Six-time Grand Slam title
winner Flach dies at 54
• Ken Flach, who won four Grand Slam titles in men’s doubles and two in mixed doubles, has died, according to the ATP World Tour and International Tennis Federation. He was 54.
The ATP World Tour announced Tuesday that Flach died Monday night in California after a brief illness.
In a posting on Facebook, Flach’s widow, Christina, wrote: “The love of my life, Ken Flach, passed away after fighting pneumonia and septic.”
Flach reached No. 1 in the men’s doubles rankings and paired with Robert Seguso to form one of the world’s top teams in the 1980s.
They won 28 titles together, including major championships at the U.S. Open in 1985 and Wimbledon in 1987 and 1988. Flach and Seguso also collected a gold medal for the United States at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
Flach won the 1993 U.S. Open men’s doubles title with Rick Leach.
Ulsom has commanding lead in sled dog race
• Joar Ulsom said a few words in English but used his native Norwegian to heap praise on his dog team Tuesday as he arrived at the second-to-last checkpoint in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Ulsom held a commanding lead in the world’s most famous sled dog race, and after a mandatory eight-hour rest, he was hours from the finish line in Nome.
He arrived in White Mountain just before 8 a.m., and left shortly before 4 p.m. For being first to the checkpoint, he got a $2,500 check.
Garcia does Masters call from wife’s hospital room
• Sergio Garcia kept to his schedule of the traditional conference call for the Masters champion while his wife was at the hospital for the birth of their first child.
His wife, Angela, was not due until Sunday. They are in Austin, Texas, and Garcia planned to speak to golf media on Tuesday morning. He called from the hospital. He paused at one point to answer a question, so it was clear she was not very far along in the process.
Even so, Garcia says it was surreal to be talking about his Masters victory while being on verge of becoming a father.
He says it looks as if the birth will happen early and he’s “excited and a little nervous for Angela and the baby to make sure everything goes well.”
• Tiger Woods and Ernie Els are the next Presidents Cup captains for the 2019 matches in Australia. Still to be determined is if one of them plays.
Woods and Els have each played in the Presidents Cup eight times and served as assistants. Els will be 50 when the matches are played in mid-December next year, the latest the Presidents Cup has ever been staged.
Woods, coming off a runner-up finish last week at Innisbrook, says he will talk to the PGA Tour about a possible change to allow him to be a playing captain.
— ABJ/Ohio.com wires
Sports news roundup March 13