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Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Ravens and 49ers get Super Bowl week under way
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The Baltimore Ravens will fly into New Orleans on Monday to join Super Bowl rivals the San Francisco 49ers as the week-long build-up to America's biggest and most celebrated game gets fully under way. The Harbaugh brothers, 49ers coach Jim and Ravens boss John, have five straight days of media conferences ahead of them, including a joint session on Friday as the NFL and an insatiable sports media takes full advantage of the fascination with the pair.
Woods wins by four shots at Torrey Pines
SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Tiger Woods withstood a late bogey, double-bogey, par, bogey wobble in strengthening winds to clinch his 75th PGA Tour title by four shots at the fog-delayed Farmers Insurance Open on Monday. Six strokes in front overnight at 17 under with 11 holes to play in the final round, Woods kept his closest challengers at bay as he closed with a level-par 72 on a cold, sun-splashed afternoon at Torrey Pines.
Key testimony delayed on Puerto trial first day
MADRID (Reuters) - The high-profile and much-delayed trial of a Spanish doctor accused of masterminding a doping ring in cycling got off to an anti-climactic start on Monday when his testimony was postponed until Tuesday. Doctor Eufemiano Fuentes and four other defendants are appearing in a Madrid court almost seven years after police seized anabolic steroids, transfusion equipment and blood bags as part of a probe code-named "Operation Puerto".
Cowboys' Ratliff had high blood alcohol level at time of crash
DALLAS (Reuters) - Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff had a blood alcohol level of twice the legal limit when his pickup truck hit an 18-wheeler truck on January 22, a police report said on Monday. Ratliff, 31, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving at the scene of the crash. He was released from the Grapevine, Texas municipal jail last Tuesday afternoon on $500 bail.
FIFA warns Brazil against delays in World Cup preparations
BRASILIA (Reuters) - With just 500 days to go until the 2014 World Cup kicks off in Brazil, soccer's world governing body FIFA warned that the hosts cannot afford any further delays in getting their venues ready. The global soccer tournament, followed by the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro two years later, will test Brazil's aspiration to become a developed nation. But delays in building stadiums and preparing hotels and airports to receive more than half a million soccer fans could turn the event into an embarrassment.
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Winged Foot to host 2020 U.S. Open
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Open will be held at Winged Foot for the sixth time when the second major golf championship of the season is staged at the New York course in 2020. "We're thrilled to bring the U.S. Open back to this outstanding club," said United States Golf Association vice president Thomas J. O'Toole Jr in a news release on Monday.
No surprises in France squad for Six Nations opener
PARIS (Reuters) - France manager Philippe Saint-Andre trimmed his preliminary Six Nations squad from 33 down to 24 on Monday, dispensing as expected with a host of uncapped and fringe players for the opener against Italy on Sunday. With fullback Brice Dulin out of action for several weeks because of a hamstring injury, Yoann Huget or Benjamin Fall could be handed the number 15 shirt.