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MIAMI — Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig suffered a swollen eye and facial bruises during a fight with a bouncer. Miami police spokesman Maj. Delrish Moss said the injuries happened Wednesday night as the Cuban-born player was leaving the Blue Martini bar at bouncers' request after an argument with his sister. Moss said "at some point" Puig and a bouncer began to fight, leaving Puig with the swollen left eye and "minor bumps and bruises" to his face. He said the bouncer got a busted lip and minor facial bruises. He said the bouncer claimed Puig sucker-punched him; Puig said the bouncer got too aggressive. Moss said neither wanted to press charges.

JAYS GET HAPP: Left-hander J.A. Happ agreed to a $36 million, three-year contract with the Blue Jays, returning to the team he pitched for from 2012-14. Happ, 33, was 11-8 with a 3.61 ERA in 31 starts for Seattle and Pittsburgh last season.


Spieth trails by 4 in Australia

Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott went in opposite directions at the Australian Open, while Matt Jones used home-course advantage to shoot 3-under 68 and take a three-stroke lead at 7-under 135 in Sydney. Todd Sinnott (70) was second at 138, while defending champion Spieth (68) and Geoff Ogilvy (71) were in a group of five tied for third at 139. Scott, playing for the sixth time in eight weeks, shot 73 and was at 2-over 144 in the PGA Australia event.


Murray pulls Brits even in Cup

Andy Murray kept Britain in contention in the Davis Cup final when he beat host Belgium's Ruben Bemelmans in straight sets to leave the two nations level at 1-1 after the opening singles at Ghent. Murray made a smooth transition to clay and won 6-3, 6-2, 7-5. Earlier, David Goffin rallied to beat Kyle Edmund 3-6, 1-6, 6-2, 6-1, 6-0, overcoming a two-set deficit for the first time in his career for Belgium, seeking its first Davis Cup title; Britain has not won the team competition in 79 years.


American loses after late tumble

Lara Gut of Switzerland won a World Cup giant slalom after leader Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States crashed with the finish line in sight and failed to finish. Gut completed the Aspen, Colo., course in a two-run combined time of 2 minutes, 2.51 seconds, edging Austria's Eva-Maria Brem by 0.10 seconds. Lindsey Vonn lost her left ski in the first run and slid into the netting. She was not hurt, calling the wipeout "super annoying."


AUTOS: Nico Rosberg set the fastest time in practice for Sunday's Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) Grand Prix ahead of Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton. Rosberg has won the past two races and will target a sixth straight pole in today's qualifying.

BASKETBALL: The Mexican federation was suspended by world governing body FIBA because of the national government's interference in how the sport is run.

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