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Tiafoe, Cilic, Kerber and Collins among winners at Australian Open...Wood Brothers Racing patriarch dies

January 18, 2019

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Frances Tiafoe (tee-AH’-foh) has advanced to the fourth round at the Australian Open. The 39th-ranked American, who turns 21 on Sunday, beat 34-year-old Andreas Seppi 6-7, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. It will be his first appearance in the Round of 16 at any Grand Slam. Tiafoe will face 20th-seeded Grigor Dimitrov.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Marin Cilic (CHIHL’-ihch) has made it into the Round of 16 at the Australian Open. The No. 6 seed overcame a two-set deficit and a pair of match points to beat Fernando Verdasco 4-6, 3-6, 6-1, 7-6, 6-3. It’s the seventh time in Cilic’s career that he has won a match after dropping the opening two sets.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Second-seeded Angelique Kerber celebrated her 31st birthday by dropping just one game against 240th-ranked wild-card entry Kimberly Birrell at the Australian Open, winning 6-1, 6-0. The crowd sang “Happy Birthday” as Kerber left the court. She moves into a fourth-round match against American Danielle Collins, who beat No. 19 Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-2.

CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) — Lindsey Vonn has finished outside the top 10 in a World Cup downhill as she returned to competition today after injuring her left knee in November. Austrian skier Ramona Siebenhofer claimed her first World Cup victory, finishing ahead of reigning world champion Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia. Stephanie Venier of Austria was third.

UNDATED (AP) — Glen Wood, the patriarch of the famed Wood Brothers Racing team has died after a long illness. The 93-year-old had been the oldest living member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Wood co-founded the Wood Brothers Racing team in 1953 with his brother Leonard and won four races over an 11-year racing career. Glen Wood in 1998 was named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers — a list that included 20 drivers who had once raced a Wood Brothers car.

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