Saturday, December 16, 2017
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Tennis

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.

Baseball

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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Boys basketball: Lakewood 45, Gibbs 44

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Boys basketball: Nature Coast 78, Central 29

Boys basketball: Nature Coast 78, Central 29

BROOKSVILLE – Once again supporting its place as the top program in Hernando County, Nature Coast maintained its undefeated record in a dominant win over rival Central.While the Bears were able to upset the Sharks to win the Class 6A, District ...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Girls basketball: Plant 66, Steinbrenner 31

LUTZ — Here's some discouraging news for any team that has to play Plant this season or in the next few seasons: The Panthers beat Steinbrenner 66-31 Friday night. Of those 66 points, 48 were scored by a sophomore and two freshmen.Freshman powe...
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Boys basketball: Plant City 79, Tampa Bay Tech 74

Boys basketball: Plant City 79, Tampa Bay Tech 74

TAMPA — Traveling to play at Tampa Bay Tech is a test for any area basketball team these days because the Titans are tough and the crowd is loud.Plant City prepared for all of the above, answered most of the questions and passed the exam Friday...
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Nobody has Jameis Winston’s back more than Dirk Koetter, offensive coordinator Todd Monken insists

Nobody has Jameis Winston’s back more than Dirk Koetter, offensive coordinator Todd Monken insists

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Westbrook, Embiid put on show in triple OT thriller

Westbrook, Embiid put on show in triple OT thriller

PHILADELPHIA — Russell Westbrook had 27 points, 17 rebounds and 15 assists, and the Thunder and the 76ers went basket-for-basket in a three-overtime thriller before Oklahoma City pulled out a 119-117 victory Friday night. Andre Roberson scored the wi...
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High school scoreboard for Dec. 15

Friday’s scoreboardGirls soccerCountryside 7, Clearwater 0Osceola 9, Bradenton Bayshore 0Palm Harbor U. 2, Plant 1Boys soccerPalm Harbor U. 0, Plant 0Lennard 4, Armwood 1
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Saturday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYBoxingMiddleweights: Lemieux vs. Saunders9:30 p.m.HBOCollege basketballButler vs. PurduenoonFoxMiami at George WashingtonnoonCBSSNLouisville vs. MemphisnoonESPN2Detroit vs. MichigannoonESPNUNC-Greensboro at N.C. StatenoonFSFSeton Hall at Rutgers...
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Ryan Callahan out at least 3-4 weeks for Lightning

Ryan Callahan out at least 3-4 weeks for Lightning

When Lightning wing Ryan Callahan took a nasty spill into the boards Thursday night, it didn't look good.Turns out, it wasn't. Callahan will be sidelined indefinitely with an upper body injury, evaluated after three to four weeks, per GM Steve Yzerma...
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Rangers hold off Pacific-leading Kings

Rangers hold off Pacific-leading Kings

NEW YORK — Rick Nash scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:27 left to lead the Rangers to a 4-2 victory over the Pacific Division-leading Kings on Friday night. Chris Kreider, Kevin Hayes and J.T. Miller scored to help New York win for the second time i...
Updated: 6 hours ago