January 8, 2009
Mervo track coach William Vaughan died Tuesday after complications from pneumonia. He was 41. Vaughan had been suffering from kidney failure in recent months and was awaiting a donor. Vaughan, a former Mervo runner, also worked with the cross country and girls badminton teams. In addition, he coached with the Ed Waters and Freddie Hendricks track clubs. A viewing and a memorial service are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday in Mervo's auditorium.
Tennis: Top-ranked Rafael Nadal and No.2 Roger Federer won in straight sets to advance to the quarterfinals of the ATP Qatar Open in Doha. Nadal beat Karol Beck, 6-1, 6-2, and Federer defeated Andreas Seppi, 6-3, 6-3. Nadal will next play fifth-seeded Gael Monfils today. Federer will face Philipp Kohlschreiber. Andy Roddick edged Arnaud Clement, 6-3, 7-5, and will play Victor Hanescu. Fourth-ranked Andy Murray defeated Philipp Petzschner, 6-2, 6-4, and will take on Sergiy Stakhovsky.
Horse racing: Jockey brothers Luis and Geovany Garcia helped trainer Carlos Garcia, no relation, win twice on the nine-race card at Laurel Park. In the seventh race, Luis guided Clara's Song ($12.80) to a driving victory in a $32,000 allowance test. One race later, Geovany was aboard Sharp Lioness ($5.20) for a maiden-breaking win.
WNBA: Candace Parker is expecting her first child in the spring, and the star will keep working out leading to the 2009 season. The announcement was made by the University of Tennessee, where Parker starred before going on to the Los Angeles Sparks. Her husband is forward Shelden Williams of the Sacramento Kings. ... The Seattle Storm re-signed guard Tanisha Wright.
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