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The Czech Republic swept past Serbia in the doubles for a 2-1 lead in the Davis Cup final on Saturday, leaving them one victory away from retaining the cup. Zylan Cheatham Pelicans Jersey . Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek defeated Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (4) on the indoor hard-court at Belgrade Arena. The victory improved the Czech pairs impressive cup doubles record to 14-1. Berdych plays Novak Djokovic, on a 23-match winning run, in the first reverse singles on Sunday, and the final could be decided when Stepanek likely meets cup rookie Dusan Lajovic in the final rubber. "I am in the best possible position after Saturday," said Berdych, who has beaten Djokovic only twice in 16 encounters, and never on a hard court. "I have nothing to lose. I am going to go there and fight for each point." Serbia captain Bogdan Obradovic said Zimonjic and Bozoljac gave their best, but lost against a better pair. "But we were in similar situations before," Obradovic said. Serbia came from 2-1 down in the 2010 cup final against France, and in this years semifinals against Canada. But both heroes of those ties arent playing. Viktor Troicki, who clinched Serbias only cup title in 2010, is serving a doping ban, and Janko Tipsarevic, who secured the win over Canada, is sidelined by a heel injury. Obradovic said he was not sure if Lajovic, who lost against Berdych in straight sets on Friday, would play if theres a fifth rubber. On Saturday, the Czechs broke Zimonjic at the start of the first two sets. Zimonjic netted an easy volley in the second set to give the Czechs a commanding two-set lead. Stepanek played almost faultlessly. He saved the only break point for the Serbs at 2-3 in the third set with a neat drop shot. In the third-set tiebraker, Stepanek first lost his serve, but then Zimonjic and Bozoljac both suffered mini-breaks. Stepanek won the match with an ace. "Today, it worked out really well. We fit perfectly. Honestly," Stepanek said. "It was one of the best matches we played. But, we have to stay humble, focused and concentrated. "If it comes down to the fifth match, I will be ready to fight to the last point." Zimonjic said "they were better in every aspect of the game." "We had a little chance in the third set, but that was the only one. They were controlling the match from the beginning to the end." Nikola Mirotic Jersey . -- LeGarrette Blount wasnt satisfied with three short touchdown runs, not against a team coming off the second greatest comeback in playoff history. JJ Redick Jersey . Kelli Stack and Alex Carpenter also scored for the Americans, who avoided a repeat of Finlands upset at the Four Nations Cup in Lake Placid, N.Y., in November. Finnish goalie Noora Raty made 58 saves in that one, but the three-time Olympian could stop just 40 of 43 U. https://www.pelicanslockerroom.com/Nikola-Mirotic-City-Edition-Jersey/ . Tensions rose in the first period when Penguins defenceman Brooks Orpik hit Bruins forward Loui Eriksson with what appeared to be a clean hit.TORONTO - Edmonton welterweight Ryan (The Real Deal) Ford has been suspended for six months for stepping into the cage with a broken arm to face Jake Shields on a World Series of Fighting card last month.Pat Reid, executive director of the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission, said Ford got the ban for lying about his health on his statutory declaration to a commissioner of oaths.Ford (22-5) took the main event fight to Shields (30-7) in the early going but lost via submission at four minutes 29 seconds of the first round aat the Edmonton Expo Centre on Oct. Nickeil Alexander-Walker Pelicans Jersey. 11.After the fight, Ford released a video, which he said was made Oct. 2, acknowledging he had broken his ulna — one of the two long bones in the forearm — two days earlier in training.He said he fought with the injury because he needed the paycheque.Fighters had to go through pre-fight blood work, MRIs and eye examination before going through physical testing in front of a doctor and an exercise physiologist.Ford had to do 10 knuckle push-ups among the tests. ' ' '