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Pro Football

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Dwight Freeney's injured ankle is "really bad" and could keep him out of the Super Bowl, a person close to the All-Pro defensive end told The Associated Press in an e-mail Sunday night.

The person requested anonymity because the information differed from what the Indianapolis Colts said earlier in the day. The team insisted that Freeney has a low ankle sprain and remains questionable for the game against the New Orleans Saints.

"He is under the care of our athletic training staff," Colts spokesman Craig Kelley said. "Nothing we have seen changes our diagnosis that he is questionable. He has a third-degree, low basketball sprain."

Earlier Sunday, reported that Freeney had torn a ligament, which would make it "difficult" for Freeney to play Sunday against New Orleans.

The pass rusher has 131/2; sacks, the sixth time in eight NFL seasons he's had at least 10.

The Colts have been concerned about Freeney since the former league sacks champion hurt his right ankle with about 2 minutes left in last week's AFC championship game. He pulled up short of New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez on a pass rush, hopped for a couple of steps and then limped off the field.

Pro Basketball

MIAMI — Miami Heat point guard Mario Chalmers has a partially torn ligament in his left thumb and is out indefinitely.

Chalmers was hurt Friday in Detroit and sat out the Heat's 95-84 loss at Milwaukee on Saturday, the first game he's missed in his two-year career. An MRI exam Sunday confirmed the injury.

Also, forward Michael Beasley will be a game-time for Monday's game against the Bucks after further testing confirmed a hyperextended right knee.

The Heat have fallen into a tie for seventh place in the Eastern Conference.


LA JOLLA, Calif. — John Daly left Torrey Pines on Friday saying he was done with golf. He had missed the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open and he said in the parking lot, "I can't compete. I can't play like I used to."

Since he left, though, Daly has been busy on Twitter telling his 42,000 followers that he is not retiring.

Daly's "I'm done" comment was said to a producer for his soon-to-be-debuted Golf Channel reality show, "Being John Daly."

On Saturday, Larry Jackson, chief executive of Loudmouth Golf, the makers of Daly's attention-grabbing pants, told reporters at a PGA merchandise show in Orlando, "John's an emotional guy. He's not quitting, he's already said he just needs some time. He will be back. He'll be at the AT&T."

Daly has a sponsor's exemption into the AT&T tournament at Pebble Beach Feb. 11-14 and Sunday Daly said on Twitter, "like one of my sponsor tells me—JUST PLAY ANYWAY."

He also said on Twitter, "I have talked to all of my sponsors & they just want me to continue to play."

Horse Racing

ARCADIA, Calif. — Long shot filly Gabby's Golden Gal held off favorite Proviso and the rest of a deep Grade 1 field to win the $250,000 Santa Monica Handicap on Sunday at Santa Anita.

Ridden by Martin Garcia, Gabby's Golden Gal was third in the field of 11 in the early going, moved up to second on the turn and appeared to be fading in the stretch but dug in and pulled away for a 11/4-length victory, covering seven furlongs in 1:21.25.

It was the first time the 25-year-old Garcia had ridden the filly, and it brought him his first Grade 1 win.

The 4-year-old daughter of Medaglia d'Oro paid $25.20, $10.80 and $6.80. Proviso returned $4 and $3. Free Flying Soul paid $3.60 to show.

It was the second Grade 1 win for the unpredictable Gabby's Golden Gal.


KINGSTON, Jamaica — Luton Shelton scored in the second half Sunday to help Jamaica beat Canada 1-0 in an exhibition game.

Shelton, who plays for Norwegian club Valerenga, scored in the 68th minute at National Stadium after the Reggae Boyz dominated the first half.

The striker collected a pass from Colorado Rapids forward Omar Cummings and found the net for his 28th goal with Jamaica.

Canada's best opportunity came late in the game when unmarked forward Ali Gerba missed from eight yards.

Neither Canada or Jamaica qualified for this year's World Cup in South Africa.


ASPEN, Colo. — U.S. Olympic freestyle skier Daron Rahlves dislocated his right hip after a nasty wreck in his opening skicross race Sunday at the Winter X Games.

The injury is a setback as Rahlves prepares to compete in Vancouver, but a doctor who checked him out at the scene was optimistic after the crash that resulted in the 36-year-old's fourth hip dislocation.

"People who have multiple hip dislocations, the tissues get so loose and go in and out and it doesn't cause so much damage," said Dr. Kevin Stone, who looked in on Rahlves after the wreck. "Hopefully, that's the situation here and hopefully he can come back quickly."

A few hours after the accident, X Games officials said the hip had been popped back into place, and that Rahlves was putting pressure on it. He was released from the hospital late Sunday afternoon.

Rahlves, a former Alpine skier, qualified for his fourth Olympic team this year and was using the X Games as a final tuneup before the trip to Vancouver.


NEW YORK — The New York Yankees are taking their World Series trophy to Asia.

A delegation of team officials, including team president Randy Levine and general manager Brian Cashman, will accompany the trophy on a six-day tour beginning Sunday.

The trophy will be displayed Monday in Tokyo along with the Yomiuri Giants' Japan Series trophy. It travels to Beijing on Wednesday, the first time it will be displayed in China. The trip ends in Hong Kong on Friday.

Major League Baseball has made an effort to build the game in Asia, recently establishing its first development center in China. There have been discussions about the World Series champion someday playing the Japan Series champion.

MINNEAPOLIS — Jim Thome and J.J. Hardy have long admired the Minnesota Twins from afar.

That certainly didn't change for the two newest Twins at their first public appearance in Minnesota this weekend. Thome and Hardy participated in the team's annual fan festival, signing autographs, taking pictures and doing interviews for an event that attracts more than 20,000 visitors every year.

"It was wonderful," Thome said Saturday. "Now getting a feel for everything, as I said coming in here as an opponent, being here now on this side, you really get a sense for how much the fans truly love the Twins. It's great."

Despite already having plenty of left-handed power on the team, Minnesota general manager Bill Smith didn't hesitate to bring in a player who has hit 57 of his 564 homers against the Twins. Thome is 39 years old, and his bat isn't quite as quick as it was in his prime, but the free-agent acquisition still gives manager Ron Gardenhire the kind of pop off the bench that he has lacked in years past.

SAN FRANCISCO — Brian Wilson and the San Francisco Giants agreed to a $4,437,500, one-year deal on Saturday, avoiding an arbitration hearing.

The Giants confirmed to The Associated Press that the sides settled at the midpoint of what each proposed in arbitration.

Wilson has spent the past two of his four major league seasons as San Francisco's full-time closer, recording 79 saves during that span and going to the All-Star game in 2008. The hard-throwing right-hander has a career record of 11-13 with a 3.73 ERA and 86 saves.

— The Associated Press

"We're very proud of Brian, from the beginning when he was drafted to developing in our system," Giants vice president of baseball operations Bobby Evans said in a phone interview. "He's done a great job and become such a meaningful part of our organization. He's been an important part of this ballclub."

Wilson has established himself as a reliable ninth-inning option for a club that had lacked such a late-game presence since the days of Robb Nen.

When the sides exchanged salary proposals, the 27-year-old Wilson asked for $4,875,000 and the Giants offered $4 million.

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