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Sports in brief: Top-ranked Djokovic resumes play with win at Dubai Championships

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djokovic resumes play with win

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Top-ranked Novak Djokovic played his first match since winning the Australian Open, shaking off the rust to beat Cedrik-Marcel Stebe 6-4, 6-2 Monday in the first round of the Dubai Championships.

Marko Djokovic — ranked 868 spots below his brother — had a less successful day. The younger Djokovic, a wild-card entry, was bounced in the opening round with a 6-3, 6-2 loss to Andrey Golubev.

Djokovic, going for a fourth consecutive Dubai title, is 8-0 this year.

Sixth-seeded Mardy Fish had an easy time against Andreas Beck, winning 6-1, 6-1. Fish broke Beck twice in the first set to lead 4-0. In the second, he broke three times before closing it out in 57 minutes.

winter sports

Knee pain forces Miller to end season

Bode Miller is setting aside his skis for the rest of the World Cup season because of a balky left knee.

The five-time Olympic medalist had a minor arthroscopic procedure on the knee this month with the hope of quickly returning. But when Miller, 34, recently arrived back in Europe, he experienced more discomfort in the knee and opted for season-ending surgery.

"I love ski racing and I love being active so I hope for a solid recovery and to get back to training as soon as possible," Miller said. "I'm still having fun and as long as skiing is enjoyable, I'm going to continue to do it."

The U.S. ski team didn't release a date for Miller's next operation.

nfl

Browns LB Jackson signs extension

The Browns signed linebacker D'Qwell Jackson, 28, to a multiyear contract extension.

ESPN reported the deal is worth $42.5 million over five years and includes $19 million in guaranteed money and roster bonuses.

Jackson, graduate of Seminole High, made a strong comeback last season, making 158 tackles — second most in the NFL — after missing nearly two complete seasons with chest injuries.

colleges

Bulls lineman heads home after seizures

USF freshman offensive lineman David Simon was released from a Tampa hospital and is headed home to Alabama as doctors look for causes of a series of seizures he suffered last week. Simon, who redshirted last season, plans to take classes online, hoping to return in the summer if medication can control the seizures.

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Greyhounds: Derby Lane landed two greyhounds on the 2011 All-America first team, led by team captain Tiger Boy of McAllister kennel and Hi Noon Renegade of Nova. The announcement came at the American Greyhound Track Operators Association spring conference in Las Vegas.

Greg Auman, Times staff writer; Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times wires

Sports in brief: Top-ranked Djokovic resumes play with win at Dubai Championships 02/27/12 [Last modified: Monday, February 27, 2012 10:45pm]

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