Update on the latest sports

January 19, 2018 - 11:11 am


Nadal advances, Ostapenko exits

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Top seed Rafael Nadal has reached the fourth round in Australia for the 11th time with a 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 win over Damir Dzumhur.

But Nadal's fellow French Open champion, Jelena Ostapenko, is out. The seventh seed lost to No. 32 Anett Kontaveit 6-3, 1-6, 6-3.

Among other results on Friday, sixth-seeded Marin Cilic (CHIHL'-ihch) reached the fourth round for the first time in seven years with a 7-6, 6-3, 7-6 win over American Ryan Harrison.

Nick Kyrgios (KEER'-ee-ohs) remains in the running to become the first Australian male singles winner of the Australian Open in 42 years. The 17th seed has advanced to the fourth round by winning the last five points of the tiebreaker to beat 2008 finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6. Kyrgios is the last of nine Australian male players left in the singles draw.

Ivo Karlovic (EE'-voh KAR'-loh-vihch) fell just short of becoming the oldest player to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam since Jimmy Connors' run to the U.S. Open semifinals in 1991. The 39-year-old Croatian lost to Italy's Andreas Seppi in five sets.

On another hot day in Melbourne, Alize Cornet (uh-LEEZ' kohr-NAY') needed a medical timeout and a doctor to take her blood pressure as she struggled with heat stress in her 7-5, 6-4 third-round loss to Elise Mertens.


AP Source: Panthers part ways with special teams coordinator

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says the Carolina Panthers have parted ways with special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey. The team has promoted Chase Blackburn to take McGaughey's place after his contract was not renewed.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on Friday on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the news.

The Charlotte Observer was first to report the news.

Blackburn has served as the team's assistant special teams coordinator under McGaughey for the past two seasons. The 34-year-old Blackburn played nine seasons in the NFL, finishing with the Panthers in 2014.

McGaughey is the second coordinator to leave since the end of the season. Carolina fired offensive coordinator Mike Shula on Jan. 3 and replaced him with Norv Turner.

Quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey was also fired.


Wieber comes forward to say she was assaulted by Nassar

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Another Olympic gold medalist has come forward to say that she too was sexually assaulted by a former sports doctor who also worked at USA Gymnastics.

Jordyn Wieber gave a victim impact statement in a Lansing, Michigan, courtroom Friday — the fourth day of sentencing for Larry Nassar. She grew up in the Lansing area and says she started seeing Nassar at age 8.

She criticized USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic Committee, saying "I was not protected and neither were my teammates."

The 54-year-old Nassar faces a minimum sentence of 25 to 40 years in prison for molesting girls at Michigan State University and his home. He also was a team doctor at USA Gymnastics. He already has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for child pornography crimes.


Power Five conferences approve medical benefits extension

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The five largest conferences in NCAA Division I have approved a measure requiring their schools to extend medical coverage for two years after athletes leave campus.

The new benefit covers injuries that occurred during the athlete's college career and includes mental health coverage.

Each of the 65 schools in the Power Five conferences — the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC — can apply their own policies regarding coverage. They also could expand coverage for longer durations as the Pac-12 and many of the so-called autonomous conference members already have.

The leagues also approved legislation requiring basketball teams to give players three consecutive days off during a holiday break with one exception every four years if a team plays in a qualifying tournament.


Goggia wins Cortina downhill as Vonn makes major mistake

CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) — Sofia Goggia (GOH'-jah) of Italy won a World Cup downhill on home snow Friday after Lindsey Vonn made a major mistake.

The American was faster than Goggia midway down the course but had trouble landing a jump and slammed on the brakes to clear the next gate.

Vonn finished second, 0.47 seconds behind Goggia. Overall World Cup leader Mikaela Shiffrin finished third, 0.84 behind, in her first attempt at the Cortina downhill.

Julia Mancuso, another American standout, announced her retirement and bid the circuit goodbye by wearing a Wonder Woman suit during a casual run.


Svindal beats Jansrud for Norwegian 1-2 in World Cup super-G

KITZBUEHEL, Austria (AP) — Aksel Lund Svindal led a Norwegian 1-2 finish ahead of Kjetil Jansrud on Friday in the last World Cup super-G before the Pyeongchang Olympics.

Svindal dominated the race, which was delayed and moved to a different course higher up the hill because overnight snow and rain affected the original course.

The 2010 Olympic super-G champion beat Jansrud by 0.50 seconds. Austrian teammates Matthias Mayer and Hannes Reichelt were third and fourth, 0.56 and 0.57 behind, respectively.

It was Svindal's first race in the Austrian resort since badly injuring his knee in a downhill crash two years ago.


IOC: More initiatives coming to promote Korean unity

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Olympics organizers have welcomed an agreement between North and South Korea to unite athletes at the upcoming Winter Games in Pyeongchang, and promised that "much more exciting initiatives" promoting Korean unity will emerge this weekend.

"Watch this space," IOC presidential spokesman Mark Adams told The Associated Press in an interview, a day before a crucial meeting of Korean delegations at Olympics headquarters in Lausanne. He declined to elaborate, saying the decisions would come Saturday.

Adams praised a detailed deal between the rival countries announced Thursday by South Korea's Unification Ministry, including a joint team for the women's hockey tournament, but said "these are discussions." He added: "I can tell you that there will also be some much more exciting initiatives coming through as well tomorrow."


N.Korea cancels S.Korea visit by advance team for art troupe

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has canceled plans to send a delegation led by the head of a hugely popular girl band to South Korea over the weekend to check preparations for a trip by a North Korean art troupe she also leads during next month's Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

South Korea's Unification Ministry said late Friday that North Korea didn't explain why it was "suspending" the visit by the seven-member advance team.

It wasn't immediately clear whether the visit was permanently canceled or postponed.

The rival Koreas earlier this week agreed that the 140-member art troupe will perform twice in South Korea during the games.

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