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BASEBALL

Thousands Cheer as Manny Goes Yard in Domincan Debut

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Manny Ramirez homered on his first pitch of the Dominican winter league season.

Thousands of cheering fans stood and cheered as Ramirez came to bat in the bright yellow jersey of the Eagles, a team from the northern region of Cibao. Ramirez then drove his first pitch over the right-field fence.

The Eagles went on to lose Wednesday night's game 3-2 to the Escogido Lions.

Ramirez had last played in his Dominican Republic nearly 20 years ago. He served his second 50-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy last year, then was released from his minor league contract with the Oakland Athletics. in June without making it back to the big leagues.

SKIING




Vonn Will Skip Ceremony To Introduce Ski Team

VAIL, Colo. -- Lindsey Vonn will not attend a ceremony to introduce the U.S. Ski Team on Thursday.

Vonn was released from a hospital in Colorado on Wednesday, but details of her illness remain unclear and there is no indication of when she will return to skiing.

Vonn's publicist, Lewis Kay, recently said the four-time overall World Cup champion and Olympic downhill gold medalist was "awaiting results from diagnostic testing for severe intestinal pain."

Before her illness, Vonn was set to be among the skiers showing up for the festivities in Vail, where she lives. Bode Miller and Julia Mancuso are expected to attend.

Health permitting, Vonn's next scheduled races are the giant slalom and slalom in Aspen on Thanksgiving weekend, followed by speed events in Lake Louise, Alberta.

NFL

Former Texans Punter Sues Stadium Tenant Over Turf

HOUSTON -- Former Houston Texans punter Brett Hartmann has sued the county agency that operates Reliant Stadium, blaming "unsafe turf" for a possibly career-ending knee injury.

The 6-foot-2 Hartmann signed with the Texans as an undrafted free agent in July 2011. He played in the first 12 games last season before tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament and fracturing a bone in Houston's 17-10 win over Atlanta on Dec. 4.

Hartmann's attorneys filed the lawsuit Thursday in Harris County District Court. It doesn't name the Texans, but includes past comments critical of the stadium's surface by nose tackle Shaun Cody, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and former Indianapolis coach Tony Dungy.

MMA

Overeem Set To Return Next Year

Nevada Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer said he will not stand in the way of UFC heavyweight contender Alistair Overeem reapplying for a license and fighting early next year in Las Vegas, if his application is approved.

Overeem was suspended for nine months after results from his random prefight test taken March 27 revealed a testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio of 14-to-1, according to Kizer. Fighters must not exceed a T/E ratio of 6-to-1.

Overeem can submit an application for a fighter's license subsequent to Dec. 27.

The former Strikeforce champion was scheduled to face UFC heavyweight titleholder Junior dos Santos in May at UFC 146 in Las Vegas, but was subsequently pulled from the bout after failing his prefight drug test.

He is tentatively scheduled to face Antonio 'Bigfoot' Silva at UFC 156 on Feb. 2 in Las Vegas. The 6-5, 255-pound Overeem has a 36-11 pro record.

Overeem, a former kickboxing champion, earned a title shot against dos Santos in December 2011 when he defeated former UFC champion Brock Lesnar by first-round TKO. He has not appeared in the cage since.

NHL

Hope Fading for Deal To Save Season

TORONTO -- Forget optimism, hope is nearly gone as the NHL lockout drags on.

With no negotiations scheduled, and overall communication shutting down, too, the NHL appears to be getting close to calling off more games, putting the entire hockey season in jeopardy.

"I hope not, but I'm more discouraged now than I have been at any point in the process," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Thursday.

The sides put on a push to make an agreement last week when they met over six consecutive days in New York. However, Friday's session ended with a heated exchange, and talks lasted only about an hour on Sunday.







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