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Cabrera says he’ll be ready to start season

LAKELAND, FLA. — Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera said his vision is fine and that he’ll be ready to play opening day. He rejoined his teammates Monday for the first time since a bad-hop grounder broke a bone below his right eye a week ago.

Cabrera, who batted .344 with 30 home runs and 105 RBI last season, will be examined Tuesday. The Tigers begin the season on April 5 at home against Boston.


Serena rebounds to oust Stosur in straight sets

KEY BISCAYNE, FLA. — Serena Williams rallied from a break down in both sets Monday to beat Samantha Stosur 7-5, 6-3 and advance to the quarterfinals of the Sony Ericsson Open.

Williams, bidding for a record sixth Key Biscayne title, avenged a loss to Stosur when they last met in the U.S. Open final in September.

Ranked 11th, Williams is playing in her first tournament since January after being sidelined by a left ankle injury. She hit 20 aces and lost only six points on her first serve, but she had to rally after being broken in the first game of each set against the No. 5-ranked Stosur.


29-win season earns Flint contract extension

PHILADELPHIA — Coach Bruiser Flint, who led Drexel to a school-record 29 wins this season, agreed to a multiyear contract extension. Terms were not disclosed. Flint, who watched the Dragons win 19 straight games at one point during his 11th season, compiled a 29-7 mark, including 2-1 in the NIT.


Mayfield’s appeal dismissed by federal appeals court

RICHMOND — A federal appeals court in Virginia has refused to revive a lawsuit by former racecar driver Jeremy Mayfield’s against NASCAR over his suspension for failing a random drug test.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled Monday that U.S. District Judge Graham Mullen in Charlotte, N.C., did not abuse his discretion in dismissing Mayfield’s complaint.

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