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Tsunami interrupts Meyer's vacation

Snubbed: Manchester City’s Wayne Bridge ignores the outstretched hand of Chelsea’s John Terry before the teams’ first game since Terry’s affair with Bridge’s ex-girlfriend was disclosed. The affair caused a rift on England’s national team.

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Snubbed: Manchester City’s Wayne Bridge ignores the outstretched hand of Chelsea’s John Terry before the teams’ first game since Terry’s affair with Bridge’s ex-girlfriend was disclosed. The affair caused a rift on England’s national team.

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Tsunami disrupts meyer's vacation

So, Urban Meyer goes away to relax and a tsunami breaks out.

No, that's not the start of a bad joke. The Florida football coach, who finally began his much-publicized leave of absence after national signing day Feb. 3, was vacationing Saturday in Hawaii as part of his attempt to relieve stress.

But the relaxing didn't last.

Meyer left Hawaii later that night with his wife, Shelley, after an earthquake in Chile created tsunami warnings. Shelley Meyer told the Gainesville Sun in a text message that Saturday morning was a "strange ending to a great trip!"

She told the Sun they were evacuated from their hotel: "Evacuated early this a.m. to higher ground. Pretty much nothing but a few waves coming in."

Baseball: Todd Brazeal's three-run double highlighted a seven-run seventh in USF's 12-3 win over Illinois in the Big East-Big Ten Challenge in Clearwater. In all, the Big East won eight of 10 games and lead 11-9 overall entering today's final 10 games. Results and schedule, 8C.James Paxton, the Kentucky pitcher who sued the school, has left the team, coach Gary Henderson said. He's considered one of the nation's top players. Paxton alleged in a lawsuit filed three months ago that the school told him he had to submit to NCAA questioning about his amateur status or face expulsion. Paxton declined. A judge ruled last month that even though the NCAA's request was ambiguous, Kentucky could be punished if it allowed Paxton to play without clearing up his status.

Soccer

BBC boycott could cost Manchester United

Manchester United will be punished by the English Premier League if coach Alex Ferguson keeps boycotting the BBC. The most successful coach in British history hasn't spoken to the BBC for six years dating to a report it aired questioning the business dealings of his son, Jason, who was then working as an agent. He was not found guilty of wrongdoing. Ferguson, 68, has also refused to speak to members of the written press. The league passed the rule, which takes effect next season, because the BBC pays it to show game highlights. The punishment has not been disclosed.

Tennis

Venus rallies to win yet another tourney

Venus Williams beat Polona Hercog 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 to win the Mexican Open in Acapulco. It was Williams' second straight title at the Mexican Open, which is played on clay, and came a week after winning on the hardcourts of Dubai. Her 43 singles titles are the most by an active player.

Dubai Championship: Novak Djokovic led Mikhail Youzhny 7-5, 2-0 before the final in the United Arab Emirates was suspended until today by rain.

Delray Beach: Ivo Karlovic beat Tampa resident Mardy Fish 6-2, 6-3 in the semifinals. He meets Ernests Gulbis, who reached his first ATP final by beating Jarkko Nieminen 6-4, 6-4.

Et cetera

Horses: Don't Forget Gil got her first win since the 2009 Florida Oaks, rallying past Choragus in the $65,000 Wayward Lass at Tampa Bay Downs in Oldsmar. Ridden by Daniel Centeno, Don't Forget Gil ran 11/16 miles in 1 minute, 44.76 seconds. Miss Match was third.

Greyhounds: Lamorge Streaker and Odd Inspector won qualifying races in the $85,000 Sprint Classic at Derby Lane in St. Petersburg. The final qualifying round is Wednesday.

Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times wires

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