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Major League Baseball

Encarnacion burned in face by fireworks

In Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Toronto Blue Jays infielder Edwin Encarnacion was burned in the face by fireworks while celebrating the new year in his native Dominican Republic.

Fiancee Jennifer Pena told The Associated Press that Encarnacion was released from the hospital Saturday and is resting at home. She said his injuries do not require surgery.

Encarnacion received first- and second-degree burns when his brother released a firework that hit him in the right side of the face and exploded near his body, she said. He was celebrating with his family in the southeastern coastal city of La Romana.

Doctors at a nearby clinic treated Encarnacion before he was flown to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.

"We are grateful for the concern that everyone has shown," Pena said. "He is stable and keeps improving."

Encarnacion, who turns 27 on Thursday, hit .225 with 13 homers and 39 RBI in 85 games with the Cincinnati Reds and Toronto last season.

High School Football

Texas recruit leads Team Nitro to rout

In St. Petersburg, Fla., Darius White scored two touchdowns and Team Nitro defeated Team Blur 32-7 in the Under Armour All-America game Saturday.

White scored on a 35-yard punt return early in the third quarter to give Nitro a 19-7 lead and added an 11-yard reception from Devin Gardner early in the fourth quarter

Minutes later White, who is from Fort Worth, put on a Texas hat and gave his nonbinding oral commitment to Texas.

It was also a banner day for Florida with wide receiver Chris Dunkley and defensive end Dominique Easley committing to the Gators during the nationally televised game.

Easley and Michael Taylor were named the game's co-MVPs.

Tennis

Nadal tops Soderling in exhibition finals

In Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Rafael Nadal beat Robin Soderling 7-6 (3), 7-5 in the finals of the season-opening Capitala exhibition tournament to end a two-match losing streak against the Swede.

Soderling had ended Nadal's 31-game unbeaten run on clay at the French Open last year, and beat him again at the season-ending ATP Tour World Finals in London.

Roger Federer defeated David Ferrer , of Spain, 6-1, 7-5 for third place.

- In Hua Hin, Thailand, Maria Sharapova outplayed an error-prone Venus Williams to take a 6-3, 6-4 victory in an exhibition match.

In a warm-up ahead of this month's Australian Open, Sharapova converted 75 percent of her break points, against just 13 percent by Williams.

Sharapova, the world No. 14, displayed a solid baseline game in putting away Williams in 1 hour, 34 minutes.

Sharapova broke Williams three times to take the first set in 49 minutes. The second set was on serve until the final game when Williams missed two forehands to lose the match.

- In Perth, Australia, Sorana Cirstea and Victor Hanescu beat Australia's Samantha Stosur and Lleyton Hewitt 7-5, 6-1 Saturday in mixed doubles to give Romania a 2-1 win in the opener of the Hopman Cup teams tournament.

Earlier, Cirstea beat Stosur 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in singles to give Romania a 1-0 lead before Hewitt tied it with a 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (2) win over Hanescu.

Racing

Roma captures first stage of Dakar Rally

In Buenos Aires, Argentina, Former motorbike winner Nani Roma won the first stage of the Dakar Rally in a BMW, while David Casteu , of France, led home motorcycles.

Roma finished 2 minutes, 7 seconds ahead of Spanish countryman Carlos Sainz in a Volkswagen, and 2:50 in front of BMW teammate Stephane Peterhansel on Saturday. Giniel De Villiers , the 2009 champion, was 4:31 off the lead in a Volkswagen.

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