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Maryland native, Frances Tiafoe celebrates 21st birthday with a spot in the Australian Open quarterfinals

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Maryland native, Frances Tiafoe celebrates 21st birthday with a spot in the Australian Open quarterfinals

Thursday, Jan 20, 2019 was a big day for Frances Tiafoe. The strong bodied tennis player from Maryland turned 21 and he also burst his way into the Australian Open quarterfinals.

Tiafoe beat the No. 20 seed Grigor Dmitrov 7-5, 7-6(6), 6-7(1), 7-5 on Thursday to put himself into a major quarterfinal for the first time in his career. 

He is the final American male in the draw and now has a date set with the No. 2 seed, and 17-time major champion, Rafael Nadal. 

Not only a fan-favorite of the DMV, Tiafoe is turning into a favorite in Australia. For the past three rounds, each win has given those in attendance a LeBron James-themed celebration.

When he beat the No. 5 seed Kevin Anderson for the biggest win of his career:

When he broke into the Round of 16 for the first time ever:

And his latest:

The Hyattsville native entered the tournament at No. 39 in the world. Based on his performances so far, he will jump up to a career-high 27th. 

His matchup against Nadal will be the first time that he battles the Spaniard. 

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Washington Justice loses Overwatch League debut, but excitement was strong

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Washington Justice loses Overwatch League debut, but excitement was strong

Washington Justice lost its Overwatch League debut 3-1 to New York on Saturday - but the excitment for the new eSports team was strong at Penn Social. 

According to the Washington City Paper, nearly 400 fans packed the Washington bar to cheer on their hometown team and watch the competition via Twitch. 

Washington next takes on London on Thursday. 

The Washington Justice is one of eight additional teams competing this season in Overwatch, which began as a 12-team league in 2018.

AFL Defending champs Washington Valor announce 2019 regular season schedule

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AFL Defending champs Washington Valor announce 2019 regular season schedule

The Washington Valor will kick off their season as defending AFL champions on April 26 against the Baltimore Brigade at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Md. They will then head to Albany before returning for their home turf debut on May 11 vs. Atlantic City at Capital One Arena. 

The rest of the season looks pretty repetitive — the Valor will face off against both Albany and Baltimore three times and Atlantic City, the league's newest team, Columbus and Philadelphia twice each. The team closes out the 2019 regular season at home, facing off against Columbus on July 20 at Capital One Arena.

The 2018 ArenaBowl champions will face some rule changes this year, including the elimination of first-half one-minute timing rules and the shortening of media timeouts.

The Valor will be led by Head Coach Benji McDowell, who just joined the team's coaching staff last year. McDowell joined the team amid a four-game losing streak, eventually turning things around leading the Valor to the ArenaBowl XXXI title. He was then promoted to head coach in September.

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