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  • This image provided by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers shows the new team helmet logo which was unveiled Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

    This image provided by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers shows the new team helmet logo which was unveiled Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

  • Former NFL safety Darren Sharper appears in Los Angles Superior Court, where he pleaded not guilty to charges of drugging and raping two women, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Los Angeles. Sharper's bail has been increased from $200,000 to $1 million. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Bob Chamberlin, Pool)

    Former NFL safety Darren Sharper appears in Los Angles Superior Court, where he pleaded not guilty to charges of drugging and raping two women, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Los Angeles. Sharper's bail has been increased from $200,000 to $1 million. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Bob Chamberlin, Pool)

  • FILE - In this March 11, 2013 file photo, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, left, poses with his daughter, Rayven, and Janay Palmer as they arrive for a screening of a new film released on DVD that chronicles the team's championship NFL football season in Baltimore. A police complaint alleges Rice knocked out Palmer, his fiancee, during an argument at an Atlantic City, N.J., casino. Police charged both Rice and J Palmer with simple assault in the incident Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Revel Casino. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

    FILE - In this March 11, 2013 file photo, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, left, poses with his daughter, Rayven, and Janay Palmer as they arrive for a screening of a new film released on DVD that chronicles the team's championship NFL football season in Baltimore. A police complaint alleges Rice knocked out Palmer, his fiancee, during an argument at an Atlantic City, N.J., casino. Police charged both Rice and J Palmer with simple assault in the incident Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Revel Casino. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

  • Canada defenseman Drew Doughty, center, celebrates with teammates John Tavares (20) and Jeff Carter (77) after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime against Finland in a men's ice hockey game at the Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

    Canada defenseman Drew Doughty, center, celebrates with teammates John Tavares (20) and Jeff Carter (77) after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime against Finland in a men's ice hockey game at the Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

  • Atlanta Braves' Andrelton Simmons, right, celebrates with B.J. Upton after Simmons hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Atlanta Braves' Andrelton Simmons, right, celebrates with B.J. Upton after Simmons hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Adelina Sotnikova of Russia celebrates winning the women's free skate figure skating finals at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

    Adelina Sotnikova of Russia celebrates winning the women's free skate figure skating finals at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

  • Yuna Kim of South Korea waits in the results area after completing her routine in the women's short program figure skating competition at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

    Yuna Kim of South Korea waits in the results area after completing her routine in the women's short program figure skating competition at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

  • Adelina Sotnikova of Russia reacts after completing her routine in the women's free skate figure skating finals at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

    Adelina Sotnikova of Russia reacts after completing her routine in the women's free skate figure skating finals at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

  • Former NFL safety Darren Sharper appears in Los Angles Superior Court, where he pleaded not guilty to charges of drugging and raping two women, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Los Angeles. Sharper's bail has been increased from $200,000 to $1 million. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Bob Chamberlin, Pool)

    Former NFL safety Darren Sharper appears in Los Angles Superior Court, where he pleaded not guilty to charges of drugging and raping two women, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Los Angeles. Sharper's bail has been increased from $200,000 to $1 million. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Bob Chamberlin, Pool)

  • This image provided by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers shows the new team helmet logo which was unveiled Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

    This image provided by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers shows the new team helmet logo which was unveiled Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

  • Canada defenseman Drew Doughty, center, celebrates with teammates John Tavares (20) and Jeff Carter (77) after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime against Finland in a men's ice hockey game at the Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

    Canada defenseman Drew Doughty, center, celebrates with teammates John Tavares (20) and Jeff Carter (77) after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime against Finland in a men's ice hockey game at the Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

  • Atlanta Braves' Andrelton Simmons, right, celebrates with B.J. Upton after Simmons hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Atlanta Braves' Andrelton Simmons, right, celebrates with B.J. Upton after Simmons hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • This image provided by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers shows the new team helmet logo which was unveiled Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • Former NFL safety Darren Sharper appears in Los Angles Superior Court, where he pleaded not guilty to charges of drugging and raping two women, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Los Angeles. Sharper's bail has been increased from $200,000 to $1 million. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Bob Chamberlin, Pool)
  • FILE - In this March 11, 2013 file photo, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, left, poses with his daughter, Rayven, and Janay Palmer as they arrive for a screening of a new film released on DVD that chronicles the team's championship NFL football season in Baltimore. A police complaint alleges Rice knocked out Palmer, his fiancee, during an argument at an Atlantic City, N.J., casino. Police charged both Rice and J Palmer with simple assault in the incident Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Revel Casino. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
  • Canada defenseman Drew Doughty, center, celebrates with teammates John Tavares (20) and Jeff Carter (77) after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime against Finland in a men's ice hockey game at the Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)
  • Atlanta Braves' Andrelton Simmons, right, celebrates with B.J. Upton after Simmons hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Adelina Sotnikova of Russia celebrates winning the women's free skate figure skating finals at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
  • Yuna Kim of South Korea waits in the results area after completing her routine in the women's short program figure skating competition at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
  • Adelina Sotnikova of Russia reacts after completing her routine in the women's free skate figure skating finals at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
  • Former NFL safety Darren Sharper appears in Los Angles Superior Court, where he pleaded not guilty to charges of drugging and raping two women, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Los Angeles. Sharper's bail has been increased from $200,000 to $1 million. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Bob Chamberlin, Pool)
  • This image provided by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers shows the new team helmet logo which was unveiled Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • Canada defenseman Drew Doughty, center, celebrates with teammates John Tavares (20) and Jeff Carter (77) after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime against Finland in a men's ice hockey game at the Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)
  • Atlanta Braves' Andrelton Simmons, right, celebrates with B.J. Upton after Simmons hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

BASEBALL

Red Sox minor leaguer Tena gets 50-game drug suspension

NEW YORK – Boston Red Sox left-hander Francisco Tena was suspended for the first 50 games of the season following a positive drug test under the minor league drug program.

