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Sports briefs: U.S. out of Fed Cup

  • Australia's Ashleigh Barty serves during the first-round Fed Cup tennis match against United States' Madison Keys in Asheville, N.C., Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

  • United States' Danielle Collins reacts after a shot from Australia's Daria Gavrilova during their first-round Fed Cup tennis match in Asheville, N.C., Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

  • United States' Danielle Collins returns a shot from Australia's Daria Gavrilova during their first-round Fed Cup tennis match in Asheville, N.C., Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)2

  • Australia's Ashleigh Barty reacts after defeating United States' Madison Keys during their first-round Fed Cup tennis match in Asheville, N.C., Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

  • United States' Madison Keys reacts after a shot from Australia's Ashleigh Barty during the first-round Fed Cup tennis match in Asheville, N.C., Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

  • United States' Madison Keys returns a shot against Australia's Ashleigh Barty during their first-round Fed Cup tennis match in Asheville, N.C., Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

  • Tennis great Billie Jean King, right, and recording artist Gladys Knight, left, watch a first-round Fed Cup tennis match between United States' Madison Keys and Australia's Ashleigh Barty in Asheville, N.C., Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

  • Australia's Ashleigh Barty returns a shot against United States' Madison Keys during their first-round Fed Cup tennis match in Asheville, N.C., Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)


The Associated Press
Sunday, February 10, 2019

Romania upset defending champion Czech Republic, 3-2, to advance to the semifinals of the Fed Cup on Sunday, along with France, Belarus and Australia.

Romania reached the semifinals for the first time after its first victory against the Czechs, who won six titles in the last eight years.

Irina-Camelia Begu and Monica Niculescu teamed up to clinch the best-of-five contest with a 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-4 win over Czech pair Katerina Siniakova and Barbora Krejcikova in the doubles.

It was a similar finish in Australia’s 3-2 win over the U.S. in North Carolina, with Ash Barty and Priscilla Hon beating Danielle Collins and Nicole Melichar, 6-4, 7-5, in the deciding doubles.

NBA BasketballPacers warn of bat-borne rabies contact

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana health officials say people who had contact with a bat last week during an Indiana Pacers game have possibly been exposed to rabies.

The Indiana State Department of Health says anyone who may have touched the bat with bare skin during the Pacers game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday in Indianapolis is urged to contact the department or a health care provider about receiving rabies vaccinations.

The department says since the bat is no longer in Bankers Life Fieldhouse, its rabies status is unknown.

Horse RacingEquine flu halts British events

LONDON — Four new cases of equine flu have been reported by the British Horseracing Authority in a blow to the sport’s hopes of resuming action on Wednesday.

The cases were identified in vaccinated thoroughbreds at the Newmarket yard of trainer Simon Crisford, the BHA said late Sunday.

Racing has been on an enforced six-day shutdown since Thursday.