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Sports in brief: Canadian freestyle skier dies from injuries in fall

Skiing

Olympic hopeful dies from injuries

Sarah Burke, a Canadian freestyle skier and 2014 Olympic favorite, died Thursday from injuries suffered Jan. 10 in a fall during a training run in a 22-foot halfpipe at Park City Mountain Resort in Utah, her family said in a statement.

Burke, a 29-year-old from Ontario who lived in Squamish, British Columbia, was a four-time X Games champion. She suffered a ruptured vertebral artery in her fall, the family said. The rupture led to severe bleeding on the brain, which sent Burke into cardiac arrest. She was treated at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City and had surgery.

The family's statement said tests "revealed that Sarah sustained severe irreversible damage to her brain due to lack of oxygen and blood. … Sarah passed away peacefully surrounded by those she loved."

Soccer

Rowdies' home slate is fan-friendly

The Tampa Bay Rowdies released their 2012 schedule, which features 12 of the 14 homes games being played on weekends or holidays. Tampa Bay's North American Soccer League season opener is April 7 on the road at Puerto Rico, but five of the first nine games will be at Al Lang Stadium in downtown St. Petersburg, starting with Edmonton on April 14 (schedule in For the record, left). For tickets, visit Rowdiessoccer.com or call (813) 287-1539.

More soccer: Hooligans associated with the Argentina club Nueva Chicag invaded the delivery room of a Buenos Aires hospital and threatened staff with guns as they tried to avenge the death of a gang member killed in a fight with a rival faction, a doctor said.

Autos

Busch boys team up

Kyle Busch tabbed his older brother Kurt as co-driver of the No. 54 Toyota this year in the Nationwide series, their first teaming in more than a decade. "Kurt's never done a full Nationwide deal. He's always had the itch but never really cared about it," Kyle Busch said. "Now this is something for him to get out there and win some races, help bring some banners over here."

Et cetera

Figure skating: Former three-time U.S. men's champion Johnny Weir, who last competed two years ago, announced he is returning with hopes of reaching the 2014 Olympics.

Times wires

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