The commissioner’s office said yesterday Tena tested positive for metabolites of Stanozolol.

Tena, who will turn 19 in March, signed with the Red Sox in December. His suspension will begin at the start of the Dominican Summer League.

BASEBALL

Braves reach 7-year, $58 million deal with Simmons

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Braves and shortstop Andrelton Simmons agreed on a $58 million, seven-year contract, a record deal for the latest young star locked up by the NL East champions.

The 24-year-old Simmons earned his first Gold Glove Award in 2013, when he led the major leagues with 499 assists. He hit .248 with 17 home runs and 59 RBI last season.

The Braves this month also reached multiyear agreements with first baseman Freddie Freeman, outfielder Jason Heyward, closer Craig Kimbrel and right-hander Julio Teheran.

BASEBALL

Two admit guilt in Dodger Stadium Giants fan attack

LOS ANGELES – Two men who pleaded guilty to the 2011 beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium were sentenced in Los Angeles yesterday.

Judge George Lomeli excoriated smirking convict Louie Sanchez and handed him an eight-year state prison term, with some credit for time served. Co-defendant Marvin Norwood received a four-year sentence. He also received credit for time already spent in custody and it was unclear if he would be immediately released.

Stow was left permanently disabled by the beating.

NFL

N.J. police: Ravens’ Rice knocked out fiancee

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – A police complaint alleges Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocked out his fiancee during an argument at an Atlantic City casino.

The police charged both Rice and Janay Palmer with simple assault in the incident Saturday at the Revel Casino.

A police complaint said Rice struck her with his hand, “rendering her unconscious.” Palmer is also accused of striking Rice with her hand.

Palmer’s attorney, Robert Gamburg, said yesterday he’s certain neither person committed a crime. Rice’s attorney, Michael Diamondstein, has said he hopes the case is shown to be a misunderstanding.

NFL

Former safety Sharper pleads not guilty in rape case

LOS ANGELES – Former NFL safety Darren Sharper pleaded not guilty to charges that he drugged and raped two women he met at a West Hollywood night club.

A judge increased his bail to $1 million yesterday and ordered him to remain in Los Angeles, stay away from nightclubs and not be alone with any woman not known to him since October, when the first alleged incident took place.

The judge said she considers the case very serious and cited reports that there may be more women coming forward. Prosecutors said Sharper is being investigated in three more states and a recent allegation has surfaced in Miami.

NHL

Islanders’ Tavares out for year with knee injury

SOCHI, Russia – The knee injury suffered by John Tavares at the Olympics has ended his NHL season.

The New York Islanders said Tavares will not return to play for them this season because of a ligament and meniscus tear in his left knee.

Tavares is expected to stay with Team Canada for the remainder of the Sochi Games before returning home for further evaluation.

The 23-year-old Tavares is the NHL’s third-leading scorer with 66 points in 59 games for the Islanders.

NHL

U.S. GM: No sight in right eye after hit by puck

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The general manager of the U.S. hockey team and the Nashville Predators said the errant puck to his face two weeks ago has left him unable to see out of his right eye.

David Poile, who wore an eye patch, spoke briefly with reporters yesterday for the first time since being hit Feb. 6 during a pregame skate in Minnesota.

Poile said the puck broke his nose in three places and cracked the orbital bone above and below his right eye. Poile said he needed 40 stitches above the eye. He had a third surgery on Feb. 14.

Doctors remain hopeful some vision may return.

TENNIS

Williams sisters reach Dubai semifinals

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Top-ranked Serena Williams had little trouble joining sister Venus in the Dubai Championships semifinals yesterday.

Serena, playing her first tournament since a fourth-round loss at the Australian Open, had little trouble bypassing fifth-seeded Jelena Jankovic of Serbia, 6-2, 6-2, in the quarterfinals.

Williams will play Alize Cornet of France in the semifinals. Cornet scored a 7-5, 6-3 win over Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain.

Venus Williams reached her fourth Dubai semifinal with a 6-3, 7-5 win over qualifier Flavia Pennetta of Italy. Williams will play eighth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, the 2011 Dubai champion, in today’s semifinals.

Wozniacki had little trouble dispatching 27th-ranked Sorana Cirstea of Romania, 6-1, 6-2.

TENNIS

Gulbis, Dodig advance to Open 13 quarterfinals

MARSEILLE, France – Third-seeded Ernests Gulbis of Latvia reached the Open 13 quarterfinals yesterday after a hard-fought 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 win against Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain, while Michael Llodra advanced again in one of his favorite local tournaments.

Llodra, the 2010 champion and two-time runner-up, put out fourth-seeded Andreas Seppi of Italy, 7-6 (3), 6-4.

Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff also secured an upset, beating seventh-seeded Julien Benneteau, the 2010 finalist, 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3.

Fifth-seeded Ivan Dodig of Croatia, No. 6 Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France, and No. 8 Nicolas Mahut of France progressed.

Dodig beat Germany’s Tobias Kamke, 6-7 (4), 6-0, 6-3, Roger-Vasselin advanced with a 7-6 (2), 6-4 win against Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine to his third quarterfinals of the season, and Mahut won, 7-6 (5), 6-3, against Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania.

Today, Dodig faces top-seeded Richard Gasquet of France, Gulbis plays Mahut, Struff is up against Llodra and Roger-Vasselin takes on defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the second seed, in an all-French match.

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