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Tennis

Lady Lakers will play in nationals

The Lady Lakers, of Savannah Lakes Village in McCormick, S.C., have pulled off a rare double-double.

The nine-player team won both the U.S. Tennis Association Super Senior South Carolina State Championship and the eight-state Southern Section Championship.

The Lady Lakers will compete in the national championship in Phoenix in April.

The team consists of Ann Hocevar, Lana Snellgrove, Kathie Kase, Joan Stockton, Guinn Lane, Linda Baker, Marilyn Semones, Suzie Kaeding and Marsha Lusby.

Vera Zvonareva has withdrawn from the Australian Open in January with a right shoulder injury.

The two-time Grand Slam runner-up made the announcement on her Facebook page on Friday.

The Australian Open begins in Melbourne on Jan. 14.

Soccer

Messi scores his 91st goal of year

In Barcelona, Spain, Lionel Messi concluded his record year with his 91st and final goal of 2012 in Barcelona’s 3-1 win at Valladolid on Saturday, which the team dedicated to ailing coach Tito Vilanova.

Messi scored in the 59th minute by dribbling between a defender’s legs before making it 2-0 after Xavi Hernandez had opened the scoring two minutes before halftime.

Vilanova had throat surgery to remove a second tumor in two years on Thursday.

NBA

Kings’ Cousins gets suspension

DeMarcus Cousins was suspended indefinitely by the Sacramento Kings on Saturday for “unprofessional behavior and conduct detrimental to the team.”

Cousins and Kings coach Keith Smart exchanged words in the locker room during halftime of Sacramento’s 97-85 loss at the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night.

Smart benched Cousins for the entire second half and ordered him to remain in the locker room.

Following a loss at San Antonio on Nov. 9, the league suspended Cousins two games without pay for confronting Spurs announcer Sean Elliott in a “hostile manner.”

Cousins also was suspended one game without pay by the NBA for striking O.J. Mayo in the groin during a loss at Dallas on Dec. 10.

NHL

Players vote to dissolve union

NHL players gave the executive board the right to take steps to dissolve the union, and they signed off on it in overwhelming fashion.

In a vote this week, union members decisively agreed to give the players’ association’s board the power to file a “disclaimer of interest” until Jan. 2.

A person familiar with the outcome of the vote told The Associated Press on Friday that the measure was approved by a vote of 706-22 (97 percent), easily reaching the two-thirds majority required.

Baseball

Ross, Arizona agree on terms

Cody Ross and the Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to a three-year contract Saturday with a club option for 2016.

Ross, who turns 32 today, adds to the abundance of outfielders on the Arizona roster, leading to speculation a trade might be coming.

• A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Raul Ibanez and the Seattle Mariners have agreed to a $2.75 million, one-year contract.


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