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Published:Monday | February 12, 2018 | 12:00 AM
USA’s Venus Williams returns a shot against Netherlands’ Richel Hogenkamp during a match in the first round of the Fed Cup tennis competition in Asheville, North Carolina, yesterday.

 

Venus Williams steers US to Fed Cup win

 

ASHEVILLE, North Carolina (AP):

Venus Williams defeated Richel Hogenkamp 7-5, 6-1 yesterday as the United States clinched a victory in its Fed Cup matchup with the Netherlands.

The US leads 3-0 in the best-of-five event and advances to a World Group semi-final, April 21-22, at France, which defeated Belgium 3-2 this weekend.

In Saturday's singles matches, Williams defeated Arantxa Rus 6-4, 6-1, and CoCo Vandeweghe beat Hogenkamp 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-3.

 

Disgraced former gymnastics doctor sent to Arizona prison

 

TUCSON, Arizona (AP):

Prison records show that disgraced former gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar has been transferred to a federal prison in Tucson, Arizona.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons online inmate registry on Saturday showed that the 54-year-old was housed at the high-security prison that also has an adjacent minimum security satellite camp. Nassar faces two long prison sentences in Michigan for molestation. But first, he must serve 60 years in federal prison for child pornography crimes.

 

Bayern reserve goalkeeper Sven Ulreich extends contract

 

MUNICH (AP):

Bayern Munich have rewarded goalkeeper Sven Ulreich for impressive performances this season by extending his contract for three years.

The Bundesliga leader says the 29-year-old Ulreich, whose deal was due to expire at the end of the campaign, will stay at the club until at least June 2021.

Ulreich, who joined from Stuttgart in 2015 as Manuel Neuer's back-up, has played 23 games for Bayern, most of them this season following the No. 1 goalkeeper's long-term injury.

Germany coach Joachim Loew said Saturday that Ulreich had put himself in contention for this year's World Cup squad.

Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said: "The last three years have shown that we can always rely on Sven Ulreich as a goalkeeper as well as a person.

"Especially this season, he has played a big part in ensuring we have a big lead in the Bundesliga and also good chances in the Champions League and German Cup."

Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Mueller scored as Bayern beat Schalke 2-1 Saturday to remain 18 points clear at the top of the standings.

 

 

Feisal: Fight against abuse should match anti-doping effort

 

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP):

Prince Feisal of Jordan says the fight against harassment and sexual abuse in sports should share equal footing with work to prevent doping.

An International Olympic Committee member, Feisal leads an effort by the Olympic body to protect athletes, many of whom come from countries that offer few safeguards.

"Yes, it is important," Feisal told a small group of reporters at the Pyeongchang Olympics. "Is it more important than doping? I think it should be equal to doping, but not many people see that right now."

Feisal said the sexual abuse scandal involving former USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar illustrates how little protection athletes have.