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Virus delays nadal's plan to return

MADRID — Rafael Nadal's return to competition has been delayed by a stomach virus.

He was scheduled to play in an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi on Thursday after missing seven months because of tendinitis in his left knee. But he said on his Facebook page Tuesday that his doctors ordered him to pull out when he was running a fever, telling him his body needed rest.

"My rehab has gone well, my knee feels good, and I was looking forward to competing," Nadal, 26, said.

The 11-time Grand Slam champion hasn't played since June, when he lost to 100th-ranked Lukas Rosol in the second round at Wimbledon. He missed defending his Olympic title and playing for Spain in the Davis Cup final against the Czech Republic. Spain lost without him.

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic and No. 3 Andy Murray also were scheduled to play at Abu Dhabi.


Ex-Brave, Yankee Jones arrested

Former Braves centerfielder Andruw Jones was free on bond after being arrested in suburban Atlanta on a battery charge, jail records said.

Police responded to a call about a domestic dispute between Jones and his wife around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday in Duluth. Jones, 35, was booked into jail around 3:45 a.m. and had been released on $2,400 bond by 11, Gwinnett County Detention Center records said.

Jones broke into the majors with the Braves in 1996 and won 10 consecutive Gold Gloves from 1998-07. He has spent 17 seasons in the majors, the past two with the Yankees. He signed a $3.5 million, one-year contract this month with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan's Pacific League.

Ex-Rangers owner dies: Brad Corbett, who owned the Rangers from 1974-80 and wasn't afraid to regularly change managers, died Monday at 75. He died in his sleep in Houston, his daughter, Pamela Corbett Murrin, said. At Mr. Corbett's helm, the team had six managers in six years, four in the 1977 season alone. The Rangers had its first four winning seasons under Corbett and finished second in the AL West three times. He was directly involved in decision-making, including player transactions. He traded three future Hall of Fame pitchers during his tenure: Ferguson Jenkins, Gaylord Perry and Bert Blyleven. Struggling financially, he sold the team to Fort Worth oil man Eddie Chiles in 1980. "I loved Brad Corbett as a friend and as an owner," said former catcher Jim Sundberg, the only player to remain with the team throughout Corbett's time as owner from start to finish.

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