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Boxing

Area trio prepare for silver gloves

Three members of the Augusta Boxing Club will compete in the East Coast Silver Gloves starting Thursday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Orlando Hernton, in the 138-pound class, will be joined by Doctress Robinson (125 pounds) and Desmond Lyons (95 pounds).

The winners will advance to the national Silver Gloves on Feb. 1-2 in Kansas.

Baseball

Price will remain with Tampa Bay

David Price, the American League Cy Young Award winner, has reached an agreement on a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays to avoid salary arbitration, according to ESPN.com.

Price, 27, is 61-31 with a 3.16 ERA in the big leagues, including going 20-5 with a league-leading 2.56 ERA last season. He will be eligible for free agency after the 2015 season.

• Free agent Brett Myers has agreed to a one-year contract with a club option for 2014 with Cleveland.

The Indians will give him a chance to win a starting job after he pitched in relief last season for Houston and the Chicago White Sox.

Myers’ deal is contingent on the 32-year-old passing a physical.

Tennis

US tops France in Hopman Cup

In Perth, Australia, the United States rallied past France 2-1, with John Isner and Venus Williams capturing the decisive mixed doubles to win a second consecutive series at the Hopman Cup.

France won the opening singles when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga overwhelmed Isner 6-3, 6-2. Williams then tied it after trailing by a set and 4-1 to defeat Mathilde Johansson 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.

The Americans won the mixed doubles 6-7 (5), 6-2 10-8 by taking six of the last seven points in the match tiebreaker.

The U.S., which defeated South Africa in its opening series, next plays Spain.

Williams played listlessly before recovering. After making the only break of the final set to lead 4-3 she faced two break points in the following game before holding for 5-3.

• In Brisbane, Australia, Serena Williams carried her relentless form into the New Year with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Alize Cornet at the Brisbane International, where Maria Sharapova withdrew.

After the unexpected exits of No. 2 Sharapova, who pulled out with an injured right collarbone, and 2011 champion Petra Kvitova, the third-ranked Williams needed only an hour to beat the No. 44-ranked Cornet.

• In Doha, Qatar, top-seeded David Ferrer rallied to defeat qualifier Dustin Brown
5-7, 6-3, 6-2 in the opening round of the Qatar Open.

The fifth-ranked Ferrer struggled early against Brown’s serve and net play. With the first set even at 5, Brown hit a drop volley and then broke Ferrer when he hit a shot into the net.

Ferrer figured out Brown’s serve and Brown began making unforced errors. Ferrer broke him to go up 3-1 on the way to winning the second and easily won the final set.

Three seeded players were upset, including Jeremy Chardy at No. 5.

• In Chennai, India, Matthias Bachinger upset 2010 Wimbledon quarterfinalist Yen-Hsun Lu 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 at the Chennai Open.

Lu, seeded seventh, rallied but fell short in a baseline slugfest lasting a little more than two hours.

Fifth-seeded Benoit Paire advanced to the second round.

Joining him were qualifier Cedrik-Marcel Stebe, Roberto Bautista Augut and Prakash Amritraj and Somdev Devvarman.

– From staff and wire reports


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