Evgeny Korolev. "Clearly I am available if (captain) Severin (Luethi) wants me to play," Federer said after beating the 56th-ranked Kukushkin. The winner will face Britain or Italy in the semifinals in September. Italy leads 1-0 after a rain-affected first day, though Andy Murray leads Andreas Seppi 6-4, 5-5 in a singles rubber which will resume Saturday. Switzerland is aiming to reach its first semifinal since 2003 in pursuit of a first Davis Cup title. Wawrinka received a huge ovation stepping on court at the Palexpo indoor arena for his first match in Switzerland since becoming a Grand Slam champion in January. However, there was a stunned near-silence when Golubev converted his sixth match point with an overhead winner. The third-ranked Wawrinka acknowledged starting "a little bit tight, a little bit nervous." "When Im in that position I know that I dont move so well," he said, after making 70 unforced errors and converting just one of his 10 break points. The Swiss No. 1 also smashed his racket on the hard-court surface in frustration during the second set. Golubev, who lost to Wawrinka in the first round in Australia, overcame his early nerves to win a first-set tiebreak. "I tried to be always aggressive, didnt give him too much time," he said. Wawrinka, who played in a 5-0 loss against Kazakhstan in 2010, said the heavily favoured Swiss would not be complacent. "We didnt come here thinking it was going to be an easy tie," he said. Daniel Pribyl Jersey . -- After a year spent travelling the world, Brooks Koepka suddenly is in a position to play a lot more golf at home. Cheap NHL Jerseys . Mike Ribeiro had a goal and an assist as Phoenix held on to snap a two-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Friday.BOSTON - Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez spent the last two seasons as NL West rivals. Now theyre teammates in Boston, the result of a $183 million spending spree the Red Sox are hoping will lift them out of the AL East cellar.Its exciting for me to be with Hanley and David Ortiz, Sandoval said Tuesday at Fenway Park after finishing up a five-year, $95 million contract that adds him to a lineup he called The Three Amigos.About five hours later, the Red Sox completed their day-night news conference doubleheader by announcing Ramirezs four-year deal, which is worth $88 million. A former Red Sox prospect, Ramirez was traded to the Marlins nine Thanksgivings ago in a deal that brought Mike Lowell and Josh Beckett to Boston.Why not go back where you belong? Ramirez said. It worked out for the both of us: You guys won a couple of world championships. I havent won any, but thats what Im here for.Sandoval helped the Giants win three titles, earning the World Series MVP in 2012 and the nickname Kung Fu Panda that helped cement him as a fan favourite. He thanked the Giants for bringing him up as a big leaguer and Giants fans for their support.I want a new challenge. I need a new challenge, he said at his afternoon news conference. I know that I had a great career in San Francisco. But Im going to have a new one here.Sandoval helps fill a hole in the Red Sox lineup for a third baseman and a left-handed bat. Ramirez, who played shortstop and a little third base with the Marlins and Los Angeles Dodgers, is expected to move to left field.Youre always trying to get a sense of where they might fit in, Red Sox manager John Farrell said. Were not even at Thanksgiving yet. The potential for some other additions might exist.Sandovals deal includes a team option for 2020 and Ramirezs contract has a vesting option for 2019.A 28-year-old Venezuelan listed at 5-foot-11 and 248 pounds, Sandoval was seen as a potential replaacement at designated hitter when Ortiz retires. Jaromir Jagr Jersey. But Sandoval said he plans to manage his weight so he can remain in the field.Both players praised Ortiz, and Ramirez also said Dustin Pedroia helped recruit him to Boston.He said, Ive got two rings. You dont have any. I want some more, Ramirez said. That kind of thing pumps you up.Sandoval said Ortiz gave him advice when he was in the minor leagues that he has carried with him. Having a chance to play with Ortiz, who was the Series MVP in 2013, was a factor that attracted him to Boston.To be Papis teammate — 162 games, all that with him — for me, its going to be a very exciting time, said Sandoval, who had dinner with Ramirez on Monday night. Ramirez agreed, saying Ortiz was like a big brother to me.Sandoval is a career .294 hitter who had 16 homers and 73 RBIs in the regular season this year and then hit .366 in the post-season while helping the Giants win their third World Series in five years.He really embodies a lot of what we care about, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said. Hes been a big winner. Hes been a performer when it counts the most. Hes respected as a teammate, loves to play. We think he fits what were all about here. Were excited to have him.A 30-year-old infielder who has never played the outfield in 1,634 professional games, Ramirez batted .300 with 13 homers and 71 RBIs for Los Angeles this year. Cherington, who watched Ramirez learn to play shortstop in the minors, said he is confident Ramirez can take on a new position.For now, the Red Sox are overloaded with outfielders and short on pitchers, having acquired Allen Craig and Yoenis Cespedes at the July trade deadline while shipping off four-fifths of the rotation.Weve got a ways to go in the off-season, Farrell said.To clear the roster spots, the Red Sox designated first baseman-catcher Ryan Lavarnway and infielder Juan Francisco for assignment. Cheap Soccer Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Hockey Jerseys Nike NFL Jerseys China Cheap Nike MLB Jerseys China Wholesale Baseball Jerseys China Wholesale College Jerseys Cheap Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Near Me Cheap Jerseys Online Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Authentic Cheap Soccer Jerseys China Cheap NCAA Jerseys Authentic Cheap Nike NBA Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys AuthenticMLB Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Throwback Jerseys Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China ' ' '