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Major League Baseball

A-Rod confident he’ll play in ’14

Alex Rodriguez is staying positive.

“Yes, I feel confident,” the New York Yankees third baseman said of being able to play next season. “I’m preparing as always, working hard. I feel completely healthy. I have the entire offseason to prepare for it.”

Rodriguez spoke Saturday in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, where he’s attending the annual charity golf event held by Red Sox slugger David Ortiz.

Rodriguez’s fate for next season is in the hands of arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, who will decide how much, if any, of the 211-game suspension handed down by Major League Baseball will stand.

• Righthander Mike Pelfrey agreed to a two-year, $11 million contract to return to the Minnesota Twins, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations. He will become the third starting pitcher the Twins have signed this month.

Winter Sports

Worley captures giant slalom title

In St. Moritz, Switzerland world champion Tessa Worley won a World Cup giant slalom Sunday, racing to the fastest time in both runs.

Worley sped down in a combined time of 2 minutes, 7.62 seconds to deny Jessica Lindell-Vikarby a second consecutive GS victory by 0.37 seconds.

Tina Maze, the defending overall World Cup champion, matched her best result of the season in third, trailing Worley by 0.79.

• In Val D’Isere, France, veteran Mario Matt safely protected his first-run lead to win a World Cup slalom race on a day when other contenders struggled on the notoriously tough Stade Olympique de Bellevarde course.

A two-time former slalom world champion, the 34-year-old Matt beat Sweden’s Mattias Hargin by 0.53 seconds and Italian veteran Patrick Thaler – second after the first run – by 0.78.

• In Val Thorens, France, Andreas Matt and Katrin Mueller won skicross races on the freestyle skiing World Cup tour Sunday.

Olympic runner-up Matt beat Victor Oehling Norberg in the men’s final.

• In Titisee-Nuestadt, Germany, world champion Kamil Stoch earned his first ski jump World Cup win of the season on a day overshadowed by Thomas Morgenstern’s crash.

Morgenstern tweeted later Sunday: “News from the hospital: Bruises, broken finger and cuts, but no severe injuries.”

Stoch finished with a total of 300.7 points.

Boxing

Maidana defeats Broner for crown

In San Antonio, Marcos Maidana overpowered Adrien Broner to take the WBA welterweight championship, knocking him down twice in a unanimous decision Saturday night at the Alamodome.

The target of heavy trash talking leading up to the fight, Maidana was dominant in handing Broner his first loss in 28 bouts. After the judges’ scores of 115-110, 116-109 and 117-109 were announced in favor of Maidana, Broner ran out of the ring.

High School Football

Norcross repeats in Class AAAAAA

In Atlanta, Myles Autry scored on a 92-yard kickoff return and a 69-yard pass for A.J. Bush as Norcross captured its second consecutive Georgia Class AAAAAA state championship with a 31-14 victory over North Gwinnett on Saturday night at the Georgia Dome.

It was the 12th consecutive victory for Norcross since a 36-17 loss to Region 7 rival North Gwinnett (13-2) in September.


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