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Published:Saturday | August 16, 2014 | 12:00 AM
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  • Israel-Argentina Davis Cup tie moved to Florida


Israel's Davis Cup tie against Argentina next month has been moved to Sunrise, Florida, because of the conflict in Gaza.

The International Tennis Federation yesterday said the neutral venue was proposed by the Israel Tennis Association.

The World Group playoff, September 12-14, will be on an outdoor hard-court at the Sunrise Tennis Club.

The ITF ruled last week that the match, originally scheduled for Tel Aviv, could not be played in Israel because of the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

The ITF board rejected Israel's appeal on Tuesday. The ITF gave Israel until Thursday to nominate a neutral venue.

  • Eight get US Open wild cards


Australia's Bernard Tomic and France's Michael Llodra are among eight men receiving wild-card invitations for the US Open main draw.

Ryan Harrison, Tim Smyczek, Marcos Giron, Wayne Odesnik, and teenagers Jared Donaldson and Noah Rubin also were wild-card entries announced Wednesday by the US Tennis Association.

Odesnik, who served a 12-month ban after getting caught with human growth hormone, earned his wild card based on results at USTA Pro Circuit events. He last appeared in the US Open's main draw in 2009.

Tomic and Llodra got their spots in the main draw via reciprocal agreements the USTA has with the Australian and French tennis federations. The US Open begins August 25.

  • Mertesacker ends Germany career


Germany defender Per Mertesacker is retiring from the national team - becoming the third member of the World Cup-winning squad to quit.

Mertesacker announced his decision in interviews with ZDF television and the ueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper yesterday. ZDF quoted Mertesacker on its website as saying: "After 10 fantastic years in the national team, I have reached the decision to step down."

The 29-year-old, capped 104 times, added that many young and fresh players are coming up and "the point simply has come now to make the next step possible for these boys".

The Arsenal defender joins Philipp Lahm and veteran striker Miroslav Klose who have walked away from international football since Germany beat Argentina 1-0 last month to win their first World Cup since 1990.

  • Pulis walks away


Tony Pulis has left his position as Crystal Palace manager, plunging the club into turmoil just a day before they start the English Premier League season.

Pulis walked away late Thursday, but Palace wouldn't confirm it until yesterday, and said it was by "mutual consent."

Keith Millen, the assistant manager, will take temporary charge of the team for the match at Arsenal on Saturday.

Speaking on Friday, Millen revealed his shock at Pulis' departure.

"We are all shocked from the players to the staff. We knew the frustrations of the club that we hadn't brought in as many players as we wanted but as far as training is concerned we had no inkling this might happen," Millen said.

British media reported that Pulis grew frustrated at the club's lack of transfer activity this offseason, and had a deteriorating relationship with Palace co-chairman Steve Parish.