Monday, February 19, 2018
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Skiing

Bodyguards to accompany Vonn

SCHLADMING, Austria — With attention on her personal life intensifying, Lindsey Vonn will be surrounded by bodyguards at the world championships. About 30,000 fans per race are expected in the small Alpine village during the event, which runs from Tuesday through Feb. 17.

"There's going to be an incredible amount of people here in Schladming," Vonn said Sunday. "And it's a very small space."

The American said her sponsor hired security "to make sure I can get in and out and not have any difficulty. I don't expect there to be any problems. But it's better to be safe than sorry."

There have been rumors of a relationship between Vonn and Tiger Woods. She was asked by a local TV reporter if the golfer would come to watch her ski.

"Oh, my god! I don't know," Vonn said. "You should ask him."

The reporter asked again, "in the name of Schladming."

"I have no idea. I have no idea," Vonn said, repeating herself with a big smile and giggles.

Vonn's divorce was finalized last month.

Tennis

U.S. avoids collapse thanks to Querrey

Sam Querrey beat Thiago Alves 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) to give the United States a 3-2 win over Brazil in the first round of the Davis Cup in Jacksonville. The Americans led 2-0 before Mike and Bob Bryan, No. 1 in the world in doubles, lost Saturday. Sunday, John Isner lost 2-6, 6-4, 6-7 (7-9), 6-4, 6-3 to Thomaz Bellucci to force the deciding match. The Americans face Serbia, which won 3-2 at Belgium, in Boise, Idaho, on April 5-7.

More Davis Cup: Five-time champ Spain, which was missing No. 4 David Ferrer, No. 5 Rafael Nadal and No. 11 Nicolas Almagro because of injuries or fatigue, lost to Canada 3-2 in Vancouver. In its first ever quarterfinal, Canada hosts Italy. The other matchups are France at Argentina and Kazakhstan at the Czech Republic.

Fed Cup: Sloane Stephens, an Australian Open semifinalist, pulled out of the United States' first-round match at Italy with a strained abdominal. Melanie Oudin will replace her for the matches that start Saturday.

College baseball

Division III team gets first win since 2003

Cal Tech ended a 228-game losing streak by beating visiting Pacifica 9-7 late Saturday. The Division III team from Pasadena lost Game 1 of a season-opening doubleheader 5-0. But freshman Daniel Chou pitched a seven-inning complete game for the first win since Feb. 15, 2003. Tech still has lost 463 straight conference games dating to 1988.

Et cetera

Obituary: Lavonne "Pepper" Paire-Davis, an All American Girls Professional Baseball League star and inspiration for the 1992 film A League of Their Own, died Saturday. She was 88. Mrs. Paire-Davis was a model for the character played by Geena Davis and a consultant on the film. A catcher and shortstop, she helped her teams win five titles over 10 seasons.

Horses: Game On Dude, trained by Bob Baffert, won his second straight $200,000 San Antonio Stakes by 6½ lengths at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif.

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