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Jeter's rehab stalls; could miss opening day

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TAMPA, Fla. -- The New York Yankees might be minus Derek Jeter on opening day.

The star shortstop missed his second straight exhibition game Wednesday because of inflammation in his surgically repaired left ankle. General manager Brian Cashman said there was a chance Jeter could begin the season on the disabled list.

"At this stage, I just don't know, so all I can do is acknowledge it's a possibility," Cashman said.

The 38-year-old Jeter received an anti-inflammatory injection in his ankle. The Yankees start the regular season April 1 at home against Boston.

Jeter broke his ankle last year in the first game of the AL championship series against Detroit. He waited a while before making his debut in a spring training game, starting out as a designated hitter on March 9 and later playing in the field for the first time.

Tiger wary of 'stalkarazzi'

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tiger Woods figured it was worth going public about his relationship with Olympic ski champion Lindsey Vonn rather than having paparazzi make money off them.

The star athletes simultaneously posted messages on their Facebook pages this week to confirm they are dating.

Woods is fiercely private when it comes to his personal life, even before his downfall in November 2009 over multiple extramarital affairs. So why now?

"Well, it's very simple," Woods said Wednesday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. "We're very happy where we're at, but also we wanted to limit the 'stalkarazzi' and all those sleazy websites that are out there following us. I've had situations where it's been very dangerous for my kids and the extent they'll go to. We basically devalued the first photos. Unfortunately, that's just the way it is in our society right now, and we felt like it was the best thing to do. I'm very happy about it."

Racisct Czech fans banned

PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- A court in the Czech Republic has banned eight fans from a stadium for one year for racially abusing Philadelphia Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds in October when he was playing there during the NHL lockout.

Judge Petr Novak at the court in the northern city of Chomutov called Wednesday's verdict "sufficient."

Simmonds, who is black, was the target of racist chants while playing for Liberec White Tigers at the Chomutov Pirates on Oct. 28 in the Czech league.

The Czech Republic ice hockey federation has already fined the Pirates $1,500 for the chants. The Chomutov club also apologized to Simmonds.

The incident was not the first time Simmonds had been subjected to abuse by fans. Last year, a banana was thrown at Simmonds from the stands during an NHL pre-season game in London, Ont. Christopher Moorhouse was fined $200 after pleading guilty to engaging in a prohibited activity.

-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 21, 2013 D5

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