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ROUNDUP: US seize 2-1 control over Switzerland

ROUNDUP: US seize 2-1 control over SwitzerlandBirmingham, Alabama  - US doubles twins Bob and Mike Bryan combined for their record-setting 15th victory in the Davis Cup to seize a 2-1 lead over Switzerland on Saturday.

The 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-2) defeat of Swiss Stan Wawrinka and Yves Allegro leaves the 32-time champion hosts within one win from a place in the quarter-finals next July in Croatia.

Andy Roddick will take on Wawrinka on Sunday to try to ice the tie.

The Bryans have become the most successful doubles paring in American Davis history after compiling a 15-2 record.

Roddick responds to pull US level with Swiss

Roddick responds to pull US level with SwissBirmingham, Alabama  - Andy Roddick stepped in to clean up the mess left by James Blake's loss, pulling the 32-time champion US level 1-1 with Switzerland on day one of their Davis Cup World Group tie on Friday.

The top American crushed Marco Chiudinelli 6-1, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) to restore order to a tie in which the hosts were installed as heavy favourites due to the absence of Roger Federer across the net.

Wawrinka routs Blake, sends Swiss into lead over US

Wawrinka routs Blake, sends Swiss into lead over USBirmingham, Alabama  - James Blake crumbled under serving pressure as Stan Wawrinka handed Switzerland the 1-0 lead over the heavily favoured US on Friday in their Davis Cup World Group first round.

The 16th-ranked Swiss fought back in three hours to secure a 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) win against Blake, whose game has been off the boil for six months.

"I feel bad about letting the team down," said Blake. "But the team has picked me up many times before. After I beat myself up for a few more hours, I'll be ready to play on Sunday."

Blake hopes to put Davis disappointment behind in Alabama

James BlakeBirmingham, Alabama  - James Blake will be hoping for Davis Cup rehabilitation when he opens the tie against Switzerland for the 32-time champion United States on Friday.

The world number 13 missed last September's losing semi-final against Spain in Madrid, calling himself burnt out.

This season has not been much better for Blake, but the American is at least more convinced of his chances as the Swiss and the Americans play for the third time.

Taking pork off the menu helps business in Birmingham

Domino's PizzaBirmingham, Feb. 12 : A Domino's Pizza outlet in the Hall Green area of Birmingham has become the first restaurant in the country to take pork off the menu and offer only halal food. The move intends to appeal to the area's Muslim customers.

Halal items on the menu include halal spicy beef sausage, roast and tandoori chicken, halal pepperoni and halal cured turkey - all produced and stored within the Halal Food Authorities guidelines, the Telegraph reports.

The store wasn't doing very well earlier, but within four weeks of taking pork off the menu the business has picked.