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Sloane Stephens into Hobart International semis

Sloane Stephens into Hobart International semis

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Eighth-seeded Sloane Stephens advanced to the Hobart International semifinals Thursday with a 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 win over fellow American and qualifier Lauren Davis.

Stephens will play Elena Vesnina of Russia in one of Friday's semifinals. Vesnina played better in windy conditions Thursday to beat wild-card Jarmila Gajdosova of Australia 6-3, 6-2.

``I had to be smart and in the wind you have to use it like a weapon,'' Vesnina said.

Ninth-seeded Mona Barthel of Germany beat Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria 6-3, 6-3 and will play the winner of Thursday's night quarterfinal between Monica Niculescu of Romania and Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium.

The 22-year-old Barthel said she's ``improved a lot'' as she begins her second season on the WTA Tour.

``I feel like I learned so much last year, playing all these tournaments and playing against the top players,'' Barthel said. ``My serve has got better and I feel like my groundstrokes are better ... but maybe a little more confidence this year.''

The final is scheduled for Saturday at the Domain Tennis Centre.

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Who is Frederick Smith? Get to know the Redskins' minority owner and FedEx CEO

Who is Frederick Smith? Get to know the Redskins' minority owner and FedEx CEO

When one hears the word "owner" in relation to the Redskins, Dan Snyder's name is the first to come up.

Now, while Snyder has been the Burgundy and Gold's majority owner since 1999, and one real constant in the franchise's past few decades, there are other minority owners involved in the organization. That may not be something many knew, though — until Thursday.

That's when FedEx formally asked the Redskins to change their name on a day that also included Nike removing all of the team's apparel from its website. The CEO of FedEx, Fred Smith, just so happens to be a minority owner of the franchise, too.

So, who exactly is Smith? That's a question many supporters of the organization and followers of the sport now have. Let's try to answer it.

(via Redskins.com)

Smith bought a stake in the Redskins back in 2003 along with two other business executives. Those three reportedly purchased 20-percent of the team.

Before that move, Smith had been actively trying to acquire rights for an expansion franchise and even owned the Memphis Mad Dogs of the Canadian Football League. His son, Arthur, is the offensive coordinator for the Titans.

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The now 75-year-old has held his position as minority owner for nearly 17 years. 

Smith's biography on the Redskins website can be found here. It focuses solely on his work with FedEx. He founded the company in 1971.

Smith is also the chairman of Alcon Entertainment, which produces films.

In just one day, Smith made more Redskins-related waves than he did in his previous 17 years with Washington. The wait begins to see just how large those waves eventually become. 

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Report: Redskins owner Dan Snyder does not plan to address calls to change team's name

Report: Redskins owner Dan Snyder does not plan to address calls to change team's name

Thursday included numerous new developments in the effort to get the Washington Redskins to change their name. 

FedEx, who holds the naming rights to Washington's stadium, formally asked the team to change their name. FedEx's CEO, Frederick Smith is a minority owner of the Redskins.

Also Nike, the NFL's official uniform supplier, removed all Redskins merchandise from their website after investors reportedly sent letters to them and FedEx urging them to end their relationships with Dan Snyder's franchise unless the team's name is changed. 

The Redskins have yet to respond to these actions, and according to Josina Anderson, Snyder has no official plans to do so. 

Anderson included the team has said internally that no other owner has contributed more to the Native American community monetarily. 

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Snyder has long held the stance that he won't change the team's name, but the circumstances following George Floyd's death and the ongoing movement for racial injustice has created quite a bit of noise surrounding the franchise's name. 

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