Major League Baseball


A’s not against signing Ramirez

The Oakland Athletics are open to signing slugger Manny Ramirez but the team is not actively pursuing the free agent.

That was the message Sunday from assistant general manager David Forst, who talked during A’s Fanfest. A’s owner Lew Wolff had suggested the move last week.

“We’re open to it,” Forst said. “We do have other things going on and we do expect other additions between now and Opening Day. We have never been in a situation where we had too many good players.”

Ramirez applied for reinstatement to Major League Baseball in December. He was suspended for 100 games last year but the ban was trimmed to 50 because he sat out nearly all of last season. The suspension would start with the first game he is eligible to play after signing with a club.



Wambach leads U.S. to victory

In Vancouver, British Columbia, Abby Wambach scored twice Sunday night, moving into second place on the international scoring list, and the U.S. women’s soccer team beat Canada 4-0 in the championship game of the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament.

Wambach and Alex Morgan made for a formidable tandem, accounting for all the goals in a game for bragging rights among neighboring rivals. The U.S. and Canada already wrapped up berths in the London Olympics with their semifinal victories Friday.

Wambach pushed her career total to 131 goals, one ahead of longtime U.S. captain Kristine Lilly.


Winter Sports

Vonn denied 3rd win of weekend

In St. Moritz, Switzerland, Lindsey Vonn was denied a three-win weekend sweep by just 0.03 seconds as Maria Hoefl-Riesch won a super-combined event.

Vonn earned 80 points and extended her lead to 382 over Tina Maze, of Slovenia, who placed fifth.

Hoefl-Riesch, who is third overall, trailed Vonn by 0.23 seconds after the morning super-G leg but just edged the American on a flat slalom course slowed by warm sunshine. The German had a combined two-run time of 2 minutes, 8.41 seconds.



Kenyan captures Miami Marathon

In Miami, Samuel Malakwen beat Teferi Bacha by about a stride’s length in a sprint down the finish-line chute to win the Miami Marathon.

Both runners had a time of 2 hours, 16.55 seconds, but the Kenyan edged out the Ethiopian at the tape.

Benazzouz Slimani, of Italy, was third in 2:19:48, followed by Guatemalans Alfredo Areval (2:22:44) and Mynor Armando Aguilon (2:23:55).

Raquel Maraviglia, of Argentina, won the women’s race in 2:41:39, leading from the start and coming in nearly four minutes ahead of Wioletta Kryza, of Poland, (2:45:32) and 2011 champion Alena Vinitskaya, of Belarus, (2:45:48).

It was Maraviglia’s fourth career marathon.


Mixed Martial Arts

Evans triumphs at UFC Chicago

In Chicago, Rashad Evans unanimously outpointed fellow former Big Ten wrestler Phil Davis in a five-round light heavyweight fight at UFC Chicago on Saturday night.

Evans (22-1-1) handed a Davis (9-1) his first loss of his young career in a fight that was scored 50-45.

Evans moved into position to regain the light heavyweight title from Jon Jones.



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