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HALIFAX -- Milos Raonic will face Colombias Alejandro Gonzalez in Davis Cup play Friday as the hard-serving Canadian returns to the court following a fourth-round exit from the U.S. Open. Raonic, from Thornhill, Ont., will play in the second singles match of the day Friday after Vancouvers Vasek Pospisil opens the best-of-five tie against Santiago Giraldo. The winner of the tie, which will be played on indoor hard court at the Halifax Metro Centre, will advance to the elite World Group next season. Canada is looking to reclaim its World Group spot after a first-round loss to Japan earlier this year. After Fridays singles matches, Pospisil and Torontos Daniel Nestor will play Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in doubles. On Sunday, Raonic will take on Giraldo while Pospisil will play Gonzalez, a last-minute substitute for the injured Alejandro Falla. Frank Dancevic of Niagara Falls, Ont., is Canadas spare. Raonic, ranked seventh in the world, hasnt played since losing a marathon fourth-round U.S. Open match to tournament runner-up Kei Nishikori of Japan. The Canadian said earlier this week that his body had recovered from the gruelling loss. "Now that the draw is done, we are ready for the weekend and feel confident about our team," Canadian captain Martin Larendeau said. "Though we know Colombia will be fighting hard to make history for their country, we feel we belong in the World Group and will do whatever it takes to stay there." At No. 8 in the world, Canada is seen as the favourite, though the 26th-ranked Colombians did win the last meeting between the two teams in 2010 and are looking for their first-ever World Group berth. Canada made Davis Cup history last year by making the semifinals in 16-team World Group. A loss to Colombia would relegate the Canadians to Americas Zone Group I for the first time since 2011. Aleksander Barkov Jersey . Hamilton signed offensive linemen Mike Filer, Joel Reinders, Landon Rice and Carson Rockhill. Henrik Borgstrom Panthers Jersey . Patrik Bartosak turned away 50-of-52 shots for the Rebels (28-26-4), who halted their losing streak at seven games. Trailing 2-1 after 40 minutes of play, Feser forced overtime with his second goal of the game at 5:35 of the third period. http://www.hockeypanthersofficialonline ... ey-jersey/. Russia has spent about $51 billion to deliver the Sochi Olympics, which run Feb. 7-23, making them the most expensive games ever, even though as a winter event it hosts many fewer athletes than summer games do. Colton Sceviour Jersey . The Eastern Conference-leading Celtics finished their recent trek at 3-1 on Monday in Salt Lake City when Rajon Rondo made a key jumper with 24.1 seconds remaining, as Boston held off the Utah Jazz, 107-102, at EnergySolutions Arena. Jonathan Huberdeau Panthers Jersey . -- Theres been so much talk about Mike Moustakas at the plate that the third baseman ignored the conversation Wednesday -- even after doing something positive.LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Zack Fischer closed with an 8-under 64 on Tuesday in Q-school to earn top status on the Web.com Tour next year. This was the first year that Q-school only offered status on the PGA Tours secondary circuit. Fischer finished at 31-under 401 in the six-round tournament at PGA West. As the medallist , he is assured entry into every Web.com Tour event. Scott Pinckney shot a 68 to finnish second.dddddddddddd Pinckney and the other players in the top 10 will have full status through 12 tournaments. After that, the priority ranking will be reshuffled depending on the money list. That group includes Max Homa. Players who finished between 11th and 45th do not face the reshuffle until after the eighth event. Sam Saunders, the grandson of Arnold Palmer, tied for 11th. ' ' '
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