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Siebenhofer wins downhill, Vonn outside top 10 in her return

Siebenhofer wins downhill, Vonn outside top 10 in her return

Austrian skier Ramona Siebenhofer claimed her first World Cup victory in a downhill Friday, with Lindsey Vonn finishing outside the top 10 in her return from injury. Siebenhofer finished 0.40 seconds ahead of reigning world champion Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia. Stephanie Venier of Austria was third, 0.46 behind. Vonn, who was 1.19 behind, struggled on the upper portion of the sun-drenched Olympia delle Tofane course, getting bounced off her line. 'I just struggled with that one icy gate,' Vonn said. Results were not official yet as lower-ranked skiers were still coming down the course. ___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Defending champ gone: Sharapova ousts Wozniacki in Australia

Defending champ gone: Sharapova ousts Wozniacki in Australia

Maria Sharapova smacked a forehand winner — the sort she's hit so many times, at so many key moments, over the years — to take control against defending champion Caroline Wozniacki at the Australian Open. Sharapova balled up her fists, shut her eyes, threw back her head and let out a yell. She showed she's ready to be a Grand Slam factor once again. Sharapova grabbed the last four games to eliminate Wozniacki 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in nearly 2½ hours Friday and reach the fourth round at Melbourne Park, building the statement-making victory with aggressive groundstrokes that gave her a 37-10 edge in total winners. 'I haven't played many matches in the last year, especially against top players,' Sharapova said. 'And these are the kinds of matches I train for.' She cut her 2018 season short in September because of problems with her surgically repaired right shoulder. Sharapova is seeded only 30th at Melbourne Park, where she won the 2008 title for one of her five Grand Slam trophies but hasn't been past the quarterfinals since 2015. The 31-year-old Russian missed the tournament in 2017 during a 15-month doping suspension that was triggered by a positive doping test during the previous year's Australian Open. Wozniacki was the No. 3 seed in Australia, a year after beating Simona Halep in the final to claim her first major championship. Next for Sharapova is a matchup against Australia's Ash Barty, who beat Maria Sakkari 7-5, 6-1 to equal her best showing at any major tournament. 'I know,' Sharapova said, 'it's going to be a tough crowd.' No. 15-seeded Barty took two nearly years off from the tennis tour after the 2014 U.S. Open and played cricket during that time. 'Her story is phenomenal,' Sharapova said. 'I know she took a little break and came back and just resurged.' Against Wozniacki, Sharapova hung in there in a back-and-forth contest. Wozniacki led 3-2 in the third set after holding at love. But Sharapova finally gained the upper hand with a break for a 4-3 lead, clinched with that big forehand she was so excited about. After holding to go up 5-3, Sharapova broke yet again to end it, closing with a big cross-court backhand. 'The level was quite high,' Sharapaova said. 'I knew I was going to get a tough match.' ___ Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich ___ More AP Tennis: https://www.apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Sources: Angels reach deal for Allen to be closer The Los Angeles Angels have reached an agreement with relief pitcher Cody Allen on a one-year deal to be their closer next season, league sources told ESPN.